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Giving Thanks November 24, 2011

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Things I am Grateful for:

Family and Friends who love me, care for me, and accept me

A roof over my head

Food in my kitchen

Clothes in my closet

A car in the parking lot

A job that I’ve had for nine years

Enough money to buy things I want, not just what I need

Medical care that keeps me active and alive

A gaming group that has lasted for nine years (that I’ve known them, longer before I knew them)

The wonderful opportunities I have had and will have in my life to travel all over the world

And Friends in most of the places I (want to) visit who let me stay with them

Lactaid

Chocolate

Watermelon

Pizza, Pasta, Garlic Bread

Mac & Cheese

Great authors and their wonderful books

Fantastic movies

Music that fills me up and touches my soul, that is inspiring, engaging, moving

Trees, grass, flowers, water, dirt, sky, stars, sun, moon, rain, thunder, lightning, wind

Puppies and kitties

Teachers, mentors, leaders

Freedom to make my own choices

Creativity, Imagination

Modern Technology

Dreams

My life

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Opportunity November 17, 2011

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I got a call this week, from a staffing company who found my resume on Monster. And they asked me if I was interested in a full time data entry and analysis job for the county. Caught off guard, I wasn’t sure, but it could be good, so why not take a look. An Excel test was required to qualify, so she sent me an email with a link, and even less detail about the job. But an address, which I Googled, to find out what I might be looking at. The address brought up the county disability office and county special olympics office. Both could be good and useful places to work. I took the test on a mock up, pop-up of excel 2010, got three wrong, and waited. Today I got the call that they want to interview me… tomorrow. Excited, curious, nervous. And waiting on an email with further details. This could fulfill my goal of “meaningful job.” Both those offices help people. And it’s a real job, 40 hours a week, real wages, state benefits(unconfirmed). So, wish me luck and confidence.

I’m really not focused enough for anything else right now. Thanksgiving next week. Holidays fast approaching. No plans made. But fun to be had by all.

Life is good.

Christmas is Coming November 10, 2011

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We have reset for the holidays at the store. The only changes from now until end of year will be new releases, and taking down Thanksgiving books at the end of November. Christmas music will probably start about that time, as well. Though Artist of the Month is Transiberian Orchestra already. They make me happy. We are hiring seasonal folk this year, after the fail of not having done last year. And I’m getting decent hours these days (for being part time). A new nook was announced, this one a tablet, and the prices on the rest dropped. So, lots of good electronic sales for the holiday season. I’m not excited for the crowds to come, but I think it should be a really good season for the store.

I got my resume updated and online this week. And I am about halfway through my WordPress book. So those are both moving forward again.

I got new tires today. My car is just over 106,000 miles now, and the edges had worn down completely. Cooper brand tires because they were out of the Goodyear. So instead of an $80 rebate, I got tires that were over $80 cheaper to begin with. Full replacement warranty, as well.  Any problems at all equals a free new tire.

Weather’s turning colder, leaves are bright colors or completely gone. No snow, but it’s my big brother’s birthday today. Happy Birthday, Pete. Hope you have a great day with wife and kids.

As ready as the store is for the holidays, we haven’t even begun to sort out our plans. Though I think we’ll be watching Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on Christmas. Plenty of friends and some family around, I’m sure we’ll have another wonderfully busy holiday season.

Busy Halloween November 3, 2011

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I completely forgot to post last week with all the busy, and this week is just about as crazy. Halloween parties, a wedding, and my last two weeks working at the school. Tomorrow is my last day of that, in fact. It’s been a good run, but they have no more money to pay me with, so that’s that. Gotten a few things taken care of, have a few more to do yet. Tires are next up, been too busy to get to the shop thus far. One medical bill paid off. Another sent to collections because they stopped sending us bills, so I had nowhere to send payments. Sorting that one out via email as I type… hopefully.  I don’t pay collections, I pay the people we owe.

No school after this week means I’ll be getting back on my improvement plans. Both job and web design. Working six days a week meant I had no energy left over for those things. We just transferred all our domains from Rich’s job at eCommerce over to our HostGator account, so soon, everything will be in one place.

Health seems pretty stable, no noticeable improvement, or deterioration.   Still not eating my best. Both stress and stress eating are no good for my joints. But I’m trying to be more conscious again. Still buying appropriate groceries and eating (mostly) appropriate lunches (I did have Cheddar Bay Biscuits today). It’s sweets and dinners I don’t cook that are my weakness and downfall. It just too cold out to want salad all the time. ::excuses, excuses, excuses:: But I’m doing alright.

The Holidays are heading our way, are you ready?