Weary Wednesday

It is Wednesday, isn’t it?

I can’t believe August is already almost over. It seemed to take forever to get moved in, and to get the house, well, if not entirely ready, at least set up for life on a daily basis. It’s surreal to be in a more permanent residence. And it’s also odd to be in a town this small. Especially in a town in Kansas. Hopefully, though, I’ll find at least one like-minded friend. But I work so much that making time for social activities is a bit of a lost cause.

Kitties haven’t fully acclimated yet, but I’m also hoping they’ll like their new place! They are probably glad have the house to themselves–free of lurching intruders that make lots of noise. The cats are a little hard to see in the photo, but I didn’t want to stress them more by pestering them for a better photo.


So, the office is set up and ready for work. I’m both glad to get back into my normal schedule, but it was nice to be offline for a little while.

I should have some new “Five Things Friday” author interviews coming up sometime soon. And I’ll get back to reading everybody’s blogs! I’ve missed them!

30 thoughts on “Weary Wednesday

  1. Orca Flotta

    Welcome back on the blogging scene, Willow.

    “But I work so much that making time for social activities is a bit of a lost cause.”
    Oh jeezuz, what kinda job is that, that keeps you busy 24/7? You better rake in the millions for giving up so much for it. I guess that’s one thing Americans still need to learn: Proper work/life balance. 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (incl. 30 mins lunch break) and the rest of the day is yours!

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    1. Well, the work that I have is also very much a passion, luckily! But, yes, otherwise, America is terribly behind on on workers’ rights. Especially for minimum wage workers, and undocumented workers is just atrocious. Even the “guest workers” at this one business I worked for were treated in an absolutely appalling, disgusting manner. The owner posted signs that the workers were not “allowed” to speak their native language in front of customers. The workers not only worked 23-hour shifts three days running, but also were not allowed to sit down or even rest against the counters. The owner even installed cameras to make sure that none of his “guest workers” were breaking the rules. I loved being in Europe, and I regret not moving there when I had the means and the opportunity. It was so much more civilized and progressive and tolerant than the U.S., for sure. I remember going into grocery stores there and finding that the businesses were so civilized in that the cashiers all had seats, so they weren’t required to be on their feet all day. And they were allowed to have drinks at the register. (I used to cashier, among other like jobs) Now, these stupid chain stores force their employees to stand out in front of the register so that customers know they are open. In Florida (a “right to work” state), going on job interviews, I was offered $4 an hour. I was struggling so badly to find work there, that I borrowed money from a family member to buy what Florida deemed the “right” clothes for the workplace, and I went on a job interview and the interviewer said “Well, you have all the qualifications, but you don’t dress good enough to work in MY office.” And this is all as a “documented” worker. So, when I was living in Florida, I volunteered time and energy to organizations/movements like this: https://ciw-online.org/. Teachers, too, have it really bad. I was lucky to have 20 minutes to eat lunch, and they are subjected to endless meetings, trainings, and often not only have their lunch taken from them because the schools are short-staffed, but they lose their planning periods for either meetings or to fill in for things like bus duty. I would have to get there about two hours early to prep for classes, and I was “only” a long term sub. And I wouldn’t get home until about five or even six, some days. The United States is just archaic and backwards in so many ways, especially in regards to health care and workers’ rights, and even the environment.

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  2. Glad to see a new post from you and that the kitties are getting used to the place. But 4 dollars an hour? People complain here because we have a mandated minimum wage of $14.35/hr that many, including myself, think is too low to live on, but I can’t imagine being somewhere where employers can just pay whatever they want! And if you’re ever looking for authors to interview, hit me up!

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    1. Yes, periodically, I do the math. Like, compare the “minimum wage” even if it’s high (Santa Fe wasn’t as high as where you are, for a “liveable wage”) to how many hours I have to work just to afford one of life’s necessities. To put gas in the car for a week, for example. Somebody recently was like “you live in a bigger city and you never go out” and it’s actually fiscally impossible unless the people I go out with do some sort of “free” activity. If you calculate for gas + costs of going out, based on federal minimum wage, I work an hour to go out and have a cup of coffee with friends. And if I do, that means I can’t afford to have food for one or two meals.

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      1. And, yes, I would love to interview you…in addition to unpacking, I’m backlogged with author interviews, but I definitely want to include you, for sure, as my next victim…uh, I mean, interviewee! Ha!

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      2. Hey, I have the questions ready…send me an email at croftwillow [at] yahoo [dot] com and I’ll zip them back over (I’ve been tired this week, so there’s part of me that’s like “I didn’t send them already, did I? *joke* Well, kind of. Ha!)

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