Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thankful #18-21

November 18: FRIDAYS and weekends!

November 19: my mother. She came over to help me clean up before a party.

November 20: friends and opportunities to be social (we're doing more of that, will write about it soon)

November 21: freezing food ahead of time to pull out when it's a busy week. Hello stew ready to be microwaved.

A little annoyed

In the past few days, I've seen some posts throughout the blogosphere defending and supporting the SAHM.

Who are these people who are "anti" SAHMs????

Because all I see is a lack of support for women who have to work, or want to work, and have trouble juggling everything. I have trouble juggling everything NOW, and it's just me and C, and the cats. Maybe I'm reading the wrong blogs?

I had a longer post that I wrote yesterday that turned into a rant, and didn't end up posting it, obviously.

It really gets me that SAHMs feel like no one supports them, yet they are the ones (most of the time) who choose to stay home. Many times, WOHMs work out of necessity and are made to feel horrible for not being home. Top that with employers who aren't flexible or understanding, and one can feel pulled in a million directions with nothing to show for it. And for those who actually LOVE their job and want to do both--you'd think they were criminals.

Isn't there a better way?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dear Alma Mater

I know you're calling me for a donation. You do it every year. I have Caller ID, so I can see the number. I can also see "Clown College" on the screen. I know it's you. Besides, I'll never forget that phone numbers there begin with the area code, then the same 3 digits. I think I still know some of my dorm phone numbers.

I don't mind giving to the college every year. In fact, I enjoy giving my measly $50. But I don't like talking on the phone. Especially to the student workers. I'm an old lady to them, even though it hasn't been ten years since graduation.

Oh wait, it is in 2012. Carry on.

I also don't like giving out my credit card information over the phone to the college. I know, it's probably safe and I know that I could flag any charges that I didn't make. I'd much rather get a card in the mail, fill it out, and send it back. It's just me.

Tonight, I got this email from you:

Dear Mrs. Turtle,

A Clown College student tried to contact you recently as part of our annual Phone-A-Mascot program. Each year we look forward to updating alumni, parents, and friends about on-campus news and events, hearing their CC memories, and inviting them to commemorate their CC experiences through continued involvement. Because you are an important part of the Clown College community, we do not want you to miss out on the communications from the College that highlight the dynamic changes taking place.

If your contact information has changed recently, please reply to this e-mail or visit our Online Community to update your information.

We appreciate the opportunity to speak with you and hear your stories. So, when you see xxx–xxx–1172 on your caller ID, please pick up the phone. Thank you, in advance, for allowing us to stay in touch with you.

The CC Phone-A-Mascot Student Callers

Ouch. Was the BOLD really necessary? I listened to your rules for 4 years. I never got caught with booze or boys where they weren't allowed. I completed my core courses, including the two year seminar that our school is "infamous" for, along with its "scream." I can sing our fight song AND our school song. I know the play on words for our school's name, not only does it share the name with the city, it also is something from God.

I don't need you telling me when to pick up my phone. Send the card. You'll get your $50.

XOXO and see you at the reunion. Maybe.
Rabbit, Class of 2002

PS. This is mostly meant as tongue-in-cheek. The internet is in great need of a sarcasm font.

Thankful #17

November 17: my grandparents. They are both now deceased, but today would have been their 66th wedding anniversary. If it wasn't for them, my dad wouldn't be here, and neither would I. A lot of what I grew up with, I owe to them--and not just the "things." They weren't perfect, and while I'm sad to say that I don't have as many fond memories of my grandmother, I have loads of them of my grandfather who passed away a little over a year ago.

I'm also thankful for taking another go at trying to find another job, as I'm actually finding INTERESTING openings that I'm going to apply for tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thankful #10-16

Okay, very behind on this. That's what happens when you go away!

November 10: NO traffic to Cape Cod and a great ride with my mom. So glad we get along better now that I'm older.

November 11: Vacation days to use. You might have had Veteran's Day off, but my company does not observe it. I haven't taken a day off for something fun in a long time.

November 12: Family time.

November 13: Homecomings.

November 14: Leftovers!

November 15: Canned black beans. I had to make soup for a work potluck, and it's much easier when the beans are already cooked!

November 16: I'm thankful for my cousin, Josh, who made me a cousin! (he's my very first first cousin) Happy birthday dude! Even if you won't read this.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thankful ??

I'll be back shortly to continue the thankful posts. I honestly forgot what day I'm on! I owe many thanks :-)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful #8 & #9

Whoops, forgot to do one of these yesterday.

November 8: I am thankful for courage, even for the small things.

November 9: I am thankful for communication, even after a little fight. Also, I'm thankful for C getting more involved with our finances/budget.

Tomorrow evening I am off to Cape Cod for a much-needed long weekend. I don't have Friday off like most people, but I used a vacation day, and will be at my aunt's house along with my mother, two other aunts, and my three girl cousins. I think I know what I'll be thankful about tomorrow, even if I don't get over here to post about it!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thankful #7

November 7: Today, I am thankful for a job.

It may not be my dream job, I probably could be making more and doing more interesting things, and I don't want to be there forever (or at least if certain people remain there) but it brings in money, gives us health insurance (now more fairly priced), and gives me somewhere to go everyday. :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thankful #5 & #6

Yeah, I didn't get back online last night to do #5.

November 5: I am thankful for my parents.

November 6: I am thankful for my husband, impromptu dates, and NAPS.

Hope you all had a good weekend--I did, but it's flying by FAST!!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thankful #4

November 4: I am thankful for forgiveness.

I'll do #5 tonight.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Scatter. Brained.

I just looked online at our checking account balance, which I do daily (if not more than once a day, yes I'm a little OCD about it*--don't judge!), and saw that a bunch of checks had cleared, leaving us with really only $80 something dollars in the checking account until next week; I get paid on Thursday and C is paid on Friday.

Great. This is after I just set up a new budget for us now that C is back to work. We're going to try to live how we were while he was laid off, banking most of his paychecks since they are significantly more than he was bringing in via unemployment. So, as I am looking at the numbers, I'm already a little discouraged because things aren't going according to plan so soon and I just put a little bit into savings last week, attempting to make our new goal of at least one of C's checks. Of course, like always, unexpected expenses pop up!

I still needed to write out a check for Sunday's collection at church and we need a few things for the house that cannot wait any longer (like, oh, TOILET PAPER). I'm debating on whether or not I should transfer money from our savings to the checking so that I can buy TRUE necessities and you know, maybe fill up the cars with gas since they'll probably need more before pay day. And if we want to get paid/have jobs, we kind of need to GO to work...

So what do I do while I'm debating this? I write out the collection check for five dollars more than usual. I know, it's not like I put an extra 0 or two, and we can live without that extra five dollars. Either way, I'm still going to have to transfer money back into the checking, but still. And yes, I'm thankful I have the money in the savings to move back.

At least I'm laughing about it. TGIF indeed.

*one of the reasons I'm so OCD about it is that C & I have debit cards for this account and it's easier for me to check in daily to see if he filled his car with gas or stopped for a snack on the way home rather than hounding him for receipts or him panicking if he forgot to get one.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thankful #3

November 3: I'm thankful that I've never gone hungry (involuntarily).

I hope I never have to find out what that's like.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thankful #2

November 2: Today I am thankful for the ability to hold my tongue. (even if other people are laughing at this right now)

My boss. Passive aggressiveness. Acting like an idiot. Enough said.

Re: people laughing: usually I can't shut up, so I'm sure some might be surprised to see that I do have some self-control.

Being Thankful in November

One of my college friends posted on her Facebook that for the month of November, she's going to comment each day on what she's thankful for. I figured I'd do the same, but over here as well. Since I started late (ha, I'm never ready for anything), this post will be from yesterday, and tonight's will what I was thankful for today. Easy enough, right?

November 1: tonight I am grateful for power, warmth, and a nice evening with my hubs.

(OK so I used grateful instead of thankful, but whatever...)

I'm not going to be able to share why I'm thankful every day, because some things need no words. Just to give a few words to yesterday's post: many people in my state have been without power for days now, following our lovely freak autumn snow storm. We never lost power. The difference between losing power now vs. back during Hurricane Irene is that it's 30-40 degrees colder. If we had lost power this time, we would be using our wood stove and sleeping in that room, but we'd have no water. AT ALL. And I don't know if that cemetery pump up the street would work!

As for the nice evening--we both had crazy days yesterday and I ended up having to work late while C got home before me. So dinner kind of fell through and we had to resort to takeout. But we managed to enjoy each others company and just relax. And then, at 10:30 PM, I revamped what was supposed to have been last night's dinner into something in the crock pot, it cooked while we slept, and this morning, dinner was ready! Crisis averted...sorta.