Sunday, 29 April 2012

Catch Up Post

So I worked 3 days last week at my new job - I didn't start until Wednesday as they had issues getting a final signature for my contract.

I spent Wednesday without a computer or phone, just reading anything they could print off for me - was a long boring day.

My manager managed to expidite my laptop, so I got that around 11am Thursday and spent the rest of the day setting everything up and logging tickets for things I still didn't have, such as certain software, a monitor etc...

On Friday I actually got some work done. I was finally given access to an area I needed so I could begin.

I am finding the 5am wake up very difficult to get used to. Wednesday evening I was falling alseep on myself by 8pm!

I also realized how completely out of shape I am - once I get to Toronto Union station, I have to pretty much run to the subway, go 4 stops and then walk a few blocks to arrive at work by 8am. All the stairs at the GO station & subway are going to be the death of me - my legs have been aching all week.

While working on my laptop at work, I realized I could no longer put off getting new glasses - it has been over 2 yrs since I had my eyes checked.

So I made appts for K and I to get our eyes checked today. They had a 2 for special on glasses, so I got 2 pair, one for distance and one for looking at the computer. I paid $389 for both pair with anti-glare and scratch resistant coating.

K also got 2 pair as it was the same price if he had just got one - but both his are bifocals. So he just has 2 pair if he wants to change the style. His were a little pricier at $575 for the 2 pair with coating. So almost a thousand dollars in glasses today - yikes!

Apparently my distance vision has actually gotten better so now my glasses are too strong for me and is causing eye strain - Dr said that often happens in your 40-50s and then will worsen again as you get cataracts in your 60-70s! Great!

I have a list of chores to do today: laundry, in progress (a lot more now that I am working), make breakfast burritos for fast mornings, hem a pair of pants, dinner in crockpot (adobe chicken), groceries done, eye exams done, fill and run dishwasher, handwash pots, prep lunches for J & I for the week (saves me time in the mornings)

and then get to bed by 10 pm the latest! :)

Oh I have my 2nd craft show next Sunday in Brookin, Ontario - since I didn't sell anything at my last one, I still have plenty for this one - I may try to make a couple more things though, if time permits.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Getting Ready to Start New Job

I start my new job tomorrow Wednesday (they are still waiting on a signature-all this after hubs drove me 3 hours to Brampton and back to get a same day background check on Thursday last week so I could start Monday!).

Today I have made 4 breakfast burritos for quick breakfasts this week - hopefully do this every weekend.

Sorted through my dress clothes. I have enough to get by, but would have LOTS more if I could lose 10-20lbs. I have a lot of stuff that is just a TAD too snug for comfort.

I made my lunch for tomorrow (it will save til Wed): a salad with various topping in lil baggies - bringing a tupperware bowl to leave at work to mix salad in.

I still have one pair of pants to hem, will either do that this evening or leave til the weekend, I do have enough to get by the rest of the week.

Switched to my work purse and reorganized with pens, notebook and such.

Baked a loaf of bread for kid's lunches this week, will make him a loaf of cinnimon bread tomorrow for his breakfasts.

Well now I have an extra day to get things done - maybe even do a bit of art tomorrow.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Book Review - The Discovery by Dan Walsh

Publisher's blurb:
An Engrossing Story of Family Secrets and a Love for the Ages
When aspiring writer Michael Warner inherits his grandfather's venerable Charleston estate, he settles in to write his first novel. But within the confines of the stately home, he discovers an unpublished manuscript that his grandfather, a literary giant whose novels sold in the millions, had kept hidden from everyone--but which he clearly intended Michael to find. As he delves deep into the exciting tale about spies and sabotage, Michael discovers something that has the power to change not only his future but his past as well.
Laced with suspense and intrigue, The Discovery is a richly woven novel that explores the incredible sacrifices that must be made to forge the love of a lifetime. Author Dan Walsh delivers yet another unique and heartfelt story that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page.

My review: I really liked this book. It was a novel within a novel!  I really enjoyed Micheal's grandfather's story. It had just the right amount of mystery - I read this book in a few hours - it was that captivating - would recommend to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book Review - the Fiddler by Beverly Lewis

Publisher's blurb: A wrong turn in a rainstorm leads Englisher Amelia Devries to Michael Hostetler--and the young Amishman's charming Old Order community of Hickory Hollow. Despite their very different backgrounds, Amelia and Michael both feel hemmed in by the expectations of others and struggle with how to find room for their own hopes. And what first seems to be a chance encounter might just change their lives forever.

My review: I liked this book although I found it a little simple, it could have gone more indepth with the differences between the two main characters. It flowed well and kept my attention. I would recommend it to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

My News

So I submitted to a job back in Feb, heard nothing, assumed they were not interested.
Friday last week, I get a call from the recruiter wanting to know if I am still available & still interested, I say yes to both.

I had an interview with them today. One of the 3 people interviewing me is a colleague I have worked with twice before, and I am pretty sure he is the reason I GOT THE JOB! It is a 3 month contract.

Before the interview was even finished, they were saying "when you start" etc...I was told I could start May 1st and just had to sign the paperwork.

So I called my recruiter to tell them and then heading for the nice long commute home.

When I got home, I again spoke to the recruiter - I have to do a criminal background check and it has to be done in the next 2 days and at one of only 3 police stations that will do "while you wait" checks (none of which are anywhere close to me) because the client wants me to start MONDAY as in 4 days from now!

Crap, I was hoping for the 2 wks to get things organized at home etc...

Now I have to rush and try to get this back ground check done on Sat but I am not sure I have the correct ID for it - I can use my passport, but not my health card or SIN and I don't have any of the other gov't issued ID listed.

So good news & bad - I couldn't get a live person on the phone today at the police station, so will call again tomorrow morning at 8am and see if I can get it done with the ID I have - not sure what will happen if I can't.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Book Review - The Lion Cubs by Chrissy M. Dennis

Publisher's Blurb:
15-year-old loner, Lexi Vogan, has had enough: four foster families in two years is enough to make anybody run away! Alone in the world, she flees to Jacksonville where a group of runaway teens live in abandoned tunnels hidden below the city. It seems like the perfect place for a forgotten face.
Liz Swavier, 36, became a widow two years ago when her husband succumbed to cancer, but she’s doing okay, at least that’s what she tells herself. Working long hours as a doctor in the ER department, Liz's friends and family grow concerned that she’s hurled herself into work to numb her grief.
Then, on a typical Friday afternoon, an appointment with Divine intervention causes these two very different lives to collide beginning a journey towards restoration that only an all-knowing, loving God could weave together. 

My Reveiw: This was a nice light read - It was very easy to get into the story and stay interested. Well written and engaging. I read it in a few hours. It is geared more to teens but I enjoyed it.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Word Alive Press and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now from your favourite bookseller.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Birthday to My Baby

My sweet adorable lil baby boy turns 15 today!
Oh my gosh, where did the time go.


 Happy Birthday Kiddo!