When I go to visit my Aunt Ginny and Uncle Dave I am frequently reminded about how Uncle Cave used to work for a printing company as a book binder. He has been retired for decades now (and living on social security thanks to no pension benefits from his job) and they live a very quiet life. I often think about how the job that he used to do is probably now completely mechanized, or digitized, or whatever term you want to call it. In fact, the entire company he used to work for probably has morphed into some type of online print solutions company where everything is done through computers.
The technological advances made in the past decades are marvelous, but the advances have come at a cost – lost wages. The country has not yet adapted to those changes, and this makes life difficult for a lot of people. I wish there was more help available for the people that need to be retrained, to help them find new jobs using new technology in the evolving, new work place and economy.
Yummy!!! Someone brought in some very tasty Halloween treats to the office today. There were brownies in the shape if bats, and cute little cat and pumpkin cookies. I tried to resist but by the end of the day I ended up eating one of each.
If I don’t want to put on 10 pounds this holiday season I better beware of all the delicious treats that I’ll see in the coming months. I know I won’t be able to say no to everything. I just need to learn to take the treats in moderation. Is one treat a day too much?
I had to call my Credit Card Payment Processing center this afternoon. When I got my credit card statement in the mail today I reviewed it like I always do. To my surprise, I noticed a $159 charge that I don’t recall making.
I immediately got on the phone to see about getting this matter straightened out. I went through the automated line selecting the appropriate options. After what seemed like a crazy maze of a menu, I finally got a live person on the line to speak to me. Of course, I had to sit on hold for about fifteen minutes before speaking to the live associate. Once I got the live person on the phone I explained my problem. He transferred me to another person. I had to explain everything all over again.
The second person was very friendly and told me they could investigate the charge that I did not make. I was told that after they clear the charge that I would have to wait a few weeks in order to get the money back. They wouldn’t just credit my account back the money. He said they would send me a check. That was a little frustrating but I guess it’s better than nothing. I hope this doesn’t happen again because I don’t have the extra cash to pay for these errors.
This morning I hit the snooze button a few times too many. I didn’t realize it until it was too late. I ended up being 45 minutes late for work today. It really threw my whole day off.
I need to get an alarm clock that doesn’t have a snooze button. I really like to take advantage of it too often and today I paid for it. Maybe if I mice my alarm clock to the other side of the room,so that I have to get out of bed to turn it off, I’ll do a better job of waking up instead of going back to sleep.
After work yesterday I decided to pamper myself a bit. I went to the nail salon and got a manicure and a pedicure. I’ve been wearing a lot of open toe shoes and sandals lately and my feet really needed some extra tender love and care. I love sitting in the massaging chair and relaxing as my feet soak in the warm bubbly water. It feels great when the massage my feet and calves. Sometimes I wish I could bring that chair and the manicurist home with me.
Today I got a holiday design on my toes. I got a variation of a french manicure. I had them paint my toe nails red white and blue, with stars and stripes. They look absolutely amazing. As for my finger nails, I always have them done in the traditional French manicure. I think it looks the most professional and never clashes with any of my clothes.