Saturday, February 13, 2010


I'm working today.

Not fun, but I had the day of Tuesday so I could attend a lighting clinic for photography.
It was pretty cool, fairly informative, and REALLY made me want to buy some lighting equipment... which was the purpose I think, since they were pushing Photogenics product.
I think lighting is the next step for us, to take our shots up a notch or two.

It's so nice to relax for a bit when I first get to work.
Yesterday, I forgot to mention that my old boss is GONE. He was the jerk I would periodically... sporadically write about. I don't hate him, just the way he was.
He was transferred to an inside job, which leaves us without a supervisor, more or less. We do have a stand-in super from another crew, and it's like night and day. He's so busy trying to manage the two crews, that he really doesn't have time, nor the inclination to bother us... which is exactly what I want. Leave me alone so I can do the job.

For the past several years, I've always started out the year by writing a list of things I'd like to do. Not exactly a resolution, but... sort of.

Anyway, this year I didn't write one, but I have made a mental note, a decision to try and live my life more positively this year, to try and be happy regardless of my circumstances. This includes: not complaining about my job (I fail at this sometimes. ha!), not cursing (I didn't think I could do this, since I can curse like a sailor, but it just took some time and constant awareness), not combat driving, being more grateful, being more hopeful, showing and telling Amy and Tristan how much I love them (I did that already, but now I keep it at the forefront of my mind), and just trying to maintain a positive attitude in general.

You know what? It has absolutely helped me. I FEEL less stressed. I FEEL healthier. I feel like... I dunno, like we're going to make it.
If nothing else, it certainly beats the alternative...

Ok, gotta run. Message for the day:
WORK on being more positive for a few weeks and see if it helps your state of mind. It takes 21 days to develop a habit, but I think you will see results way sooner than that


Friday, February 12, 2010

We Shall See

Hello, everyone... anyone?

I hate it that I don't write anymore.
I've tried to figure out just what the problem is, and have come to a conclusion:


BUT, there is hope.
My job has finally turned another corner and the good people at... the phone company, have allowed us to go back on Home-Dispatch.
This means instead of driving to the office and sitting in redundant, blow-hard policy meetings everyday, I drive straight to my first job from my house. It gives me about an hour of "free" time to get settled, have a cup o' Joe if I wish, and catch up on my reading/blogging.
I may actually have time to write again! After all, it only fell apart whenever we were taken off Home-Dispatch while a new contract was negotiated. It only took a year.

All that being said, we are working hard on the Photography business so I can quit my regular job by next January. We are doing sessions just about every week, and we STILL haven't really gotten out there and advertised yet. So far it's been all word of mouth.

This week was Tristan's first week of public school in almost 3 years. It wasn't an easy decision to take him out of private school, but they really left us no choice. The teacher he had this year was deplorable. He had shut off to her, which I wasn't very happy about, but his grades were suffering pretty badly, and he was miserable. I tried to coach him on dealing with a bad situation, the way I did with my crappy job, and crappy boss (HA!!), but he had already shut down completely.
When we took stock of where we were, we decided that he had gotten all of the rudiments that he had missed in early elementary by now, and was ready to swim with the big fish again. They started him in a higher grade than he was in at the private school and he was tickled pink at that. Plus, he has his old friends back. Overall, I think our decision to pull him from public school, and now reinstating him, was good. It worked out.
I hope... we shall see...