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July 2017
11/12/13 12:23 am

That's right - our quizzers got first in the All Rookie Division! I'm a proud coach. =)
This was the first time they tried Individuals, too - and all four of them did it! Blake and Samuel both made it to Finals, although they didn't place. I got to watch Joel in preliminaries and it was just him and another girl because the others didn't arrive. He quizzed out in about six questions and she finished by question eleven. He would have been in Finals as well, but they ended up re-running that round because the other quizzers had a good reason for missing. He didn't make it the second time around, but he took it pretty well. Jackie took some photos during the day and I got one cleaned up and submitted to the paper, so we're famous (briefly). ;)

Last week was my first week of Josh being gone from work. It's kind of lonely around there now. He did work three hours Saturday night, but I hardly saw him. He's staying on for a few hours a week until the Christmas Bonuses come out - he hated to walk away from a sizable check that close to earning it. I couldn't really blame him. I've still swapped a few texts with him this week, but I miss having someone at work that I can vent to. Ah well... I'll get used to it.

Today was kind of rough. It started out really well, though. I got to have breakfast with Abby at Denny's. I've not gotten to do breakfast with anyone in a long time, so that was pretty cool. She got a call from Nathan while we were there and she passed him over to me for a little bit. That's the first I've talked to him since he was down here briefly over the summer. So - yeah... a pretty good day. At first. Then I got to work and it all got a little insane. We were super busy and I didn't get much done... and... I may have made our CSM cry. *sigh* Sometimes I'm not a good person.

I'm scheduled for 46 hours this week, so a little overtime will be nice. Unfortunately it means I won't get to do any tutoring this week, but maybe Austin will be okay until next week. I'll get to see Melanie on Wednesday. She's bringing a truck down to her offices from the Washington Branch and needs a ride home.

Yesterday afternoon I dozed off for a while and was woken by the sound of rather insistent knocking on my door. Once it finally sank in I found out it was Jason. He'd had a bad fight with his girlfriend and needed someone to walk and talk with for a while. He also thought for a while that he might need somewhere to stay for the night, but it turned out I didn't have an overnight guest after all. I'm glad things worked out, but I've got to say: I kind of would have appreciated having a roommate again for a little while. Abby thinks I need a pet... or a foster kid. I don't think either would be a good idea for me. I'm not responsible enough. =)

Speaking of responsibility, Reggie has been telling Brian she wants a baby and has been making plans. The other night she was talking about who they should use for god-parents. She'd had a friend she'd always figured she'd use for such, but realizes now that she wants her children raised in church and her friend wouldn't do that. So she turned to Brian and asked, "What about David?" I asked him if he laughed at her - he claims he didn't. ;) I can't say I'm not touched by the idea. Don't get me wrong: I'd absolutely do it. I can't say I'm the best choice, but I'd do just about anything for my closest friends. =)

Current Location: Petersburg, IN
Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: watching "The Twilight Zone"


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


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.
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


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


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