Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Madness


Well, I survived my first week of working on my own and they haven't fired me yet!  Friday is our first payday and I'm very much looking forward to it.  We're also having our very first food day this week so that'll be fun.

This past week I attended an event called the Fettuccine Forum.  They used to actually serve fettuccine there once upon a time, hence the name.  Sadly, there was no fettuccine to be seen there that night.  I was invited to attend by someone who has been really supportive of me even though we barely know one another.  She said that it would be a great networking opportunity and she was right!  I sat at the only empty table and a woman asked me a few minutes later if I would mind sharing the table with her.  I said no and we got to talking.  The event we attended was interesting but not probably something I'd choose to go to again in the future.  However, this woman told me of another networking opportunity this coming Thursday that is a panel discussion with women in the industry that I want to get into!  It's a free event so I can't pass it up.

The chi boys are doing well.  Chico woke me up the other night to cuddle.  He never does that!  I patted him a few times and fell back to sleep.  I felt bad for not cuddling more but it was the middle of the night, I was tired, and I had to get up early in the morning.  Hopefully he fell back to sleep quickly too and didn't notice.  Shiver was a little more clingy than usual this weekend, although not too bad.

I'm sorry I'm not able to come around and visit as often as I'd hoped.  It's not that I don't have the time like when I was in school.  I stare at a computer screen all day long now and my eyes hurt by the end of the day.  I've had other computer jobs in the past and I guess I must've done other things too that took me away from the computer where it was just enough to not bother me.  This job is done entirely on computer.

I colored a little this weekend.  If I can get it finished by then, I'll show you what I've been working on next week.  Who else has been coloring?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Just a bunch of randomness...

Work is going well.  I like it so far.  It's challenging because I have to stop and think about every single step and wonder if I'm doing it right. My coworkers are nice for the most part.  I saw a couple of them who were insensitive when talking about a different coworker who is going through a really difficult situation.  I don't think it was insensitivity actually, it seems more like they lacked empathy.  It was disappointing to see, but now I know not to confide in those two coworkers.  There were 13 of us hired, 12 women and 1 guy.  Almost none of the women actually need to work, most of them just want something to do.  Must be nice to not have to work!  Training ended Friday so we're on our own from this point forward.

I realized I haven't given a Chico update lately.  He's doing well.  He's put on weight from the steroids.  He was eating a lot for awhile there, which the vet said to expect.  He's slowed down now though which is good, he's not eating me out of house and home anymore.  The biggest change I've noticed in him is that he doesn't cuddle with me as much anymore.  He used to love to have me hold him close and he'd put his head on my shoulder while he napped and snored loudly.  He used to crawl under the covers at night and curl up next to me.  We do still cuddle, just not as much and for not as long.

Shiver is good too.  He's adjusted to my going back to work much quicker than I expected him to.  He's an anxious chi and any changes to his life upset him.  While he isn't happy that I have to leave him every morning, he doesn't cry or make me feel guilty about leaving him.

Yesterday Kathy G blogged about a website where you can create your very own virtual snowflake.  It sounded like something I needed to try, so off I went.  It's easy and only takes a few seconds.  Here's mine.  I actually made several different flakes, these one were my favorites.  It's fun to make them very detailed or even hardly detailed at all.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Is it Monday already?


So I made it through the first week of work.  It wasn't nearly as overwhelming as I expected it to be.  Still, I feel completely lost.  I'm learning to navigate the computer system better now but without help I still have no clue what the next step is, what I should be looking at and for specifically, and what it all means.  I tried writing the steps down but was discouraged to do so.  "You'll be doing it so often that you won't even need your notes, it'll just come naturally!"  Maybe so, but I feel like I need my notes until then.   They did give us screen shots of the screens, so that's nice.

Thankfully, my coworkers have all been very nice.  There are 13 newbies and we're all learning together.  I wonder if they feel as lost as I do, but I haven't asked.  We have one more week of training before we're out on our own.  I felt really good about everything as I drove home Friday evening, but then I had to weekend to think and I'm nervous to go back.  There is absolutely no way I'm ready to be out on my own yet.  I'm just praying that it all starts to sink in before the end of the week.  

I hope everyone who got hit by the nasty blizzard over the weekend is safe!

I'll try to be around sometime this week to visit everyone.  I should have done it over the weekend.  Instead, I felt antsy and colored a lot to relax.  I'm used to having either too much free time or absolutely none at all and had no idea what to do with myself over the weekend.   Here's a little bit of my work.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Working Girl


As of tomorrow, I will officially be a working girl!  I'm excited but also scared.  I have absolutely NO experience with taxes or accounting.  I'm trying to be positive and to think of it as a new skill to add to my resume.

I have a feeling this is going to be an extremely overwhelming week.  It's been awhile since I've had to get up early and keep an actual schedule.  I'll be learning a new job and meeting new people.  That's not easy!  The good thing is that I won't be having to deal with homework or studying while also adjusting to all of the changes.

While I'm relieved to have a new job (even if it is only temporary), it also makes me sad.  I'm going to miss Shiver and Chico.  We've spent all day every day together since graduation last May.  They're used to having me around and I'm used to being with them.  I've been watching Chico like a hawk for even the slightest change now that I know he has cancer.  I want to be on top of any changes to deal with them immediately.  I just worry I won't see them as quickly now since I won't be there to watch over him.  Shiver is anxious and I worry about how he'll react to me not being around as much.  I'm sure it'll all be fine, I just stress about everything.

With everything going on this week, I wanted to let everyone know that I won't be around this week.  I don't know what the coming week will bring, but I want time to let everything settle in and get used to it all.  I may visit and comment a little bit later in the week, it will all depend on what the week brings.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Colorful Monday

Monday's are generally a drag and very rarely does one actually look forward to the day.  I got a coloring book for Christmas and thought I'd share a little of my work to brighten your Monday.  Because I'm nice that way, ha ha!  I'm no professional but I think my pictures turned out OK, and I had fun which is all that really matters.

But first, let me share some good news.  I GOT A JOB!!!  It's only temporary, but it's better than nothing.  I am sooooooooo bad at math and know absolutely nothing about how to prepare taxes, but the state hired me as a taxpayer accountant.  I start next week.  When I did my interview, one of the ladies there said that they always treat their temps very well because they do the bulk of the work and that if we're ever not treated well to let someone in management know immediately so that they can take care of the issue as soon as possible.  So that was nice to hear!  I know from my experiences working as a temp and also working with temps that they aren't always treated so well.  The pay isn't great for this job but it's more than I got paid at the university as a student and I'll be learning a new skill.  The job runs sometime into June if all goes well.

And now onto my coloring book!  This is one of the first pictures I worked on.  I thought since it was large, it wouldn't take as long to do.  I was wrong!
I just started working on this a couple of nights ago.  As you can see, it's not done yet.  That's what's so wonderful about coloring though - you can stop whenever you want or need to and pick it back up at a later time.  There's one small section that looks dark brown here but it actually doesn't look that way in person.  It's a mixture of colors and looks much prettier than what the camera picked up because it kind of shows bits and pieces of different colors here and there and looks kinda cool.
Lynne was kind and generous enough to gift me with this recently, so now I have two coloring books!  I already picked out the first page to work on and hope to be showing the finished product to you soon.
Does anyone else color?  If you do, I hope you'll share your work on your blog.  And if you don't, you should totally start!  It's fun and a great way to relax.  Lynne shared a few links with me on youtube of various coloring techniques, which is always fun to watch.  Click on the link for a sample.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Is it 2016 already?


Wow, time flies!  2015 had it's fair share of ups and downs but overall, I'd have to say it was an excellent year.  I hope 2016 will be just as exciting!

Last week was so so busy!  Last Monday I had an interview for an internship.  I already found out that I didn't get it and I'm fine with that.  For what few hours and little pay they offered, my paycheck would be spent on the gas for the commute there and back with very little left over.

Tuesday I interviewed for 3 jobs.  I only applied for one, but the Human Resources department thought my experience might fit in with two additional job openings.  It was a weird interview.  I'd already filled out an online and paper application and had to fill out some additional paperwork when I got there, then take a data entry exam.  When that was all done, I was led to another room and sat at a table in the middle of the room to wait my turn for an interview.  Various tables were set up around sides of the room where groups of three people conducted interviews for different positions.  The table I sat at in the middle had a list of questions for each position that would be asked of us, so I looked them over and quickly formulated answers for them all in my head.  My name was called fairly quickly and I did my first interview.  I sat back down in the middle when it was done and waited until my name was called twice more for the other two interviews.  Other people were there were interviewing at the same time I was and I tried not to listen in on their interviews.  The questions were all easy and the interviews were quick.  The jobs are all seasonal, and have different start and end dates and pay rates.

Wednesday afternoon I got an email saying that I needed to go to the state police headquarters and get my fingerprints taken, then provide the potential employer with a stamped and signed document from the state police headquarters saying that I'd done so by no later than the end of the day Thursday.  I did that Thursday afternoon and now I just have to sit and wait.  I have no idea which of the three jobs I'm being considered for but I feel like they probably wouldn't have asked for my fingerprints if I wasn't a pretty decent candidate for at least one of them.  I got an email from the employer late that afternoon saying that the deadline for fingerprinting had been extended through this coming Tuesday.  I figure I'm probably not going to hear back before then.

Tuesday morning I've been invited to attend a free workshop that I'm pretty excited about.  It'll be an opportunity to network more and to learn.  Plus it's one more thing to add to my resume!  I complained to Starbucks last week that I never got my free birthday drink last October (yeah, I have no idea why I waited so long to contact them, either) and they were kind enough to credit my account, so I'll be enjoying a coffee on them Tuesday morning.  So far the year is looking pretty good!  How's your year going?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve with Chewy.com

Sadly, I did not get a package of goodies delivered to my door this Christmas.  But my boys did!  This month they tried the Wellness CORE Grain-Free Protein Bars Salmon and Whitefish with Pomegranates Recipe Dog Treats from Chewy.  Since Chico has cancer, I'm much more picky now about what I feed him and these protein bars seemed like a healthy choice.  The chi's received a 5.5 oz bag to sample.  
Each treat is only 16 calories (for those who may be watching their waistline), they're 100% natural, and made in the USA.  Not only are they grain-free, they're also gluten free.    
When I first opened the bag, a VERY strong fish smell assaulted my nose.  I don't care for fish and I didn't care for the smell of these bars.  The smell seemed to turn Shiver off too, and he wasn't interested in trying a bite.  Chico immediately began to shake all over with excitement though and whined because I made him wait a moment so I could get a picture of it.  Once Shiver saw Chico enjoying a treat, he came begging.  He ran off under the bed with it and Chico ran into the bathroom.  Once he saw me with a camera, he hid behind the toilet while he ate.  Silly boy!  

Shiver and Chico both give this 4 paws up for a total of 8 paws.  I'm tempted to knock it down a paw for the smell, but they both did seem to enjoy it so I'll leave it at 8.

We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided free samples of dog treats in return for our honest opinions.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Merry Monday

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!  Mine was quite nice.  Santa was very generous this year, as he usually is.  Knowing this could be Chico's last Christmas, I brought him and Shiver with me to hang out at my mom's for the day.  Shockingly, Chico left my mom's beagle alone all day.  Chico loves my mom's beagle and tries to show that love as frequently as possible, so that's kind of surprising.  

What did Santa bring you?  One of my favorite gifts this year was a solar angel for the garden.  I took it out to the yard right after I got home.  It immediately lit up which surprised me and it was so so so pretty!  I tried sticking it in the ground and apparently pushed too hard and it broke, which made me sad.  I now have to find another one just like it because I don't want to make my mom feel bad that I destroyed it ten seconds after I got it!  Ugh!

What a difference a week makes!  Last Monday I commented that I have no job prospects.  Well, I have an interview today and another one tomorrow!  They're both only temporary and don't pay very well at all, but it's money and it's experience.  Plus they're both an opportunity to network more and hopefully find an even better job, so I'm just trying to remain positive about it.  Both jobs are seasonal so if nothing else, it might be an opportunity to come back and work in the future.  One job would be full time and the other part time.  If those don't work out, I've been invited to attend two different workshops after the New Year.  They're both free and another opportunity to network.

I noticed recently that I lost 5 followers in one day.  I mentioned it to Lynne and told her I felt bad to have lost so many at once.  She said she lost 4 followers the same exact day and we wondered if maybe it might be a Blogger thing?  It seemed suspicious that we both lost several on the same day.  Has anyone else noticed that they've lost several lately?  Lynne also said that some of her newer followers don't show up in her followers list either.

Flipping through my Wreck This Journal recently, I came across a page that I thought would be fairly easy.  I feel like it's an epic failure though!
The page says to collect pocket lint and glue it there.  I decided to use laundry lint collected from the dryer instead and saved it from a couple of different laundry sessions.  I printed out a stencil thinking I'd just follow that and it would be so easy to create something cool.  Have you ever tried to cut lint from the laundry with scissors?  It doesn't work very well!  I finally ended up just tearing it.  My glue was like 20 years old (not really, but old nonetheless!) and didn't want to squeeze out properly.  Oh well.  It was fun all the same.  My lint is on the right, the stencil is on the left so that you can hopefully figure out what it's supposed to be.
 

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