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12/26/19 12:24 P

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Amanda~ emoticon emoticon emoticon on the new job and increase in pay! A wonderful Christmas present indeed! I'm so excited for you! I know you're excited and happy too!! It sounds like you had a lovely holiday! I'll check your blog out sometime later this afternoon or evening.

My Christmas was very nice. The turkey breast turned out well in the instantpot. First time ever cooking meat in it. I used a recipe from Pinterest. Made stuffing and green beans casserole....it didn't turn out too well, but it was edible. Lol! J and I enjoyed dinner late in the afternoon and then later when it got dark we drove around looking at lights.

Christmas morning I listened to Christmas.music.and Facebooked ...did some sparking. Stayed in pajamas til late in the day. Just quiet and peaceful.

Today I slept in quite late. Enjoyed morning coffee. Not sure what I will be doing today. My friend said that if she didn't have to work late she'd like to treat me to Cracker barrel using her gift card that she received. It would be great, but I will be fine with doing it another time if it does not work out.

I might finish the movie I started last night...The Grinch with Jim Carrey in it. One of my favorite movies.

Have a great day!


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12/25/19 7:58 P

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Merry Christmas, dear emoticon ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Yesterday I prompted my good news by sending the HR contact for my recruitment an email asking if I might get an early Christmas gift of a hire letter. Sure enough, Ian came through the breakroom at lunch asking if I had read my email (which I had checked before leaving for lunch at 1). We both got a copy of it, telling me I will start on 12/30/19, with a 6-month probation (I knew about that already), and with a salary increase up to level 5 (one above where I've been since 10/29!) A wonderful Xmas gift!! So was Ian letting the last 3 of us go an hour early. Calls had dropped off at mid afternoon (though 15 calls had me accessing 29 patient records, since several were for multiple children--in one case 7 on one call, & I can only have 4 screens open at a time, including the family lookup with all the names listed!) and Ian covered the last hour.

Went to bed kinda early, got up early, read and enjoyed a leisurely cup of coffee. emoticon Did an intense workout by Amy, her 35 Minute Strength and Cardio HIIT with friend Jacqueline Zook for the advanced modifications, then had yummy Chinese leftovers for a late breakfast. I've done some cleaning, took a nap, finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Oh, I cleaned up my Spark Friends on my page, removed some who have been inactive for years, left a few in case they come back, sent a few messages. And I wrote a little blog with some food recommendations I had thought about including in a team post. I'm feeling relaxed and sorta lazy right now. Not sure what I'll do the rest of this evening.

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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12/23/19 10:21 P

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I'm happy you've been enjoying lots of activities, Cynthia, and bringing joy to neighbors! emoticon O Holy Night is one of my favorite carols--I especially like the Kenny Rogers version on his Christmas CD, and I love looking at lights. My family used to drive around on Christmas Eve to look at them around various neighborhoods.

I gave out my work cards, took in some peppermint bark (individually wrapped pieces by Ghirardelli) I had picked up at Costco a little while back. I wore one of 2 sequined holiday sweaters I got at Fred Meyer on sale--this one from last year. It was too warm to exercise in, so for the first time, I took a T-shirt to change into for my bike riding morning and afternoon. I had to run for the 150 coming home, but made it! Since traffic wasn't bad, I got to the office here before it closed at 6, so picked up my package--the final online order: a calendar for me and for DS & BIL. They had left a message on my cell, and when I called them this afternoon, they said if I didn't get it this evening, they could put it inside my door, since the office will close early tomorrow--which I thought was very nice!!

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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12/23/19 5:09 P

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Happy Christmas! emoticon

Amanda ~ Sounds like you've gotten most of your holiday preparations done! Good for you! Also a Big emoticon on getting the Job! I'm excited for you to get the letter. Prayers being said that you get the needed increase in pay.

I have been busy this Christmas season. A week ago my friend and I went to Starbucks and then the Christmas musical at our church. It was beautiful. My favorite parts were singing carols and the music minister's solo of O Holy Night.

Later last week some friends and I rode to a little town that is completely covered in lights. The call it Christmas Town, but the actual town's name is something else. It was magical, festive and really pretty.

This past weekend I finished making the Christmas ornaments for my great nieces and nephews. They were little snowmen. One of my friends made the cutouts and I just did the gluing them together part. It was fun. I've been watching some Christmas movies on Netflix and a Hallmark channel I subscribed to on Amazon.

Yesterday was my family's gathering. It was fun. I rode up to NC with my sister and her husband. All of my sisters and families were there...minus My nephew who has the flu. (Poor guy). Yummy food, fellowship, and gifts. My sister gave the greats presents (toys) and it was fun watching them enjoy themselves while playing.

It's been raining all day...Yesterday too. I'm in my jammies. I got dressed just long enough to deliver the Christmas cards I wrote out earlier today for my neighbors. Some answered and the happy smiles made my day. Some I slid under their doors. A lot of people here in my building have very little friends or family. I enjoy spreading what little cheer that I can.

Tomorrow I want to get to the store early so I can get some eggnog. J and I are spending part of Christmas day together. He'll cook the little turkey breast and I'll make the stuffing and green beans casserole. I kinda want to pick up something for dessert. Not sure if I will of not.

I decorated my place a week ago. I have two tabletop Christmas trees up. They're cute and perfect size for this small apartment. Snowmen, candles and Nativity are out too.

I've got some Christmas music playing now while I am sparking.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. I know the season can be difficult for some...it has been for me years past.

Happy Holidays!

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12/22/19 11:43 P

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I'm glad I got my workout in this morning, a new one for me by Amy, then shower & wash my hair, which was mostly dry by the time I cooked up Chinese leftovers, ate, &then pulled my grocery bags and list together.

I got the final gifts for DS and BIL while doing errands. Also got my contributions to the holiday meal next Saturday. Hit the library, where the last Jane Yellowrock book finally came in (I've already finished the copy I broke down and bought), so I checked it out and returned it immediately, so the next person in line can get it quickly. Then I hand delivered a card to my emoticon who lives close and cat sits. I hadn't found her address before mailing cards, but it was easy to drop off.

After my nap emoticon I finished my wrapping, then got tags on everything, including order for opening. Just finished signing all the little cards for work folks which I will take in tomorrow. I have extras so I can add people if I want. I'm even taking a red pen for signing. emoticon emoticon Tonight's low is supposed to be 40, then down to the 30s for the next several nights, so back to wearing my puffy coat on the commute.
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"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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12/22/19 12:19 A

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Good day! I was happy not to have to take cards to the post office today, since I got them done yesterday. And I wrapped all the gifts for Mary and BIL Brian except what I'm picking up tomorrow--2 for her, one for him. Also called Mary to coordinate what to bring on Saturday for our get together, so I can buy tomorrow.
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Did 2 loads of laundry, got all the clothes put away same day too! That's a rare occurrence for me, so I'm feeling proud. Got a lovely nap in, and since I finished the wonderful new Jane Yellowrock novel this morning, I started Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone this afternoon.
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"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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12/20/19 10:42 P

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Positives and challenges today. Still no hire letter. I emailed Ian who checked with his HR person; they are working on it. Melody, a primary admin on the floor (who coached Ian about the justification process, and by whose desk I spend a few minutes many mornings looking out the window toward the mountain), said it should be done by next week. (Not what I was hoping for.) Ian gets it, that it's not all the way official until it's in writing, but it's out of his hands. Hard to keep waiting.

So glad call volume this morning was low, and I was able to finish preparing the last 9 holiday cards and letters to mail. There's a small post office in Chinatown near the restaurant New Star where I like to go on Fridays, so I dropped in there before picking up my food. A very nice lady who mailed a few bills or letters held the mail chute open for me to get all the cards with their colorful stickers out of the box I had transported them in to stay dry. So that felt great to get done! Just wrapping gifts for DS and BIL & work cards to sign and take on Monday.

Calls got heavier in the afternoon, including some harder ones. We were down 2 people and everyone else was leaving early. Ian asked if I'd be OK the last half hour on my own. I made sure to grab a last potty break before Jennifer left at 4:30. Then my last caller was a poor lady newly on Medicare who lost dental coverage when she switched from Medicaid, with issues who was starting to cry. I was able to make an emergency appointment for her at the one dental clinic that can see seniors who make between 56% and 138% of federal poverty level. She was *so* thankful. So while the afternoon had been stressful, it ended on a high note, and I made my 5:15 southbound bus despite the rain delays. The rain was lighter on the evening commute than it had been in the morning and walking to lunch.

Too tired to exercise or do much of anything tonight. I had a little popcorn and read in my Jane book. I'll make a dinner salad soon, and try to make it an early night. Happy Friday night and Saturday to all my SAssies!

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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12/20/19 12:06 A

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My energy continues to pick up as relief settles in. emoticon It didn't hurt that today was a breakfast potluck and social event for the 10th floor--and we got to participate! Calls were routed to the clinics until 10. We kicked in $5 each and Ian picked up 3 things from a dim sum cafe in Chinatown--potstickers, egg rolls and onion buns. I helped cut them into smaller pieces to let more people sample them. They were good! Karen (my other supervisor) had the same idea, went to the same place and brough something call shumai--sort of shrimp filled dumplings or little tarts? *Really* good! I overate, and was getting sleepy, so had some coffee, though I had already had my morning cup. I took a small slice of a pistachio bundt cake to have with lunch, and a red velvet birthday cake made it into the lunchroom before lunch, so I took a sliver of that too. The red velvet was *so* most and good that I cut another sliver to go with my lunchtime coffee!
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Good thing we had extra time after eating before phones went back on. I did a long workout in the gym after breakfast: 21 minutes on the recumbent bike, using a set hill program; I usually just manually increase a resistance every 30 seconds from 1-10, then back down in my usual 10 minutes during break. So for 31 minutes today, I "biked" over 6.5 miles!
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It was raining hard after work, and traffic was slow, but on the bus, I just journaled, then read my book, totally relaxed! I was damp, especially on my shins, even with an umbrella from the walk up the hill from the bus stop, but a small price to pay for not driving in that mess!
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My sister is so brilliant! I lost my revised address list from last year, so didn't have the new one for my aunt and uncle in Salem. Emailed and texted Mary to see if she had it, and she reminded me if I still had the evite to the previous year's Shafer Ladies, Wanda's address would be on it. Since I rarely clear out emails, the search for "evite" brought it right up with this year's invitation. That card may go out in tomorrow's mail after all!
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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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12/18/19 11:48 P

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My energy was up a little bit. Ian says I may get my hire letter tomorrow. I hope so; I think it will feel more real at that point. I remembered to place my last online order--just something for me & for DS and BIL that I'll take over on Saturday after Christmas when we have our celebration, but I do need to give the company time to ship it! Hope I didn't leave it too late.

Finished my holiday letter, printed a few copies, will try to get the first few cards and letters out, but still get to bed in good time. With the rain coming in, the temps are going up--I shouldn't need my puffy coat tomorrow that I wear when night get into the 30s, but I will need my umbrella. Take care, my friends!

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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12/17/19 10:44 P

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Ian showed me the justification he sent in for my step increase. He expects them to approve it. He says the start date should be 12/30. Now that he's informed all the people they made him interview that they weren't selected, and has announced to the unit I got the job, I can start telling everyone.

I had originally planned to take the 2 hour skills exam for an AS3, even though I didn't really want to work for DAJD--Dept of Adult and Juvenile Detention, for the experience and to get an idea of what training and study I might need to eventually promote up to a 3 (I'm currently an AS2). But I'm so exhausted by all the job stuff and offer issues, that I don't have the energy for it. I sent an email to the DAJD HR rep who invited me explaining I had just accepted an offer. Did the same to the supervisor at VS, and wished her well with the recruitment. Just did the same to the VS HR rep who emailed me at home only, not copying my work email like the supe did.

It doesn't feel real yet. I just know I'm ever so tired! I trust it will all be worth it, but it has been so stressful. I'm hoping to get to bed early tonight. I want to start working on getting cards out; just not sure if that will happen before the weekend or not. Wishing everyone a Wonderful Wednesday.

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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12/16/19 11:46 P

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So after finishing interviews today, Ian took me aside and offered me the internal position--at my current pay rate. I told him I would like to keep working in the unit (free activity room in the basement, walking distance from 2 favorite restaurants, satisfying work I'm good at), but had really hoped to get a raise, given rent increase in January. He said he'd go to bat for me and ask HR if they'll approve a step increase. Not sure how fast he'll get an answer; pretty soon I think, so he can move on to the next round of interviews for the other 2 (external) positions. I didn't hear from the other job like I was supposed to. I've left it up to them, and they are kind of snoozing on this. It doesn't feel real yet, since there is nothing official or in writing, but I really should have an official permanent position very soon now! (And not soon enough!)
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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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12/15/19 11:41 A

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I'm going to try to get away for errands early, since stores will be a bit crazy. I did a great Amy workout this morning. Chinese leftovers for breakfast next, and I'm already looking forward to my after-errand nap!
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I checked websites for store hours for Dollar Tree (8), Barnes & Noble (9) and Costco (10). Got away earlier than usual and hit Costco before they got too busy. Didn't find one gift I had hoped to get, but was able to pull right up to a gas pump--a very rare occurrence! Then to B&N to use a coupon for a future gift and get the new Jane Yellowrock novel--I just couldn't wait any longer on the library reservation to get to me! Not only found the funny gift I wanted at the Dollar Tree, but also found a single pair of the soft, fleece-like gloves I got last year. Score!

Then to Burien, first to Freddie's to get the anti-theft tag removed from the purse I bought yesterday. I discovered it this morning while transferring items from the old purse (with the broken strap) to the new one. My first thought was an indignant "They forgot to remove it yesterday!" Followed by "Oh wait. I checked out self-serve, which means nobody else touched it or saw it was there. Guess that's on me, then." I also picked up a replacement for the gift I couldn't find at Costco. Then Safeway and TJ's for my usual groceries. Once cold foods were put away, I got my nap. Sweet!

Since getting up, I've strained the veggie stock I had simmering while I slept. I'll chop the last of the red cabbage; the last head I bought was too big to fit in he container I use for that. I've organized family gifts still to wrap (for DS and BIL), and I've begun drafting my holiday letter. A productive, and not frantic day! Yeah!

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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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12/14/19 9:14 P

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Hey, I'm on the phone with a Geek Squad agent trying to fix my computer issues. I'm trying to recreate the typing problems. Well, it didn't happen while I was on the phone with him, and it isn't happening now, so that's great! Today for the third time recently I got the "blue screen of death" on my computer telling me there had been a memory dump. I wondered if I had filled all the memory, and started deleting files while waiting to get through to an agent. Turns out I have lots of memory space, so it wasn't that. The other weird problem, which he said might be related is that the last couple of days I would suddenly have all kinds of problems typing here on Spark or in emails, where the cursor would hop around and suddenly letters I was typing would jump into the middle of words in the same line of type, or the line above, or a block of words would get highlighted and replaced by whatever I was typing. Talk about frustrating!
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That's why I consider my yearly Geek Squad membership to be money well spent!
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Created enough space to exercise this morning. I had left wrapping supplies on the floor from my day off last Monday--that's the longest I've gone in months without a YouTube workout! It felt great to sweat with a pregnant Amy & her friend & "star pupil" Jacquelyn Zook who demonstrated the advanced/high impact version, while Amy did the modified/low impact moves. Then I went shopping & found a purse that will work for me, picked up one little gift for BIL and some groceries. Napped, then tackled the tech issues, and have had no problems typing now.
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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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12/14/19 12:36 A

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The phone interview went well. My interview prep helped. Ian hopes to have a decision on Monday after all the interviews finish. Didn't hear from Robbie until I got home--she sent an email after 5 saying I would get a "conditional offer from HR early Monday." I asked her what that is, but won't hear back before Monday.

As I was hustling to the bus stop after work, the shoulder strap on my purse broke, so I had to scoop it up and carry it in one arm while rolling my cart with the other. I don't relish shopping in the holiday crowds for a replacement. I wonder if I have a backpack that would serve for now. Although I might find a good sale somewhere. I have a couple more things to pick up for DS and BIL, then draft a letter, waiting for job news to add. But I can start getting cards ready to mail.

Also looking forward to cleaning, and creating workout! space again! Wishing a Sparkling Saturday to all!

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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12/13/19 12:37 A

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I don't think I mentioned in my book review that the titular female lead in Get a Life, Chloe Brown has fibromyalgia. I should mention too, that the tone bounces from laugh-out-loud silly to sweetly poignant to sexually explicit. Might not appeal to everyone, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

Spoke to Robbie with the VS job. She's trying to get approval to offer me more than a new person usually gets. She doesn't know yet if she can only offer what I'm making now. I did tell her I was hoping for even a small raise, and she doesn't want to offer less than I get now. And tomorrow at 8 I have my phone interview for the C2C internal position--the one I'm in basically. I was able to spend time prepping today. And I decided to schedule the AS3 skills exam, which will give me a good idea of what to study if I want to promote to that position in the future.

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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12/13/19 12:19 A

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Oops--I forgot to post this last night:

Poor Ian! He was hoping for 4-5 apps for interviews Friday in a room he reserved. But HR gave him 11, so he's doing phone interviews Fri & Mon. He scheduled me at 8 on Friday. I'll check in with the other supervisor tomorrow since she didn't contact me today. I got an email from the last app sent in to schedule a 2 hour test for an Administrative Specialist 3 with the Dept of Adult and Juvenile Detention. I think I'll let that one slide and focus on VS and C2C.

Ordered 2 gifts to ship direct. 4 to go, then just a few more local gifts, which are the only ones needing to be wrapped. Then holiday letter and cards.

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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Finished my 2 loads of laundry just in time to scarf down some breakfast and head over to my haircut. I called to say I was running a few minutes late. Since the salon is next door to a Fred Meyers, I checked to see if I could find the same kind of rolling tote bag I got there a few years ago, to replace the one I take to work every day, as the wheels are wearing out. They don't carry anything like that anymore, just suitcases for $160 to $200! Turns out most stores are carrying less stock with their remodels and expanded food offerings. She thought a couple of the bigger stores--including my usual one in Burien--might have more, but when I checked there this evening, it was the same as the other store.

After my hair cut and unsuccessful hunt (though I picked up a sister gift), I took a nap. While laundry was going earlier, I had wrapped a few small gifts to mail, and as soon as the dryers started, I dashed off to Office Depot and picked up small bubble mailers to send them. After the nap, I addressed the mailers and got them sealed up, then pulled things together to run errands to post office, grocery stores and library. So I got to the post office thinking I just might get home before dark, until I realized that while I had grocery bags and library books, I never got the mailing envelopes with the gifts into the car!

So back home, then back to the post office where the line was longer, since it was now after 4. But the lady at the counter was very nice, I got taken care of and I got home safely, right around the time I walk up the hill when I catch the early bus home. I sure am not a fan of driving in the dark though--the glare of headlights bothers me a lot, and night vision isn't good. There's a lot of mess to clean up, which I'll work on this week, along with my holiday letter. I'm hoping to be able to include good job news soon! I may end up getting cards addressed, but wait to seal up until I have a definite announcement to share. We'll see!
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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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Such a wonderful time! My emoticon sister did the driving. We had around 25 Shafer ladies, including 2 new daughters-in-law, and 2 temporary Shafer Ladies--a cousin of a cousin by marriage, and an exchange student from Germany. A couple of college-aged young ladies, one of whom I last saw at around 5 years old, and one still in high school. Oh and the youngest was the daughter (4-6) of one of the new daughters-in-law, so cousin Akasha became an instant grandmother, somewhat to her consternation. Aunt Wanda, the only surviving auntie, is doing pretty well. It was so nice to see everyone.

Then we drove ~ 45 minutes up the freeway to Centralia to an inexpensive hotel to check in, and on to the outlet mall. We both loaded up at Claire's on Xmas jewelry--buy 3 get 3 free--so we each got 6 things: 5 for ourselves and a gift for a friend. We didn't find all we hoped at the Kitchen Store, because of reduced stock due to going out of business--they are closing all their stores and just doing online and supplying to big box stores. But I got 25% of already good prices on a few things.

From our hotel, we walked to Subway (on the other side of the gas station next door) for salads for dinner. We took them back to our room and ate while playing games. I had asked at the front desk about any espresso stands in walking distance for the morning, and was told about Fiddler's Coffee, which was really close and opened at 6 am on Sunday (5 am M-F)! A big walk-in building with seating downstairs and upstairs, holiday music piped onto their covered patio as well as inside, decorated, and so welcoming! www.fiddlerscoffee.com/
They have a drive through in Chehalis, too. No food, but yes on baked goodies. Mary and I are already thinking we'll have to manage to come through midday some trip south to stop for drinks and treats in the afternoon!

This hotel does a much smaller breakfast than the hot one we get at Best Western (but for less money). We got checked out and back to the mall where some internet research turned up Bali bras (which I wanted to check out) at the Hanes outlet store. We got there at 10 am when they opened, Mary tried them, but they weren't right for her, but I got their no wire padded style (for smooth lines) in pretty colors on their buy 2 get 2 free sale. Now bras have gotten a *lot* more expensive than the last time I bought them, but half-price was nice!

We got back to Tacoma in time to drop off Mary's stuff and both drive to Lakewood for our play. We arrived early, so did some looking at Barnes and Noble, where Mary got something for granddaughter, and I got ideas for honorary niece and sister, too. We laughed over humor books, and had a good old time. We had lunch at Panda Express--nice, hot and filling after a light & mostly cold breakfast. I grabbed a latte at Starbucks, we walked a little, then went to our play: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Lakewood Playhouse.
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It was so funny and touching. And short, too, so I actually got home before dark, which was surprising and much appreciated! Dora was happy to see me, and I'm mostly unpacked already. Looking forward to relaxing tonight, then being busy with normal weekend chores and some holiday activities tomorrow, plus my postponed haircut! Have a Marvelous Monday, all you sensational Sparkers!

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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12/6/19 10:39 P

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Yeah, I was hoping I'd have good news to share with the relatives this weekend; but I'm still hoping I can report a new secure position in my holiday letter. As I mentioned in my status, I pulled out a few Xmas boxes from the balcony storage closet for my holiday clothes and jewelry for this weekend, and some music to listen to in the car. I just don't have the energy to do much decorating this year, which is a little sad, but I plan to make up for it next year. I did put 2 new ornaments, that I picked up at JoAnn's when I got the one to give at the exchange, in my bedroom window that looks out on the walkway, along with my sweet handmade one I got in the mail today! Of course I love the colors and the sparkles!
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I finished my second read through of Chronicles of the One by Nora Roberts, and will pass the trilogy on to Mary to read. So, so satisfying! I'm going to reread the last Jane Yellowrock book, that ended with all kinds of huge changes in her world, after the big war with the European Vampires (who wanted to take over the territory of her boss, the Master of the City of New Orleans, and basically the rest of continent), and hope some of the people ahead of me in the wait list for the just released book read fast and return their copy quickly! Then I'll start in on my Harry Potters.
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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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12/5/19 10:59 P

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I worked today, but am taking Friday and Monday off. Call volume was manageable, and able to tweak the last cover letter for the second application for my unit. I submitted the first application (internal only) on 11/30, well ahead of the 12/4 deadline, and got the second (external, for 2 positions) submitted today at 4:47, well ahead of the 12/11 deadline. I also heard from the Vital Statistics supervisor in response to my email about being off 2 days, that she won't know more until she returns on 12/11. (She went to Atlanta for Thanksgiving, still on vacation.) Ian says he wants to hold interviews next week, and is trying to line that up. He's pretty disappointed he's forced to jump through all these hoops, just like me and other candidates, when he hinted that he'd like to just offer it to me--but that's not the process. A lot of time and effort is wasted, and I may go elsewhere, because they took too long. But I'll also have to see what VS offers, and what (& when) I may get an offer on the C2C.

Lots to get done tomorrow, but as I often find, I'm just pretty wiped out tonight. May not do more than a little more Sparking, making and eating dinner, & reading before bed. Blessed Be and have a Fabulous Friday!

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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."

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12/4/19 10:57 P

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Today was better--more people on time, fewer calls, and less complicated, even though several were multiples. But callers were easy to work with, and I laughed with more than one. And several thanked me, which is always nice. I even got to try a trick one of the WIC supervisors showed me to schedule 2 different family appts at the same time (with dental it's always one at a time, and selecting the the same search data repeatedly, even with 3 or 4 on the same day) and it worked perfectly. I emailed Mara the good news, thanking her for showing me.

A good thing that happened yesterday that I forgot was that I had a really good internal interpreter. When we select 1 for Spanish, a county employee may pick up and help; if nobody answers, it switches over to the interpreter vendor we use for all sorts of different languages. I've been helped by this interpreter before, but never caught her name, and copied it from my display. Then I emailed my kudos after the call. The interpretation services manager thanked me for my feedback and copied the employee's supervisor. The supervisor thanked me and agreed she is very good, and finally the employee thanked me with a smiley face. I enjoy passing on compliments when people are very helpful.

The good thing about the rainy weather expected for the next number of days is that it brought the temps up, which I appreciate. But it's likely to be a wet drive to Shafer Ladies on Saturday, which I don't enjoy. I'll be praying for easy and safe driving!

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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12/4/19 1:44 A

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My Monday was horrible--busy with calls and short staffed (so common & frustrating!), and some really hard calls close together, like the woman with a heavy accent who didn't want an interpreter, whose kid kept screaming, and I'm trying to register a family for WIC, spelling out names and addresses letter-by-letter and number-by-number, and having to repeat and confirm over and over. I was stressed and exhausted by day's end.

I did manage to reach the supervisor for the VS job while she's on vacation in Atlanta. Since there's no clear policy regarding salary, she has to check with her manager. That was Monday. I haven't heard back. The other 2 jobs in my unit were posted; they close 12/11 and are open to external candidates. I may tweak the cover letter a little and submit that soon. I just want *somebody* to offer me a permanent position, hopefully with a raise--but that's still to be determined.

I FINALLY managed to place a calendar order to ship to Turkey at an APO address after at least an hour struggling last night. I had tried for half an hour on Sunday, but couldn't get a chat. I chatted 2 times with different people before it was all done last night--and why I never got around to posting but for team points.

Today was better, though the morning began with me the only person in the unit, until Ian arrived a few minutes before 8. Turns out there were big traffic issues with trains not running, and 3 people were late, though 2 called out anyway. But I had decided I would have a better day--and I did. Walked to Tat's Deli at lunch for my favorite turkey pastrami chopped salad at lunch.

Did a long cardio/ST HIIT workout with Amy and friend. It's late, and I want to read just a little more. Have a great Wednesday!

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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12/1/19 9:59 P

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Just finished chopping up the quarter ham I got from TJ's. Some is in the fridge to add to salads this week or to my frozen ravioli lunch I'm having for dinner--with loads of sauteed veggies, of course! The rest went in the sandwich bags I picked up at the dollar store today and into the freezer for whenever (like adding to soups or Chinese leftovers).
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In addition to groceries, I did a Target run for cat supplies, and picked up a Christmas themed welcome mat to replace the Happy Fall one I picked up there a couple of months ago. I love having enough money now that I can buy fun things that are useful but not not necessary. Speaking of which, I wanted the ziplock bags at the dollar store, and at least one gift bag and holiday tissue for my Shafer Ladies ornament. I ended up picking up lots of little sparklies for me and maybe others. At $1 each, I went a little wild!
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I checked the weather before running errands, to see how heavy a coat I would need, and saw the high was expected to be 42. But my car thermometer says it got up to 45 while I drove around. Tonight and tomorrow are expected have lows above 35, then low 40s at night for the next 3 days--so thankful for that, so I feel less like a emoticon waiting for the bus!

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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11/30/19 7:49 P

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Had a wonderful visit with Mary who braved the cold to drive up my way--thanks, sister! I was worried the roads might be icy, but she said they were OK. I had to pull out ice scrapers for the first time this season to be able to drive us to lunch. We went light with Taco Bell's chicken power bowl.

I had a couple of treats for her to take--a chocolate advent calendar from Trader Joe's for her, and a bag of TJ's turkey stuffing seasoned potato chips for her and DH. And we were both pleased that the velour hoodie I picked up in her color and size at Costco fit, since here store was out of them when she looked. And I managed to finish my repeat reading of Year One (first book in the Nora Roberts trilogy just finished) just this morning, so she can start that when it's convenient.

We played some games here, and talked a bunch, too. I've now misplaced 2 of my favorite games, so will see about replacing them--hope I can still find them!--since I'd rather have an extra when they turn back up, than go longer without being able to play them when I want. I swear, as *soon* as the job hunt is resolved, and I have a career position secured, I intend to step up the decluttering that ground to a halt midsummer when the applications and interview prep went into high gear.

After lunch I parked my car where it should get morning sun, which will hopefully melt the frost on the windows. Tomorrow is errand day. Some of the talk today was kind of emotional, so I'm kind of tired. Not sure I'll get much done this evening. Oh, but I did submit my application for the internal career position in my unit that posted Wednesday and closes this Wednesday. I may well be taking the Customer Service Specialist job with Vital Statistics, as sort of offered Wednesday morning, but I haven't heard a salary offer yet, so nothing is decided. I figured it would be good to keep options open until I have all the facts to make a decision.

What's really cool is we get to spend time together next weekend, too! It's our annual Shafer Ladies luncheon and ornament exchange with our maternal cousins and remaining auntie from that side of the family. Lucky for us it's in Washington this time, so less driving down to Longview. Road trips with Mary are always fun! Plus holiday and family time!
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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."

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

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I finished Nora last night--Wonderful! Big themes of good and evil, light and dark, magic, bigotry, freedom, love. Powerful, thrilling, inspiring. And now I'm starting the series again!
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Tried a 20 minute Jessica Smith "Pilates fusion" standing abs workout. OK, but I'm not a Pilates fan. I much prefer Amy's 10 and 12 minute standing abs, one without and one with weights. I like how she adds a little cardio, arms and legs to a core workout, and prefer less stiff muscle tension and more movement--plus more modifications and encouragement. So I did a quick 10-minute low impact cardio by Amy while my breakfast finished cooking. Taking a break now!
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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'm glad you gave yourself an easy and peaceful day, Cynthia, rather than pushing yourself with stressful traveling. Good for you for taking care of yourself!
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I'm really thankful Mary and I decided not to do a holiday dinner with the day focused on food. I got up near my usual alarm time--just a bit after 5 am today, since I went to bed at a good hour last night. Drank my morning emoticon and read in my Nora Roberts novel. Then I did a 35 minute cardio/ST workout by Amy. emoticon Had Chinese leftovers with extra veggies for a yummy breakfast. emoticon emoticon Took a nap emoticon , did little bits of cleaning and organizing, afternoon coffee and more reading. Did cat sitting in the daylight, which was good, as I'd never have found the trash and recycling bins in the dark--not by the stairs like before, but next to the garage. Took a walk after I returned, got to see the patch jobs on the sidewalks where they partly filled the 2 dozen+ holes around light poles & utility access points (not really sure what those were). By the time I got back, I was chilly! emoticon At least the temps were higher than first predicted: according to my car gauge, it had gotten up to 42 this afternoon. Expected low is 28 tonight, 26 tomorrow night, and possibility of snow on Sunday. emoticon I expect to finish Nora's Rise of Magicks tonight--I am thoroughly enjoying it! emoticon emoticon

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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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emoticon emoticon Amanda!! Oh I am so HAPPY for you!! emoticon

Hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving!

Mine was wonderful! My plans changed. I had planned going to NC to be with family. Anxiety set in last night. My good friend invited me to join her, her parents and aunt for the Thanksgiving meal which was around 1 o'clock. I decided to do just that. I'm glad I did, because it made for an enjoyable day. Not that being around my family isn't. Just some of the details on travel were too much. After spending a big part of the afternoon with my friend and her family, we went back to her house and watched a couple of Christmas movies. It's been a good day. Now I'm in my jammies and will soon be going to bed.

Just two more days until my trip to visit my best friend for a week.

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Got happy news this morning that I was one of the top 2 candidates for the CSS2 jobs at Vital Statistics. They are filling 2 spots as old timers (with 40 years) are finally retiring. I asked about salary, and was referred to the HR contact; the supervisor thought the contract specified 5%. But I learned from HR that the contract only addresses a promotion, when the salary range for the new position is higher than the current one. And I would actually be going from Grade 37 to Grade 36, so there's no requirement to be met, and I was referred back to the supervisor--who is flying to Atlanta, and will talk to me on Monday. The career opening in my current unit posted late today, open for one week only to internal candidates. So I'll work on the cover letter and resume (no supplemental questions) required.

I did some checking on buses, since I would want to take a bus up that steep hill to the VS job, especially in the cold and dark of winter, and found the 3 and 4 lines run every 7 minutes during commute time, so I could leave my house at the same time, and just not have quite as long in the morning to eat breakfast. I might end up catching the next bus home, but the commute would not change much. So nothing's decided, but I'm feeling pretty sure I'll have a new job by the end of the year.
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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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Today was much better with all 6 of us, though 2 were late (one planned an appt). I'm thinking some of my coworkers may be completely out of leave, since they miss so much. I mentioned today to Ian that it's really hard on those of us who show up to be that short so often.

I decided to get Chinese today, since New Star is closed on Wednesdays, and I didn't go last Friday. I got shrimp chow fun and baby bok choy in garlic sauce. Yum!

Cat duty went smoothly, and afterwards I drove over to Barnes and Noble's for the Nora Roberts new release at 40% with my membership. I started it over dinner and will read a little longer before bed.

Have a wonderful Wednesday my friends!

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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I haven't look for chair exercises. I know she has beginner ones, and some that are just 10 minutes long or so. Glad you've had nice interactions and helpful meetings, and hope you get some rest!

I'm so tired of running short staffed! 2 out today, which is 1/3 of the current crew. Hoping I get the first, fast tracked internal position Ian keeps telling me about, but then I can't wait for them to post and fill the other 2 positions, so we can get back up to 8, like we should be!

Excitement on the bus ride home, when we came to a stop after getting on the freeway. I wondered if it was bad traffic, but the driver told us it was a mechanical problem--yikes! He was talking to dispatch who was sending somebody, and he said he'd try starting back up after a while. Seems the problem sorted itself, and we were on our way again, after a 10-15 minute delay. So much better than waiting in the dark for a new bus!

As soon as I arrived at the apartment complex, I got in my car & drove to my Spark Friend's house to check on their cats. They look in on Dora when I'm away. It was easier this summer in the light! The porch light was on, but I bumbled a little looking for lights inside. I hope the neighbor who checks in the morning leaves the living room lamp and the light over the sink on, so I can find my way around tomorrow.

I'll be finishing Nora's #2 tonight, then picking up #3 on the first day of release tomorrow after cat duty. Have a Terrific Tuesday, everyone!

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Amanda~ you have sparked an interest in me of Amy's workouts. It's good to know there are modifications that can be made. Do you know if she has chair exercises? Fun Christmas socks are a favorite of mine. enjoy your cute footwear!

I'm so tired. My cat woke me up at 4 am...5:30...7...8. At 8:15 I couldn't get back so sleep so I gave up and just got out of bed. It ended up being a good thing, since I woke up in time for an online AA step study meeting. I really enjoyed the experience strength and hope that was shared.

Yesterday before my Celebrate Recovery step study I met with a friend from my CR small group. We went to Starbucks. My peppermint mocha was devine! Oh my just delicious! We had fun chatting.

This morning I called my brother. He got the package I delivered. He decided to open it on Christmas which is fine. I look forward to his excitement...at least I think he'll really like the gift.

Tonight is Celebrate Recovery. I am looking forward to it. I think I will nap so that I won't be so tired.

Have a great day!



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I actually posted another link to a workout by Amy, and after adding a comment on YouTube and reading some of the others, I decided to blog about how much I like her. (I tip my hat to you, Eva, for introducing me to her, and my sister echoes that in her comment on my blog.)
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After a workout & breakfast (my usual weekend one of Chinese leftovers), I ran errands, mainly grocery shopping. Though after Costco (for gas and food), I hit JoAnn's for my Shafer Lady ornament, and their holiday decorations were 60% off! I also got some cute holiday socks for me and gifts, including "Fleece Navidad" with a little sheep, and "Happy Llama Kkah." I got a card at TJ's with the latter greeting--I guess it's a thing. Then of course I hit my usuals of Safeway and Trader Joe's for the week's food--just 3 days at work, and makings for kitchen sink mashed potatoes--in addition to tri colored small potatoes, I got a purple yam to try!
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Library on the way home, and a nap. I'm thinking I may take advantage of the last day of my coffee website's current sale where you can get a free 1/2 # sample free when you buy $35 worth of coffee. That's a lot more savings ($7.99) than saving 20% of a $12.99 pound of coffee! So even though I'm not running out, I think I'll stock up, since they don't have this sale often.
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I'm suddenly feeling less stressed about the job situation. While I might possibly get an offer for the Vital Statistics CSS I just interviewed for, I'm very likely to get the first C2C position they post (and are trying to rush through), or one of the other 2 that will post a little later. I'm just feeling more confident that something permanent will come.
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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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emoticon A quick hello!.

Amanda~ What position did you interview for? I 'm glad Ian mentioned an opening that might be posting Monday. Good luck with that. Keep us posted.

Today I made it home after nearly a week of house and cat sitting. It was wonderful! I enjoyed the sweet kitties so much. I also enjoyed my time at my friend's home where I stayed. I always feel at peace when I stay there. I watched 3 Christmas movies while there.

I'm tired so I just dropped in to catch up on posts and say hello!
Good night!

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A good day. Did laundry, a new Amy workout, breakfast, nap, some cleaning, recovered kitchen OO, laundry put away!, another Amy workout, checked out websites for gifts, one was running a 50% off sale on $60 or more, so just bought gifts for others and me! And I've been rereading my Nora Roberts trilogy (more in reading thread) in preparation for book 3's release on Tuesday.

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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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As I mentioned in the Success thread, we *finally* had a full crew, and call volume wasn't heavy, so I caught up with a few things--reading emails, sorting papers on my desk, and deleting hundreds of sent and received emails (650 of the former, and 100 of the latter)! Very satisfying! My butt was sore today--the sides of my glute muscles, which was especially noticeable walking downstairs. I'm assuming it was from the steep 5 blocks up to and down from yesterday's interview. It was good to do yesterday in dry weather, but I would totally take the bus when wet and slippery, especially in the winter dark!

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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I think the interview went pretty well. They weren't very organized, and the questions weren't written down for the candidates, plus they were long and complex, with many pieces. I think I was confident and energetic, and gave many concrete examples of how much related experience I have, and many talents that can serve me well in the work. I think they are actually hiring 2 people, and want to make a decision quickly. They have a long-long-time employee leaving at the end of the year, and would like some overlap with a new person.

I also learned my unit is fast-tracking one of the positions they want to fill. When Ian told me, it was clear he had to be careful with his wording, since he can't promise it to me, but said I would be a very competitive candidate. He was hoping it would post tomorrow, but later said it looks like Monday. So I think it's likely I'll get something soon, but as always, nothing is certain.

As I rode the bus north 2 stops to catch my southbound bus home, I felt close to bursting into tears--from sheer ongoing stress, tiredness, uncertainty, and all the energy it took to appear excited & enthusiastic. By the time I got up my hill, I was absolutely exhausted. I had some turkey-stuffing seasoned potato chips from Trader Joe's (they are an amazing limited-time seasonal treat) while reading Nora's Year One. Just had my dinner salad, and want to go to bed soon and crash!

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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I have an interview tomorrow, and I just can't generate any real enthusiasm for it. I'll try to do well, but I haven't got much emotional investment--or energy--involved. It's going to be a chilly walk over to that building several blocks away, on the other side of the freeway. I'm wearing my fluffy winter coat tomorrow, with tonight's low forecast for 35.

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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Yes today was better. Only 1 out and fewer calls. I only had 2 WIC calls today; luckily the second with 2 new immigrant families to register came when Mara (from WIC) was in our area to help. Also both families only had one child each of WIC age (under 5), and moms weren't pregnant or breastfeeding, so easier appts to schedule & a single participant (plus caregiver) for each family. The caseworker who called was an old hand who spelled out the African names letter-by-letter and knew right which clinic was closest to both, and what documents would be needed at the first appointments.

I missed the early bus coming home, so it was full dark, but no rain (unlike the morning commute), but not nearly as tired. I hope to finish the last Soulwood novel before bed tonight, so better Spark faster!

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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How nice you can get extra kitty time and help your friend! emoticon Let me know when you take off for your trip. I hope your travels are uneventful and the visiting nurturing.
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What an exhausting day! I knew we'd be using Cascades--the new WIC application, but didn't realize they were overhauling Epic and giving the pages a new look over the weekend. For the first hour or more the insurance lookup was taking WAY too long, so had to look up by searching on a different website. Also, 3 people were out and a 4th started 2 hours late, so it was me and the lead, with Ian helping until 10. I don't remember if it was before or after lunch that I finally got 1 minute between one call and the next. Otherwise, they were back to back pretty much all day long.

Luckily Mara from WIC was able to help with Cascades; we only had to register, not schedule appts, though I looked people up to pass on the client ID numbers when I emailed the clinics. I think 1 out of 7 clinic calls was answered. I had to copy and paste client data into emails for the others. I only had to register one family--a new mom, 1 week old baby, 2 toddlers, just arrived from Russia, with the English-speaking friend slowly spelling every name (Z as in zebra, I as in ice cream, R as in rabbit . . .). And while most days I average 0-3 new insurance policies to enter, today I had 8 brand new plus 2 changes, where I have to put end dates on the old ones and then enter the new one.

I have around 20 patients to check for Infolinx records tomorrow; I was just able to jot names and DOB (date of birth) for all the callers. And one new registration had insurance come back with a DOB mismatch message. Turned out I heard March 2nd, but it was March 7. So it turns out the patient already had a record, though that registration had never been completed, and there were no appts attached. So I had to report the duplication. All in all a mess of a day--and a rainy commute both ways on top of it all!

I read when I got home, for quite a while. Then did a cardio sculpt workout with Amy. Now I'll make a salad for dinner and read some more! And pray we have more help & fewer calls tomorrow! emoticon

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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Amanda~ great work getting your cover letter done! Oh going live without good preparation from your company sounds beyond stressful. I hope things turn out okay.

I'm doing okay overall. Yesterday was Step study and it went really well. Afterwards, my sponsor and I went to Starbucks and then on to Dollar tree. Dollar Tree had some really nice Christmas items. Especially gift bags. I bought a couple of tins. I'm going to put a little bit of candy in each along with a gift card. I'm only giving out two gifts and my brother's because Money is beyond tight this year. I have more expenses for my car coming up. I'm so stressed about it, because I don't have money saved up.

This week I am going to my friend's house to feed and spend time with her cats while she is out of town. I'm looking forward to it. Her cats are so precious...a lot of fun and so sweet. I'll have quiet time, plus I'll be able to watch some Hallmark Christmas movies.

Thanksgiving is quickly coming. I will be going to NC to spend it with my family. I'm looking forward to it.

Hope everyone has a good day.

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I bit the bullet (now where does that phrase come from?) and powered through writing a cover letter. I've got the process down pretty well. I copy and paste from previous letters, from the job posting, and in this case, from Supplemental Question responses I had already written and put in a Word document in a file for this posting. Attached the cover letter and just submitted the application due tomorrow night.

I realized I might not have much time at work tomorrow, since we "go live" with the new WIC registration and scheduling system. I don't feel at all confident about being able to help callers. We trained and tested like 2 months ago, and then saw a demonstration at a meeting, without the hands on training we had been told we would get. Instead, we got a play version to practice in--which doesn't quite work like the real one, full of fake data and really open schedules. When I expressed my concerns, I was told Friday that we will start with just 5 clinics, not all 14, and someone from WIC will try to be available to help out. ONe of the biggest possible headaches is that our practice version timed out after 20 minutes of inactivity, requiring a code be sent to our email to log in again! Since WIC calls used to make up less than 25% of calls, that means a lot of timing out--unless the real version won't do that to us.

I should go make my dinner salad and prep a couple days of salad extras for lunch. I already prepped a new container of coffee for home--mixing a pound of flavored coffee (Salted Caramel for this batch) with a little less of ground espresso beans: heaven! emoticon emoticon

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."

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

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I had a lovely time catching up with Cheryl over lunch at Wally's. Got their shrimp and crab salad with a cup of Manhattan clam chowder (way less calories than the New England style), brought much of the salad home for dinner (with added veggies, of course!) I had planned to treat her, since she and partner Terri looked after Dora early this month. But it turns out they are spending Thanksgiving week with Cheryl's mom (who has had many health issues of late requiring hospital and rehab stays), so we will balance out.

I didn't get groceries as originally planned after lunch, but did run to Freddy's on the way home for a holiday gift and a 50 % off Xmas sweater--sparkly jam session with Santa & 2 reindeer--silly but cute! Also went by the library to return a few books, 2 due today & tomorrow, and pick up one I had requested. I think I'll stay up to finish my current book, since I can sleep in tomorrow!

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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I left work 1.25 hours early yesterday--I think it was a bad reaction to heavy perfume in the break room: nauseous & woozy, and hard to concentrate. I caught whiffs of lingering scent on my clothes on the bus home, even sitting on the floor playing with Dora. So I threw the clothes in the laundry basket & put on workout clothes, though I was too tired to exercise! Had soup, and was in bed well before 8, sleeping 9 hours, when my usual is ~ 7!
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Felt much better today. Submitted an application for a career position with the Dept of Community and Health Services. I applied for an 18-month TLT with them a few weeks ago, then this posted 11/13, only open to county employees. I don't know if it's instead of or in addition to the other one. It's for the same job title & pay range as what I have, and in the same building, just different department and floor. I also got an email from the District Court, thanking me for getting my references in, and telling me I'm in active status for future vacancies, but that "At the moment, we do not have any more vacancies." That sounds like they already hired one or more people. Either they were for locations I wasn't interested in, or I wasn't their top pick for the locations I wanted. Sigh.
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But more than one person has told me that either 2 or 3 career positions in my unit will be posted soon, so I'll be watching, and will jump on that as soon as they come open. Have plans to meet my cat sitter at Wally's for lunch tomorrow. I'm treating as payment for watching Dora more than once; it will be fun to catch up, since I haven't been to pickleball, and she's been out of town a lot looking after her mom in Northern California, who finally took a turn for the better--yay!
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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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11/14/19 10:33 P

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emoticon but too tired to post. Going to bed--at ~ 7:30!!

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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As I mentioned in my status, we have 6 people yesterday, since you have to work the day before and after a holiday to get your holiday pay. But then today, 3 called out, so it stayed busy all day, and breaks were a challenge. It wasn't too chilly when I walked down to Tat's, and no rain (yesterday and tomorrow yes). Carrie wasn't there, but another nice lady was; I'll want to learn her name too. Did a short low-impact HIIT with Amy after work--I am so glad you introduced me to her videos, Eva! I've also gotten back to using my Headspace membership for meditating the last couple days. I enjoy it. OK, kids, that's it from me. I'm going to read a little, then go to bed. Everyone have a great Thursday!

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 discovered when I got to work that I left several things behind--the exercise towel I drape around my neck to dry sweat while biking, the placemat (actually a small hand towel) and napkin, all of which I took home and washed, as well as the jar of coffee I mixed up yesterday! I decided to try the "coffee club" coffee, made on a machine in the break room, but it wasn't very good. If I forget again, I'll take the time and spend the money to run to the coffee shop in the lobby!
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To be sure I remembered, I sent myself an email at home on what I need to bring. The linens are by the rolling bag, and the jar of coffee is waiting on the kitchen counter where I put my lunch together, although I'm going out tomorrow to Tat's for their chopped salad, since it's not supposed to rain tomorrow for the trek down to the deli. I hope Carrie will be there tomorrow to take my order; I just asked her name last time & she tested herself to see if she could remember what I get on my salad. She has a pretty good memory, since I only go every 2 weeks or so.
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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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11/11/19 9:33 P

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I had done 2 loads of clothes on Saturday, and today did 1 load of linens that barely got dry, as I kept pulling out a few lighter weight items to fold, leaving fewer to soak up the heat. Did another of Amy's cardio HIIT workouts, this for lower body with no weights. They always make me sweat! Had a nice big late breakfast of leftover Shanghai Vermicelli (curried w/ shrimp, egg, and chicken) and Szechuan Style Prawns (spicy w/ veggies) plus red peppers, kale, garlic, shredded carrots, mushrooms, green onion, spinach. Yum!
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Napped, hennaed my hair. Dishes and kitchen cleaning, recovered a small OO. emoticon Started in sorting a big honking box of mail. {*Sigh*} I wish I did a better job of keeping up. At least all my bills are paid automatically. I'm sure getting lots of Medicare mail, since I turn 65 in March. I'm also totally enjoying the most recent Jane Yellowrock novel--I had forgotten a lot of details. Back to work tomorrow, but only for 4 days!
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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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11/10/19 10:36 P

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We had a wonderful lunch--once I helped Mary find the place! She had gotten a bit lost, but I was luckily sitting where I could see the street sign for the numbered cross street on the main drag. Excellent food, and she's eager to come again with me, and wants to introduce DH to it also. We talked books and made plans for Shafer Ladies in early December.
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After lunch, I just toodled down Marine View Drive in Des Moines, which turns into 1st Ave in Burien, where both my Safeway and Trader Joe's are situated, so picked up groceries, then dropped the book I got back from Mary (we traded library books last weekend) at my library and picked up a couple waiting titles, including the 14th Jane Yellowrock novel which I just began, which will bring me up-to-date for this year's #15, which I'm waiting to make it's way down the reservation list to me. (Just checked, and I'm now #26 on 14 copies, down from my starting point of #34).
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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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11/10/19 1:09 A

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Did 2 loads of laundry this morning, had planned to run to Costco before it got too busy, but realized I could skip this week. Fixed a big breakfast with Chinese leftovers from yesterday plus extra veggies. Scrubbed out the litter pan, the mat underneath, the walls and floor of the coat closet where the litter supplies are. I recently purchased a 2nd full sized pan, so the just cleaned one can air dry fully. That's a big job, kind of awkward on my knees at the closet and by the tub for scrubbing everything.

Took a nap & I've been reading. Figured finances from last weekend, and how much I owe my sister. We're meeting tomorrow to exchange library books. While we often hit fast food (Ivar's or Panda Express) in Federal Way in the middle, I suggested we go to Wally's Chowder House where I'll pay for both & knock some off what I owe her. Looked over the menu, but not sure what I'll get.

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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11/8/19 11:35 P

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Your trip sounds lovely as well, Cynthia! So happy you've enjoyed the family time, sponsor time, shopping and outing with friends! You deserve joy in your life!

I was feeling pretty tired around 7:30, and thought about heading to bed early, but then I perked up over my dinner salad, especially reading my Jane Yellowrock book, which is building up with crazy excitement toward the end. I've only read this one once, and can't remember how it turns out, so it's pretty thrilling! Not sure if I'll finish it tonight or tomorrow.

Calls were thankfully light, so had plenty of time to work on other things today, including the DAJD app. Also deleted bunches of emails, as described in the Success thread. And I learned a member of the team (who isn't on phones a lot, because she's working on different projects) has been offered an AS3 position for a lady who will be retiring. She doesn't begin until January, and will do some job shadowing in December. That means there will be another position in the unit to be filled--if I don't get something else soon!

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]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


 current weight: 153.6 
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