and continued…

Well, hubby just called me. He is in the city (big, urban area somewhat near our home, by somewhat i mean 45-60 minutes away) and the truck won’t start. He’s been trying for 1/2 an hour and has worn down the batteries trying to start it. He’s very upset. It’s getting dark, he’s outnumbered (if you know what i mean) in a not so nice part of town, and the truck won’t start. Great. By the way, the truck is only 2 years old. It’s a lease. It’s a hunk of junk. We’ve been trying to turn it in early and get something different, but the value has plummeted and there is roughly a $6,000 difference – not in our favor. Since we haven’t been willing to eat the $6,000 difference, we decided to hang on until the end of the lease when we can just turn it in and start over. I’m not sure that’s the case anymore. This is ridiculous.

On a lighter note (ha ha), I’ve decided that i definately need/want to join a fitness center. I stopped yesterday to check it out. Even though i told everyone i was stopping there, they still called me. Seriously? Can i get 5 minutes to myself to even just talk about working out? I’ve decided that if i join, the phone is getting turned off and left in the truck. That way it can’t be alerted and i won’t think about it.

Anyway, i’ve been looking at pictures from Christmas and such. Yuck. Yuck. and Double yuck. As in double chins yuck. As in Michelin Man yuck. As in ‘seriously, don’t you own a mirror?’ yuck. Yeah, that bad. The scale says i’m the heaviest i have ever been in my entire life. There is a big family wedding coming up in July and i NEED to lose at least 50 lbs before then. Hubby and i have decided that we need to have a baby before anything happens to grandpa. Advancement in the workplace is impeded due to the lack of self confidence. In order to accomplish these things, i must lose weight. I WILL lose weight. i informed hubby last night that i absolutely must join this fitness center. I own a treadmill and elliptical machine but i never use them. Once i get home i lose all momentum. So, if i go directly from work to work out that should work.

Notice: for the time being, i am putting the rest of the world on hold while i concentrate on myself. I just need to come up with the $99 start up fee and $34/month. Guess i better start collecting pop bottles. This is a lot of money for me to be spending right now, but the way i see it, i’m never going to get anywhere in life if i keep sitting on my tush waiting for things to get better.

Till next time…

Well, it’s been a few days since i’ve had any free time. Last Sunday we discovered that our sump pump wasn’t working properly and our basement flooded. Not horribly – just where all our stuff is stored. It’s an unfinished basement, so picture bare concrete floors and plain block walls. You know, lots of porous surfaces for water to trap itself. We’ve been meaning to clean it for a long time, but if it’s out of sight it’s out of mind i guess.

Sunday turned out to be the day we cleaned the basement. Fortunately, most everything touching the floor was in plastic containers. The only cardboard box on the floor was an old Christmas tree. We don’t have any idea when the basement flooded, so we pitched it just to be safe. Although it sucked that the basement flooded, it was actually kinda nice to get down there and clean everything up. I even washed the windows! Now i’m kinda looking forward to doing some additional improvements down there. Maybe put some waterproofing paint on the walls and floors. Not only will it brighten the space up, it will make the next clean-up a lot easier.

 Work has been a blast. Not really. The past 2 weeks since coming back from the sorta Christmas break have been hell. Two new programs are supposed to be up and running at full production – one of them is in a newly leased building with issues of it’s own. The parts we are shipping have a 70% fallout at the customer. We are scrapping parts like crazy. I can’t get enough material in to keep them running.

My other hat, accounting, has not been touched in at least 4 weeks. No reports, no data entry, no check runs, nada. That’s gonna be a fun job when i finally get around to it. Especially since i’ve been breaking my own rules and ordering stuff without PO’s. Like i’m supposed to remember what i ordered 3 weeks ago. Not to mention the steady stream of people coming in my office asking, demanding items that they need now, not in 5 minutes, not when i get a second, right now. Then, when i track someone down who can get it for me right now, it sits on the dock for a week. Ugh. Oh, did i forget to mention that while i’m on the phone searching for said desired item another person comes in *panicked* looking for same item other *frantic* person is looking for? I can’t get anything done cuz 12 people are bugging me about the same thing. Until it’s the next thing, then another 12 people are worried about antother item.

Well, now i’m on the phone, my cell phone is ringing and my intercom is ringing.

To be continued…

Back to Work…

It was a wonderful, beautiful, amazing Christmas holiday and New Year’s celebration, but today it’s back to work. Actually, to be completely honest, yesterday I officially went back to work (at home anyway). New Year’s evening brought us 12+ inches of snow. Since my husband does winter maintenance for a living, we were doing the happy happy dance as the pennies fell from Heaven. So, while he was out all day and night plowing and salting, I was at home fielding the many, many phone calls for help. In between playing secretary and dispatcher, I managed to do 8-10 loads of laundry (so i was a little behind), vaccuum the entire house, pick up and straighten the house and make lunches for the week. I also found time to make cherry chip cupcakes for the hubby. They’re his favorite and he worked very hard all day. There is no better feeling than to start the week with a clean house, a closet full of clean & pressed clothes and easy to grab (healthy) lunches waiting in the fridge.

Sometimes I worry that hubby has made a bad career choice. The income is completely dependant on the weather, when it does snow the hours are long and treacherous and i worry about his lack of sleep. The repairs are costly, and of course the cost of fuel is never easy to swallow. But i think he loves the thrill of it. The unpredictability, the adventure. It’s never the same.

Yesterday, during the wee beginning hours of his adventure, he called to tell me of his day so far. An aquaintance of his, a fellow fire-fighter on a full time department in the city, called him with a mayday. His father, who lives near us, had fallen on the floor and his mother had just called him. Apparently his father has Parkinson’s and had somehow fallen – an hour ago. Of course, the county is working hard to keep 2 lanes open on the main highways. None of the secondary roads had been touched yet and they lived on a dirt road – the very bottom of the list for the county road commission. Hubby, being the guy he is, plowed a path down the road and up the driveway for the ambulance. He went in and picked the man up off the floor and set him in bed. The ambulance still hadn’t arrived, so he went back out to clear a better path. I’m not sure what happened after that, but it made me feel good to know that there are still people out there with a heart and soul. People who are willing to drop what they’re doing for someone in need.

He gets the opportunity to do good deeds for neighbors in need, i get to deal with nincumpoops who love to make my day miserable. Two days ago i discovered that a significant payment from a customer had been returned and as a result my mortgage payment bounced. Not just any mortgage payment, my first real payment on our just modified loan. The payment that said ‘yes, we have reclaimed ourselves and promise to make timely payments every month – thank you for the opportunity to continue living in our home and for rewriting our mortgage at a much lower and affordable interest rate’. Yeah, that one. To top things off, the customer is my brother. So, i’ve been dealing with that stress. I tell you what – that’s the last one. I hope Murphy 2007 had a good laugh cuz it’s gonna hafta last. NO MORE. 2008 is a new year and new beginning. The pendulum is swinging back in our favor. I won’t take no for an answer.

Oh yeah, i almost forgot. Back to work. I knew going back to work was going to be stressful, but geez louise. So far, the freight company bringing in my HOT material didn’t know how the shipment got to Windsor, much less that it’s a border city. Customs failed to notify the freight company that the shipment cleared – last week – and now they say it’ll be tomorrow before i get my goods – despite my aggressive tone of urgency. There is a significant amount of inventory “just discovered” on the floor for an obsolete program that hasn’t been accounted for, mystery material is still lacking proper paperwork, and now the boss is coming in tomorrow to – oh, by the way – meet with the customer. Ugh. It’s going to be a looooooooooooooooooooooooong short week!