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Dangit…some pictures did not turn out…

Went out to check a local island park to see what I could find. I got a few good photos and I thought I had captured a rather nasty duck battle, but the photo’s looked better on the camera, couldn’t save them. The bee’s in flight turned out pretty well I think.

Green Bee...Anyone know proper name?

Green Bee?…Anyone know proper name?

Flight of the Bumblebee

Flight of the Bumblebee

Bees

Bees

Muskrat

Muskrat

Poppy

Poppy

Wildrose

Wild Rose

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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Two nights before Christmas…

December 23, 2012 2 comments

Twas two nights before Christmas, when all through the house

every child was vomiting, and sick in their tummies.

The stockings were packed in the suitcase with care,

In hopes to hang them at Grandma’s, if we ever get there.

The children were sprawled on the floor or the couch,

upon plastic sheets while fevered dreams danced in their heads.

And mamma in her ‘pj’s, and I in mine,

Had acquiescent our brains for another long restless night.

When out in the parking lot there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the curtains and looked out aghast.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.

When, what to my tired eyes should appear,

But a Bobcat plowing snow, keeping awake young ears.

With an insane driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be some Dick.

More rapid than eagles he spins and he twirls,

Scraping his blade across the ground and my frayed nerves!

The neighbours were playing some late night tunes,

As they smoke and drank and howled at the moon

I closed the curtains and returned to the dark of the room,

Straining to hear the ill children in the next room.

The children were grumpy and so were we,

With vomit buckets at the ready we waited in turns

A burp or a hiccup is a telling sign,   

That things would get messy all too soon.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on TV

the sounds of some movie or kids show refrain.

As I made my way back to the living room, and was turning around,

The annoying sound of Toopy & Binoo began to abound.

It was some Christmas special with a Big Bad Wolf,

Too bad it’s third time we’ve seen it today.

Shows seem to keep the children’s minds of their icks,

it is very sad that we can lip-sync the story anyway.

Their eyes-seem so sunken! So tired their stares!

Their cheeks are so clammy, their skin so pale!

Their droll little mouths were drawn up like a bow,

Their heads hang limp over their puke bowls.

Their hair is pulled up in a ponytails,

too keep it out of the way.

They eat in small spurts, each time a worry.

Children so sick that they can’t keep down a bowlful of jelly!

Still sick as they are they have moments of cute,

And I laugh now and then, in spite of myself!

A rub of my eyes and a shake of my head,

Soon gave me a thought that we had nothing to dread.

Kids will get sick as all of us know,

Unfortunately the timing sure sucks as we know.

And so the stomach bugs are ruining our Christmas,  

So we give medications and try to get lots of rest.

Some Gravol, some Advil which we bought in a plenty.

As we trudge to our beds, in hope of an uneventful night

We say to our family and friends in case this bug goes on,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

A farewell to fishes…

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

So as I sat in front of the keyboard surfing the web as I am wont to do when given a chance; idly catching up on news or killing a few things here and there on the odd free MMORPG site I heard an odd noise coming from the general area of the fish tank. Now I have had this particular fish tank for many years and it has made a few moves with me in that time. It has been in place in it’s current location for close to 5 years now. I have not been adding any new fish to the tank over the years as I was planing on shutting it down as soon as all the little fish had run the natural course of their lives. I had 5 fish remaining as of this morning.

As I began my investigation of the noise I came across a rather large puddle of water on the top of my tank maintenance kit that was poking out the back of the cabinet that the tank was sitting on. This in turn lead me to find that water was dripping onto the power bar below and causing the unit to arc. The scary part was that the surge protector did not trigger on the power bar some of the cords and the power bar was showing burn and melt points. So faced with a leaking tank and a possible fire hazard the fish had to make the ultimate sacrifice for home and country and were dually honored with a burial at sea for their years of service.

Yes I am a cruel and mean person to sacrifice the fish. But when it comes to the chance of an electrical fire sparked by a malfunctioning power bar while my kids are sleeping in the next room; and water damage from a leaking fish tank the guppies had to go.

So I unplugged the power bar and began dismantling the tank. It is hard to drain a fish tank, with multiple buckets of water to the tub and do everything else required in the clean up while being quite so that everyone else can keep sleeping during nap time. I got it done, though I still need to clean the tub…

I am also amazed as my wife and kids are now awake that no one has noticed that the fish tank is no longer there…will see how long this will go unnoticed. Okay that only lasted about 10 minutes for my wife but the kids still have not figured it out, kind of funny.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Limping along…

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Over the last few months I have been dealing with a re-accruing foot issue that has me in a great deal of pain and limping along during my work week. Last week I thought I was finally on the mend until Friday rolled along and bang I was back on the pain bus. I have been to my doctor about this issue but figured enough is enough, off to the hospital for me. I took along China Mieville’s – The Scar to read as our local emergency department tends to be a rather long wait, but this time I got in and out rather fast. Considering the fact that I have been having this issue for months on and off I thought there must be something else going on with the foot, so I was able to talk the doctor into some x-rays. Unfortunately for me it appears that the ongoing issue is well, ongoing. Nothing showing up in the x-rays so another round of anti-inflammatory drugs and back to limping along.

My new job offers to pay for gym memberships at 2 of the local gyms; I will follow up later this week to see if I have to wait till my probation period is over before I can sign up again. Though my new job has my physical labour levels up compared to my last job, I think it might be good to get back to the gym.

Unfortunately for me there will be no returning to the good old days of the gym…gotta love how that bar is bending under the strain…

515lbs

515lbs

Some people asked why I was trying to lift so much, and it always came down to the fact that it was testing my limits and getting to the next heavier weight. It was the challenge, sure I could do lighter weights over and over, but there was something to doing those heavy lifts that got my adrenaline going.

And for those wondering…yup I lifted it…one does not look his best when lifting that much weight though…LOL

Yeah Me!

I was fooling around with some filters and paint programs with the Insulated Sunset 2 photo from the other day and came up with these…

Insulated Abstract 1

Insulated Abstract 2

Insulated Abstract 4

Once again, I kind of like them…but I have been known to be wrong…

Also have another motivational poster that I created from a picture I took today of my daughter climbing one of pieces of climbing equipment at the park.

Perseverance

Perseverance

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Day 25: Journal of an unemployed bum at home…

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Well a few more resumes sent out today, and tomorrow is the 2nd job interview that has been postponed numerous times. So I have my pants and shirt and tie pressed & hanging ready to go for the morning; Fingers Crossed.

I think the biggest issue I am finding locally is the lack of full time positions available. If I want to work part time, minimum wage with no benefits or even better for commission only,  I have a plethora of choices open to me. But that is not what I need; what I need just like anyone else out there is a permanent full-time position with a decent wage & benefits with room to grow with the company. I did find a rather nice posting for a government job but it required moving around during ones career and well that is not really viable either as I don’t want to get the kids settled into a school then have to pull them a few years later. As time progresses I may need to take a job that has me away from home for a number of days with a few days back, but will cross that bridge when I am closer to the end of my severance package. I have put a few resumes out towards that end but so far have been getting the “sorry, we are not hiring at this moment”, or “you require these certifications to be considered” email replies. I have checked on course availability & costs locally and it does not look good for me getting them anytime soon.

I had a another call from my old boss seeing how the job hunt was going, so far he is having as much luck as me; add in the fact that his location hampers the job market with most of the posted jobs to be found on the mainland. He also informed me of the demise of another one of the old sales team, what really sucks is that they just came back to work after being off for a while: “Hey there, welcome back we missed you, now please choose Option A or B.” – Ouch.  The remainder of the old team are out east this week for meetings on the new sales structure. I will have to call the other area rep and see how he is handling the changes so far and what is coming down from head office this week. It’s week 4 since I was laid-off and I am still finding out that my stores have not been informed. Wonder how my out of town independents are doing; they possibly just think I am not bothering to call on them…wonderful.

Visited the local Venture website to get a list of the major employers in the area so will be dropping more resumes off even though they have no posted jobs on any of the sites. Will have to hit the dollar store for more manila envelopes, and charge up the copy card. Hopefully my resume will not hit File 13 once they are dropped off.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Day 23: Journal of an unemployed bum at home…

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Well my Day 23 (today) 2nd meeting has been changed again, now it will take place on Day 26. I am finding all these re-bookings a little odd but it’s not like I have anything else booked. I can definitely say that the local job market is very sparse. There are jobs out there if you want to work at minimum wage flipping burgers or making Double Doubles and only part-time. But the job listings for full time are pretty non-existent.

As always the daytime TV choices are making me pull what little hair I have out. I saw for the first time today the live action version of Thunderbird’s, alas it did not live up to the 1960’s original in my mind. I was also not aware that it was directed by Jonathan Frakes; Number One, you have failed me for the last time! I did a number of odd jobs around the house then hit the local grocery store to pick up some items for dinner. For the first time in my life I had a tuna casserole (confirmed via facecrack by my mother…LOL) it was made in an effort to appease the kids who rave about the same dish from their preschool. Do not trust the words of little ones for they know not of what they speak; as they refused to eat their dinner. We got a few bites into them but in the end it was a waste of time & effort, at least my DW and myself liked it and it was easy so it will be made again.

Since I have yet to sell anything via my Cafe Press website I think I will be shutting it down. I think I just need to admit to myself that I can’t draw well enough to be marketable. This seems to stem from my history of being a Jack of All Trades and Master of None. A.A.D.D. was not a term used back in the days when I grew up, but there are times I really think I should be checked out, as I tend to bounce around from project to project quite quickly.

At least I am not that way with work, I was discussing with the Operations Manager at the store today while shopping on how bad today’s kids are. There is no pride of a job done well anymore, nor is there any loyalty to a company. Sure you can bitch about how little the pay is, but for a first time employee you should be happy that you have a job in the first place. He had another 2 kids not show up for their FIRST day of work today and had to scramble to get others to fill in the shifts. I really wonder at times for the state of the future world with the kids we are bringing up today. I mean this sense of entitlement is not something recent, I knew kids back in the day that got whatever they wanted without doing a lick of work to get it. But it sure seems to be increasing over the years. I mean if you cannot even have the decency to contact an employer and let them know that they need to find someone else for the job because you changed your mind or found something else there is a problem. I mean they have gone through the time to review your resume, set time away to interview you, hire you and then you don’t even show up for your first day on the job, not even a phone call. That equals time & money lost for the company, which in turn means they have to up the prices to cover all the re-training. I had one store that I called on that the lead trainer went on stress leave due to the fact that the store on a MONTHLY basis had 100% turn over on their part-time staff. She just could not keep up with all the new people every month. Sure the company might not have such an issue if they gave more full time positions but in today’s market that seems to be very rare. On the flip side I had one store that had so many long term employees with 7 weeks off + A.T.O’s + stat holidays that when all the numbers are added up they worked a total of 27 weeks out of the year. How do you have enough people on staff to cover 7 days a week, 7am to 10pm with the majority of your staff working at such levels? Add in the fact that if they have to work overtime it all goes towards their A.T.O’s again meaning more time off.

Oh well, at the rate it is going I might wind up with a number of part time jobs just to make ends meet. I grew up being taught that you may not like your job, but as long as you are there and getting paid; you do that job, and you do it well. Unless I win millions and never have to work a day in my life I will never have the “perfect” job, but I will do what I am paid to do and more while there. I may bitch about it and wish I was somewhere else, but none of my ex-employers can say I shirked my duties. I had one job years ago where the owner pulled me to the side and asked me what the issue was since he felt I was pacing the floor like a caged animal. I simply told him that this was the first job I ever had that I was paid to sit and wait for a customer, and it was driving me up the wall. If I am getting paid I should be working, not sitting in an office twiddling my thumbs waiting for someone to come in. I might spend hours surfing the web at home, but I can’t do it when I am at a job getting paid.

Well I think I should end my digital diatribe for now, if you want me to spout off on any current events leave a suggestion in the comments, but there is no guarantee I will comply.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Day 17, 18 and 19: Journal of an unemployed bum at home…

February 16, 2012 3 comments

Not much to tell at the moment. I was told to keep Monday (Day16) free for a 2nd meeting from my interview on Day 13. I never got the phone call. So on Day 14 I tried the manager a few times with no success and finally left a voice message near the end of the day. On day 15 I received a quick email for a meeting today only to receive another email this morning now postponing the meeting till next Monday (Day 23).

So will see what happens…

In the mean time my plan to head out and drop off a resume at the mine was denied due to a rather large and unexpected snow storm that hit the area. Weather man didn’t know what hit him, like normal. Must be the best job to get paid to be wrong all the time. The final tally must have been about 5 inches of snow over the course of the day. I’m sure the local ski hill is happy. In the long run it is good to get some more snow up in the snowshed areas so that we do not get water rationed for the summer and help stave off local forest fires.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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