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So, an update...

House is sold. We closed on Wednesday, was pretty painless, only a small(ish) closing cost fee. So it's gone, no longer have to worry about it. Strong emotions of relief and failure. Time to move on, I guess.

Helping my cousins who have a bakery down in the Virgin Islands set up a website and get a control on the services they are paying for. Nice to touch base with them again.

Work is very stressful right now, working the new job (title is Fulfillment Services Manager), working the old job and training my replacement. all at the same time. Gonna be a a busy month or so while I get my old job passed off.

I should be up north this weekend at Cora's birthday party. But with some recent expenses, I can't afford the gas money. Some day I will not have to worry about stuff like that. Just not sure when.

I do hope to get up there a few times this summer still.
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I am mostly caught up on my shows now, since all but Teen Wolf have had their series finallies. I am enjoying Teen Wolf, though the feel and tone of the show has changed a lot. Not in a bad way, just different. I'm really hoping the twins actually talk soon.

But after watching this week's episode (I don't have time until Thursdays, which means I try and avoid twitter and tumblr spoilers all week) I was still in a werewolf mood. So I started Hemlock Grove. Very dark and twisted, but interesting.

Nothing on the house, still waiting for the banks to agree on the new offer. It's like they don't want me to sell it. Do kinda wish we had held off on moving, could have saved some money.

Really looking forward to the 4th of July weekend, will get to see Laura and her family for 4 days.
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I suppose a house update is in order. I was supposed to close on 5/17, however the buyers needed an extension. Then we were supposed to do it "some time" last week. Turns out the buyers are getting the money from a private investor (whatever that means) and are having issues securing the money. So this week for sure! (probably not.) If we don't do it this week the paperwork we had signed will expire and we will have to go through more of that again.

None of this is my fault, there is nothing I can do, and I didn't even pick this buyer, the bank did.

I just would like it over.


Things are changing a bit at work as well. My department of three brings in about $600K a year. There is another area that brings in $1.5M, and there is only one guy handling most of that. Since the skill sets between the two areas are similar (i.e. we both work with databases and websites) it was thought that I can cross train. Which is cool, I have been feeling topped out in my area, I'm ready for something new. We've had some training and currently my main goal is to document everything, so that someone can cover for us if we aren't around. That and learn how to set up and maintain shopping carts.
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So things are progressing on the house front. The bank accepted an offer. The buyer decided they did not want to do a home inspection (no clue why). We had a close date set for April 30, but the buyer (who I still think is a company, either they will flip it or rent it) can't be ready by then. So the close date been moved to May 17. That means that the bank has to re-approve the offer though. Again, no idea why. So next month I might be house-less.

Warming up a bit here. This weekend will be 70, good weather for the softball skills clinic. Hopefully I will be able to meet some of my new players, as I know only 2 vaguely, and the rest not at all.
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I had a very weird dream last night. I'm not sure what we were doing, but I was with Paul and we saw a huge pug in a cage that was up for adoption. Like 6 feet long pug. Looked like JP, but massive. Not sure what that means. (Maybe JP was taking up too much of the bed?)

I got an offer on the house yesterday. So we will not submit that to the bank and see if they accept it also. It's a bit low, but a starting point. And now we can tell the other people that have looked at it that an offer is in and maybe more of them will put in an offer. And it's not first come, first serve. If we get a better offer we can totally accept that one instead.
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Lots of people are leaving Best Buy right now, mostly for good (for them) reasons. But this means that staffing is down and my hours haven't really lessened. And they still have to offer me a permanent part-time job. But they say "soon" we'll talk about it. I am getting more tasks handed to me, cause I'm so "capable, creative and reliable". Which is good.

Tomorrow I've taken the day off from all jobs and Paul and I will probably go down to IKEA and pick up some furniture for the apartment. So we can finish setting up the place and get the unpacking done. Paul needs this so that he has a calm place to focus on his school work (it will be harder than ever this year) and maybe a new job option.

We are still getting used to living in the apartment, but it is a lot smaller and it feels we are much more on top of each other (not in the good way) than at the house.
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One of the hardest things about this whole moving thing is that I have to get rid of things I like (or love) because we have a lot less space. I know they are just objects and shouldn't matter, but it's still not fair. Bad enough that I have to sell the house, but do I have to get rid of my favorite piece of furniture too? I just keep asking myself "why me, what did I do to deserve this"?

I am pretty excited about tonight though. I don't have to work at Best Buy and have no plans to be productive instead. It's D&D night, and I get to go. I do feel really guilty about not working on either packing the house or organizing the apartment, but I have tomorrow night off also, so am planning to be productive then.
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It was a long weekend, I'm quiet happy to be back in the office sitting down.

On Thanksgiving we picked up the UHaul truck and with Ben's help got all of the furniture we think we want to keep over to the apartment. Took us one trip, about 2.5 hours, which was nice. Then Paul and I unpacked and organized, until we went over to [livejournal.com profile] exairian's for TDay dinner. Trevor's parents were over also, and it was a really nice dinner and time.

Black Friday was crazy. I didn't have to start until 9am, which was nice to get to skip the crazies. But it was a 12 hour day and pretty disorganized. I also didn't have to help restock, another plus.

Saturday was actually worse, because I was so tired from Friday, and still had a 9 hour shift. The food Best Buy had catered in was great though. After work we went over to Blythe and Trevor's again, this time for drinking with Wendy and Drew, who are up for a bit. Nice to see them, but I over did it on the gin.

Sunday was rough, as I'm pretty sure I was still drunk when I got into work. And that moved over to a hangover. Also they had me at the front of the store for a while being a greater. Not the best of situations. I spent most of the day as a dedicated cashier in our department, which isn't bad, really.

This week looks a bit busier at Omnipress, and I'm hoping that I can get over to the house and clean, as it is not in any shape to be shown to buyers.

Next weekend is the Omnipress holiday party, which sounds great. I'm hoping Best Buy doesn't change their mind about letting me out early enough to go to it.
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Gonna be a busy "holiday" for us. Today I work at Omnipress like normal, till 5. Then I work 6 to "midnight" (or 1-2am like I expect) setting Best Buy up for Black Friday. Which means stocking the shelves as much as we can, and setting up "kill alleys" or traffic flow with larger, slower selling product to keep the crowds in control.

Thursday we are picking up a UHaul to move the furniture to the new apartment, because Paul and I are off from all of our jobs/school. Hoping we will get a few friends willing to help for a few hours. My aunts offered to come down and help, which is awesome, but to have them drive 4.5 hours down and 4.5 hours back to help us move for 5 hours is crazy. Nice thought though.

After moving we are over to [livejournal.com profile] exairian's for T-day dinner. Nice of them to have us over to share a meal with their families.

Then is the 12 hour, 9am to 9pm Black Friday shift at Best Buy. Probably one of the best shifts I could get. Then like 2-10:30 on Saturday. And then a normal shift on Sunday.

I'll probably hate [livejournal.com profile] exairian for getting me into this by the end of the weekend, but that will be quickly forgotten after I get paid. Plus we can commiserate with booze.
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Had first day of training at Best Buy yesterday. Pretty much the usual corporate intro stuff. My only real worry is Black Friday is in a little over two weeks and it'd be really nice if I know most of the specs on most of the tablets and laptops by then. I'm not the best at memorizing, so we will see. I'm shadowing someone tonight, so I think after that I'll have a good idea. Maybe I'll get lucky and they will let me focus on the Apple stuff.

So tonight is Best Buy (meaning I'm missing D&D--first night of paragon levels too), tomorrow night is the mall again and then Friday will be Best Buy again. Then we have a company wide Best Buy meeting on Saturday at 7am to go over Black Friday details. Then I shadow there again during the day.

Expect me to have a life in February again.

We go and sign the lease for the new apartment today. Turns out the person that had gotten their app in before us canceled, so we are back on the ground floor again. Which is great, so much easier to move. We will start to slowly move boxes every night now. And then we need to find a day we are both off and can rent a truck to do the furniture all on one day. I'm actually thinking Thanksgiving, as I'll be off from all jobs and Paul might be also. And we have no plans.

It kinda sucks that Paul is now working a normal shift and will be home around 7 each night, and now I'm the one at work late. Someday our schedules will actually match.
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Work continues to be slow. My next project isn't due to start up until Dec. 1. So I am still helping the other departments. The InDesign job is caught up, but there might be another round of corrections next week. At one point, I had to insert a 3 page footnote. Law text is crazy.

One of my projects that is just warping up was horribly negative last year, mostly due to the client's speakers being slow. But this year I'm just slightly positive! Super stoked about that. And they didn't raise the price, so I was just more awesome.

My back has been hurting for over a week now. I think a rib along side my shoulder blade is out, and it hurts to laugh, pick things up and breathe. I went to the Chiro, but that didn't help much. Just have to wait for it to fix itself.

Tuesday is my Best Buy intro session. Gonna be interesting trying to work a half day, vote and make that.

We applied for an apartment that we looked at yesterday. It's at the top of our price range, but has everything we want. And I actually lived there with [livejournal.com profile] exairian and [livejournal.com profile] spamcola year's ago. It's also the place I lived when I met [livejournal.com profile] graeae and [livejournal.com profile] channonyarrow, and where I lived when [livejournal.com profile] channonyarrow came to visit me. It's a different building, but same complex.

We lowered the price on the house a bit, and right away more people called to come see the place. Maybe we'll have an offer soon. I just want this all to be over.
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Mom was down visiting this last weekend. Mostly the two of us just cleaned and packed up the house. We got a lot done, which is good. Still bitter sweet feelings about accomplishing things.

Nothing much else to report. We did get to skype with my sister for a bit, her birthday is today. That was nice.

I'm probably getting a third job. Best Buy needs seasonal workers, and the extra cash will help. Have another interview on Friday (before B's party). I already interviewed once there, but my night and weekends only schedule didn't work for that position.
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Apartment hunting sucks. It's hard to find something in our price range, relatively close to our jobs and that will take two small dogs. We hit up a bunch of places on Friday and only found one that met all of those points, plus had an opening when we need it.

Next step is to start looking in the burbs.

Fun, fun...
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I am very tired.

Every day at the conference was 12-14 hours long. I almost never saw the sun, which is a shame for being in southern CA. There are a lot of small things that could have gone better, but it could have been a lot worse as well. Client seems happy. The attendees and speakers I talked with said it went well. I guess I did good.

Today I'm playing catch up on everything I missed. It's like getting back from vacation and having to deal with a huge pile of work, but without having the vacation to look back on.

There should only be one of these a year, since it's pretty expensive to do and there isn't a ton of requests for this.

It dose not help that I am working at the mall tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday, like normal. Makes of long days again. Sunday and Monday should be days of rest, as long as I can ignore the length of the lawn.
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Work has calmed down to a dull roar. Still busy, but there is the occasional half hour or hour of slow time. Where I either have nothing to do, and spend it organizing and planning for future due dates, or I'm waiting on like two or three clients to get back to me on something. (Three project activities is about my max to juggle at one time.)

It looks like we won't be hiring a new person for my department at this time. Early summer is slow for my department and the sales figures they were hoping for are not there yet. So we have less work coming in than we expected. Hopefully we can manage it. My only worry is if I get one or two more really high maintenance clients. Those are the ones that fill up my day.

The boy friend and I have been on a cleaning kick. I guess one can chalk that up to Spring cleaning. It's nice having a really clean house some times, when we have the time to focus on it.

Softball has kind of started. Last weekend we had a preseason cook out at our house. Not a lot of the team showed up, but we had fun meeting those that did. We were supposed to have a scrimmage game last Monday, but it was rained out. So we will meet everyone else this Monday. It sounds like one of our top players got hurt and might not be able to play. And while winning isn't everything, it's discouraging for the players if we loose all the time. So I might talk to the commissioner and see if the guy who can't play will transfer to another team to help coach (with Jess and I we really don't need a third) and then we can get some higher skilled players from that team.

Today I am also now working Thursday and Fridays at the mall. I had to switch off of Mondays cause that is when the softball games are.

Summer sand volleyball starts in a few weeks. I missed that sport so much, I can't wait to start up again.
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Another Friday, another post.

Work is kicking my ass. I worked 13 hours yesterday, and 10.5 today. And I only left then because I had to work at the mall tonight. And I'll be in the office tomorrow too.

This is due to two big and annoying projects. One deals with me having a temp check through a ton of submitted papers against a copyright database. Then I have to email the authors for those that had problems and get new files. Yesterday I sent out 49 emails. Today, 71. And of course each email then comes back with clarification on what the problem is, and then one or two more until I get a good final paper. I spend all my time emailing, and thus have no time for any of my other projects. And the irony that I have to use email to do this collecting is not lost on me.

The other project that I have to work on is for a client who was never happy with anything I did while they were working with me on collection. And now they are being a big pain with making the book. So now we have a book that has been laid out, and tons more content to put in. Content that I had collected, but wasn't told was needed the first time I downloaded the data. SO I volunteered to help with the edits. Since I can use the collection system quickly, and I have the InDesign skills to do a good job. I don't think any other salaried project manager at this company would offer to come in on a weekend and do book edits for production.

I think it will be time to talk about a raise soon.

Life is also kinda stressful at home with money issues and the fact that the living room furniture is still in the kitchen.
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Kinda of a general update.

Last week/weekend Paul and I ripped up the carpeting in the living room. It makes the place seem much more clean and open than when it had the shag carpet. The floor needs work, the previous owners decided to paint things on it before putting down the carpet, so there are lines from painting trim and circles of paint from the bottoms of buckets. We aren't going to tackle that yet.

Last Saturday we went to Ikea, my first trip there. Crazy big. Took all day. We got a few odds and ends and have some plans for renovating a few of the rooms in the house.

Work has been a roller coaster of business. Monday I was here for 12 hours trying to get everything done. Today I don't have much to do (of active work, there is always busy work to get done).

We are finally registered for softball. Time kinda slipped by. I think we pick teams in two weeks. And I missed the last few weeks of volleyball for some impromptu date nights. Now that is off for a few weeks before Summer session starts.

I have lots of art projects lined up. No pressing deadlines, so it's been hard to force myself to do them. When the due dates get closer I'll be able to get my butt in gear.
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I keep getting pulled into things at work that have absolutely nothing to do with my job. I don't mind this, really. It's very cool that people recognize that I'm smart on a lot of topics and am someone that can be relied on.

So on top of all of my normal work (including the system glitches/emails that caused the hell of yesterday) I'm working on getting the training materials set up for the new hire into my department. I also spent a decent amount of time helping work out the pricing details on a proposal for composition work. I'm not even in that department, but 'cause of my mad InDesign skills, my boss asked me. This lead to us deciding that this new, ongoing project will need a good proofread after we convert it from whatever custom system the book is in to InDesign. Since we don't _have_ proofreaders at work, we figure we should get a freelancer. Due to all my contacts at Lserwords and Apex, I was again asked to gather quotes from local freelancers. And that I've never done.

Come to think of it, we don't really need a local, it could be anywhere, the proofread is going to be digital. So if any LJ followers want to get a quote in for the work, email me, I'll give you the specs and you can give me a price.

After the mall today is a short shopping trip to Express (I need bigger pants--which is so depressing) and then D&D tonight. Oh, and I have to finish shoveling the sidewalks and driveway, we've had just enough cleared to function, but I don't think our mail person is happy.
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I keep getting pulled into things at work that have absolutely nothing to do with my job. I don't mind this, really. It's very cool that people recognize that I'm smart on a lot of topics and am someone that can be relied on.

So on top of all of my normal work (including the system glitches/emails that caused the hell of yesterday) I'm working on getting the training materials set up for the new hire into my department. I also spent a decent amount of time helping work out the pricing details on a proposal for composition work. I'm not even in that department, but 'cause of my mad InDesign skills, my boss asked me. This lead to us deciding that this new, ongoing project will need a good proofread after we convert it from whatever custom system the book is in to InDesign. Since we don't _have_ proofreaders at work, we figure we should get a freelancer. Due to all my contacts at Lserwords and Apex, I was again asked to gather quotes from local freelancers. And that I've never done.

Come to think of it, we don't really need a local, it could be anywhere, the proofread is going to be digital. So if any LJ followers want to get a quote in for the work, email me, I'll give you the specs and you can give me a price.

After the mall today is a short shopping trip to Express (I need bigger pants--which is so depressing) and then D&D tonight. Oh, and I have to finish shoveling the sidewalks and driveway, we've had just enough cleared to function, but I don't think our mail person is happy.
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New Years Eve went well. Becky and Drew got into town an hour or so after Paul got home from work. The four of us went over to [livejournal.com profile] exarian's. Place was packed. Played some "Crimes Against Humanity", kinda like Apples to Apples for adults. I won the first game. Then there was some Rock Band, followed by the ball drop count down, more Rock Band and me and Becky falling asleep on the couch.

Got home around 3ish. Had a hard time sleeping, due to this cold.

I made breakfast for Becky and Drew, we watched The Way of the Warrior on Netflix (it's was entertaining) and then they headed back to Milwaukee. Now I'll clean up the house a bit, watch some TV (I'm thinking Lord of the Ring's marathon), and read. Plenty of time to be productive tomorrow.

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