01/27/08

Bowling week 13

..................Lisa...James
Game 1.........93......91
Game 2.........94......83
Game 3.........94......92
Game 4........127.....68

Season record:......W....L....T
Lisa....................23...18....1
James.................18...23....1

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01/26/08

4th week of the year...

Well, we ended up getting 5 new fish last Saturday while taking in the Male Guppy and the Male Red Wag Swordtail Molly.

Everyone appears much happier now without the bully around.

I swear that the Danios we got must be part shark cause they are almost constantly moving about the tank.

Just did water change this week. Will clean tank next week.

Replaced tank filter yesterday as well.

After filling gallon jugs, will replace water filter with new.

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01/20/08

Bowling week 12

................James...Lisa
Game 1.........79.....101
Game 2.........76.....100
Game 3.........79......97
Game 4.........92......93
Game 5.........97......90

Season record:.....W....L.....T
Lisa....................23...19....1
James.................19...23....1

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01/19/08

New fish!

2 Glofish, a Cremesicle Lyretail Molly, & a Silver Mickey Mouse Platy.

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01/18/08

Third Friday in January

Ok, starting next week, new program. Going to empty only {does math} 18% of the tank each week with rotating sets of three gallon jugs of prepped water. On the 4th week, will empty tank down to 50% to clean rock strata and rearrange decorations.1

Had to dose the tank three times with Parasite Clear because the female Pineapple Swordtail Molly had what appeared to be velvet along the top of her body between her head and her dorsal fin. She looks much better now.

We may have a bully in the male Red Swordtail Molly. He constantly goes after practically every other fish, but especially the Platies we have left. Almost constantly hanging around the female Pineapple Swordtail Molly. If I didn't know better, I'd almost swear it was a Remora, the way it hangs around the female Pineapple Swordtail Molly.2

We'll probably pick up a new fish or two this weekend. Especially now that the female Pineapple Swordtail Molly is looking better.
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Friday, January 18th, 2008

I haven't heard from Wand Corporation yet.

Applied to three jobs today.

Resource MFG got me a job down in Bloomington starting Monday. 2nd shift, 12.45/hr, 4 days a week. They also want a copy of my birth certificate to prove I was born here in America.
Don't know if I want it.

Yesterday, I interviewed with a temp agency and the actual company. Turns out they were sister companies. So, I interviewed with the president of the company and a few others. Even though it's way down in Savage, I'd rather get this position as it's with a company that is poised to grow exponentially over the next year and beyond. I sent in a thank you letter to the president of the company as he did give me his business card.
I'll try calling my contact at the temp agency to see what's going on in a couple hours. Will update blow the jump if anything is known.

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01/15/08

Wand Corporation Job testing & interview

Went for testing at Wand Corporation for what turned out to be a Help Desk Technician position for them. Passed both tests and scored perfect in the areas I knew I was going to and utterly failed those that I didn't have experience in.

One of the questions was if the customer was rude to me, what I would do and I had to choose amoung 4 choices. I chose the one where I would hang up on them if they were rude. Turns out I would have been fired for that.

I had an interview with the manager/supervisor of the Help Desk and he explained everything and when I brought up the question, he said that while they didn't have a policy about that situation, they do try everything within their power to make the customer happy. He also said that while I didn't have the necessary skills for the position, he has gone to bat for others he felt would be worth being trained in for the position.
Reason why I would have been fired is had that customer been with their biggest account($10 billion!!!), it would have worked its way up the chain of command and eventually back and I would have been in big trouble for hanging up on a customer.
Guy I interviewed with said they have a lot of overtime and minimum hours for each week are about 45 hours and mandatory every other Saturday working with a day off during the week. I don't know about the overtime as I'm afraid GF™ will moan and groan a bit plus she may moan about the Saturdays as well.
In my opinion, the add was a bit misleaded for the job. The title on it was Computer Technician, not Help Desk Technician.
I'll actually receive a reponse on this one whether they will hire me on or not. Given the way the guy that interviewed me talked, I'm hoping he doesn't stick his neck out for me. I'd rather he didn't and then I disappoint him, ya know?


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01/14/08

Diet Day 8

Breakfast:

1 can of Slim Fast Optima French Vanilla Shake
1 Toaster's Scrambles Reduced Fat Egg, Cheese & Bacon Toaster Pastry

Total breakfast calories: 340


Lunch:

1 Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy Lemon Meringue Yogurt
1 Turkey Burger w/American Cheese


Total lunch calories: 415


Dinner:

1 7oz. cut No Name Original U.S.D.A. Choice Boneless Beef Bottom Sirloin Steak
1 Mr. Dee's Hash Brown Potato Patty

Total dinner calories: 450


Total for day in calories consumed: 1205


Exercise time and speed: 1 hour at 3.1 mph


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Another Monday, more jobs applied to

Only reason to hate today is the bone-chilling cold outside. Tis only 5°F outside. Although, it makes me glad I didn't have to get up and be outside at 6am in this.

Just 8 today. Hope Dunwoody sends some out today so I can count those with these.

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01/13/08

Bowling week 11

..................Lisa...James
Game 1.........98......103
Game 2.........90......83
Game 3........106.....103
Game 4.........98......87

Season record:......W....L....T
Lisa....................19...18....1
James.................18...19....1

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01/11/08

Diet Day 5

Breakfast:

slept in until 10am today.

Total breakfast calories: n/a


Lunch:

1 Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy Orange Creme Yogurt
1 Turkey Burger w/American Cheese
2 Pillsbury Toaster Scrambles Reduced Fat Egg, Cheese & Bacon Pastry

Total lunch calories: 735


Dinner:

1 No Name Parmesean Crusted Chicken Breast
1 Mr. Dee's Hash Brown Potato Patty

Total dinner calories: 470


Total for day in calories consumed: 1205


Exercise time and speed: Approximately 1.2 mile. Just decided to take it easy today, what with blister and right ankle hurting a little. Also, had other things that needed my attention.

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Full cleaning and sick and dead fish

Found the Sunshine Platy right on the heater. Probably died and floated up and over to the heater. When I fished it out, there was a gapping hole in its side. Damn.

Cleaned the rock strata as best as I could. Used two socks in the process. We use toddler socks as filters for the water. Put the sick over the end of the hose and then turn the pump on, sock will hold the dirt and crap and the water will go right through.

I removed everything to clean the rock strata and I put everything back, but in a different configuration, theory being that it will cause the fish to redo their territories.

I worry about our fish sometimes. They can be real doofuses(doofi?).

The female Pineapple Swordtail Molly has what appears to be either ich or freshwater velvet on it.
The female Hi-Fin Red Wag Platy has taken up an odd habit. She'll sit between one of the plants and the glass, vertically. As in, her nose will be pointed up to the surface of the water.
The female Silver Molly has had an odd S-shape to her body almost from the day we got her. Don't know how it happened. Anyway, earlier this week, I noticed it was wobbling back and forth a bit, but that seems to have gone away. Whether it's due to just acclimating again to everything or not, don't know.

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01/10/08

Diet Day 4

Breakfast:

1 Yoplait Light Fat Free Lemon Cream Pie Yogurt
2 Pillsbury Toaster Scrambles Reduced Fat Egg, Cheese & Bacon Pastry

Total breakfast calories: 430


Lunch:

1 Turkey Burger w/American Cheese
2 Dannon DanActive Immunity Vanilla Probiotic Dairy Drink

Total lunch calories: 495


Dinner:

1 No Name Boneless Pork Loin Chop
1 Mr. Dee's Hash Brown Potato Patty

Total dinner calories: 260


Total for day in calories consumed:


Exercise time and speed: 1 hour at 2.8mph
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Not as many as I wanted...

...but they are still jobs nonetheless.
Only found 6 jobs today. Don't know if that's a message or not.

Wand Corporation called late yesterday. The ones with the Computer Technician position available from last Thursday. I am going in this coming Tuesday for testing at 2:30pm. Maybe an interview, but the lady said it was unlikely. Well, I'll do my best on whatever they throw at me. This is certainly more than what I expected from them.

I still don't think I'm going to get the position, but I'm gonna do my best.

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01/09/08

Diet Day 3

Breakfast:

slept in until 12pm today.

Total breakfast calories: n/a


Lunch:

1 Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy Lemon Meringue Yogurt
1 Turkey Burger w/American Cheese
2 Dannon DanActive Immunity Vanilla Probiotic Dairy Drink

Total lunch calories: 595


Dinner:

1 No Name Premium Chicken Breast
1 Mr. Dee's Hash Brown Potato Patty

Total dinner calories: 220


Total for day in calories consumed: 815


Exercise time and speed: 1 hour at 3mph.
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01/08/08

Diet Day 2

Breakfast:

1 Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy French Vanilla Yogurt
1 Pillsbury Toaster Scrambles Reduced Fat Egg, Cheese & Bacon Pastry

Total breakfast calories: 260


Lunch:

1 Turkey Burger w/American Cheese
2 Dannon DanActive Immunity Vanilla Probiotic Dairy Drink

Total lunch calories: 495


Dinner:

1 No Name Premium Chicken Breast
1 Mr. Dee's Hash Brown Potato Patty

Total dinner calories: 220


Total for day in calories consumed: 975


Exercise time and speed: 1 hour at 3 mph.
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Another day, another job applied for

Updates:
.....-From yesterday, the Production Electrical Technician has been filled by someone else. Thing is, though, I got the e-mail from the company in question, not from the temp aganecy I submitted through. A little weird, IMO.


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01/07/08

Diet Restart Day 1

Breakfast:

1 Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy French Vanilla Yogurt
1 Pillsbury Toaster Scrambles Reduced Fat Egg, Cheese & Bacon Pastry
2 Dannon DanActive Immunity Vanilla Probiotic Dairy Drink
Total breakfast calories: 440*

*-Perhaps move DanActive to Lunch or eliminate altogether. Ponder on this later.

Lunch:

1 16oz Grandma's Saloon & Grill Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup


Total lunch calories: 240


Dinner:

1 1/2 No Name Petite Cut Steaks
1 Mr. Dee's Hash Brown Potato Patty

Total dinner calories: 360


Total for day in calories consumed: 1160


Exercise time and speed: 1 hour on treadmill at 2 mph

Yay! The treadmill is working again! Going two miles an hour was just a start and it was really comfortable. Could've gone all afternoon at that speed. Tomorrow will try for 2.5 mph, but will bump down to 2.1 mph if need be and slowly work back up to 2.5 mph.

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Job Search Monday, 2:09AM 1/7/08

Applied to 8 jobs, updated resume on a couple job sites and a follow up to a job previously applied to.

Last Thursday I applied to a Computer Technician position with Wand Corporation. They sent a response on Friday with a written interview attached. Had to pay $150 to get the key for Microsoft Office, so hopefully they do bring me on so I can recoup the cost from them. Doubt they will though. Filled out the interview as best as I could. Missed two questions pertaining to good experiences in customer service and installing software and networks.

I'll be surprised if I get a call at all.

Also, Mechanical Assembler position from last Thursday through Aerotek has been filled.

Jobs below the jump.


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01/05/08

1st anything for fish of 2008

AFA4 minus Cory Catfish*

Just did water change tonight. Will do rock cleaning next week.


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01/03/08

New year... search begins anew... Job search day too damned many

Just finished applying to 10 positions, which is going to be my minimum for each weekday or search until 6pm local time.

Below the jump.

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12/31/07

Note

Just finished last shower of 2007. Emptied shampoo bottle and will start with new bottle bought a couple weeks ago next year.


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12/30/07

Damn.

We lost the Cory Catfish.

Just found it behind the treasure chest. Other fish were nibbling at it.

Whether it starved to death or was old age, we'll never know.

Guess I need to move everything around to double check for all fish now when just a water change is done.

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12/29/07

AFA4 yet again & water change

As it says in the title, AFA4.

Had to change the tank filter early. On Christmas Eve. That's a nice present from them. Sheesh.

Ok, changed the tank filter back on the 7th of December. With having to change on the 24th, that is 17 days. Perhaps feeding too much or we have too many fish.

With that, will start changing filter every 14 days starting on the 11th of January, 2008. Filter should be fine until the 10th and if I wait until after midnight that night, if I can, things should be fine.

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12/24/07

Tank filter

Just did an emergency tank filter change. The main tank filter was overflowing with water as if the filter itself was blocked.

Notes this Friday.

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12/23/07

Week in review

-Monday, Tuesday and Thursday walked for 1 hour on treadmill, averaging 2.3-2.6 miles each time.

-Interviewed for jobs on Thursday and Friday. If either one comes through, will more than likely start in 2008. Have interview scheduled for next Thursday, December 27th.

-Saw National Treasure: Book of Secrets last night. Very good movie. It reminds me of the Indiana Jones trilogy, but a more modern sense in that it's happening in modern times and it involves the lead character's family. Although, if there is a third one, and economically, they'd be stupid not to do so, it would be almost surprising where they pull the gold from. In the first, it was a treasure that any one nation shouldn't have. This time, it was the legendary lost city of gold.
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Bowling week 10

................James...Lisa
Game 1.........76.....104
Game 2.........75......71
Game 3........110.....83
Game 4.........82......82

Season record:......W....L....T
Lisa....................16...17....1
James.................17...16....1

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12/21/07

Water change & Rock cleaning

Changed tank water and rearranged decor on bottom of fish tank after cleaning rock strata as best as possible.*

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Tap Water Filter started fresh back on November 9th, 2007. Filter level approximately halfway or nearly there now. Estimate about four months from current water filter before needing change. With two remaining water filters, estimate will need to find new source by October 2008 or new way to filter water for fish tank.


AFA4 before, during and after cleaning tank.


Note: Clean toilet next week


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12/18/07

I Am Legend part 1

Went and saw I Am Legend tonight with GF™, the latest Will Smith movie.

To me, and GF™ agreed, it was just a zombie flick. Also, it was another warning against a total cure all/vaccine for cancer. What I'm talking about is from the second season finale of the show 7 Days entitled "The Cure". Essentially the same plot, only swapping zombies for time travel. Much as we all wish, guess we can't have a cure all for cancer in general. Gotta be seperate cures for each version, as painful as that is gonna be.

Will do spoilers and my thought later when it comes out on DVD. Then I can type this out fresh as I play and pause things. Maybe takes notes.

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12/15/07

Bowling week 9

................Lisa...James
Game 1......113.....153
Game 2.......77.......94
Game 3.......72.......69

Season record:......W....L
Lisa....................15...15
James.................15...15

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12/14/07

Our fish are weird

Just did a water change today.

AFA4*


*=All fish accounted for


For the record we have:
Clown Plecostmus
Pineapple Swordtail Molly(female)
Red Swordtail Molly(male)
Silver Molly(female)
Guppy(male)
Hi-Fin Redwag Platy(female)
Redwag Platy(male)
Sunshine Platy(female)
Cory Catfish

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12/13/07

Musings

Just got home from my first interview after being laid off. It was for a company called AVI Systems. I kinda know the area where they are located a little, always think I'd make a killing if I were to put a gas station over there as there doesn't seem to be one within about a mile of the nearest highway. Horrible if you run out of gas in that area, ya know.
Kinda doubt I'll get the position, but I'm hoping. *crosses fingers*

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12/11/07

Jobless again and more

I shouldn't be angry with my old boss, but I guess I am, a little.
Yesterday, I go to work, not thinking anything is wrong. Work the whole day. GF™ calls at 5pm saying she just got up and says that we'll be going out for supper, since nothing was thawed. I hang up and then a minute later, she calls again. The temp agency I was going through for this job just called like a second after she hung up the phone. I was laid off.
The thing I'm upset about is that I have to find out at the end of the day when my boss is there the entire time. Now, granted, he may not have known when I got to work that morning, but as soon as he knew, he should have pulled me to the side and let me decide if I want to leave right then to start looking for a job or wait until the end of the day. Calling the temp aganecy is more of a formality, in my opinion, because obviously I'm more than likely going to be calling them up and telling them they let me go.

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12/09/07

Bowling week 8

..............James...Lisa
Game 1.......71.....114
Game 2.......84.....110
Game 3.......90.......94
Game 4.......59.....145

Season record:......W....L
Lisa....................14...13
James.................13...14

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12/07/07

Water filter change, Water change and rock cleaning

Just got done changing water in fish tank.

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12/01/07

Averages

week 1:
James avg: 74
Lisa avg: 96

week 2:
James avg: 92
Lisa avg: 99

week 3:
James avg: 87
Lisa avg: 84

week 4:
James avg: 92
Lisa avg: 80

week 5:
James avg: 96
Lisa avg: 74

week 6:
James avg: 105
Lisa avg: 87

week 7:
James avg: 76
Lisa avg: 105

Lisa: 89.285
James: 88.857


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Bowling week 7

..............Lisa...James
Game 1.....123.......86
Game 2.......80.......65
Game 3.....109.......65
Game 4.....107.......87

Season record:......W....L
Lisa....................10...13
James.................13...10

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11/24/07

Bowling week 6

..............James...Lisa
Game 1.....111.......77
Game 2.....108......110
Game 3.....106.......77
Game 4.......96.......83

Season record:.....W....L
Lisa.....................6...13
James................13.....6

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11/10/07

Bowling week 5

..............Lisa...James
Game 1.....73.......78
Game 2.....85......103
Game 3.....64......107

Season record:....W....L
Lisa....................5...10
James................10....5
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