We went to a local college arboretum last weekend. The pictures don't do it justice but I've never seen such vibrant poppies anywhere else.
As to everything else, I wouldn't know where to begin. I touched on some of it in my monthly wrap up.
Work is a spiraling vortex of insanity.
My employee is leaving me. 😭😭😭
This is forseeable because she has wanted to move out of state and have babies, probably the entire time she has worked at this job. (I brought her over from my last job). But after all the talks about giving as much heads up as possible... Basically got a one-week notice because she gave notice on my week off. But her husband wanted to give *zero* notice, and so here we are. & overall, just sad, because I have worked with her for 10 years and she is an amazing human. 😭 She is moving out of state.
Of course, most of my burnout is just the "everything out of my control is completely absurd" factor. But because this was foreseeable I hired our last two admin assistants with this in mind. It's paying off for me right now. We promoted an employee to fill her position. So patting myself on the back a bit. Phew! It's adding to the chaos though, because we are training two positions now. But is probably the only reason I am not totally freaking out.
The "planning ahead" is helping my sanity, but what a week! On Monday we tried to offer the open admin assistant position to a candidate and ended up rescinding the offer. (It got weird, and I think we dodged a bullet). If that's not enough drama for one day, my boss ended up firing someone. I think it will be a good change for the long term, but it's just very chaotic right now.
May has been very quiet on the home front. June will be busy, in contrast. Picking up MM(19) from college, annual camp trip, etc. DL(17) high school graduation.
DL(17) got a job. The job market is rough and he has been looking for a year. I am not even sure if MM(19) will be able to get an internship this summer. As a freshman? Easy peasy. But now everyone is pulling back hiring. & for reference, I just put up an entry level job ad and got 200 applications in a few days. I told DL(17) I wouldn't hold my breath about it being easier when he turns 18.
So DL(17) was feeling desperate and he applied at the summer camp we go to every year. They were the only employer to ever call him back. & he got the job! It sounds like it was close though. They went from severely understaffed to, "I am not sure there's enough room in the boys' dorm for one more person."
I don't know if he will make it all summer. I don't expect him to be mentally healthy enough to live in a dorm all summer. (He's moody enough at home, and is very noise sensitive. This is with 3 bedrooms entirely to himself; sharing 2600 square feet with two other people). But we can help, with the EV. It's $4 fuel for the 200 miles roundtrip. If we have to rescue him on his breaks, will support him as much as we can. & while I am skeptical, I am proud of him for giving it a try.
I was just focusing on his mental health and the tight living quarters. I expect he'd also be homesick. It's going to be rough.
DL will mostly be paid in room and board, which is not the most useful. That, and $2,400. The rough math is that it probably works out to $6 per hour. (I am not sure how many hours he will be expected to work.) Of course, if we have any food savings, I will give that money to him. The $2,400 will cover his car expenses for a year and will give him some spending money. It's sufficient for his needs.
I haven't been sweating it because when he applied for jobs in person no one wanted to deal with work permits. (He won't need a work permit after high school, even though he will be 17 for a while). & It should be easier when he turns 18 this summer. I figured worst case, he could get a campus job in the fall. I think that will be more his speed, working something like 10 hours a week year round.