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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

So, let's get caught up....

My last "feed" I let everyone know that the DH and kids were at the church building for a Lock-In. I went back over after posting and we ladies were giving the girls a Spa Night while the boys were playing light tag in the auditorium. Unfortunately, the electricity went off. Most of the city was out. After about 30 minutes, I was finally able to get the electric company on the phone (it had been busy until then). At that time, they still did not know what the problem was except that they had narrowed it down to a sub-station. They didn't know how long it would take to find and fix the problem. We adults decided to call parents and send the kids home. It took about 20 minutes for everyone to get picked up. My family and the two youth ministers' families were still there wrapping things up when the power came back on... about an hour after the outage started. They had fun anyway. In the meantime, I came back to the house to check on gran. I had to use my cell phone to light my way. It was pitch black. Gran was fine. Her emergency light had come on and woke her up.

Halloween Saturday was filled with parties and trunk-or-treats. The girls had lots of fun and got lots of candy. Today they sold 6 pounds of the candy that they didn't want to a doctor for $1.00 a pound. He will then ship all the candy he bought to the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of it is the hard candies (smarties, tootsie rolls, gum, etc) that won't melt on the way.

I sub'd on Monday with an autistic student. Tuesday I went in for the afternoon and taught computer. Today, I was supposed to sub for an Educational Assistant with a sick kid in the am and the computer teacher in the pm. Well, the EA's husband was sent home from work (lack of jobs) and she came in. I spent the morning helping the EA's with computer work and copies for teachers. Then, another teacher had to leave at lunch. I took over for her at 11:30 am. The EAs took my computer class duties. The class was a 4th grade class. There were some kids in there that were total terrors! They wouldn't sit down. They wouldn't take their hands off each other. They wouldn't stay in line in the hallway. Finally, I told them that they had to write a 50 word report on "Why I should stay quiet in the hall." They have to turn it in to their teacher tomorrow. Of course, one of the other teachers told me that their teacher will really rake them over the coals tomorrow. She saw how they had been acting in the hallway.

So... I am exhausted. We have Soul Food Cafe at the church building tonight. But, I don't know if we are going to make it. I cannot eat the food they are making (milk content) and the kids still have lots of homework that they haven't gotten done. When the DH comes home, I will have him take the girls over for supper and bring gran back a plate. The kids won't be able to participate in any of the activities, I'm sure.

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JLUVSHIKIN 11/5/2009 10:44PM

    Busy busy gal! Good for you on trying to be firm with those rowdy kids! lol... can you tell, I don't have any of my own?! emoticon

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    Wow! I admire you! You have alot going on and still have an upbeat attitude. You GO, Girl!

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RHALES199 11/4/2009 8:19PM

    glad the power outage didn't last too long (relatively speaking) & everything & everyone was okay!

Sounds like you've been busy as usual!

Take care!

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Back from the shop

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Okay, So I took the van in to the shop on Wednesday. The guy said that it was something called a "wire harness." They, of course, had to order the part. I brought it back today.

It took less than 50 minutes for them to put the part in.... NO CHARGE! Well, there better not have been a charge with all I've been through. There's almost a running bet with the dealers as to if I'll be back in with it next week. One guy even brought me booklets on new vans and SVU's. Like I can afford that!?!

My van is a Dodge Caravan. It's my second one. My mom had one, too. My baby sister got it after mom passed away. Then, she bought another one after that. They have been pretty good to us. Each of them has had their quirks, but nothing TOO bad. The main thing is having service people who are willing to go farther than what that stupid machine tells them to do. I mean come on! Be a real mechanic and actually look at what the vehicle is doing not just depend on what that diagnostic machine tells them is wrong.

The dinging noise didn't come back. Hopefully, that has fixed itself.

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CATREBEL 10/30/2009 2:45PM

    I think you have hit the nail on the head. Too many people rely on what a machine tells them. I hope this fixes the problem.

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RHALES199 10/30/2009 10:36AM

    Glad they got it fixed! Yay!
Two of the van's we've had were Dodge Caravans.... they're not bad!

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Back in the shop

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Okay, I only thought the blinker was fixed. I got in on Monday to take my daughter to her chorus practice at school and NO left blinker. I called the service guy. He said bring it back Wednesday at 10 a.m.

I got in today. It still didn't work. Yesterday I could stick my arm out the window to signal my left turn, but today it was raining cats and dogs! I tried everything. My husband suggested turning the hazards on and off until it worked. Okay, so that worked. But, it's not fixed.

This afternoon I forgot to turn off my lights before opening the door. The polite little dinging noise went off to remind me to turn them off. So, I did.... and it didn't stop! UGH! Okay. I tried everything. I turned them on and off again. Didn't work. I shut the door and opened again. Didn't work. I even started the van up, turned the lights on and then off, and turned it off. However when I opened the door, it still dinged at me. Now What!?!

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CATREBEL 10/29/2009 4:05PM

    Good luck getting it fixed. That dinging sound can get very annoying.

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JANNER.VIC 10/28/2009 9:42PM

    GREMLINS!!!!for sure I have a spook in my van too. I will be driving down the road and all the interior lights will come on and flicker and go out again. Wait, is your van a FORD?

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JENEAL1 10/28/2009 1:42PM

    Oh my goodness! It's almost like someone is playing a trick on you. I hope the problems get resolved soon. HUG

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RHALES199 10/28/2009 9:14AM

    sorry to hear it's still not working.
Before I got mine fixed, there were a couple times I had to do the hand signals while it was raining.... not fun, esp when it's cold!
the hazard lights is a good idea, I'll have to remember that one.

My car has that same polite little dinging noise that seems to go off sometimes for no reason, but thankgully it doesn't seem to go off for no reason very often.

Hope they are able to fix whatever the problem is soon!

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    Your vehicle is possessed by a Halloween goblin.... lol

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MOMFAN 10/28/2009 12:58AM


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MIA.... busy with kids, work, etc.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Has it really been a week since I've been on? That's hard to believe, but I guess it's true. Things have been busy around here. Thanks to my Caregiver's Support friends for my goodie letting me know that your missing me!

I had to take my van in to the shop to get the left blinker fixed. The first time (Friday's a week ago), they just cleaned the connections at a cost of $42 and change. That lasted about 5 minutes. I drove to the store, shopped, came out, and no blinker. I had my ob/gyn appointment on Monday (which went well), so I couldn't make it back to the shop. They were booked on Tuesday. (I worked anyway in a pre-K classroom.) Wednesday 8am I was back in the shop. It took about 2 hours to figure out that the multi-function switch on the column was going bad and that was my problem. They had to order the part. So, back in the shop Thursday afternoon 1pm. I was done in less than an hour... at a cost of about $285. At least it works!

I spent the week mending clothes that the kids went through the week before when they were off school and laundering all the ones that were taken out of storage. I also cut out two patterns and sewed one skirt. It was a cheerleader skirt that my older daughter wanted to use as a Halloween costume, though her real reason for wanting it is to wear to school on Fridays for Spirit Day.

We did have an issue on Wednesday afternoon that took up a bit of my time. My girls and younger nephew were getting off the bus in front of my house when a city worker "got distracted" and nearly didn't stop for the bus. The bus driver had to blow his horn several times before the guy slammed on the brakes. Anyway, I called my sister (who works for the local newspaper) because I knew she'd be able to find out who I needed to talk to about it. She found out the truck belonged to the water department. She contacted the man in charge who contacted me. He came out to my house and I showed him where his worker stopped and where the bus was and where my nephew was standing when the guy finally stopped. Anyway, the next day he made his guy come out and apologize to me. And the following day the boss man called to tell me that his guy has been put on 3 month probation. During that time he cannot drive a city vehicle. His department also had a safety meeting where the guy had to tell everyone how stupid he was by taking his eyes off the road and getting distracted. The worse part is... he admitted to me that he saw the bus turn on our road before he looked down to his radio.

Many of you will remember that we recently had our 20 year high school reunion. One of our classmates was serving in Iraq at the time but is home now on leave. Several of us got together on Saturday at the local pizza place. Then later, we went to a local "joint" for Karaoke. I had my soda, sang my songs, and had a great time. I sang the "Pledge of Allegiance" as a salute to my friend. (I learned the song for it several years ago when I was at a 4-H event where I was part of the chorus.) He goes back to Iraq on November 15. He's set to return from his tour in April 2010. It was a great time. (Though, I could have done without the smoking everyone was doing!) I did get to catch up with a friend that missed reunion but came to this event. I haven't seen him in 19 years!

Gran is back home now. She came home Saturday morning. She spent a bit more than a week at her old house with her SIL, niece, and nephew. The nephew went back to Missouri, and the ladies went back to Michigan on Saturday.

Sorry this has been so long! I'll try not to be off as long next time.

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JLUVSHIKIN 10/27/2009 4:21PM

    Wow... what a busy gal you have been. Glad that your nephew is safe and I am proud of you for taking the extra step to make sure it doesn't happen again.

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AZAPPED 10/27/2009 9:33AM

    Glad to see you back here again and good for you for reporting the bad driver. Sometimes we just have to take a stand.

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GIRLHALFFULL 10/26/2009 11:54AM

    Hoping this week brings good things your way... and good energy and prayers to your friend that he is able to savor this time with his family and friends and for his safety upon his deployment.

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MOMFAN 10/26/2009 12:24AM

    Glad you are okay!

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RHALES199 10/25/2009 11:49PM

    good to see ya!
I figured you were busy. Man, this week seems to have just flown by!
okay, it was my right blinker that stopped working last week due to the exact same problem (thankfull yI only had to take my car in once).... no more car/ mechanical problems allowed for us on the Caregiver Team for a while!
that bus incident must've been scary... glad no one got hurt, and that the city did something about the truck driver!
How cool about singing that song for your friend.... that is really special & awesome!
Glad to know your Gran is doing okay!
Have a good evening!

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School, sub teaching, etc.

Friday, September 25, 2009

First, I'd like to thank all of you who are praying for Jas, her family, and all the doctors and nurses who are caring for her at St. Jude's.

As many of you know, I started substitute teaching this year. My first day was September 10. I worked Thursday and Friday that week and the following week. This week, however, has been quite different. Mondays are my volunteer days at the school. I didn't "work" that day. The vice principal asked me to cover for the computer teacher the rest of the week. They were supposed to be half days. Well, Tuesday went as planned. Wednesday, I came in and was shifted to cover a 4th grade teacher who had to go home sick. Yesterday, my older daughter forgot her reading book. I brought it in at 8am and the vp asked me to stay to cover a 2nd grade teacher whose daughter was sick. Then today (which was supposed to be morning only) turned into a full day of teaching PE. Boy, I didn't know that I'd be working this much. But it was GREAT to get that first paycheck. My first one in over 5 years! It felt w0nderful.

My gran says she's lonely, but my twin sister or her husband do come in mid-day to check on her and make sure that she has a decent lunch. I'm not too worried about her because she does have her life-line button; and we call her a couple times a day to make sure she's feeling okay.

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GIRLHALFFULL 9/28/2009 3:06PM

    Happy to hear that you are so happy.... you deserve to be!

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    Glad you are happy.

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JLUVSHIKIN 9/26/2009 1:25PM

    Ahhh... when you were first writing this I thought it was volunteering... yikes. Glad to hear though you are getting paid!
There are days when I think I would like to get a part time job... living with and taking care of my aging mom... but feel a bit guilty leaving her all day. she doesn't have much of a social circle. Though she can still get out and drive herself.

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AZAPPED 9/26/2009 9:39AM

    I'm glad you're enjoying it. I used to sub and loved it. My husband is a retired principal and he used to bribe subs with their favorite candy bar to get them to work for him. : )

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MOMFAN 9/25/2009 11:09PM

    WooHoo God always sends blessings!

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TRISHP1961 9/25/2009 7:28PM

    Once a school finds a good substitute, they try to use her as much as possible. Enjoy your time in the classroom. I have worked for schools now for 25 years and have never gotten bored of my time in the classroom.

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