Heavens, where *did* the last year go?!

Scary how fast life goes once one turns 40, as I did in May last year. I still haven't caught up with all of your pleo posts but am trying to work my way through them slowly. I've been off Facebook since 28th April 2013. Originally it was to concentrate on getting my next job after Sotheby's, which ended Friday 26th April, a week shy of a year I did there. However, although I did start another job on 31st July, I couldn't last & gave a week's notice on Monday 23rd September, to end my 2nd month of probation on Mon 30th September. I had one interview in November and hope the market is picking up now the holidays are over.

I should be callling agencies back now instead of typing my new pleo post. But in order to save money, I'm spending most of my time with my parents, who moved in August, to a new clergy house about 10 miles west of their former place to the south of Ipswich (was Woolverstone: now Capel Saint Mary). So my laptop is set up in my dad's office & he's listening to BBC Radio 2 and I'm self-conscious about speaking with agencies in front of him....

Thus I'll bid you all farewell for now & pray that 2014 is a better year for all of us.
  • this_old_man
    I hope you get a job, to your liking, soon! Things are picking up here in the states, my son got a full time job building refrigerators. Cool huh? :)
    by this_old_man at 01/15/14 2:57PM
  • AlanL
    Well, hello there! Hope your new year comes with a new job without much delay.

    I believe that the last year went to the same place as the three before it, per your post two below.
    by AlanL at 01/16/14 7:50PM
  • mjintexas
    Wishing you success in your job hunt! Glad you have a good place to be in the mean time. :)
    by mjintexas at 01/30/14 12:48PM
  • thrudahaze
    Elaine! Good luck on the hunt! Apparently I'm never here, either, or I could have sent that months ago.

    I also need to let you know that you are more than your employment status. You are a brilliant, hilarious, loving person with empathy for days.
    by thrudahaze at 04/13/14 12:33PM

From ted's pleo....

....It's a daily struggle being in pain or feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on .........the outside. Please put this as your status for at least 1 hour if you or someone you know has an invisible illness (Crohn's, PTSD, Anxiety, Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease, Bipolar, Depression, Diabetes, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, MS, AS, ME, , Epilepsy, Autism, M.D., D.D.D., CFS, Histiocytosis, RSD, PBC, etc.). "Never judge what you don't understand".
  • tryphena
    Long time, no hear! Glad to see that you're still among us.
    by tryphena at 01/15/13 7:15AM
  • mjintexas
    And there sure are a lot of illnesses that fall into that category! :(
    by mjintexas at 01/15/13 10:51AM

Where have the last 3 years gone?!


Wow. This is still not a real post! I have caught up with some of your pleo posts but still have the vast majority through which to work.

My former employer moved my job and the jobs of 24 other colleagues across European offices to their office in Sofia, Bulgaria, last year. I chose not to take their blood money retention offer and my last day with them was 30th June 2011. They really wanted me to go to Sofia, to train our replacements. However, because I disagreed so strongly with what they had chosen to do, I felt that I could not, with integrity, do what they wanted me to do.

Silly me, because it took me 10 months to get another job. I started at my current work on my 39th birthday (Friday 4th May) but it's only a maternity cover contract. I've been here 10 weeks already and I don't yet know what will happen after Friday 3rd August (end of the 3 months). I love working again, though, and the commute to London isn't too heinous.

I last saw my ex in August last year when I had interviews in London. I hope to see him again either later this month or in August. His civil partnership, back on Saturday 18th July 2009, was a great day and it was lovely catching up with him, his partner and my ex's family.

Weight loss of me has gone into serious reverse. The WW group Mum & I used to attend lost our leader. Mum has found a different group and is still doing very well. I terminated my WW subscription and gym membership while out of work.

UK weather continues strange over the last 3 years. 2011/2012 was a very mild winter, with a very dry spring and now a very wet summer. East Anglia was sunny yesterday for St. Swithin's Day but not all of the UK was so blessed.

Taking the place of anaemia is my recurrent depression. I've been back on 20 mg fluoxetine (Prozac) daily for 2 years now, and am also seeing a counsellor again. But I have also found a new spiritual director at long last, hooray, and I'm due to see her this coming Sunday, 22nd July :D

I'll investigate giving blood again, at some point today. It's been too long since my last donation.

Thank you for all your comments. May our Lord bless you, and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you, for the rest of 2012, and always. So, I hope it won't be another 3 years, but until next time, whenever that may be, please take care of yourselves.
  • tryphena
    Good to hear from you! Please don't let so much time pass before your next update.
    by tryphena at 07/16/12 8:46AM
  • AlanL
    Elaine! I was surprised and delighted to see your name "lit up". Life is often such a struggle, and my wish for you is that it becomes easier and happier.
    by AlanL at 07/16/12 10:38AM
  • kennon
    WOW, it's elaine!
    by kennon at 07/16/12 11:07AM
  • this_old_man
    Yay! Great post! Very Newsy! (sp) (er....newsy may not be a word but you get my meaning I hope) My battle with weight is ongoing, I am on the offensive now with diet and daily walks. I wish you luck.
    by this_old_man at 07/16/12 11:24AM
  • thrudahaze
    Elaine! Get a job at the Nerdery in Minnesota and we'll hang out!
    by thrudahaze at 07/16/12 5:15PM
  • mjintexas
    Wow, yes, welcome back! As the others have said, we certainly are happily surprised to hear from you. Wishing you all the best in these endeavors!
    by mjintexas at 07/18/12 12:19PM
  • two
    by two at 09/18/12 11:09AM

PLACEHOLDER POST ONLY (sorry to dash hopes)

Perhaps holding a place isn't the best description, but "Timebeater" sounds wrong. Watertreader? In other words, this is not a real post but it's the nearest that you'll get from me for some time and I apologise for that. I haven't really even begun to go through all your lovely white names yet, let alone the group white names and my watch list white names. I therefore hope you're all as well as can be expected in these straitened economic and disease-ridden times.

I know I don't normally post on Thursdays. Saturdays is my pleo day but I'm attending my ex-husband's civil partnership ceremony & reception in London this Saturday, so will be away from a PC. Tomorrow I'm going to the beauty salon first for prep before taking the train to Liverpool Street station. I'm really looking forward to it. I love visiting London and yes, I still love my ex-husband (but in a different way). I haven't seen his family and friends in too long a time so I'm looking forward to catching up with them, also. My ex's fiancé is also really nice and as much as you can in the crush & throng of gathered people, it'd be good to have a natter with him as well.

I increased my weight loss to 21 lb (a stone and a half) in the past months, then went through a yo-yo state and then put weight back on, and am now heading back to my 21 lb weight loss. My mum's done far better than I have, she's lost over 90 lb now and looks fantastic, I'm very proud of her :D

It was a tough winter, weather wise, here in the UK. The white stuff forced us to work from home one or two days. Spring was lovely and summer is shaping up not too badly, despite some of the UK being hit by rain yesterday (St. Swithin's Day). I'm no longer anaemic, but my GP does want me to return in December for another blood test, just to make sure. I can't give blood between now and then, which is a bit of a bummer, but I'm glad I'm off the ferrous sulphate. Hooray for no more black poo!

So as not to end on a scatological note, here's a link to a BBC News article about Endeavour's launch today, 40 years after Apollo 11. At the time of posting, the Beeb hadn't updated it to include details of falling debris having been observed, which I discovered thanks to a Canadian news site. Until next time, whenever that may be, please take care of yourselves.
  • AlanL
    Five paragraphs — looks like a real post to me!

    We actually got snow in December in Houston! But now we're in the middle (or, hopefully, the at the end) of one of the worst summer droughts on record.

    Glad to hear from you. Good job on keeping after the weight loss. 21 lbs. in not insignificant.
    by AlanL at 07/16/09 11:06AM
  • tgatzajr
    Looks like a real post to me to! Wished I could loose about 15 lbs. This oversized "fuel tank" I have is not easy to carry around in the summer.
    by tgatzajr at 07/16/09 1:27PM
  • this_old_man
    You are being an awful good sport about all this. I have lost some weight since I retired, banging about in the garden I guess.
    by this_old_man at 07/16/09 10:34PM
  • fullofgrace
    is my entertainment with your scatology update weird?

    also, i'm glad you are still alive and disturbing people in suffolk.... *grin*...
    by fullofgrace at 07/17/09 1:09AM
  • thrudahaze
    :D i have been thinking about you lately
    by thrudahaze at 07/17/09 9:56AM
  • tryphena
    I could not help laughing out loud about the black poo and scatology...Congratulations on the weight loss.
    by tryphena at 07/18/09 10:25AM
  • fullofgrace
    funny pictures of cats with captions
    by fullofgrace at 07/20/09 6:19PM
  • fullofgrace
    funny pictures of cats with captions
    by fullofgrace at 07/28/09 11:08PM
  • fullofgrace
    funny pictures of cats with captions
    by fullofgrace at 07/31/09 8:16PM
  • two
    by two at 12/17/09 2:34PM
  • this_old_man
    Hope you are having a happy holiday season!
    by this_old_man at 12/17/09 11:37PM
  • fullofgrace

    happy
    holidays!
    by fullofgrace at 12/24/09 1:55AM
  • fullofgrace

    by fullofgrace at 03/20/10 1:20PM
  • thrudahaze
    HEY happy birthday sometime soon if not last week! i am pretty sure it is in may. i am kind of a bad friend because i am not sure when. BUT HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAY COME VISIT ME MAYBE K?
    by thrudahaze at 05/10/10 9:41AM
  • AlanL
    Happy new year, Elaine. I hope all is well with you.
    by AlanL at 01/03/11 5:08PM
  • two
    by two at 08/18/11 11:12AM
  • AlanL
    Hello, Elaine!
    by AlanL at 11/22/11 10:47AM
  • this_old_man
    Thank you for your kind words.
    by this_old_man at 01/11/12 10:21PM

Belated Happy 2009 :D

Last Saturday I was cooking again, my little savoury filo tartlets. The recipe is for 16, but this time I got 36 out of them, so again they were less than 1 WW point each (the first time I did 'em, I got 48 out of them!). They went down ok on Sunday, and I had some over to take into work on Monday.

Thank you for your festive wishes :D I'm not keeping up with pleo at the moment, so most (if not all) of your names are brightly white on my friends' list, silently beseeching me to discover how you're all doing.

I did lose my first stone (14lb) on the Sunday after Christmas. However, a lb crept back on last week. I hope tomorrow's weigh in will see the little blighter disappear again, with company....

The weather is bad here in England. It wouldn't be bad by USA or continental Europe standards. However, my customary Saturday journey of 50 odd miles across Suffolk to my parents' house is going to be less enjoyable than normal. But Mum & I are off to the hairdressers this afternoon, so that's motivation on top of the joy of being with people I love, church and WW!

Ok, sorry this is a comparatively short one for Elainie. God bless you all and keep you safe and warm until spring :D
  • this_old_man
    Yay for the 14lbs! I am doing the Dr. Adkins diet and have lost 10 lbs. Time munches on!
    by this_old_man at 01/10/09 7:08AM
  • this_old_man
    "Never tell anyone that you're writing a book, going on a diet, exercising, taking a course, or quitting smoking. They'll encourage you to death." ~Lynn Johnston
    by this_old_man at 01/10/09 7:20AM
  • AlanL
    Happy new year, Elaine! Never thought of losing weight by the stone! (Mostly because we have no idea what that is over here. :-)
    by AlanL at 01/10/09 9:04AM
  • tgatzajr
    Stones.....In our part of the country when we talk about stones, it's usally kidney stones! :-)
    Learned something new today!
    by tgatzajr at 01/10/09 9:21AM
  • tu_madre
    congrats on losing your stone!

    side note: could you imagine having a 14 lb kidney stone? i shudder to think...
    by tu_madre at 01/10/09 10:50AM
  • tryphena
    Hmm...I like the idea of stones instead of pounds. It just sounds like less to say your goal is to lose 2 stones rather than 28 pounds. Some people might think I need gall bladder surgery or something though...
    by tryphena at 01/10/09 4:55PM
  • mjintexas
    I don't know what filo tartlets are! If you like making them that much, they must be very tasty though!

    Gross, Dan.
    by mjintexas at 01/10/09 5:34PM
  • two
    I like any sort of food that I can just pop into my mouth without biting it. "Tartlets" sound like just such a food. :-)
    by two at 01/13/09 9:50PM
  • fullofgrace
    mmmm...savory tartlets....
    by fullofgrace at 01/20/09 5:43PM
  • thrudahaze
    oh no i fell off the earth! snow flies when snow flies, but probably not until november?
    by thrudahaze at 01/31/09 8:04PM
  • heroforthenight
    2009? It sounds like a new year, it looks like a new year. It even tastes like new year. But really, it's very much like all the old years.
    by heroforthenight at 02/17/09 3:10PM
  • heroforthenight
    All things considered, nicely. But you can treat a puppy nicely and it will still snipe at ya.
    by heroforthenight at 02/17/09 3:11PM
  • heroforthenight
    Sorry. Lost myself in the metaphor, or something.
    by heroforthenight at 02/17/09 3:11PM
  • this_old_man
    I asked to be on your face book list. I'm John.
    by this_old_man at 02/25/09 2:32PM
  • tgatzajr
    Thanks for the prayers. You're a good friend to do so! I must say the last few weeks have been trying.
    by tgatzajr at 03/02/09 8:06AM
  • thrudahaze
    with AND without sticks
    by thrudahaze at 03/23/09 5:13PM
  • heroforthenight
    Truthfully, I was attempting a veiled reference to religious practices. Calling it the sanctuary, use of the word anoint, etc. The angle of the canvas having reverence for the transformation about to descend is not one which I had considered consciously, rather I was hoping to achieve a sense of holiness, contact with divinity, expressed by words commonly associated with religious motifs.
    by heroforthenight at 03/23/09 5:23PM
  • fullofgrace
    my poor little Elaine! ((hugs)) one day i will come visit you and it will be splendid
    by fullofgrace at 06/30/09 1:09AM
  • AlanL
    Tap tap tap... anyone home?
    by AlanL at 07/07/09 3:10PM