25 February 2011

The Joys of Contracting pt 2

Let me start this by saying I love my job. I love what I do and who I work with. There are things that just suck about it though. See i'm a federal contractor as being a contractor you have to accept that whenever your contract it up you may or may not have the same deal on the next contract. My contract was up and it was a huge mess, I ended up with a new company doing the same work. Thats the good part, the bad part is my health insurance doubled and the coverage isn't as good. Since I'm at a new company I get less leave and I'm starting at zero. So any time I have to take off means I'm either working over to make up the time or taking leave without pay. Lets just say that last month my check was $700 short because of snow and sick days.

So despite working on a new contract one of the other benefits of working on a government contract is sitting back and listening to the news talk about a government shutdown. Have you heard about this? If congress doesn't agree on a budget by March 4th then the govt shuts down.

Whats that mean? Well for government workers it means they will get a couple days off, unpaid. At least until a new budget is agreed upon then they will get back pay thanks to the union. As a contractor we get nothing. We get sent home on a nice unpaid vacay. At least it will give me some time to look for a new gig.

I'll take this time to remind myself that I'm blessed to be able to weather these storms and not lose my mind or my house.

23 February 2011

Sick Day

Over the weekend LMS developed a cold. I'm 95% sure it was a cold and not allergies, green muscus and all that. So even though her nose was a never ending facuet she had a vist scheduled with mom at a family fun center. I gave her some meds and for a couple hours she ran around and had a good time. We left and all was good.

The next morning (monday) baby had lost her voice. I chalked it up to running around screaming while sick. The good news was her cold was going away. I sent her to school with no vice, i mean she usually gets in touble for talking too much anyway, this can only help right? Tuesday morning same thing, cold almost gone but no voice. I picked her up from school and she was eating some candy (leftover from v-day) we sent to the store and headed home.

I figured I'd make my world famous black beans and rice since I already had some leftover roasted chicken. As i was cooking LMS comes up and tells me her stomach hurts, this is universal kid code for "I'm hungry". I brush it off and explain that im cooking dinner and she can eat in a few. I fix her plate and she barely eats anything, this is really odd for LMS as she loves to eat. I think that maybe she had more candy then I thought and she just was full. We get ready for bed.

Once in bed she continues to say her stomach hurts, and it only feels better when she is sitting up. I know what that means so I try my best to get her to go to sleep. Hoping that some sleep will settle her tummy, then it happens...

Before I could tell her to go to the bathroom she had threw up on the carpet and sheets. She made it to the bathroom for round too so it wasn't that bad. The funny part in all this was that apparently if was the first time LMS had vomited in her memory. Being such she had questions. questions I wasn't prepared to answer like "How did I do that?" Then she carried this new accomplishment as a badge of honor and wanted to tell everyone how she couldn't stop spitting up.

I ended up taking 2 days off to stay with her, shes got better and I learned what the BRAT (Banana Rice Apple Toast) diet was. The other part of this was a couple days later I was up all night vomiting. Kiddie germs are the worst. I tell LMS that I'm sick like she was and her only response was "My belly doesn't hurt anymore, can we get McDonalds for breakfast?"

At what age do they start to care for you?