Monday, November 28, 2005

Thanksgiving was simply delightful. We had a feast fit for the whole 14 of us, it was great. I love spending time with family, it makes me feel so good. (sigh)

Black Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did nearly nothing. Normally this would be a feat to be proud of but not in this particular case. I was beyond bored with a sinus infection that made me jealous of anyone with the ability to breathe through both nostrils. It was terrible until about Saturday afternoon when it started to clear up and then I realized I really had nothing, and I mean nothing, to do. By Sunday, I had cleaned the kitchen three times, put up christmas decorations in the living room, cleaned up the dining room, and did a few loads of laundry all while wearing the same clothes for about three days. THIS INCLUDES wasting an embarrassing amount of time in front of the television watching programs that would normally, on any other typical day, drive me to go rake the lawn. The worst part was that in my boredom, I couldn't stop thinking about this job I'm almost finished with. It's the same problem I wrote about last post.

There was nothing I could do that would take my mind off of it for a couple of hours. I would tell myself, "I'll worry about it on Monday. I'll worry about it on Monday." That didn't work. It's tremendously annoying but funny because it really has nothing to do with whether the job is going to be finished or not. I'm obsessing about the fact that whether or not I'm correct, this guy is gonna make me do the work anyway just because he very well can. He'll stand behind this vague statement and claim that the whole job is put on hold because of me and there isn't a damn thing I can do about it. Readers, if you think that this sounds bogus, welcome to the wonderful world of construction.

Ugh. This whole stupid situation gives me nausea I swear. For me, it's like having a dentist appointment or a huge exam - the anticipation makes me so uncomfortable that I obsess about it for days until it's over with. Oh please hurry and be over with.
Thanksgiving was simply delightful. We had a feast fit for the whole 14 of us, it was great. I love spending time with family, it makes me feel so good. (sigh)

Black Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did nearly nothing. Normally this would be a feat to be proud of but not in this particular case. I was beyond bored with a sinus infection that made me jealous of anyone with the ability to breathe through both nostrils. It was terrible until about Saturday afternoon when it started to clear up and then I realized I really had nothing, and I mean nothing, to do. By Sunday, I had cleaned the kitchen three times, put up christmas decorations in the living room, cleaned up the dining room, and did a few loads of laundry all while wearing the same clothes for about three days. THIS INCLUDES wasting an embarrassing amount of time in front of the television watching programs that would normally, on any other typical day, drive me to go rake the lawn. The worst part was that in my boredom, I couldn't stop thinking about this job I'm almost finished with. It's the same problem I wrote about last post.

There was nothing I could do that would take my mind off of it for a couple of hours. I would tell myself, "I'll worry about it on Monday. I'll worry about it on Monday." That didn't work. It's tremendously annoying but funny because it really has nothing to do with whether the job is going to be finished or not. I'm obsessing about the fact that whether or not I'm correct, this guy is gonna make me do the work anyway just because he very well can. He'll stand behind this vague statement and claim that the whole job is put on hold because of me and there isn't a damn thing I can do about it. Readers, if you think that this sounds bogus, welcome to the wonderful world of construction.

Ugh. This whole stupid situation gives me nausea I swear. For me, it's like having a dentist appointment or a huge exam - the anticipation makes me so uncomfortable that I obsess about it for days until it's over with. Oh please hurry and be over with.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

I went out to my jobsite late morning, after eating a whole package of Halls Honey Lemon drops, and proceeded to get thoroughly berated by the onsite super....by phone. I hate it when people do that. I really do. I don't get it, what part of the bitchfest is going to make me work any harder for him?

Same thing with my dad. I went to tell him about the ambush and I didn't even squeeze one word out before he snaps at me in front of the whole office. He's like "what's the matter now?! Is it blah? because you've had more problems with the tinyass job at blah than the big one over at blah blah." I got up and walked back to my office without saying a word. He walks out of his office screaming at me down the hallway "so I guess, what, you didn't have a problem???!!" I walked up the steps and went to lunch. I'm not talking to him when he's like that.

Blog, I have to tell you after this morning, I officially wanted to move to anywhere else in the US besides here. I'm so sick of being yelled at!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Chicago was fun this weekend. I'm really glad we decided to take Friday off and drive over there instead of leaving Friday night or Saturday morning or something. It was nice. I didn't feel all that rushed which is cool. Although I am REALLY tired this morning and I REALLY didn't feel like coming into work. Maybe I should've taken today off for recovery. Oh well.

In the past, I've never spent that much time in the city of Chicago so I never got to really experience what it's like to be ...well....living in Chicago. I had a few tournaments in Naperville when I was younger and we drove over from Kzoo just for the day a couple times - so I have a little knowledge of the city but not that much. Anyhoo, so there are a couple of things I wanted to mention about my little full weekend experience.

Positives: I love the fact that you can ride the bus/take a taxi/walk everywhere downtown - it reminds me of a little town in CO called Steamboat where you can ride the bus/take a taxi to every part of the town in addition to the mountain. I love the wide range of things to do and the overall noiseyness of the city. I like that there's a lot of construction, it gives me a feeling like not only is the place willing and able to improve financially but they understand that they're going to have to accommodate for a growing population. That's good - it means that property values will continue to go up which really only means anything if you own as opposed to rent. I like the history written or photographed in the restaurants, stores, and appearance of the old apartment/loft buildings. I really like Scott and Lindsay's loft, especially the wood floors and the fireplace and huge windows. I like their view of downtown. I like that there is plenty of parking around their place. I like use of the space in their loft and the cozy feeling you get when you hang out in the living room. it's all nice.

Negatives: My biggest issue was that the people in Chi Town were definitely not as nice as the people in Detroit. People seem a little more pushy and a little more willing to be rude. It's like everyone has to be tough. I don't like that at all. I don't like that rent is more than my mortgage and you get less than half the space. I don't like paying that much and NOT getting a return on my investment. I definitely don't like the fact that you can hear every little thing that happens in the loft. It was a little creepy hearing a whisper from the other side of the loft. It's like a full on production when you pee. Ewe. I don't like depending on someone else to get me to work in the morning. If I was running late one morning, I can jump in my car and go - sneaking through side roads to avoid traffic or passing slow people - I don't have to stop and pick anyone else up. .. That's pretty much it I guess.

I don't know. I think I liked it more than anything though. I mean, yea, there's gonna be higher rent and apartments with no real sound deadening qualities but you have to take the good with the bad, eh? The Burdick house in Kzoo was awesome in that you had so much more freedom than in the dorms but the heating costs SUCKED. ... The whole thing is an experience though - I wish I could say I had the opportunity to explore like that. It just seems really freaking cool.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Going to Chicago tomorrow.
Wanted to take the train.
Couldn't take the train.
Now the husband's driving
the whole way through.
And we are so listening to
Christmas music the entire ride.

Happy Turkey.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Quick! Look busy! My boss is coming and he's gonna try and make me go to a meeting and I don't wannnnna. Nooooooooo. Don't make me go! Work on something! Go, now!


Tee hee ... ttteee hee

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I talked to an inspector from a roofing products manufacturer this morning and he told me that when roof inspections slow down here, this particular company sends these inspector dudes all over the country to assist other cities. How cool is that? Pay is better, less work-related stress, travel bennies, no additional training.....seems cool to me.

Tough the downside has got to be the driving during the Michigan inspections. The guy told me this morning that he had three inspections for the day; one in Detroit, one in Jackson, and then one in Brighton. His gas bills must be astronomical! Not to mention the terrible boredom he probably gets driving all that way too. Can you imagine dealing with traffic....all day? Yuck.

I don't know. I mean, I guess you'd have to choose between stress in trying to make a job run smoothly and make money or stress out about whether you'll make an inspection on time. Well, it doesn't really matter when you get to the inspection because really...you're the one who's passing out the warranty so the contractor can wait for you.

I'd like the freedom of making my own schedule like they do too. And and and I'd love to be able to be the powerful third party. No more of the politics bullshit, I could finally be like "hi, I don't care who you are - you want a warranty? get this done." I wouldn't be that evil and ego-driven but knowing I could be would make all the difference.

I like working with family though. I mean, it's so far away from being easy that if the idea of easy was earth, my job would be 500 million miles beyond Pluto ... but I enjoy the fact that I can scream and yell at someone in the office all day long and be able to laugh with them the next morning. It helps to be able to be honest with people and not feel like you're gonna get fired. Don't get me wrong, I'm not immune to getting fired because I'm family - oh no - my father actually fired my little brother because my bro felt he could play the "I'm the boss' son" bull. So no, my boss will fire me if he feels the need but in the meantime, as long as I do my job and do it honestly, I can bitch till my face turns blue and I'll be fine.....I think. :-)

Monday, November 14, 2005

You know what positively irrates me to no flippin end? When I do something that is required of me promptly, successfully and sometimes above and beyond, and then I get overlooked. I'm talking strictly business here.....when I complete the required training to do my job, I don't expect like a 'congratulations' but I do expect the simple things like being able check and view my schedule before I'm supposed to work. Then when I do come into work, I expect that my computer will work or that I'll get paid on time. I expect that if I do my part, you will at the least, do yours. It's only the least a company can do right? Yea.

I'm trying my best not to get that angry this morning but as my log-in continues to fail for some odd reason, I'm again left with no clue of when I'm supposed to work, and I can't seem to understand why I haven't received a phone call related to any of this -- I can't help but get a little upset.

I did my part people....please, please, please the least you could do is tell me what the hell is going on.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Cause in my head there’s a greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place
where they’re far more suited than here

.....


I do believe it’s true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
If the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you’re the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere

Where soul meets body


Ah Good Times.
Note to self: 5 hours of sleep is not enough sleep.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

I got this job a while back and it finally started on Monday. It's a nice small job but it comes with big challenges. Personally, I love jobs like these because most companies don't want to deal with the headache and time required to get the job done right. As a company, we specialize in the most complicated of work anyway so we normally have the personnel to handle such tasks and frankly we don't mind taking on a challenge. I've grown to love tough jobs too though, I usually get the opportunity to learn my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to scheduling, estimating, and handling a crisis. It's cool.

This one I'm working on this week has a particularly painful learning curve. I'm actually getting the opportunity to physically pay for all of my scheduling errors. yea. On this job, machines bigger than the size of a regular door frame cannot be used so material that hasn't been craned in, is carried in by hand. Do you know how heavy 5 gallon pails of adhesive are? Maybe 50lbs or so each - lifted 15 feet in the air - 8 times - by rope. And that's not even the half of it. It was tough but I spent two hours lifting all the misc. materials up to the roof. My guys kept working though which made it all worth it. ..(sigh)... The things I do for money sometimes. I was so tired by the end of the day that while I was walking on another part of the job, I tripped on a piece of plywood and smacked my knee on new concrete. It's not that bad but it's all scraped up so it stings in the shower. Eh. Whatever I guess.

I love construction.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I am beyond tired this morning. I went to go try on dresses with Kris, Mich, and Jill last night and it wore me out. I started to get a little depressed too. I have lost weight in the last month and a half or so but I don't feel like I lost enough. I feel like I'm disproportionate and really not at a good, happy weight. I don't know, maybe I just have to get serious about my workout plan....and stop complaining. I can't just be the size I want and not work for it right? I can't show off at my brother's wedding by doing nothing. Ugh.

Today, I label me a whiner.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

There weren't as many kids this year than last year I think. That's ok though, I didn't mind. I dressed up in my skeleton costume, you know the one I wore to the Burdick party like 10 years ago? Yea, I was passing out candy as a skeleton. I bought 900 tootsie rolls and like 50 m&m snack packs for the night which I knew wouldn't last more than an hour but it would be enough to keep me afloat before Paul picked me up to go to Romeo. I mean, hey at least I bought candy right? Both of my neighbors don't even turn on their lights. I understand though. One kid had the nerve to say "ugh, tootsie rolls?" - like I'm some rich white lady that buys tootsie rolls not because she can't afford more but because she's cheap. I looked back at that boy with that Rock eyebrow - you know the 'smell what he's cookin' type eyebrow - and said "boy, did you buy this candy?" Huh....Pre Teens. Pain in my ass.

Anyhoo, so passed out as much candy as I could then I ran inside, turned off all the lights, and then waited the ten minutes it took for Paul to get home. He and I snuck out of the hood soon after that and headed off to my inlaws in Romeo. We got there a little later in the night, right before curfew at 8pm in fact. Yea, curfew at 8 for all trick or treaters. They are crazy into halloween over there and as a result of all the blood, sweat, tears, and more importantly cashish put into their decorations - they get trick or treaters from the whole county. It's crazy fun. My mother-inlaw gets all upset though cause she has to spend like 200 bucks on candy for all the freakin people. price you pay for a fantastic halloween display though. I was gonna bring her some but i ran out feeding the pontiac toddlers, pre-teens, infants, and the nearly adults.

Now it's on to Thanksgiving.