Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Putting it Out There

What are your thoughts on Karma? I don't necessarily mean Good Karma comes to those who do Good Things and/or Karma is a Bitch. I'm asking about Putting "it" Out to the Universe. As in, if you want something good to happen, you put it out there: You let people know about your wants or you ask for prayers or hope that positive thinking brings about positive outcomes.

Here's what I'm getting at: Do you believe in what I ask above or are you of the "I don't want to jinx it" mentality?

I'm pretty much the "I don't want to jinx it" kinda girl. Granted it depends on what it is, but I usually do hold back on telling people about potential good news until it comes to be. Back when I was working, if I had a job interview, I would let friends (those outside of the current job) and my parents know and would say "wish me luck." When my husband and I put an offer on this house,  I told my mother and asked her to pray that it got accepted (granted, that was also after a horrible year of living in a corporate apartment while our stuff was in storage and we were suffering through the housing market crash of 2008-2009 and we could use all the help we could get).

These days, it seems that whenever anyone wants to put it out there or just simply to ask for prayers, luck and good wishes, they take it to Facebook. I'm all for Facebook and am always checking it. I just don't post a lot -- mostly I post pictures when I've taken a trip or have seen some old friends. But, I find that lots of people will ask for prayers or either tell you way too much private information or be totally vague but still be looking for prayers/good wishes/whatnot (I can't stand the "Pray for me today" or "Today is gonna be a hard day" type of posts that are so vague and warrant attention and then the poster never actually states what the problem is -- annoying attention seekers). I'm fine with people asking for prayers for sick relatives. I'm fine with people asking for luck when they are taking a test. I'm totally fine with people asking for strength when they are up to their eyeballs in calamity in times of strife.

I just wonder how far to go, when to put "it" out there.

So, I'm gonna put it out there now. My husband is looking for a new job. We both really want to move back East. Do you put it out there and say, "Wish him luck," "Say a prayer for us"? Or do we keep our mouths and keyboards quiet and hope for the best? You know, not jinx it.

Normally, I'd keep this information to myself, but he is of the mindset that positive thinking garners positive results. I'm all for that; I'm just not sure I want to share those positive thoughts.

For sure, I'm not putting it on Facebook. I'm FB friends with some of my husband's co-workers so that's a big no-no. Plus, it's such a really big thing, I don't think I could handle the pressure of status updates. I don't think I want people checking in with me periodically with "did he get the job" questions. It's kinda like when I was trying to get pregnant -- I didn't tell anyone because I didn't need the monthly reporting on whether I got my period or not.

I'm babbling. The gist is, what do you tell people about and what do you keep to yourself? I'm all for asking for a little help from above, but I just think right now I've got to try to just get those prayers answered on my own.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

It's Always Something

Being a homeowner can really suck. Sure, being homeless would suck much more, but it's always something when you are a homeowner. Today, it's the motor on the water pump for the pool. Which is currently being replaced. For which I am going to have to write a check for $1350.00.

It's raining, FINALLY, in CA. So, after my workout, while I was drinking my coffee and relaxing, I heard a very loud noise. It was either the printer in the office doing its weird adjustment thing where it randomly turns on, cranks out a noise and goes off again, or it was pounding rain. I looked in the office first because it did sound like it was coming from that end of the house more so than on the roof from rain. Okay, not the printer, but hmmm, that noise is louder in the far corner of the office, near the window. Pull up the blind and OH MY GOD water is gushing -- GUSHING -- out of something in the pool pump area. GUSHING. Like a crazy woman, I dial my husband's cell phone scrambling to find my sneakers. I put on my sneakers while practically yelling into his voicemail, "Call me emergency pool pump." (Just like that, no commas, no pausing, no sense!). Then I dial his office number (which of course I have to look up because I never call him on that) and get the damn voicemail again. Same crazy-lady message. Then I text "Call me emergency." Thankfully he called right away as I was opening the back slider to try to figure out what to do. He calmly talked me through turning off some switches. Phew. Thank God that worked.

Not only was it raining, I was standing in water that was just about covering the tops of my sneakers and in order to turn the power off, I had to stand in front of where the water was coming out of the motor and basically got about as wet as I would have had I just jumped in the pool.

Because CA has been in a 100+ day drought, we are supposed to be rationing our water -- don't water your lawn so much, don't do too many loads of laundry. Thankfully they haven't asked us not to flush. Anyway, should the water company be keeping track in a future effort to fine offenders, well, oh boy, we are gonna be on their list after today! I can't even imagine how many gallons of water spewed out of our backyard today. And I kept thinking, what if I hadn't been home?? Wow, that would have been AWFUL. I guess it could have potentially flooded the house. Yikes.

(I'm thinking there's something to use here when I get attitude from the "What do you do all day?" haters that can't handle the fact that I don't work. I take care of things, bitches)

Well, the pool guy is here now, replacing the motor/pump whatever-it-is. I'm certainly glad he could take care of it right away and that the rain stopped so he could do it today. I'm just not looking forward to writing out that check. Bye bye tax return money that was going to go toward a vacation.

Dare I say that this "American Dream" of being a home owner is really a nightmare?

Sigh. It's always something….