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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
4:42 pm
so my youngest was splashing her way through the puddles today and i wondered where in the hell my ability to just kick back and relax had gone. killed by the mountain of work tension and debt most likely. i can see the end to all of that is drawing ever closer, but i fear that i shall have some massive attack of stress induced illness before i get there.

Current Mood: stressed
Sunday, September 4th, 2011
5:12 pm
Survival of the fittest continues. L. returns to preschool next week and at some point E. gets tested for Horizons, which is the Georgia gifted program. I am still underemployed and thus underpaid. Everyday the money situation gets tighter and I get closer to that magic day when all my old bills (except the student loans) are paid off. Then I get to start working on entirely new bills. My parents just finished a visit, returning to their home last night. D. is fighting a lot of health issues right now, the largest being insomnia inducing night panics. And the library is getting ready to kick me out, but at least I cleaned out the inboxes some so I can make some progress for job hunting Tuesday.

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, August 25th, 2011
2:30 pm
blargh, the longer journal spamming shall live again one day!
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
9:54 am
I've got to get my game back. Lately everything I do has been distracted, resulting in poor performance. I just locked myself out of my house again for the second time because I changed pants and then got to doing something else before I finished switching over my keys and wallet. I can't get by without my lovely computer time and I am not getting enough sleep. I can't get my promotion because of my poor performance. I'm lucky if I keep my job after the past few days.

Current Mood: gloomy
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
10:02 am
So busy it hurts
I have decided that my birthday present to myself is to destroy my enemies, to drive them before me and hear the lamentations of their women. That, and I gave myself Torchlight.

My research seems to say that the cats are doing fine from their surgery, although we are worried since one of the four left a bloody stool in the litter box last night. And Jumper is really bitchy today, but on the other hand, it looks like she is being harassed by Daphne.

Got to call Citibank later and tell them to F themselves. :) "You've paid all your bills on-time? We'll reward you by doubling your APR!" As if I hadn't been considering dumping even more dead weight there, and just starting over on all my stuff.

Need to check my laundry, got the little box clean, dishes to do later, etc.

Current Mood: good
Friday, October 23rd, 2009
7:55 pm
So now that sufficient time has passed since I have posted here, as in just short of forevers, time for a bit more extended catch-up. The girls are currently screaming in their room, which is slowly turning into bedtime.

We are currently back in our rental house; the septic line has been repaired. The lawn has also been mowed. D has spent her day finishing up the kitchen clean-up and after I got off work I cleaned the front bathroom. *side note: kick the cats outside asap*

Halloween is on a Saturday this year and I understand that it is also a big day for football. I need to decide on a costume. I have two nice aprons, but no coat, pants or hat. I could break out my gear for Matthew Landry if I could remember where it is at. *side note: most likely in the second drawer of the dresser* My tai chi outfit has a rip in it, unfortunately. I shall have to ponder and ponder until something pops up.

E is on the verge of truly reading. She has massive recall of the books we read her to the point where she "reads" them to her sister. Her progress report from her preschool came back with glowing reviews on just about everything. We really need to get our finances together to get L into preschool as well.

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
10:02 am
So the paychecks are definitely feeling smaller.  Just paid off  Citibank again and those bills are slowly but surely going bye-bye.  The real kick comes at the end of the month and trying to pay for E's school in the meantime.  I have no one to blame but myself for my situation, and for not making myself do the work necessary to better the situation when I could. 

Current Mood: at myself
Saturday, August 15th, 2009
2:02 pm
GI JOE (no spoilers)
Overall, I would say 3.5 out of 5.  It gave me explosions when I wanted explosions, and Zartan was a right bastard.  I think they could have done more with the CGI and with Destro's character, possibly by cutting a few minutes out of the car chases.  Although there are several things that I think I would do differently if I had control of the script, which is far and away anyone's reaction to a childhood icon revamped, I think the movie was overall solid summer affair.  No Oscars and predictable, but not the waste of silver and celluloid of Battlefield Earth.  The two largest cons I can think of are the inclusion of just enough backstory that you almost need even more backstory to understand what is going on with some of the characters, and Snake Eyes has lips.  *blink blink*  His costume has lips built in.  *blink blink*  Lips that he doesn't use because he is Snake Eyes and he doesn't talk. 

Current Mood: geeky
Friday, August 14th, 2009
2:26 pm
So I heard ABC is going to remake V.  Going on the coattails of BSG I guess.  I have a copy of the original series as well as the original movie-miniseries somewhere.  I need to go watch it all over again.  Along with my original BSG movie. 

The cat is now named Daphne going along with the Scooby Doo theme.  Unfortunately this is going to be a rough one to litter train, if it is possible at all. 

Today is my Fifth Anniversary.  Aside from the health problems currently afflicting the family, such as the food poisoning issue that seemed to bump up last night, we are doing well.  Money is tight, job hunting commences, but we have enough set aside for a dinner out and a movie.

Updates say that Star Trek Online is going to be set in the Star Trek Prime universe, where Romulus was destroyed, as opposed to the alternate timeline instituted within the new movie. 

I have been spending a lot of time in battlegrounds on WoW again, as well as doing some rather boring faction grinding.  I have put a hold on NeoSteam playing for now, although I still like the game.  Champions Online, Star Trek Online, Overlord, and Evil Genius all hold my attention as well.  The biggest problem as usual is time management.  :)  Oh, and Final Fantasy Dawn of Souls for the Gameboy Advanced is in fact a cakewalk.  Nostalgic, the extra dungeons and such are awesome, but ultimately my six year old nephew could beat this if you just showed him where to walk next. 

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
9:12 pm
Scratch Fury
So the other night D swore she saw something down in the garage.  Tonight she managed to catch Scratch Fury, so named (at least by me for now) because the feral beast tore into D's hands.  It looks to be about 4-6 weeks old, and looks almost exactly like Velma.  There is a very small chance of it being the sole survivor of an inbreeding with Scooby, but we never saw any evidence of pregnancy.  Also, Scratch Fury seems to hate Velma and Scooby.  Jumper, meanwhile, seems to be taking everything fine.  To top it off, the only way we know of right now for the wild animal to get into the garage was to bolt in after one of the cars came home or something.  So now we search for holes in the walls and maintain that this animal is a survivor. 

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
12:26 pm
Father's Day
I am getting my Father's Day today, since I was working Sunday.  In all actuality, I shall be working my butt off really soon, as apparently my general manager is going to be running two stores for the next three weeks.  They are closing down the second store, but he has been told he is to run it down to the end due to mismanagement issues currently going on there.  Hmmm, speaking of all that, I need to get my schedule for next week.  

We had a somewhat short but really fun time at Six Flags yesterday.  We did not get to do any of the big coasters since D's brother didn't come with us, but we will be going back several times before the summer ends.  Besides, not much of anything could replace the delight on the girls faces when we hit Skull Island. 

All in all, it has been a pretty good two days.  Best wishes to all my friends out there who are parents, and I am sending good karma to all of you out there struggling with the economy. 
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
10:19 am
53.5 something hours last week.  Paycheck will be decent again.  I just realized today is the 10th and I have a long way to make my goal of finishing up the last of the books by the end of the month.  I am not sure I will have the time to make it all things considered, but I will be trying.  Meanwhile, D has her math test this weekend.  She will still have to pass the basic skills assessment, but that shouldn't be much of a problem. 

My girls are doing well.  The smallest one is still off-and-on with the potty training.  The tall one is interested in this reading thing, along with memory and I-spy games.  They both love to dance and chase each other around.  Of course, the little one is a biter, but we can't win them all.

Current Mood: content
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
10:38 pm
Been a while. I feel like writing but not entirely sure what I want to say. I am leaning into the opinion that Gov. Sonny Perdue is an idiot. First the superspeeder law, which is really another tax bill, and then he cans a bill that would give businesses breaks for hiring the unemployed. He states that the lost revenue by giving those businesses tax credits and lower capital gains taxes would have blown a hole in the budget. I personally am not convinced that all the factors were weighed in, such as the increase in income tax collected and the increased collection of sales tax as more Georgians could afford to actually buy things again. Not to mention just the sheer happiness so many people would have at being employed. *shrug*

So Star Trek. So... It really was the best Star Trek movie in years.

I need to shower. I am the stink. :)

Current Mood: good
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
11:16 am
So E. just taught her little sister L. how to climb out of the crib.  Bedtime just got ten times more interesting.

In other news, D. is studying for the GACE test now.  She passes this and she is certified to teach math in Georgia.  This could be a very good thing for us in the end.  Speaking of math, E. has been interested in basic addition lately, mostly centered on how many stars she has earned for her chores.  30 stars and she gets a happy meal.  As for us, we get to enjoy her having a clean room.  Now if I could just make myself clean my own stuff up. 

Current Mood: busy
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
9:21 am
the haves and have-nots
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of
government. It can only exist until the voters discover
that they can vote themselves largess from the public
treasury. From that time on the majority always votes
for the candidates promising the most benefits from the
public treasury, with the results that a democracy
always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed
by a dictatorship.

-- Alexander Fraser Tytler (1742-181


If the CBO is right, we are in for some major trouble. I think I need to do more research.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
1:13 am
Life is being its usual serious of some serious ups and downs. There was some massive miscommunication between my wife and I about my schedule and hers. I am probably participating in firing an employee tomorrow as well. I still have bills to pay, phone calls to make and taxes to do. I am in organization mode now, figuring things out.

There is an upcoming William CC Chen workshop in Knoxville that I will most likely not be able to make. Kinda sad, and I was going to go back to classes again in Roswell last year. That fell through quickly of course. I need the final push into being a real manager so I can get my promotion. I was looking at things, and once the next minimum wage hike goes into affect, the drivers will be making more money than I do most weeks, and doing less work. At least I am not tearing up my car though.  Yeah, whatever....

On the plus side, I have 1700 gold in WoW, level 75.5 and am almost finished with the first campaign for Advanced Wars Dual Strike for my DS.  Thanks to my brother for loaning me the game. 

Hmmm, have to call family soon.   Been ages.  Oh! and get the D. her birthday present.

Current Mood: awake
Friday, January 23rd, 2009
8:20 am
The Pending Doom...
So while much congratulations are in order for two very good friends of mine and yayyy! baby! there is of course no end to the impending doom-based drama in our lives.  D. is facing the very very good chance of being laid off next week, as the facts and rumors at work both support the closing of most of the Home Depot Expo stores.  Those left will likely be turned into design centers for contractors and home-owners.  Speaking of home-ownership, this could put a major hurt into our homeowning plans, although it will still likely be cheaper for us to buy a house in this market than to keep renting at our current rate.  D. is very likely to pick-up another job quickly, even if just a small retail position or something until she can find something bigger like her current employment.  It was a good job and she did learn a lot, even if she did struggle sometimes with a boss who couldn't finish teaching her all the in-and-outs she needed for the job. 

Current Mood: nervous
Thursday, January 8th, 2009
10:43 am
the continuing drama...
so at last check we were holding an 89 on our health inspection, brought on mostly by work-in-progress on previously neglected equipment and an inspector who sounds like she needs a long vacation. so yesterday the repairman was fixing the seals on the maketable doors and the door to the walk-in. while he fixed the door hinge on the walk-in, he didn't fix the door seal on it. and i was distracted and didn't double check. i am not used to this level of responsibility, and i have once again been kicked in the head.

Current Mood: blah
Thursday, December 18th, 2008
12:40 am
there is much busy-ness
so the assistant manager is on medical leave right now, leading there to be many long days and nights in store for the rest of us.  this isn't so bad really, though tiring.  next week should be a bit lighter on the schedule. 

i think an attitude i need to carry into the new year is to be more in control of my shifts.  i need to stop being a doormat sometimes.  i need to say no when it matters and learn to say yes if the answer is ever "well, why not?"  i need to visualize myself being more successful, because most of the time i am running on a program that keeps me surviving but not thriving.  i am not seeing myself winning, just seeing myself satisfied that i made it in third place or so.  it is little wonder that i am not doing better when i haven't been seeing myself in that better life and putting in the effort to get there.  today i was a chump and got walked on at one point.  tomorrow i will be standing taller.  as for tonight, i will simply be.

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
1:12 pm
getting kicked while i'm down.
so the franchise people came in and we have started filing all the new paperwork and all that.  what the horrible news is that they are in the middle of a pay period.  this means that while i still get three checks this month, one of the checks is now for only 8 days instead of a full two weeks.  real pay means a 1-5 shift check instead of a 5-5 shift check.  so now that just tightens up everything i had to do this month, probably to the break point.  the next full paycheck comes in on Jan 6th, which is too late to help with just about every bill either.  that starts the sucking part of the franchising.

Current Mood: worried
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