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Skype Interview

May 26th, 2014 at 02:51 pm

I had my Skype interview just a few minutes ago. Overall I think it went well, although we had a bit of a miscommunication about the time. I thought he meant 4 p.m. MST, and he thought 4 p.m.CST - but his email said 5 p.m. CST. So he texted me at 3:07 my time ... I told him I just needed five minutes.

I quickly brushed my hair and put on my interview top and a little makeup and ran to my computer. Smile

It sounds really interesting. It pays around $13/hour, but no benefits. Well, there is one really great benefit. I wouldn't have to be there at 8 a.m. I could come in as late as noon if I wanted to, as long as the work got done. Smile

He did seem concerned that I was overqualified. I told him that I was looking for something that would keep me busy, would have me helping people, but also wouldn't spill over into my outside of work time - like teaching would. I think that answered his concern.

He wants me to call him on Sunday to meet somewhere for ten or fifteen minutes in person.

So ... we'll see what happens! (I could possibly do this AND the tutoring job.) Smile

Busy, So Embarrassed :(

May 25th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

I took my mom to the airport this afternoon. She was here helping me pack my place the last few days.

This morning before she left we did some shopping. I bought two skirts (one black, one white) one pair of dress black pants, 5 dressy tops, and a belt - $150 - all from Dillard's and Lane Bryant. This was after she and I had gone through all my clothes and gotten rid of anything that was worn or not a good color for me. We had specific things we were looking for, and for the most part we actually managed to find them.

I also paid for both my hair cut and her hair style. $86 with tip. Gulp. My hair looks so much better - it sorely needed a trim. (I did this before she realized what I was doing.)

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As I said, the last few days have been really busy with the packing and also the end of the year stuff. Friday was kind of a let down in a way. At mass they called the four of us who were leaving and gave us all a gift.

The last two years people leaving had received a storytelling doll. I was looking forward to that because I thought it looked really neat and would fit what I had done at the school.

I didn't have a chance to open my gift until I got home ( and after a run in with my mom being all drama queen ....) It wasn't a storytelling doll. It was some sort of vase with two openings. I had no idea what it stood for, and in my tiredness asked my mom if she'd like it.

She loved it, and said yes.

Tonight my mom texted me. Apparently her ex husband (whom she is now somewhat back together with .... long story) let her know what the vase was. Here is a link that looks similar to it: http://www.kachinahouse.com/p-7263-native-american-acoma-han...

When I realized what it was, my heart sank. I realized just how special and meaningful the gift really was. I felt like such a dolt. I've asked my mom if she'd be okay with sending it back to me, now that I know the significance of it. She hasn't replied yet, but it is kind of late there.

Frown Ugh.

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I've written a few more posts on bubblews if you're interested. Instead of linking to a particular post, I'm going to link to my profile and then you can click on ones that look interesting. (if any Smile ) I'm almost to $16, or about 1/3 of the way to my first payout.

http://bit.ly/1oysoor

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I *think* I have one part time job. The online English tutoring job. I received an email asking me if I was still interested, and that if I was she'd set me up for training. I replied that I was interested, but I haven't heard back.

I also had another phone interview on Friday. This was for a conceirge service, but part of it was also sales. The person who interviewed me said she thought I would do great at the customer service aspect (friendly, intelligent, personable) but wasn't sure about the sales aspect.

I talked with a my mom and NE to see what they thought. They both said the same thing, that they didn't think the job was a a good idea. That was my gut feeling too. So I wrote her and told her I wasn't interested. She wrote me back a really nice email telling me she appreciated my getting back to her and that if I changed my mind to let her know.

Tomorrow I'm going to possibly have a Skype interview for an office position (on site.) I don't know anything about pay yet, but I have received a link to the company website. It looks interesting.

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So that's some updates on me and my life right now. I'm so ready for Tuesday and NE!

A Great Article for Those Decluttering or Downsizing

May 18th, 2014 at 04:17 pm

Someone on my FB feed posted this article, and as I read it I first thought of BA and then thought of the others here who are working on decluttering.

http://lifehacker.com/eight-things-you-can-discard-to-downsi...

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I've been doing a lot of writing, etc. on bubblews the last few days (procrastinating on what I really should be doing ... packing!) But anyway, here is my latest article if you're interested. Smile

http://www.bubblews.com/news/3416468-cat-anxiety

I've made a bit over $11 in the last two weeks. This weekend it picked up a good bit since I spent more time reading/liking/commenting on posts. If you leave good comments, you will get noticed by the more quality posters - that helps a lot. Smile

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Now I'm off to eat supper and hopefully get some more boxes packed. (and maybe fill some bags with stuff for the thrift store based on the above article!)

Bing Referral! Two possible Jobs :)

May 16th, 2014 at 05:00 pm

First off, I just have to say how much I love Bing's customer service. I had an ongoing issue with not being able to do my mobile searches. CS and I went back and forth for four or five emails. I think I kept getting sent to the next level, because I had a different person each time. Finally, I got an email telling me a workaround. At first I felt frustrated because I thought they'd misunderstood and thought I was talking about the computer searches. But then I actually tried the workaround. Big Grin

Yesterday I cashed out for 500 SBs from Bing. I had them by the time I got home from work. Smile So this afternoon I was doing my bing searches (didn't do them this morning because I was working on Bubblews) and suddenly noticed I had 567 points. Huh? Then I realized that I must have had a referral reach silver status! Woot Woot!

This is my second referral to reach Silver. The first one I think was Sicily. That makes me sad when I see her name on my referral list. Frown Of course, I cashed out for another 500 SBs code. (These points will eventually become either Amazon cards or PayPal cash. I'm hoarding points right now to make sure I have enough SBs to get my 5 $5 AGCs for June and July in case I can't swag as much as usual.)

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I've been throwing lots of darts out there on the job front. Most of those darts have missed their target. But it looks like possibly two have landed, or at least have a liklihood of landing! Smile

One is for tutoring English online to people in South Korea. It would be about 15 hours a week. I might be having a phone interview for it today. The recruiter emailed me this morning asking if I would be available, and I said after 3:30 CST (which is 4:30 my time.) I had a missed call today at 2:55. I think that might have been her. Oy.

The second one is for a virtual assistant type position. Full time with benefits. Big Grin She's going to email me to set up a phone interview on Sunday.

With the second position I'll need to change my minutes plan to unlimited. I'll have to do some research to figure out the most economical way to do that (while keeping my phone!)

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I had a few frustrations this week. I wrote about one of them today in a bubble: http://www.bubblews.com/news/3391581-inspection-frustrations

It does have a happy ending. The mobile home manager came by about 30 minutes ago and did the inspection. I'm only going to be charged the $250 pet deposit which I was supposed to have paid when I got Kari. This was a deposit I'd offered to pay back then, but was told to not say anything about it by the then mobile home park manager. $250 is very reasonable for the damages Kari inflicted here.

Bloated Application

May 11th, 2014 at 10:36 am

Yikes. So I got a notice yesterday about a possible job opportunity through flexjobs. I read through the info and thought maybe it might be interesting, so I applied. I got an email back quickly letting me know that there were several steps to do in the application process.

1. Call a number and give a 60 second message saying why you'd be good for the job.

2. Read their conduct code and do some kind of response on one of the sections (I wrote a multiple haiku poem ...)

3. (The step I'm on) Complete 3 tasks. I completed the first two tasks within about an hour. The last one though ... holy cow! I worked on that a good 8 or 9 hours. Finally about 1 a.m. this morning I called it a day and said I'd finish it today.

I seriously hope this is the last step!! (It sure didn't help that Kari turned my computer off for me at least three times, causing me to lose open tabs with useful links I'd found for completing the task!!)

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I didn't get anything else done yesterday due to the bloated application. I'd planned on watching a couple episodes of Suits season 3, but nope.

Today I've done laundry and a load of dishes. I need to sweep, scrub counters, do a trash run and maybe actually get a box or two packed .... (uh... yeah... moving in less than 2 1/2 weeks and have nothing packed ...))

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I did spend some time on bubblews, and have posted a few more articles. The latest one is talking about the dogs here. In case you're interested .. Smile

http://www.bubblews.com/news/3332719-neighborhood-dogs

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I went to church yesterday, but no one mentioned anything about a going away party. So I'm guessing it's not happening. That's okay with me - I really don't like going into big G more than twice in a day (or week really!)

Goodbye Cards, Parties and Sweet Potatoes

May 8th, 2014 at 06:24 pm

Today at work while I was feverishly trying to make sure all the students had their Mother's Day cards/letters before going home, I had a parade of fifth grade students bringing me goodbye cards. The first few who brought me one were kids who I think might actually miss me, but by the fifth card I'd realized that their teacher had put them up to it. Nonetheless, there were some really cute, funny and sweet cards. Smile

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In talking with the woman I had lunch with on Saturday after church, I found out that the pastor had asked her to find out when would be a good time for a farewell party. I honestly was kind of surprised. My first year here I was pretty regular (at least 2 or 3 x a month) and stayed for potluck fairly often. But the last two years I've been much, much more sporadic in my attendance, and have stayed for very few potlucks.

Her asking me about that made me think back to when I was leaving Texas to come here and the party that church threw for me -- it was so spot on. A board and card game party! That would be pretty hard to beat. Smile

I'm not sure when / if it will actually happen here. The 17th there's some sort of district wide church service, and then the following Sabbath is my last one, and my mom and I will be heading into ABQ that night. But at any rate, it's nice that they thought about it.

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Tonight as I was making dinner (and ruining a sweet potato) I thought of something for a new post:

http://www.bubblews.com/news/3299805-the-secret-to-making-sw...

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We had the weirdest weather here the last few days. On Tuesday it was nice and warm, although a little windy. Yesterday it got pretty cold (high of 52.) Today though took the cake --- it snowed!! The snow didn't stick, but we all were looking at each other going -- today is May 8, right??

Tomorrow hopefully will be back on the warming trend!

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When I first moved here 3 years ago I bought a number of items at Costco. One was a package of paper towels, and another was a package of toilet paper. I used the last roll of toilet paper up yesterday! (I still have 4 or 5 paper towel rolls left. This is even after I gave a few rolls to another teacher who'd run out.) So I went to the store (Family Dollar) today to pick up some toilet paper. I bumped into so many people from school - even a couple of my 8th graders from my first year here who are now going to be Juniors!

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I'm still having issues with mobile search on Bing. I'm going to give their customer service a few more days before contacting them again about the problem.

An Unlikely Meeting + Yahoo Mail :(

May 7th, 2014 at 05:16 pm

On Good Friday I had gone into big G and gotten my car title and registration taken care of. The process took 3+ hours (waiting time) and in the meantime I got into a lively conversation with a Native American women. I never thought I would see her again, but it was a good conversation.

So this afternoon I was standing outside our gym waiting for the IT person (I give her a ride home most days - she has epilepsy and doesn't drive.) Suddenly there is this women standing next to me. I'm looking at her and thinking that she looks familiar, but I just couldn't place her. Then she reminds me of who she is -- the woman from the DMV! She was apparently dropping off some kind of election information. Small world! Smile

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A few days ago while using Yahoo Mail, it stopped functioning and I restarted my browser (my whole browser froze.) When I logged back in, I realized that YM had "upgraded." I have to say I absolutely hate the "upgrade." One reason is that it is much more difficult to differentiate between new and old mail. I even played around with the color themes to try and find one that made it clearer. Ugh! But the other reason I *REALLY* don't like it, is because I can no longer right click!! I use the right click functionality a LOT -- at least I used to. Frown

I'm wondering if anyone else has had their YM "upgraded" without being asked, and what you think?

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Only 1 more day of classes left for me! (then two weeks left of the school year!) I only had 3 classes today, and spent the majority of the day printing out the mother's day cards/posters the students have been making the past month. Smile We don't have school on Friday (teacher inservice) so I need to get them to them by tomorrow afternoon. Most of them turned out to be really cute - it is so neat to see their creativity.

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I cashed out for GymPact this morning - and have already received my $10! yay!
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I wrote another bubble post - about a conversation I had this afternoon with a teacher assistant about finances and also a bit of my letting go of something.

http://www.bubblews.com/news/3286239-a-sad-conversation

Bing and other info :)

May 6th, 2014 at 05:20 pm

Well, not too much really happening on the financial front. I sold another item on eBay on Monday just before leaving work. This gave me enough time to print out a shipping label and walk to the post office to mail it the same day (although it didn't go out until today.)

Bing is having a special deal where you earn double search points on Tuesdays in May. I was happy to see that as I have been spending a lot of points on the Hulu+ 300 point offer - in fact I have my Hulu+ account paid for through the end of August!

I just have to say here how much I love Bing's customer service. This morning I was doing my Bing searches when I noticed the double deal. I usually get 30 points in searches a day. On my page it had the correct wording saying that I could get up to 60 points, but it only gave me 30 credits. I wrote to customer service about the issue around 7:15 a.m. By 1:30 p.m. I had a human response, and this afternoon around 4 p.m. when I checked the Bing Dashboard, it was fixed!

I also mentioned that my mobile search wasn't working right. That hasn't been fixed yet, but I feel sure they will make it right.

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If you are a Swagbuckker make sure you check out the new offer on the Discover tab called Read. You can earn 60 SBs just signing up for newsletters - instant credit!

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I mentioned the bubble news website I signed up for a few days ago. I posted a new article that may interest you about my dad and thinking about the two-year mark coming up.

http://www.bubblews.com/news/3274570-my-father039s-watch

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I should be able to cash out GymPact tonight - another $10! Love making money doing what I'd do anyway! Smile

Interesting Gig

May 4th, 2014 at 06:49 pm

So I found this website that pays you for views/comments/likes/shares, etc. You write about whatever you want to write about and then supposedly they pay you. Who knows how profitable this might be, but it is another possible avenue.

At any rate, I wrote my first "bubble." It's about a recent book donation to the library. If you'd like to read it (and give me a few views Big Grin ) here is the link:
http://www.bubblews.com/news/3248639-frozen-and-the-school-l...

If you decide that you would like to try it out for yourself, I'd appreciate you using my referral link. I get a varying amount for anyone who signs up and writes a post. Here is the referral link: "http://www.bubblews.com/?referral=5366e5ace9afd2.04799990" *I made a clickable link on my sidebar. I make links here so rarely that I can never remember how to do them for this blog.

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I applied for a couple more actual jobs today. One for a social work type position (working for the city) and the other for a 6th - 12th grade librarian at a Lutheran school. I kind of figure that if I went out of my comfort zone and worked at a Catholic school for 3 years, I can deal with a Lutheran school. Smile The librarian job is only part time ... if they're interested in me, it'll be interesting to see what exactly that means. It's difficult to imagine dealing with that many grades as a part time job.

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I sold 4 items on eBay this weekend. 3 movies and 1 book.

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Yesterday I was invited out to a church member's house for lunch. That was a nice afternoon - too bad it didn't happen til I was almost leaving. I really like the mom and the little boy. The little boy (a first grader homeschooled) was just so adorable in how excited he was to have me there. Smile )

It sounds like the church here is going to have a going away party for me. I think it'll be combined with another couple who are also moving towards the end of May. I guess this means I'll have to actually go into big G on a Saturday night - not a prospect I'm excited about.

3 weeks!

May 2nd, 2014 at 06:42 pm

With the end of another week, it means that the countdown continues -- 3 weeks til school is over -- only 1 week of media classes left. Today I started telling kids in my Friday classes that I was leaving. Most of them seemed dissapointed, and a couple of them even made me a quick card during their choice time. (They had a typing final today, then the remainder of the period for choice time on the computer.)

We also had the talent show today. It was pretty awesome. Smile

My back is not doing any better. In fact today it is worse than it has ever been. I had found the names of several chiropractors to call on Thursday, but my back didn't feel too bad on Thursday and I got super busy ... Ugh. I haven't gone for a real walk in nearly 3 weeks - due to weather (wind/cold) and my back. Today the weather was absolutely gorgeous and I was jonesing for some fresh air ... so I told myself I was going for a walk no matter what! Last period I was walking by the coat hooks and jarred my back as I was going by -- pain! Then just as I was about to head out the door on my walk, I knocked over my walking stick and nearly tripped on it - major jarring. In the end, a route that normally takes me 32-34 minutes took me 42 minutes - and that was with shortening it a bit!

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Yesterday I got my oil changed (third day in a row stopping at place for oil change ...) They also changed my air filter. $56! Ouch!

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I checked my BofA cash rewards balance and saw that I have my $100 bonus pending. Once it's there, I'll transfer it to my checking for the 10% bonus.

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I've made arrangements with our two maintenance guys at the school to pack my truck for me after school is over. $50 for both of them. I figure it'll take less than two hours. I think hiring them will be a good idea - both to save my back and to make sure NE isn't too tired for the drive the next day.

I'm also considering hiring one of the teacher assistants to do a final cleaning of my place for $50. I was told that this is a standard rate. It sure would save me a lot of headache on that last day.

I'll be having my place inspected sometime in the next two weeks - to see how much I owe in damages. Thanks to my darling cat, I'll be owing a good bit. Blinds broken (better for checking out what's going on outside of course!) - check. Edge of couch (mission owned) shredded - check. Edges of door frames shredded - check. Bulge in linoleum (two summers ago when the air hadn't been turned on yet and I was in CA) torn to pieces - check. Etc. At least there is no toilet accidents.

I told AL, who was Kari's original owner -- Thanks AL for giving me a cat that is going to cost me a pretty penny! Smile (I was joking with her.)

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I started watching a new show on Amazon Prime yesterday - Suits. I am hooked! Best of all, in episode 3 (which I watched today) a Tesla was featured!! (Oh.. I did sell 13 of my Tsla stocks when it hit back to 216 last week. This was from my 27 shares I consider touchable - shares not from inheritance or rollover IRA.)