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General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: June 26, 2018, 04:05:25 PM »
It would, but I've yet to find an instance where a taxing authority made sense.  :)

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:51:07 PM »
From what I've seen, and granted, I didn't look it up myself, the *lowest* number in any state may be $10,000 in sales in *that* state. 

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:07:16 PM »
The Supreme Court decision that requires online businesses to pay sales tax in every state/locality that collects sales tax makes me incredibly nervous.  How on earth are we micro-business people supposed to deal with this?

It actually only applies to bigger businesses.  :)

Site Support / Re: closing shop
« on: February 27, 2018, 05:15:41 PM »
If you're on autopay, you probably should PM or email Andrew to make sure he sees it.  Not sure how frequently he's here.

Events & Promotions / Re: New stuff
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:05:20 AM »
Honestly?  On my part, I got tired of feeling like I was talking to myself and gave up. 

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: October 13, 2017, 03:45:03 PM »
It's honestly not depressing, at least not to me.  It's freakin' anger-inducing.  I want to smack the crap out of these people for you.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: October 03, 2017, 11:06:56 AM »
Thanks, ladies! 

Bev, that's crazy that the bathroom was the warmest place; I just hope it was clean too.  Eric and James are like that with the BBQ competitions.  In the dead of summer, they're dying of heat, sleeping in E's tent or on his hammock, and in the fall they're dying of cold, sleeping in his truck with the engine running most of the time.  This last one was thankfully just 20 minutes from James' house, so they crashed there for 2 hours and E got to spend that time in warmth on a sofabed.  That's all they had, though, because the cook is through the night (they start at 11 p.m. and go through to the next afternoon).  It's insane.  The bigger and more experienced teams have tricked out trailers with bunk beds, kitchen/sink areas, and heaters/air conditioners.  That's what E's heading for too, eventually.  They're just thousands of dollars.

I actually got home an hour early yesterday because the boss is sick, and I had to bring him the meds the doc prescribed and some stuff to do work from home, so that was cool.  I got some notecard sets made - two ordered by someone who's going to buy them to donate to the Making Strides walk, and one additional to list on the site. 

Today, boss isn't getting in 'til the afternoon, but I've got stuff to do.  Tonight is more making stuff, mostly. 

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: October 02, 2017, 10:59:04 AM »
Eric placed 7th in pork in his BBQ competition this weekend!  That earned him his second call, and is 3 spots up from his 10th place call at the last competition!  Plus this one had about double the number of competitors and more real heavy hitters in BBQ... which means he's improved even more than it looks like.  Woohoo!

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: September 27, 2017, 01:04:58 PM »
I sold the card/pen set for Making Strides at book club last night!  The check for $85 is on its way to the event people as we speak.  I'm so happy, and so is our team captain!  Plus, someone else wants two sets of just the cards, so another $40 is being donated to the walk.  Apparently, this year is the first year the team will be reaching it's $1,000 goal.

Tonight is just a normal night, stuff around the house.  I'm in the middle of washing more 'paca fleece to spin.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello! Would Like to Meet Everyone
« on: September 26, 2017, 04:00:08 PM »
Too cool!  My husband and I have refinished some pieces too, just for ourselves - our dining room set, a furniture factory cart that's now our coffee table, and a sewing table.  If you're interested, links to our projects are in my Reef Botanicals blog (link in my sig, with all my other links). 

I also thought I'd like quilting - bought a quilting kit, looked at it, and had NO desire to do it.  So weird.  I'll leave it to the experts like Sandi (iknitquiltsew).

To change your sig and add links, just look on the left under "Menu," mouse over "Profile" and click on "Forum Profile."  It's all in there.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello! Would Like to Meet Everyone
« on: September 25, 2017, 10:02:57 AM »
Hi, Trish!

I get the "my interests are many" thing, because as anyone here will tell you, I'm the same way... the only thing I *don't* do much of is sleep.  :)  I'm also a knitter... and because I'm nuts and wanted to work my way backwards through the process, now I spin yarn too!

What else do you do or have an interest in?

Also, of course welcome to HAF.

And also also, don't forget to set up your forum profile with links to your shop(s), FB page, blog, etc.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:30:08 PM »
I don't understand how humans can treat other humans like that.

Love those furpets so much!  And yeah, the middle of the country does love their football!  Even when they haven't got a pro team, like Nebraska.

Went to a networking dinner thing last night, and met a slew of great women, tonight is the Environmental Commission, tomorrow night is yoga, and Friday night I'm going to a paint night with friends to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Because if I wasn't busy enough...

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:43:12 PM »
Thanks, Sandi! It really is. What makes it even worse is that up until last year I had no problems with her whatsoever; then, out of the blue, she started targeting me and hasn't let up since. I've actually been working there longer than she has.  I've been there for a little over 6 years (first as a page then as a part-time library clerk) and she's only been there for a little over 4.  Apart from her, I couldn't have asked for a better group to work with, but she has absolutely no ethics. She manipulates, intimidates, misrepresents, and flat out lies to and about the staff. Yet for some reason she hasn't been fired (despite the fact that just about all of us there have filed reports on her to the assistant director and some multiple times; the full-time staff told me that reports/complaints are written up about her almost weekly.) One way or another I need out of that job, I'd just prefer it to be on my terms and not hers.

Thanks, Larissa! And yes, she has. I've confronted her about it multiple times (and flat out told her I considered this to be discrimination). I even provided her with a note from my chiropractor (who was the first person to suspect dysplasia and had me sent to a specialist to begin with) when she asked for proof of why I couldn't shelve (even though she already knew why). She doesn't consider it sufficient evidence even though I've put in multiple time-off requests for specialist appointments and MRIs and talked with her in-depth about it on several occasions. The first time I explained my condition in-depth to her I told her of how I'd been told that without treatment (i.e. surgery) I would eventually end up in a wheelchair from this. Her response was to tell me: "Well you know the library has one if you should need it." I response that, personally, I found to be very callous as a wheelchair is exactly what I'm trying to avoid. On the urging of my parents, I did e-mail her superior and told him about my condition and her treatment of it. (I also gave him the name of my surgeon if he needed more 'proof.') It was right after that e-mail that she's backed off. He told me he would file my e-mail with verbal warnings so I think he may had had a word with her. Seeing as the next time I saw her she was asking for specifics on what tasks where difficult for me to do and how the library could help me with them (something she should has asked from the beginning). However, his reprimands of her never seem to last.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:23:05 PM »
Hi, everyone! Been awhile, again. Life keeps interfering with online-life. For the last several months I've been desperately looking at all options for new work. (Sorry, this is going to be long and a little bit of a vent.)  The managing librarian at the library I work at is a nasty piece of work to put it mildly. All the staff is afraid of her and I've even had a patron tell me she won't come up to the desk if she is there. The woman is a bully. She picks one target and hammers at them until she has to move on to someone else. Lately, that target has been me. She doesn't like that my hip dysplasia means there are some things that I either can't do without risking further injury or may have to do more slowly. Last May, she broadly hinted at me to find another job saying she "didn't understand why I would apply for the position if I couldn't do those things" and "if it's really that bad that maybe it's time for a major lifestyle change." The cause of the problem? She chose not to hire a new page and instead decided to add paging duties to the list of duties for the part-time clerical staff and rearranged ours schedules to include it. This wouldn't be a problem with me except that I can't do paging work anymore, something I told her when I first interviewed for my current position. When I reminded her of this and asked about helping with few page duties I could help with (just not shelving) instead of working with me on it she decided to cut my hours even though there were other page duties I could help with. Then, just last month she was angry that I'd left a cart-load of books in the inside drop-box for the next shift. The only reason I didn't empty it was because I was barely able to even stand that day. My dysplasia was aggravated so badly I nearly called in sick. I tried to explain all this to her, that I hadn't been neglecting the drop-box but having to go more slowly and because of my physical difficulties I had been unable to check it any more than I what I had. Her response? To issue me an official verbal warning, write it up as a reprimand for her superior, and tried to trap me into declaring myself unfit for my job so she could have me dismissed. (She asked if I thought I was unfit for my position and whether it might be time for me to consider another job. I declined to answer. Her response? "Let me give you my opinion; I think it's time.") The thing is, I'm not the only person she's done this with. The lady I replaced was an elderly lady she bullied into retirement because her eye-sight was giving her trouble and she had to change some settings on the computer screen to help her see better. The managing librarian was annoyed at having to change the settings back and began pressuring the poor lady to retire. Anyways, it's been a very rough year. I used to really enjoy working there and now I have to fight off panic attacks when I go in. Still, the Lord's been good, after an e-mail to the assistant director of the library, she's backed-off for the time being so at least there's been some reprieve from all this. Hoping/praying I'm able to get out before it starts back up again.

However, all this lead to my pursuing any and all possible means of escape from my job. And, as a result, I just self-published my first novel! Now to hope and pray it does well!

Congrats on the move, Storm!

Wow, Larissa! That pen he made is beautiful!

Has this person - and library - never heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act?  I'd be contacting the EEOC and filing a complaint.

Congrats on the novel!

And thanks!

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:12:39 AM »
Congrats, Storm!  Lots of pix!

I tried my very first yoga class last night, and holy crap, I love it (more detail in my new FB Group -!

Tonight is mostly chores stuff - I need to add paint to my face painting kit, clean everything, and make sure it's 100% in order for this weekend, because it's going to be crazy.  Three gigs Saturay (for two, Eric's joining me with balloons), and one or two (waiting to hear about the last) on Sunday.

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