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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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Orientation Day Scheduled

Friday, May 18, 2012

Home Depot has finally scheduled an orientation day for me for tomorrow from 9 am to 3 pm. At least it's at the one that I will be working at and is the closest location to my house. I still have reservations about this job. The pay is terrible, I will not have a set schedule, and I'm not sure how my back is going to react to all the standing and lifting that I will have to do. But I am determined to do the job until I can find something better. I have to somehow get some money coming in. What little I had saved up got wiped out in two car repairs that absolutely needed to be done. One thing's for sure: I've gotten creative in my ways of saving money. I've just run out of creativity when it comes to bringing money in. Any suggestions will gladly be welcomed.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 5/20/2012 4:45AM

    It's so wonderful that you have as much work as you need. Who knows, this may lead to a full time job after a while. That is what happens here, anyway, people start part time and then once they have trained up and shown what a good worker they are, more hours became available. It will be hard at first though, getting used to not having as much time as you are used to have to spend as you want it. Good luck Patty.

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    You never know what door will be opened by you taking on this new job. Good luck to you!

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DOLLFACEDX 5/18/2012 1:49PM

    good for you that you haven't just given up - so many have....prematurely, in my estimation.

You may want to run errands, do computer work (pay online bills/keep calendar) for some home-bound person @ so many $$ per hour - this can usually be fit in around your schedule.

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Time for a Change

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I had my three-month appointment with my psychiatrist last night. I tried to talk to him about the medications I am on. I'm not sure why I am on a couple of them and I've been on them for quite awhile. I don't know if they are still effective or not, especially considering I've been in such a blah mood lately. He didn't want to talk to me about it. And my counseling sessions haven't been very productive. I think it's time to consider changing and trying another place. I just wish I had some recommendations from other people. I have no clue as to where to go.

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    You know something.. I HATE when psychiatrists try to push medications on people. Some people really do need it, I think, because their brain chemistry may be messed up. In serious cases. Like schizophrenics, bipolarism, etc.

But I have noticed recently many psychiatrists and/or therapists are quick to put people on medications. I saw one therapist, and the first visit she wanted to put me on anxiety medications. How can someone make that assumption in an hour of knowing a person?! Especially when I barely talked..and she did the entire time!

It's the counselors job to get to the root of the problem, and try to talk to the patient, so the patient can make productive changes in his/her life. If medication is needed through this process, it should be short-term and the side effects be well explained to the patient.. Did you know some meds actually increase the chance of suicide???

And again, some people REALLY do need to be on meds for serious instances..

That's just my two cents! :)

I hope everything goes well. Can you maybe Google some local doctors and look at reviews for them?

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