Thoughts on books, family, and life in one impressive package.

Guten Morgen, meine Liebchen! I know that it sounds like I am repeating myself, but at the same time, this really has been quite the last few weeks. Insane really. I am more than ready to get off this roller coaster.

First, let me address my silence from last week. We were on vacation, visiting Jim’s family in Houston. With his father being so sick, it was great to see him before he got too bad. His father has Lewy Body Dementia disorder and is not doing very well. He barely knew who I was, let alone the kids. His body is definitely feeling the effects of the Parkinsons’-like symptoms. Even worse, Jim’s mom is stuck bearing the brunt of all this. She spends her days going back and forth between the assisted living facility where her husband currently lives and the assisted living facility where her mother lives. To say she is exhausted is the understatement of the year. I feel so badly for her and pray that she receives some more help soon.

The week away from work was wonderful albeit way too short. I worked remotely during the week to conserve vacation days, but it was so peaceful to step away from the office for a while. The weather definitely made the trip worthwhile, as it was in the low to mid-80s the entire time we were there. SO gorgeous! We thoroughly enjoyed our time by the pool, at the shooting range, and the time with family.

We returned on Easter, spend the day recovering, and arrived back to work on Monday to a shocker. On the one hand, Jim was officially offered a promotion and nice raise for a position at our headquarters in Beloit. I was offered…nothing. I was told that they have no positions for me at all. In fact, HR is supposedly trying to find a position for me outside of the company. So, on the one hand, we are officially moving to either southern Wisconsin or northern Illinois. We want to celebrate Jim’s promotion but cannot because I officially have no job once this one is done, which they are now predicting will happen in October.

Jim did express his concerns and disappointment about my lack of prospects to HR and to his current boss. Conveniently, I received a phone call from the person in charge of my department late Friday afternoon. He wants me to fly to Beloit on Monday to have an in-person chat about my prospects with the company. That would be a $1,000 trip to Beloit for one day for a 90-minute conversation in which he already told me he still has no positions available for me at this point in time. It seems like a complete waste of money and time to me. It isn’t as if I don’t have an actual job to do either. I am not a huge fan of these 12-hour trips either. They are absolutely exhausting. Needless to say, I am not completely happy about the turn of events.

The plan now is to put the house up for sale as soon as possible. We want to move before July but need the house sold before we can do so. My parents have graciously offered to take our dogs for us, so that is one less worry/complication. We are getting price quotes now on the few repairs we need, painting, and some other odds and ends we neither have the time to do nor the inclination. Once these are done, the house goes on the market. Hopefully, we can sell it sooner rather than later. As long as we can pay off our mortgage and move before July, we will consider ourselves lucky.

On the blog this week, I reviewed the following:

I also solicited votes for the Independent Book Blogger Awards hosted by Goodreads. I hope you decide to vote for me!
For now, I have more prep work to complete. Closets need organizing, drawers need cleaning. There is too much to do and not enough time left in which to get it all done. I hope everyone else is able to enjoy your Sunday. Happy reading!
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