Hmmmm…

As I prepare for this morning’s dentist appointment, I am busy rinsing, flossing, and brushing my teeth.

Is doing all that like cleaning your house before the housekeeper comes?

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More Optimistic About the Move

Things are looking a bit better in the future housing issue. There is a house that meets a lot of our criteria and the only thing that needs to be in place is a high speed internet that provides the speed and bandwidth I need for my job. The ISP is going to do a site survey of the house early next week so I will soon find out. I did talk to a co-worker who had speed and bandwidth issues. She still has them, unfortunately.

The company we work for requires 10 mbps for downloads and 1 for uploads. Dee could barely get 3 for the downloads. The potential ISP I am working with on this move could get me 6. If I get a business line, that may be enough. I have a business line now and like the reliability of it. It doesn’t cost me any more considering I tap into it wirelessly for 2 PCs, 1 laptop, 1 Kindle, 1 Ipad, one Amazon Firestick and 3 smart phones.

The rental house we are looking at is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath one-level home on on acre of lawn. The one-level home will be great for my mom. Three bedrooms and two baths will provide plenty of space.

I am not too keen on the one acre lawn for a couple of reasons. First, we have to take care of it, which means, I will need to purchase a lawn mower and a trimmer. Second, I think having one acre that is just lawn is a sinful waste of space. What is the point?

I would much rather prefer that the lawn be just enough to avoid parking or stepping off the porch into the weeds. The rest of the acreage should be trees, native growth, maybe a garden, perhaps an area for a chicken coop- anything to provide birds, bugs and critters with shelter.

The home is a bit too remote to do without a car, unfortunately. However, cats are allowed. And, at $900 a month split between the four of us, the rental fits my budget,

So, yes, things are looking better for the upcoming move.

On Becoming a Sloth

I recently read a post at Hart of the Forest which in turn lead me to read an article by Sarah Knight at theguardian.com, which is also an excerpt of the book she wrote titled
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k and I decided I need to read this book. So I bought it (using my Amazon points so I wouldn’t use a credit card).

About two years ago I decided to become a sloth and some of my friends were aghast because the Bible uses the sloth to describe one of the seven deadly sins- extreme laziness. Sloth is defined as spiritual or emotional apathy, neglecting what God has spoken, and being physically and emotionally inactive. Source: Wikipedia

Considering the connotation of sloth in that perspective made me reconsider my decision to become a sloth. I wanted to adopt the attitude of a sloth because, to me, that means I will slow down and not get caught up in the drama around me- family drama, work drama, political drama. Staying un-involved in all that drama isn’t as easy as deleting a Facebook account to stay out of all that Facebook drama.

What I am trying to do is to ignore others’ expectations of me and re-define what I need to do, what I want to do and refuse to let others create stress in my life. I am learning to say ‘no’. I have a finite amount of energy and I will not let stress consume it.

Sarah Knight’s article headline is Drowning in Commitments? It’s time to stop giving a damn. And in the words of the handsome Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind….

Frankly my dear

Post-Script: While I am sure Sarah Knight’s book held some valuable info, I just couldn’t get past the first page. I have never used the ‘f’ word that much in my life. Actually, I really dislike the word. I returned the book.

The Power of Five Minutes

Just think of all the things you can accomplish in 5 minutes

So often, when I think of all the things on my to-do list, I procrastinate because I don’t have enough time to finish even one of them.

But, if I spent just five minutes on something, I might be able to accomplish a lot.

Set a timer for 5 minutes and get to work.

5 minutes
The Power of 5

Being Salary Exempt Sucks

I am considered a salary exempt employee and this sucks because:

  1. I am not limited to a 40 hour week.
  2. I am forced to work for as long as it takes to get the job done.
  3. Currently, it is taking the majority of us 9 to 10 hours a day to get the job done.
  4. I get zilch, nada, nothing in overtime pay.
  5. I get no comp time- I can’t work 9 hours one day and then leave an hour earlier the next day.
  6. I  have to stay at the job for a minimum of 8 hours.

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act:

Rights of exempt employees.

An exempt employee has virtually “no rights at all” under the FLSA overtime rules. About all an exempt employee is entitled to under the FLSA is to receive the full amount of the base salary in any work period during which s/he performs any work (less any permissible deductions). Nothing in the FLSA prohibits an employer from requiring exempt employees to “punch a clock,” or work a particular schedule, or “make up” time lost due to absences. Nor does the FLSA limit the amount of work time an employer may require or expect from any employee, on any schedule. (“Mandatory overtime” is not restricted by the FLSA.)

Can anybody say “Union”?

Tax Time- Yeech!

It’s that time of year again- the dreaded tax time. Time for me to go through the crap-load of paperwork I tossed into the filing cabinet throughout the year and sort it out into deductions- medical, home office, etc.

After selling my house and the loser rental property and moving into an apartment, I must admit that the paperwork I have to do now is much, much less. Now the trick is to play with the numbers so that I can get money back versus paying more.

As the house empties out and I lose the deductions of kids, it isn’t quite so easy to get a refund.

Ok- lucky to have a job. That is the way I should look at it.