Friday, September 3, 2010

Catching Up A Bit

Hey everybody!  It's me, Randy!  Remember me?  Yeah, I'm still busy as usual.  Hurricane Earl came by, but I didn't even notice, really.  We had a little rain and a few good, hard gusty winds around 2 a.m. or so, but I slept right through it.  Actually I got up around 1 a.m and again around 3 a.m., just my usual waking up.  It drives me crazy, actually, but that's a whole other post.  But I didn't really hear any rain or wind.  The chickens were all fine this morning, and the three baby pigeons were okay.  One of the pigeons has feathered out, and I think will be a pretty white color.  The other two were born yesterday and the day before.  They're still pretty tiny.  But we survived Earl just fine.  We were lucky, really.  If that thing had come straight onto land, we'd have been hurting in a bad way.  Hope you faired well, Linda, by the way.

I have also applied for another job, within the same company of course.  I don't think it's the ideal job by any means.  And it will certainly mean more hours, and being on call every other weekend.  But it also means a good bit more money.  My boss was NOT happy about it at all, either.  But it was either this, or take a second job.  I had a second job at one time.  I was working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., going home to change and maybe grab a bite to eat, then going to my second job to work from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  I was getting home at 1 a.m. and getting back up at 6 a.m. to get ready for my day job.  I felt like I was staying at a motel rather than my home.  I really didn't want to do that again.  I explained that to my boss, who incidentally, put in my annual review that he'd recommend me for a management job.  But that sort of job may be available in 6 months or 10 years.  It's a gamble really.  I am hoping that he will make it worth my while to stay rather than change divisions.  My new job would be delivering liquid carbon dioxide to customers.  That's going from a cushy office job to working a truck in the field.  Sounds pretty dumb, doesn't it?  I think it does.  I'm afraid it could be a dead end job.  But my dad said it would be wise to go where the money is.  And not to hesitate to take a job elsewhere if that was where the money was.  But being a loyal employee and a hustler at getting the job done, even if it is more work than there's time for, it's a tough call.  I haven't had my inteview yet, but I have heard from a couple of guys in the CO2 division that the job is mine if I want it.  It certainly makes for restless nights.  It also means that blogging could very well have to go away, at least for a while.  I don't want that either, but I suppose we will have to see what comes of it all.

Anyhow, my aunt is coming to visit from Texas.  She lives in Temple, Texas and is going to New York to visit some long time friends of hers.  But she is stopping here in North Carolina to visit her sister for a few days.  She'll be here on Wednesday, the 8th, through Monday the 13th.  I'm taking Friday off to spend a three day weekend with her.  She was like another grandmother to me growing up.  She's my great aunt, my grandmother's sister.  My grandmother passed away in 1998, so she's really the only "grandmother" I have now.  I haven't seen her in five years, so it should be a nice visit.

I want to thank each of you for your words of encouragement on my last post.  Sometimes life just gets a bit confusing.  It reminds me of when I was driving a 18-wheeler with my brother.  I think we were in Alabama or Arkansas when our directions said to "turn at the light".  My brother got so angry and frustrated.  Do we turn left or do we turn right?  He turned left, and it was the wrong way.  We then had to find a place to turn around and go the other direction.  If you know anything about 18-wheelers, they are notorious for not being able to turn around very easily, especially in the city.  I'm hoping that if I'm not going in the right direction I will be able to turn things around fairly easily.  Hey Ho! as John would say.

12 comments:

Edith Hope said...

Dear Randy, I really do not think for a moment that you wold be forgotten but it is rather good to hear from you once more.

Your days do seem to be rather eventful and I am not surprised that you find little time to be at your computer. The new job sounds as though it would pay you more, but is it what you really want and/or would enjoy? I know that they money is important, but so too is your relationship, your family, the farm, and your home. All of which require an investment of time.

I hope that you are able to reach the right decision soon and that you have an enjoyable weekend.

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

hey ho is a grand term......it covers EVERYTHING with a hopefully typical British understatement........
use it again my man! and use it with pride,,,,,,

your mojo is returning!!!!!

farmlady said...

Blogging will not pay the bills... a job will.
I wish you well and hoping that life is more stable for you with this new job.
Life is what it is and we all have to be adaptable.
Good luck....

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Randy! They say that "money isn't everything, but it pushes whatever is in first place!" I really do think that you'll know what to do if the job is offered to you. We all have to make those choices and I'll just tell you to look into your heart and do what you need too and what you have too. When you're able to visit all of us in the blogging community, we'll be here to read your posts and welcome your comments! :-)

By the way, I have to tell you that my Dad was from Temple Texas!!! His family lived there for many, many years and still own property there--I wonder if we're related? :-)))) My maiden name is Wofford, and my Grandmother who was from there as well had the last name of Garrett...

Melodie said...

I hope you have a wonderful visit with your Aunt, and that everything works out they way it should with your job!

Donna said...

I know you'll enjoy the visit! The job? I'm with your Dad! Follow the money...:0)
We have a branch plumbing shop in Temple! Nice town!
Happy weekend!
Hughugs

Tracey said...

Do whatever you have to. Enjoy your Aunt & good luck with the job. xxx

Odette said...

it is comforting that you still have choices regarding job offers. others don't even have have a job. just go with your instinct.
xoxoxox

Little Messy Missy said...

Good luck with the job, I hope you get it!

Callie said...

Hope your Boss will find a way to keep you and see to it that you get more money. I'm sure he does not want to have you transfer. Maybe you could transfer out with the understanding that they would transfer you back as soon as a management position became available?

Becca's Dirt said...

Good morning Randy. Be careful changing jobs. Staying with the same company is certainly a plus but is the money worth it - changing positions. Working 2 jobs and that many hours is a bust - you have to have down time and time for yourself. Think about it a lot before making the decision. Miss you when you aren't posting frequently. Like to know what's going on in your world.

houdini said...

Don't you dare leave this blog-world! ;-)