Thursday, December 14, 2006

I am SO Sorry

I am extending appologies to anyone and everyone who has been checking back for updates or commentary. I have been busier while trying to find a job than I was when I had two jobs during last tax season. I have a few spare moments this evening and decided to post an extensive update on everything that has been going on in my life since my last post. Hopefully I will be able to post more frequently from here on out and I will try to get back to comment on things as I feel the need.

1. Job search:
While I am still unemployed, I have been working on a contract project for the corporate parent of my previous employer. (It really is nice to have a good reputation and a knowledge of the entire organization.)

I have had interviews with a number of accounting firms in Cleveland, and thought I had a position 2 weeks ago. The Tax Partner of the firm indicated in my interview with him that he was going to hire me, but 2 days later they had changed their minds.

I have had interview in the last week with a Midwestern CPA firm, a smaller national firm for a possible position in their Denver office, a DC local firm for a position with their firm, and company that does special projects for large companies on an out-source basis, and a major hotel chain. Wife and I are hopeful that one of these will come through.

I am actually hoping it is the Midwestern CPA firm, it seems to be a good fit and the company is growing. It would also keep me in Cleveland near most of our family. As of my last report from the recruiter that brought me the opportunity (report was yesterday) things were on track and we will hopefully hear something before the end of the week. (Please keep your fingers crossed and pray hard for a quick answer on this.)

2. Wife's Family:
I am not even sure where to start on this one. When last we left off, Grandmother had hit Grandfather in front of nursing facility staff. Father-in-Law has been going through what can best be described quickly as a persistent anxiety attack. All of this has cause, with my unemployment and some issues at work, lots of issues for Wife.

For about 3 weeks Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law were 'sharing' their problems (between them) with Wife. While this was 'inappropriate,' it was also infuriating. Not only did it upset Wife, but some of the issues that were coming up were enough for me to lose my temper about the situation. (Luckily we live about an hour from my In-Law's, so violence on my part was a bit out of the question.)

And now back to Grandmother and Grandfather.

After much family discussion and statements to the senior facility to the contrary, they allowed Grandfather, who is getting quite senile, to return the care of his abusive wife. This occured after a second observed beating incident. Brother-in-Law and Father-in-Law were visiting and Father-in-Law was discussing several issue with a nurse at the Nurse's Station. Grandfather became very confused and disoriented while trying to take a sweater off. Grandmother beat Brother-in-Law to remedy the situation and after pulling the sweater back on Grandfather, hit him several times as a 'punishment.'

One piece of additional information on this, when Grandfather first went to the full nursing portion of the facility he was evaluated. He didn't know where he was and believed the year to be 1960. (I guess you have to be even less communicative and be further off from the date to actual qualify as not being able to decide you want to go back to an abusive situation.)

3. An issue in my family:
This came to my attention very recently. With out going to full detail, mostly because one I don't know the full details and second I get irritated just thinking about it, I recently found out the husband of Step-Sister has been having an affair. The woman that he has been having the affair with lives about six hundred miles away. This only makes the situation that much more absurd. I don't know yet how Step-Sister found out about this lovely little situation.

An an example of the stupidity of Step-Sister's husband, every year we have a family Channukah celebration at Step-Brother2's house. Step-Sister's husband has not been invited to the 'party.' In a marriage counseling session that they attended, the subject came up and Step-Sister's husband tried to blame Step-Sister for the situation because: She told people and he didn't want anyone to know, and just wanted to go on like nothing happened. Step-Sister responded in the session that it wasn't her fault, that it was his. (I happen to agree, after all he did have the affair not her.) With this response, Step-Sister's husband got angry and stormed out of the session.

There are very few things that really tick me off. Two of them involve people who are married.
One is people who have affairs. It is not like getting a divorce is so hard that you can't get one before you sleep with someone other than your spouse. The other is men who abuse their wives. (Anyone really, but in my particular family, with Wife's grandparents as an exception, it has been the man rather than the woman who is abusive.)

We that about updates the situation to the moment. I will post again soon, and thank you in advance for your understanding.


Glad to hear all is well (except for the unemployment). Things will work out.
you seem to be very busy and not posting. did u finally find work?
My lack of posting is more a function of looking for a job, studying for the CPA exam, and doing a project for my former employer, than the fact that I have found a new job.
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