So what exactly have I been doing since I last posted in April of 2011? Let’s catch up shall we?
Although I really liked my job at the social media marketing agency, I was spending a lot of time working on web development projects and I knew that’s not where I wanted my career to take me. An opportunity came knocking through a friend and in June of last year I was offered a new job working in market research. I absolutely love it. Working in qualitative research (online live chats, focus groups, one on one interviews) allows me to connect with people and even use some of my psych skills that had gone a bit stagnant since 2007. I work with amazing people, have an awesome boss who is a fantastic teacher and one of the best parts is that the office is right in Circular Quay so my 20 minute ferry commute on the harbour is beautiful!
We had our 2nd annual Christmas party and it was a big hit! 🙂 It all started with my 101 in 1001 project which inspired me to start that tradition. And since we hosted our party as a “be a star chef” fundraiser, I also raised over $1000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. I did A LOT of cooking (and eating) and loved every minute of it.
We went skydiving… twice!! The first time Andrew and I went for Valentines day. You know, the whole “I love you so let’s jump out of a plane” thing- romantic right? The second time we took our 60+ year old dads! It was definitely one of the best things I’ve done! And to think, just back in 2007 I didn’t think I’d have the guts to do it.
In January, I won tickets to spend the night at the Opera House. We were the first group of adults to ever have this privilege since the landmark opened in 1973. It was a pretty great opportunity, even if the floor “beds” (more like yoga mats) were the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever slept on. Waking up to views of the bridge and the harbour was pretty amazing.
In April two girlfriends and I went to Bali. We found cheap tickets through an airline running a new route and so we jumped on the offer. In hindsight, the extra 9 (yes… an extra NINE) hours it took us to fly through Kuala Lumpur get to Bali probably negated the excitement of the cheap tickets but in the end we had an awesome time.
A few weeks ago I went back to California for the first time in nearly a year. A lot seemed to have changed. Was it just that I had been gone for so long or were things actually different? And did I mention the babies? Holy crap my friends had a lot of babies. Aside from baby overload, I had a wonderful time catching up with family and friends. Oh, and the shopping, boy did I shop. I sometimes forget how much I love finding clothes that cost under $20.
And finally, today I started the diet from hell. Over the last few years I’ve had a lot of medical issues (mostly stomach related) and recently I’ve had lots of tests done and have spent hundreds of dollars on doctors. After numerous dead ends I decided that I wanted to try an elimination diet to try and find any dietary culprits for my symptoms. Well, today is Day 1 of a long and challenging diet that will hopefully set me straight and help me to start feeling better. Get ready for “hunger for food with taste” induced bitch sessions in days and weeks ahead.