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Saturday, April 19, 2014

And it'll be a short one. I was off work today (Holiday), I'm tried and a ready for bed.

My day started off with a 7:20 AM Dr appt for the thing on my boob. As I suspected...a bug bite of some kind. It's pretty much healed by now (it's been like 8 weeks since I found it). There is still a smallish lump that the Dr said was just a bit of scar tissue from healing. She gave me an antibiotic cream to use on it. emoticon

Then a quick stop at Starbucks for coffee (hubby was at work). Next was Wally World. I picked up some spring colored shirts for Hawaii (all I have are drag racing t shirts!), a sleep short set for the trip, a battery powered shaver (I had two for years and they finally gave the ghost!), some new undies, and I picked up some office stuff for hubby. emoticon

Lunch with hubby was next...we went to Panera Bread. I only got a half sandwich...but that came with a pastry. We each got one..well..I got them both. A scone and a blueberry muffin. I ate the scone when I got home. The muffin will be breakfast for me tomorrow morning. I found that I'm not much of a scone person. emoticon

One last stop at Office Depot (for hubby) and then IO was back home..eating the scone and then working out. Yep..even managed to get a 90 min treadmill workout in! emoticon

I called Caleb and had a nice talk with him. He was feeling better and he's started to open up to his mom. But I told him he can call me anytime he needs to talk. He's going to be OK! emoticon

I'm over calories tonight. emoticon

So now I'm going off to bed. Have a great weekend everyone!!

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CALENSARIEL 4/19/2014 11:03AM

    So glad to hear that your talk with Caleb went well. I'm guessing Chuck has settled into his new job now? Randy will be here this weekend. Looking forward to seeing him. Don't know if he's flying or driving. Have a great weekend, kiddo. When do you guys go to Hawaii again? Hugs, Calen~

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My Friday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today is my Friday! emoticon My company added a extra Holiday for and they chose Good Friday. I'm not sure why as we have many religions at work. But I'll take it! I have a Dr appt (for my bug bite on the boobie, which is almost gone) in the morning. I'm going to check and see if they take my company insurance..just in case we have to go on mine. If they don't and we do have use mine, we'll need to find a new Dr. I hate doing that. It's always a crap shoot finding a good one. emoticon

But then the rest of my day is free. Hubby won't home (see yesterday's blog). But I'm sure he'll have some kind of "hunny do" list for me. He seems to think that if I have a day off that he's not around for...I'll get bored and that I need something to do. Ummm...NO...not really! emoticon I do love him though..so I humor him. emoticon

I did so well with eating last night! I was within calories and everything! emoticon However..I didn't do a Xbox workout. I know...I was just tried. So I set on my butt and didn't do anything (well...I did do dishes and wash hubby's new work shirts). emoticon

While I was seating on my cute (if I do say so myself!) butt...I got to thinking about the bottled water I drink at home. It's fruit flavored bottled water. I don't drink it at work...there I drink just plain water. But I was wondering if something in the water that could trigger me to feel hungry at night (when I do drink a couple of bottles of it). So I'm going to switch to just plain water at home too. An add bennie to that is plain water costs less (we do bottled water). Stay tuned for updates. emoticon

SO I guess that's all for today. Have a great weekend everyone!! emoticon

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CALENSARIEL 4/18/2014 12:26AM

    I so had to laugh at that first cartoon. I'm at the place in my life where the toity is the first thing I scope out when we go ANYWHERE! Hope your "hunny do" list isn't very long. You deserve a break, too! Hugs, Calen~

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One More Day

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In what has been a stressful week. I didn't get to blog yesterday but we had some good news...hubby took that job he interviewed for. They actually called him a day early for it. They DO know that if his old job recalls him, he'll be going back to that job. This job is for a small contracting company. Hubby will be on salary rather then hourly. He'll be a Project Manager/Engineer for them. It's about $1000 less a month and there are NO bennies at all (no medical, retirement, vacation, etc). We can survive on the salary (combined with my paycheck). But it's going to be tight. emoticon And I'll be losing a bit of my pay if/when I have to pick up medical for us though my job. Hubby was paying like $80 a month fro great medical...I'll be paying $260 a month for so so medical. emoticon But at least we'll be covered.

As to what's up at his old job...still the same. The Union is working on getting recalls done for the union members. It's just a waiting game right now. Hubby talked to his old boss today but I don't know yet what was said. Hubby is at his new job, getting everything set up. Oh and he told them he'd be gone for two weeks for the Hawaii trip. Since the new job has no vacation..it's a good thing his still getting his salary from the old job. emoticon

But all the stress has NOT help with my eating. I over did it again last night..this time with popcorn with butter on it. So I was up 4 pounds this morning. I'm so hoping it's from the salty popcorn! Dinner wasn't bad calorie wise. And I did get my 60 mins in the gym done yesterday and today. Tonight I'll do a Xbox work out. I did one on Monday too. I'm trying for 3 Xbox workouts a week. emoticon

We love our new phones. I'm still trying to get everything setup on them. emoticon

Talked to my daughter, seems my grandson is having some problems. He's not talking to her so grandma will be calling him on Fri to talk to him. Maybe he'll open up to me.

I'm off on Friday..it's a Holiday for me (company wide). I have a Dr appt in the morning for the bug bite (or whatever it is) on my boob. It's almost all gone..but I'll get it checked since I have the appt. emoticon

OK...that's about all I have today. Happy Hump Day everyone!!

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DGRIFFITH51 4/18/2014 9:06AM

    So glad to hear that your hubby has a job! Medical insurance is one of those necessary evils, you have to have it but it is expensive!

Have a great weekend!



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ARCHIMEDESII 4/17/2014 12:59PM

    That's great news ! I'm glad your hubby was able to find a job quickly. I know this isn't an ideal situation, but this company sounds accommodating. which IS really helpful.

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TOONACAT 4/16/2014 9:29PM

    Glad to hear at least Chuck has another job without extended unemployment. But hat dip in pay has got to be hard. When I retired, unexpectedly, our income took a huge dump, and we felt like we were kicked in the gut with expenses. Good news is , like Calen, we adjusted and now we don't notice. emoticon Good luck with Caleb. Grandma's usually make the best confidants!

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CALENSARIEL 4/16/2014 8:15PM

    So what's the chance the old job will call Chuck back before he starts the new one? Or did he start already? Can REALLY identify with you about losing the $1000 a month. We went through that when Arn had to change jobs six or seven years ago. It's been a real struggle. But hang in there.

Sorry to hear Caleb is having problems. Hope he will tell his grandma all about it...


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Still In A Holding Pattern

Monday, April 14, 2014

As far as hubby goes. He has an interview tomorrow for a job and one with the job placement service. But there is some news on the his old job's side too. It seems he (and the other two in his dept) weren't even suppose to BE on the lay off list. See there are two water depts in town. To save money they combined them. That left too many people. The worker bees on his side of this merger are represented by a union. There are certain things that management must do to layoff those worker bees. Like bumping (where if you have more seniority then someone else in a like job/you have the skills for you can do that). well..come to find out...three guys on the other side didn't get laid off..and they had way less seniority then hubby and his two other coworkers. Not only that..they didn't have the certifications to do hubby's job. emoticon

So I'm asking myself...why did that happen? Well guess what..it JUST so happens those three on the other side..they DON'T belong to the union. To me it seems that there might be some union busting attempts here. Upper management is new..all lawyers.. and they don't like the union at all. As of now...the union is filling a grievance and maybe an injunction. In the meantime..hubby will try to find a job that won't bankrupt us and hope to be recalled. He has several irons in the fire as of now. emoticon

But on Thursday night...he was panicked. I think some of it had to do with just all the back and forth contact between all the guys got laid off. He was on his phone all day and half the night. Then had a panic attack in the middle of the night. I woke up and then stayed up with him while he calmed down. Needless to say..no sleep for me that night (well..about 2 hrs worth). So I called into work and just stayed with him on Friday. I did finally get out of the house mid morning. We went and picked up our cell phones (they were already partial paid for and we couldn't get that money back). It was good to get out but boy..did I go to bed early on Friday night! emoticon

So that's where we stand with that. Still praying for the best outcome and trying get all our ducks in a row. I have laid in a bunch of canned goods and stuff, just in case it's a long haul to his getting work. I've changed some stuff at work to add a bit more money into my paycheck (if we have to go onto my health plan at work it's going to cost us a lot, but we will do that!) emoticon

Eating all weekend wasn't the best. And no workout at all on Friday. I did do some furniture moving on Sunday (cleaning and stuff). Weight was up..but then it always is on Monday. The rib eye steak and baked tater I think. Plus lots of salty food this weekend. Today has been much better..a small slip up at work but I'll mange that. Workout felt good at lunch. emoticon

Oh yeah..new cell phones...we got Samsung Galaxy S5's. Mines white and his is black. So far I'm loving them! They sync with our FitBits! I did look at the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit..but for the price it just wasn't for me ($199). It won't sync with my Fitbit or here at Spark. Just with the Samsung healthy software. So no thanks..I'll tick with my FitBit. emoticon

I'm also waiting on my $25 virtual Visa card AchieveMint. I made 25,000 points and am now working on another 25,000 points! emoticon

OK...That's all I have for today...have a great day everyone!

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LJCANNON 4/18/2014 12:47AM

    emoticon Praying with you for a quick, wonderful outcome of DH's work situation. I know what it is like -- it is No Fun having these kind of Work Issues hanging over your head -- even without the Panic Attacks. DH is blessed to have you on his side!!

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CALENSARIEL 4/16/2014 11:23AM

    Wow, so much going on with this whole job thing. Been keeping Chuck in my "good thoughts" as he tries to find his footing in all this. I read Archimedes' comment and I figure she sure knows what she's talking about. Please add my good wishes to hers. I know the situation requires a lot more of you, but you are up to this. You're one of the strongest women I know. Hugs, Calen~

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/15/2014 12:09PM

    I would say that your hubby has made excellent progress since Thursday. It's been five days since he got laid off and he's already got an interview or two ! That's fantastic !

Believe me, I understand the panic attacks. I had a couple myself while I was searching for work when I'd been laid off. There are going to be some anxious evenings, but it really sounds like he's going to land on his feet. Even though he's over 60, he's got experience. There are companies that are still looking for that in an employee.

Yeah, from what you've written, it sounds like there is a lot of politics going on at the water companies. It's always tough on employees when companies merge like that. But the bean counters and lawyers don't really care because they are still getting a pay check. harrummphh....

Speaking as someone who has been laid off, it's no fun, but keep looking for the positives out of this. It really does sound like he has some good opportunities in his future. who knows, that interview he has may the right fit !

It's always good to keep your options open. nothing is off the table because you never know where the next opportunity is coming from.

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HEALTHY4ME 4/14/2014 7:37PM

    I feel for you and your hubby and panic attacks. My hubby had to qquit work at age 47 cos of severe panic and anxiety issues. he is now on meds but still not able to work. I have stayed up and or sat with him many atimes. HUGS to you both.

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SAMMI-SAM 4/14/2014 7:25PM

    good luck on the job search! emoticon

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The Day After

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thank you everyone for all the support, thoughts, and Prayers!! It's all so appreciated!

So we have had a day to process what went down with hubby's job yesterday. It was a strange night last night. Hubby took many phone calls from friends and contacts. Some from people that got cut too and others from people wanting to help or that knew of people hiring. And that's great..wonderful..but we need to see something solid. There is a chance he will be recalled to his old job, but nothing firm. There's a shot he'll be picked up my the county here, again nothing firm. Other dept heads in the water district want him...nothing firm though. If any one of those things happen he can "bridge" his time in service, healthy plan, retirement, etc. and lose anything.

He had a few outside people contact him with possible job opportunities. Some project Manger jobs, Supervisor jobs, etc. Again..offers but nothing for sure. So for now we're in a holding pattern. I have done some preemptive things at my job..contacted HR about picking up medical for us (it's 4x as expensive as what we had with his job and we'll have to find a new Dr.), changed my W2 withholding to add a bit into my paycheck. I'm thinking about dropping my ESSP (Employee Share Purchase) deduction (to buy company stock). My company stock in the toddy anyway, so I can add that back into my check too. I should about a $40 per check decrease in my paycheck per pay period. But everything helps right now.

About 2 AM this morning I woke up and just had this calming, peaceful feeling settle over me. Just a feeling that it was all going to be OK. Does that make sense? We'd gone to bed about 9:30 or so, but both of us had trouble falling asleep, Hubby's feet hurt (he's diabetic), so he took a pain pill. He woke up just before I had to leave for work. I felt so bad for him...he was standing at the living room window in his jammies, waving to me. I wanted to cry. I've talked to him a few time today, and he sounds down. He said his tummy was hurting. My poor hubby! emoticon

Since everything was so discombobulated yesterday, dinner was a hastily thrown together breakfast affair. Eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns. I has a snack of buttered popcorn early in the afternoon/evening. Everything is logged. And I was under calories and weight was back down a bit this morning. emoticon

I did 65 mins in the gym today. Yesterday I missed my workout. I was in a Brown Bag Seminar, I have to attend like 6 for my performance review. Good thing they are virtual. I just sing into our message system and can do it from my desk. Of course all the other stuff was happening at the same time. And there was no way I was doing one at home last night. I just provided support, love, and an ear for hubby all evening. emoticon

Well...almost to move on with the day. I'm really glad tomorrow is TGIF. Have a good rest of today everyone!! A bit of humor:

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/14/2014 10:03AM

    I am sooo sorry to hear this news !!!

I complete understand how your hubby is feeling right now. I was laid off from my job in July 2012. I'd worked for that company for 16+ years. I'd survived at least three different lay offs and thought the company was down to the fewest number of employees they needed. Well, turns out they were having financial problems that required them to cut 3 more people, one of them me.

Don't look at this as a disaster. Look at this as an opportunity for change, a positive change. It may take some time, but your husband will find another job. I'll be honest, it took me nine months before I found my current contract. It's a tough market so don't let your hubby beat himself up if he doesn't find something immediately. the problem is that there are too few jobs for too many qualified people.

Never take anything personally. Has your hubby updated his resume ? One thing he might consider is having his resume looked at. He needs a professional opinion to help update the resume so that it will stand out against the competition. I was lucky enough to have two people give me some really good pointers that helped update my resume.

Mostly, stay positive. Make sure you get the hubby out of the house. Get him to take regular walks, go to the library, whatever. the longer he stays in the house, the more depressed he'll get. I know how depressing sending out resumes can be. That's why it's important to get out of the house and stay busy.

Hang in there ! Everything really does have a way of working out for the best.

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TALVARADO6 4/11/2014 10:30AM

    Sounds like you are having a really rough time right now. I do hope something works out for you and your husband. It sounds like you are keeping a level head about it and are being positive and supporting to him. Also, sounds like you have a good group of supportive family and friends. I know with the support and the plans that you are working on, you guys will make it through.

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STUDLEEJOE 4/10/2014 7:20PM

    When one door closes another one opens. Keep the faith

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GEORGE815 4/10/2014 7:15PM

    Hope things work out.

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