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Not sure about today

Given that it was snowing/snaining on my way home last night and predictions were dire, Karl and I planned to get up early in order to shovel.

However, neither of us got much sleep last night because of Karl's snoring. (time to break out the humidifier!!) I kept waking up/not being able to fall asleep, and he was nudged a lot to shift to his side, etc.

Mercifully, it mostly rained in our neighborhood, so we scooped some slush and then went back in to get ready for the day.

The damp had turned to big, wet snowflakes by the time I hit the road, but the streets were still navigable, if slightly slower than normal... for now....

I am kinda grumpy, headachy, and have a scratchy throat. I consumed two packets of Emergen-C upon arrival at work, and have one last packet of Melaleuca tea for later on.

The call center is noticably quieter than normal, due no doubt to the roads (many folks are commuting from Jefferson, where they used to work, and I hear the snow is much, much worse west of here).

Not sure about tonight... I'm supposed to work at TJX again (5:30 to close, which is 10pm for now). I'll bet it will be just as "dead" as last night. NOT looking forward to the commute home from there, that late.

Oh, and I'm out of frozen lunches... guess I'll see what the Cafeteria has today, and get Arby's or Subway for dinner. More than I should spend, but I didn't have the energy to get groceries on Monday, so I'll have to suffer the consequences for that.

EDIT: on the other hand, there are cookies! (leftover from someone's birthday thing yesterday, I'm guessing)


two things from other LJs

"Yes, Miky, There Are Rabbis in Montana "


Fraudulent emails referencing CDC-sponsored State Vaccination Program
(December 1, 2009)
CDC has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program.
The messages request that users must create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov website. The message then states that anyone that has reached the age of 18 has to have his/her personal Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov site.
The CDC has NOT implemented a state vaccination program requiring registration on www.cdc.gov. Users that click on the email are at risk of having malicious code installed on their system. CDC reminds users to take the following steps to reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:
Do not follow unsolicited links and do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.
Use caution when visiting un-trusted websites.
Use caution when entering personal information online.

omg teh cute


I just realized that it's been a while since I posted, which is odd since I have so much 'down' time at work.
(I read LJ often, I just haven't posted for a while)

Let's see...

Nov. 20-22, I went to Iowa for Family Time. The drive was actually quite nice, even by my lonesome.
Was passed by "Air Ingus" and family on Hwy 39 southbound. :-P
Saw a fair number of hawks along the highway in Iowa - neat.
Kept myself amused by trying to find NPR on the radio as I went along. Found some wierd-a@@ programs.

Dinner on Friday was pizza at a restaurant; quite good. Claudia's eldest daughter, Jaclyn, left for a sleepover and movie thing after we returned to the house.
Saturday was spent cooking, playing with the kids and dogs, reading magazines, etc. Very wonderful. Oh, and the youngest (Julia) had a basketball game, which was really fun to watch (nobody kept score, to keep it fun).
Dinner was pre-Thanksgiving, turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potato thing, green beans, rolls, fruit-in-gelatin (not Jello!), plus pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. I was so full from the BESTEST T-DAY DINNER EVAR that I couldn't eat the cheesecake (which wasn't my thing anyways).
OMG was that a fantastic meal. I don't know if I can ever go back to the traditional Carlson meal again - I've been ruined by food with actual flavor. :-P

I don't think I can describe the cuteness that is my nephew, Quinn. He looks just like my brother when he was little! He doesn't talk yet (he's only 25 months), mostly communicates with squeals and whines and a bit of ASL (not much) - but my brother didn't talk until he was three at which point he jumped into full sentences. I'm not yet a familiar face, so I didn't get to hold him and I only barely got a cheek-kiss... I think I'm going to have to work on visiting more often!

Sunday we went to Alex's morning basketball game (his team whupped their opponents), then out to brunch (just Mom, Dad, Bud, Claudia, Quinn and myself - the three kids went to lunch with their bio-dad) at Cheesecake Factory. I ordered three appetizers, all of which were great.
After returning to the house, we wrapped up things and I hit the road.
The drive home was equally uneventful.

I worked at TJX on Monday and Wednesday evenings (11/23 & 25), and we went to our D&D session on Tuesday 11/24.

Merouda and her family opened their house to me and Karl for the actual Thanksgiving meal. It was quite good!
I'm strangely enamored of the vegetarian-option mushroom gravy (that is apparently from a packet, but was modified by the addition of real mushrooms).
There was a Wii, and various games were played, including the Swordplay thingy and even Canoeing (who knew that would be such a workout?)... ohmy.
We played Carcassonne later on... mwahahaha!
Met neat people, made new friends. Stayed out much later than I expected, but hardly noticed.

This past weekend, I made inroads on cleaning.
Now, on to planning and pre-packing for Boar's Head.


trying for happier thoughts

ION, I am leaving very early on Friday morning, to visit my brother and family in Iowa [west des moines] for pre-Thanksgiving over the weekend. It's also my brother's birthday (next week).

I'm packing tonight, as I work the retail job on Thursday evening...

Man, I miss being able to see my folks (parents) whenever I want. They used to be a 20 minute drive, now it's 6.5 hours.

Blegh. Great, homesickness on top of general despair.

HAPPY THOUGHTS! must think happy thoughts !!

Good Things to happen at Boar's Head.
I have a new mattress on the bed, and it is pretty good.
I have many friends and a great guy who cares about me and finds me attractive.
I have a home, food, clothes, a car, and employment (sorta, kinda) - nowadays, that's nothing to sneeze at !
I'm fairly healthy at the moment (knock on wood), and my allergies seem mostly under control.

It could be much, much worse. Sometimes I need to remember that.

There is good in this world...

SAM: "I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad has happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why, but I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going, because they were holding onto something."

FRODO: "What are we holding onto, Sam?"

SAM: "That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

feeling down

Am feeling very low-energy this week. Bored at work, but have no motivation to fix my situation. Applying for jobs when I know that I'm one of hundreds for each position seems pointless... but at least applying increases my odds of eventually being noticed! It's just so hard to keep up with it.

I have no money to attend the high-priced association events (=networking opportunities), so I have little way of getting "out there" at those sort of things.

Yesterday I realized that next week will be a short work week (off Thurs & Fri) at the daytime temp job, so I have to pray that I get extra hours at the retail job to compensate... if not, December is going to SUCK, especially the first week.

Sounds like I have somewhere to go for Thanksgiving dinner in Mke, provided I don't end up working the retail job - Merouda's. Yay!

Good news is that it sounds like I can work the daytime temp job both holiday weeks in December (the week of christmas and the week of new years) even though the company is mostly shut-down between christmas and new years... provided there's work to be done, of course. I may only work half-days on those Thursdays, but work eight-hour days M-W, unless I'm really strapped for the cash...

Gawd, it feels like my life sucks right now. Where am I going? How am I going to get there? I feel so disconnected from the working world in Milwaukee - how am I ever going to find a decent job (especially in this economy)???

Egads. Maybe I should join my plants under the lamp (theoretically a UV light) for a few hours tonight...

EDIT: hahahaha! here's my "horrorscope" for today...
Dear Jennifer, Here is your horoscope for Wednesday, November 18:
Your mind is ranging far and wide as you try to figure out what's really going on.
You may need to get intensely philosophical about one issue in particular, and your brain is up to the job!


ichc by ME

For Therica, who first told me the "Whatcha doin?" story....



ruminations on D&D

 As a neophyte D&D gamer, I am saddened to learn from Mikey's post that the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax, passed away today.

We played just last night (my wikked slaying of a baddie wizard may very well have killed off our dwarf - oppps).

I managed to resist D&D, MUDD, and other time-sucking activities (except for the SCA, I guess) all of my college days.

Not long after I moved to Milwaukee, Abelard & Ysolt asked if Toshikage and I would like to join them in a "beginner game" - Soly's son, Ben, had never played D&D and was interested.
Eh, why not? I thought.  That was a year and a half ago, with monthly (sometimes twice a month, at the beginning) gaming sessions.   We're now on our second "classic dungeon crawl" module.  Whee!

I also enjoyed reading "Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress" (which I found at Borders while roaming the store), a book by a Wizards of the Coast staffer (in marketing) who had always thought that gamers - D&D gamers in particular - still lived with their parents and played in the basement, eating cheetos and dressing like their characters.  Convinced to try that which she mocked (and sold!), she discovered, much to her surprise, that D&D is all about Story Telling and that she actually had fun playing.

Even though I only just started gaming, I fully recognize that much of my world includes terminology derived from D&D and people who were (and still are, happily) geeks.

Having purchased two - 2 ! - sets of dice for myself, I now proudly proclaim that I count myself among the geeks of the world.  Rock on!

Tonight I'll say a small prayer of thanks for Gary Gygax and the Garys of this world.  I'm in luv with one, after all.


I am BEYOND pissed off.

Stupid Mitt Romney telemarketers have been calling me - on my cell phone, which is my only phone - for WEEKS.  And I've been crazy enough to answer (five times), in hopes that they'll take me off their calling list.

Alas, it appears that there are multiple telemarketing companies calling for Mitt Romney's campaign.

It never ends.  I even tried calling the national (MR campaign) office - which was a long-distance phone call from my CELL PHONE.

No luck so far.  Got another call today.

Eleven calls to date.  Eleven.  I can't get any of the callers to tell me what company they work for.
- How can I make a complaint to the BBB if I don't know which company is/may be at fault?
- And how can I tell if I'm off their calling list if they won't tell me their company name?  I have NO IDEA how to tell if they're actually taking me off the lists - only their word that they'll stop calling me.... which doesn't seem to have worked so far.

Even if I had given thought to voting for MR (which I didn't - ever) - I wouldn't vote for him now if you paid me a kajillion dollars.

Ptooey.  Stoopid politicians.


work! i worked today!

Whoo!  I had work today.  Went to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare's corporate office, where I'll be for at least a week, if not two to three.

So on Friday I got an email notification of a deposit from Kelly Services to my bank account... which was wierd, since I haven't had work since 12/14... I was all bummed 'cuz I figured they'd goofed and I would have to send it back.  But in Saturday's mail I got a note telling me that I had earned vacation pay!  Wow.  It was about a week's pay.  Cool.

Plus, I got a check for some freelance work back at the end of November.

Hooray for getting paid!