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I could get used to 4-day weekends every weekend...

When I applied for my current position, initially there was talk that it could be a 36-hour a week one, but silly me, I said "Let's just keep it at 40 and see how it goes, shall we?". As I was new to the job and environment, of course I was eager and perhaps a little too accommodating. I took on extra work and have done more than my fair share of overtime. It paid off, too, inasmuch as I got my contract extended; but now there's no question of me reducing my hours. On the contrary, with my manager so impressed with my progress she's indicated she's got me pegged for a senior position, I don't think now's the time to start asking to work less. She obviously thinks I'm as big a workaholic as she is.

Not that I really need more time off; not now when I'm sleeping better. What a difference a good pillow makes! It was an impulse buy picked up in a sale, I didn't think I needed another pillow, but when I woke up the next morning, I was amazed to find that I could actually sit up in bed without feeling as if I were being sawn in half. Before, I always had to sort of roll out of bed and then slowly and carefully, using all fours, get myself into a standing position. My back would be killing me, but now...I won't say I'm free of pain entirely, but it's manageable. And I don't feel so tired anymore, although that could just be down to the arrival of spring. Still, I wish things could go back to the way things were before I had my recurring bouts of sciatica, because every time I've had them I seem to be worse off.

This afternoon, I'm going to see Kate Winslet in The Reader; afterwards, I believe we're going to try out a new Mexican place. Beans and guacamole, when I feel fat enough already...::sigh:: yes, I have been putting on weight over the winter, and I'm not happy about it. If only I could instill some discipline in myself!

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cheesygirl
Apr. 13th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
Goodness, what sort of wonder pillow is this? I have yet to find a pillow that I like completely and lately mine has been leaving me with a sore neck in the mornings.
gamiila
Apr. 14th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I don't think it's any kind of Wonder Pillow TM at all, just an ordinary plump eiderdown one. Maybe it being the fifth pillow on my bed just makes it at just the right elevation for me to reap the benefits.
enigmaticblues
Apr. 13th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Enjoy your day off! I'm here at work, but I have a long weekend coming up.
gamiila
Apr. 14th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Well then, enjoy your long weekend when it comes!
curiouswombat
Apr. 13th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
I was amazed, too, at how much better my back became when I bought a proper neck-supporting pillow some years ago. It is so much a part of my bed now that I don't even think about it...until I stay in a hotel.
gamiila
Apr. 14th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I had no idea such a simple thing as a pillow could have such a beneficial effect. Now I wish I'd bought two...
__kali__
Apr. 13th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
I bought an £80 mattress topper from Ikea and it's changed my life, I sleep at least twice as long and don't wake up with crippling back pain. It really does fill me with joy.
gamiila
Apr. 14th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yup, my mood's been lifted as well. Who'd have thunk, eh?
pfeifferpack
Apr. 13th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
I can certainly relate to both the back problems AND the winter weight gain. You are not alone.

The proper pillow and bed make all the difference. I'm still trying to find the right one for me (then the means to afford it LOL).

Well. 40 hours isn't terrible and you are used to it and that seem to appreciate you so that's okay too.

*hugs*
Kathleen
gamiila
Apr. 14th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
40 hours is perfectly manageable, but when I think of the French and their 35-hour week, I do start to feel a touch envious. Plus, they can have wine with their lunches, and no one bats an eyelid.
bogwitch
Apr. 13th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the ecard. I think that's the one and only Easter card I have ever received!

I hope you had a good Easter.
gamiila
Apr. 14th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
That's one more than I got...I'm just glad I remembered to send some this year. I'm usually quite bad at this sort of thing.
podge9
Apr. 14th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
This mattress topper is the shiz but I am yet to find a pillow that I can say is 100% comfortable. Maybe one day.
gamiila
Apr. 14th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Perhaps the trick is not to look for one? I found mine entirely by accident; perhaps you can do the same.

I must remember to look for that mattrass topper next time I'm in Ikea. Ordinarily I'd balk at the price tag, but if it means I can get a good night's sleep every night, I think it's well worth the money.
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