Amy’s Life in Brief


Reasons for going back to work…
March 26, 2008, 1:35 am
Filed under: employment search, financial concerns, health insurance, job | Tags: , ,

I’ve been asked by people why I’ve decided to go back to work. I’ve always been an ardent supporter of stay-at-home moms. Right now, the economy is in a precarious position, as most people know. My husband works in advertising, so his job is very closely tied to the economy. When the economy slows down, so does business for his company. At any rate, there have been several firings of management level employees at his company. In a way, we’re probably OK because Aaron continues to get more and more responsibilities because of it…we’re thinking if you have enough responsibility you become indispensible.

However…that may not always be the case. We absolutely have to be in a position to be able to continue to have health insurance. Granted, we would have COBRA coverage for awhile, but it will be expensive (about $1,100 a month). And we CANNOT go without health insurance. Aaron is diabetic and of course there is David. David’s medications, before insurance, run about $850/month…that doesn’t include visits to the specialist and rental on the main nebulizer…we would go under financially really quickly without insurance. And I can’t even imagine having a hospitalization without insurance.

So, I am trying to get my work history more current at the very least and hopefully I will be in a position to request a full-time position or at least get pro-rated insurance coverage.

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Going back to work…
March 24, 2008, 11:34 pm
Filed under: job, social work | Tags: , ,

My mother-in-law quit her job back in January. She is currently looking for work but only wants to work part-time. She and my father-in-law have offered to watch the boys so that I can go back to work part-time myself.

So, I’ve started applying. I imagine it will take me awhile to find something since I don’t want to work outside of Corvallis and I don’t want to work more than 24 hours per week. There’s a social worker position at the hospital, but the last time I worked in a medical setting was graduate school, so I’m sure if that will pan out or not. I’ve also submitted applications to the State of Oregon for case manager positions with DHS. It could take awhile for those to open up, as well.

I also applied at Border’s. I figured if I could at least work somewhere until something within my field opened up, that would be the place to do it. Of course, all of my pay may be lost before I could get out the door.

So, we’ll see what happens with my job search! It’s kind of scary and kind of exciting all at the same time. I have no idea how to balance kids and a job…never had to do it before. But, it will be nice to get some adult interaction and more mental stimulation.



An anniversary has passed…
March 24, 2008, 11:24 pm
Filed under: asthma, worries | Tags: ,

We have made it a year since David’s last hospitalization without any more major problems. We had a couple of close calls…a major infection in October and a bad virus in January…the required ER visits, but that was the extent of illnesses for the past twelve months.

That’s not to say that I don’t worry…A LOT! How can I not, after he came pretty close to dying last year. I worry about his growth…he has had the same shoe size for about 6 months now. I know he’s grown in height and weight, but his height is no where near what Gavin’s was at the same age. I know that they are two different kids, so maybe I’m worried over nothing. But, then again, he did have to take a lot of oral prednisone last year and he’s on daily nebulized steriods now.

And I’m going to be going back to work soon. I’m worried about how we would handle another serious illness and a job. I guess lots of moms do it, so we’ll figure out a way.



Birthdays and Fish Tanks…
March 24, 2008, 10:59 pm
Filed under: birthday, fish | Tags: , ,

Gavin got a fish tank for his birthday…it’s been a long time since I kept a fish tank I had forgotten how much work they were to get set up and running correctly. Or, maybe 11 years ago it didn’t seem like that much work because I didn’t have “help” from a 5 year old and a 3 year old. We’ve had to do some water changes because David has fed the fish…what a mess! I have tape over the door on the hood to prevent a repeat performance.

They have very original names. The mostly white runykin is “White Fish” and the orange one with telescopic eyes is “Orange Fish.” I guess it is easy to remember.

I am hoping these guys last for awhile…but I think if they make their way to goldfish heaven at some point we will start over with guppies or white clouds.



Gavin’s birthday party!
March 17, 2008, 5:44 am
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Gavin had his birthday party yesterday. It turned out to be a lot of fun. We had it at a place called Papa’s Pizza here in Corvallis. It was an absolute madhouse! We got there about 15 minutes early to set up but they weren’t able to get our table ready until almost exactly 1:30PM (our reservation time). Gavin was quite upset and was in tears when we first got there. Of course, none of his friends had arrived and it was SOOOO busy. He came up to me in tears and said, “Mommy, we can’t have my party here! It’s too busy!” I felt bad for him, but I reassured him that it would be better once his friends got there and they could all play. It didn’t take long for them to arrive and he did just fine.

All of the kids had a lot of fun. One little boy, I was a little worried about. He cries a lot when he gets dropped off at school, so I didn’t know how he’d do being dropped off at a party at a crazy pizza parlor. But, he did fine and seemed to really enjoy himself. His mom said it was the first time she didn’t get a call saying that he was crying.

Gavin was also happy that David was able to come to his party this year. Last year he had just gotten out of the hospital for the first time and so we didn’t bring him along to Gavin’s party. But, it seems that everyone was in good health for this event and everyone had a lot of fun.

Gavin got a lot of nice gifts. We now have a huge herd of dinosaurs (as if we didn’t already) and some new games. He managed to find the gift from his Aunt Dee when we got home, so I let him open that before his actual birthday which will be in a few days. They got him the plush Dragonology Frost Dragon. He was so excited! He even ask to call Aunt Dee to thank her, which showed how much he loved getting that as a gift.

It’s hard to believe that he was born five years ago. It doesn’t seem like it could possible be that long since he was a baby! He was born the night the Iraq War started. I remember watching the Sadaam clock counting down and that they were dropping bombs on Bagdad about the time we got moved into the postpartum room. Crazy to think that was FIVE YEARS AGO!



AAAGH Postcrossing!
March 17, 2008, 5:36 am
Filed under: postcards, postcrossing, snail mail | Tags: ,

I am wondering why I’m doing it…it is so frustrating! I think most of my round robins that are stuck have been resolved. There are a few in the Maps group that need to get going, but for the most part I think they are going again. But it just pisses me off…I realize things happen but I just keep thinking of these people that have envelopes full of presumably nice cards that they haven’t sent on. They are just keeping them! If they can’t afford the postage, they could at least fess up to it! I hope they feel really bad holding on to all of those cards! That’s enough venting for now!



Postcrossing Frustrations!
March 6, 2008, 6:22 pm
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I love the forum and I love trading postcards. I’ve received many nice postcards and met some nice people. But it only takes a few people to spoil it. I’ve had several people sign up for many of my traveling round robins and then just drop out of sight…after receiving ten cards. Grrr… I realize the only way this will never happen is to stop trading, but it seems to be happening more and more these days.