Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Good morning!!

The weather is cold and rainy here..yuck..not looking forward to the snow..
This morning my daughter and I were talking about warmer climates to move to..We had always thought Arizona..I'm not sure where I would like to end up in my old age...lol..that's getting closer by the day..
As much as my daughter wants to get to a warmer climate, she is worried about the time that her grandkids start coming...Hopefully that will be after college..
I told her that I am going to start a special savings account for when the time comes that we do leave the snow behind..

My grandson is doing well in his pre-marines group..(don't know the exact name for it)..
He is getting into better shape than he has been..They are telling him that once he enlists, he will most likely go to San Diego for basic training..We also have to save for that because of course, we will want to be there for his graduation...
Right now, his hair is a bit long..they have been talking to him about getting it cut..lol...technically he wouldn't have to cut it until he goes for basic training, but they like to get them into the whole experience and that's part of it..

This week-end is my grandson Masons birthday party..it's his mom that never even replied to my request of having him over the last two times...His other grandma was the one to let me know about the party...
In all honesty, I am not looking forward to seeing her(my stepdaughter)..I have tried for so many years to get closer to her and I am done..
Sometimes I feel like I'm only good to have around for what I give...and that's a crappy feeling..
I don't want to lose my relationship with Mason, but I am not going to continually fight his mom to see him..

I am on good terms with my other stepdaughter, so I guess I'll just spend my time talking to her I guess...

I went to the office yesterday to get more supplies...Nothing was said by my boss or his wife about getting someone for the late shift..So, I guess that means that I get to keep doing it..
I didn't spend much time there..I really don't have much to say to them...well, I have a lot to say, but don't feel like I can..at this point, I'm not in a position to take a chance on getting into a major conflict with them..Because I am the kind that will tell him what he can do with his job...lol..without giving any thought to the fact that I don't have a car..lol..
I need to just keep my mouth shut until I'm in a better position to walk out if I need to...

I have to train tonight..and he can't start until 9:30pm...I'm going to get there early and get most of it done..then have him follow me on what's left...it's a three hour job..I'm not starting it at 9:30 and then have to make sure all of my late night workers are in..I'm still not sure when my boss thinks I'm supposed to sleep..

well, enough complaining...lol...
I am trying to keep calm about this situation...it is what it is..and God will lead me through this!!

Have a great hump day!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Another week-end gone...lol..I have to say that I was able to have a Very nice week-end..
I decided that even though I would be taking a chance that I would have to go out and work, I would have Destiny over Saturday night..

Luck was with me..everyone showed up..lol..although I did have to call three of them to make sure they didn't oversleep...

Destiny and I had a really nice time..When we were in Eagle River a few months ago, she had spent some time making pot holders..to be given for Christmas presents.. I thought this would be a good time to finish that project.
We made a stop at the dollar store for gift boxes, tissue and name tags. I let her pick them out.
I asked her who she wanted to give them to..of course, she said her mom and dad and her other grandma..I asked her if she wanted to give one to her grandpa too..she said yes.. he may be my ex, but he is her grandpa..

I put the tissue in the boxes and she did the rest...for her other grandma she also picked out an ornament that you place a picture in...It's pretty cute..and I think they will all be very surprised...
I also think Destiny will have a wonderful feeling of giving..I want them to understand that it is much nicer to give than to receive...

I did have a good laugh while doing the name tags..Destiny can write very well, so she made them out herself..and me being the nice grandma that I am asked if she wanted to add Carols name to her grandpa's gift tag..she did and she spelled it coral...lol...I decided to let it stay that way...Ha-Ha....

As it turns out, the woman that was taking care of the restaurants wasn't in a car accident..My boss assumed that from her message..she called me on Friday and told me that the accident actually happened at Walmart..She was with her two kids..(they're 16 and 17).
They were standing in the checkout line and all of a sudden, her legs started to shake and she got really hot. she thought it was because she hadn't eaten..she told her kids that they needed to hurry up and get out of there..and the next thing she knew, she woke up in the hospital..
She had passed out and when she feel, her neck landed right on the handle of the cart...
I cringe when I think of that...talk about a freak accident..
It pushed a few of her disc's out of place..

I don't know what's going to happen at this point. My boss said last week that they were going to look for a replacement for her..as terrible as it is and as guilty as it makes me feel, I can't do this for the length of time she will be gone..
I do have a feeling that my boss is going to tell me on Tuesday that I am stuck with this until she returns. I just have that bad feeling..
My daughter says that if he wants me to do two jobs, he needs to give me the extra money..he was paying it out to her..and I agree..I just don't think it will be enough..(and honestly, I can't see him doing that)..

I'm going to TRY to hang in there until the first of the year and then I'm going to start looking for something else...I need to find a job that offers insurance. I also need a job that I can leave behind at the end of the day...Management has taken it's toll on me and I'm done..

I have to get a car...l0l...that's another reason I'm waiting..Tax Returns..lol..
Also, I want my Christmas Bonus...I deserve it...

Well, that's it for me tonight..it's already 10:45 pm and I'm tired...

I hope your week-end was as nice as mine..

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Happy Saturday!!

I went to Walmart early this morning...lol...something I TRY NOT to do...But I heard that they were having their lay-away plan again..Just for the Christmas season..sounded good to me..I thought that if I went early, picked out what I wanted, it wouldn't take me too long to deal with the lay-away process..
I asked one of the sales associates what items would be accepted on lay-away..she told me toys and electronics...Good, works for me..lol...

I spent an hour looking at toys, reading what toys do and trying to figure out what each grandchild might REALLY like..This is NOT an easy task..at least for the boys..Destiny is easy to buy for..anything girly...

I found a the things I wanted for her..found a couple of items for the boys and then went over to electronics to get the Wii game that Cameron wants..as the girl was walking over to the case with me, I mentioned that I was putting these items on lay-away..She then informed me that it didn't start until MONDAY...lol..so here I am with a cart full..

By this time, there were long lines at the check-out..I wasn't sure I wanted to deal with that, but I also didn't want to go through the hassle of putting all of these items away..So, I decided to just purchase the toys now and be ahead of the game.

Now I have to find a place to put all of this stuff...lol..my apartment is lacking in closet space..

I will write down what I have for each child and try to keep track of everything and how much was spent on each...

Last Sunday I painted my living room...AND I had everything cleaned and put back in place by the end of the evening...I have two walls in the kitchen that I have to finish..I wasn't thinking about needing Semi-gloss paint for them..

Now for the bad news...our new part time account manager is not able to work right now.
She left a message at the office Tuesday morning saying that she had been in an accident the night before and would be having surgery.. She said that she didn't have her work phone at the hospital but one of her kids would answer it..
That is all we knew...for the next few days, I called her personal phone and the work phone. I wanted to tell her daughter how to transfer the calls to my phone.

We couldn't get through to either phone..We didn't know if we should be overly worried or upset that we didn't know what was going on...

I am now in charge of the restaurants again...I just felt sick knowing I would have to deal with them again...It's just too much...
Already I've had one night of being out at 2:00am until 6:00am..and every night, I have to be up and on the computer checking that everyone is checked in...they start checking in at 2:00, then 3:00 and then 6:00am...I don't know when I'm supposed to sleep..

On Friday, Andora sent me a text message that she had surgery and part of her spine was crushed..very close to paralyzing her..I thank God that that didn't happen..She went home on Friday. Recovery time is 6-8 weeks..

I don't know what will happen from here..that I am leaving up to my boss..

Well, time to take a nap...lol...I take it when I can get it:)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

"On the bridge" at the AMC Theater in Chicago...
Some of the people involved in making this documentary happen..The producer, director, and a
couple of the people that were brave enough to step forward and share their lives...
I can't even explain the emotions that came with seeing my nephew, Jason Moon on the screen. Hearing his songs that come straight from his heart..

Everyone has their own views on war...Everyone should see this film..We must realize that we don't always see what war does to our soldiers..If they are lucky enough to even come home..
They may have all of their limbs..They may look like they're fine...Well, some of them aren't..and we can't "see" it...

We have lost thousands of men and women to suicide because they can't live with what they have seen and done..they Don't get the help that they need to move forward in life as a civilian..
And it's a SHAME!!! Shame on our country for not doing whatever they need to do to help our soldiers when they need it the most...

It's been ten years for this war....ENOUGH!!

When I was a bartender, there was a great gentleman that served in Vietnam...When he had a few too many and the conversation went in a certain direction, he would go on and on about some of the things that he went through..he never got too graphic, he would always say, "you wouldn't believe it if I told you"..
There were some bar patrons that would say, he needs to get over it...There was no sympathy to what this man had been through..or say that he just needs to stop drinking...so easy to have all of the answers when YOU haven't been the one to face war first hand...

War does not affect all people the same..I understand that..but we as a country need to make sure that the very people that put their lives on the line for us are taken care of when they come HOME....

One of my nephews songs is titled "Trying to find my way home"...I hope and pray that one day, he will find his way home:)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Monique in her dorm room..I wasn't sure if I posted any pictures of her move in day, so I thought I would post at least one of them:)
Go Marquette!!
She is finding it very interesting to have a room mate..lol...My daughter struggles to pay tuition and get Monique some extra's...such as some of the goodies that she likes..she took a stack of disposable bowls, spoons and cereal and some munchies for BOTH of the girls to enjoy...
Moniques room mate comes from Chicago where both of her parents are engineers..They put $100.00 on account for their daughter to use as she needs...the girl brags that she has only used $20.00 of it...
Well, The girls parents sent her some organic apples and she told Monique that they are her favorite and she didn't want her to eat any...THAT did not go over well...lol...
They ran out of milk and this girl won't even buy that...
Anyway, Monique is sure getting a taste of how different people can be..She is a giver...Even if someone else is eating up all of her favorite munchies...lol...

Tomorrow my daughter Shannon, Monique, her boyfriend Brian and I are heading to Chicago for the day...
My nephew Jason is in a documentary that was produced by a french director...It's about post traumatic stress syndrome..which my nephew has..
It is in Chicago's 47th film festival...
This film will break your heart..it will also allow you an inside view of what war does to some people...
If it comes to your area, PLEASE go and see it...

We are going to go down early so we can take the water taxi to Chinatown..do some shopping and go out for lunch...
It's supposed to be in the high 70s low 80s...PERFECT for a day out and about town...

Work has been calm..I'm loving it..I do have to replace one of my workers, so next week I will have to do some training..but for the most part...it's okay:)

I painted my hallway...as little as it is..I used the left over paint from when I did my bathroom..
It's a fairly dark green..but I like it..
Next I have to work on getting my living room and kitchen painted..I'll probably go with a very neutral color..I really would like to do something like a darker gold..something like you would find in the Caribbean culture, but I think that would be a bit much for an apartment..lol...

I'm still having a problem with Carlos' daughter returning my calls and texts about getting Mason..I sure don't know what the problem is there...It's really too bad because Mason is the one to miss out on doing some of the things that I'm doing with the other grandkids...
But I can't fight this one for too much longer...

Well, that's about it for now...as warm as it is today, I stuck a sheet of chicken thighs in the oven with some barbecue sauce on them..it's smelling pretty good in here...I better check them..

Have a great week-end:)