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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Winter Wonderslam

Winter Wonderslam was on Saturday!
Last year, this tournament was the one that got interested in KCRW and WFTDA.
I love this ruleset.
I got there early to help set up.  We put up signs, got snacks and drinks ready for skaters/officials, set up tables and got everything ready for the day.
My team was the Carol-ers.
We lost both of our games.
The first game was super close.
We should have lost by more because our jammers were in the box...
all the time.
One time I had two jammer penalties in the same jam, but still managed to score more points than the other jammer.  I won the jam even though they had two power jams. Our defense was amazing.
The bruise is looking so much better!
I love my team!
Singh, Karma and myself.

My bout duty was social media. 
They gave me control of the snapchat, twitter and instagram account.
I don't know how to use SnapChat, but I do love the Insta-stories.
I also posted a little on Twitter.
It's a fun bout job and I don't mind it at all.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Update on the Kitten

Friday, as I was walking out of work, I got a call from the vet.  It appears the kitten was in kidney failure.  I had to make decision and decided to treat the kitten as she thinks the kidney failure might be because of the upper respiratory infection. 
So kitten is on fluid treatment.  That means he is going to get continual IV fluids and antibiotics for three days.  She called me and asked if it was okay to take him home with her to make sure the IV is working as some of the machines can be finicky.
She's going to check his kidney levels on Monday to see if he is okay.
Keep your fingers  crossed for a little kitten friend.
Tanner works at this vets office, so I think that is why she is taking super care of the kitten.  For Tanner.

Friday, December 8, 2017


Happy Friday!  I cannot tell you how happy I am that this is the last day of work this week.  I am worn out.

We no longer have a temp in our office, so all the clerical work now falls upon us to do.  It’s a lot for a four person office to handle.  All of the clerical duties fall upon the person scheduled in the back office that week.  This week it was me.  So along with clerical duties, I still had to do my normal duties of getting clients on the phone for their interviews, scanning and indexing paperwork and helping them when they finished up.  Normally, I have my flow and everything goes great.  This week, we have had extremely extended hold times when we were able to get through on the phones.  If the hold time exceeds 25 minutes, the phone actually gives you a message and hangs up on you.  What clients don’t realize is that we do not have a fast track number to get to the interview centers; we call the exact same phone number they do to get an interview and puts us in the same queue was those that call in.  It’s not advantageous for people to come in and use our phones. 

Our phones are gross!  People are sick, coughing all over them, spitting in our trashcans, wiping their noses with their hand then placing them on the desks.  Oh, there is even vomit in one our trashcans at the moment and I am trying to keep all the contents of my stomach down as I cannot handle the vomit smell.  There is also a child with what smells like runny diarrhea in his diaper in the back office right now.  I am inundated with smells I cannot handle.  I feel sorry for this child as he is grabbing himself trying to get away from what is stuck in his diaper.  I’m sure this poor child has a rash.  And no, there is nothing I can do about it.  We cannot offer diapers or wipes to parents that neglect to properly prepare to take their child somewhere.    Pretty much, I am saying our office is a cesspool of germs and funky smells.  My nose actually hurts at the moment.

Out of the 340 clients we have seen in the office this week, 110 have been interviews.  I’ve put 110 people on the phone to speak with the interview center.  I have also processed 246 pieces of mail as of right now.  I am tired.  I would say it will get better soon, but it will only get worse with the holiday approaching.  People procrastinate.  People who are way over on income for assistance; apply, waste our time and get rejected for over income.  There is a lot of work that goes into every single application.  I’ve date stamped so much mail, I feel like the librarian in Indiana Jones. 

Yesterday, we found out one of our co-workers passed away.  He was my supervisor’s manager when I first started with the state six years ago.  I’ve been promoted since then so I am not in the same structure as he managed.  He was a processing center upper management person.  The right hand man to the big dawg.  I work under the resource center tree now.  He was an outstanding leader and someone you could bring problems too.  He was also totally ADHD and played games on his phone all the time.  He found out he had cancer 39 days before he died.  He had a rare colon cancer that had spread to his liver.  He tried all the options given to him.  He leaves his wife and three daughters.  He will be missed.

Yesterday, our little kibben got sick.  He spent the night in the vet’s office.  Tanner works at the vet office and had to work off the x-ray they took of his belly last night.  He’s still eating, drinking, peeing and pooping, but the vet said his bowel was not happy.   She believes he is either constipated or he ate something he was not supposed to.  He will be fine.  He received IV fluids to perk him up a bit.  Still I started crying because kibben!  Tanner will update me on him later this afternoon.   Last night, I told Maggie her brother was in the hospital.  I don’t think she cared, she just asked for more food.

This weekend should be good though.  I have Winter Wonderslam on Saturday.  I will be playing on two teams and be running the leagues social media account for a game I’m not playing in.  I am getting there early to help set up.    Afterwards, I am going to a trivia fundraiser at one of my favorite little burger joints in Westport.  I have a token for a free burger, I must find it. 

On Sunday, just practice and relaxing.


What are your weekend plans?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

writer's workshop: instagram story

I know I've said before that Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms.  I like it so much more than Facebook.


I made a post recently about the evolution of a bruise.


This is the first time I've ever taken a wheel to my shin.  It hurt when it happened, but I never imagined what it would blossom into in the coming weeks.  Yes, I said weeks.  It happened two weeks ago and it is almost finished healing.


Have you ever been kicked in the shin?  How did it turn out for you?  A big, beautiful bruise?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG -- December


IWSG  -- December
http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

I missed last month’s post.  I didn’t even realize I missed it until two weeks into the month.  I enjoy the posts and reading others posts.  I love the feedback and just commenting on others blogposts. 

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to make my life easier and better for the next year. 

One thing will be to cut expenses.  Do I really need all those channels on UVerse?  The answer is no, all I really need is the internet.  In January, I will pare down the Uverse bill to just the local channels and the internet.  This will start saving me $120 a month.   My family does not watch enough TV to justify spending that much for it.  Plus, we have Netflix and Amazon Prime.  If I need to, I can always get Hulu (still cheaper than UVerse) Most of the shows I watch are on the local channels anyway.

Make the most out of my Planet Fitness membership.  I go around 10 times a month, which equates to about $2 a visit.  I need to go more instead of doing other things.  Plus, I can bring my two oldest children with me.  They have been asking to go.

Figure out a plan to pay off my two credit cards and keep the balances low.  Not having to pay those each month would be a huge help.

Have a meal plan for each week.  That way the kids know what we are having for dinner and can even start cooking.  I love Hello Fresh and Home Chef and hope to utilize those once a month for dinners.  I also have a credit with Social Suppers that I need to go and use.   I used to go there quite a bit and prepare dinners.
Finishing school in January will also take a big load off of my shoulders.

What are you planning on doing to make your life easier in 2018?

IWSG December 6 question - As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

I can’t think of anything I would really do differently.  I know I could be a little quicker at getting things posted.  With my personal life, there is something that I should have moved on from long before I did.  I knew the truth and I failed to accept it.  Accepting things and moving on would be something that I would do differently.

What about you?  What would you do differently?

As always, thank you for reading.  Drop a comment if you stop by so I can visit your blog.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

roller derbs: Shotgun Sheilas

My women's house team, the Shotgun Sheilas, gained five new members at draft.  This is the most we have gotten since my first year.  I've been on the team for six years, some of skaters have been on for eight years.  We are a veteran, seasoned team in terms of roller derby. 
I am excited for the new blood that we have and we can teach them all the things Sheilas and get that trophy back home.  I am tired of second place.
Our new girls are: Mae Snap, Luckey Strikes (kinda new, was already a Sheila, just official now), Toucan Slam, Dynamite Dropin and Luna Sea.
It's going to be a fun year and I can't wait to see how it shapes up.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

fam: mother/daughter bowling

I'm terrible at bowling but we had a blast anyway.
Alli and I had not done the mother/daughter bowling event in a few years...
actually they were 8 or 9 when we last went, so more than a few years...
Alli left me this.
The three remaining girls in my Girl Scout troop.
My oldest son had his first guard weekend.
We found his car and left him a note on it.
He was actually surprised and super happy to get it.