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Re: Sleepless in the Prairie

Post by sweetbasil » Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:13 pm

Greetings Everyone,

I hope that everyone had a lovely Father's Day. My weekend was very quiet, stayed home and cleaned the upstairs before my mom's arrival. I am right now trying to find the courage to tackle the downstairs (LOL). I love to clean and find it as soothing as when I iron clothes. In the process of cleaning the upstairs and organizing the "office", I pulled a muscle on my lower back and got to see the entire galaxy for a few seconds. I need to slow down, because I am learning that even though I look like I am in my mid 20s due to my height, my body is entering the aging stage rapidly. I ended up asking my neighbor if he could help me lift a table and put it in the back of my car to take it to the donation center. I couldn't believe it how much pain I was under, but thankfully, my back feels back to "normal" today.

On Friday, my manager asked me if I could be brought onboard to help support a very large project. Our business in another State is transitioning to a new Market, which is similar to the one we participate in my State. The transition started last year and my manager thought that I would play a project management role for that project, but they didn't ended up bringing me onboard at that time. He said that they were planning on hiring someone but given the expense already incurred and how behind they are, they thought that I would be able to assist the Project Manager from the Consulting company that they hired turn it around and get it back on schedule. He indicated that they will need at least 25% of my time per week. I briefly saw a presentation but it appears that one of the phases is 6 weeks behind schedule. I will know more of the status of the overall project tomorrow. I don't know how I feel about this opportunity, since I asked my manager that if he was planning on me being part of this project, that I needed to be brought onboard at the beginning, but that didn't happened. Now, I will need to review a lot of information and learn about the different requirement to get caught up in order to step-in to assist. The irony is that last year, I knew in my gut that I would be asked to step-in to help at some point because I wasn't impressed with the project manager that they hired to manage the transition. One of my strengths in business is managing execution, which I felt this person lacked in that area based on my interactions with him. I think managing projects can be a challenge particularly when a person is from the outside and does not know the culture or the collaboration styles across different departments. There are a lot of factors that can determine the direction of a project. I feel blessed by the opportunity to learn a new Market, but a little upset because I don't get pay extra for the additional work that this will add to my workload. I am coming up to five years and I have exceeded expectations in the last four years and drastically expanded my role, to the point that I am also responsible to educate those working in government of the changes in the Market. I requested for them to evaluated my role last year but they come back that I need to be in the company for seven years because I can be considered for a promotion. I work more than 40 hours a week for the majority of the year. I am thankful for the job, but I am also thinking that this might not be the company that God might have for me in the future. Only God knows, that is "why" I am seeking Him for direction as to what to do next in regards to my career. I have always been the underdog through my whole life, the person who worked hard to learn well whatever I need to do and tackle it like a charging bull. Everything that I am now has come at a great price. Now, as I get older, I am thinking about my retirement. At this point in my life, I don't think God might want me to be married and have a family, which means that I need to ensure that I have enough in retirement, so that I can afford to pay others to look after me when I am old. One of the greatest fears that I have in life is of my mom dying, because I know that I will have no family left and I am very family oriented. While God is my eternal anchor, my mom is my worldly anchor and I adore her so much. I know one of her greatest hopes and prayers is that by the time God takes her with Him, that I would have a family of my own. I would love to find a good Christian man, preferable one with country roots, but I think there I something wrong with me because I only attract mosquitoes in caravans. I have surrendered the desire of wanting to have a family of my own and raise children and I just want God to do His will in my life. On a different note, I will get to travel across country with my mom this week/weekend and if the weather is good, I will get to see Utah again :)



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Re: Sleepless in the Prairie

Post by Faster horses » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:35 am

SB, I am not sure why there are facebook and twitter and other logos at the bottom of your post.
Perhaps you should take a look at that...
Never give up. :pretty: Remember, our time is not God's time.
I would meet with upper management and state your case. Sounds to me like
you have a good one. How can they ask you to increase your workload 25% without compensating you for
doing so?

Have a safe trip and enjoy your mom.
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Re: Sleepless in the Prairie

Post by sweetbasil » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:38 pm

Faster horses wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:35 am
SB, I am not sure why there are facebook and twitter and other logos at the bottom of your post.
Perhaps you should take a look at that...
Never give up. :pretty: Remember, our time is not God's time.
I would meet with upper management and state your case. Sounds to me like
you have a good one. How can they ask you to increase your workload 25% without compensating you for
doing so?

Have a safe trip and enjoy your mom.
Hello "Faster Horses",

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I am not sure "why" my posts are showing the Facebook or Twitter logos, maybe it is the marketing associated with this site? I have Psalm 46:10 framed on my desk at home to remind me that God is in control. God knows I need to learn to trust Him more each day after being raised as a very independent person. I always tend to want to solve things on my own. Yes, I have approached to evaluate my paygrade and they provided me with a 3.5% increase last year after expanding my role beyond their expectations and exceeding their expecatations for my current role. Last week I finally started to get integrated to support this project and there will be a lot of things that I will need to do to support the current Project Manager (Consultant) because they are very behind on several phases of this project. I know I will be seeking God's guidance on this new task. will be spend some time tomorrow to do a few training on this market to help me better understand the different aspects of the markets, and their associated timelines, so that I can draft a plan for targeting the key activities that need to be completed to get caught up. Even though I will not get a raise for taking even more work than I am already doing, I am thankful for the opportunity to learn about a new market in the west.

Happy Sunday,
Sweetbasil

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Re: Sleepless in the Prairie

Post by sweetbasil » Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:38 pm

Greetings Everyone,

May this post find each of you well and having a blessed week. On June 26th, I flew to Las Vegas, Nevada to meet my mom and then we drove back to the Midwest. I love to drive and she and I have been wanting to drive across country for many years. God presented me with this opportunity, and it was truly a blessing. We spent Friday in Las Vegas, which is a ghost town right now due to the COVID-19. Since she had the car, I took advantage of finding a person to cut my hair. The hair stylist was super friendly and very kind and good at what he does. One of the other stylist I wished I could adopt because he was so lovely. This particular stylist recommended Crepe Expectation, which is located just outside of Las Vegas Blvd. I had the BBQ Crepe and it was super delicious. We started our journey very early on Saturday across Nevada and Utah. I absolutely love driving across Utah, but I didn't get to see the red clay monuments across Utah like I did the first time I drove to Minnesota in 2015. I believe I cut over through a short part of Arizona and then into Rocky Mountains. This trip was also beautiful and a lot more fun because my mom was in the car with me.

We drove straight to Provo on Saturday, but prior to that, we stopped in St. George, Utah. I love St.George's little downtown district. My mom found some old books at one of one of the antique stores there. After St.George we drove straight to Provo and made it there in time for lunch. I like to eat a good meal and enjoy food as well as cooking. Thanks to Yield and people's reviews, I found Lucy's Brazilian Kitchen on the University Ave in Provo. I absolutely fell in love with Provo. I love how clean the residents keep the city. The little shops where the restaurant is located are absolutely adorable. It is a lovely college town. They were so many places to sit out and enjoy a cup of coffee and/or dine. The weather that day was very hot, which remind me of the low desert in California. My mom asked me if I was feeling "OK" because ordered some meat and a salad for lunch, and not the traditional Brazilian entrees that I would normally choose. The reason for saving my calories during my lunch meal was because I saw the ice-cream shop next to the restaurant. Nobody should leave Utah without having had some ice-cream! The Rockwell Ice-Cream shop sells the best ice-cream outside of Nevada. That strawberry scoop of ice-cream was pure deliciousness. It was so hot and the ice-cream was absolutely the perfect treat. After the delicious meal and ice-cream, my taste buds were singing "all is well within my soul". LOL. We then proceeded on our journey to our final destination for the day, Chayenne, Wyoming. We arrived at the hotel in Chayenne very late. My energy levels were so hight after the delicious lunch that I drove us straight from Provo to Chayenne. There is something about driving that soothes my soul.

I feel like maybe in another life I must have been a wild horse because I greatly enjoy the openness the country terrain offers. When something is "eating at me" or feel lonely, taking a short drive outside of my town helps me process whatever it is bothering me. My mom and I made the mistake of not having breakfast before laving Chayenne. I am not a big breakfast eater, because I usually feel hungry around 11:30 AM, it would be safe to say that I am more of a brunch/lunch type of person, but my mom likes her breakfast every morning. I was so cranky and tired by the time we arrived in South Dakota, but the food at Tally's Silver Spoon in Rapid City was superb and took the devil out of me. We made it in time for their breakfast and lunch menu. My mom drove the rest of the way home. We created some fund memories and I got to see Wyoming this time, but unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to explore Chayenne. My four of July weekend was spent taking five exams to renew my Life Insurance Licenses. I have to have certain number of continued education every two years and my licenses are due for renewal on July 31st. I took the first three exams on July 4th and the other two exams on July 5th. I learned a lot about Medicare and Medicare Supplementals, more about annuities, and the other subjects, in addition to the refresher on Life Insurance Ethics.

I completed the studying before taking the exams along with the quizzes associated with each course. Thanks to God's grace and the Holy Spirit's guidance, I passed all five exams. I then proceeded to make the payment and submitted the documentation to the respective States where I am licensed in. The month of July along with the all quarter months are more busier for me at work than normally, because of additional tasks that are assigned to me. For example, one of the things that I do every Quarter is to educate people that work in Government on the changes that are taking place in the Market, and make a recommendation as to how they should vote on certain changes. These people participate in Committees in the Market that are designated for those in Government, and they don't know the Market processes or follow the changes as closely as I do. It is an opportunity for us to connect with them, build relationships, but also to help them gain more understanding on those changes, so that it will help them vote in a manner that will help our residents in the State. I also do something similar for leadership at work where I make recommendations for how they should vote on certain changes in the Market, but to get to the point of making those recommendations, it requires for me to not only be very active in the monthly meetings that take place in the Market, but also take copious notes of what I learned, and do further research on a particular issues as necessary. Once II have a good understanding of each proposed change, I also have to identify how it will impact our business in the Market and use that as another factor to make a final recommendation to leadership. Now, I am just working on planning the next steps to support the new project that I was brought onboard and get ready to welcome another year of life on Monday. On a different note, I visited Omaha last Saturday and discovered the delicious hot sauces made by a local company called Volcanic Peppers and their hot sauces are excellent. I tried the "Green Volcan Hot Sauce", "Corny Chipotle Hot Sauce", and the "Chocolate Lightning Hot Sauce" and they are all extremely tasty, that I even stopped at a local grocery store to get a few to take with me. These sauces would add even more flavor to a bowl of chili. The company's website is www.volcanicpeppers.com

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Re: Sleepless in the Prairie

Post by Faster horses » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:39 am

Wow! You have been busy, you ARE busy!! And sounds like you have a very important job, especially educating people who work in government! That could be challanging. :D

I chuckled when I read about "Chayenne"....it is spelled "Cheyenne"....changing it to "Chayenne" made it sound French. :lol:
It's a Cowboy town, of course. So funny to see it spelled with an 'a'.

I didn't know there was a Tally's Silver Spoon in Rapid City. I will check that out. I miss going to Rapid City. We went
quite a bit when we lived near there. Now so many stores have closed they tell me. That's sad. Herberger's, Shopko,
Dress Barn, etc. Kohl's is about the only department store left. What a shame. Where we live the only place to buy
clothes besides Shipton's Big R is Walmart (UGH!) or Maurices. Not much of a choice.

Glad you enjoyed the drive with your mom. How long is she here?

Also, I know nothing about Brazilian food, so tell us more, please. We have a good friend that went there to
give a horse training clinic and we saw his pictures. He was on a beautiful plantation. On the way back to the airport
he asked the cab driver to drive him downtown Rio dejanerio and the driver refused, saying it wasn't safe to go there. :shock:
Anyway, he said they eat a lot of BEEF there, so I am curious how they prepare it.
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Re: Sleepless in the Prairie

Post by sweetbasil » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:16 pm

Hello Faster Horses,

Yes, it is definitely an interesting experience educating and working with those in government. I have only been to Rapid City twice, the first one to see Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse, and last time when we drove across country. I would like to explore it more in the future, but I don't tend to travel west of the Missouri River. There are some boutiques in my town and other department stores (e.g. Macys, Kohls, etc.), but I tend to have a difficult time finding clothes for petite women. I found a store in Minneapolis that carry styles that are classy, trendy, and that I can wear for work. The clothes at this store are very expensive, but thanks to God, I have been blessed with finding some very nice pieces at very low prices. I save on clothes by buying them off season. Late last year, this particularly store had some beautiful jumpsuits, but their prices were way out of my budget. I waited patiently and I ended up buying two pairs in different colors at $23 a piece. I was extremely excited when I found them on this sale, because the original price was at $148 a piece. I love the material because I don't have to iron them when I travel. I also find some other items for this fall. My mom will be here for a while. She usually stays here for the summer, but I hope she can stay a little longer this year. In regards to Brazilian food, restaurants outside of Brazil usually offer a Rodizio on their menu, which is an all-you-can-eat service.

The menu also offers items like hamburgers, flat breads, etc. The Rodizio typically includes the salad bar. The salad bar normally offers a great selection of items and cheeses. Also the salad bar offers the Feijoada, which is a stew made with different cuts of pork, bacon, and black beans. The stew is very flavorful and it is served with white rice. The salad bar also offers mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, along with other typical items to make a good salad. The primary item that comes with the Rodizio service is the Brazilian barbecue (churrasco). I learned somewhere that the churrasco was invented in the 1800s in Brazil by gauchos (men), which at that time were Brazil's cowboys that developed a style of roasting beef on skewers over the embers of a fire with the intention of bringing out the natural flavors of the meat. In a Brazilian restaurant, when a person orders the Rodizio service, the gauchos come around with different cuts of meat on big skewers and will serve the customer an endless amount of meat. Lamb tends to be part of the meat selection in addition to chicken, pork, beef, and shrimp. They also go around with skewers of roasted pineapple. The meat is usually perfectly seasoned. I personally think dinning at a Brazilian restaurant is fun for special occasions. There is an excellent Brazilian Steakhouse in Sioux Falls, but I do not know if they have their salad bar open right now due to COVID-19. I believe there is one in Billing, Montana as well.

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