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):

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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.

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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Jury Duty Tomorrow?

We’ve lived in our house (and Anoka County) for a long damn time.  I finally got a summons for Jury Duty last month.  My “commitment” started today but I didn’t have to report.  Well, that may be changing tomorrow.  I called in just after 4:30 and the message stated I may be required to show up tomorrow afternoon for orientation. But I won’t know until 10:30.

Now I get that this process is much better than it used to be. I don’t have to just go sit there until they decide they do or don’t need me…  but I only have a 15 minute window tomorrow to call and if I have to report, I need to be there by 12:15 I believe.  So, what, people don’t eat lunch when they serve on juries???

I’ll be working from home in the morning to make getting to the courthouse easier if I have to show up in the afternoon.  I’m guessing I’ll have to show up there in the next two days either way…

Oh yeah, this happened

I don’t think people leave jobs because they don’t like the work. They leave jobs because people in management positions do things that cause extreme frustration and those same people just brush off the frustration.  Case in point:

I knew my cube was going to be cut in half… only because I happened to run into the person from Facilities speaking with our Admin (and noticed she had a blueprint in her hand).  On Tuesday of the previous week I was informed by the new guy that shares a wall with me that they were going to be cutting my cube in half soon.  The very next day (while I was working from home) I got a call from James, who shares the other wall with me, informing me they were doing the work the next day starting at 8:30 a.m.  At no time had I actually been approached or notified of this work directly.  So the next morning I raced around clearing out my cube before 8:30 a.m. Only to have my former boss put a stop to the work TEN MINUTES before they were supposed to start.  Not only was this a huge issue for me since I spent most of the previous hour cleaning up and packing up, but the other two guys worked from home and made other arrangements for their laptops to remain plugged in somewhere since the power to all three cubes was supposed to be shut off.  And what was Bossman’s response to this?  He said – and I quote – “we’ll just roll with it”.  Um, yeah, who’s going to do that then?

Not that it will do any good, but in protest I left pretty much everything packed and brought it home.  I’m not being a big baby over one thing… this was kind of the last straw in a long line of annoying things that have just been passed off as being unimportant.  I’m so done…

And the reason the work was stopped?  Because another team is moving off the floor so there will be plenty of cubes available in a couple of weeks.  So I’m going to be moving again soon.  At least this time my few personal items will fit into my purse!

I have trouble believing in things just because others do…

I tend to read a lot of books. My Kindle has hundreds of books in it. I’ve read a lot of them…  I’m currently reading a book called “Climate of Corruption” by Larry Bell.  It’s about Global Warming/Climate Change – and what a scam it is.  Before this book, I read “The Creature from Jekyll Island” which is about the Federal Reserve.

So, what’s my point here? My point is that I do my research. If someone told me the moon was made of green cheese, I wouldn’t just believe them. I would read books about the moon, I would research the moon on the internet. I would look at both sides of the issue and make an informed decision.

Why don’t more people question things that seem preposterous?  I certainly would…

Inadvertent Snow Day?

I took the day off. It was either that or end up in jail. Because I was contemplating doing away with some people at work. Pretty sure that’s a violation of at least one rule.

I had planned to sleep in and then go to lunch with Mike, Gary, Scott and Dennis.

Then this happened:

And Mike had to go to work. And he got stuck at the end of the street.  He came back home to get me and the shovel. Luckily (for me) Dennis showed up at about that time to plow our driveway (I LOVE YOU, Dennis!). I sent him to the end of the street to dig Mike out and went back to bed. Okay, not really…  although I am sitting in bed as I type this. I was dressed and awake so I made myself coffee, put my out-of-office on my work email, and turned on the ID channel. I don’t plan to move from this spot except to refresh my coffee. The end.

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