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December 18th, 2021 at 07:51 pm

I keep meaning to come back here, but obviously haven't - and now here it is nearly Christmas!

My CA trip went well overall, but when I got back, DH tested positive for COVID! I somehow managed to not get it from him. He was fully vaccinated, so thankfully, while miserable for 5 or 6 days, did not get very sick. By day 10 he was pretty anxious to get back to work. I got pretty sick a few weeks later (not COVID!) So between the time I missed work waiting for COVID test results, and actually being sick - I was glad for paid sick leave in September!

I did just manage to win my Healthy Wage bet! (We won't talk about what has happened since then ...

A couple months ago my church started a Stitches of Love group. I joined in, even though it had been 30+ years since I had attempted knitting or crocheting. With the help of YouTube and a few ladies in the group, I have gotten a decent start at crocheting. My first scarf took me four weeks .. (undoing and redoing) but yesterday I was able to make an earwarmer for a little girl in just a few hours. Progress. I have not attempted a hat yet. I've made scarves, cowls, and ear warmers. I currently am also working on a virus shawl.

My mom just had her roof finished being fixed last week (from the storm in July!) She's glad of that - it ended up costing $17k for the roof/chimney AFTER insurance. She's had some health issues the past few months, and is starting to come around to the idea of Asst Living.

My brother and SIL bought a third home in Tahoe, with the intention of using it as a short term rental (Air BnB.) (They have a rental home in their town.)  Unfortunately, due to the fires, etc., they closed on it two days AFTER a new ordinance was passed restricting STRs. His business is also having some growing pains, and their super sweet dog was dxd with cancer recently. Frown

DH is excited about news of one of his co-workers leaving soon. He is hoping to take over one of their shifts, and give up one of his current ones. That would be a change for us - he's had Sundays and Thursdays off our whole marriage - this would make it Friday's and Sundays.

I've also had a co-worker leave recently. The posting for their job went up yesterday. I'm contemplating. I'm just not sure that I want to go from a relatively low-stress, 40hr/week job, to a higher stress, salary job. I'd keep my same supervisor, and still work with the same people, just my responsibilities would be very different.If it were five or six years from now, I would more strongly consider it - being that much closer to retirement. But do I really want something like that 11 years out? I may throw my hat in the ring anyway - who knows if I'd even pass through to the interview process. Just see what happens.

Almost forgot - I got my booster shot on the 14th, and then took 3 vacation days. (Birthday mini-vacation!) Unlike with the first two shots, I had no ill effects from the booster.

5 Responses to “Checking In”

  1. Turtle Lover Says:

    glad to hear from you! I was thinking of you a couple of days ago and here you are!
    I totally get it about the job ... as my "new" job (been there a year and a half now after working 32 years somewhere else) is lower paying and less stress but we get by just fine financially and I love going to work every day! Such a big difference!
    Hope to hear from you again soon!

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Nice to hear from you, glad you are well! About your job opportunity, it might be better for you to do something like this 11 years out from retirement- when you get to 5-6 years from retirement there might not be the opportunity presented, or more importantly, you might be physically too tired to take on a jump up the career ladder. You could try for this job and if you get it do it for 5-6 years to boost your retirement funds and then ease into an easier role for the remaining time, or continue the job for the whole time and really give your retirement savings a good boost. Good luck!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I'm excited about your Stitches of Love group. Sounds like you caught on and remembered some stuff. I crochet scarves and dish cloths and some hats for Cancer Care, but if I'm making a heavy, thick hat, I use a knitting loom. It's a round loom and it's really easy if you are interested. There are also rectangular looms to make scarves and every so often I use it to make a scarf, but I find crocheting goes quicker when it comes to scarves.

    Sorry about DH's Covid, but glad he's better. Glad you didn't get it.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I'm glad you're posting again, and I hope you keep it up!

    Would the salaried position be a significant rise in pay? Sometimes, if there are expectations to work late, or weekends, it doesn't really translate to higher pay, just higher stress. I'd say go with whichever is the better fit for you.

  5. Petunia 100 Says:

    The new law which went into effect 12/17/21 was passed by the voters in 2018. There was a 3 year phase-in.
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    I was just thinking about you! Glad to see a new post from you. Happy holidays.

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