Friday, September 29, 2006

Happy Happy Friday to you!

It's been a pretty good day - spent the day w/ Mom getting her car fixed. Bought a potty chair today for the little man!! I'm kind of excited about that - but it means he is growing up!
'Bout a week since the last post? Man, my life has been boring lately - or something! In all reality, just BUSY!! This week was the custody / guardianship hearing for my nephew, Bryce. My in-laws are now the legal permanent guardians of the little man. :) Very good news, really. I just cannot wait until sis-in-law gets the notice mailed to her (does that happen??) regarding the court's decision. She is gonna flip out, and it will be hilarious!! I know that sounds very mean, but she is a horrible mother. She is currently in jail for charges related to some sort of armed robbery (I'm not 100% sure exactly what the charges are), and was out on PR bond from Tuscola County at the time of the incident!! She also threatened to have my MIL killed (to Bryce's lawyer). Not that I really think that would happen, but she obviously does not know how to control herself and keep her mouth SHUT.

Interesting thing, the in-laws. LOL You know, it's pretty ironic that generally it is the man that bitches about the MIL. Me, I have not one but TWO MIL. The "step" situation. The step is far better than the original, too. Ray's Mom is just well, annoying.

Brendan has a cold, has been run down the last few days :( Poor baby!! He is learning new words every day, which is great. He enjoyed playing with Bryce the other day, even pushing him around the house in his walker going "Vroom vroom!". :) I can just see the trouble that those two are going to get into together!! LOL

Bunch of calls back RE: Resumes this week!! woohoo keep your fingers crossed!

Friday, September 22, 2006

It's been a few days. Well, this week just simply flew by - so many things going on! I had an interview on Tuesday in Lansing - kind of curious to see how that plays out. On Wednesday I got my letter in the mail saying that I could take the Civil Service Exam #5029. I was lucky and able to get in on Thursday - got that done and over with. I don't know how long it will take to get the results, though. I mailed out 3 resumes today, all state jobs, and all with MDOC. They are all clerical positions, but they pay well, and obviously would have good benefits. At this point I'm not going to be picky, and I might as well use the 7 years of experience that I have in that field, eh???

Ray has been in communication with the company that he interviewed with last week - even if he doesn't get the position he interviewed for, they are still interested in him for another position.

While in Lansing on Tuesday we looked at some apartments and a couple of houses. We found one house that we really like. The landlord was pretty cool about the dogs, etc., rent very reasonable, and the house is right on a park!! What could be better??

Hopefully we will be able to get this ball *REALLY* rolling here soon.

On Monday I met my nephew Bryce's lawyer. He won't be 1 until November and he already has his own attorney. My sister in law is in jail in Saginaw County (unless someone posted her bond) on attempted robbery charges. I'm not sure of all the details, but yes, she is an IDIOT of the highest magnitude. That is an entirely different story, but personally, I think that she has major issues. That's all I'm going to say about that. The good news is that the baby is with my mother-in-law, so she (baby momma) can't neglect him anymore. Bryce is a cutie and one major consolation is that all of this is happening when he is very young and hopefully he won't remember any of it.

Well, I should get to bed. This week my son has been literally getting up before the sun - and not wanting to nap. I don't know what is going on with him - very whiny / crabby ....teething maybe??

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Well, I did not get my dog to the vet. Bad mommy. Ray got a call from a job that he applied for wanting him to come in RIGHT NOW for an interview. The real kicker? The job is in ALBION! LOL So we had a "road trip" day!! All in all, it was fun. Ray thinks that he may be slightly underqualified for the position that he interviewed for, however, he was impressed with the company. The flip side - they were also impressed with him and have another position that they would be willing to offer him if he doesn't get the other one.

If he took the 2nd position, it wouldn't really be an increase in pay - but the company has a significantly larger amount of stability than the one he is currently at. Not that they are going anywhere anytime soon, but they are playing the "yank my chain" game with them, and he has worked for them for about 2 years if you add the 2 tenures together...and they are giving new hires more opportunities in some cases. I am not happy about that situation and have informed the hubby of such.

Obviously, if he were to accept a job in Albion, it would mean a major move from this area. We have several options, and basically it would depend on where I could get a job - because Lansing, Battle Creek, Jackson, A2 - all within a reasonable distance, depending on where your "starting point" was ....

There is another interesting side note to all of this - Calhoun County (Marshall, MI) has called wanting to interview him for an "on-call" position. Marshall is mere miles from Albion as well.

And - here is the MOST interesting part - out of all the many many resumes / apps I have sent out for him - Ray has gotten 5 calls in the last MONTH. FOUR of the five are in the Lansing metro area. I do believe this falls under the Karma category!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

This week has flown by - nothing to major going on. Well, I take that back. We met with an attorney on Tuesday to get the bankruptcy ball rolling. She was really great - very nice, knowledgeable, and not snotty about why we were there. I have to say that this entire situation is very stressful - not really because I anticipate any problems, but more out of personal pride. This is really not something that I had ever thought I'd be doing. :( I never thought I'd have my house foreclosed, either, I suppose. If HUD would have not been such a pain about the deed in lieu of sale...grr!! Oh well - no sense crying over it now.

Major resumes still going out - I think 3 or 4 this week .... pretty good numbers, I'd say.

Today I have to take Zoey to the vet to get her shots. Sparky is due as well, but I'm not taking them both at the same time - they'd rip my arms off trying to get to other dogs and cats.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

It's a slow afternoon - Brendan is napping right now. Yesterday at this time the temps were in the mid-80's and according to WeatherBug, it's 56 degrees out right now. What a difference 24 hours can make. Of course, this IS Michigan!

I contacted a few bankruptcy lawyers the other day. Asking questions, etc. trying to determine a price range. You know - it really bothers me when they treat you like crap. You don't know me, don't judge me! I did get a hold of an attorney in Bay City that was super nice on the phone, and very flexible in terms of payment. We set up an appointment, and I had to call her back and reschedule because my Mom has to have some tests done at Genesys, and she was like "Good luck to your Mom." Perhaps it's just me, but I thought that was really nice. I think that old-fashioned politeness goes a long way.

Well, I think I am going to go find some food - I know Brendan is going to wake up starving. :) He is so predictable sometimes!
Yesterday was loads of fun - we went to Frankenmuth to AutoFest. The weather was great - tons of great looking cars and oh so many people. I should say, that I am not a big crowd person because people tend to get pushy and rude. We didn't encounter any of that yesterday. The only complaint I have is that people walk way too slow at times. I'm like - MOVE ON - felt like I was stuck in some sort of cattle drive. LOL

Brendan had a blast - he sure loves cars!

In other news, I spent like close to $10 at the post office mailing out resumes - so dang it, something has to fall into place soon! That, and the ones that I have applied for online -- lots of applying been happening!!
You Have A Type A- Personality

You are one of the most balanced people around
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want
You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.

When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back
Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both worlds

Thursday, September 07, 2006

I tried to post some 80's test thing here but it totally screwed up my layout, and then would not let me delete the post! Annoying.

Anyhow, I obviously lived through the 80's - 23 out of 30 correct.
Aahh - early morning quiet time.

Who knew that getting up before the kid every now and then could be so blissful?? Actually, I didn't do it on purpose - it just kind of happened - got up to go to the bathroom - thought, oh, I should put the laundry in the dryer, and so on and so forth.

Found more jobs online yesterday - Ray told me that he was getting writer's cramp from filling out the applications. Why do they insist on applications for jobs that require a college degree? I don't know - it just seems that you are repeating 99% of the SAME information that is on your resume anyhow. I realize that there are some additions - but take out the employment stuff - I hate writing out what I already have typed and printed out on pretty paper.

Still no word from MDOC - grr !!! :) That is the job that we are currently waiting on hearing about because it has a residency requirement - so it would be pointless to move now and then have to move again.

There is an excellent position open in Kent County for a juvenile probation officer - Ray is so qualified for that it's not even funny - so that one is going out today!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

The long weekend is nearly over - wonder if all the kiddies are ready to head back to school? I wish we could have had this late of a start when I was in school. There were several years that the first day of school was also my birthday. Talk about raining on your parade!! :)

I found a bunch of people that I know and have not spoken to in sometime today on I sent them messages, I only hope that they send something back. It would be cool to hear what people are up to. I'm glad that I ended up doing the MySpace thing - I have gotten in touch with a few people from high school that I hadn't talked to in years. We have not had a reunion yet - hopefully there will be a 15 yr. one - that is only like 3 years away. That scares me because I remember when I was in high school my parents going to my Mom's 20th.
I guess that is the difference between having a kid at 23, vs. 28. My son will be "younger" for all of those milestones.

I really really really need to make a trip to the library this week. I need some reading material - my brain is drying up - I can feel it!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Well, I spoke with Ferris today - there were a couple of classes missing from my transcript that are *required* that I had taken. Got that straightened out. The woman was SO helpful and prompt and quick. Excellent customer service, I would like to say! Thank you, kind lady!!

Grr my stomach is killing me - cramps - I think that I caught the virus that Brendan has been fighting all week. :( Very sucky because Ray is going to be gone all weekend and if I start barfing too I still have to watch the wee one. Oh well, I know I'll get through it - but I will feel bad for him because at this rate Mommy is not going to be up much for playing. Right now he is watching "Curious Buddies". He loves that video! He has another DVD of them but I don't know for sure where it is, so we are always watching "go to the beach". LOL

Got craft show & fiesta flyers printed today - have to distribute them. I am going to hit Caro tomorrow hopefully. It will depend on how I feel - walking through town when you have to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes is not exactly a good idea.