Whole Lotta Trouble

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Location: Wheatland, California, United States

I'm a mom. I'm a civil servant. I have a sense of humor, and I'm not afraid to use it.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Report from the front

Hey all -

Not going to be posting much this month. Don't worry - just our busiest month at work, and now that the weather is getting nice, the last place I want to be when I get home is in front of the computer.

I'll be checking into all of your blogs, and leaving comments, etc. I'm not going away - just taking a bit of a leave for a few weeks.

Take care!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Well, if anyone has visited Lowk's sight in the past couple of days, you'll see picture proof that my oldest daughter takes after me. *sigh* I should probably apologize in advance to both my daughters. I was a clumsy child, and I grew into a clumsy adult. I've already fallen down our stairs twice. Granted, one of those times, I was getting over a major migraine, but still . . . two left feet here. By the time I was seven, I had already broken two bones, had a concussion, and been in a coma. And people wonder why my mother's neurotic.

In the last two weeks, Kidlet (my oldest) has managed two black eyes, a bruised shoulder, and knocked out her (permanent) front tooth. I also thought for awhile that she had broken her nose, but the dentist and my lovely hubby told me that NO - it's just bruised and swolen. Well, thank goodness for something, at least.

I take her back to the dentist tomorrow, so we'll know more then. Keep your fingers crossed.

Munchkin is being a pain in the butt. A few weeks ago, we got Buddy - a cute Himilayan/Siamese kitten. Well, he's cute to look at, at least. He's a freaking psycho cat. Seriously. He attacks EVERYTHING. And I'm not surprised. Munchkin has freaked the cat out at every opportunity. She's even thrown him off the second story bannister. He's a tough cat, and takes most of it in stride. But all the same, I don't want one of those kids. You know the kind I mean. The ones who you find out, after several people have turned up missing, that as a child they tortured and killed helpless animals for fun. So - we're trying. If you see a post entitled "RIP Buddy", you'll know she's won.

I had another interview today. I didn't even study for the darned thing, and I told them, too. It's been crazy at work, and they know what fiscal year end is like, so if they don't at least give me some points for honesty, then screw them. And they asked the "What's your weakest point" question. Ugh. I hate that question. Do you want to know what my weakest point is???? Honesty. That's my weakest point. I tell people what I think of them and why, and it usually pisses them off. But, of course, I can't say that. So I give them another honest answer that will get me absolutely nowhere. I'm impatient. Yup - you heard it here first. I'm impatient, and when something is supposed to be done by a certain time, and it's not, I want to know why, and I'll make you feel like shit for making me wait. I didn't say it in those terms, but there ya go.

Needless to say, I don't think I'm going to get the job. Then again, I never get any jobs anymore. The only reason I have my current job is because my boss relied on another manager for input on my abilities. Another manager who I happened to work with until about one month before he got promoted to manager, and befriended my manager. I also happen to be pretty good friends with the guy, too, so he gave me an excellent reccomendation. Every other job I've interviewed for in the last two years, I haven't got. I suck at interviews. I refuse to blow smoke up anyone's ass. And, God forbid, I actually have a sense of humor! And I brag about it! Imagine that. A government employee who actually makes fun of the beaurocracy of working for the government! Sakes alive, what will they think of next? I just can't take it seriously, ya know? It's all so . . . moronic.

I guess I'm just lucky I've passed probation. And I'm a member of the Union. Short of selling secrets to foreign countries, I'm pretty much guaranteed a job until I die. Or, we go into another recession, and the governor decides to try to "scale down" the civil service jobs. Not like it stays scaled down. But still - I'm pretty much good for a long while. Thank God for civil service.

Maybe I shoulldn't have had the two whiskey and root beers before posting . . .


Where's Chris?!

What happened to him?

Did his blog get taken over by hacker people who run nothing but ads?

If anyone knows what happened - let us know!

ETA - Nevermind - found him! The new link should work . . .

(yay - thought I lost another blog-buddy *whew!*)


Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Who Disneyfied Avril Lavigne???



I've just been dissed by my boss

But not in a bad way. At least, I didn't take it that way.

We were talking this morning about the new employee that's supposed to start at the beginning of next month. He told me that the girl coming on board has previous contract experience, so I probably wouldn't have to do too much training with her.

Me: Great! You know, I always thought I was a pretty laid-back person. Until I started training people. Sometimes I just want to scream 'JUST DO IT, OKAY?!'

Boss: *raises eyebrows and looks at me incredulously*

Me: What? You don't think I'm laid back?

Boss: Uhhhh. No.

Me: Really? I always thought I was.

Boss: *shakes his head vigorously*

Me: Oh - well, compared to the rest of my family, trust me - I'm laid back.

Boss: Oh, shit.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Getting Ready for Mother's Day

Well, this last week has been stressful, to say the least. Between both kids and hubby getting sick, Kidlet crashing her bike, my boss being sick, and trying to train another new analyst, I've had a full plate, to say the very least. Add to that the fact that my birthday was last weekend - 37 now, thank you very much - right when both Hubby and Munchkin were feeling their worst. I felt mega-guilty about them doing things for me when they felt like absolute crap. And Kidlet, poor thing, after crashing her bike on Tuesday, started with the puking on Wednesday. She hasn't had the best week, at all.

But, they're all starting to feel better, and it's Mother's Day weekend. I should probably sit back and relax. Because Mother's Day is so close to my birthday, I don't usually get the whole hoopla that most moms get, but they do their best to make me feel good about deciding to procreate. However, this year I've decided to invite my mother over for Mother's Day (much to my husband's chagrin). This means I have to clean obsessively today, plus go to the store and find something perfect (but not too expensive) for her, and make sure I have good food for tomorrow (but, as hubby pointed out, nothing that's unhealthful, cuz mom's not in too good of health). Sure! Not a problem. Oh, and did I mention I also brought work home with me, because it's getting close to fiscal year end, and we have a ton of work? Well, I did.

Yeah, I can do this. I'm Super-Mom!!!

heh-heh. I have a feeling that by the end of tomorrow, I'm going to be sitting in a corner in a puddle of my own drool, making funny noises.

Have a Wonderful Mother's Day everyone!!!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


I'll admit it - I'm pretty addicted to this show. The only show that holds me in thrall more is 'House'. If you're not into Lost, none of this will make any sense to you.

That being said, I'm pretty okay with the show killing off some of it's characters. Granted, I really didn't want Boone to die, only because he was eye candy. I really didn't care too much about his character, but man those eyes . . . *drool*

Last week's surprise death of Ana Lucia, and possibly/probably Libby, took me by surprise. I'll admit to really disliking Michelle Rodriguez - and subsequently most of the roles she's played - only because she reminds me of the stupid punk girls I had to endure in Jr. High and High School. I was not disappointed that her tenure on the show was terminated. I really liked Libby's character, though. Mainly because there's mystery there - what was she doing in the institution? Is/was she really interested in Hurley? Is she a real psychologist? So many questions. I hope her character is saved. However, from what I've been hearing, my hopes will probably be dashed. Darn!

One character I definately DO NOT want them to kill off is Eko. Man, oh man, oh man. He has it all - tragic background, the good hearted bad-guy, mystical spirituality, and a body that is just . . . beautiful. Gah . . . *thud*. If anything happens to this character, the show will lose me forever.

Okay - I need to get some work done. Must. stop. gazing. at. beautiful. man.

Monday, May 08, 2006


Credit goes to the New York Daily News for this little tidbit . . .

It seems Tom Cruise has recently started wearing lifts. That would be the only explanation as to why the diminutive actor, who's celebrity profile lists at 5'7" (and I would bet that's an exaggeration), is suddenly the same height as fiancee Katie Holms - who is 5'9" - at the MI3 premier.

Saturday, May 06, 2006


I know - I know. It's been awhile since I've posted anything. Here's what's going on in my life (what little there is, that is).

First off - KUDOS TO KIDLET AGAIN! No, she didn't rescue Munchkin again. However, she did bring home her progress report last night and received (dun dun DUN!) Three A's, Two B's and a C. WOOT! This from the girl who was getting D's at the beginning of the school year. We're so freaking proud of our oldest. So - it was tacos and ice cream for all last night. Yum!

Munchkin is still the same as ever - cute, precocious, and tormenting her big sister once more. Guess the love only lasted for a few days. *sigh* Such are the wonders of sisterhood, I guess.

Work is . . . interesting. Don't get me wrong - I really like my job. I just wish I didn't have to drive an hour to get there every day. However, my boss is great. We get on each other's nerves occasionally, but he respects my approach to things. He always tells me "I know you will say it like it is." Which is very true. He's one of the few bosses who don't expect his employees to kiss his ass. And he also will tell you if he doesn't know something. I respect that about him. Granted - we've gotten into our share of tussles over the past few months, but for the most part, I can say he's the best supervisor I've had since working with the State.

Funny story - I was at work yesterday, in my cubicle, phone in hand, calling my wonderful hubby to thank him for the LOVELY evening before, when my boss walks into my office - just as hubby picks up the phone (naturally). Well, obviously, I couldn't say what I had originally meant to say. So, I quickly asked hubby if he made it to work okay. I was hoping that my boss would realize it was a personal call, and leave, but no. He just stood there. *sigh* Hubby seemed impatient, so I just told him I'd call him back later. I hung up the phone, and turned around to face my boss, when an exasperated, "WHAT??!" escaped from my lips. "Excuse me?" was his reply.

Realizing my faux pas, I quickly recovered, and offered an apology. "I was just on the phone to my husband," I explained rather meekly.

"You could have talked to him," he informed me.

"Uh, not really," I stammered.

"Well, at least I'm glad I went with my first impression," came his rebuttal, as he handed me a piece of paper.

My employee review. Oops.

He was pointing to one line in particular. My interpersonal skills. He had rated me "meets exptectations" on that catagory.

"I was originally going to give you an 'E', like I did on everything else," he informed me. "But at the last minute, I decided not to. I'm so glad I did, after that response."

And he HAD given me an E (exceeds expectations) on all other catagories. COOL! So, I apologized once again, and thanked him.

Guess this means I'm going to have to be extra nice to him for a few weeks. :-D