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The meeting was Kay (MIL), Jim, myself, Rhonda (SIL), Donna (SIL) and her husband Timmy. My mother stayed with Brenna, the oldest grandson is in college at AK State, and Rhonda's oldest watched the youngest.

It's well known that I'm "in charge of finances" here even though Jimmy is the earner in our house. I have more "money sense." When we married I was debt free and Jimmy was about $10,000 in credit card debt with nothing to show for it. All of our current debt is related directly to the house (mortgage) or our car (regular monthly payment). It seems that Timmy is the one geared toward finances in their house. (A funny side note, Timmy and I realized we keep track of things very much the same way. It might come in handy while helping Kay.) Rhonda's late husband was the one that took care of the finances in their house. Since he passed, her finances are a mess, but she won't let us help her figure out a budget.

Anyway, I hope it all works out in the end. She wants to put one of the kids on her checking. I suggested Donna, even though Jim is oldest. Donna lives literally next door. It makes more sense to have her be able to write checks since she is physically so close. Both houses use the same repair people. She would know who to call and would have dealt with them before, where Jim and Rhonda haven't got a clue about who to call for water well service. All three kids don't need to be able to write checks. It'll get too confusing.

I'm all caught up on my housework. Today I am back to my normal! It honestly feels good to say I am having a normal day. It's been 2 weeks since I have had a normal day. This weekend we are looking at taking a trip to IKEA in Memphis. Brenna wants a new bedroom suite. The one she is using was my grandmothers. She saw one she liked on the website. we hope to see one in person.





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Yep, my walks are the best! Way more tulips open today in the waterfall park--of course it was also warm (low 70s eventually) and sunny. Up at Kobe terrace, the one light pink rhodie with darker pink buds is suddenly mostly in full blossom, surrounded by dark magenta azaleas that are just passing their prime. For my afternoon walk I usually return to the waterfall, but today I explored a bit more of Chinatown, traveling side streets I hadn't been on. Interesting. And I love not obsessing over exactly how many minutes I'm on break--a nice difference from the other office.

So who all was at the family meeting? I'm glad you could offer practical support and suggestions to help MIL deal and develop smart and sustainable spending habits. It's great all the girls were talking about the party. I guess you've set a pretty high bar, huh? Good luck with the cleaning!

Ran into some complex account issues, but I was pleased that on one I put forward what I'd like to see us do, not being sure if it could be done. Gary (the collections supe) said it was a good catch and a good teaching example, and we'll take care of it when he returns on Thursday. I had hoped to get back to my customer, but completely ran out of time. I'm glad he and Alan (the trainer/lead) won't be in tomorrow, so I can play catch up!

I did several little tasks this evening after work, and then just realized "that's enough." I don't feel exhausted, but just need to reserve and replenish energy. I'm thoroughly enjoying this urban fantasy novel I'm reading, and plan to request some more in the series. Think I'll go make dinner now.

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4/24/18 6:29 A

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Your walks sound so calming. The next time I make it to Cypress park I'll have to take pictures for you.

It sounds like you are enjoying the learning process in the Seattle office. It also sounds like you are making decent progress on your accounts. I can't imagine it's a fast process for anyone.

The party was fun. The girls didn't want to go home. That's the hallmark of a good time. Brenna says that it was the chatter of the cafeteria yesterday. I'm almost caught up from all the cleaning up behind them LOL.

We had a family meeting last night with my mother-in-law figuring out her finances. She's going to be fine, but we are going to have to teach her to be frugal. Apparently, I have a grasp on how to convert her finances better than the rest of them. Frugal does not run in the Kee family. I did a lot more talking than I should have, but only because no one else was speaking up and answering questions. I'm going to discuss with her the Christmas fund at Centennial Bank, so she can save and stick to a budget. They'll cut her a check at the end of each year to do her shopping.

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4/24/18 12:19 A

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Those pix look like a lot of fun! I'm glad everyone enjoyed themselves. And I'm glad there was some interest in the book--it's got such wonderful ideas to share. In fact I think I'll request it and read it again! I know I'll enjoy it thoroughly.

I started creating an Excel table at work, enumerating the tasks I've already learned and performed, and those I want to learn. There are columns for who I observed and when, & when I performed a task myself & how many times (like my 17 warrants my first time), as well as whether I created a "how to" document. Many tasks are performed frequently, but some are only required occasionally, so this tool will help us keep tuned to opportunities for me to learn new information and skills.

I worked with the lead, Alan, who is only in the office a couple of days each week, while he adjusted hours and closed accounts based on information I had gathered from business owners. And I've researched and reached out to the last few accounts that were assigned in November. There's a single one from December, then dozens from January, and on up until now. It's slow going, but I'm excited by my progress.

It was a lovely sunny day today. I could see rainbows in the water at the waterfall park i the morning. And a bunch of the tulips in the planters are starting to open! Just Saturday when Mary and I went, most were still closed. There are a lot of orange spiky ones, some very deep rose colored ones, a few frilly yellows (parrot variety, I think), and one purple, as I recall.

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4/23/18 6:44 A

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I'll call the library and speak with Katie about the book you mentioned. She might be able to get it from a sister library if it's not on the shelf. Speaking of libraries, Brenna's friends were impressed by hers. Apparently, even if they love books it's not a house staple. That's sad to me. There was more than one to ask about your birthday gift. I wonder how many will go looking for it at the library now. emoticon

Your walks are beautiful from the links you shared. I hope you get your own photos loaded.

Brenna's party was a hit. It was a sleepover. We played the saranwrap game, and pass the present. I did pedicures for everyone. They did facials. They watched a movie and had a dance party. This momma is still worn out! I missed pictures of the dinner buffet (sliders and veggies) but I managed one of the breakfast. Cinnamon rolls and fruit.













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Chores today--laundry & groceries, a longer nap than usual, prepped two plastic containers of salad extras for the next two lunches, a core workout--I expect to have sore abs tomorrow!

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Had a great time busing up to Seattle with Mary to share some favorite places I walk to from work: up the hill to Kobe Terrace Park www.google.com/search?q=kobe
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emoticon Wow, our girl is growing up! I'm thinking she was about 4 when we first connected. Which means I've "known" her over half her life! I've got a potential theme in mind for the next couple of books. Do you know if she has read, or if you can get at your library, Write to Me by Cynthia Grady? If so, that would be a good teaser.

I introduced a new employee to the waterfall park where we took pix of each other on her phone. She emailed me mine, and I'll have to figure out how to post it. I also had us walk past a place I hope to visit with Mary tomorrow (I always run out of room on my breaks)-- the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. I laugh that there's even a national park hiding in downtown Seattle! www.nps.gov/klse/index.htm

I had just one new warrant to file, but I was glad to do another and finish creating my detailed "how to" document. The process is similar to filing warrant satisfactions, but it's important to remember how and where they differ. The "instructions" Gary had sent me comprised 5 short steps; mine described more than 20, but I'm very detail oriented, and not everyone is.

I dealt with a few more accounts, and managed to get emailed statements from two different people who wanted to close their accounts and report zero hours for all missing quarters. The trick was to get them to give a clear statement, such as replacing "I currently have no employees" with "I had no employees in 2017 or 2018." But I think I have what is needed, which I've forwarded to the trainer who has the access I can't get to input hours, close an account, and waive late fees.

I also spent a few minutes at the end of the day planning what to work on Monday morning, and how to split up my afternoon with some study time, organizing files, researching new accounts, and revisiting ones I've started on, seeing if anything has changed. I really liked it, and want to to that more regularly.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Our girl is double digits! She loved your book. We opened gifts from family on Wednesday morning before the funeral. Thank you for the condolences.

It sounds like you are killing it over there in Seattle. Enjoy your Saturday. You and Mary always have such a good time!

We decided to have Brenna's sleepover this weekend, no matter what. So Momma is double-timing it to make it happen. Plus I'm going to have a belated birthday lunch with the goodie bags for her classmates today. Good thing the party doesn't start until 5 pm tomorrow!

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Finished filing a couple more satisfactions, confirming and tweaking the instructions as I went through all the steps--about 18, I think. More account research. I was rather shocked to learn my replacement notary stamp hasn't been ordered yet--the current one expires 4/25, and two have been delivered with the wrong expiration date--apparently because my boss ordered them wrong.

Looking forward to my outing with DS up to Seattle on Saturday to share some fun places, including the restaurant with the great chow fun.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Had a good day at work. Despite interruptions, I made progress in drafting my precise instructions on filing satisfactions as I worked on one. I'm almost done with the instructions, which I'll confirm and tweak as I complete 2 more filings tomorrow.

I made progress on some of my accounts, and managed to get the mail merge tool to work pretty well. I just need one reminder from Jim to get two emails sent out. And I got an immediate response on one from a guy who thought he had closed the business long ago, and didn't know why he kept getting invoices. I explained what I needed to get his late reports and the account closure information for our agency, and even provided him with contact info for the agent working at our sister agency, the Employment Security Dept (they collect unemployment taxes from employers) on his account with them. I only have a few more accounts that were assigned to the original RA (who's on extended leave) back in November, and I'm in the low 70s on accounts not yet begun, so at about the 60% mark!

I did Jessica's cardio barre workout, and was surprised that it bothered my shoulders a little, which hasn't happened in the past. I could really feel it in my quads, too, with all my steps and hills and stairs at the Seattle office. Got another BD card ready to mail--dad's last night, SIL's tonight--I think that's all my April birthdays!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I just logged in my second day of activity for Spring Fling, and surprisingly am #3 agencywide! Of course we are having problems trying to log in at work--at least a coworker and I both tried and couldn't, but it works fine at home. And only 131 have tracked so far. Way more than that have signed up but are still at zero steps. I know we have cyclists and runners, so I won't stay on the leaderboards long, but it's rather cool while I'm there!
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Had a good meeting with the Collections supervisor who was very complimentary about my progress and contributions to the unit. So Yay! And I did another new thing today--submitted an audit referral for a company where one of the owners said they didn't have employees--just him and his partner and family--but the law says family members who aren't listed as owners must be considered covered workers. And I caught a mistake by someone who had filed a warrant in the past: when I went to file the satisfaction, I discovered the document I notarized and scanned had the same number listed as the warrant and the case number--when they should be completely different. Gary explained there is another way to find it, but when we did the lookup, we found just one, not all three warrants listed for that company. Turns out whoever did it also typed the company name differently each time! It's always supposed to be the full legal name, so I always copy and paste for that very reason. So with the right case number I can file the satisfaction tomorrow, since the confirmation I print out will have all the right data. More learning!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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4/17/18 1:23 A

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Can't wait for pix. Is this #10? Is our girl finally in the double digits?

So sorry to hear about your FIL--sending prayers to all your family.

I didn't get to it today, so will spend some of the morning going over my own evaluation of what I'm learning, and proposals of what I'd still like to learn/observe/do. It took a phone call and email, but managed to get the records updated on one employer whom I had reached & who file his reports and paid the late fees at my old office, so I got to release the first account as paid in full. I realized it may have been all those accounts I found that should have been closed that may have been dealt with by the lead and so either dropped or out of a long-overdue group. I realize I'm not actually sure yet just what their targets and measures are!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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4/16/18 6:47 A

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I'm interested in hearing about your dent in the numbers at work. It sounds like you are performing better than expected.

The party is this weekend, April 21. Yesterday I baked a gigantic cake. I screwed up and ordered a half sheet cake wafter paper printout. I can't cut it down, so I just made a bigger cake. The gifts are wrapped, including a lovely book from the resident honorary auntie. Purple Polkadots with a shiny ribbon.

Today I'm cleaning house. Tomorrow I make buttercream and simple syrup to seal in moisture and crumb coat the cake. I'll decorate either Friday night or Saturday morning. Pictures to come!

The games I mentioned are usually Christmas party games, but I figure kids will be happy to do something out of the norm. It's not a little kids game (pin the tail on the donkey) but it's not an adult game either.

So lots to do this week.

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I just got cards ready to mail for a 6-Pack sister in Oregon and Eva's daughter Brenna (I'm an honorary auntie) in Tennessee. I've been trying to reach our Pack member in Hawai'i to check on the date that seems to working for the rest of us for this year's 6-Pack.
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I did grocery shopping and laundry today. Have done several timer sessions of $ tracking. Also did a St/cardio routine this morning by Jessica Smith, and took a nap. I've got my cards ready to mail, and want to do some prep for the work week, and get to bed at a good time tonight. (Which is easier when I'm not in the middle or near the end of a really good book)
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Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I totally don't know those games. But I know it will be a blast! Is the part this weekend?
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Only silly thing I did today was pulling out my journal to write in on the bus this morning--to find I hadn't grabbed green composition book that is my normal morning journal, but the green composition book that is my exercise journal! Oops--so I wrote in my work journal, where I keep track of accomplishments and lessons.
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Today's lesson was to start getting ready to leave earlier to clean and plan. I keep wanting to do just one more thing that always takes longer than I expect. Like my late phone call to an employer whose business I figured was probably closed. Just wanted to document if the number was disconnected. But the guy answered! Says he's still in business, just forgot to submit his report (he's forgotten at least 3 of them!). He said he'd get them in, so I got his email to send him the filing links and his statement (showing a bunch of late filing fees on previous late, zero-hour reports)--all of which took me until past when I had hoped to be on my way out. I still made my bus--I love being so close!

I finished filing and updating the warrants and satisfactions, and dealt with just a few accounts. I had planned to ask about setting up a feedback session to discuss my first month, but the Collections supervisor, Gary, beat me to it. We'll do it Monday or Tuesday, but informally he said he thinks I'm doing well bringing positive energy and already helping with their numbers. I actually want to learn what he means by that, since I didn't think I was making any particular dent yet. I'm certainly enjoying myself, yet I want to see where we are, what I've learned, what I still want to observe, do and learn so things don't get missed.

I treated myself to lunch again, returning to New Star, a Chinese restaurant very close to the office. I got their chow fun--which was *really* good! Had enough for dinner tonight with a bunch more veggies tossed in. Looking forward to a weekend of errands and chores and generally catching up!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Our girl went back to school (YAY!) and came home telling me the MMS robotics team sign-up for next year starts today. She wants to pick up a form this morning (also YAY!)

The school isn't promoting anything that isn't Diary of a Wimpy Kid-esque . But I'm putting Wishtree on my list. I haven't bought a birthday book yet. It seems it's a tradition, birthday books. You help with that one! And my mom got in on the action this year. She purchased Wonder. I always enjoy your recommendations. Thank you.

I'm glad you were able to get to some tasks that aren't minimum maintenance. It feels good to check things off your list.

I think I've come up with another party game. Pass the Parcel. Basically, you have a prize in the bottom of a package and you wrap it several times. It's played with music, like musical chairs. You add instructions periodically like "Show us your best ballet move." Or "Tell us a joke." Whoever reaches the middle gets a prize. That's in addition to the saran wrap game. I have goodies wrapped together in a ball in 200 feet of plastic wrap in my closet. Anything from fun-sized candies to nail polish and "backpack bling". The center is a huge bath bomb. I think we are also going to dig out Head Bands. That one is fun and even I like playing it.







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So how's our girl? Did she make it to school? Where's the upcoming field trip bound for? As a student I always loved them; as a teacher they were daunting!

I put a book recommendation on the wall for Katherine Applegate's Wishtree. It's deeply moving, with simple and lovely prose and gentle humor, and a powerful message about tolerance. Is it being promoted in the schools out there?

I finally learned how to file warrants with the King County Superior Court. Thankfully they had 17 stacked up, so I could repeat the steps often and really get the hang of it. Actually there were also 3 satisfaction of warrants to be filed; I haven't learned all the steps for filing those. But that means 20 2-page documents to save & save with a formatted "name" consisting of the account number, business name, and warrant number. Then I got through 4 with all the steps of electronically filing them, getting a 9-digit cause/case# assigned as well as a 7(?)-digit legal notification number assigned. Those numbers are added to 2 other sets of data & then copied into our system to be updated. Quite the process! And then of course, I make 2 copies of the court confirmation of filing to be imaged internally with the original warrant, as well as being sent to the delinquent employer--who may end up wishing they had paid their taxes voluntarily when we reminded them (repeatedly) it was necessary!

I'm very pleased that the last two days I've spent time on the 3 tasks I committed to doing after work--writing a card to send with a check, & preparing to mail, tracking spending, and sorting contents in a box that had been stacked on the table, pre-taxes. It feels good not to just do what's easy (dishes and handwashing), but what I deem most important, and often gets put off.

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I tell people I'm magnetic (they think I'm talking personality) and electrifying. But seriously a low resistance has to do with the slight magnetic field the human body produces. It happens to be why static electricity zaps certain people more than others. This is what I get when I volunteer for science stuff in the summer. A lesson in why my watch won't run LOL.

It sounds like Seattle is keeping you busy. I'm glad you are putting your own stamp on organization there. It seems to me a good list of extensions and numbers just makes life run smoother.

I'm hopeful Brenna goes back to school today. If not, I have to make a trip up there to get field trip forms that are due tomorrow.



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Wow, I've never heard of that phenomenon. Glad the phone case and apps work for you!

Finally managed to finish revising a 1 page phone list for Seattle. The old one was more than a page and a half of two columns, though they included a bunch of stuff that wasn't necessary. So I have a list printed for both my cubicles and I shared it with my Tukwila team. One of the new guys thanked me, saying it would be very helpful. After that I started purging my index card file. I decided I would take that over to the Collections station and leave the Rolodex at the CS station where I handled most of my phone calls.

Revisiting accounts to see if they've responded. Sent several statements and reports by mail when they didn't reply to calls or emails. I've had a few responses, and will just keep chipping away at the large inventory. I've decided I'll ask for feedback soon, as this is my 4th week, from both the Collections and Customer Service supervisors I'm working with.

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I'm glad you are getting to know people in the new office. Maybe you'll find a nice office buddy.

Interesting note about me and fitness trackers. I found out I have an extremely low electrical resistance. It causes me to drain batteries in devices that keep a lot of direct contact with my skin. It explains why my Fitbit and any normal wrist watch die a horrible death not long after I get them. Often a watch will stop while I wear it. That's why I started using fitness apps on my phone. Apparently, the case protects the phone from more than me just dropping it. It keeps me from draining the battery.

I had to go pick Brenna up from school yesterday. She went to the nurse with a sore throat and a headache. I took her straight to the walk-in clinic. She has strep throat. Her temp was normal at bedtime last night. I hope we keep her at normal today so she can return to school tomorrow.





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Actually Spring Fling is an individual challenge; Summer Jam is the competitive team one, though the competition is between regions, and I'm still in the same region (all of King County--the most populous county in the state). Very cool about the new kid coming! And I'm looking forward to seeing Inside Out when it comes to my library.

Interesting that I'm not finding a lot of accounts that should have been closed now. These are ones that forgot to file or pay. Not much luck calling, though I left a bunch of messages. I also emailed statements, and got one reply just before leaving. I've dealt with a little more than 1/3 of the original number on a first pass, and am down to the last one that was originally assigned to the long absent agent back in October.

Turns out Spring Fling doesn't start until *next* Monday. But I like that I'm getting in the habit of tracking my steps and noting them on a card from which to track them online. Had more friendly chats with folks in the office today; I'm slowly getting to know more people, which makes it a more pleasant place to be.

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I'm curious which team you are on since you are in the Seattle office.

I've seen In and Out. I love it, but yes it's still a bit over Brenna's head. Her last couple of Magnus Chase books has a gender fluid child in them. And she does have a gay great-great-uncle so she knows what being gay means, but there are still some things I'm just not ready to have to explain yet.

Inside Out is a fantastic movie that teaches kids about feelings. Even complex "combined emotions." It's very well done. One I personally don't mind watching over and over. I think it would be a good addition to any guidance class for students.

The cactus garden is an early birthday gift from Jim and me. She did well when she chose her plants. We plan to get her a new bedroom suit for Christmas. The one she has now was my grandmothers. I intend to get her a table runner to put under the plants to protect her new furniture.

It's just over a week until party day. My mom is off Thursday and Friday to help with some footwork. We have to call around to find out some catering prices, build a couple of games, and make paper plates into emoji faces. I have a confirmation from one kid that I love but has never been able to come before. Brenna is excited!





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Cool cactus garden! I haven't seen Inside Out--I just requested it from my library. At first I confused the name with In and Out, which I love with Kevin Kline as the English teacher who gets outed in an Oscar speech by a former student--and he doesn't think he's gay. Talk about funny and sweet--though a bit mature still for Miss Brenna.

Yes, it was totally cool to be able to use two different applications to check on the status of businesses with other agencies in more details. I found a number of my accounts to return to be inactivated, so we can stop trying to collect reports and payment for quarters when their accounts should have been closed. There were fewer where something else is going on that I need to learn to deal with. Tomorrow I'm hoping to catch up with the others I've done some research on, so then there will be less holding on while I learn how to look up information on accounts.

Our Spring Fitness challenge starts today, so I'll be tracking steps plus activity minutes on the agency Wellness site as well as on Spark.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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It sounds like a lovely play :) I did not know there was a prequel to Peter Pan.

I'm glad you finally got the access you need and I hope today brings that teacher. I'm surprised they were this underprepared for you.

The Emoji Movie is okay. It teaches about feelings and learning to be who you are and not just taking the role you are assigned to in life. It's not nearly as well done as Inside Out, but I can see how it appeals to kids.

The party is Saturday the 21st. My mom and I will work this week on some "last minute" things.

We went to the sweet 16 for Jim's cousin's son on Saturday night. He had a live band that played music from the 60's - the 90's. It was so fun! Brice (that's the birthday boy) is autistic. Music is his fixation (this is typical for verbal/high functioning autistic kids to have a fixation of some sort) He doesn't care for synthesized music on the whole. He plays drums. He played one song with the band (Spoak), Billy Joel's "You May Be Right." The kid is talented. Seriously talented. He plays the cymbals in the high school band. I told his mother his talent is being wasted. The boy should be on the quads. She agrees. He's special needs, and so the band director is doing what he has always done, put the special needs kid on the easiest instrument to play.

Yesterday we made an indoor cactus garden and an indoor succulent garden. Brenna got a fairy house for Christmas from Jim's parents. The seeds that came with it weren't doing well, so we moved them to a deeper pot and replaced them with succulents.







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Heavy rain on the second half of my drive down to Lakewood to meet sister for lunch and our play. The worst part was the poor visibility because of how the rain bounces up and creates a white out, where it's really hard to see where the freeway lanes are! I left early, so didn't mind taking it slowish, and arrived safely without being too tense. Good lunch at Panera and wonderful play--great fun with some marvelously silly moments in Peter and the Starcatcher (a prequel to Peter Pan).

I had decided I'd do at least the first half of the return trip by old Highway 99 instead of I-5 with the construction and visibility issues. Even though it wasn't raining much by then, it was more relaxing. I stopped at Federal Way, halfway home, and got groceries at the Trader Joe's there, rather than driving into Burien and then home. Got a couple interesting new salads. I'm looking forward to a new week at work and seeing what I learn and accomplish.

Sending everyone lots of love and wishes for success tonight!

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Got an overdue hair trim at noon emoticon ; had to drive through some kinda heavy rain emoticon so relaxed at home after that. Hennaed, worked on money tracking and scrubbed up a couple of kitchen OOs. I've also been loving these Susan Mallery books--see reading thread.

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Yeah, the thing that really puzzled me was the Schedule B with qualified and unqualified dividends and capital gains and questions about foreign investments. I don't understand enough about my investments to know all that. So I took my best guess and will see if I need to file anything else--like a FinCEN or something?? I just wanted to pay what I think I owe, and spend time starting very soon figuring out what else I need to know or have done. Also to plan to set aside what I need to cover extra taxes for a year of investments (and not just a few months).

And how soon is the party? Have you seen the Emoji movie? Is it of interest for adults?

I'm more than half done revising the Seattle phone list. They don't use one--because they don't take that many calls, and they know their own people, but I don't. And sometimes the lists are more for folks in other offices to figure out who else is out there. So I'm updating their last list (from early 2017) when they still had a bunch of customer service people and were spread over 2 floors. (They vacated the second floor with the reception desk for those occasional customers, and all the offices and are now just on the third floor.)

I finally got the access I've been hoping for, but no one to teach me what to do with it yet. So that will be Monday. Spent a while with an old Tukwila account, sending the new accountant information and connecting her to the agent who replaced me. And spent awhile with a business owner (utilizing our interpreter service) trying to explain that if family was working, the law says they are to be treated as employees unless they are a registered owner. That means they're supposed to be covered by worker's comp and their hours reported and paid for. I'm getting that he'll probably turn in zero hour reports, even though spouses and children should be paid for. Just one of the many who owe 3 quarters of reports, due to the agent being out for so long and nobody working his accounts.

I tried a new eating place for lunch, and tried their spicy and sour wonton soup--oh, my was it spicy! My nose ran, I drank a lot of water and eyes teared a little. Don't think I'll repeat that one! I think I'll go back to the first Chinese place next week. I remembered to take a couple mini-stretch breaks at work. It's one of our Smart Health challenges, and I'd like to remember more often!

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I see. I've dealt with the odd taxes for my mom so long I suppose I forget that at first, it was daunting. I don't think a CPA is a bad idea if you are nervous, but I think after the first couple of times you could do it yourself, once you see the forms.

I hope they get your access fixed and that you get to see the waivers applies to that one account. It sounds like you are enjoying the learning experience.

Is the commute getting easier?

Thank you on the party. The cake is emoji themed. I sprung for a pro to print me a wafer paper sheet with emojis and "Happy Birthday Brenna" to make the cake look really nice, but not be difficult for me. I don't think I can hand pipe that many emojis. I've got a party game I have to make. We're doing nails and having facials. Then after 7 pm, we are watching The Emoji Movie. We are having pizza, fruit, cake, and popcorn (during the movie). The next morning it's fruit and cinnamon rolls.

It's a lot of treats, but it's what was requested.




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Your emoticon idea is so cool, Eva! When will it be?

I've been doing my own 1040A taxes but with the investments now, I want to look into a tax person who can help keep me on top of things. I revised my W4 today--I always get confused whether the higher or lower number will take out more in taxes. So I went from 2 to 1 and added a few extra dollars each paycheck. Another thing to plan with a tax person.

I really thought I'd have my access today, but still no. I learned how to file tax warrants with King County Superior Court--except that I lack the access to a certain screen (for updating legal) to make it work. Jim, the Collection unit computer whiz (who created and taught me that Mail Merge system), is going to see if he can make it work with a different screen that's open to Customer Service staff. I also learned how to make an audit referral--and when it's not cost-effective to do so. I got through a few new accounts, and figured out why one account which filed and paid a week ago still showed a balance. Turned out the new payments cleared up old late fees that hadn't been paid. But given that they've closed the account & file all their reports, the supervisor recommended fees be waived so the account can be released. At his suggestion I've emailed the lead to let me observe while he waives those fees (five at $10 each) so I can see how it's done.

Rained a fair amount today, but warmer and tomorrow is supposed to be in the mid-60s!
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I give blood when I can. I have a hard time because I'm anemic a great deal. Usually, when I do donate I'm barely in the normal ranges.

Do you use a tax program or do you use the books from the library? I've done it both ways, but the H&R block tax program works well for what we need now.

I do feel better today. Point of interest, sinus headaches, and mild migraines (I don't mean chronic migraines. I mean once in a blue moon migraines) are easily treatable with Midol. There's a mild anti-histamine in there along with caffeine and tylenol.

I can't take St. Johns Wort. It interferes with my endometriosis treatment (aka birth control) but it does wonders for my mom.

Recently I've started taking melatonin, at the suggestion of my doctor. I'm sleeping better. She suggested it as a fibromyalgia treatment. I will say since I've started the regimen I've had more good days than bad ones. And the bad ones haven't been overly terrible. Apparently, my doctor operates on the theory that fibromyalgia is triggered by sleep disorders. Since no one really knows it's as good of a shot as any.

Kiddo's birthday invites are made out. It's an emoji themed sleepover. I wrote a note "If you want to party but don't want to stay pick up can be done after 7 pm." I know that's weird but I know some of the kids she invited are still not allowed to do sleepovers. I'm giving the mom's an easy out. And if mom and dad want a date, the kids can stay until date night is over. Free Saturday night sitter!










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Ooh, take care & feel better, dearie! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I stayed home today mainly to do my taxes. I owe just under $250. At one point when money was really tight, I dropped my withholding down to 0; I'm not sure if I raised it back to 1 like I meant to. If I didn't, I need to do it right away; if I did, I need to increase the amount they take out. I may look at working with somebody. I took my best shot at the dividends and capital gains as reported by my investment company, but it's some over my head. Oh, and the only tax mail I couldn't find was my pin for this year, so I I'm mailing in a paper form with a check. I'd rather have it done on time and not tear the apartment apart.

I donated blood today and then ran errands. I went longer than usual between donations, after getting sick and wanting to be totally better, then last weekend's show. Since I wanted to take a tax day, I made an appointment for today. Then I dropped off a few donation items, went to the vitamin store for my St. John's Wort (TJ's then Target stopped carrying it), then pickup and return at the library. Oh and before starting on the taxes I cleared the dining table and sorted through quite a bit of old mail.

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I'm glad to see you are enjoying the change of pace, even if you are worn out. Are you learning a lot about collections?

I'm down with a headache this morning. I don't get them often anymore, but I suspect it has to do with the barometric pressure changing so quickly yesterday. We were 55 degrees for a high on Monday, 80 yesterday, and the high today is back to the mid 50's. After the pressure changes from elevation and now the weather, I was bound for sinus stuff or a migraine. So A quiet day (one I've earned) is in my future.



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Guess I ran out of oomph last night--I'm kind of running out tonight, too--but that's OK, since I'm taking tomorrow off. I couldn't get a hair appt until Saturday, but I'll donate blood (they're at critical levels, and I well over my illness which prevented me from donating for quite a few weeks there). And I'll be working on taxes. Don't know if I'll end up paying this year--I might.

I'm down to less than 90 accts out of my total inventory of 121 (I don't know where I got that 140 number--maybe they took some back, or I imagined it!) that I haven't researched. So I've gotten through about a quarter. I've reached a very few by phone, emailed a few others, and found a large number that have been closed with one or two of our sister agencies. That means they may not owe us all the reports and money we show. But I'm still lacking the access to one new program that will let me investigate those agency closures more fully so we can tell what actions are required by employers or by us.

I'm chatting with more Seattle staff, slowly getting to know a few more people. Appreciating the office manager (my new supervisor) and the other CSS, especially as I'm getting over the shock of how everything is done so differently.

Loving my pretty spring flowers--pansies, violas, and a new magenta geranium I bought Sunday and just transplanted this evening.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Today I get back to my own version of normal. It's the countdown to Brenna's birthday and her party. She's excited. We have a rather large sleepover guest list. I've decided to do cake and gifts in the first 2 hours and if the kids want to stay, and parents allow, then they can, otherwise they parents can pick up anytime after 7 pm. That way we have a "best of both worlds" kind of thing and no one not attend simply because they don't want to be here all night.

There are 7 more weeks in the school year. Fun Fun.

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I'll check out your link. It sounds like you had a whole lot of fun! I love that you and your sister are best friends.

I don't think I could live in a city like Seattle, but I think it would be beautiful to visit. I do fine in suburbia and small towns, but I a nervous wreck in large cities.

I love quieter attractions/sites. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge can get LOUD. I think that might be why I prefer Chattanooga. It's quieter.

We got home Friday afternoon and we did the unpacking. Jim and Brenna helped with chore catch up on Saturday. Yesterday my mom came for Easter dinner.Today I'm starting to get the vacation food out of my system. But I admit I had some really good food while I was gone.

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The costumes and staging, dance and acrobatics were amazing! Here's a link: www.shenyunperformingarts.or
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Similar to Cirque du Soleil, they put on a new show each year, traveling around the world. It's quite an experience. And my first time in Seattle's McCaw Hall was fun. BIL Brian did a *great* job getting us fantastic seats--front row on the aisle of our balcony. Great stage view, and got to scurry out to get my coffee during intermission before the line got long. Finished my cappuccino and still had time to hit the restroom before the 15-minutes was up!

Took a fair time getting out of the parking garage, and away from the traffic congestion, and ended up taking a back way home--with a detour through Burien and Seatac to finally get to my place in Tukwila. I've done a few timer sessions plus a couple exercise routines today, so feeling good. And I'm reading the newest Nora Roberts that I got from the library last night--really good!

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Hey, you like what you like! I, of course, have no idea why it would be "terrible" to prefer the attractions in Chattanooga over the ones in Gatlinburg. It's just fun to go off and see new places and interesting sights--and sites! emoticon

Today was pretty nutty in that I could finally log in to do more Customer Service tasks, so was able to take a number of calls. But then one of the main applications used in Collections--and Claims, too--went down. We had a couple of updates, but they never got it back up. So I couldn't access my accounts to see what they owe, what reports are missing--nothing! So the Collections supervisor Gary gave me another project--searching for possible addresses and contact info for mail that was returned as undeliverable. Using 8 other websites, I researched away, and documented my notes, since I'll need to add messages for each company I researched in our skip tracing program. (They're very strict about only using it for official purposes, so it's important to create a message explaining your search.)

I got so caught up I was almost late leaving. But I got down to the bus station by 4:54, in plenty of time for the 5:00 bus. Only it didn't come at 5:00, or 5:10, or 5:15--when the next bus is due! It was between 5:20 and 5:25 and all of us had to stand (I've never had to going to Seattle or back before). A kind, kind youngish fellow asked "Miss? Do you need to sit down?" I was probably looking as tired as I felt. I replied that I would *love* to sit down, and thanked him sincerely. So I was able to relax and read after all. Before we left Seattle, the driver had to leave some folks standing at their stops, because there was no room to squeeze more on. At one point she had to call out that she couldn't move the bus until people moved further back, since she couldn't drive until riders were behind her seat.

I'll relax and rest tonight, and see what is waiting for me at work tomorrow. I'm excited about this weekend, when DS and BIL are treating me to lunch and then the popular Shen Yun show from China, which is only in Seattle for 5 days. We'll see it on Saturday. Absolute rave reviews, including this from a Broadway critic, "I have reviewed about 4,000 shows since 1942, none can compare to what I saw tonight." Wowie--can't wait!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I can see how it would drive you crazy. And I'm sure customers are frustrated.

The Island is a shopping center/amusment park in Gatlinburg. It's pretty much how Jimmy Buffet put his stamp on the Smokies. We did ride the Great Smokey Mountains Wheel yesterday. I didn't get as many pictures.


That was a flowering cherry tree growing in Rock City! I took a shot from a stone pathway above it. It was beautiful!

I'm terrible but I prefer the "attractions" in Chattanooga over the ones in Gatlinburg.

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I really like the one of Brenna in front of the sunflowers. Her hair's getting so long, and she's growing up! What is The Island? Natural geographical entity or a business? Hope y'all are enjoying yourselves despite the precipitation.
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Was that a cherry tree? Did I mention the park I found at the top of a *steep* hill, Kobe Terrace Park, established in 1976 with the help of Seattle's sister city in Japan? I went there again today to enjoy the sea of mostly white cherry blossoms. Lovely!
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My coworker Jim kindly got me back on track with the mail merge, and I sent out 5 new emails. It looked like I had just gotten a response when I was shutting down for the day. And I've found a number of businesses that have been closed with one or 2 other agencies, but not with us. It's one of the problems with all these different agencies that don't share information (of course not all of our own internal programs share with each other, either!). I often have a customer saying "I told the state already" that they moved or closed their business, but they never remember whom they spoke with. So I'm starting to document the ones I find so I can not just get advice on how to deal with the specifics, but have numbers to pass up the line on how we are all failing to meet the goal of "Making it easy to do business with L&I." It's not just our problem, but shared among various agencies and departments, but somebody needs to take on the bureaucracy that drives our customers nuts (and aggravates us, too!)!
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Am: I hope your hive thrives under her new queen.

Amanda: It sounds like you are really enjoying the change of pace. That's a BIG number of accounts compared to what you are use to getting.

We are leaving Chattanooga (not on a choo-choo) this morning and finishing our trip over in Gatlinburg. Today we will check out The Island and do some shopping. Tomorrow will be wet at times so our museum tours will happen then.



Point Park





Rock City





Ruby Falls

Rock City had been my favorite adventure but the picture of Brenna standing at the edge at point park is my favorite photo.



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I finally got my Collections access at work, an I was given a slew of accounts to work on. When I was working on them part-time, I didn't get more than 10-20 at a time. But today, the first time I looked, there were 63, then 84, and I ended the day with 120-some! Quite a few of these had belonged to an agent who's been out for months due to injury. I got some he had had since October, so they really want to get contact, and figure out which ones I can clear up, and what another agent will need to start legal action on. Got training from my new lead, who stressed the importance of calling first to try to verify information. (Previously I had emphasized emails where I could scan and attach information.)

After calling, I put their info in the Mail Merge spreadsheet I got from another RA, but I'm still running into problems trying to use it. It's a great tool, but there are simply too many steps that I don't really understand, and I have to keep asking him to rescue me and help me figure out how I messed up the data. I ran out of time this afternoon and couldn't send the 4 emails for people I hadn't been able to reach. I'm pretty tired mentally.

So I took a nice break this evening and repotted the 6 little pansy and viola plants I picked up in pretty colors and Fred Meyer on Sunday. emoticon I'm not going to last long tonight! emoticon But first, I need to make--and eat--my dinner salad! emoticon emoticon

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I've never known anyone who kept bees. Thanks for the great information!

Took several hours to run errands today--gas & groceries at Costco; groceries, household items, & a couple tops (with BD money) at Fred Meyer; groceries at Safeway, then TJ's, the library. After putting away the food I read on the couch & then took a nap. Then did a number of timer sessions cleaning, tracking receipts, making my veggie stock. I chopped salad extras for 2 lunches. And with my earlier alarm, I'll be headed to bed soon.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.
If you are not familiar with bees, I must begin by explaining that there are designated “undertaker” bees who will carry the body of a dying/dead bee out of the hive. Sometimes, when I check my bee hive, I see the bodies of dead bees or larvae that have been carried out of the hive. Well, I went out to check on the hive, and I found the inert form of an exceptionally large bee on the platform, just below the landing board. Her body was positioned as if to watch the comings and goings of the bees in the hive.
Aside from this bee’s large size, the next thing that held my fascinated gaze was the sheen of diaphanous golden hair covering her thorax and upper abdomen. I was also impressed by her long and graceful antennae. She was a beautiful bee! This was definitely the Queen Bee who had brought her swarm into our backyard, last Summer, and who had presided over the colony after I had managed to coax them into a hive!
From day one, I was impressed by how very well behaved and meticulous these bees were. Although I originally bought the full beekeeper’s outfit, I no longer bother to wear it. I can open up the hive, and the bees are wonderfully calm. This Queen Bee and her colony have been absolutely marvelous!
The worker bees are still coming and going, business as usual, flying in with bright, full pollen baskets on their hind legs. Although I have not yet opened up the hive to check, I am sure that there is a new, young Queen who is now presiding over the colony. The old Queen doubtless raised a good successor.
I said a prayer to honor the spirit of the old Queen, and to thank her for bringing her fine colony into my backyard and into my life. My first year of beekeeping has been an awe-inspiring experience.
I also said a prayer that this wonderful bee colony may continue to thrive! Bees face so many threats to their existence, and many of these threats are human-made. It is my sincere prayer that humans learn to work in harmony with our fellow occupants of this Earth, before it is too late.
The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.


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A silly thing I meant to share with y'all: The second floor where the old Customer Service reception desk was located has been cleared out. They only use occasional meeting rooms, and I go down to fill my water bottles--no filtered dispenser on the 3rd floor where everyone is located now. So if customers walk in not knowing they can't be seen, they can get in the elevator, but it won't stop at a floor without a security badge being read. There are a very few exceptions, like someone who was going to pick up her check. (One of the programs we work is Employment Standards, which largely deals with wage complaints--folks not getting paid, or not paid correctly; we can't always get them their money, or all of it, but we do get some that they come pick up.) I had just heard about the process in a meeting on Tuesday from my new supervisor, so when I got a call from the lobby, I knew I needed to take down the release form and a pen to have her sign it and get her ID to copy (so we know we're giving the check to the right person!), as well as a copy of the release saying she accepts the payment & it resolves the complaint.

So, I get the release, grab a pen, and head down the stairs to meet her. Except I forgot that there are two stairways, and the one closest me isn't the one that exits to the lobby--but to outside--which I take when I go on break. So I ended up outside the building, and had to go back in the revolving entry door to meet her! When it happened I thought 'I have to tell my Sparkies about this & give them a smile!'
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Hope Brenna has a good time, and that you enjoy getting important travel tasks done that will support everyone.

Today I got a shock when I couldn't log in to look up a permit for my first caller. As I was calling the help desk, I heard my supervisor saying--"Oh, I know what happened!" So once I had emailed my old Tukwila team for someone to help the customer, I got the story: there's been a big to-do about granting me access to certain Collections authorizations, because of the separation between working the accounts and processing payments (Collections vs Customer Service). So evidently they took away some of my customer service abilities that wasn't part of what we said I wouldn't do. We all signed promises that I won't process payments for Collections, but they weren't supposed to take away my ability to look up permits and schedule inspections. Because there was so very little I could do that callers would need, I stayed off phones for my morning CS stint. I cleaned out drawers in the new cubicle and got some things set up--feeling more organized and at home there.

I had a call from another of my accounts I sent emails on yesterday, a fellow who was sure he had closed the account "years ago." Turns out he had closed one with another agency, the one who collects unemployment taxes (where we collect workers comp taxes). That's the second I've run across recently when they are closed but we aren't. I wonder if notices aren't getting to us, since they would normally close at the same time. And my teaching partner thought of another trick I might find useful--something using Macros, which I had heard of but never learned about. I don't understand what he did or how, but it's a cool little trick to make messages appear more understandably in a particular application that chops words between lines, which can be very annoying. I noticed today that he got animated and a bit loud as he was helping me, while I kept my speaking volume more subdued.

I got the Cashew Chicken at a Chinese place. Pretty good, a bit pricey, but that seems the norm for Seattle lunch places. I'm thinking of rotating restaurants, and then trying new dishes if I enjoy them enough to go back. I walked down the hill to the Waterfall Park for morning break, and up the hill to the Japanese Park for afternoon break. I think it was all the back and forth between the cubicles today that netted me almost 16,000 steps today! Not sure if I mentioned that except for morning arrival and departure on the elevator with my rolling bag, when I go for my 3 walks, I walk down and then back up the stairs to the 3rd floor. I'm always puffing when I hit our floor--especially after walking the hills outside! So my legs and heart should be getting stronger!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I would say that your change in location is definitely a reason to explore. I think you should find as much joy in this journey as you possibly can.

I'm glad to hear that the staff are helping you find what you need to outfit your space so you can perform your duties to the best of your ability. I'm also happy to hear your learning new processes. You never know when it will come in handy.

To bad about the Volume Police. Some customers probably appreciate your voice carrying.

Brenna is going birthday shopping with my sister-in-law, Donna (Gaga as the kids call her), tomorrow afternoon. She's excited. Donna will have both Brenna and our mutual niece Anna. With the girls being 3 weeks apart this should be an experience. She's never had them both at the same time. She's opting to take them to dinner, and I am happy to say she approved the choice for the restaurant with me yesterday. For me, this is a big deal. Brenna can speak for herself, but it's nice to see the adults finally -- after 7 years of a diagnosis -- taking her allergy very seriously.

While she's gone I'll be grocery shopping for the trip then filling up a cooler and dry bag with travel drinks and snacks. I try to steer us away from vending machines.

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I did not know about pickle juice! I will pick up a jar to keep on hand! Good luck with the packing! I feel better when I have a list. emoticon

Turns out there was a misunderstanding about what I meant by "Collections station"--while I had meant my workstation in Collections, as opposed to the one in Customer Service, it had been taken to mean the common area of inboxes and supplies shared by the Collections group, and the Office Manager is very strict about limiting clutter in common areas. So when the other CSS learned I was trying to outfit my other desk, she was "Oh, let me see what I can find"--and managed to hunt up a number of items, even though they had, in fact tossed out a number of things I'm now asking for, just a couple of weeks ago. We always did a lot of reusing and repurposing of supplies in Tukwila (I was a big proponent of that), so again, big cultural differences between the offices.

I've been doing better at moderating my volume when on customer calls. Today, no feedback to lower volume in the morning, on the customer service side. Though when a kind Revenue Agent who helped me work with his cool Mail Merge system, we got asked to talk quieter by an auditor in the next cubicle--poor Jim! His second "scolding" when helping me. emoticon I do get excited about learning new stuff, and today wasn't as overwhelming. I'm looking forward to getting assigned some Seattle accounts to try with this system. I already got one response out of the 7 emails I sent off with this help, though I couldn't follow up without my accesses, so passed it on to my Tukwila lead, since it's one of their assignments.

I'm still working out my routines, but things are getting a little smoother. And I discovered a new park within walking distance. It's not many blocks away, up a steep hill in Japantown--with cherry trees and a large stone lantern from Seattle's Japanese sister city. The cherry blossoms are just past their prime, but still beautiful, and I saw my first blooming azalea bush, too! I've decided I'd like to try a few of the restaurants and cafes around the area, so I'm going to get takeout at one of the Chinese places just a couple of blocks away. We're basically across the street from Chinatown. I picked up one of their paper menus a couple days ago, and I checked online menus for a Mexican grill and a Japanese noodle place. Might as well explore, right! emoticon

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Do you have dill pickle juice? A 2 oz shot of dill pickle juice will relieve the leg cramps ASAP. A yellow mustard packet (about a teaspoon) will do the same thing. Personally, I can stand the pickle juice better than straight mustard.

It sounds like it's been an adventure just getting your work areas in shape!

I'm preparing for vacation this weekend. My mother will come check in on her grandcats and get the mail. I have my packing lists made. There are 5. I swear I prepare like I'm moving to China and never coming back. I think I'm beginning to understand why Jim pokes fun at me when we are getting ready for an extended trip. emoticon emoticon

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So I'm trying to get 2 workstations set up in different areas, but I don't have doubles on everything I'll need. At least IT helped me get the phone in the Collections area working; turns out I just needed to reboot it: I've done that for computers and MFDs (multi-functional devices), but hadn't done it to a phone before. Another IT person helped me change defaults on the newest computer I found out later I have access to a recovery folder for favorites and signatures, so I may not have needed to reset so many things manually.

One positive thing is I may be getting higher walls to help block sound from my cubicle to my neighbors, though it may require moving a 3-drawer lateral that belongs to another unit out of my cubicle--Hallelujah! emoticon That would make it much less crowded! One not so positive is that a lot of supplies I was hoping to get are things that they don't use in Seattle, and so don't have available: file tabs for hanging file folders (I found a stash of the folders in a desk drawer in the new cube), binders (for collecting reference sheets in one place, pencil cup or desk caddy for supplies. "Oh no, we threw all that away, because it just makes clutter." I guess they really are all about looking up *everything* online--which can put a strain on the eyes if you're never looking up information in other formats, and it can be a pain scrolling up and down multiple page documents instead of flipping through pages. I definitely keep plenty of data and information online, but it's not the only tool I like to use.

I'm definitely tired. Of course I didn't get to bed as early as I wanted, and then had a leg cramp again. Still playing with routines to account for the longer commutes. With all the back and forth between my work stations, I've gotten 14-15K steps in. I take the elevator up to the third floor when I arrive and leave (with my rolling bag), but otherwise use the stairs. And with the gentle hills I walk outside, my glutes and thighs are getting a real workout!

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I hope you had a blessed Ostara.

I'm sorry that it keeps being a difficult proposition for you to get additional training. At least in the Seattle office, it's easier to avoid touching the money.

We are hoteling. We will start in Chattanooga on the 26th then swap hotels for one in Gatlinburg on the 28th. We check out on the 30th and head home. I opted to swap hotels mid-week since they couldn't decide which city to go to. I should be ensconced in the house by Friday night. But I won't be back to regular sparking until Saturday and Sunday.



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The Smokies, that's right! emoticon (Nope, wrong smokies! emoticon ) Wishing you a fabulous time!! Are y'all tent camping, hoteling?

Found a nice website with some cool info on Ostara: wicca.com/celtic/akasha/osta
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I'm getting hung up with some agency rules regarding conflict of interest, where Revenue Agents cannot handle money--cash or checks--for any of their accounts, so the rule is they can't handle money at all. Since half my time will be spent in the Customer Service Program (where we handle all the payments for everything that comes in), they said I couldn't have any additional collections access to learn the cool things Revenue Agents can do. That was disappointing. But especially with no outside customers coming to Seattle (no front counter or cash transactions of any kind, only a few checks by mail), it's less of an issue. So today I signed an agreement where we all promise I won't touch the checks that come in, and I should end up getting more access. I'm in limbo presently, but I did some studying and spent time setting up the computer I'll use in a bigger workstation in the Collections & Audit section. It's sad that every time you switch computers you have to re-create favorites, Quick Access menu items & email signatures. So I did a bunch of that today.

Just did an Equinox tarot reading. Headed to bed soon. Ostara blessings to all!

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We are headed to the Smokey Mountains for the week. One day I want to go to the Rockies instead! I hope to check in during the week.

That's enlightening about the tenure groups. Any idea how you all keep falling through the proverbial cracks?

It sounds like you are enjoying the change of pace that Seattle is offering even though it sounds like you are a bit tired. More so than usual.

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Remind me where you'll go on vacation.

I did a different walk at lunch, saw some restaurants in Chinatown, don't know what might have a good/fast lunch to go; I'm thinking of trying one lunch out per week, since there are so many places around the office. I also saw a Bank of America--maybe that's where I'll deposit my birthday checks; I keep forgetting to drive out to the mall in the evening or on the weekend.

Had a few meetings, a training, a Skyped report from headquarters about the big Employee Survey and how our region and the different programs responded--also they looked at the differences between staff/supervisor/manager responses, and by tenure groups--turns out people who've worked for the agency between 5 and 15 years are the most alienated. Yep!
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Dang, getting late again. Had network connection issues, had to call in and get my modem reset so I could log onto the Internet, so lost time there. Did do a stretching routine tonight emoticon & trimmed peppers emoticon and chopped red cabbage. emoticon Go rainbow salads! emoticon

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It sounds like Seattle will take some getting used to for sure. I hope you find you have more space. it sounds like you aren't really afforded much there. How long is assignment? I think you've told me and I've forgotten.

I'm currently reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold. I've read it before. It's written from the perspective of a young teen/tween girl that was murdered. She's watching it all unfold from her heaven.

It sounds like you enjoyed your workout yesterday! I'd have to modify. Jumping back in a burpee is actually really bad for the knees. Most yoga teachers have started discouraging jumping back to protect the joints. I know it's not exactly the same but the concept is the same.

I finished the raking on Saturday! It just took 3 more hours. Then I cut the grass for the first time this season.

Well, I have a week of normal before vacation. I'll be gone from the 26-30. That's Monday-Friday of next week. This weekend I'll be packing. I sure am looking forward to a week in the mountains.



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I tried the exercises I mentioned in the Maiden forum from a Spark article The Only 12 Exercises You Need to Get in Shape
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Did all but the jump rope this evening--I can feel them! Broke them into 3 groups w/ a rest in between & went really light on weights and low impact on mountain climbers and burpees--stepping out, not jumping--& modified jacks, too. Also elbows for plank, table edge for push ups, body weight on fists, not flat palms for the mtn climbers and burpees. Gotta modify!

Groceries at 3 stores today and a library run. Took a nap. Looking forward to meeting with both supervisors tomorrow to get more clarity. Should be an interesting week. I'll also be monitoring energy and times & developing my own schedule that works for me.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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So my manager and my old supervisor showed up separately and each brought one of my boxes. One is mostly unpacked & had big items like a portable (actually clip-on) fan--which I needed--and a metal file sorter (that holds them at a vertical incline so you can see the tabs). No place for the desk pad calendar, because I don't have that much surface space that I can reach. "The touchdown" station I've used before, intended for visitors has a big post that blocks the left third of the e-desk. There's a lateral filing cabinet that I hoped to use, but it belongs to another program, so what I have is a rolling unit with one file drawer and 2 half drawers. It locks (though I don't have a key yet), so my purse goes there, along with dishes, some personal items, and office supplies. Computer, 2 monitors, document holder, phone, rolodex take up most all of the accessible area of the desk.

I don't know yet if I'll have a space to use in the Collections area around the corner. The Collections supervisor wasn't there Friday. I'll meet with him and the Customer Service supervisor (who also supervises in the Bellevue office; she only has one employee in Seattle, since that office is closed to customers) on Monday. Turns out when my manager told me I'd still get the hour's travel time I was granted when I covered Seattle on occasion, he hadn't discussed it with my new CS supe. Then I discovered they had both left before I was told when I got to leave. So schedule is something that needs to be worked out.

I got a crash course in Mail Merge from another Revenue Agent, which I can tell will be useful, but it was a whole lot of information with no time for writing down steps, so I may not be able to recreate it. Oh, and we got scolded for talking too loudly. I had heard previously that I was considered loud by "some people." When I take customer calls, I'm often animated, and if they are talking loudly over noises at work, I tend to do the same. And my usual office is full of staff and customers and noise, whereas Seattle can seem almost tomb-like in comparison. I've also gotten compliments previously from some nice Seattle staff commending my knowledge and helpfulness on the phone to customers. So people react differently, and I didn't get upset, just tried to stay mindful of my volume.

I'm mostly taking it easy today and catching up on chores. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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So what are you reading? And do you have another picked out for when you finish the current one?

Day one was interesting. With submitting an application last night, I got to bed later than I wanted, so a little shy on sleep and no packing for work until this morning. So I put together what I could fit and seemed most important (plus a filter cone from home, of course), and journaled on the bus. Got through my whole normal journaling routine. Did work journaling on the ride back (I hadn't taken a book), and when I made it up our steep hill, hopped in the car and drove to the old office and grabbed that work filter cone, so I can return the second home one. More details tomorrow on my challenging first day.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I look forward to hearing how day one goes! I'm sorry about the coffee filter but it sounds like you did an awesome job if all you forgot was one cone filter.

Yep we have a Sam's Club. Several did shut down. Our nearest Costco is over an hour away. I imagine that's why our Sam's still turns a profit.

I raked for 3 hours yesterday. I'm sore today, but I'm half finished! Jim and I will tackle the rest tomorrow. Today I'm going to work out the soreness and maybe finish my book so I can start another one.



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You still have Sam's Club? I guess a bunch of them out here closed. I haven't bought there, because I've done Costco--which got even busier with the Sam's customers switching over. I've learned about hearing loss from my sister, who agrees it's very isolating. She has to remind me sometimes to speak up and face her when speaking, and not to go too fast.

I only thought of one thing I forgot in the kitchen at work--my coffee filter cone! So I'll take mine from home tomorrow, and pick up the one from my old office after work. It's going to be interesting getting acquainted with a different work environment and culture. And figuring out how to work in an area with almost no storage space at all--for personal items or business-related files and information. I guess they are largely paperless there, since there are no customers to assist in person, and none of the paperwork that is required to support those interactions. But I'll still be answering phones and answering a bunch of questions. And it occurs to me that looking up all your information online, and staring at a computer for long periods with few breaks to focus your eyes on paper, is likely to have a detrimental impact on eyesight. Anyway, I'll see how things develop.

I packed up all the last of my stuff and got out late, then hit the library to return DVDs. Sadly no new books came in; 5 items in transit. Need to get to bed soon given my earlier alarm: 5:15 instead of 5:55. Oh, and I submitted the application for the Revenue Agent 1 position in Tumwater tonight. Have a great day tomorrow!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I'm glad you had a customer that made you feel appreciated, and made sure that people knew you were really nice and helpful. People tend to acknowledge the bad, but rarely the good.

I hope you finish your packing over the next 2 days. It sounds like it's been almost as much as moving a small apartment.

Yeah, the hearing loss you just learn to live with it. I can generally hear movies and such. I'm mostly tone deaf, low pitches, very high pitches, and soft voices give me trouble. I tend to stand with Brenna to my left ear. She's very soft spoken. It's not something I talk about because I have yet to have to buy hearing aids. For me, it's not normally a big deal. But I'll wear headphones during my test. maybe it'll help. I told Jim I need to have my hearing tested the next time Sams club has free hearing tests.

I started the outdoor cleanup yesterday. I picked up a lovely pile of sticks. If it's warm enough, early enough in the day I'll head out and do some raking.







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emoticon on the first half passed! emoticon Hope the second part is OK. I didn't know about your hearing loss. My sister uses hearing aids, and really likes using the audio assist at the Lakewood Playhouse, and the closed captioning at the movies.

I'm still madly packing at work, though we had our unit meeting--which didn't go overtime: rare but welcome! Helped customers, including a late contractor that I didn't finish until 15 minutes after closing. I had warned them we might not be able to complete it all, but we made it. They filled out a customer survey card saying "We love Amanda! She was helpful, good service, and very efficient!" Really made me smile.
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The safety topic presentation on Emotional Safety went OK. I kept it brief, had a couple handouts, and mainly introduced the subject for people (especially management) to think about, and hopefully begin addressing. Continuing to work on my application which is due tomorrow night. I got tired of the book I was reading before my new Briggs and Bishop novels got released. After diving into beloved worlds and characters, I just couldn't go back to reading about humans and dragons I just didn't feel that connected to. So I started rewatching the Invictus DVD last night, continuing tonight. Hopefully when I return the Jessica Smith DVD to the library tomorrow, at least one of the new books I reserved will be available.

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I'll definitely take a look. I'm just a little OCD when it comes to reading. I usually read a series in order. I figure there will always be a reference that I miss if I don't.

I hate you'll miss the potato feed! You always have such fun with it.

I passed the first half of my transcription test. It was more proofreading than anything. The next half is audio. I'm about half deaf. A childhood ear infection cost me 40% hearing in one ear and 20% in another. I'm just a little concerned. Usually, I'm okay with voices, but if I get a soft speaker I just can't hear it.

I should probably get my hearing checked in the near future...






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The new assignment starts Friday, though I kind of wish it were Monday--especially since the signs only went up today for the annual potato feed which will be Friday! emoticon I am truly packing like mad now and have 3 boxes pretty well full. I did a lot of culling, but the last of the files got tossed in, and I'll review them in my new spot.

No, I'm not familiar with Wonder; I'll see how long the waiting list at the library is. Just checked: 1586 requests on 126 copies; I'm on the list now too. I would love you to try the books by Briggs and Bishop. Here's a timeline for the Briggs books www.patriciabriggs.com/books/timelin
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. The novels should definitely be read in order, as werewolf and fae politics shift and characters and relationships develop. The Bishop books about the Others need to be done in order, as events follow closely and again, characters & relationships evolve. Her last does much less explaining about the universe, but if you read the Lakeside Courtyard books, you'll totally get the references to history in that universe, and the relations between the different species. I'd love to share those with you!

Started working on the RA1 application. I'm actually rather enjoying talking about myself and my experience in relations to Collections work. Will stop for tonight and pick up tomorrow.

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I don't believe I've read either author you mentioned. I'll put them on my list to try. I've mostly been previewing books for Bug. She's at an age where I want her reading things that challenge but not things that contain too much in the way of a political stance that might confuse her. For instance, she's capable of reading "The Hunger Games," but I don't think she would understand the political undertones and the death scenes are graphic. And the Divergent series is a bit graphic sexually, even though it's aimed at kids about 12 years old. It goes beyond first kisses.

I'm just happy she's reading classic novels for a while. If she likes this one I'll see about locating more in the series. Have you seen Wonder yet? It's new on DVD. If you have not watched it, grab tissues. It's a fantastic story.

Good luck with your move. It's next week, correct? or is it this Friday?

My spring cleaning indoors is done. Now I get to start on the outside in earnest.







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I'll give it a try. I liked the book, though my favorite of the series was A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and a YA novel that came later with similar themes, called An Acceptable Time (I think I've got those titles right!) emoticon emoticon emoticon

Down to the last few days in Tukwila, so I've had to ramp up the sorting and packing. At least I got word that my manager will help transport boxes of supplies and files.

I absolutely adored the new Anne Bishop book that got delivered Friday. I read it twice through between Friday and Sunday evenings. I liked that a lot of the chapters were very short, alternating between the POV of the human heroine (with major anxiety issues/PTSD brought on by emotional abuse in her defunct marriage), a new reluctant human cop, a shape-shifting Crow who's boarding in her rustic inn and finds the first dead body, her vampire lawyer, and the bad guys--which includes her slimy, smarmy, despicable ex-husband. One of the things I love about both Patricia Briggs and Anne Bishop is that they create such fascinating and 3-dimensional characters--human and not--whom you really learn to care about deeply.

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I look forward to hearing how your safety topic goes over. My mom's meeting at work begin with safety topics. Each week a different employee gets the floor.

Yes the call for less volunteers is to encourage less dependence on the parents. And I'm okay with that. So I send supplies when I'm aware they are short on something, and I don't get too up in the air about it. I could become a sub, but that seems to defeat the purpose of me not being in the building. I had the opportunity to work in the library, but after an adult volunteer caused several kids to have issues with books that were check in, but not scanned in that seems to not be on the table now. When she starts choosing clubs, I can always chaperone meets.

So I'm looking for something to fill that time that isn't an afternoon soap opera.

We took Brenna to see A Wrinkle in Time yesterday. It is an excellent movie. The visuals a beautiful. Reese Witherspoon made an excellent Mrs. Whatsit. Mrs. Who's quotes were updated so that kids would recognize some of them. Oprah's Mrs. Which was good. I got tickled when Brenna said "Mrs. Which sounds an awful lot like Oprah." I said "That's because it is." and she just giggled. Anyway the movie is not exactly like the book, but it did cause her to come home and begin reading her own copy of the story.



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I got my massage today, and while I had a productive morning with laundry, timer sessions cleaning, mail sorting, & money tracking, plus expanding the clear space in the living room (enough for the table and the masseuse to walk around it), I did nothing afterward, just vegged and read, (maybe snoozed, not sure). Felt great!

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Some work from home sounds exciting. And you are smart to check out the companies & not get sucked into a scam or fly by night operation. Interesting about less call for volunteers--part of encouraging more independence, less relying on mommy?

It's getting down to just a few more days in Tukwila. I haven't figured out yet just what all I will be taking up there--or where it will all go. I'm getting my postponed massage tomorrow, and Mary and I are lunching together on Sunday. I'll also be working on the new revenue agent app & prepping for my safety topic for our unit meeting on Wednesday. Tradition in the agency is that EVERY meeting begins with a safety topic. Mine will be on emotional safety--a first, that I'm aware of.

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I assume the person they chose didn't work out, or maybe another opened up?

I never knew your reward for sobriety was paintings :). I'm actually hoping that at some point I work the budget to pay extra on the house principle and pay the house off early. That's a lofty long term goal to be sure. We have $115,000 to go on our home, but no penalty for early pay off. Volunteer opportunities at school have dwindled. At this age the teachers want you to stop showing up, so it seems. So now I'm starting to look at work from home options. Nothing that I have to invest in. Most of that stuff is a scam or a pyramid scheme. I'm looking at doing audio transcription for a reputable company. I take a test next week. I pass the test I start getting entry level work within a week.







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Speaking of moving forward, two of the Revenue Agents mentioned that a Revenue Agent 1 position in Tumwater has posted. I think it's the same one I've interviewed for, so I'll try again. They liked me last time, though they went with a candidate with more collections experience. I've been working accounts a few more months now, so may be seen as more competitive, though there are a number of things I can't do--that I'll get to learn about on the DJA. We'll see.

Not sure if I've mentioned that when I gave up alcohol, I figured what I was spending on wine and chips (they always went together for me, contributing to my obesity), and put that toward a painting on layaway--it's beautiful: Yosemite Valley at daybreak in the winter. In that first year, I got 3 pieces from the gallery at the mall--all on layaway, and a beautiful gift to myself and symbol of my sobriety. So I get that choosing not to drink can offer benefits.

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I can see how it would be a challenging move since you make the journey on the bus. I do look forward to hearing about your adventure. Sometimes the change of scenery is a good boost for your systems. Plus you get that lovely walk every day at lunch.

I'm budget adjusting in this corner. Not by much. Just $100 per month, but still adjusting. And I've found it. The easy adjustment. The weekend alcohol is going. It's not that we drink much, but we don't drink cheap. And we don't really need to drink at all. So I'm re-allocating to cover the new escrow amount because insurance and taxes increased on the house. Advice is welcome.

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It has seemed like a long cold winter!

I'm eager to make a change at work, and learn a lot more about Collections, and become a more competitive candidate for future openings. It will be an interesting change, not being in a big, busy and often boisterous group. I'll miss some of my coworkers a lot. I'll enjoy the extra reading time on the bus. Getting up earlier may be tough--as well as getting to bed early enough to get enough sleep regularly. Moving personal and work items up will be a challenge also. But it will be interesting, and finally a moving forward!

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I'm sorry to hear you are stepping down as wellness coordinator. Well more specifically I'm sorry to hear you don't have the heart for it anymore. I hope you get everything settled for your move. Do you think you'll enjoy the time in Seattle? Just as a change of pace?

I'm half way through the indoor spring cleaning. Family room and bedrooms are all that is left. Brenna is expressing the desire to pack up things that she wants to keep but not display, so that's going to make for a long clean up. She helps with the cleaning in her private spaces. My girl is growing up.

When the rain slows down and the temps even out, I get to start the spring yard work. Oh I can't wait. This has been the longest winter for me and I don't know why.

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Really busy yesterday, so while my supervisor said she wants me to spend time clearing out my cubicle to be ready for the move planned for 3/16, I never really got the chance to do anything. Today I did make progress going through old files, tossing a lot. I've got to decide what to take and use up in Seattle when I'm not working Collections, what to give somebody else to keep in Tukwila.

I also sent out an email to all staff in our office about the Wellness program with links, since we have lots of new employees who aren't familiar with what's available. And I let it be known I'm stepping down as the Tukwila wellness coordinator. My DJA is official yet, since it hasn't been signed off by the Regional Administrator, so I couldn't cite that as a factor--it would be pretty hard to run things from a different office! But I had already planned to step down, mainly because I just don't have the heart for it. Not when it's all volunteer, all got to be squeezed in among all the other duties our overworked and underpaid unit is responsible for.

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It sounds like you had a nice birthday weekend. And a productive one!

We made it out to see the kids perform Footloose at the high school, then I did allow Brenna to watch the 1984 version. She informed me the play was better, but she enjoyed both.

Yesterday morning we took 7 bags of clothes to donation. A large portion were Jimmy's. We also dropped off 4 boxes of kitchen supplies. I took Brenna shoe shopping and found her a pair of nice wedges and a pair of slides. Then we sat in the back yard and grilled dinner. It was nice to be out doors with 60 degrees and sunshine. The next couple of days is rain, rain rain.

My alarm didn't go off this morning, and my coffee filter flopped so I ended up with brown water. I suppose the extra few minutes sleep made up for it, because I don't miss the caffeine. Maybe I'll have a cup later today.

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Feeling satisfied and unpressured, which is nice. I got a number of things done, just not the last application I had planned to work on. I just couldn't make myself do one more. Instead, I got groceries at 3 stores, took the wellness assessment for Smart Health, part of the Wellness program for state employees, earning 800 points (toward the 2000 to get my deductible discount for next year) and an Amazon gift card for $25!

Also ordered another book for my library, using a 20% coupon for Barnes and Noble, and pre-ordered The new Anne Bishop Others novel, Lake Silence (31% off) , which releases on Tuesday, and should arrive Friday (free express delivery as a member). Did one cardio/ST workout this morning, may do another before bed. Off to put away the last of the laundry before reading a little more.

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Laundry and a couple workouts and started sorting papers and mail and job hunt files that I had gathered up raw earlier. Then Dear Sister and BIL came up and took me to an early dinner at a place called BJ's adjacent to the mall. Huge selection of really good food in ample quantity! They have a signature dessert, a pizookie (?) which is a cookie baked in a little pan with sauce and ice cream on top. We did the sampler of 3 small size ones (small cookie and one scoop); sister of course had triple chocolate, I had salted caramel and loved it. The regular size dessert would have been way to much, but this was nice. And my cherry-chipotle glazed salmon with roasted asparagus and sauteed veggie-couscous was one of their lighter entrees, and totally delicious! Carrying a little bag of goodies with a Happy Birthday balloon attached got me happy wishes from a few strangers--pretty fun!

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I hit Costco this afternoon for the same reason; it gets so busy on the weekends, but even around 5:30 the checkout lines were nice and short. I just made it to the library in time (they close at 6 on Fridays) to pick up a couple of books and DVDs, including Invictus, with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as the captain of the South African rugby team which most blacks rooted against, because they were seen as a symbol of apartheid. It's a fascinating look at a leader trying to build bridges and bring a divided country together. Very moving, and highly recommended.

My biggest plan for my day off ended up not happening. I had set a 10 am massage with a great MT who does house calls, but she asked to change it as her husband's doctor changed their pm appointment to the am. Which was fine by me, since I had more time to clean house, clear space in the living room for the massage table, get holiday stuff (finally!) in the balcony closet, and just generally straighten. I was fading and wondering if I had time to nap before showering before she came when I got an email apologizing that hubby's chemo hadn't gone well and they would be spending most of the day and into the weekend in the hospital. I was very sorry for them--and for me--but it meant I got my nap. And now I have the pleasure of a much cleaner and less crowded apartment!
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emoticon Amanda! I hope it's fantastic! emoticon

I'm headed to Walmart this morning to return my recalled instapot. I'm going early in hopes of beating the weekend rush.

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Sorry, too pooped to post. I'll be on my way to bed soon and NOT setting the alarm! emoticon

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The Universe tells us when it's time to slow down. Sounds like you heard your call. Just like you heard the call to do a massive push for 6 weeks.

Any birthday plans this weekend?

Falling out of bed. Oh boy. I figure if it was bad and I had gone to the doctor he would have laughed. I heard cat noises, and that's normal. But then I heard one of them in distress around midnight. Now this could be too much tussling and someone got mad, but sleepy brain heard trouble. In any case I was going to investigate. I whipped the covers back too fast, got 3 toes on my left foot caught in the sheet and fell out of the bed, on the right hip. I did a pretty roll on the way down. Almost graceful. The landing was loud, and woke Jim up. But today It's just a little sore. So No bad dreams or restless sleep really. It was raining. I was sleeping pretty good actually. I think the thing that got hurt most was my pride LOL

To answer your other question, I have been known to sleepwalk (and shower and oddly enough feed the dog), but that was 15 years ago. I was on a medication for insomnia. After I got off the med, no more sleep walking.

It's still raining today. I'm venturing over to the in-laws house about 9:30 to do hair cuts. I'm done with this week's cleaning project. The kitchen is good to go.



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Glad you weren't hurt badly. Were you restless? dreaming? do you ever sleepwalk? Just curious about the cause of that fall.

I think the test and the interview went well. I'll just wait to hear whether I'm chosen to be added to the pool for future openings. I asked, and they thought it likely that they'll be drawing from the pool (that at least one position will open up) this go-round; it sounds like they post every few months. I began working on my last cover letter on the bus ride home, and got that application submitted tonight.

I had the realization this morning while journaling, that I can't keep this pace up: it's too draining. Whereas I averaged 5 applications every 4 months for 4 years, in the last 6 weeks I've submitted 13 applications, had 2 interviews, and worked on my DJA. Not surprisingly, the apartment is in bad shape and I haven't managed a workout in 3 days. Applications, interview prep, looking up and printing out travel directions, and getting up early the last few nights have taken their toll. One full day at work tomorrow, then I get a day off--Yay!



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Sounds like an interesting and productive day.

I cleaned out 2 cabinets and the top shelf of the pantry that tends to be a catch all yesterday. Today I hope to get to a few more disorganized and cluttered cabinets to purge. I might even get them washed down if I don't run out of time before pick up.

I'm 37 years old and feel out of the bed last night emoticon . Sad thing is I was awake when I did it. I'm okay, just a bit sore but man am I embarrassed. Probably because I woke the world up. *sigh* Lets hope I can stay on my feet like a normal person today!

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I remember the original movie, and loving the soundtracks to Footloose, Fame and Flashdance--good boogie music all! emoticon Will definitely want to hear about your day.

Gave myself about 2 hours to get up to the Bellevue interview (just over 14 miles away, but it's taken over 1.5 hours to go the 15 miles to the Bellevue L&I office!) Got there plenty early, enough time to go in a building asking where the courthouse was--next building over. Then going through security in order to get to the restroom, then out to the car to get my supplies and go back through security! (Very nice fellows there.)

A bit rushed--10 questions in 20 minutes. I may have gone slightly over, but others must have also, since they were running a little behind. They changed the plan, and rather than having selected individuals sticking around to do the exam the same day, they'll be emailing candidates and scheduling the skills assessment separately. I was fine with going home, not slogging through horrible traffic at 4 pm. Instead, I got to zoom along at 60-70, instead of taking 6-7 minutes to go a mile, like in the morning! Had lunch, then composed and typed my cover letter for tonight's application.

I put in just under 4 hours at work. Got my wage complaint entered and submitted after review. Worked my accounts a little, returned a few for legal, discovered 3 had reported and paid--woohoo! Found a slew of new ones I'll start working on Thursday. When I got home, I got my new application submitted, then started my review of tomorrow's interview. Had to remind myself which job it is; reprinted cover letter and supplemental question answers, since I couldn't find my draft copies. Also Googled the King County Prosecutor's Office (a different app was for the Public Defender's Office!) for a little intel. And of course I checked out the route and time for the bus to get there--just one step beyond the one I use for the Seattle L&I office when I cover there--and where my DJA will be assigned. Sounds like soup's ready, so I'm off! emoticon

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Oh wow. That's a big difference between county and state. I hate to say this but I'm pulling for that county job!

Brenna had a good day at school. It helps that this is read across america week, so there's something different to focus on.

I figure everything is for a reason, even if I don't understand it. I'm just glad that she has something that most kids in our community don't have don't have, people that can relate and understand.

On a happy note, my mom's birthday is next week. Brenna and I are taking her to a local production of Footloose this weekend as her gift. They both seem to be excited to go. The men folk have respectively declined.



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emoticon Dang! I'm so sorry for the stress you've all been under at different times. But I agree that sharing similar situations may reduce the level of anxiety or trauma a little, and yes, encourage compassion in such scary conditions. Sounds like the teacher handled it well.

Well, I signed the DJA today, management is getting signatures over the next day or two--and now the start date is 3/16! Enough time to not feel rushed, but not so far out, either. On my collections accounts, I had informed at least 8 of them that we needed missing reports and payment by 2/23, or legal actions would begin. I was surprised that the first 2 I check today had come through and paid, and my guy who said he'd come in Monday did--and I helped him get caught up--yay! We got swamped, so I couldn't check them all--will do so when I get back to work.

Just typed out directions up to the Bellevue Courthouse for tomorrow's interview--and hopefully skills test. They scheduled 22 20-minute interviews for Mon & Tues, and their favorites will be asked to take an assessment of 2 hours. Also reviewed common interview questions, and rules for filing--since that might be on the exam.

I'll take materials with me to work on the next couple of applications while I wait to hear if I'm going to be testing. There's a Payroll Support Specialist due 2/27, and a temporary Customer Service Specialist due 2/28. And how's this--the pay range for a CSS2 with the county STARTS higher than ours STOPS--pretty sad!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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2/26/18 6:44 A

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I'm glad your boss had the dates wrong! It gives you room to breath.

We had a hard weekend here. Friday Brenna's school was placed under a soft lock down due to a social media threat. If there's a "lucky" turn of these events, her teacher has been under an active shooter lock down. It's part of the reason she changed schools. She kept the kids informed, even though the front office instructed them to keep the kids in the dark. She told them not to be scared, but if she gave the word it was serious, not a drill. And she kept her head.

So this weekend my mother and I have had to share our stories with Brenna. Ones we hoped she'd never need to know. When I was 6 I saw a neighbor shot and killed. My mom was with me. My mom has been under 2 different lock downs at 2 different jobs, one over a bomb threat and one over an active shooter in the immediate area. It helper her to know that being scared is normal.

Then Saturday night we had tornadoes all over the place. The goddess must have heard me because we ended up having everything down graded to just heavy rain before the storm actually reached us.

So I'm just hoping we have a quiet week with just homework and chores.

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Have fun with the emoticon and emoticon .

Yes, the book's been great. I finished it tonight and enjoyed it thoroughly. I like that the people aren't perfect; they have conflicts and faults, but there's a good deal of compassion and acceptance--but they also have to work at it. And issues are touched on (the baby of the family, Oak, has developmental problems because he was shaken as an infant, before getting adopted), but it never feels preachy. I just really liked it. Really looking forward to the sequel being published--soon, I hope!

I got my interview and test set for 2/28; I'm just taking the morning off. And I was relieved to learn that my manager had the dates wrong. My coworker who has the current DJA in the unit doesn't finish until April, so there's at least a month to get approvals and details worked out. And while Bill said I wouldn't have to have my cubicle cleaned out--since it would be a temporary assignment--I would like to get it cleared out, as I will hopefully be successful in the job hunting, and need to clear out anyway.

Both Tues & Wed I got a tiny bit of snow on my afternoon break. Then none yesterday. Today, a few tiny flakes were swirling around as I walked out the door, but less than halfway around the block, they were starting to get bigger & fluffier and falling a bit more steadily. That was just after 4:00, but no accumulation by the time I left at nearly 6:00. For the first time in a long time, I stayed a little while to work on the group puzzle which is rather challenging--very irregular pieces, and the picture on the box is missing the last 2-3 columns of pieces on the right, so we can't tell what it's supposed to look like! But I was really happy to some large sections that had been put together anchored to the edges, so we can start to see where things fit in.

I did Jessica's Core Concentration from her Fit in 15 series (a couple years ago?), in which she has a nice balance of front, back & side abs moves. I have to modify so I'm not putting body weight on my wrists--subbing with fists or elbows, and I wish there was more stretching, but overall a good workout--and I expect to be sore again, too.
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/23/18 6:32 A

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Good luck with your interviews! And enjoy your birthday massage!

I read that book review and it sounds like a wonderful book to teach about diversity.

I did a Yoga pilates fusion online class yesterday and I'm sore today. Not a bad sore but sore.

I'm off to do the shopping this morning. My nephew's birthday is next week so they are having pizza and cake at my in-laws house tonight to celebrate. He's turning 20. He graduates in May from BeeBee University in Arkansas. I'm pretty proud of him. He has his degree in Agriculture. A certified farmer.



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I first heard starting 3/1, but it may not get settled that fast--which is OK, cuz I've got 2 interviews now next week: 2/27 and 2/28, and I asked for 3/2 off for my birthday. Better see if Marissa's available for a massage that day! Definitely one of the things I want to put back into my budget whenever I finally get a promotion and raise!

Had to clear 2-3 inches of snow off the car, with a little bit of ice beneath it on the windows. So I got to work a little late (15 minutes), but in inclement weather we can take up to an hour without penalty. Tonight is supposed to be the last day with temps below 30. Started working on the next cover letter tonight after a Jessica Smith ST/cardio routine and dinner. Finally got the last of the linens put away and the basket back in the closet. Reading a delightful children's book I mention in the reading thread, and I found this review:
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/22/18 6:31 A

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When will you know where you'll be assigned?

Well I finished spring cleaning in the laundry room. Now I think I need some boxes. I plan to purge my kitchen cabinets. I really need to break down and have a yard sale. I'm done for the week. Next week I'll choose another room. Maybe the bathrooms and possibly my bedroom.

I'll be 38 in July. I've started looking at how my plan needs to change in my 40's. I know it's a bit early but I figure if I start now it will be habit by then. Mostly I'm finding that I should do more ST to maintain muscle mass. Cardio is important but the focus should be on ST. Any thoughts?

It's raining here. Relentless rain. We'll probably have some flooding at the low areas and the river.





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Ha! I was thinking more of ocean waves, but a surfer is kinda close!

I got the DJA app sent to the people who need it--2 managers and 2 supervisors--now they get to deal with it. If it really will start 3/1, and if I'm assigned to Seattle, I'll need to pack up my cubicle pretty dang fast--not looking forward to that! Work stayed busy all day, so I was pretty spent by the end. Oh, for the second day in a row, it didn't begin snowing until my last break (around 4:15), and then just barely.
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I did a few tiny chores at home, and finished the last Others novel by Anne Bishop. Her new book comes out in 2 weeks, as does the new Patricia Briggs novel, this one in her Alpha and Omega series. I'll pick one up on release day and pre-order the other to arrive just as I finish the one from the store. Can't wait!! But I have a few library books to keep me entertained until them!
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/21/18 6:23 A

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I think it is a fantastic way to show that you not only want to advance your pay but also be able to add more to your team. I really hope you get to do this. Which office would you rather be in?

Today I am taking a quiet day. Monday I defrosted my deep freezer. Yesterday I did all the Monday and Tuesday chores. My right hand is giving me spams (this is common from a broken wrist that didn't heal exactly right), so today I'm going to do my regular exercise routine and let the Spring cleaning wait until tomorrow.

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I would love to see the Smokies some day! (We need a mountain emoticon--and a lake--and a surf!) Last night and today at work, then tonight again, I've worked on my DJA--the Developmental Job Assignment application. In the Employee section I had to describe my ideal DJA including location, duration, supervision, then what knowledge, skills and abilities I want to enhance, then what current skills I have that would enable me to be successful in the DJA.

Normally the next section is filled out along with a potential supervisor, but I was asked to complete it myself, so I also answered What are the key responsibilities of the DJA opportunity? What are the employee's learning objectives? Describe the employee's role and responsibilities. Describe the knowledge, skills, and abilities the employee is expected to gain during this assignment. Discuss growth, development, and career goals. I didn't add anything to the final question beyond what my manager had put there for What will the DJA supervisor do to help the employee meet these learning objectives? Describe the role of the supervisor in regard to training, coaching, and providing feedback to the employee.

I've emailed the completed form to myself at work, and will then send it to my manager and one of the 2 program managers under the Regional Administrator. They'll discuss it, then take it to my current supervisor (who's been out, but I'm told is fully in support), and decide which of the 2 collections supervisors--Tukwila or Seattle will be mainly working with me. I may be assigned primarily to Seattle for the 6 month duration of the DJA--assuming it is approved. Will keep you all apprised. This won't change my pay in any way, just give me more dedicated time (4 hours per day) to learn more about Collections, with the intent to help them with workload, and give me experience that will help me be more competitive when other Revenue Agent positions open up (whenever that may be).

I'll continue trying for county jobs, but I'd like to focus on this until I get a decent-paying position wherever that may be. So tomorrow, back to those next county apps!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/20/18 6:16 A

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Sounds like you had a nice, productive weekend. How are all the applications going?

I ended up buying a new computer. Well a new tower. I don't know what happened to the other one. I'd almost say it crashed but I can't prove that.

Yesterday I defrosted my deep freezer. Jim thought I was kidding when I said it takes half of the day to defrost the thing. Next time maybe he'll listen. To be fair it was overdue. And He's never defrosted one before.

Everyone goes back to school and work here until March. Spring break is from March 26-March 30. We plan to be in the Smokey mountains that week. We will start in Chattanooga then move over to Gatlinburg. It will be a fun little trip. Not the one we had planned originally but It'll do and I always love the mountains.

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The best thing is feeling better--having more energy and a better mood! emoticon

Since I didn't go out yesterday after it started snowing--napped instead! emoticon --I did my shopping and gas run today: Costco, Freddie's, Safeway, TJ's. Would have gone to the library too, but it was closed for the holiday. Need to go after work tomorrow to pick up a bunch of books I've requested that have come in.

Took another nap (I love those, especially when I don't need them to function because I'm exhausted, but rather when they are for comfort, relaxation and restoration). I submitted another application and will review the next 3 that have several days until they are due.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Did 4 loads of laundry this morning which took me until after 12:30 and the snow flurries. I dashed out to pick up comfort food (chips) and took a nap. Since then I've worked on the newest application, ordered my flavored coffee--including a new one (for me--Creme Brulee) at 20% off. Errands are going to be tomorrow, though I missed picking up books at library since it'll be closed tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a fun and successful weekend!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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