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Monday, June 18, 2018

Ow...

Decided I'd try to mix the mulch pile we keep in our backyard on Friday.  Spent a good hour(managed to drop and bury my cellphone) and lots of effort to move about a foot of it.  Did get that mostly mixed(partly due to trying to unbury my cell phone after my dad came out with his to call mine so we could find it) but that was mainly a start.
Got the garden area re-cleared of weeds(what little had come back after I'd cleared it a few weeks ago)and mostly hand plowed.  Hoping to finish the plowing part tomorrow(thanks to rain last night it's not hot but it is very humid) and then plant.
Work's definitely got the whole 'last minute before closing rush' thing down.  Especially on saturday with the pastry sale. Sigh. Was steady all day, though there was a spooky period right after 7 where it just died until after 7:30.
Father's day was kind of lame(two siblings not living at home still not coming over)due to my second oldest younger brother being out of town for work and my oldest sister having to work her regular job.  Didn't help that I didn't sleep well and spent the whole day trying not to be cranky.
Oh well...

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I am Not a Driving Instructor...

Which I suppose is why I'm having a hard time NOT yelling while helping my younger brother practice.  He's graduated from parking lots to side roads(and yet keeps going on main ones) which is even trickier.  He doesn't quite get that not every intersection has a stop sign or traffic light to worry about.  Then he gets on main roads with more than one lane and doesn't understand how stay in 'his' lane(hence the trying not to yell bit).  And then there's maintaining speed limits(either too fast or too slow) on any road.
School's ok, passed one class, have to pay to finish the second one(not full tuition, but still almost $1000, that I don't have).  So close there too...
Work is really slowing down, though it's getting into the 'late night' rushes when we think it's time to start sending people home early.  I've gotten off early twice, but more often get stuck late due to these rushes.  Not bad though, given it ensures I still get plenty of hours.  Just wish it wasn't quite so boring until the rush.
Still trying to finish the paper work for Japan, just need to things for the medical report, one contact, then scan it all in and email.
Getting really hot now, though we're holding in the high 80's to low 90's for now.  Makes me want rain...

Friday, June 1, 2018

Branches Falling...

The weather seems to be pruning the trees lately.  Helped my brother move one that fell into our neighbor's yard over a week ago(that took an hour as we had to chop it up-and get my sister to help too)during a high wind storm.  Not a lot of rain, but plenty of clouds.
Got rain last night and it took down a bigger(around, shorter in length, though that may have been because it snapped a third off as it fell)branch off.  Lot more debris to clean up too.  I started clearing it up and had to get my sister to help again(no way I was going to move it alone) with both cutting it into thirds and moving it.  Took over an hour, didn't help that the wheelbarrow tipped over on us at the end.  At least it was nice and cool with a steady breeze.  And I got a very good arm workout(ow).
Works been slowing down, at least until I start thinking I might get off early.  Then we get slammed.  But it means my hours are staying consistent.
Had someone asking about my truck so I made sure it still runs the same noisy(not quite safe to drive) way it did a few months ago.  And we pulled it off the lawn.  But they didn't show up so it may go back. Sigh....
Still working on a few things for the Japan job so I still don't know when I start.  Had to rush to take to finals(well, turn the one 'practical' in after revising it for the sixth time) very late last night, but so far haven't seen a grade for either.  Given it seems everyone at the school is doing end of semester and graduation stuff, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
Got to sleep in but thanks to the branch problem I'm now tired and sore. Sigh...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lawn Mowing...

isn't that hard most of the time, but after being fertilized and having lots of rain it takes a lot longer than usual. Sigh.  Spent the whole week just trying to mow it. As long as that doesn't happen again it shouldn't take that long this week...
Work's been slowing down finally, but not much.  Sunday had sandwich training for those of us who are cashiers on night shift.  Not that it takes long, given we're all familiar with what goes in the stuff, just didn't know the 'procedure' of it.  So we just need to practice it when we can.
Then there's driving with my younger brother, which can be very frustrating because despite practicing all the time his progress is very slow.
School's finally moving again, but not much.  And getting the last stuff for the Japan job is almost done too.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Somewhat Spring....

At least the weather's warming up.  But it's still fluctuating temperature wise.  Plenty of things are blooming now.  Too bad we haven't gotten the garden cleared, let alone planted. Sigh...
Work's getting interesting, given at least two new coworkers.  But things aren't slowing down much, though the busy days seem to be flip flopping.  So planning how many to work each day is tricky for the manager I think.
School's kind of stalled, waiting for stuff so I can appeal, though I might not bother with the job in Japan.  But I see no reason to not finish the classes I'm currently in, though both are just on the final test area.
Thankfully I've had plenty of sub jobs so I can keep busy.  But plenty to do still.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

New Job

In Japan no less, though it's not set in stone.  But I have an offer on the table so far.  Which is cool and terrifying at the same time.  But I need a few things before I can be sure I've got it.
Work's been rather busy and the insanity regarding coworkers made last friday and saturday very long days(mainly saturday) for me.  Plus my doctor told me I've got tendinitis in my right thumb so I've got to immobilize it for four weeks and that makes work tricky.  Basically I'm having to go full left hand and very minimally right.  For the most part it's working but writing's not at all.  My manager's been avoiding having me work drive through for now, thought last night I was on it all night.  At least it was busy so I didn't get bored...
School's kind of stalled, finished the observation hours(thankfully before the thumb issue so no concerns about taking notes) and got one more teacher saying they'll give me a recommendation letter but haven't yet. Still haven't finished that one final either...
So things are getting interesting...

Monday, April 16, 2018

One Down, two to go and two days of Observations...

Finally got one of the recommendation letters!  And it was really sweet too!  Down to just needing two days of observing too, which is nice as I'm really tired.  Was actually nodding off in the third period today, to the amusement of the students.  Had to get up and move to finally stop it.  At least the last period was better.
Got a new(to me, it's barely a year younger than my truck) car. Really nice too.  Honda Civil LX that's in really good shape despite having 235,000 miles on it.  Still trying to sell my truck though.  Someone's made a bid but haven't paid up yet.  Gets 30-35 MPG so far, which is awesome.
Very windy today, which is better(I think) than the snow/rain/sleet we got last week. Just makes things a bit dusty.
Work was crazy saturday with it being one school's prom and a coworker quitting on thursday.  Than two called in saturday and we had a typical(though rather drawn out) pastry night. But the GM came in as a 'regular employee' which they said was fun.  And they did seem to have fun with it.  And we had a day shift sandwich maker come in too, so we managed.  But I was there right up to 11 cleaning up as it was just me.  My poor manager(not the GM, just night shift) was there after me along with the closing sandwich maker. So it was not the best night but it could have gone much worse.
Had the interview for being an ALT in Japan, which I hope went well.  Now I'm just waiting to see when the second interview(the first was testing my English as well as the usual interview stuff)is going to be.
So things are getting better, just have to hold on a bit longer with the very long day thing....