Coincidence?

While I was stuck at home during the massive snow storm yesterday, I thought to myself: this would be a good day to buy those pants I want from PdC. I’m still nervous about buying something so expensive, but at the same time I know I can afford it and I do want them (along with three other items I found on sale).

So as I lingered on the site, after pacing around the house a bit, I sat down to put it in cart. Now.

Nnnnooow.

Ok. Right now.

NnnnnoooooOOOH MY GOD, WHAT WAS THAT CRASHING SOUND!?

Me: What was that?
Z: I think a tree branch fell…. on the garage.
Me: *runs to window and sees all sorts of tree debris in yard*
Z: Come up here and look.

I went upstairs because the guest room window looks down on the garage roof and sure enough a large branch fell down, broke and was pinning down an electrical wire.

Z went outside to check the garage, but the garage door wouldn’t open over a foot off the ground. He looked in the windows and the branch punctured a hole in the roof and offset the garage door mechanism. The car (new Mustang) and his motorcycle seem to be fine. What worried us the most was the electrical wire being pinned down because it was the one that went from the pole at the far corner of our yard directly to our house.

Z: immediately calls insurance company.
Me: immediately calls electrical company.
Z: calls roofing companies and his dad, who is the VP of a construction company.

We couldn’t do anything about it at all because it was still snowing heavily and we had no way of safely getting on the roof to take the branch down. I don’t even think Z could’ve moved it if he had been able to get up there. The branch was large and broke into two pieces when it hit the garage. One part pinned the wire and hung off that and half on one side of the roof and the other part of the branch that was bigger punctured the other side of the roof.

We made whatever calls we could and just had to hope for the best. All companies we called about roofing and garage doors were closed and the electrical company has ten million other people to deal with – not one person whose electricity hasn’t gone out….yet. But hey, they added it to their service calls that they’ll get to…eventually. I wasn’t expecting much at all but at least the service center woman was really nice. I know they are still dealing with fallout from the storm that hit last Friday. Some people still didn’t have electricity and then this storm hit.

So I won’t be buying the pants just yet because we need to know how bad the damage is for all of this first. Our deductible isn’t too high so that’s one good thing so far. Also, after Z shoveled the driveway for the third time he ended up talking to our neighbor (also shoveling) whose yard the tree is technically in. I had immediately thought: hmmm, their tree our damage… but I wasn’t going to be a jerk about it. Z came in and said our neighbor was more than willing to call his insurance company since the tree is in his yard and he felt slightly responsible. The tree is old and he was planning on having it looked at this spring to be trimmed or removed completely. The canopy of the tree mostly hangs over our property. It would be really nice if our neighbor put it on his insurance claim because we actually just got notice our rates lowered recently. However, this might bump the rates back up. Z mentioned that if they decide on removing the tree, we could help out a little because it is very expensive.

So while we survived the storm, we didn’t come out of it completely unscathed.

If I were superstitious I would say I was being told not to buy those pants, but I don’t get spooked that easily. It’s simply an emergency situation that will have some financial consequences happened and I’ll need to wait a little longer. Technically, I can totally still buy the pants no problem, but I want to know what the costs for fixing the roof and the garage door will be first.

Getting ready

Tomorrow I start my new job. I’m already wishing I had more time unemployed.

I am happy to be doing something different and interested in what the work entails, but at the same time… it’s work. *sigh* Having bigger paychecks will be nice.

Speaking of… the husband just got a new job as well and his new salary is nearly double what he was making before. I’ve already been calling him Sugar Daddy.

I’m a little uncertain how dressy the new office is so I’m going to play it safe for now. Luckily, a lot of my nicer clothes are more autumn/winter heavy so that makes getting dressed fairly easy for me. The husband is a different story. He’s gained muscle weight and doesn’t fit a lot of his old dress clothes. I’d like to try and get him to wear better clothing, but I won’t push the issue too much. It’s him and his wardrobe and he can spend and do with it what he wants.

wool jacket

I forget when I wore this outfit, but it was some time last week. All blue. I also now live in this wool jacket from 45rpm I got on eBay. It’s perfect for this in-between weather where it’s cool in the mornings and comfortable to slightly warm during the day. I’ve got on my 45rpm long sleeve underneath, Grana jeans, Lems Nine2five shoes.

The usual outfit photos may start up again next week now that I’ll be working and force myself into a regular routine again.

 

The time in between

Over the past month my birthday has come and gone, as has my second wedding anniversary to the husband. It’s been a mixed bag of fun, stressful, and strange lately.

The good: I have a new job. I start in a week, so I get another week of blissful nothingness on my calendar. No phone screenings, no interviews, no obsessively checking job listings anymore.

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Interview outfit: sweater and pants – Everlane. Shoes – Chinese Laundry. These are the only heeled shoes I have and I wore them at my wedding and any other formal event I need them for.

The bad (but not really bad): A month after I was laid off my husband’s company went *poof* and ended.  Basically, someone died or is near death and the family took control of the assets, said “hell no” to the company and now 40+ people lost their jobs, my husband included.

Married. Mortgage. Unemployed. That was our status for a solid 3 weeks together. Then I got a job offer and now the husband has two companies tripping over themselves to hire him, so we’re waiting to see what the offers are. Depending on what happens this week, we both might start our new jobs on the same day, which I find rather funny.

We’ve had great weather for being unemployed. It’s been like a little vacation, or what retirement would be like, but without the stress. The husband said he’d have to find more hobbies because he’s been going stir-crazy. We’ve gone hiking at parks, visited a zoo, had brunch in the middle of the week when it’s quiet and not too crowded and done things we’ve been wanting to do but never had the time for before.

I’ve also spent a ridiculous amount of time playing a new 3DS game the hubs gave me for my birthday. I get very OCD and this game sucked me in. I don’t even want to think about what the hour count would be (if there was one) for my sitting on the sofa playing this game, but I’m sure I’d be somewhat ashamed of it (or not because it’s just silly fun).

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Lavender colored roses for my birthday. I’m not a fan of red roses. I prefer purple, orange or white. I’ve been lounging a lot on that sofa lately.

We’ve worked on indoor and outdoor projects – mostly spearheaded by me since I see this time as an opportunity to do work we normally would put off. We worked in the yard and I’ve devised a plan for dealing with the huge flower bed that serves as a weed pit right now in the backyard. I transplanted some ground cover ivy from a patch behind the garage. The idea is to let it spread throughout the flower bed area and crowd out the weeds. I also painted the powder room a medium grey and now I want to repaint the whole house in that color because it looks so cozy. We’ll be repainting the upstairs bathroom this week because it really needs it.

Some of our friends know we’re unemployed now and it’s been funny hearing their reactions. “Knew that racket couldn’t last forever… ” in reference to my ridiculous non-job where I was laid off. “What the hell, guys!” – regarding both of us being unemployed, “How did you manage that!” “You’re doing it all wrong. You need to spend more time doing nothing and then look for a job when you absolutely have to.” Most people found it incredible how I was paid so long for doing next to nothing. I know I had it easy too. It was literally a 3 year paid vacation. Now that I’ve got a real job lined up I’m hoping I’m up for the challenge and ready to get my brain functioning again. The hubs has been getting verbal jabs from all over. He’s never been unemployed since he was 14. This is a first for him and our friends keep telling him to take more time off.

The weather is supposed to get cold and rainy this week, so this mini vacation may come to a welcome ending point. Being cooped up in the house together without too much to do might drive us both insane. I’ll be fine, on the sofa playing my game. The problem is he’ll have cabin fever and then constantly come interrupt my game play because he needs attention – so both of us will end up annoyed.

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Checking out a new park on our anniversary. Shirt – Everlane. Pants – Brass Clothing. Shoes – Lems Nine2five.

High Rocks

Sunday I went hiking with friends. There are several good state parks close to where we live. This one, High Rocks, is famous for lots of cliff faces people climb. When we arrived, two other guys with lots of climbing gear were getting ready in the parking lot. Some of the rocks also have climbers clips hammered in to them from the park service for people to use so they can get up the cliffs safely.

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The gang. My husband is in the blue shirt. 
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Fenced in path along the cliffside. 

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We hiked up and down those rocks on the left. That’s part of the trail. 
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Ellie’s first hiking trip. She slept through most of it.

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Frog photo by husband. He always searches for frogs on hikes.

trail

There’s a famous guy who lives either in the park borders or just next to it and can walk right into it. He’s generally known as Naked Man because he tends to just run around the park buck naked. Several years ago we talked to him on a hike. He wasn’t naked then, but he was fun to talk to. I don’t remember, but my friend in the yellow shirt in these photos said apparently I got into a heated discussion about cameras with Naked Man. I’d totally forgotten about it and laughed about it because I really don’t take too many photos anymore, so I’m the last person who should be judgmental about cameras.

We had perfect hiking weather and afterwards went out for ice cream at a local dairy farm. We can walk to the back of the store and see the farm itself and the cows that provide the milk for the treats we were eating.

Relaxing

 

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Today the hubs and I went for a walk at a nearby preserve. It’s been the first nature walk I’ve taken since January. I forgot how relaxing and calm it feels to be surrounded by greenery and nature in general.

I was unemployed for a couple years during the recession and every day after I’d do my job scouting, I’d go drive out to my favorite park and hike for hours. I have around 40k photos of that park because I always took my camera and documented the change in the trails I took throughout the years. It was the only thing that kept my depression at bay from being unemployed for so long. I think I was at my most happiest during that time.

If you’re feeling stressed, go to the nearest park and take a walk.