Frustrated beyond belief

I’ve been unemployed since December 4, 2013.  I was RIF’ed (Reduction in Force) with 11 others.  Who would figure that I’d still be unemployed 6 months plus later?  Certainly not me.

I’ve loved being home, so don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t pay the bills.  UI (Unemployment Insurance) helped a little, but not much.  Fortunately hubs is still working, so we have insurance.

Sure I’ve applied for jobs which I’ve been underqualified for, but I figured, what the heck?  I’ve also applied to jobs I was qualified for.  And of course, jobs that I’ve been overqualifed for.

I’ve been in the mortgage business in some capacity for from 1999 to 12/3/13 from everything from closing to the end.  I’ve applied for several “mortgage processor” positions, and haven’t been hired for any of them yet.  No processor experience despite being familiar with what it entails.

Before that, I’ve worked retail.  Mostly in HS and college.  Though since it was so long ago, it never makes it on the application.  So I’ve been turned down.

  • For Penney’s, I had to take some sort of preliminary assessment with the application.  It told me right off the bat, we have no jobs that meet your skills, or at least that was the gist of it.
  • We appreciate the time you have taken to apply for employment with Dollar General, specifically your interest in the 17972BR LEAD SALES ASSOC-PT, 613 W RAAB RD, NORMAL IL position. At this time we have made the decision to pursue other candidates. You will be eligible to reapply and take our online assessment 6 months from your original assessment date of May 29, 2014
  • Thank you for completing all steps of our application process for the SALES ASSOCIATE position at the following  location with The Children’s Place: NORMAL, IL.

  •  Unfortunately, there is no position that meets your qualifications at this time.

  •  We respectfully ask that you do not call the store to check the status of your application.


I’m searching administrative assistant/secretary positions, but most require 1-5 years experience.  I don’t have that.

  • Thank you for your interest in employment as Secretary at the Bloomington Public Library.  We recently interviewed numerous candidates (not me) and have chosen one whose experience, technical skills, and other attributes most closely match our needs at this time.
  • Thank you for your application for the full-time position of Secretary — Business Office (Heartland Community College).  While your application is no longer being considered for this position, you were among a field of highly qualified applicants.


I’m looking at accounting/bookkeeping type positions.  Again, no experience/degree, so no job.  Coding job at a hospital?  Nope.  No experience.  I can’t even take classes to get coding certification because I can’t afford them.  Any job requiring web development or programming?  Forget it.

I’ve had interviews, I’ve taken assessments, I’ve waited,I’ve been rejected more times than I care to count.  I’m frustrated.

So long 2013

I can’t say it’s been a particularly good year over all.

The good:  We took two really great family vacations.

  • Over Spring break, we went to California.  While there, we went to the California  Science Center (saw the Endeavour which was way cool), California Adventure Park, and DisneyLand.  Awesome trip, though the girl came back with a sinus infection.
  • First week of June, we went to Florida.  Spent a couple of days on Anna Maria Island.  We went parasailing with the kids (they loved it), visited Mote Marine Laboratory during tropical storm Andrea and ate a lot of ice cream.  After, we went up to Orlando.  There we did SeaWorld, Aqautica, and Discovery Cove.  The kids loved it all.  There were a few slides the kids couldn’t go on, but there were a few that the boy didn’t want to go on, but we made him.  He ended up loving it.  And as par, the girl came back with swimmers ear.

The bad:  Lots of loss.  I lost an uncle, a cousin, a friends mom, a friend, and a distant cousin of sorts (a cousin lost a cousin on the other side).

The ugly: I’m sick.

I did lose my job too (RIF’ed), but I’ve been looking and with the time, I’ve also been training for a half marathon.

Here’s to 2014 and that it may not be so stinky as 2013.


It happened again…

The dreams.  The tooth falling out dreams.  I had one last night.  It started out as a wiggly tooth, but it just came out.  At least I was at the dentist!  the big difference between these new dreams and the old ones seems to be instead of multiple or all of me teeth falling out, it’s just one tooth.   Very weird.

Here’s the other dream.  Funny I labeled the post the same!!

anyone know what teeth/tooth falling out dreams mean??

Sleeping with the windows open

Here it is.  June 1st.  We have yet to turn on the AC.  Yippee!!  We’ve been leaving the windows open overnight to cool off the house and closing them around 7 or so before the sun heats everything up too much.  We’ve been pretty comfortable.

Saturday night, was one of those nights we had our windows open.  I was told (because I slept through it) that our across the street neighbor started his motorcycle about 11:00 PM.  Revved it loud a few times, rode it round around the block and gunned it.  I slept through it.  Hubby did not.

For some reason, I can sleep through the loud stuff, except the weather radio, and wake up when the kids cough.  I guess that’s a mom thing.  🙂

Have a great week!

Happy New Year!

We promptly fell asleep just before 10:00 CST.  Hubby and I didn’t even make it up to watch the ball drop at 11:00.  Baby Girl woke up screaming just before 1:00 am, so we were awake for the New Year to roll over in the Mountain time zone.

She puked.  All.  Over.  her. bedding.  Fortunately her sleep friends were spared of the pukey-ness.  I remember going into our bedroom to get hubby and I think I said, “Clean-up.  Aisle Baby Girl”.

After she settled down and cleaned up, we snuggled in the rocking chair and she fell asleep.  Then I rang in the New Year in the Pacific time zone.  I fell back asleep.  Not quite an hour later, she woke up crying again.  This time she was dry heaving.  ughhh…  Awake again for Alaska to ring in the New Year.

I hope this is no indication of how 2009 is going to go.

Happy New Year, all!