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Best Moments of 2018

3 Feb

-We have been promising the kitties for the longest time.  Because we’re almost in small apartments, it’s not possible-won’t fit.  And we’re always moving.  And a cat tree is not that conducive to moving.  Well, we finally landed in a place where we want to stay awhile, and where we actually have some room.  The kitties sit on it, and we put a bird feeder on the other side of the window to provide to “bird-television” and it makes all of us happy.

-I got a job after a lot of fear.  It’s always nerve-wracking to be unemployed.  I never know how long I’ve got to make the money last.  I never feel so unqualified as when I’m looking at jobs that are posted and what the qualification are (and how I don’t have any of those things).  I’m a wonderful employee, but I feel like being a good worker is a different skill-set than being good at getting jobs.  My resume is full of vet stuff that people can’t envision translating to their  position.  I’m not good a schmoozing.  I’m a nervous interviewer.  And I don’t learn particularly FAST, but I make sure I have the information down perfectly and work relentlessly to make it functional for me.  Anyway, any job is good after having no job.
-At CareNational, they made videos to promote jobs, and employees would be in them sometimes.  I was a minor celebrity within my own family, and filming the spots were fun.
-I got employee of the month at CareNational.  This was special, because I had never been formally recognized for my work–usually just griped at for what I wasn’t getting done right, not the thousand things I rocked.  So it was really special to me.  And I was recognized the next month they did it also.  So the company really liked me and the work I did–and that felt great!
-Cool and I did brunch in Tempe.  I love brunch and their food and cocktails are so yums.  I have great memories (and selfies) of our good times.
-We went hiking at Wild Horse Trail at Tonto National Forest.  It was beautiful and the perfect example of being in Arizona.  It felt good to finally be somewhere that we plan on staying.  The views were awesome, the exercise good for us, and the conversation sparkling.  It looked like a Looney-Tunes cartoon and we could hardly believe this is home.
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-During my birthday month (and Cool’s) we were both unemployed–which super-sucks.  We had to cancel our birthday plans.  We were spending our days combing the internet for jobs, polishing our resumes and interview skills, and worrying about money. It was a dark cloud.  But in July, there was a groupon for the local water park.  It’s cheaper in the summer here, because people leave this part of AZ to escape the blazing 120 F heat.  So we got to go.  And Cool, though she’s afraid of water, was a good sport, and awake and everything.  So we had a lot of fun, and it made me remember all the fun times I ever had at Wild Waters in Reno.  It was a good time during that horrible time, and the closest I got to a birthday celebration.
-Innings-Fest!  On Facebook, I was lamenting about how festival tiks were too expensive for real people.  And someone had bought 3 day passes for her and her husband, but couldn’t go.  So I bought her tickets half off.  And we got to see Lord Huron, Young the Giant, White Buffalo, and so many other bands!  My only complaint is they don’t allow containers in or camel-packs.  And AZ is hot.  So we had dehydration fatigue.  But–We looked awesome, and drank whiskey samples.  And got rum poured straight into a coconut.  It was really so much fun.
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-In October 2017, we were moving, and during that time, there’s nothing else.  So in 2018, we had a proper Halloween month.  We watched a scary movie every day (except 2) of the whole month.  While eating sweets.  It was a much more spirited (pun) way to celebrate one of our favorite holidays!
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-Cool and I got to go to 4(?) professional basket ball games in downtown Phoenix.  We saw the Suns play and the Mercury vs Storm.  The tickets were actually affordable, and we made a day of it every time, going to brunch once, and George and Dragon Pub.  All good and cheap food.  And we went to Bitter and Twisted, which is a take on fractured fairy-tales and has an adorable menu, and really, really good drinks.  And endless options.  And we enjoyed each game and had so much fun downtown.
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-There is a place in Arizona called Oatman, and there are feral burros (donkeys?) just walking around like they own the place.  So it’s a vibe like Virginia City, with shops and the western boardwalk, but with donkeys walking around.  They have a western shoot-out, I found fire-agate!!!  And we took pictures with burros of all kinds.  It was a lot of fun!
-The best thing about 2018, was getting a house!  Renting one.  We went from the absolute worst place we ever lived.  It was small, and the management crooked and hostile, gyping us and being rude at every turn.  To a cute, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with a yard and a car-port!  It’s adorable and we fit in it.  The neighborhood is walkable and we are happy here.  Finally.  It feels good that we are away from ghetto neighbors, and awful, strict management.  We have room and autonomy.
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Worst Moments of 2018

3 Feb

From bad to worst:

-Bank of America processed a rent check.  The exact same check they had processed before.  So two rents were taken out by Central on Broadway Apartments.  And I had to spend 30 minutes on the phone with inept, uncaring, unapologetic bank employees to get the money back.  And talk to the chronically belligerent apartment office workers.
-Cool was tired on my birthday.  But wouldn’t admit it.  So she didn’t take action to correct her energy until 3/4 of my birthday had passed already.  Oh, and we were both still unemployed still–so that puts a damper on festivities.
-I applied for a promotion at work–one that I would do really well at.  But didn’t get it.  The person who did get it, had done my side-by-side.  She was the person who had inspired me to make a tool to improve the side-by-side experience, because she didn’t teach during the exchange.  The whole thing had made me feel uncomfortable and underprepared.  During that interaction, she had conveyed that she worked to the goal number, then just f-ed around the rest of the day.  She was disgruntled to train me because it meant she couldn’t play on her cell phone as she usually did.  During a break in the training, her friend was continuing to talk $hit about side-by-sides and how they hated doing them–right in front of me.  She hadn’t realized I was  the side-by-side being trained.  So that’s who beat me for the promotion…
-The rent bill was $25 higher than it should have been at Central on Broadway Apartments.  There was no reason for that so I had to contact them about it.  The office staff had no idea why.  I ended up looking at the balance sheet of their accountant,line-by-line, and saw they had fined us, but never bothered to inform us about it!  I had put UV film on the west facing window and slider (side-note–it was not adhesive of any kind.  It adhered via static cling, which was a very hard thing to find).  They apparently didn’t like us conveying that their apartments had $hitty insulation and single-pane windows to prospective renters.  As if anybody was renting there because they had a choice and not because it is the cheapest rent in the metro-area.  Anyway, I was made to take down the film, which I had painstakingly measured, cut, and stuck up there as smoothly as possible–which was a time-consuming project.  And one that was supposed to pay off with the utility savings.  I had to rip it down, pay the fine, and then worry about what else management would find to fine us about….
-On the way to work one day, we had a 10 day eviction notice on our apartment door!  We always pay the full rent on time, but the letter from Central on Broadway  Apartments had a severe tone (per the usual), and  said they now had the right to enter our unit at any time.  For what, I could only guess…  So I had to go to work worrying about our housing, whether our stuff would be there when we returned, and the kitties.  Cool called to inquire what the hell–and they unapologetically stated they had accidently put a bunch of those up because of a change in office staff…  So they were so inept and disorganized they had quadruple the amount of evictions, and nobody double-checked.  And they just acted irritated we were amongst the many who were bothering them with questions!
-For my promotion, I made it to a second interview!  Except I had a few hours warning of it.  I had obviously not practiced answering any questions.  I had also gone to the gym that morning, which meant I had to shower there and get ready AT work–not nearly the ideal interview prep.  When I got in the interview it was with the two big-bosses.  First question–why did you leave vet medicine?  In my answer I mentioned I was glad I never had to deal with the situation where people chose to euthanize a pet for financial reasons (vs being medically necessary).  The big-boss cried.  Like, had to wipe tears off his cheeks.  And this was the first question!  I was horrified and didn’t know how to fix it.  As the interview wore on, he still looked distraught, so I kept interrupting the flow to re-apologize.  Also, the second question of the interview was an exact-repeat of a question asked in the first interview.  That threw me off, and I thought I better make my answer different.  So I deviated from my go-to answer for that question (the good, rehearsed one that makes me look awesome) and went to a different ($hitty) scenario on the spot.  And it was the exact wrong answer.  The whole experience was awkward and horrible.
-I am a temp at work.  They make clear temps have no job security–any infraction you’re out of there.  Don’t leave anything at the end of any day, because at any time, you might not be invited back.  Of course, in my first month of work I made a mistake.  We have to report any bad drug outcome.  We did this by emailing like 4 different supervisors.  But I didn’t have a list of their emails (or names), so I had to go into all the emails in outlook and try to find them.  I, of course, picked a name that wasn’t  the exact supervisor (and somehow wasn’t even an employee?) so of course I sent HIPPA-protected info to a stranger.  It was a big ordeal, and one I couldn’t un-do.  I left not knowing if I still had a job.  I do feel they should have clarified the process to new employees–like specify a list and give us their emails…  Also, why is someone that doesn’t even work there in the company address book?  And don’t get me started on what I think of crooked companies who extort temp labor…  None of it mattered, I was out on a temp limb, without any job security…
-This sucked.  The person I was working with at the temp agency told me I had a job.  I was the same company as Cool, same start date as her.  Then, TWO days prior to my start date, suddenly, my person was asking me if I would work swing-shift (I can’t /won’t after all the previous problems it caused for me), and was looking at different further away, less-paying jobs.  Suddenly, I was out.  I went from having a start date to just no prospects at all-unemployed.  It was additionally disappointing, not just cause it had been a sure-thing and she got my hopes up, them dashed them–because Cool had the job.  effing temp agencies.
-We just moved to Arizona in October of 2017, which is expensive.  And you have to set up a whole new life all at once.  And Cool lost her temp job early and with no warning.  Just came home one day–no job.  It’s scary, and financially it’s devastating.
-I got a job on our scouting trip to Arizona (luckily) and I was liking it, and doing amazing at it.  And that’s not just my opinion, my boss loved my work.  But it was a start-up company and they had to do cost-cutting measures, so with only a few days notice, I was suddenly going from having my first vacation time coming up after 8 months of work–to unemployed.  That sucks.  And it’s financially terrifying.  I had money, but how long did it have to last?  You just can’t be comfortable with any expense, because no money is coming in any more.  Also, I had to cancel Airbnb reservations for our birthdays, which felt awful!
-To add stress to an already bad situation, Cool was fired from her job (the 3rd job change in 8 months) at the same time I got laid off because they eliminated my position at the start-up I had been working at since we moved.  Neither of us had jobs.  Right in time for both of our birthdays.