Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Gratituesday C

Cookies! Peanut butter with peanut butter cups in them.
Cups...I happily drink water from my insulated cup all day long.
Cream...it makes me happy in all it's forms, even ...
COOL WHIP... in whipped jell-0 Yum!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Gratituesday B

I am still at it! Two weeks in a row! Whoo hoo!!

I am grateful for:

Beans- a delicious and nutritious food.
Breathing- something that my asthmatic daughter doesn't take for granted.
Balance- I am working on balance,in my attitudes, finances and outlook.
Breakfast- I really think it's my favorite meal of the day.
Breaks at work- I am grateful to have them, and if I don't take them, I am able to increase my efficiency.
Boston- one of my favorite cities! I am hoping to visit this fall and see some much loved friends.

Things are moving along smoothly here, my exhusband sent me paperwork for me to fill out so that I can get my share of his retirement. I know it irks him to no end, but it will make a huge difference in my life.

Keep me in your prayers, I'm considering some major changes in my life, and am looking for not just a sign from God, but a big rap upside the head to get me to turn and see the path he has laid out for me.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gratituesday A

Today I am grateful for:

Aaron- My middle child. I love him. He's 16 and already 6'2" tall.

Apple pie- the only way I can eat apples because they are cooked,I can't eat fresh apples without having a nasty, embarrassing reaction.

Airplanes- it's how I'm able to see my family and friends quickly and easily.

Amish Friendship Bread Starter- Tonight I baked my loaves, and they are yummy! I used the chocolate pudding in the batter for the ones I made tonight. They turned out so good. Definitely I will make them again.

Air Conditioner- I love being able to make my bedroom just a little cooler so that I can sleep easier at night.

Autos- I would say this is a love/hate relationshp. I really like having a job, and since I'm an insurance agent, I depend on people to keep buying them. Please, keep buying them.

And, it's good to be back!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Well, I don't get that last post. I seem to be internet illiterate. I was attempting to post a video from YouTube for Nicole C Mullen singing "My Redeemer Lives". I love that song.

Work... so nuts, so horrible, but I guess that just as kidnapped people eventually begin to like their captors, I am beginning to like my job a little more. We are being forced to change shifts. With a promise that we would have known 'next week Tuesday' what our new shifts would be. Well, 'next week Tuesday' has come and gone. I try to just roll along, but it's getting to be a bit ridiculous. I feel very confident that I am doing my job well, and it is certainly not what I'd call an easy job. I am learning that I can control the dealings with customers, all that is needed is patience.

They (the uppers at work) have been telling us that they want us to be safe. Since the gunman went after the people at the American Civic Association a couple weeks ago, there had been postings on blogs how he should have gone after AIG, and he would have done a service to the country. It really is terrible, and now we sit in our cube lines with the curtains drawn, and feeling like we are in a dark hole. On top of that, they finally scraped the AIG off the door, and hung a fabric banner with our new name over the old AIG lighted sign. It doesn't matter that you can still see the old AIG sign around the fabric banner or anything like that. It's the very definition of the word amateur.

So we are all sending out resumes. More than a dozen are leaving in less than a week, and it just gets more and more weird there.

Well, off to do my hair and put on the old war paint. I need to get going a little earlier, I have to stop at Walgreens and get some Mucinex. I am suffering from allergies, my nose isn't the issue, my chest is full and rattling. I sound like a man. Joy, eh?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

A little Vent

Today was rather horrible at work. I spent the day fielding calls from justifiably angry customers.

My employer, a notorious insurance super giant that is hated across the world, has decided, in it's infinite wisdom to deny merit based pay raises ( not bonuses ) to it's employees that have shown that they are loyal to the company and work hard to give the customers a good experience. These are the same employees that are fielding calls from angry customers.

Several weeks ago, well before the news broke the story about the bonuses that were going to be paid, we were told that every employee that was scheduled for a bonus * in every department except for personal lines * was still going to get that bonus. Those who worked in personal lines got a hearty thank you and oh... remember those annual reviews that you sweat over so that you can make enough money to comfortably pay your rent? Yeah, you won't be getting those. We have to look good on the books because we want to be able to sell you! How about you get a nice thank you from us, and we'll be sure to continually act like we have no conscience and no understanding how the average american must feel, and make you take those phone calls. Oh, and go get 'em.

Once again my employer has made it so that I have to take angry calls from the average american. I not only have to let them abuse me on the phone, and believe me they do. The only ones that I can hang up on are the ones that use profanity. Otherwise I have to sit there and take it.

I could work doing phone sex and take less abuse for a lot more money.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Wow, another post

Yesterday I went shopping with Naomi, and had such a fun time. I ended up buying some hot rollers at Wal Mart, and now I feel like I can finally do the fantastic styles that David, my miracle worker, does on me every 6 weeks.

6 weeks?!? Yes, I admit that I get my hair done that frequently. If I don't... well, lets just say, I end up with a Cruella deVille streak of grey down the center of my hair. I keep thinking that I should embrace the grey, my grandmother had beautiful white hair, but I tend to dwell on the word 'grandmother' in that sentence. Nope, not quite ready for that one yet.

I do realize that I could do this myself, but I have become an adult with allergies, and I am allergic to so many hair dyes. Yes, it sucks. Of course, the sheets of dead skin that flake off my scalp after using certain hair dyes suck even more.

Work has been very odd lately. We've been busier than usual, and that's good for the company. Our parent company is spinning us off into a new company that doesn't have their name on it at all. We've already changed our name to a different one that people don't associate with the evil parent company, and now to actually go into a different company entirely... that's pretty good.

Yesterday I went shopping with my oldest child. It was actually quite fun. I was able to pick up the things that I was looking for, except for a knife sharpener.
Then, she took me to Old Navy. I'm not what I consider an Old Navy girl, but they have a ton of cute skirts there! It didn't hurt that I had a 30% off coupon from her. I guess having a Gap Girl for a daughter does have its benefits! The confession that I have right now, is that I'm going to go back. After I left, I kept thinking about a couple of the tops I looked at but didn't try on, and I really think that I'd like to take a second look at them.

Hmmm... what else to update... OH yes, I got a promotion! It should show up in this next paycheck, too. I'm very excited about that one. I have no idea what the difference in the pay is going to be because apparently only one week of the payraise will show, and I will have to figure it out once I take a look at the pay stub. I'm also moving through certifications. I'm working on Underwriting Guidelines now, next will be specialty states and then one more level along with licensing. I am very excited to be progressing, even though the company is a bit shaky, progressing through these levels is going to look a lot better on my resume, but really I cannot see myself as working in the area of the company I'm in now for long... I really want to get into quality or underwriting.

I guess that's it! I'm going to take the Red Rocket to a tire place and see if they can patch the slow leak I've got going on and then go back to Old Navy and see if they have that cute top in my size!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I know... more of the same...

Life is so good. It really is. I am getting better and better at my job. It's a bit of a volatile job situation, we are up for sale, we did just change names, and we are trying to pare down to a more lean cost efficient company so we look good for sale.

People are basically jumping ship at work and I have my resume out there. I've got my resume out at several companies in Minneapolis. That's a big change for me. I do have licenses to sell insurance in 46 out of 50 states. I just don't truly see myself as an insurance agent for the rest of my life.

I also have several nibbles in the medical research field.

What I really want in life? Unlimited funds to go back to school for as long as I'd like!

In personal areas...I am happy. I like living alone. I like supporting myself. I really really like my boyfriend.

Sunday night I'm going to have dinner with my friend Maureen, and then I'm going to come home and either go to sleep immediately, or try to watch a little bit of 24 ( thank goodness for dvr's!).

That's all I've really got to share. My apartment is fully unpacked, and mostly organized. I still have spaces to put to rights, and I'm also getting ready for taking some time and perhaps painting the house.