Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Interview Update

As I said in my last post, Sean was interviewing with another major wireless carrier this week. That interview was Monday. He had his suit pressed and bought new shiny black shoes too. It was scheduled for 2pm, so he left around 11am to go get a haircut and shave. He also got a facial (don't ask). He arrived 15 minutes early and met with three people. The questions were basic, but they had been watching him in action for nearly a year, so they knew what to expect from him. He had a blast. They asked him how he was so successful and what his course of action was. Of course, he used their company as an example. Telling them how he "crushed" their reps every chance he got. He thought that made them a bit uncomfortable since non of them looked up as he was explaining his strategy. They liked what he had to say, so I guess he didn't offend them too

After all the professional questions were answered, they started talking money. Sean threw out an offer that he was sure they would object to, they didn't even bat an eye. Sean considers himself a pro when it comes to body language, and he was telling me how they didn't even flinch when he asked for his desired bass salary and commission. He knew this company paid more, but didn't expect THAT MUCH more.

They also asked him what the status was with his current company. Of course they knew about the lay offs, but wanted the inside scoop. He explained where it stands. They have to do these stupid side jobs until Aug. They were actually totally fine with that because they do not currently have an open position for him right now. However if his current company were to let him go today, they would "create" a position, with his agreed salary and commission, until an opening was available. They left it with, if they let him go sooner, Sean would give him a call, or if the position became available, they would call him.

Sean was actually sad to see the interview end, he was on a role and having fun with the guys. His impression of this company has always been unfavorable, but after sitting with these guys and learning about the oppritunities, suddenly they don't seem so It left him feeling good about our future. In the end, that's all that matters!

On a funny note, when Sean got home, he was still dressed in his suit. Our STUPID dogs didn't realize it was him and went NUTS. Bear was in the kitchen, on his leash and Wookie was in the living room. Wookie was barking and growling at Sean, so he decided to chase him all over the living room. Poor Wookie was terrified, slipping and sliding on the tile trying to get away from Sean. Bear was so afraid for Wookie that he released his anal glands. OMG!!! That was the most DISGUSTING thing I have ever smelled in my entire life. We have no idea what it was. I had to clean it up and then go wash him with the hose outside. It was horrible. Sean looked it up online to see what happened. He almost vomited when he found out what it was. I remember as a kid, my Mom would take our dog to have the vet extract that stuff, but I had never seen a dog do it on its own. I guess it happends in some breeds when they are really scared. STUPID SEAN!!!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday Sam!

With all the craziness around here, somehow we managed to celebrate Sams' 1st Birthday! I can't believe a year has flown by that quickly. He is such a wonderful child. Funny, playful, very smart and has a huge independent streak. He learns quickly and goes after what he wants. He was walking by 10 months and running by 11. He loves to say "Maaaaa" (Not sure what that means) and "Mine". He growls when playing with his dinosaurs, it's wicked funny. He follows Declan everywhere but will drop everything when he hears my voice. I love his big beautiful smile in the morning, when he first sees me. I love how excited he gets when I walk in a room. I love his sassy attitude, he'll "diss" his Daddy when he tries to grab him and run away laughing. He has red hair in the sunlight, the first with all our children. He'll eat anything you offer him happily. When he gets mad, he lets out a soul piercing scream that could wake the dead. He loves the dogs and can even say "Bar" for Bear. He gets into everything and if you turn your back for a second, he's gone! He can climb the stairs, which scares the crap out of me, at record speed. I could go on for hours, but I don't want to bore
Two weeks old

My baby boy isn't such a baby anymore. I guess we'll just have to have another one....jk.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Layoff Update

So, as much as I hate posting about this, here is the latest on the layoff. The new company taking over Seans' position nation wide took over this past week. So on Tuesday, there was suppose to be a meeting telling everyone what was going to come of them. Well, that didn't happen. Instead the new area director, (who has no people skills what so ever) had a conference call with all the DM's at 1:30pm. (Never mind that thousands of peoples lives are on hold while you take your lunch break.) So the deal is, all the SDR's will be going to "fake stores" to make sure they are following the proper corporate guidelines. In other words, he is spending two hours per day in a store going down a checklist with the manager. It's "busy work" because they don't want to pay them all out. Instead the company is hoping they will hate the work and just quit. If they want their full severance, they have to stick it out until Aug. 18th. Instead of doing the right thing by letting them all go, they are prolonging the process and insulting them in the process. I say that because the guy who Sean has to report to was under him 4 weeks ago.

Sean is not taking this well at all. Yesterday was our 8th wedding anniversary and after that meeting, he was in a horrible mood. It's so unfair what the company is doing. I don't understand the whole process, so to me it's a bunch of BS. What's worse, he has an interview with another huge carrier on Monday and now he has to tell them he can't come to work until after Aug. 18th. My mom thinks, if it comes down to it, screw the severance and take the new job. What she doesn't understand, that money he will be getting pays for the down payment on a new house for us. It's all just a really crappy situation. I'll post more updates as they come.

Finally Settled

Wow, that was the craziest three weeks we've had in a long time! I am happy to say it's finally OVER. Here's a quick rundown of the chaos...

Moving day- Saturday, 6/2

Sean and I were up at the crack of dawn. The movers weren't coming until 2 or 3pm, but I wanted to get a jump start on cleaning the bathrooms. The kids were told to gather up the last of their toys in there room and move out their beds so I could vacuum. Sean left to get the truck and tie up a few lose ends with work. By noon, we were all sitting around in a house full of boxes, with nothing to do. I couldn't clean anything else until the movers loaded the truck, so we just sat....and sat...and sat....The phone rang around 3pm. It was the movers wife saying they were going to be late because they were sitting in front of the house of another client, waiting for almost 2 hours for them to get there so they could unload their stuff. Wow, can we say RUDE! WHO DOESN'T SHOW UP WHEN YOU KNOW THE MOVERS ARE COMING TO UNLOAD YOUR CRAP!!!!!

They finally showed up at our house around 4:30pm. They didn't head to the new house (which is about 40 minutes away) until around 6:30pm. Sean left with them to help out. The kids and I stayed behind to clean. We washed the floors, vacuumed the living room and washed all the windows too. We were done with all that by 8pm. Sean called and said they couldn't get the refrigerator through the front door. So they had to roll it all the way around to the back slider, up a hill, over grass, and then down a hill. Of course it wouldn't fit through the gate, so they had to lift it over a wooden gate, about 4 feet high. Our fridge isn't small, so poor Sean and this guy had a hell of a time doing that. Once they got it into the kitchen, they soon realized the area for the fridge was too short and narrow for our fridge, so they had to put it on the other side of the kitchen, by the washer and drier. It took them an hour just for that alone, keep in mind too, it was dark outside during all this chaos. Sean called around 8:30pm and said it would be at least another hour. Meanwhile the kids were hungry and tired. Fortunately, I left some cereal behind. They munched on that and watched The Land Before Time 3 on Netflix, on my tablet.

By 10:30pm, the kids were crashed on the living room floor. Poor Fionny had been crying for hours because he thought the flood was too hard to sleep on. By 11:30pm, Sean was finally on his way back with the truck. He had to drop it off and pick up his car. Both he and the cab arrived to pick us up at 12:30am. Half the kids went with me, and the other half with Sean. We finally arrived at the new house around 1:30am. There were boxes and furniture everywhere. I just threw the kids mattresses on the floor of their bedrooms and put them all to bed. Sean and I stayed up until around 3am.

Sunday- Day 2

We woke up around 8am but the kids slept until 9 or so. The house was a complete mess. I had no idea where to start. Because we only took one dog with us that night, Sean had to drive all the way back to the old house to get him. I started with the kitchen. The pantry is so cool, from Ikea. It pulls out and has sliding drawers, 5 in each. Great for all the dry goods! There is also I really cool lower cabinet for the pots and pans, with two wire racks that swivel out. LOVE IT! It took me all morning to set up the kitchen.

I really can't remember what I started on next, everything was such a mess. We had the 55 inch TV on the living room floor, face down on two couch cushions because the stand wasn't on it. The couch was on its side because the feet had to be attached. (I had no idea where I packed those.) The dining room table was in the kitchen and my classroom table was in the dining room. Boxes were everywhere. It was like a maze downstairs. I was so overwhelmed. I just started moving boxes upstairs. Because we don't have a tun of storage space, I just left crap we aren't using in the boxes and stored them in the garage. It literally took me 4 days to get our house in order.

Once everything was put away, we came across a few annoying problems. For one, we had to wait 5 days after moving in for the gas company to come hook up our dryer. Of course the dirty laundry piled up and smelled really bad in my kitchen. Once the dryer was ready, we then had a problem with the cold water faucet. The handle had rotted out and was spraying water everywhere. It took the landlord two days to have her brother-in-law come out and fix it. (Which only took him 15 minutes to fix once he got here.) In the mean time, I had to hang a bucket over the faucet just to wash a load of laundry. We then found another problem with the dryer. It was taking hours to dry one load. Our landlord said we had to make sure the vent thingy was completely straight. To do that, my dryer has to stick out about two feet from the closet, which looks horrible. That didn't solve the problem. My Dad thinks the heating element is toast, but the clothes are hot inside, they're just not drying. I think the problem is the vent is too far from the dryer. It has to travel down under the kitchen and then another 10-15 feet out to the back porch. Our old house, it only had to travel to the other side of a wall. Very annoying, but nothing we can do.

The other annoying problem is the pluming. It takes 5 minutes for the hot water to heat up, both up and down stairs. The upstairs hall bathtub is badly clogged. The shower in the master bath has no pressure at all. Not good for someone with really thick long hair like myself. (It takes me 5 minutes just to rinse all the soap out of my hair.) It's also really hard to get the temperature right. The most annoying, anytime someone flushes the toilet, it turns the water ice cold. If the washer is running, it turns the water burning hot. We are considering buying the place after our lease is up, but she will have to get some of that stuff fixed if she wants us to buy.

All in all, we are pretty happy with the place. It's super quiet and the neighbors don't really both us. We do hate that every time someone walks their dog in the courtyard, they stare right into our kitchen. I bought sheers and curtains for the slider to try and prevent that. People can be so freakin rude!!! Here are a few pictures of the kitchen and living room.

View from stairs.

View from dining area.

Another dining area view.

View or mirror and stairs.

View of dining area and kitchen entrance.