Sunday, November 30, 2008
I'm just ready to get checked in and unloaded so I can crawl in the bed.
Well, we finally got on the road heading for Disney World. We were aiming to leave at 5:00 this morning which I thought would be more like 7:00. But in fact we didn't pull out of the driveway until about 8:15. We just couldn't break the Williams' mold of leaving home much later than planned.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
The only thing is that they probably got to come home and go back to bed where I had to get ready for the pictures that we were going to have made but had to reschedule because Zachary got sick.
Friday, November 28, 2008
We woke up this morning to Zachary crying, coughing, snotty and then he threw up. We cancelled the pictures that we had scheduled for that morning after we had already rescheduled them from the morning before because Zachary wouldn't open his eyes because of the cornea scratch. He slept most of the morning and then I took him to the doctor. He has another infection. I guess it was just all the drainage that made him throw up. This picture was taken in the waiting room of the doctor's office. So now, not only do we have to put drops in his eyes, he has to take yucky antibiotics for the ear infection. What a fun few days this has been.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Then a little after 10 pm, Sharon called. She had tried to reach Don on his cell phone and was not able to. Her mother, Birdie, passed away tonight. Sharon and Rebecca had just seen her this morning and they knew she wasn't doing well. Birdie got to see all three of her children this week and I think that after she saw Sharon and Rebecca, she decided it was time to let go. She had a warm, loving heart and a generous soul. She had the rare and unique ability to wrap her love around everyone she met. She will be greatly missed but there is some consolation knowing that she lived a very full and good life.
Dave and Don arrived back home around 11:30 pm. Fortunately, everything seemed okay with Don except that he has high blood pressure.
This has been a long, tiring, stressful and sad day.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
My friend, Lara, and I went to see Twilight yesterday. I didn't feel the need to fight the crowd of teenage girls on Friday night but was definitely looking forward to seeing it. We were not disappointed. I think I went in to it expecting to be disappointed so I was pleasantly surprised that it was as good as it was. When I first heard who had been cast as Edward, I did not think that it was a good fit at all but Robert Pattinson actually did a really good job and he grew on me as Edward.
This is definitely a movie that I would like to have and now I have to get my own set of the books. I've been borrowing Lara's to read but this series is kind of like Harry Potter in that you want your own set of the books to keep.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Here is an article that I found about the layoff:
Solutia Inc. on Friday laid off 128 workers at its Decatur plant. The company is classifying 38 of the layoffs -- including 18 Solutia employees and 20 contract employees -- as permanent.
The company said the job loss for the other 90 workers -- including 48 Solutia employees and 42 contract employees -- is temporary.
Plant Manager Al Faulkner said Friday the company expects to call back the temporarily laid-off workers in about six weeks.
The layoffs take effect immediately, said Solutia spokesman Dan Jenkins.
'No good time' for layoffs
Jenkins said delaying the layoffs until after the holidays "would not have been the right business decision. There's no good time to announce something like this."
Before the layoff, the plant had 235 employees and 128 contract workers.
Six of the permanent layoffs involve salaried employees, Faulkner said. Eleven of the temporary layoffs are salaried.
The company previously announced it "is exploring strategic alternatives" for the nylon business, including its sale. It has said it would dispose of the business by the end of March.
Faulkner and other managers met with laid-off employees individually or in small groups Friday, Faulkner said.
"The employees are very understanding," Faulkner said. "We have very bright employees, and they see what's in the news and what's going on in the worldwide economy. They are aware and educated enough to know that things like this happen when the economy goes bad."
The permanent job losses are part of Solutia's effort to restructure the unprofitable nylon business. The company cut 10 percent, or $40 million, of its annualized fixed costs across the nylon business.
The temporary layoffs are a response to a dramatic drop in demand for nylon that began in late September.
The Decatur facility produces an intermediate chemical used in nylon fiber and nylon plastic. Most of the fiber goes into carpet. That part of the business has been dropping for years, especially since housing sales began to drop in late 2006.
The nylon plastics business, however, had been growing until the national economic crisis became acute. Much of the nylon plastic is used for under-the-hood parts in new cars. Car manufacturers have cut production in response to plummeting sales.
"In September, we were, by and large, running our nylon plants flat-out," said Jenkins. "At that time our forecast for the fourth quarter was for continued strong demand. As a result, we had pretty significant inventory built up. In the last six weeks or so, that demand has gone down significantly."
Faulkner said Solutia is selling from inventory, which he believes will run out -- requiring more production -- in early 2009.
"The precipitous decline has flattened," Faulkner said. "We're feeling as though we're reaching the lowest ebb of customer orders. We anticipate that will slowly start to climb. I believe the economy will begin to rebound, and we'll begin a sustained recovery, in 2009."
If Solutia's sales projections are overly optimistic, the anticipated duration of the furlough for temporarily laid off employees could change.
"While we believe it is temporary and they will be brought back," Jenkins said, "if that situation were to change we would communicate to them."
Solutia is paying severance to permanently laid-off employees. The temporarily laid-off employees can continue their benefits, but their only wage continuation will be through unemployment compensation.
The maximum weekly unemployment compensation in the state is $255, with a maximum duration of 39 weeks.
Solutia entered a reorganization bankruptcy in 2003. It shut down its Acrilan plant in Decatur in April 2005, laying off two-thirds of its employees.
Solutia exited bankruptcy in February after litigation over $1.2 billion in exit financing. To keep the financing, it had to agree to higher than expected interest rates.
In July, Solutia announced it wanted to sell the nylon business.
Overall, Solutia laid off 1,600 workers Friday. About 60 percent of the affected workers are contractors. Solutia considers about 900 of the layoffs to be temporary.
Before the layoff, Solutia had 6,000 employees and 2,000 contractors.
We had our monthly family night at Johnson Primary School on Friday, November 21st. It was a Christmas themed night with different stations where the kids could go around and write letters to Santa, make Christmas ornaments, decorate cookies and play games. We had a huge turnout and everyone had a great time. Santa was even there so the kids could actually give him their letters that they wrote telling him what they wanted for Christmas.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
We met our friends Melissa and Will Russell and their kids, Joshua and Olivia, today in Beaufort and went to the Maritime Museum. There was a special pirate exhibit that we wanted to see but there was a painting class going on in the room where the exhibit was so we weren't able to see it. This was our first time to the Maritime Museum though so we still enjoyed it and the kids got to do a scavenger hunt where they could look for and find all kinds of neat things. Of course we didn't get out of there without making a stop in the gift shop and getting Grace a shark's tooth and Zachary a little whale.