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post #121 of 384
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Yay, I got my new job! I have to go in Monday morning to fill out paperwork and do my drug test. I'll be a nursing assistant starting at $7.50, then when I'm certified I'll go up to $8.25. Sadly, that's considered decent pay for my town I'll also be able to get health insurance and I'll be on day shift.
Glad to hear about the new job!!!
post #122 of 384
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Originally Posted by LankyLizards View Post
Little celebrations of the day:
- found good, affordable babysitter for dd for two days a week, while I'm in school
- found a good paying job through school for weekends
- made a yummy, cheap dinner


Disappontment of the day:
- apartment complex manager told me I have to take down any outside Halloween decorations including window clings. They want all of the aparements to be uniform. I'm really pissed about this, actually.
How dumb is that???!
post #123 of 384
Hey, welcome back, mrskennedy!

Anyone have fun, inexpensive plans for the weekend? I think dd's going to spend most of tomorrow with her father and his family and I am going to do lots of homework (yeah, that's the plan anyway....or I might just sleep all day!)There are some really cute, free events coming up at the library over the next couple of weeks that I hope to take dd to. Nothing this weekend though.
post #124 of 384
Congrats to those who have found jobs this week! Yay!

{{{HUGS}}} to those who are eeking it out until the end of the month.

As for me, I had my "group interview" at Kohl's - and it really was just that. About 16 of us shoved in a small (hot) room - what a varied group of people! They asked questions of each person and we had to respond in front of the group. It was interesting - I am an easy interview-ee and it was interesting for me to see how others can struggle with public speaking or just talking about themselves. Also - it amazed me how sloppy some people dress for an interview. I didn't care that it was a p/t retail position - I went in my black suit! One other person wore something sort of like a suit (more like pull-on pants with an oversized shirt, but it matched and looked presentable - more than I can say for some others that were there in dirty ripped jeans!).

So - I am pretty certain I will be hired. They are calling references this week.

Keep your fingers crossed for me - this will help us in two ways - first, additional income. Second, an employee discount on that I can use for aout 85-90% of our holiday gifts!
post #125 of 384
About the class rant: I had to work with a girl that was CONSTANTLY ranting about sh!t like that in my chemistry class, my second semester in college... finally I got in her face, explaining that *I* was a working student mother, and that I worked my butt off and was poor and still couldn't get aid, and then went on to explain to her how the system REALLY works... and by the end of the several-hour-long class, she had shut up. I never heard another put-down on poor people from her again.



Update on me personally ~ last night I woke up with excruciating, and terrifying, meningitis type symptoms... went to the ER after about an hour trying to find someone to take the kids for me while I was there and all the while fighting off the fear that I was about to start having seizures.... found out that it's a similar type of virus but not meningitis and that apparently there's been an outbreak of it in my county recently (the ER was flooded). And in addition to the virus I also have a massive sinus / head infection.... so the doctor loaded me up with painkillers for my headache and antibiotics for my infection and sent me home.

I was puking all morning. I wish I had someone who could take the kids when this happens. I felt terrible having to leave them be while I totally crashed in bed all freaking day today, but then again, there's not much I can do in the way of attachment parenting when I'm going between horrifying pain and puking, and passed-out asleep exhaustion. :
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Oh no! I hope you're feeling better Aura Kitten! That sounds so scary. Being sick is one of the most frightening things to me as a single parent. What do you do? And my two-year-old just does not get that I am not being mean because I am too busy vomiting to play with her. It's rough.

Hugs to CaliMommie, too. I actually read that post or maybe a different one but it mentioned that yesterday. How scary. Anytime a hospital is involved it scares me, really. I hope he starts feeling better soon, that sounds really painful and miserable.
post #128 of 384
CaliMommi I read your other thread. I hope he is continuing to recover.
post #129 of 384
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Originally Posted by Aura_Kitten View Post
About the class rant: I had to work with a girl that was CONSTANTLY ranting about sh!t like that in my chemistry class, my second semester in college... finally I got in her face, explaining that *I* was a working student mother, and that I worked my butt off and was poor and still couldn't get aid, and then went on to explain to her how the system REALLY works... and by the end of the several-hour-long class, she had shut up. I never heard another put-down on poor people from her again.
If I were Queen of the World (and it's probably a good thing I'm not ) I would wish for everyone to have to go spend a full day waiting around and filling out paperwork at the nearest social services office and see how "really easy" it is to "mooch off the system".

But I'm feeling evil today. And I think AF is coming.
post #130 of 384
Can I join? If you want to know my situation, just ask.

I'm grateful....
*That it's a 3 pay-day month, so I'll have "extra" cash and be able to start buying things for the baby.
*That I got a raise and am now making what I was told I would when I was hired(9 months ago!) so things might be getting a little easier.

Goals for the month...
* Get medicaid for the baby, as I just found out my insurance will not cover him.
* Pay down my CCs with one of the "extra" paychecks.

And If all goes as planned...yeah, right!
* Start saving for maternity leave.
post #131 of 384
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If I were Queen of the World (and it's probably a good thing I'm not ) I would wish for everyone to have to go spend a full day waiting around and filling out paperwork at the nearest social services office and see how "really easy" it is to "mooch off the system".

But I'm feeling evil today.
That sounds like a good idea to me! It sucks enough to need the help & have to jump through the hoops to get it without people saying how "easy" it is. :
post #132 of 384

Hugs to Calimommie!

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Originally Posted by CaliMommie View Post
It has been a very long, difficult week for us here. I posted about it in this thread: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=765392
I just don't have the energy to type out the whole story again Short version: my boyfriend has some severe health issues going on, has been out of work for a week, had oral surgery today, more scheduled for next week. :
I'm sorry CaliMommie! Hugs.
post #133 of 384
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Originally Posted by JesseMomme View Post
If I were Queen of the World (and it's probably a good thing I'm not ) I would wish for everyone to have to go spend a full day waiting around and filling out paperwork at the nearest social services office and see how "really easy" it is to "mooch off the system".

But I'm feeling evil today. And I think AF is coming.
For sure!!
post #134 of 384
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Originally Posted by JesseMomme View Post
If I were Queen of the World (and it's probably a good thing I'm not ) I would wish for everyone to have to go spend a full day waiting around and filling out paperwork at the nearest social services office and see how "really easy" it is to "mooch off the system".

But I'm feeling evil today. And I think AF is coming.

best idea ever. oh and i want people to have to live off foodstamps and see how much "pop and other junk food they can afford"
post #135 of 384
Aurakitten!! How scary! But at least you don't have meningitis!!

We spent the weekend at home....went to the park a few times. Dh went to the library to work on a paper, and I actually got him to replace the grout around the toilet and tub! Yeah! It looks SOOO much better.

Ds did not sleep well at all this weekend, which sucked. I don't know what is going on with him.

Found out that dh can get some student loans, which is helpful although we are already in a buttload of debt, so it sucks to take on more.

Also, I got my fin. aid app in, but we didn't sign the tax forms (printed 'em off the computer) and didn't include the W2s, even though they have the damn tax forms with ALL the numbers right there. Ugh.

Also, got the stupid food stamps app off. Dear me, how much crap do they need to know about my life? And for all the forms they want, don't you think they could provide a bigger envelope? Sheesh. And you know, I'll bet we are turned down. :

I also don't want to be at work, because I am working on a computer program that is NOT working (I have been fighting with this for MONTHS) and I am not a computer programmer and I just don't want to do it anymore. Oh, and I'm supposed to be writing a literature review and it's the most boring thing EVER.

Sigh. I'm gloomy today. :
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{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Cali & Aura}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}


Welcome new moms!!!!!



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post #137 of 384
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Originally Posted by JesseMomme View Post
If I were Queen of the World (and it's probably a good thing I'm not ) I would wish for everyone to have to go spend a full day waiting around and filling out paperwork at the nearest social services office and see how "really easy" it is to "mooch off the system".

But I'm feeling evil today. And I think AF is coming.
Oh God, please?!? Can we please? Staying on assistance is absolutely more work than being employed. And there's nothing like the fun of having your family's safety and ability to stay fed and clothed totally up to some social worker who is having a bad day.
post #138 of 384
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Oh God, please?!? Can we please? Staying on assistance is absolutely more work than being employed. And there's nothing like the fun of having your family's safety and ability to stay fed and clothed totally up to some social worker who is having a bad day.



I just got a notice, the day after I was in the hospital, that said my family is being taken off of aid and food stamps ~ we got one of those form letters, with the "because of..." section BLANK. I called my worker, who wasn't there because they're never there Friday through Sunday.... and I am REALLY HOPING I hear back from her *asap* because.... I don't know what I'm going to do without that.
post #139 of 384
Aura~ That's terrible! And no explanation? I hope you get it figured out quickly! And I hope you're feeling better.
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Oh no Aura!! That's terrible. Hopefully it was just a mistake and even though a huge PITA, they will reinstate you quickly. I hope you get through to someone that can help.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to make a couple hundred bucks in a relatively short period of time (like a few weeks)? I was just doing some math and there is no way that I'm going to be able to afford everything until I get the rest of my financial aid from school - and I have no family who can give me a loan, either. I'm not sure I really have anything to sell, just some too-small clothes of dd's and maybe some books. Actually I might have some cds too. Should I have a garage sale? I think I'll still need more money than a garage sale could possibly provide. I'm thinking I need about $350. Any creative ideas are welcome!
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