So, here’s our schedule for this period.
If I say I don’t know if we are coming or going you’ll understand why. To say nothing of the fact that the boss called this morning — one of those OFF days — about business because she didn’t know we were off today. Because HER assistant didn’t tell her HE changed our days off and never bothered telling her. Which is why she says communication is an important part of our job. BUT… from here on in our schedule is pretty much off two, on five, off two, on five. Don’t ask me how many hours we’ll be putting in. Some days we’ve worked as little as three hours. Others as many as 8. So quote our supervisor: “It all depends on your workload…” which tells you precisely nothing. But that’s Ok… we can be pretty loosey goosey ourselves. Just wing it!
Today I lost the interwebs for about 4 hours. In the end Verizon said it was their fault but that doesn’t bring back 4 hours of troubleshooting.
I placed an order with Amazon for a Wilson Sleek 4G-V. This way we’ll find out how having a package shipped to our local post office box works using the local Post Office address as the postmaster said we could do. I’m taking a chance on Amazon’s return policy on this one. The Sleek 4G-V works for our MiFi or for my iPhone. It doesn’t put out as much power as the SOHO 60 unit that Wilson suggested. But that’s because this unit doesn’t have to transmit the signal any further than to an object resting against itself. Also, the SOHO 60 requires a mounted interior antenna, whereas the Sleek 4G is a cradle booster; you set the phone or MiFi into the holder and making contact with the installer you’re ready to go. The SOHO 60 also has 40 feet of cable that need to be run and it requires a much more involved installation. If the Sleek 4G-V works I’ll get what I want and keep the unit. If it doesn’t work I can always return this and buy the SOHO 60 — for about $300.00 ADDITIONAL — money I’m not in a big hurry to spend if it’s not necessary.
I spent a while on the phone with my insurance agent trying to get my Medicare supplemental policy sorted, AND to get that 1 month of health insurance to cover the gap between the end of Wisconsin’s High Risk Pool policy at the end of December and the beginning of Medicare on February 1. Interestingly enough to get a 1 month policy to cover my pre-existing conditions will cost 67% more than my HIRSP policy has cost. If that’s an indicator of the ‘benefits’ citizens will get from the Affordable Health Care Act, you can keep it. But I only need one month, and in the end we’re going to go with a short term policy for one month. I won’t cover pre-existing conditions, but it’s only 31 days I have to get through.
After a quick chat with my pharmacy I found that they are already scheduled to ship my existing prescriptions 2 days before the end of the year. That means that they will still be covered by the old policy — lucky me. 🙂 🙂 I was a bit worried about having a meds shipment processed in January during that policy interim. If the pharmacy gets the shipment out on time I’ll save a bunch of money.
MOSS and MOULD
Us new citizens of Oregon are learning to deal with moss and mold. I guess you can say its a local hazard of living in the Northwest. I have known and annoyed poor Peg about exhausting built up humidity in Journey. WE have been running the vent fans several hours a day. But having never lived here before we’re not yet sure how long we really need to run exhaust fan/s each day to rid the interior of built up humidity/perspiration/etc. It’s a work in progress. We’re dry, working on staying dry and mould free.
Monday is Veterans Day. Federal offices are closed. We weren’t sure if we were supposed to work on legal holidays or not. Our answer proved interesting.
When we worked for the Corps of Engineers volunteers worked through the holidays — as did employees. Just because it was a holiday didn’t mean that the paid staff had a day off — they didn’t. They took their holiday hours in rotation.
The Forest Service does things differently. Because we could be out roaming around in a vehicle, or working in the forest doing some sort of repairs, there are security issues. Recently a volunteer in a different region had been working on trails and signage. He took off solo into the woods and had a heart attack there. When he did not return home as planned his wife called Search and Rescue. The volunteer was found deceased, having had a heart attack and unable to contact the Forest Service dispatch because no one was working in dispatch on that holiday. As a result our bosses want us not to do anything that is dangerous, or anything where we are unreachable by central dispatch. It’s a warm and fuzzy feeling — but really it’s all about liability, I’m sure.
So, we get holidays… not paid. We’re not getting paid for anything. But it’s a day off anyway.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.