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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 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.

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PITAKELLY13 10/2/2009 2:27PM

    You need to find another job and get out of there quick! Not that there is anything wrong with being a collector (I understand in this economy how hard most companies are working to collect on deadbeat clients) but the very fact that they were not honest and forthright with you signals that this is an element you do not want to be in!

I have been blessed to love every boss I've ever had. (I've actually changed companies twice to follow a great boss and have gotten many promotions by getting my boss promoted!) People ask me how I was lucky enough to find such places to work for and my answer was simple- life is too short to spend 80% of your waking hours with people you do not like! Never lower your standards! I will also say that I have had six companies that I have worked for in my whole life and never once have I sent out a resume! Do not underestimate taliking with people about your successes and what you are looking for in your next job.

Take care and good luck!! Update us when you can.

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CSIENK 10/1/2009 9:39AM

    Don't let the stress and frustration of your job situation turn into a trigger for emotional eating. Do the best you can to deal with the situation and maybe work your frustration out during your work-outs. And by all means - be ready to pounce on a new opportunity if it comes your way.

Keep up the good work - you're halfway to your goal weight!

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Introducing.....The Smallest Sparker

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

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CSIENK 10/1/2009 9:38AM

    Great pictures! emoticon

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THAMLEY 8/12/2009 3:06PM

    OMG, That is too precious---Thanks so much for sharing!---Looks like we have a lot in common! Hope to see more (or less-you're close to goal) of you around the site.
emoticon Tammy

Also, I like the title of your sparkpage...A quote I use all the time is...
"The road to success is constantly under construction"

Comment edited on: 8/12/2009 3:09:55 PM

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PITAKELLY13 8/10/2009 10:38AM

    Too cute! Your camera must have a quick shutter to catch her!

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DAKOTANMISTY 8/3/2009 9:38PM

    emoticon I really enjoyed this. It's amazing your were able to capture this moment.

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PJCHILIS 7/27/2009 4:41PM

    Good job on your minutes and this blog. I love birds, too emoticonPJ

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BLESSEDMOM7 7/23/2009 5:48AM

  That's amazing that you captured those shots! Aren't little experiences like that just what make so great?

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JAESGUY 7/22/2009 4:54PM

  all natures creatures are precious emoticon

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Yesterday's Doctor Appointment

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.

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PJCHILIS 6/23/2009 5:50PM

    Sorry, sometimes life'slessons aren't the best. But, one thing is the satisfaction of knowing you'd be there when needed. There have been times when I've wondered to, because I'd do anything I could. Remember, there's contentment in knowing you're made of the right stuff.

Next, hooray on your blood pressure. mine runa 200 and over with medication. emoticonPJ

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CAPSROCK 6/23/2009 3:12PM

    Thats great news. Congrats.

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What's at your Farmer's Market?

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!

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PJCHILIS 6/12/2009 6:10PM

    Looks so good emoticonPJ

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Tae-Bo Challenges and Then Some

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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WALNUT5612 7/7/2009 10:27AM

    I like your solutions!!!

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PJCHILIS 6/4/2009 3:23PM

    Hats off to you emoticonPJ

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