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17 August 2009 @ 12:52 pm
What Happens When I Disappear....  
Wow, it's amazing how only a few days can change your perspective. After seeing how badly last week tore me up, Anissa decided to pull me away from the usual hum-drum life and make me go places. And I got to sleep in! On a Sunday! :D

  • Finally got an explanation as to what happened to my hours on Friday night and it was nothing that I had done wrong. Seems that a certain somebody has been keeping us WAAAY later than the time alloted at night and all the part-timers' hours got slashed because of it. And it's no secret that hours are tight at BB&B right now. We lost 100 hours just this month. I was starting to take it personally, but there's no way I can since  it's happening to everyone. I will say that hearing this did a lot for my nerves.
  • There's no way to tell all of you just how much I don't deserve you for all of the love you gave me last week. I was so low that I wasn't sure if I was rock-bottom or not. The fact that so many of you came by and reminded me that I'm not useless to the entire world meant so much to me. I'm not sure what I did to even get you guys in my life, but I feel humbled by the love. I just wish there was a way to give it back. I love you guys, you have no idea how much. *hugs her entire F-List with all of her might*
  • Broke down and started to buy up new clothes to replace the ratty nightgowns and beaten-up work pants I've been living with for so long. I adore new pretty clothes, but can rarely justify the expense. Yeah, I know. I spend crazy amounts of money on Lush, but beat myself up over a thirty-dollar dress. I know, I know. *rolls eyes*  I'm starting to get together some really nice stuff. And when you can get a pair of badass jeans for $5, how can you pass it up?
  • Anissa decided that this weekend was a great time to go ahead and go out to one of the natural springs we have here in north Florida. So, of course, being Lois and Anissa, we decide to do this on Saturday morning after having had four hours of sleep. *LOL* First we planned to head to Ichetucknee Springs, but changed our mind when we remembered how over-crowded it gets this time of year. So we decided that we'd try Ginnie Springs for the first time. And we were excited to do it...until we saw the line that was forming in the Pay Office at 11 in the morning. Changing our mind, we decided that we'd look around a bit at the smaller springs we saw on the way in. We ended up at Poe Springs, which was still busy, but nowhere near as bad as the others. We only stayed a couple of hours because the crowds started to gather there, too. Not being quite satisfied with our water time, we decided that we'd drive out to Juniper Springs in the Ocala National Forest.  We had a lot of good discussion on the ride, only to discover on getting there that the smaller springs were already closed for the season. *shrugs gamely* It was a fun trip and we had a good time. I loved it.
  • Slept in on Sunday and did it feel good. I'm trying to remember the last time I didn't feel guilty about that. A good sign, maybe? I'd dare to say that it wouldn't suck to have Saturday and Sunday off all the time. I have no issues with working the weekdays if I never have to work another early Sunday. *scoffs* Yeah, wishful thinking isn't good for you.
  • I have decided that Target's grocery is the best thing this side of heaven. It's like combining Wal-Mart's price with Native Sun and World Market's choices. I know how cheesy that sounds, but I've never really shopped there for food. We've only ever gotten things there before we head up to the mountains, since they have the better nibbles. The biggest shock for me is that the prices are cheaper than anywhere we've been shopping, even Wal-Mart, and the quality is twice the level! I'm glad that Anissa talked me into going with them this week. The sheer amount of cooking that I'm going to be doing this fall is just going to be insane. 
  • There has been more discussion about the Asheville trip. It's going to be interesting, especially since they're cutting my hours, but we're determined to get there. I wanted five days, but that's probably not going to happen. I can live with four or even three. As long as I can go and spend some quality time with my Blue Ridge and possibly Smokey Mountains, shop the farmer's market, get some Arkansas Black apples, and go to Bracken Mountain Bakery, all will be meet and right with the world.
  • And I'm off Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this week. I was upset about it at the time, but I think I'm going to have the best time I possibly can. If I was honest, I'd say that I really have needed this time off. I might as well enjoy it. :D I'm planning to fix my study next Sunday. YAY!
  • Today will be a good day, no matter what anyone at work says. I'm determined. :D
On the Verge of: amusedamused
Beautiful Noise: Jason Mraz-If It Kills Me
saavikam77: Clark Blue Rosessaavikam77 on August 17th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
*hugs you tight* I'm so glad you're back and doing better, hon. :) Glad a lot of your work anxiety was lifted somewhat.

Did you get my message about the fic awards at The Planet? I was very excited to see you guys' names on the run-off ballot. ^__^
Lois: Lois :: Delightkalalanekent on August 18th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
*returns the hugs in equal measure* I've just been struggling to do more than I'm capable of and was starting to founder. It sucks to hold your response for something that no one else seems to care about. I'm learning to deal.

I did, and I have to say that I'm amazed. I didn't see that coming at all! Most especially since it's been a couple of years since I was active over there. It was a nice surprise.
saavikam77: Destinysaavikam77 on August 18th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
*more hugs*

The final noms were such a great surprise over there. :) I admit, I helped Christy with the noms gathering, since she wasn't getting many from Planet folks, but I was absolutely shocked to see my own name on there so much. :p
Lois: Lois :: Lovekalalanekent on August 18th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you, but you know that you're one of the best they have, so it should be no surprise whatsoever. *pokes you* :D
saavikam77: Clois Happysaavikam77 on August 18th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hee! XD *is poked* *blushes and shuffles feet* :p
Lois: LS :: Superman Lois :: Face to Facekalalanekent on August 18th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Is nothing but true, gorgeous! Good luck!
the_scary_kitty: Hug Stitch!the_scary_kitty on August 17th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
*huggles you* Good to hear that the work situation is, while still crazy, at least has an explanation.

Target food! I love 'em; the premium stuff from their Archer Farms label is fabulous, and even their baseline Market Pantry line is pretty darn tasty. And it's cheap. Yay! :D
Lois: LS :: Lois Jason :: Never Doubt Lovekalalanekent on August 18th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Well, it's obnoxious that we have to pay for someone else using up manpower hours for something silly, but at least I know it's not my work performance or something. I seriously was making myself crazy worrying about it since the bosses didn't bother to give an explanation. *huggles back*

It really is like heaven. The sheer amount of stuff I had to stop myself from buying was embarrassing. I mean, they even have blood orange Italian soda! Seriously!
Obsessed fangirl: Lois and Clark - STM so closebabettew54 on August 17th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
We missed you, hon! I'm so glad you were able to step back and get some perspective about everything. Time off can do wonders.

I'm sorry the job woes continue. We spend way too much time working for it to cause so many headaches. I hope things turn around and soon.

YAYY for retail therapy and the long weekend. That's what I'm talking about. I just got back from vacation it seems, but I'm ready to take some time off again. Work is starting to pick back up, and everyone's coming back to work ... *sigh* It was nice for a while not having anyone around to bother me..!! :D

Take care, hon!! *hugs you tight*
Lois: LS :: Lois Jason :: Never Doubt Lovekalalanekent on August 18th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Awww! It's nice to know that I was missed! *snugs* It always means a lot. And the job is just a lost cause for the moment. Retail is so random and stop-and-start that I have decided that I'll just ride with it until after Christmas. It's not much longer now.

I really need to take more vacations each year, but I like to be able to have money on-hand when I need it. That's the only suck of being suck as part-time: no PTO. When I worked for the hospital, I had more than I could possibly use. It's frustrating to need it now more than ever and not have it. :(

And yes, the weekend was amazing. I totally need more time away like that. I'm actually feeling more like myself than I have in a while. Thank God.

You, too, darling! Hopefully the returning employees won't bug you too much.
januaried: FANDOM > RV soulmatesjanuaried on August 18th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Great! I'm so sorry I wasn't here for you this week, but am really glad you got through it and are feeling better. ♥

I'm back in Eugene, so I'm here whenever you want to talk! We can get up to mischief this weekend. XD
Lois: Fandom :: RV :: Lois Rizny Soulmateskalalanekent on August 18th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm doing a lot better than I was. Last week was just a total and complete nightmare. It just figures that the YM would go down when I needed you. *headdesk* Not your fault.

Are you sleeping late, because I keep trying to catch you in the morning, but I somehow always miss you. *looks confused* And we'll have to try for Saturday or Sunday night for mischief since I'm up early on Sunday morning now. How soon until Derek comes back and I lose you again?
Grace: Tristan; *HUGS*repmetsyrrah on August 18th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
That sounds like a great weekend! We only have one place like that in NZ- Hanmer Hot Springs- but it's an hour and a half drive :(

Glad you're feeling better! It's great buying new clothes as well- last time I was feeling down I went and spent $90 on two dresses *eek*
Lois: Lois :: Delightkalalanekent on August 18th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Well, it was about an hour to Poe and then another two to Juniper, and then we couldn't get in. :( Oh well, we're going to Icheetucknee on Friday and going tubing.

The worst part is that I love clothes, but I can't wear the really nice stuff to work for fear of ruining it and I can't see spending the money these days when I really need a new computer. But sometimes I just can't resist. Doesn't help that I'm on a seriously girly kick right now and nothing I see that I like is practical. XD