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Life's Curveballs

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Life decided to throw me some curve balls this past 24 hours. Some things that I wanted to go smoothly aren't. My Mom needs my help getting a new battery for her car in the morning. Someone else wants me to make a meeting at 2 pm tomorrow. The carpet cleaning guy couldn't do my couches Friday, so we have it set up for him to come at 1 pm tomorrow. I'm still trying to get baking and cleaning done by Tuesday night when my daughter gets here. I heard back from a couple of those job interviews that I went on. The jobs were offered to other people. So, I'm taking five to regroup. Practicing my batting. Now, back to my pressing matters. Which one should I do next?

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SLIMLILA 11/20/2011 11:38PM

    Don't work so hard that you're exhausted when your daughter arrives. You haven't seen her in a year, make sure you are healthy and rested and can sit and enjoy your time together. Sorry to hear about the jobs... and I know too, I find it hard to think of positive things to be thankful for... But, Patty, even the way your listed these challenges,not as obstacles you can't possibly bypass, but simply, "Curveballs". Such a positive person doing her best to work through unfortunate circumstances... God Bless you...

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 11/20/2011 8:49PM

    I really hate those curveballs & I seem to get them a lot lately. All I can do is just hang on! If you know a better way please let me know!

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ARNETTELEE 11/20/2011 4:21PM

  Take a breather and look at all your options. One day things will work out for you. Good luck.

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Getting There and Getting Excited

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I'm slowly getting things accomplished in preparation for Thanksgiving. My oldest daughter and son-in-law will be in from Alabama on Tuesday night. I'm really wanting to have as much as possible done before they get here. I want to be able to kick back and enjoy their company as well as the holiday.

My wanting to kick back and enjoy the holidays probably started in my childhood. I remember my parents preparing well ahead of time and having a lot of company and activities during the holidays. When my children were little, I found it easier to do things a little bit at a time just because that's all I had were little bits of time while raising the girls.

Now, it's easier on my wallet to buy things starting right after Christmas. And it's easier on my back to limit the amount of physical work I do each day. A couple hours of wrapping presents to ship to my baby had my back aching for awhile.

The holidays always go by in such a blur anyway. I don't want the blur. I want the football games on Thanksgiving. I want the time taken to gather a bunch of people and play a board game or pile in the car to look at Christmas lights. I don't want the mall scene: too many grouchy, hurried people not paying attention to the real reason behind the season.

I'm so lucky to have the love and companionship of many great people this time of year. I actually have this all year long. Guessing that's another reason for me wanting to get things done early - so I can sit and remind them of how special they are to me.

The great by-product of being a member of the Spark People family the past year and a half is that I have come across many people who are now special to me that I would otherwise never have met. I think those people know who they are. Just in case they don't, I will make sure to take a few minutes and send them a little note.



Friday, November 18, 2011

I got dressed and busy early this morning. I am waiting on the carpet cleaning guy who is supposed to be here between 10 and 11. I can't wait for him to get here: I'm really anxious to get the carpet and couches cleaned. I've only been saying that they needed to be cleaned since the spring. (I know! I know! I'm bad and procrastinated!)

The main reason I want him to hurry up and come is that I want it done so I can continue on with my day. I've got some cleaning to do, some running around to do, and stuff that I promised my mother that I'd help her with. In other words, I have over scheduled myself again today.

I was reading an article yesterday that I should have one specific goal at a time and take little steps in order to achieve that goal. It makes sense to me. I just need to keep trying to get a handle on limiting what I do each day and taking time out for me.

Part of me says to get my household organized and then my mind should be able to follow better. There's been so many things that I've put off (like my carpet cleaning) that it's going to take some time to get the place organized. I'm getting there, though. I've taken at least some time every day the past few weeks to go through something. Do I need it? Where should it be if I need it? If I don't need it, can someone I know use it? Then take it to them. No one to give it to? Then sell or donate it. I've actually made $30 selling stuff in the last month and have donated about five bags of stuff to charity. My dumpster has also had many contributions.

There's still more I need to do. I'm taking it one step at a time. I'm actually thinking I'm looking at it from a Spark People approach. I've learned more than I thought I would when I literally stumbled on this site. Isn't life grand?

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SLIMLILA 11/18/2011 5:15PM

    I vented, but then decided not to put it out there for everyone, so I guess maybe it will just be my blog. Sorry to hear you have to wait around....that drives me nuts when I want to go somewhere and do something... guess that's why I am really upset and vented as much as I did... Guess I must be feeling better, hey!! emoticon emoticon

Even just reading what you said about doing one thing one step at a time, was upsetting to me. A few years ago I took a sweater I was knitting to a teachers conference and talked to principal about it. She said tell anyone that it bothered that I was adhd and that's what I needed to do to concentrate.. she may have been right on the mark... If I see something that needs to be done, I do it... unless I am trying to make a point or make dh see that he need to do it...that doesn't work, though so I should get over it and not bother.... emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 11/18/2011 11:45AM

    Sitting around waiting for service men to come is a pet peeve of mine. So much wasted time!!!
I have learned so much at SparkPeople than I thought possible. I am very grateful.

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Yesterday Didn't Go As Planned

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I was supposed to get my carpet cleaned yesterday. The company called and rescheduled for tomorrow. I really hope they come. My carpet and couches are really showing the dirt! I will feel like the house is so much cleaner when it's done.

There is a Meijer's store that is thinking of hiring me for their customer service desk. But they need information from another Meijer's store before they can proceed. I tried to go to talk to the HR Department but didn't get anywhere. I figured as much, but I'm so desperate for a job that I figured I'd try. I had to go there to get some groceries anyway.

I did set out a couple Christmas decorations yesterday in preparation for having Thanksgiving. I need to go through what I have, get rid of what isn't good anymore (or I don't want) and find out if I need to purchase anything. I know it's going to be time-consuming and I really want my carpet done before I put anything else out anyway.

I came across some CDs when getting out the decorations. I set out the Christmas ones with the rest of my CDs. I didn't know what was on some of them. Boy, was that opening a can of worms! Most of them had pictures on them. I got rid of the ones I didn't want (some were just not good pictures, some were of memories I didn't want to hang onto anymore). That prompted me to put the pictures that I had on the computer onto CDs. In turn, I put them in my box of CDs/pictures. Okay, now put some of the pictures in the photo albums I had recently purchased. I think I spent about two and a half hours on the project. It was something on my to-do list; just not yesterday's to do list. But, all I have to do now is get maybe two more photo albums and put the rest of the pictures in them and I will be all caught up on that project. I can see that as another two hour project by the time I get the albums and put the pictures in them. But, I WILL BE DONE. Then the real trick will be to keep up on the new pictures I take!

So, I can say it was a productive day yesterday - just different than I had planned. I guess it's not so bad to have days like that on occasion. Now to see what I can accomplish today.

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SLIMLILA 11/17/2011 6:26PM

    Like you said, it's all done, so be thankful. When do you expect to hear from Mejers? I'm sure I wil be at the same point come spring if I still don't have a job, that by then it will be whatever, as long as it pays money., Not a good position to be in though... emoticon

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Refining my Planning Schedule

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I penciled in a schedule in my planner yesterday. I didn't get the things done in the order in which I had them listed, but I did get a lot of it done. So, I'm kinda proud of that.

I penciled in a schedule again this morning and already have had to delete something. The carpet cleaner isn't going to be able to come today as promised but will HOPEFULLY make it on Friday. I guess the company has employee problems. I'm a little disappointed. Some of my work accomplished yesterday was getting ready for the people to come out today. Granted, I probably needed to do some of it anyway, but...I could have been working on another project. I'm just hoping that everything gets straightened out and they actually do come Friday. The living room carpet and the couches really need to be done and I wanted them done before Thanksgiving.

I need to take stock today on what I actually need to do and get for next Thursday. I want to be done with as much as possible by Tuesday night when my daughter gets here. I want to spend as much time with her as I possibly can without having to do any prep work. It's been a year since I've seen her (besides Skype) and I'm really getting excited. So, today will be my make a list to check it twice day.

I also want to spend my usual time with applying for jobs/spending time on Avon. I know that people aren't really hiring much this time of year, except for holiday help. But, there are some companies gathering resumes now for job openings in January. I wish I could even get some kind of holiday job. But, because of my back, I'm slightly limited as to what I can do/lift and how long I can stand. And I know that my age limits me. It's supposed to be illegal, but it's out there.

So, I'm off to see how much I can actually accomplish today. The kitchen timer will be my friend today to make sure I limit my time on any one project. Do it quickly and be done with it will be my mantra today.

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SLIMLILA 11/16/2011 11:57PM

    So how'd it work, the timer I mean? Sorry forgot about your back, I was going to suggest you apply with the carpet company for a job... emoticon

I'm feeling blah with this flu-thing.. so much for the flu shot....

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NPA4LOSS 11/16/2011 9:24PM

    emoticon don't forget the ME time!

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