Where Have I Been! (For Shame)

Hey Everyone!

You may have thought that I fell off the flat parts of the Earth. Even though it seems that way it isn’t the case, I promise!I had every intention to post Thursday and Friday.

Let me explain. As you may know my baby had an ear infection, and my wife and I had head colds. He was already started on his antibiotic and starting to feel better. I was still feeling a bit under the weather. I woke up Thursday feeling worse. I came into work anyway because I didn’t want to take time off and not really have a medical reason. I quickly realized that I couldn’t think full thoughts and even walk in a straight line, without having a shooting pain in my head stopping me in my tracks. I spent the next hour trying to contact my family doctor only to have their line be busy over and over and over again…. Their phone system must have been messed up. I finally made the decision to leave and go to the walk in clinic at the hospital. Of course only to find out that they didn’t open for another hour…. I was clearly not in the right state of mind. When I arrived, at the correct time, I was seen and told that I had a bad sinus infection. At this point it was hurting in my ears and still shooting pains in my head. They sent me a script for some big horse pills. I took the next day, Friday, off as well because I was feeling worse than the day before. I really couldn’t even move the slightest bit without the worst pain I have felt in a long while. By the end of that day I did start feeling better, I wasn’t sure how much better, but it was significant.

I went to bed hoping that I would feel more ‘like normal’ in the morning. That was indeed the case. I woke up still congested but I was able to walk and bend down with out the pain. I was indeed clearing up. Just in time too! My dad and I were signed up for the company men’s outing that day. It started at 8am, but we didn’t go until noon. We were signed up for the horseshoe tourney and the cornhole tourney. I decided that this would be a good test of how I felt and maybe get some fresh air. We stayed and have lunch, dinner and some giveaways. The event was held at the local Amvets gun club. The weather was unbeatable, and the food and company was better. All around it was a great day. Here are just a couple pictures I grabbed.

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Sunday, since I felt like a loser for not pulling my weight, we spent most of the day cleaning and tidying up. Early on we got groceries, which was nice because no one was there at 8:30 am lol.  We later went for a walk around the neighborhood. I tried watching the Dallas game, but they had a lightning delay in Denver and then proceeded to get their asses kicked 😦 It was rough.

Today I am BACK! Back at work, back at blogging, and back to normal.  I have some catching up to do here in the office, so my post will be early. Sorry for going dark, but I’m back at it now!

I’ll see you all tomorrow! 😀 😀

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Online Garage Sales & Maternity Leave

Hey Everyone!

I hope you are having a great Thursday. Last night, we had a successful initiation for one of our newest masonic brothers. It all went pretty smooth and we were able to make great time, and get home at a decent time.

I have been trying to sell a stove and microwave for a couple weeks now, and finally have someone coming to get the stove. I’m not sure if you all have these, but we have about three different local ‘garage sale’ sites on Facebook, for our area. They look a bit like this:

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As you can see it is a closed group. To obtain access you have to request to join, they will then go over your profile and accept you. These tend to keep people within about an hour drive radius. This particular group has over 12,000 members, so it can be pretty easy to sell things quickly. My stove is pictured there and you can see that is is cross posted to two of the other sites. People can just comment or send you a private message about buying your stuff, and you arrange the meetups or shipping. It really is quick and simple. If they stay on there to long they will request that you bump the post to keep it fresh, or mark it as sold to keep out the clutter.  If you don’t have a group like this, maybe you could make one! I would have if we didn’t already have three haha.

Work has been slow today. There isn’t anything else I can really say about that haha.

My wife and I are finding that we have been put in kind of a pickle. She is, of course, having a baby at the end of May, and we are running into issues with her employer. She will not have been there a full year when she has the baby, and they are saying she won’t be able to use any kind of FMLA, and once her vacation, Which is slim to none, runs out she will be put on ‘inactive status’ The branch she is out of says that she will 100% have her job back, but that is their word, not the real rules of ‘inactive status’. In reality she isn’t guaranteed shit. At first they told her that it shouldn’t be a problem and that they would work with her, and now it is just a flat no. We aren’t really sure what our options are but we can’t have her lose her job and bring a child into the world. You would think a non-profit company who goal is to help children and adults with special needs would be able to help a trusted and hardworking employee. I told her to go to the top, call whoever you can and see what they can offer. I know the first and second tier ‘bosses’ have limited power but once you get past them anything can happen.

That is going to be it for me today. Let me know in the comments below, how you buy and sell items? Do you use online sites, local groups, or just have old fashioned garage sales?

Also if you have any insight on options for my wife and I, feel free to let me know too!

I look forward to seeing you all back again for tomorrow’s post. 😀 😀