Go get the shizzy. The lowdown. The faqs.

Posted on July 13th, 2008 by Blue Collar Goddess

Cuyahoga Falls Italian Festival

(I am somewhere in the above picture — taken last night at the Italian Festival in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)

With the blessing of J&E, I’m going to repost the letter I sent them this morning:
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This Blue Collar Goddess doesn’t have the time to write on her own blog, let alone anyone else’s.

My recent divorce, move from California, enrolling two students for University, keeping an eye on a High School Senior and a shiny new Corporate Job with a giant Corporation leaves me just enough time in the evenings to make a round on Face Book — and call it quits for my internet time.
When I applied for the job at The Giant Corporation, it was a 50/50 shot in the dark for me, and to my surprise they actually hired yours truly here.
I spend 14 hours a week in my vehicle just getting to and from the gig, and nine hours there.  If not more.  Usually more.
At my age [update: 43] starting at entry level gigs in Corporate Monsters can mean only one of two things.  I am very stupid.
I am very ambitious. 
 
They wouldn’t have hired me in their marketing dept. if I was stupid.  They smelled “ambition” on me and reeled me in.
 
I have six to nine months to prove myself before they bump me up into the next level.  The sky is the limit.
 
Because my ex husband is a douche bag and I am on my own, I must “pay attention” while also paying bills.  Those bills do pile up.
 
Alas, I must take a hiatus from the jobs that don’t pay — one of those being a frequent poster on GSTF.
 
This is not a resignation, mind you, so don’t put me on the compost pile, you can put me out to the North 40!  The Pasture!  However, I’ll leave it up to you to make the final call on whether or not you wish to keep my badge up.  I cannot contribute frequently, or on a set schedule.  Believe me, I had no idea that I would EVER work for The Giant Corporation at the Corporate Level and do what I’m doing now.  It just never made sense to me until I panicked and realized that I couldn’t pay my bills on good intentions, fuzzy ideals and a lack of steady income. 
 
That being said, I was pondering over the possibility that you should gather up a posse and start a weekly column called, “Go Ask The Aussie Cynic”. 
Sort of like an advice column similar to that of Ann Landers or Dear Abby, but with a twist.  I’d come around for THAT, for sure.
 
Cheers back atcha,
Your Blue Collar Goddess
 
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Yes.  I did call my soon to be fourth ex-husband a douche bag.  Yes, he really is.  Five months into the marriage, I realized I’d made the biggest mistake of MY LIFE — and I gotta tell ya, I’ve made some doozies so that statement doesn’t come with a small amount of exclamation points.
*long pause for effect*

Movin’ along, J & E made a recommendation that I toss out to y’all a heads up regarding ideas for “Flower Smelling” time management strategies whilst enduring that 14 hour weekly trip. 
I was considering investing in some audio CD’s to learn a foreign language, any other suggestions?

Part of the culture in my new place o’werk is an overwhelming sense of goodwill among all employees, the Flower Smelling happens in every corner.  It’s the biggest, baddest (good/bad, not bad/bad) most amazing group of folks I’ve ever had the excellent fortune to associate with.
My brain feels like it’s going to explode each night when I battle the traffic jams all the way home, however, I think it’s worth it.
So, now you have the shizzy.  The lowdown AND the faqs. 
I didn’t abandon you, I won’t abandon you, but forgive me for hanging out in the pasture and not the garden proper.
I just don’t have the time to whine as much as I once did. 
That’s a good thing, right?
So let’s clarify all the above:
  • ==>I went to the Italian Festival in Cuyahoga Falls last night. 
  • ==>I am behind the camera (I took the picture!)
  • ==>My soon to be fourth ex-husband is a douche bag.  (okay okay okay, I’ll define it a step further and give you a single example: the man is trying to take back the vehicle that he GAVE me when we were married … IDIOT!)
  • ==>Just moved from California to Ohio.
  • ==>I have three nearly groan up (pun intended) children who are more time consuming than when they were in freakin’ diapers.
  • ==>I have a shiny new kick ass job.
  • ==>Aussie Cynic should have a column in the forum called “Ask Aussie Cynic” so I can ask her lot’s of advice needed type questions.  You too!  In fact, I’ll be a guest commentor from time to time!  (my brand o’ knowledge and what not, eh?)
  • ==>I apologize for going awol.
  • ==>Bullet points make up half my work day.

17 Responses to “Go get the shizzy. The lowdown. The faqs.”

  1. aussiecynic says:

    Wow
    MMMMAAAAATTTTEEEEE way to go… Koodos to you …
    My ex is a douche bag too … thats why they are normally ex’s lol… if they were the nice guys folks think then they would be present not past… heheheh…
    I am so pleased to hear you have it together or at least approaching the threshold….
    Stay in the garden, even flowers have dorment periods from time to time… so I vote to let you bloom when the climate and circumstances are right …. perhaps weekends… I have groan kids (pun intended) and it does get easier… the ages from 15-22 is harder than 0-7 many more complex issues to work with ….
    I love the Idea Ask Aussie… hehehehe.. have been pondering a column on Aussie to do this but with her gone on a holiday…. could be fun…. interesting, etc…. J&E what do think…
    Would love to know what your job entails being nosey… so dont answer that….lol….
    enjoy your new life, new surroundings, new contacts and everything that goes with it…..
    Hip hip hooray for you !… well done
    time management only works when you have a routine to start with…. my advice to you with this
    get your routine set… leave and return work… kid time, house time, your time….
    once you have a pattern with this then you can tweek it, and fit in your internet time… also once a routine is established you wont feel so drained and any tweeks wont be to tiring or hard to make…..
    I am trying to learn a new language on line but at 41 its not easy…. lol…

  2. This makes me feel sad. :-) I will miss your posts. But, I don’t think you should be taken off the founders. You just post a lot less, but not be gone forever. Even flowers have dormant seasons. I am also happy and excited for you!! :-) Congratulations! It makes me think too because I will be 43 this year and am not working, but if I go back…I’m terrified to begin a new if I choose a different field. Your move is encouraging to me.

    Having had time consuming commutes I understand your smelling the flowers issue. I actually ended up being very relaxed with my commute as long as you leave yourself enough time, so you don’t worry about being on time, you can smell the flowers. Even if something unexpected delays you, I finally got to the point that there was nothing that I could do to make it better, so I just relaxed and went along for the ride. These are some of the things that I did that really helped me: books on tape, listening to music, to the radio, sing out loud, pray (eyes open…of course!), talk to friends on my cell phone (hands free and I can talk and drive at the same time…my husband made sure…I past his test), enjoy my coffee and really taste it and made sure that I had a snacks at all times in the car. I really found it to me my time to be alone and liked that aspect.

    Good luck to you!!! Bye for now!

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  3. Jim & Em says:

    Cheers for posting this Blue Collar and it’s a given that you should of course remain a founder…

    Your situation makes it so more real as life goes on!

    We’re up for the ASK AUSSIE column and feature – for sure…..the more bullet points the better :-)

  4. Lib says:

    Good luck to you Blue Collar, sounds like a plateful but keep us updated with how things are going periodically.

    And I really hope you get to keep the car. Douche bag indeed.

  5. Urban Pagan says:

    in fairness to hubby if he bought it its his by law. so realy you should give him his property back.

    • Blue Collar Goddess says:

      No, it’s not his by law.
      By law, it’s mine.
      California marriage property laws, specifically.

      • Blue Collar Goddess says:

        Oh, and furthermore … he’s not hurting for money, vehicles or much of anything. He’s being vindictive. Hence the title, “douche bag”.
        The man GAVE me the truck, and BOUGHT me personalized license plates with MY NAME on them.
        There is no “fairness” to hubby.

  6. Urban Pagan says:

    just because he’s well off doesn’t mean he should just give you whatever. if its his its his. and if its yours its yours. the court will sort it out no doubt.

    if you don’t mind me aksing what did you do wrong for him to get rid of you? or are you a poor cook? if women put a bit more effort into making the mans life a bit more comfy less marriages would end in divorce. turning a blind eye to ‘female friends’ would be a step forward too

    • Blue Collar Goddess says:

      Ohhh … wow. You nailed this one.
      How did you know that he should have turned a blind eye to my “female friends”? Do I know you?

  7. Urban Pagan says:

    no I meant its a womans duty to let her man have a mistress. women don’t need friends they should have their hands full keep ing house

  8. Blue Collar Goddess says:

    I absolutely agree. Wish I could keep the house, but … I’ll just keep the truck. =)

  9. Gareth in Thailand says:

    Good luck with the job BCG. For the 14 hours a week in the car language learning would be good. However as a woman and a US citizen maybe parking and English would be better things to pick up first (sorry couldn’t resist).

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