SDN lost his job. I guess that makes it sound like one day he woke up and couldn't remember where he put it. It would be more accurate to say that the evil start-up company that SDN worked for called all employees into a meeting on the last day of the pay period and informed that this would be the last day that they were getting paid, and, oh yea, would you mind working for free for the next two and a half weeks so that this company (which has treated you oh so fairly) can put on a good show for investors and do well? OK, to be totally fair to this evil corporation, they did offer the ex-employees stock options to continue (note: stock options that will be worthless unless the company makes it big - an increasingly unlikely scenario given the current state of the economy - and they had already given him stock options but somehow those are worth less now...don't ask me to explain it, I don't really understand). SDN, being the wonderful - glass is always half full- type of person that he is, happily accepted and has been diligently working full time for a company that unceremoniously laid him off for the past two weeks.
I just realized that I made it my mission in writing this post to be positive, because I do firmly believe that being positive can actually change your circumstances for the better. So, here goes: SDN has a wonderful opportunity to find a different job that will hopefully pay him lots more money and allow him to work fewer hours so that he can do things like go for walks with us around Greenlake and smell the spices with Alice.
I've been trying to tutor as much as possible, but 6 hours a week of tutoring does not really compare with the income of a full time tech job. I really want to be one of those people that is always positive and can calmly assure SDN that this is for the best and what a great opportunity this is and now we get to see him more...but I do find myself slipping into very negative and dark thoughts about his stupid job that screwed over their employees and them asked them to remain loyal.
Changing the subject, Alice as begun to do all sorts of wonderful things. She can grab onto anything - silverware, clothes, friends - and eat them. She makes hilarious raptor noises and has even put herself on a daytime nap schedule (yea, for nap time). Her grandma got her a sea turtle costume for Halloween which we have been showing off everywhere we go (I always thought it was a shame that you could only wear your Halloween costume once a year) to a chorus of "awwws" and "how cute!" I'm worried I'm beginning to get addicted to all the attention that Alice gathers whenever I take her anywhere...I mean at some point she is going to grow up.