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!

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