I've just been not here.
Happy Halloween month!
Not much new here, still married, still working for the Walmart Foundation (notice, they changed it and took out the - ), still waiting for my parents to move out here, and still trying to fine Grant a job. We did end up moving to a new place, and it's pretty nice.
Grant found out that you can light an electric burner on fire, if you use enough grease, and now we need a new toaster. The only thing that was really damaged by fire was the drip pan under the burner, but we ended up with Ammonium Phosphate all over the house from the fire extinguisher. So, now I need a new toaster. We cleaned everything else, but you can't really clean the inside of a toaster.
Also, I've been asked to provide my Christmas wish list for my mother in law. I don't know what I really want, any ideas?
9 years agobitten1ce
I've just been not here.
10 years agobitten1ce
Well, our landlord decided to evict us. What happened was that we've asked her to fix some code violations in the house we're renting. When she sent her son last month, we gave him our rent payment and he fixed one of the problems - sort of. He put caps on the wires sticking out of the light fixture and tape over the light switch. This was sometime around 3/7. Rent's supposed to be in by the 1st, but we told her on the 20th of the month before that we'd give it to him when he came (it was supposed to be that week).
They both came on 3/21 to look at the other problem (a door frame leaking water from the outside) and finish up the light fixture. We told them then that we'd give him the rent when he came back to fix THAT problem. He never came back. We called the entire last week of March/first week of April, no response. She called on the 14th to tell us she wanted us to move out because rent had been late. Instead of talking to one of us, she left a message saying she'd call back and talk later that night. No call back. Since we can't seem to get a hold of her, we just left it.
Today, we get a Court Officer at our door, telling us we have 3 days to get out. We managed to find another place to move into, but they probably can't get us in until Wed. I called to leave a message for the landlord here, and of course she answered the phone. FOUR MONTHS we can't get in touch with this woman, and NOW she answers the freaking phone.
I told her we'd be out by Wed, and she told me she still wanted us to pay the rent, plus her fees for having to mow the lawn once we move, and HER attorney fees for the eviction stuff. I think "Hell no," but ask her how much she's wanting. She doesn't even know...says she'll call back. Pu-lease.
So anyway, we'll be moving early next week. It sucks, because we've got to scrape together 1st month's rent, plus a deposit. Utilities shouldn't be a problem, we just need to transfer some and shut off the other. Oi, I hate renting. Anybody want to come to Arkansas to help us move? Or send money for same?
10 years agobitten1ce
Some of you may have heard that Northwest Arkansas got hit by an ice storm this past week. All I have to say is, I'm glad I live very close to downtown. The worst WE had was a power flicker when the electric company came to knock ice off the transformer the second day of the storm. A lot of other places haven't had power since Wednesday. Some might not even get it back for weeks.
When we heard Monday morning that it was supposed to be bad starting at noon, I finished up all my work and left a bit after 11, so we could drive to pick up our two friends to come back to our house and wait it out. Grant and I fiugred we'd probably have the best chance to keep power...well, the one friend (Nicole) lives at the University, and they have generators, but she'd have been locked inside with people she doesn't really like, so we picked her up, along with our friend Roy.
After picking them both up, we headed to Wal-MArt to make sure we had enough food and such for all of us, and Nicole refilled her prescription so she didn't run out of meds halfway through the week. On the way back home (roughly 20 miles), we went over a bridge and I felt the car start sliding. We fishtailed a couple of times, and I started freaking out in my own way (basically, my physical reactions took over while my brain screamed "We're all gonna die!!!!!"). Everyone says I handled it really well, and I have to agree, since we didn't hit anything, spin around, or even get off the road at all. I did, however, only drive about 30 the last 15 miles of the trip. This was about 12:30, and there were already 5 cars that had gone off the road. We were extremely lucky.
We've been pretty much holed up in the house since then, and I'm ready to send them home. I like them just fine, but I'd like my house back. I don't like having to tiptoe around other people for days on end. Only problem is, Roy's whole apartment complex is without power, and they think it MIGHT be on by tomorrow. As much as I'd like my house back, I don't want to make him be in a place without power, especially since everything he uses there runs on electricity - the stove, the heat, all of it. We could take Nicole back and let Roy stay until his power's on, but they both live about 15 and 20 miles away, so it just makes more sense to take them at the same time.
We'll probably end up taking her back today or so, since she has pet rats that stayed in her room during this, and she needs to check on them. She also might have to go in to work this weekend...unless she has pink eye like she thinks she does. Great. I already had to miss these past couple of days at work because of a nasty cold, I really don't want pink eye, too. Oh well, we'll see what happens.
We did have a branch fall off the tree by our house, but thankfully, it didn't hit the house itself. Or if it did, it didn't hit too hard. We went out to chop ice off the car (and yes, I mean chop - it was almost two inches thick in most places) and the entire time, we heard branches cracking and falling off the trees. Apparently, the University of Arkansas had a shitton of trees down - enough to cancel classes for two days while they clean up.
Pics of the ice here.
10 years agobitten1ce
Not much to say. Didn't get my promotion at work, but I get to do more stuff, yay? Home life is ok, Grant and I are working through some tough marriage times, but we'll be ok.
We've been playing Rockband 2, since one of our friends bought it to play while we were hanging out at our house. We're in a new place, an actual house, not a duplex, so it's nice. Rent's cheaper, but we had to pay a deposit, so things are tight for a bit longer. I think that's about it.
10 years agobitten1ce
for an update.
Work is all right. I keep having to redo stuff just to change the format, which sucks, but I can't find a way around it. At least I can get the info sort of easily. If we had an actual grant-making system, instead of a random thing that our tech department threw together, we'd be fine. Thankfully, we're supposed to get that next year. For the rest of this year, though, I will be having minor brain explosions anytime I need to run a report, since we're using Share Point, Excel, and our grant system (which doesn't even have a name) to keep track of everything. Guess who gets to keep all those current and in order....yeah, that'd be me. Oh well, it's good back up for when I apply for management. "Look at all this crazy shit I made work for you guys. Give me more money."
Home life is ok. Grant has a phone interview and a skills test tomorrow for a Wal-Mart job. Wish him luck.
We're trying to buy a house for $50,000 or less. That amount should make our house payments less than our rent, which will help a lot. We're pre-approved, on the condition that I pay one credit card down by $300, and we get the down payment and all that. Hopefully, we can get a mostly nice place close to where we are. I don't mind doing cosmetic work, but that's about all I want to deal with, which makes the house hunting kind of tricky.
Having our own house will also mean our new-found friends will have somewhere to hang out. Yes, we have friends here now. Yay! It's a group of guys we play DnD with. I have a very similar sense of humor as one of the guys (meaning: sick, dark, and twisted), and he & I team up to tease/pick on one of the other guys. It's cool with our target, though, or else I wouldn't join in so much. It's cool with Grant, too, since a lot of it is sex-type jokes. Yes, I asked him. Shut up.
Grant and his family seem to be doing ok after Jim's death. I think his mom's getting ready to sue the hospital that caused so much of the problem...She was talking about looking at his medical records. I hope she takes them to court - that's the second time they almost killed him on their own. I don't know that Grant really grieved, but I also don't know what it's like to lose a parent as an adult, just as a kid. I hope I don't have to find out anytime soon.
We had snow today. I looked outside and told Grant it had snowed, and he said "Really?" I said "Yeah, there's some on the cars." His response was "Are you sure?" "No, not at all. I lived in Colorado for 20-some odd years and I don't know what snow looks like." *eye roll* I had something like that happen at work, too. I walked in soaked through from rain one day, and the gal who sits next to me asked if it was raining. I said yes, she asked if I was sure, and I replied "Nope, I just decided to stick my head in the toilet because my head was too warm." C'mon people, why ask if someone's sure once they've already said yes?
Thanksgiving was ok. Didn't spend much time with the in-laws, which is probably why it didn't suck. Also, I had a cold, and everyone felt sorry for me. Totally played on that to get out of half a day of work Friday. Hey, I went in at 7am...that's almost 2 hours early. I did everything I needed to, so phbbt.
10 years agobitten1ce
Your gentle face and patient smile,
with sadness we recall.
You had a kindly word for each,
and died beloved by all.
The voice is mute,
and stilled the heart,
that loved us well and true.
Ah, bitter was the trial to part,
from one so good as you.
You are not forgotten loved one,
nor will you ever be.
As long as life and memory last,
we will remember thee.
We miss you now,
our hearts are sore.
As time goes by,
we miss you more.
Your loving smile,
your gentle face,
no one can fill
you vacant place.
We miss you, Jim. You were a great father-in-law. Be at peace.
11 years agobitten1ce
Rant on the wedding...and the stuff leading up to it. Skip if you want.
I called Mom the night before we left and found out that my cousin had her bachelorette party that night. When I was flying in the next afternoon. Apparently, no one had bothered to ask my mom or me when we would be in town. I shrugged it off and went on with the trip.
Got to the park a couple of days later for the Fourth of July and found out that Niki (the cousin getting married), Mary, and Ally (my other two cousins) had all gone out and gotten the same tattoo in the same place. This tattoo, in fact. No room for four cousins with a trinity knot. Makes sense, when you think about it, since they were the wedding party.
Yeah, I'm the only one in our group that grew up together that didn't get to be a bridesmaid. Never mind that I couldn't have afforded the dress and would have hated wearing it, she still could have asked me. Instead, I don't get to know that I've been left out until the day before the wedding. And then, when my Aunt asks my brother to hand out bubbles for the guests (instead of rice), she kinda tosses out that they'd like me to watch the guest book. That's the job you give to someone who just kinda shows up at the last minute. I told this girl back in December that I would be there.
I did get drafted to help decorate the patio and reception room for the wedding, though. Yay, they remember I'm there when they need people to work. If the other two hadn't been lazy, they wouldn't have needed me at all. Because we all know that a guest book doesn't need anyone watching it. Who's gonna steal it? I mean, really.
Wedding went ok. Two of my other cousins' (I have a lot) kids were the flower girl and ring bearer, but I can understand that since they were young. Reception was all right, until they had the wedding party dance together to "We Are Family." In my opinion, that is a song for the WHOLE family to dance to. Everything kinda hit me at once during this and I had to leave before I burst into tears in front of everyone. Niki's mom and mine came after me, which was kinda nice, but still.
During the toasts, Ally made some comment about how they'd always been like sisters, which really pissed me off. I'M the one who kept Ally's brother from kicking her ass many times as a kid. I'm also the one who spent plenty of time at Niki's house, keeping her company. After that, the wedding was ok....I pretty much avoided the wedding party and had fun. I danced with Niki during the dollar dances, 'cause her mom wanted her to raise the most money. I don't really get it, but yeah.
I heard later that just after they got the tattoos, Niki's mom chewed her out for it, saying it was ugly (the artwork is nice, what it symbolizes it not), made her other tattoo look ugly (which is true), and that she hated it. She also asked if Niki had thought about how I would feel when I found out, but I'm not sure what the response was, other than a bit of guilt. My aunt wound up paying for my new tattoo, and my other two aunts gave me a total of $160 on top of that. Yay for guilt money. I'm not too proud to accept it, especially when it's under the pretense of a b-day present (albeit one that's 4 months late).
So yeah. I'm pretty sure I can write off two cousins as bitches, and keep the other one on a trial basis. Niki's not a bitch by herself, she just doesn't really think about everything. I'll be damned if I tell her how hurt I am about it all, though.
11 years agobitten1ce
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not any good, but they must be songs youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re really enjoying now, shaping your spring summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re listening to.
1.) Christofori's Dream (great piano song)
2.) Gimme More (yeah, I know she's slutty but it's a catchy song)
3.) SexyBack (again, catchy)
4.) The Hampsterdance Song (yes, it exists..good techno beat)
5.) Video (it's by India.Arie...good stuff)
6.) Get Naked (I Got A Plan) (yeah, it's the slut again...but look at the title. Hot)
7.) Cry Little Sister (never gets old...can't wait for the sequel)
In other news, I have a second interview for a promotion tomorrow. Hopefully, I manage to break my streak and fall asleep BEFORE 1am tonight. I have another interview for a different job on Wednesday. And I've asked people I interviewed with before if there's anything I can improve and none of them have said anything big....just to be more confident. Yeah, I already knew that.
I broke my computer this morning. Apparently the guy who set it up didn't do it right, and I accidentally knocked it over (set up on the end, they're very prone to this) and I have no idea what's going on now. Someone should be by tomorrow to fix or replace it. That's the great thing about working for a big company, it breaks, I don't have to pay for it.
Mom and Dad are filing a lawsuit against the city. Found out a couple of things. One, the city doesn't know when the hydrant was working last because they don't have records. Two, the fire cheif didn't have anyone check the house to see if there were people inside. Yeah, someone's in BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG trouble.
I get to visit home in 2.5 weeks, yay! I think that covers it. Oh, and I refuse to tag anyone. =P
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