Thursday, April 7, 2011

Plans and Pay

We've got big plans coming up. We haven't ventured out of our island home since Christmas, and I think we're all getting a little stir-crazy. So, Oliver has some leave papers in play, and we're making plans. It's gonna be a Florida road trip, and I'm really looking forward to it. We pretty much never drive here, so spending some time in the car weirdly sounds appealing.

The boys have made a few requests, and since the closest place to get me a new ID card (the real reason we have to go) is in Orlando, we've got a nice list going. Hopefully, we'll get around to most or all of it. Some of the highlights include a trip to the LEGO store at Downtown Disney, a day at Cape Canaveral, riding Thomas at a railroad museum that is happily hosting a Thomas' day out event every weekend this month, and hitting up a few Man vs. Food restaurants.

All of this comes, though, as we are staring at the news and wondering if Congress will ever get off their butts and work together to prevent a government shut down. If that happens, pay will stop. The trip to Canaveral will also probably have to be scrapped as it will likely be closed. We are luckily not paying a mortgage or have any debt, and this trip is coming from money we have in savings, so the loss of pay for awhile (he will get back pay when it is all worked out) won't really hurt us. I feel, though, for all the people who are going to be very negatively affected by this. I certainly hope no one in Congress, as well as the President, are going to be getting pay, either. Considering this mess is a complete and utter failure on their part to grow up and behave like adults, they should be paying the highest price. Sadly, I doubt that will be the case.

I read somewhere that Donald Trump is considering a run for President next year. Not that long ago I would have said no way, but now? Why the hell not. Maybe he'll fire some idiots. One can always hope.

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MommyJ said...

I've been thinking a lot about all my military friends and what this would mean for them. I hope things work out quickly so no one has to endure.

I'm so annoyed with our government right now. No, annoyed really isn't the best word. It's not strong enough, I don't think. Angry? Pissed? Out of my mind insane from the corruption and selfishness? That's getting better...

emilysuze said...

I know that we're lucky that our car is paid off, our debt is paid down and we have money and food stored away, but this is going to be extremely rough for those families who aren't as lucky.

It's such a frustrating and asinine situation. Why wasn't a budget finalized six months ago? This makes me so eager for 2012 and being able to vote out every single one of these yahoos that has shown how little the welfare of the American people means to them.

Hopefully, you guys will still get the leave so you can have a fun family trip! :)

Emily said...

Ha ha! Love the Trump for Pres. idea! He has no problem firing people...so why not...?
I am so irritated with the government right now it's not even funny...