Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tick Tock Tick Tock.... Organized Chaos Ravens, Baltimore ravens Almost football season!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Good weekend! We had our little Salvation Army commencement on Friday night and of course my parents were there and it was really nice and then afterwards a bunch of us went to Metro Pizza to eat. Love that place. So, here are some pictures from Friday.... Kirsten and I...
Veronica, me, Kirsten and Robert...
Kelly (my sponsor on the left), me and Kelly...
Veronica (my best friend) and her daughter...
Me posting on facebook or writing in my blog or something...
Ha ha. I look really happy I know! Other than that I worked all day Saturday (eleven hours) and Sunday I worked 8 hours which is awesome cause I need the money and I'm doing really well at work. I never get cut early. Some people get cut after an hour or two and although I don't always feel like being there, it's great that I'm not getting cut early. The boss yesterday told me I'm doing really really well. That's nice to hear. We were calling people in Maryland both days which was fun cause you know I'm from there. And, I got my first paycheck yesterday. Yay!!! I signed up for the blogger thing on December 1st at the Aria. Very exciting. I can't wait to see you guys.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Okay, so today was very good. I was all nervous and stuff but I went to court with my mom and the drug coordinator actually did show up. Surprising. Very nice of her cause I know how busy they are. The judge recognized her right away so we didn't have to wait for my name to be called. They called me right away and she just told them how I'm good I'm doing, how I have 7 months clean today (Friday) and how I how I just completed the in-patient program at Salvation Army. The judge closed the case out and got rid of the 400 dollar fine. NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't be happier. If I wasn't working really hard though, she wouldn't have went before the judge with me so I guess the hard work is showing and I'm so glad. So, besides drug court, all of my cases are closed and completed and there is nothing hanging over my head. Good feeling. Perfect timing cause tomorrow (Friday) is the little salvation army graduation shindig and of course my family is going to be there and I'm looking forward to it. Even got a new outfit! Yay!! I put this picture on facebook, but here's one of me and two girls from the meeting tonight when we were at walmart...

So, I gotta get my day started.... My stomach is a little knotty right now. Nothing too major. Today's the big court day. The drug court coordinator said she would actually walk up to the Judge's courtroom today at one to let him know I'm in perfect compliance with drug court and probation so that he won't send me to jail. Hopefully she will be able to do that. They are super super busy though. So, I have backup paperwork to show them like my completion letter from salvation army and I have money for the fine even though I'm going to ask them to reduce it a little. Anyway, all should go well with a little luck. If not, then I guess I'll see you guys in 90 days cause that's my suspended sentence. I worked yesterday and I killed it. I thought I did anyway. I did better than everyone sitting around me. I got a lot of surveys done. Something like 14 in 5 hours. Not bad. Of course, somehow I got cut at 7:30 p.m. after five hours which was odd to me. I thought I'd be there until close but maybe it's a seniority thing. I'm not sure. Either way, I was happy with my performance so that's all that matters I guess. I get my first paycheck on Monday so that'll be nice. I'm going to meet with my sponsor right now so I gotta get dressed. I'm also taking random UA's now and they called my color so I gotta run over there and pee in a cup. Always a good time. Have a good day kids. More to come later I hope!!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

So, it's Monday. I have a pretty busy week this week. I was supposed to work tonight at 5:30 p.m. but they called me and said they didn't need me today so that's kind of annoying. I had a one on one with my counselor this morning, class after that and then my parents came to this group counseling thing with me and I certainly did not enjoy that. It was all bad. The counselor was telling my parents that they help me too much and yes, we all know that already. Whatever. Anyway, I'm going to this really awesome meeting tonight with my sponsor. There's like 150 people that attend this meeting and they fly people in from all over the country to be the guest speaker and they always have a really amazing message. So, I'm looking forward to that. I met up with my sponsor Saturday morning too and we did some work together. She's really awesome. I like her. So, tomorrow I have my regular weekly drug court appearance and then on Thursday I have a special court appearance for a different case so that's not going to be fun. I was supposed to stay out of trouble for a year and I got in trouble so I might have to do a 90 day suspended sentence. I mean, I have almost 7 months clean and the completion letter from salvation army and I'm in perfect compliance with everything now, but there's a slight possibility that I could still go to jail on Thursday. I hope not. If I make it out of court on Thursday, I will be in the Salvation Army graduation on Friday night. Should be fun. My mom bought me a new outfit :) Yay!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Last night was my first official night of work. I called at 9:30 a.m. and they put me on the schedule for 3:30 p.m. We do political research which is really just a nice way of saying that we call people and get them to take surveys over the phone about the upcoming elections. The deal is that you have to complete an average of like one an hour and and yesterday we were doing Virginia. It's a 29 minute survey. Good lord. I had my work cut out for me. I figured I'd be going home within the first hour or two because I just never thought I was cut out for this type of work. However, I killed it!!!!! I ended up completing either 11 or 12 surveys and I got to work until they closed at 11:30 p.m. Obviously we weren't calling Virginia that whole time. We closed with Hawaii and that survey was a lot smaller and quicker. I think they started with about 200 people and they cut the floor down to about 35 and they actually kept me!! It was pretty awesome. So, although this certainly isn't my dream job, I'm feeling a lot better about it and I'm just going to work really hard while I'm there and make the most of it until I find something better. Then, there was this guy that coming over and giving me candy and drinks and like, in the evening he gave me a cheeseburger and a coke from McDonalds and I didn't even know his name or why he was being so nice. But, he also let me borrow his fancy headphones and they were much easier for me to work with. I really appreciated it. Finally, on break, I walked outside and he told me that he's seen me at Choices (the place I take my drug court classes, UA's and where I go for counseling), so it all started making sense. He's in drug court too. I never noticed him over there but he rememembered me I guess. Anyway, it was a good day and I plan on working again tonight too. I'm actually going to be able to fill up my own tank with gas at this rate - yay!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Okay, I know this is probably a really dumb question but whatever... So, how do you insert paragraph breaks into blogger now????? I've been gone for a while and they changed everything and it's a tad bit different from before. Waffles - I know you know the answer to this so can you or someone else please share it with me??? THANKS!!!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

So, I was really getting sick of my mom complaining about me and my job situation or should I say my lack of job situation. So, I just went to this place where I know they are doing tons of hiring and you take a reading and spelling test and they hire you on the spot if you pass and it's a call center job and you only make $9 an hour and I'm way over qualified for it. But, whatever. Its a job. I need one. I need one with flexible hours since I'm very busy with court and stuff and most importantly, I didn't have to lie on the application about anything. They don't care if you have a record. They don't care if you used to do drugs and now you are trying to fix your life. And, you don't have to sell anything. Good enough for me for now until I realize how much I hate it and then I get off my ass and find something else. I had the orientation yesterday. There was 19 people in my class. We got about an hour of training and then they actually put us on the phones live with real people. Oh lord. Weird. ha ha. Anyway, we were in a training room, but we walked through the big room where all the employees were working and HOLY SHIT!!!!!!! There was like 300 people in there at one time on the phone. Remember the room the Boiler Room? It's like that but about ten times larger. I heard them telling people that they were short on headsets and if they wanted to work they had to bring in their own headsets. The way it works is you don't get a regular schedule. You call every morning at like 9:30 a.m. to find out what is available and you tell them if you want to work and they put on you the schedule for that day and tell you when to be there. It's so weird. Anyway, it's Friday the 13th. Watch out for Jason and maybe stay away from Crystal Lake this weekend.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Today is the day of reckoning... I'm heading to court today at 2 p.m. and I know the UA results are back from last week already cause my counselor told me yesterday. I imagine it's going to be a bad scene up there on the 15th floor today. I'll be fine though. I'm about to head out the door to a doctor appt. Nothing serious. It's a free clinic though so there's always a line, they don't give out appointments and it usually takes a couple of hours. That's why I was up at 6 a.m. today. After court on Tuesdays I always go to Salvation Army for the alumni meeting. Graduates of in-patient and out-patient treatments are invited to attend. It's a pretty good meeting. The weekend was good. I laid out at the Palace Station pool on Saturday for a few hours and Sunday I went to Mt. Charleston with my parents and a few of their friends. It's always so pretty up there. Well, anyway, I should probably get out here and make my way to the clinic and get in line. Fun. Here's a picture of Veronica and I on 4th of July. We are the two in the front and then her sister and cousin are behind us.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Independence Day Everyone!!!!!
glitter-graphics.com So, yesterday I went to drug court like I do every single tuesday and okay, so first off let me give you a tiny synopsis about how drug court actually works out here in Sin City.... You obviously get into some legal troubles and instead of going off to prison the judge sentences you to probation usually and drug court if necessary. There are 4 phases and everyone starts out in phase 1. The first phase is when they determine if out-patient rehab will work or if you need in-patient rehab (like me). Anyway, even when you are in rehab you take UA's two or three times per week. When you get out of rehab you go to a place called Choices three times a week for class, three times a week for drug tests, twice a month for one on one counseling sessions and you physically go to the fifteenth floor of the courthouse to see the judge every single week. When you get there a list is posted on the outside of the courtroom doors with your name and what group you are in. A Group means you are drug free, in perfect compliance with everything, your fees are up to date and you weren't late for any groups - basically you did everything perfect that week. B Group means you are in perfect compliance with everything but you are behind on fees. C Group means you missed a group or something along those lines or there was a slight issue with something and your walking a fine line, but you'll go in front of the judge, explain yourself, get a slap on the wrist and be given another chance. D Group means you are in big trouble for any number of reasons and you are probably going to jail unless you have a damn good reason. They measure the amount of water in our urine so a lot of people are in D Group for trying to flush or whatever. Anyway, since there was no court today for Independence Day a lot of people were on the Tuesday calendar yesterday and the place was packed when I got there. THEN, around 2:10 p.m. a shitload of marshalls come out of the court room, block all of the exits and inform all 150 people that they have to take a random UA up on the 15th floor and won't be allowed to leave until they do or else they are going to jail. ha ha Soooooooooooo, this is totally unprecedented. They don't usually test us at court. We usually go to court for our results. A lot of people were freaking out and it was pure chaos. I was fine. No worries. Of course, I still didn't get to leave until 5 p.m. cause it took forever but at least I know I'm not going to jail next week when the results come back from the lab. I had class today even though it's the 4th of July. Choices never closes apparently. Anyway, thanks for the input regarding the fake job openings and the credit report. I didn't fill it out and I don't have a credit card anyway so no harm no foul. I still think it's a very scumbag move on their part. Ummmmmmm - I hope everyone is having a really good day. I think I'm going to Veronica's family's house today for a BBQ. Should be fun and I hope to see some fireworks tonight.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

So, it's Sunday and I got this morning, talked to my sponsor at 8 a.m. (like every morning), and then picked up my friend, Veronica and went to church. It was cool. We got to see all of the in-patient girls and boys that we went through the program with and best of all, we got to leave in our own car and come home. ha ha Picture of Veronica...
Anyway, I've just been applying for a bunch of jobs and going to a lot of meetings and of course going to court every week for status checks etc. Yesterday I think I went to three meetings in one day. Nice. I'm watching the funniest show online called "Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23" and I really like it. I guess it's on ABC normally but I haven't been DVR'ing so i'm watching it on the computer and it's simply amazing. Has anyone else seen it? O.K. so I got this e-mail from a job prospect and it seemed perfect until I went online to do the credit report and they wanted me to put in a credit card number for the "free trial". I didn't do it and I wrote back to this Ashley person to find out if this is a real company and so far I haven't heard anything. I mean WOW! Is this the lengths they are going to nowadays to make sales???? It's pathetic. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ashley Richard ashley.richard@foerbandit.com 9:31 AM (5 hours ago) to me Hi, Thank you for responding to our company's recent job posting on craigslist. We have reviewed over 15 applications and we have narrowed our selection down six. You are one of the six applicants.Now we have three positions available. We will give more specific details at the interview. Benefits Package: Medical, dental, vision, disability/life insurance, tuition reimbursement, flex medical spending plan, vacation/sick days. The position will require you to work in a high financial environment so it's our corporate policy that we do a financial verification check on all employees to verify applicant registration info. Its corporate policy that we have applicants sent through our link so we are compliant with the U.S employment standards act. Please copy and paste this link into your browser and complete the free report now: http://careerorgan.com/officia.free.credit.report/id.00A1 Fill out the form and indicate that you want the free report. Print it out and bring a copy to the interview as we will need to have it on file. Since this is just a pre-screen formality your actual score will not affect your chances of being hired. Please take a few minutes to do this now. Please complete this first step ASAP as we only have 72 hours to set up interviews. When you have completed the credit score reply to this email and we will set a time for an interview. I look forward to meeting with you. Sincerely, Ashley Richard Hiring Manager