Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I started yet another new job today..lol..It's good to be working...This company cleans houses..I worked with two other girls..they were both nice. The one thing that I'm not too sure about it having to drive with someone else. The girl today does not seem to be the best driver..lol..I would prefer to take my own car but I'm not going to stress about it..

Then my boss, Dave called and left a message for me that he had some work on Friday if I want it..ugh..I called him when I got home and told him about my new job. I will tell him that if he can give me enough day hours, I would like to just work for him..but I'm not sure he can come up with enough hours..
He does have a short run on Saturday that I said I would take..I will have to drive to Madison, which is about 65 miles for me. There are two ATM's that you have to go into to use..the only thing I have to do is grab the garbage and then clean the glass doors..Dave will pay me for travel time, so that is really where I will make my money..ten dollars an hour to drive..I'll take that..lol..and I will get to use the company vehicle..
Speaking of company vehicles..the van that I used while I was account manager was stolen..the new manager stopped at her church on Monday afternoon for a bit and that's when it was stolen..yikes..some people just don't care...
All of the keys for all of the buildings was in it..Thank God she didn't have the paper with the names of the buildings in there too...

My grandson JJ is growing up while training to become a Marine:)
His letters have gotten more concerned with being with family..I'm so glad about that..
His girlfriend will not be going to San Diego with us..I'm glad about that. She has proven that she isn't concerned about getting to know us, so I think it's best that we don't get stuck with her for the trip..JJ will be heading home from San Diego on the Friday he graduates..Sept.21..We will be going on Sept.18 and then we have family day on Thurs. Graduation on friday and we will be staying out there until Sun...Can't wait..
He wants to get home to see the girlfriend of course and we understand that:)
From the letters home, he has now received his uniforms with his nametapes on them and his dress uniforms...I better take LOTS of kleenex with me, I know we will be crying like babies..lol..

Well, time to get ready for work...I'm doing a job for Dave tonight..
Need that money for our trip..oh, and bills..lol..

Have a great week!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

It's taken me a little more time than I thought it would to post an entry:)

The new job did not work out for me:( It was more than one thing that led to the demise..lol...First of all, I do not have prescription glasses. I have glasses from the dollar store..lol...Now, I will say that for the most part and until now, I was doing fine with these..Not so much for the new job...I really needed a good pair of glasses..A lot of the work was very detailed..

The second thing that happened was that the lead I was working well with went on vacation for 3 or 4 days..The person that took over for her was not very willing to work with me to get through things..
I had two days of her picking apart my work and to be honest I just couldn't take it anymore..
We had to work on Saturday morning..I went there with a good attitude. When I got there, I told her that I knew I was having a difficult time seeing some of the lines..I also asked that she bear with me and I would see if I could get into see someone about glasses that afternoon..
I tried my best and it wasn't good enough.
The final straw was when I started to notice that I was the only one that was being held to the highest of standards..ugh...
We were supposed to work until noon and at 11:45 I told her that I didn't feel well and I was leaving.

Monday morning I called the employment agency and left a message saying that I wasn't going back to that particular job..

I talked to my boss at the cleaning company and he has a lot of fill in work for me this coming week..He's been a life saver for sure:)
He also said he would be needing another account manager soon..I gave it some thought, but I can't..that position was killing me and I can't see going back to it.
I'll try to tough it out for a bit and see what happens..if I can't come up with something, I may have to reconsider it:)

Saturday my daughter, Paris and I went camping in the Dells..We didn't spend much because we are getting our money together for San Diego, but we had a wonderful time..at least Saturday we did..lol..We got our camp set up.
We went into town for a bit..got a quick burger and then walmart..lol We always end up there...I bought a four pack of wine coolers, she got a six pack of beer and some soda..we got already made fried chicken and then we went back to the campground..We had a blast in the pool..lots of good exercise..
We sat around our camp fire until 11:30 and then went to bed..we were in there about 20 minutes and the rain started..lol...it rained all night and all day today..Take my word for it, it is NOT fun breaking down camp in the rain...But we didn't let it get us down..
Last night was a perfect night..Not too hot, no bugs (well, not many) and a couple of beers..lol...

I washed a load of clothes and towels when I got home..my car is a mess from all of the sand but it will have to wait until tomorrow to get cleaned..and then we have to get the tent dried out and packed away.

Shannon had a letter from JJ when we got home..He is finally realizing that his girlfriend is not going to be coming to his graduation..I feel so bad for him..but she would have been a pain in the ass to bring along. I hope that he doesn't try to get married on his 10 day leave..Please pray!
I want him to do what he needs to do for his future and career..and that means NOT getting married at this point..

Well, guess that's about it for now:) Have a great week...

Saturday, August 4, 2012

It was a hectic week at work..Oh my gosh, you wouldn't think masking things off would be so complicated..lol...

I think I'm taking longer than the lead wants me to be..but there are so many different parts to remember..The gas tank, side cover, a left and a right side carrier and the tour pack..
Then you have to know which parts are for an ultra and which for a road king (types of bikes)...

You have to mask things according to where they will be going to next. The paint line versus hand graphics...lol..I am doing better but not sure I will get as fast as they need and want me to be..
Some of it is like wrapping Christmas presents..lol..I thing I'm trying to make these look too good...
Oh well, we'll see how next week goes...right now, I have to have the money and the rest will fall into place..

I also did some cleaning for my ex boss (not really as I'm still cleaning).
I worked Thursday and Friday nights for an hour and a half each..not a whole lot but it will help and the job isn't far from my house..I'll also work Monday..
Dave sent me an email telling me that my next check will reflect my vacation payout..I am so happy about that..I intend to use most of it to pay for my air fare to San Diego:)

I have to say, as much of a struggle as it has been to be in a new environment, I am loving not having a work phone with people calling all the time..I have been able to come home, cook something for dinner, clean up after and relax...

Now I'm going to do some laundry and I'm making tuna salad for my daughter...lol...tomorrow is her 39th birthday..(still can't believe it)..she loves my tuna salad, so I know she will enjoy getting it..I'm going to make her a cake too..
We are going to go to our state fair for a bit today..so I'll pay her way and buy lunch...We're both trying to save for the trip so it will be a smaller present this year...

Time to get moving here..Hope everyone has a great day:)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mason throwing the ball to me..
Floating around:)



Mason came over yesterday..We played LOTS of games of connect 4, war and went swimming in Lisa's pond..
Then it was off to Micky D's for dinner...more games of connect 4..lol..Mason was sleeping by 9..and I was sleeping by 9:30...

I think I was up at 6 this morning..I didn't sleep well..I'm not sure why..although I did hear the neighbors across the street out at 11:30pm with their kids..Are you kidding me?? If you're going to be outside chatting at least do it quietly....

Anyway, this morning I decided to get my laundry done..We're not supposed to start laundry until 8:00am..Oh well, it doesn't seem like anyone else wants to follow the rules, so I started mine at 6:30am...I would like to have most of it done before Mason wakes up...

Friday after work, I went to see Cameron test for his green belt..He has done well in his Tae Kwon do class..He can certainly use the discipline..He was kind of antsy while we were there...

Carlos' first ex-wife was there also..Barb and I have always gotten along but once in a while I feel like she is being passive aggressive with me..My daughter things I took what she said the wrong way..I don't...

Since my divorce, Carlos and Barb have been on a friendly basis..something that they hadn't been able to do before that..In fact, he took her out for a fish fry and she says he asked her to start dating again...And she felt the need to have to tell me about that too..WHY??
Carlos's sister has a summer swimming party every year...Which he attended this year with his girlfriend...
Well, on Friday someone at Tae Kwon do mentioned something about my baby granddaughters hair (she has a ton of hair)..then Barb looks at me and says,,I went to Lena's party this year and proceeds to say that everyone commented on the babies hair..I didn't respond..
Then two minutes later she said the same thing to my daughter..I just took the baby and walked away..I went to be closer to where Cameron was..

I mean really..I think she is very calculated in telling me about it..I think she gets great pleasure out of it...
My daughter thinks I am taking it the wrong way....NO...

I don't mention that Carlos sometimes sends notes with the check he has to send me..or that he has called a few times in the last few months..But yet she feels the need to tell me when she has contact with him...and I think she is doing it to "show me"...well guess what? If I wanted him back, I could have him...I DON'T WANT HIM..
I'm not saying that I am totally over my divorce..I'm not..even after 4 years..but I don't want him back...

I am to the point now that I don't even want to be at any of the kids functions where she is going to be at...It's too bad that it has gotten to that point but it has..

Well, I have that out of my system now..lol...Now I can let it go:)

I started the new job on Thursday..It's not too bad..Although I have to say..masking things off is not as easy as it looks..Ha-ha...
We have to mask motorcycle parts (fenders, tour packs, covers) so that they can be painted again for the two tone look...

The people have been really nice..but the woman that is training me does it in a way that I wouldn't...
She will mask something off and explain it while she is doing it..but then she will give me the next one and say she will be right back and expect me to remember exactly how she did it...ugh...I have done a fair job...Sometimes it feels a little overwhelming but I'm going to stick with it..
There are a couple of things that bother me...We have a three month probation period. I get that..but I was told by the employment agency that they hire right after the probationary period..I talked to one guy and he has been there for 9 months and still has not been hired on by the company...My fear is that they don't hired you on permanently because they don't want to give the insurance benefits..
I'll talk to a few more people and see what happens..

I thought I would only have to work until 10 am on Fridays..which would work out great for me to keep my cleaning job..Now I find out that they have mandatory work on some Fridays which will interfere with that..I'll have to talk to my client and see how she wants to proceed..I really don't want to lose the $140.00 a month that I make there...
Oh well, at least I have a job and I'm grateful for that..

The weather has cooled down some and the has been wonderful...it could stay like this all year round and I would be a happy camper..

I've gotten a few more letters from JJ..I've also been looking on the Marines website.
Oh my gosh,, they sure go through a lot..I know that they have to do this to get the best of the best..but as a grandma I sure worry about him...
The last week there, they do a crucible.. That means 54 hours of almost continuous work..VERY little sleep or eating...Please keep all of these young men in your prayers..

Hope you all have a great upcoming week:)

Monday, July 23, 2012

I woke up this morning wondering what the day would bring:)

Then I talked to my boss and realized that I won't be training the new lady anymore..Hummm,, there goes the paycheck..

We did talk about me taking over two accounts..One is only about 6 miles from my house..two hours a night, 5 days a week..the other one is about 10 miles from my house..3 1/2 hours a night, 3 days a week..
These are accounts that have cleaners in them now, but need to be replaced..
Not enough to live on but enough to get me started. I spent a good portion of the morning online looking for work..

Then I got a call from the employment agency...the job I interviewed for last week has offered me the job...YAY....
It's light and easy work..I think I described it in the last post (not sure lol..)..
They put decals on Harley fenders, tour packs and such..they also do the painting there..
It is days..If memory serves me right, you only work until 10am on Friday, which means I can keep the house that I clean twice a month..

And I could still help my girlfriend out at her job on Fridays also..So, I might really come out ahead here...

The new job is 16 miles from my house..

I have to go to the employment agency this afternoon to fill out paperwork..

God has answered my prayers and I am so very thankful..

Hope your day is going as well as mine:)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

It's been a lazy Sunday for me..I'm actually VERY bored..but don't really feel like making the effort to do anything..lol..It feels like it should be about 6:00pm and it's only 3:00..It's going to be a long night..

I spent this last week taking the new lady around to all of the buildings so she could meet all of the cleaners..
We also detailed one of the car dealerships that isn't getting cleaned to our standards..guess it's time to let that person go..

The new lady did miss one of our cleaners not clocking in on Friday night.
I'm not sure how that happened..she has a list of names and she is checking them off as they clock in..She called me Saturday about it..I guess Dave had called her..
She went to clean the bank..I thought about going to give her a hand, but she is going to have to do it on her own at some point..

I'm assuming that my boss is paying me my normal pay for the time I am doing the training..He's pretty fair that way..(I hope) lol..

I'm not sure what he wants this coming week..He was supposed to call me on Friday and go over a few things..I never heard from him...As it turned out, his day was much busier than he had anticipated.. But it still leaves me in a quandary as to what his expectations are for the training process..Oh well, I did what I thought needed to be done and that is the best I can do..

The new lady and I will have a couple of buildings to cover this coming week..I'm sure that I will be on an hourly pay schedule..That is when things are going to get a little rough..But in the long run, it is worth it to me...I am settling in to a more relaxed frame of mind..

I went for a job interview on Thursday..Oh how I hate interviewing..The fact that you are in such a vulnerable situation...I'm a DARNED good employee and so to have to have prove in a few minutes why I would be an asset to their company is daunting to me...
This guy said he would stay in touch with the employment agency..What Ever....

I will muddle along and make what hours I can with Dave....God will see me through this chapter in my life..So guess what? I do not worry about what will be:)

JJ (aka- Patrick) is finding out how hard it is in boot camp...He had soooo much confidence when he left..and now I see that wavering in his letters to me..I send as many letters as I can..I encourage him to remember that this is the hardest part..and to hang in there:)
I hope my letters help him...
He is the squad leader for his platoon..I told him he should be proud of that accomplishment...
On the Marines web sight, we found JJ's platoon doing some class room work and let me tell you, THESE BOYS LOOKED SOOOO TIRED I wanted to cry....when the recruiters tell you that they will be keeping them busy..they weren't kidding...lol...

I guess that' s it for my boring Sunday:)
Hope everyone has a great week....

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The New job did not go well!! And that is a mild statement..lol..

So, last Monday, I went to the new job with HIGH hopes of a bright future with the company..
There is a security guard at the front desk 24/7..I told him that I was there to meet Iris..He called her and she came right down.
I liked her friendly manner right away. She took me to get my supplies. Then she handed me a paper with 5 different area numbers on it..We went to two of them and then she took me to the first area and said.."you know how to clean, so I will come back in a couple of hours"..WHAT?? No working with me or telling me exactly what the expectations were..I just went to work doing what I would do at my old job..dust, vacuum, and garbage..

After about 2 1/2 hours, Iris came back and took me to another area..I did the same there..
Then she came to get me for lunch..In the lunch room, everyone had designated areas. The Serbian woman sat together, the Mexicans sat together and the lady that had worked for me was at the same table as me and didn't talk...
What the hell?? I never saw anything like it..I thought it was rude and didn't want to be a part of it, so I decided to go back to my area..Iris said that I HAD to stay in the lunch room for the entire lunch time..Then she came back to take me to yet another area to clean..Where she proceeded to tell me that I wouldn't need the vacuum because they were really clean in this area..
There were crumbs all over the rug in one spot and she told me to just sweep them up..
She also told me that I had gone over time in the last area..I told her that if she had told me what the time expectations were then maybe I wouldn't have gone over.
I also told her that I had been training people for over three years and I stayed with them for at least 2 or 3 days..
I also said I did not think the job was going to work out for me..
So, a little bit later, she came to get me to have me clock out..she said she was sorry it didn't work out for me...
It was horrible..and when I went to return my shirts, I told them what I thought of their training.
That night, I emailed my boss and told him that I wasn't going with the new company and he said he would always have work for me:)
So, I've been training the new lady that took my position..and doing some fill in work..

I have an interview tomorrow with a company about 20 minutes from me that puts decals on Harley parts..I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this works out..
I do not want to be in manager position but if worst comes to worst, my boss may be looking for someone to take his manager position within a month or so..
Please pray that I don't have to go back to that...

He did ask me what it would take for me to stay with the company..and I appreciate that. The problem is, I don't want to be a manager and I need a job with insurance...

One day at a time..whatever is meant to be will be:)
I put my faith and trust in God to lead me in the right direction..and I know it will be okay!!

time to take a nap before I head out with the new lady..full night ahead of us..lol....