Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Transmissions and things................

What a crazy past couple of days. *sigh*

Yesterday, Hubby & I decided to be awesome parents & take the kids to the park.  It has been VERY nice out here, I'm talking like upper 70's, and Lil Lady was just aching to get outside.  So, we got the kids loaded up, grabbed everything we needed and headed out the door.  We got LITERALLY a block away from the park, had to stop at a stop sign, and when Hubby went to accelerate, NADA.  Nothing, zip, zero, zilch.  The car wouldn't move. Great.  It had been acting up a bit over the last couple weeks, but we were hoping that we would be able to make it til our taxes came in, because we just didn't have the money for the deductible. 

So, since it decided to be a *insert expletive here*, we were kind of left up a creek without a stinking paddle. I immediately called my parents, who were not in town.  They had gone to church and the store, and luckily were on their way home.  So, they came to get us.  They were able to use their AAA membership to get the car towed to the transmission place for free, which was fantastic.  We have a warranty on the car, luckily, and the deductible is $150.  Ouch.  But at least we have the warranty, and won't have to pay for the transmission out of pocket.  We played with the kids at the park for a little bit (mainly just Lil Lady....Lil Man isn't big enough yet. :P), then my mom brought me and the kids home so I could get them lunch and naps, and my dad stayed with Hubby to get the car towed.  Once they finally got back, Hubby came home with my parents car and we loaded up and went over there for dinner.  Needless to say, I had a couple beverages of the alcohol variety to try and calm my nerves.

This morning, Hubby called the warranty and the transmission shop and was able to get it all coordinated to get the stinking car fixed.  We were also able to get a rental car.  Luckily, since we are broker than a joker, my parents were able to loan us the money for the rental car until we get our taxes back.  It seems like that's our luck.....something major ALWAYS seems to happen when we don't have the means to take care of it without help.  Though, if I had a job, I'm sure that things would have been a bit different, and we may not have had to borrow so much from my parents. 

I feel VERY blessed that we now live close to my parents, because I don't know what we would have done otherwise.  It's nice having family close by to help in these type of situations.

In other news, I got back on the "let's eat better and get healthier" train after the first of the year.  I quit drinking soda on....um.....the 2nd I think.  So, basically 4 weeks with no soda at this point.  Then I also started back on Weight Watchers, just tracking and doing it on my own at home.  The first week, I only lost 1 lb.  Last week, I lost 2.4.  This week, I lost 5.2! I was pretty stinking excited!! I'm really paying attention to what I'm eating, and making a valiant effort to try and eat better.  I'm trying to limit carbs, since that is my biggest downfall.  I LOVE me some pasta, rice, bread, etc.  But, I want to be around for a lot of years for my kiddos, and at this weight, I'm not going to be.  Hubby is going right along with me, and so we're trying to do better.

My biggest issue is lack of easy, tasty, healthy recipes.  So if any of you guys have some tried and true, not horrible for you recipes that aren't too difficult (remember, I have 2 little ones, so spending hours in the kitchen isn't a good option for me), please pass them along!  I would definitely appreciate it!

Well, I need to let the dogs out (AGAIN) and get to bed.  I'm pooped and it's late.  Sorry it took me so long to get this done, but I just had to get some other stuff done first.

Stay safe and be blessed my friends, until we meet again.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Long day leading into a long night...........

It's been a long couple of weeks.  The kids are both growing like weeds, I'm still looking for a job, Hubby is doing well at work. 

Christmas and New Year's went off without a hitch.  We adopted my brother's 2 Chihuahuas, Maggie & Dobby, and they are adjusting really well.  It's not easy having 2 kids and 2 dogs, but it's fun having them around.  They are really pretty well behaved, and once we get into a place that has a fenced yard, it'll be even easier for me to get them out and such.

I'm still looking for a job, and starting to become REALLY frustrated with the entire process.  I have been on several interviews over the course of the last couple of months, all of them ending in me being turned down.  It's been a huge blow to my ego and self esteem to say the least.  I feel like a complete and utter failure.  I know that is really probably not the case, but, it's just how I feel. 

And the part that sucks the most about it is that I don't even WANT to go back to work.  I like being able to stay home with my kids.  But the fact of the matter is that it's just too hard to raise kids on one income.  Especially with bills and car payments and all of that kind of stuff. *sigh*  I had another interview on Friday as well as one on Monday, and so I'm hoping that something comes of one of them.  I felt pretty good about both of them, but I've felt pretty good about every other interview that I've been on too, and nothing's come of any of them. :(  Both of the places would be wonderful to work at.  One is part time in a town about 20 minutes from us, and the hours would be such that we wouldn't have to put the kids in daycare.  I would be home before Hubby would have to leave for work, which would be great for our pocketbook.  The other is full time, in a town about 40 minutes away.  If that one were to come through, we would move to the city that Hubby works in, and then my drive would only be about 20 minutes.  The pay is fantastic, it's a small up and coming company, and the office manager is co-owner.  It's her and her husband that own the company, and her and I seemed to get along really well, and it was very easy to talk to her.  Honestly, that's the place I would prefer to work at, even though it would mean putting the kids in daycare, and not being home as much.  And it would mean a 40 minute drive one way until we could get moved.  And I'm not sure how we would even work it out since we only have 1 vehicle right now.....but somehow we would make it work.  Even if I had to work a bit longer so that I could drive home and get him and take him to work then go back until we get a 2nd vehicle.  Or find a cheap, cheap car for him to drive back and forth or something.  All I know is we desperately need for me to find SOMETHING, and soon.

I need to get to bed, because my brain is on overload, and if I don't go lay down, I'm going to go crazy.  I'll try and get back for another post asap....though I don't know if anyone even reads the crazy that I put out there.... lol

Stay safe and be blessed my friends, until we meet again.