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An Update

It’s race week!!!

On Saturday my dad and I will be running the Longview Half in Grandview, Mo and then in Sunday we’ll be tackling the Gobbler Grind Half in Overland Park, KS!!

I am completely and overwhelming underprepared…πŸ˜‚

For the past 6 weeks I was hardly able to do any running let alone any actual training. My new job was absolutely beating the hell out of me and I got to the point where I wasn’t healing or recovering at all. My body was bruised and beaten down and every week just seemed to add more fatigue on top of it all. I was really hoping that I would end up adjusting to it all, but things just got progressively worse and worse and never really improved.

Cuts, scrapes, and bruises that just never seemed to go away.

At this point my wrist and hands have been red, swollen, and painful for weeks now. My hands and wrists are small, delicate, and have always been the weakest point of my body. And having to rip apart cat litter boxes ever 15 minutes just completely did them in. They even got to the point that they would throb with every step that I take when I’m running.

Instead of adjusting to the work the fatigue just seemed to pile up week after week. I literally couldn’t function when I would get home from my 12 hour shifts and on my days off I could barely get anything done. I tried to keep up with running, but mostly I just ended up cutting every run super short. Oh and my hair started falling out in clumps, so that’s cool.

Plus all of the dust in that place was just killing my asthmatic lungs. Your cat litter might say that it’s “low dust” but I can assure you that it’s not… Oh and we can’t forget this gem!

I know I probably sound like a whiny, ungrateful bitch right now but this was my reality for the past 6 weeks.

But last night I broke down and I quit my job at the cat litter factory. I just couldn’t do it anymore. I feel like I had to do it for my own physical and mental well being.

Honestly I don’t like having to admit that o couldn’t handle it. I’m not proud of how badly this job beat me down. I really did want it to work out. It was the best paying job that o could ever get, being uneducated and unskilled as I am. But the reality is that I just couldn’t handle it.

Plus on top of all of the physical stuff the blatant sexism and…I’m not sure what to call the “compliments” were really starting to get to me. I think it’s a little obvious that it’s mostly men who work jobs like this so it was mostly men that I worked with. The amount of times I got called a “pretty girl” was irritating, but what really pissed me off we’re comments like “you can’t stand around and look pretty all day when you work here” and “you can’t be pretty AND run the line at the same time”. Those were real, actual things that were said to me! They were meant to be jokes, I guess, but they sure didn’t feel that way. Ugh.

And yesterday a woman who works there who kind of took me under her wing told me the best thing I could do was keep my head down, do my job, and be careful what I say and who I say it to because the men there really do treat women differently. I really do appreciate her looking out for me, but hearing that was just a huge bummer on top of everything else…

So there you have it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I’m still looking for another job and hopefully I’ll end up working again soon, but at this point I’m just glad that I never have to step foot in that place again.

Anyway, back to race week stuff!!

So I’m hoping that I can get enough rest and recover enough that these half marathons don’t go too poorly. Although at this point I’ve accepted that they’re going to be very painful and we’re definitely going to be the party in the back for both half’s. Hahaha but at least my dad will be right there with me for them both, so I won’t be suffering alone! He’s been going through some shit as well and he hasn’t done any training either. πŸ˜‚ Oh well, we always have a lot of fun together, no matter what we’re doing. Like running a 10k in the mountains that I also was not prepared for. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Aaand to top it all off, I’m a little bit ill. Cool! πŸ™ƒ But I don’t feel as bad as I usually do when I’m sick so I’m hoping that continues to be the case! Or that I just start feeling better by this weekend! I’ve been chugging water with Nuun immunity tablets in it though and I like to think that’s helping! Even if it is just a placebo effect (which I don’t think it is. At least not entirely). My shitty immune system needs all of the help it can get, so hopefully between the Nuun, the no longer working at the cat litter factory, and all of the rest I plan on doing over the next few days help me get over this thing quickly!

Anyway, today I’ve been resting and relaxing and doing some light house work. Just trying to slowly catch up on all of the things that have fallen to the wayside over the past 6 weeks, ya dig? It was a good day, but my favorite part was not having to wake up at 4 am and getting to sleep in until 8, and then waking up to Finn laying on my feet and Dean cuddled up to my back. I think the dogs have missed me as much as I’ve missed spending time with them. They’re the best.

Alrighty, that’s all for today! But I can promise you I’ll be keeping this blog more up to date now that I’m not killing my self slowly by working at the Clorox plant anymore.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween and has a fantastic November!!

~Ashley

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First Sunday Shift, $20 Off Of Oiselle, and Other Randomness

First of all, look at how itty bitty Whiskey was a year ago!!

I mean, she’s still itty bitty now. But she’s always been tiny, apparently. πŸ˜‚ Oh well. She’s healthy and happy and that’s all that matters.

In other dog related news “PuppyPuppy” went to go live with his new owners, my father-in-law, step-mother-in-law, and youngest brother-in-law, last weekend. Apparently he’s adjusting well and they’ve finally settled on a name for him! A name that Luke and I both approve of! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ They’re calling him “Yadi” after the Cardinals player Yadier Molina and I can definitely get on board with that! They were originally going to call him “Po” after the character in Kung Fu Panda and I’m sure glad that’s not what they settled on. He doesn’t look like a “Po” in my opinion.

Look at those ears!!

Anyway, Yesterday was my first Sunday shift, meaning this is my first 4 days in a row of 12 hour days. I am already exhausted. And bruised. And scraped up. And sore… But 2 days are down two more to go!

I thought about running when I got home tonight. Like, I really considered doing it. But I was just too tired and hungry and wanted to wash all of the cat litter remnants off of me. So that’s what I did. But first I had to get all of my shit ready for tomorrow while making Luke his dinner. While also shoving leftover pizza in my face.

Maybe one day I’ll actually start running in the first half of the week. But we’ll see. Haha just watch though, once I finally get used to all of this and actually feel like I can squeeze in a run or 2 after work, they’re gonna switch me to nights and I’ll have to go through an adjustment period all over again…I’m currently praying that one of the other jobs I’ve applied to hires me. I’m just…yeah. Not great right now.

I’m better news, I caved and finally bought a nice, long sleeved Oiselle top!

I’ve been eyeing the FLYTE long sleeve top for a while now, but $68 is a lot for one top…

But I have been wanting to kind of revamp my running wardrobe for a while now. Most of my gear is pretty old and some of it is getting really worn out. And not gonna lie, I just want some nicer stuff. πŸ˜‚ So I bought this top! I’ve heard lots of good things about it and I adore the Oiselle tights I’ve had for a while now, so I’ve been wanting to get some more Oiselle gear. Plus this color is just…😍😍😍

Hahaha it still took me like 30 minutes to actually buy the damn thing! I kept going back and forth with myself, but I’m glad I did finally buy it. πŸ˜‚

After I made my purchase Oiselle gave me a code for $20 to share with friends. So if you’ve been wanting to make a Oiselle purchase now might be the time! That shit is expensive! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

Save $20 on your next Oiselle order.

Plus if you do use the link above I’ll also get $20 off of my next order and I already know what I’m going to get! Lighting bolt tights!!! ⚑️⚑️⚑️

Anyway, I guess that’s all for today.

The lemon grass scented cat litter that we’re currently running gives me a horrible headache so I can’t think of anything else I wanted to mention today, but I know there was something else. πŸ˜‚ Plus I need to be in bed in an hour anyway.

It’s only Monday and I’m already so over this week…

~Ashley

That Factory Work Life

My first “week” (because unless you’re working mandatory over-time you work 3 days a week plus every third Sunday) is done! Thank God!!

I’m not going to sugar coat this, trying to adjust to this job/our new life has been fucking hard. For everyone, I think, but obviously me. Obviously.

But my husband is used to coming home to a house with most of the chores done. Haha I can’t say “clean” because we you have 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 ferrets, a rabbit, and 7 chickens, nothing is truly every spotlessly clean. πŸ˜‚ He’s also used to having his dinner made and breakfast and lunch ready for the next day. And never having to worry if the dishes or laundry is done.

Nope. None of that is happening anymore. At least not when I have to work. I have to be at work before he does and he gets home before I do now.

The poor dogs have to be kept inside for 12 hours on days that I work now. That’s not as big of an issue for Lily as it is for Dean, Finn, and Whiskey. They prefer to spend their days outside. It’s just more exiting out there, running around and burning off energy. But since I’m gone they have to be kept inside. Mostly so they don’t get caught on any bad weather. But also just in case anything else were to ever happen to them.

Daisy (the rabbit) hasn’t been able to be outside in her hutch either for the same reasons. And she hasn’t been able to run freely through the house like she does most days. The chickens have had to be in their inner coop because I can’t keep an eye on them through the day and they haven’t been getting any treats/kitchen scraps. And the cats are being extra needy because they aren’t getting kitty cuddles through the day.

And then there’s me.

I hurt everywhere. My shoulders, arms, abs, and back are all currently throbbing. Mostly because this is a super physical job. My arms and legs are covered with scratches and bruises from loading cat litter boxes into a machine that fills them with litter. My wrists and hands hurt like hell because they’ve always been pathetically weak and delicate. That’s actually been and issues for me in other areas of life that I won’t get into now. I have a bruise on the heal of my hand from I have no fucking clue. My toes are bruised because my steel toed boots are shitty (they were $30 at Walmart. Do big recommend. You get what you pay for. I just didn’t have the money at the time for nicer boots). And since my boots are shitty my feet ache. I’m fucking exhausted and have to be in bed by 8pm on work nights because I have to be up by 4 am and if I go to bed any later than that I’d be even worse off. Since I get off at 5pm that means I have 3 hours off to do anything before I have to go to sleep, wake up, and do it all over again. It’s a fucking grind.

I legit look like I’ve been in a fight.

And sure, it’s only 3 days a week and every third Sunday. Until that mandatory overtime happens. But either way. It’s fucking rough….

I’m not a retail worker anymore (although not gonna lie, I think I’d rather work in retail again, and I don’t drink soda, but I feel this sentiment in my soul right now. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Funnily enough though my legs feel alright! A little tired from standing so much and a bit achy, probably from my shitty boots, but they’ve definitely felt worse! Apparently long runs and speed workouts have prepared them to handle this kind of thing. Haha who would have thought?! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

And speaking of running; I didn’t get to do that for the first half of this week. Mostly because I’ve just been beyond exhausted by the time I get home. Plus running would severely cut into my time to get anything else done in my 3 hour period of not working/sleeping.

So yeah, I fucking hate it. But for $18.50 an hour it’s worth it, right? That what everyone tells me at least. Plus that’s the most I could hope to get paid, having very little experience and no college education. Oh well. I’ve gotta do it. So I guess I’m going to do it.

Anyway, today I did get a little run in though! It was short and slow because I’m tired, but oh man did it feel good to sleep in until 8 am, put on my running gear, lace up my super comfy and not painful at all running shoes, and hit the road! And I gotta say, asphalt feels like a fucking soft plush surface after having to stand on concrete in uncomfortable boots for 12 hours, 3 days in a row. πŸ˜‚

It was a fantastic run! Somehow running made my feet feel sooo much better! Plus it dropped over 25 degrees over night and was 53 degrees when I started my run. So it literally went from summer to fall over night. I can’t say I’m all that upset about that. πŸ˜‰ The cool, cloudy weather made this run even better!

Unfortunately I’m not sure how much more running or even relaxing I’m going to get to do on my 4 days off. Today I had to clean the house as best as possible because my brother-in-law is getting married on Saturday and a bunch of our family is coming for that. Obviously it’s nice to get to spend time with family, but we’re going to be super busy and not gonna lie, I’m not about that right now. I just wanna….do nothing. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I know this has been a whiny post and it’s obviously I have a whole lot to be grateful for, but I think it’s good to just get it all out sometimes. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

But yeah, this is my life now I guess. I’m sure things will get easier after a while. Although I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting beat up by the boxes. I bruise very easily. And I’m kinda just an injury prone person in general. Apparently I’m not as hardcore as I like to think I am. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

This has been an update! I hope you’re doing well.

~Ashley

Fall, FRΓ‰ Skincare, My New Job, and Other Randomness

First off, happy Fall!!!

I’m a little late I know, but I’ve been pretty busy and kinda stressed out lately. But I am super duper excited that fall is finally here!! Now hopefully the weather will start cooperating soon. It’s still hitting near the 80’s in the afternoons here. But it’s looking like that’s finally going to stop by next week! Yay!!

I’m very much looking forward to cooler temps! Cooler weather makes for better running. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜„

Anyway, I’m super duper excited to announce that I now how my very first affiliate link! Yay!

Now you probably know that I don’t like to work with or promote brands or companies that I don’t personally use or that I don’t believe in and this is no different.

I’ve been using FRΓ‰’s 123 kit for several weeks now and when they invited me to join their ambassador program I jumped at the chance!!

I never actually had a skin care routine before I got my FRΓ‰ 123 kit. My skin isn’t overly oily or dry and while I do get pimples every once in a while I don’t really suffer from acne. So I never thought that I needed to do anything special for my skin, outside of the random face masks I occasionally do. But oh boy was I wrong!

My skin has never felt so clean and fresh and healthy! I know it’s hard to tell in pictures. Especially since everyone edits them (although I can assure you I only ever do slight adjustments to the lighting, color, and add filters to my photos. πŸ˜‰). But it really has made a huge difference!

So, what I do with the 123 FRΓ‰ set is super simple! I use the “Protect Me” product before I run. It’s basically just a fancy sun screen. But it goes on so light and smooth, unlike most sunscreens, plus it smells great! Then in the shower after I run, I use the bottle of “Purify Me”. This stuff is so nice! It cleans out your pores and exfoliates your skin using Jojoba beads instead of plastic micro beads (which is super important! The less plastic we can use in this world the better!). And last but not least and my personal favorite is “Revive me”, which I apply after I get out of the shower. This stuff is super hydrating and strengthens skin barrier to help prevent dehydration. Plus it feels so light and fresh going onto your skin! I LOVE it!

Pre-run skincare!!

So if you’d like to check out the 123 FRΓ‰ set, or any of FRΓ‰’s skincare products please use my referral link;

https://www.freskincare.com/REBEL25

Plus today and TODAY ONLY you can use my code REBEL25 to buy one get one free on ALL FRΓ‰ products! Including sets like the 123 FRΓ‰ set which I absolutely love! 😊

If you miss out on the BOGO sale my code REBEL25 will always get you 15% off of any order on FRΓ‰ Skincare’s website.

Let me know if you use any FRΓ‰ products! I’d like to hear what you think!! All I can say is they’ve definitely made me a believer in a good skincare routine! Even with all of the stress that’s been currently going on in my life my skin looks and feels amazing!

Seriously though! I’ve been so stressed lately because I’ve been looking for a job/trying to get hired onto the Clorox plant here in my town since August. Yeah. That’s been a long, painful process. I also had an interview with Garmin earlier this month, but they “aren’t able to offer me employment at this time”. Bummer. But ya girl is now a temp at the Clorox plant! And as long as I don’t somehow fuck up my 90 day temp period I’ll be hired on as an actual employee with real benefits!

So I started my training yesterday. Me and another girl came in around noon and had to watch a slideshow presentation thing put on by one of the employees there. Then he walked us through the plant, explained what all of the machines do and basic protocol, assigned us lockers, we took a lunch break, and then he turned us over to people who work at the stations we’ll be working at. That was when my new friend and I parted ways for a little bit as we’ll be at different stations (and shifts). Basically all I did was observe for around 2 hours while the other guy explained what I’d be doing. So yeah. It’s not the best or most exciting job ever, but for $18 an hour (which is the most my uneducated ass could ever hope for) I can’t complain too much.

I go back on Monday to start my actual shifts. For my temp time I’ll be working the D1 shift which is Monday – Wednesday, 4:30 am – 5 pm and every third Sunday (everyone works every third Sunday) which is definitely ideal! I was told there was s good chance I’d end up moving to D2 which is the same hours but Wednesday – Saturday. Much less ideal, but still better than having to work overnights. Which I’m sure I’ll end up having to at some point, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Honesty, at this point I’m a little intimidated. It’s a lot of stuff to learn, but apparently it’s pretty easy once you learn it. So hopefully Monday, my first real day, goes well. I guess we’ll see!

Anyway, ITS SPOOKY SEASON BITCHES!!!

I mean, it’s been spooky season in my world for a while now, but you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰

So tomorrow Luke is taking me pumpkin picking! Yay!!!! I’m so freaking stoked!! So stoked in fact, that I went out waaay too fast for my run this morning. That coupled with the fact that I may or may not have CHUGGED three glasses of wine last night made me feel like actually death by about mile 2. πŸ˜‚ So I ended up running home and calling it good. So I made it 2.53 miles which is about 1/2 a mile shorter than I wanted, but I’ll still take it. I might have felt pretty bad, but they were still a fun 2.5 miles! 😁

Okey dokey then! That’s all for today!

Wishing everyone a very happy spooky season!

~Ashley πŸ‚πŸ¦‡πŸŒ™πŸŽƒπŸ•ΈπŸπŸ’€