Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing

1. Do you tend to have a guilty conscious?

A. I have a conscious, but I don't have anything to feel guilty about.

2. Do you still have your wisdom teeth?

A. No. They were cut out when I was in my mid-teens.

3. Peanut Butter - creamy or crunchy?

A. Creamy.

4. Get up off your butt. Take 5 steps. Which leg did you start out on?

A. Right.

5. What color is your favorite kitchen utensil?

A. It's wood color, as it would be the big wooden spoon I use to make fudge.

6. Did you watch the Michael Jackson memorial/funeral?

A. Not that I recall.

7. Do you know anyone who graduated from high school this year? Were you invited to their graduation party? Did you go?

A. No. No. No.

8. White with black stripes or black with white stripes?

A. What, do I look like a zebra?

9. If we were to call your 6th grade teacher, what would they say about you?

A. My 6th grade teacher is dead, so nothing. But if she were still alive she wouldn't remember me, probably. And if she did, she'd say I was quiet and smart.

10. Can you draw a perfect circle?

A. No.

11. What was your favorite scratch & sniff sticker scent?

A. I hate scratch and sniff things and perfumed items in advertisements. They will make me start coughing and sneezing every time.

12. What does your sibling do for a living?

A. He is president of a multi-million dollar corporation that my father started back in the 1970s.

13. How many light switches and electrical outlets are in the room that you are in right now?

A. 2 light switches, 3 electrical outlets, and three surge protector outlet things that have multiple plug-in ports.

14. Do you know sign language?

A. No.

15. Do you step on cracks in the sidewalk?

A. Yes.

16. And the sheets on your bed look like . . . ?

A. Sheets. What else are they supposed to look like, hippopotamuses?

17. What is something that everyone else has, but you don't?

A. Children is an easy answer, but there are a lot of childless folks around these days. A job, maybe, since I don't have one at the moment? Good health? I really don't know. I have all I want and that is what matters. I've never been big on keeping up with trends or what other people have.


I encourage you to visit other participants in
Sunday Stealing posts and leave a comment. Cheers to all us thieves who love memes, however we come by them.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday 9: Danny Boy

Saturday 9: Danny Boy (1956)

"Danny Boy" was selected in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) This is a sad song of farewell. Who is the last person you said "goodbye" or "so long" to?

A. I told my husband goodbye as he went to feed the cows.

2) According to the 2000 Census, Massachusetts is the state with the largest percentage of residents of Irish descent. Have you ever been to The Bay State?

A. No. I've been no further north than New York.

3) "The wearing o' the green" is one way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Will you wear something green in honor of the day?

A. I doubt it.

4) What color makes you look best?

A. Blue.

5) Will you drink something green in honor of the day (like a Shamrock shake or a green beer)?

A. No.

6) A four-leaf clover is considered good luck. Do you have a lucky charm?

A. No.

7) Though she's singing an Irish ballad, this week's featured artist, Joni James, is of Italian heritage. Can you think of a song as identified with Italy as "Danny Boy" is with Ireland?

A. When the moon hits your eye like a big piece of pie, that's amore.

8) Soda bread and potato bread are popular in Ireland. Are there any rolls or bread in your kitchen right now?

A. Yes.

9) Ireland is known for its whiskey. Do you enjoy Irish coffee (black coffee, whiskey and whipped cream)?

A. No. But I like decaffeinated Irish tea.

I encourage you to visit other participants in Saturday 9 posts and leave a comment. Because there are no rules, it is your choice. Saturday 9 players hate rules. We love memes, however.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday Thirteen

1. Song Sung Blue

2. Blue Suede Shoes

3. Blue Bayou

4. Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain

5. Crystal Blue Persuasion

6. Folsom Prison Blues

7. I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues

8. Blue Eyes

9. Blue Morning, Blue Day

10. Blue Sky (Eat a Peach)

11. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

12. Blue Moon

13. Blue Velvet


Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 541st time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Landing a Job When the Ads Are Gone

Not so long ago, or maybe now it was a lifetime ago, I never had trouble finding a job.

I was a speedy typist (95+ wpm) on an IBM Selectric II and as computers came onto the stage, I became a whiz at WordPerfect. I could do anything in WordPerfect in 1991. I could even do a little DOS programming if I had to.

Work was something I did because I felt I should, and while I didn't exactly know what I wanted to be - (a novelist, I always thought, though apparently not) - I had marketable skills that meant nearly very time I sent out a resume to a blind box advertisement in the jobs section of the newspaper, I at least merited an interview, if not the job.

My health caused me to change jobs more frequently than I liked. Unfortunately employers aren't very understanding when you need to take six weeks to recover from unexpected abdominal surgery, and that cut into my longevity with bosses a few times.

But I never worried about it. I took out the ol' job section, put a red circle around the openings that looked interesting to me, and sent off a resume. I was never out of work long.

Then the migraines came in the mid-1990s, and I realized after a while that I was not able to stay in a prolonged employment situation because let's face it, you can't do a decent job if you're sick three days out of every week. That was how frequently I was having migraines, and for how long. Three days. I would work through the headaches as much as I could, but I made mistakes when I felt bad, and I obviously wasn't able to give my best - well, I always gave my best at the time, but that "best" certainly couldn't measure up to the "best" before the migraines.

So I switched to freelancing for the local newspaper and other publications. It did not pay well, but it kept me busy. I could work when I felt like it and shut the blinds when I could no longer stand the light, and I was a good reporter. I wrote my little heart out and invested my soul in my words and in making educating the people via my sentences my life's work.

Then stuff happened. I'd put most of my effort into one basket, and that basket was bought and sold and it went bankrupt, and while it stayed afloat I lost that basket as a client. I wrote for other local publications for a while to fill the void but the economy was tanking and journalists locally were losing work and the competition became stiffer and I discovered I disliked writing for publications that were slanted a certain way. I also discovered that some local publications would just as soon steal your work and send you on your way than pay you.

I went back to college and earned my masters degree. I thought I'd teach at the college level, and I started out doing some adult learning programs and they were going along fine. Then I had another surgery.

Five years out I'm still not well. I have good days though, and on those days I think about going back to work. I think about freelancing, and the landscape looks even worse than it did in 2010, with fewer publications and many more that are slanted and not objective. I'm an objective journalist, or I was, anyway, and I find the slant eats at my soul. I want to keep my soul intact, thank you very much, so if I am going to hang on to my scruples I either need to take my freelancing to a more national level (which is a scary-as-hell thought, especially since I don't know how well I'd hold up under the strain of a major publication deadline) to find the more objective publications or I need to find a part-time job doing something to fill the time and help pay the cellphone bill.

Finding something part-time sounds easiest, but you know what? I don't know how to find a job anymore. There aren't any jobs in the local newspaper. Well, the newspaper advertises jobs for itself, if you want to be a circulation manage (which I don't), but if I wanted to know if there was a part-time job at some insurance company in Daleville, at the moment the only way I know to find out is to walk in the place and ask.

Looking for work is a whole new ballgame in our brave new world. Now you do it all online and you have to figure out which company is the best fit for you, not the other way around, although you still have to offer the company something that benefits them. It feels backwards from the way it used to be, when I could go to an interview and say, "I am an earnest worker, I always do my best, I type 95 wpm with 99% accuracy, I have a nice telephone voice, and I would like to help your company move forward." That is no longer good enough.

Now you interview the company first, sort of, online, to see if you want to work there, and then you send in an application (online) and hope to hear from somebody.

So here I sit with a masters degree and a sometimes desire to work that maybe could turn into a full-time desire if I actually found something part-time, but I don't know how to even begin the job search. Heck, resumes aren't even what they used to be. Which reminds me, I need a new one. Better add that to my "to do" list.

If you type in "how to find a job" you don't get a lot of help. There's no method to searching for work anymore, especially if you're, ahem, in the elder age brackets. Maybe things are different if you're jumping right of college where there are job assistance programs and such.

Finding a part-time work is actually a lot like freelancing. You send out queries when you freelance until you find the right editor who wants your work. Same now with resumes. You send one out until you find the right person.

But it sure seemed easier when all I had to do was put a red circle around the advertisement in the newspaper, address an envelope, slip in my resume, and wait for the response.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Day's Difference

My forsythia and daffodils yesterday.

My forsythia and daffodils today.