Friday, July 30, 2004
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
We haven't had any luck looking for a job for Tom. All the online sites for the casino's are all yes and no questions and if you have one not they way they like, it's thanks but no thanks. I have to call some places and see what can be done. If anyone wants to check for possible jobs somewhere, lit me know. I am losing my mind. I should start looking for manufacturing stuff at this point.
I have not recieved the letter asking me to come work there. This is good and bad. Good because we can still look for a job, bad because I have too much other stuff to do when I do get it.
I think Tom and I are just going to have to run out there and see what we can find.
Thanks for all your support. Do you want me to keep emailing you that I have an update? I plan to do it when I have big news. Otherwise just hit the board once a week at least.
Saturday, July 24, 2004
One of the lovely people who read the blog sent this movie from JIB JAB to me. I then received it in the mail from another friend. So, obviously this is getting around and I think it is great. As the title implies - it really doesn't matter who you are going to vote for - but the premise is great.
Don't freak out if you can't get in right away. I read the JIB JAB blog (lol) and they are having major site problems with the number of people trying to connect to the movie. I would not suggest trying to watch this if you have a dial up connection. Not gonna happen.
JIB JAB has a lot more in the animation department, but their server isn't sharing them at the moment. I have seen several of them before. I really want to see "Au-nald for governor" or something like that.
Basement looks horrible. They ripped up the carpet and now you really have to have shoes to go down there. Must finish the list.
Movie reviews-Tom stayed home so we went to the movies:
The Bourne supremacy- Ok, the story is really good. They keep you going rather well. If you have a headache or anything even close to one - DON'T GO. They shot it all HAND HELD. I know it is supposed to make you feel like you are there. Well, it feels like someone's grandma was holding the camera. Ewww. I like a little work like that; but it was most of the movie. Tom and I both felt a little sick. The beginning is really bad for that - it was worse than the opening of Mulan Rouge to give you a comparison.
Cat Woman - Halle Barry (SP) LOOKS GREAT. The premise is good. They did a nice job explaining to the non-comic book people (me) where the original idea for cat woman came from. Tom and I felt bad that they didn't get the Spiderman people to share in the special effects department for climbing the walls and jumping from roofs. I give movies a lot of slack. Some people might decide it isn't rounded enough or something - but I thought they did a great job with the story. Just enough story to keep you interested and a good amount of special effects. The bad guy in the movie is cool. They do keep a couple secrets till near the end. Hurray.
If you want reviews of the other summer movies... Feel free to comment. Oh I must mention....
I, ROBOT - Will Smith gives us a GREAT view of 3/4's of his body. Very ripped butt. WOW. I liked the movie, some people are complaining that they didn't follow the book. Umm, they sort of say they aren't going to follow the book. Ok, I enjoyed it.
Spiderman 2 - Good. Special effects awesome, much better than first movie and the bad guy is GREAT. Maryjane does something I think is totally stupid, but hey - not my call.
Alright, I know this is long.
Talk to you later
Thursday, July 22, 2004
As you can see from the pictures we went to the Ann Arbor Art Fair on Wednesday. It was SOOOO VERY HOT. We all looked pretty sad by the time we got home. Ice Cream is a good thing. :~)
Paul is using the mighty morphing DSL connection to apply for jobs. I swapped out the Modem in his computer and added a little ram. Always a good thing for anyone.
I got a call toady for a job at a Charter School today. Of course I was out, so I shall be calling them tomorrow.
News about Vegas. The Principal understood our need to look for a job. He doesn't officially offer the job. So, we have until the letter comes from the personnel department shows up to look for a job for Tom.
Tom is taking Friday off to fight with the internet and call about jobs.
Oh yeah, I think Everquest might fit in there too.
Have a lovely day. We are.
Tammy and Tom........ And Paul
MOOSE!!!! Ann Arbor ART FAIR. Paul L, Naarah and I wandered around most of the day. Rob joined us later. This Moose is made out of Rusty nails, that gave him the color. For those who want to know, the orc guy in armor behind the moose is Anatomically correct. lol
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
My posts were starting to get really long and it seemed that the side bar was making stuff unnecessarily long.
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- After 30 days we get $2000 for moving there.
- You have a choice of joining the teachers union. I guess there are some perks, one with a credit union that is immediate.
- Health insurance is a ppo an you add the spouse for a little money.
- If I accept the job, then they will put the thumb screws to who ever Tom applies with to make him a priority candidate. The Chamber of Commerce feels that new teachers are really important and work to make the rest of the companies help get the spouse or adult age children jobs.
- The school is in a decent section of town. I found a lot of interesting looking apartment complexes in that area.
- Every single person I spoke to from the school district was really nice and helpful. They did everything to make it seem easy to work there and worth the trouble to get there.
So, now what happens.... After talking to a lot of people, I finally called the principle back. I told him that we are interested in moving there, but it depends of if we can get Tom a job. He was VERY understanding and said that it would now be between myself and the personnel department as to deciding what to do. He will forward my name to personnel and ask that I be checked to fill the position that he has open. They will then send me a letter offering me the job. (OR NOT) I highly doubt that they wouldn't send an offer.
I must use the time before the letter gets here wisely. We need to book on trying to find Tom a job. I spent a whole lot of time working on that yesterday too. I guess I need to find a head hunter or something. hmmmm
Other Blog news.... If you notice after each entry there is a little notice about writing a comment. Many of the people that read my blog know each other. So, I thought it would be fun for you to write a comment that others could read and I could acknowledge. I think I set it up that anyone can do a comment. It doesn't have to be elaborate or anything. You can alo go back to other posts and do comments on them. The blog could feel a little less one sided if people make comments.
Hope to manage to see most of you soon.
Tammy and Tom
Sunday, July 18, 2004
I am so pleased to see how many of you looked at the blog and responded to it. Thanks.
Tom is fairly sure that we just couldn't get everything done in time to make it reasonable to go. Basically I want to tell them to give us a couple weeks to see if we could come up with a job for Tom. Our biggest concern right now would be to get the basement redone and fixed to rent or sell the house to go.
Ah yes, a decent idea shared with us. Rent the house till next June, then if we decide to stay, sell the house; or if we decide to come back to Michigan, we'd still have our home. Know anyone who wants to rent a house in Wixom..... lol
I think it would be great to go. Tom likes the idea of the weather, and yes he does like the heat. I may have more trouble adjusting to that. Although, I could probably ride my bike a few more months out of the year there. :~)
Thinking of you all.
Friday, July 16, 2004
NO, that is not why. I woke up when Tom left for work and then I couldn't get back to sleep; I am a little excited and my brain is going a million miles an hour.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
The ServPro people with the drying equipment came out yesterday and agreed with me that everything is not dry. The basement still smells and well, its just ugly.
They decided to leave the equipment a few more days and discuss our concerns with the claims adjuster.
I got the film pictures developed and posted the water ones. I wish Tom would have got a shot of the laundry room and bathroom. Oh well, can't get everything.
Had to get a new printer so that I could get the lists done. Isn't that a bummer. So, I spent time at costco yesterday getting what I could. Much better deals than any of the computer stores. Not much choice, but exact price range, so there ya go.
Garbage guys come tomorrow, so I have work to do today. I spent hours yesterday looking up prices of stuff. Wow, talk about a pain. Got to get that list done.
Anyone want to buy an explorer. Oh my, I have to get that sold.
Another section with big losses. There is a power strip on the floor behind the tv and everything. When I picked it all up, the plugs were oxidized (is that right) into the strip. So, the directv box got it, the stereo got it (expecially the speakers) and the TV. Oh yeah, on the bottom shelf there is an editing VCR. UGH Hmm, notice the floating books. (sigh)
Sunday, July 11, 2004
I am still a little worried about the mold possibility.
The air conditioner has been running solid since Saturday afternoon, we made a boo boo and left the windows open a little too long, it got into the high 80's on Saturday. The upstairs is tolerable. Certainly better than outside.
I'm not sure if it has been the traveling or all the work, or the fact I have a big sunburn now, but I am really tired. Tom has been napping a tad bit also. He has been working a lot, but i'm not quite sure what my deal is.
The house was full of people on Friday. Everyone came to see the diaster zone. Jane came to visit, Rob and Naarah came to help and we all wound up haveing pizza. Jane's husband Scott even stopped by to give us an estimate on drywalling the basemetn. We have a couple walls that really should be redone.
Today's good news is that we relocated a network cable into the spare bedroom closet and now I have access to the network and internet. My big monitor survived and I am evaluating the rest of the computer equipment. I know I have lost a few things for sure.
It's weird to have a window I can see out of and I can actually use my cell phone while on the computer. Oh my, I best not get too attatched.
I think it is going to take me the rest of the summer to deal with everything. I guess it's good that Tom is getting overtime.
Have a good night. I should add new pictures tomorrow.
Saturday, July 10, 2004
Well, here is the equipment that was brought to the house to help with our flooded basement. Wednesday morning Tom called me to say come home. The hot water heater broke and dumped tons of water in the basement. Got a good 8 inches over most of the stuff. I lost lots of things and we are going to fight for new walls. Mostly a finished basement. I'll keep ya updated.
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
I will be leaving my parents house today, after Tom called at 5:15am and told me there is water in the basement.
The only goodnews about that - 1. I have my BIG computer down here with me in Chattanooga. 2. It is clear water out of the tap. No sewage - thank god.
Bad news. 1. My other computer is sure to be dead. 2. The phones are out??? Thank goodness for cell phones. 3. Ewww the mess, there is carpet down there. AND all my stuff for school....
So, I am packing up right now to leave.
I figured I would post, because if the phone is out, I won't be posting at home anytime soon.
Tom is calling a plumber right now, and he at least got the water shut off and is getting the drains open.
I will be playing cleaning lady for the next week I guess. Lets hope the sun is out - so I can dry stuff.
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Got a few pictures from the 4th and a couple of mom's flowers that finally came in. I think the bumble bees are keeping the yucky beetles from eating those flowers. The other plants are not looking so great.
The Guys went fishing all day yesterday in the 91 degree heat. The ladies went shopping and stormed the Hobby Lobby Grand Opening near the mall. Wow, that is a cool store.
The Hawaii videos are still giving me major problems. I decided to skip the one and try to get the other to work. If that doesn't work, I'm going to have to re-import a bunch of the movie. EWWWWWW
Have a great day. I should be going home some time this week.
Sunday, July 04, 2004
Yesterday - July 3rd was MY (Tammy's)birthday. We had a break in the weather and spent the day out of the boat. Micheal and Chris showed up at 2am and then Aunt Pat and Uncle Ken arrived in Chattanooga around 5pm.
The fishing was ok. Michael caught two, dad caught one and I caught - well I caught - Chris.
Those faint of heart may not want to look at the picture of Chris' head too closely. Aunt Pat was squealing, "The worm was wiggling on his head."
At least it was a plastic worm and I hadn't caught one fish all day. So yes, I nailed Chris in the head with a fish hook. Everyone here is just having a field day over it. Chris is a really good sport and claims that it really didn't hurt.
The good news is Jay was home and he brought over some numbing stuff, cut it off and got it out. Saving about $400 in a trip to the hospital.
Today - the 4th. The guys went out on the dock this morning fishing and didn't seem to catch much of anything. I stayed here and slaved over more Hawaii videos. Mom is still working on the stencil. It looks pretty good. Pat, Mom and I took a little break and ran to the store. Walmart look out.
Tonight we are going out on the boat to watch the Fireworks that everyone sets off over the lake.
Have a great 4th and we'll see you later.
Saturday, July 03, 2004
Thursday, July 01, 2004
Woke up today and still it is raining. I visited the Sprayberry household last night. Kenny (Harphey) is our guild leader from Everquest. I even met the alusive Dave (Hnash). He doesn't talk much, and you wondered why he doesn't answer tells.
Patti and I had a great time talking about everything and I hope to get together with her again before I bail from town.
Time to get some more videos done. and Eat - yes Food is abundant here..... lol