Tuesday Morning Update and PTO Humor

What a beautiful colorful pic. Not sure who the artist is but it’s beautiful in it’s colors. This was shared to me through a facebook group I believe.

Anyway I thought I’d hop on and say hello. Looks like George is going to be able to get the car on Friday. I guess they were just busy and didn’t get it confirmed til yesterday.

Roger still has the big D but not as bad. I believe I saw red blood in the stool. But he seems happy as can be and ate this morning almost all the food I fixed for him. He ate Fancy’s food over the weekend which I believe is the culprit. I knew better. It’s my fault. I should have stopped him but I let him have it. I think Fancy was eating his, so we let them switch. I knew better but didn’t want to have to get up to make them switch. Meal time is crazy. So we have dealt with that. The past two nights he has had to go in the middle of the night. George took him at midnight and I took him at 4 ish this morning as I was getting up anyway and he was wanting to go. Hopefully he will be better today. George is giving him cheese! And the carpet cleaner has been out several times. (Rolls eyes and wondering if we will ever be able to redo the floors?)

We received a call from one of George’s vendor friends who is in town and we will be going to dinner with him on Wednesday night. Thursday night is store night for the Spain weekend. And looking forward to vacation day on Friday.

That said I still have a lot of work to do – have to work extra to get the day off. As said yesterday- it’s not really ever PTO time b/c you are having to work those same hours on other days to get everything done on the other days of the week. lol Oh well. I’ve heard many people tell me through the years they just don’t bother to take it all. I never understood that before. But I guess it was too much of an effort and disrupted too much and wasn’t worth it. It is a strain to take it for sure. It has been stressful enough in itself just to figure out when there is a good time to take it. Turns out there is usually not a good time to take it. Most of what I do in a week is extremely time sensitive and being off a day is very noticeable. So I guess you just play pin the PTO form on the calendar and put a blind fold on and just pick a date. lol I’m sorry you have to humorize things sometime. It helps keep a good mood about it. So I’m pinning the PTO form on this Friday. No it’s not a good date, but I’ve delayed PTO numerous times and I’ve got to have it this week or we’ll have combustion. Now that I have figured out that no time is good, then I guess it never really matters – just GO? Although I do try to pick a date that doesn’t make others have to do my job. However, there are times when we will need several days in a row to travel somewhere. And I’m very thankful that we can go to Texas at Thanksgiving. I put my PTO time in for the Friday before Thanksgiving as we’ve booked a room Friday night in Hot Springs. So that gives me 4 days in a row of PTO time against weekend and holiday time. I’m not even sure I’ll get time for Christmas and may even have to work the weekends on top of not getting time off but we’ll see. I am not wanting to lose my time – I know it’s an adjustment. I’ll want to get paid for it if I’m not allowed to take it for sure. At least you could have a nice outfit and call it your PTO outfit. lol lol lol lol Anyway, we work hard all year and we love to be able to enjoy our PTO time. I’m still adjusting to the schedule and trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t and we’ll figure it out as time goes. I love the job though and as long as the hours pans out and averages out better over time, then it’ll work for me! IT IS getting better. But during the times of doing things I’ve not done before – it takes longer. I’ll get into the routine of what to do at quarter end and year end, and then it’ll average out b/c I can have things ready and prepare in advance, and all. It’s all good. Gotta go!

And that is all she wrote for today. Gotta go re-earn my time off. Gotta get it all done. Ya’ll be good. Off to get ready and head in early.

Weekend with Mom, Food Galore, and Updated To Do List

Normally not a “pink” girl but this color is “my pink”.

Friday, I had my mammogram and got that over with for another year. Have you had yours? Mom told me to ask for a “thyroid guard” as she said that there was a report the x-rays have been impacting women’s thyroids. Well, I asked for one and they said sure and slapped a thing (ok they really didn’t slap it, lol) on me that had velcro attachments – around my neck area. So no problem other than she had to work with it some as the strap wanted to hang down and get in her way.

Free socks getting my Mammogram.

And I should be getting a letter soon from my doc regarding my results.

New John Grisham book is out!

Well, I suppose we’ll be having this. We get all of them every year. George said to wait and get it at McKaye’s. I’m behind on the John Grisham’s books. I’ve been reading non-fiction and travel journey type of books mainly. I snapped a pic so I wouldn’t forget. Do you ever do that? I do that more and more. Matter of fact while at Mom’s I went through my phone and wrote down things I’d been wanting to remember – the dates of my maintenance photos for my weight loss challenge, books I want to read, shows I want to watch, information I need to remember and so forth.

So we DID go to Mom’s this weekend. George prepped up the seafood fest. I offered to help but he wanted the kitchen to himself.

George cooking in Mom’s Kitchen
Mom’s Dog “Fancy” chillin’!
Air Fried french fries
Lobster boil with Corn
Surf and Turf Dinner…My Plate

Mom had sausage balls and salsa and chips waiting for us to snack on til dinner. They were so good. I didn’t have much salsa and chips. I had a shake late morning and that was still with me.

We enjoyed our dinner which was early and then we watched Hallmark channel – Mom’s favorite channel, and played games and read on our ipads. I also, as I said, went through and worked on a few things – like making lists from my phone pics of things I wanted to remember. I guess it’s easier to take pics than to write it down in my app. As long as you remember later to go back through your pics.

I also started a new game (I had taken a screen pic of one I saw while scrolling for something else- lol). The game is called “TRAIL”. It was quite entertaining. And before I knew it – it was 11:30. I NEVER stay up that late.

Bed felt good and we all slept good. I used my new iTunes (the monthly paid version) to stream a relaxation sleep album since we didn’t have our sound machine. We slept so good.

Mom fixed a country ham and egg breakfast for us the next morning. I offered to help. I was thinking I had it made b/c no one would let me help – I DID OFFER! But I helped clean up both times. Does that mean people are afraid of my cooking skills? Maybe they should be. lol I am best at salads and soups and pastas and such.

Mom’s Country Ham breakfast

After Breakfast we went over some things that we didn’t want to have to talk about but it was time to talk about. Things we need to know in an emergency. Where things were, passwords, codes, and information. And we talked about some options for her care in the future. Most were general discussions, in a financial sense. And so she has some things to thing about and decide for her protection – some avenues to think on. It was a good discussion. I was glad to have George there b/c he is knowledgeable in those areas having gone through some things with his Mom.

Mom and I went through some of her old papers. George said he could hear us “bonding” back there with discoveries and laughter. lol We did see some very old things. We were looking at Grandaddy’s discharge papers and were hoping to find the name of his ship.

After this we headed back home. George had a stop to make for ingredients for this next foodie weekend – our Spain weekend. No we are not going to Spain but we are coming together for a “meal of the century” with foods from Spain – Paella is the big dish. My contribution is the dessert and I’ve printed the recipe and studied up on some You Tube videos. It seems fairly easy to make. I hope it is good. I have a vacation day on Friday. I wasn’t going to take it but I’m going to have to take it. George gets his car Friday, I need to make this dessert and have some other things I need to do. So I plan to work really stupid long hours this week leading up to it. As I’ve said before – when you take PTO time – you never really get the time off b/c you make up for it before you go and when you get back – coming in early, staying late and foregoing lunches. You don’t REALLY get it. I just have put off and put off many of my vacation days since I moved over and I really need this Friday off so I am keeping it. I am making progress on quarter end. I got as far as I could get on Friday and needed help. I don’t want to spend hours doing something the wrong way.

Maisy snoozes after coming back from Momma’s

Before we went to Mom’s I was able to get my winter clothes tubs up – mainly winter shoes, purses, scarves, PJ’s and such. I don’t have to move the hanging clothes – in this house at least – I had to in the last one. WE have more closet space here and I just move those around. But this week my toes were getting cold so I had to go down and get this started.

So when we got back I finished this up and did several loads of laundry and some ironing for the work week. I cleaned up the kitchen really good, unpacked from Mom’s, and vacuumed the den area. Worked on some carpet spots, and spent time in my office going through things that had piled up. I “remade” my to do list, wrote a check for two magazines for $16.97 Conde Nast Traveler and Bon Appetit. I thought that was cheap so I went for it. Not that I have time. I read a few pages at a time and then fold up the corner of anything interesting and then go through and tear out the pages later and put in piles – recipes to fix, places to consider traveling to and so forth.

The design that goes on top of the Tarte de Santiago Spanish cake dessert.

I sketched out the design that goes on top of the dessert. The dessert is called Tarte de Santiago. It is a religious cake – eaten after making one’s journey of the pilgrimage of St. James. “This simple cake hails from Galicia, specifically the town of Santiago de Compostela, where the pilgrimage of St. James ends. A powdered sugar cross of St. James usually adorns the top of the cake.” As quoted from Spanish Sabores blog and website. The cross of St. James is at the top.

No the cardboard will not be served on the cake, lol. I have to cut the design out, sprinkle confectioner sugar onto the cake and cardboard design and then lift off the cardboard design carefully, leaving the imprint of the cross on the cake.

Organizing trouser socks b/c Blue and Black

I also decided no more frustrations at 5 a.m. in the mornings holding socks up to the light. I wear trouser socks with my pants as they are dressier and lighter than socks with my flats. I’m tired of figuring out which is which. So I’m all organized this year. I had to round up some baskets of the right size.

So my to do list is getting a little better. Here’s what’s on it:

  • I removed ordering online Christmas cards from the list, but will buy them while out. It will be cheaper and less of a hassle and I can write personal messages inside.
  • Financial info. I need to copy some of my credit card information down so I have it if something happens to my purse ever. The girls were talking about this at work one day.
  • Pick out my audible credit (book).
  • Find out where my Thred Up bag is. I have some things piled up to go in it and send in for Conignment.
  • Pick out a Thred Up top with current Thred up credit. You can do this too – the pay out not big but better than nothing. It’s kinda fun. Download the THredUp app.
  • Order brown and tan trouser socks
  • Take hammer and nail to work to hang up a pic
  • Driver’s license update so we can fly
  • Ring cleaned and prongs checked.
  • Make dog trims for February
  • Look up breakfast casserole recipe for Halloween at work
  • Watch the Kate Plus 8 special – I saw something about there being a new one
  • Plan Halloween night – where we are going to Christmas shop and eat dinner
  • Writing projects

Extended to do’s remain about the same

  • Making plans to eat with SIL for her bday celebration
  • Making plans with the Pryor’s to eat out for retirement since we can’t go to Richard’s party but want to share with him to celebrate – and a good excuse to get to go out to eat with them.
  • Looking up Enneagrams b/c it’s supposed to be a Nashville thing?

Last night also – George fixed a Chinese dinner – it was yummy. We ate in the sun room. Eggs rolls were excellent cooked in the air fryer.

We slept so good, but…..Roger has had the big D all day yesterday and up twice in the night….and on the carpet…so up with him twice and cleaning carpets. Mostly George did the carpets. I had to clean the 2nd one – ughhhh. So I overslept this morning and George let me sleep and got his shower in. I was glad for that. I had my shower last night. But I am running behind schedule. I don’t mind that being that I have worked so many hours the end of the summer and will be working many many hours this week.

George seems a little unsure of the Carvana sale is going through for the delivery date part for this Friday and if they will be able to get this car in from California that he has bought. So we’ll see. He said he just hasn’t heard from them. And the sale is still pending for his “delivery schedule”. They have not confirmed it. So we may NOT be getting it Friday. I am worried that the van will hold up for him driving it all week. So please Lord help us get this new car and him in a good vehicle to travel back and forth in.

Ok I gotta go! Running way behind now. But I was determined to get this blog entry done. Work and going in earlier once the work week starts kinda keeps me from blogging. Well, I’ve let it interfere b/c I choose to go in earlier to get things done and then end up staying late too, so I am fine with being late on occassion to claim some of that very important me time – especially since I’ve not had much time off and it looks like I will have to make myself take the vacay days and push myself to take it. Otherwise, it’ll be expected for me just to not take vacay days and that is not acceptable. I don’t want to lose them just because there is too much work to do. The job should allow you to be able to have the time. If not Sonya will not be fit to work with or around. So that is the only downside I think to this job so far. Part of it is I don’t know what I’m doing yet for a lot of this quarter end. So it’s slow and still undone.

Anyway it is what it is. And I’m definitely running late this morning but yet taking the time because I know how busy the week is going to be trying to get through with the quarter end stuff and me learning what I am supposed to do.

Bye for now. More as I have new info and can find the time.

Climbing the Quarter End Everest and a New Car on the Horizon

Pretty Days

We have had cool mornings but pretty days. This was earlier in the week. Not a lot of leaves changing but a few here and there are starting to turn. We’ll see a big difference in the next few days as it was 38 this morning!

I can’t believe I have not been on here in 3 days. I did do a private blog on Wed night. But the mornings have been rushed trying to get out the door to get a head start on traffic and get to work earlier.

Foggy Mornings

The mornings have been foggy. Forgive if I have posted this one. After I sleep, I can’t remember what I posted w/o going back and looking. lol

The traffic has been horrible in the mornings and some in the evenings too. It’s like it doubled the last two weeks. Maybe just a lot of people on fall break and coming thru on the interstate systems? Who knows. I was hoping for lighter traffic during fall break, lol. Oh well. I have been leaving later than normal though on some mornings and that makes a complete difference.

My hours have been a little bit better. Some nights I’ll choose to work til 6 to get some extra things done, but if I feel like leaving at 5 or 5:30 and tired and ready to go home. I just go…and I’m still one of the last to leave. The hours still need to improve a bit. Right now I’m in quarter end and apparently it takes all month. To be honest there just is not many hours left of the payroll week to work on it once you get through with payroll, paying fed and state taxes, uploading 401k, stuffing checks, doing the manual checks, doing the garnishment check runs, ordering and assigning pay cards, and getting ready for the next week. So any quarter end work almost has to be after hours or lunches. I’ve been trying to also take time for lunch more b/c really a job should allow decent hours and lunches so I’m having to force it a bit. Somehow will get through quarter end – all the filings are done across the US but Oregon and it’s the monster and I’m working on the 2nd part of that – there are numerous parts to it. Then I have to do a reconciliation report for all states inter company and then I have to do the unemployment filings which I’ve never done before. I have no clue but will try to figure it out. May need someone to show me the first one which seems fair to ask. So anyway quarter end is this big thing. But still have 1/2 a month left. I think the Oregon filings are going to be the worst part of it. You have to enter each employee one by one. :-O lol Reminder for next quarter: Go to bathroom before beginning project in case it doesn’t SAVE or times you out! I’ve been told that Quarter End and Year End a-meshed is a buggar! Can’t wait for that. lol All that said, while I’m working on these things I’m as happy as a lark. It’s the fear of not knowing what I’m doing that makes it scary to me. And not having done this before and wanting to do a good job at it. My fears are that it is going to take longer keeping me there late past everyone else leaving – esp when it turns dark. And I don’t want that. So fear is a factor right now but I’ll know more in about 2 weeks once it’s finished. And next time will know more of what I’m doing. And it will be less scary to me and less of a Mount Everest. Right now I’m kinda depressed b/c it feels like it’s so slow to climb the mountain. Will I ever get through with Quarter End? lol I have worked so many hours on it already yet there is still this big huge mountain to climb – and in the dark, lol.

So…our big news of the week is that George bought a Honda Accord. It’s a few years older but has very little miles on it. He is getting it through Carvana. He actually did a spreadsheet on the cars he liked and did all kinds of sorts through excel and then narrowed down to five and finally picked it. lol He has never had a car with a back up camera yet and updated widgets and things like blue tooth and modern car connectors for USB and ipods and things. So he is very excited. I think he said this one had leather seats too. He gets to pick it up toward the end of next week. I hope I get to go. It’s a big deal to put the big Carvana Coin in and then watch the car come down the track – the car comes down from the glass bubble like a gum ball and comes down the track toward the bay you are in. Then you go for your test drive. You have already bought the car at that point but you have 7 days to return it and change your mind with no questions asked.

So the funny part is that when he bought this on line – you only have so much time to get this done. Each section has it’s time limits. And when he started I think he had 3 to 5 minutes and then he went to the next section which gave him an hour and something but he thought it was still counting down from the first screen and he was running out of time. So he was having me run downstairs and take pics of odometers and licenses, while he copied and scanned registrations and drivers licenses. We were running across the house from one end to the other and upstairs and downstairs and at one point we even ran into one another, lol only to find out that the screen had changed for that section and we actually had an hour. I was fussing and sqwauking…”they are gonna hear about this – this is ridiculous to have to run around and gather all this stuff in 3 minutes – are they insane?” LOL LOL You know me! So we laughed so hard when we realized we lost all those calories for nothing! I will never forget that the rest of my life. We were like one of those old movies in black and white. Truth be known, we probably needed the exercise and we can say we got in our “cardio” this week!

Today I go in for my Mammogram. I need to be at work on Quarter End but I also needed to have done this in Spring. So I got the earliest appointment I could at 8:20. I have to be there a bit earlier. I’m not sure what I’m doing for breakfast and lunch today. I won’t take a lunch since I’m going to be late. I may allow myself to order Uber Eats today. I also considered going thru Chic Fil A for breakfast. 😉 I love their ice tea also. That will last a while. I go through a spell in the fall and early winter of not wanting the shakes. It’s too cold. But I will get used to it as the house heats up and our temps get more comfortable. I’m also a little tired of the shakes. We need some new flavors. lol

What else is new? Hmmmm….oh yeah, my glasses came in. I love them. The sunglasses have a little bit too much of the bifocals coming up into my line of vision when driving but it’s not too bad. I just adjust my head a bit. I don’t think it’s enough to worry about. My every day glasses are surely different but I am happy with them. It’s a dramatic change from the others but I like the shape. They are “artsy” looking I think. I guess I would classify me as an artsy person if you considered the writing artsy and the love of making graphics and such and photography. I’m more of a nerd than artsy and perhaps these are a bit nerdy too. lol Others will not like them. And I am totally ok with that. Matter of fact I’m prideful of the fact that I am ok with that because it means I’ve gotten past caring what others think. I’m not saying I don’t value others and their opinions as people – but what I’m saying is that their opinions don’t define who I am. I get to do that. 😉

And I need to go hop in the shower and get on with this day. But first – wanted to let you kow we’ll be spending time with Mom doing the seafood fest we are creating, this weekend. And I suppose I’ll blog at some point. Ya’ll be good! What are you doing fun this weekend?