Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A surrogacy story...on NPR?

Not a NPR fan usually since I don't think our tax dollars should be paying for radio programs (or a lot of other programs for that matter) but this article is pretty good.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Did you blink....if you did you missed alot.

We bought a motorcycle today. What you say? Well I told you the hubster was paying way too much in gas to drive the gas guzzling 1978 Ford truck to work every day. Like 100 plus bucks a week for gas. So we were looking for an inexpensive 4 door car. Naturally we ended up with a motorcycle, right? It's gorgeous and we got a great deal. And can I just say how nice it is to have a 754 credit score so that we can buy basically anything we want in one day. In fact we've perfected the art of the one day vehicle sighting, vehicle salivating, vehicle loan acquisition, and vehicle purchase. Protect those credit scores ladies and germs and keep your debt mom taught me that years ago and she was so right.

What else is going on?

Not much typing this week so I did a ton of cleaning and ate my weight in chocolate cake. Had the three older kids over for dinner. Took out the radiators in the house and found a nice wood floor in the hallway (first nice floor we've found so far...every other wood floor has had to be covered up due to damage). Do you know how you take radiators out of a house? Big radiators? I didn't but I learned. You smash them with a sledgehammer. They then leak, ruining the carpet, thus requiring you to pull up the carpet (which was going to be pulled up anyway eventually) and thus discovering beautiful hardwood floors.

Crickets are chirping in surrogacy land again. The Swedish guys are still wanting me to carry another sibling for them. Very hard to say no but they need a surrogate from Colorado or Massachusetts due to new insurance laws so it couldn't be me anyway. A lot of my surro friends are preggo right now so I'm living vicariously through them.

Oldest boy is still working and now his girlfriend also has a job. They are not only paying their own bills, they are upgrading and getting cable and internet. Let the living begin.

Hubster loves, loves, loves his new job. Yay.

Granddaughter is too cute and is crawling. Grandson is adorable. I think I will forgive the kids for making me a grandma at 40.

Oldest daughter is 21. How the heck did that happen?

Two youngest are a month or so from graduating from 8th grade and being high schoolers. How did that happen?

Summer vacation is booked and paid for. Summer basketball and other activities for the kids are reserved.

And that's about it. Like I said, if you blinked you missed a lot.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The plunge has been taken


You know how I was working two jobs, right? Well I did that because the boy couldn't find a job and the hubster's job sucked. Then, in the space of a week, the hubster got a good job with benefits and the boy got a job. We also sold my cute red car during this time and used that money to pay off a loan.

Add all of that together, and all of the sudden we had a financial swing (shockingly in our favor for the first time in ages). A big financial swing. And suddenly I had a decision to make. Do I keep working both jobs? Or do I go back to a normal life of just working one job.

Um...that's an easy choice. One job please. So now the harder decision, which job? Time to weigh things. I love my lab job but don't love the corporate atmosphere. My typing job can be done in my PJs but it is not guaranteed. There will be ups and downs and some times of no work.

So what should I choose? Needless to say, it wasn't a hard choice. The notice was given and I am on my way to being a typist. If I go broke and hungry, at least I will be broke and hungry in my pj's, right?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Our experiment with hanging clothes

This is a cautionary tale:

So our house is 100+ years old and has NO 220 outlets. When we moved in we had a gas dryer on the back porch but the gas line broke and we had to shut if off. Not a big deal since we have a 220 outlet in the back house. So for a few years we had a dryer in teh back house. Then the oldest daughter moved in back there and we started hanging our clothes on lines in the basement. (Can you see where this going?). For awhile things worked fine but then some of the clothes started to smell, especially anything that had been sweated in. Yuck. So finally, a few weeks ago, we found an answer...a 110 dryer. Didn't even know they made them. So slowly we are making the clothes smell good again although some of them still stink after being worn. My next project will be buying a bunch of new clothes for the kids I guess since we don't want them to smell. Note to self: dryers are a necessity.