Sunday, November 30, 2008

This is me with my Mom.This was her last Christmas. She passed away Jan. 9th,2007. One week before her 88th birthday.
This is Paris.

Oh yes, winter is checking in..Thank goodness I got my new tires. Now at least I will be able to get out of my underground parking
We have a winter snow advisory. Starting around noon, the snow should start and end sometime Monday morning. They are saying 6 to 10 inches...ugh.Not looking forward to it. But I'm definitely feeling safer with having the new tires..

Our Thanksgiving was very nice. I always use a turkey bag for cooking. Put it in the
bag and forget about it until it is time to take it out. The bag method keeps it very moist. It was really delicious. We of course had all of the trimmings to go with it.
And not many
Two of my grandsons were over for a couple of days. Paris is 11. He helped me decorate the tree. JJ is 14 and he does all of the heavy lifting for me. And running up and down the stairs to get things out of storage..What a great help they are.

I did the black Friday shopping..Not the usual 4 or 5 in the morning though. There isn't anything priced low enough to get me to stand in line in the cold for hours and then try to get to the sale items with hundreds of people pushing through the doors to get the same things..
There were a few items that I wanted to get from Shopko. They were going to open at 5am. I decided that I would get there at 6-6:30. If the items were sold out,,oh well..When I got there, there weren't that many people there. No long lines to deal with. I found all of the items that I wanted. Plus I got several other things at a good savings. I think I pretty much have the grandkids done. Now just to get a few more things and that's the ball game.
I have my cards ready to be sent out. The only thing I really have to concentrate on is my cookie dough. I'm going to start making batches and freezing them. Then as it gets closer to Christmas, I will start baking. Can't start that too early, we'll eat them

I will be starting my new position as account manager this coming week. I'm a bit nervous about that. I have spent so many years just cleaning and not having to do the personal interaction with the building managers. Now that will be my main job. It's a little intimidating. Plus I will have to let the cleaners know if they need to do a better job. And God forbid the day that I would have to fire

I'm going to try to get some of my photos posted here. Right now, most of them are older. But I will start with them. I was so frigging frustrated last week. I had taken my memory card to Walgreens and the machine wasn't working right. So, I wasn't able to get anything printed or on a disc. I will try to get that done so that I can post more up to date photos..

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wishing everyone a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 24, 2008

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Tonight was the first night I didn't have to go to the extra job. And I have to say, it felt really really good. I think I was home by 8:30. I will not miss those late nights. Especially with the cold and snow. We had our first measurable snow last night. Just a few inches, but with my tires, even a few inches matters.
I spent the day today trying to find a place that not only had tires at a reasonable price, but could also get them on today. Well, that didn't work out, so tomorrow that will be on my agenda. I certainly know that waiting until the first snowfall didn't help. I just needed to wait until I had the money. Oh well, I'm sure I'll manage to get it done before we get hit again..

I wanted to add a graphic of some sort to my entry, so I go to picasa. Get it downloaded, go back to my post, hit the add image button......nothing. It won't do anything. So now I don't know how to get any pictures on here...ugh.
I am going to try again after I am done with this. I hope to start having enough free time so that I can figure some of this out. I also have some things on photobucket. But I still haven't figured out how to get them to my journal..It can be such a pain. I know it just takes time but gosh it is frustrating.

On a more happy note. I had my grandson Cameron over this week-end. He is five and just a pistol..He came to me and said we needed to go to the store. I asked him why and he said we needed to get some I hadn't gone to the store before I picked him up. I usually do so that I already have treats when he gets here. We went to the store. got some treats.
We had a nice time together. He even sat with me in the chair and cuddled while I read him some stories. He ended up sleeping in my bed. I have the spare bedroom, and he considers the bed his. lol..My computer is also in there. My son has his own computer but at the moment it isn't working, so he and my other grandson were in the spare room on the computer. I knew that Cameron would never go to sleep, so I put him in my room. Usually he is very hard to sleep with. He is all over the bed..hand in the face, elbow in the He must have been to tired to squirm around. I didn't wake up once during the night.

Guess that's about all of the excitement. So I will close for the night.
I hope everyone has a toasty night.

God Bless!

Friday, November 14, 2008

It's getting late, but I just wanted to make a quick entry before I go to sleep.

We are getting a new apartment manager. She lives here in my building. She asked me yesterday if I would be interested in cleaning the hallways in the three buildings. That would be 9 hallways each week. I said yes of course. Not hard work and extra money without having to leave my apartment complex...Yes, I can do that. lol..

I did accomplish a few things today. I went to the bank and got my grandsons savings bond. One more item checked off the Christmas list. I am so proud of how far along I am with my shopping. I want to be able to enjoy the Christmas Season, without having all of the last minute running around to do.
Next I will start making my cookie dough. I just can't remember which dough didn't freeze very well.

I was at Randys house today doing some paperwork and making out checks. I still can't believe what a mess that office is. Sometimes I feel like I am running in circles with it all. I can check his work checkbook online but not his personal one. He doesn't know what the password is to get into it. I told him when he went to the bank to make the deposit, he should ask them. At least then I can keep track of what is going on. I had one balance, and then he got an overdraft notice...ugh. He didn't tell me that there were at least two bills that are taken out automatically.
Anyway,,,we're at least getting some of it straightened out.

My grandaughter is coming over tomorrow after I am done with work. She is going to spend the night..She's 15 and I need to take advantage of time with her while she HAS the are going to make a pie. Oh shoot, I just remembered, I forgot to get the pie crust...oh well, one more trip to the store. I was just there tonight after work. thought I had gotten everything.
I think we might go out for dinner. I'm going to see what she wants to do. We will probably sit around and watch videos.

I think it's time to get some sleep..and give my back a rest.

I hope everyone has a relaxing week-end!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Happy Birthday to all my fellow Scorpios....

I received a cookie sheet, step stool and some lights for my Christmas tree. Plus my daughter took me out for lunch the next day..It was very nice.

I am still waiting for my boss to find a replacement for me. He had called me last Friday with a job offer. He wanted to know if I would be interested in being an account manager. Hummmm. I think I would. I would be salary. I would have a company vehicle and a gas allowance. I told him that I would be interested. He is supposed to get back to me this week. The nice part about this job is I would be working days for the most part. I would check the buildings weekly to make sure they are being cleaned properly. I would restock supplies build a rapport with the workers and the contact person at each building. The downside is if someone calls in sick, or quits without notice. The job still has to be done. We only have one fill in person. times I would have to do the cleaning. But I think overall this might work out well for both of us.
Now, I just have to wait to hear from him to see what the final offer is....

My apartment is a mess. I have spent the last few days dragging my plastic bins filled with my Christmas stuff into the living room and going thru them to see what I want to use this year. I can't use all of the things that I had out when I had a house. I certainly don't have that much room anymore. But so far, it's coming along nicely..Or at least it will be when I can move around
And in between working and doing that, I have been going thru paper work looking for the reciept for Jeremys xbox 360...I usually keep paperwork in its place...but with the divorce, I had moved things so that he wouldn't take anything he shouldn't..Now I can't find what I bought it at Walmart. Along with the extended warranty. I told him we would just go there and see if they would be willing to do a computer check to see if they can find it for us...Fingers crossed..That thing was 6oo.oo

I guess that's about it. I'm trying to get myself in gear to head over to Randys house to do some paperwork there....Ugh...His work season is almost over ....Thank goodness..

Hope everyone has a great hump day....
See ya soon,

Friday, November 7, 2008

Good Morning!
I've been up since 4:45am....I feel asleep on the couch last night around Guess things catch up with me. I woke up at midnight and my body was aching from sleeping on the couch. It's comfortable to snuggle on and watch a movie, but it sure isn't good for sleeping. I went to bed.

I had my grandson Mason over last Sunday. We had a nice time. His birthday was Saturday. He is now Five..I took him birthday shopping. He liked that. Then he wanted Mcdonalds. So we stopped there and picked up a happy meal. He ate everything. Chicken
We spent alot of time playing together. He just loves it that I will get on the floor with him and play cars. Last week when I was at my cleaning job, they were throwing away a plastic table cloth that had roads and buildings all over it. So, I brought it home and Mason loved it. I put it on the floor and played with the cars. It always amazes me that something so simple can bring so much fun to the life of a child.
I took him home Monday morning.
I am so pleased that his Mom hasn't let the divorce between her Dad and I interfer with my seeing Mason. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't see the kids anymore.

I made a decision a few weeks ago that I hope I don't regret.....I told my nighttime boss that I had to give up one of my cleaning jobs...I know I need the money..But I also need my sanity back. For so long now, I have felt so burned out. I knew that I needed to do something. The bad part about all of it is that I had asked him for this specific job. When I called him to tell him about it, I was really worried about how he would react. He was wonderful. He understood everything I was telling him and couldn't have been nicer. I told him that I needed to find something that gave me day hours. I also need something that gives me insurance. Anyway, he is going to find someone to take that job. I will keep the job at the bank. That is only 12 miles from my house. The other one is 25 miles from home. I was dreading the winter months. Especially if we get hit with as much snow as we had last year..Ugh...So, I figure within a few weeks, he will have someone new.
My friend Larry works at a factory that should have an opening soon. He is going to see about getting me in there. It is a clean factory. And won't be as physically demanding as the cleaning. It's funny because most people think that these cleaning jobs are easy...They aren't..It is very physically demanding. Believe me, I will not miss that part of it.
I had told my boss about this. He asked what I would do if that doesn't work out for me. I said I wasn't quite sure. He asked me if I would be interested in becoming an account manager with his company. I said I would be very interested in that. Mainly because it's a day job. And not physically demanding. I would be in charge of a certain amount of buildings. Making sure that the cleaners are doing what is expected of them. Keeping contact with the building managers. That might take some time. My boss is doing a great job of building his business. But he would need a few more large accounts before he would need another account manager.
So, until one of these things comes to pass, things will be a bit tight around her financially. But I don't care. I needed to make a change. For Me.

Jeremy is doing wonderful with his job. In fact, they are going to be giving him more hours. Maybe more than he is capable of. The head cook quit without notice. Last night, they told him that they would have to increase his hours until they find another cook. We talked about it last night and I told him that if he feels like it is getting to be too much for him, he will need to talk to his boss about it. I'm so darn proud of the way he has handled the responsibility of this job. He steps up to the plate every time they need him to.

I am still smoking. Just not as much. When I was at work last night. I only had three cigarettes. That is pretty good for me. Usually I would smoke at least 10. So, although I haven't had the strength to just quit, I have made an honest effort to slow way down. With the intentions of being a non smoker at some point.

Well, I better hit the road. I have a cleaning job this morning. And I still haven't had my

Hope everyone has a great day!