Monday, March 28, 2016

Still Training at Work


I have had my job at the optometrists' office for about a month now and I am still in training.  I just started training on checkout today.  I cannot believe how long it is taking to get me completely trained.  And once I am trained, I still will not know everything because it takes a long time to learn the ins and outs of all the insurances.  Of course, once I feel like I know what I am doing, then the insurance companies will change the rules.  The good news is that there will always be something to learn.

I must say that everyday, the office is very busy.  That is good because it makes time go by really fast.  There is very little down time and there are so many functions that the front desk takes care of that work often piles up.  It is amazing how many people I get to meet everyday too.  There are about 50 appointments a day, so I get to see a lot of people which is a great change from my last job.  At my last job, I didn't interact with customers all that much and only saw my technicians in the morning before they went to jobs.  I spent most of the day in the office by myself.  I don't have that problem at this job at all.

This week I am receiving my 2nd full paycheck and I am glad to say that I am caught up on bills again.  Thank goodness.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

It Just Doesn't Feel Like Easter


I am having a hard time getting into the Easter Holiday this year.  I have not settled on a new church yet, so I probably will not go to church tomorrow.  Also, I no longer have any small kids, so there is no Easter bunny excitement at home either.

In fact my ex-husband is in town, so my daughter is going to brunch with him tomorrow, so I won't even be cooking a fancy dinner.  I guess I will spend Easter Sunday just like any Sunday and do laundry and clean.  I will spend some time in prayer and read the bible, but other than that, it will be another day.  

I didn't drive Uber last night, so I guess I will drive all night tonight to make some money and since I can sleep in tomorrow if I am not going to Easter Service.  Or maybe I will just stay up to late and go to the beach at dawn to celebrate Easter as the sun rises over the Atlantic.  I will bask in the glory of God and thank him for everything he has given me, including his Son. I do have a lot to be thankful for and I sincerely believe God is not done with me yet.

May you have a Great Easter!  Mine will be peaceful and I am looking forward to it.

Monday, March 21, 2016

I Have Been Moody


I don't know what my problem has been, but I have been really moody lately.  My poor boyfriend has been getting the brunt of it which is totally unfair to him.  Thank goodness he is a good guy and has not thrown me to the curb.

I don't know why I have been so moody.  I am not usually like this.  I guess maybe having a new job has me stressed out as well as the financial issues of not working for awhile.  Of course there are also the issues of being in a relationship and the uncertainties of that.  And living with a moody 17 year old girl that thinks she knows everything is no walk in the park.

I wonder if maybe hormones could be contributing to my moodiness.  I have noticed that in the last 6 months, I have had PMS worse than I have in a very long time.  I have been reading a little about going through the change and some women have hormonal rage.  Gee, I hope I don't have that!  Life and relationships are tough enough without hormones causing more drama.

I have decided that I need to just shake out of it.  Yesterday, I had some alone time and worked on clearing my head and enjoying life.  I am going to choose to be in a good mood and to be happy.  I am off to a good start today.  Overall, I have a very good life and I am going to celebrate that every day!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

I Have Given My Worries to God



I have been worrying too much lately.  My time off work resulted in mounting bills and just the general worries of life have left me a little overwhelmed.  I have resolved that I am giving my worries to God.  He can handle them and direct me on how I should proceed.  Meanwhile, I am starting fresh with no burdens to weigh me down.  Life is Good and I see a Bright Future Before Me!

Friday, March 18, 2016

No Uber Last Night

This water conserving method of landscaping is especially valuable in ...

I didn't drive Uber last night.  I was hoping to because I need the money after paying for my daughter's prom dress, but I wasn't feeling well.  I had a headache and upset stomach all night.  Besides, my car is still covered with pollen from the week and it needs to be washed before I drive for Uber.

Here in Florida, we don't have to worry about snow on our vehicles, but several times of year our cars get covered by pollen.  My car has a yellow film on it and when you try to wash your windshield the pollen gums up into a paste.  It really is disgusting.  Luckily my apartment complex has a car wash area, so when I get home from work today, I will have to wash my car so I can drive Uber tonight.  I just hope this weekend is fairly busy with Uber since I didn't drive on St. Patrick's Day.

In the meantime, everyone here is dealing with the ridiculous amounts of pollen....

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



Happy St. Patrick's Day.  I expect everyone will be out drinking green beer tonight.  I guess I should drive Uber because demand is expected to be high.  Everyone please be safe and may the Luck of the Irish be with you!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Getting into a Routine


I am in week 4 of my new job now.  When I first started working again, I was exhausted all the time.  I have finally learned enough that it is not overwhelming anymore and I am falling into a routine.  In fact, this weekend I was able to drive for Uber on both Friday and Saturday nights and I am still not as tired as I was the first week I started back to work.

I am glad that I am getting used to this routine because I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to juggle everything.  Of course, I have my daughter and my boyfriend to thank for some of it.  They really help and do not demand too much of me so that I can focus on work.

I must say that I am really enjoying my job.  I like the people I work with and it is so busy that time just flies.  There is very little to no down time at all during a day.  In fact sometimes it is difficult to get bathroom breaks in.  I find that amazing considering we usually have 4-5 receptionists working.  Of course, I am still training, so I slow down my trainer some.

Overall I must say my life is pretty good right now.  God has been very good to me and I am thankful for this wonderful life that I am living.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

My First Time Mudding



Did I mention that my boyfriend is a redneck?  A lot of people were surprised when we started dating because I pull off being a soccer mom so well.  They forget however that I grew up in Kentucky around a lot of rednecks.  So, hanging with my boyfriend feels like home to me.  

Well, after a long night of driving Uber on Saturday night, I had very little sleep and we went mudding Sunday morning.  I think my boyfriend thought I wouldn't like it because I come off as conservative and he has never really seen my adventurous side, but I loved it.  

There was a whole group of us that went which consisted of 5 vehicles.  That was a good thing because the mucky marshy area we were in had lots of obstacles and we had to pull vehicles out many times.  There were sandy trails and swimming holes too, it was really a great day.  

Unfortunately, I wish we had our own ATV.  Of course, we would have to get a truck to pull it too.  I keep telling myself "baby steps" since I am still recovering financially from being without a job for awhile.  But now, I have added these goals to my future.  

I love Florida nature.  I want to get kayaks again, and now an ATV.  In fact a cabin in the woods sounds nice too.  lol  I really need to win the lottery.  But in the meantime I am looking forward to going mudding again.  And I still have yet to get my boyfriend out in a kayak or on hiking trails.  


Friday, March 11, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Festivities This Weekend!


This weekend starts St. Patrick's Day Festivities here in Melbourne, FL.  Saturday, March 12 we have the parade in downtown and then our most prominent Irish bar is celebrating the Meg O'Malley's Shamrockin 17th Annual Festival , with bagpipers, Irish dancers, performers, free concerts and plenty of Irish beer.  Downtown will be rocking the whole weekend.

I will enjoy some of the activities, especially the parade, but I will not be drinking this weekend because I really want to drive Uber.  I didn't drive at all last weekend and I still have yet to receive a full paycheck from my new job, so I want to earn some money from Uber this weekend.  I am hoping I will be very busy.

I have been taking naps most days so that I can be rested up so I can drive Uber all night Friday and Saturday.  I will probably only drive until about 8PM on Sunday, but we will see.  I will see whether people are all partied out by that time or if demand is still high.  I expect to see surge pricing this weekend, but only time will tell.

After the weekend, I will try to rest up so I can also work late driving Uber on Thursday since that is actually the 17th.  I expect people will go out on Thursday night too.  There are no plans downtown form next weekend, but I suspect downtown may be busy then also since that weekend will actually be closer to the holiday.  I am hoping for 2 good Uber weekends back to back.  If that happens, I think I can get caught up on bills from when I was unemployed for so long.

I will just have to manage my time well since I am working full time, and Uber requires me to stay up later.  Unfortunately, I am not 25 anymore, and I need my beauty rest. I am looking forward to a good couple of weekends.  I have quite a bit of Irish in me, so I am counting on the luck of the Irish to pull this off.  And may the Luck of the Irish be with you too!


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

One Night


I am a word and language nerd.  This is a story that was written in only short simple sentences.  



One Night  

 by Michelle Saunderson


The red sun fills the sky.  A purple shadow is cast on the ground.  People stare in awe.  Clouds shift in the kaleidoscope.  The moment is only brief.  Dusk follows.  A dog barks.  Lightening bugs twinkle in the grass.  A couple sits on a porch.  The smell of barbecue fills the air.  Children laugh.  The nightly news is heard through the window.  A siren is in the distance.  A woman jogs.  Crickets begin to chirp.  Frogs bellow in the pond.  The moon is full.  The streetlights come on.  Children retreat to their homes. Parents call for the lingering kids.  A howling begins.  The houses light up one by one.  Children are tucked into their beds.  A faint hint of jasmine can be smelled.  Cars idle down the street.  Teenagers return home from dates.  A girl is exchanging her first kiss.  Kisses are interrupted by porch lights.  Parents wait by the door.  A nervous father paces.  Cats squabble on the corner.  Children wet their beds.  A woman works till dawn.  A man makes a midnight snack.  Teens sneak a midnight movie.  People snore.  Novels are read.  Arguments are fought.  Love is made.  The world stands still.  A soft glow fills the horizon.  A sliver of light emerges.  Alarm clocks ring.  Coffee is brewed.  Breakfast is cooked.  Dogs are let outside for relief.  Children wipe sleepy eyes.  Traffic fills the roads.  Radios are heard.  Televisions are watched.  The temperature is increasing.  The sun slowly rises.  Birds begin to sing.  Crickets are at rest.  The red sun fills the sky.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My First Gay Wedding


I went to my first gay wedding this past Saturday.  I was excited because I am good friends with the couple and I was curious as to if there would be any differences from weddings I had been to in the past.

It turns out that there was one huge difference in the wedding, and that was the fact that nobody pressured them to get married.  There was no friends telling the groom that she needs to "make her an honest woman" or relatives pushing for son-in-laws, or for them to get married to start a family.  It became clear that this was a joining of two people without any outside pressure.  And it was beautiful!

The vows were so well written and touching that tears were flowing.  I saw a couple  in love that really just want to spend the rest of their lives together, which was refreshing.  I have been to many weddings over the years where the thought that crossed my mind was "this couple should not be getting married".  This did not cross my mind Saturday and I felt like this couple really do belong together.

As far as the service, it was an outside wedding in Florida, so perfect.  It was a traditional wedding in every way other than the bride and groom were both female.  Everything was executed wonderfully and I had a really great time.  It was a great night with friends that I will remember for a long time.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

No Uber This Weekend


Unfortunately, I was unable to drive Uber this weekend.  Friday night I turned it on for a couple of hours around 7:30 PM and didn't get a call by 9:00 PM.  By that time, I was so exhausted from my week, that I just went home and slept.

I am enjoying my new job, but the schedule is killing me.  My daughter has an 11:00 PM bedtime, so I feel like I need to stay up until then, but then my boyfriend gets up at 5:15 everyday.  So, if I fall asleep right away, I am only getting 6 hours of sleep a night which is not enough for me.  I need a minimum of 7 hours even though I do even better with 8 hours a night.  So, by the time the weekend comes around I am dealing with sleep deprivation and am exhausted.

I did get plenty of sleep on Friday since I went home early, but I still couldn't drive Uber on Saturday night because I attended a wedding.  The wedding was at 5:00 PM and I never got home until around 11;30 PM, and didn't have the energy to drive Uber when I got home.

I know I am going to regret not driving Uber this weekend since I will not get a paycheck this coming week. But, I can't change how that worked out.

Friday, March 4, 2016

My Son Came Home Yesterday!


When I came home from work yesterday, my son was home.  For those of you that do not know, he is away at college at the University of Florida. They are on spring break this week. My son and some friends went to the keys this past weekend and then he spent some time in Miami before he came home.

I only have him for maybe two nights because he either leaves Saturday or Sunday to go back to school, but I am happy none the less.  I really wish I didn't have to work while he is here, but I do.  In fact I will be busy much of this weekend.

Because I have only been at my full time job a short amount of time, I only got paid for about 30 hours for the check I received this week and will not get paid again for another 2 weeks.  This is fine, but that means I really need to drive Uber this weekend so that I have money next week.  In addition, I am going to a wedding tomorrow.  So, that will make for a long weekend since I will be up all night Friday and Saturday driving Uber.

But in the meantime, I get to see glimpses of my son, who I am thrilled to see.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Helpless


This is a poem I wrote in a creative writing course in college.  It reminds me that I can persevere through anything.


Helpless   

by Michelle Saunderson

I stand alone in a field of green.  My roots anchor me on a gentle sloping hill overlooking a serene pond.  Last summer a calf drowned in the pond.  I do not know why, I just know that scavengers picked at the bloated corpse.  Bones remain to remind the living of their own impending fate.  I can hear frogs splashing, retreating to the pond’s murky depths.  They croak like dying men.

            A wrinkle for each year tells me that I am twenty, merely an adolescent, yet I have grown large and strong.  My shade beckons all that come to my field, including the robins that nest in my boughs.  My leaves are a parade of hands, waving in the wind.  In my trunk, a heart is carved, a scar of temporary love.  The initials are engraved forever in my skin. 

            Though I try to control my life, the seasons rule me.  Cycles of fortune or tragedy persist.  My livelihood is determined by outside influences to which I must respond.  I must face droughts, floods, disease, and man’s menacing ax with the vigor of a sapling.  My bark is my only protection, a shield against all dangers, yet it too can be penetrated.  I am defenseless against an entourage of perils. 

            Spring brings a time of growth.  Buds are my fingertips, groping for sunlight.  My roots drink in the season’s first showers greedily.  The field around me transforms from a dingy taupe to a lustrous green.  A woman brings a toddler to my field to see the suckling calves and to chase butterflies. 

            During the summer I am magnificent.  Chlorophyll fills my veins and my limbs grow strong and agile.  I am forever reaching to new heights, reaching to the sun.  I am a home to birds, squirrels, and chipmunks.  The grass is an established green around me, daisies bloom above my roots.  A small child in a nearby farmhouse seeks comfort in me, reading silently in my shade.

            When autumn comes, my richness fades.  My twigs become brittle like arthritic bones.  My leaves change to blazing colors of yellow, orange, and blood red.  Beetles bore into my bark.  Veins harden, allowing leaves to become aged newspapers, crinkling in the breeze.  Animals begin storing their wealth within my trunk, while I shed all signs of life.  What had once been my pride is raked into bags to be put upon compost piles by middle aged and elderly men. 


            By winter I am a skeleton, gray as a granite tombstone.  The field becomes my winter grave.  Not until spring will I live again, until then, I am naked to the world.