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THURSDAY

This morning when I got up Leofwyna was out for a work meeting so I was able to do some cleaning up while I was freshly energetic but still somewhat sleep-zombied which is best for me to accomplish this sort of thing.

The weather is clearing nicely but motivation is absent this afternoon. I did manage to find a few leads and send resumes out... three with the university and one at a diesel service north of town. The bank statement finally showed up today... nearly a week later than usual... so I dealt with paperwork and balancing the checkbook. It was fighting me this month.

Leofwyna headed out for household tonight but I stayed home. I spent some of the time cutting some more of the batiste blends for 'cuddle' quilts. When Leofwyna got home I helped her get up a second shelf in the garage to put her camp-bed rails up off the floor. Actually the storage on the back wall of the garage is looking really good with all the new shelving she's put in there.
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FRIDAY

It was supposed to rain this morning but it didn't. I still didn't get out into the garden to start work there; my middle name should be procrastination! I watered and set the two flats of seed pots out on the sunny step for the afternoon AND remembered to bring them in again.

Although it was a pretty day I spent the afternoon on the computer doing job searches. One of the aps I sent off is on UNL campus which I'd really like to get back to especially for the benefits.

In the evening I sewed together the log cabin blocks. I need to find a bit of fabric for an inner border and binding before I put the pieced borders on. I know I have a backing fabric in my stash somewhere for this then I can baste it for quilting.
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WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY

With the beautiful weather this week I had intended to get lots done outside but all good intentions aside all I got done was to make the seedpots from paper roll tubes and fill them for broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, tomatoes, squash, cucumber, and basil.

Leofwyna commented on the job situation the other night so I've buckled down to the job search again. I'd gotten discouraged about lack of results and slacked off awhile and that's gotta change.
WEDNESDAY

I actually found a good job to apply for today; yes, gotta find at least two every week for the extension on the unemployment insurance. I do go through all the lists every week and some weeks I can find several to apply for but occasionally I have to apply for something truely marginal get the necessary two in a week.

I didn't go out to the Social Moot this evening like I probably should have. Leofwyna got up and headed out to punch letters for her calendars; these are made to record babys' stats on and then given to the parents for their scrapbooks. Anyway I spent considerable time sorting through my thrift store pile to a) remember what I got, and b) condense the pile somewhat by organizing it.

THURSDAY

I put a corned beef in the crockpot when I got up this morning; that worked much better than boiling on the stovetop and having to keep an eye on it. I spent considerable time stripping out a couple trim shirts and harvesting brass beads and discs off a tee-shirt to use to decorate medieval projects. At least these take up less space now.

After supper we started a new jigsaw puzzle; our major cold winter adiction this year.
WEDNESDAY

With all the snow on the ground and the chill in the air I'm spending a great deal of time lounging around at home. Do I take advantage of this time to accomplish anything? Well, there is the excuse of avoiding making unnecessary noise while Leofwyna sleeps but just the same I'm not doing even as much downstairs as I could. I immerse myself in the Internet or a jigsaw puzzle. I'm clearly in hibernation mode here.

Tonight I did get out of the house to attend A&S; I was one of three to do so but we had a nice discussion about glovemaking, Winter War Maneuver's and its revel, and so forth.

THURSDAY

I got a call from NelNet today about one of my applications there so I'm being considered for an interview. I've responded to 5-6 positions there so naturally this is my least favorite choice but it is within my desired salary range and has benefits so I've got my fingers crossed that this might be accomplished. After eighteen months it wouldn't do to be fussy and perhaps getting my foot in the door could be translated eventually to a lateral move within the company.

I've got turkey legs in the crockpot with barbeque sauce and crushed pineapple for supper. When Leofwyna gets up we'll eat and go to the late movie to see Avatar in 3D.
TUESDAY

I spent a quiet day doing my job searches and working on a jigsaw puzzle. When Leofwyna woke up we hussled off for pizza and a movie. We saw Avatar which was a wonderfully visual movie and we want to go see it again in the 3D theater before it leaves town. It has a a 'ferngully' sort of plot but with the great visuals made a decent movie experience.

WEDNESDAY

I ran through a couple loads of laundry primarily to have my garb ready for WWM in a week and made some progress on the current jigsaw puzzle. With the snowed in feeling of the season it brings back memories of sitting with mother in the evening doing puzzles back before we had our first television. It also brings to mind seeing a cupboard full of puzzles at her grandmother's house following her funeral.

A snow day was declared already yesterday evening and it did snow but not so much to be a problem. The wind chill index IS rather severe. I made a run to the store when Leofwyna discovered she was missing sherry for the wild rice soup this evening. She had in mind a late birthday dinner for me with the soup, veggie 'pizza' and angelfood cake. Some of my favorites, NOM.
SUNDAY

I worked quietly at the computor today job shopping until Leofwyna got up. We went to Barnes and Noble so she could get a new puzzle magazine then we went to Grisanti's to have their soup and bread for supper. Finally we got back to watch our videotape of the final Survivor shows. What a great surprise to have Natalie win over Russell! And how so not a surprise that viewers' choice was Russell. How typical they love the bad boy so long as it doesn't directly affect them.
SATURDAY

With the cold and snow I'm turning into a hermit. It's just not tempting to don heavy clothes and deal with a cold car and all so I spent a quiet day at home running through job search locations. It's amazing how much time can get tied up with this between the tedious searches and dealing with on-line applications. It's not too bad when they accept a resume attached to an email but if you have to go to their website you have to figure out their systems, fill out their application, proof it, and try to send it which is not always successful. It's really annoying to spend an hour or two on one application and then fail to make the connection.

When Leofwyna got up and left for work I used the broth from yesterday's crock-cooked chicken to make a very small batch of chicken-rice soup for my supper. An unusual flavor but tasty.
SUNDAY

During the day I ran through some job searches and accomplished a couple applications. When Leofwyna woke I suggested a movie or decorating for Christmas and after some discussion we decided on supper and a movie tonight and decorating Tuesday-Thursday so the week is planned.

We treated ourselves to Invictus; an excellent movie. Seems the good ones recently are sporty ones but since they are character driven they are engrossing and this one was very good.
THURSDAY

In response to a question in my Email:
I am not a peer. My motto is "If you're counting you're not having fun." In a former lifetime I was an avid quilter and people kept asking how long? how much? how many? This was my response. I don't have a banner; perhaps someday.

Today I did get out of the house for catfood and a stop at one of the thrift stores where I found four really great shirts for the quilt stash. Yes, I'm still a quilter even if I haven't for nearly six years. And, no, throwing together the sample tops for charity doesn't count as no art nor craft was involved. I intend for this to change next year.

Today I received the letter thanking me for applying but so sorry the job was given elsewhere. D***! However, this weekend I also received a letter informing me there was a possible 14-week extension on unemployment insurance which is good timing if I can get it. I forsee several phonecalls in my near future.

Presently I'm dealing with laundry and as the washer has finished a cycle I'm going to go deal with the next load. Chao!
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TUESDAY

Got a hair trim Tuesday to get ready for the upcoming interview. Turned in aluminum cans ($2.70) and paperback books ($25.00). Dropped two bags of t-shirts off at Salvation Army. Stopped in at a couple Goodwills and found a few cotton shirts for my quilt stash.

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday was half-price at Salvation Army; picked up a couple shirts. Then went to the social Moot where I got to visit with Isadora, Eleanor, Gyda, Chiara, Saraphina, and others. No Natalya, Isabeau or Carlos though so I still have the scroll I painted for Sunday.

THURSDAY

Got the interview done; it wasn't too bad. One question was, "Describe your best and worst bosses." I described working with Gene Bunge at UNL Television. He was my first boss there and really drew out the best in me and trusted me with some expanded responsibilities. My worst was Steve who replaced Michelle at LBL after I worked there more than a year. He decided I had a bad attitude and had me out within a month. At least these folks didn't ask any weird existential question like some places do; I never know how to answer some of those.

I stopped at the thrift stores downtown and in one of them found a great set of red/gold woven pattern drapes that'll make a great laced overgown. I'll do cartridge pleats and make it as full as possible. Finally something I can wear with a black velvet overgown I want to make eventually with the fabric from when I worked at Hancocks.
SUNDAY

I spent the afternoon quietly dealing with paperwork, bank statements and bill paying. Leofwyna got put 'on-call' today so she went out to prune and winter-collar her roses. We ended up going to the China Buffet for supper. I spent the evening alternating between computer time and inkle-weaving.

MONDAY

This morning there was a message on the answering machine for me. I have an appointment a week Thursday for an interview. As it's been a full month since the deadline for applications I'd already given up on this one so this is a pleasant surprise. It's been 18 months job-hunting so I'm way over-due and this is one of few I've really wanted.
FRIDAY

Finally got the application format working, finished the job application and sent it out.  Still plenty of time to get dressed and downtown for the on-site typing test.  Scored 75 wpm but with the sloppy keyboard had three errors... I know I caught three or four others as I went alongm, too.  Now the long wait to see if I get a call for an interview.  I worked at the LPD records bureau back in 1973-75 and really found the job to be highly interesting.  Granted there will have been changes in procedures after this many years but the basic job should be very similar and I would really like to do this for the next 10-15 years.

SATURDAY

Today was our 'holiday' driving up to Omaha to hit the World Thrift stores there and eat wonderful food.  We had our favorite lunch at Thai Pepper and our favorite dinner at Cheesecake Factory.  We always order the same combinations and share appetizers and entrees for the variety.  We both think the Thai Lettuce Wraps at Cheesecake Factory is the most perfect food anywhere!!!

Leofwyna found a lot of scrapbooking and Christmas stuff at the thrift stores and then went totally wild at Whole Foods at the end of the day.  I found another old bed shirt with a cotton gauze foundation so I'll be having a new veil/headwrap.. mainly I behaved and talked myself out of things.
THURSDAY

Spent a significant part of the afternoon dealing with ONE application for a city job at the police records bureau.  Said application is exceedingly complicated and the program it is on doesn't record everything I key into it.  I am frustrated.  This is a normal situation for dealing with city applications and I hates 'em.  However I'd dearly love to have this particular city job so I keep trying.
WEDNESDAY

Spent about three hours this afternoon at a friend's house with several other members of the barony helping box up stuff so the house can be staged for a viewing by agents for sale. This is another friend losing their home due to health issues and the current economy which is sad and also rather alarming considering my jobless situation. I certainly hope the most recent job lead pans out as it's one I really would enjoy in addition to being a regular paycheck for years to come.
WEDNESDAY-TUESDAY

Seems like the rebound from being sick a week was to neglect my journalling here for another week.   I did get my third quarter report done this week.  I pieced 'crazy-style' another sample quilt top.  I caught up on my laundry.  It's been mostly rainy and nasty-chilly so nothing has been accomplished outside.  Except Leofwyna and I did get the rest of the garage packed up so she could pull her van into the garage.  She'd had an accident on the way to work one day smashing the passenger side door and breaking out that window.  The insurance company is totalling the van due to it's age and book value.  She has to decide whether to buy it back and replace the door or take advantage of the opportunity to get a more fuel efficient vehicle and give up the camp-freight value of the van.

I got a lead on a job I WANT so have plans to go into HR fill out the application and get a typing test.  I want to make sure I'm going to be considered for this one and not just trust someone will print out my application from the internet like I've been doing so often lately.  For this one I really want to stand out from the crowd if I can manage this.

An old friend made contact on Facebook.  I'd tried to locate her this year but hadn't been able to find her.  I'm probably easier to find since I've got my maiden name back after the divorces and she's remarried, something I hadn't known.  So now I'm back in contact with both high school friends from the old days after nearly twenty years since last in touch.
patable2010: (Saxon)
WEDNESDAY

Got a call this morning which was a pre-interview for a receptionist/office clerk position.  I was given a phone number which connected me with a 'get more schooling' business.  I suspect it's more Craig's List connections and nothing will come of it but I jumped through the hoops because of the contact. 

I did find a couple possibilities on the UNL job list and did the apps for those.  Crossed fingers all 'round!  I'd really like to get back on with the university and have those benefits again!

Got the van unloaded, cleaned up the kitchen and started some laundry.  Lost track of time though and missed A&S; also missed getting the VCR set in time to get all of So You Think You Can Dance.
patable2010: (Saxon)
TUESDAY

Accomplished a couple errands, deposited a Ford check and stopped in at Joanne's where I picked up some thread. 

WEDNESDAY

Was somewhat more productive today taking out trash, running three loads of laundry, emptying a bag of puzzles into storage, watering the front lawn and responding to three joblist contacts (cross all digits something hits this time).  This evening was A&S where Seraphima tutored Viking chain weaving.  I'm still working on the banner.
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SUNDAY

After some more poking about the garage putting out the water hoses for the new grass and making plans for the sale of stuff Thursday-Friday which included remounting doors on the entertainment center and handles on the recliner-sofa we headed out to see the new Star Trek movie which we found very satisfactory.  We're already making plans for a second viewing; Leofwyna commented as we were leaving, "I didn't see the tribble!"  I'm sure there's lots of 'nods' to the previous Star Treks we missed in the excitement of a first viewing and at least one more viewing to watch for these is called for.

Oh, and Leofwyna found the cord for the nicest of Little Sister's three televisions.  Now, once we arrange to get that one downstairs (it's f-n heavy!), we'll have a 27" screen tv in our 'new' entertainment center.  We'll put our 19" Magnavox upstairs in the dining area. 

MONDAY

I spent most of the day running my job search tasks for this week; got a few fresh contacts going out.  Leofwyna succeeded in selling the recliner-sofa and matching love seat to a work acquaintance so we'll use that money to buy change for the sale itself.  I remembered to call in our ads first thing and was thankfully in good time for that.  Leofwyna made a beef-sweet potato-apricot tajine in the crock pot for our supper.  It's a good thing she liked it 'cause she made a double batch and I don't much care for it.  Some of it goes into the freezer so she doesn't have to eat it every day for two weeks!
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MONDAY

Marty, the across the street neighbor, came over and took down the old apple tree that split itself a year ago.  I'd strapped it up last summer to keep it from dropping one side into the kitchen or dining room and it made it through the winter with no problem.  We'll miss it's shade though; doing dishes this evening was a trifle warm with the sun beating in that window.  We've gotta think about how to get a semi-permanent sunshade on that side of the house during the summer.

I took off to return tapes to the library, pick up passport application forms, etcetra.  Back at home I found a few contacts to send job applications to and jumped through that particular set of hoops.  When Leofwyna got home I gave over the computer and spent the rest of the evening cutting down tapestry samples for camp rugs.

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