Sunday, February 27, 2011

This and That

I appreciate all the comments on my last post.  Debating about whether or not to move back to the States is something that happens often in my mind.  But the fact of the matter is that if I were to move back, I wouldn't want to actually live in my hometown again.  I'd probably go back there at first and stay with Mom - because she's offered for me to do so - but then I'd look for job in places within a few hours of there and move to wherever I found a good job.  So, in the end, I'd be pretty much starting from scratch even if I did move back to the States.  And that's a big thing to keep in mind in this debate.

After last Wednesday not ending well at work, the rest of the week was fine.  I didn't let on to Candy that I was unhappy about our meeting, so I don't think it really affected things between us.  In the end, no job is perfect, so I'm still hesitant to give up a job where things are mostly good.  Pamela, I think you're right - if/when it's time for a change, I'll know.  And feeling like I'm not ready for a change makes it easy for me to stop worrying about it.

So it's back to work tomorrow after a very quiet, relaxing weekend.  I ended up not going anywhere at all this weekend.  We've gotten some more snow and it's been cold and windy.  So, I figured that since I didn't have to go anywhere... I wasn't gonna!

I watched the Oscars tonight, even though I've only seen maybe one of the movies - The King's Speech, which I loved.  I typically like James Franco and Anne Hathaway in movies, but I didn't really care for them as hosts.  James always looked bored and like he'd rather be anywhere else.  Anne was just trying too hard or something, like she was all wound up, and it seriously annoyed me how she's squeal or scream after introducing someone.  Anyone.  Every dang time.  So I hope they're not repeat hosts.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I was having a good day at work today... until I had a meeting with my manager.  I won't bother rehashing everything, but suffice it to say that it was a bad way to end my day.  She claims that she thinks I'm doing a good job, but then goes over everything that I'm doing wrong.  I'm starting to dread going to work every day.  And I hate that.  I hate it because no one wants to feel that way.  I hate it because this job is the main reason I stayed in Edmonton.  And I hate it because I like just about everything else about my job.

I could look for another job, but then I have to try to decide whether to look for one here in Edmonton or back in the States.  And that's a really big decision.  I hate moving.  I hate looking for a new job.  I hate all this change.  I'm dying for some stability in my life.  But I also don't want to be miserable.

I really don't know what to do.  I'm tired of feeling so lost.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Possible Trip

As you all might remember, I took a trip to Lake Louise at the end of October, since I had been given two free nights at a place there.  At the time, I was thinking that I'd like to do it again this year, maybe late spring before it gets to high season, as kind of a late birthday gift to myself.  Or just because I want to.  Only instead of Lake Louise, I'd go to Jasper.

Last month I was looking at my vacation time for the year and it was looking like I wouldn't be able to take a long weekend for my trip to Jasper.  I'm saving up my vacation time right now for a trip to the States in September.  But then it occurred to me that I have a 4-day weekend over Easter, which means that I wouldn't have to use any vacation days, but I'd still have enough time for a good trip to Jasper!  This year Easter is also late enough in the season that I wouldn't be worried about weather or the roads in the mountains, which isn't the case most years.

Now here's the thing: I wouldn't be able to afford this trip except the inheritance I'm receiving from my granddad.  Even though he died over a year ago, us four grandkids agreed to wait until the investment came to term, which it did this past fall, rather than pay penalties for an early withdrawal.  We all had to sign some forms, and we should be receiving the money within the next few weeks.  Now, this is not the kind of inheritance where I'll now be independently wealthy or could even afford to buy a house.  But it's a nice amount.  I could, say, buy a new car and pay for it outright... depending on the car.  :P

I have in mind to put the vast majority of this money into savings and investments.  I also have in mind to spend some of it on things I can use, but it's not vital at this point - like winter tires and a new windshield, since my current one has a crack.  I also feel okay with splurging a little - a little clothes and shoes shopping, a little yarn shopping, stuff like that.  I'm trying not to get too much in mind of things to spend the money on because then it'll be gone before I know it, and that would be such a waste.  So here's my question: do you think I should go for the trip and spend the money or would it be better to skip it and save the money?

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

I enjoyed watching the Super Bowl with Ginny at her place.  It was a good game, and I was glad the Packers won.  It's not that I'm really such a big Packers fan, but the Steelers have already won a couple Super Bowls in the last several years, so I just wanted the winning to be spread around.  Oh, and I know he's married, but I would totally jump on Mike Tomlin's bones if a non-adulterous opportunity arose.

The yarn store I hang out at is owned by two sisters.  The older sister is usually at the other location, which is downtown.  I've only been there once because it's not terribly convenient to get to and it's not really in a great area.  Not horrible, but not great.

Anyway, the younger sister, Cynthia, is the one that's usually at the store that's close to me, so I've gotten to know her some.  There's a handful of us that hang out on Wednesday nights and some Sunday afternoons.  Cynthia emailed the group of us last week and actually referred to us as the Wednesday Night Knitting Club.  She was emailing because she recently went to a knitting conference and learned a form of traditional form of Swedish knitting, or something like that.  So she's holding a little class for the staff and "special guests," meaning our little group.  It feels like a real priviledge to be included and I'm looking forward to the class, although based on her description of the knitting, I'll probably be totally lost.  The class is this coming Wednesday, so we'll see!

This past Wednesday our little group secretly organized a little surprise birthday celebration for Cynthia, since her birthday is this weekend.  She was definitely surprised and I think she was really pleased.  We're all hanging out after the store was closed, having cake, knitting, and just talking and laughing.  The women are just so stinking funny and make me laugh like crazy.  It makes me feel really fortunate to have found and created this group of new friends.

Monday is Valentine's Day.  I'm trying to ignore it, but it's not really working.  I mean, it's not like I had a good VD last year since XM and I were already headed downhill.  But it still really sucks this year.  I'll be honest - it's bumming me out.

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Saturday, February 05, 2011


My mom sent me the following email this week:

While creating husbands, God promised women that good and
ideal husbands would be found in all corners of the world...

And then God made the world round.

I thought you would appreciate this. So much for contrived promises, right?

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