Friday Free-For-All – 03/17/17

Photo Jul 14, 10 05 37 AM

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Alas, I don’t have any plans to drink Irish Car Bombs or Guinness tonight. I’ve got CrossFit and then rehearsal until 10. Have one for me, friends!

Winter Storm Stella kicked our ass! We got over 3 feet of snow at our house. Ben had two snow days in a row, and I essentially had two half days. Businesses shut down, the University of Vermont was closed for two whole days… We haven’t had a snowstorm like this since the Valentine’s Day blizzard of 2007. While I’m happy that we’re finally getting some snow, I wish we hadn’t gotten an entire winter’s worth in 24 hours.

We’ve got the house to ourselves this week. Ben’s parents took a trip to North Carolina because cousin Lucas is retiring after 20 years in the Air Force. I wish we could have gone, but between Ben’s job and my rehearsal schedule, we just couldn’t swing it. So we’re at home taking care of the menagerie. It’s nice to have our own space for a bit, but taking care of 2 dogs, 5 cats, a horse, and some chickens is a lot of work, especially with all this damn snow!

Update on Ben’s job. We have tentatively heard that Ben will have a permanent part-time position for the upcoming school year. We’re trying not to get TOO excited because he doesn’t have a contract in hand yet, but as long as nothing changes, this is great news. Obviously, we’d prefer that it were a full time position, but permanent is good. We’re still not sure yet whether or not he’ll qualify for benefits, or what he might need to do in order to qualify (like being an Instructional Aide part time again), but baby steps. This is good news, and helps to alleviate some of the stress we’ve been under lately. I will share more info as it becomes available.

Are you wearing green today? Any fun St. Paddy’s plans?

9 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – 03/17/17

    • Rae says:

      My in-laws do, yes! She’s a 30 year old retired sulkie racer named OJ (“Oxford Jill”) and she’s basically a gigantic dog. She’s awesome 🙂

  1. txa1265 says:

    Weather was definitely crazy, as I got stuck in Boston an extra few days this week – and glad I didn’t try driving back as I heard that even on Thursday there were some pretty awful spots along the way … and not having my Subaru would have made it more nerve-wracking.

    Hoping that things work out for Ben … I find it so incredible how teachers are so important yet so undervalued in our country 😦 Like Suz, keeping everything crossed for you!

    As for St. Paddy’s … I was a slacker this year! Well, not really – since I got home at ~3:45AM or so and had to get up ~6AM, I just grabbed some clothes and it wasn’t until I got into work and the first person I saw was wearing a green sweater – I thought, aw crap I forgot! But yeah, 2 hours of sleep and way too many hours in airports … PLUS I had to dig myself out in the airport parking lot! So I cut myself a break

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