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Thursday, August 30, 2007

The joys of unemployment

I am new to this blogging thing, but I have learned a thing or 2 from the SLC Newlyweds. So let's go ahead and clear one thing up - Brian will most likely never make any posts on here, or read them for that matter. So it's safe to assume that any first person references are to Amanda :) However, for the sake of feeling like we're in this together, there will be several times where I refer to us in third person. So go ahead and accept it, and move on.

You might be thinking to yourself, "I wonder what inspired The Joiners to start a blog... is it because they want to be like everyone else? Is it because they want to impart all of their life knowledge unto others? Or is it just because they are incredibly entertaining and want to give friends/family/strangers something to read in their spare time?" Well, while the answers to all of these questions are undoubtedly 'yes,' it is only fair to tell you the real inspiration for the starting of the blog: Amanda's unemployment.

Yes, friends, I have now been unemployed for 32 days, 18 hours, and 50ish minutes. The first few weeks, time understandably passed by quickly... one week was spent taking care of the last minute details for the wedding, one week for the honeymoon, and one week to get settled into our new house in Richmond (and let's be honest, Amanda made sure that happened in 24 hours). However, the last 1.5 weeks have allowed for a little more free time.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy life as a "stay-at-home wife"... it looks a little like this:

7 am- Alarm goes off, Brian starts to get ready for work while Amanda wallows in bed
7:50 am - Brian leaves for work; meanwhile, Amanda has drifted back to sleep
8 am- Amanda's cell phone alarm goes off to remind her to wake up and watch Dawson's Creek
8 am-9 am - Amanda watches D-Creek in bed, getting up once to get a bowl of Raisin Bran
9 am-noon - Amanda goes for a walk or run, gmail chats with Allison, looks for jobs online, watches whatever is on TV, and stalks facebook mindlessly*
(*I have developed a sad and pitiful habit... I have found myself (several times, now) pressing refresh on the "Friends" page over and over again until someone new pops up on the page. If you are a facebooker, please update your profile often so that I have something to look at)
noon - Brian comes home for lunch with Amanda
noon - 5 pm - Amanda watches Law and Order over, and over, and over, and over again, until her brain has turned to mush, and Brian finally returns from work
5 pm - bedtime - Brian and Amanda make dinner together and continue watching Law and Order... ridiculous, but at least she's not alone!

Anyway, upon realizing my pathetic-ness, I decided that I might as well give myself something "productive" to do, and rather than shopping around for car insurance or living room curtains for our house, a blog is what I landed on. With that said, you will likely see a lot of posts in the near future. So be ready and be watchful, you never know when this blogger will strike again...

8 comments:

slc newlyweds said...

I don't think you gave me enough credit here - it was my idea of reading everyone else's blogs that led you to start your own!

casey duncan said...

I am a pro at staying home all day - here are some fun tips...
1. stay in your pjams all day and then insist that your husband make dinner because you "had a hard day" - - im pretty sure husbands love that (or at least you might end up getting to order pizza)
2. iron like 3 shirts while watching tv and then when asked what you did that day you can say "i did the ironing" - people will assume it was a big undertaking
3. call and email friends/sisters who are at work until their bosses say something about it... this is fun until the bosses actually DO say something... and then the fun abruptly stops.

i am highly experienced in all 3 of these and i whole heartily recommend them

Brian said...

thanks Amanda for including me on the creation of this... I can assure anyone who reads this that I will occasionally put in my 2 cents and maybe will make it a game for others to figure out when I do the typing. Until then....

Risa said...

I love the blog!! I will add this along with my other blogs I read on a consistent basis (shout out to the slc newlyweds!) At least you have a cute new house to be a stay at home wife in...

Beth said...

Wow...this website is now added to my obsession website list that I check daily....noooo...I don't have time....however, you know I am obsessed with you and your writing so I think it is worth it so I can at least smile once a day......(because high schoolers make me hate my life...)

Brittany said...

Yay! Another Nelson(Joiner/Oliver) blog! You know that nobody can make me laugh like you. :)

NOLS AKW7 said...

it's 12:08 on day 2 of the blog and I don't see a second posting...I'm disappointed

Ok, not really. good job on the blog joiners. I'll be sure to read it (or at least figure out what it says from the wife)

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!