- I’ve accepted the offer from the new job. Man, does it feel good to know that I have landed without a gap in employment. Hooray!
- The new job agreed to my starting AFTER February vacation week, so I don’t have to be in stress-mode while Mouse is home from school and her friends are all away. Lemon will be traveling with her crew team, and we are not traveling without her. We thought about it last February, when it was freaking cold out we didn’t yet know that I’d have this transition forced upon me. But since today – February 1 – it was 60 degrees outside – we aren’t feeling too bummed about the change in plans.
- The old job owes me 3 weeks’ vacation pay. I didn’t know that until yesterday. That will be a nice chunk o’ change. I am seriously considering a late-June re-do of last year’s vacation. The house itself is very affordable, we will drive rather than fly, and we will all be happy with cooking in the house. It could be great. It could be perfect. Just what we need.
- I’m home a lot. I don’t have much work left, and most of what I do have can be done at home.
- When I’m home, I get to hang out with my kids. And I like them. And I have fun with them. I love how much they make me laugh, I love how much they find what room I’m in, and hang out with me. I love that Lemon came home today and laughed from the door way, yelling (to me), “Honey, I’m hooo-ooooome!” And that she then met me at her sister’s basketball game, and we went out for a sushi “snack” afterwards, chatting all the while. Where are the nasty teen years?? (Don’t answer that.)
- Mouse had a doctor’s appointment (annual physical) yesterday. I picked her up early, we went and grabbed some burritos, and then went to talk about how damned healthy, tall, athletic and smart she is.
- My girls are really enjoying each other lately. I may enjoy that more than them enjoying me.
- Tomorrow is mine and David’s 5th wedding anniversary. When we went away for our birthdays this year, we realized that it was also our 10 year “dating” anniversary. He got a haircut today, and he looks super-cute. Also, he probably noticed today at the basketball game that I raided his sock drawer, but he didn’t complain. He’s a great guy.
- I had a 3 day headache. For real. Like, my head hurt. An Advil fixed it, but I had to complain, because it just fits here so well.
- While I had posted previously that the Ex “was less resistant” to the idea of kicking things back to the level they should have been at all along, I was being overly optimistic. We are going back and forth with proposals. He’s dragged the sharing of travel costs and tax deductions into our discussion, and he pisses me off. Then he throws in his usual condescending asinine comments (i.e., “I am very sympathetic to the financial and professional difficulties you face at the moment . . . “), and I want to rip his face off. For reals. I still think we can reach an agreement, but dealing with his bullshit in the meantime drives me bonkers.
- I wanted to retort that while I am facing a paycut, it was something I always knew was coming, AND! Another thing!! This is not a “professional difficulty,” at all! This is a very logical and typical move at this stage of my career, and is resulting in increased experience! You dummy! Instead, I ignored his blah-blah, and responded only about the issues at hand. So, ha! You cannot rattle me! [except that, really, he did. because he's a jerk.]
- Also, the Ex just canceled the girls’ summer visit again. So now David and I will both be working, and I think that the girls will be home. Without much to do. Last year, with me making gobs of money, we filled the time with crazy-costly camps (no, really — the girls were in camp with the grand-daughter of the owner of the Patriots, and with the daughter of the owner of Newbury Comics … we paid dearly). This year, Lemon will likely be looking for someone to pay HER, and Mouse will be, uh . . . .
- Just after I came to terms with my reduced salary, I called the H.R. person at the New Job to find out about health insurance details. They were bad. Very bad. I almost cried. I didn’t know what to do – I was totally unprepared for the costs. I know I’ve been spoiled and spoiled and spoiled, but this was a blow. I have since spoken with some people that tell me that while the number was double what I pay currently, on a salary that’s half of what I currently have, it’s “normal” and “fair.” Fortunately, they told me that AFTER I decided to negotiate this point with New Firm. So, this maybe should be up there in “happiness,” because it looks like there will be movement on the issue.
So, thanks for reading!