What it's all about...

I'm a 39 year old wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt & friend. That should tell you who I'll be writing about most of the time.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Shift

Well, we are 2 days into Shell's new position and have already learned a lot. Yesterday morning was a big fat fail, but what went wrong was highlighted and those things went 100% smoother this morning. She's struggling with sleeping at night, but that is something we both saw coming because it's a problem she has always had on the weekends too. I figure it'll take a couple of weeks to become her new sleeping pattern. I had to work at Pet*Mart the last two nights and didn't get home until after 10, so I only got to enjoy having her there for a short time before we fell asleep, but I'm hoping that we'll have some *quality* time either tonight or tomorrow.

Speaking of Pet*Mart, I've decided not to continue working there after the end of this month. It was quite a challenge to juggle two jobs, 4 classes and my family for the last two semesters and I always felt like I was just making it work. I need to be more present for my family and in my schoolwork, so something needed to give. I think that my full-time job probably suffered too and I can't let that happen either. Especially since it looks like I'm going to get a promotion which will mean that I'll be packing more into my 8-hour days and I need to be at the top of my game for that. So, bye-bye part-time job....at least through the next school year. I hope that they'll be willing to hire me back next summer if we need some extra money.

As for the promotion, I'm meeting with our Vice-President next week to discuss the new position and what it would mean in terms of a salary increase. It would be fantastic if it could make up for the shift differential that Shell lost along with the money that I won't be making by working part-time, but that may be wishful thinking. I'm hoping without expecting...

My kids will be 13 years old in 3 weeks... Still processing this one.

My nieces are coming next week for a two week visit. This makes me thrilled and wary. I miss them a ton and really enjoy them when they come, but events during their visit last summer caused the argument and resulting 4 month silence between my mother and I that I'm hoping will not be repeated again. I've already talked to my mom about some things that I think will help prevent the same issues from popping up and I was very happy that she agreed with me. I really just want to enjoy them while they are here. My oldest niece will turn 17 next month and will graduate high school in the spring, so I don't anticipate that she'll be coming out to visit next summer. We are planning to go to California for her graduation and then make it our vacation as well, but I don't think I'll have much time with just her. I'm looking forward to some good long talks and simply happy moments with her and her sister.

The Fall semester starts in 6 weeks and I'm trying very hard to read as much as I can before I jump back into textbook reading. There are so many books that I want to read, but I decided to do something a little different this summer. I've stuck to reading only memoirs or autobiographical books and am really enjoying myself. I started the summer with a fiction one before deciding to limit myself and really enjoyed Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. I am a big fan of hers and this one didn't disappoint me. I hardly ever buy books anymore and usually just get them at the library, but Shell bought it for my birthday after I had mentioned wanting to read it. Since then, I've read True You by Janet Jackson, Brady, Brady, Brady by Sherwood and Lloyd Schwartz, Foxy by Pam Grier, and Getting the Pretty Back by Molly Ringwald. I'm currently reading Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) and am reading One From the Hart by Stefanie Powers with Shell. I just got a notice from the library that my next book is ready for me to pick up, so I'll probably start The Way I See It by Melissa Anderson tomorrow. There are still too many on my to-read list, but I'm doing the best I can. I do miss it though.


Stacy said...

Hi! I liked Sing You Home too. I thought it was a bit full of cliche'-ness regarding the gays, but I think for those who aren't gay, they might not know these things. And they should. Ya know? Did that even make sense? I really enjoyed how it ended. I've never read a book by her, but I liked it!

I'm now reading "Landing" by Emma Donoghue. It's VERY good. I'm making Rebeca read "Room".

I hope you get your "quality" time soon. We're arguing about ours. *grrr*

Isn't Sarah Ramirez HOT as all heck?!! *droooooool*

This Mom said...

Stacy~ I think that the best part of Sing You Home was that she not only had the women stay together but that she presented them as always coming back together through their struggles. It was nice after so many books where the "straight" girl goes gay and then goes straight again by the end.

I've put in my request for "Room" at the library, but I'm on a waiting list, currently at number 10. Hopefully my turn comes up before school starts...

Stacy said...

Finished "Landing". Another good one if you're interested. :)

I also liked how the "straight" girl wasn't even necessarily straight before. Just married to a dude. Happens to the best of us. lol

B said...

I read the Melissa Anderson book and didn't like it. Would love to hear your thoughts. I found it extremely boring. Melissa Gilbert's had much more scoop. LOL Awesome about the changes going on in your life!

Stacy said...

P.S. You totally SHOULD write your side. It would be great to read another perspective. :)

I also love Grease 2!! I used to own the cassette tape, but that's long gone. Rebeca doesn't appreciate it like I do. And every morning when we do our calendar, I have to sing "I'll be your girl for all seasons..." :)

I'm all about naughty texts. lol I've already told Rebeca that she "owes me" some time because her daughters are soooooooo naughty. ;) This morning they were my daughters because they were being cute.

StephLove said...

Congrats on the upcoming promotion and on having Shell on the same hours as the rest of the family. That must be nice.