Archive for May, 2007

The subject says it all. It did NOT go well. Actually, I guess it did go ok. He’s mad that I went behind his back, but I got tired of begging. Its my house too, and dangit, I’m NOT like I was last year before my surgeries, and he knows that. I deserve another chance…shoot screw the other chance…he threw my kitten outside when he thought I was not going to come home from the hospital. If you want to get technical, he owes me another cat.

However, I don’t like thinking that way anymore. The past is past. I need a cat. I’m a cat lover, and I’ve ALWAYS had a cat to help comfort me. There are times when I can’t talk to anyone, and my cats have always understand. Alright, I know they didn’t UNDERSTAND…but they comforted me regardless.

So…it didn’t go great…but it sure as heck could have went a lot worse…I told him as soon as she’s used to us I’ll put her outside, but I’m hoping I can talk him around to letting her stay inside as long as I keep her litter box and feeding areas clean. I can hope, right?


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We haven’t picked a name yet…in fact I put up a poll on my board because there is a fierce debate raging between the kids and me right now. Justin doesn’t know that we have her…in fact our last conversation was not too positive…but I’m hoping I can work him around. If worst comes to to worst, she can go outside once she’s used to us…but I really don’t want to lose another animal to the road…so hopefully I can convince him, AND live up to my end of the bargain.

So anyway, I’ll update as soon as a name is chosen!!!

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OK, so I haven’t posted since Thursday, and now all I’m going to do is vent. No, I don’t like to post about bad things all the time, but I’m so tired, and so frustrated.

Work was just awful last week. Well, nothing really *that* bad…but I wasn’t feeling 100% by any means, and my attitude suffered for it. On Thursday, all hell broke loose in the Money Center (I may have posted about it, not sure)…and it was very stressful and while I handled it at the time, I was PISSED at the way management completely abandoned me to it. Sure I handled it ok, but that’s not the point. They walked away and refused to even try to help.

Friday I got fussed at in front of customers and other associates for something I did NOT do. Jackie and I were having a conversation in Customer Service, and I mentioned that I had to talk to the CSM’s because I was on track to have 3.5 hours of overtime. All week, I tried to cut out of work early, and instead I was kept late due to the business of Money Center and the understaffing. CSM’s kept me over. I started clocking in only 1-3 min early rather than the 15 min I usually clock in early in order to try to compensate for it, and took some longer lunches (an hour and 15 min instead of just an hour). Leroy, a dept. manager, overhears and jumps on the radio calling management into it. Management fussed at the CSMs, and the CSM on the book jumped my case for a)not going to them first and b)having overtime. Umm…*I* didn’t go to management, LEROY DID. *I* didn’t intend to have overtime, they kept forgetting about me and not relieving me and asking me to stay over, with me telling them the entire time that if I did, I’d have overtime. Still, I managed to keep my cool, but then walked to another CSM and told him I was quitting. He calmed me down and then I was fine. It takes a lot to set me off, but when I get set off, its something small that does it to me. Anyway, rather than let me go home early, they forced me to take a 3 hour lunch. That is so WRONG. Its just not right! I did it because I need my job, but I was pissed.

So anyway. Thursday, I officially got the Money Center job offer, and I accepted it, never realizing I was shooting my CSM ambition in the foot. I even told the manager doing the paper work that I was put in for CSM and how I wanted to make sure I did everything by the book. NEVER did he tell me that accepting the Money Center job offer kicked me out of any other job offers for 6 months. GAHHHH. That’s why I want to vent today. I bust my ass for them, and this is how I’m repaid. True, working in Money Center, no one sees my performance…not really. And we have a lot of down time over there, where they walk by and see us standing around talking or something. But there are many, MANY other times where we don’t have time to take a break or a lunch because we’re so slammed…so it really makes up for it in those areas.

I don’t know now if I want CSM. I’m getting pretty jaded on the whole process. If God doesn’t want me to be a CSM, fine, but let me know rather than just throwing stumbling blocks in my path, please! Ok that’s wrong but I’m just frustrated. I work really hard and I give my customers my best. I don’t snap at them, I’m polite to them, and I take a lot of CRAP from them, and I suppose I just want to be rewarded for that. But ya know what…CSMs take even more crap so maybe its best for me to just stay in MC…especially since the chronic pain is really no better and I’m still not sure how long I can keep going.

OK venting is over…I feel better even though I’m sure I didn’t make much sense.

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Its here!!!

My new camera that is!!! The battery pack is plugged in to charge, and Justin is helping me dig through the huge manuals and such. My niece is really into photography, and her graduation party is Monday, so I’m going to take my camera then and see if she can help give me some pointers.

I have hummingbirds now…at least 3 of them. I REALLY want to be able to zoom in on them feeding and get some clear pictures…some good quality pictures. Oh I’m so EXCITED!!!

Why do battery packs have to take so long to charge? *sigh*

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I’m really really tired, so won’t get into this very much and most likely won’t make a lick of sense…but here goes.

I was on my way home today, and while listening to the radio, one of my favorite “drive time” talk shows was on…Matt Friederman on WAOY, the Christian Radio station in the AFR network in Mississippi. They were talking about our security, our borders, illegal immigrants, and amnesty.

Playing off a few of their comments, I really started thinking about my experiences with immigrants lately. Working in the Money Center, MOST of my customers who wire money speak little to no English. I’ve seriously considered attempting to learn Spanish just so I can communicate with them a little more effectively.

So anyway. Just a few short months ago, I was of the opinion that we didn’t need immigration, that it harmed us…took jobs…etc. Now…I don’t see things quite so black and white. I can see more pros than cons…I like the idea of someone coming to my country to make a living for their family, or to better their lives…I don’t like to think of anyone living in poverty or neglect. But…all Mexicans, for instance, can’t be living in terrible conditions…can they? I mean…come on…is it just the lure of more money? I can understand that.

Amnesty. I think IF Amnesty is given, the people applying should have NO advantages over new applicants for visas. Maybe the answer can be to give out a HUGE number of visas and student visas…but really attempt to document these guys. Shutting the border may not be the best option after all…but can we really afford to do anything else? If we allowed “anyone” to live and work in our country as long as they were well-documented, I’m sure that more terrorists would leak through. I’m not naive though…I think we have a huge risk from people who have immigrated here years, even decades ago…gained citizenship, and now are working deep cover.

When I worry about my country’s security, it isn’t hispanics I’m worried about…it isn’t any *specific* country…its the fear of the unknown slipping through our very open borders. What worries me almost as much is the fear of becoming completely shut down…much like the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Very difficult to traven into our country…difficult to travel out of it as well.

We’re a country founded on freedom…do we want to lose even more of our freedoms? I WANT us to be secure…I want us to be safe…I do not want my safe haven to be behind concrete and steel walls however.

What is the solution? IS there a solution?

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Total Cop Out

No, nothing to do with the police this time. I’m too exhausted to try to be creative tonight. I worked in ladies’ wear most of the day today, and I’m sore and worn out.

I’m not sure if I’m going to even get an interview for CSM…the computer may still be giving me fits in regards to getting my name on the interview list. At this point I don’t care so much really…I need to get my payraise for Money Center finalized first…I don’t want to get the CSM position (and subsequent pay raise) until I get the other raise. So…I can be patient.

Just to kill time, a couple more blogthings: (Thanks Meg for this first one!)

Your Political Profile:

Overall: 65% Conservative, 35% Liberal

Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Ethics: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

WOW who knew??

You Should Get An Asian Inspired Tattoo

Mysterious and expressive
You like to show off, but you also like to keep some allure

Now how funny is this considering my post a couple weeks ago about wanting a dragon tattoo to cover my surgical scar??

You Are A Pine Tree

You love agreeable company, peace, and harmony.
Compassionate and friendly, you love to help others.
A natural poet, you have a very active imagination.
You are very soft on the inside – needing affection and reassurance.
You can fall in love deeply, but you will leave if you feel betrayed.

Oh this is soooo close to home! Especially the last part…and unfortunately it doesn’t take much to make me feel betrayed, thanks to my paranoia!

Well, that’s enough for now. I’ll try to be more interesting and creative later. OOOH yeah, my new camera arrives tomorrow (got the compact flash card today)!!

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What a DAY!!! Today a registered sex offender was caught in the store, using his camera phone to take pictures up women’s skirts. When cornered, he fought both security guys, and was winning…so two cops got involved, and still couldn’t tip the scales (4 on 1 at this point). I’m assuming the guy was hyped up on something…I mean COME ON. Four guys?? So one cop pulls his taser gun out and the guy knocks it out of his hand…cop retrieves it, and tasers the guy…it took TWO hits before the guy could be subdued. Oh yeah, he was definitely on something.

You know, when I took this job, I had no idea that such crazy things happened on a regular basis. There’s almost never a dull day at work. Still, I’m very glad this guy was caught…I guess you could say this was a success story 🙂

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