4/3/18 new jobs…

Maggie got a call about her job over the weekend. She was hired on the third of last month. They had asked her fill out paperwork on the computer at home. She repeated the web site name back to the gentleman, but when she tried it at home she couldn’t get in. He is not at that store every day so it took Maggie a few days to get in touch with him and get the correct web site name. After she filled out the information online she asked what I thought she should do with her check once she gets paid. Maggie doesn’t have any bills yet. I told her about saving, tithing and spending. My dad had said that it was good to live off of half of your pay. About a week later the man that hired her called back and said that there was more that she needed to fill out online. He said not to worry, she was hired and it did take this long. I had been worrying, I have never heard of it taking this long from the hiring to the start date. This set of paperwork had her tax forms and some history about herself like her graduation date. It also wanted her routing number for her bank account for direct deposit. Maggie didn’t have a bank account so she and I went to get her one. I was worried. The paperwork needs this number right now. The last time that I opened an account they said that they wouldn’t have the routing number for a week. Maggie needs this number now. When she was hired I should have taken her right to the bank to get an account, then when the number was needed she would already have it. I used to be so organized, looking at each project or event ahead of time and saying, what should I get ready for this so that it will run smoothly when we get to it. sorry…OK back to Maggie. When we got the account the lady that opened the account said that we could have the account number today. Cheer. Cheer. Woo Hoo. I should still be more organized, but it is good that this all worked out. We went home and Maggie finished all of the information that this online paperwork needed. When it was finished the computer had a message. It said something like, thank you for completing this, someone will be in touch with you to schedule orientation. That was over a week ago. Maggie has been waiting at the house playing Mine craft. She is building a city and has the streets and sidewalks done and has started on the buildings.
When she got the call to schedule orientation last weekend we were so excited. She has one interview shirt and has already worn it to two interviews there. Maggie has a lot of t-shirts from high school, but nothing dressy. She and I went and got her a new dress shirt. Maggie doesn’t want to drive so I will take her to her grandmas, my moms, in the morning and grandma will take her to and from work. I was really hoping that when Beth got her license and a car it would spur the other two into wanting to drive. It hasn’t. Her orientation was at ten this morning. I haven’t  found out yet how it went.
William and I are looking for a job for him. He doesn’t want to drive and gets so focused on what he is doing that he wouldn’t remember to go to work if he wasn’t taken there and dropped off at just the correct time to clock in. He does a good job at work and the bosses are happy with him, but he can’t get there on time without help.

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1/8/18 paperwork and Minecraft…

Maggie is still filling out forms for her new job. Her new manager called and gave her more papers to fill out online. She hasn’t started working yet. We got her a cell phone from Walmart. She needed an ID to get it to work. She doesn’t have a valid drivers permit any more so she used her passport number for her ID. Her senior class was going to go on a cruse so we got her a passport. In the end they didn’t go on the cruse. Maggie couldn’t get the phone to start working so she called the help line. We think that the phone is all set up but it may take up to two days to have it go completely through their system and start working. If it doesn’t start working tomorrow then she will call the help desk again.

While Maggie is waiting for her job to start she is working on building a city in Minecraft. She got a lot of pieces of loose leaf paper and taped them together and started to draw her city. There is no map or overview and she needs to keep track of where everything is. She was working on one piece of paper, but the city got too big. She has built the roads in the city but she hasn’t started the buildings yet. She has mapped on the large papers where she wants all of the buildings to go…the school, airport, parks etc. She showed her plan to her sister Beth and Beth didn’t like where the buildings were located. She didn’t like it that the school was by the airport. Maggie understands, but says that there is only so much room and some things will need to be in the wrong spot. Now Maggie has started a new map. She has the streets drawn in and is trying to figure out where to put the buildings. I said that no matter where you put the buildings, someone won’t like it. Put them where you want, or stay with your original plan. She doesn’t like to upset people so she will change her city to make others happy.

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1/3/18 Maggie got a job!!!…

Maggie got a job at KFC. Woooooooo hooooooooooo! We are all so excited! She had an interview last week. They called a few days later and gave her a web site to go to to fill out some information. When she was done Maggie called in  to the manager at KFC and he told Maggie that they would call her back to let her know when orientation would be. We are all so relieved. This is Maggie’s first job.

One of her first thoughts was how should she spend her first check. My dads advice to my little sister when she got her first job was to always save half of each check. At first it would be easy because she wouldn’t have any bills. Later she will be used to living off of that amount. His idea was that if she ever needed a larger amount of money for a big bill, a computer, a house or retirement, she would have the money. Also she wouldn’t have the stress of always wondering how she was going to pay for things. I gave that advise to Maggie. She just looked at me. I’m not sure if it was because I have told the kids that story many times or if it was because she had no intention of doing it. I also talked about giving to the church and having some spending money. She listened to me. That evening she made a list of the things that she would like to buy when she gets the money. She also put the dollar amount of each item on the list. It is an impressive list. She has had a lot of time to think and she watched as Beth and William got jobs and started to decide where all of their money would go. Maggie is so relieved to have gotten a job,

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12/7/17 interviewing and job applications…

William has had an interview at a grocery store to stock shelves at night. He has had about nine months of steady work experience, but was told that they were looking for someone with more experience. I wish that he would go back to school. There is a cleaning company right by us. It is so close and they work after the business has closed for the evening. William is a good worker and does a good job and has great attendance, but he can’t get to work on time. He gets too involved in what ever he is working on and forgets to go and do things. He had great attendance at his first job because he was dropped off at the door at the correct time to clock in. If he went to the cleaning place I would be able to get him there on time.
Maggie has been putting in a lot of job applications. She doesn’t want to drive so we are getting names of businesses that are on areas that her grandma would like to drive to every day. She has had a few interviews. It seems that for every thirty to forty applications she gets an interview and she is now very comfortable with interviewing. She longs to work and have something to do and have some money.

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11/24/17 working…

Maggie got a call for an interview at a pet store. We are so excited. She loves pets. She is really a scientist, but since she dropped out of college, she needs a job. She needs to get her interview outfit together. The store that she is interviewing at is the same one that our ferret was bought at.
Beth is going job hunting with me next week. She has been out of high school for a whole summer and hasn’t looked for a job for the weekdays yet. She had a job at a drive in on the weekends but she didn’t get many hours. She has a car and needs to set some money aside for repairs and hasn’t been able to do that.
William got laid off on Friday. They didn’t have enough work for him. He cleans machines in a factory. The machines are all clean. He had come to me about a month or two ago and said that he knew that he wouldn’t be there much longer. He said that at first the machines had been so dirty that he had really needed to work hard to clean them. But now he is re-cleaning clean machines. He could see that they wouldn’t need him long. That’s when we started to look tor a a school for him. He said that he wanted to do programming. It would get him off of his foot. He wasn’t upset that he had been let go. This wasn’t his dream job, but he had been happy that he could buy some candy or a two liter of Coke whenever he wanted to. Now he doesn’t have a job and he isn’t scheduled to go back to school. I asked if waited to go do the pretest at school. He said no. He wanted another job. I am so … not upset … I guess concerned… that he isn’t working. We looked for a job for him for so long before we found this one. Now he does have almost a year of working to put on his resume and he was laid off for lack of work. So maybe we can find something right away for him.
Now … all three kids that are looking for jobs. The temporary agency that William was through said that they would help him find something. They will look close to our house. He doesn’t want to drive, so he will need to be able to walk home from work.

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12/30/16 work and scheduling classes…

William has been at work for a while. He seems happy. He isn’t tired from all of the physical labor that he has to do all day.
Maggie is still in college. This is her first semester as only a college student. I am hoping that she does well. She does like school, but she has not scheduled classes for next semester and it worries me. If she would schedule her classes then she could be sure that she was able to get into the classes that she needs and also I would known how much I owed the school. They started scheduling last month and Maggie just isn’t ready to schedule. Maggie does things when she is ready to do them. I have decided to quit asking her about scheduling the classes. Talking about it is just frustrating both of us. After this semester, Maggie will be a Junior.
She has made a friend in one of her classes. The girl is exactly like Beth and has the same name as me. Maggie says that it is easy to be her friend because she is so much like Beth. Her friend was going home to die her hair yesterday. Maggie already knew the right questions to ask her about dying her hair because Beth dyes her hair.

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12/8/16 interviews, school and projects…

William had an interview today at the place where he is going to work. He had already interviewed at the temporary agency, but not at the company that he was going to work at. I have started hyperventilating again. He was ready when I got home to pick him up and take him to the interview. I asked at the door before we left if he had had state ID and the other papers that he needed. He had forgotten them so he went back inside to find them. When William came back out of the house, I asked to see the papers again. He had all of his paperwork. I have learned from many years of having older kids that I need to see the things that they need to bring before we leave the house. We have gotten to so many places and not had the correct items or papers. When William came out of the interview he didn’t look happy or sad, but he did have a three ring binder and papers. He said that there were papers to fill out and the binder had the employee handbook. William said that it had gone well and they would need to look at his scores on the test to see what position they would offer him. I think that he was pleased. He asked if we could have a party this weekend to celebrate. We will get pizzas and maybe library movies. The kids should pick out the movies, they don’t like my choices any more.
Maggie is not doing well in most of her classes. I looked at the grades on the computer. She didn’t realize that she was doing poorly in all of her classes. We made a list of things that she needs to do to get her grades up. She needs to let all of her teachers know that she sees that there is a problem, so that they see that she cares. Maggie needs to find out where she can get tutoring for each class. She also needs to talk to a counselor about scheduling next semester. Maggie has about a month to pull this together. I’m really worried. All of her dreams revolve around things she needs a degree to do.
Beth has been working on her senior project with her team. They are designing a cage for a new robot that the school is getting. They almost have all of the drawings done and are ready to start buying the material. They are using 80, 20 pipe. I am not sure what that is. It comes in half inch thick and one inch thick. They had gotten the OK to build it out of half inch pipe. Today the teacher decided that they needed to use one inch pipe. Beth said that they will need to throw out all of their drawings and start over. I said they should print them and show the teacher the steps that they took to get the job done. The teacher wants finished drawings by Friday.
Beth has printed off her first resume that she had made before she had a job. I said that she should keep it and make a second one that included the place that she worked last summer. The name of her boss, phone numbers, start and stop dates and responsibilities. She may need all of this information some day. If she keeps each one it may have some information on it that a new condensed one won’t have. We will start one for William and Maggie when they start working.

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12/7/16 William has a job!!!, dates, bracelets and cats…

William got a job…I so excited and so scared. William is so focused on everything that he does. Will he hear the bell and go into work? Will he remember any special time instructions, like if the boss says come in an hour early tomorrow, will he remember to tell me to bring him in early? Its such a blessing that he will be working!!! He will be a utility person. Maybe running a machine, maybe making boxes. They need to see how mechanical he is and if he takes to the work and if he likes it and if they like him. They will give him a ninety day trial and see how it goes. It will give him a chance to see how manual labor for eight or more hours a day feels and give him some money in his pocket. He already had a pair of steel toed boots. William got a lunch box today. He didn’t look that excited when he found out that he had been hired. He said that he was looking for more time off. He has been home for so long looking for a job. I hope that he enjoys it and decides to stay. He doesn’t need to stay forever. If its not for him, he can look for something else. But this will give him a start and maybe he can learn a skill at this job.
I used to spend a lot of my free time looking for a job for William. Now as I pass businesses I say to myself, have we put an application in there yet, could William walk that far if the weather gets bad …oh wait, William has a job. We found out this last week that he has this job, so we haven’t put in any applications this weekend. I have a lot more free time now. I need to fill it up with something productive. One of the companies that we had called just a few days ago called back the day that William was hired. William told them that he had just gotten a job. It made me feel very secure to think that there is a back up company if this falls apart.
Beth is on a first date with the boy that she is seeing at school. They wanted to go to the mall. She has known him for a long time at school, and has only had the courage this year to tell him that she likes him. I am at the mall with them. I am not following them around, but I am at the mall. Beth was so excited and nervous to get to meet him tonight. I don’t know this boy at all, so I won’t let Beth go in his car with him. I like her to have the boys come over to our house a lot so that we can get to know them
Maggie has started making bracelets out of para cord. She had wanted to go to the store to get more rubber bands, but I told her that we would need to look on the computer and see what her grades were first. If she had at least a C in the classes where the teachers post grades then I would take her to the store.
It is getting colder here. It may frost tonight. I still need to get a back up winter jacket for Maggie. She always has trouble with her jacket zippers, and now goes through at least two jackets each winter. To be fair, we do only buy used jackets, so the person before her could have weakened the zipper. We need to start putting plastic on the windows.
We have a third kitty. She is orange and loves to wrestle and play chase and to stalk us. She thinks that if she gets really low into the kitty litter, that we can’t see her. She also thinks that about the living room too. She lays on the floor and just looks like she is ready to pounce. Sometimes she hides behind the leg of the furniture.

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12/6/16 working and school…

No one called for an interview with William today. The maintenance company that works on our house has been playing ads on the radio. They need workers, electricians, plumbers, and everything else and they are willing to train. I called today but it was after five and they are gone. I will call tomorrow and get the time the they start and where they meet. Since William doesn’t drive I would need to drop him off and pick him up every day.
Beth didn’t feel good this morning. Not bad enough to stay home, but bad enough to slow her down. She had Alternative Energy club tonight. She didn’t call to have me get her early, so she must have felt good enough to stay. The boy that she likes is in AE too, so that helps.

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6/3/16 job search…

William got a call about a part time job at Burger King yesterday. He called back last night and was told that the lady that had called works from five am to eleven am. William called back this morning at five-thirty and the lady said that she was opening the store and would call back later. William is very sweet, but he isn’t a morning person so it was tough for him to get up and make the call.  Now we are waiting. This is a restaurant job so I asked  William to shave.  He will only shave for me once a month. It isn’t the end of the month.

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