Monday, March 29, 2010

Photo Tag

The Fiesty Three have been very generous to me!  First they tagged me for a Photo Tag which I've already done once before but decided to play again since it was so much fun the first time!  And as if that wasn't enough, they also were kind enough to give me an award!  I tried to post the award but it didn't print out the flashy words.  I posted the code too but I don't know what I'm doing wrong so I gotta figure it out first before I post it.

The rules for the tag are to go to your first picture folder and post your tenth photo.  I only have one folder which is filled with awards I've been given and pictures that I use for Wordless Wednesday's.  I've added and deleted pictures since doing the first photo tag but the tenth picture is still the same.  So...I went to my folder, scrolled all the way to the bottom and counted to ten starting with the last picture first.  For your viewing pleasure, I present to you:
The amazing Skeletor!  Wesley was standing on his front porch one day when this pit bull walked up to him.  He's been nursing Skelly back to health ever since.  Fortunately, he looks much, much, much better today!  You'd never know he's the same dog!

I'm supposed to tag 5 friends.  After thinking about it for awhile and realizing probably everyone has already done this already, I've decided that if you want to do this, feel free to do so!  I don't know who else to tag!

I have limited computer skills, for anyone who might have guessed differently.  What, no one did?  Yeah, yeah!  So I have a question for those more skilled than I am.  I'm following someone that I no longer want to follow.  How do I delete this person's blog from the list?  I did it once before a really long time ago and I can't figure out how to do it again.  I don't normally unfollow blogs but this is one that I just don't read anymore and don't have much interest in.  If I comment on your blog regularly, then I'm not gonna unfollow you.  Not that anyone was worried about that!

My interview on Friday was probably the easiest interview ever!  I interviewed with one lady first and then another lady.  There were a couple of things that could have gone better.  The job is in another town and I wasn't familiar with the area so I printed off directions I got from google and they were wrong.  Actually, they were mostly correct but they had me turning the wrong way down a one way street.  The directions said the building was on the right side.  Since I was one the wrong side of the street (and didn't immediately realize it), I was looking on the wrong side wondering why I couldn't find it.  Thank goodness I quickly realized that I was going the wrong way and parked on a side street.  It didn't immediately sink in that I was looking on the wrong side for the building.  I saw someone walking and stopped him to ask for directions.  Randomly, it turns out it was someone I worked with at a job from a really long time ago!  As I said on Friday, I don't know that he remembered me or not but he was very nice!  It took a minute before I recognized him as he looks a little different now with a beard.  It finally occured to me to go look on the other side of the street and there the building was.  I don't know for certain but I was probably a few minutes late with all the confusion.  I HATE to be late!!!  Especially when making a first impression because you never get to make another one.  And it is SO important when you're interviewing for a job! 

Then I called the company by the wrong name.  Ugh!!!  Fortunately, the lady laughed and says she has to be careful when she answers the phone sometimes because she's been known to give the wrong name too!  The company name is Fitzpatrick, I called it Fitzgerald.  I'm sure that didn't win me any points!

They said I'd hear back today or tomorrow.  Haven't heard anything back today so maybe tomorrow.

That same afternoon, I attended my job assistance meeting.  I honestly don't feel like they've done a single thing to help me but it's free and gets me out of the house so I go.  They were going to send me to some other agency to work on mock interviewing.  Well, I don't know what's up with that other agency but they haven't gotten around to doing them yet so my caseworker is working on creating her own program.  That's excellent news because the agency was in another town and while I have a car, it's a 45 minute drive each way.  Having something locally would save me time and gas which is a win-win situation all the way around! 

I was done with all my running around after that and came home.  I saw my neighbor in the driveway (we share a driveway) and went over to say hello.  He has been out of a job for 15 months now.  Yikes!  My neighbor is generally a pretty nice guy but I didn't leave with my self-esteem intact when our conversation was done.  He told me I looked like I was 43 and that I could stand to lose 25 to 30 pounds.  Um, I'm not 43, I'm actually younger.  I don't think I look 16 anymore but seriously, I didn't think I looked 43 either!  Most people think I'm in my mid to late 20's.  So I apparently look old and fat!  Just kind of ruined my day.

This weekend was filled with housework.  I let my puppies out for awhile and continued my work on Saturday afternoon.  Typically, I let the dogs out and Shiver scratches on the door every two minutes.  As soon as I open the door, he runs off again.  I think he just wants to know I'm still there even though he can't see me.  He did this a few times but then a long while had passed and it occured to me that he hadn't scratched for a long time.  I went outside and discovered my babies were missing!  What a truly awful feeling!  I ran back in the house and grabbed the leashes, ran back outside and went looking for them.  Didn't take long, thank goodness!  I found them in someone else's yard sniffing around.  Fortunately, they both ran right over to me and let me put their leashes on.  I promptly walked them home. 

So that's all the (non-) excitement here at the moment!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Half-Full Friday and Blog of the Week

What better way to start the weekend than reflecting on the past week?  To join in the fun, head on over to Eyegirl's and say hello to Mr. Linky!
I'm sooooo happy to be feeling considerably better this week than last week!

I'm happy it's spring!

I'm happy I got to take my little chi's out for a walk one day this week!  The weather hasn't been very cooperative most of the week to take them again.

I'm happy I had an interview today!

I'm happy I ran into a a co-worker from a job I held a really time ago on the way to my interview!  I'm not sure if he remembered me or not once I confirmed it was him but he was still just as nice as I always remembered him being!

I'm happy I got a free cappuccino this morning!

This week's Blog Of The Week is my other blog!  Don't know if any of you have checked it out or not.

I found this blog by reading someone else's blog and clicking on a name I found interesting under a post comment section.  I'd been reading it for awhile and decided I wanted to be a part of the fun so I emailed and asked how to become a contributor.  Click here to read my very first post.  The blog was started in September 2007, I joined in April 2008.  I haven't posted there very much just because sometimes my dreams are pretty dull or I'll only remember snippets.

I often have weird dreams!  Very weird!!!  Always have and probably always will.  I've tried to have people analyze what they could possibly mean and have never gotten a very good answer about any of them.  It's fun sometimes to tell people about them and get their reactions.  And in return, I enjoy hearing about other people's dreams. 

If you're the same way, this is the blog for you! 

The fun thing about this blog is that on the right hand side are labels we've added to our posts.  I like to check it out now and again just to see what common threads run through our dreams.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Just Another Manic Monday

I don't know why but I have that song stuck in my head for some reason!

I am feeling soooooooooooo much better than I did this time last week!  So, so much better!  It wasn't even so much that I was sick the whole week last week but that it just seemed to take so much out of me.  Even now, I'll go to do something simple and I'm worn out when I'm all done.  What's up with that?!  I've still got the remnants of a cold and just a hint of a sinus headache but overall, I'd say I'm feeling considerably better!
Happy Spring!  I'm thinking of taking my litle chi's for a walk this afternoon.  It'll get me out of the house and thinking about things other than not having a job and will be good exercise for the three of us.  There's a cool walking path near my house that I like to go to.  Shiver hates to go but Chico loves it.  At the half-mile mark, there's several peices of old farm equipment along with signs describing what they were for and pictures of what the modern counterpart looks like today.  Quite an interesting look to the past!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Did Anyone Miss Me?

That flu/cold, whatever it was, really kicked my ass!  I'm finally feeling human again but I still have a cold and I don't feel like I quite have all my strength back yet.  I get tired easily and could get used to taking daily naps!  I had no voice for several days and am happy to report it's mostly returned now.

This has been a pretty dull week so not much to talk about.  I did take my little chi's to the vet's office and got them caught up on their yearly shots on Monday which I'm happy about.  While I was there, I was very tempted to ask if they could examine me too!

Tuesday I went to a monthly meeting I have for my community service type thing I do and was given some daffodil blossoms.  Put them in water and they opened right up.  So pretty!

Wednesday I had dinner with a friend who kept asking if I'd been to see various movies or done any shopping, etc.  I was a bit shocked she was asking as she knows I don't have $ for those things.  She brings in over $3000 a month whereas I have nothing.  She also acts as if she can barely survive on that over $3000 a month.  I've never made that much money and have have lived comfortably on much less. 

Yesterday I went out and spent a little bit of my tax refund.  Every year I always stock up on laundry detergent, napkins, light bulbs, etc. with a portion of my tax money.  It's stuff that doesn't spoil so it can sit there and not be used for awhile yet makes it much easier on me financially to not have to worry about having to replace it any time soon.  It was fun to go shopping again and not double check the price on everything before buying.  Wish I could've bought some new clothes too but I was a good girl and didn't spend all my money!  Came home from that and had to lie down for awhile.  All my strength was just zapped!

And today I just did laundry.  That's it!  Haven't gone anywhere or done anything else.  And I'm ready for my daily nap again!

Monday, March 15, 2010


That's how I'm feeling at the moment. 

I woke up Saturday feeling not great but not horrible.  As the day wore on, I realized I had a fever when my bones started to ache and I couldn't get warm.  Sunday I felt better but not 100%.  This morning I felt better yet except for my throat which is on fire.  Ran some errands this afternoon and attended a meeting this evening and when I came home, my bones were achy again.  Another quick check of the thermometer shows a slight fever.  Tomorrow will be spent resting until my evening meeting.  I could have skipped tonight's meeting (and probably should've) but I can't skip out on tomorrow's.

Please keep Skeletor in your prayers.  He started his new heartworm meds and is having a reaction to them.  He spent most of today at the vet's office and is being kept overnight for observation.  Poor little guy has been through so much already.  Wesley updated his blog throughout the day and the last report was that he was "doing better." 

In happier news, Cocorue's little sister, Tiffane, gave me an award!  Yay, I love awards!  How pretty is this one?!  I love it!

There weren't any instructions to pass it on but I don't like to be selfish with my awards, I like to share them!  A good portion of my bloggy buddies already have this one.  I'm not up to going back and checking to see who it's been given to so I'm gonna say if you don't already have this pretty little thing and would like it, please feel free to grab it! 

I'm gonna go lay down for a little bit and rest up.  TTYL!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Half-Full Friday and Blog of the Week

I'm beginning to think that Bob is going to remain a permanent fixture!  His little brother Jimmy came and went within two days but Bob must be content 'cuz he sure doesn't seem to want to leave.  In fact, he's spread out a bit, gotten bigger and made himself at home.  :(

It's Fabulous Friday which means it's time for Half Full Friday!  As always, if you want to join in the fun, head on over to Eyegirl's and add yourself to Mr. Linky.
I'm happy I got both my state and federal tax refunds back already!

I'm happy the weatherman got it all wrong and we didn't get any snow this week after all!

I'm happy Max made it to his 10th birthday today!  Happy Birthday, Max!

I'm happy that after downloading approximately every possible Flash Player program available, I finally got the right one and can now watch videos online again as of last night!  :)

I'm beyond happy my Midol has FINALLY kicked in!  Midol is my bestest friend in the whole wide world right now!!!!!!

I'm happy I finally got my first ever McDonald's Shamrock Shake this week!

This week's Blog of the Week isn't really a blog but a website that I love to go to.  I'm not sure how I found it exactly but I used to read it pretty regularly.  Then I switched computers and lost the link and just recently found it again.

If you've ever worked in retail, you know just how stupid and funny people can be.  The basic gist of this website is people relaying their various experiences with customers.  What I love is that these snippets come from all over the world which goes to show we are all the same no matter where you go.  The stories come from all kinds of businesses, although they don't name the business itself.  The type of business and location only are given.  The names of the people involved are not usually given either, unless it is a vital part of the story being told.   

The stories are all given from the point of view of the employee.  Reading them is like talking with a friend or a co-worker and hearing about their day.  This website was started in October 2007.  Sometimes when I have nothing better to do, I enjoy catching up on the older posts.  It never fails to make me laugh at how dumb people can be!  Luckily, I've never seen myself in any of the stories!  LOL

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bits and Pieces

The weather this weekend was beautiful!  Aaaaaand we're forecasted for snow this afternoon and Wednesday.  :(

I have a massive zit which has taken up residence on my forehead and refuses to leave.  It seems to have taken on a personality of its own.  I've named him Bob.

The sudden bloating is an indication that Aunt Flo will be visiting within the next several days.  I've told her over and over again that she's messy, inconvenient, expensive, painful, etc., but she still insists on coming back every month.

I let Chico out one day last week and he came back in with a bone about half his size!  Don't know where it came from so I took it away from him.  He wasn't happy about it.

Both of my boys seem to be a little more clingy than usual for some reason lately, especially Shiver!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Half-Full Friday and Blog of the Week

I live in a small town so I knew it would happen eventually.  I went grocery shopping yesterday and ran into my old asst. manager.  When I noticed her walking down the same aisle as me, I almost turned around to go down another aisle.  I knew that she had seen me though as she was looking right at me so I stayed.  She walked past me and said very softly, "Hi sprinkles."  And me?  I'm petty so I chose to look the other way and ignore her.  I always figured when we inevitably ran into one another, she would be the one to ignore me.   My asst. manager was a raging beeyotch to have to work with on a daily basis and that's putting it nicely!!!  So I was kind of shocked she even acknowlegded me!

Today is Friday and you know what that means, right?  Time for Half-Full Friday!  If you want to play along, head on over to Eyegirl's and add yourself to Mr. Linky!  And while you're there, please give her some encouraging words.  Her kitty just passed over the rainbow bridge so it's been a difficult week for her.
I'm happy I got my tax returns done for free last weekend!

I'm happy I'm getting a refund!

I'm happy I got 8 of the 13 things on my to-do list done yesterday!

I'm thrilled spring has shown signs that it's thinking about staying for a little while! 

I'm happy I bought chocolate at the grocery store last night!

I'm happy I have everything ready for tonight!  The only thing left to get ready is me!  :)

A quick update on Skeletor!  If you'll remember, he was featured as last week's Blog of the Week.
Amazing, isn't it?  Hard to believe it's the same dog and he's looking better day by day.  There's another video today so if you opt to head on over, enjoy!

This week's Blog of the Week is one I found through a comment she left on someone else's blog.  I liked her name and decided to check out her blog.  I was fairly new to the blogging world at that time and really had no clue what I was doing.  Her blog is an excellent example of what I wish mine was! 

Protege started this blog in March 2008.  Her profile says that she was born under the Tatra Mountains, to a Czech father and a Slovak mother. She grew up in Sweden, lived and worked almost 10 years in North Carolina and today she lives in Denmark with the most adorable kitty named Batcat.  She is the very definition of diversity!

Her posts are quite diverse too!  One day she'll post about makeup, another day she'll discuss the Seven Wonders of the World, and on yet another day she'll talk about the Roman Aqueduct.  She's given me quite the education on a number of subjects and it makes me wish I'd paid better attention in school instead of being more concerned with my social life.  Her blog is one of my favorites and I always look forward to reading what she has lined up for each new day!  My favorite posts are the ones about her cute kitty.  He's a blog star in and of his own right! 

She has a Flashback Friday feature where she brings back songs from the past.  I've only heard of about half of the ones she's presented.  It's always fun to find new music (or rather, old but new to me!) and to recover memories from the past as I did today. 

Monday, March 1, 2010

It's All About MeMe

No really, it is!!!  I don't get why people don't believe me when I tell them that!  You can stop laughing now.  Seriously!

I had another meeting with the job assistance place last Friday and I've come to the conclusion it isn't really a program to help find a job for you but more to give you suggestions for your resume, make sure you're following up on jobs you've already applied for, etc.  I don't need that, I can do that on my own.  I thought this was a program where they go out and look for jobs for you.  Very disappointing!  But it gets me out of the house and doesn't cost me anything so I'll probably keep going just for kicks.

They mentioned having me talk with an agency to do mock interviews which I think would be helpful!  I used to do interviews all the time and frequently got comments about how I presented myself well.  And now...well, not so much!  So it would be good to hear what I'm doing wrong and what I can do to improve.  The job assistance place said my resume looks really good and job service didn't have much to offer in the way of improvement but I might just ask the mock interview people to look it over too - it's always good to have another opinion!

Ran some errands this afternoon and when I came back, I decided to look for signs of spring in my yard.  And guess what?  I found some!  Yay!  Very, very, very tiny sprouts on my rosebushes but hey, at least they're there!

So... Melissa tagged me for a Photo Tag.  The rules are:

1.  Open your 1st Photo folder.
2.  Scroll to the 10th photo.
3.  Post the photo and the story behind it.
4.  Tag 5 or more people.

I'd seen other people do this and thought it looked like it might be fun.  Only I didn't realize people had more than one folder of pictures.  Maybe because I don't have a digital camera, my folder doesn't have much in it.  Mostly it's filled with awards and pictures I want to use for Wordless Wednesday's, the majority of which I snag from various emails. 

I opened it up, counted to 10 and came up with this:

For anyone who didn't read this post, her name is Cari Ashford.  I stumbled across her blog and read (what at that time was) the last post first where her husband let everyone know she had died.  I wanted to read her story so I started at the beginning and discovered a wonderfully warm and funny woman.  Her blog started out initially about her family and told about her journey with cancer once it was discovered.  I balled and balled when I got to the end.  I never got to know her but I felt like I lost a true friend. 

I'm passing this along to -
1.  Protege
3.  Sasha
4.  Santa
5.  Juliana


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