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10th-Oct-2010 07:15 pm - Fest 2010
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I needed to blog this somewhere, and I'm sure that the Queen's crew is sick of hearing it...

I had a wonderful season at fest this year.  I met many new people and made many new friends.  I cannot thank them all enough for bringing the magick back for me and for accepting me for who I am.  It was refreshing to be able to be myself and not be judged for it.

The season ended this weekend with Recovery Party and tear down.  Last night the Queen's crew went down to the pub in the dark and paid our respects to the pub, our fest family and the ending of season.  They honored me with a Guinness spoon (only 2 are given out by the pub each year, so it was a huge honor for me).  Oh, and Troy won a "Guinness" mountain bike (that is actually a Smirnoff Ice mountain bike).

Thanks to everyone for a great year. 
28th-Jan-2010 08:30 pm - Lost Job
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So, the details...

Position has been horrible since day one - treated like dirt.  Company dysfunctional to the extreme, no communication, et cetera - things have been done the same way since it's inception 20+ years ago.

Fast forward:
First week December 2009 - informed that they have sold 1/3 of the stores effective the following Saturday (8 days notice).

I know they are going to let someone go.

I have saved the company a LOT (over 100K) in 2.5 years, I do my job in less than the time allotted... work my butt off et cetera
HR lady - can't get job done in 40 hrs a week, treats everyone like dirt, tattles on everyone else

Today - was informed my position has been eliminated and I have 2 weeks to train teh accountant (who is already busy 40 hrs a week) to do my job.  NO SEVERANCE!

Yup, not a good day, on the other hand, had a REALLY good interview this morning (before this happened), my fingers are crossed...
10th-Jun-2009 08:00 pm - The dilemma of the month...
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I know my child is bright.  He'll be 3 in a couple of months and already knows his alphabet (both upper and lower case), can count to 15 and knows his colors and shapes.  He speaks in 5-7 word sentences.  I figure he has a vocabulary of over 300 words.  I've just found out that he is also starting to add (1+1 and 2+2 he knows for certain).  I called my local school district to see if they had any programs for 3 year olds - nope.  They won't even evaluate him until he's 4 but they did say that it is probable that he is extremely gifted.   This is going to be interesting...
26th-Mar-2009 10:07 am - New Job Possibly on the Horizon
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Early this week I got a cold call from a recruiter based on a resume I had left online when I took my current position.  I've gotten them before and they go no where.

This one was different.  The position was custom written for me (customer service - both inbound and outbound - software support or transfer to tech services, accounts payable and misc as assigned by the controller/owner).  He is looking for someone who is assertive (check), has experience (check) and is willing to do what it takes (check).  The recruiter told me I was the better of 2 candidates she was presenting and the pay rate is about $3 an hour more than my current rate (and more than I asked for).  From the pay rate that the current employee has, she expects that he gives annual raises of $1 to $2 an hour.

It is a small techie company in Woodbury (no, I don't know the name as of yet) and the owner promotes from within (the current assistant controller started as a file clerk). 

The other nice thing is it is past the sitters so I don't have to drive back past home to get to work. 

Interview with the company Monday or Tuesday, mid April start date if I get it. 

If anyone needs a good executive recruiter, please let me know and I'll pass her information on. 
6th-Feb-2009 09:06 am - Downsized... after 12 years
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My husband was downsized after almost 12 years at the same company.  Any suggestions as to jobs in warehouse, Class B CDL driving are appreciated ($12 an hour MINIMUM).  It was a company wide downsizing (even some high management positions were eliminated).  His boss is trying to pull strings to help him find a job as quickly as possible.  We're waiting to hear if he will get both his vacation and sick time (total of 4 weeks of pay).

At least my job isn't going anywhere.

Thanks!

Edited to note: although most of this would be from friends anyway - Twin Cities metro area of MN.
23rd-Jun-2008 08:35 am - Adoption, reunion and love
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All I can say is WOW.  It was an absolutely amazing weekend.  It felt like I had known them forever (there were no awkward silences).  We did a late lunch on Friday then went to their hotel and we went swimming and then went to a late dinner.  We spent all day Saturday at the Mall of America (we made matching Build Your Own Bears, went on two of the roller coasters, had an old time picture taken in 20's garb).  They invited my hubby with and we all went to Outback on Saturday night.  They want my DH, DS and I to come and spend a weekend with them in October. 

There is no way to describe how I feel right now.  Although I love my adoptive parents, it was nice to be with people like me... I know that seems weird to non adopted people, but there is just something about that blood connection.  I am extremely lucky to have found them and to have met them.

Steph and I both have a verbal tic - we apologize to everything/everyone (I even apologize to walls if I bump into them).

Kathie (my birthmom) actually said "oh no, I thought 2 were bad and now there are 3 of them". 

We all talk alike, we look alike, we think alike.  I will post pictures later in the week (if I can figure out how to do it on LJ).

I'm still processing everything.  But it was a totally amazing experience.

 
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Nervous, scared, excited... but I have never been this nervous in my entire life.  I mean, I've spoken in front of 3000+ people, I've been on National Public Radio (as a guest), and I have never been this nervous.  My birthmom and sister left their house at 8 am, dropped the girls off at school and are on their way to pick up my other sister right now.  They're supposed to be here around 3 pm.  Every minute that ticks off the clock makes me more and more nervous.  I've just wanted this for so long, and it's finally here.  I'll post about it tonight or Sunday depending on what time I get home. 

Plans:
Late lunch today
Mall of America tomorrow...

tick, tock, tick, tock...

7th-May-2008 12:45 pm - IPOD Meme (from Pugilist Girl)
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Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 25-ish songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game post your own. :D

1)      Look into my eyes and you will see
2)      Who died? Our Akita, Evita
3)      I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
4)      You know our love was meant to be
5)      You come out at night
6)      When I am down and oh my soul so weary
7)      I was raised out on Rural Route 3
8)      She packed my bags last night
9)      I hear the drums echoing tonight
10) I woke up this morning and the sun was gone
11) Heaven bent to take my hand
12) There used to be a graying tower out alone on the sea
13) Don’t you fret, Msr. Maurius
14) And now I’m all alone again, nowhere to turn, no one to go to
15) I guess I thought that you’d be here forever
16) In 1965, Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war
17) Lay down your sweet and weary head
18) I hope you’re happy, I hope you’re happy now
19) 525,600 minutes, 525,600 moments so dear
20) I’m not the one who’s so far away
21) American girls and American guys stand up and salute
22) Little child, dry your crying eyes
23) I am a young man from the town of Kyambra
24) I dream of rain, I dream of God
25) Hold on little girl, show me what he’s done to you
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A little history lesson:
 
In the Middle Ages the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) basically ruled the world. If you didn’t believe and adhere to their rules, your soul was damned and you were going to hell.
 
At that time, the RCC began a policy of selling religious services to the rich (the priest would read specific Bible passages, fast, or do some other type of service). This eventually developed into the selling of indulgences. Indulgences allowed you to shorten your time in purgatory (the more money you spent, the less time). Purgatory, for the non-RCC here was the place one spent between death and heaven to pay off one’s sins – it wasn’t as bad as hell, but… Incidentally, the RCC will tell you an child who has not been baptized will go to purgatory if they die.
 
It seems to me that selling carbon credits is the modern version of selling indulgences.
 
Indulgences didn’t change anything except for making the RCC even more wealthy. I highly doubt that anyone who bought an indulgence spent less time paying for their sins after death. In fact, I’ll hazard a guess that rich sinners just paid off their sins and didn’t change their ways and perhaps even sinned more.
 
Carbon credits strike me the same way – if you want to have a large carbon footprint, pay someone else for part of theirs. I’ll hazard a guess here that it’s not going to reduce the world carbon footprint.
 
Both indulgences and carbon credits are sales of an intangible item without a true monetary value.
 
Essentially both equate to the same thing – the ruling class taxing people for doing something they deem as “bad”.
 
Hmmm, committing the oldest of sins in the newest of ways…
24th-Apr-2008 12:03 pm - Introspection
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My path is changing. I don't know where it's going at this point - I've been told I'm croning, that the fae have accepted me, and many other things.  I still don't know what is going on.

To quote from "Defying Gravity" from Wicked
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by
The rules of someone else's game
Too late for second guessing
To late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes
And leap...

This has quickly become my favorite song on my IPOD and I listen to it multiple times a day and this section will give me chills every single time.

I have no idea where that leap is going to take me and for the first time, it does not scare me.  I'm comfortable in my skin.  I'm happy for the first time in many years.  I feel that I am in control of my life for the first time.  I no longer feel like a pawn of the gods (although they still won't tell me where I'm supposed to go next).  I've actually taken the first steps to starting the coven.  I put my application in for the City Council (yeah, I know, long shot).  I am comfortable with who I am.  I've found my birthfamily and will be meeting my birthmom and two of my sisters in 57 days. 

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