Kyle starts school in just a few days! He will be starting 6th grade at a brand new school, in a new school district.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
I think I am done for the day because my hands hurt! LOL I can't work non-stop, I tend to do a few messages here and there, and stop to take a short break and then work more. If I feel re-energized after Kyle goes to bed, I may log on again.
My job is having a 24 hour contest. I won't be competing though. There several operators who have logins for all platforms so they have the advantage. Plus, the prize (chocolate) isn't worth it. LOL It's easier for me just to go out and buy chocolate for myself. Don't get me wrong, it's a great incentive, I just don't feel like competing, although I will be working. I just need to boost my paycheck for my family! This economy and job market isn't getting any better, so I am trying to do my part!
Since I started working, I am improving my typing and my speed! Kyle's getting used to mommy typing all the time. He'll even come up and pretend to type on my computer or his dad's keyboard.
Shannon's next days off aren't until Wednesday and Thursday of next week! I don't know what we'll be doing. I think my in-laws want us to come visit again. Shannon still needs to get the car fixed! I have no idea when that's happening.
I don't think I'll be able to volunteer with the puppies. They asked for a schedule of when I can volunteer and that's really hard to say since Shannon's schedule changes LITERALLY every week! Plus, we don't know his schedule for the next week until Thursday or Friday before. This has always been difficult for me to set up doctor appointments too.
Shannon and I haven't had much time to talk, catch up, or spend time together. By the time he gets home, I am asleep. I have tried staying up until he gets home, but I am usually too tired the next morning to function! LOL He doesn't get up until about 10 to 15 minutes before he has to start getting ready for work.
Shannon said that one of the rooms at the hotel have bed bugs! The housekeeper that went to check it out said they were all over! UGH! Anyway, the inspector that came out to look at the room, said it looks like they've been there awhile. She said they may even infected other rooms. Well, the Assistant GM convinced her to basically lie on her report to say that it's only in one room, etc, etc.
Anyway, when the housekeeper went to clean the room, they didn't tell her it had bed bugs. So she just put the sheets out in the hallway, where they sat until a houseman came and picked them up with his bare hands to put them in the laundry!!!! They didn't even tell the housekeepers!!!! We don't even know if the bed bugs were in the sheets, they had open access to the other rooms on the floor! YUCK!
The last two days, I've been working as much as I can. I am just trying to earn as much as I can until the end of the month. I will get my first paycheck from this company next month around the 21st. I just needed to motivate myself into working again. I also expressed interest for another texting job with another company. I am not sure if I am going to send in my application now, but I am keeping the email just in case. I have heard some really bad things about this company, so I am not sure if I want that drama in my life. Some people have said that the managers/moderators will stab you in the back and leave you for dead. I am not saying I don't believe the "talk" but I do take that into consideration! LOL For now I will keep working for my current company and gain experience with them.
Shannon brought home his W-2 the other night. That prompted me to gather all of our documents together and have everything in one place. We're still waiting on a few 1099s! Once we have everything, I can file our taxes and get that over with.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
She also said that she likes being to buy her own stuff, and wondered how she can earn money when her husband wants her to stay at home all the time. It sounded like he was going to school and working, and he wanted her to work her scheduled hours, and that was it. Nothing more. She expressed that she wanted to try to earn extra money for her household to help out, but her husband wouldn't let her. So sad!
I left her a comment on her blog and apparently she didn't like it and she deleted it! LOL I told her that I thought her husband sounds immature and selfish. My husband is the complete opposite from her husband and it's sad that she puts up with him. My husband encourages me to go for what I want! He wants me to be happy. Lady, that is what a REAL SPOUSE/lover is about, wanting YOU to be happy and succeed!
Then I heard that Jack in the Box is considering outsourcing their drive-thru orders. When you pull up to their drive-thru, you could be talking to someone in a call center!! Can you imagine?
This is seriously really scary for me. It got me to thinking about us really considering growing our on veggies or fruits at home. However, I have never grown veggies or fruits at home. LOL For now, we are slowly stocking up on canned foods, rice, and other food staples.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Since Kyle was a little guy, he's loved cheerios and honey nut cheerios. However, we buy the malt-o-meal brand and they come in big bags! Now he loves eating his cereal in a bowl with milk! It's so cute to watch him eat his cereal with a spoon and then drink the milk afterwards. My 3 year old, picking up the bowl and putting it to his mouth on his own, to drink his milk still amazes me!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
We haven't bought any junk food or sodas lately. Shannon is on a "trail mix and granola" kick, so they are always in the house. I don't mind, they are both good and the granola goes great with my yogurt. We did buy some frozen concentrate orange juice again this time, which is great to drink instead of water all the time.
We also needed new sippy cups for Kyle! The last time we bought sippy cups for him was about 2 1/2 years ago or so. So these are for bigger kids. Hopefully he'll get used to these.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I also recorded Lost on our DVR, so I am waiting til we can watch it together. It's literally been so long that I don't remember the details of what happened on the season finale! I think it's been at least 8 months since the finale! LOL I can't wait to watch the premiere!
I haven't had much time to work. Kyle seem to always be near me or sit right next to me. Plus I wake up so early (because he wakes up early) and by the time he's asleep at night, I am tired too.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
There were a few funny moments, including the mess up with the oath! There were also a few instances where Obama was sitting down to sign papers, he went to try to twist the pen open, and then he he stood up and smiled some more. Then they gave him more papers to sign, to which he had to sit back down. Later, they were presenting him with a flag and he went to reach for it and the person turned around and left! LOL It's so funny to see these flubs! Didn't they walk him through what would be happening and how to react?
Other than that, I can look back on this day and remember where my husband, son, and I were. Shannon has the day off, so we'll be spending the day together. This time in history, Kyle is here with us to witness.
I woke up to snow on the ground! The first snow fall of the year. So pretty!
So, where were you on this day in history?
Monday, January 19, 2009
I am really happy with Wachovia, and I hope they won't change anything that they are doing.
Here is the TV commercial that is airing:
I like the platform I am on now, but it does get exhausting and repetitive! So I think training on another platform will help "change it up" a bit for me. I need something different to keep me motivated to keep working.
I have been exhausted the last few days. For some reason, Kyle wants to stay up later than normal. He's been going to bed around 8:30pm -9pm. He doesn't want to fall asleep in our bed (like usual), he likes falling asleep on my lap while I am using my laptop! When he eventually falls asleep, I put him in his room.
I have had less time to devote to working as well, but I am trying to find time here and there. I've already made my requirement for the month, so I don't have to stress about that. But I am still working as much as I can.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I saw someone spell my name with an "F" instead of "PH" so this got me to thinking of a new blog link. Don't ask me how, it just did! LOL
Anyway, I think this link is much easier to remember!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Then last night, one of the bosses basically cusses at her moderators in her message. When you log in, you can see their name and a message going out to everyone. Maybe I am reading it wrong, but here is the message that shows up on messenger and when she logs in.
I am just going to focus on my own work and work when I can, and as often as I can to earn that money! It's a great job, I may look into training on another area as well!
Shannon is doing okay at work. It sounds like his boss is still being a hard ass. She seems to want to micro-manage EVERYTHING and everyone! Nobody is doing a good enough job either. Then we get a call from a property in Arkansas. Apparently, Shannon's HR sent his resume to their HR for an open position they have. It's for an "assistant" position. We both agree, that we're not going to move to another state for an assistant position. It's better to stay where we are, plus we'd have to start all over there! It was very nice of his HR to do that for us, but we were hoping for a higher position! We are very thankful that he went out of his way to do that. But we also wondered why now would he put in a good word for Shannon? Why not back in November or December? It just sounds like weird timing to us.
The other night, Shannon received a phone call from one of our local politicians that he's been in touch with through a forum. They know each other through the Ron Paul forum and we even voted for him when he ran for a position (unfortunately he lost) in this past election. Anyway, Shannon had expressed interest in helping with a non-profit, so he was calling to see if Shannon was still interested! This is an unpaid/volunteer position. I told Shannon to go for it, since he would like this sort of thing. He emailed the politician back asking for more info on what he is looking for, what his expectations are, etc. Plus to collaborate with a politician would be a great opportunity on so many levels!
We also started giving Kyle his cereal with milk! Before, he always had cereal without milk (I wasn't looking to clean up a huge mess). But now that we have our dining table, I don't mind as much. He loves it! He has it every morning for breakfast. Since his eating habits change, this may change next week.
I also earned a free lavender comfort pillow from one of my home businesses! You can visit my personal link here. I can't wait to try this product! I have never tried anything like this. But it sounds perfect for me to wear on my shoulders while I am working! hehe. I am not sure what pattern I am receiving but here's is an idea of what it looks like. I did have to pay for shipping, which wasn't that bad!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
So we're sitting there watching the story on tv and I notice a nice flat screen tv in the background, I don't really know if it's a plasma or an LCD, I wouldn't really know the difference. I even make a comment to my husband saying, "damn, look at the flat screen tv!" Then the camera turns back to the woman and she says, "I'm on a fixed income and I budget for his doctors and his medication and $90 is not a lot to some people, but it’s the principle,” (This is quoted in the news story as well). Fixed income my ass! LOL
Okay, so it's not my place to judge, it's not my business what she spends her money on. But to use her words, "it's principle." If you are going to go on CAMERA and complain about the cost of medication, why don't you stop showing off your damn TV... on tv!
Hey, we're on a very LOW income budget and WE don't have a flat screen tv. I wish we had her "fixed income."
And no, I am not bitter, just surprised at her audacity to complain on TV!
There are a few new hotels opening up in our area and we haven't heard anything yet about them hiring or opening. Either way, the new hotels bring new jobs and new opportunities for everyone.
I am now on my 4th day on my new work at home job. I am having so much fun and still very thankful for the opportunity. I have set a daily goal for myself and so far it's going really well. If I can pay just one of our bills, it would really help us. I did consider going for a moderator position with this company, but I really like not having a schedule. I like working when I want to! I have also found that I can't work for long periods of time. LOL I can't explain it, but I find myself taking a lot of little breaks. They've been really busy when I am online so I've been meeting my goal with no problem.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This list may be updated from time to time, so be sure to check back!
1. I celebrated 5 years of being married!
2. Kyle turned 2!
3. Shannon got a new job and we were able to move and get our OWN place
4. I turned 25 for the 3rd time =)
5. We qualified to have Kyle on Medicaid
6. We bought our FIRST dining room table set! Kyle is now feeding himself. (so happy about this!)
7. I have made some awesome new friendships online!
8. I have also been reminded to trust my instincts and listen to what my instincts are saying.
He bought so much food. He said it was really nice being able to buy all that food, swipe a card and not pay a dime of our own money. Food Stamps are great and he loves having them. I told him I felt the same way after Kyle's doctor appointment. I went to check out and they said, "Okay, you are all set." It was nice not having to worry about paying a co-pay or receiving a bill a few weeks later.
Shannon knew I wanted to try to bake a cake for Kyle's birthday. Kyle deserves a nice treat, he is such a good boy. Shannon bought me Reese's desert bar mix that comes with a pan and there's no baking! How fun is that? It sounds easy, so hopefully I won't find a way to burn it. LOL I've never made a dessert, so this should be a good way for me to start. I am going to make it on my husband's next day off so we can all enjoy it.
I asked Shannon about his day (at work) and he said it was shitty! After he explained what had happened, it sounds like his boss is jealous of him. She's the type of manager to hover over everyone, ask you what you're doing, ask you to do 15 things, or just want to do every job there is. Shannon is the opposite ~ laid back type of manager, he empowers his shift to handle just about any situation. He doesn't hover, he trusts they are doing their job. Then she brought up that he talks politics with one of the girls who works there. She told him that "everyone" calls them ... (cue the suspenseful music)...BUDDIES!!! AHHH! How dare he have buddies at work!!! I was wondering if everyone thinks they are lovers or something. LOL Even Shannon thought that people may think that too. For the record, I trust my husband and he would never cheat. He's just not that type. There's another girl there that talks sports with people, and apparently there is no problem with HER being buddies with the people she talks to. So what's the deal? Shannon is the only male in his department, so maybe that's why he sticks out.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I got my permanent logins this morning. I was online this morning and all the moderators were going crazy! It was really busy and backed up that even the bosses logged on to help. I even received a few emails letting all operators know that it's busy. So I logged on and worked for a few hours.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I am so glad I took their advice, they suggested I create a separate MSN email address/login for this job. I will be using this MSN login strictly when I am working. They use MSN so you can contact a moderator/manager whenever you need help or assistance.
I will get my permanent logins in a few days as well, but I can keep working until then!
I was also able to get Kyle to bed before my training. He went to bed a bit later than usual because his Daddy was home today. When his daddy is home, he gets distracted and wants to play! hehe.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I had to create a whole new MSN email address to use for this job and download MSN Messenger as well. Training will be done through MSN Messenger. I also have to set up a training date within a week. Yikes! So little time to study! I just don't know if I can fully "learn" just by reading a manual. I am more of a "hands-on" type of learner. Overall, the system looks pretty easy but I won't know until I try it out, but I won't be able to try it out unless I pass training. LOL
It's a lot of information to learn in such a short amount of time. I am nervous, but I know that I want to do this.
Shannon is off tomorrow! We really need groceries, I had to get creative on what to make for dinner last night and this afternoon. LOL
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I also transplanted a handful of my plants. What a mess! LOL Kyle had to be in the front row and see what was happening. When I took apart just one of my pots, I found I had 3 separate spider plants (instead of 1). I may have to add more soil to the baggies, since it looks like I only filled the baggies halfway. I will be so glad when all potting soil is out of the house! I found out tonight that potting soil gets EVERYWHERE! LOL I also need to find unique vessels to put my plants in. Here are some examples of what I mean. I don't want to buy the vessels through Plantmakers when I can get them from Walmart for much less. They don't have to be exactly like the ones in the pictures ~ I can design my own!
I've been trying to watch all of my shows I have saved on my DVR since I haven't had time to watch. My DVR was getting backed up so I watched some of my shows last night and this afternoon. I am in the middle of watching The Bachelor. I don't know if I can't get into the show this year, although it is different this year from other seasons. The Bachelor is a single dad, and he brought his son along to stay with him. There are also a few single moms on the show. I don't know what it's like to be a single parent, but I do have to agree with the moms on the show when they say that these girls have no idea what it's like to be a mom! Even before I had my son, I thought I knew what it was like to have kids, but I didn't! It's not always easy.
I received another email from the HR representative for the work at home job I am applying for. She said she was unable to open the file with my application and asked me to convert it to jpeg. Since I am not technical in anyway possible way, I was stumped. Since I have the internet at my fingertips (my "aha" moment), I did a search on how to convert PDF to jpeg, and lo and behold, they had SIMPLE instructions to follow! I really thought it would be a technical mumbo jumbo process, but thankfully it wasn't! I am so proud of myself for figuring out how to convert PDF to a jpeg!
Kyle has been "talking" a lot today. On our daily walk around the complex, he kept leaning his head back (as if looking at the sky) with his eyes closed and "talk." He did this over and over again. He's also playing with the phone we have that is attached to our fax machine. He keeps picking it up and putting the phone to his ear and "talking" into it.
Shannon brought home two big chocolate chip cookies with white chocolate chips in them from work. Anyway, I've been eating little pieces of one of the cookies throughout the morning. This afternoon, Kyle got into the kitchen and found the other cookie. When I "caught" him, he came out of the kitchen with chocolate crumbs around his mouth and he was holding pieces of the cookie and there were crumbs on his hands too! It was the cutest thing!
I also received my order from Plantmakers!! My new plant looks cute and healthy! I am very happy about that. I wiped down her leaves because there was some dirt and dust on them. I will be transplanting some of my plants tonight.
The weather has been miserable here. Yesterday it rained for most of the day. I took Kyle out on a walk yesterday and we were soaked by the time we got home. Last night it rained and it came down hard enough on the windows to wake me up for a bit. Today it has stopped raining but it's windy and a little overcast.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I received a response back from the company I am applying with for a work at home position. She just had additional questions for me and I already sent her a reply. I hope to hear more tomorrow.
Kyle's schedule has changed a bit to where I had to move our dinner time up an hour to 4pm. He's tired by 6:30pm-ish and asleep by 7pm or so. He also gets up really early, but lately I've been getting up before him. Shannon comes to bed around 4:30am to 5am and that's when I am half awake half asleep. I like getting up before Kyle and starting my day because it gives me just a little big of quiet time to myself.
I am interested in making all natural homemade soap. I found a few sites that have affordable starter kits. I am going to wait at least a month or so before I think about buying a kit. Until then, I am still researching, reading up on the process and the ingredients involved.
In a way, I don't mind what he does, I am just satisfied that he has the information. He can do what he chooses. It is his company, it would be up to him if he wants a rep like that representing his company, right?
I was able to place my order last Friday and it will be shipped out today! I can't wait to transplant my plants into this soil! One of the reasons I bought it was because all of my plants have to stay out of my son's reach, otherwise, there will be soil everywhere! Plus, there will be no mess, it's clean and safe! I won't have to worry about buying messy potting soil and worry about storing it. There will be no bugs (not that I have that problem now) to worry about either. The last time I bought potting mix, I had bugs a few days after I potted up my plants. Also, if my plants tip over or get knocked over from my son, there won't be a mess to clean up! I love no messes! I also ordered a new plant with this order. It's also in the "top 10" for filtering the air, I am all for clean air!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
To our son, Kyle ~
Friday, January 2, 2009
I have never really been one to officially make New Year's Resolutions. Why set myself up to fail? I was looking through a Walmart ad yesterday and the entire ad featured exercise equipment, eating right, exercise videos, workout clothes, etc. I find it funny that stores completely take advantage of this time of year and play on everyone's resolutions (I don't mean this in a mean way), I just think it's strategic of them! Although, for those who already workout, exercise, eat right on a regular basis, this would be a good time to buy what you need on sale, right?
I don't like to see people fail at their resolutions, but why create such HIGH expectations for yourselves? Why not start small and then make goals as you go?
I think the BEST way to stick to your resolutions and promises to yourself is to make a small goal. Keep following through, and don't give up! Don't forget to reward yourself, because you deserve it!
Are you the type to make resolutions? Do you find yourself failing every year? Don't give up this year. Make a change for the better! If you want to achieve something, just go for it.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Everytime I emailed her, I felt like I had to jump through hoops just to get a response from her. I felt like I was bothering her with my questions/emails. She would also say she would do something and never follow through, which happened twice! Last week, she said she was going out of town and wouldn't have access to a computer until Monday night (she'd get back to me then). Well, Monday night came...and went. I didn't want to email her since I felt like I was annoying her. So I waited a whole 24 hours (Tuesday night) to email her with simply "any news?" She did reply back but never answered my question, so I emailed her back with the same question. Anyway, I finally placed my order with her on Wednesday (yesterday evening), and she said she would invoice (send me a bill through paypal) later that night. When I went to check my email the next morning (today), there was NO invoice!!!
I am pretty upset at this point. I've been so patient with this woman and she keeps disappointing me. I am anxious to place my order and yet she just takes her sweet time.
Today I contacted the other rep who emailed me and she sounded so enthusiastic and excited to help me! Not only that, she emailed me back tonight with how to order from her!!! This is what I expect from someone I am ordering from! Is that too much to ask? Or maybe MY expectations are too high? If someone wanted to order from me, I would be MORE than willing to help them with any questions they may have. I would return their email as soon as I could. You can call me impatient with wanting to place my order quickly, but I am an impulse buyer and when I want something, I have to order it in that moment, otherwise I will probably lose interest!
Anyway, I decided to email the first rep and cancel my order. I still had not heard from her and it had been over 24 hours since the time she said she would invoice me. She emailed me back within a few minutes and responds with the following BULLSHIT "i was just about to invoice you." LOL
All in all, my best advice is to go with your instincts! I already KNOW this but I was TRYING to be patient and it ended up backfiring.
I am so glad 2008 is over with. I really hope for a better 2009 for us! With new hotels opening up in a few months, there will be new jobs in our area. With new hotels, come new jobs, which means people will be looking! Either way, there will be lots of open positions and hopefully our city can prosper from the new hotels!
His work is still cutting down everyone’s hours. There are people in other departments working as little as one day a week!!!! Not only that, they said that November was their most profitable month EVER (and here they are laying people off)!!!
Kyle will be 3 years old in 2 days! He’s doing really well eating at the table (I am so proud!). He seems to prefer to eat with me and not by himself! He’s really cute getting his food on the spoon or fork and then using his other hand to either pick up the food or put the food on the spoon or fork, he loves eating with TWO hands! He’s learning how to feed himself and he seems to be a pro at it, minus the mess he leaves behind. LOL It is definitely less work for me, now that we have our dining table!!!! These days, he drinks nothing but water. Once in awhile, he’ll have apple juice but we have since stopped buying it. Sometimes he’ll drink chocolate soy milk, but still prefers water. We have him on a vitamin, which he loves taking. The vitamin looks and tastes just like a gummy bear! A lot of times, he’ll eat nothing but honey nut cheerios (we buy the malt-o-meal brand that come in the big bags), or he’s just really picky with the food that he eats.
Kyle starts school in just a few days! He will be starting 6th grade at a brand new school, in a new school district.
Shannon worked from 12pm until 7pm at Best Buy. His security job called him while he was at Best Buy and asked him to come in an hour early...
My mother-in-law, Kyle and I went shopping today. We stopped by Ross and Costco. I bought a trash can and shower liner for our bathroom. ...