Saturday, December 01, 2007
When I started this job, the company I work for had just bought a very successful bookkeeping business. So I was behind in work before I had even begun. I am now caught up for the first time since I started, I will succeed at staying caught up with out to much overtime. I have a hourly pay rate based on a billable client base of $10,000 per month, the clients that were brought in are at a billable rate of $12,000 per month. What this means is that if I can keep my overtime down and don't need any extra help, is that I get a bonus of 30% on the $2,000 over the original base. I am so excited about this.
Jerry and I working at making our marriage work. So far things are going good. We have our own rooms. I know that sounds strange, yet with the hours that we work it makes sense. I don't have to worry about waking him up when my alarm clock goes off, and he doesn't have to worry about waking me up when he gets home after midnight. We are spending more time on the weekends together. We are doing better. We will have to work on our marriage for the rest of our lives, that's the way it should be.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
So, as October 31st turns to November 1st I will be hovering over my keyboard getting ready to type feverishly. I still need a topic for this year. This year I am working a full time job, making it even more difficult to reach the goal, I will do my best though! I will not be defeated! I will write 50,000 words, they may not all be good words, but they will be words!
Any way, the posts will be few and far between, even fewer than normal, just know that I'm still here and writing away. I will try to keep you all informed on my progress. If you decide to join the madness, I mean fun, you can add me as a writing buddy.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Jerry and I are trying to work on our marriage. He has moved back into the house. He has his own room. We are both trying to make it work, we both want it to work. He has even started hanging up pictures, something that hasn't been done for quite some time. I am happy and hopeful. Life is good. I will post more when I'm not so tired.
I'm still trying to get used to getting up every morning, and going to work. I'm tired when I get home, I'm also happy at being tired.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I also cut my hair, and put highlights in it. It is shoulder length, I'm still getting used to how short it is. I will change my picture soon.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This weeks goals are to get more of Jerry's stuff packed (if I wait for him to do it, it may not get done), finish one more item finished for State Fair entry, get a job, get information on going back to school, and get resume written. I have written and sent out my resume, signed up at monster.com, have had two interviews at Temporary services, and have one more interview tomorrow. I have an appointment with a college adviser on Friday, I want to become a counselor. I am still working on the item for the State Fair, I am almost done with it, it and other things will be turned into the fair on Saturday. I will post pictures of these items at some point in time.
I have also been meditating everyday, and doing Tai Chi. I have found that both of these things have helped me to become focused and to generally feel allot better. Even though I am not a morning person I have been waking up before 8 am every morning without using an alarm clock.
I want to thank everyone who listened, gave me a shoulder to cry on, prayed for me, sent good thoughts my way, and was generally very supportive. I appreciate everyone of you, and I will be talking to you all again about how I feel and what is going on in my life. Thank you all for being in my life and for your help.
Live fully......I finally am......
Monday, September 10, 2007
He had a few complaints about me, I'm not a great house keeper, and I've been depressed off and on for several years, so things didn't get done that should have. I agreed that I shouldn't have let the house or myself go, so I started doing the things that I should do. It was a few days after this that he told me he was leaving me. You will all be glad to know that I am still cleaning things up, though it will take time to get the house back into shape.
At first I was very upset, cried for a long time that day and into that night. Then I was angry, very angry because I couldn't believe that he wanted to leave for such simple reasons. I cried some more, after that I was just pissed. I was mad for most of this past weekend. Sometime Sunday afternoon I went from being mad to being frustrated over the whole thing. I'm frustrated that he hinted at others that he would be leaving before he said anything to me. I'm frustrated that he can't face his own demons, denies that they even exist. I'm frustrated that he won't or can't say what the underlying reason he wants to leave really is. I am very familiar with my own problems, and bad habits, and I'm working on them.
I think that a marriage should be worked at, that problems should be worked though. I don't like giving up on this marriage without even trying to work out the problems, yet that's what he wants to do. So, with that in mind, I went to the court house today and filed for a Legal Separation. It is the best way for me to protect myself, get what I need, and I'll be able to initiate counseling. We both could use the counseling.
I feel stronger now than I ever have before. I'm growing as a person, and will continue to do so through this whole separation/counseling/divorce thing that I have to go through.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Talena had him early this morning. He weighed in at 8lbs 10ozs and 21 1/2 inches long. He's a big boy. His name is Gage. I will put more pictures up soon. I took several, I just need to edit them so that they will fit here.
Mother, son and father are doing great.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Have I ever mentioned that I'm not to impressed with these managers? They are good people, just not very bright managers.
Oh, yeah, add us to the list of those that are looking for a new home. We are both of the opinion that the new owners are going to eventually close the park and build apartments. If they can get everyone that speaks English as a first language to move, then they won't have to send out the proper notices of closing, that's my thought anyways.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I'm a Talent!
You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.
Talent: 56%Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.
Monday, July 23, 2007
We finally got some rain today.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
There's only a few of us that are members, yet we have written quite a bit. Come add your 2 cents worth, or your own writings at The Written Page. I look forward to seeing what all you've written.
If you like playing D&D but don't want to spend all night at it, come join the action at Kathus. This is Greg's game, he's the Dungeon Master, so the game proceeds only when he can get the time to add to it. Because of this, the game goes very slowly, his school work comes first.
I know you all are curious, so go look these sites over. Join if you want.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
No matter when or how our families arrived here, someone in the family had to fight for that freedom. This is the day to remember them, to remember what they did to give us the freedoms that we have today. It is a day to celebrate the sacrifices that they gladly gave to see their families live in peace.
My grandfather was a sailor, my father is retired Army, my husband was also in the Army, I was in the Air Force, I have a son that is a Marine, and his brother is a Sea Bee. When my boys come home for a visit they occasionally bring a friend, when they leave we thank them for serving their country, for choosing to keep all of us safe, for being patriotic, for doing a job that isn't easy.
We should all take the time to say thank you to all the men and women that have served, and are serving their country, for sacrificing their lives and time away from their families, for doing that which many cannot do, for keeping our freedoms intact. If you know a veteran or an active duty military person, tell them thank you. If you don't, or would like to send a card to someone who is in the military now to say thank you, go to this site: Let's Say Thanks. The art for the cards is done by children, and there are several to choose from, there are several messages to choose from, or you can write your own.
We may not like the fact that we have military fighting any where, yet there is fighting and we are there in it. The men and women that are now in the military have chosen to serve their country and we should support their choice.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Kyle passed the test to become an E-4, the promotion itself happens sometime this next week or two. He's had to get information together to get his passport in order, as far as he knows he will be going to Korea in December. That, of course, could change before his battalion is actually deployed.
Greg's MOS had been changed, it's still electronics, and it's still communications of some sort, he's not even sure what kind yet. His next set of classes starts this next week. He will graduate from all of these classes in September/October. He won't know until then where his duty station will be.
It is interesting to see how they have matured so much more than their friends. A friend of mine who was able to see them this weekend paid them the best compliment, she told them that she felt secure knowing that they were there to protect us all. I am so very proud of them.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
First I have to go pick up V (the friend from crochet), I have to show the yarn I picked up with my sister in Portland (she absolutely loved it!), show her the progress I have made on an afghan that she helped me find the yarn for, and the progress I have made on the Sarafina poncho that I had started while in Portland (I had a very productive visit with my Sis). Then we gather things together to take over to M's house, this is where we are doing the sushi this time. We get the van loaded and we're off!
We finally reach M's house, it's about a 45 minute drive by freeway. She has a beautiful home. We unload the goodies from the van, sit and get the grocery list made. We then go to the Asian market, that in itself is an experience. If you ever have the chance to go to an Asian market, do so. Most of the labels are in Chinese, Japanese, or what ever the type of people the market is for, there are a few labels with English on them. You can tell if you are in the section that sells soy sauce and stuff because there will be at least one brand with English on the label, the others are not, because of the color of the liquid in the bottles you can tell that it is at least some type of soy sauce or maybe taryaki sauce. The chip isle is easy too, the picture on the packaging is a great help. The sweets are even easier, you can see some of the goodies through the packaging, I got myself something called Pocky. It is really good, it is a thin cookie stick dipped in chocolate. It is really good. There are tanks of different kinds of live fish that they sell, not just a tank for lobster, one had live eel, another had catfish, I didn't look in all of them, there was so much to see. There was even a in store lunch bar, where M bought some roasted duck, they even cut it up. We got everything that we needed, and headed back to M's house.
We made rice, which had to cool first, then seasoned, veggies were cut, fish was cut, wasabi was made. Then the fun began. Discussions on how much rice should be put on the Noori proceeded through the making of them, what should be put on each roll, and how to roll them. We made eight rolls, we had about four left to split between us. along with the rolls we had some other goodies that I can't remember the names of. I will have to have V send me the names of these goodies again. (Shumai, is one, these were very good.)
The food was great and the company was even better.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The plane ride was fairly uneventful, a bit of turbulence coming into Phoenix. I got in about 9:30 and it was still 93 degrees outside, much warmer than Portland. The weather was gorgeous while I was there. I even tried to bring some of the cooler weather back with me, all that came with me was the wind.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
It is so good to be here and visit some with my Dad and spending a few days with my sister and her hubby. Yarn shops will be visited, so will the store where she works.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
I did find out that if they want to close the park for any reason they have to give a 180 day notice of their intentions. I think they are trying to avoid having to do just that for as long as they can.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Jerry and I both wondered how long it would be before the park would be turned into an apartment complex. Since we moved in here six years ago, we have seen two parks empty and then become apartments. There are just over 100 spaces here, maybe a half dozen are empty spaces, maybe another half dozen homes are empty. Just on our street there are about four people selling their homes. One family that moved out today. Yet a nice double-wide home came in today.
We don't want to move, we like our little home. We have been getting things just the way we want them. I now have a sewing room. Jerry's getting the front room set up with speakers and other music stuff.
We will see what happens. I will keep you all posted on whether we move or not.
On another note, I would like everyone to consider joining my forum The Written Page. It is for those who like to write.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I think I may enter both into the State fair this year, it will be interesting to see how well I do there.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
I'm going to see my sister in May!!!! I'm soooo excited!!!!
Monday, April 02, 2007
I will be posting more pictures of the girls in flickr, so keep a watch on the badge here and you'll soon see them.
Dad, Maryann, Julianne, and Shannon, I was sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. I am glad that everyone was able to laugh and cry together over her memory. I am happy to know that all made it home safely. Margaret was a great lady.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Greg passed the first course in his classes, he not only passed he was at the top of his class! He received a book and a certificate.
Kyle took the test for becoming an E-4, he won't know the results of the test until sometime in June. When he passes, the promotion won't take effect until September.
Talena has had the girls for the past couple of weeks, I've been babysitting for her while she's at work. She has a new job now, it's better than working in a coffee shop. She is now the receptionist at a CPA's office, working a 40 hour week and for better pay. I am very proud of her, and very tired from watching two active little girls. Gotta love them though.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Hope everyone has a beautiful spring this year.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
We got reacquainted over good food. Not only did we become friends again, our mates became friends as well. I am looking forward to talking to her again.
Hopefully they will join me and all the kids in going to the Renaissance Faire in March. As of right now there is about 30 people going. This is going to be fun.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Anyway, Greg and Kyle will be back in March for the Ren Fair. That will be fun! Greg will either be picked up by Kyle or will be getting a ride with one of his friends in the Marines, this means I don't have to drive! There will be a bunch of their friends and hopefully a couple of mine going to the fair.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Greg had come for a quick visit this weekend, he came to pick up his computer. Well, he needed to get back to his barracks at 29 Palms. When someone tells you they live out in the middle of nowhere, unless they live at 29 Palms, they are living near somewhere. The drive is about four hours long, not to bad really. From Phoenix to Parker, there are the usual little towns and homesteads, places to stop, sights to see, things of that nature. Parker is a little town just inside the Arizona-California border. Once you cross the border into California there is an Agriculture check point, this is where you stop and are asked if you have any fresh fruits or live plants that you are bringing with you, they also ask where you are coming from.
Across the state highway from that is a gas station/convenience store, with a sign near it that states that there are no more services for 100 miles. Even when you see a sign like that you think that there should be homes, farms or some sign of civilization along those miles even if you can't get gas or something to eat. Most of the vehicles that have crossed the state line are either turning left or right to other towns, few keep going straight. The state highway that goes straight leads to the highway that leads to 29 Palms, it goes through the high desert. There is absolutely nothing on this road. There are no houses, no farms, no signs of civilization of any kind, the only other sign that it isn't totally empty are the railroad tracks. There weren't any trains either. There aren't even any billboards, no advertising of any kind for anything.
As you keep driving down this road, you have to marvel at the number of people that are also travelling down the road. After quite some time, you finally arrive at another road, this is the road that you have to turn down. This is the only turnoff since leaving the little gas station that there is, no other roads or driveways were passed along the way. Once you turn down this road, there is still nothing to indicate that you are anywhere that people have been or could be other that the road you are on. After a while you begin to wonder if you missed a turn or if you are really going to see a town or any kind of civilization ever again. Then just as you think that you're lost, you go around the last foothill and you finally see in the distance a few man made structures.
Then as you get closer, there are a few abandoned homes, some homes that are actually being lived in, a sign that says you are entering the Joshua Tree National Forest. When you finally get to the town that is next to the base, it is actually a very busy little town. A lot busier than the surrounding desert would lead you to believe.
This is truly the road to nowhere, and it leads to 29 Palms. Yes, there are palm trees there, there are none anywhere else, just there. I drove this road on Sunday, I will be driving it again on Friday when I go to pick Greg up for the three day weekend. It is roads like this when a car that can drive itself would be really great.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
They managed to hang out together, and with a bunch of their friends. It was really neat to see them all together. Some of the kids don't really like each other, but they all wanted to hang out with Greg and Kyle, so they put aside their differences for the weekend and behaved themselves. All of them had a lot of fun together.
It was great to see them.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
At some point in time I may even have someone else read it, and help edit it. I'm not sure when that will happen, though. This is a big step for me.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Maggie's job is sending her to California temporarily. They are opening new stores there and need people that know what they are doing to work until they can get others trained. She is very excited about going, and she likes that she will only be there for a few months.
Kyle bought himself a car. Both boys will be here next weekend. Kyle will be picking up Greg on his way here.
I keep calling them boys, they are no longer boys, they are young men. Young men that I am very proud of. Young men that are starting their lives serving their country.
I taught my first class on runes and ogham sticks last Saturday. Everyone seemed to enjoy the class, and maybe even learned something. Next week is my next class. When I first thought about doing these classes, I had set them up to be very organized with little room for surprizes. Thankfully those plans got tossed, the classes are now very free-form. That works out very well. I have even started putting them on the Pagans Lounge website. Just go through the divination page, then through the runes section. My pages start with Runic Oracle Introduction. I'm still working on adding more information to these pages, and adding pages to the ogham sticks pages as well. I know that I have enjoyed these classes and have learned more myself while putting these classes together. Look at the pages if you want, don't if you don't want to.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Any way, everybody is doing good, working hard, and living fully.
I found the perfect Thank You card for Grandma Sam!
Monday, January 01, 2007
Tell me what you think, whether or not you like the pay service, whether or not you would upgrade. Thank you for your thoughts on the subject.