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10/29/13 12:26 am

I was right - MASSIVE order today. My stock covered the back wall to a height over my head in places and was lined up three aisles besides. Jonnie gave me Tracie to help out so I priced and she emptied my carts for me. I managed to get all the stock out of the aisles and got a start on the back wall, but I feel like I barely got through half of it - if that. I'm going to go in a couple of hours early tomorrow and see if I can get a head start on it. Ideally I would like to be able to get everything priced by the time I go home tomorrow, but I don't know if that's feasible or not. Hopefully I can get an assistant tomorrow as well. The next problem will be finding a location to store all the leftovers until there is space for them.

I finally gave in and sent an email to Sallie Mae today about my student loan. I've tried all the automated options and nothing is helping, so I need to have an actual human look at my situation and see if there is anything that can be done. I am too far under to get out right now and it will be December before my bonus checks show up. That is my only chance to get out of the hole I've dug for myself, but I don't think they will be patient that long. Ah well... I'll keep doing what I can and hope for the best.

Annita gave me a box of Funfetti cake mix and some Funfetti icing yesterday. The boys said they don't really like them so they figured I might want them. Fortunately I know someone who is extremely happy with Funfetti and so Abby is very excited at the donation. I just like the idea that they were given to me by my current quizzers and I'm giving them to a friend I met through Quizzing.
Speaking of Quizzing, the next meet is this Saturday. We're headed for the Aldersgate church in Indianapolis. I told Annita I could drive the church van, so I get the chance to get the 14-passenger van up and running again for my first time in years. I kind of prefer being the driver over being a passenger for longer trips like this anyway. Makes me feel like I'm doing something. =)

I was running behind on some of my podcasts last week and when I got in the car this morning I almost skipped Rick & Amy's podcast from last week and just listened to this week's. But I went ahead and listened to the former one and I'm glad I did. They did a special tribute to Petra - which is the first I've heard any of their music in a long time. What's funny is that I listen to my podcasts on Stitcher and I sometimes run them at 2x speed. Years ago this would have annoyed me because running a recording at higher speeds causes a higher pitch and general distortion, but with digital files they can speed it up and it is still at the same pitch and relatively easy to understand - even at twice the speed. Rick and Amy generally speak clearly enough that I can understand them well enough when I run at 2x. But this was the first time I've ever listened to Petra music at double speed. I've got to say that it gives them an whole different sound! =D But I learned some things about the group and heard some songs I've never heard before and now I'm kind of wanting to go pick up an old CD or two of theirs and take a re-listen to some of the songs.

Okay... getting up in 6 hours. Time for me to be unconscious.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: anxious anxious
Current Music: Petra

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10/28/13 12:51 am

I only slept around 2-3 hours last night, so you'd think I'd be in bed right now since it's after midnight and I have an eleven-hour shift tomorrow. But since I'm not I may as well ramble a bit.

First a wee bit of pleasantness. I've been sending Jason random texts every couple of weeks waiting for his phone to finally have minutes on it so he can respond - and Thursday evening I actually got a response! He happened to be in Petersburg that evening watching movies at his girlfriend's mother's house and so he walked over to my apartment and we hung out for a little while catching up. He's got a job driving a school bus for the Pike County School Corporation. He seems to like it well enough, although I think he'd be happier with a larger income, all things considered right now. Hopefully I've convinced him to stop in a little more often now that he's in Petersburg more regularly.

Today was the Pastor Appreciation Dinner at the church. I had to work really late last night so I did not have a chance to make anything for it this time. Too bad... I like baking, but I don't do it much when it's only for me because I don't want to get stuck eating it all. Mamaw came up to me right after the service while I was getting the computer shut down and asked me to drive her home because she'd forgotten about the meal and didn't feel like staying, so I got to play chauffer briefly. It was nice to get a chance to talk to her for a little bit - even if she did try to talk me into pulling over at the bottom of the hill to turn around so that I wouldn't have to trouble myself with the last few feet: "I can probably walk it from here. It would be good for me!" Needless to say, I drove her all the way to her house and waited to make sure she got in instead. =)

Speaking of church, I did cause one small hiccup in the service today. When it was time for the music stuff we got up and I went up to the pulpit and was hitting the button on the remote to start the words on the wall when I noticed that the slides that were popping up were from last week's music. So I had to dash over to our guitarist and tell him that people were going to have to use hymnals for the first song while I hurried back to my office to get my flash drive so I could put this week's music up instead. I suppose it was a good thing that we were starting with one that was in the book. Although, even if we hadn't been, I'm sure he could have picked one for stalling purposes. Then he ended up switching the order from what he had emailed to me, so I had to jump around in the slides on the fly a couple of times. Ah well - it all came out in the end.

My class of sixth & seventh grade boys is pretty enjoyable. They are a hyper bunch, but they ask pretty insightful questions. Currently we are working through some of the Old Testament material and the last couple of weeks have focused on Joseph and how he was part of God's over-arching plan to set the Israelites up for deliverance many years down the road. What is making this one a bit more entertaining in particular is that as we're reading the story we are assigning different ones of the boys to take the characters' positions and we are "translating" it to a modern approach.
So... essentially Austin was sold to a traveling circus bound for Illinois by Blake because of Austin's dreaming of becoming the President (although Samuel was wanting to kill him) and there was sold to the Illinois governor (Sam) to sweep the floors of the staff kitchen where he was noticed for his dedication and determination to the point of being promoted to butler of the governor's house until the governor's wife tried to hook up with him and then blamed him when she was scorned to that the governor threw him into prison where he met a couple members of the President's (Sam again) cabinet (Jonathan and Joel) who told Austin their dreams which he interpreted truthfully, but was still forgotten when Joel was returned to his station until Sam had a dream of his own two years later which reminded Joel of his promise to remember Austin, resulting in Sam getting Austin's interpretation of his dream and being so impressed with Austin that he made him Vice President (and possibly Secretary of Agriculture) in order to prep the nation for the coming drought.
Yup.
Okay, I know the adaptation isn't probably the most theologically sound in and of itself, but we always go back to the original story as well. They are enjoying trying to create parallels to their ongoing saga and I guarantee they are probably not going to remember Joseph quite the same ever again.
Moses is coming up in a couple of weeks and right now I'm really leaning toward showing them Ken Davis's message on God's call to Moses. I really like his way of looking at it and I think they'd enjoy his message. Plus it will give them a chance to not have to listen to me for a Sunday or two. ;)

My order at work tomorrow is massive - to the point where it is about 150% over my average order. I'm going to be putting away stock until Thursday unless I get some help this week.
Joy joy...

Current Location: home
Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
Current Music: Voyager

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10/22/13 11:20 pm

Yeah - I admit that was a rough post a little while ago, but my brain has reset and I'll deal. I'm still not happy about it, of course, but I know Josh won't really abandon me completely. And I'll just have to find some other way to stay sane at work. =P

I got the Christmas push-out merchandise today - and corporate decided to send the Arts and Hobbies extras all on the same day. Sooooo... my department has had a couple pretty big walls of merchandise to work on over the last couple of days. It's been enough to keep me distracted. At least a lot of it was prepriced this time - and they are going to let me control the models instead of getting stung with a bunch that we can't move.

Brian was going to call me today since it was Reggie's first closing and so he would have some free time until she got home. But it turns out he tried multiple times to reach me and for some reason my phone never acknowledged him. So I didn't get to hear from him until later this evening, but at least I got to talk to him for a little bit. He said he'd call again tomorrow to keep me company while I'm at the Laundromat (which I am waaaaay overdue for!)

I've been hearing from a few people I've not in a while: Justin, Tick, Julie, Matt... Justin says he's wanting to come up to visit while Matt says he's wanting me to come up to visit. I need to try to reach out to people more instead of waiting for people to reach out to me. I just need to get over that feeling like I'm interrupting life. People will just have to deal with me interrupting them. ;)

Current Location: United States, Indiana, Petersburg
Current Mood: calm calm
Current Music: Wreck-It Ralph

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10/19/13 04:53 pm

Yup - you heard me. I'm going to do something social. Of course I still have 70 minutes to change my mind...
I figure I need to attend anyway - just to get me out of the apartment. Caleb asked me earlier on FB if I was going, so hopefully that means he will be there. I don't figure Melanie or Heath will be and there aren't that many people I socialize with regularly. I wish I had time to bake something to take with me; I kind of feel guilty about going without bringing anything. But I guess if nothing else I can just hang out with people and not eat anything.
I was the bookkeeper at work this morning, so I got off early. The work day was relatively uneventful. I can't say I really got a lot done outside the office work, but I suppose I shouldn't expect much on a busy Saturday.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: drowsy

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10/18/13 10:57 pm

I can't keep this up. I'm not a huge fan of my job as it is. I don't hate it with a passion or anything, but Josh was pretty much the only thing keeping me sane some days.
And now he's leaving.
He's the last friend I had left at work - and one of the best friends I've had in my life. Yes, before you start pointing it out, I know I'm not really losing a friend. I'm sure I'll occasionally swap a text with him or see him on Facebook. We might even find some occasional free time once every two or three months to hang out. But he's the only friend I had left who I got to see and talk to four or five days a week. He's the one I vent to about stuff at work who understands what's going on. Yeah, I'm being stupid and sappy right now, but... I'm upset. Don't get me wrong... I'm happy for him that he's finally found something else. I hope it's a better chapter in his life. If nothing else he'll have more time with his kids. And, yes, I knew he'd end up leaving before me. But I guess a large part of me always hoped that he'd last there as long as I did and then just quit on the same day I did and then neither of us would have to work there without the other one to support him.
I'll be fine. I know. I just hate it right now. I'm so tired of getting close to people and then having them disappear. I was crushed when Jacob left; I was sad when Aaron left. I'm out of people. I'm not making any more friends at work. Again, yes, I know that's stupid. Like I said: I'm upset. It's been a bad day.

I had a message from Dakota today. I know he's been having problems again finding someone who will take him in while he's trying to get back on his feet. He needed a money transfer to try to get a cheap motel over the weekend until he gets into his new job next week. I told him I wasn't sure if I'd get off work in time to get to Walmart to do a MoneyGram, but I'd try. Then it occurred to me to ask Josh to go make the transfer since he got off about three hours before me. He agreed and managed to get it done... but it turns out I still failed because Dakota couldn't get there in time to get it picked up. So I don't know where he's sleeping tonight. Hopefully not his car again, but I'm betting that's where it will be. I just feel so helpless when it comes to him. I wish he lived closer; Texas is just too far away for me to be able to help him like I want to. But I know he wants to stay close to his kid.

So... I'm upset because my support structure is failing and I'm upset because I failed in supporting someone else.

I need something good to happen. Soon.

I'm just so tired.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: upset

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