Tuesday, September 30, 2008

ive been organizing

and this is my very own cart for making people pretty:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


1. went to piemontes today to pick up lunch. got a domestic proscuitto (wha?) sandwich without tomatoes and 1/2 pound of sicilian olives. and yes, i smell wonderfully.

2. billy, the owner of yost, asked me to be full time with them. aparently they think i do a good job and think i could really fit well into everyday life.

3. we found someone to take care of g during the days while we are at work, courtney. yes, jd's courteny. g has been there for 2 weeks now and is liking it. and she is willing to watch her full time.

4. the embalmer, jaime, let us borrow season 1 of dexter. man, it is good. weve watched 4 episodes so far, and cant wait to watch the rest. really, i recomend it for netflixing.

Monday, September 15, 2008

blah, i hate microsoft excel

i was working on making a phone list today at work. about 40 names on the list, with a number and prices, so why is it 35,000 pages long? i have noooooooo idea, and aparently microsoft help sucks and cannot tell me how to make my spreadsheet one simple page long. it insists on giving me 34,999 plank cell pages. nice

Thursday, September 11, 2008

work is great

so, im finishing up my third week at the new job. this is what has happened so far, and the folks i work with:

the initial interview was by tom, my manager. i had met him before, at his wifes antique shop where my mom goes quite often, but was nervous anyway. turns out he is a really nice guy (some of the guys woody works with have worked for him before and apparently he never yells at employees...crazy). so, that interview went well, and i was scheduled for another, this time with him and the owner, and then with the gal that runs the front desk, and is sort of the one you want on your side. the owner really liked me (his name is billy), as did the office gal (office manager?), and so i got the job. so, ive been working my arse off, but really liking it. the funeral home also has a cremation society (a place to get a super cheap cremation of you arent looking for a service), and i have already met with three families. this weekend is my first weekend on call, and it looks like im actually gonna be in charge. if we have a death i am the one notified by the answering service and i send out the people to pick up the deceased and then in the morning i call them and set up a time to meet with them. i also call the embalmer on call to embalm any cases that come in and need to be embalmed. anyway, its a bt nervous, but i think ill be okay (i think my supervisor, tom, is nervous too).

so these are the folks i work with:
billy: the owner. really nice guy, but likes things a certain way. hes relaxed, about 60 (maybe not quite that old), and likes frequent trips to cabo wabo each week, but is also happy at dog house grill or the elbow room. he has done his best to let me know that they are all glad ive come on board with them, and tries to stay out of everyones hair, while still keeping tabs on everything that is happening. seems to really like funeral service and the folks that work for him.

tom: my manager. very calm, explains everything very well and wants to learn new things. he reminds me of the huband in 'sleeping with the enemy' but just in the way he looks. he is a really great boss, and i am super lucky that he is so nice.

levi: billys son. super into football, but not jock-ish. works in the back, getting bodies dressed and casketed, and ready for me to make-up, and also works services with me. very appreciative and mellow. has long (like mid-back length) red hair, and a super cool girlfriend. his grandma (billy's mom) lives next door (and she always asks how i am doing), and his girlfriend goes to visit her a lot.

louis: does tons of stuff. he dresses and caskets bodies, as well as looks after the building. he is also an awesome landscape guy, and is super helpful.

elaine: runs the office. i am slowly learning how to do things her way, and luckily she is patient and wants me to tell her how i am used to things happening.

bob: the bookkeeper. he also makes arrangements with families and is a pastor of a small church in fresno (i think maybe pentecostal-ish), so he does services for families that dont have a pastor that they regularly are in contact with.

ben: an office guy. her runs the website and does death certificate work, as well a a bunch of other stuff on the computer.

jaime: the main embalmer. her cases look awesome, and so far she seems super willing to teach me how to embalm. she even brought me a sucker (okay, two) the other day. i am really hoping to learn a lot form her, but not enough to take her job. i just am not the kind of person that could handle being in the back room all the time.

there are also a bunch of part timers, and they are great, but i cant be botheres to list them all. anyway, it is going super, and i love love love my job.

so, thats it.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

voter education

I was fairly certain that I was only going to vote for McCain if he ran with Jindal. Now, that isn't to say that I would vote for Obama (or Hillary had she been the Democratic choice), I just figured I'd sit out this election. Well, it turns out I just can't do that. I keep thinking about how important it is to vote, and have a political opinion, and I decided that I needed to get some knowledge about Senator McCain, Governor Palin, and the whole lot of Repubs. So, this weekend I started my research. I have not yet done much to educate myself about Palin, but I am sure I'll get to her. For now I've just been reading up on McCain and Obama, and I've tried to be fairly objective and open minded (I know that sounds like I'm trying to be open-minded for Obama, but I have to force myself to do that with McCain as well, as he has some qualities that I will have to learn to live with), so as not to miss something important about either candidate.

Now, for a lot of the issues I agree with McCain's stance. He is pro-life except in the cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother, which is great, and seems to be looking toward the overturning of Roe v Wade. I won't go into a ton of details here, as I am fairly certain most of my readers are not fans of pro-life stuff, which is fine, but I am in agreement with McCain on the abortion issue. He is a bit lame though in his stand on sex ed and conception issues, which is a drag, but until I run for the presidency I don't expect a Republican to be a staunch supporter of those issues.

McCain is definitely aware of global warming and environmental issues from what I've read, and is a supporter of off-shore drilling and self-relaince for future energy, but his thoughts on how to get there leave a lot to be desired. His goals don't seem as clear or as bold as Obama's, but he is a proponent of nuclear energy, which is nice.

With health care McCain is proposing a credit. Now, I have to admit, I'm not as concerned with health care as I should be, and so this one holds less weight with me, but still, I am much more in favor of the tax credit than I am with the idea of federal involvement in health care that Obama is proposing. It is ridiculous in my opinion, to think that employers should be forced to pay health care or fund a national health care plan. It is expensive and shouldn't be put on the shoulders of american business.

Okay, now to the hardest of all issues: Iraq. I have very strong feelings about war, and it has always been the part of the Republican policies that I just can't seem to agree with. while I understand and agree that Iraq needs help to get to a self-governing place, there are too many people dying, and too much money being spent, and no clear answer as to when we can get out. It looks like McCain wants to have most of our troops out by 2013, but that's soooooo far away.

So, that's what I've got so far. Also, I'd like to say this: while I am a Republican, and I like to support my party, there is no reason that the Republican blogging community should be such jerks about Michelle Obama. They have been mean, slanderous and downright infuriating in things they've written about her and it shows a tremendous lack of professionalism, not to mention a lack of human decency. Michelle is not running, Barack is, and it is not right to make her seem like anything other than a woman supporting her husband. The Democrats haven't been even close to that harsh on Cindy, and a lot can be said for that. Anyway, its just a side note.