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Still Trying to Plug Away

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I got some more things accomplished yesterday that needed to be done. But I didn't get near as much done as I had hoped. For whatever reason, my sister wanted me to pick her up from work to take her to an appointment and then take her back to her car. (And it was an appointment she should have made six months ago.) But, I was the good sister and did it. So that was a waste of a couple hours.

The family did pick up my mother and take her out to dinner for her birthday. It was nice to take her out and spend time with the family. But, it was hard to find something on the menu to eat (as it was a pizza place). And it did take a little longer than I had anticipated - about three hours. Necessary obligation, though.

So, today I'm getting ready to start in on my ongoing projects. Let's see how much I can get done today, as I'm not planning on having to go anywhere.

The boss has yet to call me to come into work. If she doesn't call me for tomorrow, she'll be out of luck for this week. I have an appointment on Friday afternoon that I can't miss. My attitude towards that whole situation is definitely at a low and continually getting worse. I must spend some time on the computer today applying for more jobs and sharpening my skills up. Enough is enough!

  
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SLIMLILA 10/6/2011 12:46AM

    I even went out and bought myself a big mug that says, "You are Appreciated". I certainly empathize with you, as you well know... I'm still giving you the persistence away. I wish we lived closer, I would so like to meet you in person...
Lila

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KKP4673 10/6/2011 12:18AM

    Keep trying!!! Keep moving forward!!

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FITMARY 10/5/2011 6:34PM

    Hang in there!
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MPEACH87 10/5/2011 4:42PM

    Keep going at it! If the boss doesn't appreciate you, gotta plug away at the rest of it!

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Getting There

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.)

  
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SLIMLILA 10/5/2011 12:29AM

    emoticon
Did you see on the news today there was an 83 y.o. and on her birthday, she finished a full marathon

You sound like you are so resourceful!!

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NPA4LOSS 10/4/2011 12:30PM

    Sending positive thoughts you way for a good day. emoticon

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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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