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7/31/09 - I got a Job Offer!

Posted 07-31-2009 at 12:50 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)

Today I got a job offer from the company I interviewed with on Monday. It's lower than I wanted; I'd hoped to move up even just a little on the salary scale, but in this economy, I decided to take it anyway. It is basically the same pay as I had before my current company had cutbacks, so I know we will be fine.

I will still have a 4-day schedule and work from home, something that is very important to me and my family. I think the new job will be busier and my tasks more in line...
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7/23/09 - My Salary Was Cut

Posted 07-23-2009 at 07:37 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)

I got email from my boss today, announcing a 15% salary cut for all employees, an effort to keep the company afloat.

I found out by chatting with the lady in accounting, everyone else got their hours cut to 32 from 40 along with the pay cut. Since I already work only 32 hours (and have a reduced paycheck to match), I just got an additional pay cut... no extra time off. Which means we will still need a sitter full time vs. going to the 3 day option at the Day Care. (Day Care is our...
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7/4/09 - AFC's Funniest Member

Posted 07-04-2009 at 07:58 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)

I won AFC's funniest member for June! That is so cool! I'm flattered! I'm not sure if I'm deserving, but very cool, nonetheless. Did I earn this by calling skulls 'exposed bones from a dead person's head' in my Rant post, or were people amused by my story about chasing our mail lady in my car because she took the cookies I left, but not our outgoing mail? Who knows.

When I told Jim, he joked, "You? Wow. That's a lively group."

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6/1/09 - Mommy's Night Out: Making Chocolates!

Posted 06-01-2009 at 11:33 AM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)

Saturday night, 6 lovely ladies headed to Farris & Foster's Chocolate Factory in Orlando FL to try our hand at making some tasty treats for our families.


Remember the I Love Lucy chocolate episode? Farris & Foster's has one of those machines which coats the chocolates and moves them down the belt through a dryer. So cool!

Farris & Foster provided samples, all the ingredients for making dipped...
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5/26/09 - Weather Report, Sweater, Etc.

Posted 05-26-2009 at 09:04 AM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)

Rain, rain, rain. Florida really needs rain, and we are so glad to see it! For a long time, the piers have not reached the water in many lakes around here. In the last two weeks, we have had about 20 inches of rain. (We normally get about 50 inches of rain per year, nearly all of it falling May - Sept.)

We were very surprised yesterday during a thunderstorm, to open the door and see pea-sized hail on the front porch! I gathered some up for the boys, and they ate it. ...
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