Wednesday, June 22, 2011

...and the a/c went kaput!!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!

It's already been a long week for me and it's only half way over!!  Normally I am off on Monday but was added to the schedule because someone was terminated.  That's okay. 

It's been a very HOT week so far this week with temperatures at or over 100*F.  Also this is okay with me.  However, when I got home Monday night from work.....my house felt a little warmer than it should since I left the a/c on.  Wouldn't you know, the a/c had stopped working sometime after I left for work. 

Okay, that's fine, I'll call the property mgmt Tuesday am and they can take care of it.  They came out and checked everything but the maintenance mgr said they would call a "professional" in to take care of it. 

Within half hour a guy from D & D Plumbing was at my door and spent the next 3 hours trying to fix the darned thing.  He said that the motor was broken and he needed to go get another one.  Told me he would be back in a few minutes as the place was very close.  Yeah........an HOUR later he shows back up with NO new part---it was out of stock.  So he spent another hour "cleaning" the motor I had and put it back in.  Lo and behold the a/c came back on and you could feel the cool air immediately!!

So, after about 5 minutes of cool air the guy left.  I SWEAR.....before he could drive away, the a/c stopped again.  I ran out the door and got him.  He told me to shut everything off and that he would let my maintenance mgr know that a new motor needs to ordered, etc......Everything okay so far.

Tuesday night I went to work and had to stay until 11pm due to late customers.  I checked my messages when I was off and heard from the night maintenance guy wanting to know how my a/c was working and if everything else was okay.  HUH???????

Cut to this morning.  One of my managers called me at 7:30am to see if I could come into work (I have Wednesday's off now) because 3 people called in sick.  I told him it would be my 7th day since I worked on Monday (my other day off).  He said he would call everyone else to see if he could cover the shifts. 

Well......I had this feeling, so I got up, took a shower and was starting to put my makeup on when he called me back around 8:30am.  He said he couldn't get ahold of ANYONE to come in.....and one of the owners gave permission for me to work on my 7th day.  So I worked. 

But before that I had to call the property mgr again to find out about the message I got.  So I called the office and spoke to the maintenance mgr and I asked him what the guy told him yesterday.  He told me that the guy said he fixed everything and the a/c was working great and blowing out cold air!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YES, REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I told him what happened and he told me he would take care of it.  So, off to work I went.  I only worked from 9:30 to 2:30 and was hoping to come home to a nice cool house.  When I walked in I could immediately tell that the a/c still wasn't working.  I checked the unit and knew someone had been there so changed my clothes and went and ran my errands.  When I got home I got a call from the night maintenance guy who told me that the motor needed for my a/c unit was now obsolete and the maintenance mgr would figure something out and contact me by noon tomorrow.  I advised him that I would be at work at that time and would be unable to check my phone.  I gave them permission to enter my duplex and do whatever needs to be done to fix that darned unit!

I honestly don't care about me......it's my poor little kitties.  They are stuck in the hot house all day, not me.  But I left windows partly open and a fan running full blast in my bedroom (the coolest room in the house).  I also left a couple of huge bowls of ice with some water along with their normal water dishes.  So far so good.......hopefully it will be fixed and I can come home to a nice cool house after work tomorrow.  Fingers crossed!!!!

Until next time.......

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Journey Forward

Hi everyone!! 

I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I last blogged....yet it really has!!  I have been working a lot, as usual.  But, as I said in my last post, I really need to find some balance in my life. 

And.....since it's completely obvious that I cannot figure it out for myself, no matter HOW smart I THINK I am (lol),  I have been doing some research.  I checked out several books from the local library...which I have started reading. 

I know that this may seem like common sense to most, but having balance in my life doesn't come naturally to me....no matter how much I wish for it to do so!!

In between working and getting through each day....I have been reading.  It's doing me some good I think because I am slowly starting to take steps to make my life a happier and balanced one.  Albeit, they are baby steps....but it's okay....as long as the overall journey travels forward, right?!

So, in the last week I finished 2 books:  The first was: "A Place of Yes" by Bethenny Frankel (yes of RHONY and Bethenny Ever After fame).  This book resonated with me so very much and I have to give her a HUGE thank you for writing it!!  It came at the right moment for me. 

The second book was "How To Be Your Own Matchmaker" by Patti Stanger.  I got this book because even though I am divorced/single and dating, I really close myself off to being in a relationship and have finally realized that it is not healthy. I was burned by my ex (figuratively not actually!) and have lots of trust issues still...even after all these years.  I think its time to let the past be in the past and learn to trust again.  Wish me luck!!

A lot of this book she has talked about on her reality TV show:  "Millionaire Matchmaker" on BravoTV.  There is quite a bit of info if you're interested in internet dating (which I am not and never will be, thank you very much).  I enjoyed reading this book and did learn quite a few things.  So....thank you Patti Stanger!!

The current book I'm reading:  "The Mind-Body Mood Solution" is very good.  I just started it the other day and will be done with it tonight.  Basically it's a book about how to get relief from depression without using drugs (aka meds). 

I do not suffer from depression in the way that most people understand it to be and would never need to take meds, but I do know that I am not happy with how my life is at this time.  I also realize that I am the only one who can change it. 

This book breaks down different aspects both mentally and physically to show how depression can manifest itself into almost anyones life...if they let it.  And then shows (if you're interested)  how to get back on track both mentally and physically.  Some of it I already knew, which is very sad.  But this is the first time I am really ready to do the work to improve things in my life and make ME a priority!! 

As for other parts of my life......I finally found a bridesmaids dress for my cousins wedding next month.  The only thing I really need now is to make the plane reservations. 

I have also started exercising this week.  Even though I play softball and exercise occasionally--as well as being on my feet all day as a server--I am truly very out of shape.  Old routines I used to do with some ease, I can barely finish.  I have 6 weeks (well, I think it's actually 5 1/2 wks now) to get in some semblance of shape to feel comfortable walking down the aisle in front of almost 300 people (yikes!!)

Time to get back to reading my book before bed.  Hoping everyone has a great Friday and, if I'm not back on my blog beforehand, wishing all dads a very HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!

Until next time......

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wanted: A little balance in my life

Hello my Blogger friends!! Things have been hectic around here lately.  I have worked the last 10 days straight with another 3 days to go before my next day off.  I'm a little tired....but I've worked this much before in my past so it just takes a little getting used to again! lol

In between working, housework, reality tv and sleeping these past 10 days I have been thinking that I have no balance in my life.  Yes, it's come to me before and I say I'm going to do something about it, but then life happens and it's forgotten until next time I "think" of it!!

But honestly, besides working, doing housework, playing softball on Sunday, watching reality tv and sleeping I haven't really been doing much.  I haven't even been keeping up with my beloved SFGiants!!  That's a definite first. 

On a daily basis I listen to family, friends, co-workers, customers, etc tell me about their fun days off and vacations....listening to all of the places they go and all of the things that they do.  Geez.....I haven't even been to the movies since December or January!!!  And the theatre is only 1 mile exactly from my house!!!! 

Well, whatever the hell it is that's wrong with me needs to be snapped out of it because it's not who I am nor who I want to be.  Now, don't the experts tell us to schedule in time for ourselves??  I've tried that in the past but really have sucked at it!! lol  Guess I'll have to be a little more firm with myself or something, right?!  :P

That's all I have.....except for a rundown of the Real Housewives of OC, NY and NJ.  Sad to see OC season ending this Sunday.  Doesn't seem like it's been back long enough...or maybe time is just passing me by too fast?!  It's been an interesting season.  Can't wait for the finale and the reunion!!!

As for RHONY, Jill says she's changed, but she seems the exact same to me (except for the Botox and whatever else she's punctured into her face).  Alex is a bore, Kelly is just there (yawn), Ramona is a little crazier this season (but gotta love her),  Sonja is completely different this season.  Maybe last season was fake Sonja and now we're seeing the real girl.  Well, IMO I'm not liking this Sonja at all!!  Please bring back old Sonja.  As for the new girl, Cindy, the jury is still out on her.  There are times she seems like the voice of reason, and then there are other times when I just don't care for her.  So, we'll see about her by the end of the season.  Oh, and I forgot about LuAnn.  She's not annoying me this season like she has in past seasons.  But honestly, I don't like her boyfriend, Jacques.  Bleh :(

Then there is the RHONJ.  I have been looking forward to this season.  Well,  so far I'm bored and annoyed.  I, so far, totally dislike Melissa and Joe Gorga (Teresa's brother and sis-in-law).  Please don't air family dirty laundry like that.....it's repugnant and distasteful.  They make me cringe EVERY.SINGLE.TIME they are onscreen.  And, that isn't to say that I'm a big fan of Teresa because I'm really not.  She's okay but annoying and kinda dumb, especially after watching the last episode when she was writing the letter to her brother. 

Their cousin, Kathy, isn't that bad.....well, so far!!  She's caught (or placed herself) in the middle of this family feud which is never a good place to be.  But, she hasn't annoyed me like the others have so.....so far so good.  I feel bad for Jacqueline having to deal with her obnoxious/spoilt/bratty daughter, Ashley!!  Hopefully Ashley will grow up and figure things out.  And I always enjoy any scene with Caroline and her family.  They are the only enjoyable storyline on RHONJ so far.  To be really honest.......I dislike Melissa and Joe Gorga SOOOOOO much, I'm actually missing Danielle Staub (I know, I can't believe I'm saying it either?!?!).  But I can't believe Bravo would sign them behind Teresa's back.  That sucks and makes me think less of them (Bravo).......

Time to go eat dinner, so.....until next time......