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Posted on Aug 3, 2011 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts | 11 comments

Day 1

Hmm, so contrary to all of my at-work daydreams, apparently I am not very good at not working. Yesterday was merely Day 1 of pseudo-unemployment and I managed to spend nearly the entire day playing video games and eating pizza. Womp womp.

I did manage to drag myself out of the house (guilt over singlehandedly eating half a medium pizza is a powerful motivator) for a run. I pounded out a miserable 2 miles (okay, fine! It was 1.9! Geez.) I’m not really sure what caused me to think that going out to run at 4:45 PM in August was a good idea, but just in case you were unaware, let me assure you that it wasn’t. I was drenched in sweat. Somehow, I think it motivated me to run even faster though, just because I wanted it to be over. Or maybe thin-crust Hawaiian is just the perfect pre-run fuel. Either way, I’m proud of getting it done, but the whole day did make me realize I need to formulate a gameplan if I’m going to not be working for a while (the latest reports say that it might be September before Congress reconvenes to resolve the furlough! Ugh!)

So given that I ate 2 “meals” yesterday (overnight oats for breakfast, pizza for lunchdinnerdessert. Oh and a brownie. Oops.) and spent the non-running, non-showering parts of my day pretty much prostrate on my bed, here are my basic tenants of non-working life:

1. Get out of the house at least once a day.
2. Eat normally on a regular schedule, moron.

Pretty simple, eh? I refuse to let myself lose all sense of time and human decency, and so far today I’m on track. I ate breakfast at 8:45 this morning, not 11! Granted, breakfast was a coconut donut, but, well, baby steps. And it was consumed after returning from walking the puppers to the groomer (we live 1/2 a mile from the groomer – convenient, right?) so I knocked two birds out with one stone. It’s all about efficiency, people.

In case you didn’t notice from the yesterday’s puppyriffic post, the pupperonis were starting to look, well, just a smidge shaggy:


And since the last time I tried to groom my dogs myself didn’t exactly work out as planned, I was happy to drop them off in the hands of some professionals. Even if it is gonna cost a lovely $60 a pop. Er, I mean, a pup. Heh. Not so sure they were as thrilled though…

Puppy Dog Eyes

Sorry to those of you who may be suffering from pup-picture-overload at this point, but, well, c’mon. It’s me. You kinda knew what you were getting into.

What are your tips for keeping my life on track while I’m on hiatus from working?


  1. ACK! I have the same issue when I’m not at work. For some reason the whole schedule of being in an office helps me keep with the snack, meal, snack method. When I’m home I have the hardest time! Looking forward to some tips!

  2. I’m a big believer in “eat by the clock” when I am home on weekends or during the week. Otherwise I would be hitting up the kitchen and grazing ALL. DAY. LONG.

    That way lunch isn’t consumed at 10:15am, dinner by 4:30, and a second dinner at 9pm!

  3. Getting a consistent schedule for yourself is really THE KEY!! Pleased that you got our to run…just NOT the best time of day to do so!! If you would like to join me at the gym or borrow a bike and come early morning biking with me on a not-thunderstormy day, love to have the company!

  4. I love the Schnauz pics 🙂 Mine’s getting a little shaggy around the edges too and although I’m very tempted to forgo the $60 grooming fee, I’m sure mine would turn out the same as yours did if I tried to groom her myself haha 🙂

  5. Proud of you for running yesterday in spite of the heat! I think you should take Dad up on the gym offer though 🙂 Also, remember to keep hydrated, I find the hardest thing for me on weekends and when i’m not at work is remembering to drink water!

  6. I always make To Do lists when I’m home. It keeps me productive, as I love checking things off as I go. And it keeps my day feeling focused. Too much “free time” for me is never a good thing. 😉

    And I LOVE the pup pictures, so keep them coming! 😀

  7. Since Jason has been unemployed those have been his goals as well! He still gets up in the AM with me, eats regular meals and gets out of the house a few times a day — even if it is only to take a walk around the block and go talk to the mailman for some human interaction.

  8. I have tons of experience being unemployed. My best advice is to get up and shower and get ready every day. Keeps you from laying around in your pj’s all day and just being lazy! Maybe you could find some cool arts and crafts projects to do! That’s what I’ve been up to! =]

  9. I always have a hard time with food consumption when my days aren’t really structured. Especially when it comes to snacking. All the boredom eating!

  10. We always try to groom Oscar ourselves and it never really works. Probably because he refuses to allow us to get anywhere near his eyes. So currently, his body is trimmed but he looks like an E wok.

  11. I went 13 months (yes, it sucked) basically unemployed a few years back, and I had to give my days some structure, otherwise I would have completely lost my wee little mind. It took a week or two, but I figured out the way my mind and body like to work, and designed my life based on that. Mornings became creative time (writing, mostly, but occasionally taking photographs, plus looking for work) and afternoons were active (a little walking, maybe going to the gym … sometimes rearranging the furniture.) Now that I’m back working full-time, I still try to follow the same principles; in the morning, I create stuff. In the afternoon, I keep it moving. (I’m a writer, so there’s lots of approvals and meetings and stuff to slog through.) Having the time away from 9-to-5 helped me figure out my personal rhythm, and it’s had a tremendous impact for understanding the way I work best.


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