Anxiety Attack Alert

I'm starting to freak out just a little bit. The husband just went back to work yesterday from being laid off for three weeks. First week was forced vacation, second and third weeks was unemployment. The temp workers didn't return to work. Now the rumor is they are going to be laying off about 200 people, some of them permanently. And that they are going to go to a 10 hour work day, four days a week, eliminating 3rd shift. The plant is supposed to be having a plant wide meeting today to announce it's plans.

On top of this, my dad has decided to move back to Florida. He dropped this in conversation after dinner last night. He said that he wanted to go back to work at least part time. He's bored here with no job and nothing really to do. I obviously can't stop him from going, but he said when he first moved up here that he was going to stay here through this years holidays and then go back to Florida for a few months during the winter after this year. Basically from like November through April or something like that. That I could understand, that I can manage, but now he won't even be here for the holidays. I told him this morning that I wished he would stay until at least Christmas. He said, "Maybe I can just drive back up here for Christmas." It was three years since I had last seen him when he moved up here in May. Two months and he is already so bored that he wants to move back. AAHHHH!

Except for an aunt, who lives in Tennessee, and my mom, most of my family lives in Florida. Depending on the outcome of my husbands job, we may just have to move there. We've thought about it in the past, but things weren't in place for such a move. Even now, the husband would have to go down there and stay with family while working for several months before we could all pile up and move. And that's a huge move. The price of homes down there are so much more than here and picking up and moving my whole family about 900 miles is kind of a scary thought. Rental homes are too expensive to be able to rent and save to buy a home. Buying a home would be the best option. But then there are schools and neighborhoods to worry about. The kids are doing so well in their current school that I would feel bad moving them somewhere else.

Maybe I am jumping ahead to quickly. Probably I am. I'm bad about that. Over stressing when it isn't needed. My husband always tells me that I worry too much. That I'm going to give myself a heart attack. He's probably right.

What's the Deal?

Ok, not too very long ago I had to replace the home phones. Every time we got a lot of rain, the phone would act all funny. Get static in them, not receive phone calls, etc. I called the phone company, Logan Telephone, and explained the whole situation. Phones act weird when it rains a lot, but internet seems fine. She insisted that it was my telephones and not the phone lines. I bought new phones. Did the same thing until it was "dry" outside. We gave those phones to some friends of ours and they experienced the same issues so I thought, well I guess it was the phones. Alas, we got a small thunderstorm to roll through on Friday night. We lost our electricity for about 2 hours, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Until Saturday morning when my mom called and the phone only semi-rang, then went dead. As if there were water in the lines. Every time someone tried to call it would either ring once and then sound as if someone answered and didnt' say anything or it would just give a busy signal. We just upgraded to a new "package" deal with the phone company that includes call-waiting so that should have eliminated any busy signals. My husband went outside to the phone box and jiggled or did something to the little phone wires and viola! Phones back in working order. When you pick it up, you get a dial tone and when people call they get us. However, this morning I received an email that said I tried calling you all night and all I get is a busy signal. I picked up the phone and guess what? Dead air. Nothing, nada, zip, zero, nothing. However, the internet is working just fine. I can't even call the phone company to complain that something is amiss with the phone lines. I am betting that they are going to tell me that it is my phones and not their lines again. But these are practically brand new phones. And we've had no issue with them. As a matter of fact, my husband used the phone just yesterday afternoon to call a friend and to try to phone in his unemployment. Which is a whole other issue.

We are going on almost three weeks without a paycheck due to the layoff. We (mainly I) wasn't aware that he would have to wait two weeks before he could call in for the check. They have never been laid off for more than a week before. Then when he did call in, the PIN number wasn't correct! It's been the same PIN number for years, but on the day when we really need it....doesn't work. So today is his first day back to work and he has to take half a day off work to go to the stinking unemployment office and sit, sit, sit, so they can get his unemployment figured out for the past two weeks! By the time we get that check he will get the pay check for this weeks work. *eye roll* Does it ever end???? I mean seriously. What's the deal?

The Rollercoaster of Life

Yesterday I was happy, sad, depressed, and excited. Today, well today I'm just generally pissed off. And this was all before 10 o'clock in the morning!!!

You see, the carrots to my peas has been wanting to move with her family to Georgia for EVER and yesterday they finally set off on their plan. I would be lying if I said everything was running smoothly. But if any one has ever moved they know that nothing ever goes smoothly. Things get forgotten, tires go flat, or some other crap always happens at the least opportune moments. This morning the phone rang, caller ID said it was from GA. "Good Morning!!!", I say. "Not good morning", she says. I could write the extent of how bad her morning was going, but I don't want to clog up the Blogger bandwidth. Let's just say that you can't trust everyone and now they are on their way back to Kentucky to wait out the "mess". I am trying to only think on the brighter side of things because I know being in a bad mood about it won't help her at all. But....damn what an ass that guy is.

Movie: "Stop-Loss"

Pretty good movie.  Not as good as "Home of the Brave", but good none the less.  A little predictable at times, left me with a few questions, or really unanswered questions.  There really isn't a whole lot more that I can say about it.  It isn't really a military movie, not really a war movie, not really an action movie...I guess it's more a movie with all that stuff plus a little drama.  Probably not a movie I will watch again, but worth seeing the first time.

Movie: "The Other Boleyn Girl"

I usually don't favor movies that are considered "period" films.  However, there are a few I have seen as of late that made me change my mind.  (Marie Antoinette, Pride & Prejudice, etc)  So I'd been wanting to see this one.  I have to admit that it left me wanting to really know more about Henry VIII and those Boleyn girls.  It also made me almost feel bad for Anne until I remembered how mean she was in the movie.  I was a little confused at the beginning  because I didn't really have any knowledge of the people in the movie and when every one is dressed the same.....it was hard to figure out who this or that Duke or Earl was.  I only knew who Henry, Anne and Mary were because they were the most famous actors.  Anyway, suggestion is to see it, but probably not with kids or the husband/significant other.  It was ok, but it wasn't the bestest ever movie made or anything.  I think Scarlett Johannson's role in "The Prestige" was better than this one.  But that's just my opinion and I am a little partial to that movie because it has Christian Bale, but that's a whole different blog.

Wasting away again...

Is what I wish I was doing.  The trip to Panama City was excellent! 

4-26 It was a nice breather from regular days.  I didn't care much for sand in my swimsuit, but the beaches were gorgeous.  I've never been to that part of Florida before and I was looking forward to seeing what it would be like.  If you are like me, when someone says Panama City Beach, you immediately think of college kids, loud, un-family friendly environments.  Instead it was very family friendly.  I had no idea there was so much to see and do there.  Most of them weren't to expensive, but around $20 for adults and $16 for kids.  The price ranges did vary though depending on what you were doing, the age of the children and so on.  3-7Of course we had to eat  at  "Margaritaville".  There is nothing like eating  a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" while drinking a margarita at 11 o'clock in the morning.   The prices there were very reasonable and comparable to prices of sit down restaurants here.  The "Cheeseburger in Paradise" meal came with burger, fries, and a humongous pickle for only $8.95.  And the burger wasn't too small itself.

All in all, it was a great trip, but it was good to get back home.