Saturday, March 27, 2010

I love spring!

Here it comes! My plants are sprouting!

I get so excited when it's springtime and all my plants start coming out of the ground or sprouting leaves and flowers. It just makes me so happy, I cannot explain! I can't wait until everything is blooming and all I have to do is enjoy it all. We are still trying to sell our house, however. I hope that whoever decides to buy it will appreciate all the hard work it took to create this beautiful yard and takes care of it like I did. I really wish that I could keep this house AND buy the house in Tuscaloosa......

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sarcastic Wednesday

It's another Hoops and YoYo Day - Sarcastic Wednesday!
So some time for sarcasm:
Isn't it just lovely outside? Warm and sunny. I just love it. I'm also so glad of all this paperwork to keep me busy at my desk. I think I just might stay late today in Selma to finish it all! I am so glad that I don't get spring break because I would not be this productive. HA HA! Right, all of that is just so true ;)

Friday, March 12, 2010

I Don't Care Friday!!!

Well, it's another installment of "I Don't Care Friday"! I have no desire to work at all this afternoon. I don't know if it's the gorgeous weather outside, that I did some school and home visits and just really didn't want to come back, or what?! All I know is that I've got spring fever big time and I DON'T CARE ABOUT WORKING! Plus, I have too much paperwork that I just don't even want to start. I know I have to, but right now, I don't care. He he he.

Monday, March 8, 2010

How can they do this at a time like this?!

Daniel sent this to me today. He works for the University of Alabama and this has been a recent issue with their bus service. Read the article below (discussion will follow):
First Transit Seeks to Continue Negotiations with ATU to Avoid Crimson Ride Service Interruptions
Previous offers not presented to membership by union representatives.
CINCINNATI — First Transit, Inc., a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, seeks to clarify recent statements made in the press regarding their ongoing negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). First Transit believes their recent proposals to the union reflect both the market rates for drivers and the revenue generated by the Crimson Ride contract.

“We run our University of Alabama transit service in a very fiscally responsible manner, with the lowest possible cost to the customer and the highest level of customer service. We value the relationship we have with the University and are pleased to provide this service for students,” said Matt Wood, senior vice president, First Transit Contracting. “In regard to the ongoing discussions, we have negotiated in good faith with union representatives since September and are working to reach an agreement that is fair and equitable, especially considering the current economic conditions.”

Union representatives have refused to take First Transit’s most recent contract offer – which included a wage increase of 4 – 9%, guaranteed health care benefits and additional paid time off – to their membership for a vote. Instead, they are demanding wage increases of more than 20% in a time when a record number of people are unemployed in the region.

First Transit senior management is currently on site to continue discussions with union representatives and is willing to meet at the union’s location of choice. Unfortunately, union representatives have not yet confirmed a meeting for this weekend.

First Transit wishes to continue negotiations and avoid any disruption and inconvenience to their customer and the students they transport. First Transit has made arrangements to bring qualified, licensed drivers from other areas of the country to assist as necessary to ensure the Crimson Ride will run at full service levels with no interruptions.

First Transit sincerely apologizes for the impact this uncertainty has on Crimson Ride passengers.

I, for one, believe this is ludicrous. I heard that the bus drivers were getting at least $9.25/hour. That's way above minimum wage and, to me, it's not a very hard job. You drive a big bus (okay, so that may be a little difficult), you have the same route you drive numerous times during your shift; you stop, pick up students, you drive to the next stop, drop/pick up students, etc. etc. You do need a CDL license, but not a college degree to do this job. I'm sorry, I'm really not trying to say that these people are below me by any means. Their job is definitely necessary. It just seems that these people would look at the world and economy around them and feel blessed that they even have a job!

I'm a state employee. I will not get even a cost-of-living raise until God only knows when because of proration. The University of Alabama is a state school. They are also under proration. (We know this too well as Daniel wasn't even able to get a raise since he began working there about 2 years ago). I am not complaining at all because I am very glad to have a job. The state is not hiring anyone new. I got in just before proration hit.

Well, this sums the situation up: Union representatives have refused to take First Transit’s most recent contract offer – which included a wage increase of 4 – 9%, guaranteed health care benefits and additional paid time off – to their membership for a vote. Instead, they are demanding wage increases of more than 20% in a time when a record number of people are unemployed in the region. First transit appears to actually be giving them a raise in an age where it's hard to even get a job and knowing that they are not getting any more money from the University. I think they are going above and beyond in this situation while the bus drivers can only complain. Am I wrong? What do you think?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Getting to know you Sunday

Sooo, I guess I only have time for pre-made questions to blog right now, but at least I'm blogging. I haven't done that in over a week!

The questions..

1. Are you more of a talker or a listener?
I'm definitely a listener and not a talker. That's all I have to say about that.
2. Bra. Underwire or wireless?
Well, when you don't have much there to begin with, you take all the help you can get. Underwire it is!
3. I wish I was.....?

Geez what an open-ended, loaded question! Well, recently turning 30, I had different ideas of where I'd be and what I'd be doing right now. Settled and financially comfortable with at least one child. That didn't happen! But right now, I think it would be great to be a rock star. Wouldn't you just love to sing all day, for a living?!
4. The Academy Awards are on tonight..will you watch?
Ummmm, no! I'm finally blogging here and completely ignoring the tv.
5. Do you put your deodorant on before or after you get dressed?
I don't really think about my morning routine because it's always a rush, but I think that I at least put the first one or two layers of clothes on and then put on deodorant. That way, I can get the deodorant in the right place and not get it on my shirt while putting my shirt on.
6. Would you rather do the dishes or clean toilets?

I would wash the dishes in a heart beat! The toilet is the bain of my existence. This last time, I made Daniel clean it. He was the one that messed it up in the first place. There's no way I could've :) Also, it helps to have a dish washer too!
7. How much did you weigh at birth?
I was born 6 weeks early. I believe I weighed a little over 4 pounds and was only 8 inches long.
8. If you could only buy one thing for the Spring/Summer season..what would it be?
A NEW HOUSE!!!! I'm desperately trying to move to Tuscaloosa to cut out the everyday 30 mile drive (60 roundtrip), but we have to sell our house first. We aren't having much luck right now. You would think that the house with the best-looking yard would be snagged up quick, but no!