New Walmart job

created 2/03/2014
Tom got a new job this week at Walmart as a cart pusher. Its only $7 an hour, but gets a good 40 hrs a week, which is a blessing for us right now. Cart pushing is only a part-time position but gets 40 hrs a week.  I know its confusing, but at walmart,  an associate can work an average 40 hrs a week and still only be considered part-time.  I know it doesn’t make sense to us either.

added 5-22-2014
Tom left McDonalds and was promoted from cart pusher at Walmart to the Lawn & Garden dept as their door greeter.  Same conditions as before, except Lawn & Garden is only a seasonal position, which seems more like a demotion to us.

added 7-22-2014
Tom is still door greeting in Lawn & Garden, but they have extended his duties to the front of the store as one of their main Door Greeters when Lawn & Garden closes for the evening, or whenever they need him.  Accepting this move made him an official  full-time associate door greeter eligible for benefits.  However we found out after making this move that walmart only has catastrophe coverage at best,  basically just money put into a savings account to reimburse you for medical costs, which to us is not real insurance, so now Tom is looking for another job elsewhere with a job coach in a Call Center field.

Pray for Tom as he figures out where God is leading him for a job that provides for the needs of the family

New Apartment

We successfully moved into a new apartment unit in the front of the complex that is much closer to public  transportation for us.  We feel like we’re living in royalty in this new place, pictures coming hopefully soon.  The unit is surprisingly 3x the size of our old place.  Has a walk-in closet,  2 bedrooms, 2 full  size bathrooms,  a nice size kitchen with plenty of cubbard and counter space, a washer dryer in the kitchen that is larger then our old stackable, and plenty of extra closets to put coats, towels, and all that other misc stuff in.  We’re really happy with it.

We’re planning on having our first house warming gettogether to show our friends sometime this summer

Magic 12 Screen Magnifier with Speech

Magic Screen Reader 12 Latest version links

MAGic 12.0.7002 updated January, 2014 fixed stability issues with Zoomtext and other screen readers. Do not install MAGic 12 that was released prior to February 2013 that came on DVD since there have been several bug fixes related to Zoomtext since then

I could not get MAGic versions prior to 12.0.3202 to work with any version of Windows, so if your having problems installing a Demo from a CD or USB thumb drive, try this version instead. I was getting BSOD and screen freezes running MAGic before this new update was released

Testing Jetpack Comments

Testing a new Commenting System here.  This will allow you to add comments here using your facebook or twitter accounts. I still have to touch up how the comments look, but its a work in progress

First Valentines Day

The T.A.C’s celebrated Valentines day Sunday evening since we have guests coming over on Valentines day, so we celebrated our day at Applebees in Speedway Shopping Center.  They were seen walking together holding hands first to Dollar General for some supplies, then to Applebees for a romantic dinner for two, then to Krogers on the way home. It was a very cold walk, but romantic out in the moonlight huddling together to stay warm. We then exchanged valentines. Tonya got a card and a box of chocolates, while Tom got two big Reeses cup hearts, and a sock monkey stuffed bear, both very nice gifts, but the best part of the evening, was just being together.

New Home!

The T.A.C’s received some great news today!!  Currently, we live in the back of our apartment complex, where we have to walk about a mile, mile 1/2,  to get to our trash compactor.  Its a real pain, we either have to walk it up there ourselves, or have someone drive us up there, just to take out our trash!  Then on top of that, the bus stop is up there, with nearest grocery being another mile across a major street, so we end up walking 2-3 miles just to get groceries, and back, so we were really happy to find out today that the apartment complex has a 2 bedroom unit available right in the front!  The new unit is right across from the trash compactor, all we’ll have to do is step out of our unit and dump it in!  Funny but we’re really excited about this!  Tonya is even more excited about the walk-in closet she is going to get! along with an extra bedroom and extra bathroom for guests to use.   We have to wait until March 1st when we sign our new lease for the year, and its another $200 a month more then we’re paying now, but with both of us combining our income now, we think we can swing it.  Just having to wait until March!  waaah!  hehe!

Happy New Year

T & T would like to wish everyone a happy new year!   With the start of a new year, we’re hoping this will be a great year for everyone.   Tom & Tonya have never been happier in our marriage.  This past year was an absolute dream for us!  Between Tom relocating to Indianapolis, to us getting married & moving in together,  its been an absolute dream for us, and we’re hoping 2013 will be another great year with better things to come!

Happy New Year everyone!

back to unemployment

Well, after nearly 4 months of working for Towne Park,  Tom lost his job today.  At first, the job seemed really promising, with an average work week of 29-30 hrs a week, with the promise of Medical insurance benefits, but then as time went on, the hours kept getting cut little by little.  Tom’s not real sure why they let him go, he knows what they said, but at first they were excited about the idea of having me start as a Bell Hop for extra hours, so that way he could get in his 40 and keep his insurance,  but as soon as he signed up for insurance, thats when his hours started getting cut.   We didn’t like the fact he was working Sundays anyway. His boss wouldn’t let him have off for any Sunday mornings so we couldn’t attend church together, so in a way, we think this turned out for the best in God’s will, but its just a bad time to be loosing a job right now just before the holiday season

Angry Birds on Facebook

One of these days, we’d like to add these games to the site here, but in the meantime, you can play Angry Birds on facebook

Angry Birds Friends

Angry Birds Star Wars

Both of us love playing Angry Birds. Our favorite games for the iphone / ipad are

Bubble MegaShift
300 Bowl
Pole Position

Both of us are always playing Bubble Megashift, while Tom likes 300 bowl, pole position, and Angry Birds Star Wars

job with Towne Park

Tom found a new job this week with a valet parking company called Towne Park, at the Marriott hotel downtown. They put him in the parking garage doing porter work, along with assisting guests with the parking garages parking meters and performing routine ticket jams and other maintenance routines on those parking machines.  We’re a little concerned about Tom taking this job because it requires him to be in the line of traffic all the time, which isn’t an ideal working environment for someone with a visual impairment like ours, but we’re hoping he gets moved to a job within the hotel as a bell hop something a bit more appropriate for someone with a visual impairment.  At least he’s working now, which is the important thing.   The job requires Tom to work days, evenings, or nights, which will be hard on our marriage,  but we’re hoping for the best