[center]I just want to point out, that I am NOT lazy when it comes to my typo's.
The problem is, and maybe some of you experience this here, but when I submit, and notice a typo, if I edit it, when it reposts, all of my spacing is gone, even between words and pics, and so is the centering I prefer. It usually requires 3 or 4 edits to get it correct again as it will appear as if there is adequate space between a paragraph, but when it reposts, it wasn't, and I again have to re-do the entire entry.
So, yes, I AM too lazy to re-post multiple times, and I just give up.
So, if anyone has any advice, if you know of some kind of default setting I can correct, please tell me, and I will be better about my typo's, which make me look like an illiterate ass.
I wish to clarify. I am not an illiterate ass, I am just a lazy ass. :D[/center]
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[center]Cat fight at work today. I got a call from a facility requesting an auth. When I went into the system, I see the other department has an auth pending "for additional info." So, I tell them I will get back to them.
I go to said area, the girl who pended it is off today. The person covering agreed to do it, even though I said I, or one of my team would do it.
After she gets her info, she comes back to my office and asks if I am in the auth, it locks others out, since only one person can be in it at one time.
I checked and I was out. I said we can see if X is in it. As we walk over to his desk together, she starts ranting about how we shouldn't even be in it, she agreed to do the auth, she's busy, yadayada. I said, well, we sometimes get locked out too, we ask the other person to exit and we just move on.
X was NOT in the auth screen, so she had no reason to get into a huff with us. She starts carrying on loudly, and literally stomps away.
It was the funniest thing, every head of my team, at the same time, peeped around their cube to look into the aisle, and looked at me like WTF was that? I said she marched over hear, and stomped over, and I imitated her actions. Well, she had turned around and saw it.
She got up in my face and shouted if I was going to mock her in front of my whole team, we need to talk to her supervisor. I think, Bring it on BITCH!!
Yes, I admit it, I was inappropriate, as a supervisor, I should be above it, but I am human, and I have 10 witnesses plus my boss who saw the whole thing whothought, as one of my nurses said, "She was off the hook!!"
I said, that would be fine with me. She continues to rant about how we should know how to do auths, etc... She forgets I was prepared to do it myself, which next time I will just overide her stupid ass.
Her supervisor isn't in, so she marches to her manager and proceeds to say we refused to do the auth, we don't know how to do auth's, and I just let the bitch spew. Her boss stopped her and said we are all busy, let's just agree this is a personality issue and say our I'm sorry's and move on. I said, No, I need to respond. We would have done the auth, as a professional courtesy to you, I sought your input on a pended auth, to allow you to have an opportunity to get the information you needs, and if it was documented what info you were waiting for, I could have gotten the answer and given the auth.
Furthermore, if you have not made a spectacle of yourself, and caused my entire team to react to the disruption your inappropriate behavior initiated, I would have never responded the way I did. That said, you are right, it was inappropriate of me to behave that way, and I apologize for my behavior.
MY boss felt the need to chase us down in her manager's office to back me up "in case they ate you alive."
Newsflash: I am easy-going, but that doesn't mean I allow people to walk on me. I knew I was wrong. I am really only sorry I got caught. Discretion is not my best virtue.
MY entire team wanted to write it up and submit it to her director. I begged them not to, which would have only called attention to my own indiscretion, and so they aquiesed to my request (Arrrgh. I know Tim will get that)
My former nurse who transferred to where the devil bitch is now said their whole team was rooting for me too because the psycho is a head case and no one can stand her in the company. She said one person said to her, I know Linda would have never done that, she's too nice. My nurse chuckled and said, Yes she would, but she is still nice, she cracks us up all the time. So, at least I felt better about myself if those kinds of things are said. But the devil embelishes her story as she goes along, so God knows what she said I did afterwards.
My boss said, Linda, I don't care how inappropriate you were, you were the lady and apologized, and she did not apologive for any of her behavior.
I may be a "lady", but I really wanted to find that Ho-Ass Bitch in the parking lot and fuck her up! (Joking!!! I just like the advice some of the girls gave me at work! One person from the devil's department asked me if I would shoot her for them. She's really well-respected by her peers.)[/center]
My horoscope for 3 days in the last week, including today, have advised me that career changes may be what is needed.
Did I mention I have a job interview Monday?? :D[/center]
[center]This is a deliciously moist cake with a green color, great for Christmas dessert. This pic below is plainer than my cake looks. When I make my cake this year, I will update the entry with a pic of how the cake really comes out, so don't let this googled pic fool you, it looks as divine as it tastes.
1 cup crushed pecans, 8 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, mix these together
Butter a Bundt cake pan well, and coat with half of this mixture
Preheat oven to 350
1 yellow cake mix, no pudding
2 small boxes or 1 lg pistachio pudding
Mix these 2 in a bowl, make a well in the center
Add 1 cup sour cream
1/4 c veg oil
1/2 c softened butter
Mix with mixer til blended. Mixture is kind of marshmellowy, not like a usual cake mix
Pour half, or plop it in is a better description, into bundt pan, sprinkle in remaining nut mixture, then finish with the rest of the batter
Bake for 1 hour or til knife comes out clean
You can sprinkle the top with confec sugar if you want or leave it plain. You can also add a few drops of green food coloring if you want it to look really green, I don't use it, and it comes out a pale green color.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 lb sweet Italian sausage
I large onion
Several cloves of garlic peeled and smushed (feel free to skip the garlic or add a whole head, I like lots of garlic
In a large Dutch oven, pour in a little olive oil, remove the sausage from the casing, add the beef, onion and garlic, saute til the meat is browned. Drain, and return the meat and veggies to the pot. I season the meat with a few shakes of basil and Nature's Seasoning while it browns.
2 16 oz cans whole peeled plum tomatoes
one 15 oz can tomato sauce, in a can, not any jar or flavored stuff
2 cans tomato paste
1/4 cup parsley flakes or fresh parsley/cilantro
4 Tbsp sweet basil, or more, to taste, I like lots
a dash or oregano, or you can skip it or addmore to taste, I skip it myself
About 1/4 cup sugar, white or brown
Stir and bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, but leave it askew to vent it a bit, and simmer for about 2 hours minimum.
Meanwhile, cook the lasagna noodles. It says on the directions to cook 3 noodles at a time, you can add a whole box, just be sure to put in a little olive oil in the water so the noodles don't stick together, otherwise, cook per directions, to al dente. Drain the noodles and set aside, if you aren't ready to put it together, that's okay, just smear a wee bit of the olive oil so the noodles won't stick.
Last step is in a medium size mixing bowl, mix
one 16 oz package Ricotta cheese, I use part skim
1/2 cup shredded parm cheese
OK, when your noodles are all cooked, and sauce is cooled just a bit, get a large deep baking dish. If you want to have an easy clean up, buy one of those foil ones.
Spread a ladle of sauce on the bottom, avoid big chunks of meat in this scoopful. It is just to keep the bottom coated with sauce.
Lay in 3 noodles . On top of that, plop on 1/2 of the cheese egg mixture, then a few ladles of lots of meat sauce, sprinkle shredded mozzarella over that, cover with noodles and repeat that layers, cover with top layer of noodles, add sauce, with or without a lot of the meat in it, then put a liberal sprinkling of shredded mozzarella and fresh parmasean shredded on top.
Cove and bake for 1 hour in 375, then uncover for another 30 min.
[center]Homemade Chicken Soup
6 chicken thighs, I take off the skin
Put them in a large stewing pot, and cover with water , about a gallon.
Add one very large onion, or 2 medium ones, chopped
Add several stalks of celery chopped, the secret is to use the tender inner stalks, and chop the light green leaves into it, the flavor doing this is wonderful!
Now, for the garlic, it is up to the individual, I use about 8-10 cloves, peeled and crushed, fresh, you know how you whack it with the flat side of the knife to crush it? If you have a cold, use more, if you hate garlic, feel free to use none, or use less to taste.
One bag frozen baby carrots
3-4 chicken buillon cubes (depending on how salty you like it, we have high blood pressure, so I use 3 cubes and it has plenty of flavor.)
4 Tbsp parsley flakes, dried
Generous sprinkling of poultry seasoning over the top, til about 2/3 of water surface is covered
A few turns of fresh ground pepper
Bring it all to a boil, then put a lid on, not completely, so that a bit of steam can release. Lower heat and let simmer on low for abour 2 hours, or longer if you get busy, the longer the better.
When it is done, the chicken falls off the bones. What I do is scoop out the chicken onto a small plate, remove the bones and gristle, and shred the chicken with 2 forks. Do that for all the chicken, and return chicken only to the pot. Now you can turn up to a biol again, and throw in whatever noodles you like. Fafalle, or bow tie pasta is very nice, or egg noodles, or rice, then cook it just like you would as if the pasta or rice was being cooked in water, til the pasta is done. Lean on the al dente side, since you will probably have leftovers, it's better if the pasta isn't soggy.[/center]
[center]Now, my mother never cooked the pasta in the soup. She insisted that the pasta must be boiled, and never put into the soup after it was refridgerated, or the noodles would go mushy, but I bring the soup back up to a boil in the last 10 minutes and cook the noodles in it, just as if I were cooking them in water. They reheat nicely, and are never mushy.
[color=black]I was ripping and burning tonight. I used to have a ton of cassette tape complilations that I painstakingly put together for the car. My own various artist-type tapes.[/color]
[color=#000000]Anyway, I made two tongiht, and decided to do a few more tomorrow. The first one is music for "lovin'"...[/color]
[color=black]My Funny Valentine * Chaka Khan[/color]
[color=black]Tell Me Something Good * Chaka Khan[/color]
[color=black]Wherever You Will Go * The Calling[/color]
[color=black]Bed of Roses * Bon Jovi[/color]
[color=black]Tonight?s The Night * Rod Stewart[/color]
[color=black]Let?s Get It On * Marvin Gaye[/color]
[color=black]Sexual Healing * Marvin Gaye[/color]
[color=black]Love Won?t Let Me Wait * Luther Vandross[/color]
[color=black]Practice What You Preach * Barry White[/color]
[color=black]That?s The Way Love Goes * Janet Jackson [/color]
[color=black]If You Love Me * Brownstone[/color]
[color=black]Forbidden Love * Madonna[/color]
[color=black]One More Chance * Madonna[/color]
[color=black]Fallin? * Alicia Keys[/color]
[color=black]With or Without You * U2[/color]
[color=black]Hang * Matchbox 20[/color]
[color=black]Jersey Girl * Holly Cole Trio[/color]
The next one is taken mostly from a 2 CD set that was done to raise funds for victims' family's from 9/11, plus a few more that have a similar feel...[/color]
My City of Ruins * Springsteen[/color]
[color=black]Walk On * U2[/color]
[color=black]There Will Come a Day * Faith Hill[/color]
[color=black]I Won?t Back Down * Tom Petty[/color]
[color=black]Imagine * Neil Young[/color]
[color=black]Someday We?ll All Be Free * Alicia Keys[/color]
[color=black]Wish You Were Here * Johnny Rzeneck, Limp Bizkit, et al[/color]
[color=black]NY State of Mind * Billy Joel[/color]
[color=black]I Believe in Love * Dixie Chicks[/color]
[color=black]Everyday * Dave Matthews[/color]
[color=black]Living on a Prayer * Bon Jovi[/color]
[color=black]Space Between * Dave Matthews[/color]
[color=black]My Immortal * Evanescence[/color]
[color=black]Bring Me to Life * Evanescence[/color]
[color=black]I?ll Be * Edwin McCain[/color]
[color=black]Prayer to St. Peter * Edwin McCain[/color]
[color=black]I Could Not Ask For More * Edwin McCain[/color]
[center] The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
This is my first venture into french lit, but not my first exposure to Monsieur Dumas. The first story of his that I adored was the DVD The Man in the Iron Mask.
I was a little intimidated by this book because it was over 1200 pages long. I thought, how will I ever finish it if I don't like it? I am one of those people who find it difficult to quit a book, so a book of this size is a commitment.
From page one, I was drawn right into the story. Dante is a poor sailor, desperately in love with Mercedes. He is on his voyage home, anxious to re-connect with his love, where they plan to marry.
He was asked on this voyage to make a delivery of a letter on the isle of Elba, where it so happens, Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled. The letter was in fact for Bonaparte, but Dante is not mixed in amy intrigue, he is simply delivering a letter and returning with a reply. The obvious implication is that he is a Bonpartist conspirator, but in reality, he is simply a 19 year-old young man who followed orders in ignorance.
Mercedes' affections are also sought by her cousin Ferdinand, but she only has eyes for Dante. This angers Ferdinand, and he tells two of his companions as they drink in a restaurant. The two companions also mistake Dante's happiness as arrogance, and they hatch a plot to make his life difficult. They send an anonymous letter to the cronw prosecutor saying Dante is a Bonapartist, and he has in his possession a letter for the co-conspirator.
On the eve of his engagement celebration, Dante is dragged away from his family and friends and arrested. The crown prosecutor may have let him off, except that he realized the letter was for his own father, who is a Bonapartist. If this secret gets out, the crown prosecutor will be ruined. So, he thrown Dante into prison, at the Chateau d'If, a damp, castle on a rocky island, from which there is little hope of escape.
Dante is desperately depressed, and tries to declare his innocence. They label him as mad and put him in the dungeon. He is about ready to kill himself, when another prisoner tunnels through to his room in error, thinking he was headed for the outside. They vow to escape together one day, but the abbe passes away before that can happen.
In a moment of inspiration, Dante replaces the dead man's body on his own bed, as if he was sleeping, and sews himself into the burial sheath. He think she will be buried, but instead a cannonball is tied to his leg and he is tossed out into the sea. He barely escapes alive. 14 years after he was first imprisoned.
He heads to the island of Monte Cristo, where the abbe, his prison mate, told of an incredible treasure. He finds the treasure and heads home in joy, only to discover Mercedes is married to Ferdinand, and he is crushed.
He vows to take revenge on the people responsible for his sadness and imprisonment. The clever and devious way that he goes about seeking his revenge is some of the best story-telling ever written in my opinion.
The pics above are from the DVD, which I have never seen, but plan to as soon as possible.
If you have the time to read this book, I highly recommend it. I would like to read The Three Musketeers, also by Dumas, but that is going to have to wait for awhile. I am not planning on reading any more books until I get a handle on my Christmas shopping and get the house decorated. I have the week between Christmas and New Years off, so, that is likely when my reading will resume again.
Until then, I bid my book pile adieu with great sadness.[/center]
[center]In case you hadn't noticed, I changed my "primary picture." This pic is of me and my sister at Christmas. I am holding the puppy. We are dressed alike because mom liked to make us matching outfits for every ocassion.
Post a pic of you as a kid at Christmas.[/center]
[center] Well, my supervisor drew a line in the sand today. My colleague, the other supervisor in our department, my "equal" so-to-speak, has been doing fles time. Taking one flex day every 2 weeks. She is supposed to work 8-5:30 and take a half-hour lunch 8 of 10 days, then do one 8-hour day. But she often strolls in after 8, and leaves almost every night at 5. Usually before me.
It bothers me only because our supervisor will ride our asses if our staff stroll in late 10 minutes, but she can't control one of the 2 people she supervises. AND, if you remember, I opted NOT to accept flex schedule because she likes to use it to hold over your head if you do something wrong and I didn't want to give her that "power" over me, more than she already lords over me that is.
Well, now my co-sup is on a special work group, they meet all day, almost daily, not too bad when it is at our site, but since it involves 4 sites, they rotate. When she is away, my sup and I have to cover her people. I must admit, my co-sup is an expert in the company practices. She can trouble shoot literally any problem. She knows who to go to and is an excellent problem-solver. That said, it really isn't easy to fill her shoes. They don't provide her with a cell phone, so she won't answer her own phone when off-site.[/center]
So, my boss told her today, she needs to stop flex time through the holidays and until March. It does make just an extra day we have to cover her and takes away from our own work. I had to pinch hit a few weeks ago on a Friday at 3pm to rectify a huge problem in the company, and I was the only sup on site that day. I survived, but my work went to hell in a handbasket.
Well, my co-sup has refused to stop flex time. OK, hello, how the hell do you refuse flex time?? NO other supervisors have the option of flex in the company, including corporate. No staff in the company are allowed flex schedules during the holiday months due to so many folks being on vacation. So, to be fair, I don't think my bosses request is unreasonable. I think my co-sup is being just a tad selfish. She obviously couldn't care less that we have to do her work for her while she's out. She is not a nurse, so she is never in the position to have to cover us without one of us being on cell, including me on my personal cell.
So, my boss tells the director. The director, who is lilly-livered, won't support my sup's decision. So, my boss calls me at 3:45 and tells me if she isn't there in the morning, she has walked out, which is what she plans to do if the director won't back her up.
I have to admit. The director micromanages too much, so her point is valid.
But, I'm not sure it's worth this drama.
I mean it's inconvenient to cover my colleague so often, and I don't feel able to fill her shoes adequately. But, it seems the real issue here is a 3-way pissing contest.
I mean where does my colleague get off with refusing to cooperate? When no one else in the company has the option of refusing to go off flex time?
Then, on the other hand, my boss insists on having her way, and would consider risking her retirement fund, and/or my colleague leaving.
Three, at first the director refused to even mediate between them. Hello, that is her freaking job!!! I told my boss she should ask for a neutral mediator, like someone from HR. She laughed that little "you are so naive" laugh. I was just trying to neutralize her because she was so upset.
If she walks out, I can kiss any kind of Christmas joy goodbye. I would inherit a tom of work, many of which are projects that I have no idea where they stand.
I can't believe I am saying this, but I hope my boss is there tomorrow morning. I have worked like a dog, and taken a LOT of shit home to do from work, and I am not only emotionally drained, but I am physically exhausted. I canm alreadt tell I will be tossing and turning tonight.
My mother-in-law fell and broke her collar bone and is having surgery tomorrow. So, I will be checking in on her this weekend. So, I really don't need anymore stress right now. Dave's parents are getting more and more frail, so we will be helping them more and more. I love them with all my heart, so they are not a burden at all. It's work, on top of that stress making things so exhausting.
It was 70 here today! weird, but welcome November weather for NJ.[/center]
I have so much to do at work, and a state audit in a week, that if I didn't bring home work to do this weekend, I'd be hopelessly behind.
So, I e-mailed myself my weekly reports. These are 3 excel spreadsheets with all my formulas plugged in. I opened them, made emtries, and even added the new employee into my formulas, and I saved it.
But not to my computer. So if you save it in e-mail, it doesn't "save!!"
So, now I have to re-do the whole fucking thing. *sobs* And it's my won stupidity. I have done this before, I should have remembered!! *weeps*
I'm going to shopping to cheer myself up!