ostarella: (Tired)
So many things going on right now that leave me wishing I were elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.

Work is getting to be way too tense. Heard last night that the two guys I work with (one one night a week, the other on weekends) nearly came to blows the night before. The tension between the two has always been strong, but it seems it's getting much much worse. I think the overall discontent among most of the employees is growing, and it doesn't help. I'm soooo hoping I can find a different job very, very soon, as it appears that things in general are only going to get worse.

The weather is another problem. The drought has no end in sight, and the corn and soybean crops are taking a definite hit. My brother's been keeping track, and we've had way less than six inches of rain since mid-May (less than half the norm). Couple that with the unbearable heat throughout most of the summer - we had about ten days of cool temps (in the 70s) throughout July and August; the rest of the time it's been in the low to upper 90s (which we typically only hit a few days during mid-August).

And of course, fall is close at hand. The trees are losing their leaves already (combination of time of year and the damn heat/drought). But it only serves to remind me that winter is coming, and they're predicting heavier snowfall than usual (something to do with El Niño or El Niña). But I have so many things to get done before the snow comes - spent most of the day cutting down trees and shrubs (until the heat got to me), and I have a few more to do tomorrow. Then dig out the stumps and transplant lilac shoots so we have some privacy along that side of the yard. Still have a shed to tear down and rebuild, and then just general winterizing types things (like washing all these damn windows and getting plastic on them).

Sometimes I really wish I just had a small condo somewhere where the weather was a little more bland... and a means of paying for it all that didn't mean working for some dipshit.
ostarella: (Default)
Tonight when I go to work, before I do anything else, I'm going to tell the managers I want to go to a three-day workweek instead of four. I won't be able to spend quite as freely, but I won't actually be hurting either. But when I can barely stand to pick up the coffee pot because my shoulder and elbow spasm, enough's enough. That, and I'm just sick to death of the stupid management decisions being made.

That's change number one.

I'm going to rebuild a shed and get it heated over the summer so I can move all my writing stuff out there. I want need a place where I can actually use my Dragon without feeling self-conscious, plus where I can smoke when I need to step back for a moment. I'm tired of having to completely break my train of thought and stand out in the cold, wind, and rain just to consider things.

That's change number two.

And last, and perhaps the hardest, I'm going to be stepping back from *all* the writing forums and discussion groups I'm on. Not because I'm spending too much time on them, but because so much of it has become just reiterations of either the same basic questions (will someone steal my ideas?) or the same stupid debates (who can call themselves an author and who can't). Checking in on them does one of two things - bores the hell out of me or raises my blood pressure. Ditto the blogs I've been watching - I know where they are and who's writing them, so when I really need the information, I can look them up.

I say the last is the hardest because I really do think writers need to keep up with the industry - but at the same time, it almost seems like some sort of inbreeding. Writers discussing writing with writers - and so many things that are 'big news' for writers are of absolutely no importance to readers. In fact, sometimes I think writers are too concerned with other writers and that 'world', and start forgetting about the readers. Not to pick on self-publishing, but it's more obvious there. People getting all excited because they get interviewed on some big-shot self-publisher's blog - well, whoop-de-doo. How many readers care? Or how many readers care if you call yourself an author or a writer - or if other authors/writers do? They just want good books.

And lastly, I think I've been spending too much time (consciously or otherwise) with publication on my mind. I need to stop starting stories and trashing them because I don't think I can publish them, and just write. Write like I used to. Worry about the publication crap after it's done and it's just a commodity. I can compartmentalize the business end of things then, and start the next story, again without thinking about publication. Just tell the story.

So, I think with these three changes, I'm going to be a lot happier than I have been. And hopefully much more productive.
ostarella: (Default)
Just looked at my work schedule for the next three weeks - the last week I'm down to 3 days. Not real happy about it, even though I know it's because it's just a slow time at the store. Still, one would think, since I worked extra days without objection, that I wouldn't be one of those taking the cut. Not sure how many weeks that will happen, but... Just another reason to look for other work.

Got my W2 online this year and did just a quick calculation - getting back more than I expected, but of course, not as much as I'd want. LOL  But every little bit helps.

Going to get security lights for the back yard this week. Bad enough my truck radio was stolen last year (while it sat disabled for a couple months) but now my brother's discovered someone stole our old wheelbarrow. I mean, WTF? Who steals an old beat-up wheelbarrow? But just the fact it was stolen was enough. No more believing that our little town is 'safe'. And next spring I'm putting up a fence between the barn and the toolhouse, so they don't have such easy access to our yard. (Don't think my brother will object to that, under the circumstances. Although I know he wouldn't go for a six foot privacy fence around the whole yard. He's not into fortress thinking - yet. LOL)

Sooo... taking down the Christmas tree tonight. Kinda hate to, because it was so pretty this year. But all good things, y'know.

Am thinking I'll be doing more blogging on my writing blog this year. Maybe. It still doesn't excite me all the much, and I doubt I'll do more than maybe monthly, but what the hell. Give it a shot and see if anybody reads it.
ostarella: (Why me)
Last night we had 27.5 hours of work. 3 people. 8 hour day.

Yeah.

That didn't include the two pallets of pics (replacement product). So add another hour and a half.

I'll let you know when my brain and body meet up again...
ostarella: (Default)
So, my back injury which was supposed to be healed up in a week or so... hasn't. Oh, it's much better than it was, but I still have a sharp ache when I walk more than a few steps, and bending over, and going up stairs, and lifting (even light boxes). Have been living on Advil, which helps the first couple of hours, but then I can't take it again right away and by the time I can, the aches have taken over. Doesn't seem to bother on the left side, but the right is bad. I noticed that the moment I first stood up after falling, too, and mentioned it to the intake nurse. I'm thinking I didn't land square on my back, but more on the right side, which is the only logical reason for it. I'm thinking if it doesn't clear up in the next couple of days (making it the full '7-10 days'), I may give the doctor a call and see if there might be something else wrong. And if you know how I feel about doctors, you'll know how desperate I am to get rid of this constant ache!

In other news...

Have gotten a good start on the next chapter of Covenant. Have figured out some tie-ins with earlier parts of the story, and how to get the ball rolling for the next 'adventure'. Getting back to the canon parts of the story now, and I'm looking forward to giving them my take. :D

Also have figured out a few sticking points in my newest original story - like why the MC is acting the way she is. It was a heavy sticking point because if I couldn't plausibly explain her motivation, it just came across as stupid. And I hate stupid MCs - particularly of the female variety! But I've really got to get down to the writing now, as it's going to be a bit long and I really want to be able to enter it in a contest that's due the end of the month. But it's been percolating in my head long enough - I think it's going to write itself fairly quickly once I get started. But even if I miss this deadline, I'd rather have a good story and try other avenues for getting it published, than submit a crappy one and just waste the entry fee.

Also considering setting up a new writing blog. I feel a bit inadequate to do so - but then I do know quite a bit about writing and have some opinions that don't require one to be an expert - just observant. I just don't know if I want to add another commitment when I'm already having trouble keeping up with the current ones. :p
ostarella: (Goals)
Don't know what the hell got into me today but I have been going a mile a minute on everything!

First - 4 loads of laundry. No, don't ask how it got to be that large (other than I've been putting it off hoping for good weather on the days I have off - which hasn't really happened). Finally broke down and took it to the laundromat for the washing, then ran it all through 2 cycles of dryer before bringing it back and hanging it all up (wanted it semi-dry as there was a chance of rain/thunderstorms today).

Second - cleaned up as much of the broken tree branches as I safely could and ended up hauling a full pickup load out to the dump. I was so tempted to saw off some more, but didn't dare. Have to call that guy to come finish it up - brother keeps saying he'll take care of it but he keeps 'forgetting'. :(

Third - revised 3 chapters of Covenant to fit with the new information I got on the plane crash (mechanics of it). So will have those to repost when Chapter 73 is done - which, incidentally, should be ready for my betas by the weekend (if they still want to do it, that is - such busy people nowadays! ;) )

Fourth - got my application and resume sent off for a librarian position in a nearby town. Between the pay increase, less hours, and shorter distance, I figure I'll come out about even with what I net now, and it wouldn't be nearly the hassle and physically draining work. So keep your fingers crossed.

Also did a couple loads of dishes and actually put them away instead of just using them out the DW. Yeah, we definitely live a bit Bohemian around here...

And now, having brought in the laundry, folded it and put it away, I'm going to fix some supper, have a nice long shower, and maybe take a short nap before going to The Pit of Hell work.

I have a feeling I'm going to sleep all day tomorrow...
ostarella: (MostAngry)
Got up early this morning to take out the garbage - had done some deep cleaning over the weekend so had extra - damn garbage collectors came early! So I emailed the company, told them to get their fat asses over here either yet today or when they do tomorrow's run and pick it up. I did it nicely, of course, but firmly. We're supposed to have it out by 7:00 am, so I always put it out between 6:30 and 6:45. (I just hate seeing all this garbage stuck outside the day before!)

Hot and muggy again today. Temp's at 82, but feels like 92 because of the 91% humidity and 79 degree dew point. Was going to hang out laundry today but of course it would never dry, which means a trip to the laundromat. And then I have to work tonight on top of it. (Which is okay because it's air-conditioned and I work frozen foods, generally). But the drive up with no AC is going to be crap.

Plus, I'll probably get up there and find they've put me in dairy instead. Nobody likes to work dairy just because it's a little Peyton Place. Got one gal there who is such a racist! The only people she gets along with are the two black guys. Otherwise if she works with you more than a day, you're shit on her list. Add to that that she has all these so-called medical problems. She loves to 'feel faint' whenever she's supposed to do something she doesn't want to. Gawd. I get along with damn near everyone at work (minus the occasional set-to's that are normal when dealing with people - they flare up then disappear) but her? I just try to pretend she doesn't even exist. And the others in dairy - you never know who's going to be on the shit list that day. They keep shifting around - let's pick on this one today, tomorrow it's your turn. Bleah.

I hope this heat goes away soon. Everyone's getting bitchy...
ostarella: (MostAngry)
Got up early this morning to take out the garbage - had done some deep cleaning over the weekend so had extra - damn garbage collectors came early! So I emailed the company, told them to get their fat asses over here either yet today or when they do tomorrow's run and pick it up. I did it nicely, of course, but firmly. We're supposed to have it out by 7:00 am, so I always put it out between 6:30 and 6:45. (I just hate seeing all this garbage stuck outside the day before!)

Hot and muggy again today. Temp's at 82, but feels like 92 because of the 91% humidity and 79 degree dew point. Was going to hang out laundry today but of course it would never dry, which means a trip to the laundromat. And then I have to work tonight on top of it. (Which is okay because it's air-conditioned and I work frozen foods, generally). But the drive up with no AC is going to be crap.

Plus, I'll probably get up there and find they've put me in dairy instead. Nobody likes to work dairy just because it's a little Peyton Place. Got one gal there who is such a racist! The only people she gets along with are the two black guys. Otherwise if she works with you more than a day, you're shit on her list. Add to that that she has all these so-called medical problems. She loves to 'feel faint' whenever she's supposed to do something she doesn't want to. Gawd. I get along with damn near everyone at work (minus the occasional set-to's that are normal when dealing with people - they flare up then disappear) but her? I just try to pretend she doesn't even exist. And the others in dairy - you never know who's going to be on the shit list that day. They keep shifting around - let's pick on this one today, tomorrow it's your turn. Bleah.

I hope this heat goes away soon. Everyone's getting bitchy...
ostarella: (Tired)
Well, it's now -16°F - and that's warming up from overnight. With a wind chill of -20-30°. Schools opened two hours late all over the area - just too dangerous to put busloads of kids out there.

On the bright side, January is almost over. On the down side, we have February yet to contend with.

February, to me, is the straw-that-breaks-the-camel's-back month. It's like, why do we even have February? It's the shortest month, but by the time it rolls around, winter has gone from "this is an ordeal we will get through" to "why the fuck is it still winter?!". And knowing that March - and thus spring - is only a few weeks away doesn't help. Why do we have to suffer through four more weeks of monotony and cold and snow? What's Your purpose here, God? Pulling a little Job thing, are You?

One has to wonder, frankly, why areas like mine are even inhabited. I mean, why did ancient man migrate from the warm regions to this cold and crap? Were they nuts? Masochists? Figure they had to so they could use the fur from the animals they killed?

In other news...

My son has a new job! FINALLY! After six years in the same place, now managing it in all but title (and salary), he was called by another company and asked if he was interested in coming to work for them. Yeah - they recruited him. And not some little neighborhood shop, either - world-wide company. So... cool. :D He has to buy a car now, which is freaking him out a bit (and my son does tend to freak out at things like that) but I'm just so glad he's finally moving on. Hopefully, being around the people and customers he will be, he'll get back some of his dreams (which, unfortunately, have gotten a bit battered by the negativity of his previous job).

As to my job... sigh. I've noticed more and more that the managers are talking to me instead of the other guys in the department about what's going on, what they want to see get done, etc etc. So - dumping the responsibility on me but not giving me the authority to act on it. But then, most of the guys I work with don't like making the decisions anyway - they all call me "Boss Lady" (affectionately, thank God) - so it's not all that bad. Sometimes I just don't like me very much when I have to do things/say things in order to get everything done. Which was the main reason I didn't want any supervisory jobs any more - just wanted to be another 'flunky'. But whatever. Hope springs eternal that *next* winter I'll be laying on the beaches of the Gulf...
ostarella: (Tired)
Well, it's now -16°F - and that's warming up from overnight. With a wind chill of -20-30°. Schools opened two hours late all over the area - just too dangerous to put busloads of kids out there.

On the bright side, January is almost over. On the down side, we have February yet to contend with.

February, to me, is the straw-that-breaks-the-camel's-back month. It's like, why do we even have February? It's the shortest month, but by the time it rolls around, winter has gone from "this is an ordeal we will get through" to "why the fuck is it still winter?!". And knowing that March - and thus spring - is only a few weeks away doesn't help. Why do we have to suffer through four more weeks of monotony and cold and snow? What's Your purpose here, God? Pulling a little Job thing, are You?

One has to wonder, frankly, why areas like mine are even inhabited. I mean, why did ancient man migrate from the warm regions to this cold and crap? Were they nuts? Masochists? Figure they had to so they could use the fur from the animals they killed?

In other news...

My son has a new job! FINALLY! After six years in the same place, now managing it in all but title (and salary), he was called by another company and asked if he was interested in coming to work for them. Yeah - they recruited him. And not some little neighborhood shop, either - world-wide company. So... cool. :D He has to buy a car now, which is freaking him out a bit (and my son does tend to freak out at things like that) but I'm just so glad he's finally moving on. Hopefully, being around the people and customers he will be, he'll get back some of his dreams (which, unfortunately, have gotten a bit battered by the negativity of his previous job).

As to my job... sigh. I've noticed more and more that the managers are talking to me instead of the other guys in the department about what's going on, what they want to see get done, etc etc. So - dumping the responsibility on me but not giving me the authority to act on it. But then, most of the guys I work with don't like making the decisions anyway - they all call me "Boss Lady" (affectionately, thank God) - so it's not all that bad. Sometimes I just don't like me very much when I have to do things/say things in order to get everything done. Which was the main reason I didn't want any supervisory jobs any more - just wanted to be another 'flunky'. But whatever. Hope springs eternal that *next* winter I'll be laying on the beaches of the Gulf...

So okay...

Jan. 13th, 2011 05:30 pm
ostarella: (Default)
One step closer to retirement - age-wise, anyway. No longer able to say "I'm almost 56." Hit it dead on today.

Yawn.

My brother went down and got a cake - I shall, no doubt, have it completely devoured before the weekend. And feel suitably guilty and nauseous for having done so.

In other news, have a ton of stuff to get done today (my One Day Off). Have another chapter from JFM's last fanfic to beta - sorry it's taken so long :(  And one for Billy, as well - taken even longer. I am so remiss in these things lately. No excuses. Just haven't had my mind on writing. Too damn cold for that.

Saw an old friend of mine the other night at work - the jack of all trades who buys any mechanical junk he can get cheap and rebuilds it - just for the fun of it. He's going to keep an eye out for an old bus, RV, whatever. I just cannot see me going through another winter up here. If I have to ask for a transfer via work to the southern states next winter, I'll do it. I'm just so tired of being cold all the time.

Got Fang one of those laser toys the other day - she was scared of it at first. Not so Petey. He still chases the damn thing around the floor. Fang has gotten the hang of it as well now, so we (my brother and I) put them both through their paces at regular intervals.

So okay. That's it for now. Thought I better put something out here or people might think I'd fallen off the face of the earth. (Well, except for a couple forums where I continue to resist the PC mode... EG)

So okay...

Jan. 13th, 2011 05:30 pm
ostarella: (Default)
One step closer to retirement - age-wise, anyway. No longer able to say "I'm almost 56." Hit it dead on today.

Yawn.

My brother went down and got a cake - I shall, no doubt, have it completely devoured before the weekend. And feel suitably guilty and nauseous for having done so.

In other news, have a ton of stuff to get done today (my One Day Off). Have another chapter from JFM's last fanfic to beta - sorry it's taken so long :(  And one for Billy, as well - taken even longer. I am so remiss in these things lately. No excuses. Just haven't had my mind on writing. Too damn cold for that.

Saw an old friend of mine the other night at work - the jack of all trades who buys any mechanical junk he can get cheap and rebuilds it - just for the fun of it. He's going to keep an eye out for an old bus, RV, whatever. I just cannot see me going through another winter up here. If I have to ask for a transfer via work to the southern states next winter, I'll do it. I'm just so tired of being cold all the time.

Got Fang one of those laser toys the other day - she was scared of it at first. Not so Petey. He still chases the damn thing around the floor. Fang has gotten the hang of it as well now, so we (my brother and I) put them both through their paces at regular intervals.

So okay. That's it for now. Thought I better put something out here or people might think I'd fallen off the face of the earth. (Well, except for a couple forums where I continue to resist the PC mode... EG)
ostarella: (Goals)
Year ending the same as most years. Things I wanted to get done, undone. Things I expected not to happen, happened. Good intentions from 365 days ago still just that - intentions.

My biggest problem is that I think of all these things I must do/should do and then they get lost in the jumble of me little pea-brain. So I think I just need to develop the habit of writing things down WHERE I CAN FIND THEM EASILY. That's the big deal. I have notes scattered all over the house in cryptic shorthand - need to buy a little notebook that will fit in my back pocket with an equally accessible pen/pencil so as things occur to me I can jot them down. Then at the end of each day, I transfer these notes to the appropriate file/calendar so I see them when I need to.

I suppose trying to make up some sort of schedule would also help. But I don't know if it's age, habits, or just laziness that makes me not want to follow one. At least not a detailed one. Maybe just a general "This month I want to get this accomplished". Possibly then break it down to a weekly "I want to accomplish this" list.

Yeah. That could work.

Anyway... temps were in the upper 30s, low 40s the last couple days so a lot of snow melted away. Now waiting to see if the freezing rain/sleet hits this far north/west of the imaginary lines the weather people have drawn so I know if I'll get to work tonight. Yay - New Year's Eve in Walmart's Frozen Food Section!!!!
ostarella: (Goals)
Year ending the same as most years. Things I wanted to get done, undone. Things I expected not to happen, happened. Good intentions from 365 days ago still just that - intentions.

My biggest problem is that I think of all these things I must do/should do and then they get lost in the jumble of me little pea-brain. So I think I just need to develop the habit of writing things down WHERE I CAN FIND THEM EASILY. That's the big deal. I have notes scattered all over the house in cryptic shorthand - need to buy a little notebook that will fit in my back pocket with an equally accessible pen/pencil so as things occur to me I can jot them down. Then at the end of each day, I transfer these notes to the appropriate file/calendar so I see them when I need to.

I suppose trying to make up some sort of schedule would also help. But I don't know if it's age, habits, or just laziness that makes me not want to follow one. At least not a detailed one. Maybe just a general "This month I want to get this accomplished". Possibly then break it down to a weekly "I want to accomplish this" list.

Yeah. That could work.

Anyway... temps were in the upper 30s, low 40s the last couple days so a lot of snow melted away. Now waiting to see if the freezing rain/sleet hits this far north/west of the imaginary lines the weather people have drawn so I know if I'll get to work tonight. Yay - New Year's Eve in Walmart's Frozen Food Section!!!!
ostarella: (Arrgh)
We have ice. And wind. And cold. And I'm supposed to go to work tonight. Chances are not good that I will be. Which means I'll get written up for an 'unexcused absence' (I'm not supposed to have another one until Jan 16, according to 'the rules'). I don't like the idea, since I've never EVER gotten any kind of disciplinary action in all the 40 years I've been working - but if they think I'm going to chance going in the ditch (or worse) just so that doesn't happen, they've got another think coming. It also means I won't get holiday pay for Thanksgiving. So... I have until 8:30 to find out if the roads are upgraded enough to even try. But fuck it if I can't.

Have tentatively agreed to beta an original work from a writer on one of the forums I'm on. Paranormal thing, which will be different for me, but the writer's looking for grammar, phrasing, etc - the things I'm pretty good at. So we shall see.

I probably won't be around much for a while. Too many RL things going on, too many stress headaches and heart thingies, along with trying to get some serious writing of my own accomplished. Seems like a lot of my friends and sites are quiet now anyway. Living on the 'net just isn't doing it for me any more, frankly. Too many cranks, for one thing. I got so sick of one bigot that I deleted my entire profile and dropped out of that forum. I don't need to be associated with people like that, in any way, shape, or form. People have a right to be bigots - I just don't have to deal with them.

So anyway... going into hermit mode I guess. Deal with stuff on my LJs and sites and let the rest float with the current...
ostarella: (Arrgh)
We have ice. And wind. And cold. And I'm supposed to go to work tonight. Chances are not good that I will be. Which means I'll get written up for an 'unexcused absence' (I'm not supposed to have another one until Jan 16, according to 'the rules'). I don't like the idea, since I've never EVER gotten any kind of disciplinary action in all the 40 years I've been working - but if they think I'm going to chance going in the ditch (or worse) just so that doesn't happen, they've got another think coming. It also means I won't get holiday pay for Thanksgiving. So... I have until 8:30 to find out if the roads are upgraded enough to even try. But fuck it if I can't.

Have tentatively agreed to beta an original work from a writer on one of the forums I'm on. Paranormal thing, which will be different for me, but the writer's looking for grammar, phrasing, etc - the things I'm pretty good at. So we shall see.

I probably won't be around much for a while. Too many RL things going on, too many stress headaches and heart thingies, along with trying to get some serious writing of my own accomplished. Seems like a lot of my friends and sites are quiet now anyway. Living on the 'net just isn't doing it for me any more, frankly. Too many cranks, for one thing. I got so sick of one bigot that I deleted my entire profile and dropped out of that forum. I don't need to be associated with people like that, in any way, shape, or form. People have a right to be bigots - I just don't have to deal with them.

So anyway... going into hermit mode I guess. Deal with stuff on my LJs and sites and let the rest float with the current...
ostarella: (Default)
I suppose I could chalk this up to another wasted day - worked last night, work tonight, so didn't do a lot. But I did load up and haul out a truckload of brush and tree stumps; got the truck gassed up instead of waiting to do it on the way to work (when I typically run late :p); took on a 'giant' on one of the writing forums I'm on, found a published writer who volunteered to beta my book as it's being written (who doesn't know my fanfic work so will be completely neutral ;-) )... and actually got 4.5 solid hours of sleep in this morning. So not a completely wasted day.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day (mid- to upper-70s and sunny) and I don't have to work that night, so planning on clearing out a bunch of brush (why is there always brush to clear? Maybe because it starts out growing from the ground :p), cut down a bunch of shrubbery so I can do some temporary roof repairs on one of the outbuildings, put up a fence around the back door so the dogs don't have to be on leashes this winter, mow the lawn/leaves to put in the new post heap I started Monday... yeah. I'm going to sleep GOOD tomorrow night :D

And now I'm going to take a short nap before getting ready for another night of managers saying "Tonight will be a piece of cake" and the associates busting ass trying to get everything done...
ostarella: (Default)
I suppose I could chalk this up to another wasted day - worked last night, work tonight, so didn't do a lot. But I did load up and haul out a truckload of brush and tree stumps; got the truck gassed up instead of waiting to do it on the way to work (when I typically run late :p); took on a 'giant' on one of the writing forums I'm on, found a published writer who volunteered to beta my book as it's being written (who doesn't know my fanfic work so will be completely neutral ;-) )... and actually got 4.5 solid hours of sleep in this morning. So not a completely wasted day.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day (mid- to upper-70s and sunny) and I don't have to work that night, so planning on clearing out a bunch of brush (why is there always brush to clear? Maybe because it starts out growing from the ground :p), cut down a bunch of shrubbery so I can do some temporary roof repairs on one of the outbuildings, put up a fence around the back door so the dogs don't have to be on leashes this winter, mow the lawn/leaves to put in the new post heap I started Monday... yeah. I'm going to sleep GOOD tomorrow night :D

And now I'm going to take a short nap before getting ready for another night of managers saying "Tonight will be a piece of cake" and the associates busting ass trying to get everything done...
ostarella: (Default)
One more night of work - I traded days with one of the guys because he had a party to go to, so this will be the fourth in a row. Yuck! I am soooo glad I didn't put in for full time work - I like working no more than two days in a row! This guy mentioned that one of the gals I work with was looking for someone to trade with later in October - but that would mean working five days in a row - NO WAY! Okay, I admit it - I'm spoiled! LOL I think it would be different if the work day wasn't so long. 10-1/2 hours (commute, lunch, actual work) is just too much. I have way too much stuff to do at home and I'm too wiped out without a day or two break.

Anyway - slept too late yesterday to call the store in town, so that's on Monday's list To Do. As well as getting the application for the local grocery store. It's like planning on doing my grocery shopping after work - good intentions but by the time the work day is over, I just want to go home and sleep! But it only takes maybe half an hour to fill out the app and get to the library for a printout of my resume, so not like it's going to take days to get it accomplished.

My brother didn't come down this weekend - after looking at the road closings and detours (due to flooding) he decided it wasn't worth an extra hour (or more) driving time, esp since the weather was going to be crappy yet (so no chance of doing yard work). One town was under water Wednesday night (our WalMart had already trucked in almost $2000 worth of toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and other hygiene products to all the people sheltered at the high school) and the town was still closed this morning to everyone except actual residents. I am soooo glad I live on a high hill. I can't imagine living through that and trying to clean up and pick up the pieces afterward. I helped with cleanup years ago when Rochester got flooded (similar situation - 8" of rain in less than 24 hours) and oh man... it's just unbelievable.

Muffy's still hanging in there - some days I swear I'm going to check on her and find she's gone; other days she acts like she's still a pup. What a roller-coaster... (She just rolled off the couch - again - so had to give her some loving up, poor baby...)

Sooo - housecleaning this week, as my son is coming home Thursday for his 10 year class reunion. It's a big deal - first graduating class of the new high school, class of 2000, yada yada yada. Huge parade even. He's getting a rental car so he can stay at home and just drive up to the city for the festivities - I told him I was fine with that as long as he wasn't going to be drinking. Which he isn't. He doesn't drink much at all - an occasional glass of wine with a meal but that's about it. Which makes me happy overall. But it'll be good to see him again, even if I won't see that much of him until Sunday.

My brother won't be down next weekend either - other than bringing John down from the airport and then taking him back again on Sunday. He's got a photograph in an exhibition!!! He's been into large format photography for a couple years now, and his work is finally starting to pay off. I'm so proud of him. :D But he has to attend the exhibition for a while, of course, and then he and a couple photographer buddies are going to a couple other exhibitions (and this was planned before we knew when John was coming home) so he just can't come down.

Okay - about time to hit the rack before work - then tomorrow I've got a couple crits to get done (Sorry for the delay, Billy!) before I get started on the drudge house work... Busy week ahead!
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One more night of work - I traded days with one of the guys because he had a party to go to, so this will be the fourth in a row. Yuck! I am soooo glad I didn't put in for full time work - I like working no more than two days in a row! This guy mentioned that one of the gals I work with was looking for someone to trade with later in October - but that would mean working five days in a row - NO WAY! Okay, I admit it - I'm spoiled! LOL I think it would be different if the work day wasn't so long. 10-1/2 hours (commute, lunch, actual work) is just too much. I have way too much stuff to do at home and I'm too wiped out without a day or two break.

Anyway - slept too late yesterday to call the store in town, so that's on Monday's list To Do. As well as getting the application for the local grocery store. It's like planning on doing my grocery shopping after work - good intentions but by the time the work day is over, I just want to go home and sleep! But it only takes maybe half an hour to fill out the app and get to the library for a printout of my resume, so not like it's going to take days to get it accomplished.

My brother didn't come down this weekend - after looking at the road closings and detours (due to flooding) he decided it wasn't worth an extra hour (or more) driving time, esp since the weather was going to be crappy yet (so no chance of doing yard work). One town was under water Wednesday night (our WalMart had already trucked in almost $2000 worth of toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and other hygiene products to all the people sheltered at the high school) and the town was still closed this morning to everyone except actual residents. I am soooo glad I live on a high hill. I can't imagine living through that and trying to clean up and pick up the pieces afterward. I helped with cleanup years ago when Rochester got flooded (similar situation - 8" of rain in less than 24 hours) and oh man... it's just unbelievable.

Muffy's still hanging in there - some days I swear I'm going to check on her and find she's gone; other days she acts like she's still a pup. What a roller-coaster... (She just rolled off the couch - again - so had to give her some loving up, poor baby...)

Sooo - housecleaning this week, as my son is coming home Thursday for his 10 year class reunion. It's a big deal - first graduating class of the new high school, class of 2000, yada yada yada. Huge parade even. He's getting a rental car so he can stay at home and just drive up to the city for the festivities - I told him I was fine with that as long as he wasn't going to be drinking. Which he isn't. He doesn't drink much at all - an occasional glass of wine with a meal but that's about it. Which makes me happy overall. But it'll be good to see him again, even if I won't see that much of him until Sunday.

My brother won't be down next weekend either - other than bringing John down from the airport and then taking him back again on Sunday. He's got a photograph in an exhibition!!! He's been into large format photography for a couple years now, and his work is finally starting to pay off. I'm so proud of him. :D But he has to attend the exhibition for a while, of course, and then he and a couple photographer buddies are going to a couple other exhibitions (and this was planned before we knew when John was coming home) so he just can't come down.

Okay - about time to hit the rack before work - then tomorrow I've got a couple crits to get done (Sorry for the delay, Billy!) before I get started on the drudge house work... Busy week ahead!

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