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?

Egg Maker, Office Modifications, and more Geeky Apps

Had a pretty productive day yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed feeling good and getting out. The first thing on my agenda yesterday was to get the “condo” booked for our Amelia Island trip. I ended up getting an entire house for 8 days! It’s blocks from the beach – so not on the beach. We found at Tybee, that we could deal with that. While I love my ocean view, we end up getting a lot more space, comfort, and ease with the dogs. Our goal is not to hang on the beach anyway but to get out and explore and see my family there, eat seafood, and for me….take lots of pics and create some memories. We booked through VRBO and I couldn’t be more excited. My Aunt and Uncle drove by the place to check it out. And honestly the King size bed and having a yard for the dogs kinda won me over. The decor had to look nice and inviting and there is a back porch area. All the condo units had stairs both inside and out – a lot of concrete, very little grass, and so this just appealed to me. So now we can begin to plan our trip and what all to do while there.

It’s also getting close to my trip with Katy to Tulsa. Only about a 5 weeks away! We talked yesterday.

George and I dropped the babies off for their trims yesterday. Roger just shakes so. It makes him nervous as sometimes there are cages involved and he is scared of them. Rightly so as it’s how he lost his teeth, we think.

Then we went to Chic Filet and I had a breakfast bowl. I wasn’t really planning on having tater tots but it came with and I am coming out of my illness and devoured them. But at least they were soft. I think next time I go I will order scrambled eggs and fruit and coffee and let that be it. Maybe a double order of scrambled eggs. lol I am thrilled to know you can just order an order of scrambled eggs – it doesn’t have to be on a biscuit. I wish they had grilled chicken bites for breakfast though. But on mornings when I need a quick hot meal, I will remember this. Fruit is not hot but I’ll eat the eggs and then I’ll be good with the fruit either to finish off breakfast or for snack.

Then we ran some errands and hit up Target to get household needs and what groceries we could get there. George is getting the fresh stuff when he goes and gets his oil change today.

At Target I found this egg steamer that boils eggs (steams them to boiled), makes omelettes, and also poaches them. I am so incredibly thrilled with it. I can set it up and not have to stand there and watch it. It makes a cute little jingle and turns itself off when it’s done. I can do this in the mornings when getting ready for work when I want a hot meal. It was only $16.95. I can also make up to 7 boiled eggs and we can toss them in the fridge and eat them as snacks or on salads or toss in tuna or whatever. So yeahhhhh! Win Win Win. I stared at it at Target, thinking – I don’t need this b/c we have a pan and a stove. But yeah, I needed it. It’s a gadget, but I’ve needed this for a long time. George looked at me questionably at Target but refused to comment as he knew I’d do what I wanted. So I bought it and love it and wish I’d had it a long time ago.

It was nothing to peel the eggs either. They said to put it directly in cold water or ice water and let them cool for a bit and it would help keep them from cooking longer and would help them peel and it worked. I had dressed/deviled eggs in no time. And in true fashion, they are all gone this morning! 😉

We came home and I did laundry and worked on the kitchen some and before long it was time to go get the doggies.

Roger was sleeping and I did not get a pic of him yet. But Maisy was playing around on the sofa and I snapped her pic. She was glad to be home. And her ears look so big. I like it when the hair grows back a bit and it spreads out like a butterfly. She looks so pretty though. Good for another 8 weeks. We take them back in April. Here’s a close up.

So I worked in my (home) office yesterday afternoon as it’s been driving me crazy to work in an unorganized office. (Work meaning play mainly – blogging, bible study, THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’s orders, email, facebooking, weather checking, To Do List updating, and so forth.)

So I moved my Bulletin board to a different locale and put new decor up. I went shopping downstairs in the basement. Since we are not using the finished basement for anything but storage, I decided to use the “travel” pics up in my office area. Works for me. I still have one wall to put something on and I want to put a big sign or something up in writing for that space. It’ll come but I’m not in a hurry to find or fix that spot.

Here’s what I ended up with:

The chair above is in here now so I can watch “TV” on my Mac. Mainly You Tube and Xfinity shows (sister wives).

I had to adjust the rug also as it was driving me bananas. My chair would not scoot back when the rug was in the center of the room and my chair would scoot back and kick the rug up and I’d get up and trip over it. lol

So I got George to help me and while he lifted the table up I scooted the rug underneath the chair and table and now the edge of the rug is no longer in the way. I was about to buy a new rug and didn’t want to spend the money. I loved that rug as it really makes the room come alive. But I’m glad this worked. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.

I love being organized. And once I was organized I did a devo.

This morning, I’m trying out a new app called BeFocused. You list your to do list you want to do for the day and the app gives you 25 min to work on it. Then it goes to the next item. And so I guess the purpose is to not get distracted as you are being timed and need to get it done before the timer goes off. Well I’m big with games like that. So I thought I’d try it. At first I was like….I don’t need that…I’m focused enough. Then I thought of all the things that catch my attention and all the side trails I go down…so yeah we’ll see if it works. I set two segments for blogging, b/c there is no way to get a blog done in 25 min. I am doing this on my iPad. And my iPad keeps closing up on me and I have to reopen it. So I’m not sure how this is going to work. It’s a test. I wish the iPad would remain open so it can do it’s thing. I have a lot of things listed. According to that it’ll be a productive little day. lol

Maybe the bathroom will actually be cleaned today after my shower. Wonder if I’ll have any day left to watch shows. lol I’ll let you know how it goes. Kinda excited to try this though.

That is really all I have and all I know today. And just like that the first item is done. I do have a whole list of “to do’s” and things I want to remember that I update weekly using my “Focus Matrix” (a different app from above). This one is perfect for me to capture various things I’m trying to do and remember. It helps me remember what all I want to do and prioritize it. I work on this all week long. You can also download to PDF and print it out, sync across devices and update as you go along from home or wherever. Between this, and the app above “Be Focused”, my daily calendar planner, and my Evernote app where I can capture recipes, thoughts, links, etc —–I’ve got it down! I’m such a geek.

Have a great Sunday! What all you all doing? I’m loving just being here today. Sunshine and 60 – but like 2 weeks worth of rain coming our way. Yuk. So tired of all the rain and gloom. But let’s think positive. Soon we will see buttercups (daffodils) and will see some spring? Take care!