I got up this morning at quarter of 7 (despite a raging headache an a sleepless night...I guess that's what nerves do to you), my coffee had already brewed. I had a banana and a piece of amazing homemade bread that my awesome dad made for me while I was at home, and walked around the apartment getting ready.
Today is my first day at my new job. Technically, office hours are 8:30 to 6, but since I have to leave early sometimes to teach, I've decided to start getting here around 8. I enjoyed my car ride over (though I'll likely hate the metro ride home since Chadd needs the car to get home), and I've been here for about 20 minutes so far.
I actually have an office (with a door) and a big desk all to my own, a huge window at my back that overlooks the courtyard. Life is feeling pretty good, to be honest.
I've decided that this is the time to make some big changes (though they're really not big in the scheme of things). I'm going to get up an hour or so before I have to leave for the office (I only hit snooze 2x this morning as opposed to the typical 5-8 times), I will eat breakfast (especially since my RD is strongly urging me to do that), and I will take time to get ready the night before work so I'm not frantic the morning of.
Essentially, I'm going to start taking care of myself, pacing myself, and making this a lifestyle, not just another hellish project to get through. Of course, that would be well and good if I had actually gone to bed early last night and slept well. I stayed up way too late cooking (made lemon angel food cupcakes for my office...I know, suck up to the extreme, but they're only 140 calories!) and trying to relieve stress. Then I tossed and turned all night. I'm not actually sure I ever got deep sleep. I wasn't too irritated since I was basically expecting to not sleep well. I actually had a nightmare that I'd get to work and have nothing to do.
Two hours later, my day feels slow mostly because I'm not usually at the office until 9 and adding another hour to my morning makes it seem like it's taking forever. But at 8:30, my boss came in, seemed pleased to see me here already, then we all (three of us, 2 others on the phone) had a meeting, then we shot the breeze for a bit and 10am comes around and I have some reading material and a small task that will take me about a half day as soon as I have the info (likely this afternoon).
So far, so good. I like where I am and if I hadn't had so much coffee this morning, I'd probably be 100% on top of the world.
In other news....
My parents got me the most amazing cookbook when I was home. It's the new Cooking Light Cooking Through the Seasons cookbook:
I tried three (yes, three) recipes last night. And judging from how good they all are, I'm going to go ahead and say this cookbook is a must have in any kitchen.
I'm having the Fresh Pea and Mint Soup for lunch with a small side salad and, later, for a snack, the Garlicky Lima Bean Spread (don't judge the limas, they're pretty good when ground into a paste and infused with garlic) and then, of course, the Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes which have so far passed the office taste test and made it into the email welcoming me to the firm.
It's a good day.