Another old post, hope you enjoy.
This was originally posted 12.21.09
I’m at work right now but I really don’t want to do anything productive. That’s the problem I’ve had several times when I worked this shift in past months. During the past couple of months, I’ve had my assistant work this shift when someone was sick or needed a day off…which hasn’t been very often which is a good thing. For the longest time, I was doing it myself and I even did it for about a month straight when our weekend person quit and I had to find her replacement. I’m thinking the part time person I hired to replace the last one isn’t going to be able to work nights much longer…but that might not be my problem.
I’ve been trying to think of ways I could cut down my expenses if I do lose my job but I’m not looking forward to it. I should have saved money but didn’t. It’s very hard for me to save money because I am a spender. I hope to find another job with this same salary, $35,000 a year plus bonuses that ended up being around $2,300 a year, when I leave this job. I really want to save money then! I need to cut down what I spend so I can save money. One of the things I want to cut down is my cell phone bill.
I’ve been spending about $130 a month for my BlackBerry but I really don’t need that phone. I haven’t gotten rid of it yet, though, because I love it! I am SO a CrackBerry Addict! There are so many things you can do with that phone, and I love the keyboard! It’s hard to decide which I love better…the internet or the keyboard. I can write things I think of at any time because I don’t need a pen and paper. I can make notes of things I need to do or books I see in the bookstore that I want to get later or find at amazon.com at a lower price. I can also get on the internet anytime and I’ve used it to look up numbers and address and even directions of places I’ve been going. I just love that phone! Oh, and I can connect it to my laptop and have regular internet on my computer no matter where I am.
There are some people in the back building and I’m not sure what they are doing. I’ve seen them sitting outside their room several times and just a few minutes ago I saw a lady throwing clothes downstairs and a couple of people getting into the car so I thought they were having a fight. Now I’m not sure.
Okay, they just came down and I think something is going on. They just checked out early but I didn’t look to see when they checked in. His eyes looked a little bloodshot so I thought me might be on drugs, but I could be wrong. After I gave him a receipt, he said he had a couple questions. He then asked what would happen if a hotel employee got into a fight with his wife. I was thinking “oh shit” because Sherry Ann worked the last shift. Then he said it wasn’t this hotel and the hotel worked punched and kicked his wife. I told him I didn’t know, it depends on the hotel policy but the GM knows and asked them to leave…so I’m guess there’s nothing he can do besides possible legal actions.
Back to my phone, in January I can upgrade my phone and at that time I think I’m actually downgrade it to a regular phone. That should save me around $80 or $85 a month. Right now I have 900 minutes and 5 numbers I can call without using any of my minutes. I can use my house phone more and only use the cell when it’s work related…provided I still have this job.
I also saw at Wal-Mart a Straight Talk phone which would only be $45 a month with unlimited minutes. If more and more of these types of phone plans come out which don’t require a contract, I think it will change the cellular phone world. Other than have a nicer, better phone with more features and options, I’m not sure why you would want to get locked into a 2 year contract when you don’t even get unlimited minutes at such a low price. For me to cut my plan down to a regular phone at the $39.99 monthly price which only gives 450 minutes, I would still be paying about $45 a month after taxes. I would probably have to change my phone number, but that’s not such a big deal.
One of the biggest and easiest ways I could save money would be to stop eating out so much: this would help my budget and my health. For several months I’ve been buying more food and cooking at home some, but I haven’t cooked that much because I’m just so mentally drained when I get home that I don’t feel like it. Then, on the weekends, I don’t have the energy to cook. I’m still not totally sure if that’s because I’m lazy or because I’m depressed. At the least, it has to be a mix of both. Otherwise, it’s just because I’m depressed.
The other thing I can do is quit the impulse buys!
The Universal Access Health Care bill just passed the Senate. I’m not sure that was a good thing or not. I don’t think it’s good enough and it has caused – or in the days to come – will cause an even greater divide among Republicans and Democrats which might cause Democrats to lose control in 2010 and it might even cause President Obama to lose a reelection in 2012. What I’m also afraid of is that the insurance companies are going to end up winning, or finding a way to win, so they don’t lose money. I think what we really need is insurance company reform! I just don’t think our health should be a profit-driven business! I think everyone should have equal access for health care. I think we should have something like some of the other developed nations have – Universal Healthcare! We should look at all the models out there and pick the best parts of each. Another thing I’m worried about is the cost to me. Dad said something about we would have to pay a lot for it and if we didn’t we would be fined. For most people, if they could afford individual health insurance plans they would buy them. I know I’ve looked into it before and the cost is outrageous!
As an update to what I posed last about the possibility of being fired on Monday, my boss didn’t check in tonight, he does live about 7 hours away, and he does have his weekly Monday conference call with the Home Office so maybe I won’t be. Then he could fly in tomorrow…or the VP could fly in and do the deed himself. But, I won’t be here past 12 because I have to work until 12P and then I’m going home and going to bed! Actually, if I have energy – which I don’t think I will – I will fill out some applications. I think I’ll just have to save that for Saturday…but the day after Christmas might not be the best time but at least the GM’s will have them on Monday morning.
Again, no editing…hope I didn’t f it up too many things!