Jul 7, 2011

Thursday Tidbits 7/7/11

I hope my friends in the U.S. had a safe and happy holiday!

Mine was a bit hampered by the death of my uncle, but other than that it was pretty good. I didn't go to see the fireworks this year -- I was just too exhausted after the week's events.

The BF and I did grill some awesome wings, though. Check these out:

Could ya'll hear the sigh of relief when I got the grade for my mid-term exam? Thankfully, the instructor graded on the curve. However, due to our ability to "challenge" questions on the exam, we all lost 2 points on the curve. I earned an 89% on the exam. And I think with the extra 4 points for the curve, I actually ended up with a 91, which I am very happy with!

My scores for last week's quiz, written paper, and online posting equated to.... *drum roll please* ....... 100%! I haven't gotten one of those since the beginning of the semester. Call me pleased!! *big grin*

Five weeks down, three to go!

Deb over at Threadgatherer is hosting a Go Baby! giveaway. Hop on over and see what it's all about.

Jennifer at Feathers in the Nest is hosting a giveaway also. In honor of Caylee Anthony, she is giving away a pair of Ginghers scissors.

Job #2 is still having financial difficulties, and more than likely will be filing bankruptcy. As it stands, the bank has to approve payroll expenditures on a week-by-week basis. That means we never know what day we're getting paid. Their huge line of credit (almost $1million) has been maxed and they haven't been paying suppliers or loans.

Last month, the project manager and a son of one of J2's owners got together to form a new company. What is "funny" about this situation is that the PM can't stand the son -- so I'm wondering what's in it for the PM. Incidentally, the very same day they got the paperwork started for the new company, they put an ad on craigslist that sounded very similar to the one I applied to when I was hired for the job. I talked to the secretary about it, and she asked them if she was going to have a job... both sets of owners (J2 and new company) have been evasive. The PM told her that if she wanted a job, she'd have to take a pay cut. So I'm thinking if she has to take a pay cut, they definitely won't be keeping me because I make a whole lot more than the secretary does. Last week, I asked him directly if I was going to have a job and he said I would. However, I think he's stalling so that he can utilize my experience until the new company gets up and running. It's a mixed up mess!

Meanwhile, I've been lining up some alternatives... Hoping that something pans out!

Surprisingly, I have done a bit of stitching. I'm half done with the LK ornament for HOE. I put it down in order to finish the stitching on my envelope. I am still looking for a cute alphabet to do the addresses with. Since these are for exchanges, I can't show any pics yet. Blossom is sitting patiently on the back of my loveseat waiting to be worked on again.


Sunshine said...

So sorry you lost your Uncle. It's nice you have the pics and fun memories of him. Sounds like J2 is just a matter of time. Congrats on your midterm. When ya gonna tell us all about BF??????

EvalinaMaria said...

Thank you Sunshine, you took words out of my fingers - who is BF???

I'm pretty sure you will have your job and I do not think you are easy replaceble. Congrats on the mark!

Shelley said...

Yum-yum those wings look delish!

Sorry to hear about the job blahs but it is awesome that you are doing so well in your schooling.

Look forward to seeing stitchy pics soon :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your uncle. Hope the stitching helps counterbalance the sadness in other parts of your life at the moment.
HUGS, Dee in TN

Nancy M said...

I knew you were fretting for nothing over those grades! I was hoping you didn't see the give away with Deb....I never win when you join in. I just saw another blog where you won something!

Gabi said...

Great grades. Congrats
So sorry to hear about your uncle.
And I cross fingers that all works out for the good with work

Kay said...

That is great to hear about your grades. That does sound very stressful at work, I hope that whatever you have lined up works out.

Pam in IL said...

You always have great pics of the yummy food you make! I'm sure those wings tasted as good as they look in the pic too.

Sorry to hear J2 is such a mess. Hope your other alternatives pan out for you too.

Great job on the test/quiz scores! I knew you'd do fine.

Carol said...

So sorry to hear about your uncle, Meari, and also the troubles with your job. Hopefully, with all your talents, you'll be able to find something new if things crash and burn at Job 2. Congratulations on your grades--you did it again!!

chrisstitches said...

My sympathies on the passing of your uncle.
The time segment....oh so true.
Hope the job situation is resolved so you know either way. Not knowing is the most challenging.
chris b

Katrien said...

Fantastic grades, congrats!
I hope the job situation will get resolved soon

Berly said...

Congrats on the grades!!! So sorry about the job. Hopefully you'll find something else soon.

Mary said...

Sorry to hear about J2. I hope you can find something else soon that will work with your schedule. Congrats on your grade! Your barbecue chicken looks yummy!

Vickie said...

Chicken looks Yummy...Congrats on the grade. sorry to hear about the job situation. Have been waiting to hear about Japanese Garden...it has been a while....

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Congratulations on the grades - but sorry to hear that J2 is so precarious at the moment :( Hope things work out.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the job... Congrats on your grade! I'm sorry about your uncle.

Karin in CA