Challenge Accepted

10547703_10152604796578628_7512077994601538049_nI think this is a good idea!  A girl friend and myself are going to try this day by day.

I do yoga for exercise and stay fit and in tune with my body and mind.  Also to try and destress myself and find inner peace – this just might be the next step up in my yoga journey

So starting tmrw, I’ll do my damnedest to not say one negative thing.  Not even to complain that I’m tired.  Should be interesting to see how we do 🙂

Anyone else for this challenge???

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I Hate Moving

I know that hate is a really strong word, but after this last move – it really is appropriate – there just isn’t a strong enough word in English, and even that falls short

This isn’t the first time where my move last May has caused me endless issues finding things. As you can see, I’m still ‘struggling’

It’s my fault of course. pfft House wasn’t fully packed and that created no end of issues. But the worst of it was, I decided that I and my gf would stay back at the old house with the dogs and finish cleaning and doing the last minute awkward packing that always happens regardless of how prepared you are. I figured that I would see them in about 4 maybe 5 hours .. ya right .. try more like almost 8 hours later. Between half the guys buggering off and some of the other’s half doing things – the house was a freeken disaster!!!  For some reason they decided to offload 75% of the truck before the furniture came off the truck, so couches were tossed on top of boxes – my shower curtain is STILL MIA

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Tidbits …

I‘ve not managed to get much done this past week at all short of figuring out my borders for the kitty convergence. They still need to be printed on tissue paper, but getting home after midnite last week, I wasn’t so inclined to cut and print. :\ And of course I’m slow in when I get up, so that doesn’t see me bursting with energy to get it done. I WILL get the few sheets I need, cut and printed this week tho. It’s rather sad that I know it’s a matter of maybe 2 hours work and I’ve still not done it. **sigh lazy lazy lazy LOL

On the work front, I do have good news. The first 2 weeks of work were for training ending in a written test that I needed to get 90% on in order to pass and start on the next phase of my training. Friday was the day of my test and I was tickled to get my score back of 97% 😀 Yes it’s an open ‘book’ test as it were, but you still needed to KNOW how to find all the answers and know that they were the right ones. I missed 2 questions and funny enough, they were the same 2 questions that I missed on the previous tests. Ah well .. I passed and today I will start on my next leg of training which is called ‘nesting’. For the next 5 days I will be paired with a senior agent and will be listening to their calls for tech support. We’ll be “Y-Jacked” together, meaning both plugged into one phone, and I’ll be able to listen to him/her take the calls. While listening, I’m hoping to be able to have a puter next to them so that I can search and do the rest of the call while they do. Maybe with luck I’ll feel confident enough to actually take a call today .. I was told during training that the sooner you take a call, the faster you adapt and the better you do – so I’m hoping to try one call today. We’ll have to see how that goes. So this week, I work 4pm – 1am, Monday to Friday. This is likely my last weekend off – we’ll have to see how it goes. Kyle has his confirmation in May, and I need to have that nite off, so I just might see if I can schedule my weekends to be Tues and Wed for May. And his grade 8 graduation is June 22nd, so to ensure that I get that nite off, I might have to schedule that I have tues and another nite off in June.

HPIM2845.jpgI did get a wonderful surprise from Aune in Finland on Friday. I had sent her some tissue paper as she wasn’t sure what it was, and she decided to send me some of her gorgeous hand and sun dyed fabrics. I was totally stunned to receive such gorgeous fabrics .. I never expected this! The one on the bottom right is sun dyed and had salt used on it as well. The one on the bottom left was one that used a technique called pushing up. Aren’t they just gorgeous! And what a nice feel they have .. I think I might use these in a convergence quilt .. they do see well suited for it 😀 Aune thank you very much again for the gorgeous fabrics. Like I mentioned before, these are too dear for tissue paper.

HPIM2847.jpgHPIM2848.jpgSpeaking of fabric, I ordered some a while ago and I hadn’t shared the with you as yet. I got these on sale from the spiders web and just feel in love with the batiks. I’ve no clue what I’ll be doing with them, but I’m sure something will occur to me. I was looking or some background / blenders when I tripped over the batiks, and they were a good price ,so how I could i resist 😉 The piece with LOVE on it and the metallic is an FQ .. and I’ve no clue what I’ll be doing with that one. I just liked it and I thought it would be a cute piece to have. Of course since I have it .. nothing is jumping up and biting me on the nose at all. BUT, I do know that it will speak to me when the time is right. It’s really out of my normal buying pattern. I can honestly say I’ve nothing in my stash that is even remotely like that! I was looking for more oranges, but there wasn’t any there on sale.

HPIM2842.jpgOf course Pixel isn’t one to stand by while other excitement is going on in the house and be ignored! It finally got warm enough here that we opened the windows. Boy did that feel GREAT .. having fresh air thru the house – it’s almost like a cure all tonic! Well Reg went and opened Kyle’s bedroom window, BUT he forgot that the screen is only on one side. So he opened the side with NO screen. And Pix being Pix .. said thankyouverymuch and out he went. Course I didn’t know this .. I was watching something on tv getting harassed by Shadow, when I was starting to wonder WHERE is Pix?? It’s not like him to not be here and try to hog attention all for himself from Shad. I was looking around and wondering just where he was. Reg was talking to me and I interrupted him because I thought I heard something and asked him to turn down the tv. I listened again, and heard it .. MROW .. I look at the front door, look at reg and jump out of my seat and send poor Shad flying … I open the front door and there’s Pix, on the front porch, nattering away about being let in right NOW! Let me tell you, the first thought was Thank God that he didn’t run into the HUGE male next door (prolly 25 lbs), Pix, while a tough cookie, is no match for that cat .. specially since he doesn’t have front claws. He was likely gone in total 30 minutes. Long enough that I was wondering where he was, but he came back. Needless to say, we are carefully watching which way the window opens after THAT! Doesn’t he look pleased with himself the BRAT! LOL

This week

It was my hope to do this post earlier, but I didn’t get around to it. Some of you are aware that I started my new job on Monday and are wondering how it’s going and how I’m doing with it. Especially after the adventure of Shadow and the centipede on Sunday nite .. **shudder (and no, I’ve not seen it again since, altho reg told me that Kyle killed one .. GOOD BOY!!!!)

The hardest part of going back to work for me was having to find a monkey suit to wear that fits. It’s been over 5 years since I had to wear business dress and business casual – My last job allowed me to wear jeans and the like .. and I am certainly NOT the size I was 5 years ago+ – heh .. But with various purchases in clothes over the past bit, I’ve been able to cadge together some dress / casual pants for work. Shirts / tops aren’t a problem.

Monday was orientation day and that was from 9 – 5. They could have gotten our orientation done easily in 4 hours .. but it seemed that everyone that came to speak to us, was late that day, and didn’t use all the time that was scheduled for them .. so there was a LOT of sitting and waiting. But the good thing is, all my HR paperwork is done (that took 1 ½ hrs), security card is on the way, employee badge is on the way, I’m signed up for my apprenticeship for IT Support / Call Center Agent, all my access to the system work and my biometrics works!! We use biometrics to get into our areas – essentially you enter in part of your employee number and then you have your finger scanned at the doors. rather neat me thinks .. never had a finger print scanning done for access 😀 We didn’t have to stay until 5 on Monday .. I was already beyond brain dead from all the waiting, but the down time enabled myself and my fellow employees to get to know each other a bit and chatter. The day was fairly nice so we did some walking around downtown. Yes we had that much time!

We ended up having to come in at 1:30 on Tuesday to finish our registrations for the apprenticeship program, but were able to leave at 9:30 .. that was another long day and I was rather bored to brain mush .. It moved slowly as not everyone’s system access worked … so it was a day to iron out the kinks and do what we can.

Wednesday on was our regular time of 3:30 – 11:30 and these days went better .. we got into our training more and actually did some role playing for various scenarios that we might encounter – the material is rather dry and plods a bit – our trainer does do a great job and is engaging – but there’s only so much you can do when you are all reading off the same slide show LOL … there’s a nice friendly atmosphere in our training room .. 25 guys and 5 girls there!! I was like :O .. I expected there to be more woman as this is call center training and women are more likely to handle an irate customer better than men .. not that this is a rule of thumb, but women generally have the role of peace keeper and defuser. BUT there is also the technical aspect and you needed to pass a test in order to qualify for hire into this department. That could be the difference maker there .. Now don’t get upset with me and say I’m being sexist .. but more women tend to let the men do the technical stuff if they have a choice .. granted in our house, it’s me that does the puter issues, reg does the video stuff (games, tv, surround sound system etc)

It was really hot in there yesterday .. can you imagine 30 ppl in a room with all those computers on .. even with the windows open .. it just gets HOT. it’s not so bad as I was dressed for it yesterday (Thank God!) As far as the training goes, some of this is going over what I already know as I did Customer service for 3 years .. granted I had no formal training in, but the premise is still the same .. soon as we get our other IDs we’ll be hitting more into the technical aspects of our training and things should get more interesting as it’s learning something I don’t know. Hopefully, we’ll get those today.

I am going to enjoy my last week in the training room as I know that things will get interesting after that. We have a week after our training (and when we pass our testing) then we our paired with another agent for further training on the floor. After that I will be on my own and things will get interesting LOL So it’s rather a vacation a bit for me, boring as hell .. but what can you do .. I’m sure that will end soon enough.

I’ve not done anything quilty wise since monday nite, but plan to do some stuff this weekend . I was content to spend the time with reg and share my day with him .. doing some stuff after work shouldn’t be a problem in time 😀

Weather Report – Snowman Flurries??

Wow I got some sweet stuff in the mail today!! Two I was expecting, one I wasn’t because I had forgotten about it from last Christmas 😀 All I can say is WOWSERS!!! I saw dad carrying THREE packages and I was like .. oh I gots THREE!?!?!?! COOLIES!!!!

Dian had asked me months ago if I would give a home to some embroidered snowmen .. I really can’t remember the conversation entirely now, but since it was snowmen I said SURE!! And from what I’ve seen of her embroidery, I’ve absolutely loved it! So I got these guys today from her .. they are just sooo adorable!! I am envisioning a long wallhanging for these cuties, or even putting them into a tree skirt – or doing a sampler with with these guys and a few other patterns I’ve squirreled away .. oh click for larger on these

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HPIM2737.jpgIf that wasn’t enough snowmen for me, (is there such a thing??? I don’t think so LOLOLOL) Tracy, sent me off this adorable snowman that she had fashioned up last winter .. Her mum I guess took the first one hostage and she made up another one – this one was safe, and finally made the trip cross country to me .. I just soooo love him, he’s bigger than I thought, but perfect for putting thread in for upcoming projects .. which btw, he’s already doing 🙂 I couldn’t wait to take pictures of the packages and boxes, but I did show the card she sent with him. Isn’t he just the sweetest thing! Thank you Tracy!! And yes, I hope this is the only snow I get for a long time LOL

The other package was my thread order from threadart. I was right about the sherbet coloured one, it won’t work for my Mystery “X” Box quilt. But I do have others .. but that will be another blog post .. I want this post to share my good fortune in snowman flurries and thank my friends for their thoughtfulness and to show of their great work!

Dian and Tracy, thank you again! I just love the snow flurries I got today from the PO Box 😉