Tuesday, November 01, 2011
I was in a down mood all day yesterday. I tried to stay busy, get out of the house, talk to friends to get out of the mood but nothing worked. It happens a bit this time of year and I don't like when it does. So, I spent the afternoon applying for a bunch of jobs and practiced some job skills like typing and ten key. I tried to learn Access, but got absolutely nowhere with that, which didn't help my mood. So, when all else failed, I just went to bed.
I slept better than I did the night before and feel a little better this morning. So, I'm hoping today is a better day for me. I will again be looking for jobs in between doctor appointments. It's probably good that I have the appointments - just to make sure everything is okay physically. I believe it is. It's just that I usually get melancholy around this time of year thinking about my father, who passed away on November 10, 25 years ago. One would think I wouldn't be affected anymore, but I still go through it.
And my job situation doesn't help. I didn't work for the company at all last week and haven't gotten a call yet this week. But I get so depressed when I do have to go in. It's hard to work only a few hours a week for a critical boss. I need to find something and find it soon. Just don't know what....
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I got a bit of paperwork done yesterday at work that I had been putting off for a long time. I'm glad I got the chance to do it. The mental work really made me tired, though. I really didn't do much of anything when I got home. I think I fell asleep about 9 pm. But, I slept well and woke up refreshed and motivated. I hope it lasts well into the afternoon. As usual, my to do list is a mile long and I'd love to tackle as much as I can while the motivation lasts.
It's getting cold here in metro Detroit. I have a friend who is coming over tomorrow to help me winterize the condo. So, this means I want to wash windows today and clean the blinds and curtains. And, of course, since this friend doesn't come over that often, I want to make sure the house is as clean as possible.
Somewhere in this mix, I must run some errands. My grandkitty will have my head if I don't go to the grocery store and get her some more treats. (That's what Grandma's are for, even if they are four-footed.) There's other things I need to get anyway, so I will just take a break from cleaning and make my rounds of errands.
My daughter and son-in-law are coming in for Thanksgiving and dinner will be here. (Mom volunteered me.) So, this is all the more reason for me to get the condo in shape. This is actually the first time in my life that I have lived alone and I do want to be able to have a nice, clean, cute place for the family to come to.
I thought of having some of the Christmas decorations out, but I don't think that's going to happen. The Christmas decorations are in the front closet BEHIND all the items that my youngest daughter couldn't fit in her Jeep when she moved out. I've sent a couple boxes of stuff that she needed and that's helped. But sending stuff from Michigan to Nova Scotia isn't the cheapest or easiest thing to do. I understand the purpose behind customs, but some of the rules and questions baffle me. If I don't say that I'm giving the items to her, she has to pay to have them sent over. I get that if you buy something, you should pay a sales tax. But a tax to bring your own stuff with you doesn't make sense to me.
Time's up on blogging - time to move on to the next project.
Friday, October 28, 2011
I really like when I get called to fill in at this company that I'm working at today. The pay is good and the people are nice. There are enough breaks in the work that I am able to get some of my put-off paperwork accomplished. This part I feel a little guilty about. But, I feel that it's better to look busy than to look like I'm falling asleep. And it is a good feeling to know I'm accomplishing things that I've been putting off for a long time. I really would rather be doing some work for the company, but...what do I do when there's nothing to do? I know the company had a job posting that I applied for online. I just need to be assertive and ask the HR director when she comes to sign my time card at the end of the day.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I find myself in a learning mode lately. It started with trying to brush up on job interviewing skills as I find myself introverted and not self-confident. It then progressed to trying to brush up on my job skills (typing, 10-key, word, excel and access). I'm trying to fit in at least 15 minutes a day on each of these things. I know I need to try to fit more time in, but I don't have a handle on my schedule just yet. I also need to start thinking outside the box on finding companies that are hiring but not necessarily posting these jobs on traditional sites. I did start making cold calls to companies: I need practice on that - I'm still uncomfortable with that.
I noticed that this learning mode has traveled over to SP. I have been reading and saving articles more lately. I want to REALLY explore the site more. I believe there's stuff I'm missing that could really help me in various areas of my life.
It all is good in theory, but, like I mentioned, I need to get a handle on my scheduling of time. I'm getting a little better by watching the clock more. I keep threatening to get the kitchen timer out. It's time to do that starting right now. For my own good, I need to improve and become the best that I can be.
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