Sunday, March 13, 2005

This is what is known as a test. Don't know how I found my way back, but I want to blog again.................

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

dang, i can't do it anymore!
ok, first i gotta remember how to do it........ post AND publish?
oh my god -- i finally found my blogger!! i couldn't for so long, and now i am back........ yea! first, i'm going to try this out and THEN, i think i will start blogging again! i can't wait!

Wednesday, February 07, 2001

STORM CRYSTAL

i don't remember that they name storms, but it seems this year i am noticing that. (actually, i find that i don't remember alot of things lately - or -people either, but that a whole 'nuther blog....) ok, so if it has a name, it must be a relatively good size storm, perhaps dangerous on the roads, schools are cancelled, businesses are closed. so, why does a parent let a 17-year-old out driving in his brand new utility vehicle? how do you loose control of your children? does it come to a point that you can no longer put your foot down? at 17???!! i hope not, i don't think so. do these parents have any idea where their children are? where are the parents? home? shoveling out their driveways? don't they wonder/worry where their children are? how exactly does a 17-year-old just get in his car and LEAVE the house? i don't understand. maybe some of these people on sally jesse raphael are for real, after all.

Wednesday, January 10, 2001

HA HA

i guess no one on eileen's christmas card list cares to look at her web site!! (or mine either).

Monday, January 08, 2001

tuesday jan 9 is my favorite nephew's birthday..he's 26 (i had to look it up -- that means he was only going on 5 when i got married, i don't remember him being that young then) everyone keeps telling tim he has to find a girlfriend.. i say let him be. tha'ts because i can't find one good enough for him --- all the young girls i know party and drink too much!

i love tim and i think he likes me too. he is great. and good looking too. he is so smart.

you can always count on tim to help you out whenever you need anything, like his dad. he is patient. he is responsible. i wish i knew him better.

tim is sensible. and did i say responsible? and clean, too. (haha)

Tim is the one who designed my blog site and changes it without telling me! he helped us pick out our new computer. i think he spends alot of time on the computer, probably looking for blogs to borrow. he has the same sense of humor i have, altho i don't think he knows it. many times we have laughed at the same things, i don't think he noticed. i don't want to scare him or make him think he is like ME in any way!

so i hope he has a happy birthday and many more happy days.

Friday, January 05, 2001

SAFETY FIRST

On december 30, we had our first MAJOR snow storm of the season, it even had a name, it was AUDRY. Started in the morning and pretty much ended by evening time, but it was big.

On sunday, anna was scheduled to have her very first driving instruction on the road. we thought of this on saturday, during the storm, called the school and there was no answer. why would there be? (there was a major snow storm going on, no one was working today) when the owner of sears driving school called the next morning at 8 am to confirm, and i looked out the window and saw a fresh inch of snow covering the ground, i said, no way would she be driving today. i was informed there would be a $40 cancellation fee if she didn't show up. i also called the local police station to find out the conditions of the roads and was informed that the "trucks were still out and the roads were icy"... and no, officer fratus would not let her daughter drive today for her first driving instruction.

so, now i am stuck. i have already paid for 4 lessons, only 3 of which are now scheduled and they refuse to schedule the 4th until we pay the $40. i e-mailed the national customer realtions department of sears, who called me back. I explained the situation, was put on hold while they got me a "manager". when the manager came on, i realized it was the manager of the local sears driving school i was talking to. what sense does that make?? i obviously had a problem with this particular school, wanted advice from the "higher ups" and they transfer me back to the original source????????????????

this is not over yet.

Friday, December 22, 2000

PANIC-STRICKEN

ok, i'm in the "panic" mode -- for alot of reasons............. but the one i'm worried about MOST right now is this:

momblog sent out this site's address in her christmas cards!!! who knows who is on her christmas list - i'm sure it is extensive, she's quite the popular girl.... but i have NEVER EVER given this address to ANYONE, not even my closest friends!! (i've told them about it, but that's all) i just assume the people who may read my blog are unknown to me, other than my immediate family members. so, who are you? e-mail me if you're on the christmas card list, i feel like i want to know who, if anyone, is out there actually holding the christmas letter in hand, and going to visit my site! i'm not sure how i will write now, now that people i know or may not know, may or may not be reading........ i can't explain this in words very well, but it's odd. for example, i'm thinking one of eileen's friends may say, "boy, eileen's sister is weird"

i am, but you didn't know it before.

Thursday, December 21, 2000

THIS IS A TEST
whoo hoo.......... i finally got a new computer - goodbye MAC, hello DELL. i actually see buttons that just may let me post and publish, i'm going to try it right away ----

i've had to have my favorite nephew post for me, lately, but now that i may be able to do it myself, i can get back to blogging, i have lots to say! so come back....... please

Wednesday, December 06, 2000

MY THOUGHTS ON EMPLOYEE EVALUATIONS

Apparently, for some managers, doing an annual performance review of their employees is comparable to filling out an income-tax form. It’s not a process that anybody likes, but it has to be done.

The problem is, if management is taking that approach, it can’t possibly have positive effects.

If an employee evaluation is well thought out and properly applied, it indicates to the employee that management is fair. Management needs to recognize that employees have more than a right to know how they are doing.

They have a NEED to know and meeting or failing to meet that need will have a direct effect on their performance. It is not a matter of curiosity, but a true need, an essential link of communication. An employee wants his work to be satisfactory to his manager. If it is, the employee will feel a sense of pride and security and even a desire to do better. Positive feedback helps to motivate the employee to improve.

The employee is not the only one with the "need to know". The manager or supervisor needs to carry out the essential process of communication between employee and manager. If the employee is doing less than satisfactory work and this performance is correctable, the manager needs to convey this information and arrange for improvement. If the employee's work is satisfactory, the manager has a stake in that person't future and must encourage continued satisfactory performance. These needs can be met only through timely evaluations and communication about the evaluation.

Sunday, November 26, 2000

waaaaaa....they didn't even put my name in......... or tim's either. my usaweekend of fame doesn't exist..... now i'll never have a chance - that was supposed to be it!

"It was fun but what a waste of a good story. If only the author recognized what a good article it could have been if she bothered to write about us! and include some good sized photos............."
quote from momblog

Thursday, November 23, 2000

THANKSGIVING DAY

football game? blog? football game? blog? football game? blog? those are my decisions i am weighing right now...... it has been like this all week long --- i have SO many things going on in my life, i don't know which to do first. it is a good life, for sure. whenever someone tells me they are bored, i want to hand them one of my "things to do".

my vacation was paradise, i just can't get over it. parnami says, "cruising is like dreaming only being wide awake". so true. so my priority was to get my photo album (s) together in time to share with the family on thanksgiving....... whether they like it or not..... ha ha i know i will have fun. so that's done, over 300 photos and i am so disappointed because there are certains things/people i didn't get shots of---- i wanna go back!!! i am also working on what was going to be a "cruise review" to post on the internet, but it's turning out to be more like a journal..... i may post it anyway. so then i had to put away the summer clothes and take out the winter clothes, and sort and throw out, etc. etc. wich my house was big enough to just leave it all out. even the attic is getting smaller.

now there's the $10,000 shopping spree thing given by the local radio station. thanks to kathryn, i am now "qualified", one out of only 101. i know those odds are good, i know i won't be the one to win........ but......... WHAT IF??????? i need a plan. believe it or not, it's hard. time is limited and sponsers have to be visited. what town will i end up in? i need a plan, and an alternative plan.

ok, so now maybe i'll join my family at the football game.

COMING SOON: job evaluations. i've this topic on my mind.

Monday, November 06, 2000

Right now, I'm LOST AT SEA !

Thursday, November 02, 2000

i am exhausted. i am on the FINAL COUNTDOWN, leaving tomorrow. i just got to work, i took two wrong turns on my way in and i had to stop (slow down) at least half a dozen times to try to remember where i was going.... i have so many things on my mind today.

thanks to my favorite nephew, you can actually read about my adventures while on vaca, if you might be interested, by clicking on "lost at sea"... (hope not) don't know how good it will turn out, but i'm going to try it.

poor matte, (our dog) she k-n-o-w-s something is going on and she is looking quite sad... even though k.p. will be staying with her, she doesn't like it when we are away. hope she eats this time!!

cya

Monday, October 30, 2000

WATCH OUT FOR THE OTHER GUY

that was a "saying" long ago. it was on signs and bumper stickers. and it still applies. there are some c-r-a-z-y people on the roads these days. who are these people? our families, friends, co-workers? everyone talks about them, but they are strangers. they are the "other guy" that we need to watch out for.

and we are thinking of letting our 16-year-olds out into that world? they are in their own world, one which doesn't see outside. doesn't allow them to relate to others, to give messages, notice their surroundings. (as my friend fred says, "can't even operate and IRON, and you're gonna let them drive a CAR?") am i going to allow MY 16-year-old to get her license? is a 16-year-old REALLY capable of SEEING what is happening on the road around her? can she anticipate what that car on the right is going to do? if that car behind her sees that she is going to turn? if that one on the left is going to cut her off? is she going to bother to let others know what she is going to do, like will she use a blinker? will she still be too interested in changing the radio stations? i have alot of questions, and i am have got to be sure on this one.

i think this is the FIRST real decision i have had to make as a parent. i know there were others, but boy-oh-boy this one seems really important.

sorry, anna, i know i was rambling, but this is b-i-g.
i used my "extra hour" i got for daylight savings time to do something "productive".
most people used it to sleep.

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

really, i don't know what a "box" is......... email me.

Friday, October 20, 2000

"DO NOT BLOCK BOXES
FINE PLUS 2 POINTS"

These signs are posted in new york city. on the highways and in manhatten.

what's a "box"?
My friend, richard, doesn't even know that he keeps sending me "bloggable" material.... thanks richard:

The answer to the eternal question "Is it better to be a jock or a nerd?"

Michael Jordan having "retired," with $40 million in endorsements, makes
$178,100 a day, working or not.

If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head.

If he goes to see a movie, it will cost him $7.00, but he will make $18,550 while he is there.

If he decides to have a 5-minute egg, he will make $618 while boiling it.

He will make $3,710 while watching each episode of Friends.

If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.

If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $2.00 every second.

He will probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed $33,390 for that round.

Assuming he puts the federal maximum of 15% of his income into a tax deferred account (401k), his contributions will hit the federal cap of $9500 at 8:30 a.m. on January 1st.

If you were given a penny for every 10 dollars he made, you would be living comfortably at $65,000 a year.

He makes $7,415/hr more than minimum wage. He will make about $19.60 while watching the 100-meter dash in the Olympics, and about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon.

While the common person is spending about $20 for a meal in his trendy New York restaurant, he will pull in about $5600.

This year, he will make more than twice as much as all U.S. past presidents have for all of their terms combined.

Amazing isn't it?

However...

If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 450 years; he would still have less than Bill Gates already has today.

Game over. Nerd wins.

Saturday, October 14, 2000

ok, so don't try the links..... i don't know how to do it.......... tim, h-e-l-p!

Tuesday, October 10, 2000


this picture is why i haven't been blogging.

it's the cruise mode.

i am leaving shortly for my vacation and i am overwhelmed. i spend all my free time on line looking at cruise sites! i read the cruise boards, getting (and giving) hints to other travelers to make their and my vacation a dream come true. i lead a good life. this picture is actually from two cruises ago and it epitimizes the ideal vacation to me. it says it all, and i want to be there again. and i will be. soon. i read all the cruise reviews i can, and maybe this time i'll write my own, now that i've become a "writer" and even have an "audience". i read about cruise news, who's who and even sanitation reports on board. anything i can get my hands, eyes on. i read about the ports i'll be going to -- altho i'm not a site seeing person, i want to find out where the best beaches and/or casinos are! seems like i want to make every minute of this trip count! i check the layout of the ship, plan my route from our cabin to the (casino) pool. look for meeting spots. find which restaurants on board serve french pastries and at what time. where the ice cream is served and who the cruise director or calypso band is. i look at pictures of the ship and imagine myself walking on those floors i point to the ship and say - there's my cabin - and yes, it is a going to be a reality in a very short time.

so i am obsessed. but this is the best part about a vacation... planning, it's what keeps you going, i can stay in this mode forever, it's the aftershock i don't want to come.
Again, for the second time, recently, (i emphasize recently, as this happens to me quite often) i left the mall looking over my shoulder for security to be chasing me..... i really thought the woman was going to call them this time. it was a different store... but the same story.

i am very sorry, but i REFUSE to give my name, address and phone number when i make an even exchange, or ask for a cash refund.

it seems to cause a commotion when this happens, i simply say "no" and leave. there is alot of yelling about "this is a legal form" and "you HAVE to fill this out" and i even heard the word "bitch". (oh, wait, that was me - after she snagged my license and refused to give it back)

no one wants to know who i am when i hand them the cash, but when they give it back, for some reason, hey want to know who they are giving it to. sorry. not giving in on this one.

Saturday, October 07, 2000

last night, i sprung for the movie, "meet the parents" with anna and adam. (my first time in a theater since TITANIC!) on the way home, my kids comented over and over again how i was laughing too loud, when no one else was laughing at all!! well, guess what, it was funny. i find that happens to me alot. i see humor when no one else does. and i explained to them (well, to myself) that writers actually put the humor there and only the "special" can see it.... ( i was laughing at the appropriate times also)
i know that my sister would have seen it also, that's one thing i've learned lately from this blogging stuff.... WE HAVE THE SAME SENSE OF HUMOR. not alot of people do. our other sister's don't. but ted does.
they recently introduced me to Dr. Laura - where have I been? altho she is not always ON THE MARK (MY mark) - altho she sometimes is, she cracks me up!!

Friday, October 06, 2000

so, did you notice that on my previous blog??? i actually used the link thingy AND i was able to emphasize with BOLD. This is because i am at my work place (off hours) and able to utilize the computer lab with the finest equipment... no MACs here..... god, i love this job.
"I really enjoy blogging--not all the time--just when I have something to say.
But then again,I guess I would be on the computer all the time if I had my wish.

"What I really wish is that I could write about all the crazy things I see in my everyday life. I really think I come across more than the average share
of crazies. At least I see crazy people EVERYDAY and everywhere.
Unfortunately I just can't write about them."


The above QUOTE was not written BY me, but it could have been................ it SHOULD have been, so maybe we'll pretend it was. in my family, this is known as "blog stealing" or as my favorite nephew would say, "borrowing"

Thursday, October 05, 2000

my employer is right smack in the middle of a $1 billion expansion..... and how are they able to afford this? not without the support of their "core", their employees, and they have (once again) given us a BONUS. This is, in my eyes, awesome. Thank YOU for thanking ME.

However, it would be best received (by me) to have a "representative" of the employer, perhaps my boss, to HAND IT TO ME, with maybe a mention of why we are able to receive it, or a comment or two of any such thing.

instead, those of us who are scheduled off on the "official" day the checks are passed out, are forced to ASK for our check, (NOT me, i overheard someone else) to which the reply is, "you'll have to go down to the 'office' (an equivalent of 3 1/2 city blocks) to get it"

As far as I am concerned, i think it is a privilege and i am not going to beg for it. i will never ASK for something that is not owed me and i will not EXPECT it either.

(ok, so that's my blog. i still can't figure all this out, i have no bold or italic button to emphasize, but i am hoping you get the picture..)

Wednesday, September 20, 2000

"miiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssssss, where's my SOUP. i was supposed to get SOUP!"

"oh, i am so sorry, maam, i didn't hear you order soup. what type of soup shall i bring you?"

"i ordered the VEGETABLE soup"

"i'm so so sorry, maam, but we don't have vegetable soup.... we do have clam chowder, etc....."

" but i want VEGETABLE soup, it's says on the menu you have it.
it's VEGETABLE DU JOUR"
i just FLEW into the house, dying to write down what i think is f-u-n-n-y. i just got back from the high school - my day always abruptly ends at 2 pm when i have to go pick up the kids - but today nobody needed a ride home, but adam forgot his soccer cleats, so i had to go anyway and i figured since he was ONLY coming to the car to get his things, i wouldn't have to park way in the lot where no one could notice me (or them getting in a VAN)... so, that explains WHY i was parked right smack in FRONT of the school.

as usual, the "gastapo" was positioned in the parking lot, making sure i don't know what yet and i noticed the "lieutenant" (vice principal) positioned slightly under a tree sitting her fat a$$ under a tree, sorta inconspicious....... and these two luv-birds show up and proceed to MAKE OUT not two feet in front of her and i am watching from behind my mirrored sunglasses, figuring no one can see where i am looking and i look at the l-a-d-y and she looks STRAIGHT INTO MY EYES, shakes her head and yells at them, explainning, of course, about "time and place for such things..."

anyway, i thought it was funny.
ok, forget it.... don't know my "address"....... don't know how to tell anyone how to find me......... had two (2!) system errors...... it's NOT 7:24 am - it's 11:10 am....... it has little kids on it.......... it's ugly............. i didn't pay attention to paragraphs......... writing sucks........... never went shopping, yet and the beet stuff is STILL THERE!!!!!!

oh yea, i need a new computer, maybe i'll be back in january!

(did i say 2 crashes? well, now it's THREE)..... and i figured out how to get rid of the little kids, so there!

AND i figured out how to fix the time....... hey this is FUN