Friday, August 5, 2016

July recap...

I have to admit that July was kind of blah. I took charge of looking for a job and getting interviews and also other things, but I felt blah. I think it was partially related to having to look for a job yet AGAIN and also the weather, which was icky.

 There was stuff to do in July though. I had jury duty in the early part of the month. I was chosen for a panel, so I had to go back for a second day. It was for a criminal case, which I fortunately didn't get chosen for.


 And... the garage fire stuff continues to hang on. I received a call from the attorneys office for the insurance company for my next door neighbor. They want to get their money back on what they paid out for my neighbor's claim and wanted my insurance information. Since I wasn't liable for the fire I told them no and to contact the association. My insurance agent is now involved. Nothing is moving forward, but my agent thinks that if it does, she may have to open a liability claim regarding this stuff. Sigh...

 My dad's birthday was in late July. We tried Black Bear Diner, which was okay, but not great. It just opened down the street from my parents house and is really popular. Not with us though... The next week, my mom wanted a repeat, so we went to Red Lobster again. :) Dad wanted the fried calamari appetizer, which had fried broccoli with it! It was interesting, to say the least!


 I had fun the last day in July when the alumni association for the university I went to got tickets to see Pageant of the Masters. I paid for it a little while ago. This event in Laguna Beach sells out every single year and was phenomenal. The university rented a nice bus to go down there, which people who have gone before say is a smart idea since I guess parking is a pain for the event. I would definitely go back again.

A drought tolerant garden at the university... This area was a parking lot when I was there! 



I have to explain this photo. This is an up close shot of art on a tree. What is it supposed to be, you ask? Tree fungus made out of Starbucks coffee lids... 


Starbucks coffee lid tree fungus from a distance... 


 So, July was a mixed bag. Here's to a cooler temperature, more upbeat August. 

June recap

 June began on a happy note when my parents celebrated their 46th anniversary. My parents invited me to go out to dinner with them (Probably to drive. :)). We went to The Cat and the Custard Cup, which is always very nice.

The deer steak I always get there... 



 The insurance kicked in at work, which made me quite happy because the individual plan I was on was over $300 a month. My work now takes out much less each month from my paychecks! It also made me happy to take care of getting my sleep apnea machine. I was holding off because my individual plan didn't cover medical equipment. My work one does. The sleep apnea machine would have been over $1,000 without coverage! With coverage was simply a co-pay of $129. I can do that! :)

 Probation also ended in June. I was quite happy to wave goodbye to that phase of things! I also won a Visa Gift Card at work a few days after probation ended, but silently groaned a lot when the director mentioned in the same meeting that our section was losing money (Don't say it...) and to be prepared for "stuff to go down" soon. She then added we were all okay, for now.... Groan.... Layoffs again?? Unfortunately, yes. We were informed later that our section's work is going to be handled in the country of India shortly.... Sigh... Job hunting AGAIN....

I won it, yet they spend too much money, they say... 


 That news meant investigating  health insurance options so that I don't have to pay for COBRA coverage when the time comes....

I also inherited two new-to-me sofas from a couple at church. I'm so happy with them! My friend George helped me transport them. I was so grateful that I paid for dinner at Sizzler to thank him for helping me lift something so major. Talk about a workout! My parents neighbor's granddaughter inherited my loveseat. I got it for free ten years ago, so I gave it to someone. She was grateful for it which is all that matters.



 Father's Day was spent a day early with my dad. My parents and I went to Red Lobster for dinner.

 A heat wave hit Southern California the next day, with temperatures over 100 degrees. It was really nasty.

 I also went on a date. (Woohoo :) ) He seemed nice and was a Christian, but there was no sizzle. We did go to Dripp though, which was nice! :)




 So a bit of negative and positive in June. Here's to a better July....