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The Worst Place To Live

Yesterday I checked the mail and found something rather absurd. Inside an envelope addressed in bright blue glitter ink was the top half of the check, bill, and envelope I sent two weeks ago to pay the water bill, with a pink sticky note asking me to send another check because “the post office had a mishap.” Today when I got home from work there was a note hanging on our door saying our water had been turned off, and we would have to pay our bill plus $40 to have it turned back on again.

They made no serious attempt to contact us for repayment. They didn’t make any effort to flag our account as a special circumstance for late payment. We had clearly tried to pay the bill, and it’s only 10 days late anyway, but we’re being treated like criminals because the post office ripped our bill in half. They’ve got a $100 deposit from us, it seems like they could have at least given us credit for a couple days based on that.

I’m so furious. My incredibly high opinion of Morrisville as a place to live has been replaced with a feeling of extreme urgency to move somewhere that won’t cut off essential services over $32. I don’t think I can live in a place where they cut off your water every time the post office destroys or misplaces your mail, which has happened way too frequently around here anyway.

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An Update

It’s been quite a while since I’ve remembered to update here. A lot has happened in the last two months.

Very shortly after my last post I was involved in a car accident, and my car was totaled. There’s so much I could say about it, but I’ll leave that to more personal communications. I could have had the car fixed, but it was going to cost a lot of money, and the car was old enough that the cost of repairs was starting to go up anyway so I opted for a new car. I am now the proud owner of a Saturn Ion Quad Coupe which I like most days.

Other news, much more recent, involves George’s employment situation. He spent this past week ‘consulting’ for a small company called Skinux, and has been tentatively offered a position with them, dependent upon an upcoming contract Skinux expects to get with XXXXX. Needless to say we are both very excited about this new opportunity.

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baby baby

Kristie had her babies today. Everyone is healthy, though Debbie said Kristie is pretty uncomfortable. Each baby is very close to 5 pounds. That’s 10 pounds of baby poor Kristie was carrying! Debbie came in today for a short while after Kristie had gone to the hospital, and got everyone’s phone numbers so she could call us and let us know how everything went. When Debbie called this evening, George and Stuart made fun of me because I speak with more of a southern accent to my coworkers.

I’m so excited for Kristie and her whole clan. Aaron and Alissa, are their names, I think.

Now we’re just wondering if Stephanie has gotten married while she’s on her vacation. That would make plenty of juicy office gossip to go around for a while. :) It sure is fun to have girls to talk to again!

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Fun Pictures

Here’s a good one of Tonya at Mt. Rushmore.

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Wonderful News

Joyous tidings from the job front today!

I applied and interviewed for a position last week with a small locally owned bank in Cary. So much time had gone by since I talked to them that I was afraid they had found someone else, but thankfully my fears were misplaced. Today I got a call offering me the position, paying nearly as much as I hoped for, plus good benefits.

I would venture to say that this is the most appealing position I’ve interviewed for through this long unemployment ordeal. I couldn’t be any happier that this is the one I got. The company has very admirable goals with respect to their services and customer relations. I look forward to becoming a part of a company that I genuinely respect. If they are anything like the vice president, with whom I interviewed, described I expect a very happy working relationship.

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ducks and tulips

I’ve been painting on my bathroom walls.

I did these by making a stencil of the duck on my shower curtain.

This one is from a chunky stamp we picked up the other day.

Here are some pictures of the socks I’m knitting for an online friend.

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job status update

Still no official word from the interview last week. I called her this morning, and she said she hadn’t heard back. It’s a temp agency, so my first interview was with the agency, and then I should have an interview with the client. She said she didn’t know what was going on with the client, but she sounded like she hadn’t counted me out yet.

She set me up in their system as a temp so until we hear back I can do temp work, and if I don’t get the position I can continue to do so.

Yesterday I went in to do some computer training on Microsoft products such as Word and Excel. It went well enough. I was surprised at how much I already knew, and how much wasn’t covered by the training. It was a good refresher in any case, and I want to go back and retake the skills tests to improve my scores.

Optimism is the key my friends. I’m not out yet on this one, and I have faith that it’s going to work out one way or another.

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new email address

In response to my hatred for Earthlink, I finally set up an email account for xarasgarden. I think I will be switching to it gradually so that I can break the ties to the bastard company sometime in the future. Therefore, you may change your address books to my new email addy. It’s

< myname at xarasgarden dot org >

where ‘myname’ is my first name.

Please note that I hope to keep this address spam-free, so don’t go sharing it or adding me to your list of weekly mass email funnies or anything. Any violation of this address will provoke my wrath.

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job interview

I have a job interview tomorrow morning. I’m excited about it. The lady I talked to today was very personable, and made me feel very comfortable. She was ok with the unemployment and before that school that have kept me out of the workplace for a while. She seemed to think that my previous work experience would be appropriate for her job. The pay would be a little lower than I have been hoping for, but considering that I’m currently not getting paid at all, it will be a welcome improvement.

I’m really excited about this one. I feel like it’s time for our luck to turn. We’re so close to the end of the line that our luck has to turn if we’re going to survive much longer without moving back in with parents or something equally demoralizing. But that’s not going to have to happen, because I have a strong feeling that this may be the break I’ve been waiting for.

I know right where the place is. I’ve been aware of the place for quite a while, even if I’ve never been there before. I’m to arrive tomorrow dressed for an interview, with my driver license, social security card, and references list. There will be some computer skills testing, followed by an interview. At some point they will also do a credit and background check, which of course I am not worried about.

Pray for me. Hopefully this will be our lifeline.

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