Shocking Sunday/Manic Monday

What’s up?!  Monday came and went!  I know I was supposed to have something at noon today, but yesterday was a bad day, and definitely NOT how I wanted my Sunday to go.  First, I got a whole bunch of texts from my mom about what to pull out of our freezer for dinner.  “This meat, that meat, and the other meat.”  Our freezer is literally stocked with so much meat, one would think that we were feeding the Wildling army.  Anywhoo!

After the texts from my mom, I drank two cups of coffee too late in the morning (I slept in), and was vibrating all afternoon.  That, coupled with my brother was making me wait when he said he needed me and I had an errand to run, made my heart rate/blood pressure go through the roof.  Once I was finally done assisting him with manually backing our dad’s stick Mazda3 under the deck, I had to drive to the liquor store.  Hey!  I earned it!

Almost home, my ‘check tire pressure’ light went on and the terrifying beeping began.  My heart started racing and I had to take the care to pump up the tires.  Tires are pumped, but the light is still on.  AHHHH!!!

After that, I got home and had to start making dinner, but certain ingredients were going bad, and it made me worry about how dinner would be received by those eating it.  Trust me when I say that pouring myself a glass of wine was one of the best decisions I made yesterday.

Today, I was just depressed thinking about work, and how my personal leave had been cancelled because the other girl is out of the office.  It was just one of those days.  The only redeeming quality about it, was the fact that time actually did seem to fly.  Now, I am home, drinking some sangria, about to continue Kong: Skull Island with my baby sister.  Yeah…

I guess things could be worse right now.

And on that note, it’s been real!

T.G.I.F – This Girl Is F–ked

Fridays are the one of the best days of the week!  It’s the beginning of the weekend and everyone has plans, and all those plans begin (and usually end) with going to a bar.  I wish I could have that luxury in the sense that I can go to a bar, sit down, order a drink, and kick back after a day at the dentist.

Um… no.

I do go to a bar, in a restaurant, after I’m done working at the dentist.  However, I’m the lovely lady who stands in the front and seats the customers as they arrive.  Ta da!  I’m the hostess of my restaurant!  The only hostess at my restaurant.  It was a recently created position, as we did not have somebody at the door all the time to greet people and seat them.  Makes me wonder what they were doing before I came along.  My one manager remembered that I was a hostess for four years at another restaurant, and asked me to start being the hostess there, and to create a system.  The system has been made and implemented well the last several months I’ve been at the front.

Occasionally, I leave (sickness, vacation, etc.), and somebody else has to do my job.  I once heard the manager did my job, and got so confused, he said, “I wonder how she does it.”  With respect.  He normally pokes fun at me, so I was rather pleased when I found out.  I knew he would never say it to my face.

Tonight, I will sit behind my little table with my seating chart, reservation/wait list, and my menus.  I will smile at people who will ask to bounce from one table to another; I will see almost everyone do something stupid, and I will laugh at it.  All in all, it’s not so bad.  Just tiring and some times emotionally exhausting.  And when it’s all said and done, I get my drink at the bar after a VERY long day at work.

And on that note, it’s been real!

The Mail Must Go Through!

So, yesterday I get home from work after going out for a few refreshing drinks and a chat with the receptionist that I am training, and I found a letter for me from a possible source of information for my current historical project.  I had written to him a couple of weeks ago, and actually thought that he would not respond (being a busy man and all).  The letter was from him personally, and even though he did not grant me (directly) the information I sought, he did give me two leads to follow.

Since I decided to take on this novel, I have already met many brick walls that have been thrown up in my path.  Not deliberately, but inadvertently.  For the sake of truth and historical accuracy, I still find myself seeking the same answers.  I’m starting to hope against hope that I get the answers I am looking for.  It is doubtless that they will (all) show up in my novel, but I would like to put something at the end with all their names.  Just the names of 147 men, who died defending their faith and the city they were charged with protecting.  Sounds easy, right?

NOT!

And on that note, it’s been real!

In Media – In The Middle Of

Okay, it’s Wednesday!  Nothing to see here.  I get so tired of people saying, “Oh!  It’s Hump Day!”  As far as I’m concerned, every day could be Hump Day.  Depends on when your weekend starts.  😉  Thankfully, the one thing I like about Wednesday is that I feel like I get home from work and write until I suddenly realize it’s bed time.  Some times, I even miss my dinner.

The project I’m currently working on is very demanding in that I have to do research on the historical era, re-familiarize myself with the fashion, and other literary shenigans.  Taking up more time than my previous novels (in the research department, that is), but I’m enjoying every second of it.  My head space is so crowded with ideas, and concepts, and theories, that some days I think it might explode.  From pure genius!  Okay, that’s taking it a step too far.

All in all, I’m always very excited about my novel.  I’m not at the pivotal section of the book that has the historical event that it surrounds, but it is always so fascinating to craft the characters and build everything up to that crucial conjuncture.  I know it will be like a beautiful collection of notes, leading up to a crescendo of equally marvelous paragraphs, and sentences, and ultimately (I hope), book.

Oh, FYI, that picture does not represent me at all.  In fact, it more accurately depicts what my family has to do to get me away from my computer.

And on that note, it’s been real!

Wake up its…! Tuesday?

Okay, let’s be honest here… Tuesday shouldn’t be a big deal, right?  Monday is the problem.  Right?  In my world, both can be a challenge.  Monday, I’m the first one in the office (dental, in case you were wondering) and I make sure everything is done to my liking (see previous post for picture details).  I have everything ordered and hope to a higher power that everything goes according to plan.  Seven times out of ten, that doesn’t happen!  I leave on Monday late afternoon, thanking God that I didn’t gut a patient, or strangle a coworker (depends on the coworker).

Tuesday, I work till close, so I don’t have to come in till later.  Refreshing, one would think.  I could sleep in if I wanted to, but I’ve things to do and places to be.  I’m up before 8:00, out the door around 9:00, eating breakfast by 9:10, then running errands till 11:00.  My shift got bumped up from 12:00 so I could train a new girl, and she is a gem, BTW.

Before her, I was working with another woman.  Now… she leaves much to be desired.  She’s slow on the uptake, doesn’t do anything like I tell her to do it, and leaves everything else for me to handle.  She’s really what I’m talking about when I say I want to strangle a coworker.  Right now, she’s yucking it up in Indonesia on FMLA (loosely put).  I will not miss working with her when she gets back, as my position will be changing.  But, back to Tuesdays.  Tuesdays, I come in, and everyone is running around like chickens with their heads cut off.  Mountains of paperwork need to be done, charts put away, and messages taken off the machine.  All in a days work for Wonder Woman!  UGH!  The new girl is still new, but better at taking orders.  Things are quickly under control, and I can breathe for all of five minutes.  And, she doesn’t make excuses for why stuff wasn’t done.  The first woman, on the other hand…

“Oh!  The phone was ringing off the hook!”

“Oh!  So many patients asking so many questions!”

Why not just say, “Oh!  I’m so worthless, I can’t do anything by myself!”  That’s an answer I would believe.  Well, I hope that everyone else’s Tuesdays go a lot better.  Do you have a coworker you want to throw through the window?  How do you handle a person that dense?

And on that note, it’s been real!

Hello World! Let’s Get Real

Greetings to my fellow carbon based life forms!

Greetings to my fellow carbon based life forms!  Day going good so far?  If it isn’t, look at it this way: it’s half way done.  Some days are always too short, never enough time to ‘do all the nothing’ you want to.  That’s how I feel every day.

I work six days a week, dealing with what I like to call ‘the dregs of humanity’.  Now, it’s not always bad.  I work basically in customer service in two jobs.  There are good people and there are bad people.  But it’s always the bad experiences that stick in our memory, like gum in our hair.  I don’t like to be unhappy; I’m not even an unhappy person naturally.  Just sometimes, life gives you lemons to make lemonade, and right now, I’ve got a couple of gallons to go around.

Maybe, I should take a page out of Calvin’s book (Calvin & Hobbes): “When life gives you lemons, you sling ’em back and add a few of your own.”  I am trying to do that.  I’ll get into details on that score some other time.

But, who am I?  Maybe the best way to describe myself is to use certain characters from pop culture.  I have the wicked snark of Loki; the desire for vengeance like Cersei (when I’m thoroughly roused); 20170723_130215and the loyalty of Sam Gamgee.  Got a picture?  Oh, wait… that’s the picture.  Shows my parents have a sense of humor.  In other words: you treat me right and are a friend to me, I’ll be a friend to you.  Mess with me, and you’re in a world of hurt!

So, how’s your day looking now?  Still ‘meh’?  Well, hopefully you’re a ‘glass half full’ type of person.  I’m more a ‘glass is always occupied’ type person.  It’s either half empty, or half full.

And on that note, it’s been real!

 

It’s Been Real!

Hello!  Welcome to “It’s Been Real!”  I created this blog partially to vent and proclaim wonderful news to the world.  But also, I need another creative outlet.  Writing is my passion, and I am quite proud to say that I’ve been writing since I was twelve-years-old, and have self-published a couple of books.

My first book

That is the link to my first book that is currently on Amazon.  It’s a medieval-fantasy, that is a slight nod to the great works of J.R.R. Tolkien.  Like most young people my age, I’ve read “The Hunger Games”, and “The Divergent” series.  I enjoyed them!  Don’t get me wrong; but I felt there was a need for a heroine who isn’t so conflicted and confused.  She’s got the beauty, the brains, a funny sidekick, and a loyal group of friends.  Hopefully, that might spark some interest…?

It’s Been Real! will not just be about my writing.  I plan to also use this as a means to point out certain aspects of mankind and critique them (including my own faults, i.e. bluntness).  So, I hope that you will grant me the time of day and read my blog posts.  Thank you, whoever you are!20170723_132032