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What I’ve been doing this fall

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Gee, it’s a little dusty in here. Guess it has been awhile since I’ve written. Sorry about that.

I’ve been busy this fall. I have had one or two short-term temporary jobs and some substitute teaching assignments. I’d prefer a full-time permanent job, but hey, it’s work and it’s money.

Toastmasters has also kept me busy. It’s fall speech contest season. I’m not competing; however I did organize one contest and am assisting with other contests. Until the end of this month.

Lastly, I just can’t stay out of The Apple Store. Against my better judgment, I bought another new toy there a couple of weeks ago. I’m really enjoying it and its various apps.

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Written by Joanne

October 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I can’t stop following

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… Β the adventures of the brilliant parody/satire “BPGlobalPR” Twitter account.

If you’re on Twitter, follow it.

If you’re not on Twitter, get on it and follow it.

Why? Because BP Cares. πŸ˜‰

Written by Joanne

May 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

In the wee small hours of the morning

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It’s the middle of the night. I can’t sleep. I haven’t posted in a while. So here I go:

  • As of yesterday, I am no longer a U.S. Census Bureau census taker. It’s OK, though. I always knew the job was temporary. But it was fun — and the pay was very good — while it lasted. However, I’m sworn — yes, I took an oath — not to ever tell what personal information I collected from whom. Under penalty of up to $250,000 in fines or five years in jail. (Not that I can remember the exact details anyway.) So there goes my book/short story ideas about census-taking or the most interesting people on my blocks.
  • This afternoon, I go to my dentist to get a crown for my broken tooth. I know what to expect; I’ve had a crown done once before. And I have a small mouth (yes, physically) so dental work for me consists of the dentist saying “open wider, please.”
  • This evening, I’m supposed to meet friends for dinner at a Japanese steakhouse. Which normally I would find fun and delicious. But with a hours-new dental crown? I believe I’ll just watch the chef while I carefully sip the miso soup.
  • Switching subjects to entertainment, I found out yesterday one of my favorite entertainers had emergency surgery yesterday. Get well soon, Bono.
  • Also in entertainment, 24’s finale is Monday night. I’m going to have to watch it online or on DVD, because I will be away from home Monday night. I’ll always miss Jack Bauer. And Chloe.

Well, now I’m tired again. Time for me to post this and go back to sleep. Good night (or good morning).

Random thoughts

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  • Where did our delightful spring weather go this morning? It’s cold, overcast, and even a little snowy. Could it be because it’s Opening Day in Detroit? πŸ˜‰
  • Speaking of Opening Day, tomorrow is officially Ernie Harwell Day in Michigan! I’m not a big baseball fan, but my dad and brother often listened to his broadcasts of Tigers games on WJR and our hometown AM station. I remember plenty of warm summer nights listening to Harwell’s warm and wonderful voice. Summer just isn’t the same here without him.
  • My poor car was slightly rear-ended again yesterday afternoon as I was leaving a job fair on my alma mater’s campus. The student who hit me was very nice and polite about it. I’m not going to report it to my insurance company; you can barely see the mark on my (new) bumper. This time.
  • I woke up today thinking it was Saturday morning. Which wasn’t good — I have a Toastmasters meeting early tomorrow morning and other commitments today. Who says the unemployed aren’t busy?
  • I am really, really enjoying using my new MacBook. It just works in the ways that a personal computer should work. And I made sure to get Microsoft Office: Mac so I could open, use, write, and send all the Word and Excel documents I need to communicate with the rest of the world. My biggest question: How will I ever adapt to using PCs again when I finally go back to work? Or should I find a job working with Macs? πŸ˜‰
  • They (“they” being economists and pundits) say the economy’s improving. As one of my underemployed friends once said, the recession’s not over until I get a full-time job, dammit! Well, he had an interview the other day ….