Happy Homemaker Monday // April 29, 2019

Right, so jumping back in here…

This week we are pulling ourselves together and forging ahead! Really, what is there to do besides that? We were not expecting another blow like this, but I’m sure there is a reason for it so we will try to remain optimistic that my husband gets a new job soon and we will keep plugging along.

In the meantime, let’s get back to it. It’s Monday, the sun is shining, and it’s a brand-new day. Time to link up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay-at-Home-Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday.

{The weather}
Brr! Is it almost May or is it almost November? It was so cold all weekend, and looks to be a chilly week ahead.

{On my reading pile}
I’m in between books at the moment. Thinking of starting Mary Karr’s memoir Lit.

{Movies or Shows I watched this weekend}
Nothing really, just reruns for background noise, mostly.

{On my TV this week}
Honestly, I have no idea! There’s nothing I’m dying to watch at the moment and I have a really busy week ahead of me.

{On the menu for this week}
I’m not sure what I’ll be doing at the end of the week. I have kids going to visit grandparents, going to birthday parties, going to work… I’ll figure the rest out later, but at least I have the first three days planned.

Monday: Hunter’s sausage, mashed potatoes, steamed veggies
Tuesday: Grilled London broil, baked potatoes, salad
Wednesday: Meatballs and spaghetti

{On my to do list}
— Laundry (obviously)
Organize my craft supplies
— Vacuum/wash floors
— Clean bathrooms

{What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating}
I still have to finish crocheting that baby blanket, which may or may not ever see its intended recipient. If not, I’ll just save it for another time or sell it.

I’m itching to get my sewing machine out. Did you know that scrunchies are back? Oh yes, they are. So L. has been asking for them and I have lots of elastic and fabric so I think I’ll make her a bunch.

{Looking forward to…}
The high school band and choral concert is this week. The teachers and students always do such an amazing job. I can’t believe how talented some of these kids are!

{Looking around the house}
Ah, the remnants from the weekend are strewn about, but really it could be worse. I’ll finish up this blog post, send off a couple emails and then straighten things out.

{From the camera}
This picture is actually from last week, Easter to be exact. My mother-in-law got a new puppy and even though I am not really a dog person, I think she is so sweet and just the cutest! She is some sort of terrier and her name is Sarah. (There were dog treats in those eggs, LOL!)

{What I’m wearing today}
Just jeans and a t-shirt!

{One of my simple pleasures}
I love opening the back door when I wake up and taking in a breath of fresh air.

{Bible verse, Devotional, prayers}
Lots of people on my prayer list this week. Seems we know a lot of people who are going through difficult times for a variety of reasons.

I hope your week is off to a good start!

So… Life Goes On

Well, after being led on for over a month, on Saturday we found out that D. does not have a job at this new company. To say it was a shock to the system is putting it mildly. I read the hiring manager’s emails. It didn’t sound like a maybe it definitely sounded like a sure freaking thing. (And people wonder why I have so little faith in humanity.)

Saturday was hard. Really hard. To make things worse it was my husband’s birthday. This all happened while I was at work, and luckily I was able to keep it together and keep it professional. I even managed to go shopping and a get a birthday cake afterwards. But Saturday night I lost it. Like, I totally lost my shit. I was sad. I was angry. I cried, I screamed, and I certainly had a little too much to drink which certainly did not help. It wasn’t pretty, but I allowed myself that day to get it all out.

Easter Sunday we went to my MIL’s. I was not sure how she was going to deal with all this (knowing he had already given his notice, based on conversations with this new company). Thankfully, it was a lot better than I expected. The whole day was actually very low-key, which helped in a way. D’s aunt has Alzheimer’s and is quickly degrading. He set up her LifeAlert, the kids did an egg hunt in the backyard, we had a nice lunch. It was actually pretty nice.

So here we are. Starting from scratch. Despite what our wonderful (insert eyeroll here) government might lead you to believe, jobs are not exactly plentiful, and the ones out there certainly do not pay that well, so we just have to be optimistic and tenacious, and use all the resources we have at our hands.

I wasn’t even going to write this, but… it’s part of my story. I suppose some people may wonder why I’m not furious that he made this rash decision before there was a sure thing. And truthfully, I had a conversation with him shortly after and was very honest about my feelings. But now? It’s not like you can go back, you know? What’s done is done. Making him feel worse isn’t going to make the situation better.

I’ll just keep on doing my part. I am thankful that I work. I am thankful that we have savings and have continued to live frugally. I will continue to pare down where we can. And we will make it work. And who knows… maybe in the end we will end up better than before.

Hello, April…

Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Truthfully, I haven’t been blogging because it has been sort of a stressful month around here, and I hope it improves soon, but right now I am just trying to keep it all together. My husband has been interviewing for a new job and it’s been a long process. He was told they are putting together an offer (exciting, yes), but the process is really dragging and now I am getting panicky because it is taking so long.

Monday the hiring manager did speak with one of his references and the conversation was incredibly positive and encouraging. So I am trying to focus on that and the fact that she is hiring for a couple other positions as well. But he already put in notice at his current job (I know, I know…), so… yeah. And I guess I just felt it was time to write it all out because I don’t know what else to do.

If it comes through (and there’s no real reason it shouldn’t), it will be an amazing opportunity for him. So if you’re so inclined to say a prayer that this works out, I would sincerely appreciate it.

Other than that, things have been rolling along. Work has been busy in a good way and I recently got a new title (Assistant Library Director and Head of Programming) that fits everything I do a little better. I am happy about that. The kids are all good. Sunday we went to a SUNY college fair so Jake could check out a couple schools. It was at SUNY Albany, so it was kind of fun to go somewhere different.

Honestly, it is hard to believe we are at this stage of life — looking at colleges for our oldest. It feels like my own college days weren’t that long ago! Right now he is listing Psychology as a probable major and mostly looking at schools here in New York at the moment. The next several months will be interesting, that’s for sure!

Spring seems to be taking its sweet time reaching us. The sun is out and it’s sort of warm today. I was at least able to open up the windows and get some fresh air in for a little while. But it’s windy and not as warm as I’d like it to be. (Probably reflective of my mood.)

Well, I should head outside to get L. off the bus then make the boys an early supper before play rehearsal starts. The performances are this weekend and honestly I will be so glad once it’s done. The nightly cast and pit orchestra calls are really starting to wear on me. But they love it, so I suck it up because as moms, that’s what we do, right?
Now that I have all my nonsense off my chest I shouldn’t be away from the blog this long again. Hopefully good news will come soon!