A few bumps in the road...
OK, so I have been away from the forum for a while, here's what I've been dealing with:
Getting ready to move (completely on our own, we will have some help with the heaving lifting from our church)
Seller uncooperative throughout entire process, it took 4 weeks to get through the attourney review (usually a 1 week process)
Date of closing pushed back 10 days. This is because the seller has figured out she can be in breech of the contract for 10 days before legal action can be taken, our attourney said there's nothing he can do about it
We both took a "vacation" week for this week, the week of the closing in the contract, however b/c seller is still in the house, we can't pull the carpet up and redo the hardwood floors underneath, we both have to return to work now without having been able to do the work on the house and comfortably move our things in. Now we have to wait until next year so we can afford to have all our furniture put into storage and stay at a hotel while the floors get done
Unfortunately Hanna has been neglected a little and at one point 1 1/2 weeks ago she was covered in mats (not tight ones, just enough so that there was no way I could give her a bath). I seriously thought about taking her down and was actually ok with that idea. The hair would grow back and it would give me a break, especially with all the turmoil going on. But when I mentioned it to John, out of NOWHERE he just wasn't having any of it, told me "But I love the look and she'll look like a rat!" and then took me to the store to buy new supplies. I bought a new comb, brush, detangling spray, and new shampoo and conditioner. I spent 3 hours that night dematting her, and she was a little annoyed at the end but no worse for the wear. I went through her again the next day just to check she was good and gave her a bath with the new product, and she's as good as new. I was actually quite pleased with my new things (bought at Petco, surprise surprise), my CC brush had all the pins in the middle sunk in and it wasn't quite doing the trick anymore. The comb has rotating tines which I'm still not exactly sure how I feel about it, but it did the job, and the slicker brush was not too soft, yet not to scratchy and harsh either. I was surprised they carried Rosie B. Good product, as it's made by IOD and was very happy to try it out. Best stuff I've used so far. So, I guess if you're ever in a pinch and don't want to wait to order something online and you have a choice between PetSmart and Petco, go with Petco as they have superior grooming products, although the price might be slightly higher.
Talking about my employer, I was shocked at how difficult it was for me to try to transfer 30 miles away. I have been with this company for 3 years, I am experienced, stable, knowledgeable, and come with high recommendation, in such a high turnover environment, I thought they would be fighting each other for me, but that's not the response I got. I tried 2 stores that were closest to me and they wouldn't negotiate with me on my schedule. The first one, I let them know that I firmly was NOT willing to work Sundays anymore or weekday evenings, that I have young children and it was not worth it to me to pay for a sitter for them all day and into the evening. The response I got was that it's a retail business (duh! I already know that!) and that there are other working mothers in the salon who would get uspet if I got the hours I wanted. They said they had problems with covering all the hours before, but they have it all worked out now. So, let me get this straight...the women are too immature to deal with that and you're happy now that you've got people who you can easily manipulate and control into whatever you want them to do, was my immediate response in my head to this manager. I left saying it was a dealbreaker for me. The other store (the one that I was offended at with the groomer saying she couldn't waste a groomer's time bathing my dog) I also got a chilly reception. Then the phone call a few days later saying he would not be able to work out a full time option for me. I was devastated. My employment pays for my twins' preschool tuition, costly here in the NE and DOUBLED for me. Their pre k education is very important to me and they have one more year before KG. I could have worked PT at those ones but I just had a bad taste in my mouth from the grueling 1 hr long interviews, (I didn't even think I had to interview, I thought someone would just take me as a transfer) where I was prodded and poked about my "add-on percentages" and my "average dogs per day" numbers and so on and so forth. I felt defeated. I had already called all the private salons nearby and the timing just wasn't working out. I even called Petco, but that wasn't going to work either as they were just planning on transfering people to other locations, too far for me. Finally I tried my 3rd option and that manager had no trouble taking me in PT. I wasn't planning on PT as that is slightly less than what I need to make, but she sounded friendly and excited over the phone and I was so bummed that I just took it. We will be fine, but a little tight. I will probably try to do something those two days I don't have a job for.
Sorry for the novel, but it's been a while!
At the end of the day, I am happy that we will finally have our cute little house, and everyone is healthy.
A couple of recent pictures: