Saturday, May 31, 2008

Some marriages end within 5 year, but that is not us!

You hear the stats. Within the first 10 years marriage end either due to infidelity or money.

The shock of the loss of wages is enough to end a lot of relationships. Fortunately this relationship is still in tact.

Please understand that I got married with I was 40 years old. I have more years in as a single person and truly feel that I could go back to that with no problem. Money is means to get things done. Money helps a person feel secure because it enable them to have a place to live, put clothing on your body and feed your self. These are just the basics. Money also enable you to acquire useless stuff that you really don't need. Like vacations! Like Movie and dinner date! Like flowers that say I'm sorry and I love you.

He was able to get part of what was garnished so that we are able to keep the place we live. Trust me we would not have been kicked out but the late fee of 74.50 would have us playing catch up for alittle while. Especially if the garnishment continues. I was able to get some additional money from family members so I have more than enough food in the house. I have a closet full of fabric so I can make the clothing we need. I am not sure to Todd would like a dress shirt made with floral fabric but he will have to pretend he just came back from Hawaii. We will have to give up the useless stuff.

He assures me that it will not happen again. We will see. In the meantime I wonder if his paycheck will be hit next week. Once again we will see.

I truly do love this stupid man and spent the entire day with him. I went to work with him and hung out in the office all day. We got to talk things over which was really helpful because talking to him at home is always unproductive. AT home he does not listen. At work I have his attention.

We have some wonderful plans laid out but plans often change! One thing I do know I will be stashing money on the side that he will not know about . It will be in the madien name the statements will be online only and You will have to use a password to access my computer stuff.

My personal Plan; Save enough money to support myself if necessary.
Get healthy and lose this weight and be physically strong.
Get to work on clearing up the credit report so I can be credit worthy. (financial strong)

I may not ever leave him but I may not always need him.

He said the white ones are for his friend and the red ones are for his lover.

Friday, May 30, 2008


I just looked at my paystud today and the IRS garnished my paycheck 435.00.

I am not going to tell the whole story here because I really should not even write this but I need to express myself and talking just adds to my frustration.

Jesus Christ said " Pay Ceaser's things to Ceaser and God's things to God." It is really quite the simple.

I can't even think straight!

Last year I owed 1,800.00 in taxes and I paid those taxes. Do you what the IRS did? They applied that money to OLD taxes ( that were not mine ) so My taxes were never paid. Why did they do it that way. HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD that's why.

I would have filed married but separate but then I would have owe twice as much.

I paid the money due!

It is stupid to not pay taxes! They put crime bosses in jail for non payment of taxes. They can't get any of his other crimes to stick but that one will always get you put in jail.


It's Friday

Amazingly enough Friday has arrived. That should bring some sense of relief survived another work week. But surviving a work week is nothing compared to dealing with what life is throwing at us daily.

2 of 3 's husband is doing well and he should be home soon. I remember when Todd came home from the hospital. I watched him like a hawk. Where are you going? How are you feeling? Why did you sign like that? Do you have any pain? Did you take your Meds? Are you suppose to be eating, drinking, doing that? But I loved having him home so I could hold on to him and sleep in comfort knowing he is there. I think it will be the same way for my friend.

I have emphasized that since 2 of 3's husband was in good health that is a major reason he was able to survive this health hazard. He lost a lot of blood. A bleed ulcer well actually 2 bleeding ulcers side by side!

They have been through so much. We have been concentrating on her family of two becoming a family of three! I have and will continue praying that all continues to go well.

It's Friday so we approach the weekend carefully and pray for a good weekend for all.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

It is a typical boring day!

I have nothing to write about. Even less to say. I have spent most of the day answering the phone and making appointment just like any other day. That is the job after all.

I have enjoyed the downtime because I got a chance to read all of the blogs in my favorites list. All 25 of them. - she has created a cute little stuffed guy. - She had not updated in a while however I an sure that i need to create a little quilt like she is showing on her page. - she was at a national stationery show and she is showing it in parts. So the the items feature looked like things I use to draw in class instead of paying attention to the teacher. - diane went to a out to eat with a friend. A rabbit hut in the resturant .... interesting. - she has not updated in a while must be experiencing writers block.

family of two - She has a wonderful blog about how babies are born. Very funny. Very well written. - a coworker who is starting a business. She neveer write anything just post pictures of her products. - She also has no updated in a while but she has a long list of projects she wants to complete and I guess she is too busy to take time to blog. - Her drawings are so beautiful. Hopefully she will have something new for me to see soon. - she is doing a fabric swap. I think I saw this done before but it cool idea. - this reads like a book. She is heading a tour in Seattle Art Museum this weekend. this is just that photo shop disasters. This is really funny at times.

Oh well that all I can write about time to go back to work.

Blog at you tomorrow

Monday, May 19, 2008

vocabulary parade

While in KY the little designers told me about the vocabulary parade. They wanted me to help make their costumes.

The vocabulary parade is where the kids dress up as words and then take part in a parade around the school.

Tay wanted to be a POP STAR and Tai wanted to be fashion designer.

They brought over some old clothes and we use them to make their costumes. They were super excited.

Tai designed a big bag. She was allowed to go into my stash of fabric and find the pieces she wanted to use. We cut it out and she sat in the chair with me as if she was actually using the sewing machine. The big bag was kinda cute she put 2 fabrics together that I would not have chosen.

I then gave her an old shirt of mine and she wrote fashion designer and the definition of it on the shirt her mother traced what was written in puffy paint.

Tay made her turtelneck into a boat neck shirt. She then painted the front with gold paint in the form of a oval starburst and pop star was written in puffy paint.
It was also decorated with some gem stones and stamps were used to put the definitiion of Pop Star on the back of the shirt.

That morning they had everything they need and were ready for the parade. Their mom took some pictures while enjoying the parade with her cell phone but they were not really that clear.

It turns out that it was a contest and Tay won for her grade and class. She recieved a book and a coupon for something.
This weekend was a disaster. I was not able to sign up any new partner in my Avon business. I also did not get any new customers. Saturday evening I was a model in the fashion show. It was fun I really enjoy runway work and would like to do more. When Positive Approach was up and running I was modeling often. Now its only once in a while.

Woke up Sunday with a migraine that made me sick to the stomach. We left the hall early.

I am composing a letter to offer Personal Shoppers Services for Business owners.

Hello, I am Gail Galloway the Avon Representative in your area. I would like to introduce to you the Personal Shopping Service that I offer to Business owners.

This Personal Shopping Service is the easy way to give thoughtful gift to family and friends. All I need to know is the name of the person, relationship to you, favorite items or hobbies and I can then find the perfect Avon gift for your family member or friend.

Avon is so much more than perfume and make up. We have clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry. In our Inspirational Treasures brochures which has a unique collection to enrich the spirit and soothe the soul. Home Expressions brochure which has beautiful items to decorate your home. Mark Magalog which is part magazine and part catalog.

Still not sure of what gift to give, then give your loved one the power to pick their own gift by giving gift certificates. They are only redeemable by me so the gift certificate and the Avon brochure and Mark brochure will be gift wrapped together.

When you purchase something through the Person Shopper program gift wrapping is included at no additional charge. It will be delivered to you at your office.

What do you think? Can I make some improvement? Any feed back will be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Rob is the Administrator of ENT both adults and childrens. He is the one Sharon answered to when something when wrong. Sharon has moved on to greener pastures so some of the stuff she would handle he has to handle himself.

As you are aware I fail the secret shopper test and so I guess he needed to have a one on one meeting with me to discuss this. This meeting was set for 1:15 this afternoon. It is now 4:52 and he has not yet arrived to have this meeting. I guess that I will not be having this meeting at all. That does not bother me as much as no one has bother to tell me what is going on.

Jennifer his secretary call me on monday to say that Rob wanted an one on one meeting with me. She decided the day and time. OK, but she did not tell me what the meeting was about, she left that up to my imagination.

Today I got up and got ready to begin this day of work and this stupid meeting was on my mind. What is it about? Secret Shopper, a tax notice that I recently received, did I do something great, or did some patient complain about me. WHAT!

So now that this meeting did not happen and what I am to think. Was it really necessary and if not when where they going to let me know that!

I walked by Debbi desk this afternoon around 3:30 and was asked if I had talked to Rob. " Nope his secretary call to tell Marsha that he was going to be late but other than that I have not seen or heard from him." 10 minutes later the supervisor called me " How did the meeting with Rob go?" " Never had it he did not show." " Oh, well let me know if he comes." WHAT THE? So and I to understand that Debbi the secretary of Dr C and Dr C and the supervisor knows what the meeting is about and still no one bothers to tell me what it was about?

The fact that the meeting did not happen is so par for the course around here! The fact that no one consider it necessary to let me know if this meeting is going to be rescheduled or what?


I hate this place!

I am holding the target just miss and shoot me!

secret shopper

I work in a little room where you talk to people about making appointments so they can see the doctors to feel better. Sometimes this in interesting most of the time it is boring.

As with any job there are protocols. A major one in this job is to get appointments within 72 hours for new patient and they have a secret shopper who call and pretend to be patients so they can verify that we are offering appointments within the 72 hours.

Sometime the supervisor will tell us that we were secret shopped and we passed. Sometimes we fail. Whenever we fail we get phone calls and meetings are called to make sure we all know the protocols for the 72 hours appointments. Those who were successful also give tips on how to identify the secret shopper’s blah blah blah.

We were secret shopped and we failed and I got a copy of the script and realized that I was the one who fail the call. My response, “sorry” what else can I say.

As a scheduler we are told the following information at various times.
1. Get the appointment on schedule within 72 hours if it is an emergent diagnosis
2. If it is an emergent diagnosis and we cannot get them in give the call to the nurses
3. If the nurse is adding to a Dr A then make sure the nurse has contact Dr A.
4. Do not put new patient in return patient slots.
5. Put new patient in return patient slots if the nurse says to and note added per nurse
6. Do not question the nurses when it come to Dr A schedules just do what they tell and note added per nurse
7. When you make same day appointments make sure to call the clinic and let them know that you added to today’s schedule.
8. Do not make same day appointments they are for the nurse to use for last minute emergencies
9. Dr B does not do sinus problems do not schedule them for him.
10. Dr C does not want Post op in 2 weeks they must be 4 weeks away.
11. If Dr B has slots that are available put sinus problems in these slots if there is nothing else available.
12. Do not answer medical questions refer them to the nurse.
13. Do this but not that
14. Do that but not this

Once again we fail the secret shopper and I am the one who did the call. My response is still the same, “sorry”. Okay I will sound more sincere, “ I am sorry”?


Monday, May 12, 2008

eating habits

Today I am taking the time to be very aware of what 1 of 3 eats during the day. This is just so I can confirm my theory that she eats all day long.

First she was here before, yes ladies and gentlemen before 9:30. It was 9:28 exactly. When I made comment on it she said it really hurts her feelings when I do that to her. She claims she is always on time because she clocks in on time and then it takes her 10 minutes to walk to her desk. So her usual arrive time is 9:40 or 10:00. I just started making comments on it because it appeared to me that she felt she was not needed at 9:30 so she could come in when she wanted. I believe that she does clock at the entrance by the ER but I seriously doubt it take 10 minutes to walk to the office. It’s less that 200 feet.

Now I wait for the eating to begin…………….

10:31 AM PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH. 2 slices of white bread with peanut butter between.

Usually by this time I know she would have eaten more so I am not sure what the deal is today. Maybe she is changing her eating habits

12:00 BLUEBERRY FRUIT TEA I know this is not food but she is purposely not eating today so I may have to revisit the theme. I will keep you updated. Stay tune

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The trip to KY was fun. I had the little designers with me and they kept busy by coloring pages and attempting to watch DVD which is nearly impossible since the sun was high in the sky. Just listening to the movie must have been boring because they often fell asleep. Todd had no problem sleeping during the 3 hours I drove.

Terri is doing well. She has surrounded herself with friends that have her best interest at heart and help keep her well grounded. Her one bedroom place is wonderful and I would love to live like that if I were not married. The living room has a fireplace with sliding glass doors the lead to the balcony. Her dining room is just off from the kitchen which has hook up for a fullsize washer and dryer. Her bedroom is a nice size and the bathroom is also nice space. In her bedroom she was this wonderful walk in closet with shelving on each side with an place in the rear to hand her clothes.

She did not have a dress for the graduation day so Saturday we went to the outlet mall and she found a couple of beautiful dress. The one she really loved was a white sundress with openwork around the him of it.

She said it made her feel Jackie O. Which is a good way to feel.

Felicia thought of Corinne bailey Rae

Once i get the pictures on the computer you can compare yourself.

We did not get to go horseback riding so I guess that will be for another occasion. The little designers brought back candy with kentucy written on them for their friends at school. Also these little lady when they want to go out to eat they want Red Lobster or Applebees not Mcdonalds or Wendys. They will eat Mcdonald or Wendys but why when they could go someplace better. Never mind that they order the samething at applebees that they could get at a fast food resturant.

We arrived home on Monday early around 4:30 in the afternoon. To tired to do much more than pull stuff out of the suitcase and then comming to the realization that their is no food in the house we went shopping for food. Then I was two tired to do anything more. Thankfully Short Person had cooked some chicken wings I truly appreciated that. She is a wonderful little person.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Kentucky Derby

I have forgotten about the Kentucky Derby. I wish I had remember I would have love to go just to watch the people. I had visions of the scene from my fair lady in my head which were only confirmed by the newcasters method of dress saturday morning. Both in the newsroom and in the field reporting, the female reporters were adorned in beautiful hats that matched suits to a T. If they would have been on project runway the critics would say " D T M" Dye to Match.

One news reporter, who was doing on the spot interviews, had on black and white. The hat was ornate but not overly ornate. Not even close to Eliza Dolittle designer hat and dress. The in the booth new reporter had on fushia hat with giant ribbons loops on the top of it. Looked a lot like something you would see on a lady in her sunday best on her way to a baptist church! She displayed her High heel shoes that matched the color of the hat and suit exactly then she showed some flat sandels that were DTM. She laughed as he explained how you must be prepared for everything and tired and hurting feet was no reason the compromise the look of the outfit.

After a while the rest of the family was awake and after getting the girls dress we went to the WAFFLE HOUSE for breakfast. I loved it. My little designers decided that it was no McDonalds and barely ate their food. Tai talked Felicia's ears off and insisted that she ride with her. Tay , her sister, was glad for the break from her sister and sat quietly in the car as we follow Felicia. She showed us the local kingdom hall, which was 15 minutes from the Waffle House, The mall which was 10 minutes from her apartment and Finally back to Terri's apartment which was 2 minutes
from Felicia apartment. Once we finally met up with Terri, my little designers dumped me and Todd like a box of broken crayons and stuck with her.

The menfolk went to Winchester to handle some men busines and we went to the mall. The area of town was call Hamburg, an outlet mall (kinda like grove city ). First stop Talbots outlet store. I found 3 pair of dress pants which fit so well that I must go to the Talbots back home on a regular. Terri found 2 dress one white sundress and one blue sundress. She loved them. During our shopping I finally located a place for us to have lunch/dinner after the graduation. We also bought all the food and a few decorations for the event. Felicia and I met up with our husbands and had lunch at the Cracker Barrell and the rest of the family continued shopping and then went to lunch.

The weather is beautiful. Everyone here,very nice and hospitible. Even the little designers are not any trouble. Which is quite impressive as this is their first over the weekend out of town trip without parents. Of course the Are We There Yet's were a little annoying but the dvd player came to the rescue! Thanks modern technology.

Its time for me to get it together so we can be on time for the whole purpose of this trip. The graduation is taking place in the Rupp Arena. We will be leaving by 10:00 so we can get seated. I hope to get a camera otherwise I am stuck the the cell phone camera and the picture on that are not so great.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I just love this!

I just have to have this! This is just wonderful. I think I will attempt to recreate this. Any one who lives in Pittsburgh knows it rains while the sun in shining so you always have to be prepared. So that give me a great reason to have to have this item.

This is where i found the wonderful item. Yes i do covet it!

Trip to see Terri Graduate.

Everything is in place. I will be meeting the little designers at the hair salon. I will be leaving work at 3:00 so we should be arriving at D. Renees about the same time.

I have to decide what clothes I will be wearing. The little designers are always happy to tell me how horrible my outfits looks. I usually wear what i want but it is very interesting to hear their critical viewpoint.

I will be getting a Visa gift card with the little designers money on it as well as all important medical information.

Friday before we leave I will be making some food for the road as well as some snacks. They have the dvd they will be watching as we motor down the road.

I will have my Avon books adversting my online store for purchasing. I have to remember to include the coupon code for free shipping RPSFR. I have other codes but this is coded does not have a miminum purchasing amount to get it. you can order some .99 hand lotion and have it direct delivered with that code.

My determination to get to KY for Terri's graduation is evident so that when Todd mention that he would not be able to go because the car needed hundreds of dollars worth of repairs. I just made other arrangements. So now the car is road worthy. He changed the oil and checked the breaks and decided that we needed new tires. I told him to rotate the tires and we will hit the road.

If the car breaksdown we will leave him to fix it.

I will not miss the graduation.

I am so ready to leave here you have no idea.