Thursday, August 16, 2007

What the hey!

So I am not trying to be a downer but a lot has happened lately. My boss decided to close the firm since we can't get our bills paid from our #1 client (90k outstanding) and since he is not in great health and therefore can't get insurance - life insurance, disability or just plain old health insurance, we have to close shop. I personally believe it is more his wife's choice, but what difference does it make. He is moving to Tallahassee to work for Citizens at the end of the month. Soooo, I am out to look for some attorneys who will pay me on a monthly basis to work from home. I know the attorneys are out there, I just have to find them! So we are crazy busy with transferring files and finishing up the basics on everything.

Sunday, our car was broken into. They broke the driver's window and stole my walet/day planner. Not a huge deal and I was able to cancel everything and there was only about $10 in my wallet at the time. It cost $175 to fix the window and we don't dare make an insurance claim because we don't want to get kicked out and because our deductible is $500. They didn't even unlock the door or take the hundreds of other items scattered throughout the van. Perhaps they felt the same way I do every time I look at it that it just isn't worth it to search for something. The worst part of it is I think it might have been our new neighbors across the street. I try not to make impressions early on but they are missing teeth and have no phone or jobs. One of the daughters (around 40 years old) came over to use the phone several times during the day and during one of the times she was out front for about 30 minutes right next to the van. So today when she came to borrow the phone again, she was told "no, it isn't a good time right now", I have to wait until she tries again so I can have Jeff tell her she isn't welcome anymore. I am such a wimp.

Jeff is working 6 days a week right now to get his hours to an acceptable average before the end of the quarter for benefits. They have to stay at an average of 32 even when you go out of town and take a few days off. We only have until the end of the month so for the last 3 weeks he has only taken 1 day a week off. It is rough for him but I think worse for me since it is during the evening and I have to take care of so much at that time - feed girls, dinner, baths, bedtime, etc. Doesn't sound like a lot but it sure feels like it.

(Carrying roughly 50 lbs. and walking two dogs!)
On the upside, I only have about 10 more pounds to lose to get all of the baby-weight gone. So I went for a walk today with the girls. I usually put Nick in a backpack and push Alex in the stroller, but I am desperate now. I threw Alex in my Mai-Tai carrier and Nick on my back and huffed and sweat all the way around the block. Now I just need to do some sit-ups and I will be all set for the night.

I also got to talk to my Mom tonight which was great. We had a wonderful adult conversation and it was really pleasant. She actually has a lot going on right now and I am really proud of her!


Emily Loria said...

Lorrin, you look like super mom with both kids strapped to you and walking the dogs. Sounds like you had a bad couple of days, it seems like when it rains it pours I know. We have all been there-- believe me! My bad month was last month!. Good luck with finding a job, and stay away from your creepy neighbors for goodness sake. I hate creepy neighbors... next time she comes over looking for a phone, hand her a toothbrush.

***LIZ*** said...

Lorrin!! What a rough time! you really accomplish so much. I feel the same way when I think of my to do list and it might sound silly to other people but it is hard for me. We had the same thing happen to one of our cars right after we were married, it drives me nuts when people will destroy a window for a $20 stereo. I wish they would just come to the door and say, hey can I have $20 or I will smash your window. I know it doesn't work that way, but still it ticks you off. I hope tomorrow is a better day!

Blurbs of the Holcomb Family said...

SOrry to hear Lorrin. As Emily said, When it rains... But once the storm is cleared, things should calm down. I am sure with your personallity and experience, you will get a job soon. And, personally, I wouldn't even answer the door if she came by again. I did that to someone in Houston because they just looked real creepy to me. They knocked and rang the doorbell for about 10 minutes before they finally went nextdoor. Weird!

Lorrin Wagner said...

It has been a rough week, last week was bad too though so maybe it is a trend. I know it will be getting better soon so we just have to have patience. This is the third time one of our vehicles was broken into but by far the best, so no complaints - not much anyway. I would stop answering the door but it is obvious when we are home and they live directly across the street. I am just going to have Jeff do the dirty work or at least blame it on him:) - he gave me permission.

Sarah said...

Things sound rather crappy. But one thing I always think of when I think of you is how positive you always are even when things are rough. I can't believe you could possible have 10 more lbs. to loose. You look great now. Good luck with this next week and next time you talk to your mom say hello for me.