Things are going relatively good here. I just haven't felt a great desire to write a blog post. Reading and commenting on most blogs I follow or randomly comment as the mood strikes. Again, nothing's wrong; just lost that bit of blogging loving I had. It will come back.
So this is totally random and I have no idea where it is going to go.
Its summertime in Phoenix!!! You know what that means. HOT temperatures. Call me sick, demented, weird, etc., but I think I've acclimated to the hot temperatures. It pays to be cold blooded too. A few weeks ago when it was 105 degrees, I'm like "this is actually pleasant out here." This past week its been over 115 degrees, close to 120 degrees. (Really is there much a difference between 115 degrees compared to 120 degrees?) Hot is still hot. Thing is, it didn't feel HOT to me like it did last year. Granted I'm not going to want to run a marathon in it, but I didn't feel oppressed about it like I did last year. Again, it pays to be cold blooded. We do have low humidity here. One day last week the humidity was 3%. We run humidifiers here, but sometimes when the humidity gets low in here, we get shocked a lot. And that is painful!
Myra is shaking her head just about now.
Work sucks, but its a paycheck. I'm looking for another job. Had an interview for what I thought would be an interesting job for the medical examiner here in Phoenix. First interview in 10 years. I didn't get the job (my lack of experience with Excel, Outlook, and Word probably paid a big part in my not getting hired). I'll see if I can take some courses to learn them and keep looking for something else. I was kind of glad I didn't get it because I would have to drive into downtown Phoenix daily and I just don't drive anymore these days (yes I need to remedy that).
As part of work sucks, I'm now required to work one weekend day (all of us on our "team" have to work a weekend day. After all, hospitals run 24/7 so we have to be available to turn around the work 24/7 too). I was lucky that I got the Monday through Friday as long as I did but I could see the "writing on the wall" when the account I work on (the account from hell but that's for another day) was always getting out of turnaround time on the weekends (which prompted overtime to keep it in turnaround time and the company doesn't like to pay overtime) (and supervisors like to keep accounts from going out of turnaround time or they don't get their bonuses). In fact I mentioned to hubby "she-supervisor is going to make us work weekends" and sure enough the following week came the email with the mandate. I chose to work Saturdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. We watch the wee one Saturday evenings starting at 4 p.m. I got assigned to be off on Tuesday, so I'm off Sunday and Tuesday, which seems like a really weird schedule, but so far I like it (only been 3 weeks so far). Thing is I never got anything done on Saturdays when hubby and me were off together. We would mess around on our computers for a few hours, get cleaned up, run some errands, come home early afternoon and then get the wee one at 4 p.m. (I clean house through the week, a chore every day that lasts about 20-30 minutes, house is never completely clean, but never completely dirty). Sundays were church, maybe a few more errands and that's about it. I found the Tuesdays I was off (3 so far) I actually got projects done that I kept putting off. Like we bought new glassware after Christmas to get everything matched instead of the hodgepodge we had. I kept putting off sorting through the old stuff to replace it with the new stuff. I did it this past Tuesday, including reorganizing the incredibly messy pantry. Hubby yesterday put together a table he bought also after Christmas (same time we bought the glassware) that he wanted for his music room and his recording. I find it actually more relaxing to have the 2 different days off not together rather than working 5 days and being off for 2 days. Presently its working. And it is also motivation for me to keep looking for a new job and frees up Tuesdays so I can go on an interview that day (otherwise it was virtually impossible to get time off from work without a 2 week notice) (yes I also work for the company from hell) (yes I'm actively job seeking).
In some of my spare time recently, I found two people from the past that I had worked with and worked for. Its a hobby of mine when I have time to try to track down people. One I saw was no longer married to the person they were married to when I knew them, but seemed to have a good life and had been raising a family. Other one totally shocked me. Physician I worked for that was one of the most generous and kindest people I knew, along with his wife; lovely well behaved and well mannered children. Saw he lost a malpractice suit for a hefty settlement and at the same time that was happening he was going through a very messy divorce, including his wife filing restraining orders against him. It was many moons ago that I worked for him, but I still can't grasp how that person then became this person now or what happened along the way.
We shop at a local grocery store, Fry's. We don't do our major shopping there, that's for Wal-Mart, but there is literally a Fry's on every corner here (agree Myra?) so that's where we go for our items we run out of, etc. They also have fuel pumping stations. You can earn points by shopping there to get cents off your gallons of gas. We are learning how to work the system (legitimately and honestly). We got an offer for a credit card from them where the first year you have the card, if you use it for buying gas, you get an additional 25 cents off a gallon. Signed up for it, use it and pay it off monthly. Use it for our groceries so we can get extra reward points. Then most weekends they have if you buy gift cards at the store, you can get 4 times the points for fuel rewards. We buy gift cards for restaurants we are going to go out to or places we are going to shop like Target, Kohl's, etc. The fuel points really add up then. And they are always looking for people to take their customer surveys. I take one weekly, 50 points for fuel rewards. A penny saved is a penny earned, right? (or did I get that backward?)
I think that's about it.
I'll try not to let it go so long between posting. Enjoy your summer! Warm weather and all!
(but not the electricity bills, that's what I fear the most)