It was a transitional week. The little kids were initially delighted to attend after school care with their friends but by the end of the week they were longing for some relaxed family time. Naturally evenings were somewhat more rushed as we condensed homework, reading, dinner, baths, and the bedtime routine into a fewer hours. We were late getting to bed most nights, and correspondingly grumpy in the morning.
I bought my older girls bus passes (10 rides for $11.00) and they are seeing what its like to rely on the city transportation to get to and from school. I can tell you one thing – the bus driver doesn’t turn around like mom does if you forget your lunch! It’s also a bit harder if they want to go to a friend’s house after school or on the days when their schedules don’t mesh (high school and middle school have different ‘short’ days).
The dogs are also having to adjust to less family time and I’m sorry to say they haven’t yet adapted their potty schedule to our later arrival. In our old house(s) they always had a yard and doggie door. They’ve also decided to entertain themselves in our absence with whatever they can dig out of the trash can! It has a button on the lid that you push to open it – what can I say, rat terriers are smart! Not a fun scene to come home to with grumpy hungry kids in tow! I’m planning to get a heavier metal trash can that requires you to step on a lever to open it – they are small dogs and I’m pretty sure that smart as they are they won’t be able to beat that.
And as for work – I did put in my 30 hours and will be able to see it in my paycheck in 2 weeks. But it’s hard to work twice as many hours without twice as much to do (actually I could use about 5 times as much to do, work is that slow). I also filled out enrollment papers for health and dental insurance (my coverage starts next month). That wasn’t as much of a high as I’d anticipated as it was preceded by the dismissal of another employee earlier in the week and followed by the boss intimating that she was disappointed in the lack of new projects coming in! I can see her position – not only are they paying me more since I’m working more, but the benefits will cost them as well. I really hope the economy will start heating up and more construction projects will begin – but at the same time I’m just not hopeful. I need this to work – this or something else. I need several months of decent paychecks to build up a small safety net, get some car repairs done and repay some debts. Small enough goals but not ones I feel certain of reaching.