Kiss5Tigers

The 5 Tigers represent the big things in life. This blog is about facing them.


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TCB

*Taking Care of Business

I haven’t done much to report lately, just getting things done.

I’ve been to 2 doctors, my gastro guy and my psydoc. We have cut back on meds with both of them, so that’s pretty cool.

I joined a gym so I am trying to get back into the swing of working out. I didn’t go at all last week because I was looking after my roommate. He is disabled so I didn’t like to leave him alone for long periods of time. He’s pretty self sufficient but you know, things happen. I was supposed to go workout today with my daughter, though I haven’t reached her yet so that could fall apart.

I have been trying to reach Shonda at Workforce Solutions, which is the job placement arm of the unemployment office. I keep missing her. I asked what her hours are so I could call at a better time, and the person who answered the phone got snippy. Apparently they can’t tell me her hours. I haven’t had a callback from her yet, so I don’t even know if she’s getting my messages.

I think I have finally gotten my paycheck issue with Michael’s handled. You might recall, they sent me the replacement check form as a .pdf but I was unable to activate the edit option. I printed out hard copies, and have been looking for a fax number or physical address to send the forms. The people at Michael’s keep saying to scan the image into my computer and email it, but I don’t have a scanner. I emailed them again last week. They got back to me saying to take a picture of the form and email it to them. Well, duh. I’ve been dealing with this for several weeks now, and it never occurred to me to take a picture. I am just not one of those people who is very tech minded. Apparently neither are most of the staff in HR, since nobody else suggested it either.

We are moving forward with putting a DBSA meeting in Oak Cliff. I went to a meeting and met a very helpful man named Patrick LeBlanc who works with Bridging the Gap Foundation. He gave us a referral to a local church who will hopefully be willing to give us space. I sent an email this morning. I called last week but didn’t manage to connect.

I need to empty suitcases still, and start packing for my work trip in 2 weeks. Really I only need 4 days of clothes so it will be the carry on. No checked luggage for me.

We are replacing the floor in the bathroom so I need to get in there and clean it a bit. I would keep using it, but I spilled some toothpaste on the sink and it left a clean spot. I didn’t think the sink was dirty until that happened. Yes I am oblivious. My roommate F says it looks like a boy’s bathroom. I think, it probably looks like a teenager’s bathroom.

I also have an opportunity to enter the Art214 exhibition. It’s juried which is a little challenging, but there is no entry fee so it’s within my budget. I can’t tell if I’m excited or nervous, which probably means I should enter. What’s the worst that can happen? They don’t like my art and I don’t get to show it, which is no different than my situation now.

We watched AJ and the Queen yesterday. The whole season. I was up until almost 4 am and slept until 1 in the afternoon. Totally worth it. Now let me be honest, this isn’t going to win any awards. But it has RuPaul, and I love her, and many cameos from drag queens both in and out of drag. Chad Michaels, Jujubee, Bianca del Rio, and Latrice Royale to name a few. The plot was a little predictable — I figured out the big reveal before the end of the second episode — and periodically a little preachy, but also funny and heartwarming. I give it a solid B+, thoroughly enjoyable.

So that’s been my week. Also a solid B+. Time to call my daughter again and see about working out.


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Dreams and Painting

I made a painting yesterday at a place called Painting with a Twist. They walk you through the process so it’s pretty easy and pretty quick. Here is a picture of my picture, I’m pretty pleased with it.

I also had a weird dream last night. I worked in a sort of convenience store, and across the street was a tattoo parlor that was actually part of the same store. That is, they shared sales staff. I had the fortune of working a shift in the tattoo place and I really preferred it. There was a problem in the convenience store so I went across the street to handle it, and I got stuck working there. I was so insulted. I didn’t want to be there. And every time I tried to do any task around the store, a customer would come up and do something crazy, like go behind the counter and try to work the register themselves. I was so frustrated and I didn’t want to be there. Then the owner came in, and it was RuPaul! In man clothes, so I am going to call him “him”. He was, as he seems to be, very nice but not likely to put up with nonsense. I wasn’t able to explain what was going on because I was too busy, cleaning up trash, helping someone work the microwave, that kind of thing. Then there was some kind of staff meeting that I wasn’t able to attend. I just remember being angry and frustrated the whole dream.

So what is this about? Since clearly I don’t work for RuPaul. I think it has to do with frustration in my employment, that I can’t seem to move up or do things that I find interesting. I am stuck doing work I find tedious and unrewarding. Though really I’m quite happy with the government job. So frustration and maybe inability to reach a mentor. Can’t seem to get the guidance I need to move ahead, and failing miserably at the job at hand. Sounds more like my call center experiences than my current job, actually.

It’s pretty obvious I need to do some work on this dream, and on employment.