Just another day!

by Christine on November 10th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Just another day….

  • Weight was 127.0, but that was after 2 cups of coffee, it may very well be lower than that! I think I am going to hide the scale and have official weigh-ins until I reach my goal of 125. I want it to be a momentous occasion that it deserves to be! Official weigh-ins from here on out! I’m thinking of hiding the scale and pulling it out on 12-12-10, because it’s a nice even date.  Man, that would be awesome to see my final goal weight showing on the scale!!!
  • Today’s food has included 3 cups of coffee, a cup of yogurt, some leftover Reuben sandwich (minus the bread of course!), and a handful of almonds. Tonight I’ll have leftover cornish hen and some kind of vegetable. A fairly typical eating day for me.
  • Unemployment FINALLY got back to me after I’ve left my claims rep four messages. Apparently I was approved to receive unemployment weeks ago, but some asswipe put a hold on my account for no reason, which is why I haven’t been receiving any money for weeks and weeks. I’m told that because of how screwed up the system is that I need to file an all-new claim, but I am to tell the new claims rep to backdate my claim to October 18th so I can receive back pay.  So I go through the horrible “Press 1 for this, Press 2 for that” phone system and file a new claim, but there’s no option to talk to an agent! Fuckers! So I’ve been on hold for an hour waiting to talk to someone to try to clear this all up once and for all.  Now this claims rep says I have to go through a mandatory 1-week waiting period even though I’m due a month’s worth of back pay, but whatever, so long as this whole dirty mess is sorted out!
  • I got a call from the jobplace that they want me to come in for a second interview! Because the job description entails putting together Powerpoint presentations for senior management, I’m to put together a 10 minute formal powerpoint presentation about myself and why I am the best candidate for the position. The presentation needs to include one “technical data slide” (I think this means a chart or graph) as well as one animated slide. This will be fun to throw together. Only 10 minutes??? psssh piece of cake!! I’m feeling excited about it!
  • Today I emptied my savings account to pay for my COBRA health insurance. Cross your fingers that nothing disastrous happens, like with one of our cars or the hot water heater or anything, because I officially have no money to pay for it! LOL! Living on the edge monetarily is not something I’m used to, nor is it something I am comfortable with. In the last two weeks hubby and I have found a way to cut out about $500 or more worth of bills to our monthly budget, so I’m really hoping that will help us out. I miss having house cleaning though. A lot.
  • Hubby has the day off from work tomorrow, and we’re planning a drive to Vermont to a small town I’ve never been to. We’re going to check out some wild bird sanctuary, go to a Vermont Cheddar factory, and who knows what else. I’m looking forward to the drive-time!
  • I’m going to Boston this weekend for a game (Dominion) tournament. I do well playing Dominion against our friends, even hubby’s uber-geek friends, but I’ve never played in any kind of tournament before. It should be fun!
  • My parents were incredibly kind to pay for hubby & my plane tickets to visit them in Illinois for Christmas. Today I bought the tickets, and I’m really looking forward to seeing my parents!  It was really nice of my parents to pay for our airfare, and I hope that I can pay them back as soon as I get a little money rolling in again….perhaps if this job (interview #2) pans out.

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Job crap!

by Christine on October 27th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

What a tumultuous couple of hours!

Immediately after I posted that last post, I got a call (voicemail) that an employer wants me to come in for a job interview!  I can’t decide if this is a good thing or bad. I am enjoying not working, of course, and I am enjoying writing.  This job description is right up my alley description-wise, but the organization itself sounds like the jerkoff agency that I just left in many ways. It makes me cringe to think of stepping into the same crappy job that I just left, but I won’t know about the organization until I meet with them, of course. It’s not fair to them to place judgement on the job without knowing more about it.

This morning the NYS Department of Labor called with my unemployment claim. My former employer originally lied and said that I quit, but I had proof in the form of a Letter of Discharge that this was not true. Now the former employer is saying that I was let go because I did not live up to their job performance standards. When I got off the phone with the lady when it occurred to me: I have a performance evaluation from ONE WEEK prior to being let go that shows all satisfactory marks!! So I try calling back to tell my claims representative this, but I don’t remember her extension number, and the idiots at the Dept. of Labor refuse to transfer me to her because of some ridiculous policy of theirs. So now I have to fax the information over to them and just HOPE that they forward the information to this claims lady.  It’s so frustrating it makes me want to scream! Talk about ridiculous red tape, and it’s all compounded by the fact that my former employer is jerking me & the State around with their ridiculous claims and lies. And now I have to run to Staples and pay for the fax…

I’m supposed to call this potential employer back this morning, but I’m unhinged by this ridiculous run-around, so I want to wait an hour or two to calm down before I make the phonecall to schedule an interview. I don’t want to come across as negative or pissy at ALL, you know what I mean?

My in-laws want to take me out to lunch today….to the Cheesecake Factory! The Cheesecake Factory is, of course, known for their ridiculously high calorie menu, so it’s imperative that I do a little research prior to going to the restaurant to find out what’s safe to eat or not. Some thoughts:

  • Pot stickers – 377 calories
  • Ahi carpaccio — 260 calories
  • Edamame – 323 calories (I’m not a big edamame fan though)
  • Tossed green salad – 189 calories

There honestly isn’t very much on the menu that is a good calorie value. I don’t eat much, so I don’t want to order a large meal and have a fridge full of leftovers, either. I’ll probably go with the Ahi Carpaccio. I’ve had it before and it’s delicious AND a good calorie value.

If you haven’t signed up for my half-marathon “Walk, run, or crawl,” then check it out here! So far I have a few takers: Shane, Patrick, and Libby!! I’m so excited that you three are going to support me in this challenge, and I can’t wait to support you guys, too!! Wahoo!

Also, if you haven’t seen my “Holiday Planning” post, you should check it out!

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