Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The land of the living dead...

Yes my girls like to be dead for halloween.... Nothing i can do about it.. So go with it!

The "real" Angela - hahaha

Middle school fall concert

Not a straight face in the house!

And a good time was had by all
Not really the bleachers are horrible for adults. They are shaped for tiny kid butts. They are not shaped for long legged adults! If you try to scoot back to not have your knees in the persons back in front of you your butt bone is on the hump making you miserable. Good thing I love this kid. I went and listened dutifully. Oh and I don't typically like musical events because I don't "get" music. This one was enjoyable and recognizable music :)
I have to remind Angela i am the perfect audience for practice. I have NO clue if she gets it wrong unless she squawks - ha!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Raises... oh, my.

Well, they don’t happen as often as they used to, however, I got my ‘step’ increase (they are scheduled out in years – the higher the step in grade (pay scale) the less frequent you receive them (higher the pay the longer between steps). 
This is not to be confused with cost of living (yearly increase)– which we no longer receive and have not for about two plus years now.
Anyway.  I was surprised to see a step increase this year.  I hadn’t anticipated one, however was checking my leave statement to see what, if any, leave I have on the books (this was to go pay for/register the new car). 
There it was, low and behold, a pay raise.  What does this REALLY mean?  It was a whopping $46.89 more a check. 
Better than a poke in the nose, and I know it’s really much bigger than that when you multiply it across the 52 paychecks.  It does make a grand total of $2,000 more a year.  I know, I know it’s nothing to sneeze at.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Newest member of the family

The newest addition to the family. A 1999 Honda CRV.
Its a very clean car and only needs maintenance (timing belt so not cheap maintenance).
Its also a standard so guess what Liz gets to learn - as does Angela!
Personally i think learning to drive a stick should be mandatory however finding *I* am so out of practice with it!!!