Monday, September 17, 2012

JJ looking right at camera..second Marine from left:)
Marine Collins...Far right..

I'm going to work and then heading to the air port at 4:00am...San Diego here we come:) Can't wait to see my handsome new Marine...

I'll post plenty of pictures when I get back..Have a great week:)

Sheri

Thursday, September 13, 2012




Hollie, I have not been able to reply to your last 3 or 4 posts..Don't know what the problem is..I know those passwords can be tricky to figure out once in a while but I know I was able to get them right..Just didn't want you to think that I wasn't reading or commenting on your blog..

Now for the grandest news of all!! My grandson is now a MARINE!!
We haven't talked to him and won't until we go out to San Diego next week.But we are so excited..My daughter has had three different t-shirts made up for us..lol..they are so darned cute..

I'll post a few pictures..
The last 54 hours have been horrible knowing what these young men have had to endure to become Marines..I didn't sleep well last night at all. I kept dreaming about JJ trying to make his way up the hill known as the reaper..
They have only had 4 hours of sleep the last three nights..Only three meals..Meals ready to eat..
It's too much to go into but just know that these young men have EARNED the right to call themselves Marines:)

We were so pleased to see our boys in videos that an independent company makes two weeks prior to graduation..
JJ's platoon had three trophies sitting on the ground in front of them.
One of the ladies on a special site was so kind to take the time to make still pictures of our boys for each of us..

The picture of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor pin is what the guys receive after their walk back down from the reaper..
Oh how we wish we could have been there for their return..
Then they walk the seven (I think) miles back to Camp Pennington to a Warriors breakfast..all they can eat, steak, eggs and potatoes...

Lucy, when your grandson goes to boot camp let me know and I will get some information for you that is VERY informative for the families of the recruits..Your daughter might like the support that it offers..it helped us so much..

The picture of the proud grandma sign was made by one of the dads from that sight..His name is Mike and he did a wonderful job..

We will get to meet a lot of these parents on Wed..we have set up a meet and greet..Then Thursday we have family day with our new Marines and then Friday is graduation day...

I'm going to close for now as I'm exhausted from not sleeping..lol...

Hope you all have a nice week-end:)



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:)