Monday, August 25, 2008

Pretty good Sunday

Yesterday the IL's planned on having a picnic at Riverside park. Neither Jeff nor I were really looking forward to it but after a little bit of a rocky start to the day (with he and I pretty much snapping at each other over anything and everything) it turned out to be pretty good. Jeff and his brother took the kids fishing after we ate lunch so the ladies could sit around and chit chat. It was pretty decent weather wise but was a little windy which made it kind of cool out.

After the eating and fishing, we went home so Jeff and Natalie could clean up since they were pretty gross from sliding around in all the goose poop down by the pond, we went to MIL's to play some games. It is usually a pretty good time when we get together to sit around and be silly playing Trivial Pursuit and Scene It.

At least the weekend ended pretty nicely.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Why can't I try to be happy?

I feel like I have nothing left in me to be positive for. Seems anytime we think things are starting to go ok for us we get sh*t on yet again. I hate it, it makes me cranky and I end up taking it out on the kids, which makes me feel even worse than I already do. I try to be supportive for hubby since this time it isn't his fault his company lied to him when he went back to work there in the Spring after a new owner bought the old failing company. Life just isn't fair to us and I want to scream and kick and throw a temper tantrum about it. I hate the saying "God never gives you more than you can handle" because He sure as hell tries to with us, while so many others around me seem to have it so much easier and have never had the struggles that we constantly have. I have zero faith anymore, which is sad to say but it is very, very true. I know Jeff feels the same way, in fact he stopped believing years ago. Whenever someone says "I'll be praying for your family" I just smile and politely thank them all the while thinking what good will it do?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Worry Lines

Here I thought Jeff had some time and would be able to line up something, even a contract, before he was downsized, but it does not look promising. He's had 2 interviews but 1 was for something different than the IT area he is more proficient in and the other one was going to be very mundane and the interviewer knew he would not be happy doing it for long because he's too skilled for it. He's going to see if he can squeak out a little more time at his current employer by doing something different until they need him for network issues. The only thing is he'll most likely have to take a pay cut because that is another thing they mentioned, that he is one of the highest paid in the company. I guess as long as it pays more than MARVIN he'll have to do it until he gets something else. THIS SUCKS!!! Last time it took him 2 YEARS to get something permanent and we almost lost our house. We have enough savings to get by for only 1 month and I need to pick up more ChaCha time or sell a whole lotta Tupperware.

Gaaaah, I hate this and I hate it even more for our kids having to go without fun stuff yet some more. We just took our first 'vacation' this summer, ever, and that was only to Dearborn overnight. Woohoo, a whole 3 hours away. I hate my life most of the time and if we could, we'd pack up and leave here because it sucks so bad.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The End is Near

Well, Jeff finally got word that, yes indeed, his job is being eliminated and will be going to a contract/as needed status. He was able to buy himself a little bit of time, to the end of this month. We are optimistically hopeful that he can get something lined up before then, but we know that in all actuality, it probably won't happen. I've made his profiles public now on the job sites and he had 2 interviews so far this week but already knows he doesn't have either of those jobs. The first one was a different job description than what the recruiter had who sent him there, so he didn't have all the qualifications in the areas they wanted. The second one, he was too skilled for and would be bored with it, and the owner of the company knew it too and has no plans to change things up since his company runs smoothly as it is.

Here's to hoping SOMETHING/ANYTHING that pays the same comes along, and fast!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Dog Days

Well, we're in the final stretch of summer break from school. Gabby and Natalie got their teacher assignments. Natalie is excited she got the Kindergarten teacher she was wanting. Gabby was less than thrilled that she didn't get the 3rd grade teacher she was hoping for. To top it off, our neighbor who has been in her classes since K got a different teacher (the one Gabby wanted) as did one of her close friends. Hopefully once school starts she will have a better attitude or it'll be one heck of a long year for the teachers and me.

The hot humidity is here, joy. It's supposed to cool down some by the weekend though which I hope it does. I love having the windows opened instead of the AC running upstairs.

My ChaCha guide opportunity might be numbered. Here I thought I found the perfect way to make a few hundred extra bucks a month since I suck at selling Tupperware. Now they are changing the payscale so unless you make the top percent, you get 1/2 the pay. I made it in the top my first week but don't know why I didn't make it last week. I'll just have to try my darndest to make it and keep the same pay (and hopefully the company doesn't fold too). Hey, every little bit helps. Hopefully Jeff will find something new that pays a better wage as well so we aren't so strapped. I'm also selling unwanted stuff on Craigslist too for a tidbit of extra money. It's like having a garage sale without all the work!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Stupid Company

So, it is common knowledge that Jeff works for a bunch of douche bags that don't understand common sense and do everything a$$ backwards. Now he doesn't get a general increase because he is one of the highest paid in the company. Well no $hit he makes more than most, he is the one that keeps all the innerds of the company running. BTW, he is still GROSSLY underpaid for his position in our area though. They go on about the normal bla, bla, it's not the same company it was a year ago, it's smaller, yada yada. Who cares!! Jeff still does the same kind of work. The network still needs to run and the phones still need to accept calls. Just because they suck at marketing and just spend money on stupid useless stuff isn't Jeff's fault.

He (through me) has given them a superb idea to increase traffic to the website, start a contest!! I enter contests daily so I emailed them examples, how they should do it, what they should giveaway, etc. Nope they decided to do something completely asinine and instead of posting a contest on their webpage, they emailed existing customers to have them call in to enter in some sort of bogus gas card scheme they are a part of (a place you get $25 gas cards for every $100 you spend). HELLO losers!! How is that driving more traffic and attracting NEW customers. Jeff's boss kept saying he didn't understand it. He's such a boner and needs to go back to China then if he couldn't understand the simplicity of having a button on the webpage where people sign up to receive the monthly newsletter and will be entered into a drawing to win (and here's the kicker) actual product that you sell!! Is that really so hard to understand? I even sent them links of examples and stressed that they will get more people interested if they are actually putting their product in their hands.

Sorry if I got off on a rage there but STUPID people truly need to be boxed up and sent to some remote island somewhere where they won't bug the rest of us.

Ok, I'm done now. Carry on, LOL.