Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday? or Thursday?

I still feel like I'm supposed to be on "sick" time but that makes for a lousy pay check. I finally logged into the hospital about 11:30. I thought for sure I would get my 1000 lines today but not to be. It's Friday and I feel like I should relax a little but I have to work on Saturdays now so I have to think it's really like a Thursday. Clear as mud, hey?? Kate and Emma from the hospital were talking today and they said how they missed having me in the office because I was fun and made things more relaxed and calm. MMM, wonder if DH feels the same way about having me around.

On Monday I talked to my supervisor in the National Company and told her I wanted one more week of PTO. By the end of the day both her and my work force coordinator were let go along with 100 or so others across the country. I did get an e-mail from my new supervisor who said she can't wait to start working together and she will have an awsome team but, oh, by the way I'll be on vacation until Monday. The end of the pay period is tomorrow and I hope she has enough time to add the PTO to my time sheet.

Yesterday coming home I was walking in the house carrying my purse, a drink and the mail. On the way up the stairs my dog, Oliver, ran passed me the mail started to fall and I tripped up the steps. Of course I landed on my bad knee and braced myself with my right arm. My shoulder felt pretty sore last night but feels a little bit better today. It just takes double the amount of time to do anything and the men folk are no help at all.

I finished knitting a dish cloth and now I want to try knitting those bath mitts. I have this vision of making little gifts of the bath mitt and a bar of the Hummingbird Farm lavender soap.

I keep looking at my stash and I so want to stitch. I hope I get the okay this week to get rid of the sling. I have Ink Circles, This Heart of Mine started and I'm just loving it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A long road

It's just been a crazy month. My computer from the hospital was delivered on August 17. After a bit of moving around and buying adapters I now have 2 computers on my desk with 1 keyboard, 1 mouse and 1 monitor. I spent 2 weeks working full time for both jobs so mostly I slept or I worked.

I had my shoulder surgery last Wednesday, the 5th. It's been a nice vacation. Now a week later I'm able to type, obviously. Moving my arm over to the mouse was a little painful so I moved it to the keyboard tray, which I don't use for my keyboard but makes a nice place for my TV remotes. I'm still not able to stitch as my shoulder needs to be immobile other than exercise time but I have done a little knitting.

I paid my huge fine at the library and I am now able to take books out again. I didn't realize how much I missed going to the library until I was able to bring books home again and order more on-line. Reading is just such an important part of me that I don't want to let it go again. I'm reading my Bookholics messages again. I couldn't see the point before. The others were so excited about new books and making recommendations and I couldn't read them unless I purchased them; but if I purchased them then I wouldn't have money to pay the fine. Anyway in the past week I read James Lee Burke's Julie Blon's Bounce and Lillian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who Smelled a Rat. Just easy enough to understand while taking Vicodin.

Until next time!!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The New Job

I started working at the new job on July 30. I'm pretty confident about the transcription aspect of it but the software that they use is definitely not user-friendly. I rearranged my schedule with the National Company and I am working at the hospital 3 afternoons a week. I had planned on doing this at least into September, possibly October but then last Wednesday I was called into the director's office and she asked me if I wanted the real job and not just the per diem one. The gal that has the computer now will only work part time and the hospital felt it made more sense to give it to me so I can start working full time. So this coming Thursday IS will be coming here to install it and Friday I have an appointment with HR to talk about my benefits. I haven't told the National Company that I want part time yet and then last night it hit me like a bolt. I had planned to use my PTO when I was off having surgery, it should only be a few days. I won't have any time coming from the hospital, obviously, and I can't afford to not be paid. Once I get the Hospital computer home I am going to have to somehow work my lines for the hospital and keep my time in for the National Company and then tell them after the surgery.

The best part about this job, other than the pay, is the people. They are just wonderful. Kate is kind of the lead person and she has been there for 35 years, started when she was 19. I think that says a lot about the place. Emma has been there over 20 and Carrie about 10. Sue, the director, is just a little slip of a thing and all so down to earth, understands the value of cutting loose once in a while and just laughing and getting back down to business.

Stitching?? Not much happening there. I did finish my 2nd ornament for the exchange the Lizzie's are having. I needed a bit of a break and I started This Heart of Mine. I love the way the Belle Soie Rouge looks on the cafe-au-lait. I'll have to get back to the ornaments soon. Stitching time is at a premium right now and I feel like I'm slacking off doing my own stuff.

I went over to Joann's yesterday hoping to find a sock pattern for knitting. No such luck. There was 1 book for $6.95 and it used sport weight yarn so last night I got a bug in me to find my mom's old knitting patterns. Some of these are so incredibly fragile, probably published in the 1940's. I used a lot of them to make baby items years ago and I was sure I could find a sock pattern in one of them. I can't find them. I know where her knitting needles are, I found some of my older patterns but I can't find her patterns or her knitting bag. They are somewhere in the house which absolutely proves beyond a reasonable doubt I need to declutter.

See you next week!!! At least that is the way it seems to be. Have a good week.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

What a week!

I'm not a lazy blogger but a tired blogger.

It has been a week since I got back from my visit with the Lizzies. Everyone but Connie was able to make it. We left at 7 in the morning on Thursday and got to Birch Run, MI about 4. Part of the problem was we got lost a couple of times and then border crossings. We grilled hot dogs for dinner and had some cranberry salsa that Elaine brought from Wisconsin.

On Friday we all met for breakfast and then made a trip to Stitches N Things. Deb is just the nicest person and her new shop is darling. I loved the room with just fibers and a wall of fabrics, oh my!!! Ink Circles donated a chart, I'll get the name wrong so I won't bother, something about a heart and I got some 35-count Legacy cafe-au-lait and Belle Soie rouge. It will be magnifique when done. Blue Ribbon Designs donated a chart about friends and I got some clay linen for that. We all plan to stitch it and bring it to our next retreat for all to initial.

We made a quick trip into Frankenmuth and had lunch but by then we were too tired to shop so went back to our hotel to hang out.

Saturday morning everyone split up. Some took a side trip to the Rocking Horse, a cross stitch shop, and others went to a yarn shop. Bonnie and I hit the outlets and got some great deals. Liz Claiborne yielded me a pair of camel colored pants for $24 and in the Naturalizer store I got "cute" shoes for $17, 70% off. It is a true friend who will spend 4 hours helping you find just the right shoe at just the right price. We grabbed a salad for lunch, we had to counteract some of that German food.

We all gathered from dinner at Zehnder's. Lots of food, really good food and way too much of it. Took a walk around Frankenmuth. Kristin helped me pick out some sock yarn and needes. After we got back to the hotel I started on those. Will be fun but I need a pattern that doesn't use all 4 needles.

We left for home Sunday morning. It's so hard to say good bye. So much happens in between our visits. My dream would be that we all lived on the same street, could get together to stitch every night, swap stash and give out hugs whenever needed.

I think I'll tell you about my new job tomorrow.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

I got the job!!!

Monday I got a call from the hospital and they offered me a job at 25% more than I am making now. Since I get paid by the line I was going to ask for about 1.5 cents more than I make now and their first offer was more than that. This is such a blessing. I feel like this time there really is a light at the end of the tunnel and there is a really good chance it is not the train. I just have to figure out what to tell the National Company. I think I have figured out a schedule that will work for both jobs and then Sept 5 I'm scheduled for my shoulder surgery. Shortly after that I hope to receive my computer from the hospital and can start working at home.

Today I had a doctor's appointment to follow up on some blood tests and have my BP checked. It's still high so he wants me to double up one of my medications. Maybe once things settle down, I'm not so worried about money I'll relax and possibly even lose some weight.

A week from today a couple of friends and myself leave for Michigan to meet up with some of my internet friends. I call them the Lizzies. We started out as a group of cross stitchers with a love for all things designed by Lizzie Kate. Over the years that love has turned into a great friendship and love. We are a group of 16 now and have shared so many things. I can't imagine life without these blessed women.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Start Here

For a while now I have felt the call of the Blog but would I really have anything to say. People like pictures on blogs, I like pictures on blogs but I don't know how to use my camera. Hopefully this will give me a reason to learn. I certainly don't want to bore everyone.

It's a Saturday and normally I hate weekends. The Husband likes to sleep late, so do I but he likes to sleep really, really late and I spend a good portion of the day tip toeing around and then at dinner time he wants lunch and then around 8 it's time for dinner but today was good. He had an appointment and was out of the house by 9:30. The rest of the weekend will be devoted to racing, watching it, all kinds, Son and Husband bonding in front of the TV. It's actually very heart warming.

I had a job interview this past week. Some friends were very kind and gave me great references. Right now I work for a National Corporation at home as a transcriptionist. At first they cut our pay to edit voice recognition reports to 80% of what they pay us to type them. The idea was that since the words were already there all we had to do is fix them and since statistics said we could do 25% more lines it was like getting a 5% raise. The National Corp has decided to cut our pay even more because they have to charge even less for the voice recognition report and it was cutting into their profits. I'll have to explain that to the mortgage company. This new position is working for a small, community hospital. I was so excited about the interview. The place looks like a resort, there were ponds and fountains and ducks and gazebos and even a moat with little bridges. There is a spa attached and discounts is one of the benefits. It's less than 20 miles from my house and I can't believe I had never been there before. Wish me luck!!!