Saturday, March 12, 2016
The Reason Why I Couldn't Make the Bed
We were a little housebound this week madly working on a gigantic company project that we are 50% to completion on. We are trying to get most of it completed prior to our holiday so are working a lot of long days. For everyone who thinks self-employment is such a breeze - it has lots of advantages but it is definitely not easy. That plus the weather has frankly sucked. Lots and lots of rain, day after day with a storm on Wednesday that blew 107 km per hour winds just off the coast near Comox. Fortunately we saw little damage the next day other than some trees near local roads and an area where the town had to clear ocean debris off the road due to extremely large waves. That evening we ate supper at 4pm as thought the power was going to go out but fortunately it didn't.
Buddy hates the rain, and wind even more so he has been cooped up inside too. I usually make the bed after jumping in the shower each morning - this little face greeted me when I got out. He had made a blanket fort/tunnel for himself. I let him stay in there as long as he wanted as he seemed pretty cozy. He had his booster shots this week and was totally unimpressed. Also had a kennel cough shot of goo up his nose - hated that the most and wouldn't even take treats from the vet afterwards. Hopefully that is the only visit to the vet we will need to make this year.
Not much else happening around here. My stepdaughter is in her final semester of highschool and is suddenly getting more than 52% grades with a recent one in the 80% area in a course that she hates. That is a good sign, she is likely going to make it to graduation which is kind of exciting. She has decided that she absolutely does not want to attend any graduation ceremonies however as feels that she no longer has friends at her school and hates the pomp and circumstance of it. It is her life, she is technically and legally an adult now and we aren't going to push - it doesn't work with her anyway. It is kind of difficult being "that girl" who lives with her boyfriend in a Catholic highschool. Shades of scarlet letter. Instead she is coming out here for the May long weekend for a couple of days. Although we haven't always agreed with her choices in the past year and a half fortunately we have maintained a pretty decent relationship with her. She is actually starting to think about her future and knows that she is responsible for supporting herself 100% after graduation. She has a part-time job but is looking for a better one where she can get more hours. She knows there is money set aside for her education if she decides to go. That is looking like a much better prospect now since she is starting to understand what things actually cost and that a minimum wage job isn't going to cut it.
My other 3 stepsons are doing well. The oldest in the military has completed his first year and has 2 more in his contract. There are rumors his division may be deployed overseas and although he would love to go likely only the soldiers with more experience will be picked as he still has some training left. He is still determined to be a policeman afterwards which is very likely achievable with military training under his belt. He has now learned how to take orders and be flexible and that will serve him well as a policeman as if he ends up in the RCMP he could end up in the far north which is usually where they send new recruits. There was a time in his life when he was very inflexible and unwilling to live anywhere but Alberta but now he sees that may be what is required to get the job.
The second oldest is enjoying the fruits of his college education as he has a great job with a lot of responsibility and over-time and it pays him well. He is also enjoying living in his own nice new apartment. My youngest stepson is starting to think he might also like to go to college after experiencing a winter of unemployment. He will go back to his landscaping job in April but is starting to realize if he wants to get ahead he might have to get a trade - he also knows there is money set aside for his education if he decides to go down that path.
Our corporate tax year end is now complete and filed - just have to do our personal taxes in the next 3 weeks. I always hate tax time, lots of hours of accounting and I am so relieved when all that is done each year.
I think this weekend I will drag out the suitcases and start to think about what we need to buy/do before we go on holiday. Although we have a ton of work left (including weekends) I have scheduled an overnight visit to a friend that I recently reconnected with in 2 weeks time. She lives 2.5 hours away so an overnight is the best way to get a decent amount of visiting time in. I am really looking forward to it.
That is what's shaking in my little corner of the world. What's up in yours?