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16 June 2009 @ 10:10 am
I Love the Sound of Silence in the Morning.  
My boys have gone with their grandparents to our Cabin in Childress until Thursday, so I'm on my own until then, and I'm sitting here, crying into my coffee because I miss them so much.

*snort of epic proportions*

No really, I love my kids; but I adore being alone.

In other news, the economic crisis has hit us, and hard. Nolan has had to lay off 15 of our employees in the last two months, and he feels like a failure, as if the lack of work available is somehow his fault. Intellectually, he knows it isn't, but he still feels responsible for the men and their families. He even went so far as to call around to other contractors, to find them jobs, and that was met with varying degrees of acceptance. I told him that he had to cut them a little slack, they'd been fired and had worries of their own. He's stressed and grumpy and stressed. Did I mention stressed? I keep telling him it's going to be okay; even if we have to downsize and sell the cars and move, he'll still have me and the boys, and we're all healthy. We're blessed. I don't know what more I can do for him.

In writing news, I am still plugging along at dg_ldws; it's a lot harder than I thought it would be, this drabble writing business. I've got one staring at me that's due tonight, and I'm simply not moved. That's always been my problem. My muse doesn't perk up on demand, and she gets distracted oh, so easily.

On the up side, I have lots of time and quiet to bang out 450 words. I think I'm also going to hit the shops and buy myself some new tennis shoes today. (Workout shoes? I don't play tennis, that's just always what I've called them.) The five miles a day is killing my feet.

So, have a lovely Tuesday, friends. I'm off to not hear children bickering for a few days. :)
I feel:: calmcalm
I hear:: the birdsong
sue_bridehead on June 16th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
The peacefulness sounds wonderful. My husband and daughter are in San Diego for a few days, and it has been a little slice of heaven around here.

I'm sorry to hear the economy is impacting you and yours. :( It is certainly not Nolan's fault. Still, we all want to do right by our employees, especially the good ones. It's very generous of him to try and place them elsewhere.

Yay for you walking 5 miles a day! I've been walking on the treadmill for an hour, almost every day. I throw in a little jogging for a few minutes each time just to get the heartrate up and build up my stamina.

Writing deadlines...yeah, they're usually not my friend either. I think my muse went to San Diego with the family, and when she gets back, I'm gonna throttle her.
O Demanding One: Encourage: Peace Forestheyurs on June 16th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)

Aw, but that is so wonderful of him to try and find other means for them. Bless him.

Aaaaahh! The quiet is heavenly, isn't it? Enjoy yourself! xD

*sends your muse some twinkling* Hopefully she will pick up on that. ;)

Not a lady at all: pic: lovecosmo_jenny on June 16th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
At least, he is not just firing them and it shows a great deal of caring that he tried to find them jobs.

If you walk 5 miles, maybe you should look into "real" walking shoes that help cushion your step and the impact on your body.
Brendan: Latin - Quando Omni Flunkus Moritatus (Wbrendanm720 on June 16th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
It's rough letting people go who haven't done anything to deserve it.

tracyj23tracyj23 on June 17th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
~ I'm sitting here, crying into my coffee because I miss them so much. ~

~ No really, I love my kids; but I adore being alone. ~

I feel exactly the same way! Enjoy your childless time and I hope your muse cooperates with you so you meet your deadlines.
dragonsangel68: TW - Rob Wetdragonsangel68 on June 17th, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
I am insanely jealous of you right now! Enjoy the peace!

It was lovely of Nolan to try and find other work for his employees. It really is above and beyond the call of duty.
Mala13oct on June 18th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
No kids... wow. Now that I have actually experienced the bliss that you refer to, I can't wait to repeat the experience again. I'm jealous.

I hope things work out ok for you guys. The economy 'seems' to be recovering gradually. Stress the gradually part though. From what I can tell, in London at least, the real estate market is picking up again. Dubai is still bla though. Nolan is being a doll by trying to find a job for his employees.

Would he de-stress if he tried mediating? That works for me but R gets rash at the very thought. *shrugs* Would a hot oil massage help him? That works for R when he is very, very stresses. Temporary relief, but it still works for a bit.
flymageflymage on June 18th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about the business problems. I'm having those, too. You say you don't what else to do for Nolan. Just be patient and keep letting him know that you are his biggest fan. Men often define ourselves by our work, so this strikes to the very core of his being. Keep reminding him that he's a good husband and father, even if he doesn't always feel like one. God bless your family and your business.
Carrie Leigh: Carrie in Flowerscarrie_leigh on June 24th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Thanks, Daniel. And we'll pray blessings on you and yours. :)