Tuesday, May 20, 2003
OK, not many updates from me lately. We've been busy with the house and work is still killing me. Plus now our computer at home is unplugged. New carpet goes in on Thursday, and we'll get our life back in order. The house is being listed Friday, and there are already appointments to view it, including one Friday evening! I think it will sell quickly. We're going to look at houses in Frankfort on Friday morning, and probably some over the long weekend.
Send me some energy to get through the rest of this week!!!!
Saturday, May 10, 2003
Damn it, Blogger did it to me again. Nice long post with an update on lots of things, 2 cute Lauren stories, and Blogger froze up when I tried to publish the post. Gah - I'm too frustrated to try to recreate it. Maybe tomorrow.
Happy Mother's Day to you all!
Friday, May 09, 2003
Aaggghh. Work is killing me. This FLSA project is impossible. I have to design and develop a web-based training for 6,500 staff, followed by 4 teleconferences. By the third week of June. With no content.
This is not even remotely possible. And just last week, the boss' boss was saying how hard it is to develop WBT - she read that it takes 80 hours of work to create one hour of WBT. Umm, do the math, psycho! I think it's a trap - I'm starting to think I'm being set up to fail with this one. Plus my several other major projects are all happening now too, and just my regular workload. And the stress of moving is not helping the situation one bit. The boss' boss and her boss pulled some good cop/bad cop crap on a very nice girl at work yesterday, and made her cry
. I work with such nice people. She was in tears for an hour, and she didn't do anything wrong in the least. She requested approval to spend funds allocated in her budget to hold a meeting for 75 people. And she was threatened with dismissal if this "offense" occurred again. Mind you, she didn't spend any money - she asked for approval to spend her money from the budget.
On the plus side, I'm feeling better, the carpet got pushed back a week, and we're going to go look at some houses next week on our lunch hour. This is good. There are actually some interesting looking homes in Frankfort, the big city (ha). Well, at least it's the good part, and it's a break from working on our house.
Wednesday, May 07, 2003
I've been working pretty much all day, on work stuff rather than house stuff. It's been frustrating, because phpbb
is kicking my butt. It just won't act right today . . .
I really hate it when I type up a long update post and my computer and/or Blogger.com freezes up. I lost the whole thing, but I'll try to recreate it.
The biggest thing going on is the house. We will probably put it on the market at the end of next week. The carpet should be installed on Wednesday, we'll get a cleaning service out here on Thursday, and be ready to list the house with the incredible Lynn
on Friday or Saturday. We've been working like mad - finished the flooring in the two downstairs baths, and still need to do the utility room. I need to call the electrician/plumber guy and get him out here to fix some of the few pesky things that don't bother us, but would likely bother potential buyers. Like the drippy kitchen faucet. We're packing up lots of stuff and out of season items, storing them in the garage and in a storage unit we rented in Frankfort. Once we list our house, we'll start looking for a new house. There would be nothing worse than finding a great house now
and not being in a position to make an offer on it. I have no idea how quickly our house will sell. Around here, some sell within a few days, and others stay on the market forever. I think those must be overpriced or something, because this is a pretty hot area of town. Mark is obsessing over mortgages and money, and driving me a little bit nuts.
I'm home from work today - I started a little stomach bug this morning right as I was getting ready to walk out the door. Oddly, everyone I've talked to so far today has suggested that maybe I'm pregnant. The answer to that is no
. I think that our friends and family are starting to worry whether or not we'll have another, since Lauren will be three in September. News Flash
: I don't know either, folks. We pretty much hit the mega-jackpot the first time anyway, what more do you want???
Mark's mom gave us a scare last night. She left a few days ago to drive up to Iowa to see her family. She's made this trip before, and usually checks in with us frequently - but not last night. We got a call from Kirsten, Mark's sister, around 10:45 pm. She had a message on her answering machine that was from their mom. All she said was "I'm in trouble", then nothing. We tried her mobile and got voice mail. Mark then thought to call his grandmothers to see if they had talked to his mom. She was at Mark's paternal grandmother's house and fine, thank goodness - she was trying to leave Kirsten a message that she was having trouble with her cell phone reception, but didn't get the thought out before her phone cut off. Nothing like a little adrenaline rush right before bedtime.
Tiger, one of our cats, is very sick. He's had chronic renal failure
for 6 years, and we've given him subcutaneous fluids at home once a week for most of that time. He hates it, but it's better than driving to the vet once a week - he hates that even more. But now he's developed hyperthyroidism
, which is damaging his heart. I have to give him pills every night to try to stabilize him so that we can explore treatment options. I'm worried about the little guy . . .
Saturday, May 03, 2003
My life in a nutshell:
- Laying flooring
- Planting flowers
- Pulling up the dandelions that weren't killed by chemicals
- Moving furniture
- Talking about money
- Packing up some stuff
- Entertaining a fussy toddler who decided she wasn't going to nap today
Doesn't that sound like fun?????
Friday, May 02, 2003
OK, I actually have a minute for the first time in a week. We've been working on the house every night to get it ready to put on the market, and it's about killing me. We've pulled up carpet, scraped up the padding adhesive, cleaned and primed the concrete underneath, and started laying new flooring in the two downstairs baths. We still need to start on the laundry room. We've gotten an estimate on carpet for the rest of the house except for the kitchen and the upstairs bath. Boy, that's expensive. And the part that's tough to take is that we won't even be here to enjoy it! Actually, the truly tough to take part is my knee. I can't really stay down on the floor for that long. I keep forgetting that, and as a result, my poor, old, arthritic, acts-up-when-it's-raining knee is extremely sore.
Work is insane too. I got another
major project, and I have a meeting with a guy from the feds here in Lexington on Monday morning. I'm to design and develop an online training about the Fair Labor Standards Act
, and get it out to all 6,000+ staff. Fun fun fun. Actually, it may be. The content will probably be a snooze, but it will be an interesting challenge to try to make it interactive and borderline interesting. Of course, it would be easier if the Cabinet
had the technological infrastructure to support some of the cool stuff that we can do. But, unfortunately, that's not the case. So it will be a little test of my creativity, courtesy again of my boss' boss' boss. When I found out about this one, I sent her a message apologizing for whatever
I did to piss her off. I don't know what it was, but I think she's trying to kill me with work. She sent back nice words, which just meant the world to me.
This working all day and half the night bit sucks. Oh yeah, and throw in trying to entertain a toddler without
resorting to Clifford, Big Bird, and The Wiggles as babysitters. But she is adorable. Mark brought her home today, and we were going out to dinner. He told her that they were going to pick Mommy up, and go to a restaurant to eat supper. She looked confused, and said "I not pick up Mommy. Mommy is big, I'm little!" She also told me some big long story the other day, and I asked her a question about it. She said "Mommy, I'm using my mag - magi - magination!" I laughed and asked her what that meant, and she told me it was stories in her head. She's two and a half
- how does she even know that word, let alone it's basic meaning?
I thought that this
was very interesting. Anyone care to share their score? I'll start - I got a 7, which probably won't surprise too many people who know me. I was surprised it was that high!