February 14, 2007

Day Off!

We've been packing:

We had an ice storm that started yesterday afternoon. When the government closed at 2 p.m., we were sent home as well. The road home was traffic clogged and slippery so it took about 2 and a half hours to get there. The bus was packed, but we had a group nap. We looked like a bunch of kindergarteners--hats, mittens, wrapped in coats--heads bobbing in the stop-and-go traffic. I stayed home today, as the commuter bus wasn't running, which was a nice break from the tension at work. Those of us being asked to join the new firm were given the figures at which we'd be hired. The question is, would you give up generous benefits in exchange for cash? That's what it comes down to--the wooing firm can't change their benefits structure for the new folks, so they give you more salary. I'd lose two weeks of leave, lose my year-end bonus, lose some profit-sharing contribution. In return, they'd give me a 20% increase in salary and a nice signing bonus. But I don't really think I want it, although more money is always seductive, especially when you're buying a new house and have seen lots of things at antique shows that you'd like to put in that house...like this vintage work bench. It's simply beautiful and beats any new piece I've seen in furniture stores as we've looked for a center island type of thing for our kitchen. Actually, it'd make a great craft table too, perfect for holding a sewing machine and all my cups and jars and boxes of notions. It was probably a lathe table (the well in the center held the equipment), and the beautifully pegged holes would have held tools and vises. We passed on it that day, but we took the card of the seller.

Late in the afternoon when the roads were mostly cleared I drove over to the box store to buy more packing cartons and stopped at Michaels to buy the DMC skeins for the Book of Hours project. And I worked some on Meadow Hills since I'd left Whale Hunting at work. BF noted I was cranky this afternoon since I lay down to take a nap and he woke me up to tell me it was time for dinner. Poor guy had a crabby valentine for a while until I fully woke up. He made a lovely roast, mashed potatoes (I was in charge of gravy), salad and corn. Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

8 comments:

Red said...

Glenna...I LOVE that table....hopefully it's still available when the craft Gods wake you up and tell you you can't live without it! :-)

Katrina said...

The table is gorgeous. Big decisions on the job, I don't envy you making them. I'd have a hard time deciding.

Anna van Schurman said...

That table is GREAT!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

That table is awesome! Wish I could help on the job decision part! Sorry! So, want to come help us pack? LOL!

Annemarie said...

Okay, I'd definitely go for the cash, that is: higher salary. Especially if that would mean being able to buy that gorgeous table!!!
Hope the snow is gone, but according to the news her, you're all still suffering over there. Keep warm and safe!

Sue said...

Meadow Hills looks great. What a nice BF you have, to make dinner while you were resting :)

Robin said...

Hi Glenna! Thank you for commenting on my blog. You have my sympathies with trying to move in this weather! I live in Northern Maryland and my front lawn is a solid sheet of ice. Good luck to you with your job decisions. And your cat Scratchy does look like Rooney! Hope you can get some relaxing stitching in over the long weekend. It is lovely!

Carol said...

Wow, that's a lot of boxes! When is the move??