Saturday, December 19, 2009

oh my. how quickly a year passes

A year ago today, we signed our lives away in a quaint escrow office. I've never had the pleasure of purchasing a house before and so I had nothing to base our experience off of. But we had some, lets just say, high maintenance sellers. In fact, I didn't want to count my house chickens before they was a struggle up till the last week. What seller in their right mind would consider backing out day 40 of a 45 day escrow?! Ours did.

Thankfully, those days are looooong behind us. 363, in fact. Yes, we had squatters. They didn't want to leave the house they just sold - check in hand?! We finally got the keys two days later.

Behold, our wall-to-wall aqua carpeted abode.

Pretty, ain't it? Yup, that is carpet in the dining room (middle pic) - for some reason carpet in the dining room seems dirty to me. It wasn't used as a dining room prior but a big storage closet. To each their own, right? Not sure you can tell the ceiling height in the third hallway. I could palm the ceiling and I'm not that tall. Anyone over 6ft would have to duck under that pretty fixture smack dab in the middle there.

It didn't last long this way. Couple days, if I remember correctly. My fabulous Pop, the hubs & a few friends spent the better part of the two weeks of scraping popcorn ceilings, busting tile, installing can lights, pushing up ceilings in the hallway, installing wood floors and baseboards for our move in date of Jan. 2. Lots of friends and family put in elbow grease to paint to get us in on time. It was a wild holiday season.

The afters are nearly the same angles. Ahh, I love wood floors. The dining area looks like, well, a dining room. And can you see the difference in the ceiling height? Wowza. There's even a vintage F in the shot :)

Lots more has been done with the place since, I'll take more pics and update soon. Aside from the hiccups in my work schedule, this year has truly been a good one. I'm finally feeling more myself. We are lucky.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

double up the pup

can you believe it's been a month since we brought our pup home?! well, we can't either! it's crazy how quickly time is passing.
....and i thought F grew with great clip. he's nearly doubled his weight in four weeks! ahh-mazing.

so, here's our big boy at 4 months. he is the best damn pup.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

cry me a river

**warning: this is a very whiny lengthy vent**

I've been in a funk lately and have been considering an entry to get it off my chest but I've never really been a fan of airing out my laundry. I'm private like that. Since this has mentally been draining me for a month so far, I figure a post just might let my mind let it go for the night.

Early Q1 of this year, I had to take a huuuuuge paycut at work. I had survived the two rounds of layoffs that had been done the year prior. It was meant to be a temporary thing - just through Q2 and then we'd be back 100% with a retro pay of the $$ missed. Sounded like a good plan. Something that I could support. I should preface that I really like my company. Sure every office has its issues and nothing is perfect about this one. I'm not trying to sugarcoat but it's a family friendly company, for the 3.5 years I've been there - it's a work hard and be rewarded mentality. I like it. I knew taking one for the team would eventually run its course and I'd be back 100%. Small price to pay when the unemployment rate is through the roof. Sure it sucks but life isn't always peachy. What's that saying? This, too, shall pass. And frankly, we weren't given an option. Ridiculous% pay cut for everyone across the board.

So we're rounding the corner to seeing a year of these said paycuts. We've adjusted the budgets, we're used to it by now. Thankfully we live well within our means, we're not going without. Sure the HI trip has been postponed and that remodel is on the back burner. But regular ol' life is good, as usual.

Well, it's not. anymore. I've been moved to part time on a part time salary. I'm feeling a pinch and I don't like it. I haven't seen paychecks this size since, well ever. All I think about are the days of yore.
I've always provided. For myself when I was single. For us two, when it was just the two of us. And my contributions to the family of three. I've worked hard and supported myself since I got my first job. It's an independence thing that I just need. Yes. It's a need. My brain is just wired this way. I wish I could turn it off or even down just a bit. We're fine. We'll always be fine. I just have been losing sleep over this. I'm not sure if I'm sad because it's a blow to my ego or if it's because I feel that I'm letting down the family because I'm not contributing what I was or am capable of. Not everything is measured by dollar signs, I realize. I just can't put my finger on my exact feelings. It's just such a bad time to a) be looking for a job and b) not wanting the change. Perhaps it is a comfort level or I'm realizing that I like where I'm at more than I'll fess up to on a regular day. I just don't want to be job hunting. The very thought makes me nauseous.

For now, I'm trying to enjoy my time off with F. We're hitting up story time at the library, walks, swings and slides. It is fun! I really love the stage she's at - she's full of kisses and hugs and telling stories and getting into all kinds of trouble. It really is the best right now.

I don't know what this post was supposed to accomplish and if you made it this far, I commend you and thank you for your ears - or eyes, I suppose. I'm hoping to be back to my wiseass self asap.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sing-a-long on Turkey Day

We had a great Thanksgiving with my family this year. The traditional turkey dinner, a guitar and two cute munchkins dancing always equals great family time. I mean, com'on how can you not love this??

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