AN ACHIEVING OF GOALS…


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(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

     I had just bought a book that consists of 300 writing prompts; One of those prompts was this: “Write about three realistic goals you would like to achieve in your lifetime.” Well, in actuality, I have those three goals, and that would be this: To keep my mind focused on the job in which I had gotten last year, which, as I have addressed to many a reader who has read my blog for the past 6 ½ years, happens to be a food service cleaner for a company called Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware; If I want to have enough money so that I could live in my own apartment as well as somehow be able to drive a car, then my goal would be to keep my eyes fixed on my job. If I do a poor job on it, then I would end up getting fired, and then THAT would be a most terrible thing, and then I would have to start job searching all over again.
Another goal would be to write another book, but this time, it would not be just an eBook-It would be a print book, too, and that is something that I would very much like to have my mind set on once I leave WordPress and blogging near the end of June (Again, as I have stated before, I shall announce the exact date in a later post). Last summer, I had done a pretty good job on keeping my mind focused on writing goals, such as doing a special series on Chicago TV legends; Now, due to the announcement that I am ending my blog and leaving WordPress in a few months, I would not be doing any more special series on any topic or subject. However, I will be doing special posts in which I would be writing about things that have made my blog so very special in the past 6 ½ years, so keep your eyes peeled for those…

     Lastly, there is one other goal that I do, and that is doing a podcast: I had just started the second season of my podcast, KALEIDOSCOPE Time, over at the podcasting website, Anchor.fm, and this new season has a different episode every week in which I shine the spotlight on a certain subject; If you would like to take a listen to my podcast, then please head on over to www.anchor.fm/kaleidoscope-time. I am beginning to love doing this podcast as I think almost anyone. Now, as far as next season goes, I do not know yet if this podcast is going to be retooled as a standalone podcast and not based on anything, but I am planning on doing that kind of task.

     In the next month, I shall be writing the next-to-last SWIRLING COLORS newsletter over at Tumblr (www.itsjennw.tumblr.com); Now, as most of you bloggers and blog followers out there who have been with me for the past 6 ½ years have already known by quite now, SWIRLING COLORS is a companion blog to this very blog in which you are reading right now, KALEIDOSCOPE. Now, I do not have any plans as of yet if SWIRLING COLORS is going to be re-branded into a standalone blog and/or the name would be changed once I leave WordPress in June, but I am working on it, and it is too early to announce anything; As the coming months go by and that I would be figuring out what would be next concerning the future for my soon-to-be-former companion blog as well as my podcast, then I shall be the one to announce these things to you.
In the meantime, I am guessing that it is going to be a very productive week ahead for me…

 

My First Cousin Turns 30…


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(Zentangle(R)-inspired illustration by Jenn Webster)

The month of March has been full of birthdays for people, but I think that this week, there happens to be a birthday to celebrate for someone in our family…
This week, my first cousin is going to turn 30 years of age-Can you imagine that? It has been thirty years since my first cousin has been born to my uncle and my aunt in the year of 1989, and it is true that the saying goes that funny how time flies when one is having fun, or something else entirely like that…
Now, besides the fact that my first cousin is turning 30 years of age, he has been through a lot of hard challenges in his life, one such as the fact that he had made the mistake of having sex with his now-former girlfriend before marriage and then became a father through a child out of wedlock. I only wish with all of my heart and soul that I would do anything to stop my first cousin from making such a tragic mistake as this, and then he would never have to end up in such messes to come…

 However, he did end up with a lot of difficulties after he suddenly became a father; His girlfriend broke up with him, leaving him in such a heartbroken state. Then, I think, he had been let go of his first job at Walmart when he was told that he had to work extra shifts or something; I really do not want to give in to the full details because that is not any of my business…
Right after he got his job as a custodian at a school in Dover, Delaware, my first cousin had tried as hard as he ever could to try and to love his son as much as he can, in spite of the fact that he and his former girlfriend both share custody of him. One day, his former girlfriend had a heated argument with him, stating that he cannot have her child, or probably something like that; Again, I do not want to address any more of this because that is their business and not mine.
All of these things have given me a pretty good idea of how my first cousin had been struggling for all of those 30 years of his life; I could see, hear, and feel how much of the suffering that he has put up, and I could sense that he has been trying as hard as he ever could to try and put up with the suffering. But in spite of those things, he keeps a straight face, and keeps those kinds of problems and emotions to himself, not wanting to display them in public in front of anyone else.

Nevertheless, my first cousin turns out to be one tough guy; But he is also, I think, a joke-cracker. He may be tough, but his heart is full of love. As he turns 30 years of age, I hope and pray that my first cousin shall have much better things waiting for him, such as finally moving out from his parents’ house and finally settling into an apartment of his very own, as well as having friends who are as much kinder as anyone else. I hope and pray that those days come for him very soon.

EXPLAINING THE OUTLINE…


The other day, I had been pondering about my future as a writer; At that same time, I had begun pre-planning for my next literary work, only this time, it is not just going to be an eBook-It is also going to be a PRINT BOOK! As in, a real book with pages to turn instead of just swiping!

This planned project shall be a book that consists of three 3-chapter stories, and I am also planning on calling my project Trio of Tales. (I am thinking that, for now, it is a working title.)

In preparation for my short story project, I have created an outline for those three stories, and it appears that I have planned them out very well…

THE COUNTRY BUMPKIN AND THE LADY: This is about, what else, a country bumpkin who falls in love with a beautiful woman, unaware that her own parents have chosen a man from another family for her to marry!

VERY COLD: About a man and a woman who are about to get married; But unfortunately, the groom has gotten cold feet!

PHILADELPHIA BEACH: The idea for the final story in this project came from a little daydream that I have had many years ago about what would happen if an oldies station puts on something as wacky as a beach party in the city; Meanwhile, this tale is also a fictionalized account on how people use their creative skills to help those who are less fortunate than others.

Well, yes, these are rather brief outlines of the trio of tales that I am planning on writing; I shall hopefully explain the outlines in full detail in another post in the not-too-distant future. But I think that all of you folks are getting that certain idea: Pre-planning something, especially a book project, can make all the difference between succeeding and failing; I hope that I would succeed with this project…

NO REASON FOR THAT…


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Hey, whatcha think of my digital art illustration? Pretty neat, huh?

Now, before I get started, let me tell you what happened yesterday…Yes, I went out in the snow to go to work, just as I had done a week ago, I think; I was indeed snowing, and because it had been snowing, the bus that I catch to work almost every day was running a little late. Before I continue, I would like to state that I take three buses to work: There are three DART buses, and the first bus I take is the 117, which goes from Felton, Delaware to the Camden Walmart. Then from there, I catch the 104 DART bus, and then wall ALLLL the way from the Kent General Hospital to between Babb Drive and Lady Bug Drive in Dover, DE to get the 106 DART bus that would take me to the Dover Air Force Base, and there, I would walk to my job as a food service cleaner for Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility.
Anyhoo, getting back to my little explanation, the 117 DART bus finally made it to my stop, even though it was a little late, and then it almost missed me, and like an idiot, I yelled for the driver to wait and stop; Finally, I got on.
And then, I had missed the 104 DART bus because I was late due to the snow, but since I won’t be going into work until about 11 AM, I figured that I would just browse around Walmart, in which I did. And then finally, I got on the next 104 DART bus, and I do not think I do not want to tell you the rest…
However, I do want to change gears and to tell you what had happened to me at work this past week, which involves a very hard lesson that I have learned well…

Even with my menstrual period, I have tried to keep my calm in the midst of my job in which I am doing as you are reading this…You see, I have been in this job for almost 5 months now, and so far, I had been doing pretty well. However, there are going to be times for me when you are going to have blunders, such as trying to follow the rules of your job as well as trying to remember what your boss and/or your supervisor orders you to do…
And throughout all of this, I have been trying to keep my calm; but the other day, while I was on my period, I had tried to use my finger to punch in and out, and after I had had my lunch the other day, I had tried to punch back in with my finger, but the machine keeps telling me it was an “invalid badge”. Suddenly, I lost it, like a total idiot. I really did not mean to act in a way that I should not ever be acting, but what can you ever do? After I lost it and then burst into tears, my supervisor comforted me and told me not to worry about it, and she and my other co-workers sat me down and comforted me as I slowly calmed down. I told her that I was having my time of the month, and I think she understood…
The following day, I was called in to my boss’s office, and she gave me a very good talking to, and I was told to never do such a thing like crying/screaming/carrying on for no reason ever again; I think that I now understand what she was addressing something to me about: I think I finally know that such unreasonable behavior such as what I did the day before, especially at a government facility such as the Dover Air Force Base, will not ever get you anywhere in this life, or anything, for that matter. My boss has told me what both my aunt and my uncle had addressed to me for some time since I had been living with them: There is no reason for that, as in, there is no reason for creating any kind of idiotic behavior in order such as crying/screaming/carrying on to get what you want or to have things your own way in life, even when you are at a government facility.

I began laying down on my bed in my room and began thinking about what I have done, and then started thinking that if you really want to have good days in life, and that you want things to go smoothly, then the only best way to do so is to not make a fool of yourself by creating such unreasonable behavior such as what I had done; And also, you must follow the rules of the job in which you are supposed to be doing, such as not watching TV while working or going to sleep while working, especially on your breaks. I have learned such a hard lesson in these last two days, and I am very much hoping as well as praying that I would follow those rules so that my days would be a whole lot better.
I have learned my lesson very hard and well.

Jenn W. Does Her Taxes…REALLY?!


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(Background art by yours truly!)

    Now that I have the job that I have been waiting for as a food service worker last year, the next thing that yours truly gets to do is to file her taxes for the very first time…Yes, it is kind of surprising to believe, but it is true, I had just filed my taxes for the very first time.
I had gotten a W-2 not very long ago, and I have used it to file my taxes for the year of 2018, even though I have been working for the past four months; In the preparation of filing for my taxes, I had gotten a new software called TurboTax, and this is supposed to help you file your taxes fast and easy…Well, the reason that my first-time tax filing was easy this year was that I was single and had no children, but I still had that job that I finally had.
Now, long before I had began to work for the first time, I did not have to worry about filing for any taxes because I did not have a job then and that I had just begun as an author; But then, I began to have some thoughts about what it would be like to have a tax refund, and of course it would be nice to have that extra special bonus as a tax refund, because then I would spend that refund on anything that I would like, or want…

But now, I have a job, as a food service worker, meaning cleaner, for a company called Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, DE; And with the fact that I finally have that job, comes that certain time when one must do his or her taxes, and there was no better way for me to do my taxes for the very first time than right now: This past weekend I finally filed my taxes. While some people would somehow traditionally wait until April 15th to submit their taxes for this past year of 2018(YOW!), I did the wise, smart thing and filed my taxes quite earlier, in the late of February. If you folks want to file your taxes next year, may I please suggest and please file them early instead of April 15th? Yes, I know it is a pain, but in the end it shall all be worth it.
Right after I had finally finished filing my taxes, the software, TurboTax, told me that I would be getting a measly refund…Hey, I know I said measly, but only it’s because I had been working for four months, and by measly I meant not too big. But hey, it is something that is worth it for doing something very important for the very first time…
And yes, in the end, my tax return was accepted and that I should get my refund check in the mail in a few weeks.

Into the Snow…


It is only a few weeks to go, I think, before winter finally comes to an end, and something tells me that although the groundhog may have stated that spring is just around the corner when he did not see his shadow, Old Man Winter, it seems, does not want to ever leave…

Before I headed out the door yesterday, my uncle spoke to me that the schools are closed due to the oncoming snow, so he thought he would drive me to work, and I said that I would be alright, and that I would just take the bus…

So I headed out the door and walked all the way to the bus stop, as I walked along the way, I looked up at the sky and nothing in the sky was doing anything as of yet; An hour and a half later, I got on one of the buses that would take me to the visitor’s center at the Dover Air Force Base, and as I finally got off the bus and started walking to get my ID checked, it has already started snowing, and it had snowed pretty hard so far as I waited at the donut shop for the time to walk to work.

So it turns out that I was lucky again this time, for if I had decided that I would let my uncle drive me to work, then things for me would be quite different, as in if my uncle drove me to work while it had been snowing, well, I really do not want to say what would happen next…

Throughout my shift at work yesterday, the snow continued falling, and when it was over for another day, the changeover had been made to rain…What a lovely change!

Hopefully, spring would come around as soon as possible…