Stop telephonin’ me

30 Nov

So this was the anthem of my Monday

I tried to keep a positive outlook with work but it just wasn’t happening. I got into bed around 10P Sunday night but was kept awake by this book.

I love reading and all but sometimes it just sucks when I find a book I can’t put down (especially when I have to work the next day and want nothing more than to read all night). On the flip side, I am half way through it and can’t wait to finish it!

So I went into work with toothpicks keeping my eyelids open. And people kept commenting how tired I looked (i.e. how bad I looked)

 I wasn’t looking to forward to Monday b/c:

A) It’s Monday and Mondays just suck

B) I was still bitter about the fact that we had to work the entire day after Thanksgiving

C) I had to make a bunch of calls to my clients who I’ve never spoken with and while making that initial phone call had to deliver bad news. I always knew I worked for an evil corporation but these calls are further proof to back up my belief.

D) Most of my clients are on the west coast so I had to wait until afternoon to make said phone calls which left me anxious and sick to my stomach all day.

E) Thanks to my post this wknd, I had Ricky Martin in my head and that got really old really quick.

Luncthime came around and I couldn’t eat since I was so nervous. Um, hello, when did that start happening to me? I am an emotional eater and eat for every occasion–including stress. So instead of fretting, I took a 25 minute walk to clear my head then got my lunch and ate at my desk

BIG Salad with baby spinach, cukes, tomatoes, avocado and tuna salad topped with honey mustard. Hit the spot but I couldn’t finish the thing.

So I began my calls….some people were rude, one was nice, one didn’t speak English too well so there was a bit of miscommunication going on and the others I left voice mails or messages. I knocked 75% out-of-the-way but still have to finish the other 25% by Wednesday. Grrrrr. I started talking with other people on my team who felt the same way about these calls we are making and how this is not the job we signed up for. I guess I’m happy to see I’m not the only one with a good conscience but at the same time, it doesn’t really help me. Per our company policy, I have to be in my current role for 6 months before looking for something else so I shall wait until 4.18.11. It’s going to be a long one.

I got home and was greeted by the best pup in the world. No matter how bad of a day I’ve had, he always cheers me up. He’s so happy to see me and practically has an asthma attack when I walk through the door. I laced up my sneaks and we went for a 20 minute walk.

I wasn’t in the mood to cook. I wanted General Tso to be my boyfriend for the night but resisted the urge to invite him and his cousin, crab rangoon, over for dinner.  And didn’t want Mexican since I had it a couple of times this weekend so without direction, I took out a chicken breast I had defrosted, marinated in wing sauce and let sit for 25 minutes then cooked on the stovetop.

When the chicken was cooked thoroughly, I still had no clue what to make. I took two slices of bread, placed the chicken on them, slapped some jalapenos on top then sprinkled with shredded cheese and broiled for 10 minutes.

Apparently I was craving something spicy because I poured tabasco sauce on top  of the chicken then had a side of Buffalo Wing Flavored Pretzel Chips

And I added a side of green beans because this meal wasn’t random enough as is.

Then I laid on the couch because I was mentally drained and was going to face yet another mentally draining day today. So I got off my butt, took a hot shower and did my nails. It’s been ages since I did my nails! They didn’t turn out looking like a five-year old did them either so I felt accomplished.

Then I got some puppy love from this little fella

Puppy kisses make everything better sometimes. As bad of a day I was having, I tried to keep things in perspective and not worry too much about my job function.

I saw some tips on Success Consciousness and thought many of them were helpful, my comments are in bold:

  • Reduce the amount of time you read the newspapers or watch the news on TV ( I like to read and like to watch tv and I don’t want to cut things out of my life that I enjoy)
  • Stay away from negative conversations and from negative people. (I get paid for having negative conversations so I really can’t avoid that but am working on staying away from negative people, although I can be one at times)
  • Don’t hold grudges. Learn to forget and forgive. Nurturing ill feelings and grievances hurts you and causes lack of sleep. ( I am the queen of holding grudges, yet another thing I am working on)
  • Don’t be jealous of others. Being jealous means that you have low self-esteem and consider yourself inferior to others. This again, causes lack of inner peace. (Let’s add another one to the ever-growing list I have to work on each day)
  • Learn to be more patient and tolerant with people and events. (I’ve gotten more patient with my years, I used to be completely impatient)
  • Let bygones be gone. Forget the past and concentrate on the present moment. There is no need to evoke unpleasant memories and immerse yourself in them.   (I try to think about situations in the present the most that I can and try not to dwell on the past)
  • Learn to practice meditation. Even a few minutes a day will make a change in your life. (True that buddy, I could not agree more!)

Sorry for this emo-licious post but like I said, it was a bad day. But the sun is going to rise tomorrow and I can try to keep a positive mindset about how I am going to take on the day.

Does anyone else stress like this about their job and if so, what do you do to keep your peace of mind?

19 Responses to “Stop telephonin’ me”

  1. dianacheung November 30, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    HELL YES I’M ALWAYS STRESSED. I hate it when people yell AT me when I know I’M not the issue…we are just the delivery people of news like “oh your medication isn’t covered” or “your company didn’t buy you a prescription plan”. Honestly…my job was the start of my emotional eating/depression. 😦 The thing that keeps me going is the paycheck is LEAVING IT AT WORK. Glenn was sick of me all sad at home and I was sick of being sad 24/7!! once you leave that place BREATHE and become the tiffany you are!

  2. erica @ fashionmeetsfood November 30, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    When I was in college if my suitemates or I had a bad day we literally would blast that song as loud as possible lol. Loving your polish pick!


    • simplyshaka December 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

      Thanks girl! And it is a great anthem when it’s just one of those days!

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness November 30, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    In the job and personnal life, my biggest thing is learning to cut your losses and let go. Sometimes detaching yourself is required for sanity.

    I’m craving buffalo sauce. It’s not even 10 in the morning yet… oh dear.

    • simplyshaka December 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

      True that. I’m trying to keep that in mind and let things roll off my back but unfortunately age has made me a worry wort–dislike. Hope you got your buffalo sauce fix!

  4. Kace November 30, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    I read that book a while ago! I think there’s a sequel???

  5. genesis November 30, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    im sorry work has been stressing you out. but good for you on taking that 25 minute walk instead of stress eating!

    just looking at all the spicy stuff you got going on makes me sweat. i cant even handle just a smidge of tabasco or anything spicy. im a wuss.

    heres to hoping something better will come along and brighten your day.

    • simplyshaka December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

      Haha, I love the spice. I say the more the better 🙂 Today was a better day–thanks for the words!

  6. Monique November 30, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    you and lincoln are too cute!
    I am looking for a new book now that I have finished harry potter. ( and am totally sad over it)

    Sitting here… hungry… reading your post – not a good idea.

    thinking about tacos now.

    • simplyshaka December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

      Let me know if you need book recs, I’ve read too many in my day from riding the bus. Hope you got your taco on!

  7. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt December 1, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Ugh…I feel for you and your situation at work! I’ve been in some super stressful work situations in the past and I’m feeling really fortunate to not have that going on any longer. It puts a damper on the time leading up to work, the time during work and even the time after work. I’m impressed that you were able to avoid getting take out, eat a nice meal at home and relax with a manicure. Nice work!

    Plus, a little puppy loving never hurt anyone. 😉

  8. Ashleigh December 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    Ugh, that sucks. At least you can look for something better in a few months! Yes, I stress about my job all of the time. I finally started looking for a new one because it’s so not worth it anymore. I leave on Friday and already start to dread Monday. I am really worried though, that I may find a worse position, Kind of like what happened to you. Anyway, to get through it I try my best to be positive and focus on stuff I like to do. It can be challenging for sure!

    Love the second to last tip!

    • simplyshaka December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

      Exactly, the weekends are the hardest because I like to think I have a couple of days to not worry but then it starts back up on Sunday nights. Ugh.

  9. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 1, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    Sorry you had a crappy day. My entire life stresses me out and as a result, I’ve had some health issues recently so I’m working to avoid it.

    When I worked in finance, I had to remind myself of the light at the end of the tunnel all the time. It helped me to think of other possibilities in the future!

    • simplyshaka December 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

      Like I said, hope things get better for you and that you have as little stress as possible. Being an adult just sucks sometimes.

  10. Lily's Health Pad December 2, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    I stress about my job almost every day. People are so rude to me! And I have to be the bearer of a lot of bad news. It really takes a toll. I often wonder, “did I say that right?” “Did I get my point across?” “What could I have said better to make that person understand?”

    In the past month, I’ve tried thought stopping. I hate crap like that, but I actually think it works. When I start to ruminate, I just think to myself that I don’t HAVE to be stressing about this right now. Conflict is a part of life and it’s all how you think about it.

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