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|Fri, 08-23-2013 - 9:40pm|
1st I'll deal with the baby names since this will be short. In the Jewish religion it's tradition to name your child after the death of a family member. Just the 1st initial - not necessarily the name. So our daughter is named after a relative on my husband's side and her middle name 'G' is after my father who died in 1957. Our son is named after my 2nd father (stepfather) who died 2 yrs. before his birth. As much as I didn't like my stepfather, I am glad he was alive to see our daughter's first 2 yrs.
As for my name (Kathleen) - I don't know what my idiot parents were thinking. Both of them are French. Catherine IS French. Kathleen is Irish. Did they not know the difference? To make things worse, Mom told me she picked my name out of a department store baby book. What really irks me is she picked out the names for her brother & sister in law's kids & their names are Dominique & Michelle. She couldn't pick out some pretty name for her own child? Also if you follow the Jewish religion (which they didn't), I would have liked to be named after my father's parents who both died before I was born. So I've rationalized the above by knowing in 1954, both my parents were not citizens yet and were getting accustomed to American culture.
Now the reason I'm posting - I may have gotten caught by the NYS Dept. of Labor for unemployment insurance. I have to research and find out the rules for independent contractors or entrepreneurs. I already had my 1st visit & that was more of an introduction & to tell me about their services. I just received a notice for a 2nd visit on Sept. 5th. The issue is I'm now a licensed real estate agent & I have a website. Meaning I'm sure NY hires employees to search the internet esp. Facebook to see if people are working & claiming unemployment benefits. Also NY issued my license which can be searched. It takes time to earn a commission. So should I start contacting a lawyer? My benefits are supposed to end at Christmas. Just wondering if I will be forced to stop claiming benefits soon. Also will NY state sue me for benefits already paid? What upsets me is I had unemployment taxes taken out of my paycheck every week and now when I need to collect, I may be unable to? Hopefully, this won't happen, but New York State is going to have a fight with me. The government is so quick to collect taxes and when you need services, it's tooth and nail to get something.
Anyway, my other news is I've been working hard to lose the weight I gained after I lost my job. It was a case of eating junk food to cure depression. It didn't help that there was a McDonald's downstairs from where I took my real estate class & that Dunkin Donuts was an easy stop for me. Also I had 1 too many chocolate croissants. So now I'm working on losing 20 - 30 lbs. The wake up call was I have a wardrobe of nice dresses that don't fit (size 12) and unemployment benefits don't pay much to buy a new wardrobe. So I bought 2 cheap dresses from Amazon & wear those 2 dresses every day until I lose the weight. The dresses are sleeveless so I need to lose the weight before it gets cold. So I've been working on the treadmill every morning and taking walks around the neighborhood every evening. Another issue (embarrassing) is while walking around the neighborhood, I noticed many homes have long staircases to the front door. Imagine the old Victorian type homes with steep staircases. I'm a real estate agent. How am I going to take clients into the house if I can't even make it up the steps? Can you just imagine this agent panting out of breath halfway up the steps? Sure.... Remember, many homebuyers are in their 20's & 30's and have 10x more energy than I do. So hello treadmill..