Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
As you can see, I have been busy. LOL... This one was a Quickie so I feel kind of guilty, but that's OK!...
Not much to tell about the weekend except that I am busy washing my work clothes, towels, and the rugs, and I am cleaning up my apartment a little bit. Wish I could just SLEEP!
Earlier in the week, the dryer was wide open with all of it's guts out. Also, on Wednesday, they turned the HOT water off at 7:00 a.m. I am completely clueless why the landlady doesn't find maintenance people who know what they are doing... I hope I will be able to pass my probation, so I can look into another place to live... I am thinking of the dollhouse townhouse, but I am not sure, because it doesn't have a walk-in closet. I will have to go back to look at it again or find a different one.
p.s... My reader came back, although I had to go pull him by the hair. LOL @ welcome back, Lorenzo... and I have a new reader, too! Yay!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
OMG @ I am sad to see that I have lost a reader... probably because I have been behind in making tags, or perhaps, I am just boring? Oops, it was a guy I failed to pay attention to. My bad. So sorry about that...
Yep @ it has been a VERY long week at work... I finally understand why some people pray for Friday! I got behind, because I had three kids leave the shelter last week. There is a lot of preparation when the kids leave. Having so many of my cases approved at once is a good thing, but it just gives me more work... This week, I had to wait all week for the airfare to come in the mail for a kid that left the shelter this morning, so that helped me out a bit. The bad thing is that they have changed the rules, and now, we have to justify every 30 days why the kids are still at the shelter. Grrr @ I am still trying to finish up with one kid who has been there since July. What's difficult is that I didn't have him until the end of last year, so all of my reports are second hand information from the previous worker's notes. Doesn't seem fair. Grrr.... Also, I have some new kids, and I don't know them yet.
One thing that freaked me out is that the head She-Devil stood up for me in a meeting. She said that I am doing a good job and that I am kicking butt. (working fast) OMGGG... That really freaked me out, because it came very unexpected. Does that mean that I might pass probation? Still, I don't trust them, and I think it is good for my boss and everyone to describe me as a "quiet person." LOL @ remaining mysterious can work to my advantage!
P.S.... One thing I forgot to mention was the Obama Inauguration. We were allowed to see it with the kids, but unfortunately, we had to hear it in Spanish. I don't like it when they try to translate in another language, because it always loses something in the translation.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Embarrasse* about not making the time to make tags. Apologies. Have been too tired from the *rive to & from work & having to wake up so early... Things at work are no *ifferent. I am still behin*. The She-*evils are still withhol*ing information. I am *oing ok so far without their help but it woul* be easier if they just answere* my questions instea* of going into a five minute lecture of *on't you remember?! grrrrrrr... Prayers requeste* here. I am so tire* & sleepy to*ay. I wish I ha* a goo* excuse not to go into work to*ay.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Four places I go over and over again:
Four people who mail me regularly:
Four of my favorite places to eat, (apart from home):
THE BOILING POT
Four places I'd rather be now:
Four favorite TV Shows:
NOTHING GOOD TO WATCH IN THE VALLEY. GRRR
Four movies I would watch over and over again:
SIX AND A HALF WEEKS
Four people I would like to tag:
ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO DO THIS
This has been such a challenging week at work. The She-Devils at work continue to try their best to bring my mistakes to light. Because everyone is back from their holidays, my security clearances have been coming back all at once! Grrr @ I am having to release kids from the shelter faster than I can think! The process is not hard. It's just a string of things that I have to remember to ensure all loose ends are tied. It is heart-breaking that not all the kids can be reunited with their families. You get used to the kids. They become a part of your everyday life, but then, you have to let them go. There is so much paperwork involved for everything and I am responsible for all the paperwork that the other staff has to put into the file, too. The Eye used to close our cases but now, he wants us to start closing them ourselves. I am still trying to learn the rest of it, so this is yet another thing that I have to learn. Grrr... LOL
This week, I was busy reuniting three kids with their families. That's a lot of work. My brain is unable to accept any more information... Unfortunately, we had a training on Friday. My brain was too fried to retain most of what was said...
After getting Jones' oil changed, I received what seemed like a medical report. My poor Jones is so disabled. It is a miracle that he contines to be so reliable. Yesterday, we spent all day at the mechanic. The part to hold up the glass for the window hasn't come in, or so the mechanic said... Jones was given an alinement, but the mechanic said that I really needed some new tires, so off to Wal-Mart I go to get Jones some new shoes.
Boy, was I surprised at the prices! The cheapest tire was $75.00! What happened to the time when I could buy four tires at $200 the set?! OMG! I feel as if I spent my whole paycheck just on the two tires I bought for Jones and to get them rotated and balanced, but Jones seemed so happy when I got him on the freeway.
I bought a few groceries for the week, too, so I feel bad about spending so much money in one day. Jones needs a good wash, too, but it will have to wait...
So now I am really behind in my housework and I still need to wash my clothes for work. I spent most of the morning going through some of my 5,000 emails on g-mail, but I don't think I went through 1,000, because there are still so many left. LOL @ I will probably just delete them later. It's just too exhausting to go through them all. I haven't even looked into my emails from hotmail or from yahoo. I have way too many accounts because most of them don't work for receiving graphics. Grrrrrrrr... I keep trying to leave AOL but it seems to be the best for sending emails with graphics... What would Jesus do? LOL
The best thing about this week is that I am five pounds lighter. Yay! Makes me happy. The diet continues until the New Moon.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Well, this Three Kings Day brought me gifts that were on my Christmas Wish List plus an unexpected surprise. At the end of the day of January 6th, I got a temporary computer. It is a laptop that I can use until the computer that was ordered for me comes in. Today, I received a small side table, which is great, because the desk is very small and very narrow. My filing cabinet has not come in yet. I am grateful that I finally have these things, but today, I requested a chair, because the chair I am in is too big for me, and I keep sliding off of it. LOL... Before I know it, I am already at the very end of it.
The boy from my first approved case came to see me on Tuesday. When I told him that he would be leaving Wednesday morning, he looked as if he had gone into shock and disbelief. His whole face lit up. It was hard for him to concentrate when I explained how he would need to complete the forms that he would need to mail to transfer his case. Well, today, I received a phone call from him and his mother. They kept saying thank you over and over again. Makes me happy to hear that they are so happy to be together.
My second case was approved today. I called the boy's father about the airfare today. I hope the father doesn't tell the boy yet, but since the boy is scheduled to make his phone call tonight, the dad will probably beat me to the gun. Grrr... LOL @ I like to wait until the day before they leave to tell them. Makes it more exciting to see their reaction...
I have a third case almost ready to submit for approval. I predict that this one will go faster than the others, because I won't have to wait on airfare for him. His parents live in Texas, so they will be coming to pick him up. I love that, because I will have front row seats to witness the reunification. I can hardly wait to see how that one is going to go! If all goes well, that means that I might have two kids leaving the shelter next week to be reunited with their families. (fingers crossed)
Today, Frenchie asked me how I was doing on my diet. I told her that I had the money in my hands to give to the cause, but I was told that I was going to get some support out of it and when I didn't get it, I changed my mind about joining. I kind of made a joke of it, but I was only telling the truth.
My weight loss journey will probably go past their deadline, but it's only, because I plan to turn my weight loss journey inside out. I don't want it to be just a diet. I want to turn it into a healthy lifestyle.
On a sad note, an assistant supervisor got demoted by email. I wonder what happened. Why couldn't they have told her in person? She is no longer allowed to come to the Administration building. Makes me sad for her because she was always so helpful.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
"To take better care of myself... In spite of my health problems and my many injuries, I continue to be a walking miracle... It's time to stop putting myself on the backburner of LIFE... Time to lose the weight I gained from the last bad man, to regain my health, and to allow myself to be pampered..."
O.K., Winivere... So WHAT do you REALLY-REALLY-REALLY want for 2009?!# Well, two goals have already manifested themselves all by themselves in my prior entry... so let's start with that and go on from there...
1). To respect money and to be more aware of where it is spent... I want to continue to put away $100.00 per pay period through actual $100.00 bills, but... I also want to live on as close to half of my income as possible.
2). To pass probation at work and to take care of my job... This includes taking care of professional relationships, taking advantage of any mentoring that is available, doing all that I can to become an expert at my job, and allowing my work to shine.
3). To live in a doll house... This is a continuation of 2008, which includes simplifying my environment to only those things that make me happy and donating the rest to charity. This also includes being organized enough to be able to find things when I need them.
4). To take better care of myself... In spite of my health problems and my many injuries, I continue to be a walking miracle... It's time to stop putting myself on the backburner of LIFE... Time to lose the weight I gained from the last bad man, to regain my health, and to allow myself to be pampered.
5). To strengthen friendship and family ties by hand-writing more letters... Once a month, I will write a letter to someone who means a lot to me and let them know how much I appreciate them being a part of my life.
Yes! These are things that I really-really-really want! Sounds like a good plan!
Summary of what happened this week...
1). In the local news, a man stole a string of cars, shot and killed a woman at the grocery store in Harlingen, drove to another town thirty minutes away, drove a car through the entrance doors of Wal-Mart and drove the car back out through the other doors, injured several people, shot himself, cried for his mother, and then, committed suicide.
2). One of the new kids ran away from the shelter on Tuesday.
3). My first case was approved for reunification of a child and his parents who have not seen each other in 16 years.
4). People at work have started a weight-loss challenge. You put $20.00 to join and add $1.00 per pound that you gain per weigh-in. The weigh-ins will be every two weeks. The time frame is only for three months. I wasn't going to join, but the girls at the office continue to whisper in front of my face! If joining this challenge helps me to bond with these people, it will be worth investing the $20.00 for it.
5). I have submitted a second case for approval.
6). The kid on my caseload who has been at the shelter the longest finally has a sponsor. That was a big surprise, because I thought the mother had given up!
7). My little soldier has been acting up. Makes me wonder if he is ADD. His brother keeps calling me and says he would like to meet me. Too bad his brother is only 28 years old. LOL
8). Looks as if we had a very short winter... only a few days of cold weather. Christmas was at 85 degrees... The girls at work are always cold so it feels like an oven at the office.
9). I have a phone now! So now I have a desk and a phone and a black pen and a red pen. LOL... I am still waiting for a computer...
P.S... Sorry for the butt shot. LOL @ I can't see why some people think this looks sexy.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
A clean slate... A whole new start... Another chance to start over...
What will your New Year resolutions be this year?!# Although I have a general idea, I am still thinking about what I really-really-really want for 2009. Too often, we start out with a bang, but then, we tend to forget about our resolutions, because we get so wrapped up in the busyness of life. Will that be my fate this year or will this year be the year that my resolutions are finally met?!
I was unemployed for 10-1/2 months of 2008. That means 2008 was a lot about sacrifice and keeping an extra close look at each and every penny, but it also brought more respect for money and where it is spent. That is an important and valuable lesson that should carry forward into 2009.
Finding a job so late in the year also makes me appreciate how important professional relationships are and how important it is to take care of your job. No matter how humble or how stressful your job is, we have to do what we have to do to be able to do what we want to do, so taking care of my job and passing probation at work is something that also needs to be carried forward into 2009.
Hummm... looks as if my list has already started forming itself without any effort on my part... There are other things I am considering. Will come back with that list later...
Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!