Saturday, June 27, 2009
The party went well. I think there were about 8 or 9 of us at the party. We had pizza and chips and cookies. Then we hit the phones setting up appointments. I managed to set 3! YAY!
Friday morning I went to Syracuse (about 25 or 30 minutes north of Warsaw) with Damon on one of his shows. For me, the highlight of the trip for me was the stop on the way home at a REALLY good coffee shop! I had an blended latte, the consistency of the latte was along the line of a milk shake...I LOVE MILK SHAKES so it was GOOD!! :)
I did some more calling in the afternoon trying to set up appointments and then at 3 I had a show in North Webster, which is about 15 minutes away. Michelle went with me on that one, and my personal opinion is that we could have gotten a sale if she had tried harder, but no more on that!
In the evening I went to a MasterWorks concert with my former manager, Nan. :) It was REALLY good and a lot of fun! :)
When I got home from that, about 10:00, my family was playing a game of Phase 10 so I played with them.
This morning was jail ministry Bible study, and then I had a show once again with Michelle. It was with friends of mine and they didn't buy, but gave a bunch of referrals! :)
This afternoon I did some work for Wes and packed for our trip tomorrow. This evening Samuel and I are going to another MWF concert!! :)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Yesterday I actually got out in the sun a little bit! It was sooo nice and really the first time that I had been outside all summer! I've been so busy that some things just don't work out the way that I want them to! It's kinda funny cuz here it is already nearly the end of June and I'm still REALLY white!! LOL! I also got to mow a little bit of the lawn that Samuel didn't get to on Monday. :) That was the first time I've mowed all year too!
I had a 6:30 demo in South Bend (the one that was supposed to be shown on Friday) and Damon went with me. During our drive he told me that he and Chris had decided that Damon would do some major in depth training with me over the next 2 months until I go to college, and then they would let me lose in the Louisville area, pretty much on my own. They would still keep tabs on me, and they would ship me Rainbows whenever I needed them! How cool is that?!
Today was a little on the wacky side! I had to be in Fort Wayne, which is about 45 minutes east of me to go to the dentist! My appointment was at 9:00 so I left about 7:45 and stopped at the Dunkin Donuts in Columbia City! Gotta love the iced lattes....sigh... Dentists are just royal pains, so no comments on that! I put a some gas in the van cuz I was almost out and then drove home. I got home about 11 and at 12 I met Wes at Courthouse Coffee about the PowerPoint. I got another latte, this one blended, so it was more like a slushy, and worked for about 2 hours for him. At 2 I was supposed to go with Damon on one of his shows in Middlebury, which is about an hour from Warsaw. We left about 2:30 (the show wasn't until 3:30). It took us a little bit to find the house cuz the road that it was on was SCREWY! We were going to show it to an Amish family, which I know sounds really funky, but they actually show to a lot of Amish people, AND they buy! Totally whacked! So, we get to this house and get all the stuff out and walk up to the door and the guy comes to the door and said that they called and cancelled it earlier this week! AAAAAHHHHHH!!!! The office didn't know anything about it! GRRR! Sooo, there were a couple of things that needed delivered and stuff up in that area, so we did all of those things. We were supposed to go on one of my shows in Milford at 7:30 together. The original plans were to do the show in Middlebury and then go to Milford which is about 20 minutes from Warsaw, and right on the way home from Middlebury. We still had plenty of time, but it was pointless to go all the way back to Warsaw, so we stopped at Burger King, and YAY they had free WiFi!! :) I think I killed about an hours worth of time on the internet, which made me happy!! LOL! We were on our way to our show when we decided to call the office, just to make sure that it had been confirmed. Long story short, we didn't do that show either! UGH! We went back to the office and Shayna, who is the marketing director, had the 2 of us sit down and try to set shows....we ended up managing to get her side tracked, so that we could get out of that!! LOL! Tomorrow night we are having a "phone-set party" everyone is getting together and making phone calls and setting up shows! There will be food and the theme is the 60's and 70's! We have to dress up like something from that time period....it was WAY before I was born, so I ain't got the foggiest what to wear! I was hoping to get a poodle skirt and go with the late 50's early 60's thing, but that didn't happen, so I think I might wear a denim skirt, flip flops, a bandana, and a tie-dye t-shirt (if I can find one)!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday I worked for Wes in the morning and in the evening I attempted to sell a vacuum! It came SOOOOO close! Seriously, I'm still trying to figure out why in the world I didn't sell one! At the end of our shows we almost always do a "phone closing" where we call some of our bosses and they will talk to us and sometimes the customer, and they can a lot of times convince the customer to buy. Ben and Krista were already really close, then I called Matt, who is the manager of the store in Valpo. He talked to Ben, and got him even more interested. After the phone call Ben all of a sudden decided he didn't want to do it! UGH!! Soooo, no sale. It's too bad cuz that would have been my first sale on my own. It was so close that Matt called me while I was on my way home asking if had done all of the paper work! Neither one of us are sure what happened! :(
Friday got really exciting! All day it had been stormy and yucky! We were, at the least, under a severe thunderstorm watch all day, and a couple of times it elevated to warnings, and tornado watches. Nothing new for Northern Indiana, it happens all the time. I was supposed to go to South Bend in the evening to do a show. Where I was going in S. Bend was about an hour away. I really didn't want to drive up there all by myself in the wacky weather. So, I talked to the people at Rainbow and they said that Damon could go with me. I was very relieved. We were supposed to meet at the office at 5 and then proceed to S. Bend. As I was leaving home dad called and said that there was a tornado in Mentone, which is about 6 or 7 miles from us! Oh well, I had a show to go on. So, I got to the office and the tornado sirens were going off when I got out of my vehicle. Creepy. Soon after we left the office I looked in my rear view mirror and saw the storm that had gone over us, it was BLACK! We didn't sell a vacuum, nor did we even show it, which is a really long story.
I went to the jail Bible study Saturday morning, but had to leave early cuz I had a show in Logansport, which is about 1 1/5 hours south of us. Damon went on this one with me as well. We did sell a vacuum which was WONDERFUL!! PTL!! Then Damon, bless his heart, drove a few miles further south and went to Kokomo and stopped at Dunkin Donuts for me!! YAY!! I got a large iced latte, with whipped cream, of course, and totally enjoyed it! ...sigh... We got back about 5:30 and I went to the Hampton Inn in Warsaw where Wes was showing the PowerPoint to a group of his friends so that they could critique it! UGH! It would have been one thing if these were all people who understood what you can and can't do in graphic design, but most of them weren't! There were only 2 people there, mom, and a recording engineer, who understood. I only got in on the last half of the presentation, which was actually a good thing, cuz if I had been there the whole time I would have been crying! By Saturday I had only gotten about 14 hours of sleep the entire week, cuz I was trying to get this project completed for Wes, and then to have people who had NO idea what they were talking about critique it, well, lets just say I was slightly frazzled!
I went into the jail on Sunday morning. It was really good. Unfortunately one guy, Michael, who is actually one of my former bus kids and neighbors was in the solitary confinement cuz he had been wrestling! I told him I was gonna smack him for doing that, but I couldn't cuz he was locked into his cell. Pray for him, he has a lot of potential. We had several people over for Sunday dinner since it was Father's Day. That was fun.
I took yesterday off. I did NOTHING when it comes to work. YAY! At 6:3o there was an open house for Rainbow, so I did go to that, but there was really no work involved there!
Today it is nice and hot and sunny!! I was outside for a loooong time, just enjoying the sun! :) I also did a little bit of mowing, which was fun cuz I haven't mowed at all this year!!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
That angels breathe
Friday, June 19, 2009
Pro #1: I got to sleep in until 10:00! That was AWESOME! I didn't think I would sleep that late, but I sent my alarm just in case, it's a good thing I did!! I had a little bit of running around to do and then I did a few things at home.
Pro #2 (and by far the best 1): Around 1:30 I left for Mishawaka to see Aunt Beth!! :):):) I haven't seen her since Christmas when they were living with us. It was SOOOOO good to see her and the kiddos again! She has been through so much since I last saw her and yet the love of Christ and the complete peace that she has about her circumstances amazes me! I know that I haven't had life treat me nearly as bad as it has treated her, and yet I also know that I don't have the peace and love towards my enemies and circumstances as she has. I love her to death! We had some really good chats, thankfully she TOTALLY understands some of the things that I went through this past semester cuz she's been through a lot of it before.
*****Sorry this is sideways, I couldn't get it to flip, this is Adreonna, and if she had blonde hair without the freckles she would look just like me at her age (she is either 7 or 8) the scary thing is she acts like me...her poor mom!! LOL*****
Pro #3: Mom and I, mostly mom cuz I was gone, were able to clean the house and then vacuum with the Rainbow that I have as a demo model!! YAY! I mostly just did my room, I think mom did the rest, but I had to clean the Rainbow once we were done, YUCK! Oh well, the house is clean at least, and it is still clean cuz dad and Samuel went somewhere (Ohio I think, but I'm not sure on that) overnight to do something with an alarm syster! So the counter is still cleaned off, and there isn't junk all over the place!! LOL!! :)
Now for the con, there is only one, but it is pretty BIG!
CON #1: I stayed up all night working on the PowerPoint for Wes. I briefly explained in an earlier post what I'm doing but I will go more into detail now. Wes is a missionary of sorts. He leads a LOT of Christian tour groups into many countries all over the world. He also has smuggled Bibles into Communist countries. I'm not quite sure all the detail on that though. One of his main countries is Israel. (YAY!!) What I'm doing is a PowerPoint presentation for him to use when he speaks at churches. This is actually like his sermon notes, he thinks the entire presentation will take about an hour! He wrote a script that I'm taking key things from and putting on slides. It's like a travellog of a trip through Israel. It is REALLY cool and since I want to go to Israel SOOOOOOOOO bad, I find it very interesting. Well, Wes has a little "debut" thing scheduled for Saturday evening! I need to have it completely done, or at least almost done by then! I think I'm on page 25 or 26 of 34 his notes, and at slide 128! UGH! So, I was up ALL night long working!! Finally at 6 AM I decided to stop working. I ran to the store and got milk, and then ran to the coffee shop and got a latte!! :) I got back around 7, did a little more work and then was able to read my devotions and get ready to meet Wes at 9. I worked with him for about 2 hours before I decided I couldn't think anymore...LOL! I got mom her favorite drink from the coffee shop that I do most of my work at, and then ran next door to Subway and got a foot long sub for mom and I to split for lunch! It was really YUMMY!
I then came home about 12 and went to bed. At 1 I was rudely awakened by Rainbow calling me to see if I would come in and work on setting up appointments for this weekend cuz there is a contest going on for dealers, and we are supposed to do at least 3 shows from Friday through Sunday....anyways told them that I would do that, so I ahve to go in at 2:15 for that.
I have a show in a town about 1/2 an hour away at 4 and then I have to come home and work more for Wes this evening.
Soooo, I'm not bored at all...if any of you have a boring life and would like to switch, just for ONE day, I think I would consider the prospect! I JUST NEED SLEEP!
Anyways, the Lord is still good, and He's gonna have to get me through cuz there is NO other way that it will happen!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I had a chiropractor appointment this afternoon, it went well....
When I got home from that I made cookies! I made the Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe. I found half a bag of Andes Mints pieces, so I used half Andes and half chocolate chips....YUM!!
At 5:30 I had an appointment to demo a Rainbow. It was with some people that my parents had referred, and go to my church. He has a lot of health problems and the Rainbow would have REALLY helped them, but at the moment were unable to purchase a system. I might have been able to sell one, but had to leave fast because I had another appointment at 7:30. At least they are neighbors of mine, so they weren't very far away.
Michelle, who had gone with me on several other demos, came with me because these people had an older Rainbow and I had never done a Rainbow trade in show before. She managed to sell them the new Rainbow!!! YAY! So, I get commission off of that!! That was the 7th show that I've done, and my first sell!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday: I had to work in the morning with Wes on the PowerPoint. At times it seems like he wants miracles worked, but I love him to death, and have a hard time telling him that it won't work. I guess I will just have to try to work miracles...lol! In the afternoon I had more advanced training with Rainbow. I had a chiropractor appointment and then a dumb half hour session that is held every Monday night at the chiro's for new patients called "How to stay young for the first 100 years" it was interesting and BORING!
Tuesday: I had a demo at a chiropractors home at 11:00 on Tuesday. I was a little unsure of myself, so I had asked for somebody to go with me on the show. Rob, who is actually the guy who hired me, was assigned to go with me. What was going to happen was he was going to do the show and I was supposed to take notes and pay close attention...pretty much first hand training. We met at the office at 10:30 and got everything together before heading out about quarter til 11. We get to their house and he comes out looking very disheveled. Apparently the doc had no idea about the appointment and his wife was still in bed cuz she wasn't feeling well! Company policy is that both the husband and wife have to be present in order for us to show the machine. UGH! Soooo....we went back to the office. I had some errands to run and then there was more advanced training at 1:00. That went well then I had to work for Wes later in the day.
Wednesday: My demo from Tuesday got rescheduled for Wednesday at 11:00. So once again Rob and I hit the road on our way to the show. This time however the results were quite different. :) Both doc and Mrs. were awake and ready to let us show them the Rainbow. Rob did a great demonstration and had both of them convinced that they needed/wanted a system. However, doc had to open his office at 12:30 so he had to leave, thus we did not get a sale!! :( T'was sad....if there had been 1/2 hour more for us to demo we could have sold them one soooo easily! :( Oh well I guess... There is always training for the Rainbow at 1 that is optional to attend, so I went to that and then had a chiro appointment, and then worked for Wes. Then the day began to get REALLY exciting, let me explain:
My best friend's mom had died the beginning of December. They are missionaries to Italy and she had been buried over there. Faith had just begun her second year of college at Northland Baptist Bible College in WI when Mrs. Pieri was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She got so sick that Faith went home to be with her. Within about three months Mrs. Pieri went home to be with Jesus. Faith did not go back to school, but instead stayed home and helped her family through the hard time. Joseph, who is the Pieri's son (they have 2 children) graduated from high school this year. So the Pieri's came back this summer so Faith and Joseph could both go to Northland, and they had a memorial service on Friday.
So.... we were planning on leaving Thursday morning to drive to Antigo, WI which is where the memorial service was to be held. Well, mom came up with the idea of leaving late Wednesday night so that we could get through Chicago at a decent hour. All well and good, but I still had a LOT of work that I needed to do for Wes, and I had not even begun to pack, on top of that I was exhausted. I finally completely lost it, and just cried for a LOOOOOOONG time!! I was totally overwhelmed! Mom came into my room and held me and let me cry for a while, then she ended up doing most of my packing, cuz I couldn't even think about packing at the time! LOL! We left around 9:00 for Zion, IL which is where the hotel that mom booked for us for the night was. I convinced dad to let me drive through Chicago which was FUN!! We hit some construction, and traffic, but it really wasn't that bad! :) The hotel was really nice and since we didn't have to drive the whole way on Thursday we got to sleep in a little bit! :)
Thursday: We drove through Milwaukee and right outside of it is Menonomee Falls, which is where Falls Baptist Church is, and part of the church is Baptist College of Ministry where several kids from our church have gone to school. Right now two guys from my church are on their singing tour group this summer. They happened to actually be around the entire week, so we got to swing by and see them. :) It was nice. None of us had ever been there before, so we got a tour of the church and classrooms. We also stopped at the Wings as Eagles airplane hangar in Oshkosh, WI. Dad and Mom are going to be putting in an alarm system in August while Samuel is up there for flight camp, so dad needed to check a few things out. I think around 4:00 on Thursday we pulled into Antigo, WI which is where we spent the rest of our time. Probably around 6 or 7 the Pieri's came over and spent the entire evening with us! It was really nice to see them again (the last time we saw them was when they brought Faith to the U.S. for college 2 years ago), but it was hard without Mrs. Pieri.
*****Mom at Wings as Eagles*****
*****This was on the floor*****
*****Sorry this is up side down, but its cool*****
*****I'll admit it was tempting*****
*****Me and my bro******
*****Joseph at the funeral dinner*****
*****I was sitting on Angela's lap cuz she decided to sit in my chair!! :-*****
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I'll be honest, this morning when I was reading my devotions I hadn't really gotten anything from them and almost didn't go on to chapter 7 of Micah, simply because I was tired of not getting anything. I finally decided that it was probably a better idea to go on, so almost grudgingly I continued from chapters 6 to 7. WOW!! Is all I can say, I LOVE the last part of verse 7, MY GOD WILL HEAR ME!! How much better can you get? Even when everyone and everything is against me, if I look to Jesus, He will hear me. When I fall, He will pick me up, and if I don't know what to do He will show me. Why trust in an earthly friend, who will only let me down when I have the Lord to lean upon?
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I also started working for a friend, doing a PowerPoint presentation. I love doing that, but it takes a LOT of time, and he wants it done ASAP!! On top of it, he keeps changing and adding things....I don't think he understands just how long, or how much effort goes into it! UGH!
The biggest thing in my life has been planning a surprise 20th wedding anniversary/40th birthday party for my parents/mom. I have been planning this party since before Christmas, and it has been SOOOO hard pulling it off! I haven't said anything about it on my blogs cuz mom and dad read them, which is fine, but there have been SO many times that I almost wrote something, and then caught myself. LOL!! There were SOOOOO many times when I almost said sooo many things....
Anyways, the point is, I pulled off a full scale party with around 100 people showing up for my mom and dad without mom knowing a thing!! (Dad did know, but that is because I told him).
*****Uncle Jim and Aunt Lois came all the way from Michigan, and brought my great grandma with them!*****
Monday, June 1, 2009
Friday was another day where I slept in, without anything that I HAD to do early. In the afternoon I made dirt pudding, which is chocolate pudding, butter, cream cheese, and milk mixed together and then layered with crushed Oreos! It is really good stuff, but I can't eat it which is sad! I made it for the Bible study that is held on Friday nights for families of people in jail, ex convicts, and really anyone who wants to come. It did go over REALLY well! :)
Mom and I went to the Saturday morning jail ministry team meeting. It went well. I was planning on going in on Sunday, which was all well and good until I found out that the regular pianist (also my former piano teacher) was going to be out of town! UGH! That meant that I had to play, I haven't played the piano in several months, there just hasn't been time! So, not only did I have to play the piano, but I also had to accompany a guy who was singing, which was fine cuz he was just singing out of the piano. Plus, I was told that I would be helping with what would be done with the speaking in the ladies block, I wasn't feeling well, and so it seemed REALLY overwhelming!!
I had a HUGE blessing on Saturday! :) At the jail meeting some how I had made the comment that I had found a job, but I would also like to get another job as well. One of the men on the jail team, Wes Smith, who has a whole bunch of ministries, mainly involving the end times and prophecy, asked if I was good on the computer. I was like, "Uh, yes." He said, "I'm wanting a presentation that I can show at churches of pictures from Israel that I have taken, etc. Do you know how to do things like that?" I said, "Yes!" The discussion went really well from there, and I'm hired! I have a meeting with him tomorrow to begin the work! YAY!!
Saturday afternoon we went to a high school graduation party for a friend of ours. I grew up with him, and we had a lot of fun! On our way home from that Samuel and I stopped to see another friend. He is trying to sell a pick-up truck, and jokingly tried to sell it to me!! :-P He did let me drive it, which was fun! :)
Saturday night we went to a friends high school graduation. I grew up with Brent and his older brother, Bobby and I haven't seen them in ages. Bobby went to college at Pensacola Christian College, and ended up moving back down there almost two years ago, and we haven't seen him since. They have both been like brothers to me over the years. Bobby and I sat next to each other at the graduation and we made comments back and forth the entire time!! It was fun!
Sunday morning Samuel and I both went into the jail. I was excited/sad to go to into our first service which is in F block, the lock down block where guys are locked into individual cells 23 hours a day, because a guy that I've known since he was a little boy, we were neighbors, and he and his siblings used to come to church with us, was in that block. When I found out several months ago that Michael was in jail (at the time he was only 15, now he is 16) I was pretty mad at him, but I also really saddened, and as time went on I decided that I couldn't wait to get back into jail so I could give him a hug. Since he was in F block, there would be no way that I could hug him, which made me sad. So we go into F and I'm looking around and didn't see him in any of the cells, so I asked one of the guys and he said that Michael had been moved from F to another block!! YAY!! That meant that I would be able to give him a hug after all!! That TOTALLY made my day! :) After the service in F one of the guys motioned me to come to his cell. In the little bit of time that we had been doing the service he had drawn a picture of me! How cool is that??!!
The next service was all of the guys in the regular cells combined into one service and Michael was there!!!!! :) There was a radical change from the boy that I used to know to the young man that he is now! When he was younger, Michael used to be a mocker, and defied authority at any and every chance possible. Now, he is really sweet, and he listened very intently, and was even helping another Mexican man who was sitting next to him. After the service was over the jailers weren't ready to take the men back to their blocks, so Michael and I got to talk for quite a while. He has really matured! I not only got one hug from him, but two!! :)
Our church had a carry-in dinner and then an afternoon service, so we went to that. I sang a solo for church! That was cool! I sang "God Hears My Prayer." It's a song that I learned for voice lessons and I really like.
Sunday evening we had friends over for dinner and played games.
Today was the beginning of training for my job. I will be selling Rainbow systems. It's a lot of information to digest, but I'm pretty sure I will like the job! :)
I got a phone call this evening from a hotel that I had filled out an application for last week, wanting me to come in for an interview tomorrow! Praise the Lord!