Archive | September 2021

The Worker Shortage is Real

I found another job to apply for on LinkedIn. I have never seen so many PR-sorts of jobs available in Jackson. Hopefully they plan to fairly compensate everyone they hire. It was an online application and they use those sons-of-guns to weed out the less persistent, I swear. Took me thirty minutes to find out the page illustrated on the instructions-to-apply-PDF did not exist, and I just had to start pressing buttons to get the screen I wanted.

Told Bob I had an interview Friday the day they sent me the email. And yesterday he said he didn’t think I could handle working full-time. He might be right. But then again, he might be wrong. And the more he tells me I can’t, the more determined I am to prove I can. I may can only work a few months. I may have to have lots of support and accommodations. But what I cannot do is sit around the house until he retires. That is what he seems unable to understand.

Getting closer to being able to ship out and help my oldest after her surgery. I leave Sunday afternoon and fly direct, thank goodness. We will see how me and the grandbaby get along. We did last time I saw him so hopefully we will this time, too. 🙂 He’s heard my voice over the phone enough he should be a little familiar with it. So hopefully that will help as well.

Well, Bob is about to head out for work and I need to pack up soon so I will be ready to leave. Sort out the last of the laundry today hopefully and go to the grocery store for the next few nights. Hope everything is going well with everyone else. Stay safe from COVID. Godspeed.

Upcoming Interview

I have an interview with a private college that I applied to as a writer/ editor for their marketing department. We’re doing it over Zoom Friday during lunch hours. This one is not my top choice out of the ones I have applied to, but I wouldn’t mind working for them at all–it seems the right amount of responsibility for me that I’m comfortable with. So we will see how it goes.

I’m going to finish laundry today and then start packing. My oldest seems really excited for me to come–I think she is hoping that she will get a solid night’s sleep or so with the meds and me taking care of the baby. I don’t know how well I will do at night with all the meds I take though.

Just got off the phone with her–she did all her pre-op testing this morning, including tests for COVID. So hopefully we are going to get this done and get her healthy again and it’s not going to be bad news with the path reports.

I am feeling good today. I hope I can get things accomplished.

Ear Trouble

For about a week my left ear has felt stopped up. I don’t know if it’s fluid, wax, or something more serious, but I’m going to my doctor to see what this afternoon. So that will be something hopefully resolved/off my mind soon. I just hope it’s non-serious. I don’t like the idea of losing my hearing this young.

Candy and Christy are here so we have had a good time talking. They wanted to know about the boy who came over and Christy thinks she knows his father and that her youngest knows the boy. So she vouched for him. Anyway. We always have a good talk when they come over.

We’re listening to Hamilton this morning. I just like to hear it every now and again. I ordered another Harry Connick Jr. CD for my oldest to give me for my birthday and I’m waiting for it to come in. I’ll give it a good listen once it comes in–it’s supposed to be all gospel and hymns. I think that will be good.

I got up early–Bob’s taken to “forgetting” to turn off his second alarm. So that’s passive-aggressive, but it wakes me up so I may can get something done early. Right now I am waiting for quotes to come in for my story and then I’ll be ready to write it. So I am just hanging out, waiting around. If I get a PR-style job I’m going to be nicer to reporters than these people are to me. 🙂

Soon it’ll be lunchtime. So I think I’m going to do another round through all my sites, etc. and see if anything new has come up. Hope everyone is doing well and having a good week. Godspeed.

Lunch Leftovers

Waiting for my pizza leftovers to warm up for lunch. Went to the grocery store and picked up a few things. I got up early with Bob and my youngest then went back to sleep and took forever to get back up. But I did. Trying to get loose ends tied up for everything here before I head out. I think I’m going to start blocking out the story soon even if I don’t have everything to finish it. At least have an outline to slot everything into.

Friday is the Homecoming Dance and my youngest’s date with the boy. Hopefully she will have fun and not be disappointed in the experience. We are going to do everything we can to help. Hopefully it will all go well.

I feel pretty good today even with the sleeping in. I had stomach trouble yesterday and spent the afternoon in the bed. I finally felt better by bedtime. So that was good. My mood is good today so that helps. I’m not that insane paranoid I was either. So that helps a lot, too. I hope tis little remission holds out for a while. At least long enough to get a job? I haven’t heard anything new yet. Just going to wait around.

Finally lost someone I knew somewhat well to COVID. She is the wife of someone my husband’s company did business with. They were local so I knew her but was not close to her. She fought for two-and-a half months in the ICU and finally had a stroke there that they weren’t prepared for. Her kids are about the same age as mine but went to a different school than mine. Pray for her family.

I suppose I will wind up and check on my pizza. Hope everyone can be safe from COVID in the future months. Godspeed.

Sunday

I am not feeling so hot. I was really hungry at supper last night and we went to Waffle House. I ate way too muh and paid for it last night with reflux. So I tried to go light at lunch but still feel heavy in my stomach. I didn’t go to church but Bob did–he said our Sunday School teacher decided to resign today. They’re not sure how they are going to keep staffing our class but plan to make it work. So Bob said that made things kind of sad.

I feel like going back to bed. But I need to finish laundry and get some other things taken care of, like grocery shopping. I don’t even feel like going with my stomach so heavy. But we do need a few things so I need to haul myself out and get them.

And we did lose the game but only by three points–not too bad against SEC play.

I need to do a lot to clear the decks for the next week when I go help my oldest. Not sure except for getting laundry done and maybe some extra food shopping. And I need to clear up my two stories and get the ball rolling on a third so maybe I can jump right into it once I get back. I plan to take my laptop and keep blogging while I’m in Florida so you won’t miss out on my adventures with my grandbaby. I am looking forward to it.

I think I will try to get moving again. Otherwise i will sit here all day mindlessly scrolling. Let’s see what we can get done. Godspeed, everyone.

We’re Gonna Lose. . .

We play LSU today and they are calling us to lose. We won almost all of our non-conference games except one the refs screwed up–to the point that the official officiating organization put out a statement that they screwed up–but this game starts SEC play so we may be sunk. Then again, maybe not. You never know in the SEC and with Mississippi State.B

We slept in. We’re about to go get pizza and watch the game so we plan to have a good day. Our youngest has a band competition today at her school so she will go to that after lunch and probably come in late tonight. We will see.

Saw last night that my BPHope story came out on the blog about finding purpose with bipolar. It looked good to me, and apparently to her since she didn’t send it back for editing. I am really glad I have kept up with them–I hope I may can write more for the magazine too and get paid. We will see.

My mood has really been good except for me not sleeping at night. I’m not sure what is up with that. But I guess that is the trade off for being awake through the day. But I do feel energized to do work and that’s a good thing. Godspeed.

Another Application

Just sent off to another state job, newly created, they said. So we will see if there’s any interest there. Slow day so far. I really worked yesterday, so it’s no surprise I’ve been a little sluggish today. But I am up for more work so I am looking forward to that this afternoon.

I finally slept good last night. I had been tossing and turning terribly and keeping Bob awake, too. But I slept last night.

Got a rundown on the grandbaby last night–he is almost eleven pounds at two months and did really well with his shots. They were impressed with how well he held his head up and met other milestones so my oldest was happy abut that. I need more pictures, though. 🙂

I changed my headshot on Facebook and need to do it on the rest of my platforms as well. It looked kind of weird in the light and I kept staring at it trying to see why it looked weird. I finally hit on it–the light made my white hair look BLONDE. I have NEVER been a blonde. So that was funny.

My med combination seems to be working except I still have daytime sleepiness. But it may be as much habit as a real need for sleep. I’m used to going back to bed. But my mood is good–I don’t have that awful nihilist track running in my head and I am able to take negative thoughts and run through them and get them out of my head.

I’ve hit an interesting milestone with the blog–FeedSpot keeps up with rankings of blogs in various categories. I’ve been on their list of bipolar blogs for a long time, but I recently broke the top twenty in the list! I am so proud of the work I have done here and want to say how glad I am for all of you reading me and helping me reach this milestone. Godspeed.

Cool Down

The weather has certainly cooled down, just like it always does right around my birthday. We are having some beautiful sunshine and breezes. I am trying to enjoy it and not think about November and how wet and gray it always is. October can really be beautiful early in Mississippi so I am looking forward to that.

My mom and dad came to visit today. They were on their way to the VA Hospital to do a checkup on Daddy. We had lunch together at the house and talked over all kinds of stuff–old memories, new kittens, and the kids. I meant to show them a picture of my grandbaby but we got to talking and I forgot. The grandbaby was babbling big to my oldest yesterday so she called me so he could pretend to say Happy Birthday. He sounded very content and cheerful and babbly. I think I will enjoy messing with him when I get down there after next week.

I had a thought last night–I tried hard to make my memoir as positive as I could, not calling anyone out abut how they made me feel at times. I think I need to go back and be more honest about some of this. Like some of the things that happened during Katrina, other stuff that has happened more recently that has made me aware of what was actually going on way back when. I think it’s going to hurt me inside to put some of that stuff in. That’s why I’ve avoided it so long. But being honest I think is best. I will see what I can write down.

I guess I will try to get to it. Either that or take another nap :). I also need to start some laundry t stay caught up this week. Godspeed, everyone.

Happy Birthday to ME!

So today is my birthday–not a big-round-number one, but one more that I’m glad to see. I got my other present from my youngest yesterday. My middle daughter had found me Fantasia 2000 several years ago on CD, so Bob decided to find me the original Fantasia on album, He did–one of the original albums issued when the movie came out! He didn’t realize it–he bought it through Amazon but it was from a third-party Marketplace vendor. I’m listening to it now and it is in perfect condition. So now I am going to order Harry Connick Jr’s gospel album as my present from my oldest. We worked this out beforehand 🙂

The First Date went well. The boy was very nice and polite and personable. He had red hair, was a year or so older than my youngest one, is looking to go to State and major in cybersecurity, and is the same height as my youngest one. A bit skinny, too. But that’s all right. They got along with each other and with us; we found things in common to talk about over dinner, then left them alone for about half-an-hour then moved him along so she could go to bed on time. (And the house is cleaned up. I made sure of that.)

Well. I’m going to try to get to work and see what all I can find out. Hope everyone has a great day and week going on the downhill stretch. Godspeed.

First Date

Well, the youngest has a dinner date tonight–a boy asked her out to the Homecoming Dance, and the rule is that a prospective date has to come eat dinner with us before plans go further so we know who we are dealing with. She’s pretty closed-mouthed about her friends (All our girls have been). So this is how we devised to know something about who our girls are dating.

SO I am cooking and cleaning up for the event. I just put the red beans and rice on for the crockpot and I’m about to cook a chocolate cake for dessert. I forgot to buy cornbread mix at the grocery store so I think I will have to think up the recipe my mom taught me and try it again (I got where I couldn’t cook it right after I got sick so I had to go to a mix.)

I’m listening to “Hamilton” while I work. I just needed something to perk me up. I was more or less in the bed until 12:30 this afternoon. So I have been VERY busy this afternoon.

I guess I wil go cook more I am getting nervy. But we will see how it goes. Think about us trying to put on the impression that we are a normal family :).