Monthly Archives: May 2018

Meet The New Neighbors

I got new neighbors three houses down from me.  Been here a couple of months or so.  Seem like nice folks.  ‘Cept for that time they scared Rocky because they thought it would be a cool idea to set of fireworks for St. Patrick’s Day.  Who knew St. Patrick’s Day was a fireworks required holiday?!

Tonight I was serenaded with Hank Jr. singing “Family Tradition” while I was watering the plants and putting water in the bird bath . . . interesting choice of music . . . at least it was something I recognized . . .

I should point out that I’m not wearing my hearing aids but could hear this clearly enough to sing along . . . why yes I do know all the words . . . being one of the black sheep of the family it’s kind of my theme song . . .

So if they live three houses down and I can hear it clearly enough to sing along WITHOUT MY HEARING AIDS . . . can you imagine how loud it is IN THEIR HOUSE?!

I’ve got a feeling it’s gonna be a fun summer in this part of the world . . .

Y’all should stop by . . . we can sit on the porch and watch the shenanigans

 

 

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Enough

“I got enough, I got enough. It was enough time to know that I loved him. I loved him. And I know that he loved me.” ~Randall Pearson

 

I’m watching re-runs of “This Is Us” on Hulu . . . and I find it funny that I cry as hard the second/third time I watch an episode as I did the first time . . .

 

Randall said the above line after William died . . . and it broke my heart because I knew exactly what he meant . . .

 

Because it’s been in my heart for the last 4 years, 4 months and 1 day . . .

 

Not that I’m counting or anything . . .

 

 

 

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Surely You Can’t Be Serious

As part of my enrollment in the Ohio Unemployment Insurance Compensation program, I am required to participate in the OhioMeansJobs program to help in my search for a new job.  They send me links to jobs that match my resume from time to time . . . but sadly the jobs are usually not close to me or anything that I’m even qualified for . . . but hey I realize it’s a computer and it’s only spitting out information based on the information that it’s received about me and my job search.

Today I received an email with the following information . . .

“The purpose of OhioMeansJobs.com is to match employers looking for talent and job seekers looking for their next best job. Based on your resume, we believe we found a possible match.  Your credentials have matched you to job number3637271. Due to your qualifications, we have taken the extra step to forward your resume to the employer for their review. If the employer is interested, they will make contact with you directly.”

Okay . . . I guess since I am signed up for unemployment, they kinda have the right to do this.  But it still upsets me that they took it upon themselves to forward my resume without even telling me what the job is . . .

So I go to the OhioMeansJobs.com site and find the job posting . . . (emphasis added on some parts but this is the actual job posting on the OhioMeansJobs.com website)

“Desired Skills/Duties: What we look for in an ENTRY-LEVEL CANDIDATE: Great interpersonal skills and customer service Comfortable in fast-paced environments Ability to self-manage, think on your feet, solution oriented Enjoy working with and helping others Typically looking for more growth opportunities and stable careers Our company has a high success rate of training people with these backgrounds for our entry-level positions. Submit your resume today and you will be contacted about scheduling an interview immediately. Benefits Include: On the job training Advancement opportunities based on performance Travel opportunities Management Development Supportive, high energy, team environment Hourly Pay + Commission, Bonuses, Incentives Requirements Outgoing personalities Strong work ethic The desire to learn and grow professionally Enjoy working with and helping people Goal oriented and self-motivated ** This is an ENTRY LEVEL position, no industry experience is required. We are willing to train the RIGHT candidates from the bottom up”

I’m not even going to get started on the grammar, punctuation and sentence structure on this job posting . . . WTF . . . I have THIRTY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE as an administrative assistant!  I’ve managed the office of an environmental law firm.  I was the Executive Secretary to the Medical Staff at a Mental Health Facility.  And they think I’m a “possible match” for an entry level position with no industry experience needed . . .

Wonder if I’ll get a “thanks, but we’ve chosen another candidate” response from them as well . . .

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Unemployment Update

I’ve been home now for a little more than a month.  The last time I was off work this long was when I had my hysterectomy back in 2007.

The dogs don’t understand why I’m home all the time . . . but they are grateful for the extra attention . . . and extra cookies . . .

I’m getting a little bored . . . there are only so many applications you can fill in one day.

I need to work on my “Honey Do” list of projects around the house.

I need to get moving on the cross stitch project I’m working on as a wedding gift for my niece.  She’s getting married in a little more than a month and I’ve barely gotten started on it.  Ugh.

I have an ever growing pile of books that I could/should be reading . . .

I’ve discovered that unemployment brings out the same “oh you poor thing” response that I heard so many times right after Prince Charming died.  I have actually laughed at people who give me the “oh you poor thing” and “You are in my prayers” speech.  I’ve started responding with the “Oh, shit, this is nothing.  I’ve survived WAY worse than this.  I’m going to be just fine thankyouverymuch.” and I enjoy the wide eyed reaction . . . yea, I’m going to hell for that . . .

I’ve had more than a few “thank you but we’ve chosen someone else” responses to applications.  I’ve had a couple of interviews that seem promising. It’s not as bleak as I thought it was going to be.

I’m trying to figure out a response to “where do you see yourself in five years” question.  Hell, I’m still trying to figure out the widow thing and now you want me to have a five year career plan . . . my career plan is to find a stable job and make enough money to pay the bills for the next 12 years until I can retire . . . but I can’t say any of that to an interviewer . . . can I?

A friend told me today that I should accept this time off as a gift and enjoy it . . . I’m trying really hard to follow that advice . . .

But we all know I’m a worry wart and won’t . . .

 

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