Thursday, October 01, 2009
I had a difficult time finding a title for this blog, mostly because it has to do more with my life than my health. Although, if you ask some folks they'll tell you that life has a way of disrupting your health, even when you least expect it.
If you noticed I haven't been around, its because I recently got a job. I know good for me, right? That position along with tutoring has been stressful. I always find myself a bit anxious during training, anyway. I actually lost a couple pounds, but my body knows me too well and has promptly put it back where it belongs....like the hips maybe?
Regardless, in the last seven days it has come to my attention that the company that hired me is not as busy as they all claim they were. I mean the day before yesterday we had only 4 sales and yesterday a whopping 1 sale! I find myself, calling customers for payment, rather than doing web design and updating websites as the job description stated I would. THAT'S COLLECTIONS, FOLKS!
No where in the ad on careerbuilder and the local job website did it mention this. Now you can say I'm a whiner. But I'm tired of companies misrepresenting themselves to hire top talent. I come with good references. (BTW, none of them have been called regarding my current position.)
They don't call it collections, however, because companies do not sign a contract. They're wording, of course. But how does this differ from me buying something from Amazon not paying for it and it going to collections.
While I'm disappointed they misrepresented the position, I reside in an "at-will" state, meaning that any employer or employee can end the employment contract at any time without legal repercussions. During the interview they're BIG concern was why did I want to work for less money, obviously they're worried I'll leave when approached by another company. And that was easy I need a job, although I didn't answer it in this way in the interview.
However, if I didn't have a reason to look for another job when the recession ends, I certainly do now. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, but in this recession they're non-paying account list gets longer and longer.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Hello. You don't know me, but I belong to a species of Hummingbirds in the Southeast, known as the Ruby-throated hummingbird. I'm not sure how I landed on this plant hanger. All I know is I was pushed from my nest and here I am. I can't even fly as fast as my Mom.
Most hummers my age don't survive, if I do, my average life span is 3 to 4 years.
I only weigh 3 grams, maybe less because I am not fully grown.
With the help of my Mom, you can see me sitting at this contraption. I'm not sure what it is for, but I hope my Mom comes back soon to help me.
Oh wait here she is. Did you know that when she flys her wings beat at a rate of 60 to 80 beats per second? That's the humming sound you hear.
She keeps eating from that contraption, I guess I'll have to too.
Mmmmmm! This sugar stuff sure is good.
But I'm sooooooo tired, now. I think I'll just fly over here for a rest.....ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I have received an OK that I can resume all activities, heavy lifting, etc. which is really great. I've waited so long for that surgery to begin, end and just be an occurrence in my past life. My iron is up, my blood pressure down (from 180/160 to 110/60) and I managed to lose a few pounds in the process.
I walked away from that really bad time in my life with a few lessons learned. That when people say that they're going to be there for you, they may not. Health is all that anyone really possesses and the rest is all smoke and mirrors. And that we, ultimately, are responsible for our own well-being, not your mom, dad, best friend or significant other.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I took a trip this morning to the Farmer's Market here in Raleigh, NC. And here is what I brought back. Now that's a bumper crop!
Cucumbers, blueberries, blackberries, tomatoes, string beans, corn, zucchini, summer squash, mediterranean squash, red and leaf lettuce. OH my!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
I did my first lengthy Tae-Bo workout since my surgery 3 weeks ago. I even made it through the entire 60 minutes, although I struggled at the end. So to say the session kicked my rear-end is an understatement.
I have some lofty goals for June, one of which is to lose 4 more pounds before July 4th, make it through an entire Tae-Bo session without passing out, and fit into my favorite summer dress. That dress was my go-to dress, great for any occasion. I miss that dress.
Will these challenges win over achieving my June goals? Dunno. You be the judge.
Challenge 1) Free donuts at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts Friday (That’s tomorrow, folks) I bet you’re glad I told you.
Solution 1) Take a detour, any detour. Yeah right, North Carolina is the capital of Krispy Kreme. Haven’t you heard of the Krispy Kreme Run in downtown Raleigh?
Challenge 2) June is Barbecue month or if you’re a Northerner Cook Out month.
Solution 2) Avoid anything greasy, creamy, fatty, or fried. No really. I mean it this time.
Challenge 3) Swimsuit factor.
Solution 3) Avoid pool, lake or beach areas until the weight comes off or hell freezes over. Find a suit that actually works….Yeah right. Like I’ll find something under those horrendous lights that reflect every dimple and crook of my cellulite. The best part will be when the model-thin beauty queen, who moonlights as a salesgirl, sticks her head in and says “Can I get you a bigger size?”
Please, just stick a fork in me, and call me done.
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