Am I the only one who pays attention to ordinary details?

      So yesterday late afternoon and overnight we had a lot of strong thunderstorms pass through our area. In the afternoon one storm had 2 very loud crashes of thunder that sounded just a split second after lightning flashed. Overnight lightning was seen flashing in our windows.
      Today Giuliano and I went grocery shopping at the local supermarket. They were stocking their freezers around the yogurt and ice cream sections. On the ice cream freezers there was a sign. It started off saying, “Due to the electrical storms last night our freezers our down.” I stood staring at that sign in disbelief. Then I gazed at the other copies of the sign around. All saying the same thing.
      Then when we were about to leave, someone was driving the wrong way down the parking lot. (You can only drive either down or up the lanes, not both.) Now the arrow clearly marks which way to go. And then there’s the way the parking lines are slanted.
      *Shakes head.* It just makes me wonder.

“My Keyboard!”

      Giuliano stepped away from his desk at work early in the day. When he got back, his keyboard was gone.
      I’ll try to explain without going into those sticky details. (No pun intended.)
      Basically some coffee got spilled on a wireless keyboard that belonged to another coworker at Giuliano’s workplace. So someone else went to get a replacement. Instead of going to a room where other keyboards are kept, they swiped Giuliano’s keyboard while he was away from his desk.
      Least to say Giuliano was shocked when he got back to his desk. He then went to that room that has spare keyboards and got himself a replacement. Unfortunately the keyboard is older than the one he had.
      Now it’s a working keyboard, which is good. But I mean come on. Who swipes keyboards while someone is not at their desk? Don’t even say anything. Don’t even find that person and ask if they can have it. Just take it. Plus what if that was someone’s personal keyboard? (Meaning that someone bought themselves a keyboard out of their own pocket.) And then the person swiped that.
      I don’t know, but in my little world when you take something without permission, it’s called stealing. I mean geeze! At least have the courtesy to ask if you can have the keyboard. Or if you must have that keyboard because it’s the same type that was damaged, at least replace the person’s keyboard that you’re taking. Don’t just grab, run, and never look back.
      Giuliano and I just find the whole thing irritating. Hopefully the coworker whose keyboard was damaged is having a replacement (better) keyboard ordered for them. Then when the new keyboard comes, Giuliano will get his old keyboard back.

      I’ve heard of people swiping pens, pencils, markers, but keyboards? I guess we have to somehow prevent our keyboards from disappearing while we’re away from our work desks now.


      Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. Giuliano just told me a bit more about this whole situation.
      Apparently the person who took Giuliano’s keyboard tried to clean the keyboard that the coffee spilled on. Then that person tried to give that damaged keyboard to Giuliano to see if it’d work.
      So the person doesn’t clean the keyboard, try it on their PC, and plan to give it to the original owner. They try to pass it off to my boyfriend.

Worst Day Ever

Well my car broke down.. again. This time it actually died while I was out and about job hunting.
I was in a left turn lane, preparing to turn when the light turned green. Suddenly my engine just died. Just like that. Poof! It was as if the car stalled. I tried to start it again. The car would try to start, but it wouldn’t engage.
So I called Giuliano as I put my emergency blinkers on, put the car in park and put on the break. I opened the hood to check the oil and everything else. At that time a very nice man turned into the street I was on and tried to start my car. He said he thinks it’s something electrical, because the car wants to start but can’t. Then he rolled it in reverse and down a side street so that my car would be out of the way of any traffic.
I checked the car’s fluids. Oil and coolant were both fine. I cried and sighed in disgust.
Now as things go, I was fairly lucky the car broke down where it did. It could have been much worse. The car could have stopped in the middle of an intersection. Or it could have stopped while I was driving downhill, or worse uphill.
Still it cost me $55 for a tow to the nearest car repair shop. They can’t see it until tomorrow though. Even then it’ll cost about $75/hr for labor.
Of course I’m still unemployed. Any remaining money on any credit cards went right to the cost of the tow. Giuliano is down to about $30 after paying bills and mortgage right after getting paid on Tuesday.
So now both of us are asking our families for some emergency money. Least to say this is the worst tax day ever. I can only hope my refund of $400+ will deposit into my checking account soon.

For those who do not know the woes of my car. In the past 15k miles I’ve owned my car I’ve had to replace:
– All 4 tires
– All 4 struts
– Entire exhaust system minus catalytic converter
– AC Condenser
– AC fan
– AC changed to new system
– AC fluid filled and refilled several times. AC still doesn’t work and the AC fluid somehow still leaks out when it’s in a gas form. Stopleak has been used at least twice and it still happens.
– Various other small parts.
So I’ve paid at least $2k work of repairs, not counting regular repairs cars need. I still owe about $1.5k on the car, and I originally paid $3k on it.
Right now I wish I could pay off the car. Then nothing would make me happier than seeing the car launched on a giant catapult, sailing in he sky, plummeting down a cliff, and plunge into a vat of acid.
The car probably went between 100-200 miles since I moved to GA before it broke down today. The damn thing can’t go as much as 1k without something breaking down. Damn piece of crap.

Oh the irony. I need a job for money to pay for car repairs. But if I had a job I wouldn’t be able to get to that job. Or worse I could be stranded several miles from home on a busy highway.
So now I have a revised wish list. For a combo birthday (in early Dec) and Christmas present I want a better car.

Some Deep Thoughts

To be human is to know that you are going to make mistakes.
Yet this whole concept has seemed to elude some people.
Why is it that some people have a low tolerance for mistakes? You make a mistake and they yell and scream at you until they turn blue and your pride and self-esteem is shattered.
I know mistakes happen. So my thinking is that, “Okay. There was a mistake. Now how do we fix it?”
Yelling and screaming aren’t going to fix anything. It sure as heck isn’t going to solve anything either. If anything it only makes matters worse. The last thing you should do when a mistake is made is to knock that person down and make them feel miserable about it.
Getting angry about a mistake won’t make it go away. And getting angry won’t change the fact a mistake has happened. The only thing you can do is acknowledge the mistake was made and correct it.
I would approach the situation by solving the mistake myself as quickly as possible. Otherwise I’d approach the person who made the mistake. Maybe I’d say something like, “Hey. I found out there’s an error with this project that you did. Can you go back and fix it for me?”
Mistakes happen. Move on and focus your energy on solving them instead of ranting about them.

If you ever get angry at someone you should always apologize about it later.
I had a manager that was having a bad day and he got a bit angry. Then later he approached me and said he was sorry if he appeared angry at me. Then he told me this wasn’t the case and he was just having a bad day. And then he apologized again. That whole event made me see my manager in a better light. I had even more respect for him then I did before.
So that’s how I feel is how people should approach the situation of getting angry with someone. We have bad days or bad moments. We know we shouldn’t take it on other people. If we do, we should face facts and apologize for our anger after we’ve had a chance to cool down.

We are all sorry when we’ve done something wrong. So the first thing we want to do is say that we are sorry and ask for forgiveness. Sometimes it’s followed up by a request to do something in return to make up for whatever we did wrong.
Now forgiveness is a two-way road. First the person making the mistake has to ask for forgiveness. Then the person who was wronged has to accept the apology offered.
No matter how sorry you are, and how much you work to make it up, you cannot control if and when someone will forgive you. You can be sorry, bow low, weep, and work up their trust again until the day you die, but still that will not control when someone will forgive you. So do not linger on a mistake for the rest of your life. If you have said you are sorry and demonstrated your sorrow then you have done your part.
When someone has made a mistake, asks for forgiveness, and goes to show you how sorry they are, you should forgive them. Actually show and state that you forgive them. Then move on and forget the mistake that was made. If this doesn’t happen, it breaks down the relationship between you and the person who made the mistake. That person will always be fearful of making another mistake. They may avoid you, look downward instead of eye to eye contact, and talk less in fear they’ll provoke you again.

So ask yourself these things.
Have you lately been angry or curt with someone when you shouldn’t have? Have you told them you’re sorry?
Lately has someone asked you for forgiveness for something they did wrong? Did you forgive them?

There is a lot of hatred in the world. There is a lot of anger and sorrow too. Just take a moment to look around. Just look at the news around the world. There is enough hate in this world without having to add to it ourselves.
So instead of adding to the hate, add to the happiness and joy of which there is too little of. If you want to make this world a better place, it starts with the action of each of us. We each decide how we want the world to be by our actions and their reactions.
So next time the moment approaches when you can be angry or forgiving, think of all of the hatred and sorrow in the world. Then make the choice that you know is right.

Career Personality Test Result

Introverted (I) 70% Extroverted (E) 30%
Realistic (S) 53.85% Imaginative (N) 46.15%
Emotional (F) 58.54% Intellectual (T) 41.46%
Organized (J) 58.33% Easygoing (P) 41.67%

Your type is: ISFJ

You are a Guardian, possible professions include – counseling, ministry, library work, nursing , secretarial, curators, bookkeepers, dental hygienists, computer operator, personnel administrator, paralegal, real estate agent, artist, interior decorator, retail owner, musician, elementary school teacher, physical therapist, nurse, social worker, personnel counselor, alcohol/drug counselor.

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And from this website some snippets from what being ISFJ means:

  • “And although they’re hurt by being treated like doormats, they are often unwilling to toot their own horns about their accomplishments because they feel that although they deserve more credit than they’re getting, it’s somehow wrong to want any sort of reward for doing work (which is supposed to be a virtue in itself). (And as low-profile Is, their actions don’t call attention to themselves as with charismatic Es.)”
    – Bingo. This is why I have such a hard time writing cover letters about my previous accomplishments.
  • “In the workplace, ISFJs are methodical and accurate workers, often with very good memories and unexpected analytic abilities; they are also good with people in small-group or one-on-one situations because of their patient and genuinely sympathetic approach to dealing with others.”
    – Which is why I love library work in cataloging. It requires a lot of attention to detail.
  • “Like most Is, ISFJs have a few, close friends. They are extremely loyal to these, and are ready to provide emotional and practical support at a moment’s notice.”
    – Very true.

    And from this site:

  • “They are not as outgoing and talkative as the Providers [ESFJs], except with close friends and relatives. With these they can chat tirelessly about the ups and downs in their lives, moving (like all the Guardians) from topic to topic as they talk over their everyday concerns. However, their shyness with strangers is often misjudged as stiffness, even coldness, when in truth these Protectors are warm-hearted and sympathetic, giving happily of themselves to those in need.”
    – This is definitely me. I’m always shy of strangers, especially those older or in a higher position than myself. Though once as I know someone, I open up and talk with them often. I’ve also read that my type dislikes conflicts, which is again why I’m shy around authority figures.

    And heck this whole page is a very accurate description on what my personality is like.

    My boyfriend Giuliano took the test and found out he’s actually an ISTP personality.