We are both excited about 2015. Tonya starts a new job at the Indiana School for the Blind as one of their teachers, and I start a new job at Xerox as a Customer Care Attendant, in the telephone Customer Service field.
This will mean 2 great things for our family.
1) Tom will finally get medical benefits to cover his prescription drugs, and also Tonya’s state job should come with better benefits then what she has, so regardless if Tom chooses to go on her insurance plan, or go with Xerox, he’ll be covered for medical and prescription drugs. Walmart doesn’t have such benefits, and what they do offer is real expensive, so that is a major change for our family
2) Tom’s pay will be 2x as much as it was with Walmart, which means we’ll finally be able to take care of ourselves now without having to lean on someone else for financial support. We’ve done good so far, but $7 an hour doesn’t go far, so we’re happy about that.
3) A M-F job off weekends and holidays. Yeah Tom will have to be available to work between 7a-7p, but Monday thru Friday we don’t care when he works, having off weekends and holidays means we’ll finally be able to spend time together as a family again. Walmart had Tom working swing shifts 7 days a week, cutting into church and family time, but not anymore starting Dec 15th
Only bad thing is the Xerox job is pretty far away from where we live, but both our jobs will be on the same side of town, which isn’t too bad. With the extra pay and benefits it’ll be worth it
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.
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.
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
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 Screen Reader 12 Latest version links
- MAGic 12.0.7002 64-bit – January 2014 English Release (133 MB)
- MaGic 12.0.7002 32-bit – January 2014 English Release (125 MB)
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 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
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.
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!
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!
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
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
Both of us are always playing Bubble Megashift, while Tom likes 300 bowl, pole position, and Angry Birds Star Wars