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Archive for September, 2008

My plans for tonight

I’m sitting here, thinking I need to get ready for work and just not feeling it. I need to call the doctor as soon as their office opens and get an appointment. I’m feeling a little better today, but I’m still having the problem of going to the bathroom a lot throughout the day yesterday and already three times this morning. I would think there would be nothing left in there. But ya know, my body is a mystery.

When I get home from work tonight, I’m going to put my pj’s on immediately and then sit down on the couch with some popcorn and Dr. Pepper and watch last night’s episodes of Heroes. I tried to stay awake last night, but I failed miserably at about 9:30. Good thing I DVR it.

I’m considering getting rid of the DVR (to save more money), and then watch my shows on the internet. However, a few of my shows are not available on the internet, so then I’d totally miss them. So not worth it.

There’s an “After Hurricane Sale” somewhere in the Ville. Seriously. Who woulda thunk it?

We are having record warm weather for last September. We hit 88 degrees yesterday. Hello! It’s supposed to be fall now!!!! The temps are going to drop a little bit by the weekend, but damn! I’m looking for 70’s in the day – not 80’s!!!

There are less than 4,000 people still without power in the area. I feel bad for them. I could not imagine going this long without power. I’d lose my mind.

Some guy was busted for trying to steal the bleachers from a little league field today. Bleachers. Metal, uncomfortable bleachers. WOW. I don’t even know what to think about that. LOL

Off to finish getting ready for work and prepare myself mentally for the day ahead. I do need to say though, I work harder at this job than I EVER did at my job in Vegas. I am in awe of the Manager Lady and Trainer. They did these jobs by themselves for 2-3 years. Not only did they have the job duties my co-worker and I have, but they had all their own duties added on top of that. I don’t know how they did it.

Until next time…

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Let’s take a look inside…

For the last few weeks, I’ve been asking myself three or four questions about my situation.

  • Am I doing everything I can to save money?
  • Am I doing everything I can to make extra money?
  • What am I doing wrong/right in this situation?

I’ve shut off my home phone, I’ve cut off Showtime and all premium channels on cable.  I’ve cut down on my driving, shopping for things that are not groceries or necessity.   I’m looking into moving into a one bedroom apartment that will save me money.

I’ve signed up as an Avon rep, trying to supplement my income there.  It hasn’t been as fruitful as I had hoped, but then again, I haven’t been trying hard.  I’m planning on working on this by going to one of the sales meetings next week to take notes and learn how to be a better sales person.  I’ve applied at several retail locations to get a part time job.   I’ve gone on one interview and they are going with a different candidate.  One place told me I was over qualified to work there part time.

Over the weekend, I’ve signed up with a temp service looking for part time clerical work.  I got an email from them saying they would look over my resume and get back to me in a few days.  I’ll follow up if I don’t hear anything by Wednesday. I’ve scoured online sources for part time work.  I’ve applied, I’ve sent my resume in.

This leads me to try to answer the last question.  I think I’m doing a lot of things right.  I’m applying, I’m putting myself out there.  I’m keeping my options open in the saving money and making money departments.

I think where I’ve gone wrong is my attitude.  I’ve had a horrible attitude about this second job thing.  I don’t want one.  I do not want to work all the time.  I’m afraid of how it will affect my health (physical and emotional).   I feel obligated to find a 2nd job.

Anyone who knows me, will be able to tell you that if I feel obligated, it’s almost a guarantee that I will kick and scream and throw a fucking fit.

Is my debt my responsibility?  Aboslutely.  And I know this.  No lecture from anyone will change my mind about the obligation part.  I know what I need to do, I do not have to like it.  Nothing anyone tells me will make me like this situation I’m in.   Nor will it change my feelings about being obligated.

And now, I’m going to go finish watching Heroes because I give myself heartburn when I over think my situation, which I’m doing right now with this post.

Until next time…

Victim of discrimination?

Last week, I had my job interview with Dillard’s.  At the time, the lady “politely” told me to cover my tattoos if I were to come back for a 2nd interview.   She didn’t actually come out and say it, but she let me know that if I come back for a 2nd interview, I should wear a business suit “with long sleeves” as she stared at my tattoos.

I didn’t think anything of it because I’m so used to them, I had forgotten I did not wear a suit jacket.  I was told today they are going with a different candidate.  Seriously?  I am willing to work weekends, evenings and in whatever section you want to put me.  I’m eager to learn, while not being over eager.  I’m knowledgeable about the difference between a sales associate and a clerk.

I called to follow up, because I had not heard from them and was told they are seeking another candidate for the sales associate position.  Huh.  Well alright then, their loss.  I can think of nothing else that was done or said in that interview on why they would not hire me.

I had an exhausting day.  I was supposed to go to a viewing for a GA member who passed away today and I just can’t do it.  I came home and was in my pj’s right away.  I’m currently getting ready to lay on the couch and not move the rest of the evening.  I’m hoping I can stay awake for the Heroes premiere.  If not, it’s being recorded so I won’t miss anything.  I just might miss it tonight.

YAY!!!!!  Heroes is back tonight!

Until next time…

Memories of my once in a lifetime visit to Yankee Stadium

I’ve been watching coverage on ESPN about the last game in Yankee Stadium. I’ve gotten chills and I’ve been brought to tears a few times as they’ve gone through the historical years there at the Cathedral of Baseball. I’m so incredibly happy and grateful I was able to make it there for three games back in 2004.

It was like a religious experience for me as I left the subway train and descended the stairs from the platform. I looked up and there it was. It was beautiful and majestic. It was a pile of concrete and as I stood there staring at it, I had goose bumps and I was close to tears. I was at Yankee Stadium! I was at the House that Ruth Built! OH MY GOD!!!!

I was in heaven! The first game I attended, I was sitting on the first base side, about 25-30 rows back. It was incredible! I was in awe the entire time I was there.

The second game, my seat was kind of sucky, but in Yankee Stadium, was there EVER a bad seat? I think not. I was out in left field behind the foul pole. I still felt like I was in heaven.

The third and final game I was able to go too had me up in the upper deck, directly behind home plate. While it was nosebleed, it provided me with a fantastic view of the Bronx and the rest of the stadium. Heaven.

My first day on my own there in the City, I was excited and breathless thinking about going on the subway for the first time ever AND going to Yankee Stadium. I ended up getting onto the wrong train and ended up in Spanish Harlem. YIKES! I could see the stadium from where I was. I could also feel the panic start engulfing me and taking my breath away.

Here I was, a white girl, alone, decked out in her Yankees hat, Yankees jersey and I was alone in Spanish Harlem.

I quickly scanned the map of the subway system, trying to figure out how to get back to where I needed to be. Someone who worked there, stopped to see if he could help me. He probably saw the panic in my eyes as I turned to look at him. I told him I got on the wrong train to the Stadium and he directed me back to it.

I got back on the train and sat there, not looking up until the train started moving in the direction I needed to go. I was so scared, I laugh at it now. Back then, it was traumatic! I couldn’t believe I got on the wrong train!

Needless to say, it made me late to the Stadium and I didn’t get to see batting practice at all. I love going to the stadiums early so I can watch batting practice.

What wonderful memories I took with me from that stadium. What wonderful memories I will be able to keep close to my heart and whenever I’m feeling nostalgic, I just go look at all the pictures I took. I took two cameras with me that trip. I took a regular 35mm camera – giving me hard copies of a lot of my pictures from that trip and I took my small digital camera, giving me virtual memories from my trip.

I hope that at some point in the future, I will be able to go to the New Yankee Stadium and feel the same magic. I doubt it though. It’s not the House that Ruth Built anymore. It’s not the storied and historical Yankee Stadium.

Dear Yankee Stadium,

Thank you for giving me memories that will last a lifetime. I only got to visit you three times in my life, but what a magical and majestic time I had all three visits. Thank you and rest in peace, my friend.

Sincerely,

Sodapop.

Until next time…

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Sippin’ whiskey out the bottle, not thinking bout tomorrow

I absolutely ADORE that song by Kid Rock. I’ve never a big Kid Rock fan. Ever. But this song? Oh man, I absolutely love it! I crank the volume whenever I hear it. When I see the video on VH1 (on those rare moments they actually play the videos), I stop what I’m doing and stare at the TV, singing a long. Love.

I woke up this morning feeling like I got hit by a Mack truck. I am sneezing a lot, my eyes are itchy and I’m congested. I’m also still having the problem I’ve had off and on for 2 weeks now. I’ll be calling the doctor tomorrow as soon as we are done with payroll. I do not want to still be sick on my birthday. Even though I don’t have big plans the day of my birthday, Miss Monique is coming down to spend the night because on Saturday, she is taking me to the IU/MSU football game in Bloomington.

I’ve been in this “save money” mode for awhile and I’ve been trying to think outside the box to find ways to save money and what not. I found some online auto insurance quotes. However, it seems being with State Farm since I was 21 helps me with the price of my insurance, so I won’t be changing that anytime soon.

I have a viewing to go to after work tomorrow. Kathy G was the only lady here in Louisville who had more than 10 years of recovery in GA. She had 17 years. She passed away Friday morning here in the Ville. The viewing is tomorrow and the funeral is Tuesday. Since the funeral is in the middle of the day, I won’t be able to attend that, so I’m going to the viewing to show my support for her family.
She was such a nice lady.

When I went to my first meeting here in the Ville, back in November of last year, she was at that meeting. She brought in goodies and handed them out. She didn’t know me, but she gave me some goodies anyway. She reminded me of this lady Sharon P back in Vegas, who had basically done the same thing for me. Kathy G, rest in peace and know that you are loved by many, and will be missed by all. You inspired so many people here in Louisville and in the GA program.

Until next time…

Smoky Mountain rain

I have this song stuck in my head. It’s by Ronnie Milsap and it’s called Smoky Mountain Rain. It’s sad and beautiful and I’ve loved this song for YEARS.

“Smoky Mountain rain keeps on falling. I keep on calling her name. Smoky Mountain rain I’ll keep on searching, can’t go on hurtin’ this way.”

A little depressing come to think of it, but I woke up to a nice rain shower and I started hearing that song in my head. I just wanted to share that with ya’ll.

I don’t have a lot of plans this weekend, other than to keep de-cluttering and going through all my stuff. It’s so cloudy, it’s DARK in my apartment. I have the blinds open for a little light, but it’s almost like I don’t have them open. I really need to turn a light on, but I’m just not feeling it at the moment.

I slept pretty decently last night. I went to bed at midnight and woke up at 8am with the rain pounding the building. It was a heavy rain, but not a down pour, if that makes sense. It was beautiful.

I’m hoping it doesn’t hinder the electric company from working on everyone’s electricity issues on the south end of the area. At the 11 o’clock news last night, about 80,000 people were still without power. Could you imagine? I could not imagine having to replace everything in my freezer and refridgerator. Ugh. That would just suck ass.

I’m a little irritated at someone here in GA. I was supposed to get paid for the last bit of spreadsheet last night at a meeting. First, the meeting place had no power, so the meeting was canceled and then I found out the person went outta town yesterday, so even had the meeting been going on, they would not have been there.

I need that gas money, damnit! It’s OK though, I’ll catch them eventually. I know where they live, after all.

I’m going to go lay on the couch and watch some TV. I might fall asleep. And I’m totally OK with that.

Until next time…

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I love talking about my girl, Josie!

I was recently cruising the internet and I found a social network for pets! How cool is that? I signed up immediately and found that with each sign up, they donate pet food to shelters as well.

They have a FAQ area where you can ask questions about your pets behavior, illness, etc. It’s very informative for people who don’t know a lot about the way their pet behaves.

Zootoo is a great place for pet owners to meet other pet owners in their area or across the country. Their tag line is “bringing pet lovers together to help pets and each other.” How fun is that?

There is a spot on this for journaling, classifieds if you are selling or buying something pet related. Zootoo has groups for different pet owners and of course, I will be joining the dog group!

I’m going to go download a few pictures of Miss Josie for this social network of hers.

Until next time…

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Steroids shrink your gonads

I was going out onto the balcony earlier to put up the metal pen I have to keep Josie from falling to the ground and there were these two HUGE mosquitos on my screen door. They were at least half an inch long and their wing span was more than half an inch. I freaked the fuck out. OH MY GOD!!!!!

I believe the mosquitos here in Kentucky are on fucking steroids and it scares me. Needless to say, I got the Raid spray and killed them. Yes, I did.

I’m not feeling well again and it’s beginning to irritate the crap out of me (almost literally). I need to call the doctor and get in there to find out what’s going on.

Work went by super fast today. I was really busy with the cost analysis from the Gustav evacuees thing and then the cost analysis for the wind storm we had. We still have three fire houses that have no power – so our overtime is going through the roof with people staying for security purposes.

And since Monday is “payroll” Monday, I started working on the 40 hour payroll (bureaus) so that when Monday rolls around, I’ll just have one district and one other bureau to do.

Both churches that house GA meetings were closed today due to the power outage, so I didn’t even get my GA meeting. I can’t wait til Monday, so I’m going to try the one tomorrow morning if I wake up in time. If I don’t wake up in time, I’ll try the one Sunday afternoon.

I had maintenance in here today to change the filter on my furnace/air conditioning unit and then had them look at that ventilation tube that was busted. Ummm, he did not fix it or remove it, just left me a note that said it’s an old dryer vent. Ummm, what does that mean? It’s old. OK. Does that mean it’s not being used? Does that mean I can’t use my dryer? OY! I emailed the office and asked for clarification.

My plans for this weekend include laundry (if I can use the dryer) and Part 2 of my de-clutter project.

Until next time…

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Strange smell and sound

A strange smell (noticed that first) and a strange sound met me as I opened my apartment door this evening.  I sniffed around and didn’t really notice where the smell was coming from.  And then I heard the noise.  My furnace area was making a strange humming sound, so I walked closer to the closet and DAMN!  the smell almost over powered me.

I walked Josie to the office and let them know about the sound and smell.  They will be in tomorrow to look at it and told me to turn it off in the meantime. I opened all the windows and have the fans going, hoping to get rid of the smell soon.  It’s not a gas smell, so I have no clue what it is.

I was looking at the website for a drug treatment centerSunset Malibu has a lot to offer those in need of some rehab time or recovery.   I found their website a long time ago, because I like to read about how people get recovery from all addictions.  I revisit the website sometimes, just to remind myself of where I could have been had I not chosen gambling as my drug of choice.

We finally got power at work.  FULL power!!!  No more noise from the generator outside my work window.  No more noisy traffic stuff outside my window!  Nice, quiet, cool air to work in!  Oh, and of course the first thing I did was turn on my iPod and shuffle it.  It was awesome listening to music all day long.

I have another post brewing in my head, but it’s going to be password protected and will take me some time to write it.  It will be the same password.

Until next time…