May is an interesting month. It is still dominated by work because of all the reporting and audit requirements. It is also a month of celebration because my birthday, my husband’s birthday, and our anniversary are all in it. You will notice below that I have my normal three categories plus one extra item. The standalone item cannot yet be categorized as good or bad, maybe it is a little of both. Without further ado, here are my reflections for the month.
OMG – I Just Jumped Off a Cliff
I put in my resignation at work this week. I have no job lined up, and I am not entirely sure what my next step is. I just know I needed to make a change. I also know I would never do it if I stayed in my current job. My stress levels are through the roof. It is taking a toll on my health, my marriage, my ability to make any progress on my goals, and my general well-being. So I just did it, hoping to give myself a bit of room to breathe and figure out what to do. I am so excited and terrified at the same time. I am still working out my notice period for most of June, and there is the potential for some part-time transition work after that. I am on my way out the door though after several years of complaining.
Birthday – May 3 was a good day this year. I was able to take the day off work. My husband and I went to Harpers Ferry National Park. We did a bit of hiking, ate lunch, and bought some treats at the old fashion candy store. Then, I had the afternoon and evening to myself to just read and relax. We waited until Friday the 4th to go for my dinner at Cantina D’Italia.
Philly Trip – I went up to Philly for a visit with my cousin. She and I went to see Jewels performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet Company. Afterward we had dinner at Alice Cucina Romana, which had fantastic pizza and gelato. Saturday we went to one of her friend’s houses for a picnic. It was a little weird at first since I knew no one, but once I relaxed I had a good time.
Hiking – May was a good month for hiking. I got hikes 4 and 5 done for the year. The first one was the aforementioned birthday hike to Harpers Ferry. We did the Visitor Center Trail down to Lower Town. There was one really steep section next to a nice waterfall series, but the rest was pretty much flat. From Lower Town, we hiked up to Jefferson’s Rock, then went across the trellis bridge, and then returned to the Visitor Center the way we came. In all, it was about 5.7 miles. The second hike was back to Manassas Battlefield Park on Memorial Day. I did the Second Manassas Trail this time, which was 7.2 miles of relatively flat albeit muddy terrain. I enjoyed myself both times and feel great that I am getting so much hiking in this year.
Hawaiian Luau – One of our friends threw a Luau for her husband for his birthday. I am normally not a big party person, but I had an especially good time at this one. It started a bit slow, and I was a little overwhelmed by the number of people milling around. At 9:00, she had some dancers come to perform Tahitian and Hawaiian dancing for us, which was very cool. When they left, half the crowd dissipated pretty quickly too. I started dancing with some other people, and all of a sudden I was having a great time. I ended up staying until about 11:00 which is way later than I intended.
Avengers: Infinity War – I finally saw the new Avenger’s movie in the theater this past weekend. It was fantastic. All the characters from all the movies were in this one (with a few minor exceptions like Antman and Hawkeye). It has the usual Marvel downfall of way too much going on in the 2.5 hours that it runs. However, it also has a lot of fun action and good humor throughout. The plot on this one is phenomenal and the stakes are high. It basically ends with the worst outcome possible. I cannot wait for the next one next year to find out how they manage to move on from here. In the meantime, I need to rewatch some of the older ones to make sure I understand all the nuances referenced in this movie.
Diet – I changed up my game plan for diet in May. I noticed that I was recording well over 2000 calories a day, except for my under 1200 days. So I said, forget the rules, I can have whatever I want as long as I am under 2000 a day. I did try to maintain the low calorie 1200 goal on Tuesdays and Saturdays still. I have had mixed results this month. I was under my calorie goal (2000 or 1200) about 60% of the month. I am going to keep the same goal for June and see if I can increase my percentage. May is bit hard because of all the celebratory days in it. Weight-wise though I am a teensy bit down for the month though, so I guess from that standpoint I did a good job.
Work – Obviously work has not improved given that I just quit my job. May was another month of requests. The auditors were very active, the tax department was trying to reconcile their stuff, and management was trying to make sure everything was as it should be. While I understand the importance of all of this, I was resentful of every question, every request that was sent my way. I also felt like I spent all my days in fear of the next shoe dropping. I know it is just a matter of time before we buy a new company or set up a customer to do deals in another currency or have a customer request to extend 120 leases. Every morning, I wake up and say I do not want to go to work today. I still go 99% of the time of course because that is what a responsible adult does. I know it is time to go though, so as scary as it is I am taking the leap.
CPA Studying – I have done some, but not nearly enough on the CPA studying front. I will keep limping through sections as best I can until I am done working full time. One of my goals for my summer off though is to study every day and get FAR done by end of summer. I should have a much clearer head to tackle it when I am not dealing with all the work drama.
Hiking – Obviously I will keep working on my hiking goal for the year. I want to take another trip out to Harpers Ferry because I loved it. Eventually I want to tackle the Maryland Heights Trail which is labeled difficult. I do not think I am quite ready to do it now, but future goals. I also want to get back to Shenandoah National Park. There are so many trails there; I have barely scratched the surface on the few trips I have taken so far. Maybe with my summer off, I can work out a few trips further from home too.
PA Trip – My friend’s annual picnic is at the end of June this year. My last day of work is the Thursday prior to it. I have two nights scheduled in a hotel, per normal for picnic weekend. I am considering extending my stay a bit since I will not have to return to work. I will need to find someone to let me stay with them though because it does not seem prudent to put a week of hotel nights on my credit card when I will be without income for an indefinite period of time. Regardless of whether I go for the weekend or the whole week, I always look forward to picnic weekend. I am so lucky to have such great friends who have stayed in touch all these years after college.
Festival Season – June is a big festival season here in Northern Virginia. There are three that I try to hit every year: Herndon Festival, Celebrate Fairfax, and Taste of Reston. Of course weather, my hubby’s mood, and money will play some part in my participation of these events, but I really hope everything works out for these this year. I absolutely love festivals and fairs. While they do not have quite the same homey feel that Pennsylvania Fairs give, Northern Virginia ones promise good food, fun music, and lots of vendors to peruse.
Blog – No promises, but I might change up the blog again once I stop working. A big part of changing the format to the monthly reflections had to do with no time and too much stress given my work and study schedule. No work will definitely change that dynamic. I am considering doing a bit of chronicling about how my adventure quitting work and jumping into the unknown goes. What do you think?
There you have it, my month in review. See you next month!