31 Oct

Oh Boy.

I could get used to this.

Today is the end of my fourth day off.

And I got news today that management is cutting more hours this week, so I don’t have to go in tomorrow either.

There was a time this would have devastated me.  Hurt my feelings.  Made me feel I’m not important.

But now….

I’m jumping for joy!  I’m tired of giving them everything I have, and receiving nothing in return.  And it comes at a great time.  My oldest son, Link is going to an eye specialist tomorrow, and it’s not going to be good news. He was going to have to go by himself, but now I am able to go with him.  It warms my heart that I get to be there for him.  I need it, and he probably does too.

So what did I do with all my days off?

Well…… nothing.  At least for three of the days.  I treated myself to multiple Dumb Days.

But today, I felt like I should probably do something.

I spent an hour filling out an on-line application (what happened to the good ol’ fashioned days of dressing up and going to the place to apply?)  Once I was done selling myself as best I could in short little boxes….

I treated myself to some baking.

My new mixer had yet to be used, but it got some serious breaking in today.

For months I’ve been stockpiling some baked donut recipes, and I was able to try out two of them today.  My donut pans were a ‘thank you’ (in a sense) from my friend Jules.  She’d given me a gift certificate to Bed, Bath and Beyond for baking cupcakes for our friend’s baby shower!  I think I spent it wisely.

Baked Donut with Brown Sugar Glaze

Cakey Cake Donut

I also topped some with cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar.

The pumpkin donuts had a little different texture, but were just as yummy.

More muffiny in texture

Of course, if you make donuts, you must have donut holes.

Pumpkin Donut Holes rolled in Cinnamon Sugar

Extra points if you noticed that there were some banana muffins sharing the cooling rack with the donut holes.

Banana Muffins

What I like most about my KitchenAid mixer, is that while it’s mixing I can gather other ingredients, or check on items in the oven, making it very easy to bake multiple recipes in one day! Gotta love it!

So, it’s been a pretty good break from work.  My heart’s been flip-flopping between being happy and being sad, however.  I’m saddened by the devastation in the north east, and my prayers go out to everyone, especially Meleah.  And I’m saddened for my son.  I’ll explain more after we see the doc, but please keep him in your thoughts and/or prayers.


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10 responses to “Overdumbed

  1. agg79

    October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

    The expression: Idle hands at the devil’s playthings comes to mind but I am sure they didn’t mean doughnuts. Definitely a decadent way to spend a day (or two) off. Good luck on your online quest. I hope that you get positive results from checking all those little boxes. To me, it is hard to sell yourself in an online application. I may be old school, but I still prefer a face-to-face meeting to size up a person/

    Good luck to Link on his trip to the eye doctor. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope he gets some good news (or at least not the news you are fearing). And I’m still praying for Meleah. I am hoping that they rode out the storm safely and there is not too much damage at their place.

    • shadowrun300

      October 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      It’s VERY hard to sell yourself online – well, in a career sense! But these days, not too many places take walk-in applications, or allow unplanned meetings. I plan to mail my resume to a few places and continue applying online. We’ll see how it goes.
      Thanks for the good wishes for Link. Based on his first visit, it’s definitely not pretty – but I’m hoping the specialist can tell us there is an easy cure. Hoping…. but not confident…
      As for Meleah, I hope she’s just out of power and that everything else is okay. Guess we won’t know for sure until she’s up and running again.

  2. Rock Chef

    October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Sounds like this is just what the doctor ordered!

    Baked doughnuts? Never heard of them, but it sounds like a great idea. I will look them up!

    Good luck with Link’s eye test – at least you will be there now.

    • shadowrun300

      October 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      It really has been a nice few (5 to be exact) days off. My paycheck will suffer, but some things are more important than money… right?
      Thanks for the good wishes for Link. I’ll explain more after his appointment. It’s been too sad for me to think about, and I don’t want to jump to unnecessary conclusions

  3. Abby

    October 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I’m glad you’re getting a welcome break from the rat race. I think you’ve needed it. And yes, online applications are the first filter. I bet you’ll be called in for a face-to-face soon.
    And breaking in that KitchenAid mixer in style! Donuts, muffins – how to decide?!
    I share your trepidation about Link. You briefly mentioned an eye problem earlier. I’m glad that you’ll be with him at the specialist’s. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

    • shadowrun300

      November 1, 2012 at 12:15 am

      I think what I really need is to move on. It’s never been more evident to me than these past few days.
      Love my KitchenAid mixer! And because it’s such a time saver, I don’t HAVE to decide between donuts and muffins! 🙂
      Stay tuned for a Link update…

  4. territerri

    October 31, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    The break from work couldn’t have come at a better time. It was obvious you needed some down time and clearly your family needs more of you right now too. You did the right thing, doing NOTHING and then doing something that you really enjoy. Glad you enjoyed your new Kitchen Aide.

    Keeping Link in my prayers!

    • shadowrun300

      November 1, 2012 at 12:20 am

      These past few days have been a real eye opener. I’m excited about the upcoming changes. I don’t mind working, I just need something closer and not as exhausting, so I have some of ME left to give my family.
      Thanks for your prayers! We may have a long road ahead of us….

  5. meleahrebeccah

    October 31, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Hoooray for Dumb Days and EXTRA days OFF! Wooooooooooooooooooooooooot!

    And OMG those donut holes look DELICIOUS!

    • shadowrun300

      October 31, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Hooray for you and ELECTRICITY! Even if you have to mooch off your brother to get it! 🙂


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