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First Week Report

Friday, August 31, 2012

It's been a stressful week with my getting used to a new schedule and learning new things. But, so far, so good. I'm on my own next week and am kinda nervous about it. So I will be going over my notes this weekend just to keep myself organized and things fresher in my mind. The company is still looking for an afternoon person. So I got offered the chance to work longer hours next week to answer the phones a bit. I will use the time wisely and learn what I can and do the best that I can. If I could learn what I did and stick it out as long as I did at Home Depot, I think I can do this. I did find out that the company did get over a thousand applica,tions, so I must have done something right.

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NPA4LOSS 9/1/2012 7:23PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep your confidence up and it will show through to your coworkers. emoticon

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BERGBA7 8/31/2012 4:10PM

    Great! This job will be perfect and you will get used to it! Give yourself some time.

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JO28352 8/31/2012 4:06PM

    Hang in there! emoticon

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Part of my daily routine for months and months has been to sit at the computer for at least an hour a day applying for various jobs. I've been signed up with countless employment agencies for the same amount of time. So far, other than a few fill in jobs here and there and my part-time erratic schedule at the Home Depot, nothing had come along. That is - until a couple weeks ago when I went on an interview for a part-time Cashier/Receptionist position.

I felt absolutely comfortable during the interview. I got a call last Tuesday from the company offering me the position, contingent on the passing of my background check and drug test. I went to the clinic that day and took my drug test. I've been waiting since then for an answer.

I finally got the call today. The company wants me to start on Wednesday. I will be working close to home from 8 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday for a dollar more an hour than I had been making at the Home Depot. No more erratic hours on my feet all day dealing with the mostly pleasant but sometimes a little grouchy public.

I will have a regular schedule for the first time in the little over two years that I've been here. I can go back to doing the things that I enjoyed doing but couldn't always do because I was scheduled to work during those times. I'm not sure when it will finally sink in, but I know that I sure am going to enjoy it when it does.

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REVSERENA 8/29/2012 7:16PM

    That's terrific!~ Congratulations!

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YELLOW09RED 8/29/2012 7:57AM

    Congrats. on your new job. Have a great first day Patty.
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Hugs & Smiles,

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FITQUIZ 8/29/2012 4:33AM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 8/28/2012 12:35AM

    emoticon on your great news! You have been waiting so long and that special job is now here! emoticon

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SLUNDQUIS 8/27/2012 5:27PM

    Yeah, congratulations!

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AJS_MOMMY_1985 8/27/2012 5:22PM

    Congrats! That's wonderful!

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however." ~ Richard Bach

This quote seems especially fitting to me this week. I've been working towards wishes during the past year. I'm getting closer to having answers to my wishes and it seems like they are still dangling in front of me just out of my reach. I feel that I've worked so hard for so little results.

I left my husband in June, 2010 and moved back to Michigan. I moved in with my daughter in her condo. She has since moved to Nova Scotia and I've been struggling to make the mortgage payments for her. I am ever grateful that I do have a wonderful place to stay and that I have the company of my grand-kitty, Lulu. She is a joy in my life.

DH has been fighting the divorce tooth and nail. He's hiding assets and not cooperating with my lawyer at all. With a little creativity and the help of good friends, I have found out where he has hidden these assets and have been able to get proof to my lawyer. I really don't know if I will get anything out of the divorce that is rightfully coming to me except, of course, the divorce. We have property together and a business. He has a 401K and some retirement benefits. By law, I am entitled to some of this. He believes that I am not. At my age, I feel that I am starting over with absolutely nothing.

Since 2006, I have had three major back surgeries. There are things that I will never be able to do again. There are things that I shouldn't do so as to not aggravate my back, but sometimes I have no choice. One of these things is working where I am working. But, it's been a struggle to find a job at all and I felt that I had no choice but to take the job in order to survive and pay my bills.

I have found out that this week will be my last week at the job. No word came from any of the bosses. I'm just not on the schedule. I do have another part time job lined up, but the mandatory drug test results are not in yet. I've never had them take so long. So, it's a waiting game.

I am trying to get some disability help. I have a hearing scheduled for Tuesday. The lawyer I hired pretty much told me that because of the job I had no choice in taking, I will most likely not get it. It doesn't matter that I've been back and forth to my doctor, scheduled for physical therapy, put on work hour and lifting limitation and put on medications for the pain and muscle spasms. Knowing that there are people out there with less problems than I have getting disability makes it an even harder pill to swallow.

It's been a struggle lately to keep my spirits up. I've had nightmares every night this week. But, I am still wishing. I've made it this far in life. I've had a lot of good things come my way. I have a fantastic family. I've got a great support system in my SP buddies. And I thank every one of you for being there for me.

It's time to come up with some new wishes and goals. I am carefully considering them. I want these to be ones are are more easily attainable.

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TJCADDO 8/26/2012 8:55PM

    Reapply for disability when you can. Don't give up! They do this to people.

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MOMMA48 8/25/2012 2:01PM

    emoticonDon't give up on those hopes and wishes, hun! You're a strong lady and I'm wishing all your dreams come true!

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BERGBA7 8/25/2012 12:11PM

    Concentrate on the new, much nicer job coming and it will lift your spirits!
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Woo Hoo!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

For two years now, I have been spending anywhere from one to three hours every day applying for jobs. I have signed up at I don't know how many employment agencies. I've had a few temporary jobs in these two years, but so far nothing permanent. It's been a job looking for a job.

In May, in desperation, I took a part time temporary job at The Home Depot as a cashier. There was so much to learn. It's hard on my back to be on my feet on concrete lifting things that I really shouldn't be lifting. And, anyone who has worked with the public knows that not every customer is pleasant and "right". The pay isn't the greatest. I can't plan anything because I never know from week to week what my schedule will be. There were many days where I worked until 10:30 at night and been back in at 6 in the morning. It's definitely not something that I enjoy doing. But I've done it to squeek by and pay the bills. It's been challenging.

I finally got a call this morning with a job offer. Granted, this one, too, is part time. But it's in an office. It pays more and I will have REGULAR HOURS. I will have my life back. I will be able to do the things I like to do and have committed myself to doing. I will have more time for family and friends and things that I enjoy.

I will be able to still hang onto my Avon business and be able to put a little more time in it. This will boost my earnings ability.

I don't think the reality of this has sunk in yet. But I'm going to enjoy the ride.

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FITMARY 8/22/2012 8:43AM

    I'm so happy for you!

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BERGBA7 8/21/2012 3:26PM

    I knew it would work - perseverance always pays!!!!
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Still Trying

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My attempts to organize my life is coming along more slowly than I would like it to. I feel that for every step forward that I take, I take two to three backward. I still have more questions than answers right now. I know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel, though. I just know realistically that the tunnel is about a month to two months long. I am just taking it one day at a time knowing that eventually I will get there. Sometimes we all have to travel the bumpy road.

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COCOA-JUMBO 8/19/2012 8:26PM

    One day at a time! You can do it!

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NPA4LOSS 8/19/2012 11:43AM

    Babysteps emoticon emoticon emoticon Enjoy the journey! emoticon

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