Feb 12, 2009

Things Making Me Happy Today



  • My puppy who is being super affectionate today.  

  • Making plans to go to a dollar movie tomorrow.  Who knew those even existed?!?  Aparrently there is one in Plano - $2 at night and $1.75 matineee.  Tomorrow I see Twilight.
  • Feeling completely prepared for my first test tonight.  Yep.  That's right.  Tonight is my first test as a PhD student - and I am going to do great!
  • Playing pool with my husband in the middle of the afternoon.  Because we can.

  • Casey hearing back and getting great feedback (and interviews) from multiple sources.  I just have to keep reminding myself that we only need one of them to work out!
  • Great jokes about Texas:

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas ...
  • If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you may live in Texas ;
  • If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas ;
  • If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Texas ;
  • If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may live in Texas ;
  • If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas ;
  • If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Texas ;
  • If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Texas ;
  • If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Texas ;
  • If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph -- you're going 80 and everybody's passing you, you may live in Texas ;
  • If you find 60 degrees 'a little chilly,' you may live in Texas
  • If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas friends, you definitely live in Texas .

Feb 6, 2009

Oh Baby Baby

So in the past week, I have been asked 7 (yes, thats right, 7) times if I'm pregnant.  Seriously?!?  I know that I'm no skinny-minny (read:  I'm overweight) but I don't have a big belly pooch.  I've actually lost weight recently.  No.  I'm not pregnant.

In the past week, I've been asked 6 (yep, you read that right) times if we are trying yet.  Sadly, these questions didn't come from the people who want to know if I'm already pregnant.

That makes 13 total people asking me about my ovaries lately.  I'm sorry, but the state of my ovaries is exceedingly private.

I realize that babies are everywhere.  I log into facebook and I see ads for all things baby (apparently even facebook takes advantage of targeted marketing!).  I get e-mails from The Nest for all things baby (umm seriously Nest, I didn't sign up for your page).  But, just because I see them everywhere and it's the cool thing to talk about doesn't mean I want to talk about with you.

I realize we aren't exactly newlyweds anymore.  I know that lots of people have babies after being married a year - and we've had two and a half.  But that doesn't mean we have to try yet!  I've only 24!!!  Can all things baby not hold off until I'm adult?

Oh wait.  I am adult.  When did that happen?

Feb 5, 2009

Dallas Bloggers

Dallas Bloggers:

I want to meet you.

I mean I really want to meet you.

So much so, that I'm willing to make the sweet tea, buy the wine, and have the chips and dip at my completely unfinished (read: whole rooms with no furniture) home.  So, lets pick a date. 

Would a Monday night or a Saturday morning or a Sunday after church be best?

Let me know!

CandyLand

I am pretty much thrilled that CandyLand is coming to the big screen.

I mean seriously.  Thrilled.




Chutes and Ladders the movie in 2010 perhaps?


On another note - would anyone be interested in donating this coffee table/trunk to my living room?  I'm in love.

SHOP THIS ROOM

Feb 4, 2009

Looking Up.

Thank you so much for all of your kind words yesterday. I really appreciate them.

I posted yesterday right after I found out from Casey, and before we had sat and talked everything through. Things are certainly still scary, but it's looking up. We have a lot more in savings than I had remembered (at least 6 months if we don't change our lifestyle at all and probably more like 9). Casey's company is paying him 6 weeks’ severance. We qualify for health insurance through my school since I'm a full time grad student. Our only big expense is our mortgage (luckily we didn't buy that new car in the fall -- good choice to hold off!) We're going to be okay.

A little background:
In Casey's industry, over half of most people’s salary comes from performance based bonuses. Now, these are called bonuses but in reality it is "if the funds beat the benchmark by x%, then we will pay you $y." They aren't an arbitrary bonus paid just because - you have to earn it. But, because bonuses can OVER DOUBLE salary, they are also something you count on for income each quarter. A few months ago, his company stopped paying quarterly bonuses as a cost saving measure. So, we have already cut expenses. Casey didn't start looking for a different job because the PM assured him the entire investment team was safe and any layoffs would be in ops. We trusted him.

That was also when I started looking for a job (something I could do while still going to school). Because my skill set is in finance and my PhD is looking at the effects of public policy and regulation on business, I wanted to find a job that would be relevant. I got awesome feedback from every company I talked to, but they are all delaying hiring decisions for a bit. As much as I would love to go back to work, there aren't any jobs right now. I could get a job working at a nursery again - but that doesn't pay enough to cover our mortgage!

The thing that is making this better is the incredible outpouring of support Casey has received. Before he left the office yesterday, he sent a good-bye e-mail to many of his contacts in the industry. Already, he has received numerous requests for his resume. We are hopeful that out of this very scary situation will come an incredible job. One he looks forward to going to everyday and loves even more than the one he lost. We are putting all of our faith in God and know that he has a plan - and it will all work out.

Feb 3, 2009

Shock.

Casey got laid off.  This morning.  Our only income is gone.   Not sure how we will replace it - people in finance aren't hiring and that's all either of us know.  Scared.  Very scared.  Very very scared.

Feb 1, 2009

Thanks Obama! You did it!

  • First off - Congrats Steelers! What a game. I mean What A Game! My brother-in-law is the biggest Steelers fan I've EVER met and I have no doubt he is at home celebrating. Big Time.

  • What the heck was Dan Rooney doing?  Did he really thank President Obama for his support?  I mean I understand that through Obama all things are possible, but really.  I don't understand.

  • Check out Mojito Mavens great chocolate giveaway!  It's just in time for Valentine's Day!

  • Commericals?  I thought they were only okay.  My favorites were:

    • by CareerBuilder: “even if you make loads of money” — show the man drinking liquefied gold bars — “it may be time” to look around for a new job.

      by Denny's:  I loved the funny face pancake - "isn't it time for a serious breakfast?"  If you didn't catch it, Denny's ended their commercial by inviting everyone to go into the restaurant for a free Grand Slam on Tuesday morning (6AM-2PM)  It's been years since I've been to a Denny's, but free just might convince me to go.
    You can see the superbowl ads (organized by quarter) here.  So what were your favorite SuperBowl Commercials?