Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Thing About Life:

It goes on. 

Who here thought a 55 year old woman who hadn't worked outside the home in, what, a decade? How did the time pass so quickly? Anyway, 55 year old woman, work, decade... oh yeah, and with no current marketable skills... who thought she was just going to jump right back into the job market and score the big one? Not I, despite having been -ostensibly- hired, along with a dozen or so others; even after having begun 'training' with the company I had that odd little feeling in the back of my head. A few days after being hired we were all sent home for not being proficient enough in our training. It wasn't difficult work or training, the company got no fees, etc... from any of we 'new hires', so what gives? (I am keeping an eye open for anything new and exciting regarding, say, my SSN.) Ah well, life goes on... not holding my breath until that check shows up in the mail, so the job hunting process has begun again.

On the other hand... my daughter, who has long since returned to Indiana after her birthday, is having an exciting time of it.  

 She and Mom at Medieval Times.


The kidling has acquired both a couch and a fiancee, both of which are about a foot longer (or taller) than she. This makes her happy which in turn makes me happy.




I've been filling my time with the usual activities: reading, cooking, writing, etc... which have all been made much easier since I'm no longer tremoring. All those pesky movements which made my life so unpleasant are almost completely gone, along with a lot of other unpleasant medical stuff which has improved tremendously. (Not going into TMI territory here.) Other than finding out that the arthritis in my spine has worsened significantly, I'm most certainly on the upswing and I have no doubt I'll find work... it will take a while and won't come with a fancy title and that's okay. I refuse to give up and that's what matters.

Before I go, it's been a while since I last posted so I feel obligated to put up pictures of food.

A slice of Jenn's birthday cake, an almost-but-not-quite Schwarzwalderkirschtorte:





A big batch of homemade barbecue sauce and barbecued ribs, as well as some cashew chicken I've made for Mom over the last few weeks.



Oh and before I go: Please don't blame me for Trump's running mate. Whilst I am a native of Indiana, (aka a Hoosier) I no longer live there. I am relieved, on behalf of my former home state, that he has taken himself out of the running for governer; one term with him was more than enough!

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  1. I can't tell you how happy I am that lots of your pesky tremors have gone. Something had to start going right for you - and that is a big something. Hopefully many more things will follow suit.
    Congrats to the kidling on her tall fiancee and long couch. Or vice versa.

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    1. Thank you EC, hope to hear good things are happening for you as well!

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  2. Mmm, yum, black forest cake! My favourite especially if it has real cream. Too many places here use packet mix cake and mock cream and the wrong cherries.
    I'm glad to hear your tremors are gone, sad about the spine arthritis though.

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    1. Points to you for knowing that what my mother calls 'Schwarzwhatsywhosit' is Black Forest Cake, lol.

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  3. Great to hear from you. So stress equals tremors. I know.

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  4. Not a huge fan of ribs or bbq sauce but I'm sure yours were delicious. That cake is gorgeous; just looking at it makes my mouth water. And I love cashew chicken. As for that temporary employer, I've never heard anything so ridiculous. Sending everyone home after a few days because no one was proficient in the training. Did they ever wonder if maybe something was wrong with the training itself or how they were measuring proficiency or even their expectations?!? Jeez.

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    1. If they had any idea what they were doing, it was because they'd planned mischief.

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  5. Congrats to the kidling.

    Yeah, have to keep on keeping on indeed. Hopefully soon a job will take seed. Great the health crap has bugged off a bit too.

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  6. Sorry to hear about the job, but it sounds like you might have dodged a bullet with that one. Best wishes for a better opportunity.

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    1. I think so as well Colette; ah well, there'll be a next time.

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  7. Congrats to Jenn - so nice to see her happy. And boy I hear you on the job hunt in your 50s. Not an easy road. My thoughts are with you!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! Sending hugs your way!

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  8. All the food looks too good to eat, except, it's good enough to devour.
    You all seem happy and that life's best reward.

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    1. We're getting there; wishing you guys all the best!

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  9. That job training sounds very fishy.

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  10. Congrats to your kidling on the fiancé and the couch! Sorry to hear that job didn't work out. I know your determination will pay off though -- good luck in your job search! And my gawd, that birthday cake looks sinfully good!

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    1. Double chocolate... white chocolate ganache... fresh black cherry and peach moscato reduction with chopped black cherries...

      It was even sweet enough for the kidling's sweet tooth!

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  11. Jacqueline, I'm so happy for you about the tremors! That cake looks fancy. Best wishes to Jenn and her fiance. Wishing you all the best with your job search. What company wouldn't be thrilled to snap you up?!

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    1. Jean, that was so kind of you to say, thank you!

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  12. Oh darn, had so hoped the job would work. Their loss. I know a lot of unemployed people over 50. It's awfully sad. Glad your kid is happy. Love the food photos!

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    1. Prepare yourself for tomato photos!

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  13. I am glad to hear about your health getting better, I am sure something good will come up on the job situation and finally congratulations to your daughter she seems happy!

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    1. Thanks Claudia! She does seem happy, which makes me happy. =)

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  14. Who needs a title? I don't believe in titles. I believe in those who get the job done...those who care not about labels on their doors, desks or name tags.

    I had a young lass of about 17 years old ask me once when I moved her from one section in our office/showrooms to another section what her title would be...I told her she wouldn't have a title, but I could give her one if you like me to do so...but I assured her she wouldn't like it! :)

    The right job will come along...and all will be well.

    I'm glad to hear your tremors have subsided...and I hope all becomes so much easier and pain-free for you.

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    1. I've no interest in titles; the opportunity to earn an honest day's pay for an honest day's work is another matter. As you say, the right job will come along.

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  15. Congrats to your daughter!

    How frustrating about the job. I hope something much better comes along.

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  16. Congrats to your daughter. I said that on FB too. It is exciting. It's funny when you are an adult, and you get excited about getting furniture, or a new washing machine.

    That is frustrating about the job stuff. I never understand why companies "hire" people, but it's more like a trial. Part of training is to make people more efficient at the job at hand.

    Companies seem to forget that there's an in between stage from a hire to a worker.

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C'mon, be cranky and let 'er rip!