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Thursday, May 21, 2009

There's a hole in the bottom of the sea

So Billy has an interview in St. Louis tomorrow at 10 am for that job. He doesn't know any details what so ever. Pay & hours mainly...

He's got a good chance at the position because he has experience with the job he's applying for. Which no one would have if anyone in STL applied for the job. Anyways, if he gets the job he'll be driving 80 miles one way. I feel like it's too much but it'll possibly worth it with the salary increase. Even though we don't know what the pay is yet it will be more than what he makes now.

Here are some factors...

A pay increase. If he would have this position where we live right now he'd make 20k more but with it being St. Louis it may be more. For whatever reason if it's less than what we expect we really need to look at if it's worth it or not.

We get to move back to time, not right away.I'll explain in a bit.

Even though there are only two, they are major ones in my book. There are some minor pros though.

He'll have to pay for insurance if he gets & takes the job. Which is $200+ a month.

We'll have to get a new car. None of our cars has great gas mileage. One is on it's last leg, but that's because it was my high school car lol.

Gas for the 160 miles plus the routine maintenance (and wear and tear on the new car).

I need to add in my shopping addiction may return once I move back to STL so I need to be here with these 'plain jane' people a bit longer to keep me level headed . I feel like I need to set myself to a different standard when I'm there. I don't know why. I'm sure it sounds crazy to you, but I feel that I have to maintain a certain image. I mean I like that image but I used to spend way too much money on it. Here I only have a JCPenny to shop at so it's really helped me.

Anyways I'm super excited about getting to possibly move back to STL but still not at the same time. I hate this town I live in now but I love our condo and the quietness. I also hate moving. We've done it so freaking much. I figured up that we have moved 7 times since Billy and I have been married! We'll be married 5 years in June!

We are in a year lease here (it ends in December), so he's going to have to drive for at least 6 months. We may have to stay here for another 6 months after our lease ends. I'd really like to pay off my PT Cruiser before we move, so that could keep us here the extra 6 months. I'd like to pay off our credit card debt to zero. Rent is a lot higher in STL and I don't want to go back with the little debt we have. When we move this time I have to be really picky about finding the right school district, since Hunter will be going next fall. St. Louis has a lot of great schools and a lot of horrible ones.

What I'm listening to: No music. I'm watching Family Guy

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hunter's birthday

I'm sure this will be edited once I get more ideas. I hope they come to me fast!

I need to finish up Hunter's birthday shopping soon. It's coming up around the corner. He's really hard to shop for this year. He has pretty much everything he wants.

I've been thinking:

Some sort of power wheel....I'm not sure because he has a 4-wheeler that he barely plays with
Sonic the Hedgehog toys...He recently became obsessed with him after I rented a dvd from redbox
A few hot wheel playsets
A water/sand table

Other than those, I'm clueless. I'm sure I won't be once I take a trip around Toys R Us.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

She cured the plague of the holy child

I'm going to try to make of over a week without blogging as short as possible.

The 8th Billy took a personal day. It turned out to be pretty much for no reason. I wanted to go to the Walls of Jericho & Earth Crisis concert. Thursday (the day before STL!) the bass players daughter broke her arm. So they pulled off the tour for a bit. We didn't want to make a waste of Billy calling off so we decided to still do something. So we took the boys to my parents. I was considering on going to a casino. At the last minute...seriously the last minute I got off on the exit for downtown, instead of going to Illinois. I am regretfully posting that Earth Crisis let me down. I wish I didn't go. They were one of the first hardcore bands I listened to. I should have stuck to listening to them on a CD. I did really really like Reign Supreme.

So we all ended up getting horrible head colds on Billy's vacation. We didn't do too much even though we had a lot of plans. It also stormed so freakin' much. Tornado sirens were going on left and right at the beginning of the week.

Monday we went to my friend Krystal's house (And her husband Kelly) while my mom watched the boys. We have been friends since like 1994. It's kinda weird to say that I've been friends with her for like 15 years. Geez. I feel old. I hate that she moved to Desoto pretty much when we moved to Farmington. We used to live in DEsoto and they lived in F-town previously.

Wednesday Ryder turned 1! I made him his cakes. I've never made a birthday cake before. I decided to give it a whirl since no one makes YO Gabba Gabba cakes. We spent the day at home, because of the storms. There was a clearing from a storm for like an hour so we went outside and ate cake and ice cream. It was a pretty pleasant day despite the rain.

Thursday we took the boys to The Magic House. They both loved it. They had a baby area for Ryder. On the way home Krystal asked us to go to the bar with her and Kelly. We decided to go. My mom watched the boys for us. We rode with them. I wasn't in the mood to drink at all. I had like 2 beers and 1 Smirnoff. An old friend of mine showed up there. It was nice seeing her. I had my mom come pick us up. We spent the night at her house. When I woke up I realized that I had left my camera in Krystal's car. Billy drove to their house to get it. It was still early and he didn't want to wake them up. He reached in through their window to unlock the door and as soon as he opened it the alarm went off lol. Kelly came running out of the house in his underwear to see what was going on.

Friday and Saturday we took the time to clean our house.

Billy has finally caught on that me taking my time clipping coupons and printing coupons online is paying off. We got $130 worth of groceries for $80 on Sunday. That was between 3 different places though. I had to get my produce at Aldi's because it's so much cheaper.

I'm going to make a separate post to post pictures from last week.

What I'm listening to: Her Middle Name was Boom by GLassjaw

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Give me a break about some other mess

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo before Billy left for work. No Mexican restaurants were crowded here. I don't know if they don't do it big where I live now or the time of day. Although the time of day in STL wouldn't have mattered. They are usually busy all day long 5/5. Anyways, I wanted to give a new restaurant a try, and wow. I'm glad I did. They had a great vegetarian selection. Although I didn't explore any other options outside of my regular bean burrito and cheese enchilada. That way I would know if they were good or not. I've had plenty of those in my days.

Here is Billy and the boys today. Not that either of the boys are paying attention.

When we got home we took the boys outside to play for a bit.

Billy called me from work and informed me that he was offered a position at the St. Louis plant. He'd be making about $500 more a week, but I don't know if it's a good choice. He'd be on the bottom with seniority plus the drive is loooong. He's so close to having his boss's job when he retires (which is suppose to be December). It's such a big decision. I think he wants to take it. I really wish that this was offered to him before we moved here 5 months ago. I know eventually we'd move again. I don't like the town we live in, but I'm not ready to move yet. I hate moving so much. I just want to settle down somewhere. I don't care if it's here even though I don't like it all that much. I haven't given it a chance at all. Ever since we've been married we've moved 7 times and we'll be married for 5 years in June. Eck.

I felt the need to be a dork awhile ago. I found Billy's glasses in the bathroom and decided to take a picture. LOL.

What I'm listening to: Back to School by the Deftones.

Friday, May 1, 2009

I lay strewn across the floor, can't solve this puzzle

Billy called me. He was pretty mad. His job told him that he is now back on nights. The night crew is getting out to late without him there. Maybe picking up their pace should have been the solution. 2 out of the 3 workers on nights are slow. The night boss probably got his way because he complained too much that he needed Billy. Everyone in the warehouse is too dependent on him. It's kinda crappy when he's a good worker, and he can't get a break because of it. You're always told something along the lines of, "Do good and you'll excel." Not at Pepsi. It's more like "Do good and you'll go nowhere...because that's where we need you to make OUR (management) lives more simple."
I feel bad that he can't catch a break there. At least he's treated well. He just can't seem to get out of working nights...or get out of the warehouse. I think it sucks, but I was trying to get him to see the brighter end of this. At least he'll have great checks again. With him working days, we had to cut back on a lot. I was finding lots of ways to cut costs, something that we weren't used to. We didn't complain, because he was home a little more. At least during that time we got used to being more frugal and I learned a valuable thing. We'll be able to save more money, now that we know how to manage it better. Things happen for a reason, maybe that was reason? We were wasteful. Seriously. We threw money away left and right.

Ryder has been on the go for the last 3 weeks. He's walking all over the place. He gets into everything. We found out that Ryder + Thai food = horrible smelly diapers.

Hunter has been so good lately.

Hunter is taking a nap and Ryder is waiting for him to get up. lol. I thought it'd make for a cute picture.

What I'm listening to: ...But Home is Nowhere by AFI
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