Spring fever!

70 degree temps today sure got the kids ready to play! I think spring fever has sprung. I didn’t even realize that Easter is less than 2 weeks away, and the bulbs are coming out (of which many I didn’t plant and I will have to wait for next fall). Already bought some new bulbs to plant now for fall blooming. I can’t believe it’s coming so quick – seems we just finished Christmas (and we won’t talk about the Christmas tree that really isn’t still up in the basement fully decorated, a little table top tree in the corner that I haven’t had time to put away – we won’t talk about that —-)

We both have a lot of work which is a blessing! I just got invited to test at some new places for transcription which should leave me a very well rounded list of contractors to work for, especially next year when Ryan starts full-day kindergarten. I plan to work about four days a week then – maybe 4-5 hours a day – maybe. And Rog is being offered more opportunities with Sunlark.

Getting in the mood to do yard work AND spring cleaning. So much to do! We need to get contractors to finish more work on the basement from damage we had from the flood last summer. And washing windows and walls would be nice!

Happy spring, everyone!


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Birthday week


Originally uploaded by criscollrj.

Ryan had such a busy week he slept behind me last night in the chair while I was typing =) He had his birthday last Thursday (and it was mine too!) and then was just busy playing all weekend. He fell asleep today again for 4 hours – and guess who else did – me – from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.! This means I should be able to stay up LATE toight and type my job – right? Right? So off I go 😉

New birthday pics on the picture timeline –


still alive…

I am 10% White Trash.
Not at all White Trashy!

I, my friend, have class. I am so not white trash. . I am more than likely Democrat, and my place is neat, and there is a good chance I may never drink wine from a box.

I’m either working, researching working, or updating my computer for work. Wow! I’m taking some breaks this week (spring break!) and getting a haircut and trying to clean the house, but still have to review instructions on two new jobs I’m starting after that! For part time work I’m sure spending a lot of time…. but it’s a learning curve.

DH has a bunch of work now! We’re going to get a shed, a new computer (since I’m on this one all the time for work now!) and some new locks for our doors (to keep Chris from running across the street in this nicer weather!).

Hope everyone’s well, haven’t even read in ages.

love, d

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arghghghg! Venting…..

Rog had interview today at 1. Me and my mom took ryan out to the park and out for lunch about 11:30. I got home at 12:45 and hear message from my husband with the time of about 11 something saying he has an emergency about the directions to this place. I called him back at 12:46 and got his voice mail, and he didn’t get back to me until 12:55. He says he can’ FIND the place. I verified the address for him – he had everything right. apparently they gave him the wrong directions so he’s calling them back to get the right ones.

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baby steps…

Rog got 2+ weeks of work from his old company! And still the interview tomorrow. AND I got a small account landed from an old company that should start in May (it’s typing survey answers, nothing to do with the tests I just took) but it’s a nice side job that I did in 2002 with Rog that’s starting again.

Financially things seem to be improving!


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Thanks for thinking of me everyone – I hope to SOMEDAY respond to comments!!! here’s the latest.

User: dori

Comments: update on yesterday TOMORROW is Rog’s test here http://www.clsltdjobs.com/positions.htm (not today, as I mistakenly thought) and it’s at 1:00. and I’m testing for escriptionist.com today (now 🙂 ) I’ve done half the test in rough draft already – it wasn’t bad. Getting back to it in full at 8:30 when Ryan gets on his bus. However, I’ve heard the second half is much harder, and about 3/4 of the people that posted on the WAHM board failed it. Prayers and thoughts appreciated!



User: dori

Comments: wish me luck – I took the test and the second half was ever as hard as they said. I listened 5 times and got it down to only one inaudible, so hopefully they’ll pass me.


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new job?

check it out —

“Hello Dorene,
Thank you for taking an interest to our job posting. After reviewing numerous resumes, we believe that you possess a lot of the experience we are seeking.
Let me provide you with some information on the accounts for which we are recruiting transcriptionists. The bulk of the content will be broadcast news for both radio and television. Each broadcast varies between one and two hours in length. Each typist will be assigned a 15-minute segment to transcribe, but will be encouraged to request as many segments as they can realistically complete within the designated turnaround time. In general, most finished transcripts are due back to us within 3 hours following the conclusion of the assigned broadcast segment. Work assignments will commence within the next couple of weeks.”

I need to take a test for this. If I pass, it sounds like this will be steady work. Then again, i don’t want to be overwhelmed! I should test Monday, probably. It’s an 8 minute file which will take me about 45 minutes I would think?

We had a great but busy week – usual stresses. Now, he needs a job.

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bragging ;)

http://www.criscollrj.com/site files/type-align.html

and the start of my husband’s business site….

http://www.criscollrj.com/site files//brightness.html

[note from 2010 – we don’t really practice the brightness.html business at this time – and I am on a minimum mode with type-align but if anyone is interested in transcription, let me know what your turnaround time need is and I will consider your terms.]

fun fun!

I don’t really want more business right now but getting my name out a little may not be a bad thing in case this job would get too slow or not work out. I did a business card too with that same logo on it and my husband made his own also with the logo on his web site (he actually made his card first and I stole the logo off it and put on the site).

It is a sick feeling that we’ve lost more than half our income with my husband’s lay off – but we’ll be okay. We’re resourceful, hardworking creative people, right !???

dori, who has to get back to typing CD #2 of 3 due Tuesday…

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He’s not sure what he really wants to do but at this point needs to just get something fast. We’re really hoping once Ryan goes to school I can work more and then he’ll work less and go back to school. He’s got to settle what career he’s going to do but he needs more schooling. So this next job he gets will probably be just another “job” and not his career, but who knows….

Amazingly I have been offered this job:
SECRETARY Part-time. Work from home preparing marketing materials. Exc. typing, organizational, computer proficiency in Word, Power Point, E-mail/internet.
that I applied for today in the News-Herald via email! I just have to pick up my StartStop pedal from the other house and make sure it’s compatible to this computer in transcribing CD’S. I can’t believe it. I probably will be working 10 hours a week. Rog is going to help me until he finds a job.

And he has an interview:
Listing JANITORIAL Immediate Opening for Daylight Janitorial Position. Call to set-up interview
He said it wasn’t much detail in the ad. They want to see him tomorrow. It’s a day job cleaning around the smokestacks or something. he’s not sure how great it is but it’s a start – one first interview in hopefully many prospects ahead.

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don’t want to remember the big job hunt days…

haven’t been reading, things are nuts. Newest news:

Ohhh boy. Rog called his workplace and was directed to call his supervisor on his supervisor’s cell phone. Turns out Jeff his supervisor, along with another person doing the same kind of thing at the workplace, were laid off. There’s no work in sight. So Rog is out job hunting. He’s not technically lost his job or anything, but with no work and all these layoffs, it doesn’t look good. He’s worked 5 days since the beginning of December. Luckily we had saved up during the “fat” times but now that the lean times have been here quite a while we’ve almost used it up. I’m glad we were wise enough to save….

I have been thinking of something too. With my family situation I hesitate to look for a permanent job, but I did call the temporary agency Robert Half Legal that I worked for back in 2003 (I did a 6 week assignment for them before that full time job I had for 6 months). I asked if I wished to, may I be put on a list to be called for temporary assignments. He said yes. I said is there any penalty if I turn down an assignment and he said no. So if Rog doesn’t find a job in a week or two I think I may sign up with them again. My name is in their system. I did not sign up, yet.

I’m also going to call back this other attorney that called me sometime last year asking for temporary help. I’m going to see if they still need someone.

I told Rog maybe the Lord has something better in store now now that we’ve moved – that he used the other job to get us this house (you know, long term job placement – he was there for almost 6 years). Maybe we’ll find something with insurance. I know you can get insurance with Robert Half but you have to work a lot. I don’t think I could work that much, now.

I have thought of the home work too but I think it’s just too hectic right now to try and do that. I’d need the kids in school all day to try and focus on work at home. (I don’t even know where all my equipment is….) Even with Rog home it sounds crazy. We are talking about putting the door back on the office so we can close it. That is a future option!!!

Well, I guess that’s all my new news- which is big news.. sigh. I did accomplish a big computer project which I was proud of – after the “middle aged” computer (2000 Dell) died I got my old one here from my mom’s house, and set it up and networked it. Then I programmed the old fax to work so am back in business with a working network and fax. Even got my old fonts back off the old computer that I loved and couldn’t find – especially CAC Pinafore! Still want to eventually fiddle with the middle-aged Dell and get it to work for Colleen as she has Insaniquarium on there. She doesn’t like my old Wonderex 486 – too slow for her!!! it is souped up to Pentium 1 for goodness sake! ha ha – it’s my baby from 1995 — worked on that machine for 8 years in DOS Word Perfect.

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