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unemployed September 1, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Danielle Brigance @ 8:58 pm
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Yep, got laid off today.

Work had slowed down quite a bit.  We all know zanybandz are a craze and it’s going to slow down eventually.  But, it just really sucks to think you’re safe in a company and then have this happen.

Me and my sister both worked there and both got laid off today.  Not by the owners.  Not face to face.  By our “supervisor” who sent us a text saying to call her sometime tonight.  When we did she told us the news that Friday would be our last day.  We’re down to part time work right now.  Kristin is supposed to work tomorrow and I’m supposed to work on Friday.  But, what’s the point in me going up there and sitting all day Friday and acting like I care about them?!  I’m going to go Friday morning and clean out my desk and clean off my computer and leave.  There’s no point in me staying there all day.

Now what am I supposed to do?  We were barely scraping by financially as it is.  And now this.  It’s like I can’t catch a freaking break.  I just don’t understand the fakeness of some people.  I don’t understand telling a person 1 thing to their face and saying another thing behind their back.  I don’t understand how you can sleep at night with this kind of business practice.  I guess for some people money really is everything.

So for now, I’ll be staying at home with Lexi.  I think we’ve decided she still needs to go to daycare part time to hold her spot for when I get another job.  And that will also give me time to go to interviews (if I should get one).    So I guess I’ll spend my time trying to do stuff for craft shows this fall and hope I can make a little bit of money that way.

Good luck to everyone still at Zanybandz. 

Karma is a bitch.

 

changes July 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Danielle Brigance @ 12:07 am
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Well, the subject says it all.  There are big changes happening in our life right now.  And being the couple that we are, neither one of us likes change, so we have to go through a period where we mope around about it. 

Change #1 was me going back to work full time.  I LOVE my job!  I love the people I work with (well most of them).  I love our product…shameless plug here.  www.zanybandz.com  www.splashwatch.com  2 awesome products that I get to sell every single day!

Change #2 stems from change #1.  Lexi had to start daycare.  She did ok at daycare.  My husband wasn’t really comfortable with her there, for reasons that are perfectly logical.  While I thought we hadn’t given it enough time.  But alas, my sister in law was going to be staying home with her 3 girls all summer, so she offered to watch Lexi for us.  We pay her what we were paying the daycare, because I believe that family deserves to be paid for babysitting, even if they’re your family!  Needless to say, Lexi loves it there!  She loves playing with “the girls” and I think they enjoy having her around.

Change #3 will be coming up next week.  As of July 30, Jacob will no longer be employed by the Beggs Telephone Company.  An opportunity FINALLY came at the school, so he’s taking a teaching position there.  It’s what he went to school to do, and it’s what he really has wanted to do all along.  We are very thankful for the time he had at the telephone company.  He made some really great friends that I know he will stay in contact with.  We were also blessed to have full family covered insurance there.  So, with all my medical bills leading up to getting pregnant, then my pregnancy and eventual hospital bedrest, then Lexi in the NICU for 9 days, the insurance took care of a good part of our bill.  Thank heavens!

Change #4 will be when Lexi starts going to the daycare at the school.  We aren’t sure if my sister in law is going to be getting another job once her kids go back to school, but we want her to have that opportunity.  The school daycare is very well run, and I trust them with my child.  My nephews go there and love it, from everything I’ve heard.  I know it won’t take long for Lexi to get used to the other kids.  But, in the past week she’s developed a horrible habit of being mean to other kids!  My nieces are 5 and 6 and Lexi bullies them constantly through the day.  She even made an attempt to bite today!  Naturally, my first word of advice was SPANK HER!  Now, I’m not giving the ok to beat my kid.  But, I do think a swat on the hand can stop bad habits early on.  Anyways….I’m not getting into a spanking debate here.  But, I don’t want to have the bratty kid that all the teachers groan when she walks in the door in the morning and sing hallelujah when she leaves in the evenings!

Change #5 is insurance.  Jacob will have his insurance covered at the school.  They don’t cover whole families and the plans they offer for families are outrageously expensive.  We, and when I say we, I mean Jacob, did a lot of research on insurance companies.  First major problem is that no one HAS to have maternity coverage.  That’s a big deal for us because we do want to start trying for baby number 2 in the near future.  We narrowed the list down to 2 and decided to go with the cheaper one (duh).  But, when we start looking up our drs to see if they are covered, we hit a brick wall.  My ob/gyn isn’t in network with them.  Major FAIL.  I told Jacob I didn’t want to be harsh, or to say yeah, let’s throw an extra hundred bucks away, but there’s no way in hell I’m changing dr’s.  Dr. Lakin was my saving grace so many times!  She always knew exactly the right things to say through my miscarriages and failed cycles.  And she was right there beside me through my whole pregnancy, doing everything she could to keep me and Lexi safe.  She knew I would hate hospital bedrest, but she put me there anyways because she knew it was best.  She stayed late that first night to come and check on me and let me know everything that was going to happen, and that I was going to be there for the long haul.  She knows my whole story.  She knows ME, without having to flip through my chart every time I talk to her.  SO…I think we’re going to opt for the more expensive plan for me, and the less expensive plan for Lexi.

All things considered, our life is great!  We get to come home every night, just the 3 of us.  Sometimes it just hits me that we are a REAL FAMILY!  We’re not just a married couple anymore.  We really have a family.  We have routines…that don’t always fall correctly. 🙂  We get to cuddle Lexi for a few hours in the evenings, give her a bath, and put her in bed.  Then we get to have our “US” time….which usually consists of making fun of stuff off the internet, laughing loud, and falling asleep happy.

I love this life!  Changes are coming, but they will not get the best of us!

 

Bad blogger May 31, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Danielle Brigance @ 8:16 pm
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I’ve been a bad blogger. Well actually, I’ve never been a good blogger. I want my blog to be witty and charming. Filled with funny things that happen to me and the amazing stories of my life. But it becomes appallingly obvious with each post that I will never be a journalist!
So what’s been up with us?
I got a job a couple weeks ago. I work for a place called zanybandz. I basically do office stuff and answer the phone. It’s crazy to say, but I really love it. I wake up almost every morning before my alarm goes off and jump out of bed. I don’t know if that’s something that will wear off eventually, but for right now, I’m loving it! I don’t think I’ve actually ever had a job that I really loved. Maybe that’s why they never worked out. Considering the fact that this job is based on the current trend of silicone bracelets, I know it won’t last forever. I am trying to make myself a valued employee though, so that maybe when this fad ends and my bosses move on to what’s next, they will consider taking me with them.
Me working means Lexi started daycare. She had a hard time adjusting the first couple days, and has already been sick twice since starting. We’re talking about a child who was sick 2 times in her entire first year of life. The first time she had a stomach virus, that Jacob and I both ended up also getting. Now she has been running a fever, runny nose, cough, all that good stuff. We spent 3 hrs at the pediatric urgent care yesterday trying to figure out what’s wrong with her. They said it’s just a cold, that might turn into an ear infection, but for now her ears looked good. She got a prescription for steroids to take for 3 days because the dr didn’t like the way her breathing sounded. The dr was nice, but I will not be going back there. It took way too long and once we finally got back to a room it was horrible. First the scale wouldn’t work, and we had to keep taking Lexi on and off of it. She was feeling like crap and screaming her head off. Then they tried to take her pulse ox…with an adult pulse ox machine. Like, the little thing you slip on your finger. Well, they were putting it on her foot and squeezing and twisting her foot to try to get it to work. She’s literally losing her mind. The nurse finally went and got a kid’s pulse ox machine, but she still couldn’t make it work. Finally a different nurse came in and made it work. Geez! I felt so sorry for her! But the time that ordeal was over she sat in Jacob’s lap and fell asleep until the dr came in. When we got home from urgent care her fever was up to 103.4. I felt horrible for her. Jacob and I took turns holding her pretty much the rest of the day yesterday. Her fever came down around bed time and stayed down all night, but went back up this morning to around 102. She’s felt ok the rest of the day, so hopefully she’s getting over it now…but of course Jacob and I are both feeling sickly now.
I have an appt. with the psychiatrist tomorrow. I’m hoping to make it just a quick trip to get refills on my meds. I’m really feeling great. Getting a job has helped my spirits so much.
Well, I guess that abouts sums up what’s been going on lately!