Life Update April
I took last week off because it was honestly emotionally draining. It became too much to handle the blog and the Instagram, as well as what was happening at home, so I took a much-needed break.
Some of you may have seen on my Instagram that Charles had a severe medical problem that made him essentially bedridden for the better part of four days. One of the muscles that held up his neck (the sternocleidomastoid, for the nerds) seized up and wouldn’t let go, cranking his head to a 45-degree angle and keeping it there. It was terribly painful, and made it hard for him to sit or stand for any amount of time. He also was on some powerful pharmaceuticals that caused him to be drowsy, and the angle of his head caused him to have terrible nausea. It was an awful situation all around that took a full five days to fully resolve. He’s back to normal head angle now, thankfully, but it was a long few days.
Okay, here comes the spill. Back in January, I started what I thought would be my dream job. Working in higher ed, on a small team, on projects I love…everything sounded perfect. Unfortunately, I couldn’t have known that it would have been a terrible fit for me. For the past three months, I have been desperately trying to make it work. I wanted it to work out, and I wanted this to be the kind of job I would stay at for years and years. It just wasn’t. Last week, after a lot of thinking and discussion, I quit my job. I still have another week left as part of my notice, but then I will be off on the next adventure. In good news, I’ve been working hard on making the most of the next few weeks as I transition out of this job. I’ll be visiting Montana for a professional opportunity, and my parents will be in Minneapolis for a while, and then in two months, we’ve planned some travel as a couple. It’s causing me a lot of stress, but I firmly believe that I’ll be landing on my feet this time.
In addition to Charles’s hideous neck pain, I’m having the worst cold I think I’ve ever had. My eyes are running, my nose is stuffed up, and standing for a long time makes me dizzy. Unfortunately, due to a strict work contract, I must actually work all ten business days of my notice. This means that I really can’t take a sick day. Of course, it just so happens that the only time I need a legitimate sick day, I can’t take one. Only seven more days, and I hope to god that I am not sick for all of those.
Thanks for the well wishes. I’ve gotten so many supportive emails and DMs, and I really appreciate it. Things are looking up. You were given a mountain to show others how to move it.
I’ll see you tomorrow for more adventures.