Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fawk You Friday

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For those of you who are worried about the button, J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, and I, are just fine with using one of ours. I don't know how else to tell everyone we do not have a problem with that. We just want people to join and vent. Just have some fun!!! How hard is that? Here is my list.

Fawk You to the economy. I've already had rejections to the resumes I've submitted THIS WEEK!!! ALREADY?!!?

Fawk You to cell phones. GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND LET MY MESSAGES AND CALLS COME THROUGH!!!

Fawk You to people who think of the most ridiculous things to sue for. IF YOUR LITTLE YIPPER GETS SCARED BY A DOG WHO'S IN THEIR OWN YARD THEN YOUR DOG HAS A PROBLEM AND SUING ME IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!

And finally, as always, FAWK YOU TO CANCER. GET OFF THIS PLANET AND LEAVE US ALONE!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What Is Wrong With People?

I just had a visit from one of my neighbors. She had just spoken with someone who was asking her questions about our dog. He had been visiting all of our neighbors asking the same questions. He claimed he was from a lawyer’s office. Here’s the reason.

Apparently, a lady walking her little dog past our house claims that our dog so traumatized her little dog that the dog was unable to continue his/her walk and had to be carried by said lady.

I give up! Who calls a lawyer because they are walking past a house where a dog lives and claims that dog scared her yipper so badly it had to be carried? I am so disgusted right now. We already lost one because we felt he was getting too aggressive and the one dog that wouldn’t hurt a flea is now being called into question. She may be a Boxer, but she’s also a miss fluff when it comes to people and other dogs. All she wants to do is play.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tuesday Train

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Are you all having fun? I sure hope so. I know my fellow hosts are glad to see you.

Now it's time to take a ride on the Train and I'm really happy I'm here. Aren't you glad to join us on the ride? With Faith, Family, And Friends, The Survival Mama, and The House on the Corner are the best at what they do. So link up and enjoy the ride.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Job Search, Photos, and Amanda

Normally on Sunday one can count on the fact that the paper will have a decent amount of jobs listed. Not for several months. I found a total of four, yes four, listings that I can even begin to qualify for. I think it’s going to be a long haul. I just hope my unemployment will come through in a couple of weeks. The lady at the unemployment office thought that maybe it would as soon as the quarter rolls over. After looking at available jobs in the paper, I hope she's right.

I was able to take a ride on the boat today, but it wasn’t a great day for photos. Sometimes there is too much light and no matter what filters you have on your lens, it will not tone down or stop washing out. Such was my luck today.

Today was a really nice day in terms of temps and wind. Not much of either. In fact, it was about as close to perfect as you can get with the exception of the water levels though. It seems we may have another high water year. That means boating will not be fun. Last year was the same way. When the water is really high, there are no sandbars to speak of and around here, that’s the way to go.

What struck me today was how much fun Amanda would have had on the boat. She was the kid who would giggle until she couldn’t breathe just because of the bumpiness of the ride. When we lived in Colorado and Wyoming, we would be on some back roads only for four wheel drives fairly regularly. We would hit the washboards on some of those roads and she would just giggle. Pretty soon we would have to tell her to breathe because she couldn’t stop.

There are just days when she stays in the front of my mind.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



Are you ready for some photo hopping fun? Come along then! Join the Scavenger Hunt Sunday with Ashley at Ramblings and Photos. Come on! Give it a shot!

Windows/Doors

I took this on the fly heading home the other day. If you look really closely, you can barely see my beast.



Eyelashes

Itty bitty eyelashes on the puppy! She's so cute.



Paint

I don't polish my nails, I "paint" them.



Leaf Veins

Do you know how hard this is to get when the wind is always blowing?



Faceless Portrait

What daddies will do for their little girl.



And next week's categories....

Pop of Color
Crossing Thresholds
X-Ray
Toy
Hidden or Farm

Does Anyone Know

Since I’ve been home this week, I’ve been watching a bit of what used to be Courtv. I still don’t know why they changed it. I liked it just the way it was. You know, like when O.J. was on trial. Yes, I watched it and, yes, I think they, the jury, got the verdict wrong. I mean, look at him now. Anyway, I digress……

This trial is even worse than the O.J. trial. Now we have another delay with the judge sealing all the records of the issue from this morning. The pundits are saying either a plea deal or one of the attorneys is in trouble or excusing himself. Who knows?

I know is that this is getting ridiculous! Get it over with already!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fawk You Friday

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For those of you who are worried about the button, J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, and I, are just fine with using one of ours. I don't know how else to tell everyone we do not have a problem with that. We just want people to join and vent. Just have some fun!!! How hard is that? Here is my list.

Fawk You to the company I used to work for. DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT KEEPING THE GUY WITH TOO MANY POINTS AND NOT ME BECAUSE OF SALES MAKES YOU LOOK BETTER OR THAT IT MAKES YOU BETTER?!!! NOT HARDLY!!!

Fawk You to the company I used to work for. DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU'RE ALL THAT GREAT?!!? YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVEN'T GOOGLED YOURSELF LATELY!!!

Fawk You to LIFE IN GENERAL RIGHT NOW!!! ENOUGH SAID!!!

And finally, Fawk You to cancer. HURL YOURSELF INTO OUTER SPACE, FLY CLOSE TO THE SUN AND BURN UP!!!

Now what do you have to vent or rant about? Come on! Give it to us! We can take it!!!

To Convict or Not

Since I’ve been home this week, I’ve been sort of watching the Casey Anthony trial. Not religiously mind you, but enough. I just caught her mom’s testimony for the defense. I feel bad for her. I cannot imagine being in her position.

In 2008 she not only lost her granddaughter but her daughter, the mother of that child, was arrested and charged with her murder. Now, it seems, she is still defending her daughter. To a lesser degree perhaps, but still a defense as only a mother could do. And in light of the accusations her daughter has slung in the media, I am just amazed.

I understand the love a mother has for a child. I’ve got that down cold. I don’t have to question it at all. What I find interesting in this case is that even though Casey has said some very nasty things about her father and brother, Cindy is still trying to minimize the impact to her daughter. It seems to me there is a very dysfunctional family here.

Through their attorneys today, the Anthony’s released a statement that basically says they believe their daughter is guilty of at least contributing to the death of their granddaughter. This is huge compared to what was being said three years ago. I’m inclined to agree. Did Casey intentionally kill her daughter? I don’t think so. Did she cause Caylee’s death? I believe so. In that respect, I think Cindy and I would agree.

The saying goes, “A mother’s love knows no bounds”. In this case, it is absolutely an apt statement. I agree with Cindy in that a death sentence is not the answer here. Punishment yes….death…..no.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Raining Cats and Dogs and Rude People

Yes, it has been non-stop raining here for days. All day the downpours have happened almost every two hours. It’s almost like clockwork. Somebody set the alarm! Please stop! Okay, enough of that subject.

I always wonder what goes through other people’s heads when they are in their car. Aren’t they all singing at the top of their lungs like me? Apparently not. I’m still getting run down in a park where the speed limit is 10mph. And the other day, a guy was watching me come down the street and he backed out of his parking spot right in front of me. No, really he did.

So what would cause someone to see another person driving down the streets and just back out in front of them? Let me see, was it the rusty 4Runner I was driving? I’m sure he missed the fact that there ARE NO DINGS AT ALL on my car. It may be rusty, but it is otherwise in almost complete pristine condition. Was it the fact that I just look nice and he knew I would stop? Surely I put him six feet under by the look on my face. So that cannot be it.

So what would explain it? HE IS JUST RUDE!!! He probably does that to anyone who comes down the street. When he’s ready, he just backs up. It’s amazing the back end of his car isn’t smashed to smithereens. Maybe I should have hit him just for the principle.

I Promised News

Yes, I’m telling all now. Let’s start with a little background though. And it all starts last November.

In November of last year, I was still on unemployment and wasn’t getting any bites for a job. So when I got the call I did, I jumped all over it. Unfortunately, it was for a call center that focuses on sales and not customer service. I really didn’t have a choice because of the fact my unemployment was going to run out. Trust me…call center work is not for me.

It isn’t because I suck at customer service. In fact, I am very good at that. It’s the issue of sales that I find most irritating. How do you sell something to someone who is on a limited income or has just lost their job? Really? Anyway, they let me go last Friday. So I am unemployed again. I’m getting very frustrated since those are the only jobs that seem to be available these days. And it won’t be getting any better according to the money guys. Sheez!

At the same time during the last two weeks, I’ve been battling computers. First, my original computer that I started school with decided to lose about four months of photos and my final paper for school. Yes, the ten page paper that had to have full APA format was gone. All the photos were gone. My paper that was due in less than two weeks was just gone. After scrambling to get another computer, I had to start the paper over.

Then, eight days after getting the new computer, it also decided to cause me problems. I shut it down one evening and the next evening it wouldn’t let me sign on. Nice, I thought. To add upset to injury, I lost my paper again. What in the world was going on with me and computers?

So after all that, on Friday, I was going along and answering phones at work when my boss sent me an IM that said he wanted me to have a meeting with him after I got off the call. So I let him know when I was off the call and he said okay. I locked my computer and turned around. He was already at the end of the walkway and said we would meet downstairs. I knew right then what was up, but I still asked him if I should take my bag. He looked at me and said it might be a good idea. Yes, you guessed it. I was fired. Yee haw!

I refuse to get pushy with people on a fixed income. The housing market is still tumbling and is not expected to change any time soon. The thing is that I was offering on all my calls, I just didn’t get pushy and force them into a sale. For that, I am jobless again.

What they probably don’t know is that I took that job at the time because it was the only one I was getting offered. I had to do something. So at least I worked for a while. Around here it is very difficult when you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree. There are three colleges in town and the only thing they think I qualify for is cleaning toilets.

The problem is not that I think it is a bad job it’s just that my shoulder does not do well with a serious physical type of job. And anyone who knows about housecleaning, it’s not easy. But it may come down to that.

In the meantime, I guess I’ll just have to take what I can get. I’m considering looking for work somewhere else. I hate to leave the kids and grandkids, but this is getting ridiculous. I look around in other areas of the country and there are jobs that I qualify for. They aren’t here. The Upper Midwest is slowly dying and who knows how long it will take to come back? I just know I need to do something now.

So maybe I’ll have something to tell you soon. I sure hope so.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tuesday Train

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I have some news for you but I'll let you know more about that later. Until then, enjoy the ride!

Now it's time to take a ride on the Train and I'm really happy I'm here. Aren't you glad to join us on the ride? With Faith, Family, And Friends, The Survival Mama, and The House on the Corner are the best at what they do. So link up and enjoy the ride.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



Are you ready for some photo hopping fun? Come along then! Join the Scavenger Hunt Sunday with Ashley at Ramblings and Photos. Come on! Give it a shot!

Emotion

She was happy to have her picture taken.



From a Flower's Point of View

I couldn't choose between them. And, yes, I know the first one is a weed. It still looked interesting to me. What more do you want?





Natural Frame

I was having fun this week, can you tell? Another category with two shots.





Letters

Yes, I own real stationary.



Bliss

There is nothing quite like watching friends at a birthday party.



And next week's categories...

Windows/Doors
Eyelashes
Paint
Leaf Veins
Faceless Portrait

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fawk You Friday

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For those of you who are worried about the button, J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, and I, are just fine with using one of ours. I don't know how else to tell everyone that we do not have a problem with that. We just want people to join and vent. Just have some fun!!! How hard is that? Here is my list.

Fawk You to my stomach on Monday. WHAT WAS WRONG WITH YOU?!!? I DID NOT LIKE IT!!!

Fawk You to my closet of a room. I'M TIRED OF HOW SMALL YOU ARE!!!

Fawk You to computers. One in particular. YES, MY NEW COMPUTER CRAPPED OUT ON ME!!!AFTER ONLY 8 DAYS!!! REALLY?!!?

Fawk You to MY COMPUTER AGAIN!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THE NEW ONE DIED TOO!!!

And finally, Fawk You to cancer. FIND THE DEEPEST HOLE YOU CAN FIND AND BURY YOURSELF!!!

Now what do you have to vent or rant about? Come on! Give it to us! We can take it!!!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Not Much to Say

I know. I’ve been absent from the blogging world except for the normal hops. That means basically three posts a week. I’ve been rather overwhelmed with school, finances, work, and personal things that seem to get bigger and bigger all the time. And I really shouldn’t complain about life. I’ve had the “big” things happen to me. One in particular about destroyed me so I know how bad life can be. So I will try to do better and find those funny and weird things to write about like I used to.

Work has been interesting to say the least. For some reason, and I don’t know what, I have not been fired. Now, technically, they could because I haven’t been doing so well with sales. (You see, I’m more about customer service than getting someone to buy something they don’t need.) They seem to be dragging their feet a bit. I suspect they are more afraid of the SEC than of my lack of sales. Service levels are an ever present concern at call centers across the states.

Here’s what I find most curious; the curiosity of others. Have you ever noticed how nosy your neighbors or coworkers are? What makes them think they have the right to stick their noses in where they don’t belong? Nothing can be said that someone doesn’t pick up part of the story and get it twisted very strangely by the time it comes back to you. Well, I work with some of the best snoops in the business.

There are two people on my team at work who just love to know what’s going on with everyone else all the time. You cannot have a conversation with anyone else around them because they start asking questions like they have the right to know. Who gave them that right? Who are they to think they need to know everything about everyone? Snoops!!! I can definitely do without them.

And do you know what’s so funny about the previous paragraph? WE ALL DO THE SAME THING! Yes, we read our favorite blogs to keep up with each other’s lives. And most of the time, we say things on here we would never say to those we see every day. Why is that, you ask?

Because other people’s lives make us forget about our own for a short time and give us a break from the monotony or drama we have. The old saying is “the grass is always greener on the other side”. In the case of gossip, it truly is. We all do this because we need an outlet that doesn’t affect our own lives.

So have fun my bloggy buddies. I know I intend to.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tuesday Train

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HAPPY FLAG DAY!!!

How is everyone this week? Hope all is well with all the riders this week. I have been having a "great" time putting all my programs back on the new computer. Let me tell you I had no idea how much stuff I had on that computer. Sheez! Someone should have warned me about that. I guess now I know. I'll be prepared better next time.

Now it's time to take a ride on the Train and I'm really happy I'm here. Aren't you glad to join us on the ride? With Faith, Family, And Friends, The Survival Mama, and The House on the Corner are the best at what they do. So link up and enjoy the ride.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



Now, you know you want to do this. Challenge yourself so you can have more fun on the Scavenger Hunt Sunday with Ashley at Ramblings and Photos. Come on! Give it a shot!

Long Exposure

I actually took this last week.



Shape(s) (Ginger's suggestion)

Presenting the egg.



Green (Ginger's suggestion)

Mostly green with splash of pink.



Fruit (30 Day Photo Challenge June 7th Prompt/Flickr Group)

This is what happens to a banana when your son leaves it on the dash on a 92 degree day. But I love the texture in this shot.



Childhood Memory (30 Day Photo Challenge June 10th Prompt/Flickr Group - could also be a "flashback" photo or a "Then and Now" photo as suggested by Elena at Selfie Magic)

This was hard for me. This is what I did as a young person. I showed dairy cattle. Where did that girl go?



And next week's categories...

Emotion
From a Flower's Point of View (Exploring with a Camera theme - check out post here)
Natural Frame (Miriam's suggestion)
Letters (Chelsea's suggestion)
Bliss (Chelsea's suggestion)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fawk You Friday

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So I remembered this week. Shocker I know! Anyway, this week has been full of ups and downs. The good thing is that my new computer came. The bad news with that you will find below. Are YOU ready?

For those of you who are worried about the button, J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, and I, are just fine with using one of ours. I don't know how else to tell everyone that we do not have a problem with that. We just want people to join and vent. Just have some fun!!! How hard is that? Here is my list.

Fawk You to computers that want to die. COULDN'T YOU WAIT FOR THE END OF THE TERM?!!? JUST TWO MONTHS AWAY?!!?

Fawk You to the loss of the Office 2007 cd. WHERE DID YOU GO?!!? I CAN'T AFFORD TO REPLACE YOU!!! I NEED YOU!!!

Fawk You to the lack of support for students. OF ALL THE TIMES I NEED HELP WITH A PROGRAM, THERE IS NONE FOR ME!!!

Fawk You to the same lack of jobs. THERE IS AN EXPECTED RECORD NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS THIS MONTH!!! REALLY?!!?

And finally, Fawk You to cancer. FIND THE FIERY PITS OF HELL AND TAKE UP RESIDENCE!!!~

Now what do you have to vent or rant about? Come on! Give it to us! We can take it!!!


What Do You Hear?

When you work at call center, you learn how to tune out everyone around you. If you didn’t, you would not be able to hear your customers. It becomes second nature to focus on only the customer when on a call. The second the caller hangs up though? All of your hearing returns in full force. And it can be hilarious. These are just some of the gems I’ve heard in between calls. (I work at a telecommunications company).

You’re doing it wrong, don’t scratch it.

The little silver thing you fit in the hole.

When one of my things falls off, I call.

Drop dead (to me by customer).

Every inch counts.

You live on Wisteria Lane?

But you aren’t supposed to have a phone line!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tuesday Train

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How has everyone been the last week? My week has been a series of ups and downs. I lost about four months of photos due to my computer. Thank you computer! At least I was able to order another one and it should be here sometime this week. I will be so happy to see another one. I'm tired of losing things in here. She almost didn't want to start yesterday. I've had it for about three years and it has been a good one. Its time has come. May it rest in peace....but not until the new one comes!

Now it's time to take a ride on the Train and I'm really happy I'm here. Aren't you glad to join us on the ride? With Faith, Family, And Friends, The Survival Mama, and The House on the Corner are the best at what they do. So link up and enjoy the ride.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



Now, you know you want to do this. Challenge yourself so you can have more fun on the Scavenger Hunt Sunday with Ashley at Ramblings and Photos.

HOT HOT HOT

92 degrees the day this was written.



Finding Form

The shape of a speed boat is beautiful.



Front Page of the News

I know I used the same paper. Sorry!



Chore

Who likes to mop floors? Not me!



Beads

The tiny beads that form the chain at the end of a pair of clippers.



And next week's categories.....

Long Exposure
Shape(s) (Ginger's suggestion)
Green (Ginger's suggestion)
Fruit (30 Day Photo Challenge June 7th Prompt/Flickr Group)
Childhood Memory (30 Day Photo Challenge June 10th Prompt/Flickr Group - could also be a "flashback" photo or a "Then and Now" photo as suggested by Elena at Selfie Magic)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Fawk You Friday!

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Oh my word I am sooooo far behind this week! Check list below for details!

For those of you who are worried about the button, J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, and I, are just fine with using one of ours. I don't know how else to tell everyone that we do not have a problem with that. We just want people to join and vent. Just have some fun!!! How hard is that? Here is my list.

Fawk You to life in general. CAN SOMETHING GO RIGHT FOR ME JUST ONCE? (I KNOW, I'VE USED THIS ONE BEFORE. HEY IF IT FITS.).

Fawk You to my computer. REALLY?!!? I CANNOT AFFORD TO REPLACE YOU RIGHT NOW!!!

Fawk You to the the weather. YOU CAN STOP KILLING PEOPLE NOW!!!

Fawk You to the lack of jobs. JUST GETTING AN INTERVIEW IS RIDICULOUSLY HARD!!!

And finally, Fawk You to cancer. I WILL NOT GIVE YOU A CAPITAL AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR NAME!!! FIND YOURSELF A HOLE, JUMP IN AND I WILL GLADLY PUSH THE DIRT IN ON TOP OF YOU!!!

Now what do you have to vent or rant about? Come on! Give it to us! We can take it!!!