Monday, January 30, 2012

I broke it!

My losing streak, that is.

Last Friday, I got an email saying I won an all-in-one photo printer. We really don't need a printer, we have an all-in-one printer now that we barely use. Unless this one just blows my current one out of the water, I may try to sell it.

It sure was nice to see that winning email. Hopefully more will be following!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I used to work out a lot. I was one of those people you hated to talk to about working out, because I was kind of a fanatic. I never joined a gym and I wasn't a runner. I used videos at home and I had weights and 2 sizes of steps. I worked out 45 minutes to 1.5 hours 6 days a week, 5 if I had a rough week at work. But that was 12 years ago.

Now I'm determined to get back into it. I've really gotten lazy and let myself go. I can't stand it. So on On Demand, I found some 10 minutes workouts. I did the beginners pilates and beginners lower body today. And I see now how out of shape I am. But it felt good, just the same! If I can do 2 of these 10 minute workouts 3 times a week, I think that's a good jumping off point to get back in the habit. I might not be able to do an hour a day, six days a week anymore, but I'm also not 27 anymore.

Now I need a drink.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ahhh coffee...

I got a Keurig coffee maker for Christmas. I love this thing. Makes great coffee and it's so nice when you just want one cup.

Our taxes are done, yay! We got my 1099 yesterday and that was the last thing we were waiting on. We're not getting as big a refund as I had hoped (does anyone ever get as big a refund as they want?), but it's a nice chunk all the same. New couch, here we come!

Monday, January 23, 2012


Something's wrong with me. I actually feel like cleaning the house today. And boy does it need it.

I had the interview at the country club and I thought it went well. But.. (there's always a but) I was supposed to interview with two managers and only one was available. The second one was supposed to call me later the same day to either do her interview over the phone or else schedule another time for me to come in. I never heard from her. Ah well, it's just as well if I don't get the job. The only reason my husband wanted me to work there was for the free golf, but they don't have any perks like that for employees. And it's too far to drive. I guess I'll be calling that telemarketing place today or tomorrow.

That is, if I don't win some super mega sweepstakes today!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

An Interview

Yesterday that country club called me back. I have an interview with them tomorrow. And to be honest, I'm kind of "meh" about the whole thing. I was really hoping to find something that's less physical. The years and years of being a server and bartender have left me pretty wrecked. Well, not totally wrecked, but I'm not as spry as I used to be. Or as young. I suppose if I get this job, I'll just have to keep my eyes open for something that's less physically demanding and hope that I don't throw my back out again while I work there. But on the other hand, it'll be nice to have more money than my piddly little unemployment. At least, I hope the money will be better.

Maybe I'll still call that telemarketing place. I hate to say it, but that place sounds better right now.

And on the sweeping front, I'm still in a horrible dry spell. I did well in October, great in November and ok in December. Nothing at all for the new year though. I miss seeing those "Congrats!" screens on an instant win game or those winning emails. I've even gotten a few surprise wins in the mail that I didn't know about (hello, $100 check!). Gotta get over this dry spell, ugh!

Monday, January 16, 2012

MLK Day!

Happy MLK Day! Once again, I totally forgot to decorate. Eh, there's always next year.

So I think I'm going to have to call Comcast again. I keep losing internet. They had to come out to our complex a few weeks ago to work on it and for a while it seemed like it was fixed. But just a few minutes ago it dropped right before I was able to publish this entry. And now I'm going to start typing everything in WordPad just so I don't lose as much. I hate doing things over.

Not much new here. Still on the job hunt. There's one of those telemarking places around here that's always hiring, so I put in an application with them. Not really something I want to do, but it beats not having a paycheck.

Speaking of getting paid, I found out they extended my unemployment benefits a couple more months. Now the pressure is off, and I might not have to go back to waiting tables if I can't find anything else.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The hunt continues

I just filled out an application to a country club in the area. My last job was at a country club and I really enjoyed it, so maybe this is a good prospect. The last club I worked at was pretty laid back though, and I think this one is a bit more formal. Also, I'm still hoping to get a job that's not so physical since my back is in horrible shape from years of serving and bartending. I'll just have to keep looking. And look at me, talking like I already have this job, haha. I just now hit the submit button!

I'm in a dry spell with my sweeping, but I'm still plugging along. You can't win if you don't enter. And I just know that any day now, that magical phone call or email will come!


Monday, January 9, 2012

A new blog!

This is going to be a riveting, edge-of-your-seat account of what's going on with me as I enter sweeps and game while I look for a job. Are you ready? Hang on!

Ok, that might have been a little sarcastic. While sweeping, gaming and job hunting is certainly entertaining (ha!), it might not be the thrill ride some would hope for.

The gaming is fun. Sweepstaking can also be fun, especially when you win. Job hunting, not so much.

A little background: in April 2011 I lost my job and since then, I've just been drawing a little unemployment. That is supposed to run out this February unless I get an extension. I'm not counting on that, so the job hunt has begun in earnest now.

But back in August, 2011, I saw a show about people that enter sweepstakes pretty much for a living and I thought "Hey, I'm not doing anything else right now, I could do that!" And so far there have been a few payouts. I got most of my Christmas shopping done with one of my winnings. And I've won a few small but useful things as well. Still keeping my fingers crossed for that big win though! And by big, I mean something over $500. While something with more zeros at the end would be ideal, I'm trying to keep it realistic.

Gaming is something else I do. I play online games. Some of you probably have heard of World of Warcraft. You may know someone that plays it. I've played it before, but my game du jour is Everquest 2. Similar type of game, but much better IMO. While I may mention my gaming addiction on occasion, this blog will mostly be about the sweeping and the job hunt.

Alright, that's it for now. Tune in later for more spine-chilling excitement!