October 12th, 2006


I have....

A new car!! Yes, a brand spankin' new car. Its a 2006 Saturn Ion. Okay, its a little used...had 16,000 some miles on it. But, still. Not as many bells and whistles as mom's older Saturn, but still a very nice car. I have a better stereo...bwahahahhaha. I have manual windows, electric locks, child locks on the doors (thankfully). Its an automatic. It has air conditioining. And its the first car I've *ever* had with a cd player in it. Its silver.
I got it yesterday morning. I got to drive it to work, and drive it home. *giddy* Its sooooo nice having a reliable car again, so much less stress in some regards. They took the van for a trade-in, so I only have one broken-down car in front of my house. I don't feel like such a redneck anymore! Anyone want a Daewoo?
While having this new car is less stress in some regards, its more stress in others. Mostly financially. It puts off any ideas I had of moving for a little while. It also means the next few paychecks, especially, will be *tight*. But, its worth it. Its worth feeling safe, its worth knowing I won't break down in the middle of the night with the kids. Its worth knowing that I, likely, won't be left stranded anywhere. I have reliable transportation, and that is such a GOOD feeling. If I search for a new job, I won't have to wonder what'll happen when I move. I won't have to consider bus routes if I move, though I should anyway as a back up. I can get a job that I may not have been able to get if I were reliant upon the bus. I don't have to worry about how the kids are going to get home, or what happens if there's an emergency and I have the only car.
I had an interview scheduled for yesterday, to move contracts maybe. When I came into work, I found that it had been rescheduled. I was kind of miffed at first, because I'd gotten all dressed up for the interview and such. As the day wore on though, I realized it was probably better. I'd spent so much energy being anxious about the car, that I didn't have myself as together as I thought I did. The advantage would have been that I felt like I could conquer anything - especially at the beginning of the day. But, in the end, I'm glad it was rescheduled. Now I have time to really prepare myself.
Work has changed my hours again. We did a shift bid, which got all screwed up. I got stuck with a shift that I can't possibly work for the next 6 months, due to child care issues. They have me working 12:30 to 9 pm. I like the hours, because I don't have to be up early in the morning. I like being able to get a shower in the morning, get lunch made in the morning and not have the difficulty of being up at the ass crack of dawn. However, it leaves me little time to see the children. And I know mom won't want to do this for six months. I did fill out a shift accomodation, but I haven't heard anything back yet. If they can't do it, I'll just have to look for another job. Its that simple. I'm hoping that I can get onto the other contract, partly because its something new and partly because I won't have the hours I do now. They are only there until 8....and that hour *can* make a huge difference.
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