Sunday, January 22, 2012

I am just about ready for my vacation..clothes are packed, items bought, house cleaned, and work matters taken care of..(almost)..lol..

On Friday, I was supposed to train at two different banks and cover another one for someone out sick..
It had been snowing most of the day..and although it has not accumulated to a severe amount, I knew it was slippery. I had to meet the first trainee at 6:00pm..I would normally leave my house at 5:15 to be there in time. Because of the snow I decided that I would leave at 3:00..I could at least get to the south side of town before rush hour traffic got too bad..
Well, ten minutes into a slow crawl on the freeway, my van started to slip a little so I took my foot off of the accelerator and lightly touched the brakes..it straightened out and I glanced in my mirror...CRAP.. I could see the guy behind me lose it and knew he was going to hit me...YEP he did...
We pulled over..thankfully no one was hurt...
He had to get a tow truck..I called my bosses wife to tell her about the accident..and I admit, I did go into a bit of a rant about trying to be out on the roads in those conditions..I told her to call the woman that I was supposed to meet and tell her not to come..(She never called the woman..it took the woman two hours on the bus to get there..she was not happy)..
I called my boss and told him I could drive the van home..The bumper, tailgate, tire holder and exhaust is messed up..and who knows what else...
I dropped the van off yesterday and picked up one of the other vehicles so I could do the three banks that had not gotten cleaned..
I did have my grandson Paris help me with the one closest to his house..Something I'm not supposed to do because he is not an employee..well, guess what? I don't care..lol..Because of his help with that one, it only took an hour and that was a GREAT help to me..
Today I did some errands and at 3:00 I am going to drop this vehicle off at the shop and then I will officially be on VACATION....lol...I am one happy camper, I'll tell you.
Tomorrow can't come fast enough for me:)

This last week has only enforced how much I need a new job..
Gary has taken over checking in the restaurant people..but he STILL calls me in the middle of the night with problems..so really, what is the sense of having him do that job? My boss hasn't said one more thing about finding someone for the late night position, so I guess he really doesn't have a lot of concern for me...It's too bad but that's the way it is..

I am shooting for finding something new by spring..summer at the latest...Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer please!!

Well, that's it for news from my slice of the world...I don't know if I'll be able to get on the computer while I'm gone...but rest assured, I will have plenty of pictures when I return...lol...

Have a great week!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It has been a very busy week..Getting all of my accounts stocked with enough supplies to last while I am gone.

Between having to fire people and some leaving for their own reasons, we have accounts open..It has been a challenge for sure.
I will be training tonight and Friday..I will also be covering one of the jobs myself..luckily it happens to be a bank that stays in fairly good shape.

In this business, it is never a good time for a vacation..lol..but I have to keep telling myself, I am only a worker..I won't feel bad about leaving..lol..(but I do)..
My boss is a smart man..he'll figure it out:)

Last Saturday, I had the enjoyment of meeting two special girls..
They are the daughters of my step-daughter Nickie..Long story short, I was with her dad the first 16 years of her life..
When we got divorced, Nickie and I lost touch with each other..I thought we would come together again when her brother Philip killed himself..that didn't happen...

Although Nickie and my daughter Shannon aren't actually sisters, they were raised as such..they have recently reconnected..Shannon was getting two of Nickies three girls last Saturday for a day of bowling and we discussed my joining them..
She talked to Nickie about it and Nickie said she would love for the girls to know me..
Kiera is 13 and Kayla is 10...Beautiful girls and I must say, they are the most loving girls..They sat by me and hugged me, sat on my lap...and just enjoyed our time together...
Kiera told me twice that she remembered me..I tried to tell her that she couldn't possibly because she was only a baby the last time that I saw her..
These girls are so open to having more family..and if I had stayed married to their grandpa, they most likely would have called me grandma..
In fact, Kayla said a couple of times, "it's grandma's turn"..(to bowl)..
I have since had contact with my step-daughter and she is thrilled about us all reconnecting our bond..
So, although I physically only had one child, my life seems to get more and more full...and I say, "the more, the merrier"..lol..
I still have to meet her youngest daughter...Bella...she is 5 and from what I hear, she is a pistol...lol..It should be interesting:)

Well, I better get moving here and get some paper work done..
Enjoy the rest of your week:)


Sunday, January 8, 2012

There is good news on my horizon....

I am going to Texas in two weeks...and I CAN'T wait..lol..I sooo need a vacation. Not from my personal life, but from this job..

My daughter and I have been doing some research into going to Vegas for two or three nights in February..(which we are still going to do).
Because we will be going over the week-end, I will only need to use two days of my vacation..

Anyway, my girlfriend is going to Texas to see her daughter and grandson. They will also be spending three nights in South Padre..
She called me on Friday and said she had a thought that she wanted to share with me.
She offered that if I could go with her, she would pay for half of my airfare...WELL, let me tell you, I was right on the phone with my bosses wife, letting her know that I was putting in a verbal request for 5 days of my vacation..I explained the situation and she didn't see any problems with taking that week..( I certainly hope not after I have busted my butt and gave up my entire summer)...

I called Lisa back and told her to book the flight..Her husband booked it the next day:)
She will be renting a van for us to go from Laredo to South Padre..I don't have to worry about the gas, car rental or hotel..These are things that they already had planned...
So, I'm going on vacation:)

In February, my daughter and I will still go to Vegas..SHE needs and deserves a vacation also...we won't be taking any of the kids this time..it will be the first time just the two of us have been on vacation...I know we will have a blast..

Tomorrow is the 5 year anniversary of my Moms passing..I had a moment today..
My daughter and I will probably go to one of the Chinese restaurants that my Mom loved to go to:)
We'll get through the day okay..we do a good job of being able to laugh at the memories that we have..and talk about the things that she loved:)

Tomorrow I give one of the work phones to our floor specialist that is going to fill in and make sure that the night people are checked in..he will also cover if someone doesn't make it in..
This will be a huge relief to me..although I will still have to do inspections and re-supply them.
My boss asked me if we still needed to hire someone...YES...I am not having all of the extras when he was paying someone else to do the job...Silly man:)

Well, I guess that's all for news...
Hope everyone has a great week!!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

So, I had a mini cry this morning...lol..don't know why...

I sat here thinking of why I would be feeling emotional..These are some of the things that I came up with..

My ex, who was a controlling, sometimes a mean and sarcastic person has someone to share his life with..And that doesn't seem fair to me..
Now granted, everyone knows that he is with her for what she has..and I feel that if you are with someone for the wrong reasons, it WILL come back to haunt you..
But the fact is, I feel that I deserve to have a nice man in my life..I would like to have a nice man in my life.
I don't dwell on it, I don't cry the blues about it..I live my life with purpose..and give to the people in it..
But I feel ready to have a person to share time with..I just don't know how to go about meeting someone..
LOL..I always tell my friends that the best way to meet someone is through your friends and that they are lacking in that area..

I think I get the after the Holiday blues...I work so hard at the build up.. I love to make a nice Christmas for everyone..I truly love Christmas!! The thought of celebrating the birth of Jesus truly warms my heart..

My Moms birthday is this month..Jan. 16th..
It is also the month that my Mom passed away..and although I'm fine most of the time, I think my inner self finds it hard to deal with the loss.
Being without the person that means the most to me is heart wrenching.
I think sometimes I just want to be the child again..I miss my Mom..

My job situation does not help my mental well being...lol...
I will be working again this week-end..only because I have to deal with the restaurants..and that sucks...
My boss did offer to take care of the one restaurant that needs to be done this week-end..and we have one of the specialty guys taking care of the other two restaurants that we have to help with..BUT, my boss also has two restaurants that he has to make sure are taken care of and I didn't want him to have to worry about any more..
With the crowds they are going to have tonight, they are going to be one hot mess...and we have such a limited time to get them cleaned..I think the cleaners deserve to have a little bit of extra help..and my boss can't be everywhere..
So, I will give a helping hand..
My friends are getting a room at a hotel that is having a band and food for New Years..I think I'll go and spend a little time with them before I have to head out to clean..there will be another couple with them.
I again will be the 5th wheel..lol..
I told her that I won't stay until midnight unless there is a nice single guy there to give a New Years kiss to..lol...

I feel better now..I know this will be a great year...I'm calling it MY YEAR...lol...

It's all about a positive attitude, Right??

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!! May it be filled with all that you wish for!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas:)

Mine was very nice..although it goes by so fast..All of the buildup, and then it's here and gone in a matter of hours..

I always enjoy watching the kids open their presents..As they get older it gets harder to find things they may like..lol..But I can usually find something..
Monique LOVES shopping..so most of her gifts were in the form of gift cards..but I did find a book that I thought she might like, and she did..."The Help"..she saw the movie and is really looking forward to reading the book.

There is usually a game that Paris has been wanting so he wasn't too hard..Plus I always make up a little money tree for him..Even if it only has one dollar bills on it, he gets a kick out of it..

JJ..is a little harder..But I did get him a gift card from a clothes shop that he likes..and now that he has a girlfriend, I'm sure he will put the cash to good use..

My daughter was fairly easy this year..She has been wanting the "Magic Bullet" for some time now.. and loved getting that..
I also got her a wide slot toaster..

They got me a #12 (Rodgers) Jersey..beautiful earrings and a Packers pillow that also serves the purpose of a stuffed animal...very cute..
AND a box of CRAB LEGS...I'm going to cook them up on New Years Eve...Can't wait.

I did a little after Christmas shopping...some wrapping paper, a few boxes and a few presents for next year...Good deals...

I worked this week-end..and a for a bit today..now it's time for me to unwind and get ready for the rest of this week..it's going to be a busy one..and thankfully, a short one for at least a few of my workers...lol...

Enjoy your week and hold the magic of Christmas close for as long as you can:)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I'm finally finding the time and energy to do an entry..Some days, I have all intentions of blogging and then all I do is read others...lol...

I'm back on the dreaded night shift again...yes, you heard me right..The new girl didn't even last a full month..Not that I'm surprised..lol..She lied about numerous things..didn't get to jobs when she knew that they needed supplies..and didn't go to clean a building one night when she knew the guy wasn't going to be there...

So, now I'm back in the saddle..and NOT liking it.. I fired one young man last night..it's a shame..he was always on time, showed up every night but for some reason, would not follow direction and left numerous things undone...
It was to the point that I had to go there each morning to check the building and pick up the slack. I don't have time for that..
Tonight I will be training the new guy..He already works at one of the bars on the week-end, so at least he knows how we do it..it's just a different layout..Hopefully this will solve the problem..

On Saturday night I had the little ones over to celebrate Christmas, along with my friends Joe and Lisa..we had a very nice time..The kids were very well behaved and enjoyed their gifts..
We ordered pizza for dinner..lol..I'm all about making things as easy as I can..

Christmas Eve, I will go to my daughters house..We are making things as easy and stress free as possible..ham and rolls, boiled shrimp (my moms favorite Christmas Eve treat) and munchies..
I have made a few batches of cookies..I need to make one more batch of peanut butter cookies for my (ex) father in law..they are his favorite:)

I was up at 4:00am and now when I look at the clock, I can't believe it's only 5:30pm..lol..I thought it was at least 7...
I'll go to bed early tonight so I can get up at 1:45am...
to be honest, I could go to sleep right now..but then I wouldn't be able to sleep when I need to..lol..

I gave my boss and his wife and little boy their presents already..It is HARD buying for them..but I did find a few things and a couple of treats along with a plate of homemade cookies..

They gave me a $1,500.00 bonus..I was totally shocked...I will have to have taxes taken out, but even at that, it was FAR more than I had anticipated for sure...
It was nice to see that he really has appreciated all of my extra work:)

On that note, it's time for me to get a few things done before I go to sleep..

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thank you ladies for your kind comments on my last post...It is ALWAYS appreciated:)

We both apologized and let it go....AMEN!!

Yesterday I found out that my new grandchild is a ......."GIRL"....
My step-daughter send me a text as soon as she left the doctors office...I was so glad that she took the time to do that and I didn't have to find out about it on facebook..I like facebook, but I don't want to find out ALL information there..lol..
Then I went to Walmart where they have all of their summer stuff on sale..little one piece outfits and such...for $2.00 each..some I got for $1.00...I think I spent $30.00 and got two bags full...

I picked Cameron up last night and when I got there his mommy showed me the ultra sound picture of the baby...My gosh, she's Big..I didn't expect that I guess..lol..She weighs one pound now...

Today Cameron and I went to the Harley store to buy presents and we wanted to pick a name off the giving tree so he could buy a present for someone in need..They were all gone already...
So, I took him to the dollar store instead and he bought gifts and gift boxes for his mom and dad and grandparents..
Then we went to Walmart and then to Menards where I got myself a Dutch oven..I have never owned one..This one was $69.00 and I got it for $35.00...Now I have to look for those recipes that always call for a dutch oven..lol..

We finally made it home and I was tuckered out..now it's 8:30pm..I swear I could go to sleep right now...but..."It's a wonderful life" is on and I'm watching that..Cameron isn't interested..

He did get all of his presents wrapped and placed under the tree..so for all the work today was, it was a good day:)

Time to relax now and finish watching my favorite movie...