Thursday, April 29, 2010
Yesterday was D-Day. People were dropping like flies, being escorted out of the building. I had made up my mind that if it happened to me, I'd smile and skip. The stress is a little overwhelming considering the pay. I think a lot of people, if they didn't absolutely need the money, looked at being booted as a blessing. A few people D.Q.ed themselves. The two men directly down from me both bit the bullet by 10:00 a.m. The English teacher who had told other women in the bathroom on the first day that it was a no-brainer was escorted out just before lunch. I did gain new respect for the project heads and supervisors because they were very respectful and compassionate in the way they treated people. And, in some circumstances, exceptions were made and people were saved. While some people do the job for extra spending money or to keep their brains active, for others, it's the only thing keeping them alive right now. But that's another post!
So, I'm off to the salt mines this morning. The modern day computer sweatshop. For how long, I don't know, but Saby's looking forward to my last day of work. Yesterday, when I qualified, my supervisor turned to me and said, I just put in a call to your dog and she's really pissed off. HA!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Woo hoo! We celebrated Craig's 59th yesterday. He's determined to retire at age 62, so the good thing about turning 59 is that he only has three more years! Then maybe, just maybe, we'll end up spending more of our time on Some Beach, Somewhere! Happy Birthday Craig!
Monday, April 19, 2010
One of my favorites even if it's lacking paint.
A friend told me a certain popular malatero lives behind this door on Juarez. It would make sense since there's a red trike parked out front.
Now, everyone chant with me! Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday!!!!
Postscript -- dammit dammit dammit! Not only do we not finish early, the project actually goes beyond the finish date and we have to work overtime on Saturday. Aaaargh.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I woke up in a dead panic knowing I'd traveled all that way and was now headed back because I'd been turned away at immigration. In my waking moments, I suddenly realized if you've made it to the island -- you're homefree! Immigration's at the airport? Huge sigh of relief!
And on that note, I always like hearing this song. Something catchy about it! I think it's the words Isla Mujeres?
And speaking of Isla trip mode, I'm still hunting for a decent fare for Craig. Airfares to Cancun are the worst I've ever seen them from Phoenix. In the $600 and up range, with most in the $800's!!! I've seen some fare sales that extend through June, but nothing in the July/August time range. I'm hoping something will happen in May. I'm waiting at this point, because frankly, I don't see how they could get any worse. They're the kind of prices I've seen when I've looked for Christmas holiday fares. (And that's why we've never been at Christmas!) Since we've lived in Phoenix, I've paid anywhere from $250 to $350 for roundtrip tickets to Cancun. What the heck!
Friday, April 16, 2010
But this too shall pass. This current project is supposed to be over by later next week! (And then the week after I start a mother bear of a project that EVERYONE says is NO fun.)
Thank God it's Friday!
We have friends from Kansas City coming tomorrow. We haven't seen them in at least ten years, so it should be a blast!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Then there was yesterday. As I was getting ready to leave for work, my huge stainless refrigerator started spitting ice cubes. It was like a scene from I Love Lucy. I was grabbing towels and buckets trying to collect them, but the fridge was definitely winning the battle. After about five minutes, I was able to figure out how to lock the dispenser on the front of the fridge and turn off the ice maker. But I still worried it would start again and I'd return home after 10 hours to a flooded kitchen. I finally abandoned ship and left for work.
After worrying all day about what I'd find when I returned home, I walked in on a mess of a different sort. And it was so much worse! Saby had been sick and the place smelled like a bad care home. OMG! So I spent almost an hour mopping up. When I walked out back afterwards to get some fresh air, I noticed the yard is just chock full of new blooms.
Pink oleander trees.
I had no choice today but to leave Saby outdoors while I was at work. While most dogs would be happy to run free in the backyard all day sniffing and barking, Saby evidently saw it as extreme punishment. When I got home tonight, she didn't bother to greet me. She sat staring at me giving me the look. I'm not feelin' the love!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It was a dog day afternoon with temps in the mid-80's. People were gathered around at the outdoor picnic tables. At one table, the dogs outnumbered people! I wondered for a few minutes if there was some kind of special for people who brought their dogs!
I suppose if a person didn't eat those fries with the grilled ahi sandwich, it would be a healthy meal! (But they mysteriously disappeared from both baskets!)
Sunday, April 11, 2010
There were two more at the lake's edge this morning. Neighborhood kids even made a plywood sign telling people NOT to bother the eggs, but I don't think the cats and coyotes can read!
I don't think we'll be seeing any little white ducklings this year!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Work has been work. All the usual characters. There's the strange tall guy who peeks over the top of the cubicle and scowls at all of us when he walks by every few hours. But I noticed he scowls all the time, so I guess that explains it. There's also the older woman with the thin short flat hair in the breakroom who mentions to me every morning that my hair is 'sticking up.' I guess I don't have it pasted down flat enough for her. LOL I think I've offended the pot singer by being my usual earthy self. She reluctantly came late to the lunch table yesterday and left early.
We're off on a bike ride to the library. I figured I might as well run the errands and get exercise at the same time! Hopefully, I'll do something this weekend that will inspire me to blog this week! : )
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I met a woman at work who's part of our lunchtime group. We seemed to have a lot in common. Both grew up in Kansas, attended the same college, etc.... She seemed to be wound much tighter than most of the group -- a little more formal and prim. While it's an informal workplace dress wise, she seemed to be going by that old adage of dressing for your next job. Actually, the head of the place dresses about four notches below her, so I guess she's aiming for the corporate board? And she also errs on the side of bringing up topics at lunch that I try to steer clear of in the workplace -- politics and religion. She's made the assumption that all her lunch partners are cut from the same cloth.
Anyway, I dashed into the bathroom after lunch yesterday on my way back to the cubicle. Too much Diet Pepsi! (Here's the point where the squeamish need to STOP reading.) In the stall, I'm hearing a husky little voice from the next one belting out a thundering church hymn accompanied by her own percussion instruments if you get my drift. Christ is Risen Hallelujah!
As I glanced down at the shoes in that stall, I verified it was my new tightly wound acquaintance. I quickly exited the stall for obvious reasons. As I washed hands and dashed out the door, she was onto verse 2.
When I told Craig the story last night and asked him his opinion, he said -- you are $#itting me! Okay, I admit, this is a rather tawdry post. hee hee hee But I kinda felt like I'd been privy (no pun intended) to a sitcom scene.
Work otherwise is going swimmingly. Yesterday the servers were down for almost two hours. I finished Odd Mom Out, a fluffy little chick novel set in my ex-hometown of Bellevue, Washington. I've met another woman from Bellevue who also sits with our lunch group and she and I have been hooting it up over The Housewives of Bellevue. She meets some of the Bellevue ex-pat's in her realty business and says many of the women have a hard time adjusting to some of the unseemly sights they see in Arizona. Like pickup trucks parked on the driveway. She says they tend to wander the retirement community way over dressed in designer duds.
When I got home last night, one of the umbrellas had blown over the wall into the Bumpus's backyard, so Craig managed to get a stepladder and retrieve it without having to actually knock on their front door. He seems to have an aversion to that. : ) Mr. Bumpus woke me up this morning at 4 a.m. revving up his Corvette on the driveway. Early golf game?
I have God and Mr. Gomez on hold at the library, but won't be able to get there to pick it up until this evening. So Growing Up bin Laden will be today's choice for workplace reading. Yesterday during the two hours downtime, some people in our cubicle got slightly noisy during naptime. The supervisor nicely said, "Let's keep it down. Some people are trying to read!"
Someone should donate a sofa. I know right where we can get one!
Monday, April 5, 2010
I'm truly bored with my standard lunch fare -- BLT's and pimento cheese sandwiches. Tonight I decided a change was in order. I've had a huge box of tri-colored rotini pasta from Costco since last year, so I decided to ditch the daily sandwich and make some quick pasta salad for lunch this week. This recipe is so easy!
Tri-colored rotini pasta
Chopped sundried tomatoes
1 diced red pepper
4 chopped green onions
Small can black olives
Ken's Light Caesar Viniagrette
Grated parmesan cheese
As you can see, I wing it on the amounts. Measure out about 3 medium scoops of rotini into a boiling pot. After rinsing the cooked rotini in cool water, combine with chopped sundried tomatoes, diced red pepper, green onions, and sliced black olives. Add the light Caesar dressing to taste. Just before serving (or packing), add the grated parmesan cheese.
I think I'm looking foward to work on Monday so I can eat this for lunch! : )
Note to self: Don't forget the fork!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Happy Easter everyone!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
One of the venues is Unit 709 -- a one bedroom oceanfront penthouse! The other is Unit 610 -- a one bedroom oceanfront suite right below 709! Both units have amazing views of Playa Norte from one end of the beach to the other!
Don't miss your chance to enjoy these amazing vistas!
If you're not on the island to buy tickets, there's a way to get them! Donna Caffo has graciously offered to collect the money for Maggie here in the U.S. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you information on how to send her the check. Once your payment is received, Maggie at LGES will email you your ticket numbers.
Here are the details again:
Each raffle ticket is $10. One ticket puts the buyer in the drawing for two chances to win either of the two units at Ixchel. The drawing will be in April or when they sell out. A total of 800 tickets will be sold.
Links to pictures of the penthouse (709) can be found at www.picturetrail.com/gid18740305.
Pictures of 610 can be found at www.ixchelgetaway.com/.
For any of you unfamiliar with the good works of La Gloria English School on Isla Mujeres, you can read about the school at http://www.folges.org./ And here's a link to Maggie's notice on the Isla Mujeres Info board.
Hurry hurry hurry! Once the 800 raffle tickets are sold, the drawing will take place! Don't miss your opportunity to live like a rock star for three nights!
Some lucky dog's gonna win it!
(And I kinda hope it's me!!!)
Friday, April 2, 2010
The woman who sits next to me at work said something shocking the other day. "It's been 60 years since I had a fourth grader." I quickly did the math and realized -- she's got to be over 80! My first thought was this is the LAST place I want to be when I'm 80 something, but then I realized it's probably a great way to keep those brain cells jumping! The woman really puts me to shame. She's extremely knowledgeable about computers and can compare all the Microsoft operating systems. She mentioned this week that she's been paying her bills online for years (and I just got around to that a few years ago). She talks about all the technology that's come about in her lifetime and has a great grasp on historical issues since she's lived a lot of it! And she has an amazingly with-it sense of humor.
The one thing that impresses me about my workplace is the diversity. They're definitely stellar in the EEO department. People of all races, ages, and differences. One man in particular stands out -- an autistic albino. Since I used to work with special needs kids in an institution, I immediately noted all the stereotypical behaviors in the breakroom. Lots of frenetic activity with pacing, spinning, staring at the hands, etc... I haven't worked in close proximity to him, but I've been told he has an eidetic memory which would be highly useful in our workplace. That link on eidetic memory explains the connection to autism.
I almost finished my book of the week -- Say You're One of Them, by Uwen Akpan. Talk about an enlightening book on a different culture! It's a collection of stories on the plight of children in Africa, each caught in their own nightmare whether it's human slavery, war, hunger . . . . Our computers were down for over two hours yesterday, so lots of reading time! I was a little afraid they'd send us home (without pay). Actually, I would have loved a few extra hours to run to the grocery store, library, etc..., but it's nice to be paid to sit and read. : )
TGIF! The weekend weather here's supposed to be stellar! Getta load of the 80's get up on Loverboy in this video! Love the headband!