Monday, March 9, 2009


Today is my son's birthday and he is 11 years old. We stopped doing the birthday parties with children invited after his 9th birthday. Now he gets cake and presents and he gets to choose which restaurant we go to for his birthday dinner. It is more of an immediate family celebration.

He said he hated that his birthday was on a Monday this year since he had to go to school and I told him he was born on a Monday. He was kind of surprised by this and said he hated Mondays so he wished it was a different day. I told him that at 1:15 this afternoon he will be 11 years old, as that was the time he was born.

I haven't figured out why but every year whatever day his birthday is on my birthday winds up being on the same day of the week. So my birthday will be on a Monday this year as well. However I have no prejudices against Mondays.

Haven't done any art lately. I am feeling the urge but just haven't had the time. Hopefully, this week I will be able to get something started. We co-sponsored a Career and Education Fair last Thursday and had over 600 visitors. (I saw myself on TV!) We worked really hard on it last week and was exhausted when it was over. We were all dragging around at work on Friday and had a customer tell us it was great, when were we going to do another one? I think I heard a couple of staff members groan. It is great to do something for the community that is really needed like this but visitors don't realize the amount of work involved. We host a job fair once per year and start on it several months ahead of time. Anyway I am glad it was a huge success and hopefully some visitors will find jobs. I know already that one person did.

We have a plant closing down and we have to go out and conduct what we call employee sessions. This is where employees are given a packet and told of transitional services and assistance that are available to them as a dislocated worker. We have two tomorrow and three on Wednesday. Wednesday we have to be there at 6 am. I don't usually get up until 6:45 am so I will probably have to get up at 4:30 as it is a 1/2 hour drive. Our last session there will be at 5 pm so I will probably not get home until 6:30 pm or after. I am dreading that day but I am really sorry for the 200+ people that are losing their jobs.

Hopefully I will find some time for art and my next post will contain some. Got to get through these tough work days first!

Happy Birthday, son!


Laure Ferlita said...

Happy birthday to your son!! 11 years old - gosh, that seems like a hundred years ago for me! ; )

Hope you can find time for art soon, but it does sound like you're providing a lifeline for so many people right now who don't know which way to turn or what to do. Good for you! And don't over do - sounds like you've got a really full schedule!

Artist Unplugged said...

Happy Birthday to your son!!!! He should have thought that being his birthday would make yucky Monday a little bit better! Sounds like you were part of a wonderful program but I know putting on a production like that is really tiring. Anytime before 5 a.m. is waaaaay too early! Good luck and safe driving.

twincedar said...

Thanks guys.

Jan said...

Happy birthday to your son from me too even if it is a little late! Tell him he can celebrate again and it won't be a Monday!

I haven't really been doing any art of my own either. With my DH's mother being in and out of the hospital, it seemed as if it was one big everlasting phone call for the past few weeks.

However, she's better and my commissions are out of the way and I don't want to do any art either! Seems as if there needs to be a little breathing space when you complete something. Hope the lull doesn't last very long for either of us!

Hope your day has gone well even if you did have to get up early. Bless you all for just being there for them.

Robin said...

Well, I'm glad you're able to help people out of work out!! C'mon work a little harder, will ya??? Just teasing.

Hope you had a great celebration. We also did the dinner out thing when they got older. Much fun!

twincedar said...

Thanks guys! I heard on the news this morning that we will be getting more money for our programs, of course we were told this a couple of weeks ago but now it is out in the public. So.... I will probably be working harder but I am glad to do it and glad to have a job when so many do not. I did get to work on some art last night, Yea!!!

Teresa said...

It's late (but enthusiastic!) .....

Happy Birthday to your son!!

Martina Alberts said...

From me too a happy belated birthday - late but very heartily.
Tell him that people born on Mondays mostly are very awake and kean.

So you are both. ;)