Category Archives: Michael Miles

ONLY A MONTH AND A HALF AWAY

This title has nothing to do with Carrie leaving and everything to do with ‘Only a month and a half’ left in the year and if I continue with the way things have been going, I will have posted every Monday for an entire year! That has always been a goal and never been achieved.

We are currently on vacation in Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. We left last Friday and arrived here Saturday afternoon. What a great trip so far!!

POSTING AHEAD IS GOOD AND ALSO BAD

I look at when the post is to be up and then I get anxious, unbelievably bad, thinking that she will be leaving in just a few weeks and must bring myself back to reality that the post is not posted quite yet.

I had my second review with Hans last week. Given the power outage fiasco and my one on one with him regarding attendance as being not as he wanted and accused me of not contacting him when I would be out (not true) I figured it would not go well. I was completely wrong. The review went very well and I’m even getting a 3% raise. I was quite shocked.

Other things we discussed led me to believe that I will be here for my second-year anniversary eliminating the need for me to repay the moving expenses when I decide to get out of here. Here being work, not necessarily Thomasville.

We are heading to Dollywood on Friday with a stopover halfway, so we aren’t driving for 8 hours. I’ll post pictures when we get back. We are looking forward to this trip very much.

HALF OVER, HATE THINKING ABOUT THAT

We had a great Halloween weekend, and the following week was looking to be great.

Was it? It started great then Wednesday rolled around. This started out great as well, then we had our Engineering meeting. We always have this meeting in the main conference room when five minutes before the meeting started all the power went out in the building. It seemed to be a violent situation as well. We moved the meeting to the outside patio and watched as the fire chief’s car and a fire engine rolled into the drive of the plant. This looked like a bit more of a temporary outage. We completed our meeting by 8:50 and as we were starting to leave an individual came in and told us they were sending everyone home. *We’ll come back to this point. At this time, we all headed back to our desks as best we could (there is no emergency lighting). I sat at my desk and started putting things away in my bag while others sat around talking about going golfing etc… We all did this for around 45 minutes or so until Carrie came and picked me up (I called her at 9:00am).

At this point I thought Justin was going home (he was going to work from home), Bret and Evan were going to go golfing, Landen asked if they were sending people home and we then heard from HR it was for safety reasons they were sending people home. When Carrie arrived, we headed to Walmart and picked up some oil and funnel for the car, paint and I also picked up a dashcam. There were other people from work there as well. As we were going home Carrie asked me if I wanted to go to Valdosta with her, I though why not? After we got home, we relaxed for a bit, changed clothes and Carrie got all dressed up with her new dress etc… After a couple hours I figured, they weren’t going to call from work so let’s leave for a road trip, this is about 12:00 noon.

I was not thinking about work from this point on. We found the Valdosta Mall very easily, shopped around and then went to a store called ‘An Even Greater Divide Smoke Shop’ to pick up a toy 🙂 for Carrie. The store was very clean. They, among other things sold incense, cigars and blacklight posters and tee shirts. It was a great store even though the area was pretty sketchy.

After a great road trip, we headed home, arrived there around 4:00pm made dinner, watched a little TV and went to bed.

Fast forward to Thursday morning, arriving to work not knowing if the power was on or not saw all the lights on and went in. When I checked my email, I found that it had been blown up by about seven emails and I usually get one or two. It turns out that the power came back on 30 minutes after they told us to go home and the emails from Hans were not happy and said and I quote…

“All – Let this serve as future notice that as long as you work for engineering the only 2 people that can authorize you to leave early are the Engineering Manager and the General Manager. My expectation (which I believe to be common sense) is that once you hear that people may get sent home you confirm this with your supervisor before leaving. We will review at tomorrows 8:30.”

*This is the point I was coming back to. When we were told they were sending everyone home, Hans was right there with us all. If he wanted us to stay, it was incumbent upon him to tell us to stay put until hears something official. He sent a text to Bret who was on the golf course drunk and would not come back along with Evan and Schwimer. I’m not sure who else might have been with him but he did not make an effort to text me and I was waiting at home for just that reason.

This will be the reason I will be making a quick exit from this hell hole of a work environment as soon as August 17th, 2023, gets here.

One more thing. I think I heard today (Thursday) that Marvin is no longer with us, and Noah is taking over all of his work. I’m not sure if that is true and it could only be hearsay. I’m sure Marvin is taking this time off because he is in the Military reserves so if he in fact no longer with us and we (the company) let him go there could be some lawsuits involved here. I don’t think this is in fact true, his very large flag is still on the wall and other personal items on his desk. I think Justin mis-spoke.

This has been a long post and I’ll stop it here. Whew…. This place is something else and it’s the people, not the work.

FULL WEEK FIVE! THINGS ARE GREAT

Last week Carrie had a flare of her fibromyalgia and I got to see it firsthand for the first time. It was not fun to see but I think we both learned that it isn’t something we can’t handle together. It lasted about four or five days and after that she was great.

We have decided to go to Dollywood for a few days. We will take a couple days to drive there, I think it is about an eight-hour drive so we will do it in two or three days. Stay for a couple in Dollywood and then head back for two or three days. Should be a great trip.

FIRST FULL MONTH IN THE BOOKS

Yes, a full months. Things have been going great.

We have a screen for the front door that we have not put up yet. We have new shower heads and Carrie put hers on that day but I have yet to do that. I seem to be too tired when I get home and that will stop now that our visitors have left from last weeks Kaizen.

We purchased an electric fireplace and mantel that has yet to be assembled as well as a desk for Carrie’s office. I need to purchase some lights for the deck again. I’ll do that this week.

We purchased some new furniture for the living room but that won’t be here for another couple of weeks. She probably will only be able to enjoy that for about a month.

Last week she started having some flares with her fibromyalgia, she is getting through it but I can tell she is hurting from it and there is nothing I can do. She will starting getting better I know. She doesn’t sleep in the same bed with me all night because she tosses and turns, thinking she will keep me awake she goes out the the couch for a bit. During the weekend when we go to bed late she sleeps all night with me which leads me to believe I go to bed too early for her during the week.

Enough for now. I am loving having her live here.

THIRD FULL WEEK

We are planning a trip to Dollywood. We will be renting a car so we don’t abuse Red (yes Carrie named the car). We will probably leave here on a Friday night and come back on a Sunday night and I’ll take the Monday off. We will see what the ticket prices are and trip time etc..

Carrie did have a little bit of a panic attack on Sunday. She took a shower and had music playing. When she got out of the shower I heard the music playing but also her crying. I walked in an she was in tears not knowing why. We believe it was because the door was closed and she felt shut in. Not really sure but she was ok the rest of the day.

We thought the refrigerator went out Sunday morning but by the end of the day figured out it was just the light bulb that was out.

All in all it was a great weekend even though we did nothing we wanted to do and ultimately did pretty much nothing but watch movies on Sunday. Get out is a good movie, a bit different than I thought and ‘The Trip’ was also pretty good.

I have to do a Kaizen this week for the FB2C Pratt long blades. This same week Pratt also scheduled a meeting regarding the audit the biginning of the year and our corrective action. This won’t be fun. I need to get as much of that complete or in progress before that meeting.

SECOND FULL WEED AND I HOPE THE HOUSE IS OK

Hoping the house is ok is just because of all the problems she had before she left.

Yes the house is ok. If you couldn’t tell, I wrote that title before we found out that the water had been fixed. Below is what was done to fix the water.

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As you can see from the picture it is not a professional fix and not a permanent one unless it is covered and taken care of. Those clamps ‘will’ rust, corrode and we will have another leak. Maybe not this year but could easily be two or three years. For now I’m confident it will be ok.

Getting to and from work has been great with Carrie getting up with me and taking me to work and picking me up in the afternoon. She has been trying other ways to get to work when picking me up and only got lost once.

Wednesday the car broke down. When Carrie go home she put up her driver side window and when she got out she noticed the drivers side rear window was down. When she put the key in to bring the window back up there seemed to be no power. She tried to start and nothing, no click, nothing. The remote door unlock would not even work. I assumed electrical and possibly dead battery. Daryl said it was a new battery so my thinking was maybe the alternator was bad and the battery had not been charged. When Daryl and his son came over to check things out they tried to jump the vehicle and it would not start but did turn over. They kept trying to start but it seemed like it was out of gas but Carrie just filled it up on Monday.

FIRST FULL WEEK AND BACK TO OUR NORMAL

She has been taking me to work and picking me up in the afternoon. When she gets home in the morning she has been going back to sleep for a bit and that is not unusual. When she was here the last time she would go back to bed when I left and get up after a few hours so that is going back to our normal.

By Thursday she was going out shopping during the day for a bit and then leave from the stores to come pick me up and she even came to pick me up a different way than she ever had driven before. She did get lost twice, realized it and turned around. She will get used to driving around and then probably watch out for even more adventuring.

I now have to find time to work on my course work and practice. I now need to take come courses that are comprised of practice tasks and assignments to complete.

She had a nightmare Saturday morning while she was sleeping in around 9:45am. She started screaming in her sleep and scared the crap out of me. Turned out to be nothing involving Neil or the like. Just a weird nightmare involving her pets.

We also purchased a dual recliner set with a console in the middle for snacks and soda’s, a love seat and an electric fireplace with mantle. We will put the fire place against the large blank wall across from the dinning room, put the existing couch in the guest room to make room for the recliners and loveseat.

FIRST WEEK BACK AND ALL IS SO FREAKING GOOD

Carrie arrived Thursday night at around 11:55pm. Daryl was able to take me and pick her up, we have the vehicle and were going to take a few trips to and form work to get used to the drive but I figured the drive was so easy she would not need to.

Now I must wait on pins and needles for some panic attacks to happen while I am at work or if she gets lost or something. I’m not anticipating anything like that, but you never know when it comes to her.

I love her so much and just want her to be happy.

This first weekend went very well and one thing that surprised me was that Ricky and Bill got the water back running last Friday and did not bother to tell anybody. Carrie was on the phone chatting with Debbie and Bill last night and she asked how the water issue was going since they were using her neighbor’s water. Well, Bill said ‘Didn’t Ricky tell you? We got the water running last Friday. When he called on Friday or Saturday, he wasn’t in such a good mood anyway and probably just forgot.