On going to the mechanic

So I have only been going to the mechanic/garage on my own for about two years since moving out of my parents house. Honestly, I feel like I was made to be more scared of it then I needed to be. Since I started driving and was taking drivers ed (9/10 years ago), I was told that mechanics would surcharge me, try to sell me on add-ons to every service, and lie to me. However, for the most part, that has never been the case.

Tips:

  • Know exactly what you are going in for (oil change, part replacement, state inspection, tire rotation, etc.)
  • Understand that unless they say ” To pass inspection” or “This is broken” you can probably wait to look it up yourself or get a second opinion.
  • Go early. Most people don’t make appointments for the morning they make it for the end of the day or the weekend.
  • Understand that the parts/fluid cost less on their own but you don’t know how or don’t want to do this labor. That is the extra cost,
  • It’s not that scary.

My Favorite Salad Dressing

My partner and I have made a new commitment to vegetables. Actually to try to attempt a pseudo-Keto diet and actively reduce the number of carbs we are consuming. In the past month or so we have started actively eating vegetables almost everyday. It has been hard. I personally don’t really like leaves and require a lot of seasoning on really any vegetable (or for them to be a spoon for dip). In our experience, the least amount of work is a quick salad. Here’s the dressing I like best:

Servings: up to you and depending on size of salad

  • 4 tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • Couple shakes (2 teapsoons) dried Dill
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients well – shake in closed container if possible. I find this dressing to be really fresh and tangy. It helps to hide the bitterness of the leafy vegetables as well as a delicious complement to any savory or sweet add-ons!

Work boundaries

I am quickly approaching a year from working from home full time. There is still one thing I have a really hard time with and that is separating work time and home time. While I did work from home on occasion there were clear borders in my day for work time and home/life time. There were clear lines, when my partner came home from work or when I left the house for events.

Working from home full time, I don’t have the same time boundaries. I just want to another room in my apartment. My work computer is always out because I don’t need to back it away to be ready for the next day. My work phone is always on and I don’t have any time that I am apart from my work or anything to physically and mentally distance myself from my job.

I do want to clarify that I really like my job. I really feel good about the work I put into the world and the people I work with. But my brain in all its anxious and attempts to be perfectionists glory really needs the separation and genuine switching of modes to do other things. On average I have been working over 10 hours a week more since we switched to working from home. When we had to transition and do a lot of work to make our jobs work virtually it made sense but know I am just doing too much, beyond what I need to and beyond what I am paid for.

Currently, there is no way to fully recreate these boundaries, but I have started noticing and actively trying to put pseudo ones in place. I am still working on the rest of in place and hoping to improve the work-life balance, as well as this general. As for the most part I will continue to be working from home moving forward I want to make sure I can actually create a healthy balance.

One: I am actively taking lunch everyday to take a break from the computer and eat food and not just coffee and snacks.

Two: I am turning on my work phone after 7 PM and turning it on when I wake up.