Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Day of the Beast lives up to its name

Boy, this day of 666 is not starting out very well.

First, DH, dogs and I were awakened at 5:45 am by crashing thunder, pounding rain, hail, and failing electricity. As of now, 10:30 am, the power is still out in a large chunk of my area of town.

Trees are splintered, traffic signals are unlit, and a 3 mile section of a road I need to cross to get to and from work is shut down.

I had to go far north out of my way to get to work, with wet hair and no makeup. (Overcast skies mean not enough light in the house either- you ever try to do eyeliner by flashlight? Doesn't work.)

When I got to work (title and escrow company), I was greeted with a phone call from one of our banks, informing me that a careless manager (who's now on vacation this week) didn't pay attention to what checks she signed last Friday, and has overdrawn BOTH escrow accounts with that bank.

I'm the person who does escrow accounting. I have responsibility without authority, a difficult balance at best.

This is the second time in a month that this manager has overdrawn an escrow account. Keep in mind- escrow accounts are NOT our money, and ours generally carry a balance of over a million each.


Hopefully I'll have a good lunch to make it up.

End rant.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Why I'm going to be a stay at home mother

I wish I could take the credit for writing this, but I saw it on a stay-at-home parent internet forum.


1. I am selfish – why should someone else enjoy my beautiful children while I slave away to pay for it? Why should someone else get that glorious affection my children give out? I want it for me!

2. I am arrogant – no one can raise my kids as well as I can. No one feels about them the way I do. No one knows them like I do.

3. I am super cautious – I’m fastidious about safety, about guarding against abuse, about sensitivity to their feelings and what media they are exposed to. By being around all the time, I don’t have to take chances on these issues – I know they are safe.

4. I enjoy working in a team – my partner and I work together well, we complement each other in parenting, and I like doing this with him. It’s something else that makes us closer.

5. I am poor and proud – I have so much self esteem that I don’t need great furniture or expensive clothes or a fancy house and car. I’m such a snob that I don’t need money beyond the bare essentials. My kids are my jewelry.

6. I am lazy – by raising secure and un-hassled kids who feel safe and settled, I am making it easy for myself later on. I’m planning to cruise through their adolescence. And I’m teaching them fifty kinds of housework.

7. I’m ‘into it’ – I enjoy the progress, the affection, the freedom to set my own pace, to decide how I will spend my time, the social get-togethers with other parents, the effect of the seasons on our activities, how my kids keep me young, and that I am (for this short time) the center of their world.