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Moving On

Life's been a bit hectic lately.

I started my new job - YAY! - and I am loving it. There are kinks to work out, processes to get used to, but - at least so far - everyone has been very patient and kind. Everyone is understanding of the amount of work (I went from 0 to 24 files in 24 hours. Literally.) and really helpful. I'm overwhelmed, but yet I'm not stressed because no one is yelling at me every 5 minutes.

Though I do have over 100 emails in my inbox right now that I haven't even looked at, so maybe they are.

As if I needed another reason to be certain I made the right decision to leave my former employer, today I found out they do not pay out unused vacation days in Texas (because legally they don't have to). Yes, it is in the employee handbook. That I signed nearly 4 years ago. But I don't care if it is legal - it isn't right. Those are accrued hours meaning I earned them. It is part of my compensation.

But on top of that, it's 2020. And we are in the middle of a global pandemic. People are not taking vacations - I know I cancelled at least one trip. This amounts to nearly $2,000 for me - money I was going to use on my new house.

To not pay out EARNED compensation during a global pandemic is unconscionable. I don't care if they informed me about it and I don't care if they are not legally obligated to do it. It isn't right.


Some people never learned the Golden Rule and it shows.

Speaking of, can anyone explain to me why racism, police brutality, a pandemic, and white privilege have become political issues? Why is treating people with respect and common decency a partisan issue?

I'm concerned about the human race.

Scratch that. I'm concerned about the US. Because the rest of the world seems to be catching on.


Look. I want this pandemic to be over too. I miss hanging out at the Pub with my friends. And going out to eat. GAWD I miss shopping. And I HATE wearing a mask. I think it is uncomfortable, my ears hurt, and my glasses fog up. But I will wear one as long as it takes because that's what we need to do.

Actually I ordered some face shields this week in hopes that they are at least marginally more comfortable.

Did I mention I miss shopping?

Online shopping just isn't as fun. Although sometimes when you order something it takes so long to arrive that it's a nice surprise when you do get it.

Also there are things you just can't shop for online. We need some new furniture for the house. But I need to go and sit on it before I buy it. At least I have that to look forward to.

Because we got a house! OMG I can't believe it. It's so nice and I can't wait to get in there and do my thing. I mean it is lovely as is but it is also a blank canvas.

Wonder what color I'll paint the front door? #MCMperfection

I mean, have we met? I love color.

I'm still finding certain aspects challenging. I know I said I would be a decortator but I do want this house to be a reflection of both of us. And while I can love and appreciate some of the antiques he has, that doesn't mean I want them in my home.

Don't worry, I'll figure it out. It just might take me more than a weekend to get moved in for once.

The good news is, we have unconfirmed reports that the sellers are moving out this weekend which means we can start moving in as soon as we close. Fingers crossed!

Since he doesn't have to out of his house until August 13th and I don't have to be out of this apartment until September 1st, that means I can maybe spend some time painting before we even move in.

Sidebar: CeCe asked if anyone wanted to start a pool on how long those walls stay white. Spoiler alert: not long.

I've been spending most of my spare time lately helping Rob sort and pack things from his house - he's been there 20 years. There's a lot. We are making a lot of progress though. Then I'll need to pack up my place but that shouldn't take too long. I don't really have much.

Also I made a batch of my oatmeal-raisin-cinnamon chip cookies this week. It feels pretty good when your son works for a cookie company and still requests yours. It's not a secret recipe. I just use the Quaker Oats recipe on the lid. Instead of adding cinnamon, I add a bag of cinnamon chips. I also added pecans this time and both boys loved it so that will probably be a permanent addition.

And in case you are wondering, I usually can only find cinnamon chips during the holiday season but I like to get a couple of extra bags to use throughout the year. I know I have found them at HEB in the past and I'm pretty sure I found them at Target or Kroger this last year.

Sigh. I miss you Target.

Don't you miss just aimlessly wandering the aisles? Target, At Home, DSW...

Great. Now I'm crying.

(jk I'm not really crying over shopping. I just miss it.)

OK - that's all for now. I just needed a quick break. I'm going to work late tonight to try to make a dent in these....checks email...125 emails.

Now I really am crying.

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