Sunday, August 24, 2008


Okay, so I live in South TX and we have been in a severe drought for yrs.  So what happens lately?...we've had more than our share of rain in the last MONTH!! Since Hurricane Dolly came by on 07/23 it seems that it's been raining at least twice a week!  Our yards are soaked, can't absorb any more water, there are poor areas "colonias" in Spanish that are still flooded in from the hurricane, people are displaced, everyone, including me, have been pitching in to scrape up what we can to help those in most need.

I got 2 comforters, pillows, linens, children's clothing, my clothes, then I bought a bunch of things from the dollar zone, shampoo, hand soap, dish soap, bleach, etc, to send to a needy family.  I wish I could help everyone, but I will do my share by helping at least one family.

Now it's Florida's turn, poor people, so much rain.  Water creates so much damage! 

I scanned a picture of me and sized it to 1.5" and the picture on the side bar is the result.  Can anyone help?  I'm not too computer literate, but I'm not illiterate either.

Have a wonderful day, I think I have to go cut some grass on my 1 acre lot.  Push mower, good exercise!

Saturday, August 23, 2008


I'm in shock!  My boyfriend (lives in San Antonio, 250 miles from me) informed me today that he has been let go from his job.  He has been there for 10 yrs!! RIF they called it, down-sizing, reduction in force...whatever, he is being laid off.  A few others were let go too, so he's not the only one.  The wonderful thing is that he is okay with it, they did what they had to do he says...but he is 57 yrs old, after all.  He comes with lots of computer experience, and he says he is not worried, but not very many people want to hire someone our age.  I will keep him in my prayers.  If you pray, pray for him, the he soon finds a job.  San Antonio is huge, so I'm staying optimistic.

I found a picture of my wrecked car, the one where the 15 y.o. drunk girl rear-ended me.  Here it is.

She hit me with a double cab dodge pick up.  Totally tore up my gas saver '99 Chevy Metro.  With the gas prices, I so wish I had it back.  Still fighting her insurance company.  If they only wanted to pay me 1/2 of what my car is valued at, can you just imagine what they are going to want to pay for my bodily injury?  A measly few dollars, I'm sure.  But I've got more time than money, and I will continue the fight!

My daily diet has been horrible!  No exercise, lots of pecan cookies, cokes, bite size chocolate candies.  Monday, it's back to the drawing board.

Monday, always Monday...


Wednesday, August 20, 2008


It's now 11:20 p.m., got home from work at 8 pm, picked up a 6-pack of Bud Lite to celebrate that I am about 98% done with what needs to be done by Monday, first day of classes for the school year.

I have decided to talk to my principal tomorrow and hit her up for at least 15 hrs of overtime pay.  I've been working 8am-8pm for almost 2 wks straight, and while the work in the office is not divided up evenly, I would rather do it and know that it's done RIGHT!  Would hate to have to be fixing mistakes on day one, when parents are crowding the office and things are just not right.

What is it with some people? they just not care, do they just know that it will be done by others?  There are new responsibilities at work and I absolutely REFUSE to take on any more!!  I have enough with the bookkeeping, school activity fund and about $80K in district funds.  That alone takes up my whole day, then I am also saddled with student records, because, as my asst. principal says,..."I don't want to trust anyone else with it."  Well, other people can learn, and they can learn to do it right!

If I do say so myself, I am the "sharpest pencil" in the office, among 4 of us there, what with almost 32 yrs experience.  But I am willing to train others, I won't be there forever! Maybe in 5 yrs or so my long-distance boyfriend of 5 yrs will be ready to retire and I can retire along with him :-)

...and if tomorrow my boss says I can't pay myself for some of my overtime I've been putting in, well, I'll just have to start getting rid of some responsibilities!  Nothing is set in stone as to who does what in the office, somehow since I'm the secretary and the other 3 are clerks, I just get saddled with the heavy loads!


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

So much for the "getting back to regular meals routine" this week.  I've been working 8am-8pm, going to mandatory boring meetings, and just snacking on bitesize chocolates (and I don't even care much for it, but it's there!), all out of extreme tiredness (is that even a word!!?) 

I'm almost done with everything I have to do for the first day of school which is Monday, the 25th, will probably finish by Thursday, then Friday will be clean up day.  Literally, clean up, the office, hide everything in the closets, and just make the office presentable.

It poured all day yesterday and we have some sort of plumbing problem in a below ground level room that we have in our campus.  Can you believe sewer water leaks in there?!?!? YUCK! The smell was all over the grounds today!  I can't imagine being a parent and walking in on Monday, bright and early, to the smell of poop!  Hope they fix it soon!

I haven't seen my long distance boyfriend in several weeks, and now with school opening won't see him this weekend for sure.  Gonna take a 3 day trip to New Mexico on Sept 2-5 to see my nephew graduate from the Border Patrol Academy, so I guess the boyfriend will have to wait till after that.

Ho-hum, such a boring, tiring day.  Let's hope for more excitement tomorrow.


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Getting back into the hang of journaling

Wow, August 16th, 10 days before my birthday...53, where have the years gone?...

So much has happened this summer, I was rear-ended on June 4th by a 15 year old little girl, she was drunk at 7 a.m., probably out all night.  Had to get an attorney because her insurance didn't want to accept liability, but they finally did.  The fight is on.

I am an elementary school secretary and we're in the process of getting ready for classes to begin on 08/25, out staff returns day after tomorrow, on the 18th.  Long hours await me, registering and keying in new students.  Unfortunately, I get no overtime pay, but I am compensated with comp time as needed.

Still struggling with my weight.  225 as of last week.  I'm glad we're back on regular schedule in 2 days, will be able to follow a regular meal schedule.  I am determined that I WILL start exercising again on Monday.  Monday, why do we always wait until the infamous "Monday"

So much to say, so many thoughts wandering around in my head.  Will write more as I think.