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Old 01-22-2013, 05:50 AM   #23191
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:39 AM   #23192
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Happy Birthday, Anh! Have a great day, even if you are working on your essay.

Iri, sounds like a long process. You are a better person then I am. How many bedrooms are you going to have?

Cream Assam in my cup. I am at work but worried about Lucas. He has been throwing up and had a really runny diaper this morning, his entire front was wet (he was crawling in his crib) and the sheet was wet. There was a little poop and the sheet stain was the color of the poop. The hubby is bringing him to the Doctor today.

Due to yesterday being a federal holiday, I have to work 4 ten hour days to get my hours in. If I do that, I can use the federal holiday as a vaction day later in the year. Given the limited number of vacation days that I have (10 days) being able to use the Federal holidays adds 4-6 days that I can use for vacation. That is huge. Normally it is easily accomplished, you simply work on the day. Recently the person responsible for approving schedules at work has decided that you cannot work when there are not govies in the building. Since govies have federal holidays off, and cannot flex them, we are not allowed to work.

So I have a sick kid at home and I can't take him to the doctor because I need to work longer days so that I can have more vacation days to spend with my family. I am annoyed.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:43 AM   #23193
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Sipping another cup of coffee, hoping time goes faster so I can go home.

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There is no doubt that living in the shell isn't luxurious. After I put up the walls and roof, I immediately put in the kitchen sink and bathroom features so we would have that, and had the electric company run a main line from the pole into the house. I added a couple of 'quick' lines around the house so that there would be places to plug in the power tools without running long extension cords, but then we moved in. It was messy!
We've thought about it ... We thought about renting a container to put in our back yard because it's so cheap. But in the end we decided we don't want to make it any harder than it should be. It's also not impossible financially to pay rent and pay of part of our loan at the same time.


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It was at least that long, if not longer before we were actually finished. But we use wood tongue-and-groove (knotty cedar) for the living room walls and ceiling, and a few other walls around the house, and they took time to put up and oil. Each plank had to be put up separately. Sheetrock would have been a lot faster!
Oh, we'll definitely use sheetrock! I'm not a fan of wooden paneling on the walls.

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That was my concern. I thought it was somewhat lower land in Belgium, but then I realized I was thinking of Holland instead.
Shame on you! Confusing Belgium with Holland!

The problem with our piece of land is that it isn't all that far from the scheldt, about 5 km. Hence the groundwater But even if the water wasn't there we wouldn't have chosen a basement. It's still too expensive for us.

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Iri, sounds like a long process. You are a better person then I am. How many bedrooms are you going to have?
Three bedrooms! So there will be two little Iri's running around in the not so very distant future

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Due to yesterday being a federal holiday, I have to work 4 ten hour days to get my hours in. If I do that, I can use the federal holiday as a vaction day later in the year. Given the limited number of vacation days that I have (10 days) being able to use the Federal holidays adds 4-6 days that I can use for vacation. That is huge. Normally it is easily accomplished, you simply work on the day. Recently the person responsible for approving schedules at work has decided that you cannot work when there are not govies in the building. Since govies have federal holidays off, and cannot flex them, we are not allowed to work.

So I have a sick kid at home and I can't take him to the doctor because I need to work longer days so that I can have more vacation days to spend with my family. I am annoyed.
Poor Lucas, I hope it isn't anything too serious! 10 vacation days I have 24 and I'm complaining

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Old 01-22-2013, 09:17 AM   #23195
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A beautiful day! It's dark chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate sauce in a tall glass
Happy Birthday Anh! No party arranged?

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Three bedrooms! So there will be two little Iri's running around in the not so very distant future
Is this an announcement of some sort you are making?
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:20 AM   #23196
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Five sick days, I already used one (stupid pneumonia). I can use those to care for Lucas if needed but it is not a lot. I get all the federal holidays, so that is 10 days, for a total of 25 days. The problem is that 10 of them are on random days that I don't care about.

I appreciate Dr. King and his vision and historic import. I can appreciate that while I am at work so I can take time to visit family or go to the river or camping with my immediate family when I want to. I really don't feel the need to celebrate Presidents Day. The reality is that I am fine working on most of the Federal Holidays and would rather use those days to take vacations when I want to. It is a frustrating system that is a part of working as a contractor for the government.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:30 AM   #23197
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Is this an announcement of some sort you are making?
Nope We agreed to wait at least until we can move to our house. So another 2 years ...

Having a glass of water and contemplating going home. I think the flu might be catching up with me again ...
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:27 AM   #23199
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......worried about Lucas.......
So I have a sick kid at home and I can't take him to the doctor because I need to work longer days so that I can have more vacation days to spend with my family. I am annoyed.
Hang on, prof Crash! Best wishes for Lucas.

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.......But even if the water wasn't there we wouldn't have chosen a basement. It's still too expensive for us.
.......So there will be two little Iri's running around in the not so very distant future ......
Yes, I think money is the key-factor for not having cellars, as it is common for most houses in Holland and Belgium to have them. I have a huge one myself.
Congrats on the house. I think more people in Belgium than Holland build their own house.

In my cup: stone cold Rooibos lemon tea
Outside: too much snow for my peace of mind, as I have to bike through it....
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Bancha in my cup.

Doc thinks Lucas has the stomach bug that is going around. He is home from day care for the next few days and drinking pedialite every other bottle. The good news is that he seems to be fine with being sick. He is his normal smily, happy guy but his sleep has been off and he has been flying through clothes. Still, it makes Mommy sad.
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Doc thinks Lucas has the stomach bug that is going around. He is home from day care for the next few days and drinking pedialite every other bottle. The good news is that he seems to be fine with being sick. He is his normal smily, happy guy but his sleep has been off and he has been flying through clothes. Still, it makes Mommy sad.
Sorry to hear it Prof. It's always horrible when the kids get ill, particularly as babies. Best wishes to Lucas.

Nothing in my cup either. Some water for now, perhaps, then a glass of wine will be calling...
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Well, thank you, it might just be the thing. It has to come next to my usb-keyboard vacuumcleaner that I got for my birthday recently from my daughter.
I hope it doesn't get too hot, as I am very careful with my (Staffordshire, real bone china) silver jubilee mug of Queen Elisabeth....
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