Saturday, February 20, 2010

Change in plans

I am still quite busy with work, but I am no longer trying to get that promotion. I'm not comfortable going into details here, but let's just say I found out there were a lot of unwritten requirements that I didn't know about (no, nothing illegal or immoral, just stuff that would require more selling out than I thought there would be). If you want more of the ugly story, let me know and I'll tell you in e-mail. I love telling it. It is very therapeutic.

So, I am working as many hours as I can get in, but a little more on my terms. They don't know it yet. I'm not sure how to broach that with them. How do I say, never mind I figured out you were never going to promote me anyway because I wouldn't conform to your unreasonable expectations. I have someone in upper management who I can trust, I have to discuss things with her. She'll help me. It may not be resolved, but I've got to say there's a lot less pressure now.

Mr. I's birthday was Friday. We had seats for a school day performance of the Moscow Circus. We had gotten him a seat to go with Violet and me. We really enjoyed the show. It was interesting to see Mr. I.'s reaction to the theater full of school kids. He now gets some of the complaints I've had for the last 3 years that we've been attending. It was a sold out show, so he really got the full experience of crowds, noise and buses clogging the parking lot.

Afterward we took him out for pizza at his favorite pizza place. Then we went shopping at Target. Today he and Violet made his birthday brownies (he always wants those over a cake).

We are expecting a big snow Monday. Luckily we aren't going anywhere.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Yes, I'm still alive. Still breathing. But that's it.

I have been so busy with work. And I'm more stressed than ever by it. I'm trying to get a promotion. I didn't realize how much extra work that would be. If I'd known I don't think I would have done it. Now, if I back out, but want to try again in 3 years, they won't give me the chance. I have to stick it out and see if I get it. It isn't one particular job, it is a new level. They'll make the announcement in the summer. I have to work my butt off until then. Sigh.

I have a desk at work again. I've been trying to find stuff to put there, so it looks like I actually use it. I don't want to take anything that is really meaningful there, so I've been trying to find stuff that just "looks meaningful." I need to make a run to the thrift shop to buy a bunch of other people's discarded keepsakes to pose as my own. Violet and I went to the outlet mall and I got a place setting, mug and glass to take in. We get a lot of meals brought in. I didn't want to use paper plates every time. So now I'm the freak bringing my own plate to the company lunches. Sigh.

In the homeschool world, things are going well. Violet loves our new daily schedules. It does keep us on track. She's loving History of US, Latin, and even spelling! Can you believe it? Spelling! I think she just wasn't ready before. And she's been practicing handwriting too! I am so glad she hasn't been in prison, I mean institutionalized schooling, all this time and forced to work on both before she was ready.

Mr. I has his business started. He had a paying customer this week. The business run by a homeschool dad we are friends with. There's still so much work for him to do to really be running as a small business owner. The unemployment payments finally started coming in. Thank goodness.

Violet's big news....she was moved up to level 5 in swimming. She started in level 2 less than a year ago. Her instructor wasn't sure about moving her up. She said Violet was technically ready, but she wasn't sure if she had the endurance to do the next level. She had her try swimming 100 yards instead of their 50's they did and Violet could do it, although she was winded. She moved her.

Violet LOVED her first level 5 class. Her new instructor is the sister of her old instructor. And she knows a girl in her class from a previous class. Get her first class, Violet learned to do flip turns! She was pretty excited. She'd tried once or twice but couldn't do it. I am really glad it went so well, since I'd kinda been "that mom" and pushed her instructor to move her. I had to, Violet was bored in level 4. If she wasn't given the chance to challenge herself more, she would have wanted to quit.

I'll try to be better about updates. And I'm going to try to come by Ami's homeschool chat on Friday nights more often - that was really nice last week!

For now, I think I'll watch a little Olympics. I've earned a break.