Work Dreams, Buy-Outs, Night Outs, and Geeky To Do’s!

Well, I’m loving this weekend! It’s been a great relaxing time. Kinda of a geeky unwinding as we near the end of our extended “hibernation” period. Past Valentine’s Day, and looking toward spring – although no where near it yet, it does begin to feel like life will emerge soon! We’ll be headed into March before long and will have more warmer days here and there, more flowers, and….more plans. The year will fill up fast, if not already getting there.

Having been able to sleep in to 6:30 or 7 instead of the 4 o’clock weekday traumatizing awakening – it’s been great to just sleep in, but on the other hand, you DO lose a bit of time. I’ll take the sleep as it makes me catch up from the loss of it during the week.

Waking up later makes you dream as you are likely to wake up during the dream and can remember it. Last night I dreamed that our work went out of business. And in during the last days of the business we had to volunteer (lol) instead of get paid and we had to move to a church to finish out the work. There were only a few that volunteered (why would anyone do this, lol?). Anyway I remember in the last days George and I (not sure why he was volunteering too) we had to move out the last of the belongings from the church pulpit, as directed by our big boss. (Yes this is weird.). I woke up as I thinking – what are we going to do with all this stuff, where is it going to go and why am I here doing this and where is everyone else? Oh well. Glad again to wake up and find I’m not moving office furniture from a pulpit, and I’m still very much employed. I do know we dream about our fears and also I do know that I have been a part of how many company buy outs now? Let’s see – oh let me count the ways and give my age, lol. In it each time, God took excellent care of me:

  • Cain Sloan was bought by Dillards. I worked downtown, that store was closed and a position opened up in Green Hills for me and it was where I met my spouse. Oh that is a story in itself. Best to not go there. Interesting times to say the least.
  • Cyanede Plastics – I left Dillards in search of better pay as I was “topped out” in that range and that was unacceptable to me – a new boss that didn’t know me was not going to fight for a raise for me like the old one- so off I fled for a better position encouraged by my Dad who said manufacturing held more opportunity – no weekends and better pay. No sooner than a month after landing that position I learned it was being bought by Atlantis Plastics. I learned a lot about manufacturing, safety, and hiring, and exploring the field of HR instead of “personnel”. But Atlantis Plastics closed the Nashville plant about 2 to 3 years in.
  • I went to Atlantic Envelope pretty much before the end of Atlantis Plastics. Both home offices had been in Atlanta so travel began entering my world, my HR experience expanded exponentially as I had worked under the best VP of HR EVER, a lady named Nancy who taught me so much and showed me that I didn’t have to be like everyone else to be successful, that I brought unique skills and unique ways of looking at things to the team. I mention that because I was always comparing myself to others. But I had to learn that it’s ok to be different. That said, about 3 years or so into that – there were changes. We were sold and we were bought out by a guy that bought companies and sold them. We knew we were in for a ride. I knew it was kindof a joke when the owner drove up in a jeep without any kind of license plate on it, and asked us to improve the business by “googling” our way through it. He knew nothing of running an envelope company and was having to do that himself I guess. I believe after that we were sold to another investment firm and then eventually sold to National Envelope which gave us several more years. An interesting survivor story from the holocaust, owner William Unger (his story and book was incredible) we were proud to be a part of our new owner. However, Mr. Unger at the end of his life, retired and his daughters took over the company. The envelope industry became very competitive in an age when internet communication was taking over, and companies like Fed Ex and UPS began using alternative materials like plastic and cardboard instead of Tyvek to do their shipping. National Envelope, unable to keep up with trends, and unable to maintain costs, went bankrupt. Arising from bankruptcy in a remodel circumstance, our plant with its loss of business from Fed Ex, was closed.
  • So on to my current facility which shall remain nameless and since I’m employed there still will not discuss company business. However no company remains exempt from the perils of the normal business world. Change can and does and will happen.

“Job Security is a thing of the past” is something that you often hear people say. I think that is a mistake to allow oneself to think like that. We have often placed ourselves at the mercy and power of our companies and not enough belief in ourselves. Read just about any modern day business book or personal self help book and the mindset of being able to market yourself and your own brand – is key. So regardless of the dreams one wakes up to find, and the scariness of the situation of the end of a job era – one must realize – it’s happened before and likely will happen again. Change is enevitable. God sees us through.

I didn’t even mention what George just went through with Gibson’s bankruptcy and the ousting of all the older crew there – we just cannot escape it – it seems regardless of the size of company or circumstances. However, it’s scary to go through it because we are always afraid of the unknown, but we do need to have faith in ourselves and God. So….dream on. lol

You never know where this blog will go. lol

Well, I have a hair cut coming on and you know I’ve been undecided as to what to do. But all in all – there was really only one or two weeks where I didn’t like my hair. It was a shock at first. But even when I didn’t like it – what I DID like was getting up and not having to do anything much to it. And I began to like it. 😉 So in a couple of weeks I have an appointment and I’m going to go let her cut it again like she did before only maybe not so short. Even if she does, it’ll grow out. I kinda want to let it grow but really I think I have to keep getting it cut short til the color grows out as I’m letting my original hair shine through. I had said I’d wait til 60 but I’m not wanting to put the chemicals in my body anymore. So I’ll keep it short for while longer and then let it grow to bob status again when all the color is gone, unless I decide not to.

Yesterday I had to laugh at the following. I pop in on this family from time to time as I do several places that are my favorites. I snapped this b/c I was thinking this guy was funny in his house shoes. I can’t for the life of me imagine that this family knows they are on line. But anyway. Here ya go. I mean is he not in his underwear? lol. It’s the shoes that got my attention.

So the day went fast yesterday and before we knew it – it was time to go out. We went to Southern Grist, which has very weird and hazy beer – but then not so much. Any I have ever had, I’ve liked there.

We met my BIL and SIL there, Kevin and Susan. And then we all headed over to Nicky’s Coal Fired (same parking lot) where we had dinner reservations.

We ordered an array of appetizers, pasta dishes, and a pizza for the table and did family style so we could taste a little of everything. It was wonderful.

And then we did dessert and espresso.

Grand time had by all.

While there, Susan and I figured out we would throw a double shower for two in our extended family that are having babies! I wanted to do something for Ellen and Justin (Justin is Kevin and Susan’s son and Ellen, Justin’s wife). I was entertaining the thought of how to do a shower for Ellen (who is in the Knoxville area) and Susan had wanted to do a shower for one of the cousins, so we decided to pool together and have the family in (at my house) for June 20th for a double shower – making it easier on the family to come together all at once. So we have a project to work on and I’m glad to team up with someone. Now we can get together in planning mode and decide how to do it – themes, address lists, invitations, food, etc. Looking forward to it. And Susan and I get some girl time in planning. We can meet for coffee or a beer and get our thoughts together.

Here’s a funny for ya. Made me laugh. Something to pull when you have to wait in line:

Yesterday, I bit the bullet and downloaded Pixelmator for the iMac. I did a couple of YouTubes on it to learn about it. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do a lot of making graphics with it using the graphic files. But you can take photos and put text on it and change photos and do frames and it has most of the tools that PSP (Paint Shop Pro) has. Almost the same. I’m just not sure if it will take my PSP type of files. I’ll check it out though and see if it will do the tubes. I really don’t do much of that anymore anyway. I mostly just like to make blog toppers and logos and things and I can still do that. Heck I really don’t even use blog toppers anymore with the current blog. I kinda want to change the way the blog looks but I’m scared to. It took so long to get this one going I’m afraid I’ll mess it up if I change. The problem is that I don’t have a large chunk of time anymore of my own except for a bit on the weekends. lol But I’d like one that you could decorate with the seasons. I miss that. But I like WordPress a whole lot better than Blogger and I get more comments from you guys which really make my day!

Today I also went in and redeemed my Audible card – I think it was my SIL gave me. At first it didn’t want to accept the code. George even watched me enter it correctly. I was about to give up and decided to try one more time and it finally took. So I spent the morning joyfully picking out three more books. They are: Michael Pollan’s “Cooked”, Tightwads on the Loose by Wendy Hinman about a family sailing around out there in the Pacific, and Thomas Sims, “On Call in the Arctic” about a doctor who is called to practice there. Can’t wait. I have several other books in the waiting on the wait list since I found several. So this was on my list and I just needed some time to sort through and find ones that appeal to me. I love the adventures and the biographies. I also kinda picked by buying the more pricey ones with the three credits this card gave me. You get more for your money with Audible versus buying a real book. I think I got three for the price one hardback book would have been. Looking forward to my commute and my ironing time now. 😉

While in there I researched how to delete my former books from audible. I don’t want the ones I’ve read crowding up my library. I’m weird like that. And it doesn’t appear you can share with anyone unless they are in your family on the family plan but they have to have audible themselves. So I just deleted them. I won’t ever listen to them again. Life’s too short. Too many books out there.

So, today I need to go to the store so I’m prepared for the week. And then I need to spruce up a bit and do some more laundry. It’s totally been a weekend of relaxing. I need to wrap our gifts for Christmas with the Irelands and “French nite” – still two weeks away. Going to spend next weekend with Mom though – well Friday night and will head home around lunch time or afternoon Saturday so I have half the weekend to do something. I need to gather my ID’s for the new license thing and try to get that done. I hear it’s really busy with everyone getting their upgrades but I want to get it done soon so I can get it out of my mind. I plan to maybe go at an odd time and do it – like mid morning or mid afternoon and just take an early or late lunch. If it takes two hours – so what – when you think of the time I’ve worked over. I also want to go to Hobby Lobby but that won’t be today! I need to finish getting my phone pics saved on my iMac soon so I can take more pics in Tulsa next month. Need to clear out my phone. Also have some shows to watch. And all kinds of fun stuff to do on my to do list. I love it when I get down to the good stuff.

The good stuff is all the geeky stuff – non responsibility stuff – learning, playing, creating, planning, watching, writing, researching. I geek out on this stuff.

So enough for today. I can’t write away my day! Gotta go be a bit responsible for a little while. What you all doing today?

Valentine’s Day, Mystery Solved, and Weird Dream

I was running a bit late yesterday due to sleeping late and blogging too but I just COULD NOT leave my flowers like this. I was so happy to have them and they looked lonely and sad all closed up. So….I arranged them before I left.

It was a VERY cold day yesterday but the sun was out and I believe that was a gift in itself for all Valentiner’s out there. I wore one of my favorite sweaters that I bought in Breckenridge, TX – at the Walmart of all things. (I was shocked Walmart could have cute sweaters. I love shopping in Texas b/c you can find things your size. It’s hard to find anything cute around here w/o paying out the HEE HAW for it. Too many people get to it first.) So yeah, got to wear a cute colorful sweater yesterday that was just right for the temperature. I often can’t wear sweaters because I get too hot.

I realized I was a colorful girl when I reached down to pet Roger – sweater and socks. The skies have been so gray until yesterday we needed color in our world so – Valentine’s flowers and my sweater rocked with color making the gray go away and the sun felt so good coming in the window at work.

Our receptionist laid the “adventurous” heart on my desk yesterday. She is a kind sweetheart. I wish I had a servant spirit like hers. I have an administrative spirit for some reason instead of a servant heart spirit. But I guess we all make the world go round in our own ways. However, I admire her zest for life and in her ability to make everyone else’s better. I do have an adventurous heart, even if it is in my own mind. I don’t swing from trees, bungee jump, or mountain climb – but travel is my adventure and watching and reading about others adventures. So that was fun to be realized for my love of adventure. And then she had a spread for all of us. And I DO MEAN a spread.

So at lunch I did a FB post for George with a whole lot of our couple shots from the past. One of my favorite was this one.

Here’s a few:

Fun times down memory lane.

We did actually work yesterday though. I finally finished entering 208 W-2’s for the state of Oklahoma manually – every stinking field of the W-2. (My company doesn’t have the software that the state requires to upload them. So I’ve spent HOURS entering these manually.) Social, name, address, and 8 fields of numbers and up to 12 fields for those that had insurance and 401k both. Anyway, at the end it all has to balance to the W-3 for that state so….if there was a transposing of a number or miskey – it throws you off. Its taken me two weeks of “spare time” to enter these and I finally finished yesterday but didn’t balance. I have been through the W-2’s FIVE TIMES and found a few of the errors but I’m still $40 off in one field. $6 off in another and $20,000 off in another one. lol lol lol. I finally gave up and went home – I didn’t get my PTO’s set up for Monday so I’ll have to do that. We have had system issues all week too where it keeps logging us out and I got logged out so it was a good time to work on these w-2’s. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to find it. I’ll have a bit of time Monday afternoon, and then it’ll have to wait til payroll is done and I can try again on Thurs and Friday if I can. I don’t get a lot of extra time in this job to spend on things like this so hopefully I can get it to balance Monday. I just can’t find the erroneous figures. I have other things I need to do in my “spare time” like boxing time sheets and sending the 2019 files to another a cabinet so the 2020 files can build up in the current cabinet in my office. Once I get these w-2’s for OK’s website to balance to our records I can move on in life. lol

Once home I was hungry and ready to “Valentines”! However, when I got home George was wandering around in the garage with a frown on his face, looking confused. I thought “oh no, we’ve been broken into”. But he had laid his phone down and could not remember where it was. He thought it was in his coat pocket. He had gone to work and it was not there. Came home and it wasn’t where he thought he might have left it. So we both looked around the house. We tried calling it – no answer – but he said it was probably on silent anyway. He said it might have fallen out when he went to pay the power bill but he thought he would have heard it (my heart sunk b/c he doesn’t hear me often when I say anything to him). Then he remembered he got out of the car to go back and feed the cat on the back porch. So I looked around on the porch and didn’t see it. Then he remembered that he had picked the cat up in the yard to pet him and take him to the food and he went to that spot and lo and behold – the phone was upside down on the ground and had been there all day! Thank goodness we have not had the big rains we have had nearly every day this week. He says he’ll stop putting it in his pocket. I’m so glad he found it. And glad it was ok. Glad a deer didn’t step on it, lol.

So off to celebrate Valentine’s – first at Catch 22 – a neighborhood tap room. And then on to Smiley Thai and Sushi.

My incredible date that I enjoyed my time with. We had good conversation. The food was a little slow but the place was new and trying and doing a very good job of getting people in and fed. Our food came out at different times – George was almost through eating before mine came out. I was starving! But George ordered an appetizer for dinner so you can’t blame the restaurant. They brought it as an appetizer. I had spring roll, but I forgot that we had ordered Larb Gai and so when it came out, it was so late, I thought it was my dinner. lol. (I don’t know my Thai food I guess.). I grabbed a fork and had a bite and told George “oh no, I can’t eat that”. I didn’t like it. He thinks it’s fish sauce I don’t like. I don’t know what it is but tasted and smelled dead. He said I normally liked Larb Gai anyway, whatever. I finally realized that wasn’t my dinner – I was about to order something else. And then my real dinner arrived. And I absolutely loved it. I ordered something like Panang Curry. I could be wrong. But it was along those lines and had asparagus and green peppers and beef. I will have to go back and get this again. LOVED IT!

And I had to have the Green Tea Creme Brûlée. It was not as good as regular Creme Brûlée but I believe it was a healthier version so I’ll take it. ;-). It was a great place and we’ll want to take people there. We will be back.

This morning, the sun room was filled with “Jack Frost” on the windows.

So I coughed a bit last night. I’m not sure what that is all about. I had the slightest of a sore throat this morning but it is gone with coffee.

HOLD ON – I gotta go for a refill on the coffee.

OK I’m back.

Since Maisy let me sleep in this morning, I was able to wake up and remember my dreams. Kind of a weird one. There was a knock at the door in my dream and an older woman with several suitcases came in the door and said “I’m here!” I was confused as anyone would be, and George said “oh she answered our ad to rent the extra bedroom”. In my dream I remembered saying “yes” we can rent out the extra bedroom. But I also thought we’d have time to prepare it. I remember being panicked but trying to make the best of the situation. The room was not prepared. The sheets needed changing, the clothes needed to be removed from the closets and the drawers. Then I realized she didn’t have a car. Family had dropped her off and she was our elderly person to care for and cater to – for the rest of her days. It wasn’t just a simple “rent the room” deal. However, I found that I was ok with that. A chance to help someone that needed help. We would make it work. But I felt bad we are not prepared and had not provided a “welcome spread”. So then as dreams do – we ended up with new carpet in the room all of a sudden on that same day – lol. Wow, some kinda new carpet it was. It was ugly with all kinds of designs and it was “heated carpet”. After it was installed, it caught fire. I saw it rip through the wires throughout the carpet but when George looked in, it had quit. I had to convince him we had a problem. Somehow he realized the carpet had burned through. (Men have to see for themselves as opposed to believing a word a woman says sometimes, lol – good grief, even in my dream.). So we called the carpet people back and I woke up just when I realized that we now didn’t even have a room for this poor lady to sleep as the carpet had been on fire (who dreams this?). But despite our lack of a proper welcome, and a proper room, the lady seemed just happy to be there and could care less and I found her digging into the leftovers in the kitchen to find something to eat. Oh my gosh, I thought, we forgot to even offer her a proper dinner? lol. I woke up and was glad that we were there alone without all these issues going on. Geez.

But why did I dream that? I think I’ve been worried about Mom and when to start bringing her to our area, when to get her in assisted living, or to an apartment – or if something happens medically and we can’t get it done quickly and she needs help she’ll need to be with us here for a while and adjustments we would make. I think all that is rolling around in my head. She insists it is not time yet for these changes. But the woman in my dream did not in any way resemble or even make me think of Mom in the situation so I’m not sure it’s that – other than – I do remember thinking in my dream that if this elderly woman is here, what if Mom needs to come here too- what will we do then? lol. I’d give up my office if we had two elderly folks here lol. Maybe we’d let them have the house and we’d move out. lol lol lol No seriously what a weird dream. Maybe it’s because we rented the vacation house and want family to fill the extra rooms if they want to stay there too. I remember saying I specifically didn’t get a house with carpet in the common rooms b/c of the dogs. We were talking about that last night how we could all have a few days together there in the VRBO house as it had enough bedrooms. But all in all, It was mainly a dream about not being prepared. About being surprised. But we handled it and everyone was accommodated and happy regardless. I was the only one stressing – in normal fashion b/c I don’t like surprises, I do like to be prepared, and I do want people to feel welcome.

Anyway, I’m glad it’s Saturday morning and our carpet is not on fire and I don’t have to redo a bedroom today!

The things on my to do list are piddly – even fun. I will spruce up the house some, do some laundry, work on my piddly to do list. And go from there.

We have some fun plans today with BIL and SIL, Kevin and Susan. And I’ll share more about that tomorrow.

What you all planning to do today?