Saturday, October 30, 2010

Feels great

It feels great to be writing again.

I've written a few new poems recently, and posted them on my poetry website - or are scheduled to be posted, and I've even found some older poems that will be going up as well.

BUT - I've also been looking at my short story Zion's Children again and just put up a new post. I got so wrapped up in reading the story and getting reaquainted with Miri and Byrin that I let my cup of coffee get quite cold! Of course, I'm not sure when the next post will be going up after this, but it feels so good anyway.

Justin had to work this morning. Just a 6 hour shift...not even since he was home at noon, but he's gone again. Off to his parents to finish taking our red dodge off the road. Cleaning it out an such. And I think he was getting something else off his mom, a vacuum packer or something. idk. It's the first he'd mentioned it, I decided not to go, even though I've been bitching about how little quality time he spends with me...5 hours a day on Halo Wars while we're in the same room just doesn't count and he's such a young guy that he doesn't get that! But I really had gotten into my story by then anyway and didn't want to go anywhere. Since I've got the house to myself, well, and the puppy Jacalyn, I'll probably write some more. He and I are going to have to work out some sort of comprimise with this computer. I need time to write now that it's coming again.

But on that note... have to cringe a little. Ever since I've been doing more at this new job...a lot of heavy lefting, sometimes one handed...which is the only way I'm able to get my packages of meat off the line in a timely fashion - sometimes 2 or 3 at a hands are killing me. The right one especially since that's my dominate hand. That's the one that usually wakes me up several times a night because it's fallen asleep!! The left one did that to me this morning as well and is a little achy as a result. The right one has been feeling better since I was able to crack the wrist severl times. The nurses at Cargill will no doubt LOVE to hear that....if I decide to tell them. I should, but I don't want to loose this job because previous jobs have hurt my hands...please God, don't let it be Carpal Tunnel!!!...I'd probably have to go to all sorts of doctors just to be able to file a workman's comp caim against the Daily F-ing Review. What a hassle that would be! I worked in the plateroom for 3 years...often using one computer or another, all of which had a very poor setup. Oh well.

Friday, October 29, 2010

And now...

And now it's Friday!


Ok, if I have to work Saturday...that "woot!" will be changed to a groan, but I won't find that out till later today.

Still, it's Friday! All day long!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's Thursday

And that about sums it up!

Yeah, a real exctiting post huh? That's because I live such an exciting life! NOT! Up by 4am, in bed by 8pm. Blah!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chilly Willy

So far, my new job is just that...a job. It is tiring, makes my bad knee cranky, and is cold. Of course, meat needs to be kept at a certain temp so it won't spoil. But it's not easy to work in it. I've bee there 2 weeks, and I've gotten a cold from it. Hopefully I'll get over it quickly and adjust. As long as I'm pulling that packages meat off the line, I'm warm enough. Since I'm new at it, I am actually working up a small sweat.

Overall, I'm enjoying most of it. Sort of. I'm a "maroon hat"...meaning I'm a new hire just learning the job. Justin's dad, who also works at Cargill, has been talking with my line leader, a "blue hat" who's like an assistant supervisor...and he says taht she says I'm pushing myself too hard. ROFLMAO!!! Uhm...where has she been when the "white hat" (regular employee) has been rushing me!?!?!?! Sheesh.

But since I can't do things half way, I am pushing myself to learn this job. Mainly so I can get the white hat off my back. Because she's checking on me like she should have in the beginning, so someone has talked to her. But for me to rest for a few minutes now, would be going backwards.

On the bright side...I'm getting paid $10 an hour. Until I get a raise after 6 weeks, then another at 12. Once I get past my probationary period, I should be making $11 and change. Compared to the meager $7.69 I was making - at a job I should have been making what I am now. I wonder what they're paying the new guy they've hired to take my place? Bastards anyway.

Apart from that, I like being on dayshift. I don't like getting up so early, between 4 and 4:30am, but I can't deny that aside from my cold, I'm feeling so much better already. I'm not sure if I'm losing any weight yet, but my doctor is happy. My face does feel thinner, and so do my hands when they're not stiff. That's ok, they'll loosen up.

Shutting up now. Going to type in a few more poems to be published the next few days.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Loafing's Over

Well, my days of loafing are over. Starting Monday morning anyway.

I had my tour of the plant today, and I must say that I don't ever want to see a cow "knocked" ever again. One minute they're alive, being led in, BAM then they're dead. Must be the girl in me. I can handle every other part of the process, I just don't want to see that again. Well, so long as I'm not the one that has to degut them...that didn't look pleasant either. Though I bet there's more money in that position.

Anyway, I'll be in the processing part somewhere. "Product pull off" I hope that means I'm pulling the meat off the line after someone else has already pulled it off the cow. Not that I couldn't use a knife if I had to, I just prefer not to. I'm far too clumsy to trust myself even using safe methods.

Orientation is 7am sharp Monday morning, and continued Tuesday. I'll actually start learning the job on Wednesday. I haven't quite gotten shifted around to sleeping nights yet, but I will be shortly! LOL!

I wonder if Justin and I will argue less once we're on the same relative schedule? I hope so.

Off to look for a book.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010


Not much been going on. Been loafing around while I wait for Taylor/Cargill to call. I was supposed to start next Monday, but I haven't heard anything yet. Trying not to worry, but my last paycheck from the Daily is this Friday...after that, nada!

I've been watching a lot of Stargate SG1 on Netflix. Loving that! The feel of it changed in season 9 when Ben Browder took over for Richard Dean Anderson. I kind of like it a little better. But then I liked Farscape a lot, so I'm not surprised. I'm still warming up to Vala, her's is a harder character to read. She's cute though, that 'innocent - who me?' smile makes me laugh every time!

I find the religion of Origin interesting. I can't help but wonder if it's meant to mock Christianity. I'm never quite sure. Perhaps it is the Catholic church? Idk. A lot of religions today focus on the the right way etc...and ignore the saving grace of Jesus' blood.

Track Change.

The more I watch the last Star Trek movie, the reboot if you will...the more I like it. It's a lot deeper than I would have given it credit for before seeing it. I don't think they altered the "real" time line though. I think it was an alternate reality, but that's just me. I thought for sure that Sam Kirk was Jim's older which case he was forgotten about for the movie. Oh well.

I've also been reading alot. Last time I was here at the library, I picked up "Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West" and I must say that I wasn't that impressed. It didn't stick with the history established in the original book "The Wizard of Oz". Tin Man did a better job at creating an alternate reality for Oz. I also picked up an Eve Dallas book, by Nora Roberts as "J.D. Robb". Those I adore! A police murder drama set in the future? What's not to love! lol! I'll probably pick up a few more of those today.

OK, signing off to read some blogs and look for books.