Monday, June 29, 2009

Is it Monday already?

This weekend went too fast.

Most weekends go pretty quickly, I guess. It's the nature of the weekend. They're breaks that feel even more fleeting simply because we don't want them to end. We're hanging on with our fingernails, straining to keep Monday at bay.

Unfortunately, it never works, and I always end up staying up way too late on Sunday night, trying to ignore the fact that I have to get up for work in six hours...then five hours...then four hours. I do it to myself every time. Last night I had even more incentive, as it was the only quiet time I had to myself. My son Oliver had kind of a rough day, where he didn't do much napping at all, but then was so overtired at night that he just wouldn't fall asleep. Eventually we got him down, but it was an hours-long job with a lot of screaming.

At least it's a short week. I don't recall this ever happening before, but my company has decided that we should be granted Friday off, seeing as how it's the day before the 4th. They are not usually in the business of giving us strange holidays, so I am definitely not taking it for granted. It will be nice to get out of here early, I know it's going to be an annoying week, with lots of busywork. We don't even have anything planned yet for the 4th, but I'm sure we'll come up with something.

I'm also leaving early tomorrow to take Crystal to the dentist, where she has an appointment to have a tooth pulled. She had a root canal done on it a few months ago but it cracked in half, so now she has this pointy shard in her mouth that keeps cutting the side of her tongue. Lovely. It's about time to just get that thing removed. Unfortunately I'm not just taking the time off; I have to make it up by staying late or coming in early on other days. I've used too much PTO lately, I can't really afford to use up any more.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Going, going, gone?

Lately my wife and I have been considering moving and starting over in a new city somewhere. Despite this being perhaps the worst time in recent memory for a person to up and quit their job, trek across country, and attempt to make it somewhere else, the thought has grown much more appealing.

We both have a love/hate relationship with our families. I can't stand my mom, most of the time. What's the old adage? "I love you, but I fucking hate you?" Yeah, that's the one. She's my mom, so I will always love her, in the way that sons are supposed to love their mothers, but in no way do we get along or see eye-to-eye on anything. It's become even more apparent since I've grown up and started a family of my own. We are too different and don't know how to deal with the other's opinions. She's very judgmental, and uses the line (helpfully shared by my aunt) "It's only an opinion until the other person thinks they're being judged." Yeah right, mom; own the fuck up and admit you have something to say without hiding behind your clever colloquialisms.

Crystal has problems with her family as well, but I won't get into those, as I really don't think it's my place. Different problems, but we're both fed up and feel like a move would be a nice change of pace.

We've pretty much decided that the only places we'd want to move would be to New Orleans (Crystal loves the idea of New Orleans, and I think we could be happy there if we found good enough jobs and a stable living arrangement) or out east, to the Boston area or around there. She used to live in Beverly so she knows her way around.

Personally I would love to move out West too, maybe to Oregon or Washington, but I'm a mountain person, and she is not. She is quite literally scared of "were-billies" living in the mountains, waiting to kill her, rape her, and eat her (not necessarily in that order). I think she's seen Wrong Turn a few too many times, myself. I love the mountains, and would even enjoy living in Montana or Colorado. Or New Mexico, if we're near the mountains.

The problem, of course, is finding jobs and a place to live before we move. We're not idealists by any stretch, and it would be the height of idiocy to take a family of four and move somewhere random without any means of supporting ourselves.

So...anyone know of any job openings?