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It’s time for an update.

And, man we have been busy!  Both personally and financially!

When I last posted things were on the upswing – we’d just received our taxes and were planning on what to do with them.

Well, the long and the short of it is this – we used the bulk of it to pay bills, pay off my truck and get our daughter’s room re-done! She’s thrilled with the final product as are we!

Before:

After:

She chose the colors and we ran with it!

Then once that was done, my hubby and I were chatting about the trip we were contemplating taking and ultimately decided we had the funds, so why not do a BIG vacation – so after weighing the costs with the pros & cons we booked a 5-Day 4-Night Trip to Universal Studios Orlando Florida!

We took this trip in October 2017 and had a BLAST!

But first we took two shorter trips – 1st the MD to visit the family and then my daughter and I went to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA with our Girl Scout Troop.  This trip was mostly funded by two years worth of GS Cookie Sales, so I was responsible for food, transportation, and souvenirs!

We had fun on both of these short trips!

BUT the big one was obviously much anticipated!

 

Just a few of the 100+ shots I took!

BUT I have to say the biggest news is that I was finally able to leave my retail job behind and took a FT Office Job in June at an International Pharmaceuticals Development Company – now it’s not all sunshine & rainbows – I am a contractor through the same company that placed me at the paper plant in 2015, meaning no paid time off, and minimal benefits.  Though they are working on getting this company to hire me on FT permanent which will give me those precious PTO hours I so long for.  The pay is $15.50/hr which is an uptick obviously from my $9.34/hr at the retail establishment.  Hours are M-F 8:30 – 5:30.  I did overlap sometime working both jobs to help pay for food/gas for our FL trip, but on 10/30 I said Good-Bye to my friends at the store and resigned.

While it was best for my mental health – the money coming in would still be helpful – BUT I didn’t want to do another Holiday Season.

So that’s the biggest news of all!

I know I have been scattered here, but life has thrown me major curveballs and I have been busy!

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Got a call right around 11:30 am this morning from my home phone – strange hubby was supposed to be at work – then he said those dreaded words

“I’ve been Terminated”

WOW Bells and Whistles Going Off Here…um WHAT?! He’s been with his store for 5 – years, moved to Grooming last fall and well basically was all but pushed off of a cliff.  I won’t get into the details, but man the store and company failed him miserably.

So where does that leave us:

1.  He’s not got to call Regional Acceptance (van finance company), Midland Mortgage (Obvious), and Music & Arts (we have a rent-to-own contract on my son’s trumpet, we’re due to make the final payment this summer)

2. He’s headed to DSS on Thursday to apply for Food Stamps – this is not something I am proud of – but my income alone isn’t enough to cover all of our bills.

3. I’ve emailed my HR team to request information on enrolling in my company’s benefits – this will cut my income down another $100/week…ugh

4.  He filed for unemployment this morning, so at least that is done.

I am scared – I won’t lie – we’re wondering if the fates have it lined up for us to not be successful – we’ve been struggling financially for 12+ years – we’ve never had a stable month/year, NEVER (alright we had a brief period when we first moved into my Grandma’s condo where we had some disposable income) – and I know a lot of parents struggle financially when they have kids – BUT we never seem to dig ourselves out of this hole we’re in…we’re constantly robbing Peter to pay Paul and it’s truly just disgusting…

I say this because it seems ever since we closed on the house which seemed like it wasn’t ever gonna happen…the mortgage lender kept coming up with paperwork we “had to have” to close and kept delaying the closing…yeah thinking it just wasn’t meant to be…and since that time NOTHING I repeat NOTHING has gone right for us – 3 weeks after we closed I was Term’d from the job I was working, it took me four months to find a new position, and even that was Part-Time – I managed to keep that job for almost 18-Months before the person I was working for could no longer afford to pay me – during my tenure there my hubby was arrested for embezzlement and on probation for more than a year!  I was able to find two temporary jobs before landing the one I currently hold – and I am miserable right now – each day I dread going to work and just literally most days want to throw my computer at my boss and tell her to shove it…

We briefly talked about going “off grid” and just packing what we can, piling into Silver and just driving – no real destination in mind – just going West – working Odd jobs where we can, camping when we need to, and just exploring.  We know there’s logistics that we’d have to figure out, BUT man doesn’t that sound awesome!

So that’s where we are right now…kind of floating along…

Oh and for some odd reason our AC isn’t working…ugh it’s like 90-degrees in my house- we have ZERO cross breeze in the house and are sweating like there’s no tomorrow…I am ok with this when I’m at the gym, but SERIOUSLY I’m at HOME!