Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My little Mr. S starts day care tomorrow. We visited today, so it'll be fresh and familiar in the morning. I've been feeling sick to my stomach about it, but Seamus has been just fine. He's already made friends with a boy named Alex and a girl named Princess (no joke). He actually cried when we left today. He'll be going for six hours a day until I find a job. This was the only way to secure his position in this day care. I hate that I'll be home while someone else takes care of him, but I won't be twiddling my thumbs. At least this will give me more time to devote to job-searching, or if by some miracle someone wants to interview me, I won't have to wait for T to come home from school. Seamus loves other children, and I know he'll have fun this particular school. The teachers are amazing, and the children all seem so happy. This was not the case with another day care we looked at. I'm going to be a complete wreck tomorrow, however. I started crying when I packed his lunch tonight.

Still undecided about the Parsons job. With the economy in the state it's in, I'm thinking I should take whatever work I can find at this point. I have until tomorrow noon to make a decision.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Special Delivery!

Another special delivery today...this time from my mother. She sent a nice, big box filled to the brim with whole bean Gevalia coffee, the new Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, Halloween candy and lots of goodies for Seamus, including new crayons and coloring books, a pumpkin costume and tons more. Thanks Mom! You made our day brighter. (I don't know about Seamus, but I needed it.)








Thomas had his meeting with the FAO Schwartz president today. He looked so handsome:




Came home with a nice goodie bag for Seamus and lots of great things to say about one of the world's best toy stores.



More rain today, so no outdoor fun. Yesterday, however, there was a break in the weather and Seamus and I were able to go down to the Bay. Business was booming with the cargo ships, and there were cormorants, geese and seagulls everywhere. We got goose poop all over our stroller and shoes, but it was still fun.





Saturday, September 27, 2008

Rainy Days

Nothing but rain the past couple of days. I've been trying my best to keep Seamus entertained. It's not much fun being stuck inside an apartment for 48 hours, especially for a toddler. We did take a quick walk in between showers, just to get some fresh air, but for the most part we've had to make our own fun.

Here's what you do when there's nothing else to do:

Yesterday we made a box car and zoomed around the house, and then I strung some curtains with yarn and draped them across the living room (these didn't last two seconds before they were balled up in the floor). Later on we used the curtains as a cape and pretended to bullfight in the kitchen. Seamus was the bull and I was the matador. Seamus loves this game.









Today a dinosaur attacked the Sesame Street house, and then all of Seamus's farm animals got to drink out of the cat's dish. For dinner, we made horse and elephant stew in the slow-cooker and then Seamus stew. Then we crawled in and out of cabinets.





Right before bedtime, the weather let up and T and I walked Seamus down to the carnival at the Roman Catholic Church.




Thursday, September 25, 2008

Decisions, Decisions

I was just offered the Parsons (the New School) job I interviewed for last week. I'm very much on the fence about this one. It's a library job, working for the digital reserves library, helping with their backlog of data-entry. However, it doesn't pay nearly enough to cover day care, rent, transportation, insurance, etc., but on the other hand, it beats the alternative, which at this point is working as a waitress. However, if I were working as a waitress (or a cashier or telemarketer), I could quit my job at the drop of a hat if I were offered a better paying one. The job at Parsons is a contract position, and it's also a temporary position (just for this semester). To make matters worse, the contract is non-renewable. There are some benefits, which I'm going to call about tomorrow. If they offer insurance (cheaper than what I'm paying now), I may actually take this job. Although, T and I will have to have help from our families to make ends meet. I've got until Monday to think about it.

The cool thing about Parsons, aside from Project Runway and the possibility of running into Tim Gunn, is it's FIT's big rival.

Speaking of FIT, T must wear his nice suit to class on Monday so he can look presentable when the toy design students go to meet the President of FAO Schwartz. They met with the Vice President of K'nex today. This program is amazing. At this very moment, T is sitting at his drafting board drawing the coolest top-secret outdoor toy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bellyaching

The domestic dispute couple is at it again tonight. This is the third time this week, and each time I hope and hope this will be the argument that breaks them up. I don’t like being kept up at night, but I think I’d hate it more if Seamus were awake and had to listen to some of the disgusting things these two say to each other. Luckily his room is buffered all around by other rooms and hallways.

After four tries to open a checking account up here, I’m finally successful today. It took two hours sitting at desk of a superb financial specialist at WaMu today to figure out that the state of Tennessee still has my name registered as my maiden name, even though I’ve been married for going on five years now and my driver’s license and social security card all say “Gwyn.” The woman who helped me today was on the phone being transferred to different agencies for most of that two hours before she was finally able to get a straight answer from someone. She said this little DMV mix up is why I’ve been unable to open a checking account online. She was able to open it in my maiden name, and now I have to call the Tennessee DMV tomorrow and have them fix it. Craziness.

Still no news on the job front. I’ve been applying to every publishing and library job I seem qualified for and following up with the appropriate people, but nada. I applied for a position at Harlequin Romance a couple of days ago. Even though I don’t read romances, what fun that would be! I’ve also joined about five staffing agencies. Our money is going, going, going, and I’ve told myself if I’ve not heard some good news by the end of this week, I’m just going to have to take a job at Target or a coffee house or a restaurant until something better comes along.

In my entire working life (since the age of 16), this is the longest I've ever gone without a job.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sunset








Fabulous News!

Dr. Enuf will ship to New Jersey!





A big THANK YOU to Thomas's sweet mom!

And you thought "fabulous news" meant I had a job. Pshaw!

I'm getting closer and closer to call-center employment. Really.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Great Egret

Seamus and I got our nature fix this evening when we spotted this guy at the bay:



Saturday, September 20, 2008

Famous Seamus




Lately I've been getting a lot of requests from friends and family for more pictures and news of Seamus. I have a lot of both.

Everyday Seamus learns several new words. Yesterday he learned the word "cook." He was eating dinner, and I was talking to him about how I thought his grandie was the best cook in the world when I was a little girl. And he looked at me and said "gee, cook?" Gee is his word for Grandie. For the next thirty minutes that's about all he would say. I explained to him what cooking meant and that his stir-fried vegetables and rice couldn't be eaten until they were cooked. He loves to watch me prepare dinner. He always wants me to hold him so he can watch me stir sauces and vegetables. I've been thinking about getting him a kid kitchen and keeping it in our kitchen so he and I can cook dinner at the same time. This would make a great Christmas gift.

Reading is still Seamus's favorite activity. On an average day we read about 20-30 books. Reading keeps him quiet on the trains, calms him before nap and bed times, teaches him new words and new animal sounds, colors. Lately he's been telling me about a book as he hands it to me and we prepare to read it. Yesterday, he handed me Frog Went A Courtin', one or our very favorite books, and then he said "frog. Horse. Cat." And then he started hissing like the cat at the end of the book when he crashes the wedding party. He's learned the difference between a loon, duck and goose from his nature books. Right now loons are his favorite birds. He calls them "noons." My best bird book is falling apart now because Seamus is constantly searching for the loons in its pages. He learned how to gobble like a turkey from reading The Jolly Barnyard. And he can find the hidden mouse on the color pages of Goodnight Moon.








He and Kiki are still best friends, even though Kiki scratched Seamus last week for being too rough. Seamus loves to squeeze the cat and smack him affectionately. The cat has been very patient and accomodating.




Fresh from a nap:




In and out of boxes and baskets (only a toddler could get away with a Spiderman shirt and camoflaug sweat pants):






Important phone call with a mama parrot:




Reading after a bath (note whose wearing the hooded bath towel):




The other day we went on a family walk down to the Bay. The sun was setting. It was still sweater weather. We stayed up past Seamus's bedtime playing on the swings.




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