28 February, 2011

February is Messing With My Mind...

Normally, I take immense pleasure with turning the pages on the calendar.  There is something exciting about turning the page to a new month.  I’m not sure whether it’s the excitement of a new photo, a clean slate or new hopes for what the upcoming month may bring.  This time of year brings me even more pleasure because with each nasty month behind me, I’m that much closer to the seasons I love – Spring, Summer and Fall.

Today, I’m fighting the urge not to just jump ahead and flip the page to March.  Twice I’ve started to make the move and twice I’ve stopped myself.   Somehow I just can’t justify the switch because by doing so I feel like I’m selling February short of its time to shine.  It’s a short month to begin with and now I’m just wishing it away.   I’m actually feeling guilty!  I can’t believe the inner turmoil I’ve caused myself.   

Stupid short month…enjoy it while you can because soon, I’m turning you over…

24 February, 2011

Observations from Today…

Since Thursday of last week, the girl in the office next to mine has been complaining to everyone that the ringer on her phone is too loud and that she can’t turn it down any further.  Honestly, I can’t hear it ring, so I don’t know what she is complaining about.   I guess some people just need to fuss over the most miniscule items.

Speaking of fussing – we are expecting yet another snow storm tomorrow.  Apparently Mother Nature hasn’t forgiven me for calling her a bitch on numerous occasions and is sending another 10 inches my way.  Yeah for me!

The Boy is home from school this week.  It’s “reading week”.  Funny thing, he hasn’t read anything yet.   Perhaps, it should be called “sleeping during the day week” instead.

Speaking of The Boy.  He’s decided that when he’s done school, he’d like to move to a Caribbean island and live on the beach and he firmly believes, he doesn’t need a job to do that.   IF he manages to figure out how to become a successful beach-bum – I’ll share the secret.   Ahhh, to be young and full of dreams...  

Apparently because of the unseasonably cold winter that everyone has been experiencing this year, there is a tomato shortage and Wendy’s has stopped including them on the hamburgers to save money.   Do they plan on offering me a discount now that my burger does not include a tomato slice?  Doubtful, but I think I’ll ask...

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’ve been liquidating stuff on eBay.  Let me say this – some eBay buyers are high maintenance.   If you are buying something used for $2.00, can you really expect a warranty?  Pain.in.my.ass. 

23 February, 2011

Missing: My Life...Reward if Found...

My apologies for once again being MIA.  It seems that life is passing me by at an extreme pace and I can’t get ahead – or keep up for that matter.

Tax season is upon us and that is consuming me at the moment.  I’m not really interested in solving mathematical problems and it seems that by not keeping on top of my business bookkeeping, I now have no choice but to deal with the problem at hand.  

That problem is a WAY larger task than I anticipated it to be.  Seems that the idea I had of stuffing all receipts into Wal-Mart bag “until I got around to entering them” was not such a great idea.  Who knew I could accumulate so many receipts in a 9 month period?

Then, there is the whole “inventory” calculation thing.  Once again, no one told me I should really be keeping track of every single bead I purchased over the past 9 months, how much it cost and when it was used.  Seriously?  I don’t have time for that and am having none of it.  Time to get creative with those numbers…

On the upside, I anticipate getting a refund and hence the reason for wanting to get my shit together and get this thing done – I want to go on a holiday!

I should mention that I also prepare tax returns for my dad, J’s parents, my son and my husband.  Thank goodness for Turbo Tax because this lady does not have enough skill to handle taxes on her own.

Another thing consuming my time is eBay.   Our home is full of excess crap – ranging from excess camera equipment, extra scuba equipment, travel guidebooks to places I don’t intend to return to, iPods, hand held game systems, games, etc. etc.  It’s time to clear out the excess and make some cash from those items that are collecting dust.  Let me tell you, the life of an eBay seller is a full-time job.  First there’s getting the items ready to list (aka dusting them), taking photos, researching prices, writing descriptions, calculating shipping and then finally posting your ad, all with the hopes it sells and if it does, there’s packing it and shipping it.  Ughhh, I’m tired just thinking about it.

Have I mentioned that J had a grand idea to clean out our filing cabinet?  Problem being...he can't find anything now and I'm spending more time (time I don't have) helping him look for things.

That's all the time I have now.  My time is running out and so is my patience.

16 February, 2011

Treat Others As You Wish to be Treated, Else it Will Bite You…

As many of you know, I switched jobs a few months ago – in November to be exact.   After being under-utilized and bored out of my mind in my previous job, this new job is a welcomed addition…mostly.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to start ranting about how much I hate this job – at least not yet.   The position is still new, so I don’t have any real complaints – yet.   I say “yet” because we all know the world is not perfect and neither am I.  I’m being realistic - the rants will come, just not today.  

Today, I bring you an observation…

I’m generally an organized person.  I’m not OCD about it, but believe organization brings productivity and productivity brings profitability – to both the company and me.  I’m a firm believer that if you work hard, someone will notice and you may receive recognition for it.  I know this may be delusional, but nonetheless, I try hard.  I’m not an over-achiever, but I like the feeling of knowing that I’ve done a good job – even if I’m the only one that notices or cares.  I do what I do for myself.

Anyhow…I’ve noticed there are other individuals in my department that do not work hard, do not care what kind of job they do, are cynical, mean to others and basically just don’t give a shit about anyone but themselves.  They come in late, leave early and take 2 hour lunches and they complain about EVERYTHING and everyone.  These individuals have been with the company for well over 15 years and believe they are entitled to special treatment because of their tenure and overall age.  

Their boss (who is also mine) is too kind to do anything about them.  He puts up with them because it is easier and less time-consuming than addressing the problems at hand.  It’s obvious that they have no respect for authority and they flaunt their lack of concern for retribution - they use him as a doormat and he allows it.   It bugs me to no end, but it’s not my position to say anything.

What they fail to recognize is that within the next 6 months, their reporting structure will change.   Their existing boss will no longer be calling the shots, looking the other way at their extended lunches and late arrivals, signing off on vacation days they’re not entitled to and generally putting up with them being tyrants.   Nope, there’s a new man in town….and “he” happens to be me.

Imagine their surprise…or shock….or horror.  Imagine my pleasure.  Karma - it is was it is....

11 February, 2011

It's Hard to Be Taken Seriously While Wearing Mittens...

I’ve said it before – I hate friggin Winter and I’m not coping with it at the moment…AT ALL. 

For the last two months, in my part of Canada, we have been experiencing “lower than seasonable temperatures”.  Well, what does that mean?  Besides the obvious – I need a holiday.

Well it means that not only is it colder than usual, it also means that my hands, legs, arms and face have lost all moisture.  I itch everywhere.  My lips are chapped and my hair is brittle.  I’m a mess and sadly I don’t care what I look like when I go out in public.  Between too many clothes, boots, oversized parkas, mittens, scarves, hats and my lizard-like complexion, no one will recognize me and really if they do – I don’t care.  I’d flip them off if it wasn’t impossible to do while wearing mittens.  Somehow, the intensity of the gesture is lost when I’m standing there waving madly with my pink mittens.

Don’t get me wrong, Canada is a great place in the Spring, Summer and Fall months, but in the Winter, it sucks to be me…

07 February, 2011

Conversations I Need to Have...

With A Friend

Contrary to popular belief, you DO NOT know it all.  I know this is a hard reality pill to swallow, but as a friend it needs to be said.  I know you believe yourself to be an authority on places you haven’t been and things you haven’t done; however just because you read about it on Facebook, doesn’t make it true or make you an expert.  Shocking isn’t it?  

With Another Friend

If you want to get ahead in the workplace, stop being so stupid and getting drunk at company functions.  Seriously, you won’t make any friends by acting like an idiot and barfing in public.  Just saying…you’re an ass and I’ve lost interest in your career aspiration work woes. 

With a Co-Worker

Just because you work for the President of the company, does not give you the right to freak out at others when the photocopier runs out of paper in the middle of your copy job.  I know you believe that it was done intentionally to sabotage you, but perhaps you should consider having your meds adjusted.

With Another Co-Worker

Your work ethic is admirable; however I do not appreciate you coming into work with the flu.  I don’t care how much work you have to do, nor do I care that you are sanitizing your hands often.   I DO care about the fact that you are spewing your germs around every time you cough or breath in my vicinity.  Please stay home for a couple of days.  Trust me – you feel better and I won’t have to listen to your suffering.

With My Son

You are technically an adult.  I still support you because I’m looking out for your well-being and want to give you every opportunity to succeed in life.   If you want your X-Box subscription renewed, may I suggest you get a job to pay for it?  Online gaming is not what I consider a necessity.  Reality is cruel…get used to it.

With Myself

If you hope to wear a bathing suit anytime in the near future and not be mistaken for a beached whale, get off your ass and exercise already.  It’s early February and your still haven’t attempted to do anything with that extra holiday tonnage.   Let me be the first to tell you that dusting your treadmill does not count as exercise.  You have to actually use it in order to make a difference.   Enough said…lazy ass.

05 February, 2011

Live Life...

There comes a time when we all need to take a step back and adjust our perspective on life and what’s really and truly important.
It’s easy to become consumed with the daily chores, jobs and family commitments, but what we all have to realize is that we are ultimately in control of your own destiny.  Stop for just one moment and ask yourself – what if?  
What if I didn’t take my children to soccer practice, dance lessons, karate lessons, skating lessons?  Who are we truly doing it for anyhow?  What if we stayed home and watched a movie instead?  Will they love me less?
What if I didn’t exercise today?  Will the world come to an end?
What if I left the dirty dishes in the sink until tomorrow or didn’t sweep the dust bunnies from under the kitchen table?   What’s the worst that will happen?  
What if I opted for ice cream for supper instead of a salad?  What would my mother think?  Who cares?
What if I don’t update my Facebook status tonight?  Will my friends think I’ve died?
Stop taking life so seriously.  Stop taking yourself so seriously.   Stop letting your precious time and energy be consumed with things that aren’t important in the grand scheme of “life”. 
Stop and think about it.   
Live life – the life you want to, not the life you feel obligated to.

04 February, 2011

Happy Friday....

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo

01 February, 2011

Random Thoughts - Rodents, Whale Sharks, Mac and Cheese...

January is finally behind us.  Can I get a collective WHOO-HOO?  Now, if the winter weather would just go away as easily life would be grand…

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day.  I don’t put much faith in weather predicting rodents, but the whole tradition surrounding February 2nd amuses me.  Who in their right mind thought it would be a good idea to pull a hibernating rodent from their hole in the middle of winter to find out if they could see their shadow and whether that would lead to an additional 6 more weeks of winter?  I say leave the rodent alone, we can manage without him.   Here’s my prediction - the first day of spring just happens to be in another 6 weeks.  Coincidence?

Speaking of hibernating animals – that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past two weekends.  I’ve only been leaving the house long enough on Saturday mornings to get a few groceries and then I stay huddled in my house for the rest of the weekend.  I should be bothered by sloth like tendencies, but I could really care less.  With tax season coming up, I’ve spent some of the time catching up on my business bookkeeping.  It’s only been 10 months since I’ve entered any receipts, so one could say it was overdue.

In celebration of her upcoming 50th year, my way older BF (and fellow scuba junkie) is planning a group dive trip in March of 2012 to the Philippines for 2 weeks.   She fears getting older and I should really be there for emotional support because that’s what friends are for.  Believe me - it has nothing to do with the whale sharks or other cool stuff I’m going to see.  

 Whale Sharks

 Pygmy Seahorses

Blue Ring Octopus
So for the next year, I will be saving all my pennies in order to afford this trip.   Please send me your macaroni, cheese and any other cheap recipes – I’m going to need them.   Keep in mind – I’m not desperate enough to eat anything containing organ meat, tofu, broccoli, cauliflower or carrots.