I must say how very supported I suddenly feel at work by the next level up of management - just bumped into a manager for a different section who was worried and asked me how job hunting was going. She has given a couple of contracts out too this week. And it was on her advice that I sent my CV to the branch manager who passed it on when my soon to be new manager asked him for names of people with contracts up. So actually, a lot of concern and looking after staff, which is really nice.
And one of my friends here in this section will be coming over to the new branch with me - she has a longer contract, so that is a definite extra plus.
Onto other things - I have a headache today and I had one yesterday too and this is noticeable because they'd gone away by and large. Yesterday I was not good with the tea drinking and it's funny how much quicker you dehydrate from hydrated. I can't work out if I always felt this bad before or if your body learns to cope better with long term dehydration. I even had that very tired, sleepy thing last night. On the other hand, I *was* tired all the time before. (I've been keeping up with Vit B though which has also really helped - mood, energy levels, sleep etc)
I found a new cafe this week, just round the corner from here - found as in, finally went looking for it having been told about it ages ago. My coffee partner is on leave at the moment and I didn't fancy making my coffee myself without her. It's a lovely little coffee house, reminds me of the one in the little village of N's just outside of London when I stayed with her. But the important thing is they are lovers of good, healthy food and they clearly label everything as additive and preservative free.
I still have the hives situation - in that, I don't have them as I have stripped my diet all the way back to basics and any mess up results in hives. It's probably going to be like this for a while now. So the fact that I know their muffins are safe to eat is a good thing. But I also noticed they have a farmers market on Saturdays and I've been contemplating going along.
Last weekend I finally cleaned out and tidied up most of my kitchen. I'll tackle the pantry this weekend. But the tidiness and organisation had me in a good mood Monday night and I baked myself muffins for the week, with ingredients I was in control of. Slowly this week I have come to realise that I might need to return to cooking all my own food from scratch, like I did last time, so as to totally detox and avoid my allergens. In time, I think it will settle down again and I won't have to do this forever.
I've stripped my diet back but I very easily default to bad eating, being vegetarian on top of it. I kind of like the idea of playing around a bit and getting back into the kitchen - I don't mind it if its planned and organised. If I know what I am doing. Often my kitchen looks like a stereotypical bachelor's - condiments in the fridge, vodka in the freezer, nothing remotely edible on demand. I think callistra
blogged her mixed veggie box from Coles the other day and I know that kathrynlinge
used to love getting one in England and having the challenge of using all the veggies up in interesting ways. I think I could be up for something like that, maybe? Especially now that I know the kind of work I'll be doing in the very short term. (Not sure I could do it if I have a city commute to do.)
It's where I think I am going with all of this. Another one of those "flick the switch on states" things.