"I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life." - Elsie de Wolfe

Absolutely STUNNING!

I came across this video on You Tube, and I was stunned by the beauty of this young woman from Sudan.  African people are so beautiful and Nikki certainly represents that fact well.  I started to watch other videos on this channel.  I came to learn that Nikki was a professional model for a while.  She is now married to a man named Jamie, who actually filmed her in this video while they were on vacation in Thailand.  They are such a beautiful couple. I was reading the comments on this particular video and others are absolutely stunned at Nikki’s beauty.  I think she is absolute PERFECTION.

I fell in love with the background music in this vlog, and thankfully the name of it is listed.  I was dancing to it for over an hour as I played it over and over.

Update On Graduation

graduationI am still basking in the glow and it feels so good.  Monday I mailed back a form that the college sent asking how exactly I want my name to appear on my degree.  I absolutely want all three of my names on it.Continue Reading

Getting Back Into The Swing

This is the third week since school officially ended for all time for me.  I was so excited about being able to get back to regular blogging, but for some reason I am struggling to get back into the swing of it all.  I want to blog but at the same time I have not been motivated.  I know that does not make any sense but it is the only way I know how to explain it.  Blogging seems like such a foreign thing to me.  Today I was determined to sit down and write the Frustrations of Unemployment posts.  Now that it is behind me I do feel a little better.  It was the push that I needed.

I have so much going on in my life so it isn’t as if I don’t have anything to blog about.  Right now I don’t have a kitchen floor, so you would think I would get my ass up and take pictures so that the world can see the before and after photos.  But no, I have been too lazy to do such a simple thing.  It seems that I am more burned out from school than I thought I was.  I am basking in the glow of not having to do anything.

Frustrations of Unemployment – Part Three

unemployment-officeIn this third and final installment of Frustrations of Unemployment I want to first touch on the people who work at the Department of Labor.  Generally speaking they really are good people who are doing their jobs despite the fact of how they can make you feel when you are there for orientation.  I only encountered one obnoxious person during the year and a half that I had to deal with the agency.  I made an appointment to apply to the 599 program since I was back in school.  The program allows you to continue receiving benefits after your 26 weeks are up.  You have to be attending an accredited school of higher learning, be a full-time student and headed for a degree that can lead to solid full-time employment.  The counselor that I was assigned to was arrogant, didn’t take the time to listen to what I was saying, and acted as if he just wanted me out of his office as quickly as possible.  The second time I needed to talk to a counselor I did my best to make sure I was not assigned to him again.  Fortunately I was paired with another counselor who was very nice and patient.  She understood the changing job market and what I was dealing with.Continue Reading

Frustrations of Unemployment – Part Two

Unemployment concept in tag cloud

Unemployment concept in tag cloud

Welcome back to Frustrations of Unemployment. If you missed Part One you can read it HERE.

I live in New York State and for many years the maximum weekly unemployment benefit amount that you could collect was $405.00, but this amount is before taxes.  There was a time when unemployment benefits were not taxed and rightly so because the money is already a tax that employers pay when filing their quarterly taxes.  Employees pay their portion of it when employers take it out of our weekly salary in the form of SUI tax.  In 1986, during the Reagan administration, it was decided that unemployment benefits should be taxed and the Tax Reform Act was signed.  Since then unemployment benefits, which come from taxes, became a tax that is being taxed.Continue Reading

Frustrations of Unemployment

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I meant to write about this a few months ago after I started working at my present job, but between working and going to school full-time I didn’t get around to it until now.  If you have ever been laid off from your job and then had to deal with the Department of Labor and unemployment insurance, you know how shaky one’s life can get.  First you have to deal with an uncertain future, and then you start to wonder how you are going to meet all of your financial obligations after the regular money flow has diminished tremendously.Continue Reading