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Thursday, January 31, 2008

As a 27 year old adult, I have to admit there are several childish ways I never outgrew. I was reminded of 2 of them today, and in writing this several more came to mind. My favorite cereal is Fruity Pebbles. I have NEVER bought grown up cereal (Raisen Bran, Special K, etc.) for myself, and don't think I've ever eaten a bowl without dumping a cup of sugar over it.

I have a cold, and stayed up coughing ALL night long last night. Ridiculous! I went downstairs about 1:00a.m. to get a drink and look for cough drops. I stumbled down in the dark, found the box with the meds in it (still packed), rummaged through it. No cough drops. I did find the throat spray though. Takes me 2 more cough attacks to build up the courage to spray that nasty stuff down my throat. Aah. Relief! But it only lasts about 3.2 minutes. 2:00a.m. I'm still coughing. Another trip downstairs, and this time I'm rummaging through my parents medicine cabinet. JACKPOT! I found the Halls. What?! Halls?! When did they start buying Halls? What happened to the Ludens? (a/k/a Candy)? 2 more coughing fits, and I suck it up and eat the stupid Halls. Finally, relief that last longer than 3.2 minutes.

After a long day on little rest, I am determined not to have another night like last night. So I go to the store to buy medicine, but again, with my childish ways, I am not drinking that nasty stuff. Pills for me. But really, we all know they just don't make cough medicine in pills. They try, but they don't work. Well, for all of you other babies out there who refuse to drink Robutussin, I have the answer for you...Delsym! It comes in Orange and Grape flavor and isn't nasty at all! It is for adults or kids and really works.

In addition to my love for sugary cereal and dislike of cough drops and cough syrup, I still giggle at farting noises whether real or not, intentional or not. I never pass up a swingset. I love cotton candy. I like to have my face painted. I often eat desert first, if no one is watching. I am drawn to microphones and cameras. And I still dream of being a princess.

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posted by Stephanie @ 8:00 PM   5 comments
Woo Hoo! Another one for the Shelf!

Thank you to Courtney for bestowing this great award on me! It especially means a lot since my blogs have gone down the tube lately, and have probably been less than a good read on many occassions. Of course, in receiving this honor, I in turn will bestow it upon my fellow deserving bloggers:

1. The lovely, and very deserving Prin for keeping up laughing during her hilarious reports of chasing the dog in freezing snow, strowing her neighbors trash, and her always entertaining commute reports.

2. And I can't give out an award without awarding Linda who has the ability to make me laugh til I cry. I have told myself numerous times NEVER to read her blog in public or at work. The results could be embarrassing.

3. Life in the land of Boss Lady is always entertaining. With 3 children life can be hectic, and quite comical.

4. Jim's Gems on the other hand is a completely different read. Though he too has quite the sense of humor, Jim's Gems are often full of great food for the soul.

5. And finally...like I would leave out my sister! Mrs. Mandypoo keeps the blogging world up on the life of a new wife & mommy. Plus, she posts pictures of my nephew, and for that she deserves an award!


posted by Stephanie @ 7:16 PM   3 comments
Shouldn't I be Excited?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I was excited when I got my first job in the law firm. I was excited when I left that job for a position with a professional management company. I was excited when I went back to law, and I was excited when I moved into property management. Why am I not excited about this new opportunity? I'm trying to be. Especially when the boss says...are you ready? Is it obvious when I say yes as if it's a question? Why can't I get excited about selling life insurance?

I feel as if I am just leading these people on because every morning I hope for an out, another opportunity, something. Yet so far....nothing! Everyday they are more committed and so am I. But I don't feel committed. I feel like being committed. :)

Okay, well, I have to go because I told my brother-in-law that if he would fix my parents computer today, my mom would cook for him, his wife & kids. Then I called my mom and told her she needed to cook tonight :) Now I have to go cook. It almost worked!

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posted by Stephanie @ 4:56 PM   7 comments
Deal or No Deal?
Sunday, January 27, 2008

I feel as if I am on the hit t.v. show and Howie is pressuring me to choose a case. They all look the same on the outside. And even though it is a different hot girl holding each case, they are all hot. So how do you choose? I have a job interview in McDonough tomorrow, which is about 45 minutes north of where I live now and 20 minutes south of Atlanta. If I take it, I am thinking of commuting at first; just to see how I like it. Traffic doesn't usually get bad until the exit just past the exit I will work off. It's an apartment community, and by the looks of it I'm thinking it was built by the same construction company as my old community. (Several other things make me think that too.) It's with a really good company, about the size of the last company I worked for. We'll see what happens.

I also had an interview with an insurance company. I got that job, and actually went ahead and started the paper work. I'm just nervous about that one though. It is 100% commission on life insurance, annuity, etc. sales. I know two people who work for the company and both do very well (as in over three times what I make now.) I'm good at sales, so I think I would do well. I'm just not sure it's where I am supposed to be...but it is the only "offer" I have right now.

I interviewed last Friday (the day I got fired) at another apartment community a few miles from my old community. I was really hoping I would get that job, but I think, once again, I asked for too much money. What is up with Macon! Why do I have to take a $6,000 or less pay cut just to get a job around here? The Apartment Guide representative for our area is going to put in a good word for me though, so maybe I will hear something. They really have to realize, you get what you pay for though.

Finally, I got an email from UGA Field Services for a sales position. I'm not sure what that is all about, but they pulled my resume off Monster.com. I'll call tomorrow. I am a Georgia Girl, so you know...wouldn't be a bad company to work for.

As far as if I win the Million Dollars. I guess you'll have to stay tuned and see which case I open, and what's inside!


My interview today for the job outside of Atlanta was postponed. It's okay though. It gave me the opportunity to talk with 3 people who work for or did work for that company. None of them are happy. All of them say it's a hard company to work for, and even harder the property itself is the south-eastern region headquarters. That means a whole lot of chiefs at one place. This Indian cannot work in that environment. I think I'm going to call and cancel the interview tomorrow.

UGA Field Services is a Insurance company and has nothing to do with the University of Georgia. They lost my vote then. Would I be upset if they were called anything else? Nope. But by being called UGA you are misrepresenting that you are affiliated with the University of Georgia. I was just pissed. So, count them out.

This pretty much only leaves the other insurance company and the temporary job for the apartment community. (I think I forgot to tell you about that. I will be working for a local company for the month of February, running one of their properties. It's only a 30 day job, but you never know what may come out of it.) So there you have it. There are my updates.

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posted by Stephanie @ 9:42 PM   5 comments
Saturday, January 26, 2008
What happens when you are on a road to California, and suddenly you stop and realize you aren't really sure if you are going East or West? You might be going the right direction, but you just might not be? There isn't a sign in sight! I don't know whether to hit the gas or the brakes, but I'm pretty sure I'm about to hyperventilate.

People change. It's inevitable. What do you do when you don't like them anymore? It's easier when you like them more. Sometimes things work out that way. I've changed. I wonder if people like me more?

Well, I'm off to Chuck E. Cheese...I think I'm going to crawl through the tubes. I did go to the Circus on Thursday thanks to my sister and brother-in-law (a/k/a Girl and Boy). Maybe I'll post pictures soon.

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posted by Stephanie @ 5:28 PM   6 comments
One Brick at a Time
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I had a follow up visit with the plastic surgeon today. He takes a look at my breast first. He says "It shouldn't be that dark. I wonder why it didn't fade. It should have faded by now." Thanks doc! Because apparently you didn't know I needed more depressing news right at this very moment! So he suggests that it might be lighter in 3 months and we can try bleaching it then. (Bleaching it now wouldn't work because it is too dark. It is still the color of a scab...but without the scab.)

I filed for unemployment today. I'll get more than I thought. Still not a huge amount though. Now I just have to hope I get it.

One day in at my parents and I already want to know what are the chances of success if I jump out the second story window? Now I remember why I was in a rush to leave the last time.

Damian asks me all the time why my relationship with my mom is so strained. I didn't know it was. We go to lunch all the time, hang out a lot...really what is wrong with our relationship? He says its just surface though. He's probably right, but it works for me. I guess during one of my surgeries they were in the waiting room talking and Mom told Damian that I don't tell them anything. I don't ever let them know what is going on in my life. Until today I thought that was ridiculous...sure I do. But today I realized, no, I don't. I also realized why. Mom isn't one of those people who you can go to and say "I'm in trouble can you do me a favor." Because if you do, she will for the next five years say "Do you need to be eating out today? Remember 5 years ago I had to fill up your gas tank when you were low on gas." And she is also one to give you the hour and a half lecture before she helps you...making you feel about 2 inches tall.

I had forgotten about that. I hadn't remembered that she did this stuff, but unconsciously I must have remembered, because for the last 4 or 5 years I have avoided it at all costs. I built a wall between me and my mom, and hadn't even realized it. I had to move back to my parents house 8 years ago after my divorce and it has taken those 8 years to have a decent "surface" relationship with my mom. If I stay in this house more than 2 weeks I swear we may never talk again.

OK, so if you don't believe me, and think I am exaggerating. Today, my mom has gotten pissy with me about the following:
1. Setting the timer for 30 minutes on the chicken because "there is no way chicken is done in 30 minutes. You'll get salmonella poisoning. You can die from that. You eat your chicken only cooked 30 minutes? Well that will kill you. Look, look, see my (30 year old) cookbook says you should cook it 20 minutes on each side. You can die...." This went on for at least 6 minutes & all I was doing was setting the timer so I could CHECK the chicken & flip it.
2. Letting Madi run the bath water for more than 2 1/2 minutes. "I still hear the water. Go check on her. Don't let her fill the tub up. Go check. She's knows not to fill it all the way, right?" Serious...she's 9. She's been doing this a while, and hasn't overflowed a tub yet.
3. Having so much stuff to put in her fridge. "If I had known you had this much stuff I would have made room." Yes, she was at my apt yesterday. Yes, she did open the fridge to get the sandwich stuff out we ate for lunch. And yes, she did comment on how much was in my fridge then.

Oh, I could go on. But all of this took place between 6:00 and 11:00 at night & I was gone from 8:00 to 10:45.

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posted by Stephanie @ 11:30 PM   9 comments
After Speaking with an Attorney...
Monday, January 21, 2008
New letter. I'm not going to be threatening in any way. We will see if I get my job back. If not....then I'll press charges against Amy because I found out the penalty for violating the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) is up to a $10,000 fine and criminal charges, plus penalties to the company. The new letter is the same letter, just minus the "ha ha...I've got dirt on Amy" part. I doubt I will get my job back, but they will certainly remember they had the opportunity when they get served. I am deleting the first letter & editing the second one to protect my law suit.

On the bright side, since I am now living with my parents (rolling eyes), I now have internet. So, I will be rejoining the blogging world again! I'll definitely begin trying to catch up on everyone's blog.

But for now. It is 10:45p.m. I began packing up at 7:30a.m. and just sat down. I'm moved...and exhausted.

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posted by Stephanie @ 10:41 PM   4 comments
Letter to HR
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Dear Mary:

I am writing this correspondence as a result of my recent termination of employment from ABC Company on January 18, 2008. This is my attempt to have the matter resolved and corrected.

As the manager for Wood Apartment Homes, I was approached without warning on January 18, 2008, around 4:30p.m. by Amy and Lacy. I was told I was being terminated due to violation of company policy and procedure. However, after reviewing the policy & procedure manual, it is evident to me that there is no such policy against what I was accused of.

In 2007, on several occasions, Damian, did work for Wood Apartments. He painted several units, pressure washed the breezeways, and striped the parking lot. Damian is my boyfriend, and that was made known to Amy prior to him doing any work. She and I had previously had a conversation about Damian doing work for Wood Apartments. At the time, he was living in Texas and I was living in Georgia. We were discussing who would be moving where. Amy, in attempt to get me to stay, agreed that it would be a great idea for Damian to paint at Wood Apartments, since that is what he was doing in Texas. Over the summer, Damian did work for Wood Apartments for 2 months, prior to returning to Texas to finish several jobs he was already contracted to do. He returned in October, and began working for Wood Apartments again.

Because it had previously been approved by both Amy and Mark (per Amy), there were no further conversations in this regard between Amy and I.

On November 12, 2007, I went out on disability due to cancer. I underwent four surgeries, and returned to work on January 7, 2008. I kept in contact weekly with Amy (sometimes more) about my illness and recovery. Sometime during that period she emailed me letting me know that Wood Apartments would no longer be using Damian to paint, and that I did not have permission to have him do so. I have email correspondence in this regard.

Two weeks after returning to work I was let go. The grounds for termination were violation to company policy and procedure. However, there is no policy or procedure listed in this regard.

This was my first and only offense with the company. I was offered no severance pay, and my insurance was terminated immediately. I understand that Georgia is an “at will” state. However, being terminated for violating a rule that isn’t a rule is not valid grounds for termination.

If this is truly an “unwritten rule” then at the most, it should have been addressed by coaching. Instead, I feel that Amy took personal vendetta against me, terminating me without cause.

It is my intention to follow this issue through, as I feel that ABC Company is a great company founded on strong moral standards, and do not feel that my termination is a true reflection of the company.

In addition, I would like to report a TRUE violation of company policy and procedure making you aware of an incident that occurred on January 18, 2008.

//edit// (I deleted this portion to protect my future lawsuit, but this is where I explain just what my "boss" did that was both illegal and certainly against company policy.) //edit//

Again, I state my intentions of this letter. I would like my employment with ABC Company to be reinstated on the basis that the grounds for termination were invalid (The position, has not yet been filled). I would like restitution for any days missed because of the termination, as well as any expenses incurred from the cancellation of my insurance and being forced to move from my home. I also would like the proper steps taken in response to the disregard of company policy shown by Amy.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I will expect a response within seven (7) days of the date of this letter.




CC: My Attorney

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posted by Stephanie @ 11:25 AM   3 comments
I'm such a bad blogger
Friday, January 18, 2008
I only post about once every week & a half these days, and even then, I don't actually read blogs...I just update. It's kinda sad that I went from the 3 or 4 times a day of posting and reading to just every once in a while to almost never.

Today SUCKED. I lost my job today. You know, because having cancer & being out of work for 2 months over the Christmas holidays wasn't enough. I'm really down and out today, so please excuse the pity party I am having. Yes ladies & gentlemen...this 27 year old mother is moving back home to Mommy & Daddy. I'm turning in my adult card, and running back to Mommy and Daddy for help. I'm like a crippled dog on the side of the road...someone please just put me out of my misery.

Step 1 in the healing process...self pity...check! Step 2...anger...check! That's as far as I have gotten.

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posted by Stephanie @ 8:22 PM   3 comments
I'm still alive
Monday, January 14, 2008
and being back at work is not as hard as I thought it would be. But be sure to pray for Mandypoo today. It's her first day back at work since Eli was born. I know it broke her heart to drop him off at daycare today.

On a side note, the retard whom my boss hired to run the new property up the road instead of transferring me was fired on Friday. She was truely not capable of doing the job, so she needed to go, but I do feel bad. Her husband was already out of work, and now she lost her job too. Just makes me go..."Hmm. I thought I told you she was going to fail 6 months ago. Oh, and Hmm...didn't I tell you not to hire the other girl you had to fire last week.?" So in the words of Bring it On "That's strike 2!" Really, I just hope my boss's boss realizes the poor decisions she has made lately and let's her go. Wishful thinking, I know!

Still haven't been paid, so still no internet. Well other than parking in the Krystal parking lot & stealing Wi-Fi! Can we say Ghetto?!

OH! I almost forgot! When I met Damian he played arena football. This last year he didn't play. The team he was on folded & he didn't really have a desire to get picked up by a team, so he took a year off. Well, he had a work out for a new league, the AAFL (All American Football League). He is in the draft which takes place on January 25th, so keep your fingers crossed. I'm hoping for Florida or Tennessee, and praying he doesn't get picked up by Michigan. I don't do cold!

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posted by Stephanie @ 11:03 AM   3 comments
I Think My Heart Just Might Stop Beating
Friday, January 4, 2008
I went back to the doctor yesterday. I have been released to work. I go back on Monday. I am not excited. In fact, whatever the opposite of excited is...multiply that by 127 and that is how I feel. I swear I have had 4 mini heart attacks this week. Okay, so not really, but you know when you get that intense pain in your chest that lasts about 3 seconds every once in a while? Well, I usually get it about once or twice a year. I have had it 4 times this week. I know it's stress...the stress of going back to that God Forsaken place I call work. I just knew I would have another job by now, and wouldn't be going back, but things have just not worked out like that for me. For once in my life I know what it feels like to NEED a job.

Seriously. This is the first time in my life I have interviewed for a job that I was not offered. I have applied to plenty that I haven't heard back from, but never have I interviewed and not been offer. Oh, I am a real people person. And I have that "way" about me where I can convince you that I can do anything. And most of the time I can. Not because I'm awesome or anything (well I am though), but because I would never convince you I could do something if I didn't think I could.

But luck would have it....it didn't work for me. Truth of the matter is, I only interviewed for 1 job I didn't get offered. He told me he couldn't afford me. I told him, it was in his best interest to find a way to afford me. (Ballsy, huh?) Well that backfired! I was confident that if he didn't hire me, someone else would. Unfortunately, NO ONE ELSE IS HIRING!

Well, I only get 1 hour on the library computer. And I am down to 21 minutes...and have a few more job sites to search. But for now I wanted to update my buddies. Sorry I didn't have time to check in with each of you. I would need WAY more than an hour for that!

Happy New Year!

*PS. Holy Crap! A first..."No Misspellings Found" That never happens; I am a terrible speller!

*PSS. I misspelled "misspellings" in my ps and ruined the whole thing!

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posted by Stephanie @ 11:31 AM   5 comments
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