Amazing Allison

25 09 2007

I have changed my schedule a bit a work to accommodate a new train that they added to the “Sounder Commuter Train”. I love the Sounder.

The 15 miles from my home to work can take 45 minutes in the morning and an hour or more in the evening if driving by car. On the train it takes 20 minutes. 20 MINUTES! Not only that, but my (MY!) house is a 10 minute brisk walk from the station.

Usually, due to the limited train schedule, I would be off work at 4 pm and would need to wait until 4:45 pm to catch the first train home. This would get me home around 5:20.

Not. Any. More.

Without having to change my schedule my more than 15 minutes in the morning, I can now catch this new run at 4:00 PM. Yesterday was the first day…..I jumped in the work vanpool, zoomed to the station, boarded the train, arrived in my hometown 20 minutes later, walked home, and arrived at 4:30. FOUR. THIRTY.

THIRTY MINUTES AFTER FOUR.

This is over an hour earlier! Does anyone understand?

Oh, I am sooooo happy.

Anyway, this post is actually not about the train (kind of hard to tell at this point, isn’t it?). It is really about the time and what I can do with it. I was very excited about this extra hour because, especially on piano lesson Mondays, I really need this time to prepare dinner, help with homework, take then neighbor’s dog for a walk, etc. I was actually so enamoured of my extra dinner-fixing time that I kind of forgot to make dinner before piano lessons last night.

Oops.

It actually worked out fine. We got home after lessons and I whipped up dinner and the girls and I sat around the table talking about boys and uteruses (uteri?) and if human twins can have two separate fathers.

I said no. I let the girls know that I wasn’t so sure – that if the twins were two separate eggs that I might be wrong. But having sex with two different people within the ovulation time was more than likely a really bad idea anyway.

I love our talks. Have I mentioned that we are very open about these things?

This, as it always does, opened to the dinner table conversation up to sex and boys. They myth that I had sex with their father only twice was finally debunked. They laughed. Sophie showed us her best “make out with yourself by crossing your arms over your own shoulders while your back is turned to the audience” move. It was good.

Then she sat down and said, “Do you know what?”. (Sophie starts almost all of her sentences this way.) “Maddie says that Jackson (7-year-old twins that live down the street) sometimes kisses and humps her Amazing Allison doll.” Insert relatively lengthy silence here. “I don’t play with Amazing Allison anymore when I’m over there.”

Inappropriate touching was the next subject of conversation.

Without that extra hour, would I have ever learned of Amazing Allison and her fall from grace?

I think not.





Movin’ On

20 09 2007

After I got this news, the prospect of leaving my house and moving once again, had paralyzed me this summer.

I was attached to that house for a myriad of reasons, but mostly because it seemed to signify a big turning point in my life.

I was in trouble in my old place – it had been sold and the rent greatly increased ($300 more a month). I had only my self-employment to get me by, and I was not doing very well. I had just come to the decision that the only way I was going to survive was to move into a much smaller (and less expensive) place and get a job in the real world.

I had been working at home and supplementing (quite heftily) my income with some money that I received when my Dad passed away. I supplemented my income so much that it only took me a matter of a few years to blow through it. It was enough, that if I would have been a better manager of my money, it could have lasted a very long time.

But I wasn’t. And I wasn’t on a pretty big scale.

I wasn’t as if I was completely frivolous. I bought a reliable vehicle. I bought new furniture. I stayed home with my kids until they got in school – and that is the part that I least regret. But it was humiliating to have to admit to my family that the money I had been given was all gone and I was, once again, in crisis.

My mother was horrified.

I had hidden things from her for as long as was humanly possible. But there are only so many times that the phone company can “mess up” and disconnect your phone. There are only so many times that you can tell your kids that the TV doesn’t work and they can just watch DVD’s. And it was truly my own damn fault.

I was driving home from work at my new “seasonal” position at REI (I’m still here 3 years later) when I decided to take a new route home and look for rentals. The first street I turned down there was a “For Rent” sign in the lawn of this adorable little green house with white shutters. I called on it immediately and saw it the next day. As horrified as she was at my money management skills, my Mom helped me with the first and last month’s rent and security deposit.

As you all know….things have greatly improved since I set foot in that house.

My job has allowed me to get back on my feet and truly improve my life from the bottom up. I feel like I can conquer the world, and it all started with that little green house. Everything has changed, but most importantly how I look at the world. My Mom and I still can fight, but I can honestly say that I feel that she would always back me up, no matter how bad I’ve screwed up in the past. I can be more honest with people than I ever felt I could. Pride no longer limits me.

Everyone deserves a second chance, I know. Sometimes that chance is so huge, though, that sometimes you can’t imagine anyone with enough hutzpah to be willing to put themselves out there when your track record is so….awful.

My Mom bought the house.

Yep. She bought it. I will be paying her “rent” (at a reduced rate, even) and earning a certain percentage of ownership each year. I won’t be strapped for the full cost of the mortgage payment and my lack of credit will not force me into a high interest rate.

And as far as I’m concerned, that’s the least wonderful part about it. Communication between my Mom and I is sometimes hard, but I really feel like this is more of a quiet nod of approval to how hard I have worked the last few years.

Surprisingly, her approval means more to me than I ever would have thought possible.





Hello There Everyone!

18 09 2007

Holy crap!

Well, that last month was a bit insane. I will be working on stories that include some of the shenanigans I have participated in. They will include, but not be limited by, this list of subjects:

  1. Moving
  2. Old Job vs. New Job
  3. State Fairs
  4. School
  5. Head Lice
  6. Fumigation techniques
  7. Scented Tampon Usage

I bet you can’t wait….