Tuesday, July 13, 2010

This and That

This past week has been a stressful week, to say the least.  First of all; I had to quit my job last week.  I loved my job and thought it was the best job I'd ever had.  My bosses were nice to me, very thankful and very complimentary to me all the time.  We had no sick or vacation policy, which meant that they just let me off work whenever I needed to be with the kids. 

About a month ago, they started laying off people rapidly.  They laid almost everyone of importance off.  I started getting nervous, wondering what was going to happen to me.  I was only working there from 9 am to 4 pm and it was in the next little town from ours.  I wasn't having to drive into the big city everyday fighting rush hour traffic. That was huge to me. 

Last week, someone called and told me to "google" one of the owners of my company.  I wish I never had.  When I typed his name into google, he came up as a guy with a horrible history of criminal activity.  Criminal activity that seriously scared me.  I showed the information to my husband and we decided that night that I was quitting the next morning.  And, that's exactly what I did.  I quietly quit and let them tell the few remaining employees that I had a family emergency.

It was one of the most stressful decisions I've had to make but I have strong morals and I'm not compromising those morals, especially for part-time work.  I didn't make enough to have to work with a renowned criminal.  Now, I don't even know if I should put the job on my resume because I was only there six months and don't even know who to list as a reference. 

Mr. H and I decided I'll stay home with the boys this summer.  So far, I've had fun making them breakfast and lunch everyday, swimming, running errands with them and just getting to hang out.  That's something that I never really got to do while working. 

So far, we've tried a few new things:

We tried making homemade donuts.  All we needed was vegetable oil and some canned biscuits.

We took a bottle lid from a 20 oz. Coke and pressed the donut holes out of the biscuit.

We fried them until golden brown, then topped them with glaze.  The glaze was just 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and enough milk to make a slightly thick glaze.

The boys loved them!

We also made a dinner that I used to eat as a kid.  Shake and Bake chicken.  My boys had never had Shake and Bake.  We had some chicken drumsticks and I thought the kids would love it. 

They absolutely ate it up!  The Shake and Bake was a success!!! Guess that's why it's been around since I was a kid.

Another thing the boys and I have talking about is the oil spill.  Gulf Shores, Alabama is my favorite place on earth and it makes me so sad that the beaches and water are being destroyed by the oil.  I think everyone needs to vacation down there now that all of the resident businesses are hurting.  They need our support now more than ever. 

Mr. H had a friend from work, Greg, visit Gulf Shores for vacation last week.  When he got back yesterday, he brought us a souvenir.  It's a tar ball with some small seashells and sand.  Greg even labeled it with "BP Deep Horizon oil spill" and the date, July 5, 2010.  I opened the jar and it actually smelled like oil.  I don't know what I expected it to smell like but I was actually surprised.

This past weekend my brother-in-law brought his new puppies over for the boys to see. 

They are beyond adorable!!!

But this is the favorite Boxer of our family

1 comment:

VKT said...

Wow! I got chills just thinking about how I would have felt to have such an experience. Bless your heart. I don't think you should hesitate to put the company down as a reference if it helps you get another job. You were an innocent in all this.

I loveeeeeee to make those doughnuts with my students....they love it. We put cinnamon sugar, powered sugar or chocolate frosting with sprinkles on them. I know your children loved that opportunity, especially with Mom's participation.