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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Done with the Studio Apartment

Finally I moved all my personal belongings from the studio apartment and turned the keys in. Now I am looking forward to getting my deposit back.

I left the IKEA stuff at the apartment and the realtor will try to rent it with them. If not, they will be donated. There is a white Queen sized TRYSIL bed, a white three drawer chest BRIMNES, and a white wardrobe.

Tomorrow we shall be driving to Ankara. Monday is a National Holiday. It is National Sovereignty and Children's Day in Turkey. On Tuesday, mom, my sister's FIL and I all have cardiologist appointments. We shall be coming back Wednesday night.

3-day weekend with lots of laundry and placing things back to where they belong. My back hurts and I want to sleep round the clock. Lol!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Life with Mom

I love my Mom to the moon and back. She is very very very organized and neat so, I have to be really careful about how I keep my place.

She has done a great job organizing many things around my home that I really didn't care about. I must admit, I like the way my place looks.

She is also cooking healthy stuff and my weight started to drop. I am very thankful that we have a good relationship and that we like to spend time with each other.

As long as I keep my things in place and not criticize her favorite TV shows, we are perfect! Lol!

She loves to watch the Turkish Version of Survivor. I hate that show. So, laptop and internet to the rescue!

I can carry on a meaningful conversation as I am surfing the Net and we are good.

Early June, we will be taking a vacation together.

I think, my sister and mother are on top of my blessings list.

I am gradually packing up my stuff at the Studio and moving them home. As I pack, I am getting rid of things that are unwanted. Tonight, I am planning to pack the rest of what I will take home and separate the things to be donated.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Set the Date: Out with the Old, In with the New

I finally decided upon the date to leave the company and told the new Management about it. Otherwise, it will be impossible for me to keep my sanity. Every single day is a struggle. I have never seen people changing their minds about everything so frequently.

I have made a list of what I should accomplish before leaving the company.

My set date is March 1st 2019. Of course, this date may change. It is not set in stone but, for me, it is something that makes me calmer. Now, I have something to work and look for.

Our Office assistant decided to leave within a few months as well. The Accounting Company to whom we outsource the accounting business has also declared that they will no longer be in the picture after the end of this year. So, come next year, the place will look very different.

I am also leaving the Studio Apartment within 10 days or so. For about 10 months it will be a hassle to go to work and come home but, that's doable. 

I am saving like crazy. My plan after quitting is to go back to working part-time on a few select projects that come my way. My passive income is enough to handle my living expenses and the extra I might be making will be for travel and home improvement projects.

I am financially independent as of now but, adding some more on top of my savings will help a lot more in the long run.

I am also thinking of not buying a car at least for a while. It makes a lot more sense to use ZipCar and similar services. I will give it a shot for at least three months to see if that works but there is still a looong time to consider all these.

Friday, March 30, 2018

On the Fast Track

Life has been very stressful, busy and fast lately. I have been gaining weight because, I was burying my feelings in carbs. I made a bargain with mom. She will come and stay with me for a long time and I will eat only what she serves me. She had been feeling lonely for quiet a while so, she agreed.

Not a single day passes by that I do not question whether I should keep on working here or not. It is not the load of work but rather, the constant turmoil created by the new CEO. He has never worked as a CEO before and has the attention span of a three year old. Completely lacks strategic thinking. This week, I am feeling especially drained. It feels like my life energy is being sucked by Death eaters of Harry Potter.

I constantly remind myself to be patient.

On a frugal note; I will soon be the proud owner of a second hand threadmill at no cost. I have always wanted one but did not want to pay a lot of money for it. My ex-boss did not want to take home his when he sold the company and I asked him if I can have it. So, hopefully next week or so, it will be delivered to my apartment.

I am also going to give up the Studio Apartment by the end of April. The new office will be closer to the bridge and I can commute from my primary residence. Besides,I do not even know how long I will be working at this Zoo. I have tremendous trouble sleeping at the place anyway. Some significant savings there too. I am so glad. Maintaining two places was difficult. Initally, it was worthwhile but lately no more. Especially after I have found out that, part of my insomnia is due to the noisy place.

Today I am in Ankara at our office there. In about an hour, I will go see my eye doctor and then meet two babyhood friends over a cup of coffee.

Tomorrow, I have to be at the airport at 7 a.m. to meet my sister who will be flying in just for the day to get her scars checked and stitches removed after mole removal surgery. She had three moles on her face that looked pretty ugly. I will get an injection for my back pain as she deals with her own doctor. Then, we will have a Girls day out with mom.

On Sunday, I am heading back with mom to Istanbul. So, not much resting this weekend but that's OK.

What are your weekend plans?

Friday, March 23, 2018

Reminders to Self

Sometimes I forget what is important in life. I get caught up in life's worries such as work related stuff and forget to focus on the really important things.

Here is my List:

- Self-health,
- Family
- Financially Independent Future

Of these three, I somehow pay attention to Family the most but lately I have been ignoring my health by gaining weight as a result of eating out and eating unhealthy food which also hurt my budget which in turn hurts my projected Financial Independence Day. These indirectly affect my relationship with my family too.

I know I eat unhealthy stuff when I am stressed. This drives me into an insane vicious circle where I get stressed and eat and gain weight and get stressed even further. So, as of today, I am stopping that. My back hurts which makes me impossible to walk. I have to go get a shot and will do that this week.

I cannot believe how fast the days go by but I am not sure whether it is a good thing or not.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Decision Making and Responsibility: Out with the Old, In With the New

I am being buried under loads of work lately. On top of that, everybody is asking me everything.

I am so tired of having to answer all questions.

- The lawnmover is broken. What should we do?
- Get it fixed if fixing costs below such and such amount.

- We shall be letting this person go. What should we do?
-Ask the lawyer.
- The lawyaer says this and that. How should we proceed?
- Do this and that.

- May I leave ten minutes early?
- Yes.

- So and so has worked all night, shall I give him the day off?
- Yesss! Sure! (Or rather no, make him work like a slave so that he finally leaves the company and sues our artses off).

All day long I probably answer 100 questions 95 of which are plain simple or dumb. I simply cannot concentrate.

And no, they are not asking me all the time just because they look up to me or they value my opinion or they find me reliable. They are asking because they do not want to take on the responsibility associated with decision making.

Today, I stayed home to catch up on my work in silence. Thankfully, I only got 20 calls or so.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cannot Believe February is Over!

Life is on the fast track lately. The second month of the New Year is gone! Pooof! Just like that! Wow! When did that happen?

Yesterday we had our first Board meeting and it went well.

I have so much to do in the upcoming months, I am sure, the year will be over before I can realize it.

Today, I had to take care of a gazillion little things and thankfully, I am done with all those small tasks. Now I can concentrate on some projects.

I have been ignoring my weight. That's not good. I want to get back on track a.s.a.p.

There is a facebook group I belong to. There had been calls for help for two school libraries and one for our soldiers fighting terrorists in the South.  I bought books online and also from second hand shops to send to the schools. My second box has been sent. I have another box of books to be sent to High School Students. I am waiting for instructions as to where to send it.

I have also sent 30 care packages to our brave soldiers. I selected undergarments and socks to be sent. Other people will be sending different items such as packaged foods and etc.

Now, I am looking forward to Spring and moving to the new office.