Tuesday, October 04, 2011
I got a bit done yesterday. Not as much as I would have liked, but I did feel like I accomplished something. I tackled the front closet looking for my daughter's Halloween costume box. I took pictures of some of them and put them on Craig's List. I was able to condense a couple boxes. That project was my biggest of the day. I've been putting it off and am glad that I got it done.
I applied for a lot of jobs yesterday and touched base with a few of the employment agencies that I'm registered with. I broke down and practiced my typing again. I'm down a few wpm and know that I need to keep practicing to keep it up. I've got to take time to go through the Microsoft Word and Excel class books that I have. The more skills I have, the better chance of getting a job I have. Speaking of which, I've got to go over my job interviewing questions again. I know this is my major weakness - my lack of confidence shows through a bit. So, I want to spend at least an hour to an hour and a half on all those today.
I stopped at Wal Mart and bought some white paint to do the trim work in the condo. I want to get it done before I put the clear plastic on the windows for the winter and before I have people over for Thanksgiving.
I also have to be realistic. If I don't get another job soon, I won't be able to keep up the payments. This bothers me mostly because it's my daughter's condo and I really don't want to let her down. But...if I can't make the payments, we need to get a renter in here. Fresh paint always helps on the presentation of a place.
So, I've got another day that I hope will be productive. I have to stop at 1:00 and take my sister to her lawyer's office and stop again to have dinner with the family as it's my Mom's 81st birthday. My family always gets on my case because I usually don't eat at restaurants. As we all know, most of the meals just have too many calories and other bad things that I just don't need to be eating. But, I'm always dedicated and determined. I can probably get by with a salad or a piece of grilled chicken. (Of course: the family picked a pizza place.)
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!
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!
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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