Wednesday, July 17, 2013

first pay period with furlough

Now keep in mind this is with ONE day off my pay.

DANG I get paid well for 8 hours of work, eh?

So – looks as though the calculators will be right on the money (no pun intended) and I’ll see about a $300 pay difference due to the furlough.


Good thing we’re not strapped and living paycheck to paycheck.  For that I’m truly grateful.  I’m also grateful that we have two incomes and only have utilities to contend with.  Those we can deal with.


Discussions today are centered on community service today and furlough.

60,000 a week are being furloughed.  Now that’s JUST in my town.  Think about those hours being put to community service in all communities with furloughed people… what a difference that would make, eh?  Hum… I guess I will think harder on that.  I do have goals for my time for the first week or two of furlough – week one was a success of drinkin’ and floatin’ in the pool… check – that was done!  This week is a trip to the mountains – check – packed and ready to GO.  Week Three I have plans to clean out my scrapbook room a bit more and get the Dubai book done and start on the Europe one for Liz (and one for me too).  So… that leaves about 9 more weeks to really think about community service. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Adventures in water

I just had an epiphany.
I'm going to go white water rafting with friends this weekend - and I
have not done ANYTHING like this for 30 YEARS. Yes, YEARS.
What am I thinking?

The plan is - go to the mountains, stay in a cabin with friends. We're
going to go horseback riding, zip lining and rafting. What am I
thinking?? I am thinking I want to go and have fun!! I did go riding
in Alaska and really did enjoy it, my butt bone was a bit sore
afterwards - who would have thought with THIS much padding, I would have
a boney butt? NOT me. Oh, well, I'm looking forward to a nice ride in
the mountains with the girls. It will be a change from the ride in
Alaska where the ground was very rough and roots everywhere.

The zip line issue...well, we'll wait and see what I really feel about
that. I didn't do it in Utah - but this one is very different where you
are right next to the cable, not 6 - 10' below the cable. You have a
brake if you feel you are going too fast - as if... I didn't use it much
on the alpine slide and it had curves. This is a straight shot, not
thinking I'll want to slow down, but you never know!

White water should be OK as we'll have a guide and it won't be in a
canoe. Can't be as bad as the trip I took with mom in the 80's, right?