I seem to be missing mine lately.

Havoc overslept.  Mayhem went off to meet the bus and Havoc dashed about getting ready so we could get in the car and chase the bus down before it left the neighborhood & get him on it without my having to drive 20 minutes in the wrong direction to take him to school.  (school is south, work is north).  Suddenly Mayhem turns up at the door and all I can think is any hope of catching the bus in the neighborhood is shot.  The bus must have been early.

No.  Mayhem starts shouting “Come on Havoc!  The bus is waiting!  She told me to run and get you!”

I have no adjectives for that. “Weird” is all that came to mind.  It was just so outside my expectations in this situation. I’ve never had just one kid miss the bus in 9 years of putting 2 kids on the bus.  Buses have schedules.  Waiting around for one kid to run back up his long driveway to fetch the other kid, who had literally just rolled out of bed as his brother was leaving, was so totally beyond any possibility to me. I was speechless when it happened.  “This county is so weird” is all I could eventually manage.

Of course, this is also the bus I chased down outside the neighborhood.  When she pulled over a bit to let me pass her, which they do as a courtesy at some intersections, I was able to roll down my window and ask if my kids could get on now. She totally let them!! So I was only 10 minutes in the wrong direction instead of 20.

The various after school clubs the boys belong too never seem to have time frames for how long events will take on weekends.  Will they need picked up at 3pm? 5pm? 8pm?  It makes it difficult to make plans for the rest of family because at literally ANY minute we could get a call from the child in question that he’s 20 minutes from the school (they bus them from the school to events on weekends).  If we’re an hour away because last week we didn’t get a call until 6pm and it’s only 2:30, that is a problem.  All I can say is “well, that’s….” and words come to me like irritating & awkward but those don’t really convey what I think about it.



New Year New Start

Sooner or later I am going to fix that image at the top. I tried to update Word Press. It did not take but messed up my existing blog appearance so now I’m all generic until I find the time to sort it.

End of year updates for the family.

Havoc is doing well in 9th grade for the most part. He is in the forensics club. For years I drove by the high school where it often had a sign outside congratulating the forensics club for being state champs & I always thought it was incredibly progressive of our tiny high school to teach that kind of science.

Yeah, it’s not crime forensics. It’s a sort of speech/drama thing.

Mayhem is struggling in 8th grade. This is down almost entirely to turning in homework. I can stand over him and make him do it. I can cut off the internet, take his phone, etc & not let him do anything but breathe until it is complete. But I can’t make him turn it in. I can’t turn it in for him. And I’ve told him, many many times, the only person he’s hurting with this little power play is himself. He’s about to lose both computer & phone for 6 weeks if his report come back with any Ds or Fs on it.

DH is liking his new job. He’s not liking the commute, which went from a 17 minute drive with no stoplights to an hour long one with 22 stoplights. Now he has to drive into “the City”. About half his time is spent out and about, fixing things, setting up things, monitoring things, etc. And half in the office. This is more out of office time but no tower climbing & little actual outdoor time. He’s finding time for his hobbies. Playing with electronics, welding, building things.

Me, my new old job is going well. The thing I really love about this job is it’s adaptability. It’s sort of a choose your own adventure type of a job. Yes, I have to deal with forced customer interaction on the phones, but it’s not constant & in the gaps I can do this or that, pick up responsibility for that thing but not for the that thing. There are a lot of “Special projects” I have my fingers into for bits & pieces of them. I’m “Admin”, which means whatever you want it to mean. I too am finding my way back to hobbies that have been long neglected.

For instance the last time I edited my photos, really edited them, not just adjusted them for Instagram, was sometime toward the end of 2015. I got a new computer a few months back and this past week I reinstalled my Lightroom which is so far out of date they don’t support it anymore (Yeah, like I’m going to pay monthly for it, dream on Lightroom) and imported all my photos since Dec 2015. It’s about 700 pics all told & no doubt 20% of them are crap but every weekend I am doing a month of pics, sometimes 2 months if there aren’t many and I am going to get caught up.

While I would love to say I am going to do a photo a day, that’s a bit more ambitious that I can commit to. I’m going to try but we’ll see how it goes. I’m also getting caught up playing my large stock of match 3 and hidden object games.

I’m back to better meal planning as well.  This is loosely what we are having the next 2 weeks, plus takeout & leftovers.

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I Have a New Job!


Actually, it’s my old job doing database management.
The one I’d left in 2014 to go work at my last job, in the warehouse.
Which I took because it offered good healthcare at a good price, unlike the database job, which offers none.
But DH, after 15 years with the same company, switched jobs.
His old job had no healthcare but his new one has good care at a good price.
Which meant I could leave a job I was not happy with & return to one I enjoyed.

Why wasn’t I happy? Well, mostly because it was very regimented and had no scope for individual initiative & advancement. The heat in summer was also an issue. And lets just not get into the demands they make on your time during December. Last year they expected everyone to work 7 days a week from the day after Thanksgiving until Dec 22. 9-10 hour shifts during the week and 6-8 hours weekends.
I didn’t do it. They had loopholes for people who needed Sunday off to do church stuff or other planned activities on Sunday. So I said I had stuff. No one called me on it. I expected to be written up or told off in my annual review come February but not a word was said.

I get the day after Thanksgiving off for the first time in 3 years! I have Saturdays off in December!

The warehouse was, for good & sufficient reasons I admit, rather inflexible about time off or coming in late or early. Keeping appointments was a real problem. Fortunately DH’s job let him take over as Primary Parent (getting the kids on the bus, taking them to appointments & practices, getting them from school if they get sick, etc) because they were very flexible about time management. His new job is 45 miles away & while it can be flexible, not “take 4 hours out of your day every 4 weeks for the kids’ orthodontist appointments” or “give yo a special start time so you can get the kids on the bus” flexible . So I needed to return to the Primary Parent role & that meant a new job, or in this case, an old job.

Then there was the people problem. Nothing wrong with the people individually. I loved my co-workers, they were fun, smart people to work with. They were the saving grace of the job.

There were just so MANY of them. I’m not a social person. My personal interaction bucket isn’t very big and gets filled easily in just a few encounters. I had 15 people in my immediate department, plus another 10-12 I interacted with almost daily and another 10-12 I dealt with at least once a week, plus there were another 40-50 people who worked in the building that I occasionally saw.
I know it doesn’t sound like a bunch of people. But this is too many people for me, even though I liked them and no one was mean or demanding. It left me pretty much hibernating in my room when I got home. I never wanted to go anywhere because it’s just more people and I was already well over my comfort level of people.

I didn’t realize how much of this was wearing me down until I quit. Then it felt like a smothering blanket I hadn’t know I was under had been lifted. Friends tell me I seem less burdened. I’m cooking more. I’m going places. Sometimes. Not often, but more than before. I only have 12 coworkers total and many days I only see 4 of them. This is a good level of people. I can go Havoc’s booster club meetings and not feel overwhelmed. I even helped out a fundraising fair & that wouldn’t have happened this time last year. Because people.

I’m hoping, as I shake off the blanket, to get back into things I was doing 3 years ago. Like daily photos and regular blogging.

We’ll see how it goes

The Week that Was

They are all so similar, these days. I go to work, I come home, homework is done, supper is made or bought, tv is watched & then bed. So, coming into the long holiday ‘season’ of my job (August to February), the 6 day, 56 hour weeks that are looming ahead, I thought I would try weekly blogging to record the little things that are different – – what was for supper, what was homework, what was inspected, what is up with the boys.

For instance, did you know Mayhem has a girlfriend? Yes, he does.

He’s 12.

She’s Havoc’s ex.

He’s 13.

Middle school.  *sigh*

Christmas has begun at work.  I inspected a bunch of white flocked Xmas trees.  I’m guessing this type of tree is bought by people without pets or small kid. I also had some regular green ones that had hundreds of LEDs on it, over 10,000 on a 9ft tree.  They were so pretty! and they came with different twinkle settings including a flashing one that made us think of a dance club.  There were also shoes, and a cursed order of shirts (it took 3 days!), quilts, outdoor holiday décor on timers, this awesome multipurpose knife with a 10” blade, and everybody’s favorite – adirondack chairs.

9 hour shifts all week.

DH set up a crock pot of honey garlic chicken one day and I made honey chicken noodle bowls with the leftovers another night. I made monte cristo sandwiches Tuesday and we had japanese take out one night. I did cheeseburger pie as well and we had tacos.

Lunch was a mess as usual. I had the honey chicken leftovers once & ended up getting a sandwich at work twice. One day was yogurt & string cheese. And then there was this:

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This week I should have a decent amount of leftovers for lunch, assuming I actually make all the meals I have planned.

I spent the better part of 2 weeks following this really long (and kinda wasteful) process to make sourdough starter a month ago. It makes a delicious loaf, though it is still kind of hot to be making bread too often

I’ve been on a Time Team binge on tv. Amazon Prime has 10 seasons.  I’ve been mixing it in with Poirot. I have an Acorn TV subscription through Amazon and am working my way through the entire series, followed by Miss Marple.

I haven’t seen regular tv since sometime in July. 

You know what that means? 

I have yet to see a political ad!

Envy me.

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