Posts Tagged ‘work’

Pennies From Heaven

Sunday, May 15th, 2011 by by

Since my husband’s business is focused on roofing, siding, gutters and windows, the weather is his master…or his mistress, depending upon how you look at it.

The mercurial spring weather can wreak havoc on his scheduled jobs.  An unexpected rain is the bane of Rob’s existence.  On the flip side, the weather is also his best salesman – generating a flurry of new work in just 10 minutes’ time.

As a result, the joke in our house is that The Weather Channel is my husband’s version of hard core porn.  He will watch the weather patterns as they spread across the state with the same salacious, slack-jawed hunger as a 21-year-old boy watching a stripper work the pole.  Each morning, Rob will cruise the internet, wolf-whistling when he comes across a particularly voluptuous cloud formation.  If rain is foreplay, the money shot is hail.

Any seasoned roofer knows that hail is an assassin.  A good hail storm can produce mega damage in micro bursts.  Hail brings all the boys to the yard, because they know that where there is hail damage, there is money.  After 10 minutes in a good storm, your house will be handing you the phone so you can call your insurance agent….and your roofer.

Yesterday, we were hit with a sudden and intense storm that pelted our house with angry rain.  Rob stood with his face pressed to the window, egging on the weather.  “Come on, baby!  Let’s see some of the good stuff!” Sure enough, within minutes, a ping was heard off the glass of the kitchen windows.  Before long, the pinging became as fast and as furious as coins tumbling from the windfall of a slot machine.  “Yay!” Eliza cried, dancing at Rob’s heels.  “Money!!”

Your roof’s worst enemy.


Catching Up

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 by by

Things are nuts – absolutely bonkers. Everything is going full speed ahead, and I’m left feeling like I’m running in front of the train just trying to keep up.

It’s officially less than a month before I stop working in the office. Things have switched up slightly, and I had an opportunity to work part time, from home, until mid-September on a system support project as a tester; basically, when I have time, I let them know and then let me wreak havoc in some upgraded systems to see if I can break them. It can be whatever time of day, and whatever day of the week, that works for me, so I said what the heck. I like to break stuff. So now, July 30, I become a work at home mom…and a month and a half after that, I’m a stay at home mom completely. My replacement in the office started a couple weeks ago, and it’s been a whirlwind of training and co-working while we wait for her computer to arrive that leaves me pretty wiped out by evening.


The next hurdles down

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 by by

So I started work last week. I should be there today, but both Belly and I are sick, so I’ll use this time to catch up.

We only had six of the twelve children show up, which was wonderful. It gave my helper and I a  chance  to get used to things without a dozen  one year olds underfoot. The lady I’m working with is, well, nice. She seems really eager to help. We  didn’t get our schedule until half way through the day so we were a little off for most of the day. But overall I’d say it went really well.

Nine of the twelve showed up, which sort of stretched the two of us quite a bit in the class, and especially when trying to get nine kids outside to the playground to and from recess, especially since two of them (Belly included) don’t walk. Getting everyone settled in for lunch and nap was a little more difficult, but again we managed.

Belly’s doing… ok with it. She doesn’t seem to have any problems with me holding and playing with the other kids, really she just sort of ignores me. However, since she’s still napping from 9:30ish to 11:30ish then again from 1-3 (more…)

Just When Things Are Looking Up

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 by by

Whenever we think we have gotten ourselves back on our feet financially, it hits us. The truck is misfiring making for a bumpy ride and it needs to be inspected. Our car was stolen… yep. It was a lease and so therefor we get no money for it and no car to replace it; its just gone.

So now I am left at home, with the kids, without a car. Lucky for us we live down the street from the park and with the weather being nicer, I can at least walk there or something. But now I get to worry about saving up for a cheap commuter car for Nate to take to and from work. I will need the truck to take the girls to doc appointments and be able to take Dakota to pre-school come September.

Why does it always happen this way? I am feeling majorly depressed. Never in my life did I (more…)


Life on the Work Front

Sunday, April 4th, 2010 by by

Please forgive my absence from the blog I love.  I must apologize because “Life on the Work Front” this past week has been rather rough!  I’m so exhausted at night that I can’t even keep my eyes open to write a post.  I know pretty sad, but this is pretty true.

Over the past month our work has been sending out Voluntary Severance Packages to employees who were eligible to retire.  They could either take the package or not.  There was 1400 employees that took the package.  So, with a huge company like where I work, this was a huge amount of employees which meant somehow or another things were really going to change.

The 1400 employees that took it, most of them were eligible to leave as of 3/31 (yesterday)!  Well, since that occurred workload had to be adjusted.  So, Monday we all knew when we came in (more…)

A Balancing Act

Sunday, February 28th, 2010 by by

There’s an old Dr. Suess book that we really enjoy using as a learning/counseling tool with our youth at work called Oh The Places You’ll Go and I lately I’ve been reminded of one quote in particular:  “So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” I am now entering my fourth week back in the game as a working mommy (more…)

Opportunities: masters of disguise

Friday, August 21st, 2009 by by

Opportunity sometimes comes in funny disguises.

When the fitness chain I was working for in Canada announced structure changes that I, eventually, just couldn’t work with I had no idea what career opportunities would be available for me if I quit my job.

But I quit anyway.

And then I ended up in the UK.

When I met David, I was on my way home to Canada. I had just (more…)


Back To Work

Friday, June 19th, 2009 by by

It’s tradition at my work that after one of us has a baby whether you’re the new mom or new dad, we generally hold a little lunch where we can celebrate the new birth. I am quite fond of the way that my work celebrates all the little things like birthdays, goodbyes, and new babies to name a few – I think it’s great to connect with each other this way. It’s pretty common that a month or two after the baby is born the new mom’s will bring the baby by work to meet everyone but bad weather, sick children, doctors appointments, and other obligations have kept Violet and I away, until today.

I have to admit that I was not feeling too enthusiastic about making the long trek into downtown today with baby in tow, especially since Mike and I have been dealing with some pretty emotional news – the dreary rain didn’t make it anymore of a fascinating idea but I knew that if I pushed myself to just get there I would have a great time, and that I did. When I am not at work, I forget how much I love (more…)