There’s No Stove.

What a crazy day yesterday was!  I’ve been intimating that my work life has been anything but stable these last few weeks.  The shoe has finally dropped so now I can finally talk about it.

My one attorney left a few weeks ago with another attorney to start their own firm.  They took a big chunk of the clients with them.  No worries, we still had plenty more clients to keep things going.  I spent days and days boxing up files (maybe that helped with my continued weight loss??!!).

Then last Friday, a bunch of other attorneys all left the building around 3:00 in the afternoon.  This is not normal for any of these attorneys, especially my boss who is usually the first one in and last one to leave.  If you walked by any of these peoples offices, you just saw random office equipment – all personal belongings had been removed.

Yesterday I get to work.  My boss sends an email along with the rest of the attorneys that they are resigning.  I had already heated up my breakfast and taken my insulin, so I had to keep eating.  My boss handed me a piece of paper with an address on it inviting me to lunch.  Presumably at their new law firm.

Another secretary was also offered an invitiation and we went.  Our office managers advised us that if we went to the lunch, were offered a position and we accepted it, that we would have to come back and clear out our desks and it would be our last day.  I’ve been with this firm for almost six years.

We went – the new office space is beautiful.  It became quite obvious that I only had one choice to stay with this new firm.  We had a catered lunch, I was given an office tour and a key.  I then had to go back for my personal belongings.

When I said goodbye to my walking buddy, I held it together.  She’s one of my best friends and also part of my weight watcher food club that I make lunch for.  I then head to my desk to pack up my shit when my other best friend and weight watcher food club buddy starts walking to my desk and she starts crying, then I start crying.  Shit, I cry at Hallmark commercials!

We hugged, she lives in the town next to me so I know we’ll hang out again.  It’s really weird, but with the exception of two people, usually when I leave a place of employment, I never talk to anyone again.  It’s like I end one chapter and begin another.  Even with people I ate lunch with for years!

During the tour the only thing that stuck out is when they gave us a tour of the kitchen . . . there’s no stove.  Only a microwave and a toaster oven.  We have a beautiful patio off of the kitchen though – I think I may have to convince them to buy a grill! 😀

The only downsides – my commute is 20 minutes longer each way and my gym is too far away to go to at lunch.  I am going to have to see what my walking options are in that area, I am not sure.  So I will definitely have to be getting my ass up to get to they gym by my house.

So over the weekend, I made a batch of Lori’s magic rolls.  The dough was such an interesting texture, almost wet?  But just like Lori said they puffed up nicely in the oven.  I sliced one in half, put a little butter on it and handed half to Tony.  He immediately spit it out in the garbage can.  It doesn’t have a “bread” taste to me because of the vital wheat gluten, but it was okay – but then I toasted it for my breakfast sammies and preferred the toasted flavor much better.

this small bag was expensive, but you only use a little bit - it was $7.50 at my local grocery store

Here’s how they look out of the oven – each one is 107 calories, 6.8 fat, 3.3 carbs, .3 fiber, and 7.9 protein.

My breakfast – 2 toasted magic rolls, egg/egg whites with ham and swiss cheese – 10 PointsPlus.

I have no picture of lunch since I was eating at the new law firm – Panera was catered in.  I had some salad with balsamic dressing, and half a turkey sandwich – have no clue how many points.

I ended up leaving my new office at 5:20 and didn’t get home until 5:55.  Tony asked what was on the menu and when I said pork chops and home made rice-a-roni, he was like “okay, I don’t know how to make that.”  Neither did I!  I saw it on Katie’s blog a while ago and its been on my list of things to try.  My only flaw was that I didn’t use a tight enough fitting lid, so a couple of the pieces of pasta were a bit crunchy. Click on the highlighted link above for the recipe – thanks Katie! 😀

It was pretty simple too – and can easily be prepared on a week night.

Stats for the Day

  • I have no idea how many points
  • 40 minutes swim
  • started the morning at one job
  • finished the day off at a new job
  • thankful that I have a job . . .priceless!

Alright, off to my “first” day of work – Happy Tuesday!



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  • Rachel Palmieri
    April 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Holy smokes! It sounds like all that work drama could be a movie! I was picturing it in my head as I was reading it….I’m glad you have a new opportunity though and it sounds like it will all work out!

    BTW-I’m back to blogging if you want to check out the blog again 🙂

  • Bonnie
    April 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Wow, that sounds like something that would happen on television! Hope you like the new job. Of course, having a lot of familiar faces around will help. I’m sure you’ll manage to find a way to cook!!


  • Errign
    April 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Glad you were able to have a new opportunity & keep on working 🙂

    I’m sure you’ll find some deluxe way to cook up your lunches 🙂

  • laurajane
    April 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Wow, sounds like a lot has been going on!! I’m glad you have a job, but it does sound like the longer commute and no access to your gym will take some getting used to. In my workplace, we only have refrigerator and a microwave. No toaster, and I’ve never even heard of a stove in a breakroom. Those magic rolls look interesting. It is really hard to find healthy breads.

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    April 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Wow! What a radical change in a short time! SO sad about losing your buddies, that is rough. So what is the outcome for the firm that they are working at? Are there still enough attorneys there who will keep them afloat or are they out of a job? So glad you still have a job!

  • Mo'Betta
    April 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Wow, you have had a lot of work turmoil! Glad it’s going to work out for you. Those rolls are pretty awesome at 3.3 carbs each, I might have to give them a try for my hubs. Of course, I can see his reaction being just like Tony’s!

  • Erica
    April 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Wow! What a day. Glad to hear you like the new place, but sad that you have to leave your friends. As they say, everything happens for a reason, right? I can’t believe you were able to come home and make such a great & complete dinner after that day of yours! Cheers to you!!

  • Jacky
    April 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I just have to say you are a rock star keeping up your healthy habits through all this stress. Work stress kills my best intentions. Good luck on you first day. Like you say “thankful that I have a job . . .priceless!”

  • Ally @ Sweet & Savory
    April 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Like I said yesterday, I hope this all works out for you! I’m sure it will…but change is never easy, hang in there!

  • Lori
    April 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Wow…I found myself getting emotional reading your post! What a whirlwind of emotions for the new position. How scary to see all these changes happening but not knowing what was really going on until it was done. Congrats on the new position – sounds like they took the best with them!

    …and OMG – I could eat that egg sammie right off my computer screen! 😛

  • Ren
    April 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Happy Tuesday, Biz!

    I’m going to miss walking with you. Keep up the good work with WW and exercise. Tell Tony that he has to start eating Mark’s leftovers. =)

    • biz319
      April 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      I miss you Ren! I had Cincinnati chili for lunch today you would have loved! 🙁

  • Helen
    April 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Your strength is unbelievable Biz. You have been through so much lately – personally and professionally – and still you keep your head high and keep on keeping on. You rock! Somehow I think that you will soon figure out a solution to the no stove thing. Here’s hoping you will have some new lunch buddies soon!

  • MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College
    April 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    What an emotional day!!! I hope you can get settled in at your new job alright.

    Those rolls are awesome, I am going to have to make those for sure.

  • julia
    April 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Wow, talk about stress. Glad it all worked out for you and sorry to see your lunch buddies will have to do without your awesome meals.

  • Amanda
    April 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I’m glad you still have a job! I know what it’s like when you have a close friend at work that you have to part with. It’s so sad! When I left my bank job, I missed my work bff! We still see each other pretty often though!

    I’m impressed that you still made an awesome dinner after an emotional day! You are awesome!

  • Jo
    April 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I think you did the right thing. I did something similar and it worked out well for me. Sometimes there is no right or wrong – just make the right decision at the time and never look back.

  • Lori
    April 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Totally stressful! I hope that the move proves to be the best thing you could ask for!

  • renee@mykitchenadventures
    April 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    good luck to you at your new job….change is always difficult, even when it’s a positive change…

    I am newly in love with vital wheat gluten. It does make things chewy though…which is why its great for bagels….but the extra protein in it…yay to that! 🙂

  • Shelley B
    April 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Glad all of these changes worked out in your favor – well, minus the stove, of course. Hopefully you life can settle down for a while now – talk about a roller coaster!

  • erintakescontrol
    April 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    My number one career fear is losing my job due to budget cuts. My area is one of the last to get cut, but still, it happens. I’m super happy you still have a job!

  • Veronica
    April 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Oh man, that is so rough! It would be so hard to leave a job where you had been so long and made friends, but I’m also really glad you still have a job!! I still have not found a new host for BSI and don’t know who else to ask. Jenna said no and Pam never replied to my second message so I guess she wasn’t as interested as she let on. I will continue racking my brain tonight when I get home after work. Does this mean the contest will lapse this week since there is no new host yet?

    • biz319
      April 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      No worries Veronica – we’ll take a week off and then regroup after Easter! 😀

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    April 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Congrats on the new job!

  • Heather
    April 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Holy moly – what a day!!! And I’m so glad you were offered the job!
    I hope everything works out, Biz. 🙂

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    April 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    You never know how a day will turn out sometimes! I still think its such a crazy thing to happen, but glad you will still get a paycheck! 🙂

  • Weighting For 50
    April 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Yowza! That is QUITE the work situation to have lived through. Change is hard, but it really does sound like you made the right choice. So its a fresh new start!!! Have a great day Biz!!!!

  • Skippymom
    April 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Two burner hot plate to the rescue! ::cue superhero music::

    Awesome about the new job – glad they took you along, but sorry that your friend won’t be with you. Still, you have a great outlook and you will make it all work.

    Have a great week – and please give Tony a hug from us! [one for you too!]

    • biz319
      April 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Will do Skippy! 😀

  • Beth @ 990 Square
    April 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Congrats on the new job!

  • MB
    April 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Good luck at the new place. Hopefully things will settle down quickly and you’ll find a new routine that works.

  • Christina (Dinner at Christina's)
    April 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Wow, no offense to your bosses and stuff but lawyers seem to be kind of tacky about leaving jobs! I’ve never heard of ppl just disappearing from offices and emailing later, etc. stuff like that!! How horrible and abrupt for those that weren’t given a lunch invite! I’m glad you were though!!! 🙂

    I’ve made homemade rice a roni a bunch (my mom always made it growing up) and it’s on my blog! I love it — need to make it again!

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    April 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Goodness, sorry for all the work drama! Like you said, just being thankful you have a job…definitely priceless.
    That breakfast looks amazing. The melty cheese looks to die for!
    I am loving those rolls. Nothing tastes better than homemade.

  • Sarah
    April 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    What a crazy situation! I’m so glad you were able to get a place at the new company, it’s hard to leave good work friends, but it’s an exciting opportunity for you for sure!

  • janetha
    April 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Work draaama! I know that all too well! Glad you have a job though, YAY. I have had Lori’s rolls on my list since she posted them. Thanks for the reminder! Looks like they turned out awesome for you.

  • Tyler
    April 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Goodness! My tummy is in knots after reading that and I didn’t even experience it! I wish you the very best at your new firm! It sounds like it’s going to be an adventure!

  • Jen, a priorfatgirl
    April 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    whoa — I’m with everyone else, that is some serious emotional craziness! Everything happens for a reason, can’t wait to hear more about the new place!

  • Mel
    April 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Congrats on the new job. I know how that can be, I’ve experienced that kind of stuff before, since in my industry is extremely competitive! But it’s awesome to know that you are the best, that’s why they took you with them!

    • biz319
      April 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Hey Mel! Thanks for the compliment 😀

  • Robin Sue
    April 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Whoa what a dramatic work day you had! So happy for you that you still have a job, for a second there I thought you were going to say you lost it. Schwoo! Can you by a portable burner for the kitchen? They work very well. Hopefully you will find a great walking path!

  • weightwatchingfoodie
    April 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    🙂 Hope everything will continue to get better.

    Our breakroom is AWFUL. A tiny microwave and fridge is all we have. And to be honest its not the cleanest one out there. I am constantly cleaning out the fridge or wiping down things. Its scary sometimes. 🙂

  • Tami@nutmegnotebook
    April 20, 2011 at 12:21 am

    That is a lot of stuff going on! So sorry they don’t have a stove in the break room but as creative as you are I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.

  • Nicole, RD
    April 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Eeek! That is stressful! It sounds like everything will work out, though. And new digs is always nice 🙂 But yes, a job is good…what a relief!

    The homemade rice-a-roni looks amazing!!

  • sophia
    April 20, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Oh man. Talk about an intense day…but I’m super glad you still have a job…though I wonder if you can petition that they get a stove? Perhaps enough co-workers would agree. Though, it would also be a nice challenge to deal with just a microwave.

    (hugs) to you for enduring an emotionally exhausting day!

  • MaryBe
    April 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

    You really had to close your eyes and take a leap of faith didn’t you? Is it tacky to say Congrats on being chosen for the new firm? Just typing that makes me feel sad for those left behind. I bet your ‘lunch club’ is going to miss you

    • biz319
      April 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      One of them texted me yesterday morning and said “it’s so depressing because I am packing my own lunch.” 🙁

  • katecooks
    April 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    wow, what a wild drama! sounds as though things weren’t all peachy at your job if so many people left and quit at once. i say embrace the change and hopefully it will lead to something amazing!