Well, it worked

21 Sep

I got the job that I applied for last wk!!! I was waiting for the bus after work and got a call from the recruiter and they decided to extend an offer to me! I will still be working for my company but for a completely different department doing a completely new job function and I even got a raise! I start October 18th and cannot wait. Thank you thank you thank you everyone for your warm wishes and thoughts, it worked!!!! I’m free!

Some notables from the past two days have been:

Roast beef and provolone on a sun dried tomato wrap courtesy of the deli at Bloom. They have $2.99 sandwich specials for 6 inch subs and for wraps each day. This was a fabulous meal for super cheap. I love Harris Teeter because they also have a $2.99 sub of the day and you get a point for each one you buy then when you get 15, you get a free footlong sub however I may start patronizing Bloom more often now that I know they have this deal.

I finally caved in and bought a microwave on Sunday. I thought I could get more creative in the kitchen by not having one but some days when I get home from work I just don’t feel like cooking so I am psyched to have one again.

Spirutein Blueberries and Cream Protein Powder. Yay for new protein powder that isn’t vanilla!

Leftovers for lunch. What is about Chinese and Mexican food that makes it even better the second time around?

For dinner last night, I make pork chops with a cranberry sauce made from cranberry preserves, water and agave nectar. As that was finishing up on the stovetop, I added some xanthan gum. I added a little more than desired which kind of made it into a jellylike substance but it was still tasty.

I had some shroomies and spinach cooking on the side while the pork was baking and then paired it up with quinoa on the side

I am sure everyone has heard about the Police Chief’s Daughter that went missing last week in Charlotte . This story really hit home since the bar that she was last seen in is one I frequent quite often and sometimes go alone (I know not a smart move on my part). I just can’t believe that it happened here and especially in a part of town I know so well. One of my co-workers is really concerned about me since she knows I go out all the time and started crying yesterday when she was talking about it and didn’t want to see my wind up like her. Given, I’m not 23 years old anymore, I wasn’t the smartest 23-year-old when I was. I *may* have left the bar a few times with guys I didn’t know too well which again, not a smart move on my behalf. But now, I am ultra paranoid.  I live in a very nice, happening area right outside of the Uptown area and have never felt like I had to question my safety while walking around at night. But last night I went on a walk and couldn’t help with checking over my shoulder a few times when I thought I heard something behind me. I stayed on a route I know that was well lit with a heavy traffic flow and didn’t wear my headphones but hate when things like this happen and make me question my safety. I was watching her dad on GMA yesterday morning and it was just horrible. I can’t imagine being a parent and losing a child like that but thank God they found the guy and I hope he gets what he deserves.

I was dragging this morning and apparently so was Lincoln. I didn’t even have the energy to wash out my coffee pot however I had enough energy to make a green monster-wtf?

I made one with strawberries, spinach, almond milk and my new Spirutein Blueberries And Cream Protein Powder.

Can I say how much I love this stuff? Their Cookies And Cream is my absolute favorite but I usually made fruity smoothies so it wouldn’t taste too good with the Cookies And Cream. But now I’m thinking about more savory green monsters combinations such as with that, Chocolate almond milk and peanut butter. Hollar!!

Anywho, me without coffee is just no bueno. When I rolled into work, people could tell I hadn’t had my coffee yet and when they tried to talk to me, I was just wasn’t comprehending anything said to me. Thank God Starbucks is in my building —I quickly went down and had my morning java and all was right again with the world.

I went to visit my hippies this morning and stopped by Einsteins because I had a coupon for a $.50 pretzel bagel that is expiring this week. I love pretzels and love bagels even more so the two together are just a heavenly combination for me.

While walking back over to the hippies, I noticed a bake sale going on. A couple of girls who I used to work with were running it and everything was $2 —we’re talking cupcakes, brownies, cookies, etc and ALL proceeds were being donated to the Susan B Komen for the Cure. Eating sweets for breast cancer research? Yes please! I ended up getting a bag of cookies since I didn’t want to be walking around with a cupcake (let’s be real though, it would’ve been gone in three bites). When I got back to my desk, I made one of my co-workers take one so I wouldn’t scarf them all done in 60 seconds.

I like to think since my money is going towards a good cause that the calories don’t count. Sigh, I wish. They were absolutely delicious and I hope they do it again!!

I was at work later than normal tonight (but it’s all good b/c I got a new job!!!!) and was starving when I got home so I decided to the try the pretzel bagel from Einsteins. When I opened up the bag, I was kinda bumbed  because it was a bagel with the salt on top like a pretzel and not so much a bagel. I topped it with sliced chicken deli meat, provolone, mustard and baked in the oven for 10 minutes to create some ooey-gooey goodness

On the side, I threw in some Jay’s Potato Chips—-the best potato chips in the world. We had these in Indiana when I was growing up and then we moved to Florida and never could find it there. I don’t know what it is about these chips but they bring me back to my childhood and put a spell on me.

On another note, anyone know how to add a video into a blog post? I keep trying to upload a video from my files on my computer and it won’t recognize ir and tried adding it to my media on wordpress but same thing. It’s a tad frustrating.

That being said, I’m exhausted. And kinda dirty. I haven’t washed my hair since Saturday and my dry shampoo only works to a certain extent so I gotta go lather up.

I got a new job—–ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Sorry, happy and in shock still!

23 Responses to “Well, it worked”

  1. April September 22, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    Congrats on the job! I know you were hating the other. Cheers to a happy life 🙂

  2. Angela @ A Healthy Fit September 22, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    whoo hoo! Congrats on the new job.

  3. dianacheung September 22, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    CONGRATS on the new job!! Does that mean you have to stay in Charlotte till I move there? BTW I linked that story of the missing girl today as well..crazy how we walked by it and you pointed it out then when I got home that bar was all over the news!! It IS creepy! Either way, it was probably a “freak” thing that it happened but you are fiesty and I can picture you kicking ass..but be careful!!! Well that goes to all the girls out there!

  4. Amy @ Second City Randomness September 22, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Yea for the job! I hope you love it!!!

    And those cookies look awesome. And if I had them in my possession, they’d probably be gone just as quickly as a cupcake would have… lol

  5. BikiniBy30 September 22, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I know you’ve been wanting to change positions for a while! Hooray!

  6. katesway September 22, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    You know what would taste great on that pretzel bagel? Crab Dip.

  7. Ashleigh September 22, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Congrats on the new job!!
    I didn’t hear about that story. Very sad 😦 You have got to be careful out there!

  8. christina September 22, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    so proud of you for getting the job! that is awesome!! blueberries and cream protein powder sounds amazing. going to look that up now. that is such a sad story about that girl! it is really scary to think how many people you meet at a bar and how many of them are actual creepers. ew. congrats again!!

    • simplyshaka September 22, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

      Thanks girl! Definitely check it out—it’s fabulous. If you like banana, their banana protein powder is great also!

  9. spabettie September 22, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    awww, Lincoln is SO cute. sweet sleepy face!

    congrats on the new job!! 🙂

    do you like the blueberries flavor? I’ve been eyeing it…

    • simplyshaka September 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

      Thanks, he gets cranky like me in the morning 🙂
      LOVE the blueberries and cream–cannot recommend it enough!

  10. genesis September 22, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    congrats on the job! im so happy for you 🙂

    i saw that story on the girl this morning and it is sad. you should buy a taser for yourself and some pepper spray…im serious.

  11. Laury @thefitnessdish September 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    YEY!!! Congrats on the job!!! Woot Woot!!!!

    I used to drink Spiru-tein ALLLLLLLL the time…I miss it 😦

    • simplyshaka September 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

      Just curious, why don’t you drink it anymore?

  12. Mo Diva September 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    felicidades on the new jizob diva! That means you are treating when we go to 5 burro! yay! No worries, im a cheap date. (oh snap)

    And yay for the microwave… i seriously dont know what i would do without one!

  13. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com September 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Lincoln must be SUPER PROUD !!!


    • simplyshaka September 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

      Haha, I explained to him that mommy will be a lot happier and he will get groomed more often 🙂

  14. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

    Way to go!!!! 🙂

    I love cranberry sauce. Seriously it’s so addicting. I need to make some again asap.

    I need to try more protein powders. I use Jay Robb’s pina colada and it’s seriously amazing. But more flavors sounds good to me.

  15. janetha September 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    congratulations on the job and raise. i am so happy for you!

  16. sheila September 25, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW JOB SWEETIE!!! I hope it treats you well and you grow there! Tip on adding a video on your blog:

    -copy and paste embeded code in HTML page (not on visual) and then click on publish. you can go back and edit your post after. it’s important you click on publish after you paste the code for the video because it actually stays on there.

    Let me know if this works for you!

  17. nic - the auspicious squirrel September 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

    congrats on the job!

    Funny story… I have a microwave that I don’t know what to do with b/c all the apts I looked at in SoCal come with a micro… I thought of you, but we had already moved across the country. It’s sitting in the garage. The cost to ship it would probably be more than buying new, so I didn’t mention it. Plus, then we’d have to admit to each other our physical address! Ha! 😉

    I’ve only been able to post youtube videos on wordpress. But apparently “You can upload videos and embed them directly on your blog with a Video Upgrade.” I haven’t upgraded, so I’m not sure how it works.


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