BIG NEWS

by Kim on October 9, 2013

First, before I forget: you have one more day to enter to win a sample of ENERGYbits! Get all up in that!!

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Also, the ENERGYbits folks are seriously cool. When I complained to them that I failed to let Brent try any of my sample (too greedy/selfish), and was wallowing in guilt when his first words to me after reading my review post were “I want to try some of those bits!” they were kind enough to send another sample for him!

I MEAN!

We haven’t gotten sample #2 yet, but I’ll let you know what Brent thinks, in case you’re interested in the manly perspective. (I’ll probably also snag a few more for myself…commission!)

For those of you who have expressed concern about gulping down 30 pills AT ONCE: yes, it’s a little weird. I’m not that great about pills myself—I’ve choked on my share of those fish oil and vitamin C monsters. But bits are teeny tiny, and I found that I got a nice effect from only 10 or so. Plus, if the pill-popping thing really gets in your head, you can always crush them into a smoothie or something. (You can also technically chew them, but I don’t recommend it. Yuck!)

I think the bottom line is: if you like what these do for your body, and you really believe in them, you can find a way to make it work. It’s at least worth a try!

Oh, and yes, E-bits have some stank to them. (I mean, they’re algae right?) Forewarning: you will be washing your hands after touching them.

Now on to the BIG NEWS…

I’m sure you’re dying of curiosity…

Are you dying?…

Or maybe I’m overestimating how much you care about my boring little life…

Probably.

Oh fine, I’ll just say it.

I GOT A JOB!!!

Employed

(Haha where would you rank my dorkiness level right now??)

I accepted a full-time position as a digital copywriter for a marketing/PR company, and I start the 21st. (Aka LESS THAN 2 WEEKS!)

The company feels like a really good fit—full of fun, energetic, creative people, with a definite work hard/play hard mentality. (When I snooped around on their Facebook page and saw pictures of some of the employees at a beer tasting, followed by a few behind-the-scenes shots at a recent TV commercial shoot, I was sold.)

Downside: it’s on the opposite side of town. Aka a solid 30 minute commute. I know it could be worse…

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…but my previous employer was 7 minutes away (I know, SPOILED much) and I’m very, very nervous about winter driving. But I’m sure I’ll adjust. I’ll have plenty of time to listen to podcasts, anyway.

I’m SO excited, and SO nervous. I’ve only had one full-time job in my life, so I’m very used to the way things were there. And I’ve never worked for a marketing company. So obviously there will be lots of learning to do.

My first taste of culture shock so far: I’ll be issued a Mac laptop. I’ve been a diehard PC girl my entire life. Gulp…

I’m also obviously very nervous about Mason’s transition to daycare. BUT I also think it’s going to be great for him, and I have a feeling it’s going to be harder on me than him. We actually started touring daycares this morning, and I already feel so, SO much better about the whole idea after getting just a taste of daycare life.

We loved the place we toured this morning. It came highly recommended by some friends of ours, and after looking around and meeting some of the staff, we were not at all disappointed.

My favorite thing about it: they have a nutritionist on staff who’s well informed about food allergies, label reading, and substitutions. (In case you’re new here: my son’s allergic to 10+ foods, including all 8 of the most common allergens.) This is huge for us.

What a weight off my shoulders it would be to have someone else (someone way more qualified than me) preparing his meals and finding a variety of food options he can actually eat. Plus, I’d finally have a nutritionist who actually knows my kid to run my questions by and get advice from (we’ve been on a waiting list to see a clinical nutritionist here in town for MONTHS).

Since we were touring right before lunchtime today, I was able to see some of the food that was getting prepared for the kids. I was impressed by how healthy it all looked! No boxed junk or sketchy off-colored meats anywhere. And we were shown exactly how meals for food-allergic kids were carefully labeled with their names and kept separate from the rest of the food. Thank goodness for the highly evolved kids’ nutrition policies they have these days!

We originally considered in-home care for Mason, since it seems like the easiest transition from staying home, but given his allergies (and a few other reasons), we decided that a center would be the best fit. Fingers crossed…

Here’s to the next chapter!

Any advice for me? About transitioning to daycare, or maybe, using a Mac??

Suggestions for what to look for in a daycare??

How about podcast/commute entertainment recommendations?

   

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Presley @ Run Pretty October 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

WOO HOO!!!!! I hope you LOVE it!
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Tiffany October 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Congrats on the new job!

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Congratulations! I’m looking for a job in the same field, so it gives me more hope since you found one!
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Ali October 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

Congrats on getting a job! That’s awesome and it sounds like a fun one too. I haven’t ever taken my child to daycare, but I know they say to not make an appointment when you go look – just walk in. I would look for low ratios of caretaker to kids too!

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Jenny October 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

CONGRATS!!!!!!

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Katie @ running4cupcakes October 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

woo hooooooooo!!! Congratulations! And I am so excited and impressed that you found such an awesome daycare for Mason. :) I know he will love it. can’t wait to hear more about the new job and the transition.

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Michelle October 10, 2013 at 8:34 am

Congrats!!! I love using a Mac — you may never want to use a PC again :)

And you’re little guy is going to do great at daycare! Finding one that makes YOU feel good is SO important.
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Carrie @ Eight Crazy Soles October 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Congrats!! That is great news! I am glad you may have found a daycare too!
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Thanks Carrie!

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Lisa @ Lisa Living Well October 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Congrats Kim! That’s so exciting and a big relief for you!

I love using a Mac (at home) and hate using a PC at work. My parents are in their 70’s and adjusted quickly to using a Mac after using PCs their whole life, so I am sure you’ll be fine!

Good luck with the commute. I love America’s Test Kitchen’s podcast, Dishing Up Nutrition, and any NPR podcasts.
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thanks Lisa! That is pretty encouraging news. :) I’m sure the Mac business will be totally fine–just a change for me!

Thanks for the podcast suggestions, I haven’t heard of either of those 2!!

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Alex @ Alex Runs For Food October 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I used to be a PC lover until I got a mac!!!! I love my Mac. I’ve had it for 3 years now and no problems yet at all!!! Once you learn the shortcuts you will be fine. I would guess that they will have someone show you the basics.
Congrats on the new job. Can’t wait to hear about it.
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thanks Alex!!

I keep hearing about these shortcuts! I’ll make sure I get the full scoop on those.

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Tawny October 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Congratulations on your new job!
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thanks Tawny!!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Woo hoo! Congratulations on your new job! How exciting. :) You will do great, as will Mason!
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Thanks friend! I appreciate your confidence! :)

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claire October 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Congrats on the job and finding good day care!!!

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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Thanks Claire!! Still not 100% sure on the daycare…do you have any recommendations??

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Claire October 10, 2013 at 9:59 am

Kim,
I wish I could help you in that area, but I don’t know enough about any particular daycare to refer you any place specific. Is that a daycare or preschool off High Point Rd, near the intersection of Mid Town? I know past customers of mine have sent their kids there and spoke highly of it!
Claire

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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate October 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm

YAY! Congrats to you, Kim! You’ll get used to the commute– hopefully you will have a month or two to adapt before any true WI snowstorms hit!
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Ugh, seriously. I can’t even think about those yet! I made sure to ask how they felt about working remotely at my interview. :) Cuz umm, it’s gonna happen.

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome October 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Congratulations! I new that you would get a job soon! That is very exciting news! I too have only had one full time job and that is one fear I have about going back to work. I was so comfortable at my previous job that starting all over is so scary to me. However, at the same time, it’s exciting and fun!

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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Giselle!!

Are you considering going back too???

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char eats greens October 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

First of all, CONGRATS! And I have to say, I’m happy they have you switching to a mac. I promise you’ll love it in no time. Just learn how to do the little shortcuts and you’ll be laughing!! I’m a diehard mac/apple lover and hopefully you will become too.

When you mentioned the only have one FT job in your life, I think I’m actually in the same boat, which seems so odd when you actually say it. It makes me feel very juvenile, in a sense haha. You are going to be such an awesome edition to their team. Woot woot!!
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Great to hear about macs!! I’m sure I’ll be fine, just a change for me. :) I was actually pretty jealous of all the cute little mac laptops all the girls at the blogging conference I went to had, while I was stuck with my ginormous clunky PC. :) Finally, I can be fashionable!!

Haha, I know, the one job thing is weird. I can’t decide if staying at one job for a long time (which is sorta what I did before) or having multiple jobs looks better on a resume. Variety of experience vs. loyalty? Who knows! Anyway, yeah, it’s going to be a massive culture shock!!

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Kendall October 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Congrats!!!
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Thanks Kendall!

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Heidi October 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Yay!! Congrats on the new job :D

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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Thanks!! :)

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Kim October 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Congratulations!! So exciting!!
I hope you find the perfect day-care for your little one!
Once you get used to the Mac you will love it – I’ve been using a macBook Pro for almost 5 years and can’t imagine ever going back to a PC.
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

That’s exactly what I’ll be getting. Good to hear!! I’m seeing a definite trend in these comments about macs being the way to go. :) Maybe it’s about time I got up to speed?

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Em October 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Woohoo I love the job news that’s amazing! Well done you can’t wait to hear about it.
The daycare you toured sounds fab, great to know there are people who will be fully in charge of everything while he’s there, I hope it will put your mind at ease too while you’re at work.
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Yeah, seeing a place today definitely calmed some of my nerves a bit! I’m sure we’ll all adjust.

Thanks Em!

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Jenny October 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Congrats! Agencies are the best :)
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Thanks! I hope I fit in! :)

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Jessie @ The Healthy Spread October 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Congratulations!!! :) So happy for you!
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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Thanks Jessie!!

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Julie October 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

CONGRATS!

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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Thanks Julie!! So scared!! :)

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Amanda October 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Congrats on the job!!! You’re going to LOVE working at a marketing company. Sounds very similar to the place I work! :-)

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Kim October 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I hope it is! Haven’t heard a word about free beer yet… :)

Thanks!!

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