Thursday, January 31, 2008


I hate getting sick. Especially when it makes me miss work, and leaves me feeling like I've been beaten with a blunt object. Hopefully it was just a 24-hour bug, but I think it worked overtime, because it started Tuesday evening and I'm still not back up to par. I did manage to eat tonight, which is a good sign. I'll spare you the rest of the details, unless you happen to read my LJ, and even it's not too graphic.
The weather is cold again, and I think the front thermostat is acting up because it was only 55 in the frontroom this morning! I checked tonight, and tried resetting it again. If it doesn't straighten out, I'll have to call the landlord. Phooey.
Both my phones are out, apparently, and it'll be at least next week till I can get comcast paid. Rent's due this week, and missing a day of work last week due to weather didn't help at all. I'll make it, but it'll be tight, and another no-frills week for me. As long as I can stay healthy, I'm fine.
I have my little party coming up on Saturday, and it looks like most of the people I invited will be able to make it. It'll be nice to have people over, and I'm looking forward to it.
My pot of tea is finished, so time to leave the cafe and head home to bed.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Time for another update

Let's see. Work, commute, tired, broke. Yeah, that's about par for the course. ;-)
I'm looking for better work, and have found some good positions to apply for. So far, I've got apps in with the City for library paraprofessional jobs and emergency communications jobs, I just emailed a letter and resume in for an entry level editor trainee job at a publishing company, and I'm filling out apps for the local co-op store and a couple of other part time supplemental jobs.
Money's still extremely tight, so no cellphone, and now no cable/net. Cable phone is still on, but if I can't get it paid up by the 8th, I'll lose it, too. I should be able to pay that by then, but it means I have to go out for wi-fi for a while again.
I have gotten back into donating plasma for cash, and that's gonna help some. If I can donate on Friday and Sunday, then I can get $65 a week between the two days. Not bad. I'm also looking at setting out my shingle as a Tarot reader. I'm hoping to arrange a place other than my apartment to read at, though, so that might take a bit of work. I can get advertising fairly cheap or free, and there are bulletin boards to post flyers on. I just want to be classy and professional, y'know?
I'm working on getting another vehicle, since I don't know if I'll be able to keep my truck. The payments are a real stress right now. A good friend of mine has offered me a great deal on a '73 Mustang that she can't drive anymore due to the bucket seats hurting her injured hip. She and her dad were working on restoring it, and have parts cars for it, too! It's gonna be a neat project, and a sweet ride when I get her going again. The car has been parked for a couple of years, but is in good shape otherwise. Heh, might have to go cruise Central Ave. sometime this summer, if I get her looking pretty! Then again, it's a Mustang, with a 351 Cleveland and a CarterAFB 4-barrel carburetor. It ain't about pretty...this horse will run! Makes the idea of a day trip to the mountain home very appealing, even if I know she's gonna eat gas like nobody's business. (*sigh* My inner geek is also a big ol' gearhead...)
Yesterday was a bit odd. I tried to make it to work, and had to turn back around after about 25 miles. The highway was sheer ice, with no visibility from the freezing fog, and they closed the road!! So I called in from the gas station, turned around and came back home. Weather here is fine, but up there it was hellish. Go figure. You know the roads are bad when *I* give up and go home. I'm no wimp when I drive, but this was more than I cared to risk. There had been half a dozen rollovers reported when I stopped, and they were before the big hill south of Santa Fe that is so dangerous. By the time I got turned back around, in ten minutes, there had been three more! Insane.
That's how I ended up tinkering around with the Mustang some more, and spending way too long at the plasma place. I did get treated to dinner last night, which was fun, and the few of us who'd gone out went back to one house and watched 'The Musketeer' together. Good movie, awesome Wire Fu fighting! Fast and loose with the story in a way, but a fun movie to watch.
Today, I'm at Satellite Coffee for the wi-fi, and I'll probably hit the library later. Of course, I have to go to the grocery store for some gooshyfood for the cats, too, or they might not let me back into the house!
The sun is shining, it's 45 degrees (above zero, thank you!) and all in all, it looks like a pretty good day. I'm gonna make it a good day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Too tired to blog

Sorry, gang, I really have been too tired to do much of anything.
A typical work day has the alarm going off at 5 a.m., and either I drive to Santa Fe or catch the bus. Both involve leaving the house by 6 a.m. to get to work by 7:30 or 8 a.m. If I work till 5 p.m., I'm home by about 6:30, because I drove. Can't catch the 5:22 bus in time. If I work till 4:30, then I can catch that bus, and get home by 7 p.m. I generally have to head for bed at 9:00 or shortly thereafter, in order to try and get enough sleep to stumble out in the morning.
I think I need to get a better bed, too. I'm not sleeping well, apparently, or I'd be feeling a lot better than I have lately. I'm trying to eat as well as I can, and taking vitamins, but the aches and pains and fatigue are starting to get to me. The weekends are better, as I can sleep in some, but I still find it hard to get everything done.
Anyway, I just wanted to drop a note that I'm still alive, though not living as well as I'd like, yet!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Rain? In January?

Yeah, it's raining. Sheesh. I'm staying in, trying to keep warm. So much for taking a walk today.
I'm just on the edge of being cold, even though the thermostat says it's 70 degrees F in here. The floor is cold, and my slippers aren't helping much. I'm wearing one of my bathrobes, and if I don't warm up soon, I'll put a heavier one on. This is strange, because I'm usually the one who feels warm no matter what! It could be a side effect of the depression I've been fighting, I suppose.
I made it through the work week alright, but have been very tired. I'm so broke that I don't quite know how I'm gonna make it to work this next week! My cell phone is off, because I didn't get the bill paid in time. At least I should get paid on Thursday coming up. Just gotta make it till then.
On Tuesday, I've got an appointment to take a big computerized test for a job with the TSA as an airport security person. I'm not sure yet whether I really want the job, but it's worth taking the test. The current openings are at the Santa Fe airport, anyway, and they say it might be 'split shifts'. Not sure I like the sound of that, either. I guess it would have to be a big jump up in pay and bennies to get me to change jobs. I like where I am, at the herb factory, and hope to get hired in there as a real employee soon.
Either way, I really need to see about getting new glasses or contacts soon. I'm having more trouble focusing, and the glasses I've been wearing are the prescription before last. I'm trying the old contact lenses again today. Reading the back of the food box was not easy, but I managed. *sigh* I hate this feeling of getting old. Not that I've ever been free of aches and pains, not even as a kid, but this is enough of a change that I'm really noticing it.
Anyway, I spent yesterday and part of today rearranging things and making room for a new-to-me chair and entertainment center. I got them from some friends, and they even brought them over in their truck. How cool is that? I also got a fish tank stand which is now my altar. I've gotten my TV, stereo and other electronics up off of the floor, and the front room looks quite nice now. I'd still like to get a coffee table and a rug in here eventually, but it's starting to look like a home now.
Ok, time to make another pot of hot tea and get the heavier robe on. Maybe I should just stick my feet in the hot water instead? Nah, that wouldn't make very good tea... ;-)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

And what an adventure it was getting home...
The traditional New Year's Eve snowstorm was right on time, which meant that my flight home was anything but. Over 3 hours delayed, but at least it wasn't cancelled! Landed in Abq at about 12:30, and couldn't get a cab for over an hour! Got home about 2:30, and went to bed as soon as I got warmed up and wound down. And some idiot tried to call me at 7 a.m. Grrr! I got up for a bit around 9, then decided to go back to bed till I was less grumpy.
The sleep was just what the cats and I needed, I think, because when I got up for real, I felt a lot better. Lazed around a bit, got a good hot shower, eventually got dressed and went to the store. Picked up a few perishable essentials, and made my traditional New Year's dinner of fried cabbage with onions and garlic, blackeyed peas, sweet potatoes and cornbread. Yummy!
Now, to finish unpacking, clean up a bit more and get ready to go back to work tomorrow.
Happy New Year everyone, and may 2008 bring us all the good things we want and deserve!