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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Small Success Thursday - Jan 29

Happy Thursday.
I keep hoping that because I am venting my job frustrations to my online friends that I am able to keep my real life focus on my family. But one day last week Hubby said "You seems to be having outbursts of anger? Is something bothering you?" While I maintained a calm voice, I did say 'Well Duh, my job..." He said "oh Yeah. But you have time..."

Countdown to unemployment is now at 4 weeks. Possibilities are coming into my inbox, but the ones that arrive seem to end up in a black hole of nothingness. What an exercise in patience and relying upon God this is for me. My Resume has been submitted for three jobs this week.

This weekend I did embellish some burp cloths for my cousin's baby shower coming up soon. Sitting at my sewing machine can be rather calming.

I decided to spend some free time reading up on a new technology. Since this is on my resume, a deeper dive into the parts I have less experience with would be good. I am also thinking about taking the certification test.

Linking up with Catholic Mom

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Small Success Thursday - Jan 22

Hello, It is Thursday again, the day to remember the small things we accomplished in the business of life as a Mom.

- I accomplished a lot on my to-do list starting with a long weekend. I completed a Christmas runner. I promised my cousin I'd give her one when she saw that I made one for the family gift exchange but gave her something different. She is my son's Godmother. Last year I gave her and the exchange a mug rug. I also whipped up a Valentines one.
- I baked cookies to send to my twin nephews at College. I was too late in the Fall. I even go them mailed on Tuesday.
-I colored my hair.
-I decided to submit my application online for a position where supposedly, my resume had already bee given to the decision makers. A few hours after I submitted the application I got a call. So I think I am on the right track.

Linking up with Catholic Mom

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Small Success Thursday - Jan 15

Happy Thursday everyone,

are all 3 of you that tend to read this tired of hearing about my job whining? I too am tired of it too, but no resolution yet. The can keeps being kicked down the road, so to speak with small renewals of my current contract. I am working hard on seeing this as blessings.

So what did I accomplish this week?

- I said "yes" to being Rescue Mom yesterday. My kid texts that he forgot his binder of music for practice. He stayed after school for the practice that did not start until 6 PM. I took him out for some food when I arrived. Thankfully he had a ride home.

- After their move, my parents found they had a free-standing cabinet without a home, so I got it this weekend and moved many of my small kitchen appliances to it. I am slowing cleaning out a big cabinet that my Daughter-in-law said she would like for their new place. Decluttering!

-I also set up a new bedside table. Why did I feel I needed to keep all of this stuff? Papers and such have been collecting dust. So that was cleared, moved downstairs and there is now room next to my bed.

_ I had 2 days were I managed 10,000 steps on my fitbit zip. Another day I hit 8,000. It take a lot of effort as my deskjob and the small office does not afford my a lot of movement. I was walking the circle from my Kitchen to DR to LR and down the hall back to the kitchen. I even used the time to say the rosary.

Linking up with Catholic Mom

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Small Success Thursday - New Year's edition

Happy Thursday - Time again to play with Catholic Mom and to document the small successes we had in the past week. As Women/Mom's it often seems like our days are "lather, rinse, repeat." and sometimes it is hard to see the forward progression. This meme helps us call out our steps forward.

I got my Christmas tree down. We won;t talk about how the bin is still in the family room. I am a terrible packer and Hubby has been under the weather. He has re-packed the box the past several years.

I changed the bed sheets the other night. Ok, I said Hubby was under the weather. He spent Tuesday in bed when he was not dealing with intestinal distressed. I came home, made him get up stripped off the sheets and put a fresh set on. (They are probably still sitting in the washer. I guess I need to re-wash.)

I hit the gym twice this week.

On a Celebratory note, my older son and Daughter-in-law had their August marriage convalidated in the Catholic Church this past weekend. They had considered a Church wedding, but since her parents were indifferent, it was a civil wedding, but they still pursued the issue on their own. We simply said we'd be very happy to have them married in the Church, even when it got a bit tough, they persevered.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Look who is 1!

A very happy birthday to my grandson. You have become the apple of not only your parents' eyes, but Grandparents, Aunts, Uncle, Great Grandparents and many other extended family members.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Looking behind and looking ahead - A New year

So today is the second day of 2015.

2014 was certainly eventful.

It started out January 7th with the birth of my first Grandchild. He was unplanned and unexpected, but he is well loved by parents, grandparents, 7 Great Grandparents and Aunt and an Uncle who are both his godparents. Yes, he was baptized in the Catholic Church.

My 15YO was Confirmed they day after his nephew's baptism.

In spite of worries, I stayed employed all of 2014, switching jobs in mid-June to a location closer to home.

In August, my grandson's 19 YO parents were married in a beautiful civil Wedding. My son found a job he enjoys and is realizing the benefit of more education even if he is unable to follow through on classes right now. (Baby steps)

My 15 YO started High school. He is loving it while adjusting with time management. I am confident he will get there.

As for 2015:
Tomorrow my son and Daughter-in-law will participate in a Convalidation ceremony so that their Marriage is valid in the Catholic Church.

My Grandson will turn 1.

My current contract ends at the end of January. So I am seeking new opportunities and hoping another great job comes along or the current one is extended.

IN March my younger son will get his temps and I will start teaching him to drive. Since our school system does not supply busing for High schoolers, we plan to provide a car for him to drive. So discussions are underway as to the best avenue. With the older boy, while I wanted to get him a smaller, standard shift, Hubby talked me into getting a new car and letting him drive my Ford Escape. He ended up flipping it (no injuries, Thank You God!). But the younger is a different temperment and while I'd like him to learn to drive a manual transmission, I don't think he needs it to keep is focus on driving.  And where will I be working. If it is with my current position, close to home, I'd e willing to drive Hubby's 2006 Min van, the boy could drive my 2010 Prius and Hubby get a new car. So we will see.

Have a great year