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51 Years Old

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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I am still looking for those good works He prepared for me to do from before I was born . . .

Yesterday looked at Target for electric skillet, as I got an $8 pkg of 90% ground beef for $4 off at ALDIs, and the skillet I had in ministorage is falling apart literally at the seams. I haven't cooked for 2 weeks so everything I had is pretty much used up and / or went bad in ice chests, so it's time to start over. Instead of an 11 inch skillet plus a huge one, Target had a 12 inch skillet plus a huge one. I looked at and didn't buy the 12 inch, which was $22 (an okay price, sort of) and was coated with toxic Teflon.

I stopped by Goodwill and got an all metal electric skillet for $7. I plugged it in before I went through check out, and it heated up. I still have to make sure it actually works though, and I only have 7 days to return it if I find issues. It is small, 11-12 inch size, but for the price I am happy. The lid and the base are both bright shiny metal - probably aluminum alloy. No teflon - YAY! $7 - YAY! Funny, the lid has very high sides and is about 3X larger in volume, taller, than the base of the skillet. I wonder why they designed it that way . . . overkill on the lid . . . surely no one needs that much steam which is the only possible purpose I can see . . . they should be reversed, the base should be that big and deep so you could cook more . . . I always look at the way things are engineered and wonder WHY . . . but since I'm single it doesn't matter, I don't need more room.

We had a rainy night, and I slept early because I was so tired. It's rare to get a full 8 hours sleep in the car, but I did and I feel better this morning. It is overcast with gray clouds racing by at a low level, as if you can touch them, and feels like it might rain at any moment.

This morning I went to ALDIs for a produce run, and we had a downpour while I was inside. I will wash the electric skillet & make a salad at work today, and get more ice. We run a skeleton crew most afternoons and evenings, so it will be easy to be discreet. And I use all my own stuff, including dish detergent. Just their sinks and water. I will go in early with only the skillet, and hope everyone has left so I can do those things early before my shift. If people are there, I'll have to wait to do the produce until a more discreet time, such as during my break and/or after work.

And tonight after work I will be cooking late at ministorage, and if it's not raining, start going through stuff and straightening up the mess there. Since this is a short week and I've applied everywhere I can already, I'm going to focus on online apps and working at ministorage for the rest of this week. But next week I'm going to a new town, Huntersville, which is halfway between Mville & Charlotte, and apply at all their temp agencies - which I will look up and write down and mapquest this week.

Also I'm going back to the unemployment office tomorrow to apply for the ones I find online today, that they have to screen first.

Also since this is a short week for employers and temp agencies, this would be a good week for me to check further into a YMCA membership (to have access to showers).

And today begins my "work week" at the piddly pay job; working Tues thru Sat this week. We expect to be super dead on the holiday, July 4th, so we'll take advantage of having no customers and that will be a massive cleaning day. I usually make plans to take my birthday off, and make plans to watch fireworks on the 4th, but this year with everything going on I completely spaced off both (a sign of old age, ha!), and both crept up on me. I wish I had moved out sooner, and gotten the negativity and trauma out of my life sooner. Then I wouldn't be missing out. Oh well. Since I didn't request the time off a week+ ago, I have to work both. Which really is fine, I'll take the pay, piddly as it is. Fireworks are only once a year, and I love them, so I usually try to take advantage of those. Oh well.

Maybe I'll celebrate my birthday this Sunday. We'll see. I will probably be too busy with church and laundry and the usual.

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CATHEMARIE 7/8/2013 2:45PM

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OOLALA53 7/5/2013 10:43AM

    Belated Happy Birthday, Carol!

I hope this new town will be the ticket for you job wise. You certainly put your effort in.

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LINDA! 7/3/2013 10:39PM

    Happy Birthday!! I wish this was a more pleasant birthday for you - considering the recent circumstances. emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/3/2013 1:53PM

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DJ4HEALTH 7/3/2013 1:20AM

    Happy Birthday!! Praying that you find a better job and will be able to find a place to live. emoticon

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    Appreciate your updates as it helps me tailor my prayers for you!

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    I thank God with you for your skillet find, the benefit at your work place to prepare some veggies, and for the pay, "piddly" though it is. God is faithful, even when we don't feel him. He is there, even when we don't see him. He is El Roi - the one who sees (Hagar); He is Jehovah Jireh - the one who provides (Abraham).

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NELLIEC 7/2/2013 5:20PM

    In spite of your having to work, it does sound like this week will be less hurried than usual. emoticon to a young chick! emoticon

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    Happy birthday!! I hope the new job search pans out.

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