Milestones: I Have A (Permanent) Job Now!

I have been working temporary jobs for the past year or so, with assignments that range from a couple of days to a few months. My temporary service placed me on an assignment in early December 2014 and that company has recently decided to hire me as a permanent full-time employee. This is really exciting for me because I am officially not a “temp” and I know that I’m going to have some amazing opportunities for advancement later on. This isn’t just a dead-end job that will have me stuck in the same position forever. This is the official start of my career! They know me, they understand my career goals, and they know what I am capable of. It just feels so great to be appreciated and valued by this company.

Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

I finally got around to buying my boyfriend’s Valentine’s Day gift (a gold watch) a few days ago. So now my Valentine’s Day “week” has officially ended. It was amazing. I know a lot of people try to act like Valentine’s Day is stupid and “everyday should be Valentine’s Day if you’re in a real relationship” (*insert side eye emoji*). But to be honest, this years Valentine’s Day actually was a lot like any other day in our relationship (minus the long distance part). We did a whole lot of nothing together; which is always fun if you’re with the right person. We ran errands and he accompanied me on my frivolous shopping trips (I know he was bored in the stores but he was such a sweetie about it). When I got home after work on Friday, he had rose petals, mimosas and a hot bath waiting for me. We decided against going out and having to fight for a table at crowded restaurants on Saturday night, so he cooked for me and we got some movies from Redbox. Of course the weekend wouldn’t have been complete without ice cream, roses and some new jewelry. Valentine’s Day may just be my favorite holiday since all the other ones suck now. Also, he’s been here during an extremely exciting moment in my life that I will soon be sharing in a separate post. Stay tuned!

Milestones: My First Sick Day

I pride myself on being one of the only people I know who hardly ever gets sick. In fact, I haven’t been sick since October of 2013. And before that, Thanksgiving 2012. I usually take preventive measures to avoid getting sick because I just hate the feeling. If I’m around sick people, I take medicine before I feel any symptoms. I make sure my pores are closed before I go outside in the cold. Blah, blah, blah. Well I screwed up on my preventive measures and ended up with a common cold for the first time in over a year. I was barely able to push through the work day on Monday. And yesterday (Tuesday), I ended up having to go home early.

I haven’t felt this disappointed in myself in a long time. I live by the mantra “What Would Beyoncé Do?” and that typically allows me to pretend I’m superhuman at least until I make it home. But I knew I wouldn’t make it to 5pm without tossing my cookies, passing out or screwing something up. I still can’t shake the overwhelming sense of disappointment though. It probably doesn’t make sense to normal people who don’t really care for or like their jobs, but I’m still trying to make a career for myself so I feel like I’ve dropped the ball by allowing myself to get sick. This is probably just one of many sick days so I guess I’ll have to get used to this and learn that I can’t be disappointed in myself for being human.