Monday, February 10, 2014

Those Pesky Do-Gooders

For those of you who don't know, we live in a town home.  There are four homes in our building.  The buildings are grouped in threes and share a common front yard area.  So basically, up to twelve families can share the same yard around here.

With that said, we've got about twelve inches of ice-crusted snow all over our front yard and walkways right now.  Since it was snowing yesterday, maintenance still hasn't been by to clear the sidewalks.  Honestly, I'd do it myself if we owned a snow shovel.  I haven't taken James out in this mess since we ventured outside earlier last week and discovered that the poor kid wasn't even heavy enough to make a dent in the frozen snow while attempting to make a snow angel.  It was so tiring for him to walk back from the mailbox (which is just on the other side of the yard) that he had to sit down and rest in the snow three times before we made it back to the door.

This is James playing in the snow last week.  Notice the dent that he is NOT making (in that top picture) by laying on a foot of frozen snow?

If it looks like he made marks in the snow in the lower right photo, it's because he laid in an area where he'd just been walking.
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At any rate, I just spotted a kid, who couldn't be older than about twelve years old, shoveling the walkways so that his family could get out of their home.

Although it was awesome of him to do that, I was wondering why our maintenance crew hasn't come to do that yet (which they are usually good about), so I called the office to ask about it.  I talked to the office manager and she said that their plan was to get to it today, but things were going slow because, not only could they not use their snowblowers because of the ice on the sidewalks, but a lot of people were having frozen pipe emergencies that they had to take care of first.  Understandable.  However, while we were talking, I briefly mentioned that there was an awesome young boy out there shoveling.  She reassured me that they'd try to get to our sidewalks today, but she added, "...but I can't make him stop shoveling."

Wait, what?

Are there actually people who call in to stop kids from shoveling their snowy, icy sidewalks?

I was kind of stunned for a second.  I let her know that I thought it was awesome that he was shoveling out there, but he just looked like he was struggling with it because of the ice and that it just prompted me to call and ask.

And, well, I guess it pays off to call because there are now three maintenance crew members out there shoveling our sidewalks.  That was fast.

Don't get me wrong; I think that shoveling snow is a rite of passage for every kid, but one lone preteen shouldn't have to do for free what three grown men are paid to do.  Am I right, or am I just being weird?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Just Too Cold

It is far too cold outside for us to live in such a small place.  Other than going grocery shopping, we have hardly left the house.  It's causing my child to become a crazy person.  I've tried doing all sorts of activities, we've watched Frozen about 4,000 times (since that's guaranteed to get him to settle down) and we've even rearranged parts of the house.  Nothing works for very long.  Well, nothing except watching Frozen.

The worst is days like today, where it is deceptively sunny and fabulous-looking outside -- apart from the snow on the ground -- but it is actually like this:

Why, Ohio?!  Why do you tempt me with your sunshine, only to punish me with your cold and piercing winds?!

And since James has taken to blowing his Weenie Whistle at full strength while running in circles around the living room, I think it's time to get off of here and possibly bust out Frozen again.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Why I've Been a Horrible Blogger

It's been six months since I've blogged about anything.  If you care about the reasons why, then this is the post that you're looking for.

Basically, these past months have been some of the very hardest months in our little family's life.

For starters, back in June, David had a job interview at Amazon in Seattle.  As many of you know, we've been doing everything that we can to find David a suitable job in the Seattle area so that we can move there.  This interview went wonderfully and the interviewer indicated that David was well qualified for this position and sounded very positive about their interview.  Additionally, there was more than one of these positions available.  We also didn't hear back from Amazon for a while, which, according to a friend of David's who has a similar job at Amazon, that was a good thing; meaning that if they didn't want him, they would've told him no right away.  We felt very good about this position and possible move, until a couple of weeks later when David heard back from them about how he wasn't going to be hired.  It was a pretty big letdown, but we were able to deal with that.  After all, there were better jobs out there that he was more than qualified for, so we were trying to look on the bright side of things.

Then, a few months later, right after we got back from a relaxing anniversary weekend getaway, David lost his job at Time Warner.  I didn't blog about it because I didn't want to get into the personal details of it, and I still don't, but suffice it to say that there were some unscrupulous, less-than-legal happenings on their end that we were having to deal with.  David threw himself into job hunting - for jobs here and in Seattle - and two and a half months later, he finally found a filler position making significantly less and driving twice the distance to work each day.  Nevertheless, it was something, so he took it.

Amidst this mess, we've been dealing with secondary infertility for that past year and a half.  I haven't mentioned it to many people because I found that I was still feeling too bitter and angry to let people into that sensitive part of our lives.  I know that I've come a long way emotionally in dealing with this, so I can finally blog about it without seething pain or frustration into every word that I write.  And David's job loss meant a loss of our benefits as well, which meant that we couldn't get the tests and such that we needed.

However, on the bright side...

Things are starting to look up.

We're still looking for jobs in Seattle, but with a little less gusto than before, because David was just hired at Ohio State.  His first day of work there is actually tomorrow and we are both very excited.  He'll be doing technical support for the university, which is exactly what he did at BYU for four years, and he absolutely loved that job, so he's thrilled. With this job will also come even better benefits than he had at Time Warner, which means that we can finally go to the reproductive clinic and get some answers.

I hope this didn't sound too much like a downer post, and I promise to be much more uplifting in the future, but I wanted to put this out there so that our friends and family know why we've been so bad about sharing our life with you recently.  Now that things are looking up a bit, it's a lot easier to write about it.

And I am making it my goal to post more.  So, if you don't see something for a couple of weeks, come smack me.