A few things to say:
First, the countdown to my 32nd birthday (which, by the way, feels SO much older than 31) has officially begun. My mom called me Saturday to ask what I wanted. I have no idea. Money? Gift Cards to home improvement stores? Art? All of the above? :)
Speaking of art – I went to the art show on Saturday with Zoe/Monica. She’s so great and EXACTLY the same as I remember her from high school. All bubbly and smart and quirky and funny and complementary and quirky and bubbly. For all of you who think I talk alot, I dare you to say that after hanging out with her for a couple hours. Don’t get me wrong, she doesn’t just babble – she has interesting things to say – she just says them at 90 mph. Anyway, I didn’t buy anything or spend any money (yay me) but I had a great time and got a HUGE hole in my foot from the shoes I was wearing. Who knew keds could do that??
I took some great photos of people while I was there and (of course) some flower shots too because I can’t resist. All in all, I had a great time and can’t wait to hang out with Zoe again. Oh, and for those who don’t know I call her Zoe/Monica because her name was Monica until a few years after high school when she changed it to Zoriah (rhymes with Mariah) and she now goes by Zoe. We love her so I put up with the fact that I can’t remember her name and she forgives me for it – so it all works out :)
I also figured out what I’d like to start collecting. Not that anyone really cares, but I’ve always wanted to be a collector of something – something special and meaningful to me that wouldn’t take up a lot of space or money, but would be cool and pretty to display. Something like this or this or this is what I mean. So, if you know where to find them let me know. And don’t say Ebay, I don’t do Ebay.
Chad starts his new/old job sometime soon – should be this weekend. He decided to go back to work at the old place because (according to him) no one wants to hire a 40 year old unemployed man with no experience in anything but driving a forklift. I think it has less to do with all that as it does that he applied at only a select few places and half of those he applied to online. So, I’m not really surprised he didn’t get hired anywhere else, but it’s still really sad.
What that means for me is that Ally won’t be going to his house for “his” weekends anymore. Which means no breaks for me. *sigh* He’ll still be with her in the afternoons after school so they’ll have some time together – but nowhere near what they have now. It’ll be another hard adjustment for all of us. What really pisses me off about the whole thing is that he’s going back to a worse shift, with no seniority and therefore no clout, with 4 hours of mandatory overtime EVERY DAY. On top of that he’s taking a $2.00 an hour pay cut to go back. He says he’ll get that money back in the overtime and fast pay raises, but these people have never been good to him so I don’t see it happening like he thinks it will.
One last thing – Carrie has been helping me with my finances (based on the Dave Ramsey plan but tweaked for my situation) and I’m very hopeful this will help reduce some of the stress in my life. We’re also trying to come up with ideas of how I could make some extra money (not even a lot, just enough to help me back away from the financial “edge” as it were). I think I’ll be trying to be more creative with how I market my photos so that people will want to and be able to buy them. Even if I don’t make any money – it’d be nice to have people like my stuff enough to pay for it. If you care to, you can go here and see what I have to buy right now. Also, if you’re a member and you go to my gallery (here) you can ask for specific pictures to be put in my store. I will do my best to make it available the same day.
So, yeah, that’s me saying “a few things” :D