Monday, February 01, 2010
Well, it definitely did NOT go as I anticipated. We got there, and all turned in our identification papers. The circuit court clerk then called roll. The judge came in and explained the "rules" to us. Then, he picked names out of a box to serve on the Grand Jury. Why couldn't I have won the lottery on that one? If I had, I would have only had to serve out the rest of the day and I'd have been done.
Now, I have to call in on the specified day to see if court will be in session the following business day. If the message says "yes", then I have to go in to the court house. I have to sit through 26 people being picked and questioned by the DA and the defense attorney. Once the jury and 2 alternates are seated, then the rest of us are free to go with our morning wasted and nothing to show for it. If I get picked to serve, I stay for the day and hear the case. I will get paid a whopping $11.00 and lunch (for which they will have to be very specific because I am allergic to everything containing dairy.)
The thing is... I have to do this for the next 4 months. If I never get called to serve on a jury, my days are still messed up because I would have to turn down any work days that the vice-principal may call me for. If I get called, I will only have to serve 3 days. I hope I get called, so I can get it over with.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Well, I got a summons this week to serve on my county court's jury. This is the fourth time in the last twelve years to be called up... my first to time actually serve.
The first time I was called up, I was living in Louisiana. I had been living in East Baton Rouge Parish. Just about a month after my Dh and I moved to the next parish over, I received the summons. I didn't have to serve then because I was no longer a resident of the parish.
About a year later, I was summoned to be a juror on the city court of Walker, Louisiana were Dh and I owned a house. We had planned to live there a while, but Dh's job moved from Baton Rouge to Houston, Texas. We moved to my birth county in Tennessee. Again, I didn't have to serve because I no longer lived there.
Last November, I received a summons to serve on the Federal Jury where the court was over an hour and a half drive away for me. I was able to get excused from that because of my gran's health (which was worse then than it is now) and the fact that the kids were off school for more than two weeks of that time for Christmas break and I am their only caregiver.
I don't think I will be excused from this one. I live less than 5 minutes from the court house. In fact, I could walk there in about 15 minutes. I guess the only thing that might get me "thrown out" (so to speak) is the fact that I look just like my twin sister who is the associate editor of our local newspaper.
If I thought I'd be so lucky with the lottery, I'd buy a ticket!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Hello all my friends,
We had a good Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We "partied" at my twin sister's house. We ate ham (cooked by my sister), chicken (mine), and a deep-fried Boston butt (cooked by dad... he took home the leftovers after the meal). Needless to say, we had enough meat left for lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. We fed 17 on Christmas Eve and 9 on Christmas Day.
We got our girls hand-held Didj games. They are educational and can be hooked to the internet to download their spelling word lists. Some games even teach math which will be great for our older daughter who still takes a bit of time reciting her multiplication facts (too slow for those timed tests in school). They got a couple of Wii games, too.... several other things, of course, including school clothes.
DH and I agreed not to get each other gifts, but I got him a DVD of one of his favorite Science Fiction shows. I got him to get me a new set of pots and skillets that I saw on sale at Big Lots. They are the Farberware Breast Cancer PINK series. I hope that the "non-stick" coating actually stays on the pots and pans with these... AND I can go from stovetop to oven in the same pots and pans. DH bought himself a portable DVD player with his bonus from work... which he is calling a birthday present also. His b-day is the first week of January.
One more week and the kids will be back in school. I hope to be able to get more sub jobs than I have in the last month, though I want it to be for teachers wanting personal days... definitely not sick days.
I hope you all have a good holiday season and a wonderful new year.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Well, I hated the way that my old scale was weighing. Every time I got on it and got off, the dial wasn't on zero any more. So, I went out on a limb and paid a bit more than I typically would and bought a Weight Watchers scale. It is digitial and holds information on 10 different users. You put in your height and gender when setting up your user profile. It measures your weight, bmi, water %, and fat %.
So, I've decided that since my weight is going to change based on my cycle that I will weigh every Monday morning before getting dressed. It will be the same time of the day each Monday.
Last Monday was the first day of my ToM. I weighed 154. Today, I weighed 152. I'm hoping that I can see a pattern and find the day that truly reflects my body and not retained water.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Just wanted to give an update on my daughter's friend, Jas, who has/d brain cancer....
She is back in school, mostly half-days. She, of course, has no hair from the treatments. She wears a turbine style head covering. I made her a chemo-cap. I hope she likes it and will wear it. She told my daughter that she likes it and that it fits. She is still going to Memphis a few times a month for tests and treatments.
The eye that had to tumor behind it is "lazy." It looks like she cannot control it very well. I hope that with time, she will have the nerve grow back and that everything will be back to normal. I know that she is very self-conscious of it. She used to be outgoing (though shy). Now, she keeps her head down a lot. I know that she is still tired, too. Another thing that they found out that she is diabetic (and I don't know if it has anything to do with the cancer and/or treatment or if it was a fluke that they found out).
Please continue to keep her in your prayers.
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