Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I woke up with a scratchy throat, a headache, conjestion, and feeling totally exhausted. I just wanted to stay in bed. I hate to get sick on travel. At least I didn't have to get into a plane. But still, I didn't have any meds on me and really, I just wanted to go back to bed.
Even though the agenda said that I was to give my presentation at 12:30pm, I was first up. I'm not one to get all nervous when I have to speak in front of a group. I can talk anytime, anywhere, to anyone about anything. Public speaking does not bother me in the least. Really. But today, I was NOT in the mood.
Lucky for me, it turned out pretty well. I was on the agenda for two whole hours and used up every minute of it. I got lots of questions and some good feedback...and several action items to take back to the office with me. But still, I was happy that it went well and that it was OVER. I could spend the rest of the day sitting and simply taking notes on what others were presenting.
After work, we decided to go the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I wasn't feeling 100%, but this was the only night of the week that it was open past 5pm. And we didn't want to come to Cleveland without stopping by, so we went. It was really cool, though I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more had I felt a little better.
We finished the night by having a late dinner. We went to the Waterstreet Grill. It was wonderful! I strongly suggest it if you're going to be in the Warehouse district of Cleveland. I had the lobster macaroni. Yum!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Today, I got a call from Jeff, letting me know that two different people from State Farm called. So, I called Christina from our home office first. She needed specific information from the citation that Jeff received. I provided that. She said that we'd be receiving something from her in the mail that needed to be signed and dated by Jeff and put back in the mail immediately. I passed the information on to Jeff.
I then called Yvonne (and Beth) at the State Farm Corporate offices. They wanted a detailed explanation of what happened Saturday night. I told them that I could only relay what Jeff had told me as I wasn't there. But I passed on Jeff's cell number and told them they were welcome to contact him directly...which they did. Jeff later said that conversation went really well.
Then tonight, I got a call from Christina at our home office again. She just wanted to let me know that there was no longer any reason for Jeff to work on the 'Clear Start' program as he was no longer qualified. In fact, because he got a reckless driving ticket within 30 days of getting his driver's license, he wasn't eligible for any discounts. But that may not matter because it's quite possible that State Farm will refuse to insure him at all. She said she'd let me know as soon as she could. I've chosen not to allow Jeff to drive my car until we find out for sure.
What does that mean? In order for Jeff to drive, he's going to have to get his own vehicle and a separate insurance policy...NOT from State Farm. OR I can choose to leave State Farm after being insured by them for 18 years, in search of an insurance company that will insure Jeff on my '08 Pontiac...and pay HANDSOMELY for it. Ummm, option B is NOT going to happen.
Jeff feels like the world is out to get him. He feels like he can't get a break. He doesn't feel that he deserves what he's getting. And I'm not sure how to counsel him. So, I'm back to praying before EVERY conversation with Jeff. I don't want to say something that will add to his discouragement. But I don't want to lie to him either.
He's asking questions like, "How am I supposed to get to work if I can't drive?" The first thought that comes to my head is, "Get a job and then we'll worry about transportation." But I don't say it out loud. I suggest carpooling or walking or perhaps me driving him if our work hours don't overlap. But he doesn't really want to hear any of it. He's just feeling a little beat up right now.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
After the attack on our brave Marines, the American people mourned the loss of our heroes, but we did not lose our resolve. On this solemn day of remembrance, let us pay tribute to the brave Marines who lost their lives on that tragic day, those who have served since, and in particular, all those who serve in harms way today - in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in hot spots around the world. Let the spirit of our Marines define our resolve as we meet the challenges before us - Semper Fi.
RELEASED BY THE HONORABLE DONALD C. WINTER, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.
Monday, October 20, 2008
- We were in a Pontiac.
- There were only just the two of us...not the 600,000 men PLUS women and children.
- Jeff is no Moses...for one, he DOESN'T have an older brother and two, he would have no problem making demands of Pharaoh.
- We had signs...some yellow, some white, some green...to give us direction, not to mention that paved road with the yellow line down the middle. That pretty much guaranteed that we stayed on track.
- We got no manna...not literally, that is. But discussing the Book of Exodus with my 17-year-old on a Monday night was fulfilling in its own way.
I could go on, but I'm tired. I didn't get to sleep until about 3am this morning...I don't know why. Apparently my body needed the exercise that comes with tossing and turning for hours! Then I worked all day. Then I spent three hours on the road...half of that with Jeff behind the wheel. I am now officially exhausted! Time for bed.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
DR. GREGORY HOUSE (Hugh Laurie), devoid of bedside manner and dealing with his own constant physical pain, uses a cane that seems to punctuate his acerbic, brutally honest demeanor. While his behavior can border on antisocial, House is a brilliant diagnostician whose unconventional thinking and flawless instincts afford him a great deal of respect. An infectious disease specialist, he thrives on the challenge of solving medical puzzles in order to save lives.
I know, I know. People think it's strange...that is when they even believe me. But it's a fact... The number one thing that attracts me to a man is how much he loves his job, how good he is at it.
It shows me that he desires to meet the needs of both his boss and his customers. He is compelled to earn his salary. He's constantly striving to learn more about his field. He feels a sense of pride in doing a good job, using the gifts God gave him. And he isn't threatened by new co-workers or overwhelmed by challenging customers. He goes out of his way to 'teach' them, to convince them that he has their best interests at heart.
That's probably why I develop crushes on my co-workers. Nothing serious...usually. But definitely a temporary infatuation. In the past, I've dated co-workers and customers. These days, I try to avoid it. It's not that anything horrible came from any of these relationships. But I think most professionals would agree that dating between co-workers isn't the best idea. The chances of it having an adverse affect on the workplace is just too high.
Mike, Bill, Pete, Darren, John, and Thom. I worked with all of these men. (Man, that seems like a lot, but we are talking about the course of 11 years.) Anyway, they were good at what they did. And I not only had a crush on them, I dated them...some more successfully than others. And in none of these examples did our work, our customers, or our co-workers suffer because of these relationships...that I remember. Still, I haven't dated a co-worker or a customer since I lived in Colorado in '99.
Nevertheless, if I worked with Dr. House, I'd DEFINITELY have a crush on him. And if he wanted to date, I'd say yes in a heartbeat!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Your gentle guidance has immeasurably influenced
all that I have done,
all that I do,
and all that I will ever do.
Your sweet spirit is indelibly imprinted
on all that I have been,
all that I am,
and all that I will ever be.
Thus, you are a part
of all that I accomplish
and all that I become.
And so it is that when I help my neighbor,
your helping hand is there also.
When I ease the pain of a friend,
they owe a debt to you.
When I show a child a better way,
either by word or by example,
you are the teacher once removed.
Because everything I do
reflects values learned from you...
any wrong that I right,
any heart I may brighten,
any gift that I share,
or burden I may lighten...
is in its own small way a tribute to you.
Because you gave me life,
and more importantly,
lessons in how to live,
you are the wellspring from which flows
all good I may achieve in my time on earth.
For all that you are and for all that I am,
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Jeff/School - After my really bad meeting with the principal and the guidance counselor, I wrote a letter to the superintendent. I have not heard anything from that. I'm disappointed, though not surprised. I also got copies to three of the five school board members. I think they intend to discuss it at their Executive Session Monday. I don't really know what I want to come from this; I feel the damage has already been done. Jeff stays up all hours of the night, sleeps in until shortly before he has to be at school, still rarely does his homework, and hasn't gotten another job. So, the only thing that has changed is that Jeff has a ton of time on his hands and nothing productive to do.
My take on Jeff is that he's simply too afraid to be an adult. If he could stay in high school for another three years, I think he would. He doesn't want to be 18. He doesn't want to move away. He doesn't want to grow up. I mean he does, but he's scared of all of it. I tried to tell him that it's not a one-man club, but he doesn't want to hear it from me.
Grandma - Grandma passed away Sunday at 4:15pm. She seemed to be pain-free all weekend. A couple of times near the end, she seemed to be listening to someone that we couldn't hear. She has so many family members who went before her. I'm sure there was quite a reception for her at the Pearly Gates.
So many friends and family stopped by during visitation. It was very nice to share hugs and memories. And then the funeral was just beautiful. The entire week was just such a blessing. Emotionally exhausting, but definitely a blessing.
Work - While on that subject, I didn't travel this week. So, I totally felt like I abandoned Bev. Things went pretty well Tuesday and Wednesday, but not so much today. We learned about a couple of major issues...that we couldn't have known from here. I hope we can get it all worked out. And I hope that Bev survives the week okay.
Fireproof - Fireproof is showing in Washington starting tomorrow! I can't wait to go see it. Maybe Saturday. Jeff will be at his dad's. This is the latest movie done by the makers of 'Facing the Giants' and 'Flywheel'.
Writing - I have a new book idea and a new writing forum. November is National Novel Writing Month. There is a website called NaNoWriMo.org where folks write with abandon for 30 days. The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month. I am going to write about two women nearing 40, single, independent, employed, full of spirit. The difference between the two women is that one of them has a teenager; the other has no children. One woman is completely frustrated by her teenager and her inability to control his behavior, thinking she's a complete failure as a mother. The other woman is jealous even of that. She wants a child so badly, she can taste it. I'm not sure how the book will end though. I need to put a lot of thought into that prior to November.
Becky - Becky was one of my customers. She lived in the Maryland area. She supported the users of our system at her site. She'd been battling cancer for quite some time. We learned this week that she passed away. She took a turn for the worse this past weekend and didn't make it through the week. So sad. God bless Becky and her family.
Lacy's Pregnant - Prayers answered! Lacy is pregnant!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
1. I can solve a Rubik's Cube. I learned when I was about 12 by reading a little paperback book. And for some strange reason, I've never forgotten. It makes for interesting entertainment at really boring parties.
2. I can sing. I sing alto. I love being an alto. I can harmonize to almost anything. And once I learn the alto part to something, I rarely ever forget it. Hmmm, two in a row that have to do with memory.
3. I have never been drunk. Ever. I didn't even try an alcoholic beverage before I was 21. And I've never tried an illegal drug. You know what that means? I haven't unnecessarily killed off any brain cells. : ) Maybe that explains my really good memory.
4. I have a fear of swinging. I used to love to swing when I was a kid. I don't know what changed...or even when it changed. But I absolutely, positively HATE to hear swings creaking, metal on metal, rubbing back and forth and back and forth. I just think that eventually any material would wear thin and break after that kind of constant pressure. So, I avoid it. Always.
5. I am a daughter, a sister to two brothers and two sisters, a single-mother to one son, an aunt to one niece and two nephews, a veteran of 6 1/2 years, a Christian for life, an aspiring writer, a cat person, an impatient driver, a bad sleeper, and an intelligent, independent woman...not necessarily in that order.
6. And lastly, my hair and nails grow really fast...whether I like it or not.
I'm supposed to tag six people that blog, to ask them to do this same thing. Unfortunately, I don't know six people that blog. Most of the blogs I follow aren't personal blogs. But I'll tag Lacy and Sara. One of which MAY do this, though she's really busy. The other one probably won't even know she's been mentioned.
PS - Thanks to Christy and Lauren for introducing me to my homemade signature.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
You Should Be a Film Writer
You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!