Oh ... Really?

Damn what a long day!

I try to take life one day at a time, but sometimes, several days attack me all at once ... this was one of those days. But at least there were a couple of bright spots!

Have I mentioned how much I hate my job? Oh my lordy yes I do. There is nothing in particular that is bad ... there's lots to be happy with. In fact, everything. It's the work I do that I detest. Sales ... blech! Insurance ... double blech! Dealing with stupid people ... snarl! Mind-numbingly boring, rote tasks ... ZzZzZz ...

Anyway, this morning I was about to climb the walls. I had done all my rote tasks, and spent the rest of the morning trying to stay awake, and look busy whenever someone came around. After lunch was a different story ... I was buried under an avalanche of must-do-it-now work, and that kept me in the office two hours late. I left what I could until tomorrow. But oh my lordy ... I hit the commission jackpot! Woo! And when all was chaotic, crazy and things were flying at me ten at a time, I was in my element. That's where I thrive, is when I am in action and facing challenges. If everyday was like this, but maybe toned down a notch, I could deal with it. I am still watching the job listings ... and praying that this one particular company calls me real soon.

My son is going to graduate from high school later this month. If you don't know what a HUGE thing this is for us, you must be new around here. Go read through the Bipolarville category to get an idea. It's amazing the kid is still alive ... 'nuff said there. He is making plans for after-grad ... he will probably go to vocational school and get his ASE certification. This is probably a good profession for him ... folks with bipolar disorder have difficulty dealing with people, and being appropriate all the time. Cars don't care if you speak rudely to them. He has made a lot of progress in socialization, but still has problems. The worst is the propensity to make poor decisions and judgements, and the ever present lack of impulse control. Life will always be a challenge for him, and it may well be that he will need some level of supervision his whole life. (Will I ever have a home all to myself??? I WANT an empty nest!)

I filed a claim with my insurance company for the stolen items. I'm taking a huge hit with the deductible, but with credit cards still needing to be paid off for the laptop and video camera, I just couldn't go without replacing them. Tonight I went to Best Buy to pick up the camera the insurance company ordered as a replacement. I had the go-ahead to get the laptop, which I did Sunday. Both are a little better than what I had before, so maybe it's not such a bad deal. I will be able to replace kiddo's skateboard, and the MP3 player will be upgraded to an iPod video ... happy graduation, son! I hope it makes up a little for the awful betrayal he has suffered in this ... his first real encounter with how shitty people can be. Ol' mom is all good and jaded, it didn't shock me too much. But I know this has been hard on him.

I must say that the local Best Buy has vastly improved the quality of their customer service, if not in action, definitely in attitude. A year ago, I left angry every time I went in there because of the way I was treated by one employee or another. My visits to replace the laptop and pick up the camera were both very pleasant, and the employees I dealt with went out of their way to make me happy, even when things didn't go perfectly. They had a time trying to find the video camera, it took well over an hour. They treated me to a diet Coke while I waited (the perfect way to be my friend!) and repeatedly assured me that they were doing everything they could to hurry along. Same thing with the laptop ... it had some issue the Geek Squad had to take care of, a security device they had to remove, so they gave me a gift certificate for my time and inconvenience.

Who are you people and what did you do with my Best Buy?

Seriously, I will have to write or call the manager to let them know that I've noticed the improvement.

One big treat of the Best Buy escapade was meeting a couple of fellow Rocky Top Brigadiers ... Cathy (Domestic Psychology) and Doug (Reality Me). Their entire brood was there too. Pictures do absolutely no justice to baby Evan ... he is one of the most luscious babies I have ever seen, after my own babies, of course. He's quite the little flirt too! I was utterly charmed. Cathy and Doug are both very sweet and gracious, one of the cutest couples I've seen in a long while. I didn't get to meet the other kids ... that's OK, adults are un-kewl when you're that age. We had a nice chat about the challenges we face as parents, especially our special boys. And our hormonal drama queens. A very nice grace note to my day.

I've been thinking ... what other bloggers would I like to meet in Real Life? Rachal (TNGirl) came to one of our Stitch 'n Bitch meetings, and that was a treat. Once upon a time, I caught a glimpse of Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) at a distance. I'd love to meet Laurence (This Blog is Full of Crap), Jay Tea (Wizbang), Robb Allen (Sharp as a Marble), Michele (A Small Victory) ... just to name a few. I think a Knoxville bloggers get-together would be a real hoot. Anyone up for that?

Posted by LissaKay on 05/04/06 at 03:19 AM in Blogging
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