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Cleaning House

Saturday, November 05, 2011

I've been threatening to do some major cleaning and weeding out of junk in this condo for a few months now. I just feel that if the house is more organized, I will feel more settled. There are other reasons for my wanting to do this. I don't like a lot of junk around that I don't use. I may be able to make money by selling some of the stuff. I'm having Thanksgiving here and want the place to look its best. And, if I have to move, there will be less stuff to move.

I have made a few little strides in the past few months. I've gone through my clothes and have sold or donated the ones I don't wear anymore. I've taken some of my daughter's clothes that she hadn't taken yet to a consignment shop. I've painted the laundry room and the trim work in the place along with three closets. I've got one more closet to paint.

A friend of mine volunteered to set up an appointment to get my carpet and couches cleaned sometime this week. Hooray! They are in desperate need of it. It's also an added bonus that this is a gift from the friend.

I have an ad about a store that will buy your household stuff that you don't want/need anymore. I need to check it out a little bit. That would be absolutely great!

Some of the stuff that my daughter couldn't fit into her jeep has been sitting in the closet that I have to paint. I've gotten a chance to mail a couple of the boxes. I need to come up with the money to send some more of it, especially the Christmas decorations since it's just about that time of year. I don't want her to be without it. It is bad enough that she's not closer to me. She needs to be able to make her place more cheerful.

So, I'm off to get dressed and get moving. Hoping my motivation lasts at least a few hours. I'm really hoping that by accomplishing some of what I want to do that I really will feel more peaceful and organized and less stressed. Heaven knows I need less stress in my life right now!

  
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STOP-IT-KNOW 11/6/2011 4:13PM

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SLIMLILA 11/6/2011 12:56AM

    Hope you got done what you wanted to. I am just waiting for sil to put together a wardrobe we bought at IKEA before we moved, but who knows when that will happen? Guess I better be happy with him putting on my snow tires instead...He found a fridge on Kijiji today for $249... after my dd had suggested we could get one for about $50, this wasn't expected.....

I was woken up today by the bank calling wondering why we were 2 pmts. late on loan to our dd.... and I was having such a nice sleep too. Anyway, it led to a call and a nice chat with dd, who said she would get to the bank today. So, now I have to call the bank on Monday and see about the meeting to close out that loan and get a new joint acct. set up.... Always so many little things that need doing... just needed to the right motivation to get back to that.

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SKINNEY345 11/5/2011 10:34AM

  I can totally relate to this motivation. I always get the burst of every to clean closets at this time of year. I started but lost interest until I read your bog. Now I'm ready to go again. thank you for making me feel that I,m not alone in the world of shrinking closet space. skinney345

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A Decent Day for a Change

Friday, November 04, 2011

I actually had a decent day yesterday. I got a little bit of deep cleaning done on the condo. Not as much as I had intended, but I thought it was at least a start. I took a bag of clothes and a bag of kitchen chair cushions that my mom had given me to a local store hoping that they'd buy them. The owner passed, but there was a lady standing there looking through stuff that bought the cushions.

I then went to the Salvation Army and donated the bag of clothes. It's a great tax write-off and I really didn't want to have to bring them back in the condo to store them. I desperately needed some nice pants in case I ever do get a job. I found two pairs. It took me awhile. I started out with the size that I thought I was only to find out that everything was too big. I have to hem one pair, but the other pair fit perfect. It's was a little scary knowing I have lost more weight without trying. The doctor didn't comment about it the other day, so I guess I don't really need to be concerned.

I got a lot of Avon orders yesterday. I spent a few hours writing them out and entering them into my order. If only I could get orders like that every time! If only the representatives in my downline would put orders in every campaign. Then I could make a percentage of their orders! It would certainly help in the financial department. A day like yesterday made me think even harder about spending more time working on my Avon business and forgetting about the other job.

Speaking of the other job: I have not gotten my usual last-minute can-you-come-and-work-a-couple-hours call. This makes the second week of no hours at all. Yes, this makes me more determined to not go back.

I did get a call yesterday while I was in the Salvation Army Store. A place that I had applied to the day before called me to come in for an interview this morning. It's so much closer to my condo! And it sounds like it's a job I can do - a customer service representative. And it HAS to be more hours. Now to go and ace the interview! That's the hard part with me. I've been practicing my job interviewing, but I do realize that often times my lack of self-confidence shows. Time to psych myself up and go in with a super positive attitude.

I think I will call the company that I interviewed with last week. The guy seemed encouraging, and he did say that it might be awhile before they had a chance to make a decision. Maybe by calling, I can be the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

Then it will be time to apply for more jobs, do more cleaning and weeding out, and finding more creative ways to bringing cash into the household. I spend so much time looking for a job and practicing my job skills that if I ever do get a job, I won't know what to do with all the extra time that I'll have on my hands. But I'd love the chance to be able to think of something to do. (Like have a social life!)

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/4/2011 4:41PM

    Keep up with that positive attitude, it's clearly working for you!

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RUNJEWELRUN 11/4/2011 8:00AM

    Yay! Congrats on the interviews :)

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A Good Night's Sleep and Some Decisions

Thursday, November 03, 2011

I had a pretty good night's sleep last night. My dreams were actually pleasant. It made me wake up in a better mood and full of morning motivation. So, I want to accomplish some things today.

First, I want to do some deep cleaning of the condo. I want to get rid of the junk that I don't need. I want to sell what I can, however I can, to make at least some much needed money. I'll put some stuff on Craig's List or ebay. I will take some stuff to a place close by that actually buys stuff to see if they will take anything. I am having such a hard time finding a job that I'm afraid I may have to move and I hate moving a bunch of stuff that I probably won't ever use again. I'm having Thanksgiving here anyway and I want the place to look as good as possible.

Of course, I will spend my usual time job hunting and honing my skills. I won't get a job if I don't do this. I'm including taking Avon training courses in this as right now, this is the only job I can count on. I've decided to make the most of it and see where it takes me. The effort certainly can't hurt.

The boss hasn't called in two weeks, and the rope is at the end as far as that job is concerned. I need to cut my losses (monetarily and mentally) and let go. I feel that I will be mentally healthier and my car will be physically better if I do this. Two to two and a half hours of fighting traffic not only gets on my nerves, but my tires, shocks, and gas have really taken a beating for four to six hours of work a week. If I put my mind to it, I can stay local and ramp up on finding Avon customers.

Of course, this is me talking before getting started for the day. But, all this has been on my mind for at least the last two months and I need to either change my situation or decide to live miserably. I'm getting too old and I'm running out of time. I want to enjoy life, not stress over it. Maybe I'll have second (or third or 100th thoughts) about this; maybe I won't. I'm asking that good vibes and advice be sent my way.

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/4/2011 4:38PM

    Best wishes to you Patty.

The job hunt in itself takes a huge amount out of you because you have to keep up your motivation as you put yourself out there. It does sound like your existing job is literally not worth it but I guess you don't have to do anything about it, except decide whether you are available the day you get called in.

Meanwhile, putting the effort into Avon does sound like a plan, you are already selling there aren't you? And that kind of selling does reward effort.

Whatever you decide, good luck, and take care of yourself out there.

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SLIMLILA 11/3/2011 10:34PM

    Patty,
I'm even ready to send money to you just to lower your stress and make life easier for you. I got in touch with unemployment today and had more good news from them, I qualify for another 29 weeks in total, so that takes some pressure off me, but I would so much rather be working! Maybe I should go back to selling AVon too.. it helped me to meet people last time I did it when I had moved to a new area too..
Prayers to you, my friend..
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 11/3/2011 10:04AM

    Sending good vibes & prayers your way Patty!

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GEEKSMEGGLY 11/3/2011 10:01AM

    Great way to start the day! emoticon

Wishing you the best moving forward. emoticon

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SUMMARAH 11/3/2011 9:48AM

    Keep up your motivation, Patty! It's wonderful to have a plan in front of you and work that plan. Try to limit your "to do list" to 2 or 3 things that you can accomplish in a day. That way, you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, and you're not stressed by a lengthy task list that you couldn't get to. And if you can do more, well that's just gravy :)

What I do is allot a certain amount of time to each thing, and work on it with my timer going. When the time is up, I stop, maybe putting my tools away before going on to the next thing.

I'm sending you excited, positive vibrations! GO PATTY!!!
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MOMMA48 11/3/2011 9:41AM

    emoticonand positive vibes are super sent your way, Patty! As to your current job status, look what the decision did for me. Not too much $ in the pocket -- but a whole lot healthier and happier! I know you'll make the right decision -- whichever way it may be. But, just so you do it for YOU, my super bud!! You are so special and so loved by your family and friends here (yup -- me!) that I can only wish you all the best possible wishes and vibes that I can!
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Another Day of Trying

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

My normal morning routine was anything but normal this morning. I took my sister to the courthouse because she got called for jury duty. She was sure she would get out of it and that it wouldn't take long. It took longer than she thought. I waited around for awhile and checked in at Human Resources to see if there were any new job openings. I then got a call from my sister telling me that it was going to take her awhile and to go ahead and go home until she was done. I no sooner got home and changed and on the computer to look for jobs when she called saying that she was done. So...my morning was not productive, to say the least. But at least I can say I helped my sister out.

So, I'm now back home and ready to get back to searching for that ever-elusive job. I'm beginning to doubt there is such a thing. But, in my quest for knowledge and answers, I will keep searching. It's just getting harder and harder to not get discouraged. Any ideas and suggestions on where to search and how to keep going would be greatly appreciated at this point.

  
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SLIMLILA 11/3/2011 12:27AM

    I had to go back to dr. today to get the medical slip revised, and a little lecture from her
then I went to the unemployment office and talked to someone and mentioned the job where I could have earned $100 a week last week and also told him because I haven't looked for work in so long, maybe I don;t know how to do it right... anyway, he did give me a slip of paper with the name of another office where they actually do some job search counseling or something.... have to call them tomorrow...wish me luck... and back at ya! emoticon

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SHIRDISAI 11/2/2011 1:21PM

  Hang in there... the right job is waiting for you :)

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Down Day Yesterday

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....

  
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SLIMLILA 11/2/2011 2:17PM

    Keep remembering the good memories and visit your mom, she probably feels similar.

I feel the same as you about still not finding a job... especially the one last week where the guy was offering $100 a week, for 9-12 daily. What an insult!
Very discouraging. My sister lives 3 hrs. away and she called yesterday and gave me job info from there, so I'm applying there too.... something's gotta give... emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 11/2/2011 10:16AM

    Patty I lost my father 46 years ago and I still miss him. May is a rough month for me. Hope today is a better day!

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FITMARY 11/2/2011 6:02AM

    This time of year can be tough, especially if you're missing someone. Try to hang on. You are moving forward!

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MONKEYJO3 11/1/2011 10:38AM

    Thank you for stopping by to comment on my blog. When I got to your page I noticed yours. I'm sorry your feeling sad. It sounds like like your job situation and your boss isn't helping the situation. Some people are more of a hinderance than a help in general. It sounds to me like it's her problem, let her keep it and not give it away to help you feel bad. And job hunting is so awful, I feel you pain. I wish there was something I could say to make it easier for you but some days are just crummier than others. I hope, hope, hope today is so much better than yesterday and you can find balance and peace.

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