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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Crazy Christmas Season

 This has been the most stressful, eventful and short Christmas season we have had. Where to begin....

Well, for the past 2 months, we have all been fighting cold after cold. The kids caught the first one nearly two months ago. It was a mild cold, not too bad. The kids were all well for about a week, then they went outside to play with the little delinquents next door. They had some nasty bug and of course gave it to our kids. This is the worst cold we have had in a long
time. Ear aches, stuffed up nose, sore throat, horrible cough, vomiting and fevers. Lots of sleepless nights for all. Fionn and I got hit the worst. He inherited Seans horrible gag reflex and vomits from coughing.  Poor kid has been so miserable. We are finally starting to recover, so I have banned the kids from going outside or playing with any of the neighbor kids. I do not want a repeat of the 2007 Chirstmas stomach bug.

Sean has had his share of stress and uncertainty this holiday season. I mentioned in a past post that he is miserable with his current job. So much so, that he started looking for a new job. He spoke with an old associate from his Microsoft days and she put him in contact with a recruiter from her company. He interviewed and they loved him. We are currently waiting for the background check results so he can start on the 30th of this month (weird start date, I know). He will be recruiting for the company and hopefully it will put him in a good position to get a job in the web development department once he graduates next December.

His intention was to stay with his
current job until he got his final ok to start, however this past week threw a wrench in that plan. His boss, the lady he worked for at T-mobile and brought him to this company, has been on FMLA for nearly 2 months. The company doesn't like her and was making her life a living hell. So her DR put her on leave for health reasons. Well, that put this other guy in charge until her return. It just so happens he and Sean go way back, and they have NEVER liked each other. Well, this past Tuesday, Sean had to go do a presentation with the guy in front
of a few hundred T-mobile employees. Just before Sean had to present, the guy tells him, "I hate to be the barrer of bad news, but you have to work on Christmas Eve from 12 to 8pm at a Walmart. We want you to set up a table in front of the electronics department and sell as many devices as possible. Its out of my hands, the order comes from Korea. They are trying a new program this Christmas season and your store is one of 50 in the counrty to participate. I know you had the day off, but this takes priority."

Of course Sean was livid. He did a half assed persentation and walked out. He called me in tears. He was going to miss our entire Christmas Eve plans. Baking cookies for Santa, watching A Christmas Story, reading The Night Before Christmas to the kids and putting out the cookies and carrots for Santa and the reindeer. He was sick to his stomach with anger and decided to go talk to his boss about it. The guy was a total jerk and said, "If you don't want to work Christmas Eve than maybe this company isn't for you. No one is forcing you to stay." The
guy then asked him if he was going to work, Sean said no, and walked away. He went to HR to talk to them, and they said, "You are a salaried employee and are expected to be on call when needed. We understand that family is important to you, but you are commited to a company that requires certain sacrifices. If you choose to not show up, it will be considered a no-call no-show and that is grounds for termination." He said "Ok, then I'm done. I want my final check." He walked out and came home. This of course, was unexpected and puts a bit of a damper on our Christmas, but at least he is away from that horrible company and can lower his stress level.

As if things weren't stressful enough, my washing machine broke a couple months ago and has gotten nearly unusable. We cannot afford to get it fixed, much less buy a new one. So my Mom bought us a brand new washer for Christmas that was delivered yesterday! It's one of those He washers without the spinny thing that washes the clothes. Its much bigger and can wash far more clothes at once. It's kind of noisy and makes the dogs bark when its washing, but it does a great job!

I just finished my Advanced
HTML and CSS course. Waiting for my final grade, which should be an A! Sean on the other hand, waited until the last 3 weeks to cram 3 months worth of work. He is taking a programming course, which he hates, but is required for his degree, Visual Studios and HTML/CSS, the same class I took. All three class finals were due on Saturday, but his VS professor extended the due date through the weekend, which is good since Sean is totally stuck on something called a "string". The entire program is written, but can't be run because something is wrong with his string. So needless to say, the kids and I have not seen him in about 3 weeks. I cannot wait for the month off of school. I actually will not start my next class until the end of March. I will be taking Beginning Dreamweaver.

On an exciting note, I went for my 34 week check up on Friday. Baby sounds great and we now have an official due date! I will be induced on Jan. 23rd if I go that long. It's going to be a bit tricky with Sean just starting a new job. He won't be able to take much time off, and my Mom can only stay for a week or so. So I am praying this last delivery will go smoothly. No c-section please!!!! My next appointment is on the 6th. I will be having an ultrasound and Group B Strep test done....joy.

Other than all that, everything
has been peachy around here. We are of course, no where near ready for Santa to come. Still so much to buy on a tight budget. I look forward to a fun Christmas with the kids and Sean. I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, and if I don't have time to blog before the new year, Happy New Year's to you all.