I’m not dead, I swear

It probably seems like I must have died or something since I never seem to blog anymore.  The main reason is probably Twitter.  I’m kind of addicted. And I’m not really sure why. I guess it’s somewhat like blogging but 140 characters at a time. More like bullet points I guess.

So much has happened since the last time I posted something here. Ryan is working in St. Louis. In just over a week we will be driving down with Melissa to drop her and her car off. Not sure how long they’ll be there but we’re thinking about our options (Mike and I) in the event it becomes permanent.

Which means my new favorite pass time is looking at properties in Tennessee. We kind of like the area of Sequatchie County, specifically the town of Dunlap. Mostly I looked there just because it would be funny. But it looks like a really nice place and it’s about the right distance from St. Louis.  Well, actually, a little further east and closer to St. Louis would be better but there aren’t many towns of the appropriate size. But it’s all just talk at this point. And checking the real estate websites amuses me.

The other news is I spent time with my Mom recently. She was here for her brother Roger’s funeral. Lowell came with her and we had a nice time, even though it was a sad occasion. I drove to Willmar and spent a couple days and then they came this way and stayed nearby. We had dinner together several times.  The weather was cold and snowy so I’m sure they were happy to get back to Oregon!

Since I like to add photos to my blog, I leave you with the grandkitty, Ripley (who lives with us while Ryan and Melissa are in St. Louis):



Shit glued to other shit

I know I haven’t been keeping up the blog posts lately.  I swear I don’t know where the time goes! I do know I’m usually pretty wiped out when I get home and all I really want to do is lay in bed and watch TV. I think I need more iron or something.

Anyway…  had a great time on Saturday at the Junk Bonanza with Val and Claudia. I mentioned there seemed to be a lot of shit glued to other shit and we got a lot of mileage out of that idea.  Here are some of the photos:


And here’s another one showing shit glued or stuck to other shit:


See, the problem is that some people think they can just glue shit to other shit and sell it. Sometimes for a lot of money!  Now don’t get me wrong, I love buying handmade stuff.  But it should always be well made, and of course, unique. For instance, Val got this great bracelet that was made out of an innertube. It was really cool. It’s not cool when people just literally glue shit to other shit and call it a craft.

Although judging by some of the horrors on Etsy and Regretsy, there must be a lot of money in that!


Got it!

Guess who got a new job?!  Yes, that would be me!

I’m pretty excited about it, but a little scared at the same time.  I will be starting on the 30th and I have a few things to take care of in between, like an all-day doctor visit with my Dad.

I am working from home tomorrow so I can get my windshield replaced.  A couple of semis threw up a nice big rock and it landed smack in the middle of the windshield on the driver’s side of the Flex.  Oh well, at least it didn’t hit the body!

I will probably post some pictures of the recent trip to Montana over on the other blog.  I haven’t quite decided how to present that trip, so it may take me a couple of days to actually have a finished product.


I have the best husband in the world.  Not only does he put up with me and my crap, but he also does the most awesome things for other people.  Not because he has to, but because he wants to.

We’re leaving for Montana in the morning. It’s going to be a quick trip out and back so we can be with his cousin Missy and her family. Sadly they lost their 15-year old son, Jory, in a motorcycle accident. We were fortunate to spend a long weekend with them two years ago. I can’t imagine what they’re going through right now. Hopefully having family around will help in some way.

Nothing much…

Nothing much is going on around here.  On Sunday we had a big barbeque at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park in honor of Father’s Day.  I couldn’t convince my Dad to leave the house, but pretty much everyone else showed up. We got rained on a bit, but it was a nice day no matter what the weather was like.

We made ribs, chicken and brats on the grill and had potato and taco salads.  I should have taken pictures of the food!



It might be time to admit I’m just plain depressed

I’m tired of complaining and feeling depressed. The problem is, I’m not entirely sure what to do about it. I don’t believe in taking medication unless it’s absolutely necessary – and before anyone gets all pissed off at me, I’m not saying medication is unnecessary or inappropriate – it’s just not MY choice for most things.

Part of my depression is likely due to the situation at work. I’m mad at myself for investing so much of myself into a relationship that ended up being nowhere near as important as I thought – or as I made it, I guess. When I started this job over three years ago, I went to work for someone I knew. And someone I respected. Notice I’m speaking in the past tense.  I’m not someone who’s prone to kidding herself. I’ve gone through enough stuff to know myself and believe me, I’m still not sure what the hell happened. And the worst part is that I just can’t let it go.  I think the only way I can is to go somewhere else.

And that brings us to the other part of my recent issues.  For all the phone calls and emails I get telling me what a great resume I have, I’m still sitting here with no real prospects.  Today was really frustrating. I had a phone interview yesterday that went really well. So well in fact, the hiring manager wanted me to come in for an in-person interview later the same day. I wasn’t able to do that, but I told him I was on PTO today and could come in at any time.  He said he’d text me back with a time… Then late today I get a call from the consulting company telling me my resume was being “put on hold” while they interviewed another candidate.  WHAT? I’m confused.

This kind of thing has been happening a lot. Either they love me, but they don’t want to pay that kind of salary; they love me but oops I don’t have a degree; or they want me to work a crazy rotating shift that is (no offense) pretty far below my experience level and skill set. I mention that last one because I have been contacted a half dozen times about the SAME job, at UHG, that has a shift that’s four ten-hour days, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., four days off and the four ten-hour days again, but 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.  They’ve been trying to fill that one for about the last two years.  For sure the last six months because that’s how long they’ve been calling me!  And apparently Target doesn’t like to hire it’s own… or something.  Can’t even get a callback from that place.  And I really did leave on good terms.  Or at least I thought I did.  Now I’m even questioning that!

There’s really no wrap-up for this post. I’m depressed, and I need a new job. That is all.


Fingers Crossed…

I was called for jury duty this week and next.  So far I haven’t had to report – although I did have a close call on Tuesday.  Everyone I work with thinks I’ll get tossed out with the first question or two.  I have joked about spilling my purse so my conceal carry permit and pocket Constitution fall out, but I wasn’t serious (at least I don’t think I was…).  I may be a tad outspoken so I doubt I would end up on a jury, too.  The only benefit to the whole thing was the possibility of time away from work.

Things continue to be very stressful at work. I still feel like I got the shaft and my confidence is severely shaken. I need to learn to shut up more and stop letting my boss in on my true feelings.  I should have learned that over-sharing just causes problems based on this experience but sometimes I just can’t seem to help myself!

Anyway, there is one possible bright spot.  We’re running out of room so I may get to work from home at least one day a week.  I picked Wednesday so I could attend weekly lunch with Mike, Gary, Scott and Dennis. Plus Wednesdays tend to be slower than the other days.  I would also love to work from home on Friday but Christine beat me to that day.  LOL.

Since I thought I was going to have to report to the courthouse on Tuesday, I worked from home. I set up my own office in the bedroom a while back. I LOVE Mike’s computer but I hate his office so this was a much better idea. Plus he doesn’t always want to share. LOL.

Here’s a photo of one of my favorite parts of working from home. I can have coffee by just walking around the corner and pushing a button. Plus – I don’t have to walk past my former boss’ office (even though his door is closed 99% of the time!)


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