The Hunt Continues

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He boots up his laptop and peruses his email.  Just like the day before, nothing new except ads. He really was hoping to hear back from one of the four jobs he had applied for this week.  He knew he was probably grasping at straws to think he could make close to his former wage, but he was starting off aiming a little high and then will move his expectations down.  But it was really discouraging that he didn’t even get a “We’re sorry, but the position has been filled.”  So, it was back to the online job search again.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – peruse

(100 words)

The Axe

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He walked through the cubicles like he owned them.  Marie shifted at her desk and typed a message in her email.

Hi Sheri!

Guess who is wandering around again?  Your favorite person.  Be warned he is acting as smug as ever.  And I think his hubris is oozing today.  I KNOW he was in the Axe body spray again, PU!  Keep your eyes down and you should be safe.



Marie when back to her spreadsheet and in about 3 minutes her email notification popped up.


Report to Human Resources about your email account.

Tom HR “Axe man”

(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hubris

Happy and Grateful – Day 338

One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays.  How it can light up young and old alike.  The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty.  And the promise of a new year is just around the corner.  This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending.  Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always some good in the day no matter how small.

Today was a quiet day.  I tried to get closer to caught up on my email in the quiet of the afternoon.  It is not a major accomplishment but it was something that needed to be done and I am happy I accomplished just that.

I am still dealing with a cough and fatigue from this cold.  I was a little bit better today, but still not back to 100%.  I have to say I am grateful for my Albuterol inhaler.  I hate to think where I would be without it.  All I can say is I will be glad when this is all cleared up.

The nighttime meds are starting to work their magic so I should close my eyes.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  I hope you have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 260

The kids are all in school, there is a growing crisp in the air.  Football games and shorter days fill the weeks.  It is September.  I have accomplished another month of acknowledging my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join me as I continue my goal of one year on this journey.  Please join in with your happiness and gratitude in the comments or your own blog post.  No matter how bad the day is there is always something worthwhile in the day.

Ah… Sunday.  My boyfriends first of two days off and a day of only two errands to run, not bad.  My boyfriend usually spoils me on Sundays.  He fixes a big breakfast of eggs, sausage and hash browns.  Today was no different and it was so yummy!  It makes me happy, one of those comfort food meals.

It was also a nice fall like day.  We could once again open windows and hear the birds chirping.  It helped my mood a bit today.  With my daughter’s birthday coming up in about a week I am pinching pennies and trying to find corners to cut so I can get her a couple of nice gifts.  It has me stressed out.  I just want her to be happy with what she gets.

Tonight I am grateful to be able to take a little time to go through my emails from the week.  A good way to catch up on the last week before a new one begins.  Some weeks I can get really behind and this was a busy week.

I have taken my medication for the night and am starting to get tired.  I think I will maybe read a bit and head towards sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 224

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

Today was an ok day.  Not great, not horrible, just a day.  First day of my boyfriends vacation and we did nothing… had a very lazy day.  I took a nap in the afternoon, he took one in the evening.  We watched some more Dark Matter on Netflix.  We did take a walk to the store down the block, but only to pick up something for dinner.  I was grateful for a day with very little to do.

I did get an opportunity to do a little cleaning up in my inbox today.  I am forever terrible about sorting through emails.  I will go through and look at the important email and leave the ads and junk mail for weeks sometimes.  I was even able to browse a few new blogs here on WordPress and find a couple new people to follow.  It made me happy to get some computer “work” done.

Now my nighttime meds are kicking in and I am starting to get drowsy.  Must be time to end this for the night.  Find your happiness, feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 206

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning.  It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life.  It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night.  I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day.  Join along in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always good in every day.

The forecast was wrong.  It got warmer than they said and more humid again too.  I swear that is the only job where you can be wrong a good percentage of the time and still keep your job.  But I survived it and am so ready for the rain that is supposed to come tomorrow.

A strange day where I got very little sleep between phone calls and people knocking on my door… oh well, maybe I will sleep better tonight.  I did take about a half an hour this morning to finish the book I just couldn’t stay up and finish last night.  I was grateful my daughter recommended it to me.

Just a little bit ago I got an email from a friend of mine.  It is always good when I hear back from my friends, it makes me happy.  She had good news too about some financial matters that had concerned her.  It turned around enough she was even able to get the used car she was looking at upgrading to.  That news made me very happy.

I need to try to make up some sleep hours now… I know it doesn’t really work that way but I will be happy if I can get a full 5 hours before I have to get up to take my boyfriend to work.  I can always go back to sleep for a little more rest as long as the phone is quiet and nobody stops by.  May you have a wonderful night/day!  Keep looking for happiness!

Happy and Grateful – Day 14

I have undertaken a challenge this year.  I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel.  No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment.  Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day.  Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog.  Let’s find some fun!

A quiet day… nothing big, nothing fancy.  I felt better than I had.  I did get an email from a friend.  I was able to post on WP.  I played a game on Facebook.  I really think some days I would be lost without my laptop.  The digital age is a part of out lives.  On just a routine day it keeps us connected to those we love and can entertain us for hours.  I know I could go a day (or more) without any internet, but I have come to realize on regular days it is an important part of my day.  My morning coffee over the most recent emails.  An afternoon spent reading posts here.  The evening unwind with some writing and games.  So on an ordinary day I am happy I have wi-fi and am grateful for the time to enjoy it.