Giving Thanks – Days 3, 4, 5, & 6

I’m not really one that does a lot of blogging on the weekend.  I am in front of a computer at least 8 hours a day M-F, so when the weekend comes, I tend to venture from the computer unless it’s to check my facebook or something quick.  So today I am playing catch-up on my thanks and I’m gonna pack it today 🙂

**I am thankful for having Saturday off and for actually going to my appt with the Director of the YMCA.  She was going to give my info to one of the trainers and have the trainer call me to schedule a time to get together.
**I am thankful for the wonderful weather we had this weekend, I was able to turn the radio up, roll down the windows and let the wind have it’s way with my hair.
**I was thankful for the awesome Sat afternoon I had with my sweetie. It was nice to have the day together to do whatever we wanted.  Some over-due hanky-panky (sorry mom), lots of cuddling, some movie watching, some shopping, and all-around great day.
**I so did not want to get up on Sunday and go to a part time job that I don’t even need… so I asked Chris if I could quit and he said of course and that was all I needed to nuzzle myself back into my pillow and off to dream land – I am thankful for the okay from my babe to quit.  I feel somewhat guilty about not calling in and not answering the phone when they called or calling them back after they left a message.
**I am thankful for my awesome doctor that I have had for nearly 13 years and for putting up with my manic self at times.  I had a 4 week follow up with her today to see how the diet pill she put me on is doing.  I told her I didn’t feel like I had lost anything, but I could sure feel the difference in my energy.  She said I had lost 4.5 lbs.  Well there you go… could be better, I want to be a bigger loser than that… So she added the 2nd diet pill and we are going to see how the 2 working together will do… should work great since I am going to see the trainer and get back into my water aerobics classes.  Excited for the next check up in 4 weeks.
**I am thankful for awesome music out these days that just totally gets me through long days at work.
**I’m thankful for the awesome shows out right now like The Walking Dead, Revenge, Scandal, American Horror Story.
**I am thankful for living in a country that allows you the ability to speak your mind and vote for your leaders.  Your voice matters and you should always remember that !

I hope you all have an awesome Tuesday !
~McQty~

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Giving Thanks – Day 2

Happy November 2nd fellow bloggers/readers.

I have some great things to be thankful for today and so I am here to share with you.

**I am thankful that I made an appt (and I’m keeping it) with the Director at the YMCA to meet with a trainer and get started on the right foot when it comes to exercise.
**I’m thankful that I took a chance – I recently emailed the Director of said YMCA to ask if they offered discounted rates for people that had a medical necessity for exercise.  She said not really, that they have a std fee based usually, but they could see if I qualified for assistance.  I explained to her about my Diabetes and all that goes along with that diagnosis, all the meds I am on and how much those cost me and she got back to me and got me a discounted rate !!! WHOO HOOO – never know till you ask.
**I’m thankful that my blood sugars are as good as they are as of late and I am thankful for sticking to taking my meds as I should which helps with all of that. (GO FIGURE)
**I’m thankful that I took of tomorrow from the PT job so that I can get some things done and go to this appt.
**I’m thankful for my amazing friends and family.  They truly mean the world to me.

That’s it for today – I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend.
~McQty~

Let’s be Thankful – Day 1

I know Thanksgiving falls in November and it reminds people to be thankful, but shouldn’t we always be thankful? There’s doesn’t need to be a holiday associated with it, well I would hope not.  I know I am thankful for so many things but don’t always express it, or maybe don’t express it in the proper way.  So I thought I might at least blog about some of the things I am thankful for.  I know there are much bigger things out in the world, but this is about my little world, my irregular bubble and so I will give thanks as I feel fit. 

Day 1 of Thanks…

**Today I am thankful that it’s no longer month end.  The last 3 days have been terribly long days to say the least.  Monday I worked 7am – 7pm, Tu 8am – 9pm, and Wed 8am – 9pm. 
**I am thankful after a sleepless night that I was able to stay awake all day and not end up with keyboard marks across my cheek and drool down my chin. 
**I am thankful for the cooler temps here in Tx, I love the fall season. It’s time to pull the boots out of the closet. 
**I’m thankful for great friends and family that make you laugh and smile even when you don’t feel like it. Thanks Sass-A-Frass ! Love ya toots!
**I am thankful for my job and the means to pay my bills, keep a roof over my head, clothe this body and feed my belly…. with a little extra to splurge with on occasion. 

I have so many other things to be thankful for and so I am going to save some for the rest of the month.  On another note I have not only been working my life away, but on the side have made a few fans of my little trees and have completed a few more and sold half of them already. I’m at the point now of taking special orders for specific colors and designs.  Here are a few pics. 

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I hope you all have a wonderful day and stop a moment and say thanks, doesn’t matter what it’s for, you have your own things to be thankful for. 

~McQty~

It’s not Thanksgiving…

It’s not November, it’s not Thanksgiving, but it definitely is a time to be thankful. 

I read a fellow bloggers post, Survivingmiddleage, where she talks about her favorite day.  She made several good points in her post and it got me thinking (yep, I do it on occasion).  I think every new day given to us is something to be thankful for.  I thought I might make a list of things I am thankful for today. 

  • Thankful for supportive family and friends
  • Thankful for my wonderful boyfriend that loves me unconditionally, even though he drives me nuts at times.
  • Thankful for my job
  • Thankful for the drive I have to better my health
  • Thankful it’s Thursday and I get to see my dear friend Sass-a-frass (it’s been too long since I have visited with her)
  • Thankful it’s the day my nephew’s gift arrives for him today.  He will be so surprised, can’t wait to see the pictures.
  • Thankful for the awesome people in the world, the guy named SAM that found my dog when she went missing for more than 5 hours on Monday. 
  • Thankful for the rain that is about to hit.
  • Thankful for the awesome music on the radio right now and the co-workers that don’t mind my singing along. 
  • Thankful for the amazing technology we have today. The ability to blog my thoughts and feelings and to share in the lives of fellow bloggers. What an amazing, therapeutic outlet. 

I have so many things to be thankful for, it’s good to stop and think about those things. I hope everyone takes the time to think about all they have to be thankful for, too. 

Happy Thursday !!
~McQty~

 

On the hunt

Well I’m not on the hunt but my sweety, Chris is.  He is in his final year of school and is looking for a new job.  He is pretty fed up with his current job/position.  He has been at this job for a little over a year and has had to put up with so much that he has reached his limit.  The management is a joke, the rules are never followed, always broken and noone breaking the rules is ever punished for those violations.  Chris is currently the asst manager of the highest grossing car was/lube center in the area.  People with lots of money and fancy, ridiculiously expensive cars go there. I do too, but only cause I get the employee discount 🙂 

When he first started there he realized that many of he workers there either didn’t speak English very well, or were felons, or drug users/abusers.  He could smell the stuff being done on property and after hours all the time.  He finally told the boss that if that was going to continue going on that he was going to have to leave.  People would smoke on their breaks, go down in the pit of the shop and smoke and drink after hours and he was fed up.  The boss then wrote up a new employees manual which everyone had to sign a no drug policy.  Chris was then known as the narc or tattle tell.  I told him I didn’t care what they said and he shouldn’t either, because he deserved good working conditions at his job. Chris then got selected for the asst manager position, which he wasn’t even asked if he wanted.  You would think you would be excited for a promotion, but it really wasn’t.  The previous asst mgr got paid reg and also commissions on top of it.  Well Chris got a slight raise but doesn’t get the commissions side of it.  Before becoming the asst mgr he was able to work more on the cars and get commissions on all his sales he made.  Well as the asst mgr, or the glorified baby-sitter, he is busy watching over the kids, keepng them in line, keeping them working an fixing their screw ups. So that has hurt his pay actually. He’s given all this extra work and duties but no benefit for them, no incentive. What a joke.  I think the final straw was a couple of weeks ago, Chris was out sick, he had visited the ER 3 times in 2 days and was told not to go back to work for a couple of days. His boss had called him and asked if he wanted him to mark those days as vacation so that he still got a paycheck. (He doesn’t get sick days or paid when he’s not at work.) Chris told his boss that he needed to talk to me first and then he would call him back.  His boss snapped at him and told him, “I need an answer now, I’m filling out timesheets now and I don’t have time to wait.”  Then Chris let him have it.  He told him that there is a 2 person family here and that he (Chris) does not make those types of decissions without talking to me first. He told him he didn’t appreciate him (bad boss) talking to him in that matter and he was not going to speak further with him that day.  The boss changed his tune and said he wasn’t trying to be rude, and Chris wasn’t having it.  He said he was done with the conversation and was hanging up.

I AM SO PROUD OF HIM !! I have trained him well.  He knows momma is the boss 🙂  I swear this man has turned me into a control freak. I love and hate it all in the same moment.

Anyway, Chris works really hard and is out in the sun and heat here in this DFW weather and it is just not a good situation.  So he is on the hunt.  He is looking for jobs in his field of study and was excited to find a ad for a paid internship in web design, right up his alley. He was so worried about what to wear and how to dress to impress. It was cute.  I took him shopping last night for a few new shirts.  His gut has gotten a little larger and the dress shirts he had he was not happy with.  I of course picked out the ones I liked. CONTROL FREAK

He was cute today, he was texting me and telling me that he interviewed and then was meeting the CEO and the web master and they liked him and he said he was glad he had the interview even if he didn’t get the job.  I told him it was good practice to have those types of interviews.  I am praying he gets it.  It would be a great way to get his foot in the door.  It’s close to home and will get him out of the Tx sun and into a job that makes him think, that challenges him and excites him.

I am so proud of how far he has come in the last year. I have to not just pat him on the back but give myself a little pat for sticking in there and giving him another chance to prove to me he could change his not so good ways.  He has come full-circle.

I haven’t job hunted in over 12 years.  I mean I sorta have a little bit for part time job here or there, but I have had the same day job for almost 13 years now.  This job sorta fell into my lap and I was lucky to get it when I did. I am thankful, but would freak out if I had to really job hunt again. Lord, thank you for all of my blessings.  I have a part time job now that I will have been at a year next month.  I can’t believe that. For a year now I have worked 7 days a week except for a couple days off here or there, or when I was in the hospital and at home after surgery.  I’m pretty proud of myself. Working 7 days a week is tough. There’s not alot of down time. Which in some cases is good, but at times you just need to kick your feet up and relax, take a vacation, clear the mind.

Anyway, I’m starting to ramble… so I will close in asking for those reading to cross your fingers for Chris, he definitely deserves this opportunity !!

Happy Hump Day.

What are YOU thankful for?

I can’t believe it’s already November, this year seems to have just flown by.  I’m sure I wasn’t thinking that at the first of 2011.  It’s been quite a year, had a rollercoaster of events this year.  2011 started out pretty rough for me having a break-in occur at my house just before Christmas last year (2010).  There is nothing like that feeling of being invaded, of feeling unsafe and unsure of things around you.  The devistation, fear and anger that came along with it was almost unbearable.  ALMOST… well I beared it, I made it through that tough time and I even survived !  All in time !!

I know we need to be thankful year round, day in, day out – but sometimes we forget to stop and think about the good in our lives, the blessings and the rewards we are given.  So I wanted to jot down some of the many things I am thankful for.

*I am thankful for the incredible woman that brought me into this world.  My mom amazes me with her big heart and her openness to people.  She is such a giving person and has always been there for me and so many others.  She is selfless and gives of her time, her energy, her spirt and anything else she has to offer.  I see her often put herself and her own wishes and desires aside to do for and give to others.  She has taught me so much, both directly and indirectly by just witnessing her daily on-goings with others.  She was both a mom and dad after my dad passed away when I was 8.  I know now as an adult that it was not easy for her, that she made many sacrafices then and continues to do so today as she takes care of others around her.  I wish we lived closer and I could enjoy her more often then the occassional visit.  I only hope I can grow into the kind of person she is.  Thank you God for such an amazing gift.

*I am thankful for my job, actually my two jobs.  I know the economy is bad and people are struggling and jobs can be scarce at times.  I am thankful for the job and company I have worked for now going on 12 years.  I am also thankful to the part time job I have on the weekends that it is one that I enjoy.  1 job is hard enough, I can’t imagine having to work 2 jobs and hating it.

*I am thankful for my doctors and those around me that try to encourage me to do better and take care of my health.  I have had a mass load of troubles with almost 10 surgeries in the past 6 years.  Diagnosis of Diabetes and other ailments.  I have never battled anything like I am this Diabetes, but I am thankful for those that educate me and try to keep me on the right path.  I am thankful for being alive today.

*I am thankful for my wonderful bestfriend and boyfriend that I have been with now for nearly 5 years.  He drives me crazy a majority of the time, but not a day goes by that I am not thankful he is in my life.  I am thankful for the way he makes me smile when I am pissed at him.  I am thankful for the way he can make me feel safe when I feel scared, or weak, or alone.  I am thankful for his willingness to work on himself and our relationship with me in our journey.

*I am thankful for my life – my house, my family, my job, my animals.  I am thankful that I can stop and smell the roses and enjoy the little things in life.  I am thankful that although I have a busy, hectic, sometimes complicated life, I can appreciate the step it takes to get to where my life is.  I am thankful for the desire to always improve, continue to learn, strive to do more and be more and to never stop living.

I wish and pray for others to have a blessed and safe holiday and to stop and think about all the things “YOU” have to be thankful for.