Using the brain

This week my brain has received some stretching! It’s a good thing.

I have been training at job “M”, the new/old job. Things have been coming back to me pretty quickly. The newer system that I only had a couple of years on before I left took a couple try’s; the system has gone through changes and improvements.  But I have managed to put in a few jobs, proof out, prepare for filing and close for billing all with a little refresher and help. The older system that I used for seventeen years was a snap.  I even remembered codes to change screens and quick keys without being told.

I also worked the old “P” job today for 4 hours. It was focused catch-up work just on the signage portion and nothing to do with clogged toilets or burned out light bulbs. It was refreshing to work a little without really thinking. That job I have been doing for a couple years and the tasks were just rote. I will work there again tomorrow for a couple of hours before going to the full-time job.

Besides stretching to relearn things I also listened to an entire book on my drive this week.  It was a good book, “Still Alice” written and read by Lisa Genova. It was a great read eerrr listen.

On my way home I will start learning Spanish via CD’s while I drive. If this works out and are not to distracting from the actual driving I theoretically can put in 10 hours of study this way.  Granted, the book was so enjoyable I am ready to start another.

Lori and I agreed that with both of us driving we will have to resort to checking them out from the library because buying them like we did this weekend and then having it only last 3.5 days there will need to be a more economical option.

Needless to say, this week I have a happy brain.

First two days

Well the first two days of the new job went well.  Before I took the job, or even said I would be interested in an offer, one of the things I said I needed would be second shift, not first.  There is just no way I would want to try to be on the West side by anytime in the morning really.

So of course the first day I had to be in at 9:00.  It was for orientation and all the paperwork sort of stuff.  I left our house at 7:00 am to drive the 25 miles.  I was 20 minutes late.  Luckily my boss was completely understanding.

For my second day I worked the 2:30 to 10:30 schedule.  It is the shift I like but I will have to get used to it, I was tired by the end of the shift.  I worked in the morning for 4.5 hours and drove from there to the new job.  It didn’t take nearly as long to get there.  In fact I stopped for tea and for gas and it still only took 90 minutes.  The drive home at 10:30 at night was clear (clear in LA terms), meaning I was moving the whole time.

This week and next week I have to work 11-7 on Mon, Tue and Wed for training.  It will probably take me the two hours each way so last night we went and some books on tape for the drive.

All of this will even out in the next couple weeks.  There is a lot to get used to, new job, new commute, new co-workers and getting up to speed on the way this office manages projects.  Tomorrow it will be nice to have the trainer working directly with me because although I remember the system pretty well and poked around to remember where things are, things have changed.


I got a new J.O.B.

(Great now Huey Lewis in stuck in my head)

I got a new job……that has been a theme this Summer.

My sister got a new job, both of my nieces got a new jobs, three of my friends got new jobs. (One had been unemployed for an entire year, one for a few months and the other found a different position in the company she was in)

Now it is my turn. I start my new (old) job on Thursday, October first. It is technically a new job and things have changed since I was laid off in 2008 (I can’t believe I actually have a blog to link to about that).

As it turns out the same company that I worked for, for nearly seventeen years had an opening and phoned me to see if I was interested. This call came in June on our way to the yoga retreat.

I gave it some thought, besides it being better money and the shift I prefer I wanted to figure out if I wanted to job because I missed it or because the “teenager that was kicked out of the house was being let back in.

I also would have to quit the job I was in, not an entirely bad thing but there are people and the easy commute that I will miss. (There are others that I will not miss)  And just because it has now become a meme for things going wrong, I got another actual “poop in the hall” call today.

Well the job offer took a while, I just quietly worked away the Summer and got some long-term projects moving and set up. Got a manual made (just in case) for the next person and then at the beginning of the month the offer landed.

It landed right before I was to take a week off, I accepted the offer on Sept 3rd and gave my boss a clue this was coming. I still had drug screenings and back ground checks along with an official offer to receive, sign and return.

Then I went on vacation. All of the documents were wrapped up and I came back to give my official notice. Tomorrow is my last day, sort of. I gave notice but offered to go “on-call” so I could help with the signage and train the next person.

This of course will have to fit into my new work schedule, but I just can’t walk away. Technically I could, I just can’t. I can already tell my co-worker at work is stressed by the added work and the thought of having to get into the signage again. The signage is my favorite part and hopefully this will work out for a few months while they hire and get someone up to speed.

The down side is my commute. It is 26 miles from the house. Does not sound like a long way but it is LA. The benefit is my shift will be 2:30-10:30 (After two weeks of training) so although it will take me an hour to get there I will not be going in with the thousands that are trying for an 8:00 or 9:00 am start. I will miss my 12 minute commute, just two neighborhoods away.


I received a remarkably suspicious looking email this morning.  It came from Ashley the woman who put on the yoga retreat we went to recently.

Me being the smartypants that I am did not open this email, I didn’t even reply to it.  Instead I sent Ashley an email saying “Hey did you send me a file”  She emailed back “yes I did”.

So thinking it was photos from the retreat, I logged in.  There was nothing there.  I immediately went back to my inbox and it was EMPTY!  Completely vacated of all of my emails including the two from Ashley and everything I had not yet dealt with (bills) and my “new job” stuff I need for next week.

(insert panic here)

I immediately changed my email password, but not before I started getting texts from people asking if I had sent them something…..texting, now that was a smarter move then I had made.

I started sending out emails to my contacts to say, that one from earlier was spam this one isn’t don’t open it. yadda yadda.  Do you know I have a ton of email addresses from people I no longer am in contact with, or customer service emails, several different ones for different people.  I seriously need to clean that up.

Anywho, I was not getting any emails in my inbox.  So were every single one of these emails in my contact list valid?  Where there zero bounce backs.   Perhaps it only made it out to a few, the few that texted me?

Well, no, that would be too darn clean now wouldn’t it.  I found all of my incoming emails where now directed to my trash folder.  (How sly you little virus, this is how I didn’t know when my email sent the damn worm out the bounce backs were not showing up)  In the trash were emails from people asking me,,,hey did you send this.

After several hours of emailing, changing my password, fixing my filter, finding most of my emails.  I seem to be back in order.

Unfortunately my “don’t open that spam” email did not get to everyone, because I just got the same damn file from my sister in Germany.  So now I know exactly what she is going through.  Sorry Sissy.

On one weird up side, I have had several email conversations today with people I haven’t talked to in quite a while….Hello Beth, Joy, Marissa, Johnnie, Albert, Maria,

School Garden Plot

We had rain on Tuesday.  Serious rain.  Lots of urban flooding, lots of wrecks on the freeways, roads washing away.  Out little back yard had some localized flooding and at work we had seven buildings with leaking roofs.

Lori’s horticulture class was supposed to plant their garden plots during Tuesday’s class, but with the rain it wasn’t possible.  The garden was far too wet and everything would have just compacted and reversed all of the tilling that the crew had done the week before.

Today it was in the upper 90’s but Lori and I went ahead and planted her plot anyway.  This way she can demonstrate and help the students this Tuesday during class (There is rumors of rain but the forecast here is very unpredictable).

The students each get a 10 x 10 garden plot and have to plant both seeds in rows and seeds in a scatter method along with starts.  We planted 95% of her garden so she still has a little to demonstrate with.  She also wont be completely filthy for her second class later in the day.

Here are the beginning photos.  I am sure I will be down there later in the semester to help in on the grounds or gardens so I will update her garden then.

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Productive Morning

This morning was a gem.  We were up early and at the garage before 8:00 talked them into taking the truck for an oil change same day.  We were then at Eldorado Nature Park for a walk and went out to breakfast.  We went to the nursery to pick up some things for Lori’s horticulture class and were home by noon.

That’s when my day became less productive and more like a lazy Saturday reading and watching TV.  Lori worked on prepping for classes.  We headed out to pick up the truck about 4:30.  I then made dinner and continued on with my lazy day, Lori continued to work.

The park was lovely.  You may have heard that in rained here on Tuesday.  Serious rain, record-setting for September 15th.  We had about 2 inches.  The walk is usually quite dusty but today everything was clean and green and bright.  I didn’t get a shot of the bunny we saw but there were so many birds….


Vacation Wrap-Up

It is really quite sad to wrap the entire week up in one post.  But I am already home, have gone grocery shopping, changed the bedding and completed the laundry.  I also cleaned out my closet and that has more to do with part of this wrap up……

Sunday I mentioned I spent with my bestie Katherine…we went on a lovely hike, errands and much visiting.  I was glad to have an entire day with her but she was away for work the rest of the week.

Monday was quite magical as well.  My sister reconnected via Facebook with a life long friend Tamlin a few months ago and they have been hanging out.  She has also reconnected with his mother because Tamlin sees her every Saturday.  These are friends we made when we were 4 and 6 years old.  They lived around the corner from us half way up the “hill” on 11th and Denny.  One day we were trying to “slide” down the hill in a cardboard box and Tansy and Tamlin came out and did it with us.  We were friends from that moment on.

Well Monday they all came for lunch.  We grilled Salmon and corn and sat around reminiscing.  The world was different in the beggining of the 70’s.  There we were playing on what now would be considered a busy street.  Without any parents anywhere around.  Going into our neighbors home without even thinking it was bad or asking for permission.  Tansy and I remember having our dime and taking the bus downtown and walking around Frederick and Nelson’s.  When we did that we were maybe nine years old.  Such great memories.  Such a very different world, which on another day would be a post all of it own.  But here is a photo from Monday, 45 years later!


The two sets of visiting on Monday overlapped just a bit.  As our childhood friends and their mom departed Tonya and Briana arrived.  We sat around on the deck, visiting and beverages ensued.  We ordered food in and visited for a few hours.

Tuesday I worked out in my little home-made gym and then my brother Dale and I conquered the shed.  We took everything out, sorted a pile for the dump, went through the paint cabinet and tossed and organized it.  Gave Missy’s bed to our brother Carols and his friend Trinity who had stopped by to visit and then put it all back in a very organized fashion.


Tonya and Briana came back that night and the three of us went out for Sushi.  It was so yummy.  I had picked up granola and yogurt for breakfast all week and Della picked me up apples for lunch.  My dinners were out every night with friends so I could visit.

Wednesday I met Linda at Liberty cafe for coffee.  We then stopped by her house so I could see her new kitchen.  After that we went shopping!  I was in serious need of new shirts for work.  I ended up with 9 shirts and 2 new pair of trousers and a skirt.  We also had lunch and he drove me back to the house.  It was a carefree, spontaneous day and so much fun.

Wednesday nights dinner was at Papaya at the Renton Landing.  I was late however and am still kicking myself for that.  I am never late.  But Tuesday, Thursday and Friday dinners were all scheduled at 7:00 this was 6:00 so I was just at home hanging with Della and Dale before I went over and Leslie texted me to see if I was okay.  But I did get there and we had dinner and visited for a couple of hours.  It was great to catch up, I wasn’t able to see them last December because Leslie had a horrible cold.

Thursday’s project was the gutter and the roof.  I climbed up and reattached the corner of the gutter that had come loose.  It is on the second story and the side that no ladder can be used so its a job done on my belly laying over the edge.  Dale was up there too and we cleared out all of the debris from the gutters.  They actually were not that bad.  After that we started on the shed exterior.  Dale re-attached the trim that had to be removed when taking the ivy down and I screwed in parts of the loose siding.  (There is more to do and Dale and I made a game plan – he is conquering this on his own).  Della and I went out to Ballard when she got home for work.  We met up with Shaunda and Jamie, dinner ended up not being very good but it was great to visit.  The only problem was Della was having increasing pain under her ribs from front to back.  We got back home but were only there for about ten minutes before we headed to the ER at Highline.

The Dr. was positive she had a kidney stone.  But they couldn’t do anything until they took the edge off the pain.  They drew blood and gave her some morphine.  Then took a urine sample and took her down for a CT scan.  They found Nothing.  Nothing at all!  There was a tiny bit of blood in her urine that they sent out to be cultured.  But if that came from passing a stone, there would be no more pain.  They pain is subsiding three days later, but it is not gone and there is only speculation.  Hopefully when she see’s her primary doctor and has more test results back.  The ER basically made sure it wasn’t an emergency, the gallbladder, the kidneys and the appendix looked fine.  They were through and speedy.  All in all we were only there for about three hours.

Friday I slept in a bit, we all got to be so late.   Della had gone into work late and Dale has a volunteer shift at the animal shelter.  I did my laundry and got all my new clothes into my suitcase.  I also worked on sorting out and clearing out a portion of my craft/baking/storage room.  I made a huge pile for Goodwill, several cans of recycling and a small bag of trash.  I was a good day of purging and there is still more to do.  Friday night I met Diane and Shelly at Claim Jumper and visited with them for a few hours.  It is so lovely to see so many of my friends and get caught up.  I don’t know when I will get back up there as I have a new job starting (I will blog about that in October when it starts).

Saturday I flew home, but not before Della, Dale and I went to the Des Moines farmers market.  I found Ricki the market manager for a quick visit.  We all got lunch and then wondered around.

This post seems so clinical and does not at all convey the fun and visits I had.  One thing I know is I has zero time left over to blog so here is the summary.  Back to work tomorrow which could be awkward, we shall see.


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