Wednesday, November 18, 2009

temps

I started a new job about a month ago. I really like it. Mostly because I love the people I work with. I find myself wondering sometimes if I would like the job if it weren't for my co-workers. I might. But isn't it funny how working with people you LOVE makes anything seem better? I could do some horrible horrible things... as long as it was with great people.

Anyway, part of my job is hiring "temps" from a temp agency to complete a project we have going on. I call them all "Ryan" from the beginning until I learn their name. Not out loud. Just in my head. (If you have seen the Office, you understand that... if not, I'm not going to explain. sorry.)

Temps are a funny breed actually. They have some advantages over permanent employees.
For one, they won't be around to clean up their messes.
I also often wonder if they try on new and different personalities at each new job site.
They only really get involved in "temp" issues.

In the past week and a half alone, I have had temps that have alternator problems, birthday days off, low blood sugar, two flat tires, Grandma broke her ankle and had to be rushed to the hospital so I need to be with her, bright pink hair, and now today an apparent hangover.

The staffing agent and I are become close friends. It's great.

You don't hear me complaining. I can take it. Actually, without the temps, it might be boring. I like to stay on my toes!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Second post of the month

Aren't you impressed? I am actually managing to post two times in one month.

My last post was about the random thoughts that I think when I think. (yes, that sentence does too make sense! Reread it.)

I read that last post and the comments and decided to talk some more about my dreams when I am awake. I know... some people call them daydreams. But, I think they are night dreams because I usually do it at night... to make myself fall asleep. My version of counting sheep.

I'm really not a very imaginative person. I think I have to really be focused to dream up stories to tell.... that's why dreaming up things when I'm trying to go to sleep is the perfect time for me. I can be fully focused on the day dream at night. Plus, I have this theory that if I start a scenario while I am awake... I am thinking about it when I fall asleep... and I can continue the fun journey into my real sleep... and hence, control my own dreams. ;) No, I'm not a control freak.

Some of the dreams I have made up when I'm falling asleep are so fun! The standard is "If I win the lottery, I will... " That one started out with a million dollars. What would I do with a million dollars!? Through the years, a million dollars, minus taxes, minus the payoff of the house, minuse sending the kids to college, and a new car = not much. So, I've increased it to 172 million dollars. (Hey! It's MY dream! I can do what I want!) That way, after I do all the necessities... like sending the kids to college and setting up a trust fund, I can do fun stuff... like go buy my mom a new house... and take my whole family on a trip around the world... and support the missionaries in countries all over the world... and move all my friends back to my mansion (in separate wings of course). And hire a butler and a maid and a cook and have a big dining room that we can all eat together all the time... you know, a rich sort of commune.

The lottery dream is funny though... because every time I try to dream it, I always have to start at the beginning, set the number that I win, walk through the things I've paid off, the debt, etc... then start with the basics... I really don't know what I will do after we get our mansion, because I usually fall asleep before that.

Other things I dream about.... travel. I travel to Italy often.... Germany to see Julia....we go on cruises... go to Jamaica. It's all quite fun. Lately, I've been taking the train around Europe once I get there. Sometimes I have a "theme". Like, eating at ONLY local restaurants.... and staying at charming hotels and B&Bs. The thing is ... the dreams get a little sketchy in the travel dept. Mostly because I don't really know what these places look like... and I'm not very good at imagining them at all. So, I have limited pictures in my head available to travel around the entire world. But, it's okay, because I fall asleep sometime before or shortly after I get there.... usually the first day is arrival... and I go to my hotel, eat at a great restaurant, and plan the next day's agenda to see all the sites (which are pretty sketchy too since I don't really know them very well.)

I know... I'm a bit odd. Don't tell me you haven't done it. Anyone have some great ideas on my next dream?

Monday, November 09, 2009

November

Considering the fact that I haven't posted on this blog since the middle of October, I realize this may very well be the only post I write in November. So, I feel like it should be super meaningful and utterly profound.

However, that is rarely the case with me lately. I can think of nothing profound and nothing meaningful. Oh, yes, I heard a great sermon, I've had some fantastic discussions, I've listened to some amazing podcasts lately. But, when I stop... and breathe... and actually THINK. It's usually about the following things... don't judge me.

1. The last time I got my hair colored, I couldn't even tell. I'm wondering how bold a 41 year old can go without looking foolish....
2. To get to sleep at night, I often make up "dreams" in my mind. Sometimes it's how I would spend a million dollars in the lottery.... lately, I've been taking trips to France and then riding the train around to all the beautiful places in Europe that I've always wanted to see...
3. I have a friend who has a recipe for a bread bowl dip.... it's a really delicious creamy cheesy yummyness... that I have been wondering who I can invite over for an excuse to make this warm comforting goodness... and when.
4. What is that pain in my left foot? How long has it been there? Why don't I notice these things sooner?
5. What should I use to cover my climbing rose bush? I don't know whatever possessed me to buy such a finicky plant that takes so much maintenance.
6. I really need to start planning my Thanksgiving dinner. I already bought an 18 pound turkey. I wonder if I should make a few desserts to test before the big day arrives.