I am a very lucky man – I’ve got an amazing wife and am the father to three wonderful kids. Lylli was born on Halloween in 2008, Gracie was born November 2010 and although she only lived for 17 months, she will remain as much a part of this family as the rest of us, and Mickey Gray, our first son, was born in June of 2012. I’m not going to say that life has gone exactly as I would have wanted, but it is a good life and I am determined to make the best of it.

This blog is an attempt to document my quest to become a dad that my family can be proud of.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I can't win with Mother Earth

Mother Earth aka "The Wife" has an issue if, god forbid, a car is started and warmed up longer than necessary.  This ticked me off this morning.  My boss has specifially told me that she wants me in the office from 8 to 4:30 so I can be around to answer questions since there are others that come in and leave earlier.  This was presented to me in the hiring process and is quite clear.  I am not a salaried employee, I am a contractor, so I am only approved to bill for 40 hours per week, so it does me no good to come in before 8.  My wife, on the other hand gets up at 5 and leaves at 6:30.  One of the reasons she got a new car this past summer was because there were several times last winter where her car didn't start.  I would end up having to get it towed after days of trying to get it started only to have it start once towed to a shop.  This happened at least 3 times last year, not to mention countless other times where it wouldn't start in the morning, but would in the afternoon.  Yes, this is the same wonderful car that I get to drive these days, a green '96 Honda Accord station wagon.  Because of this, and the fact that its 20 below zero in the morning, I figured the last couple of days that I would get up at 5:30 to try and start the car just in case it doesn't start and I would need to get a ride from the wife, which would mean she would need to leave 20 minutes earlier.  I figure I would do it at 5:50 because it would set the pace earlier instead of trying to start it at 6 and causing a mad scramble to get ready, feed the dogs, and leave early.  Unfortunately, this means that the car is started for close to an hour, but I don't want to chance shutting it off and not having it start again because I am still new and a consultant at Wells Fargo and not going to work is not an option.  This morning, Mother Earth pulls her car out of the garage to start it and notices my snow covered car in the driveway running and has the nerve to come in and say "You serioulsy are letting your car warmup for over an hour?".  This is what I get for trying to be considerate and not inconvenience her.  This did not make my crabby morning dimeaner any better, so for the second day in a row, I find myself in the office just after 7 AM because I wouldn't want to let my car warm up too long.

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