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Back to work for me today after being off on vacation for about 2.5 weeks. It's been great, my last day of work was December 19th. I felt like I was in school again getting this much time off for Christmas. That's the way I love to do it though, I hardly take vacation in the summer, I save it all up for Christmas. I am now officially out of vacation days now until July 1st, but that's okay. It was worth it to have my time off for Christmas. It ensures that I get to see all of my family and friends over Christmas without feeling rushed or stressed about time. And really, that is the most important part about Christmas for me.

However, I'm now back at work with the stomach flu. Any other day, I would have called in sick but I didn't really feel I could do that after having been on vacation for the above mentioned 2.5 weeks. So I'm here, just trying to get through the day. I'm armed with gingerale and crackers.
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I'm feeling even better today than I did yesterday. I can't believe how quickly I recovered from this cold, from the way I felt on Friday and Saturday I thought for sure it would drag on for weeks!!

Pretty good day at work yesterday. It was busy, but not because of the phones ringing lots, it was paperwork at my own pace, so that was nice. I like busy days, being bored at work isn't much fun. Today I think I'm going to be re-arranging a bit of filing stuff here, to make it more convenient for me so I have less excuses for procrastinating on my filing. I'm bad for that.

Last night was good. I had lots of energy after work still. Before going home Dan and I made two stops. One for me to pick up a box of books from freecycle and the other at Home Depot for him to buy some more cement. Then we went home and heated up some leftover beef fajitas for dinner and Dan went out to mow the lawn and I baked some cookies from a recipe in one of the freecycle books. This is a pretty big deal for me, I hardly ever bake. The cookies turned out really well though, they have a bit of everything in them: oatmeal, rice krispies, chocolate chips, Peanut Butter. People here seem to like them too which is good.

After the cookies were all made I made my lunch for today and then chilled out on the couch and read for a bit. Then I moved to bed to read and I was sleeping by about 9:45 last night. Nice!

Tonight the plan after work is to go to the grocery store and get a watermelon to cut up for Dan's frisbee team tomorrow night. Then we'll go to Rona and buy the rest of our floor tiles and look at french doors there. We'll go home and heat up leftover lasagna for dinner tonight and Dan will probably work on the hearth in the basement and I should really do some cleaning upstairs. I didn't do any all weekend when I wasn't feeling well and now it's showing!!! I may also bake some banana bread with some overripe bananas I have, and freeze it for Dan's frisbee tournament on Sunday. I'm going to get my year's quota of baking in this week alone!!!

Oh...and also after work I'm going to be stopping by Sears to pick up the wishbook. My card came in the mail today to say that it's ready for pickup at the store. The Christmas madness starts now!!! Hehe...actually it already started on the weekend, I didn't want to admit it but I spent some time on the weekend writing up ideas for people for Christmas that I'd had come to me recently. I'm a sick puppy!


Jul. 10th, 2006 04:40 pm
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I had a pretty good weekend. We had our yard sale on Saturday and we managed to get rid of a ton of crap and make a few bucks while we were at it! We brought two car loads of stuff to Julie & Jeremy's for the yard sale and wound up only needing to take 3 boxes to Value Village to donate at the end of the day. Plus, there's the added bonus of all of that crap not being in our basement any longer!

After the yard sale we stopped at a furniture store on our way home to have a look at sofas for our rec room downstairs. We would like a nice new sectional corner unit and we'd seen some nice ones for sale in the flyer this week. We fell in love with one that was in the show room but it was opposite of what we needed. Everywhere else we've been they've been able to mirror the layout of the sofa, but not in this case. :( So I guess we'll keep looking. We want to pick a furniture store in the area each night this week and check to see what's available where. We know we can get exactly what we want at Bad Boy in Whitby, but we thought it would be nice (plus save on delivery charges) to get something local.

We got home and were planning to just veg for the evening. We were both in our around home pants. Dan was dozing on the couch and I was searching for zucchini recipes online when the doorbell rang. I answered and it was one of our neighbours from the cottages across the road asking what the dial number was for the local radio station and then he invited Dan and I over for some drinks on their back porch. We got dressed again and headed over there for a couple of hours. I was sunburned from earlier in the day, so I didn't feel like drinking (which they thought was really strange...people seem to have a problem when I don't want to drink and I don't understand that. I just wanted water or a pop and they kept trying to force alcohol on me...WTF??). We got to know them a bit better anyway and then we came home and went to bed.

On Sunday we had a neighbourhood meeting to talk about the condition of our road. It's the neighbourhood's responsibility to keep it in good condition, since we're a private road. So we pay money each year and patch up the road. We almost have enough to re-surface it, so we'll just be doing a light patch this year and the re-surfacing next year. Sunday afternoon I cooked up a big zucchini casserole for us to eat this week since the first of the zucchini were ready from the garden. Later on Dan's parents and the youngest, Jimmy (11) came over to use the canoe and go swimming. They brought some cabbage rolls with them for dinner and I added a salad and threw together some tea biscuits. They left around 7:00 so Dan and I played our two player Settler's of Catan card game (where I won again...I'm two games up on Dan now in total) and then we went outside and had a dusk campfire. Neither of us felt like vegging in front of the TV, and there are a ton of wood scraps in the shed that need to be burned up, so we burned up a box of those while chatting outside. We had some good conversations about money and future plans including our honeymoon and having kids. So that was really nice!!

Today at work has been okay. I'm working an extra half hour each day this week so I can leave at noon on Friday. It's our department's summer hours, so that means I have to be here at 7:30am. Not a big deal, I got up 10 minutes earlier than usual, hurried and then Dan drove me instead of me driving him which is how it normally works. The longer days are a bit tough right now, but I know I'll appreciate it come Friday at noon when I can leave!!!

After work Dan and I are going grocery shopping and then having leftovers for dinner. Dan was going to mow the lawn tonight, but we've been having thunder storms all afternoon, so maybe I can convince him to play Settler's with me instead!!! :D
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I'm having a pretty boring day today. The phone's aren't busy and everyone else from my department seems to be in meetings or elsewhere in the building, so they're not even giving me any work. I was plugging away at catching up on filing, but there's only so much I can do of that before my brain threatens to completely melt down, you know?

Had a good night last night at Julie's. She tried a new recipe on us, and it was awesome! We also got to just hang out and chat which is nice! We left there around 7:30 to head home. I made my lunch and packed up my gym bag for the morning before vegging on the couch. I worked on my knitting while Dan played Xbox. We went to bed early last night as Dan was really tired and had a headache.

The alarm went off at 5:30 this morning for the gym, and Dan still had a headache so he re-set the alarm for 6:30 and we went back to sleep. I'm still tired today in spite of going to bed early last night and sleeping in an extra hour this morning. I'm not sure what's up with that!! We will try and go to the gym again tomorrow morning before work.

Tonight right after work I have a massage that I'm really looking forward to! I'm overdue since I was scheduled to have one just before Christmas but had to cancel it at the last minute because of a change in plans. I feel really stiff through my shoulders, and I'm looking forward to getting that all worked out tonight! My insurance refreshes now too, so I did the math and figured out that I can get insurance to pay for me to have massages every 3 weeks this year. That's really nice!!!
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Okay, fast version of the weekend since I haven't felt like posting all day!!
Left work early (around 2:00) to catch the VIA train to Cobourg where Dan picked me up on his way from work. It was great, we haven't been on a road trip in a while. I brought my wedding books along and we had some great brainstorming/conversations and settled a lot of things.
Got into Ottawa around 8:00 and shot the breeze with Jody and Jen for a while. Watched Ali. Still not sure if I liked it or not.
Went to bed around midnight and completely passed out. Traveling will do that to me.

Got up early so we could eat breakfast and be out the door in time to return the VCR Jody had rented.
From there headed to Hull Quebec to visit the Museum of Civilization. That was a lot of fun, we walked around for about 4 hours before we'd had enough. Then we went and parked the car and went for another walk. We walked past the Prime Minister's house, but he didn't want to come out and play, so we went to the Governor General's house. She wasn't interested in coming out to play either, but we did stroll around her yard for a while and look at the gardens.
By then we were exhausted, so we headed for home and ordered in some Chinese. Dan looked at Jen's computer which has been acting up lately (ie. not booting at all) and then we ate. Went out to the park to play frisbee for a while (we had an active day!!).

Got up kind of early again. Had some breakfast and went back to looking at Jen's computer. Went out to a few Future Shop's to get some parts, but nothing helped, so Dan packed up her computer and is going to fix it at his house.
We left around 1:00 to head for real home.
We had just ramped back onto the east-bound Highway (401) from the southbound one (416) when Dan noticed that his ABS light and battery light had come on. I looked in his car manual and it said that in this event, you should shut down anything electrical. We scoffed at it and kept driving.
About 45 minutes (and a warning from my dad) later, the car completely died and left us on the side of the highway. Luckily, I'm part of an Auto-Club through my parents, so I called for a tow and we arrived in Canadian Tire just before closing. We signed his car in and walked to the nearest hotel for the night.
I had a hard time getting to sleep because I was so worried about my Jury Duty. I was supposed to be in Oshawa for 9:00am the next morning.

Got up around 8:30 and called the court house after worrying about it all night. The woman told me that there were no trials this week and that Jury Duty had been postponed to next Monday. Apparently someone had tried to call my house, but with no answer, so I lose. Oh well, I still get to go next week.
Around 11:00 we picked up Dan's car and headed for home.
Took a side tour along the way and he showed me some properties his parents are interested in buying and maybe the one we could buy to build a house on!! :) It's been for sale for years, and might still be next year when we return to seriously look! :)

Blah blah blah, a bunch more crap happens and I finally get home around 8:30pm.

That's my weekend! :)
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Alright, only worked 10 hours today!
I got home around 6:45 and took a nice long bath! Then I came out and made a nice lunch to treat myself tomorrow as well as my breakfast (a bagel and cream cheese I eat at work). So now I can sleep in a little.
Going to go to bed now too...I'm such a loser!!

Talked to my brother on the phone tonight though. My mom and I are going to transfer the ownership officially tomorrow, so he has no more excuses not to pay me. He's going to send a cheque home with my parents who are going to visit him on the weekend. $1,750!!! :)
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12-hour work day.
That is all.
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Okay, by now you all had to have known it was coming. I disappeared for the weekend again. This time it wasn't entirely my fault though.
My Internet was down Friday through most of Sunday and today I was at my parents' house (I know...excuses excuses...) But I'm back now and I'll fill you in on the weekend! :)

Long weekend post here... )
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What is up with me being sick all the time lately? I'm not usually like this! I hope my boss doesn't start thinking bad things about me!!
I went to bed early Sunday night and woke up exhausted. At work just an hour before I was going to leave I started feeling all the symptoms like a cold was coming on. Headache across my eyebrows and my sinuses draining into my throat. So I came home and downed some vitamins and juice and went to bed early again. Woke up in the middle of the night with a fever so I called my boss. I'm feeling slightly better this morning. I really hope this doesn't turn into a cold!! I'm just getting over a sinus infection and a whopping cold sore, I don't need this right now!!
I'm afraid to tell Dan that I'm home sick again. I dunno, he always seems to think that I don't feel as badly as I do and that I should go into work for half a day regardless of how I feel. And then I start to feel guilty...what if some of it really is in my head? Arg.
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I wound up having to stay late at work this evening, not too late, just half an hour. Just some last minute rush stuff that came up, I don't mind. Get a little extra bonus on the paycheque that way. You always forget that you worked an extra half hour so it's like winning the lottery when you see it on the pay stub! :)
Then the day got even better, I got home and there was a message on the phone from Mike, he's going to be home around 6:30 and is going to make dinner tonight. Woohoo! :)
I think I might be productive until then and get some more unpacking done. I went home on the weekend and brought back more stuff and Jody and my mom came yesterday and brought stuff as well.
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All week it's been go-go-go between work and getting the apartment ready and packing. I had such a hard time slowing down this evening. I actually sat at the kitchen table and ate a home cooked dinner and watched a bit of TV. Now that I have slowed down though, I can't eve motivate myself to pack one measley little box!!
I have a bunch of packing left to do....I don't think it's going to happen tonight. Dan will be mad tomorrow when he has to help me, but I just can't force myself to do it right now!!
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Half an hour short of a 12 hour work day.
Last week I was complaining I didn't have enough to do.
There must be a happy medium somewhere??
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Man...was my brain ever a pile of mush this morning. That last journal entry of mine makes me sound like some kind of psycho teetering precariously on the edge of sanity.
I assure you, I was just tired.

I went out to Subway for lunch and went for a bit of a walk and bought a big bottle of juice to drink this afternoon in case it was a little bit dehydration along with the tired-ness. Feeling much better now.

All I have to do for the rest of the afternoon is drag some work I was given this morning out over the next hour or so then I can take over the reception desk at 3:00 and successfully coast through the rest of the day.
It's nice, the receptionist takes her break from 3:00-4:00 to pick her son up from school and drop him off at daycare. Normally she's between 5 & 15 minutes late returning which works out perfectly for me. Just barely not enough time to bother logging back onto my own computer or doing anything else productive, so I hang out at the front desk and chat with her for 10 min or so then leave early for the day. Beautiful.

Yay, the weekend is coming faster than I thought it would! I thought this week was going to drag for sure after having two short weeks in a row. First the week with Good Friday, then last week where I was sick for 2 1/2 days. I just have to make it through tomorrow and Friday will be smooth sailing. They always are.
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I've decided to call and book myself off work again tomorrow, I don't want to risk throwing up in the bathroom there again. I was just lucky there was no one else in the room with me at the time. That would have been too much!!
I am, however, going to go and see an apartment tomorrow night again. This one's only $1,200/month (inclusive) because it's further away from the school, but closer to work for me, so I have no problems with that. It's walking distance to the subway, so that's even more of a bonus.
There are two more places we have appointments for and one looks really promising. It's through Mike's landlord, so we wouldn't have to bother with credit checks or application processes or anything like that. The people who are currently living there haven't paid the rent yet for this month and it's apparently not the first time. So he's kicking them out and we can have it for May 1st. It's a basement apartment, 3 bedroom with a common room and a kitchen. It's $1,500/month (inclusive) but within spitting distance to the school so that's a perk for the guys. If I can't have A/C I'll take a basement! :)


Mar. 24th, 2002 07:49 pm
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Sunday evening always seems to come too close to Friday evening. How depressing. I'm beginning to think I don't like my new job so much. It's just the unpredictability I'm not too keen on...the potential for crap work to crop up unexpectedly just when I'm doing something that I enjoy. I'll give it a little longer though, I'm still just training and need to do a little of everything before I settle into my personal routine there. I really like working reception, but they have a full time receptionist. I just fill in for her when she takes breaks/goes on vacation. It's good money and I need money. That should be enough incentive right?


I've scanned probably close to 40 pictures now and am working on organizing them all in a quick website made from Word most likely. I'd post links to them now, but I'm not planning to leave them the way that they are and I'm not going to want to come back later and update all the links, and I don't want to have broken links either, thus my dilemma.


On a happier note, I got the nod from Dan today on starting to go ring shopping like next weekend. Yep, the ring. We're still going to probably wait until later in the summer/early fall before getting engaged, but we're going to take our time on the ring shopping and be prepared if we decide to take the step earlier. We already have the wedding date planned out...September 13th, 2003. :) So we're just going to work backward from there when we should get engaged and play it a bit by ear. It's kind of awkward for us both living at home right now...we feel like we're both back in high school. But, we also don't want to get engaged like two weeks after moving in with a new room mate, that might be a bit awkward too. But we also don't want to leave it too late, that starts to cut into planning time. Like I said, we'll play it by ear. This is definitely exciting stuff though. *grins*
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Good Lord that was a long day at work!!
I'd like to crawl into bed and sleep for a week, but unfortunately I have to do it all again tomorrow, with a little less of the stress though.
- The voicemail is up and running again.
- There is toner for the fax machine and the backlog has been cleared.
- The "rush" data entry job I was working on has been printed, copied, bound and sent.
So that leaves a nice relaxing (*fingers crossed*) day for tomorrow. As much as I complian, I really like working reception! I wish the permanent receptionist would go on permanent vacation. As it stands right now I'm just on there for this week. It keeps me so busy (usually not as insanely busy as it was today) with always something going on and someone to talk to.
Working as just an admin assistant (which is the position I was hired for) runs the risk of getting stuck with crappy work such as filing, archiving in the dusty basement and other basic gopher work which the receptionist successfully manages to avoid.
So I made a life realisation today. I always knew that this job was not going to be the place where I worked the rest of my life. I don't want to be travelling to downtown Toronto to work a 40hr. week once I have a family. I have decided that I would like to work for some local (local to wherever I happen to be living at the time) company working as a receptionist. Yeah. Something where I might have the option of flexible hours or job sharing so I can have a job and not feel like I'm abandoning my family. Might not be much of a goal to some people, but it's what I see myself being happy doing, and isn't that what's really important in the end? Thank you.
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Off sick today.
Feel like shit.
Bad day.
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Yep, that's right. I just went on an adventure.
They needed something delivered by noon, and the last time we tried that the courrier didn't even show up until quarter to, so this time they sent me armed with the envelope and two subway tokens.
I was worried at first, I don't know the city very well at all and tend to get my major directions (NESW) mixed up when I come out of the subway, but this went really well. I had two hours time to play with to get it there and it only took me half of that. I'm good.
The weather is so beautiful out there too, I just wanted to walk the whole way (never mind the fact that it took me 40 min on the subway). I want to spend the rest of the afternoon delivering stuff now!! I get free subway tokens plus I get paid to sit on the subway and read my book, and go for a nice stroll in the beautiful sunshine. Does it get any better...really?
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This morning I became one of the jerks who creates a parking spot on the wrong side of the "No Parking" sign. I was in a hurry, I'd already missed one train and was on the verge of missing another...that wasn't the main reason though...the main reason is even worse.
I'm staying late for the party tonight and the thought of walking 3/4 of the way across an empty parking lot to get to my car just depressed me.
I'm such a bad person.

If I wind up with a ticket though I'm going to be some kind of pissed. I see people doing this every day and only once have I seen one car with a ticket. Murphy better not be paying attention today. I don't like his laws.
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I sit at a desk, behind glass doors, facing the elevator.
If you got off the elevator on my floor and didn't know where to go, wouldn't your first idea be to head to the person behind the glass doors in what is very obviously a reception area?
Yeah, you'd think so.
These stupid people get off the elevators, look at me and turn the other way to wander around aimlessly looking around every corner until finally coming in here as a last ditch.
They deserved to waste that time looking around.


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