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Today is laundry day. I got in the habit of doing laundry on Sundays when I was working. I guess now, however, I can do it most any day. Eh. *shrugs*

I need to get back to work; my life is boring. No "OMG, my coworkers drive me bonkers!" or "The funniest thing happened at the office today!" or "You won't believe what one of our customers tried...".

Plus, I have no money. *pouts* I'm already fretting about the cost to go see Deathly Hallows. Although, I do have quite a lot of change in one of my car's cup holders. There may be $5 to $10 worth in there. *brightens*

FML

Nov. 17th, 2010 07:35 pm
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My temp assignment ended on September 9. I waited until the 27th of September to apply for unemployment benefits. As a temp, there are certain guidelines I need to follow to remain eligible for benefits, including checking in with my agency once a week.

Just so you know, the amount of benefits I get every two weeks on unemployment is approximately what I was making in one week while working. So yeah, it sucks. However, I am beginning to suspect the only company that my temp agency deals with in my area is the insurance company that I "timed out" of in September, meaning they won't be able to place me there again until the first of the year.

They brought up a possible job in a city I've been to once in my life. It would be nearly an hour's drive one way. I declined it for that reason, and now my agency is challenging my eligibility for unemployment.

This, coming on the heels of no one returning my calls for the weeks that eventually led up to my applying for unemployment.

So, now I have a "hearing" scheduled. It's to be a phone interview, but I believe I'll arrange for an in-person interview. When I signed with my current agency, I filled out paperwork, in which I specified "distance willing to travel" as 25 miles. I can produce my copy of that at the hearing.

While I feel confident about my chances, there's still a possibility that I could have my benefits terminated. And, let's face it, this isn't a situation I ever wanted to find myself in. I sure don't need this stress on top of everything else.
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Happy Hump Day!

For me, Hump Day means Ghost Hunters and Storm Chasers, two of my favorite television programs.

My temp agency called today, to tell me of a job in DIXON.
Um, that's nearly an hour away from me.
Really?!
Yes.

I hope they don't give me any grief over it. Even before I signed up for unemployment, I asked IDES about the commute. The person I spoke to in their legal department informed me that the standard commute in my area is half an hour. I am beginning to fear that the only company my agency is connected to near me is the same insurance company that I "timed out" of. That means, they can't place me back there until the first of the year. *head desk*

This sucks.
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Work was slow this week. If you've ever been scrambling for something...anything...to do at work, you know that it's actually more stressful than being bombarded by things to do. As a temp, it worries me, because my assignment at this company may be nearing an end. That wouldn't necessarily be so bad, but damn, the pay is good there. I'd hate to get reassigned somewhere else for three dollars less per hour.

The cats have been driving me bonkers. Timea had a bout of sickness that necessitated me having to buy de-worming medicine. Not her fault, but it was not pleasant to deal with. She's feeling better now, which is good, but she's back to her wicked ways. Who wants a kitten for Christmas? *laughs*

I still have so much to do to get ready for Christmas. My goodness. Can't believe it's less than two weeks away now.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend, everyone!

Lazy day

Nov. 24th, 2008 01:37 am
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I've had a quiet day, so nothing interesting and glamorous to write about.  Sorry.  Ha ha ha!  I slept in quite late, which felt great by the way, and I got my laundry done.  Otherwise, I played online and harassed the cats.  Timea got in trouble last night for knocking a nearly full glass of tea over where it was resting on a coaster on my end table.  Gah!  Remind me again why I brought a kitten in the house?  She runs around like a fart in a frying pan, and when she's not doing that, she's sleeping.  It's like she has only two speeds! 

This will be a short work week for me, which is nice, but I won't get paid for both days off.  I think my temp agency will reimburse me for Thanksgiving day, but I'm not counting on getting paid for Friday.  Still, a four-day weekend will be so welcome. 

Have a good week, everyone!

An odd day

Nov. 22nd, 2008 03:17 am
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It's been an interesting day.  We had breakfast pizza at work, because one person was leaving us.  I found out later that the gal who sits across from me was leaving, too!  Apparently, she turned in her resignation yesterday.  She was getting rid of some of the things at her desk, including some leftover Halloween candy, and I snagged a box of Milk Duds.  While eating them, I broke a tooth!  *wails in despair*  That's never happened to me before!  Gah!  I once lost a baby tooth while eating a Starburst, but that was long ago.  So, a trip to the dentist looms in my near future.  Damn. 

I had to make a run to Walmart after work to get some things to paint with, then I came straight home and completely forgot to detour into the small town where my bank is located so I could get cash from the ATM.  It's hell to get old, I tell you. 

I had supper with Mom and Dad, chewing very carefully all the while.  My tooth doesn't hurt at all, and it's just a small piece that broke off, but now I'm half afraid to eat anything.  I could stand to lose some weight anyway, I guess.

I had an epic nap, which meant I was late posting a birthday!fic for a friend, plus I had to retrieve my holiday fest fic from beta, tweak it and submit it.  Wouldn't you know Old Faithful here chose tonight to be all wonky and slow?  Slower than normal, I should say.  Several times, I had to simply disconnect from the internet and reconnect just so I could proceed. 

I'm going to bed.  Blah.
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Don't know how much longer my good-paying assignment at the insurance company will last as things are slowing down. I'd like to think I can keep my current "job" at least through the end of the year.  My father is worried that his hours may be cut to four days a week at the factory where he works.  Guh.  The economy is tough all around.  Are the rest of you doing okay, job-wise? 

My legs look like I've been hiking naked through the thorns.  I haven't, I assure you.  Rather, I have a spastic kitten in the house, and she has sharp claws and a propensity for trying to scale me like a tree.  Yowch!

I napped earlier.  I meant to sleep about half an hour.  Instead, I slept two hours.  What the...?  I guess I needed the sleep, but it didn't help me in my quest to get caught up with online things.  Curses. 

Have a happy hump day, everyone!

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My temp agency called today to notify me that I am the lucky winner of the $50.00 Walmart gift card they had a drawing for!  Woo-hoo!  A few weeks ago, they sent a survey along with my pay stub, and the incentive to fill out the survey and return it was to go into a drawing for the $50.00 gift card.  I had forgotten all about it until I got the call today.  I'm so excited! 

I decided to "share the wealth" in a manner of speaking.  I'm not much of a cook, so I called my Mom to tell her of my good fortune, and I said that I would buy some nice steaks or pork chops or even some shrimp for her and Dad and I if she cooked.  *laughs*  Hey, it's a win-win situation.   I get a yummy, Mom!cooked meal, and they get something other than hamburger or chicken for a change. 

I also have my eye on a $20.00 cat condo for the felines.  Part of me thinks I should be responsible with my gift card, but then again, it's an unexpected bonus, so I think I will buy silly, frivolous things with it.  *nods happily*
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The insurance company where I've been temping for the past six months uprooted my entire area and moved us one floor up.  They did it in shifts, and today was my first day in my new cubicle.  I must say, it's a nicer cube--quite a bit bigger than the one I had.  However, I don't like it.  I used to complain that where I sat before, I couldn't see anyone unless they walked past my desk, but now I'm in a more open area with shorter dividers, and I find that I miss that sense of privacy.  I used to be able to yawn or stretch or scratch my butt without anybody seeing me, but no more.  Plus, I could sneak online and check my email or the weather or the news if I got really bored.  No more.  In addition, it's warmer on the second floor to the point of being almost too warm.  I'd rather be too cool than too warm any day. 

Call me Wendy Whiner, but I'd like my little out-of-the-way cube back, thank you.

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