Small Hiatus but I’m Back!

July 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm (Daily Happenings, Just Another Day at the Office)

Wow, so much has happened since my last post. It has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. The trip I had planned to see my grandma went well. We visited my grandpa’s gravesite since his headstone was finally installed. It was good to see my grandma even if it was just a quick 2 days.

I had told my boss about the trip 3 weeks prior to the 4th of July weekend and said I wouldn’t be back until Monday the 5th. She told me to have a great trip. So Thursday before the trip rolls around and she says she needs me to work on Monday but that I could have Friday off. I reminded her of my trip and she flipped. We had a 40-minute screaming match that woke the kids and changed how I feel about my job. Some of the things that came out was that she feels like I took advantage of them during my contract renewal meeting. I asked for six Federal Holidays off, mileage reimbursement for required driving and a raise since I had not had one in over two years. I called the nanny agency before the meeting to ask what was fair to ask for in this city and I went with the “standards” that she told me about; mainly the Federal Holidays. Appearently, my boss hired a nanny so that on her days off she could go out with her friends, get her nails done and everything else she can’t possibly do on weekends like normal people. (Can you feel the sarcasm?) So I guess that leaves me not only working my normal 11 1/2 hour days but also working on holidays so I can’t spend any time with my own family? I think not.

After a week of getting the silent treatment from her, we finally sat down to talk. The first thing I was told was the only reason I still had a job was because the seven-year-old heard the fight and made it perfectly clear he doesn’t want anyone else taking care of him and his sister. So basically, I feel like I’m walking on eggshells every day that I go to work. I’ve been looking for work as a result with no luck. So now I’m just biding my time there until something else comes a long that will pay the bills.

I have changed a lot and I am so proud of myself. Two years ago, I never would’ve stood up for myself the way I did during that fight with my boss. She screamed at me that I was greedy and all about the money…I told her that she needed to do her homework on what nannies make here. What she is paying is actually a very AVERAGE price for what I do. The only reason it adds up to so much is because I work fifty-six hours a week instead of forty. I told her that if she wanted to pay less then she needed to lower her expectations. A toddler, a 7-year old, 8 loads of laundry a week minimum, all the dishes, the homework, the swim lessons, the playdates, the grocery shopping, the doctors appointments…everything. Ninety percent of running their home is my responsibility. And I am supposed to be guilted every time she signs my paycheck? Hell no! I work hard and EARN every penny of it and she now seems to be very ungrateful. Going above and beyond my job has gotten me nowhere and she is resentful that I dare ask for even a small raise. That ladies and gentlemen, is why it’s time to move on.

In other news, I am going back to school in three weeks! I have been out for about a year now and I’m looking forward to meeting some new friends hopefully. I have decided to get my BA in Communications. Speaking of new friends, I have also found an awesome website called Interpals, which is a site to find Penpals on. I have made two friends there who are both in the UK. We are close in age and lifestyle and we seem to get alng very well. It’s very exciting and in some ways addicting to be able to learn about someone else’s life in another country through their words.

Well, that’s about it for now! Duty calls early tomorrow so off I go! 🙂

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