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    Quote Originally Posted by Judg View Post
    Keeping you in my prayers, Sabine.
    Ditto that! I'm sure something good will happen soon! Keep your chin up!
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    It only looks long because of the dialogue!

    Thank you Lopisheep, Judg, and Tomi. Sometimes I imagine your wishes and prayers coming at me, like translucent ribbons, from the different parts of the continent, winding their way here to Texas, and then wrapping around me. It is good to know people are thinking of you. Makes me feel happy and calm.

    I started by looking for cleaning work, because I wanted something active. I knew if I was sitting all day, it would make my general physical situation worse. I'm not bopping around constantly as it is, but I DO get up and move around, do chores, walk the dogs, whatnot. If I'm sitting for 6 hours, answering calls, my body will get unhappy. I don't even know if I can physically DO that anymore- I get achy if I sit too long.

    Funny thing happened yesterday. I walked into a fast food restaurant. A gentleman held the door for me, I said my thank-yous, and he was behind me as I asked for an application at the counter. The manager said 'no'.

    I was taken aback, and after my looks at the motels, I admit, I immediately thought, 'does she mean I can't work here, that they won't hire me just by looking at me?' (Guess I am getting a little touchy.) It took me a moment, but then I said, 'Do you mean you are out of them?'

    'No.'

    'So can I have one?'

    'No.' But smiling, and nodding her head.

    'Do you mean yes?'

    'No.'

    So now I think she is messing me, for whatever reason, maybe she has a quirky sense of humor. I started over.

    'I'm not understanding. Do you have any applications?'

    'No.'

    'When will you get some in? I can come back.'

    'No.'

    Thank heavens at this point another employee came up, and said, 'We don't use paper applications anymore, but you can apply online.'

    Thank you! Did she not understand what I was asking? Does she use 'no' interchangeably for 'yes', 'maybe', and 'good-bye'? Was she messing with me?

    So, I am making my way out, feeling boggled at what should have been a pleasant three-second interaction, and had turned into a poorly scripted 'Who's on first', and the gentleman who held the door for me, asked if I was looking for work, and told me his company just down the street was hiring. Score! I scuttled home and applied -online. Haven't decided about the fast food place. Can I work with someone who uses 'no' like 'aloha'?

    I got the email confirmation that the place received my application. Going to stop by today for a face to face follow-up. I always think it is better if they can attach a person to the piece of paper/email file. Is that going out of fashion nowadays?

    Ground beef is my main budget protein go-to. I can catch it on sale for 99 cents a pound sometimes! Pus eggs. Got to love eggs.

    After the carrot cake yesterday I had a banana as well, and some nuts, but managed to avoid a grilled-cheese sandwich and a PBJ. Ate a normal amount of dinner (sweet potato-corned beef hash, with a fried egg on top, yum! Littlest said she didn't want an egg on hers, and them proceeded to beg for bits of mine, so I had about half an egg.) and then stopped eating. Whew!

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    Face to face is ALWAYS good and shows you really are interested in the position! Best of luck!
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    Sabine, I really hope something comes up for both of you and I agree, face to face follow up is excellent! DH is being told all the time he should use social media more - but he does a lot of face to face marketing etc and the people always remember him and therefore call him. You become a face and are easier to remember than just one of the many e-mails that came through that week!

    I have read that a good way to get more bang for your buck out of your protein is to make a gelatin broth out of it. The gelatin in there does something that makes the protein more available for your system to use, and you can add fat to that quite easily which makes it more substantial. I make a chicken soup that is VERY filling and yummy but really doesn't cost that much for a lot of meals. Just a thought. If you can find the feet or head to add in that helps add a good dose of the healthy kind of gelatin. Even an organic chicken goes a long way and can be relatively 'cheap' if cooked up with a bunch of veggies ... I make lots of soups and stews and then the less money we have the more veggies and broth they have in them to make them go further, they still feel really satisfying and yummy! And we are headed for the weather that it is really nice to eat those kind of foods. Just my two cents. Lots of hugs and hopeful thoughts coming your way!
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    Hi Sabine. I agree that a face-to-face follow up is necessary and ideal. It'll make for a good impression on the employer and communicate to him that you have follow-up skills, which tend to be lacking in a lot of arenas - I am poor with follow-up skills and tend to annoy in most cases. lol

    I don't know that I could work with the gal who says no too much either... I'd be too confused.
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    If it is not one thing, it's five!

    Coll-I've been throwing chicken feet into my broth for a few months now. The family got quite a shock when they saw them on top of the stock this last time as they were bubbling away. They haven't been thinking about what I put into the stock, just happily slurping it down. They do look a little pathetic, with their little fingernails, but I feel like Super-Crunchy-Earth-Mother when I use them!

    I have been thinking about how to use the packets of gelatin I have in my pantry. Homemade headcheese substitute has been one of my ideas. And I love soups. Unfortunately, we love them most with homemade rolls. Well, although I may regret the excess 'bad' foods that will sneak into our diet during this budget crunch, they are just a fact of life. And I do make good rolls. They have pineapple juice and milk powder in them- soft and delicious!

    The morning got a little crazy. Middlest's bed frame broke last night. It has been on shaky ground, and there are no more repairs I can finagle at this time. So I had to disassemble it, haul out the pieces, and lug in these four rolly storage drawers we have. Pushed together, those make a good base for her mattress until we get some cash for a new frame. All this in the midst of a typical teenager's room, that is, clothes everywhere. I am semi-handy, but I got a little frustrated and teary-eyed.

    And Honey's interview got rescheduled. And our phone started fratzing out again. And then there were issues with my cell phone voice mail. And our kitchen sink backed up. Again.

    All told, I am feeling very jittery. I am going to do my follow-up this afternoon, after I have pulled myself together a little. And eaten some bratwurst and sauerkraut.

    Trojan- thanks for stopping by. I haven't seen you here before. Do you journal, too?

    Jenn- I find that hard to believe. When I hear about you whipping out papers and proposals left and right, I can't imagine there is anything you are not on top of.

    The sauerkraut is just getting better and better. I need to start a new batch pronto.

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    That "no" girl would have had me laughing! Thats just weird and funny! Obviously they need to fire "no" girl and hire someone with some language skills!

    wow............. I'm still shaking my head over that one! Best respond to idiot employees..... "may I please speak to a manager?"

    Good luck on the job search.
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    Tomi- I think she WAS the manager!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabine View Post
    Jenn- I find that hard to believe. When I hear about you whipping out papers and proposals left and right, I can't imagine there is anything you are not on top of.
    Sabine, if you look a little closer, you'll see that I write my papers for school on the very last day that I can possibly complete them and still get full credit. The paper I wrote today is due tonight by 6 pm. One day I was printing out the paper to submit at 5:15, when I should have been packing up and heading to class. I'm very good at procrastinating...

    The proposal I'm producing for work is because of another class assignment. I'm a secretary and not a very good one at that, in my opinion.

    Finally, here is a picture of what my brain is like:

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