Monthly Archives: January 2009

Lemme to sum up…

I’ve given up. I was going to do fun and exciting posts about the following topics, but I haven’t had a lot of time to do so lately. If I don’t just get something down it’ll never happen at this point. So getting on with it….

1. The Mysterious Package

I was the winner of a giveaway sponsored by the lovely and talented Anglophile Football Fanatic. What did I win? All four of the Twilight series (in hardback, no less), this really nifty hand sanitizer stuff, and this scrumptious Philosophy bath gel. Which is cool, because Philosophy is one of the few brands I can actually use without breaking out in a rash. Anyway, I got the package with all of those books during my really stressful week after the Sub Incident and it was nice to have an escape.

What did I think? It was a pretty good story, when all was said and done. Bella I don’t much care for. Too swoony, especially for someone who was supposed to be more mature. And Edward? He’s the worst kind of selfish. The kind where it seems like he’s putting you first, but the reason he’s putting you first is because of how it makes him feel. The werewolves are very cool, especially Jacob. All in all, it was actually a compelling story and world she created, so I could enjoy that, even if the characters got to me a bit. I could see that if you were reading these with a daughter, you could have pretty good discussions about the characters and their actions. So yeah, I enjoyed it. Thanks, AFF!

2. My kitty.

As of this writing Chase is still in the hospital. We hope to take him home today. He ended up having hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease, which in cats is extremely serious. We were lucky to have caught it in time. The treatment consists of giving him lots of subQ fluids and enticing him to eat so as to reverse the metabolic spiral they get into. They didn’t have to insert a feeding tube, thank goodness, and he’s now eating and drinking on his own. They are going to run another blood test this afternoon to make sure the jaundice is gone and if it is he can come home. Now I’m all worried about my other cat who is freaking out because her buddy is gone. Whenever I’m home, she stays about six inches away from me at all times and if she can’t be there, she starts to yowl. That’s not annoying AT.ALL.

3. Thing 1 is now a Boy Scout!

They had their Crossover ceremony last week and it was very cool. I am so proud of him. 🙂 He earned all 20 Webelo badges! It was a fight to get that last one done, but now he’s so glad he did it and appreciates the pushing we did. He’s very stoked about being a Scout. In a few weeks, he’ll be going to Merit Badge University at UT, which is sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega chapter that Spouse and I met at. He thinks that’s cool, too. As do I.

4. My trainer.

Is totally awesome! She is full of awesomey awesomeness! (If you saw Bolt, that makes sense) How awesome is she? Well, while I was working in the library at school today (yes, I still volunteer because I am a grown up and I can put this all behind me), my freshly washed jeans fell down to about mid thigh. Fortunately, no one was in the part of the library I was in and I could recover. But having your pants fall down? Worth every freakin penny.

Ok. that brings everything kind of up to date. I went shopping and took some pictures the other day, so now you have that to look forward to. 🙂 Have a great weekend!


Songs I was subjected to while waiting at the vet…

It wasn’t enough that I’d only had about three hours of sleep and was waiting for lab results on my kitty, I had to be subjected to bad music as well. Here are the worst offenders…

“Horse with No Name”
“Groovy Kind of Love”, the PHIL COLLINS VERSION!!!!
“Afternoon Delight”

Euthanasia was looking pretty good by that point. For me, not the cat.

The only thing that would have made this complete would have been to hear the original verison of MacArthur Park.

“and I’ll never have that recipe again….on no!”

*Hey! Here’s a fun game! How many times have I mentioned that song on this blog?

And the other shoe drops…

Wow. I think this has been the longest I’ve gone between posts since I’ve started blogging. But it’s been an insane week in Real Life and things are just starting to come in for a landing. That and a recent package I got from my buddy Anglophile Football Fanatic didn’t help much. More on the package tomorrow.

Thanks to those who offered up their support about last week’s incident. I noticed some new friends there as well. Thanks for stopping by! I’ve actually been by, just haven’t commented (see above paragraph). Anyway, the support means a lot.

As you can probably surmise by the title of the post, the other shoe has dropped. I am no longer a substitute at that school. I can still sub other places in the district, just not there. It’s a district policy thing. Even though I did EXACTLY what the AP or Principal would have done in the situation, because I have not had the proper “training”, I am not allowed to touch a child. End of discussion. The Principal seemed pretty upset about it, too, seeing as how I’m one of the more reliable subs that they have and a really active parent at the school. But the rules are the rules and there you have it.

This really upsets me, but not because I’m effectively out of a job. I can’t put it into words right now. I’m going to take a hot shower and clean my house to get my head straight. Oh, and play some Pathwords on Facebook. That game is total crack. 🙂

And what do you think of this one….

I may have really messed this one up. You tell me…

I was a sub in PE today. Everything went really well. Except….

There was an incident.

Oh boy was there an incident. Long story short, while I was escorting this child to the office, he grabbed a hold of a pole in the walkway and wrapped himself around it. While I tried to extricate him, he started clawing and kicking at me. I then picked him up, and carried him to the office. Once in the office, I dropped him right at the assistant Principal’s door and let her deal with the rest of the situation.

I got to fill out all kinds of paperwork as you can imagine. And going over the incident with the AP, she actually came to the conclusion that I did the best I could in a bad situation. A lot of the other teachers thought it was hysterical.

My only concern is that his parents turn out to be those psycho parents that get all bent out of shape when someone tries to discipline their child. You know the ones I’m talking about. I guess I’m afraid that because I was trying to diffuse a rapidly deteriorating situation, I am going to be the one in trouble here. I told the child what I was going to do before I did it in the hopes he would make the “right choice”. Sigh….I even had told him that he wasn’t in trouble yet and he just needed to pull himself together and it would all be ok, but no.

So there ya go. What do you think? You teachers/former teachers out there: how badly did I screw this one up?

What do *you* think this position is for?

So I’ve been trolling craigslist looking for a job. Not terribly seriously, since the types of jobs I want aren’t really going to be there, but I’m using it as a resource. Anyway, I came across this listing today….

Sales Phone Agent NEEDED….Full Time Pay…Part Time HOURS (Work From Home )

Reply to: [?]
Date: 2009-01-15, 8:07AM CST

Luckysladies is the leading referral service in Austin TX. We are currently seeking a few LUCKY individuals that will be our front “liner”; controlling who has permission to enter our World. Most of our staff are famous beautiful ladies that seek that extra security that comes with an experienced, mature and trustworthy sales phone agent!! We are seeking to close this position by February 1, 2009. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR THE MOTIVATED AND TALENTED…WE SEEK THOSE THAT WANT TO WORK WITH A GROWING COMPANY & ARE NEEDED TO ADVANCE!!

To receive consideration for position or others please visit

Job summary agent holds the responsibility of being the first interaction with our friends. Must have ability to meet quota. The perfect candidate will be relaxed, comfortable yet professional when interacting with our ladies and our friends. As our sales phone agent your responsibility will include promoting Luckys and gathering new friends. Agent must be knowledgeable of all aspects of company to ensure the productively of company. Provide directions, book keeping skills as well as organizational skills a MUST.

Summary of essential job functions
Job function: adhering to set quota, screen new potential clients, adhering to set schedule, Following rules and regulations provided by manager.

Minimum requirements
Knowledge of company, its background, rules and regulations.
Some college is required.
2 years “call center” phone experience or 5 years current work history
Ability to travel to Austin TX to train with Roxanne herself!!

Judge unexpected situations accord as they arise.
It’s imperative that you have sales experience. You are not just answering the phones and being a secretary. You are pulling an audience into our foundation. I imagine a person that is confident and determine. This person also has a winning attitude~~failure not being an option.


$hourly plus commission $1200.00 a month min.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

I know what this sounds like to me. Do you concur?

Did you know?

Did you know that the calf is made up of two muscles, the soleus and the gastrocnemius? And did you know that if your trainer makes you do a whole boatload of exercises using these muscles, that you will wake up the next morning with said muscles protesting your every step? And did I mention that I have stairs in my house? Thank goodness for analgesics. 🙂

It’s a really good thing that I’m dying to find out what happens next on Heroes (it’s Homecoming, for those in the know) or I would so blow off the elliptical trainer today. I need to make sure that Peter and Hiro are ok….

Monday Blahs

Not feeling particularly inspired this morning, but not wanting to leave my loyal reader with nothing to do on this glorious (NOT) Monday, I went digging through some drafts and such to find something that approached content. That’s where I found the picture I took for a meme I originally saw at Magpie Musing. This is that really cool one where you take a bunch of books, lay them on their side, and make a story about them. So, here is my attempt at that:

This was a fun little project, as I recall. I think I took this back in October with the intention of using it as a NaBlo if I needed it. Well, it’s being used today. Give it a try! I may do a few more myself. In my copious spare time, that is. 🙂

***Thanks for the outpouring of sympathy about poor little Skippy. He’s doing better now. Spouse found some stuff to make all of those nasty scripts run better, so now he’s just a little slow, not freezing up. I really need to make him last until at least September, so here’s hoping…