Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Take 2!

Well, it’s been the most annoying 2 hours of my life… trying to get my blogger website moved over to my custom domain after disposing of a defunct domain I’m letting expire. Let me first say that my experience with a Technical Support rep named Layne at Bluehost was fantastic. They helped me turn off the old site that had gone back to reminding me of my prior life as a happily married woman and mother of 2 small children. I’ve re-invented myself somewhat in the past year, and I needed to shed that skin for good. After Layne helped me getmyshannanigans.com moved to my primary site, I began trying to re-publish my blogger posts to the site and couldn’t get them to go. I vaguely recall I had some problems with it initially, but for whatever reason couldn’t get past it today. Ironically, this time I had no problems installing WordPress on my account, which was a huge headache that I never overcame when I started my Bluehost account 11 months ago. So, I’m chalking it up to “you win some, you lose some” and moving on. As long as I can post and not use longhand html, we’re still ahead of the game. 🙂
So, I guess I will introduce myself first. I am a 37 year old woman from Upstate/Western NY. I have lived here my entire life and enjoy the changing of the seasons too much to contemplate moving anywhere else. I am a romantic at heart and binge read smut novels on my days off and into the early morning even on days when I should be sleeping well before going to work. I got married in 1998 at the age of 21, had my daughters Jo in 2002 and CJ in 2004, then divorced at the very beginning of 2007, just before I turned 30. I’ve worked for the same company for the last 10 years, in a job I’m not so very fond of only because it gets harder to be successful every single day, but the company I love so I try to stick it out as best I can. When I’m not working, I like to read, knit and watch the same movies over & over. In October 2013 I had Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass Surgery, which has been a wild ride. I began at 5’2″ and 240 pounds, wearing a size 4X shirt and size 24 jeans. After 8 months, I’m down to 150 pounds and a size Large shirt and size 8/10 pants. I still feel like the same person. I’m still tired and feel lazy, still preferring a nap over running a marathon, but at least I’m not taking up 2 seats in a vehicle, sweating constantly even in the winter with a fan blowing at my face. I can walk up stairs without huffing & puffing. My kids can hug me and actually reach all the way around my middle now. My hair had largely fallen out but is finally coming back in. I try to go for a 4-6 mile walk on my days off, but that sometimes hurts my knees and feet, so today I decided to skip it.
My daughters have chosen to live with their father for the next school year, so I am trying to embrace some of this time I will have to myself instead of sitting in a crying depressed lump for the next year. I’ve tossed around many ideas of what I could do to use the time to my best advantage. Unfortunately, I will have to work a terrible schedule at my day job in order to get my weekends off to spend with my kids, so I won’t be able to go back to actual classes. I’ve thought of taking online classes, but I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up. I could use the time to write the novel I’ve been dreaming of writing since I was in junior high school. Or learn to cook or meditate or karate or rock climbing or any number of other things that fly thru my mind for a moment or two.

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