Thursday, June 12, 2008

Catching up from our Trip... Quotes & Thankful Thursday

6/9/08 1st day back. I knew... I'd have a run-in with Illy Nilly BWS when I got back & did. When I saw my desk, I was so mad because it looked like it had been rifled though and ransacked. All the papers in my double tiered plastic file holders were helter-skelter and askew. Just like in The Three Bears I aked, "Who has been at my desk?" I showed it to one lady, thinking Illy might have been the culprit. I knew she heard me saying what kind of mess it was in because she made a snide comment that it is always messy which I ignored.

Now she wanted me to look up someone's time on the system. She said there was no rush. I did not hop when she said jump so she got her attitude with me. I told her I'd look when I went into the system to put the over time in it. She reminded me that the warden took priority when she was saying she took it. In my mass of papers, I lost this small sheet she had laid on top of everything which made her madder. She got uglier saying, "I don't know how you find anything in that mess anyway" stressing the word mess. The mess was not mine. I told her I have a method to my madness. I wasn't letting her have the last word on that one.

I finally found out who the culprit was... the warden! I was told he was looking for an invoice. This made me mad. I don't pilfer through other people's stuff and leave it looking like a whirlwind hit it. I am more respectful of other's property, desks, etc. It always seems like if it is not Illy Nilly, it's him.

Then she handed me my check stubb and said, "Maybe you won't loose this."

I had to ask her 3 times what one of the officer's names was that she was inquiring about. She finally told me. I said, "Thank you!" rather curtly and she said "Your welcome!" just as curtly. She said some other things too. The other ladies were really quiet. The warden even went by as she was talking about my messy desk. He just cleared his throat and walked out the door coward that he is, knowing he'd been the one to leave it in that state.

So I guess I let her get to me. I was mad. I steamed and I stewed because a person should not have to put up with this behavior coming back from a good vacation. Then it hit me... she'd had an anniversary and wanted to go somewhere, but her old foggey husband probably did not want to go. So she was making my life miserable for me because I had a good vacation with my husband and son. I also heard she was up to her old tricks. An officer found her asleep in her office. She is back on whatever medication she takes.

When I told Don about it, he laughed as he always does,telling me I should have told her this or I should have told her that. Hindsight.

I had several bills to pay after work. I made color copies of the piece of art I am about to sell. It turned out well. I made an 8x10 of "Alan's Road Map", found a matching matt for it, but could not find The perfect frame. Because I'd handwritten my copyright on the piece of art my friend Cheryl is wanting to purchase, the guy behind the counter thought it was done by a professional. It made me mad because I thought he wasn't going to let me have it and it was MY art. Yet I guess I am a professional now that I am going to be a paid artist.

I got Rhett & I baked potatoes from Jason' Deli that were oh so good. Don had leftovers from Uncle Frank's birthday since he did not want to eat what we wanted. Man was I tired.

A co-worker told me I did really good yesterday handling Illy Nilly. I was also told she talked about me the whole time I was gone as I knew she would. At least someone else got to rest.

Today I realized I do not need to go to another site to get verification about myself. I can toot my own horn any day of the week and not just on a Tuesday. Maybe because my blog is more about my latest artistic creations rather than being a mommy.
Now don't get me wrong. I love being a mom and I love my son more than anything. He provides us with so much laughter, brightening our lives. It would be dull without him.

I am so thankful for our vacation that was actually a real vacation this time because we went somewhere where we actually bought postcards and a magnet. LOL

I am thankful for my brother-in-law, Alan who challenged me and inspired me to create some new art while in Indiana. It may be my best yet. I am very proud of my artwork in case you cannot tell. If I don't toot my own horn, who will?

Today I came across several good quotes. I journaled this 1st one that crossed my path in my journal...

The more you praise and celebrate life,
the more there is in life to celebrate.

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever. -Anon.-

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
-Bertrand Russell-

With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.
~Catherine de Hueck~

My friend is one... who takes me for what I am.
-Henry David Thoreau-

To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can.
-Og Mandino-

Life's truest happiness is found in friendships we make along the way.

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.
~Margaret Bonnano

Dreams are wishes your heart makes.
-American proverb-

6/11/08 Rhett and I went to church early to help with VBS. We cut out card board picket fences. He is supposed to participate in the skits we have before it begins each evening. I have invited Momma & Daddy. I told them I'll drive them and bring them back home for it.

I was pretty tired tonight considering Rhett spilled a drink on the middle of his bed the night before because he refused to leave the plastic lid on the cup from the Speakeasy Pub. I was changing sheets after midnight. I was not a happy momma. So it all caught up with me. I fell asleep on the couch and they kept waking me up! So I was ill.

Today I put on make up because my friend Cheryl was bringing us lunch from the Yogurt Shoppe and she was going to buy my art! So now I am a paid artist. I quickly demonstrated some of my techniques as we ate. It was such an enjoyable lunch as I don't get many visitors at the prison. That statment made me sound like an inmate! LOL So today I am so thankful I sold some art. I am thankful for my friend Cheryl too. She gets my art. In fact, I think she would fill her whole house with it!

I am also thankful I am caught up on my blog. At least I think I am caught up now.

I had to pick up a prescrption at the local family pharmacy after work. Lo and behold, there sat Bonnie. I should have recognized her brother sitting out in the car, but I didn't put it together. I shared with her my good news about my sold art. As I was about to leave she wanted to know if she could call me. I told her she could, but we were going to be busy beginning this weekend into the next with VBS plus it is Father's Day weekend. Will she really call? Do I really want her to? Do I want to go through those games of cat and mouse with her calling only when it is convenient for her then her getting mad at me if we are walking out the door. Or if I am cooking supper for my family while trying to talk to her, then her complaining that I am not caring about her and of her needs. Unmarried people do not understand family lives. Her life certainly make me more thankful for mine. Maybe I needed that reminder. I will try to be her friend again as I did today. Maybe it's me being ever drawn back into the same patterns and webs. Do I attract spiders? LOL

Oh, and Josie, my friend Cheryl said this stateme I am sure you can appreciate... "Too bad there is not another spider there to bite the BWS!"

I know I am being awful today. Too awful to participate in Thankful Thursday where the good Christian women do not complain as I have done, but are more thankful for the blessings in their lives. Not that I am not deserving of being thankful and my blessings. Just too catty. Sorry. Just being myself. Just being me. Just being Becky - not theRAV.


Denise said...

I love your honest, open heart. Always be true to who you are, God loves the person you are. Be blessed sweetie.

Josie said...

Becky, you are a hoot!!! You have just the right perspective on life. My BWS has actually been nice to me lately. Goodness!

I want to see some of your art work. Can you post some of it? I would love to see it!


becky voyles said...

Thank you Denise, for your comments that really, really helped me. Maybe that will be my new mantra/chant... "Always be true to yourself." I have you to thank for that. Bless you, too.

Thanks to you, too, Josie. I will try to have the artwork up soon.