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Yep, Still Winter February 27, 2014

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We had a few days of unseasonably warm, but now we’re back to the 20s and below. There were random flakes of snow in the air today, but nothing stuck. Wee fun.

Lots of reference homework this week. Searching reference books, databases and catalogs for both my classes. One requires a bit of a paper to be written as well. Gotta get all the little bits and pieces out of the way first, though. Some forum response posts to do tonight.

I got a notice at work that as of Monday I’ll have automatic AD&D and Life insurance through them again, for being “scheduled to work 20 or more hours with one year of service.” Um… try 11 years of service, but okay. I tried logging in to HRAccess to see if that meant I had paid time off, too, but it said something about tomorrow being an expiration date for current time off, so I’ll check again on Monday and see what’s up.

One of my assignments this week showed me a library in town that I had missed in my job search, so I immediately applied for all three open positions there. Fingers tightly crossed for interviews, as always.

Homework and the usual hanging out with friends this weekend. Not sure if I’m going to movie night or not Saturday. I may just fall asleep. Cold weather does not motivate me to leave my couch. We shall see.

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Busy Weekend March 7, 2013

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This past weekend was really busy and fun. A coed baby shower for friends, with a game of who can diaper and dress the babydoll fastest, dad or mom? In which they tied. A lot of good food, even some tasty veggies. Then off to an Eddie Izzard marathon for excellent stand-up, movies and TV, with good food and good friends again. Sunday a Tea Party for a friend’s birthday, with lovely tea cakes and sandwiches. A very nice time was had by all. This coming weekend is full of work (forty hours scheduled this week), and visiting my brother’s family on Sunday.

Pain’s been a bit high this week, especially today. Lots of heavy boxes. Need more veggies, less sugar. Insurance cards on their way as well. My dentist really wants to see me… they’ve been calling for my six month appointment for about six months now.

 

Work, Work, Work October 13, 2011

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Not much to report this week. I did get to start on the “library” at the school. Is it a library if there are no bookcases? We’ll see. I organized books into categories and started contact-papering, lending carding and cataloging books this week. There’s a lot to do, I feel like I need a bit of Order of Importance to guide me next week. But well, they don’t really know what to do either.

Went to the doc. We both agreed I should take care of myself more consciously. So there’s that. Feeling pretty good this week, so that’s a start. Fought off the throat ick that everyone around me has. Even if it did take wheatgrass juice to do it. I hear my Dad’s doing well with his stuff, so that’s great. 🙂 Really have to get to the Chiro and give them checks. Our insurance thinks it’s fun to send us the money instead of them.

Money wise, things are looking up. Should be able to start winnowing down the medical bills this month. Get another one gone by end of next month, I think. One of them hasn’t sent us a bill in a while, but when I called them, they said they would be soon. We’ll see. Still gonna take a while, but we’ll be making deeper cuts into it starting this month.

Halloween is fast approaching, still no costume(s). Ah well. 😉

 

Step by Step March 24, 2011

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Shots in the dark are still waiting to land. Insurance reconsidered the bill, so they really do owe us money, so that’ll help pay other bills. Another friend considering hiring me for web design. And the gift of a blender from someone who found she did not need to keep hers. A decent week, all in all.

I’ve felt rather fidgety all week. The weather won’t make up its mind if it is spring or not yet. Yesterday, most of all. It went from 70 degrees and sunny, to windy and overcast with tornado watches, to pouring down rain, to hailing, back to 70 degrees and sunny and then down to freezing and snow. I feel like that, too. I’m on the verge of new beginnings, but I keep going backwards or round in circles, not quite ready to take that last, fully committed step into Spring. I still have the lethargy of winter hibernation tugging at me, whispering sweet dreams in my ears, if only I’d lay back down.

So much to do, so little time. I have to wake up now and get moving. Set deadlines, meet goals, create the life I want to live. All that stuff I keep talking about. Time to Do.

Things to do March 25, 2010

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A lot of balls in the air. A lot of contacts to be made. A lot of plans to complete. Mind is swirling with ideas. Work, writing, blogging, investing, websites, marketing, bills, insurance, jobs, family. So much to do and never enough time in the day.

Spring is here. Easter is coming. A time of renewal and rebirth. Things are changing and growing, always. Now is the time to get everything in order and begin again. Every day is a new day, a new chance to start over and move forward.

Life is what you make of it. Now is the time to create the life I want.

Busy Month March 18, 2010

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Rich home from the hospital. Another friend had outpatient nasal surgery. I’ve been trying to get things organized, reprioritized and scheduled. Rich just started a new work schedule. We got health insurance, but next month they are switching companies. Yay for two deductibles… I had already made a yearly check up appointment before I knew we were switching, so that will go against the current deductible, and then I will get to start all over when we switch. We are not even clear on when that is, though enrollment is April, and they say we will not be without coverage at all. We will see. I have an ever growing stack of bills from Rich’s stay. I need to start calling people, it is just a little overwhelming.

To take my mind off it, I made a few stock trades today. Following Connor’s covered call strategy from Multiple Streams of Income, I chose three stocks from IBD, checked their charts and open options interest. I put one order straight in, the other two I have some limit orders in on so I get the profit I want out of them.

Things at Bookup are moving along, we are trying to get a new forum and helpdesk up, running and properly integrated with our new membership system. We have hit a few snags, but we will figure them out eventually. In the mean time, the systems we have running are getting better all the time. And I have a good bunch of ideas for the website and internet marketing.

Ideas spinning, time running, everything moving forward.

Hospital Fun February 23, 2010

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So one trip to the emergency room leads to checking Rich into the hospital and then a few days later to surgery, and down to recovery and restrictive visiting hours for a week. The wound nurse and the surgeon argue about closing the wound and that’s now scheduled for tomorrow, and I might get to take him home by the end of the week.

Life has been full of nurses and doctors this week. Next week we get health insurance back.

Waiting to see how money balances out. Starting to look back at investing depending on how that goes. I’m getting work done here and there, and Rich’s boss is looking into PTO for last week and this. I’ll probably have at least one day off of B&N this week, next week I’m only scheduled for two days. Joy.  We’ll make it work, though.

Where are we now? January 12, 2010

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It’s almost halfway through January already. I was quite productive today. I’ve paid taxes, settled our liquidation of Ameriprise investments, paid bills, balanced budget, checked on drug prices, submitted two stories, and updated all relevant records, filled out insurance paperwork, and this is my second blog post.

I’ll be attending a convention this weekend here in Columbus. Our Ghost of Honor is Amelia Earhart, so among the usual fare, will be paper airplanes and tiki decorations. I plan to relax, eat plenty and enjoy myself.

Infection cleared up, thank you antibiotics. And thank you, Kroger for making them free. Appetite coming back. All is well.

Life, Work and Everything October 1, 2009

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Two weeks ago, I stepped down to a part time shelving position at Barnes & Noble. This was not entirely voluntary, but it is a position I will enjoy more than Head Cashier. This had many repercussions, some were unexpected, and others were met with relief. All in all, I will stay there only as long as I need the money at this point, as health insurance is no longer a noose around my neck(it was taken away by my manager).

On the front of getting away from needing the B&N income, I have started working as a consultant for Bookup.com which is owned and run by my friend Mike Leahy. In this job I do website updating and upkeep, database upkeep, as well as managing advertising campaigns on Google, Yahoo and MSN. Not to mention keeping him more on task than he’s used to with my OCD nature. Thus far a lot has been accomplished and a lot more work still has to be done. I am really enjoying this opportunity to help him out and to learn more about small businesses.

I am also regaining focus on my writing career. Right now, I have nine stories submitted to magazine markets, with a tenth sitting behind me waiting for a read through and polish. I am looking into starting an informational blog for writers for another stream of income. I’m also considering a Masters or a Certificate in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. And, going along with the starving artist theme, I currently have an application in with the Ohio Arts Council for an Individual Excellence Award, a grant for the beginning of next year.

My health is fairly stable, but I’m back on all my drugs, including my shots, trying to get my elbow to calm down. I’m still on the alkaline diet, but quickly losing faith in my ability to limit my medicinal needs. It’s obviously healthier than what I was eating, but my elbow frustrates me. The rest of my joints are doing well, though and I have a lot more energy.

On a random lark that I haven’t the slightest idea how to capitalize on, I have come up with an interesting(to me) product idea for carrying around the massive amount of gaming books(and minis and dice) we are once again amassing as 4th Edition D&D keeps printing new books every month. On the D&D tangent, our Tuesday group is having a great time and we are all getting geared up for our next game as we finish our current one. Details for those who are curious may be requested via email. 😉

Speaking of random larks, I’m going to Chicago in October to attend Unleashing the Power Within, a Tony Robbins seminar. The website says participants will: Break through the fears that hold you back (including unconscious fears). Create momentum in your life to make difficult things become effortless. Develop the physical vitality and energy you need to passionately follow through. Understand and take advantage of recent changes in the economy to secure and build your personal wealth. Learn the marketing principles you need to take advantage of the economic crisis and revolutionize your business. I’m going because the aforementioned Mike has been working at Tony Robbins seminars for twenty years and he finally talked me into going. I’m hoping for inspiration and information to help me on my newly decided path.