Monthly Archives: June 2011

Got my car back

Got my car back after 1pm, only one motor mount needed to be fixed, and the mechanic said that the vibrating thing the car does is the transmission, so it will still vibrate, and it’s something not worth fixing and the car should still go on for awhile with it doing that. So, my car is in okay shape for running around now.

I got a call from a potential employer this morning and they’d like me to come in and take a test, it’s for a call center so it involves listening to headphones and typing in what I hear. I’m not sure I’ll pass the speed of their test but I’m going to try. Planning on driving in tomorrow. Then I plan to meet Lorin for lunch at Red Lobster, I have a gift card for that place.

What I’m concerned about is getting my weekly job stuff done in time. Tomorrow is Thursday. I attempted to apply for a job today, which included printing out the app at the library and then attempting to handwrite it here, but I goofed up. So now I am thinking of getting a printer tomorrow.  I have two applications that need to be typed onto a PDF and printed. You can’t save a PDF and I no longer want to use PDF Escape, it looks pretty bad once printed out. Like a bad fax copy.  And I need to be able to print out a cover letter on nice paper too.

So I’m going to be very busy tomorrow. Also need to stop at Fred Meyer while in town and get some groceries. So I’ll have to work on both applications tomorrow in the afternoon. I really prefer to do that sort of thing in the morning, but don’t want to miss my deadline on Friday for making my weekly claim.

So will get up early tomorrow, and work on the cover letters, I can at least save those. And plan to work on the apps, hopefully if I find a printer I like.

My crown came out again. The one I spent $184 to fix. All I did was put a piece of taffy in my mouth, I never chew taffy on that side anymore, but I stuck it in my mouth and it touched the crown and the crown came off.

I’ve been sticking to my goal of cleaning up clutter a half hour a day. Did it watching Eerie Indiana today. Will be harder to find time tomorrow.

I got to go to the library! I got all the books I wanted, the one I want to read the most I’m going to read tonight after my shower. Desert Places by Blake Crouch. I made a request for the library to order Endurance by Jack Kilborn, I also really want to read that one.

Doing dishes tonight, I’ve been doing better at keeping the kitchen cleaner. Watching Hoarders (I watched 2-3 episodes today while doing stuff) makes me want to keep the place clean and organized, even though I’m no where close to a hoarder.

Tuesday, still no car

I thought I was going to get the car back last night, but it wasn’t ready, they said in the morning, well it wasn’t ready in the morning or the rest of the day, even though they said I’d have it back this afternoon. Oh well, I really just want to get to the library and get my new books. Also I missed meditation class again. I fully intended to go if I had my car.

I made my goal of cleaning up clutter for a half hour today. I did it during an episode of Hoarders. I was proud of myself, it was tempting to just get on the computer and goof off, but I did that first (now I’m goofing off, and playing Rune Factory 3 again)

This morning I watched the E3 livestream at 9am – it was a bunch of new Nintendo reveals, including the console which will be called the Wii U. Like I said on twitter, it sounds like a university. The controller is HUGE looks like a little white TV in your hand.  I’m thinking it will feel extremely strange, having my hands that far apart holding something that bulky while I play.

But the video conferencing thing looks really cool. I could conference with my nieces and nephews. And the HD graphics look really good. They showed the simulation of a bird flying and the view between branches as it landed, it was highly detailed and realistic.  I loved the blossoms that suddenly bloomed all at once on all the trees!

I’m really excited now too to try the Kid Icarus game on the Nintendo 3DS, it looks really cool, especially the Medusa boss. And Mario Kart! The cars will make jumps and hang gliders pop out! And they drive underwater too (which makes no sense). Sigh, so many cool games coming out. I need a job. Here’s my MUST HAVE LIST when they eventually come out:

  1. Paper Mario for 3DS
  2. Zelda for Wii or Wii U
  3. Kid Icarus
  4. Etrian Odyssey!!
  5. Mario Kart for both
And probably Professor Layton too. I was so psyched to see Etrian Odyssey on the list of upcoming 3DS games! Yes!! I’m craving a EO game again and might have to replay one of them.
Today I played some of Rune Factory 3. And watched Six Feet Under, the ep where David picks up a hitchhiker – that was really hard to watch. I just wanted David’s bad day to end! It was pretty much the entire episode.
Watching Hoarders too. I’m still not sure why I watch it when it drives me crazy. Especially when they insist on going thru every bag and box before the stuff can be thrown out. UGH! Although I’m starting to see it a different way, one lady who really insisted on that, said she felt a lot of things had been taken away from her in her life. Still, having to go thru bags and bags of garbage, that’s a bit much. I’d say trust the people who already put the stuff in the bag. Trash is trash.
When I moved from my last apt. to here, I was overwhelmed by how much stuff was in my basement storage shed. We dragged it all upstairs to the living room and it covered the entire room. At first we were going thru some of the boxes, but eventually there were several where I said, “give it to Goodwill” without even looking through it. It takes too much time and energy in my opinion to look through stuff you haven’t used for years anyway.
Oh and yesterday, I believe I did work on my sad vid for a little while.

Monday Post 3 – More goals

I was so frustrated with not being able to put the font back to normal on the other post, going to just make another goal post here.

I made myself clean up some clutter for a half hour today, and decided that is one of my goals for the week, to clean up clutter each day for a half hour, and at least once a week (if I can stick to this) shred the papers that need shredding, and also once a week, file away some papers that need filing (still piled on my floor)

No I’m not a hoarder, but there are several piles of papers laying around. After I get rid of all the paper clutter, I want to work on getting rid of other kinds of clutter, like give away or throw away things I really don’t need.

Like, I’m going to actually give back the library books I’m pretty sure I won’t finish, instead of hanging on to them for the whole month ‘just in case’ And get rid of some clothes I never wear, etc.

I really need to go to the library tomorrow (or today if I have time) and print out my unemployment papers AGAIN as in the logs, I didn’t get to fill in my log on Friday like I usually do because I couldn’t find the extra sheets I had printed out for myself.

Some summer goals: I want to finally finish putting that scrapbook together (will mostly have Supernatural articles, some other newspaper stuff) which will help clear up clutter some more, and clean out the storage shed AGAIN. I did it at Xmas time and I can’t even tell now.

I’m hoping to get that review for Fast done soon, as well as a review for my MP3 player on amazon, and to think up a regular schedule for myself to try stick to, and post it here. So far, I’ve got that half hour of cleaning clutter a day etc. Plus I’ve got Lucky Train in the morning, not giving that up lol, and of course applying for jobs and claiming unemployment. Will try and think of reasonable limits on video games, internet, etc but not ready to commit to anything yet.

Monday post 2 – Goals

By Bahman Farzad at Flickr

Man I have so many things I want to get done and so little time. So here’s my goals for now. Not sure on a time frame, some I want to get done today, some this week, some before the summer is over LOL

Today:

  1. I want to pick up new library books and return ones I’m not going to finish.
  2. Clean up some of the clutter around here, like old junk mail.
  3. Email a friend back – MW
  4. Do some general cleaning.
  5. Make up a planned schedule and see if I can stick to it in the next days
This week:
  1. Finish Six Feet Under disc & write to Spencer again
  2. Send Joanna her postcard
  3. Do something creative like vidding or writing
  4. Read more, play video games and computer games less
  5. Write a review of Fast racing game
  6. Sorry I cannot figure out how to change the font back to normal on this list

Monday post 1- Recent stuff I’ve done

By CubaGallery at Flickr

 

Wow I’m suddenly getting a lot more views on my blog. Not sure why, maybe because I started letting people find it with search engines? Anyway if anyone is really reading this, WELCOME!

I was up till 2am last night goofing off, looking at fandomsecrets at lj, looking at themes here at WordPress, looking at free chapters at amazon. Ergh, I want to stop wasting time but it’s so hard when I have the freedom to do so. Don’t have to be up at a certain time of the morning. The freedom of the day is such a temptating elixir to me as well. I could be more structured, but I think I have adult attention deficit disorder or something, I have trouble staying focused on one thing for too long, and flit around doing activities, and recreational activities usually win.

Anyway, this weekend was Nashcon in Nashville. Meaning there was a Supernatural convention, and I was on twitter a lot. On Saturday morning, I didn’t have plans to get on twitter till the afternoon, and then Finny sent me an email at FB (lol not a problem btw Finny if you read this) saying that Jared Padalecki (I had to search and make sure I spell that right) who plays Sam on SPN now has a twitter. It has been a long, ongoing thing that both Jensen and Jared did NOT have a twitter. As in it was repeated to us more than once because there are FAKE Jensen and Jared’s on twitter. Anyway, the REAL Jared is @jarpad. I like how it’s nice and short to type. He wasn’t able to use his full name, like @mishacollins, because Jared’s full name was taken, along with his name with 1 & 2 behind it!

So I had to get on twitter that morning to check it out. Ended up staying on twitter for quite awhile. LOL. I was there for Jensen & Jared’s panel and got to read all the tweets of the Q & A’s as they were happening because a lot of ppl tweeted at the con.

I believe I did do the dishes Saturday. Pat called and had J go over for some gardening. I went for a walk after that, it was a beautiful day. I had uploaded a particular library book to my MP3 player, but once on the walk realized I had uploaded tracks from the second disc, not the first, so settled for listening to a Tami Hoag novel I had already but the story bores me so I eventually shut it off.

I walked to this nearby park and past the Hobbit houses. I wondered how many people would be impressed that we have Hobbit type houses in our town. I thought about taking pictures and posting online, but felt it would be an invasion of privacy. I walked past some lilacs and got to smell them.

I sat in the park for awhile, daydreaming of being somewhere in the US & also Vancouver. Someplace with more exciting, landscaped parks. I wondered what it was like to live in certain places.

I went to the store and got raisins for some cookies I haven’t made yet. We’re doing good sticking to our grocery goal, but I’m starting to wish J would pitch in a little more towards the grocery fund. I might bring it up to him.

I watched Bizarre Foods and Dresden files. Saturday I went to bed kinda early, read library books in bed. I think most of the library books I have now I will return without finishing. I want to like them, but they aren’t gripping me. One is a fantasy that is somewhat historical and has a really pretty cover – Thunder At Dawn by Eric Flint & David Drake. But I barely understand what is going on. Then I was reading a horror novel called A Dark Matter by Peter Straub, and even though it has a very interesting concept – a cult guru performs a ceremony that results in bizarre, gruesome murders…it’s actually pretty boring and mostly about some characters I don’t care about. I checked the reviews on amazon and most ppl thought the book was  a waste of time. Check amazon if you want to see what I’m talking about.

I’m also reading a fantasy sci-fi that is sort of pro-new age, talks about things my mom likes to talk about, but it’s pretty weird at times and hard to follow. It’s well written though, and has a really pretty cover – here’s the picture I like the blue futuristic city:

I’ll probably try it a few more times.

But yesterday on Sunday I was on amazon trying to find a GOOD horror book and I found a couple authors I want to try, and read the first chapter free of books on amazon. One is Jack Kilborn and the book I want is NOT available at the library so I’ll have to request it. The other author is Blake Crouch and the book I wanted IS at the library so I reserved it. I want to read things that grip me and the first chapters did – Endurance by JK and Desert Places by BC.

I was playing my new Wiiware game Fast and finally unlocked the next set of tracks. It’s a beautiful racing game I spent $10 on and hope to get around to writing a review for it on here, since it’s not like people can go to amazon and write a review, you have to buy it from the Wii shopping channel.

I looked at the Worksource job board today and it’s empty, at least my main section.  I’ll probably spend more time searching around tomorrow. I want to make a few entries here in the blog and get some stuff done around the house.

I need to pick up my car today, go to meditation class, and then go to Fred Meyer and be very careful with my spending.

Themes

I’m sitting here randomly looking at themes here at WordPress and avoiding going to bed. And thinking of how I’ve been meaning to write in my blog the past few days but haven’t really done it yet, I get side tracked so easily, LIKE NOW.

More tomorrow, I hope.

Memorial weekend trip

I still haven’t posted about our weekend trip. First let me say I felt bad knowing I missed Dad’s birthday when he was actually in Missoula on Saturday.

But last week whenever I called the mechanic he said he couldn’t give me a ride home, his mom wasn’t there. So I finally took the car over this morning and I should have it back Monday afternoon.

When we got to Sean’s, he lives right across from a golf course, so Sam asked me to park down the street so I wouldn’t get my car’s glass broken by golf balls.  When I first saw Annabelle inside, she was in her high chair in the kitchen, and was very smiley and happy to see me 🙂 Annabelle is such a happy baby, she was often content to play with her toys.

We were sitting there with Sam in the living room and she mentions Sean has a pool table in the basement. I’m thinking, POOL TABLE? AND BASEMENT? Sean is living in style, folks. I wish I had taken more pictures. Next time I go I will. They had a nice back deck, a dishwasher, washer and dryer, two bathrooms, the upstairs bathroom had an extra sink outside of the toilet/bath area, Annabelle’s and the master bedroom were HUGE, and the master bedroom had a small balcony looking out at the golf course. They have a garage too.

So J and I played pool, then we raced Sam a few times on our Mario Kart Wii game, and then Sean called and said it was time to pick him up. We rode with Sam to the Resort golf course and we got to see a pretty view of the lake inside the golf course. Then we drove out to Higgens point where they are getting married, and you have to walk up this hill to get there. Very nice view up there. Now that I’m typing this, I’m thinking about how I don’t have a dress for the wedding. Might have to go back to CDA and shop at Ross & get at least a skirt and a top.

After looking at the wedding site (and Sean and Sam were mad about a new bench lol) Lola jumped into the water and Sean had to sit with wet dog. Since J and I refused.  Then I was joking about Sean treating us to Tomato Street. Then someone suggested Olive Garden. No one was willing to pay of course. So Sam recommended a place that served really good nachos and we went there. Sam and Sean ordered a chicken one and J and I ordered one with black beans and rice. They had nice tomato toppings and other things. It was very tasty and J was eating it too fast if you ask me, next time I want my own! LOL

Then we went back to the duplex. Sean played some pool with us, a three way game, I can’t remember the name. And then we raced. Well, maybe we did that first. J and I played Wii Resort, that is a really good game. You have to have a better Wii remote to play it. Ours didn’t work. My favorite games on there were ping pong, speed slice, the waterski one, the cycling, the basketball, okay I had several favorites.

Trina, Bill and a friend of Trina’s named Phil came over. We played a quick game of D & D where we were stranded on a beach. Later we played Cranium. When that was over, J and I played more Wii Resort.

Sean brought a mattress up from the basement so I wouldn’t have to sleep down there (it’s colder down there). I slept fine. Slept in till 10:30am.

We went roller skating Sunday, that was alot of fun. I was having trouble with balancing at first, but got a hang of it. Had been too long.  I rented skates for J too, and he reluctantly tried it, and actually went out on the floor several times.

After that we went to Fred Meyer and I bought food with my credit card, mostly junk! But it included pizza with breadsticks and Pepsi. Those breadsticks were good. Then we played some pool, then Johnathan wanted to go home, we were driving home some time after 7:30pm.

Speaking of groceries, I’m going to try and stay on a budget for the month. It will be a small budget, food stamps and the $50 J gives me. I thought it would  be hard to cut down on Pepsi, but now I’m thinking it will be really hard to give up my expensive instant coffee. I might have to use my unemployment money just to get it! But recently, not in CDA but in Spokane, I spent too much on the credit card at Fred Meyer, so I need to watch it. I’ve been doing well the past few days, using food we already had, and I went to the store yesterday just to get radishes, green onions, and a stalk of celery. I used the onions last night and the celery today to make homemade pea soup, I had everything but the celery. I made a spreadsheet to keep track of my grocery spending.

I have free long distance now, and my CenturyLink bill will be cheaper than it already was, why didn’t I do this MONTHS ago? I should have asked months ago. I was going to just turn off Credo or switch  to Centurylink if it was cheaper. Well, it’s WAY cheaper and now I have unlimited long distance in the US.

Oh yeah, Sam and Sean have Netflix now, on their Wii. At home here a couple nights ago I watched Exam and then Shutter Island, both good movies! I might watch another instant one tonight.

Trying to decide if I should shut off the cable. The only reason we watch it now is because of the news. Unless I hear of some summer show I want to see.