Thursday, October 28, 2010

What the....!!*^(^%$^

Have you ever had that one annoying person you just HAD to deal with? Well I had mine this month.

After a long stint of being unemployed, I found a new job. It was part time, but it seemed to be just exactly what I needed; until I met Bobbin (named changed). Everyone seemed really nice at this place, friendly, considerate, helpful, ... except Bobbin. She was basically rude, inconsiderate, sharp tongued, unhelpful, unapproachable, and did I mention rude? Anyway, it was apparent we were not going to be close friends. I was informed by others that it wasn't just me she acted that way to, which didn't make it any easier to take but at least I didn't think I had done something to upset her.

One of my last encounters with Bobbin was due to my first paycheck not being deposited into my bank acct the day it was due to. I asked if they were going to give me a manual check, and you would have thought I had asked for the moon. She even resisted in helping determine why it hadn't been deposited, but finally called me at 3pm to let me know my check was waiting. I took it to their bank to cash and managed to have money to live on that weekend. The following Tuesday, she informed me (on the showroom floor) that the deposit had finally made it to my bank and if that was true I would have to repay the money. (DUH??) So I called my bank to confirm the deposit & called their bank to find out the fastest way to return it. I didn't want that money in my account (and not in their account) any longer than possible and I'm fairly self-sufficient that way, (figuring out what needs to be done and doing it) I don't need instructions for every little thing.

So on Tuesday afternoon, I stopped at my bank and withdrew the cash for the same amount and then took it to their bank Wednesday morning. The bank associate knew the correct account to put it into without me needing to know that info and gave me a receipt I could take back to my employer. I put the receipt in Bobbin's "in-box" (as she requested all things to be put) and later on, she waved it at me and asked "What's this?" I told her it was the receipt from the bank showing I had returned the money.

Guess what... Bobbin had a 'fit' that I would actually deposit money into the bank! WOW... I thought it was a good thing to do... returning the money, in cash, as quickly as humanly possible... but she scolded me good for doing that! It's HER JOB to do the banking, she says. It appears she had a chat with the owners about it and the next morning (today) they called me in and said they had talked and had "decided to go in a different direction, that things just weren't working the way they thought it would." After asking them 3 times what the REAL reason was... they finally told me it was the bank incident and if I was "comfortable enough to go and deposit money in their account, they just weren't sure what else I would be 'capable of' in the future" .........WHAT???? HUH!!??? How does this even make sense?

Oh, they were sure I'd "find the right job" sometime in the future, and they'd pay me through the day. OH! Thank-you-very-much! I thought I had FOUND the right job. I think it will be tough for them to find ANY-one to do that job and get along with Bobbin....

The part I found interesting, is that they talked yesterday with her about this, and never called me in to ask me about it. Whatever she told them, they just took at her word, and decided to let me leave. This is the 'procedure' they chose right in the middle of a reorganization going on where they have written an employee manual of steps to follow. I wonder if these are the steps in that manual... I suggested to them, that if something happens in the future involving an employee, they MIGHT think of talking with them about it before making a decision and getting their take on the event. It MIGHT have some bearing on the case, ya know?

I also told them it's a shame they won't get the chance to get to know me, or they would realize how ridiculous it was to even think about "what I might be capable of doing in the future" !

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Can't Turn Your Blinker on AND Talk on the Phone?

Then HANG UP THE PHONE!!! I talk on the phone in the car, admittedly more than I should. But what gripes me is when someone is so on the phone that they don't signal when turning. COME ON! If you can't signal, then you shouldn't be on the phone. Use Hands Free if you need to be. But the driving rules shouldn't go out the window just because you don't have a free hand.

Oh, and by the way... it's a signal of what you INTEND to do.. not a signal of what you are already doing! In other words, the rule is to signal "at least 100 feet before turning.", not AS you turn.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Personal Drive.... where does it come from?

I am finding my self wondering how a person develops 'drive', or are we born with it? You know, the stuff inside that makes you want to do something... ANYthing... it could be the desire to pursue a certain career, or the desire to excel as something in school, or even the unexplained passion some people have for helping others. Where does it come from? Is it something you're born with, or do you see it in others around you and 'inherit' it... or is a learned thing...? Can you learn it later in life? What do YOU think?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Your Permanent Record

Throughout your school years, teachers, principals, and even parents would warn you of the terrible effect your mischief was having on your "Permanent Record". Perhaps this frightened you. You might have even thought it would prevent you from ever getting a good job! Blemished forever, you hung your head in shame.

At some point, someone may have even told you... nobody cares. Nobody was watching you. There was no permanent record. You felt FREEDOM at last!

But... today I was reading a student manual for a high school in our state, and it mentioned the following rule it must follow:

In compliance with the provisions of the xxxxxx School Student Records Act, the following schedule for retaining and destroying student records will be maintained:

Permanent Records: Retained for sixty (60) years. These records include student information such as name, birth date, address, grades and grade level, parent’s names and addresses, and attendance records.

Temporary Records: Retained for at least five (5) years. These records include student files such as family background information, eligibility information, anecdotal notes, and disciplinary information.

All requests to inspect or obtain student records should be submitted in writing to the Main Office. Requests will then be forwarded to the appropriate school personnel for processing (see School Board Policy 7.34-7.35). All records will be reviewed periodically to validate, update, and dispose irrelevant information.

~~~~ SO, while there IS actually a Permanent Record, the Good news is,.. disciplinary information is only kept in the Temporary Record. LOL

Saturday, August 07, 2010


Wow, I got an email today that reminded me what beautiful street designs we have across the country... and heck in other countries too... here is one that made me just ask "Why"... Im sure there are other pictures of streets out there... post yours and lets see how many we can get. (Thanks Jane)

DQ Flavors

I was just reading a blog about DQ flavors... and now I feel I must go get one. I am trying to remember the name of the flavor I had... it was like chocolate covered cherries... it was sooo good.... AH!! Choco Cherry Love

Nutrition Facts:
730 Calories - Need we say more?

What's YOUR favorite flavor??

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Top 10 TIPS for Time Management

I found this on a wise lady's blog, and printed it for myself, but couldnt help sharing it with you all. Thanks Karen!

My TOP TEN TIPS for Time Management

1. Have a TO DO LIST - every day without fail, and cross them off as you do them.
2. Get a great diary with a monthly planner - you have to like it to use it.
3. PLAN your day - look at your TO DO LIST and prioritize and get moving!
4. LIMIT the time you spend on each job - create your own daily deadlines - it's amazing how you'll get things done quicker if there a time limit!
5. Make your PHONE CALLS FIRST - don't put them off or make excuses!
6. SCHEDULE time for things like, household chores, kids school run, after school activities - put them in your diary as you would an appointment.
7. Plan to do some EXERCISE 5 times a week - even if it's a walk to the shops or school.
8. DO something good for yourself every day - read a book, play your favourite music, but add it into the diary.
9. At the start of the week (eg Sunday night), review your plan for the week and make lists accordingly - don't get caught in the Monday morning "Oh no I haven't done ...."
10. SLEEP - yes it's important. If you get to bed at a reasonable time you'll be firing on all cylinders the next morning. Allow yourself some relaxation time before you go to bed.

Okay so there's one more thing! Learn to say "NO" when necessary. We can't be all things to all people and if we try we end up missing out on the things we WANT to do. So, do whats right, but remember if you feel like you're being put upon, then you probably are and say no!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stop, smell the roses...

I can't believe June 2nd is the last entry in here... time just flies so fast. Actually, time doesn't "fly" at all, we just say that when we have been in a whirlwind of activity and we didn't notice it passing by. I guess in some ways, that's a good thing, it shows we have been busy, not bumps on a log. But sometimes we get so busy we don't stop to think about what is important. Are we letting work overshadow our lives? I know I'm not, I'm unemployed. But even unemployed people can get so busy with the tasks they've set up for themselves on a daily basis, that they don't realize what they are Not doing, or seeing as time slips by. There is definite merit to the phrase "Stop and smell the roses" before the roses have all withered and fallen to the ground.

Maybe we tend to think, "Oh, there will be time for that later... " Not always. For some, later comes sooner than they expect. We don't come with expiration dates stamped on our foreheads and we never know what accident or unforeseen illness will cut our visit short here on Earth. We think we are so indestructible... HA.

Stop, smell the roses... and thank God for each and every day that you are here to live again. Celebrate each day He gives you, and be thankful.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Do you WATCH how you park?

I go into a grocery store, and come out 10 minutes later to find someone parked like this next to me. REALLY? Do you not pay attention to how you park ?? Do you not look at the car next to you to make sure they can get IN their car, and drive OUT of their spot?

This picture was taken after I got IN my car, looking backward. There is NO WAY I could back out of my space. If the space in FRONT of me hadn't been a striped zone, I would not have been able to get out of my spot. And if I'd had to wait for this person to return to their vehicle, I'm pretty sure I would NOT be a happy camper by the time they showed up.

People! All you need to do is apply the Golden Rule!! Park how you would like someone to park next to YOU. Simple.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This 'n That of Yesterday

So, the wood has been cut, (referring to previous post on chair seat) I THINK, at least I do know my hubby bought the wood, and took it to the garage, but honestly that is the last I've seen of it. It also needs the edge run through the router, to give it a curved edge, but I think if that was done, he'd have brought it back in the house... wouldn't you? So.. maybe it's not done.

Yesterday I found a great yard sale, an impromptu yard sale at that, and bought a wonderful sewing cabinet! However when I got it home and in the sewing room that I just redesigned and moved all around.. it turns out the part where you put the sewing machine into the cabinet, is on the wrong side. I wouldn't be able to sit at it, so now I have to sell it! Arrrghhh... Nice modern looking black... well made, heavy feel, not flimsy. So if you want it!... EMAIL ME PLEASE! Here's a pic.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Still Here

I decided today to recover the seats of my dining room chairs. So I got some nice spring green fabric from Jo Ann Fabrics which I thought I would get at 50% off since I had a coupon. It didn't ring up with a discount so when I got out to the car, I sat and looked to see if I could tell why... and there it was. The coupon starts... tomorrow. Arrrgh. Ok...

After I got home, I took one of the seats off the chairs and started removing the fabric. What I found was the wooden bottom of the seat was cracked in several places... so I now need to go get new wood, cut and shape it to match the seat. Then I need to replace the padding as well... nice simple project, eh?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Yeee Ha!!!

I love it, my Mega Quilter just let me zip along and LOOK! Its done! At least this part is... now I can take it off, quilt the border, put on the binding and it'll be DONE!!!! YAY! Completion feels SO good... (and I'm only CLOSE!)

Hellooooo Again!

I was reading a magazine last nite (Quilting Arts) and read about the most fun thing to do ~ it was a 5 day exercise someone at the magazine had readers/quilters participate in. I am hoping they do another! THEN when I got online today I went to a website of a fellow quilter and read her blog telling something about this BAG that her and her friends pass around... and keep for 6 weeks. I'm not sure how it works or what they do with it... but I think it's a Project bag of some sort.. .I emailed her for answers... so meanwhile if anyone here has a clue or has heard of this.. please feel free to enlighten us!

Meanwhile I managed to get my Mega Quilter back in the running! YAY!!! I found I was using the wrong TYPE of bobbin... (needs the flat/no hole bobbin), the wrong TYPE of thread (needs machine quilting thread) and my tension (which was building) was in need of a LOT of adjustment. So with that guidance from a friend I met on Facebook, I set out to correct all items, AND WOOOOHOOOOOO I'm loop-de-looing all over the place! LOVE IT, LOVE IT... LOVE IT...(Thanks Bobbie Jo)

So, I'm headed back to my quilting, and I'll check back with ya'all later!