December 31, 2012

New Year

I wonder what it sounds like when you go over a fiscal cliff. Is there screaming? Crunching? An explosion?

I've been invited to a New Year's party at a friend of my husband's. This will be an interesting topic, I'm sure will come up. I'll just sit back and listen.


I checked out the new little gym my husband got me a month to month membership to. It was a good deal. It's not like those big gyms with scads of machines, row after row of treadmills, and a pool.

It's tiny and has one elliptical, two treadmills, a few bikes, and weights. I have an electronic key card so I can go any time I want.

He feared it was going to be expensive. Silly him. As if I'd want a membership to something that was big bucks. It's the same or less than any LA Fitness type place, but small.

Not crowded.

No skinny muscular women that look like they live on lettuce and diet coke. No 20 year old men all working out together preparing for any competitions.

Small. Quaint. Quiet. I can be the only person in there, should I desire. It's 5 minutes from work. I can cancel at any time since going over the fiscal cliff could mean canceling everything but eating and mandatory transportation.

Hey. You just never... know.

I start tomorrow.


I do have a job. This year. I received a txt from my boss last week that went like this:

Boss: I have good news and bad news.

Me: Shoot.

Boss: The Purchase Order came in.

Me: And?

Boss: That's the good and the bad...

Me: Oh! So good news, I have a job. Bad news, I have a job.

Boss: Exactly.

It's a joke with us since our jobs can be frustrating. We would have it no other way, but we talk about living the life of no stress and wondering what that's all about.

I don't think they can pull my PO, so I'm good through 2013. I'm hearing 2014 ain't looking so good.

But that's a ways from now. And they put him and me on for a full 12 months... so there is that too.

I'll keep working as much as I can, preparing, until they tell me no more.


There has been a lot of bad in this past year and a lot of good. There is rarely one without the other.

I'm concerned about 2013. I have a job and I'm concerned. I'm hoping that when we add up the columns for 2013, the positive will outweigh the negative.


Stay safe if you're traveling.

From my home to yours, Happy New Year!

Posted by Boudicca at December 31, 2012 06:56 PM

So ... you've got the same PO problem that I have, except mine involves more than 2 full time POs.

The first one came in just before Christmas (3 months late), but the end date hasn't slipped.

I expect the next one to come in within the next two months, but we're already 5 months past its original end date, so who knows how that will play out.

Best of luck with your work and hugs to Hubba for getting well. That's never fun to deal with.

Posted by: The Thomas at December 31, 2012 09:39 PM

We actually got lucky. (First, I'm blessed my boss does all the PO's. He signed me up for some class so I can start doing/assisting in all his POs for all our group.) Ours typically run from Jan-Jun Jul-Dec or Jan-Dec. If we run out of money because more work came in that anyone anticipated (that happens more often than one would thing) we get a supplemental.

Sometimes, I'll get my own separate for a special project the engineers in the great white north need worked. I'm actually wrapping one of those up right now.

But we got really damn lucky. This PO for my boss and me is for the full 12 mo. We don't have to start applying in May for the end of the year.

As you know... that doesn't work well.

The company I contract with, they don't screw around with dates. If our PO slips, the date slips.

That said, one of the people in my group works for a different company and their POs are as you stated... they come in late, but dates don't slide. I told my boss, I create enough self stress, I don't need someone helping me. I can't work in a situation like that. I would literally quit sleeping, worrying about missing a target date.

I'm very deadline driven, a most definite product of my Mom and Dad. I don't miss deadlines.

Posted by: Bou at January 1, 2013 11:05 AM

Is that a Certified Program Management Professional (PMP) class so you can handle the POs?

Is your boss thinking about retiring and having you take his place?

Posted by: The Thomas at January 2, 2013 02:08 PM

Yes, I know I'm evil.

Posted by: The Thomas at January 2, 2013 02:08 PM

Oh Dear God. I don't know. They didn't give me a title!

And no... he's not retiring. He better not. He's not even 50 yet and he's NEVER allowed to retire!

Posted by: Bou at January 2, 2013 02:29 PM