January 9, 2009
Choosing my Mood
Yesterday was bit of a maddening day, so I decided today I was going to decide to be in a good mood. Here's what happened yesterday. It started out fine, and yesterday was payday, so I got on-line to see what was deposited. I knew it was going to be smaller than normal because I was missing 8 hours, but when I looked at the deposit, it was quite a bit larger than it should have been. Ordinarily, that wouldn't be a bad thing. But, there was an issue with my vacation time. It's kind of a long story, but as weekend option, I get 64 hours of vacation every year. I don't build PTO. So vacation time is important. It's really a complicated issue with how it got messed up, but I had noticed that I had only used 54 hours this year. So I turned in a payroll slip to use those 10 hours. The lady in charge of our dept. payroll called me and said I had 15 hours of vacation time left and wanted to know if I wanted to use it. Of course I did. I use it or lose it at the end of the year. So I get to work and there's a message on my e-mail saying she was confused and if I wanted the vacation time, it would come off this year and I would only have 25 hours left. That of course ticked me off and I called HR to figure it out and sent her a message saying DO NOT use any of my vacation time. I find out I only have 47.33 hours of vacation for this year because of a screw up when I started weekend option. Anyway, back to yesterday. I take all 3 kids into town to get my pay stub to find out why it was more than I thought it was. I figured I needed groceries, and since I survived the doctors office with all 3, I was feeling like superwoman. Turns out that even though she got my message not to use the vacation time, she turned it in anyway for 15 hours. So, I now only have enough vacation time for 1 weekend. That was the start of the bad afternoon. Then I got a huge load of groceries and it's always painful writing that check because I go every 2 weeks. I shop at the same grocery store and at the check-out, they have a bagger bagging groceries and putting them into another cart while you unload the one they have. They're always pretty good about not switching the carts like that if someone has a baby. They usually always offer to help me out if I have 2 kids with me. But yesterday, I had all 3 and the bagger started putting groceries in the other cart. I figured, no biggie, I'll just transfer Isaiah. Well, turns out the flap you flip down to make the kid seat wouldn't flip down. And if it doesn't flip down, the leg holes are covered. So I'm frustrated trying to keep the kids in line, I'm going to have to carry the baby while pushing out this full cart. And of course, the cart wouldn't steer. So I looked like a moron, struggling to get my kids and groceries out to the van. And the one time I actually needed help, no one offered. I just got looks from people like "what the hell are you doing, lady". Very frustrating. By the time the kids were in bed, I felt wiped out and completely grumpy. But today I decided to have a good day. Of course, today was the day Isaiah decided to fuss all morning long and be needier than normal. But I decided it was bonding time. Then I went baby shopping for a friend and shopping for baby stuff is always fun. And tonight we're even going to go to a friends house and hang out for a change, instead of sitting at home. I'm definately in much better spirits today.