Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Holy Frijoles, Batman!

Hell has frozen over.........


Well, not really, but with the icy blue sheen of the sky smiling down upon the season's first snow-covered ground, combined with the unlikely event I'm about to describe, it seemed an apt descriptor!

For the past 4 years, the Boss has been trying to increase my position (though I've only been here for 2 of those years) to 100% FTE. It has been denied repeatedly. Last year, with CDBG being cut at the federal level, thus putting our admin budget on a diet, I even went DOWN in hours - from 25 hrs/wk to 20. Until last night - City Council approved the City's budget, which included my position's increase, on its second reading last night. Yeah, second reading, as in this is a done deal.

Even getting the proposed increase in the City Manager's budget recommendations was quite a struggle. Until right before the Council saw the recommended budget, the Boss and I had been told no regarding our staffing request by the Asst. City Mgr. But, for some reason, at the last minute she included it in her list of recommendations to the City Manager. And then he included it, much to our surprise!


This means come January 2, I will be working 40hrs/wk. Which means, healthcare is not NEARLY as costly AND I'll be making more $$. Together, the two will make for a nice change of pace at the Meyer abode.

I will get more responsibility, which means more community presence. Which means more influence to social changes.

These are good......


It also means afterschool care for LMNOB is a must. So, enter me figuring that out. :-? Tap, tap go the fingers.

It also means that if I get accepted to UCD, I now have to juggle school with FT work, instead of PT. I did go to college full-time (like 16-18 credits a semester) while working 30 hrs/wk and married - so we shall see what 6 online credits/semester, 40 hr work week, 2 kids and Charlie Brown looks like.

In the meantime, though, I can heave a sigh of relief. God is providing for us, and we are grateful!


  1. Congratulations! I know you are a first rate valuable leader so it is about time the city government recognized it.

    May it will give you more stuff to write about, :-)

    Bobby Valentine

  2. From one red head to another, boy does this world need red heads. You and your Boss deserve to have another FT person in the City office. Good work on behalf of the City Fathers they know what is needed (sometimes).
    You will be able to accomplish school, job, husband, kids and good old Charlie Brown - just get the important things done first and always remember to kiss everyone goodnight including Charlie Brown