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Energized

Monday, October 03, 2011

I must have really needed my laid-back weekend. I woke up this morning well-rested and raring to go. I've got my long list of things I want to accomplish today. There are things that I have just been putting off for awhile and really want to get done. I am kinda hoping that I don't get called into work - it would definitely break my mood, although I can always use the money.

I am still thinking really hard about letting that job go. In reality, it doesn't pay enough to go all that way in traffic to work 4-6 hours a week. My self-esteem has been battered by the way the boss treats me. There's absolutely no way that I'm going to get any more hours from her at least through the new year. She's already told me that she will be out of the office a lot. (She doesn't have me come in if she's not there.) And she's told me that December is always slow. I noticed Friday when I was there that it was hard to remember what I had already completed and what I needed to still do. It had been that long since I had been in there.

I know I am putting this down trying to rationalize everything. I also know that I don't like to be a quitter. But the bottom line is still this: is the job really worth what little money I'm getting from it? I'm certainly not getting any satisfaction out of it.

  
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SLIMLILA 10/3/2011 11:58PM

    emoticonWhen this is how the job makes you feel, think about how much stress it is and what that stress does to your body! I know it takes a lot of courage to so something so decisive - remember I did it too. And I also know, at least it's a little bit of security and you're between a rock and a hard place.. Only the best to you my friend emoticon

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NORASH3 10/3/2011 8:23AM

    While bubbling with that energy try to get all things on your priority list accomplished. Don't let your job distract you.
You'll make the right decision when the time comes.
Have a spartakular day!! emoticon

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FITMARY 10/3/2011 8:07AM

    It was great to read your title and hear that you got some well-deserved rest! Very nice! You'll figure out what to do with the job too.
Hang in there!!!

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Another Laid Back Morning

Sunday, October 02, 2011

I woke up about 7:15 this morning, which is sort of sleeping in for me but not really for a weekend day. I've got this laid back feeling that I'm trying to get rid of, though. There's a bit I want to do today (that I never got around to doing yesterday).

But, my attitude and body tell me that I may or may not get around to it all. And that's kind of okay with me today. Part of me wants to say that it's because I worked four days this week, plus my Avon. And I haven't done that since last January. So, I'm not used to it. But I feel that this is not a good excuse. I've done it all when I was working before: why am I having trouble now? Maybe it's partly because the weather has gotten a lot colder this week. Hibernation tendencies setting in?

Any way I look at it, I have some things that must absolutely be done this week. I need to finish an afghan I'm making for a baby shower that's this Saturday. I've got Avon to deliver and returns to take to the UPS store. I've got to start going through and cleaning the house in earnest. I'm having Thanksgiving dinner at my place. There are things to be cleaned thoroughly, things to be thrown away, things to be sold if they can be. (I do what I can to earn money to pay bills!)

I really need to get some paint and paint the doors and baseboards. This in itself should be interesting: my all-white long-haired grandkitty will most likely want to help me, just as she's helped me make the afghan. I just thank goodness they are all the same color.

Lulu has been a lifeline for me. I feel bad that my daughter couldn't take her when she moved. (She has since found a little boy who's owner had to move and couldn't take him with her.) But I am so glad for the company she provides me. Anyone who says that people and animals can't communicate must not have ever had an animal.

So, I'm off to see if I can find a can of energy somewhere. If only it was that easy!

  
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SLIMLILA 10/3/2011 1:53AM

    Take time for yourself... also, read Momma48's blog and see what stress can really do to you. We both know that we feel miserable when we work in a horrid situation, but look at physically what it can do as well.

I applied for another 4 jobs tonite but the not-knowing is stressful too.


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NPA4LOSS 10/2/2011 4:28PM

    It is so wonderful that you were able to work for the four days this week. We will hope that is a growing trend! emoticon

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ANGIEINTRAINING 10/2/2011 2:57PM

    If you find a place to get extra energy, please pass on the information! Enjoy your week. Turn on some upbeat music real loud and clean your house while dancing around and singing at the top of your voice!

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Slow Start

Saturday, October 01, 2011

I was up late last night trying to watch the Tigers-Yankees game that got rained out. Then I couldn't sleep for a couple hours in the middle of the night. Needless to say, once I fell back asleep, I didn't wake up until 9 am. I wanted to be pretty much started on my list of things to do by that time!

Then my daughter called me while she was driving to work. Both my daughters have a bad habit of calling when they are driving, but I'm always grateful to talk to them. We were both wishing that she could come home for Thanksgiving, but money and distance says that's not going to happen this time. It would have been so nice to see her. I haven't seen her since the end of May. After living with her for a year, I definitely still go through withdrawals.

I checked my emails when I was talking to my daughter. I got one from a bank that says my checking account is overdrawn. I physically went into the bank and closed both the personal and business checking accounts the week before last. So...it was a good 20 minutes on the phone trying to figure out what happened. I was able to get the personal account closed over the phone. But, because the bank charged a fee (hence the overdraft), the person on the phone had to credit my bank account back the fee. I will have to call again on Tuesday to get that one closed. I've had so much trouble with this bank. I would never recommend it to anyone.

I got to do the "momma dance" yesterday. (When something good happens with my children, I get to do a big woo hoo and dance around!) My oldest daughter and her husband will be coming up from Alabama for Thanksgiving. I haven't seen her since last Thanksgiving. Time always seems to go so fast when we're together, but I cherish every moment. We've learned to never plan a whole lot. We just take every moment as it comes. I just wish the time in between visits didn't go so slowly.

I already know that I am going to have to plan Christmas carefully this year, as I don't think I'll be able to see either daughter. (The first time in 31 years!) It will be difficult for me. I'm considering checking into different volunteer opportunities to help fill the void. Helping others always makes me feel a little better. And I have the rest of my family to be with. I'm hoping they won't get tired of me being around them - I have to count on them to help me stay a little busy.

I guess it's time to try to get some of my work done that I haven't even started yet. Hoping it won't take too long!

  
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ANGIEINTRAINING 10/1/2011 9:49PM

    I hope you get the bank stuff figured out. That really makes a bit of stress...especially if it's not your fault! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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NPA4LOSS 10/1/2011 9:10PM

    I'm glad that you had a chance to sleep in after a crazy night. Enjoy that little gift. I hope that something will change so that you have some time with someone for the holiday season. emoticon

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SLIMLILA 10/1/2011 7:34PM

    Patty,
I always read your blogs and am impressed with how much persistence you have ad how hard you work and thinking of others.... What a great person you are!
Have a great weekend!
Lila

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SBECKER526 10/1/2011 12:16PM

    I am facing a difficult Christmas with a husband who is very ill. I plan to keep it simple. I will donate a complete meal to a needy family.

In the past, I delivered holiday dinners to shut-ins that normally get meals on wheels from the senior center.

I visit 2 or 3 parishioners and give them communion. I am a eucharistic minister. I do hospital visitation year-round. I do not have much of a family, so I reach out to others.

Best wishes to you in planning the holidays.

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Kinda Disappointed

Friday, September 30, 2011

I got a message from my "regular job" boss asking if I could come in today. She "thinks" she'll be in the office at 10:30. I've definitely got mixed feelings. I can't think of anything that needs to be done that she actually would trust me with and I've got lots of stuff I need to catch up on at home. But, if she is going to offer me the time, I have to take it. I need the money, however little it may be.

I've got to keep looking for another more permanent, steady, fulfilling job that ideally will be a little closer to home and pay at least as much if not more. I need to spend some more time hunting for that job, practicing my interviewing techniques, and working on my administrative skills. Gotta pencil in at least 1.2 hour to an hour tonight and more time over the weekend. Good luck please come my way!

  
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SLIMLILA 10/1/2011 1:55AM

    Well, I hope the day wasn't as bad as you were probably anticipating..

My intereview went really well till he told me they would only pay barely more than 1/3 of what I was getting as a teacher. I'm not giving up on the idea yet, if I happen to be fortunate enough to be offered the position, I would likely take it, but still keep looking too. I was there over 45 minutes, so it went well on both sides. It was my cover letter that intrigued him because I have no FRont End Grocery Store Mgmt. experience, it's been 40 years since I even worked in a grocery store...

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MISSLISA1973 10/1/2011 1:08AM

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GEEKSMEGGLY 9/30/2011 11:10PM

    Sending you best wishes and prayers for finding the right job. Hang in. emoticon

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SWEETANGO 9/30/2011 9:19PM

    Life is full of compromise and prioritizing. Both are tough to do.
I'm sure you made the right decision. Hugs. Judy

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BERGBA7 9/30/2011 3:33PM

    thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog and I am sending you the best of luck I can think of so you will find a job that pays better and that you really enjoy!
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LINDA! 9/30/2011 10:23AM

    Hope you find something more permanent soon. emoticon

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SUMMARAH 9/30/2011 9:32AM

    Put on some music and dance a little bit while no one is looking. It's SUCH a stress reliever. Do something funky with your hair or makeup, spice things up a bit. I firmly believe in the Law of Attraction; that what you put out there, is what you get back. Change your vibration and watch all the positive things unfold for you. Seriously. A smile inside can make a HUGE difference outside. I'll be rootin' for ya!
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ANGIEINTRAINING 9/30/2011 9:23AM

    Here's some good luck for you!!

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NPA4LOSS 9/30/2011 9:17AM

    Pay is pay and as you have seen there is a world out there waiting for you. emoticon

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Another Long Day

Thursday, September 29, 2011

After working my second day in a row yesterday, I was asked to come in today and work from 7 to 5:30. I spent the night last night working on sorting my Avon order and went to bed as soon as I could: 4 am came awfully early. I am definitely not used to working so much. BUT, I'm really hoping that there is a chance I could get this position. I'm sure I would soon get into a routine. That may mean giving up selling Avon or at least cutting way back. In that case, I would probably start working under my unit leader helping her get her order numbers up. It would save me having to actually having to place the orders and sort them when they come in. I shouldn't jump ahead of myself, though. I've been wanting a full time job for so long that I'm finding it easy to be hopeful.

  
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SLIMLILA 9/30/2011 1:17AM

    Did you see my huddle? I got a call today at 5:30 to come tomorrow for an interview for the grocery front end with bookkeeping job. It would be different, but I probably shouldn't get ahead of myself either... but I'm excited..I'll keep you posted...

I did something similar with my Avon business too... I had enjoyed it and it helped me through some tough times, and I made a couple of really good friends... my dh used to say for Christmas he would just have an Avon order come in cuz I had so much fun going through the boxes....

I sure hope this is the job for you!

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DYLDYLSMOM 9/29/2011 9:36AM

    Well good luck to you and hopefully things will work out how you want them! emoticon

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C11ELF16 9/29/2011 9:17AM

    Glad to hear that work is keeping you busy and hoping that this job works out for you.

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NPA4LOSS 9/29/2011 6:51AM

    One day at a time and this is looking promising. It is emoticonhow things just happen along sometimes. emoticon Continued success at this position.

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