Five Minute Friday: Stretch

The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, or over thinking. Just write.

Today’s Topic: Stretch


I stretch in the morning to waken the muscles that have been asleep all night. I take in a deep breath and yawn. It feels good to get oxygen in my lungs and to my brain.

It’s Friday!

The introvert in me loves Fridays because I get to work from home and have a mostly quiet day, at least from the comings and goings of the office space around me during the rest of the week. I get to move at my own pace. I use my time to catch up on things that got put aside and follow up on the tasks that I started earlier in the week. It feels good to clean out my Inbox.

As the last stretch of the day approaches, I start to cook a healthy meal for my husband and I to enjoy. Tonight’s meal is going to be grilled squash quesadillas. I can’t wait to give this new recipe a try! I love cooking, and I enjoy hearing the feedback.

So I stretch again to get my work day started after thinking of the plans that I have for my day. It’s going to be a good one!


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Simple Escapes

Today I took the time to walk for 30 minutes during lunch, and I am so glad that I did!

Two years ago when I made a job change, I worked in the basement of the hospital that connected three buildings, so essentially I had access to an indoor walking track about a half mile in two directions. Several other people had the same idea, and I would pass them sometimes on my walks. Of course, the basement is also where a lot of other behind-the-scenes work goes on, like transportation of supplies, food, linens and such, so I was never alone during my walks in the somewhat creepy basement.

However busy it might have been in the basement, I was still alone in my thoughts. This became my quiet time to reflect on whatever it was on my mind. I walked 4 days a week for 30 minutes during lunch, as well as two other times a day during my breaks for 10 minutes each. The routine certainly helped me lose the weight that I lost during that time.

About a year later my office moved, and I no longer had the convenience of my indoor walking track. My walking fell by the wayside, and so did my quiet times. I kept saying that I was going to find an alternative and never did.

Now another year later, and I find myself wanting to exercise more…or dare I say NEED to exercise more as I am on my post-op gastric bypass journey. My office (and job) has changed once more, and while I’m not working in the basement, I am working in a nearby building.

I find all kinds of excuses NOT to walk, but today I found an excuse TO walk. My goal is to find more of these times to walk when my work load isn’t too terribly crazy, and I can get out for 30 minutes. Another goal is to once again use this time to reflect on the blessings in my life and enjoy the quiet time. Maybe putting that positive spin on it will make me want to do it instead of it feeling like it’s torture.

What do you do for your simple escape or quiet time? 

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I am very much a task and goal oriented person. A big part of my job is testing the scheduling software that nurses and other staff use to schedule their shifts at the medical center where I work. We have been testing a new release from our vendor since the fall.

Seriously…for more than 6 months.

There’s several steps and processes and stages and blah,blah,blah. We’ve set a goal of being completely done by July 23rd. I am taking time off from work starting July 23rd for 2-6 weeks, which means that this deadline is pretty much in stone unless something comes up that just cannot be resolved by then. I have 3 other co-workers but only 1 does has the same job as me. I REALLY don’t want to put all of that on her or the other 2, so I am busting you-know-what to get through all of the testing, which involves working from home in the evenings.

It’s not so bad, really.

I watch tv…or rather, I have it on in the background, and my feet are up in the recliner. I’m relaxed.

I would say that this is the first job that I cared enough about to work from home in the evenings, but that’s not entirely true….though there haven’t been many that I would. This is, however, the first job I’ve had where I CAN work from home like this and also my first salary job, so I don’t feel like I am being cheated since I am not paid by the hour.

Anyway, the point of my post really was to say that I love deadlines! Man, they’re stressful, but I work SO MUCH BETTER when I have a deadline. Maybe it shouldn’t be that way, but I guess it helps me see the goal and what I am working toward.

So July 23rd, Just Bring It!

P.S. I guess this is the first time I’ve ever posted about work here.