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Stressful Day Yesterday

Friday, June 01, 2012

I found out yesterday that today will be my last day at my morning part-time job. It was originally supposed to last eight weeks and this is the end of week four. Bumming about that one!

I went to the doctor about my back problems. All she could do was give me a shot of cortizone, a pain shot and three prescriptions. She did offer to send me to physical therapy. But I have been there four times for my back. I constantly do all the exercises that I was given to do. I'm not sure they could teach me anything new. She did tell me that if the pain persisted, another MRI would need to be done.

When I got home, there was a hate letter from Consumer's Energy to please pay my now past due final bill. I thought I had that one straightened out on April 18. A guy that lived two doors down had inadvertently given my address when he moved out on April 11. Now, they are telling me someone called on May 15 and requested service at my address. The guy that moved in said he moved in on April 27 and has already paid his first bill. So that rules him out. I was on the phone over an hour with the company. They said they got the bill back in my name and it should generate a bill. I'm afraid to find out how much the bill is since it's been so long since I've gotten one. And, of course, they will charge me for the time it was supposedly in someone else's name and want their money all at once. I realize it is my bill. I'm just aggravated that this happened so easily twice in one month. And they said there's no guarantee that it won't happen again. Anyone can call up and request service at a certain address.

The verdict is still out on my other part-time temporary job. I know it's the culprit behind my aching back. It's playing havoc with the things I like to do and have commitments for - such as church activities. But, for the time, I have to tough it out until something else comes along or the back pain becomes too much.

I'm still dilligently seeking other employment. It's so time consuming, but a necessary evil. People keep telling me something will turn up. I've been lucky so far with the temporary jobs. It would be nice to have a permanent one, however.

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BERGBA7 6/1/2012 4:43PM

    The permanent one will come! Stick to your plans and what you are doing... you are trying so much.. faith will help you!
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DEEO12 6/1/2012 10:11AM

    Think positive! Create that energetic fun ora! Good things will come just try to keep that ora around you lit because it will attract the right kind of people and help in getting a job. I know it may sound weird but i believe it to be true. Hang in there and enjoy your life for each moment. Know in your mind a good permanent job is on its way. emoticon

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Today's The Test

Monday, May 28, 2012

I am scheduled to work 8:30-5:30 at the Home Depot today. It will be my longest day yet. Before today, I had time sitting at the computer taking some training, then some time watching other cashiers and ringing up some orders. The little time I did spend behind the register definitely took a little toll on my back. I ended up taking aspirins and going right to bed after those days.

Having had three breaks and three major surgeries, I know I am a little paranoid about my back. But, knowing how desperately I needed a job, I had to see if I could handle this one. I figure today will be the day that will give me an idea if I could handle it. Granted, I will probably have only one or maybe two long days a week like this. But...I still remember what it was like trying to recuperate from my back troubles. Maybe I'll do fine....I'm hoping I'll do fine. I just know that today is the test and I will probably have my answer by the end of the day. Wish me luck.

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SLIMLILA 5/28/2012 10:51PM

    Here's your wish, Luck to you! How'd your day go? Will keep checking your postings..

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BERGBA7 5/28/2012 4:11PM

    Hope you had a good day and are not exhausted!

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MENHALLS 5/28/2012 8:26AM


You can do it, just take it one step (one hour) at a time.

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LOSER05 5/28/2012 7:55AM

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Day Off

Friday, May 25, 2012

I had the day off from both of my extra jobs yesterday. Boy, did I need it!

I spent the morning cleaning the condo a little. I got the doorwall curtains washed, ironed and hung back up, got the kitchen done and all the floors in the morning. I want the place to look nice when my girls come to town in a couple weeks. There's still a lot that I want to do, but at least I can say I started.

It's been about a year and a half since I've seen both of my girls together and I'm starting to get excited. I'm just hoping that the new job doesn't schedule me crazy hours when they are here.

I spent the afternoon delivering Avon and running errands. I got some time in on the computer applying for full time jobs. Last night, I went to my niece's Spring Choir Concert. I was tired out by then, but I wouldn't miss any of her important doings. She's also my Goddaughter and I love her dearly. I want her to know that I'll always be there for her.

There was so much more that I wanted to get done yesterday. But the days are never long enough lately. And to think that about a month and a half ago I was looking for some kind of volunteer work!

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DEEO12 5/27/2012 12:31PM

    I remember how upset you were awhile back when you were laid off. I am glad to hear you found work! Enjoy your day off!

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SLIMLILA 5/27/2012 2:13AM

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BERGBA7 5/26/2012 7:04AM

    yes, life changes. Sometimes it gives you work and sometimes it gives you free time! Great that you could enjoy the day off and do some work for you too! I wish you a good weekend at work, and hopefully it will all go smoothly!

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Stressful Training

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I've been training on computers at the Home Depot job that I have for the past two days. The classes are boring, the computers lock up/act up, and the quizzes are tricky. If I don't get 100% on the test, I have to watch the training over again before it will let me take the test again. I had one test at the very end of the day that wouldn't let me answer a question. It would just automatically mark it wrong. I had another test that said answers were in a certain book. They weren't. I asked a few times for help, but people were busy and most times couldn't get back to me. I was so frustrated by the time I left. I did make sure to tell the head cashier and the manager about the trouble I was having. Supposedly, they will sit with me on Friday to go over those two particular quizzes.

It's making me feel stupid, slow and stressed. I don't like the feeling and don't know how patient they are going to be with me. I have some time today and tomorrow and will definitely be checking out other jobs. That much stress for that little bit of money doesn't equate well with me.

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SLIMLILA 5/27/2012 2:12AM

    Oh Patty,
I hear you. I too hate taking computer training, I had to do it when I worked at the call centre.. I tried to answer some of the quizzes when I was looking for work through the head hunters, but since I haven't done especially spreadsheets in so long, I just coulnd't do it. I know exactly what you mean by feeling stupid. and also, so much stress for so little money. And now, I've been to the grocery store like 7 times already about that pharmacy/tech assist. and I don't know - he says 60% - if I have the job or not. That will be measly too, but just down the street! Is Home Depot at least close to home?
it really seems like it is the lower paying jobs that are the most stressful, you have the least control over your own hours and what your duties are... UGH! But, then we both prayed long and hard for a job, guess we should have been more specific... remember they say to be careful what you ask for!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BERGBA7 5/23/2012 4:05PM

    Sorry to hear you are having such a stressful start at the Home depot job. I Hope they will help you and not put you under more stress. Don't feel like it is your fault if the computer does not work! IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT! Hoe the rest of the week will go better and you will find a new job quickly!

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FLYER99 5/23/2012 1:35PM

    Oh I reread the last part of your blog. I had a couple of jobs in the past that when I sat down and really thought about the stress they were causing me, I started looking. And I did find something that was better for me with a lot less stress. I think all jobs have stress but some are just full of stress and we certainly don't need that in our lives. The world out there is stressful enough. Good luck! Bob.

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FLYER99 5/23/2012 1:30PM

    I have a friend that works for a company that requires a lot of computer work after she gets home in the evening after a day on the road. She has a work computer that regularly acts up. Sometimes she has to take tests and quizzes and the computer acts the same as the one you wrote about. Luckily, I guess for her, she calls computer support and they log her problems and then she doesn't get into trouble for not completing a test. If your company know about the computer problems they shouldn't criticize you for anything. And you are not stupid at all. My friend has learned to live with it. But I will agree she certainly finds it frustrating and stressful. I hope things go better for you. Bob.

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Thrown to the Lions

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Yesterday, I had my orientation at Home Depot from 9 am to 3:30 pm. I had such a hard time waking up; I thoght maybe I was coming down with something. Sitting there watching videos and listening to someone talk for that long a time didn't help any. Then I got my schedule...

My first day was today from 8 to 2. I was put right on the floor watching and helping a cashier for most of the day. The last hour and a half was spent watching videos and taking quizzes in a room that was freezing. Note to self: I have more computer work. Bring a hoodie. I bought some flowers before I left, stopped at the grocery store, and have put the flowers in a pot on the balcony. Now it's time to try to unwind a bit...if I can.

I work both jobs tomorrow. That should be really interesting. I get the rest of the week off at my desk job, but only have Wednesday off at Home Depot through next Monday. Of course, I figured the newbies would work the holiday weekend. My back is a little touchy right now. I'm hoping a couple of aspirins and kicking back for a minute will cure that. Otherwise, I'm in for a looong week.

I said I'd give it a chance and that I will. But I will sure try to fit in time to apply for jobs in my field, even if it's just a couple a day.

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DIDMIS 5/22/2012 7:37PM

    Sounds like you have a lot to do Patty. Don't push too hard.

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SLIMLILA 5/22/2012 1:22AM

I pray for the Lord to give you strength and wisdom. It must finally feel god to have a job, but like me too, 2 jobs may end up being too much... I know life has been difficult financially for you and I am seeing that up close and personal with my dd as well. I do have the resources to help her out, but this isn't the first time and I am scared, but she really does need the help. Since I never had any help in my struggles when I was younger, but I had to learn on my own. But, if we don't help others with what we have, what is the use of it?

All the best with both your jobs and I hope the transition comes quickly and is super successful.


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BERGBA7 5/21/2012 2:58AM

    I wish you a great week even though it will be a hard one. Find some well deserved time for yourself in the evening and enjoy your day off as much as you can. I am sure you will find a job in your area. Just don't give up!
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    Good luck to you this week!

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REDHATSHAPELY1 5/20/2012 3:54PM

    I feel for you. I have a relative who works at Home Depot, so I know it's really hard work. Good luck finding something you prefer doing!

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