Monday, May 24, 2010

Kristen's Lemonade Stand

Sale! Sale! Sale!  Lemonade $0.25 a cup!!!! 

Isn't that what you are supposed to do when you have too many lemons?  Make lemonade?

Seems that life is handing me and my family too many lemons lately so I'm having a lemonade sale.

So, ya know I lost my job in November.  No biggie right?  I was collecting unemployment.

In February I decided to get my real estate license to try to make some money.  Wow, who knew you had to spend so much money to make money?

In April I called unemployment to inquire how much money was left in my account and to see if I was eligible for Pres. Obama's extension.   I found out I was!  Great...and then I go an open my mouth..."By the way, do you reimburse for real estate school?"  Um, you have a real estate license?  Are you affiliated with a broker?  Um, what do I do?  I tell the truth.  Well, you might not be eligible for unemployment benefits anymore.  So...a statement was taken and lo and behold...they cut my unemployment..and tell me I have to repay more that $2000.  WTF????  I'm not making any money at all.  I was planning on reporting any commission I did make.  So, I am appealing.

In the meantime, I have taken the girls out of daycare two days a week to help cut costs.  Sometimes I truly think I;m the worst stay at home mom.  I yell, alot.  And that makes me sad.  But, oh my god...the whining.  I can't take the constant whining!

On top of this...we take my car in for an oil change and to check the transmission.  Lately it seems to be slipping and the car will go from 40mph to 20 mph and the RPM's will run up to 4000.  So....after Honda has my car for 8 hours...and I call to check on it....I get "oh yeah, and you need a new transmission".  WTF?  UGH UGH UGH UGH UGH UGH UGH.

The dealership checked with corporate (or something) and because this is a problem with this model and because we have taken good care of the car, corporate is going to pay for  more than 1/2 of the new transmission.

But that still leaves us in a bind.  It seems no matter what we decide, we need to fix the car.  But do we keep it after it's fixed?  Do we trade it in?  Will we even get approved for a new car?  Or a certified pre-owned car? 

In the middle of all of this I did an IUI.  Yup, i know what you are going to say, I'm nuts.  And maybe we are.  But John and I both believe we want another child and while he still has health insurance to cover it...we were going to give it a try.  Well, it didn't work.  And now I"m not so sure moving on to IVF is a good idea.

John could loose his job this week....we'll be ok....he'll get 6 months of severance and he essentially has a job waiting for him with another company.    Or he might have a different job with the same company. 

I don't want to go back to work.  i really don't.  We are considering taking the girls out daycare full time.  And honestly, that scares the crap out of me!  it really does.  I'm not sure I can handle it.  But somethings gotta give.

So, who wants some of my lemonade?

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