Monday, March 19, 2007


No, I am not a pirate, that was the sound of intense frustration. Yet again, another job opportunity has fallen through the cracks. Not only is it disheartening to read the phrase "the position was filled by a more qualified applicant" but imagine having your application not even submitted to the hiring committee, along with 24 out of 50, with no explanation as to why you were not good enough to send through for evaluation. Obviously I wasn't meant to have that job but I have to admit, I really wanted it. :o(

The sad conclusion of this affair is Jen having to resort to re-activating her account with ADECCO Staffing to see if maybe THEY can find something. Ironically, I called today to set up my appointment and the very nice lady at the office informed me that one of their clients is current seeking someone with medical billing/insurance qualifications for a billing position. Hmm.......

Ok, so I didn't exactly WANT to stay within the medical billing field, but its a steady paycheck.

Other than that depressing news, not much has happened.

With the exception that I am back to working with the Youth at church (I do actually enjoy it) and I was asked to be a chaperon on the missions trip to Mexico. It all depends on whether or not I have a job. Amazing how that works.

Oh, and we attending a married couples dinner at our church for Saint Patrick's Day. That was a LOT of fun. The Creamers introduced a new game to all of us, Apples to Apples, very entertaining. Not to mention the comfort of Christian fellowship. It was a good evening.

With all of that exciting information, I must sign off. My clothes dryer decided to blow off its hose and has sprayed the entire wall in the garage with dryer lint. Very attractive. Off I go to clean. :o)

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Considering my previous comment regarding my lack of memorization skills, I thought this was interesting....

You know the Bible 98%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

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I knew I had issues with memorizing whole sentences (doesn't matter if its the Bible, a book or movie quotes...) but I am rather good at remembering people, places and certain events in history. Apparently this also goes for my knowledge of the Bible. Now if I could just work on remembering where things are in the Bible instead of focusing so much on memorizing the entire verse, maybe I would be better off.....


On a side note, this, btw, is the reason I have so much useless trivia in my head. When I learn about something new, I tend to research the subject to death (literally) until I am sick of learning about it. And what I read, I remember. Which is why I have so many random facts about Disneyland. I started reading up on the history of the park, how it was created, why things were done a certain way, etc. and now its all stuck in my head. This also goes for knowledge of random crap like the fact that the decorations you can buy for Crocs are called Jibitz, why the company was named as it was, and the fact that the family who created it sold the company for 20 million to the Crocs company. All because I wanted to buy a pair of Crocs but wouldn't spend the money until I read more about them to make sure they were worth it....

*sigh* Sometimes I really do think I need to get a life......

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"I think I just had an apostrophe..."

Being at home, alone, for a month, makes you think of all kinds of weird things. And it goes to show how creative one can be at finding ways to get OUT of the house.

Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying making my house a home, but this home is making me feel like I am a hostage. I honestly never thought I would actually look forward, this badly, to having a steady, nine to five, five days (or more) a week, job. For just a little bit, before my ending days at BSC, I was looking forward to being home for a couple of weeks. Now I can't wait to get out. Sad, isn't it?

But back to my "apostrophe"... (unless you have watch 'Hook', you won't understand...) I think I have come to the realization that this extended joblessness has been God's way of teaching me to be happy with what I have. Its AMAZING how dwindling funds can further ones appreciation of a steady paycheck. Maybe I have not been able to find a job because I have not learned completely to hand over the state of my finances or my confidence, or my sanity (as it where..) up to God......


(This would probably be where some enlightened Christian with a better knowledge of scripture than I, would insert some insightful and completely appropriate verse, enlightening those who may happen to read the above, upon the awesomeness that is relying completely on God. BUT, since I was never good at memorization and cannot, for the life of me, ever seem to remember WHERE the appropriate verses are, I will stick with my simple but steady faith and the belief that something will come along, eventually.....)

The above does raise a question in my mind: How is it that some people are so gifted with the art of memorization but others are not? And why do some Christians base other people's "level" of Christian faith on the amount of Scripture that one can cram into one's brain? Am I the only one who finds this rather annoying?

And speaking of annoying.....why do people, who cut across two lanes of traffic coming out of a convenience store parking lot, in an illegal maneuver that nearly causes you to hit the back of their truck, flip you the bird when you have to honk your horn to warn them you nearly smashed into the back of their vehicle because they, after jutting across two lanes of traffic, suddenly decided to slam on their brakes, while sitting parallel in two lanes, the cab of their vehicle in one and their truck bed in the other, thus blocking those two lanes of traffic, when there was no red light or any other reason for them to just STOP in the middle of the road?!?!?

*sigh* Probably for the same reason that people think it is necessary to drive 25 in a 40 mph zone, or 30 in a 55 on a county highway and then merge onto the freeway doing 40.

On a lighter note, I got to spend the afternoon with my nieces and nephew at the park. I was called, personally, by my three year old niece and invited along. I spent two minutes on the phone with her and all I heard out of the continuous babble was "I know you were sick.....hope you feel better....going to park.....going along.....leaving in half hour, at least that's what mommy says........Giselle playing on going?" When I informed her that I would love to go but that I needed to talk to Mommy, she informed me:

"But Jenniner, I want to hang up the phone.."
"Ok Nina, but I need to talk to Mommy.."
"But I REALLY want to hang up the phone!!"

An interesting two minutes, but my niece managed to make a rather crappy day a whole lot better. Add to that the smile on her and her sisters face when they got to my house and informed me that I was going with them to the park and I think I am set for the rest of the week. :o)

P.S. Nate is snoring again. I would be irritated that its going to keep me up half the night, but, he also tends to talk when he starts snoring and THAT can be rather entertaining. Plus, he is too cute to stay upset at long. :)

Sunday, March 4, 2007

This is pathetic...

Still no current projects.

My house has taken over my life and that is all I am working on right now.


My kitchen is done, as is my room and I have new, beautiful furniture.

I am so happy.


Saturday, March 3, 2007

Catching up....

It has been, I must say, an interesting past couple of weeks.

Since my final day at BSC, I have been tearing apart my home. Its a constructive tear down, but necessary. Its amazing how much crap two people can accumulate after only 5 years of marriage and a complete cleansing of home and possessions is overdue. The only completed rooms as of yet are the bedroom and most of the kitchen.

* In the kitchen, I cleaned every dish we owned (we don't have a dishwasher, so washing all those dishes by hand was a lengthy task, I must admit), re-arranged all of the cupboards, cleaned out the oven (literally, I actually took the entire thing apart to get to the drip pan underneath the burners) and hand-scrubbed the floor. It doesn't sound like much but there was a lot to do, and it took me almost three days.

* Our room was an interesting task. We ended up getting a new bed this last week due to the fact that sleeping on a full size bed was no longer an option with Nate and his cast. Nate is not a big man, but he does have very wide shoulders and trying to sleep next to him the last five years has already been a task on its own. I was forced to convert from a tummy sleeper to a side sleeper just to avoid having my ribs bruised during the night. BUT, when you include the cast, it became near impossible to sleep. So we finally caved and bought a new bed. And, to my intense relief, Nate finally let me buy a new dresser. Our old set was a hand-me-down from his grandmother and was in need of replacement. I do not wish to criticize a gift from family but it is over 20 years old and smells like bad moth balls. I stopped putting my clothes in it a year ago because it kept leaving wood shavings on everything, on top of making them smell....well......rather nasty. So we also have a new dresser. I spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday removing all clothing and "stuff" from our room, I moved the two old dressers and the old bed fame into the office and set up the new dresser and frame. For the first time since we moved into this old house three years ago, I actually feel like my bedroom is a haven and I enjoy being in it. I found an adorable bedding set from L.L. Bean that I am now saving up for, My old quilt is coming apart, the poor thing. It has been with me for 8 years and I am surprised it has lasted this long.

The next task is cleaning out the second bedroom and turning it into an office/sewing room.

Right now I am doing a massive amount of laundry. Having a dresser to put everything away in helps. :o)

In the job arena, I am still looking. I put out four applications over the last two weeks, two of which have since been filled by "more qualified applicants" and one is still open. Its closing date is not until March 8th. We will just have to see how it goes.

Cleaning my house has been a wonderful experience and I am honestly proud of how much I have been able to do, but I have to admit, not having a job and being at home all day has been hard. I have had a full time job since I was 17 and I keep feeling as though I am being a slacker. Its hard to transition from full time job to full time house cleaner.

Having Nate home for the first two weeks was fun but also a test of both of our patience. With my lack of income and his diminishing income due to his injury, I was constantly stressed about finances and trying to get stuff done, while he was stressing about the work NOT getting done at his job and worrying about not being my protector and provider.

But God has provided, as always. My severance check came a week early and was quite a bit more than we expected. Nate's employer has worked out a deal with us and their insurance company that provides us with compensation for any time Nate did not work in a full 8 hour day. And since he returned full time to work on Wednesday, Nate has not only been working his full hours, but quite a few hours of overtime. He is also working today, a Saturday. I have to say that I love him more for his dedication to his job and for his concern for me and our welfare.

All in all, its been an interesting month, but I am no longer worried. I will keep up with making my house a home and when it is the right time, God will provide me with employment.

I have to say though, I am looking forward to working again and being able to get back to my random crafting projects. Its been a while and my fingers are itching to start something new. :o)