01/30/08

Hi-Fin Red Wag Platy 2007-2008

Just found the remains of the Hi-Fin Red Wag Platy on the bottom of the tank. Color was gone and looked like the the rest of the fish had started to really nip at it, as they tend to do with dead things.

In a way, it isn't surprising that it's dead. It's been hiding in one spot in the tank for quite a while. Don't know why, though. We did look for it, but we never did scare it out of its hiding spot, assuming it was napping or something.

Damn.

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01/27/08

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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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