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YEAH!!!

Back to Work!!

Finally, the government is back open.

Now…I have really found out more about politics that I ever wanted to know.  And I didn’t like what I saw.

It is upsetting to know that we (gov furloughed employees and the public) have been held hostage by folks that didn’t want anyone running against them in their next election cycle.

While at home…went to a lot of yoga, finished the mosaic project on my shed step, cleaned, worried, fretted, read, meditated, did more yoga, played with the dogs and Chessie, took naps,  got a head cold, took more naps and just hung around.

Yeah is all I can say!!

Furlough: Week THREE!

To quote Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham of Downton Abbey, “What’s a weekend?” You see, she is so privileged and moneyed that she never worked or had close contact with anyone with a job. She has no concept of work days and rest days.

So, here I am heading into week three of the government shutdown and I am starting to forget my days.

Day after tomorrow,  I will get my last partial paycheck until the government opens up again. I am not spending money…I have not purchased my annual Cost Plus/World Market Halloween rubber duckys yet. For those that know me…this is seriously not spending money.  Really the only things I am buying is food and of course wine! However cheap…or should I say inexpensive my vino may be. :)

The timing is pretty good for me to have some time.  My mom has taken a turn and she is needing more help than I am used to and usually able to give…so that is good. I now have to manage medications and coordinate home health care. Again, the government shutdown is hurting me…since she will need paid care soon…and I cannot claim the VA Aid and Attendance benefits until the government opens up.  And you know those folks along with all the other shuttered agencies will have a lot of catch up work to do.

I want to scream, yell and cuss.  However, just like being in a traffic jam…there is no one person or body to direct my frustration. Literally, no one to help with this stupid situation.  I can’t even use my vote to channel my madness…since all the idiots causing this mess are from other states.

Anyway, I am using this forced vacation to get things done around the house.  It is amazing how much dust and other stuff you see when you are not looking at work.

Furlough: Day Six

So, I just get it…I get it.  If you read my musings from the beginning…this all started with Lonnie semi-driving me crazy after he retired. However, I now get it.  Day Six into my furlough and I am right there with him.  Cleaning, washing, arranging,  gardening and seeing all those things that I thought I would never see, like dust bunnies under the bed.  I guess they have always hibernated there I just never took the time to notice.

I even have some of my Halloween decorations up…that usually doesn’t happen until Oct 25…if I am lucky. So, that is a good thing.  I love All Hallows Eve.  We went and bought pumpkins! I had coffee with Lonnie’s guys this morning!  Wow!

On Saturday when I was volunteering at the rail safety booth, I had a couple of extraordinary experiences.  One a guy came up wearing a filthy Tea Party Patriots orange ball cap. Not only was his hat a mess…but the rest of him was too and his kids.  The unwashed. He was laughing at something…which I took as political. (hyper sensitive)  He wanted all kinds of free stuff from the booth and I just had to walk away.  I was not going to engage him.

Another guy came up and asked me if I was furloughed.  He knows my husband and knows my situation. Anyway, he made some crack about a free vacation and hoped I was enjoying it on tax payer’s expense. Since I knew him, I was able to be more than firm with my answer…I would much rater be working and I was up there on my own time staffing the booth.  Anyway, he took off…guess he decided not to engage me.

I miss work, I miss my co-workers, and I miss serving the public.  I am missing promised to attend and present at meetings, which really bothers me a lot. I know I am letting folks down…and I am unable to do anything about it. They all understand I am sure…I just don’t.  Why can’t these yahoos in DC fix this?

I am going to get those things done around the house I have meant to do for years. I am taking a special class at my yoga studio.  Speaking of yoga, I have gone to practice everyday…except Saturday.  It seems to help with the stress of not working.

Here we go.

Furlough: Day Five

The great American writer and wit Mark Twain said: “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”

I just thought I would put that out there.

Anyway, Day 5 and Congress just voted that “we the furloughed” would get paid. So, the pressure is somewhat off…since we are getting paid…we just don’t know when that might be.

I would much rather be working for my pay instead of taking this forced…vacation.  I just got back from vacation in France.  We visited the D-Day beaches Omaha and Utah and went to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.  As I splashed in the waves and sank my feet into the wet sand at the beaches and stood and saluted when they took down the American flag at the cemetery…I thought how lucky and proud I am to be an American.  To have as an British airport customer service representative said…”you have the coveted US Passport.”  He was impressed.  Guess in our three day old clothes and I know what we smelled like…he probably thought we hailed from some third world country.  (that’s another story)

I did my best and encouraged my traveling companions to do same and present ourselves as thoughtful and glad to be in France  Americans.  We did fine.

Back to my thought of rather working my job than working around the house. I only had two days back and barely got though the 650 plus emails that were in my in-box. I personally feel I am letting people down…however they know it is out of my hands.

However, I am angry at our “leaders” in DC. I see photos of them laughing in elevators, hear them deflecting direct questions, and saw one video of a Texas Congressman berating a park ranger for doing her job. It was shameful and I hope to God they make him make a public apology to the park ranger and the furloughed gentleman that came to her defense.

I went and staffed an OL booth for a local railroad days celebration…I am an OL volunteer…so did not volunteer as an FRA employee…just to be clear.  Did my part by keeping the booth open when they could not find anyone else to take the afternoon shift.

So, day six…start those projects you never thought you would.  Closets watch out…you are about to get cleaned out!!

Furlough: Day Two

To quote Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham of Downton Abbey, “What’s a weekend?” You see, she is so privileged and moneyed that she never worked or had close contact with anyone with a job. She has no concept of work days and rest days.

So, here I am heading into week three of the government shutdown and I am starting to forget my days.

Day after tomorrow,  I will get my last partial paycheck until the government opens up again. I am not spending money…I have not purchased my annual Cost Plus/World Market Halloween rubber duckys yet. For those that know me…this is seriously not spending money.  Really the only things I am buying is food and of course wine! However cheap…or should I say inexpensive my vino may be. :)

The timing is pretty good for me to have some time.  My mom has taken a turn and she is needing more help than I am used to and usually able to give…so that is good. I now have to manage medications and coordinate home health care. Again, the government shutdown is hurting me…since she will need paid care soon…and I cannot claim the VA Aid and Attendance benefits until the government opens up.  And you know those folks along with all the other shuttered agencies will have a lot of catch up work to do.

I want to scream, yell and cuss.  However, just like being in a traffic jam…there is no one person or body to direct my frustration. Literally, no one to help with this stupid situation.  I can’t even use my vote to channel my madness…since all the idiots causing this mess are from other states.

Anyway, I am using this forced vacation to get things done around the house.  It is amazing how much dust and other stuff you see when you are not looking at work.