November 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm (Life, NaBloPoMo, reflections, Work)

Lately, we have been really shorthanded at work.  So, for the last couple of weeks I have put in a couple of hours of overtime every week.  now, not a lot, but, anything on my paystub under overtime goes right into the savings for a car.  So, that is helpful.  But, i am struggling with, how much overtime do i work.  I know it probably sounds stupid, but i am not real great at working a crapload of hours.  I am in desperate need of downtime.  and my days off have been full too.

So, i struggle.  Do i work as much overtime as i can get, and be closer to a car, sooner.  sounds great.  but if mentally, emotionally, i am a mess everywhere else, what is the point. 

I think i need some me overtime.  but until then, i keep plugging along.  I really wish i would be independently wealthy and didn’t have to work.  That sounds terrible!  but i just would love to work part time in a bookstore or craft store, and enjoy myself the rest of the time.  oh i can dream…

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Election Day

November 3, 2008 at 5:14 pm (Life, NaBloPoMo) (, )

Tomorrow is Election Day.  You are going to go vote right?  You better be.  I have made no secret about who i am voting for, and if you can’t tell, ask me, i’ll tell you who and why.

All I ask is that you do your best to be an informed voter.  Please don’t vote on just one issue.  Vote for the person that best represents what you want for yourself and your country on all the issues. 

If you are happy with how the last 8 years have gone, then you know who you are going to vote for.  If you are happy with the current state of the economy, a long war, high gas prices, and the state of education in our country, then vote for it to stay the same.

If you are like me, and fed up with all of these things, then vote for change.  Now, realistically, will all of these things change?  Probably not.  But for me, my priorities for this country are education, the economy and health care. 3 issues that the future administration will have to tackle, and that I hope by voting for change will turn around.

Thank you for getting out your vote.  It does matter.  Not registered to vote yet?  in the state of MN, you can register the day of at your polling place with an ID with your current address.

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Lack of Motivation, Christmas Music, and more

November 2, 2008 at 1:28 pm (blogging, Life, NaBloPoMo, reflections) (, , )

I really did not want to go to work yesterday, hence the title, lack of motivation.  But actually, I was motivated.  To do stuff at home.  I wanted to stay home, update my Ravelry Projects, cast on a shawl, do laundry, etc, etc.  But, i had to go to work.  So today, I don’t have to go to work, but i don’t have that same motivation.  crap.

So yesterday once i went to work, i noticed something that I was quite annoyed with.  CHRISTMAS MUSIC.  on Nov 1.  ugh.  Yes, i have an aunt who listens to Christmas music in July, but not me.  I am going to be VERY tired of it once Christmas actually rolls around.

I went to church today for the first time in a long time.  So, i should be good until Christmas now, right?  It is hard, since that used to be a central point in my life, and isn’t anymore.  I don’t if it is the church, or just the whole thing. Being there makes me kind of irritated, and then i am irritated at myself for being irritated with church, and it is a whole vicious cycle, and I leave, really not getting anything out of the whole experience.  I feel as if my day would have been better served by me staying at home.  Things to ponder I guess.

Off to find that motivation….

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Halloween ’08

October 31, 2008 at 8:33 pm (Life, things I love) (, )

I went all ’80s inspired, made my own sweatshirt.  I forgot how fun neon puff paint can be!  But, it will take me awhile to get all of the hairspray out of my hair.  but overall, a success!  Here is me with my favorite duck.

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Things that make me happy today

October 9, 2008 at 8:05 pm (Life, things I love)

Paying 2.87 for gas.


these pictures:

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5 friends

October 8, 2008 at 2:08 pm (Life) (, )

This video really struck a chord with me.  Are you registered to vote?  remember this is likely one of the most important elections of our time.  It is VERY likely that the next President will be appointing a member of the Supreme Court, which means the current balance of the court could stay the same or become more conservative.  Register, and Vote.  Every state has different registration guidelines.  Visit DeclareYourself.com.  That’s where I registered and you should too!


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a vent

September 26, 2008 at 7:46 pm (Life)

I have not had any great blogging thoughts this week.  it has been a loooooong week.  I am exhausted, and have been on the verge of tears all day.  actually, all week.  and i am a crier, but this is ridiculous.

Sunday, I went into work on my day off because 17 PEOPLE CALLED IN!!!  So, i got some overtime, great, but it did make a 7 day stretch into an 8 day one, and i am just not very good at either of those.

Monday, on my way into work, my car broke.  something with the fuel system.  oh yeah, i need this right now.

Tuesday/Wednesday, the car i was driving instead, my mom’s old van, broke.  starter went out.  great.

Thursday, i got my dad’s wife’s car, which i may never give back, while they are out of town for the weekend.

Thursday/Friday/Today: I am calf-sitting this weekend.  and one won’t eat, and is really sick.  yeah, my brother got the phone call with me crying.  I honestly don’t know that the calf will be alive tomorrow morning, and i know, it is part of farm life, i was raised with it, but it still makes me really sad.

So, maybe in a couple of days i will have some great blogging thoughts, but i still have 2 days of work and calf-sitting.

thanks for listening to me rant, i needed it.

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Last Weekend’s Project

September 4, 2008 at 2:43 pm (family, Life) (, , )

This was last weekend’s project:




As many know, i grew up on a dairy farm, and now my dad and brother are “hobby” farmers, with about 100 head of beef cows.  Well, last weekend they were out of town, and my brother and his girlfriend needed someone to bottle feed this cutie.  its mom wouldn’t feed him, so they were bottle feeding him.  So, last weekend, he was my project.  Fun for about 2 seconds, but i was glad when monday rolled around and I didn’t have to be a farmer anymore.

Then on Tuesday, Henry got a friend:

Henry and Friend

Henry and Friend

This one is being bottle fed too.  I am really glad i am not a farmer this weekend!  Fun to look at, but I would rather just go pet them once and awhile!

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365 days of solitude

March 6, 2008 at 11:15 am (Life)

One year ago today, I was laying in a hospital, or an ambulance (I was in 3 of each on that day!) with my leg and ankle broken.  i know look back on that day and the events following as the worst and the best things to have ever happened to me.  My life got turned upside down in an instant.  I am all recovered physically, though my ankle will likely never be 100% due to the amount of metal in it.

I have spent this last year throwing a lot of pity parties.  but also growing, laughing, and becoming me again.  I am finally feeling like i am back.  and part of being back is keeping in better toch with people.  But first, an update.

Job wise, I am still at Wal Mart.  I am a customer Service Manger, which basically mean I am one of the hourly supervisors of the front end.  Meaning cashiers, customer service, people gretters, cart pushers, etc.  I have a love-hate relationship with it.  I have recieved a lot of positive feedback, i like most of the people i work with, and the pay is good.  It is nice to feel like I am good at something again.  I hate the random hours, shoplifters, and some of the personalities I deal with.  Eventually, and hopefully soon, I can get a department manager position which could include better hours.  Of course, I open the paper today and see at least one, if not two jobs I am considering applying for.  oh who knows!  I am also in the process of signing up with sittercity.com, so if you would be willing to be one of my references, i would appreciate it!

I am in the process of researching Grad Programs.  I would like to get my Masters in Social Work with a clinical emphasis.  I am looking for a distance and online learning program, so I can still work full time.

I am still renting the upstairs of my mom’s house.  almost a year later, we still like each other, so that is nice.  It has been great to spend a lot of time with my family.  Conversations that have gone until 3:30 in the morning with my brother and sister, hanging out with my cousins, and seeing everyone a lot.

I spend the little spare time I have knitting (my newest projects being socks and mittens,) scrapbooking, making cards, reading (newest recommendations: the other boelyn girl, and eat pray love,) and watching tv

God and I are still at odds.  I don’t feel at home in my home church anymore, and so its been hard for me to make those steps to find another church home.

In May, I am heading to Seattle.  Thank you Tax Returns.  I had the inital date of my trip set, and then found out I had the wrong weekend for the campus celebration.  and my trip dates keep extending, but i will for sure be there for the weekend of the 24th.  so when i confirm that all, I will let those of you who are interested know.  I am flying, and probably renting a car, but I have no idea where I am staying yet.

I still have a blog, though i haven’t posted much.  my computer is annoyingly, painfully slow, so i don’t spend a lot of time on it!

I took this year, kind of closed myself off, and worked on me.  I know it is no fun to be involved in someone else’s pity party, and that is part of the reason i have been so quiet, and hermit-like.  I am looking forward to reconnecting with many of you.  I think of you all often.  thank you to those of you who have stood with me in this last year. I have survived.  and there were times i didn’t think i would.  and if i didn’t have to work tonight i would go out and celebrate.

I hope to hear from you all soon.  Here’s to breaking my solitude!

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Happiest Moment of the Day

November 15, 2007 at 10:55 pm (family, Life, Work) (, , )

So, my mom and have lately done this thing where we write down the happiest moment of our day.  She is much better at it than i am.

These things can be anything.  Examples from both of us include:

  • Getting my house clean
  • feeling a sense of accomplishment about a task
  • Getting an owl pellet (seriously, i have never seen anyone so excited about what is essentially owl puke)
  • a good day at work
  • etc etc

So the happiest moment of my day…being able to give a bouquet of flowers to a customer just because, no strings attached.  she was amazed.  and i think it probably brightened her day too.  nothing better.

What is the happiest moment to your day?

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