Friday, June 6, 2008

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Well, Mr. Ashley lost his job today.

He didn't really lose it, he knows exactly where it is and is welcome to even continue doing it, he just lost the paycheck part. Which was really the only part he liked anyway.

And unfortunately, they just "can't" pay him his paycheck for this week. Sorry, they say from Disney World (no, I'm not kidding.)

So after an emergency family meeting, we decided that some sacrifices have to be made. Some unfortunate sacrifices that won't necessarily be easy.

We're going to have to sell little kid and rent out his room.

I am positive he will find a great family, because he is the definition of cuteness and is absolutely charming, we just won't elaborate on some of his hobbies (he did more fingerpainting in poop this morning...body painting would be a more accurate description.)

The other day while I was sending out My Love, he ran as fast as he could into an open drawer, knocking himself flat onto his back, and creating quite the attractive black/blue goose egg on the forehead. I'm gonna wait until that clears up before taking the adoption pictures.

This is all really sad, because I never wanted a roommate.

We have some other sucky cut backs planned, but nothing that should really affect the Closet like the loss of a character (although I guess we'll get a new one with the addition of a room mate).

Don't worry. Everything will be fine.


Maddness of Me said...

This is a story that is becoming way too common these days.

I am so furious for you.

I have a feeling that things will turn around soon though. Something tells me that Mr. Ashley is resourceful.

Mitch said...

Am I living a parallel life? My DH was told last week that he and his two employees had only one week left, so today is his "last" day (long story). BUT he was told today that everyone would have to wait until Monday for their checks (normally paid on Fridays). And, to make it even weirder -- the dude that is supposed to pay everyone? He's in Orlando!


(PS -- Sorry about the job loss issues)

Jennifer said...

I'm sorry, that completely sucks. Crossing my fingers for better days for you guys (and everyone else).

Unknown said...

You're taking this rather calmly. Are you guys like, wealthy, and don't live paycheck to paycheck like the rest of us?

Unknown said...

Actually, we only have $12 in our checking account. Not sure where the calm comes from...maybe I suspected it would happen one day? maybe there's nothing left to do but laugh? I'm just too tired to even worry about it right this second. Whatev, we'll survive.

Mitch, THAT is weird. Your husband isn't in a real estate related industry, is he? Watch them work for the same place! Aren't you in FL?

Unknown said...

Oh that sucks! I'm sorry. I'm sure he will find something quickly, life has a crazy way of working out. Hang in there!

Oh and the Closet can NOT be a sacrificed item. I run to the PC every morning for you!

Life, Love And Lola said...

Oh SHIT! I'm so sorry to hear this!
Keep your chin up.

How much are you asking for Little Kid?

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. My heart goes out to you and your family. If I know you, you'll have a great plan and a new job for Mr. A in no time!


Anonymous said...

Okay, this sucks. Although, not having to deal with poop issues anymore is a plus, I'm sure... He'll get snatched up quickly...

Seriously, {{{HUGS!}}} Do you need a xanax???? I'll be happy to send a shipment.

Katie Ryan said...

I'm so, so sorry.
I, too, am feeling the economy pinch, so would you be willing to work out a payment plan for little kid?

Mitch said...

Ashley -- I'm in the county above where you (I think) are. E is in the construction business which is also getting savaged in the real estate crash around here. It really is depressing these days, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

We just got thrown (back) into the same boat. It's so not fun, especially when we were barely surviving on the little paycheck he was getting. family drama sucks.

Maddness of Me said...

Will you be selling LK in the Ashley's Closet store?

I've been checking but I don't see him.

Renee said...

Noooo! I'm so sorry! :( The Disney World part is...I don't know what it is. Ironic? Shameful? Disgusting? Funny in a weird, not-funny way? This is the lady that spends all day buying shit on QVC, isn't it? But they can't afford to pay you. For work you've already done. Fuckers.

-The Renee

Melodie said...

I'm so sorry about the job loss.

I'd be willing to take lk off of your hands, if it will help. I've got a big back yard he can run around and poop and pee all day in. My youngest is the same age as lk, and it would be fun for me to be able to buy them cute little matching outfits.

Jason said...


I hated reading this. I know that I come and give you a hard time sometimes but I really do like you.

I will be praying for your family.

My family also experianced something similar earlier this year.....I lost my job. However, as the Lord would have it, I found a better job that same week. I had actually sought this better job three other times but they just didn't have an opening. Luckily, they were looking for someone when I called. Now, I have the job I went to college for and a very bright future.

I hope the Lord has a similar plan for your little family.

Good luck to you Ashley and your family.

KatBouska said...



The parents of the kids I watch are losing there jobs left and right. My Mom has been a real estate agent for YEARS and mentioned looking for a part time job the other day. What the heck!?! But this business about not paying after you've already put in the time?? Not cool. Is that even legal??

When will you start accepting applications for the room?? I've got mine filled out and ready to fax.

...there's always the bunny ranch. Mr. Ashley could stand to make a substantial amount of money over there.

Anonymous said...

Keep your chin up - this happens to almost everyone at least once in their adult years. Just remember that "this too shall pass"...peaks and valleys and all that sort of cliche crap. It really is true.

Keep us laughing and smiling here in the closet and the greenbacks will come rolling in for Mr. Ashley before you can say "LK ate his poop again today"!

Take care!

Unknown said...

When God closes one door, he opens a window..
Or something like that.

Sorry about your luck, lately.
I'm sure it will all be okay.

jenn said...

That sucks! So sorry to hear about this.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear that.

We're short on testosterone in our household, so go ahead and send him here - sounds like he'd fit in with my girls perfectly. (They spent yesterday playing in mud when they were supposed to be running through the sprinkler.)

Now might be a good time to publish that fabulous book that we'd all run out and buy. :-)

Lipstick said...

That just sucks. I'm so sorry.

Jamie P said...

Ashley, I feel for you. Two months after we found out we were pg with our dd things went down the crapper. "Sorry, can't pay you this week." "Oh, sorry, we can't pay your medical anymore" "Oh, btw, we are closing the company. Today." My dh is a plumber and in the construction bus. and he has been laid off 3 times in 3 years. It seriously sucks.

Somehow we always manage to pull through. Don't ask me how. The economy sucks ass right now.

Mom of 5 said...

Oh man, Ashley. My Hubby lost HIS job today, too. I'm freaking out. I don't know what we are going to do. I came here for a laugh. Not to see that you are in the same sorry state I am.

Oh, and I have the same freaking bug you do. Coughing, congestion, etc.

Maybe we could get a package deal if we sell baby and Little Kid. Not two for the price of one, but maybe two for the price of three so we get a profit. They are both deceptively cute, no? I'm sure they'd sell quickly.

Life as I know it sucks. If I lived closer, I'd bring a bottle of wine and we could laugh at the whole thing. Wine goes with peanut butter and jelly, right?

Anonymous said...

this sucks a big wanger...I hate this for you guys! I guess we will all need to pick up the slack by purchasing more at your store, huh?

I hope this turns around helps!

Anonymous said...

Heather here, Long time reader 1st time commenter:-)
This totally sux but you will pull through. I was wondering have you thought about selling any of you photographs in the Ashley store? I would totally be into buying some of your beach ones!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear that, I hope he finds something soon! Maybe you could just rent LK out as a form of natural birth control?

Hang in there. Sadly, the way the economy is, any one of us could be next. :-/

Sasha said...

Thinking of you tonight. Whilst I drink many beers. Care to join me? Move closer please. We'd so be BFF.

AFRo said...

I HATE cliche comments about shit like this... so I'm sorry, but no "everything happens for a reason" stuff from me.

I've been there. Fairly recently.

However, I will tell you the one thing I wanted to hear from anyone who knew what Mr. AFRo and I were going through... "I would be happy to take you out for an alcoholic beverage soon."

That is what a real friend would say.

Solei said...

YOU = peanut butter jelly meals

ME = beans & rice dinners
(yes, I'm Mexican)

I feel/know your pain girl... Literally.

Life, Love And Lola said...

Just made my first purchase from the closet store. Hope it helps a little. Hugs!!

Kira said...

Aww that blows. Our company is in the "building shit" end of real-estate, and we're getting pared down to skeleton crew too. Here's hoping he bouces back before y'all start bouncing cheques. Good idea on a roommate, preferably someone hot. A MALE someone hot. For the closet, honest!

Maybe you would consider just RENTING lk out? Then it's a source of continual income rather than one lump sum. When he gets a little bigger, like in a year or so, or if the attitude starts to outweigh the cuteness, you can rent him out for hard labour. Just a though. ;)

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry Ashley!! That sucks!! Those guys are assholes, you are better off with out that company! Was your mom laid off too? Will you be able to open your own business now? I just got into a political argument with my dad today about the state of the things in the US and whose fault that is and who is more likely to change things. We would love to have another kid but simply can't afford another right now. I wish we lived closer You could come over and visit the lambs with me.

Things I May Regret Writing said...

I'm sorry about this bad news. I can commiserate. I lost my job in January, so we decided to sell our house. Only, no one wants our house, and we've come to the decision to take it off the market. I have no clue how we're going to make these mortgage payments, but I see a lot of Top Ramen in my future. Recessions only last like 2 years, right?


The Driftwood Collector said...

So sorry to hear the bad news - I hope things turn around quickly. We've been there with the sudden job loss, although it was pre-kids, and it sucks. I'll be reading and watching for good news, which I fully expect to see soon. :)

Anonymous said...

That really sucks Ashley and even more depressing is reading how many other people are going through this right now too. Ironically, my children are in Disney World right now with the inlaws. Tell me what his ex-boss looks like and I'll have one of them shove Michey Mouse ears up his ass!

Anonymous said...

I know exactly how you feel Ashley. Our ship is sinking fast and not a day goes by lately that I don't have some kind of breakdown. NJ is getting more and more out of control. Unfortunatly, one can only tread water for so long and to be quite honest, my arms are really tired.

katylinvw said...

i know where you're at! (found you through kathy's blog) - my hubby's been out of steady work since february! it's a scary time, but you'll get through it!