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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:33:26 EST Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035367 Somebody slap me - I got paid, in full, before 5:00 p.m., without being asked to hold my check until Monday! <BR> <BR> Honestly, it's been pretty hectic at work, but as I said before, the atmosphere is much better, the air is clean, and the office is coming together. It looks like a lawfirm!! <BR> <BR> Ms. RA is so positive and full of energy, and her husband is doing an awesome job of making the office look great. I'm truly counting my blessings. <BR> <BR> This weekend is supposed to be... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:56:58 EST Strange Couple of Days...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034401 Sometimes you just have to step back and go, "Huh?!!" As you know, Mrs. Boss did not pay us last Friday. And there were no checks Monday morning...... <BR> <BR> So, I sent Mr. Boss a text letting him know that I would be taking another vacation day. I get a text back telling me that I had no vacation authorized and no sick time authorized - That his daughter was at the office, and if I didn't want to go in, fine, it would without pay. So I said fine. <BR> <BR> I went down to the office ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:50:41 EST Woohoo!!! It's Walking Dead Night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032709 Twenty-nine minutes and counting - Last week's episode starts at 8:00 and then a new one at 9:00! Maybe we'll find out if Glenn survived!! <BR> <BR> Sunday night, my son and I watch The Walking Dead - popcorn and two hours of quality time watching and critiquing the show - Much fun! <BR> <BR> TTFN - Sun, 15 Nov 2015 19:35:04 EST Sunday! And a Partly Cloudy Copy of Yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032557 So far, its been a lovely, quiet day. Since I'm waiting for the beans I'm making for dinner to soak, I've got a few minutes to blog. <BR> <BR> I'm here sitting on the patio as I write this, and loving every minute of it! Linwin - Just so you know, I know that Mrs. Boss is testing me. As dysfunctional as these two idiots are, Mr. Boss may not even have a clue that paychecks weren't written. He will know loud and clear tomorrow if my check is not only in my drawer, but viable. I expect to... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 13:46:50 EST Beautiful, Breezy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032221 Recall, my sparkie friends, that my last man to move into my house left me the gift that just keeps on giving - German Cockroaches!!! Disgusting! <BR> <BR> So far, I've had a professional extermination company treat and almost get rid of them. And for $40 a month, they'll come back and keep treating......I'd rather eat. So, since I started seeing more of them (one is too many!!), I decided to use bug bombs (foggers). <BR> <BR> I've been planning this for some time - the day had to be rai... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:54:40 EST Friday - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031713 Well. I arrive at work today, and by 8:30 a.m., it's just me and the guy doing the renovations and setting up the phones. And the computer system......No wonder things are a little hincky....But at least I got the chance to unpack a box or two. Looks a little better...Still a disorganized mess, but at least my printer and scanner works and I can find things. <BR> <BR> By 8:45, I get a text from my co-worker. Her back is on fire and she's staying home.....There's a surprise. She says h... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:44:47 EST First Day Back to Work.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031139 Remember the pictures of the old office? LOL, I was gone from Friday afternoon, 6 November to this morning, 12 November. Roughly, 5 days. This is what greeted me in the new space, walking in the front door: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/192fbc3b-6f35-4f4d-9a01-7b819c9299f4.JPG"> - This is exactly the way it looked last Friday. Unfinished and unpainted. <BR> <BR> Here's my desk: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe9beff8-36e0-43f7-80... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:29:43 EST Winding Down My Last Day of Vacation..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030569 Oh, this has been an awesome day! Temps in the low to middle 80's, Low humidity - Absolutely beautiful! <BR> <BR> I spent the day gardening and prettying up the back yard. Harvested some sweet potatoes; blew the leaves and stuff off the patio, and enjoyed playing with my dogs. Around 1;00 p.m., I put a roast in the crock pot and had an easy dinner. Around 2:00, I took a nap and enjoyed every lazy minute of it! <BR> <BR> Now, I'm relaxing a bit. Supper dishes are washed and put away. ... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:38:12 EST Seriously. You Can't Fix Stupid.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030067 Friday, I actually got paid before 5:00! Of course, I had to ask Mrs. Boss, and she acted like I was tearing her hear out. Jeese! <BR> <BR> So, I ordered pizza for dinner - A big meat and cheese covered one for my son, and a large one with lots of veggies for me and my friend, Tina. Tina needed a mental health break, and stayed the weekend and left this afternoon. I love her to death, but I wish she'd get a life. Poor thing has hardly any self esteem, and basically stays with some peopl... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:53:51 EST So. What Have I Been Up Too This Week..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027352 When I left work last Friday, I was told that the office would be moved to the new location over the weekend......Since I was never given keys to the new space, I went to the old space, thinking that the keys would be there. This is what I found on Monday: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8ef522f-546f-4eb9-b3a0-4ea30ffdc4d3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e84e8e96-1273-4a60-a078-cf19188f7be7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 18:39:04 EST Sunday - Doing my best to relax.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024949 I hope y'all had a very Happy Halloween! My son and I watched Alien and Aliens and relaxed. LOL, I know that must sound strange, but we love watching this type of movie. One year, my son bought me a Hannibal Lecter action figure for Christmas - I love it! <BR> <BR> First, let me just say that I REALLY hate day light saving time. Really. Hate it. It's probably the stupidest thing we do in this State. My bio-rhythms will be screwed up for weeks. My poor little dogs have no idea why I w... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 20:30:50 EST So Tired Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024343 Must be the change of season - My allergies have been going nuts, and I've been SO tired. Gee. It wouldn't have anything to do with the stress at work......the usual BS; the office moving to a new location - you know. Just the usual. <BR> <BR> I got my shopping done, came home and made a loaf of banana nut bread with the overripe bananas from last week, picked a few green beans, and made some chicken curry for dinner. In between, I just rested and watched movies. 'Guess I just needed t... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 20:03:38 EST How is my Garden Growing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023258 Yesterday when I arrived home for lunch, I got a break from the showers. It was still cloudy outside, but I've always been amazed at how beautiful it is here in Central Florida even with it's cloudy or raining! <BR> <BR> Here's a few pics of the garden. The cucumbers have such pretty yellow blossoms - no bees today, but I'll bet they'll be here tomorrow when it's sunny! And lots of little, soon to be harvestable, green beans! Yay! I'll be canning soon! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:26:02 EST Whew! Even More Drama-Filled Work Days..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022205 Forgive me for not blogging sooner. Yes, I got my paycheck and banked it on Friday. Do I trust them to keep it up? H**l, NO! But I can tell you this much - I won't tolerate any more late pay. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Ready for the weird part? My co-worker has Thursday and Friday marked off for vacation. I asked her today if she was still planning to take it, especially since Mr. Drama has forbidden us to take off an entire week at a time......Which is illegal. She turns around and say... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:11:04 EST A LOT to be Thankful For...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019553 This past week has been a big eye-opener. Last Thursday, I discovered a website that is psychology-based to help you deal with weightloss, stress, and honestly, when I first signed on, I almost cancelled it. It's not like Sparkpeople, and it takes a day or so to get used to. I've also found that it works very well with Sparkpeople. Basically, it teaches me to analyze and pinpoint why I overeat. Most of the time, it's because I'm stressed in some way, or am in some sort of bad mood, and I'... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 20:55:47 EST Boy, Have I Been Having Fun...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018957 Well, folks, I came really close to collecting unemployment this week. I walked into my office on Monday morning and there were no checks for the past two weeks. <em>234</em> So....... <BR> <BR> I texted my boss that until I was paid up to date, and I mean checks that are immediately bankable, I considered myself on vacation. I then picked up my stuff, locked the door and went home. <BR> <BR> My co-worker was beside herself! She hadn't been paid, either, but said she had two client... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 19:21:17 EST Lovely, Breezy Day...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017175 Ah, Sunday! So much to do, so little time! <BR> <BR> I guess my anxiety level is higher because of my work situation, as I was up before 6:00 a.m. Coffee, breakfast and a little work on my self. Then off to visit with Tricia. <BR> <BR> My friend, Tricia, had just bought a new sofa/chase combination from Ashley Furniture and was so excited for me to see it! She made some coffee and we sat on her patio and just enjoyed the morning and talked. And would you believe that I got a phone c... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 20:17:12 EST Beautiful Day - Lots to Think About...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016760 There is no feeling in the world like working, doing your best, and then not getting paid. If I allow myself to be powerless, I will be afraid and do nothing. Guess what? I'm not afraid, I'm not powerless, and something is getting done! <BR> <BR> Today was a beautiful Saturday, and tomorrow afternoon will be great for gardening. Today, I did my laundry, cleaned out my refrigerator, made chicken soup with the leftover crockpot chicken, and made sauce and meatballs for supper. I also mana... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 23:10:42 EST Friday - A Day Full of Insights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016188 This has been a ridiculously insane week. So much Boss Created Kayos - . <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Mr. Drama asked me to research flights from Orlando/Sanford to Ft. Myers. My co-worker was working on preparing for a Trial in a family law case in Lee County. Try as I might, the only flights available were a couple of commercial flights that took all day (Ft. Myers by was of Washington, DC and Newark, New Jersey!!), or small planes with very large price tags. You see, he can't go anywhere withou... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 19:39:31 EST Sunday Already......Good Grief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013328 Weekends seem to get shorter and shorter, I swear! <BR> <BR> I can say this - These last two weekends were cooler and dryer than last month. Nice to work out in the yard or garden when it's in the '70's and low '80's. <BR> <BR> Saturday, for some reason, I seemed to be sleep-walking. I just had so little energy! I did my grocery shopping and managed to do the laundry, but I spent most of the day indoors reading, watching movies, cooking or having a lounge on the patio with a glass of t... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:39:49 EST Holy Moly!! What Crazy Couple of Days.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011853 My job has to be the most wackadoodle law firm in the world. Monday, my co-worker had some doctors appointments - blood work in the morning, and minor surgery in the afternoon to remove a needle from her thigh. Somehow, she had managed to break off a needle in her leg about 2 months ago, and was finally having it removed. <BR> <BR> First, let me preface this with one of the reason our office is so chaotic - other than Mr. Drama and his wackadoodle wife. My co-worker had back surgery a few... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 21:43:28 EST Sunday.....And that Creeping Anxiety ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009296 Absolutely lovely weekend! The garden is flourishing - yesterday was sunny and in the upper '70's; Today, pretty much the same, only with a few scattered showers. Two weekends ago, there was tilled soil and seeds. Now, there is a garden: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a022f0d-43a2-4c90-94af-c5dab9f7559f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/149cced3-69b0-4342-b001-fc7421e48805.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 20:24:16 EST Thursday Night..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007665 Every day I try to find the beauty in life, and I find so many things to be thankful for. Even the dingy, mold-ridden building I work in has it's own charm. <BR> <BR> The best times of the day, however, are the ones I spend at home. First thing in the morning, waiting for the sun to come up - drinking coffee, petting my dogs - morning conversations with my son - Who could have more blessing than these! All the time spent before getting in the car to head out to work. <BR> <BR> I rarely t... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 21:34:17 EST Saturday - Awesome Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004650 Up at 7:00 a.m. - Coffee to wake up, and taking care of Clarice's shot and morning snack. She's so funny - Hates the shot, but knows she's getting something yummy, so she jumps right up on my lap. <BR> <BR> Tina is not a morning person, but wanted to come with me to the store - So funny watching someone almost sleep walk through Save-A-Lot! <BR> <BR> Home with the groceries and then off to ACE. When I got back, I made certain that the compost was turned and the garden weeded. I planted s... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:45:31 EST SO Glad Today Is OVER!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004120 Off to work I went today - Another McClanadrama-filled wonderland of a day. <BR> <BR> I made it home for lunch before the rainstorms and took a walk through the garden - Amazing! Look at how much these seedlings have grown since the same time yesterday: <BR> <BR> Yesterday: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a29f399-28cc-4777-836c-8d81b018d9d6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1aea8575-671f-4f4d-82df-9859a374732b.JPG"> <BR> ... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 22:13:27 EST Tuesday Evening - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002340 After a day that sucked as badly as this one did, I can't begin to tell you how nice it is to start dinner, grab a glass of wine and sit on the patio while dinner is cooking. Tonight was about 81 degrees with a nice breeze - I love this time of day!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7542ae84-ff50-4556-9a59-ce92570c580c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I was hoping that Walosh would make an appearance, but he's pretty shy. I sat for a while with my camera - One day, I'll get a nic... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:48:08 EST Gorgous Weekend!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000970 I couldn't have asked for a better weekend - It's been amazing, even with the little bit of rain we got Saturday evening. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning I did the shopping, mowed the lawn and actually got about 1/2 of the garden tilled. Yesterday I planted 5 rows of bush beans, 4 hills of cucumbers and another long row of cucumbers, and when the rain threatened, came inside and did the laundry. Today, I planted another 8 hills and two rows of cucumbers. Yes, I want a shipload of cucumbers t... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 19:00:35 EST Some People Just Never Learn..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998188 Yesterday and today were pretty much the same at work. My coworker has been particularly agitated, as her mortgage payment is due. Now, recall that she's in a mortgage modification program and can't miss or even be late on any payments. <BR> <BR> Knowing that, wouldn't you be especially careful with your finances? I don't have a whole lot, so I'm pretty anal about mine. I know where every penny goes, because I pretty much need every penny. <BR> <BR> So, it seems that my coworker's son... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:58:50 EST Sunday - Bolstering Myself for the Inevitable Monday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996850 Bugger!!! It was raining when I woke up this morning, thunderstorming by mid-morning, and the ground is still wet. Bugger!! <BR> <BR> Today was spent watching movies and pretty much sitting on my butt. I did manage to color my hair, but did precious little else. Right now, I'm doing my best to relax and get some sleep. I'm going to need it! <BR> <BR> TTFN Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:22:50 EST Bugger!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996207 I guess Creator wanted me to relax and stay inside today - The weather called for rain at 70% by mid morning.......I did the laundry......The sun came out.....I got my gardening clothes on......I walked outside, and it looked like rain........Finally started raining at around 4:00 p.m. Bugger!!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 19:57:20 EST Another Seriously Dysfunctional Day - Thank God It's FRIDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995613 Well. Mr. Drama was supposed to get to the office early today to work on trial documents for a trial next Thursday. For you who don't know, a pre-trial memorandum and any related documents must be filed at least 5 days prior to the trial, or it's quite possible that the Judge will not allow any testimony of witnesses, or the introduction of evidence listed in the memorandum at trial. This can make or break a case, and yes, the attorney can be liable for damages to the client's case if that... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:02:53 EST Thursday....Almost the Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995050 Thank you all for the support - This is my private sounding board, and yes, I do vent here. <BR> <BR> Working in a toxic environment is quite a challenge, and I'm sure you all think I must be nuts to stay here, day after day after day. Yes, there are other lawyers I can work for, but they have to need a legal assistant - they are not just going to say, "You poor thing - you work for unscrupulous idiots, let me save you!" <BR> <BR> I have been actively looking for another position for the p... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:09:22 EST Just Hanging In There.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994324 I got all the way through a blog last night and fell asleep......Criminy! <BR> <BR> These past two days have been interesting to say the least. Yesterday, my boss had me draft pleadings for an afternoon probate hearing. It took ALL morning. I got everything filed, and a subpoena issued, and at 11:30 a.m. he called and said, "Nevermind. Do a Notice to withdraw what we just filed." <em>234</em> Seriously. <BR> <BR> The afternoon wasn't a whole lot better. I had put a Motion for Jud... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:35:26 EST A Sure Sign That You Hate Your Job...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992811 I learn so much on long weekends. Last night was an eye-opener. I've noticed that I tend to get agitated on Sunday nights - Nothing like an anxiety attack, but I do feel a bit anxious. Last night round 7:30, here comes that anxious feeling, and this morning, I woke up before the alarm went off. Yep. I hate my job. <BR> <BR> But the weekend has been really good! If I could afford it, I would happily stay home for the rest of my life! <BR> <BR> This morning, I met Tricia for breakfas... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 15:22:55 EST A Sure Sign That You Hate Your Job...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992808 I learn so much on long weekends. Last night was an eye-opener. I've noticed that I tend to get agitated on Sunday nights - Nothing like an anxiety attack, but I do feel a bit anxious. Last night round 7:30, here comes that anxious feeling, and this morning, I woke up before the alarm went off. Yep. I hate my job. <BR> <BR> But the weekend has been really good! If I could afford it, I would happily stay home for the rest of my life! <BR> <BR> This morning, I met Tricia for breakfas... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 15:18:50 EST Labor Day Weekend 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991700 Blessed 3-day weekend! I am so ready! <BR> <BR> Friday night, I order Chinese food, ate, and promptly well asleep watching TV. I got up in a groggy haze twice for the usually bathroom break, and finally woke up at 7:00!! I must have needed the rest, because I'm usually up well before 7:00! <BR> <BR> Typical Friday before a Holiday - No paycheck - but I'm still only one behind. It's been so long that I'm used to it! My co-worker, on the other hand, is not. She had a meeting with anothe... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 20:40:37 EST Beautiful Weekend...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983258 Weekends......The high points of my life. <BR> <BR> I had hoped to have some "gardening therapy," but it didn't happent. My son's birthday was yesterday, and he asked me to take him to a place in Maitland to meet up with his friends, and the rest of the day was spent shopping, baking and cooking. My friend, Tricia's birthday is tomorrow, so I had her celebration today. <BR> <BR> My son turned 28 yesterday, and with the exception of the few times that my mother insisted on making his birth... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:35:32 EST Weekends are just too Short! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979821 I decided to take my own advice and pretty much just chill this weekend. Friday was exhausting -Mainly because Mr. Drama pretty much did everything he could to put my co-worker in a lather, and me? Well, I pretty much just continued to let go. <BR> <BR> I got just about everything done on my task list, and about 10 minutes before 5:00, Mrs. Boss hands me my check for the previous week, and tells me Mr. Drama wants to see me. Unbeknownst to me, while I was in his office, Mrs. Drama announc... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:34:24 EST Letting Go Can Be So Liberating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977524 This week has been, well, challenging. First thing, late Sunday evening I was sweeping the leaves off the patio and felt a stinging near my left elbow - Ow! I'd been stung by a pygmy wasp! <BR> <BR> Now, while I'm allergic to wasp and bee stings, I don't have to take extreme action unless I start breaking out in hives or can't breathe. This little wasp wasn't enough to make me grab an epi-pen, but the area swelled and hurt. The only way I've ever been able to get the swelling down and t... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 22:10:20 EST I Love My Saturdays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974426 Up at 6:30 and at the grocery store by 8:15 this morning. The weather called for rain, so I figured I'd get stuff done in the house today. While at the store, I noticed that they had gotten in some really beautiful, fresh black grapes - I bought about 6 lbs - enough to make a large batch of grape jelly. <BR> <BR> By the time I got home, it had clouded up, so I started laundry and started preparing to make grape jelly. It's not hard, but it is a process. Wash jars, bands and lids. Wash g... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 23:18:06 EST Friday, At Last! Thank you, Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973835 Last night, I put on a pair of cotton pajamas that I'd washed a couple of weekends ago, and couldn't believe how rough they felt and how itchy I was! I actually got up after an hour and put on the pair I'd put in the laundry that morning! What a difference the new Molly's Suds products have made! I was washing my clothing in conditioned water before, and thought my clothes were soft (they were softer!), but when I conpared the pj's I'd washed last weekend with the ones I put on last night,... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 19:52:41 EST Wednesday - More Like Get Humped Day Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972781 I just had a nice long-distance rant with one of my dearest friends, so let it suffice that today was horrible. My boss has let his wackadoodle wife and scank step-daughter screw his life up so badly that he doesn't even realize how much trouble he's in. <BR> <BR> The Florida Bar audited his books and found "discrepancies" in the trust account. That's a really BIG problem, definite suspension and possible disbarment. We are all well-aware of this, and we also knew that Mrs. Boss, our intr... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 20:10:10 EST Tuesday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972161 First, my co-worker, who has gotten a modification on her mortgage loan, received the money order that she's over-nighted to her the mortgage company back. She's in a panic and took about an hours to get it straightened out. Why did they send it back? She had forgotten to put "Service, LLC" on the end of her mortgage company's name. Yes, I know. It's a trivial thing, but if that's the name of your mortgage company, why in the world would you leave it off of something so crucial? <BR> <B... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 19:20:00 EST Counting My Blessings.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971648 My co-worker returned today, but by the time she got to work, I'd already had to deal with Mr. Drama and his BS. It was one stupid thing after another, mostly because he hadn't either asked us to do things last week (we're supposed to be clairvoyant!), or hadn't drafted something he should have. Jeese! <BR> <BR> And then, it was over and I got to come home - Thank you, thank you! I got a cold light beer, retreated to the patio, raised the umbrella, and just sat and relaxed for about an ho... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 21:15:05 EST Rainy Saturday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970537 This morning started out like most of my Saturdays. I usually get up around 6:00 a.m. - no alarm set; I just wake up. Coffee, small breakfast, do some stuff in the kitchen, get dressed and go do the weekly shopping. <BR> <BR> I came back from grocery shopping, and went out to mow the lawn. Just as I got the front yard about 1/2 done, the mower died! There's oil and gas in it - Just won't run. Bugger! So, I put it in the shed and headed to Lowes to get another one. The one I have is 5 ye... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:19:33 EST Whew! More Drama Filled Work Days.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965703 Unbelievable. That what the past four days have been. <BR> <BR> I try to stay out of the drama itself - I come in. I do my job. I go home. I feel like I'm on the outside looking in most days, and I'm convinced that everyone in my office is, to a certain degree, co-dependent. I seem to be the only one that refuses to join in the insanity. <BR> <BR> My co-worker was supposed to be off today and tomorrow. She came in at 11;30 today, albeit, very pressured, amd was still there when I le... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:54:03 EST Lost Weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963455 I was on my way home for lunch Friday, when I started to feel nausea and headache - By the time I got home, I was racing to the bathroom! I'd felt fine all morning, and BAM! I never cease to be amazed at how fast a tiny bug can drop you like a bad habit. <BR> <BR> As soon as I could get to it, I took some Oscillococcinum, and by Saturday afternoon, I was feeling rung out, but okay. Don't ask me how Oscillococcinum works - I have no idea - but it definitely works. I discovered this stuff... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:38:02 EST Busy, Busy, Busy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961384 Yeah, I know. The whole world is busy! My workweek, thus far, has been its usual dysfunctional, drama-filled wonderland. I was SO tired Monday evening that I ate leftovers for dinner and went to bed. I woke up and let the dogs out a few hours later, and went back to bed. <BR> <BR> Yesterday evening, I really had no choice but to get my butt in gear. Instead of making cherry jam Sunday, I decided to wait until the cherry pitter (yes, it's a real thing) arrived from Amazon. It was waiti... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:39:12 EST Sunday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959805 Funny - Saturday and Sunday have the same number of hours as any other day of the week, but they go by so fast! <BR> <BR> Sundays are breakfast with my son, coffee with Tricia, and any chores that were left undone Saturday. For me, I couldn't ask for more! <BR> <BR> I got some gardening in and the lawn mowed, and had a short trip to Walmart for dog food. I also managed to get the rest of the laundry done, and sauce started for supper. Fresh, home-canned tomatoes make an amazing pasta ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:51:24 EST