Thursday, March 29, 2012

Am I sure you are what I think you are?

So...good news turns sour sometimes way too soon. The announcement was made at work yesterday.  here's a direct quote: " Jessica Glowczewski will assume the responsibilities of Watershed Superintendent (similar to work previously performed by Mr. Collin Coy)." Now, keep in mind, this is supersedes the promotion to Watershed Supervisor I just got about two weeks ago. So, that's a bit quick.  And, well, according to the City qualifications, I'm not qualified.  The technically of it is that I will get a temporary class change to Assistant Watershed Superintendent (which I am qualified for) and eventually the position will be posted and I can apply for it rightfully so.  Then I will spend the next four years earning the experience I need to be eligible for the Superintendent position. 

So, some quick facts...I am not getting paid superintendent pay and I am not an official superintendent.  The idea is just to put someone in this "slot" so that work can get done.  It's not always easy to get the things you need to get the work that needs done accomplished in the city, so though it seems a's kind of how it has to go.  I'm very happy with this turn of events, honestly.  This is where I want to go with the city and now my path has been clearly defined.  I know exactly what I need to do to get where I want to go, which is also something that is hard to do in the city. I said,, instead of people here being supportive and congratulatory...well, people were normal petty City workers.  They yelled at me, told me I wasn't good enough for the position, that I didn't earn it, other choice terms and phrases, and these are just the ones they angrily blurted in my face, not even the ones that they said when I wasn't around.  They say that I should have turned it down and gone straight to the union!  As if.  Like any of those whiners would have done any differently.  And you know what?  Where were they when I was doing all the extra work for no additional pay?  They were calling me a dummy and saying that I shouldn't be doing extra work without compensation for the city because it was a waste of time and effort and that they would never go above and beyond for the city.  And who ended up doing all of that work?  Me.'d that pay for all of you petty, bitter city employees who refused to pick up the slack or even help me when I did? 

I'm sorry, I didn't want to get angry about it.  It really hurts me, though.  I'm nice to everyone here.  I work really hard and try my best every day while I watch  people who do the bare minimum and get paid much more than me.  I fight with these people every day to get just the things I need to do my job from their complacent petty claws.  They are condescending to me (even before this announcement) when I do the extra work.  The one guy said he's going to report it to the union.  Do it.  What do I care? 

I don't know.  I know I shouldn't let it get to me, but it's hard.  I work hard, I feel like I deserve this.  

To top off yesterday I told my mother the name Ry and I have decided on, Seiry Rose Glowczewski.  And she was totally supportive and wasn't mean or demeaning at all.  Not one bit.  

Oh, wait, did I say it that way?  I meant that she totally hated it, made fun of it and made me feel like garbage in general.  Thanks mom.  I really appreciate the support and respect. 

So, the two things I was really happy and excited about just a few days ago...both of them are causing me some sorrow today. 

I feel like throwing some music in here today.  Have some Roni Size and Bahamadia. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

You can kiss the ring but you can never wear the crown

So, today is great.  Just great.  Not an ounce of sarcasm in that statement as well.  Ry and I have pretty much settled on a name for #2 that is not #2.  I'm not telling yet, though.  Not yet...  Asher had a wonderful first day of school and has already made 2 friends.  We found out that we can drop him off early and not make Rosie do it so that is good, too.  It costs more (of course) but if it makes life easier...well it's worth it.  And then when I got to work got some really really really really fantastic news.  (I'm not posting that yet, either, not until it's completely official...).  It's a beautiful day in march even if it is only 45 degrees out.  I don't care, it's beautiful and sunny and life is good and I'm happy.  I'm going to try to send my good feeling vibes out to all of you, as well.  I'm not going to just keep these to myself.

Sorry to be so vague and so short but....yeah....

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bad bad boys come with me, come with me

Morning.  Ry has been out of town both last week and this week.  He's coming home again today.  I never sleep well when he's not home.  I had nightmares about getting snowed in in Chicago (where I've never been except for O'Hare International) and then driving around in the snow trying to find someone.  Then we had fireworks and I kept hitting them out of people's hands with a sledgehammer because everyone was being dumb and I thought someone would blow their hands off.  Also, Asher kept trying to pick them up and I was freaking out. 

So, yeah, that's the kind of night I had.  I'm doing dam inspections today.  Insert your dam jokes here.  Only two more after this and I'm done until fall.  So that's nice.  I really don't like doing dam inspections.  I'm cool with it until we have to go down rusty ladders into the dark dank abyss of 60-100 year old underground structures.  Then, I'm not so fond of it at all.  At least I'm pregnant this time so I can make others go down and do my bidding.  It doesn't always work out that way, though, I mean, I don't always want to be pregnant.  Cause you know it's so much fun.  Or maybe you don't.  It's tons of fun.  And I mean that in the most sincerely sarcastic way possible.  Some parts are cool, but not having your body belong to you for almost a year is not a picnic.  But...the end result is good and that's what matters, right?  And I'm more complain-y than normal because I'm tired and grumpy and my back hurts and I feel fat but I'm starving but I'm also full. 

You know, that's enough of that.  I'm sorry.  I just wish I could decide on a name.  It's not even Ryan really holding it up at this point.  Just nothing feels right.  I know we will get there but...

I have my 6 month OB visit on Friday.  I'm pretty sure that my OB is just a vampire with how much blood I've given this pregnancy.  I'm doing the diabetic glucose testing on Friday, more blood work. Honestly, though, I think she's just sweetening up my blood for her own diabolical purposes.  That stuff that they make you drink is gross!  I wish I could just eat something, think a fist full of sour patch kids or something like that) and that would work.  I mean, they could be special medicinal sour patch kids... Actually I want them to be these, these are my current obsession:

Anyway.  I'm going to get ready for the inspection.  It's beautiful 80 degrees and sunny here again today, I'm glad I get to get outside.  You should pick up some vitamin D as well, through your sunblock of course.  Safety first. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

You can be a coffee achiever, you can sit around the house and watch leave it to beaver

So, this weekend was pretty awesome.  Took Asher to Brandywine falls on Saturday where we saw the falls then hiked down into the valley to search for salamanders.  We didn't find any of the fire breathing kind (which is probably for the best) but we did find one black and brown one.  I was so concerned with being able to have Asher see and touch it before it scuttled off that I didn't get a photo of it but I was pretty happy we even found one.  I was getting nervous for a minute.  This weather is amazing.  I keep feeling like it's going to go away like a big April fools joke...

Bottom of the falls

Daddy and Asher

Mama and Asher's funny faces
It's so much fun to throw rocks in creeks!

Overdramatic action shot!

Sunday we took Asher to Buzzard Day at Hinkley Reservation.  He had a blast.  Give a kid a free pair of binoculars and he is happy for days.  I'm serious.  He wore them all day yesterday and would have worn them to bed if I hadn't made him take them off.  Then, first thing this morning he does is get up and put them on again.  So cute. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dignified in what she does and when she sings the smile that she brings

So, Jen and Chuck had little Charlie on March 13th.  I'm so happy for them.  I'm super emotional, honestly.  I think it's partially due to being pregnant and partially due to the how totally in love I could tell they were with this tiny little human already even though they had only just had him in there lives for less than 24 hours.  A moment that I will probably remember for the rest of my life is how Chuck acted when he arrived back at the hospital after taking a run home for stuff for Jen and Charlie and for a quick siesta (hospitals really need to work on the whole 'where dads sleep' situation...unacceptable!).  He came in, made a bee-line straight for Charlie's little plastic lego sleeping cube container, touched him on the head, and in a voice I've never ever heard him use before he asked "How's my boy?".  It was almost one of the sweetest things I have ever witnessed in my life.  I know it seems kind of mundane, I think you had to be there, it was just so emotionally charged and amazing.  I don't know.  Call it pregnancy hormones, call it sappiness, call it what you will, but it was beautiful and I am glad I was there to see it.  It's those little moments that really make you think about life and how good it can be. 

Anyway...another few names on the list...Rosali Antoinette and Rosalina (middle name tbd).  We are working on it.  Negotiations are going...well, they are going.  At least we aren't at an impasse.  That's a good sign. 

It's a Tegan and Sara kinda day today.  I blame my cousin but not too much since I have deep love for the sisters anyway. 

I am thinking I want to get into the world of cloth or reusable diapers.  I'm a little scared, it's hard to know where to start and they are so expensive!  So, picking a brand is super important but it's also a huge commitment.  And the comments are all over the place, what's a girl to do?  Here are the two options I'm currently considering:  Gdiapers and the trial plan over at Jillian's Drawers. I haven't made a decision's kind of a big investment...I bet chuck norris would know what to do. 

I had something I wanted to blog about today but seriously, the minute I started typing this, I forgot what it was.  I'm sorry.  Maybe another blog tomorrow?  Perhaps. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's been a long time since I've rock and rolled

Wow, I've really been slacking.  I've been super busy at work lately.  Why, you may ask?  Well, because I just got promoted!  Woo-hoo, right?  That's what I said.  I applied for the job but I just thought I was making it a slight bit harder for the other guy (I couldn't just give him the job that easily, could I?).  But it ended up that we both got promoted.  I wonder still if there was only on position if I would have been promoted but I won't dwell on it too long.  Either way you are now reading words typed by a Watershed Supervisor.  Awwww yeaaaa.....

 It's been a busy half a month already.  Ry is leaving today to go out of town for a few days so Asher and I will be entertaining ourselves.  I'm really starting to look (and feel) pregnant.  My friend Jen is in the hospital right now as we speak having her first little baby boy, Charlie.  Hugs and kisses to her and Chuck, I'm about to cry I'm so happy for them right now!

We took Asher to fun and stuff over the weekend for Katya's 8th birthday party.  We have created a monster.  He had a great time, though.  And he was a pretty decent air hockey player, I was surprised to find out. 

We also went to a members only night at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.  It was nice, not so crowded.  Asher told us that he "just wants to stay at the aquarium all day long" in the whiniest voice ever.  It was kind of cute. 

We still don't have a name for baby #2 yet...Maybe we are trying too hard?  I don't know. 

And I finally got my taxes done.  I usually don't wait this late but with the trip to California and being pregnant and all sorts of little things going on we just let the time slip by us both.  But, they are done now and I'm paying the state (just doing my part as a good citizen). 

You know what?  Have a freaking phenomenal day.