Thursday, August 31, 2006
What makes it so funny is that this dog is obviously very proud of himself, and seems to be rubbing it in the face of the dog on the other side of the fence. Look how perky his walk is, how high he's carrying his tail - this dog KNOWS he's cool! LOL!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Yesterday, R- was fired from her job. She recently transferred to a different store (but still worked for the same company). Two weeks ago, there were several voids on the register R- was using, which is understandable considering that it's a different type of register than the one she's used to. That same night, one of the security cameras was malfunctioning. The company decided yesterday that R- must be behind the two coinciding events and must therefore be a thief - even though they did inventory and no merchandise was missing and no money was missing from the register.
So they called up R- and asked (well, demanded really) that she meet the district manager at the store. She gets there, and they have a police officer there. They tell her that they think she's a thief. Then the police officer tells her she has to pay the store $200 right then and there or else he's taking her to jail. He then says "And you know you'll lose your kid if that happens, right?" Remember, they have no evidence which indicates money or merchandise is missing, and are making her pay back $200, even though the total amount of the voids is $150-some odd dollars. When she asked for a concrete reason for her termination, they told her because it "looked suspicious."
So now I'm mad. I know R-, and while she's human and therefore has faults, she IS NOT a thief! I told her to consult the labor board and file a grievance. Her dad is friends with a district judge in Bexar County (where she - and I - live), so her dad is going to talk to the judge about it to see what her legal recourse should be. It's my personal opinion that they were mad because 1) she started back to school so was unable to work every time they snapped their fingers at her like she used to, 2) she's the only single momma working for that particular company, and 3) she's young and expendible.
So, the point of this long rambling rant is to please pray for her! It was already tough on her going back to school to begin with, but now it's darn near impossible. And what with them demanding she pay $200 right there and then, she now doesn't have any rent money for September. So please, pray for R-!
Love you all. Sorry for the five day absence.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
This poor little car... It's cute, but I bet if it could, it would bite the people who drive it every day.
Thank God, for unanswered prayers...
That's what kept running through my mind last night and today as I read The Brown Baby Blog. Thank you God for knowing in Your infinite wisdom what is best!
Monday, August 21, 2006
Starting a week from today, I will be attempting to work full-time, attend college online full-time (through six online courses at two different colleges no less), raise my child by myself full-time AND I'm a PTA volunteer and the Newsletter editor at Jamie's school this year. I think I must be trying to drive myself crazy. But, I think, this will work for me for one main reason: I am not wired to do things "the easy way". Before, I tried to go to school full-time only. Well, pure laziness and procrastination derailed those intentions. I would always put it off, thinking I had plenty of time to do my assignments, until the due date was upon me and I hadn't put the first line on the page. Same with my housework. "I'll do it tomorrow" became my catch-phrase. Now, I don't have "tomorrow" to do things. I have blocks of time which must be dedicated to this, that or t'other.
So, I'm thinking if I get up every morning between 4:30 and 5:00 (which I've done the past four or five days - including the weekend) and study and clean house, then wake up Jamie and get him ready to roll, then study a little bit more and clean some more before I get ready for work, then get ready for and go to work, I can then pick up Jamie and get home, fix supper and clean up, check over both of our homeworks and get ready for bed, and I should be okay and get everything done. I'll just have to designate a day of the week to study each course, and take copious notes.
Plus, I'll have weekends to study. And I can study while Jamie is at soccer practice (but not during games. I have to watch him play and scream my durn fool head off for his team!). I even have permission to study at work when I'm not busy with reports and other work-related items. But I'll have to carefully manage my time. Oh, and did I mention that I'll also be helping out with his soccer team this year?
But, because I don't have time to procrastinate, I think I'll do better this way. I keep thinking back to all the different things I participated in during high school. It seemed like I was always rushing here, there and yonder, but I got good grades (once I quit being lazy) and always had my homework done on time. I just had to learn to manage my time. For me, that means having every minute of every day planned. And if I want to visit friends and/or take a trip, I'll have to budget that time in and plan for it in advance.
So, if I'm not blogging as much as you're used to, please feel free to rub it in. After all, I've pestered all of you enough about blogging. However, I may just have to pencil that time in, as well, to make me even busier. After all, I DID say I worked BETTER in a time crunch, didn't I?
Have a great week everybody! You know you'll hear more from me before the week is out.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
I bet you guys are going to get REALLY tired of all these pictures, huh?
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Here's a picture of Jamie mugging for the camera...
My friend R- and her daughter D- came over to go swimming. Later, D- saw Jamie's sunglasses and put them on. I snapped this picture before she noticed. Looks like D- should stand for "Diva!" in this picture. She's a cute, sassy little thing! She also has very good taste - she LOVES Jamie!
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Both times I've been to the doctor, they've made me do an airflow test. The first visit, two weeks ago, came back with the result of 450 (but I don't know what the unit is. 450 psi? 450 mm? 450 cm? Who knows!). The one yesterday came back at only 400. The normal for someone my age and height is close to 500! So, he says that's not good. I will be going on Saturday to get a chest x-ray to see if there's some sort of scarring on my lungs or anything he can see that would be causing me to have so much trouble. After he looks at the films, he'll call me to come back in.
He prescribed me a stronger, better cough medicine to help me sleep at night and make me stop coughing. He said, "Not only will you not cough all night, you'll go to sleep with a smile on your face!" He wasn't joking! That was some powerful stuff! About 20 minutes after I took it, I started giggling. Then I kept saying "WHEEEEEEEE!" because I felt like I was flying. Then I conked out and said "Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz" all night with NO COUGHING. Then I got up this morning and was still flying pretty high. Shortly thereafter though, I quit flying high, the medicine wore off, and my fun times of "Whee!" and "Zzzzzzzzzzzz" merged and I've been wheezing ever since. And coughing, too. And I'm really sleepy. Methinks I'll go to bed early tonight.
But I did discover something else to put on my grateful/thankful list: really strong cough medicine!
Monday, August 14, 2006
Okay, so the first step is admitting you have the problem. So, here goes "Hi, I'm Jennifer, and I'm a 'whine'-o." Pshew! That felt good. But, see, the problem is, I feel this incredible urge to whine some more. See, my cough won't go away, and it's getting worse, so I'm going back to the doctor this afternoon. And that butt-wipe co-worker? Well, he left me a snide note about how I keep "losing" his packages, and how my boss needs to come up with a quality control procedure for me to follow. Hello? How did I go to the UPS facility and forcibly remove his package? I gave him proof showing how the package was lost by UPS, but it's still my fault. Aargh!
Okay, so now I got the whining out of my system. So I need to balance out this post with a list of things for which I am grateful and thankful:
1. I'm grateful and very thankful for such wonderful friends as ya'll!
2. I'm grateful and thankful for first days of the school year (only had to whisper in Jamie's ear "It's the first day of school" to get him up, instead of having to jump up and down on the bed and yell "Up and At 'Em.... Atom Ant!!!!!!!" If he wasn't up by the time I finished saying "ant", I'd fall on him. This strange ritual is a legacy of my own mother.)
3. I'm very grateful and thankful for my wonderful son.
4. I'm very grateful and thankful for my silly puppy, Ziggy.
5. I'm grateful and thankful for Sunday and/or Wednesday night telephone conversations.
6. I'm grateful and thankful for silly, long-distance lunch-break conversations with my brother.
7. I'm grateful and thankful for all those little inconveniences during the day that add up to keep you humble.
8. I'm grateful and thankful that I woke up this morning. (Because it would really not be good if I didn't. LOL!)
9. I'm grateful and thankful for all the gifts the Lord has given me, even if I don't immediately recognize them as such.
10. I'm grateful and thankful for my father, if only for the fact he is teaching me how NOT to treat Jamie when he grows up! No, seriously, Dad can be sweet, too; but only when HE wants to be.
11. I'm grateful and thankful that God has a plan for me, even if I don't know what it is yet. I'm grateful that He knows where my life is going, because I sure don't!
12. I'm grateful and thankful for God, his glory and the blessings he's put into my life. I've never been homeless, which is a grace in and of itself, because Jamie and I have been very close on several occassions! So I KNOW God is watching over us!
13. I'm grateful and thankful God graced me with a sense of humor, even if it does get rusty sometimes. I have a tendency to take myself too seriously, and forget to laugh at myself. (But I don't seem to have too much trouble laughing at others! LOL!)
So, there's the cheese to go with my whine. Hope you enjoyed today's tasting. Next week, we'll explore the many flavors of the California vineyards.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
He can't yell at me too much, though. I printed out proof that UPS is the one who lost the shipment. So far as we can tell, nothing fell out of it, they just lost it at the sorting facility in Houston, TX. So, he can't blame me for this. Although, the last one wasn't totally my fault either, and he still tried to get me fired. In my paranoia over the last episode, I had been using my camera phone to take photographs of the samples when he gives them to me and when I send them out. Unfortunately, the one they lost is the one that I couldn't photograph because my cell battery died. Isn't that always the way it works?!
Dear Jesus, please help me to not lose my temper, and to not be eaten from the inside out by my ulcer. Please, Lord, help this person to see that he shouldn't be blaming me and trying to get me fired. Please, take the burden of this stress off my shoulders, and help me to remember that no matter what happens, You are always with me. Instead of cringing and crying over the past, please help me deal with the present and look forward to the future. Please help us to resolve this matter with the minimum amount of recriminations and histrionics. All these things I pray in Your name, Amen.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
I have to take a test Saturday for my math skills in order to go to college again. So, tonight I will break down and buy McDonald's for supper, go straight home and get studying! I bought a Cliff's Quick Review on Algebra 1, just to brush up my pitiful math knowledge. Although, I remember relatively a lot considering it's been almost 15 years since I took a math class! So, keep me in your prayers, please, as I need all the help I can get. Don't worry Ann, if I get stuck, I'll call you - but I'm more of a "visual" learner, so going over it over the phone wouldn't help me a whole lot. But I appreciate the offer sooooo much!
Love you all, Jamie sends his love, too! He's excited because his school starts on Monday. I'm excited because his school starts on Monday and I won't be burning up so much gas to take him to and from the babysitters! YAY!
Have a good day, and you slackers need to get bloggin'! (LOL!)
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
I'll be back at work tomorrow though. I can't take a whole bunch of time off. They need me too much (whether they realize it or not. LOL!)
Monday, August 07, 2006
This one made me think of Everett:
The Mr. Peabody part is what made me think of him, not the whole "crankshaft" thing. LOL!
This one made me think of Becca, just back from her vacation. It also made me think of vacations!
Just wanted to post a quick update, since I've been conspicuously absent from the blogs of late. Tried Geron's crock pot BBQ from R.O.U.S. and it was delicious! Thank you so much for that recipe! It is destined to become a Hacker Hau staple! But my dad's crock pot cooked it on low in five hours. That is one seriously hot crock pot!
I was lying on the couch yesterday when my friend Jackie called. Her babysitter hadn't shown up, and she had to be at work in 30 minutes. I told her to bring Christopher on over, but warned her that I was sick and the house was a wreck. She said, "Girl, how your house looks has no bearing on how good of a momma you are!" That made me feel better. So, Christopher came over and played with Jamie, while I slept on the couch in a codeine and phenergan induced haze. Then I got up and fixed the boys hot dogs and tried out Everett's cheesey elbow pasta recipe, and that was really good too! The boys loved it! Everett, I really think you should sue Kraft, though, as they are selling something remarkably similar in the grocery stores. They must have seen the blog and decided to market it! LOL!
Well, I'm going to get off here and do some work now. Love ya'll!
OH, I almost forgot to mention this!
We were watching the "Skateboard Big Air" Competition on the X-games last night. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's kind of like a huge half-pipe, but the starting end has a 63foot drop, then they jump over a 7-foot trench, then they go up about 30 feet on the other side of the pipe and come back down. They showed a camera shot of a "skater's eye view" of the first section of the pipe (the 63-foot drop). Jamie looked at me and said, "Mommy, they're nuts!" Secretly, my heart rejoiced at the thought that maybe he isn't such a little daredevil after all! Especially when they started showing footage of when Danny Way jumped the Great Wall in China with his skateboard! Jamie just shook his head. LOL!
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Last night, I was up most of the night coughing. The Mucinex is helping me get rid of a lot of the crud in my lungs - unfortunately, it would appear that my body is just making more to replace what's being coughed out. I've coughed so much that my voice sounds a lot like Lauren Bacall's - really husky, and deep. What they used to call a "whiskey" voice. Kind of sexy, I'll admit. LOL! But it also hurts to talk. Which made me mad last night, as I was eager to make a phone call up Chicago way. But seeing as how it hurt to talk, I didn't think it would be very conducive to a nice, chatty phone call. Hopefully, all will be recuperated enough for me to make said phone call Sunday night (if you'll be home, that is!)
I'm glad, though, that Jamie isn't home for me to have to take care of while I'm sick. It's almost a luxury for me to be able to be sick when Jamie isn't home. Because there are things he can't do for himself that need to be done - like set the shower running for him and fix dinner for him (I've literally been eating heated-up canned-soup for lunch and supper every day since Monday. It's about all my throat can handle, and it's easy to fix. Dump in bowl, pop in microwave for 1 minute, 45 seconds. Eat with spoon. How's that for a recipe for R.O.U.S.? LOL!) Plus there's the fact that I don't have to go running all over creation to take him to daycare and pick him up. I live about two or three blocks from work. So all I have to do is get in the car, drive not even five minutes, then I'm at work. Then I get in the car, drive not even five minutes, and I'm back home. But I still have to walk the dog. Maybe I should have left him at Papaw's too!
I watched "The Greatest Game Ever Played" last night. I don't like golf, but I like Shia LeBouf, so I really enjoyed it. He has enormous acting talent (in my opinion). True, he didn't get to display all of it on "Even Stevens", but I won't hold that series against him. It was harmless fun that gave him a good start in "the biz". I expect we'll be seeing more and more of him in the years to come! God bless you all, and I'll type at you more later. Gotta get back to work now, and decide whether or not to go waste $30 at the doctor's just to hear her say it's a virus or something.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I'm just glad I'm sick when Jamie isn't here. I don't have the energy to chase him around! Speaking of Jamie, he was crying again on the phone last night. Since I'm sick anyway and won't be going out with friends as previously planned, I told him I'd come get him Friday night instead of Saturday. He's fine during the day, but at night he misses me "terriblesome" as he says. Poor baby!