Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Getting By

I'm exhausted.

I just worked 12 hours doing hearing tests at a local manufacturing plant, and am ti-red. Well...I did have a 3-hour break around lunch time, which I spent at the office working on stuff for my upcoming trip to Wyoming, but didn't really get any time to rest, so I'm not counting it as a break.

Yep, I'm heading to Cheyenne, WY tomorrow. On Tuesday, as I was heading home from a job in Price, I received a call from my office saying a woman had called from Logistics (the same company that hired me for the job in Colorado) and asked if I could work an "event" in Cheyenne this Saturday. (Logistics isn't known for its advance notice; at least, with us it's always been very last-minute.) Well, I thought about it for 2 seconds and called the woman with an affirmative reply. It's a really long drive, and I want to be somewhat rested when I start testing at 6:30 Saturday morning, so I'm leaving tomorrow after work and spending the night somewhere along the way. I'll finish the trip Friday, work Saturday, and come home Sunday/Monday. It'll be a long, tiring weekend, but I'm actually really looking forward to it. I've never been to Cheyenne, and I've discovered that I enjoy driving The Beast, now that I know what I'm doing a little bit better, so it'll be a good trip.

Plus, all this work I've been doing means extra money for me in the form of commissions! Yeah! That's always nice!

Sigh. Did I mention this has been one heck of a week? I've been working practically nonstop, waking up way too early for comfort (5:00am Tuesday and 3:45am today), trying to get over a breakup, and celebrating my birthday tomorrow. "Celebrating" is a loose term, really. Tomorrow, I'm finishing testing at the place at which I worked today, going to the office to finish getting ready for my departure and to tie up some loose bookkeeping ends (paychecks, pay some bills), then heading out of town. It's okay, really, that I'm not doing anything for my birthday. Afterall, I'm just turning 31, it's not like it's a momentous birthday. Plus, my family plans on celebrating it sometime next week, so it'll just extend the "celebration" a little longer. *smile*

Speaking of the breakup...I have good times and bad times, naturally. There are times when I'm so busy that I forget all about it. Other times, I'll be doing something so commonplace and it'll hit me like a freight train. Example: today, I was in the testing trailer packing up to go home for the day. I was chugging the remains of my bottled water and remembered that I don't have any cold bottles of water at home. Then I remembered the gallon of cold water in my fridge. All at once, I pictured all the times I've poured Anthony water from that (or similar) gallon of water and I missed him so much I almost cried. Isn't that weird?

I've got to say thank you to all of you who have texted, emailed, or called to see how I'm doing. It has really helped. There have been a couple nights when I was feeling really low and someone would call to chat and by the end of the conversation I'd be doing tons better. It's times like these that remind me how lucky I am to have such wonderful people in my life. Thank you!!!

I wasn't really sure what I'd end up writing; I just felt like writing. I have a couple ideas milling around in my head for more upbeat type posts, so hopefully I'll get them posted in the next few days (don't hold your breath). 'Til then...

P.S. Have you noticed that I don't post pictures any more? Does this make my blog boring? I admit, I'm lazy. It's easier to write than to worry about pictures. AND because the pictures were never pictures I actually took, just pics I found on Google that went with my post, I figured I didn't need them. Someday, maybe in the millenium, I'll start taking pictures and posting them. Again, don't hold your breath.


James and Melissa's Family said...



Booklogged said...

Hope you have a safe and happy birthday tomorrow. Drive carefully, sleep long and keep being you. Love you bunches!

Happy Birthday!

Mellissa Hunt said...

Sure, turning 31 doesn't seem as exciting as when you turn 16 or 21, but it is just as good. You have 31 years of wonderful experience to your credit and have done a lot for yourself. So, Happy 31st Birthday! Get yourself a slice of cake somewhere and enjoy your day! Better yet, tell me when you get home and I'll have Ben make you a cheesecake. Nothing beats his turtle cheesecake. Mmmmm.....

Madman said...

I hope you have a safe trip and enjoy Cheyenne.

And really, if you need to call to just work through your thoughts, just give me a ring. I'd be glad to talk to you!

tearese said...

happy birthday!My grandparents used to live in Lander, Wy, so I've been there tons of times. Let me know what you think. Joseph is thinking of WY as a possible place to live when he graduates. I have fond memories, but it is the most sparsly populated state in the country, and its shrinking! I bet it'd suck to look for housing.
Gotta go...Joshua is pushing buttons on the keyboard, and I'm supposed to be getting him to sleep.

Cardine said...

Happy Birthday!

Joyeux Anniversaire!

Gotta love online translation thingies.

I read your blog for your posts, not your pictures. It's all good. And of course you know I can talk pretty much anytime.

julie said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone! So far, it's been pretty good. Highlight so far: Japanese food with Cardine. Mmmmmmm. Sushi!

Melissa, yes, very busy, but it's a good thing. I think it's helping a lot to stay so busy, so I'm very thankful. Thanks!

Book, I love you bunches, too!

Missy, I think your suggestion of a slice of cake sounds great! When I stop somewhere for the night tonight, I'll find a slice! AND, I wouldn't mind taking you (and Ben) up on his cheesecake. Mmmmm. Turtle cheesecake!

Madman, thanks, but I didn't realize you wear rings. Teehee. Hey, you have to humor me, just today. :) No really, thank you. I really appreciate your friendship.

Tearese, I will let you know what I think. Why is Joseph thinking of WY?

Cardine, thanks again for lunch! Yes, translator thingys are a good thing. It's been a very, very long time since anyone has wished me a happy birthday in French. Very nice. :) And, thanks, talking to you always does me a world of good.

Lori Clark said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope your trip is lots of fun. Ryan said he saw you the other day at work, I hope his hearing is good, sometimes I wonder when he dosen't remember me telling him something. Drive Safe, maybe we should have a party when you get back, I'd be happy to make a cake! Love ya.

Madman said...

Happy Birthday.

And I'll let the lame joke slide, just because it is your birthday.

KieraAnne said...

Bon anniversaire a toi, bon anniversaire a toi, bon anniversaire chere Julie...bon anniversaire a toi! I probably spelled that wrong, it's been a few years. :)

julie said...

Lori, yeah, I saw Ryan at his work and we chatted a bit. He's such a nice guy. I'm glad because you deserve a nice guy!

Madman, I knew you'd roll your eyes at the lame joke, but also that you'd put up with it just because it was my b-day. Thanks. :)

Kiera, thanks! Wow - you know, I'm not sure anyone has ever "sang" Happy Birthday to me in french. I really appreciate it. :)

Cardine said...

How are you doing? Are you doing okay?

How was your trip?

julie said...

Cardine, the trip to WY went well. It was long and lonely, but the job went smoothly and the officers were impressed with me and our set-up. That's always nice to hear.

I'm not doing badly, but I'm not fine, either. I miss him. We did stuff so often that it's hard not hanging out with him any more. However, there is a sense of relief that the relationship is over; it had too many problems. I just wish we could forget all that and be friends. Wishful thinking??? Probably.

Thanks for asking. :)