Thursday, February 20, 2014

I AM VENTING...because I'm really pissed off.

I think there's something wrong when they expect me to act like their employee but they only treat me like an employee when it benefits them, and not at all when I actually need support. They call me a "contractor" yet they expect me to bend over backwards and jump through all of their hoops to follow all of their criteria, rules, training schedules and extremely rigid rules, yet, because I'm considered a "contractor" they don't feel the need to offer me benefits of any kind. No health benefits, no retirement contributions, no time off for mourning, no emergency relief, no sick leave, no holiday pay, no EI contributions. The only benefit I get is that my income is tax free, but that's because I'm a foster care provider, and that's just the law.

So. If I'm a "contractor" as they say I am, shouldn't I be the one deciding when I work, when I take time off, where I work, what I do within my place of work (aka home), how much I get paid, what I pay out to others for sub-care, what training courses I take and when, etc? I think that's normally how contractors operate. A contractor determines the rules and guidelines of their own contract. That's what makes them a contractor.

It's a very fine and very blurred line they have developed for this program I partake in. I am grateful for the job I do. It's rewarding on both an emotional and monetary level. But it sure does have some MAJOR drawbacks.

If I am needed, and I mean really needed in an emergency or something, somewhere and can't get the time off (or have to pay hundreds of dollars to get time off), or if I need time off for mental well being and can't get it, that would just plain suck dirty balls. It already has me thinking about a different career path. We'll see.. I'm not sure what my last straw would be with this current career. I hope I don't find out any time soon, either.

I've been with this company since 1997, I believe, with a short time off for Maternity. That's 17 years. And this is what I get in return for my exemplary service, where all I am ever told is how outstanding of an "employee" I am for those entire 17 years? A big "figure it out for yourself and pay out of your own pocket..".


Jules :Ofuckit(

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hearts for foodies...

Last year for something to do, I made heart shaped eggs and sent this photo to Thor. Not quite the same as actually being able to eat them, but you do what you have to do over distances. 

This year we were together on actual Valentine's Day and we ate at Safta's Kitchen in Invermere. We ate foutoush salad and they came with cucumbers in heart form! Now, I know how I did it with the eggs, but the cucumbers.. I can't figure out how that was done! Also, their falafel balls came joined two together and shaped like hearts as well. Cute touch... until we realized that if you turned them upside down they looked like shaved nutsacks. But even then, that was worth more than one or two laughs. 

Jules :Olol)

Friday, February 14, 2014

We deserve them...

I think that having been to the hot springs in Radium, Fairmont, Lussier, and Banff a total of approximately 30 times in the last 3.4 years (unless I missed one or two while counting on the calendar) entitles us to have these towels. I had them made for us for Valentine's Day, and gave them to Thor as part of his VDay gift. I know, it's a bit corny, but so what. I'm looking forward to eventually trying as many more springs as we can in Canada and the USA. We'll at least get a strange look or a smile from anyone who walks by and notices what they say.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours. Celebrate love always, not just on this day! 

Jules :O)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Every day...

Every day is hit and miss. Some are good and some leave things to be desired. Every day, however, is something to be thankful for, to cherish, to find something good in, and to make the most out of.

Every day, your body will change. It will become a day older and with that comes differences in its appearance, and how it will feel.  Some of the changes are ones you will like, and others, you will loathe. The only real way to get through them is to adopt an attitude of acceptance and learn to admire your body in whatever state it is in, afterall, it's carried you this far.

Every day you will come across people. Every person has somewhere to be and something to do. They may have had a good day or a bad one before they crossed your path. They may be healthy or be suffering from an illness. The two things within your power are how you interact with them, and how you view them. Every day, you should strive to make the best out of your interactions.

Every day, you will go through many emotions. You will be happy or sad, content or unsettled, calm or angry, have energy or be without it, feel lonely or feel like part of a greater abundance, embrace your determination or let things get the best of you. Every day you are allowed to feel however you want. You're only human.

Every day, you are thought about. Every day, there is someone out there who's mind you cross, who's heart feels for you, who wishes they could help you, who is looking forward to meeting with you, who holds you in high regard, who is excited you are part of their world, who is smiling because of something you said. Every day you make a difference to someone, whether you are aware of it or not.

Every day is a day to master.

Jules :Obestrong)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

A chilling question...

Which type of cold do you prefer? 


or this: 


or this:

Jules :O)