I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I did. I ate way too much.
I worked the last two nights at my new job and I think I am going to like it. I wasn’t sure the first night – information overload and I made alot of mistakes, which is to be expected but I really hate that. The people I work with are super nice. That is a great relief after the job I just came from. I am tired though and looking forward to my first days off which don’t come until Wednesday and Thursday. UGH!
What is going on with everyone else? Did you have a happy holiday?
Last week at work was hell. It got so bad that one of the supervisors in another area asked me what in the heck I was still doing there. Well, even though I was just a temp, I didn’t want to leave them short handed and thought I was being nice. I took more pepto and rolaids last week than I have in the last year. Finally I couldn’t stand it any longer and just left and didn’t come back. I don’t know if it was any worse than I had been putting up with all along, I just knew that I didn’t have to put up with it anymore. The bad thing was that everyone else there was really nice and I liked them. Some people are just not nice and I just have to deal with that.
I went to OKC to sign up for my new job. That took forever because there was another woman there with me who kept asking stupid questions and asking the same question several times. UGH! I thought she was just slow until we were walking out and she was laughing about how she stretched it out because she was getting paid for it. I of course, am not since my official starting date isn’t until tomorrow. I wanted to strangle her.
I took advantage of the nice weather this weekend and went to my moms. We went to this place in my hometown that they had piled a bunch of bricks from tearing down an old building. So I picked up the broken ones to put in these two huge holes in the alley that the city hasn’t fixed in, oh about 6 months. And since my neighbor reminds me constantly that the only LEGAL access that I have to my house is through the alley, I thought it was time to do something about it. I’m tired of scraping the underside of my car everytime I go somewhere. And no I didn’t know when I bought the house that I only had alley access. Just one of the many things I assumed when I bought it that didn’t turn out to be true. But I have sure learned a lesson from this house buying experience. I won’t take anyone’s word for it that the place has been termit inspected or that the roof doesn’t leak because it was only a few years old or that the gas and water lines didn’t leak, etc., etc., It has sure been a learning experience. The good thing is in less than a year it will be paid for. And if the windows aren’t air tight and the floor is cold, then those are things that I can put up with until I can put some money into it.
Well, I got that job! WOO HOO!!! I found out this morning and I start on the 20th. Such a relief. I am so excited!!!
It has been one of those days. I got to work and went to relieve one of the girls so she could have a break (which gives me 45 minutes to work on my WIP), popped in the disk and it was damaged. I am sure you are thinking surely she is smart enough to back it up or put it in one of those little plastic carrying cases. Uh, no…. not this time. I have been carrying the uncovered disk in my purse and pocket all week, knowing something could happen to it but I guess it wasn’t registering that the 3300 word WIP I whipped out this weekend wasn’t saved anywhere else and I had thrown the hand written copies away (something I usually never do until I have a printed out version). The other thing I know I haven’t saved at home was the STBP contest entry. I was actually more worried about that than the new WIP. I was hoping to turn it in to Rachel Vincent at the november meeting next weekend. My only defense is that I have been preoccupied this week. I went to take the drug test and physical yesterday for the job. yea!!!!! I’m not worried about the drug test, so if I passed the physical, I am in. The guy said I would hear from him by Friday. I am actually nervous about it. I am pretty sure I passed but this year has been a rough ‘en filled with one hard knock after another and I don’t want to get my hopes up.
When I went down to relive the girl for lunch I had a singleminded purpose. Figure out a way to retrieve those WIP’s. Suprisingly enough, to me anyway, I accidently/don’t know how I did it, found a way around the damaged part of the disk and retrieved it. WOO HOO!!!! I am doing the happy dance right now. So I emailed them to myself to worry about tonight at home.
I don’t remember if I have said this before but the really cool thing about this job (besides the large raise and great benefits) is that I will be able to write on my down times, which from what I have been told is about 4 or 5 hours a day. That is great news for me since I have put all of my energy into going to work and nothing else these last 6 months or so.
I have written 3300+ pages since Saturday. Yes, I have been a busy little bee. Unfortunately it is on something new instead of working on a WIP that is near finished. I have just had this idea banging around in my head for the last few weeks and the idea moved from being vague to something more specific. It helps that I have been doing some research on it too. I am going to try something different this time. I am going to try to plot the story out. I am not a plotter and therefore my WIPs tend to go off in a direction that I may not have wanted to begin with. Sometimes this is good, but alot of times it isn’t. I am beginning to think I need the guideline plotting will give me or at least an outline. At this point, I don’t know how long the story will be or who my hero is. Sounds strange huh? I am having trouble deciding between the twins – #1 being the guy everyone thinks is a bad guy but really isn’t all that bad or #2 the one that everyone loves who is really a self-centered jerk. I’ll probably go with twin #1. He seems to be the one who is pestering me to tell his story right now.
I haven’t heard about the job yet but they said they would let me know. The weird thing was that they contacted me for an interview by mail so that is probably how they will contact everyone who interviewed. I haven’t given up hope yet.
I have a bad case of the friday funk today. I should be looking forward to the weekend but I have to mow the back yard one last time and clean my filthy house. Two things that are on my least favorite thing to do list.
I think this has been the longest week of my life. I have been cranky and tired all week and haven’t wanted to go to work or do anything but stay in bed. My health has done a nosedive but I think it is because of the cold. The bad spells seem to concide with drastic changes in the weather.
The job interview on Wednesday went well, but you know how those things go. That could mean nothing. I was the third person the interviewed and they said they had to interview all day. It would be nice if I have a message on my machine when I get home tonight telling me one way or the other. I won’t hold my breath.
I have kept up with my puny daily word count. Hopefully I will have alot more time this weekend to write.
I have been writing 100 words a day for the last half of a week and am pretty proud of myself. Going from 0 words a day for the last 2+ months to 100 is a great improvement for me. I finished reading a full manuscript for Wildrose Press yesterday since I wasn’t feeling well so I didn’t do any writing. I just can’t make myself write when I feel bad. Part of this mystery illness I have is lack of concentration so 100 words for me is an accomplishment. I am so tired of feeling bad.
On a lighter note, I have an early job interview on Wednesday morning in OKC with the state. It pays quite a bit more than I am making and has really good benefits. So everyone cross their fingers for me. I am working right now as a temp at the college but the pay isn’t very good and no benefits and no job security.