Thursday, September 28, 2006

I hate being sick

I can't believe it. I haven't had a day truly off for a really long time (was off last Friday/Saturday, but the conference didn't really leave time for rest), and on my first one, I'm running a fever and feeling absolutely miserable! Bah!

I was feeling pretty awful last night at work. I didn't think I was going to make it through my shift, but I gutted it out and stuck around. I'm still 4 hours short this week (from being off last Saturday), but I just can't get in there today. Ugh.

I'm supposed to go talk to James's teacher this afternoon, so I'm gonna' get a shower, take some Dayquil and try to suck it up for that, but overall, I feel miserable. I was going to take a treat in to James's class tomorrow for his birthday (and at some point, buy him a portable cd player for his gift!), but I'm not sure if that will happen or not. Right now, I don't want to leave the house at all. I just want to curl up in bed and sleep.

Anyway, that's it from here. Just signing on to whine a little. ;-D

Monday, September 25, 2006

Latest going-ons (goings-on?)

Whichever. What's up with me, anyway!

Finally have my "permanent" schedule. I'm working 4 10-hour shifts. Which makes it a long day, but ultimately, will be pretty good. I have Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays off. I work from 1:30-midnight, which is late for me, but I was going to be missing the kids anyway, so having 3 days off to see them, plus weekend mornings will actually be pretty awesome. We'll probably move our "main" meal to lunch on weekends, so I'll basically only miss 2 suppers with everyone during the week.

The bummer is that this week I'm going to have to work my 4 tens in a row. I was off on Saturday for Beth Moore (more about that in a sec), and yesterday I didn't realize I was supposed to be working 10 hours, so I only worked 9. So I've got to work a full shift tomorrow and then work a few hours on Thursday to grab a little OT and make up that last hour I'm missing from Sunday evening. But overall, I'm pretty happy with the longer shift.

Beth. Moore. Was. Amazing. I mean, wow. That was probably the most anointed time I've spent in a really, really long time. She spoke in the measureless love, power, grace of God. It was absolutely incredible. The praise and worship was exceptional, the message was powerful -- it was just one of the best couple of days I've spent. I am so incredibly glad I was able to be a part of it.

On Friday night she spoke about women's need (and really, everyone's need) to "measure up." She asked us who we're trying to measure up to, who we're trying to measure up for, and who do we measure God by. For me, the "to" question is mostly just a whole bunch of women rather than any one person. One woman's ability to balance her time. Another's incredible musical talent. Another's mothering skills. Another's spiritual walk. And so it goes. My "for" question is mostly just me. I don't think I'm good enough, smart enough, spiritual enough, whatever. I don't really think it's any kind of external pressure to be those things -- it's mostly just my own need toward perfectionism. The "by" question is a lot less strong in my mind these days. Six months or so ago, it would have been that I measure God by basically every good person who has ever let me down. I'm sure I still have glimpses of that now, but I don't think it's nearly as pronounced any more. I have a much greater sense of knowing that God is not a man.

Anyway, our flagship verse for the weekend was the following:

Ephesians 3:14-21 "14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from
whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out
of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in
your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I
pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together
with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of
Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled
to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to
do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is
at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."


We're to pray this Scripture for the next month. Megan, Mom and I are going to get together again at the end of October to see how this has changed us after doing it for this season. But letting the idea of God's love being immeasureable is a pretty profound thing!

Monday, September 18, 2006

On the phones

I started actually taking calls on Saturday. For the most part, it seems like a pretty good gig. I'm able to help people get problems resolved at least SOME of the time, and that's a good feeling. I felt horrible on Saturday when I spent an hour and a half with a woman, trying to get her situation resolved, only to end up needing to send a tech. It just sucked not to be able to help her.

So far, I haven't had any truly irate customers. No one has chewed me out yet at all. One guy last night (at about 11:45pm, when I was really tired from working 5 hours of OT) seemed a little peeved, but I was able to handle the call and he didn't cuss me out. I know it's going to happen eventually (people feel strongly about their TV!), but it's good to know that in my first few days, I haven't pissed anyone off enough for them to start with the name calling! I'm very thankful for that!

I'll get my REAL schedule sometime in the next couple of days. While this 11-7:30 shift isn't my favorite, it's still pretty good. I can see the little ones in the morning and I can see the older ones at night, so it's not all bad. Not perfect, but still better than not seeing the older kids at all! So I hope that I end up with a pretty similar schedule to what I have this week (11-7:30, with Sunday and Thursday off).

On Friday, Mom, Megan and I are going to see Beth Moore in Charleston. I can't wait! Her teachings really helped me when I was going through a place of only going through the motions. I'm sure getting to hear her speak for a weekend is going to be an awesome experience. I've been looking forward to this for a long time, and I'm so glad my employer worked with me so I could attend.

Okay, I'm outta' here. Gonna' throw in a load of laundry and then sit with the kids for a little before I head down to work. Be blessed!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Update

I'm getting ready to head to bed here in a minute, but thought I'd post a quick update.

The job seems like it really will be okay. It's incredibly humbling. I'm definitely getting a good lesson on how much pride I have, even when I think I'm a pretty "come as you are" kinda' gal. I don't love stuff like that (does anyone???), but I know that it's good for me.

Life will probably be pretty lousy when I actually start my shifts, but the turn-over is really high here. Which, of course, means I'll get screwed when I start, but hopefully, if I suck it up during the bad time, I'll be able to move up the food chain pretty quick. You can move to team lead after only 90 days, which means to me that not too many folks last even 90 days. I don't see myself retiring from this job, but I can certainly last 3 months. Even if I don't get a promotion, I figure I should at least be able to pick my schedule.

We started Dave Ramsey's class tonight at church. I think it's going to be really helpful to us with the additional income. I don't want to make some of the same mistakes we've made in the past. We've already sat down and made some plans -- now to put those plans into action!!!

Ummm... things are good. The family is dealing really well with mommy working, which makes things a lot easier around here. The kids are all chipping in, Jason is awesome -- it's all really good. I think once we get into a relatively normal schedule, life is going to be pretty good. Bubba had a little bit of a tough time on Friday when I left, but I think overall, it's going to be okay.

That's it for now. Heading off to bed to start this all over again! Be blessed!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

First day impressions

Well, I made it through my first day of work yesterday. Honestly, no actual work yet. Just training for the rest of this week and next, and then it looks like we'll be out on the floor. (And if there's anyone from Philadelphia reading -- if you have trouble with your Comcast cable service, you might end up talking to me!)

It seems like it will be a pretty decent company to work for. Plenty of overtime available (not that I expect to work a lot of OT, but still!), and from what I can tell, lots of additional incentives to work the OT. So if we end up coming up short around Christmas time or something, I expect I can take some extra work to help cover any bills. Which, I admit, is quite nice!

The training is pretty ridiculous. Lots of good info, but a lot of stuff that we're going over now, we're going to have to redo, because we have no idea what it IS. It's great that I need to use an HPBC (not the real name) form if someone wants to change their name, but without the program or the form, it's kinda' useless information right now. I just expect there's going to be a LOT of redundancy in the next couple of weeks.

The trainers seem okay. One is fine -- gets through the information quickly and efficiently. The other is really irritating (to me, anyway). I'm sure she's a great on the phone (she's told us this about a thousand times already!), but she gets so easily side-tracked! We spent 20 minutes yesterday trying to remember what rapper it was that she thought was cute. Ugh. (It was really funny how many HR policies were violated by the trainers after we had just gone over them with the HR manager! LOL!) But overall, once the training is over, I expect it to be a pretty decent job. Certainly nothing life-changing, but far better pay than most things around here with a relatively low stress level.

I continue to pray that I'll get a good shift once I start. It looks like the project our class will be put on is one of the bigger ones, with far more options for working, so I hope to end up with a shift that won't cut into family time too much. I expect I'll know more about that at the end of next week.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Big day!

Alrighty -- tomorrow is the big day!

We spent most of today getting the house ready for me to be gone. Lots of cleaning and laundry got done! We sat down as a family and talked about expectations for everyone. I'm sure it will take us a little while to get into the swing of things, but once we do, I think this is going to be good for us.

For the next few weeks, Jason is going to be watching the kids at home. I think that should work okay for everyone. Once I get my official schedule, I hope to work out something with a few different people. My MIL will watch the kids one day, Megan another, one day I'll be off, and then hopefully someone else those other two days (the person who said she would do it is pregnant, so I'm not sure if she'll be able to now). I hope it will work out! I'm sure we'll figure out something!

Anyway, nothing much else to report. I'm a little nervous and a little excited at the same time. I think it should be okay, but it's still a little scary to go back to work after all this time. I appreciate prayers!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Great blog!

I don't have much time to post today (trying to get a lot of household stuff caught up before I start work on Tuesday), but I did want to link folks to this great blog I found.

There has been a nationally publicized fight in our area over a painting of Jesus in a high school. An issue of free speech v. establishment. While I think the fight to get rid of the picture is fairly ridiculous, I also think that the fight to keep it up is also ridiculous. In a county with poverty all around, there was a campaign to raise $150,000 to pay for any legal fees. The painting was stolen a few weeks ago (also crappy), and the board of ed has decided to drop the case to keep it up.

Anyway, all that to say that this blog has raised a challenge to raise as much money to give clean water to people in African communities as was being raised to fight for a picture. Needless to say, a portion of my first check from the new job will be going to this!
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