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Old 05-06-2018, 07:59 PM   #3141
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I'm trying so hard to avoid spoilers even though I'm not a big MCU follower. I watch the movies casually, but I'd like at least some surprise.

Today I got to "re-meet" some distant relatives today. Cousins I usually don't get to see often enough. I think five in one day? It seems like my dad's relatives are everywhere around here. And while I didn't get to speak with my dad's youngest sibling - who I also don't know very well compared to his sisters, who I'm pretty close to- only passing him while leaving my grandmother's, I questioned how he looked so much older than my father. Who was the oldest child, yet somehow the youngest looks older than all of them.

The cat that lives on my aunt's porch also doesn't run away from us anymore. In fact, she's very receptive to petting and meows at me when I stop. It took me two days to do what is usually a week or two of socializing work.
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Old 05-06-2018, 08:43 PM   #3142
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Well, I can tell you for certain you'll need some tissues, at least if you get emotional during movies.
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Old 05-06-2018, 08:56 PM   #3143
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I've only really cried at one thing, and that was an episode of Call the Midwife during the death scene of one of the younger midwives, with her husband and matronly best friend at her bedside. And the episode after that.

But that was mostly because I had attachment to her (and had barely been married for a year and got septicemia really fast), and I don't quite feel it as much for the Marvel characters.
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Old 05-07-2018, 08:12 AM   #3144
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Ah, well, perhaps not then, unless you have a particular favorite who, erm..... well, let's just say "bites the dust" is an apt term for this movie.
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Old 05-08-2018, 05:59 PM   #3145
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Imgur panorama fails. Love some of these.



Finally got my Jeep over to a shop to get looked at. Hopefully they can figure out what's up with it. I don't look forward to the possible cost, as I suspect it's probably transmission related, but I at least am hopeful that they can figure it out and get the issue taken care of so I can stop worrying about it and wondering what this unknown issue is. May as well do it now while the money is there.


And I've got a phone interview tomorrow. I suppose I'll be a bit nervous, but it helps that I've done it once before for the same kind of position for the same company back in 2015, before getting hired with Sears, and recall it being an easy interview. Plus I think all that I've done with Sears probably makes me an even better of a candidate this time. In a way a lot of it is very similar work, but just, imo, on a smaller scale as a merchandiser dealing with product in stores I won't actually be working for.

If I can get in, I don't mine AT ALL not having to deal with the customers unless they're shopping in the stuff I'm actually responsible for while I'm there working. "Sorry, I'm just a merchandiser, I don't actually work here" sounds like amazing words. (I don't know which stores, but if one of my guesses is right, well I at least shop there enough to know which direction to point someone in.)

My #1 choice to try for again once leaving this last job and lucked out in spotting a fresh job listing for locations near me, so fingers crossed.
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Old 05-08-2018, 06:16 PM   #3146
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Ha, I took a panorama today. It wasn't perfect, but I think it was better than that.


Took a hike with my cousin and her family up Mt. Pleasant. It was steep, but it was short and the view was amazing.
I'm still exhausted

The cat on the porch took another step in being a Good Cat and will follow when called now. She even approaches me by herself. She's still not allowed inside, but we're going to set up a space for her that's probably going to be better for the ramp. (I'd just prefer her kittens not be outside at all)
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Old 05-08-2018, 06:33 PM   #3147
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Aww! Sounds like you may have a new kitty soon, if she gets acclimated enough to people. Or your friend might.

Got off early from work today, had time for a relaxing bath and a short nap, and still plenty of time left or other things. It's been a nice quiet day at work for the most part too. Not too much stress or aggravation, so overall, a good day.
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:51 PM   #3148
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She's very acclimated to me! She came pretty close to barging in the door when I brought some food out for her.

I just spent five minutes holding her in my lap.

But I'm in Ohio and my uncle doesn't want her in the house (because he doesn't want to pay for her care even though I've insisted on multiple times that I would). He does acknowledge that the attention has been good for her, though.

Meanwhile, I have a cat corner outside my bathroom going to waste because their cat doesn't come upstairs...and besides her huge belly, the porch cat is pretty thin.
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Old 05-09-2018, 09:17 AM   #3149
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clean bill of health from the dentist for the next few months.

didn't realize how much tree stuff was on my keyboard blowing in from the windows until i found some in my drink. cleaned it off with mr.clean and looks much nicer.
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Old 05-09-2018, 12:44 PM   #3150
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Phone interview over.

Now I can stop feeling nervous enough to almost throw up. lol I wasn't even nervous until today, esp since I've done this with the same company once or twice back in 2015 and knew it was an, straightforward easy interview, but eesh... the nerves just can't be kept away.


Edit: Now I'm meeting the territory manager for an in person interview on Monday.

So fingers crossed. It's just a part time and not a whole lot of hours, but it's flexible and I figure I can fill in the rest with something else. Or gain more locations after a while and have more hours. But at least the hourly pay is also more than what I was getting before.



5/14 - Met with the territory manager, and met a supervisor as well, and was offered the position. It's a whole handful of stores I'd be tending to as a merchandiser, but they're all near me like I'd hoped so that's great. Part time, but it's a good start and hopefully won't be hard to supplement with something else once I've got going good on this. I'm just surprised this is literally the first job I applied to after leaving Sears and so far it turned out well.

Other happy maker, I finally have my Jeep back after being gone for almost a week. Whole bunch of stuff was done to it, but at least the main issue was not transmission related like I feared, so that's a plus.

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Old 05-17-2018, 02:41 AM   #3151
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Today is Norway's Constitution Day, a bit of a bummer that I have to work since I also worked last year but it's only to 1800 and extra money so that's fine, missing out on the parades though.

And Teens React had a video about Russ.

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Old 05-20-2018, 05:23 PM   #3153
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Got a bunch of stuff for the museum set up to be printed.

Also, I'm probably going to get a bike just handed to me .

One of the board members and donors of the museum just has an enormous collection of bikes he's trying to whittle down and has offered me and my cousin one each. I'm not holding out on it being vintage, but that would be so freakin' cool

I've been wanting to get a bike for a while now, so this is a golden opportunity.





Now how will I get it back to Texas...?


Also, I think I have bats in my ceiling. That would probably put most people off, but I, having been through a bat phase at 13, am amused.
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:29 PM   #3154
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Also, I think I have bats in my ceiling. That would probably put most people off, but I, having been through a bat phase at 13, am amused.
Bats are awesome (excluding vampire bats.. sorry.) Bats actually do things like eat a lot of flying bugs, including those that like to feed off of people and those that like to make bloody nuisances out of themselves by flying into peoples' homes.

Unfortunately, living bats can also make some people think / do dumb sh*t, as in -

"Hey look.. there's a bat on the ground. I wanna go pick it up."
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Unfortunately, living bats can also make some people think / do dumb sh*t, as in -

"Hey look.. there's a bat on the ground. I wanna go pick it up."
Couldn't ignore this. My wife's father once actually went out in our yard to find a small bat lying on the ground, seemingly-dead. As he approached it, he saw it was alive, but hurt, and couldn't quite walk or fly. My wife gently picked it up and held it for a few minutes, and it let her pet him. When she tried to put it down, he resisted and clung to her hand. Eventually she put him down, said "Bye", and left him be. An hour later she went to check on him and he was gone, hopefully he just left on his own someplace safe.

I wouldn't advise anyone to do any of that, but it worked out well for her.
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Yeah, a rescue probably should have been contacted . And absolutely should not have been handled. A bat on the ground unable to fly is bad news.

(OH GOD my favorite bat at that rescue group died in March last year! How did I never notice???)
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Way to take one of my wife's most treasured memories and suck all the fun out of it. Awesome.
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Old 05-21-2018, 12:36 AM   #3158
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She didn't know any better, but it doesn't have to go too sour. It could still go somewhere. Sponsoring one of the bats at that sanctuary, maybe? It actually would help bats in rehabilitation or can't be released into nature.

I've followed them since 2006; their website is virtually unchanged since then, but they've always been awesome.


One day I'll get the chance to be a sponsor. I really wanted to when I first started learning about them, but wasn't able to. Since Van Gogh isn't possible anymore, I might have to go with THIS ONE.

(It actually has been twelve years )
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Old 05-21-2018, 12:39 AM   #3159
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I'm pretty sure we "sponsor" plenty of bats; a few dozen live in our yard already and seem to like it fine.

They mostly keep to themselves but sometimes they zip around. They're neat. Don't bother me none.
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That's pretty cool. I can hear them occasionally, especially when I'm outside, but I have trouble being able to spot them at night.

I've had better luck seeing them when camping. Or going to that bridge in Austin, but I'd call that cheating. There's millions of Mexican Free Tails living there that come out at night. Pretty hard to miss

But hey, at least you know what to do if there is another grounded fella.
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