Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Helllooooooooooooooo??????

Are you still there?? I am so sorry. To my 4 readers, I am so sorry. I have been so busy. This working everyday thing is wiping me out. I am currently in my last week of training for my job. Everyone, regardless of position has to take the same training course. It is from 7 AM to 4 PM every day. I live very far from my work so I have to leave the house at 6 to get there just in time. So I wake up at 5 :20. It stinks. But I do like getting off at 4. I also kinda like that paycheck thingie. It is pretty awesome.

Most of the people in my class are young enough to be my daughters. They are in their late teens to early twenties. That kind of freaks me out a little.  But it is cool. I am anxious to start my real position in the Finance department.

Anyway, We have been busy busy little bees. We are trying to fix up the back yard. Summer is coming. Even though we had the coldest freakin Memorial Day I can ever remember. We went to Abbe's Lagoon as usual and as she put it, "it is as if we are in Amity Island on the 4th of July." ( From Jaws... Hello??) Nobody was in the water. FREEZING. But the girls still had fun. For the 5th year in a row, they won the limbo contest and won gift certificates. We don't even live in the community!!!

This Saturday was Nicole's son, Gage's 8th birthday, which was, funny enough, a pool party. It rained ice cold rain all day. But the kids still swam. They are crazy. Emma was a lovely shade of blue for most of the afternoon.

We are actually enjoying each other as a family with Jeff home. I love having CoCo the house boy whip up amazing dinner concoctions every night. And the laundry and dishes are always done. He is a much better house mommy than I was.

School is out next week. Alyssa's birthday is in two weeks. She is having a ........*gasp* sleep over. I limited her to eight kids including her sister and herself. I know, I suck. But she was happy with that. Being the big whiner I am, I am also having a birthday party and sleep over that night. Nicole and Abbe are staying over too. We will be drinking Cosmos and playing truth or dare while the kids watch the chipmunks or something stupid like that. In case you are wondering, I am celebrating my 38th birthday again since this one was crap tastic. Abbe and Nicole better get me good gifts. All I am saying is that it better rhyme with hony. and start with a "P".

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

oh my

Looks like I haven't written in a few days. I am just really tired. I promise that I will update this weekend.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Cheese Nips and cherry pie at 5:45 AM

This morning at 5:45 AM Emma burst into my room with a tray table of Cheese Nips, Dry cereal and a slice of cherry pie for Mothers Day. I think I thanked her and told her that was was still very early and to go back to bed. When we woke up at 8:45 the girls were dead asleep.

Happy Mothers Day!!!

We had wonderful day at a Mothers day brunch at a friends house. She has that magnificent house that was just built. I can't explain the inside without using the word spectacular. You will get the idea from the pictures of the backuyard and pool.

The pool slide and "grotto"

 The Tiki bar and grill area

 The Jacuzzi and sunning area

 The waterfalls and grotto with the water on and the slide

 The top of the slide

 The atrium

 The men in the bar area

Michelle ( The home owner), Her mom, Harriet, My mom and me in the Jacuzzi

Sunday, May 4, 2008

My friends were in town

Nikki and Tanya came to town and we all played. Saturday night we had a fabulous dinner and I laughed harder than I have in years. I love, love, love, these women. That is what happens when Nicole, Nikki and I get together. I fly to a new place of happiness.

Pictures are here.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Helo there smile

So I got a job at Zappos.com corporate offices. It is unlike any place I have ever been before. These people thrive on employee happiness. Their philosophy is happy employees + fun and happiness = more dedication, less turnover. Hello? The last place I worked was truly hideous. Everyone there was so cold and tense. The owner was a fastidious angry man who people feared. This owner… doesn’t even have his own office because he believes no one should be above anyone else. He sits out in a cubicle with everyone else. This a multimillion dollar business and the CEO sits in a cubby! It is a very positive place to live. They provide a free lunch all day which everyone has warned me of the Zappos 15. I am trying to do well. In the giant cooler filled with drinks of every kind (including Perrier) I have only chosen juices and water. In the afternoon I drink a diet Dr Pepper for energy. The health bars and fruit they provide in all the break rooms help too. It is crazy! On Monday I go into a 4 week extensive “boot camp” to get to know all about the company. When I get back from training I will be past my 30 days and I will eligible for my health insurance for which the company pays 100% for employee and over 50% for dependants.  I am the administrative assistant for the finance department. I also set up all there special events for the department. So far I love it. Keep that in mind. Day 4- I love it.

There is also some changes in the Jeff department. After 4 years of overly dedicated service, He has put in his two weeks notice to Bass Pro Shops and has accepted a position for more money and less hours. I will tell you where when he starts. Which will be in July. He will train at another store until his own opens in September. In the meantime, He and I have switched role as house mommy and I am ok with that. I like using my brain again. Jeff prefers to be called Coco, The house boy though. The girls are ecstatic to have him home. Keep in mind that he has worked 60-70 hours a week for the last year.

 As far as money goes, I am working now, we saved a little and Hello May money from the Government. We will be ok.