Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The ACA and its Impact

There has been a lot in the media about the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and the millions of individuals who will lose coverage and doctors. The thing is, this has been known on the right for over 3 years. The MSM has been a willing accomplice in the WH's deception with regard to the impact. Now some on the left are spinning the lies (and yes they were known lies by the administration) to make it sound like not such a big deal.

Here is another impact: many people have lost jobs and hours due to the regulations. I may be one of those individuals to lose my job. I knew when I interviewed that the company had not decided to "pay or play" but I was told that they would probably change nothing for this coming year.

Now however with the employer delay, it would actually be more cost effective for the company to completely drop health coverage for all employees which would also eliminate my job specifically. I obviously can't blame the company as their goal in operating is to make money and ACA is a losing bet.

I would appreciate prayers because I am sick of going down this road. I need a brilliant plan for home employment that is fool proof. I personally can't think of one and without capital to start I will not be able to do so.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

All A Honor Roll

This morning was the 1st honor's program at G's school. I received the messaging call last night about it. G didn't know anything about it being today. Anyway, my parents were not able to go due to the funeral of my great aunt, so I did go. I now have 2 hours to make up at work, but it was worth it for both G and me. She really wanted someone there.

The big surprise wasn't the all As, because report cards came out last week. The real surprise for us both was that she and a boy from her class received the top two reader awards for their class. They only called out the top two readers (or those with most AR points) for each class. She didn't think she had either spot. I was proud of her anyway, but she did really try to get the top spot. Of course she didn't really push until the last possible moment which was frustrating to me.

I haven't any idea what she will do this nine weeks about AR. I told her she needed to at least meet the goal set for her with regard to the points but that she didn't have to try to get anything over it if she didn't wish and could read what she wanted within reason (no scary stuff like goosebumps). She agreed at the time, but this award may make her strive to win it again.

Anyway, I am at work now. My mother is back home from her sister weekend so we will get to see her tonight. We had dinner last night with just my dad and watched Wheel together. Tonight we have to deliver the frozen foods G sold. I think we will not do this selling next year because it is way more trouble than it is worth! At least to me, it is!

Monday, October 28, 2013

This year, thanks to a shirt of mine getting torn, G transformed into a zombie. Of course, like a good mom, I also sacrificed a favorite pair of yoga/paint/mowing pants to the halloween costume.

Of course I think she is a cute little zombie. After I adjusted the clothing with rips, she and I took them outside to smear them in the dirt and grass. I messed up her hair and then added leaves and a spider for an extra jolt of ick. One time, a long time ago, like last year, I had some green blemish cover stuff. Of course when I went to look for it to give G that green pallor, I couldn't find it. See this is the stuff that causes me to be a hoarder because every time I get rid of something I end up needing it.

Anyway, there weren't a lot of trunks this year which is fine by me because I believe we have enough candy from last year still at the house. Next year I have to remember to do a trunk or treat too not just take G but set something up. One of our pastors have twin baby boys they dressed up as bears and then put a baby gate over the back of their minivan. The mom wore a zoo vest and hat and had a sign that said, Please do not feed the bears. It was totally cute.

So that was our Sunday afternoon. After we came home, my dad texted to let me know my great aunt, my dad's mom's youngest sibling, had passed. She is in a better place. She lived to see her 90s. We celebrated her last birthday this past May and we had a good turn out. I will not be able to go to the viewing or funeral which will be in the middle of the day in the middle of the week out of town. Death is so inconvenient, particularly to those left behind. She, however, is in glory, not inconvenienced in the least. She is having a glorious reunion with her Lord and family!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Weekend Accomplished

Though we did not go to the Harvest Moon Festival, we did get the PowerPoint project completed and e-mailed to the teacher. We also finished the monopoly game with G winning by breaking me to the tune of 11,378 monopoly dollars, heh. I was so glad the game is over!! I remember how much I dislike long games like that. G on the other hand loved it and never wanted it to end. I like games that start and end not start and continue and continue and continue and finally after many more continues, ends.

The water cycle poster was completed finally on Sunday afternoon. Since we had worked on it Saturday with lots of glue it needed to dry over night. G finished it while I napped on Sunday. It turned out pretty good. I hope it stayed intact until science. She is supposed to get extra credit for turning it in early. She has to take the other project tomorrow and give a presentation on both reading projects tomorrow or sometime this week.
This is the water cycle posted or rather a blurry picture of it. She did a really good job and she came up with some creative items to add to make it more 3D and colorful. I hope we she gets an A on it.

And Saturday morning we checked out the first book in the Harry Potter series from our community library. We are already up to chapter 5. I believe I can navigate through it with our Christian beliefs, and G's fears. It isn't that much different than the wizardry in Lord of the Rings or with regard to the fantasy stuff in Narnia. This is the first time I have read the series as well since I was technically too old for the books when they first came out. At least I felt that I was too old, and I wasn't sure about the hype with them.

As for the movies, I am not sure we will watch them until much further along in the series. It is one thing to read a book that may have some scary moments written in them letting your own imagination play out the scenes, but it is a whole other thing to see them in a movie when the director is trying to scare the movie goers from his imagination.

I woke up this morning to a leak in the hot water heater. My poor dad, he has so much on him and now this. I now know how to shut the hot water heater off after talking to dad. I suppose it will be fixed this evening. I haven't heard from him yet though. So I will rephrase, I hope it will be fixed for this evening. Otherwise we will have to move to my parents for the night or so which is just a lot of effort.

This is billing week at work so I gather all the bills for benefits to be paid. Wednesday is employee appreciation day when we all go bowling for 3 hours. Fun stuff!!

Can't believe the first 9 weeks of school is over. That is half a semester done. Time is going too fast for me. I am sure it isn't for G. She is already talking about the Elf on the Shelf returning on Thanksgiving. I hope no one spoils Christmas for her this year.

The fall weather is nice. It was even cold to me on Saturday. Sunday I bundled under three blankets to nap. My air hasn't been needed but neither has my heat. We are making due with more clothes and blankets. Hopefully I will have a couple or more months of low power bills. With the water leak that will be higher by a bit, oh well.

Still haven't had time to paint. May have to wait until the spring. I still may have a Christmas get together because who really cares what the walls look like? That will be an easy explanation I think. Then again I may just huddle home and become the hermit. I think I am heading that way anyway the older I get.

Well, here is to another week!

Friday, October 18, 2013

How Do the Weekends Get So Busy?

G excitedly tells me on Monday that she has a project due in reading/literature class about tornadoes or something. Actually, it is 2 projects due on the same day,yea! 4th grade. G and her grandad (my dad) did the first one on their own, but I have to adjust some of the items because they are going to be displayed in a hall, and I don't want them stolen. The other was a paper that could also have a power point presentation with it. My dad doesn't know how to do a power point; though, if he took a minute he would be a pro at it. Anyway, G and my dad did the work in the paper so now G and I will put the power point together on Saturday. We have already started working on it. She also has to work on presentation. I may be kind and type her little 3 paragraph paper for her or not.

Then Wednesday, she discovers that she isn't the top reader in class this 9 weeks when she thought she would be. A boy who wasn't even on her competition radar hit that point Wednesday. So G decides she wants to try to at least get 30 AR points and to do that we had to find a book. Let's just say there was a 45 minute total full on out meltdown Wednesday night with comments such as "I am moving out at age 13 so I can read Harry Potter and Goosebumps". Yeah, it was fun and ended with me holding her like a baby trying to rock in bed.

Thursday, I barely get into my parents house to pick G up and she excitedly tells me she has a science project on the water cycle due in two weeks that will get her extra points if she can turn it in Friday (today) or Monday. (and if you read that last sentence fast and all out of breath, that is exactly how she hit me with it). She really wanted it done for today, but I nixed that. There is just not enough time during the week to do a project when I get to my parents to pick her up at 6pm and we get home after 7pm. Lots of extra credit being given for the project the flashier and more 3D it is. UGH! So now we have two projects to do, grocery shopping and normal laundry pile to complete all on Saturday.

We were also going to go to the FCC Harvest Moon Festival Saturday evening, but really I just don't see how since it is so far away. G also wants to carry on with our Friday night movie viewing in bed except that we are both so very tired. We haven't been in ages due to the drive out and back. It would be so nice to see how all the girls and a few boys are growing plus seeing the newbies home. There aren't that many of them I don't believe with the slow down. I just really don't see how we will have everything ready though by the time we would need to leave.

She had a meltdown last night too over the price of a book, and then she read said book until almost 11pm. She finished reading it this morning and has already tested on it. It was an expensive last minute kindle purchase just to reach her 30 AR points which she wanted to accomplish. She really didn't want to pay me for getting it, and she took an hour to decide about an easy book to read in the first place. Then when I hit purchase she had changed her mind but it was too late then. She paid me back for the book, but I may pay her for making 100 on it if she is in a good mood when I get home. I haven't told her yet so I will judge just how poorly her lack of planning has made her feel. She has been quite disrespectful and argumentative with me lately. So we are up to two meltdowns in a row for the week.

Oh and that back talk is going to be the death of me!! I don't know how my mother stood 4 of us and I know I had/have a mouth on me. I hate not having the last word! Maybe I was the only one with whom my mother had to deal. I don't remember my siblings getting in that much trouble for the same. They may have but I just don't remember it.

I am so very tired. We have a planned mini vacay coming up soon, and I so want it to go well. It may not be restful, but I want it to be fun. Actually, it will be restful in a not being in work or school kind of way but tiring in a long drive out of our element and experiencing lots of change sort of way. By the way, neither of us like change, and we both have a need to control EVERYTHING! even each other sometimes mostly always.

The GAs of which G is one is participating in a lock-in/prayer walk tonight. G has never done this one (it is for a badge), and she isn't doing this one tonight either. Now with the projects looming, I am glad she isn't. I will say, however, I did want her to go to it. Next year will be her last chance to earn this badge, and I think she will enjoy it plus it will give me a night alone. She is old enough to do so this year. Maybe next year she will be ready. I will not push her too early.

Work is gearing up to be busy but it is not there just yet or rather it isn't too bad yet. I am finally accumulating PTO. I don't have much and will be saving it for spring break if the company doesn't doesn't decide to pay rather than play in the ACA. If they opt out of health ins there will be no need for a benefits assistant (me) because the other benefits are not a burden to administer. Pray that I will outlast the bad US economy so that if I do have to leave or leave on my own it will be to something even better. I like it here and don't wish to leave but I also can see the companies options. One of the training positions is being vacated and not being re-filled. So how it stands right now, as someone leaves they are not replacing them within the administrative offices that is. The field works differently.

We are looking at a very busy weekend. I am still glad it is Friday. Our Friday karate class has been changed to a TBD time later in the year, YEA! I just received an e-mail AR notice on a book G tested not making a great score. It was a book she only listened too on CD a while ago. I do not care if she made a bad grade on it but I suspect she will be a bit upset by it. I hope not. I also hope she didn't get this far to be beat out but if she did she gave it her all. I gave her permission to only test to the assigned points and read what she wants as long as it isn't Goosebumps or Harry Potter. I just think she will be too scared for those. I am also just not sure I like the idea of Harry Potter. I haven't read them but if I could be convinced in my own conscience that they were okay I might read them with her. I am just not there yet.

So have a Happy Fall Friday, Y'all!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Totally MIA Because, No Reason

If you aren't on Twitter, you should be. And you should follow Pat Sajak, because he is very very funny. This was a post and response with him. Twitter is basically an open e-mail for those who have a Twitter account. So the first Tweet was his and I responded not expecting anything because really, he has lots of followers. But he did respond.
If you can't read it, This was the exchange:

Pat Sajak @patsajak: "Signed over 7,000 autographs in past 3 days. Been able to give away nearly 300 of them so far. Car windshields next." - 10 Oct

Rambling Mother @RamblingMother: "@patsajak I'll take one, my 9 year old daughter will think I am the coolest mom EVAH!!" - 10 Oct

Pat Sajak @patsajak: "@RamblingMother She probably already does!"

Like I said, this is like an open e-mail exchange for those who follow the main author. The fact that he took the time to respond in such a nice way just gave me hope that all "celebrities" aren't jerks. By the way, we love Wheel of Fortune and watch it at least 3 nights a week at my parents. Oh and in case you didn't know, I am RamblingMother so follow me too. I will repost things of interest on a political areana and things that are news worthy or encouraging. I rarely post original thoughts because honestly by the time I have one on a topic, the topic has moved steadily on past.

Now on to the nitty gritty. There is not much is going on that can be posted and mostly nothing is going on that is bad or distressing much. The last two weekends G and I have cleaned the house, done laundry (how do two people have so much laundry), played board games, gone grocery shopping, cleaned my closet and shopped for a new shoe rack among other things.

This past Saturday, I was able to get G a new pair of boots which were on sale, yea! The boots basically become her Sunday shoes in the fall and winter because she is a particular child with particular idiosyncrasies when it comes to clothes and shoes. Last Sunday, week, we had a full blown meltdown over her wearing the very same black pants I purchased specifically for her to wear only on Sundays. TEARS, y'all, really honest to goodness HYSTERICAL TEARS on Sunday morning. I pointed out to her that she gets to dress herself 6 out of 7 days but I get Sunday! And really, it is only the pants that are dressy. She wears a green plain Hanes t-shirt with them! I won that time, and there were no tears yesterday, but then again she had new boots to wear!

We also racked up on long sleeve plain colored shirts for fall/winter for her. She tried on all of her shirts from last year and managed to only have 3 still fit (or at least not feel tight on her arms) and two of those are way to hot to wear until January or February when it is coldest.

I found two new pair of shoes for me at Wally's world that at first blush don't look comfortable but actually are. I finally ditched two pair of brown flats that I have worn going on 3 years now. They were looking like I had worn them that long too. Cleaning out my closet is a chore that took the better part of the day Saturday. I will say though that it looks so very good now. I just hope I can keep it that way! Actually, the two very top shelves still need to be cleaned out, but those are out of my way so I can ignore them a bit longer, heh

Two Saturdays ago I was so very tired that I literally slept until noon. No, I had no intention of doing so, but I managed to teach G how to fix bacon and toast for breakfast so she could let me sleep. This Saturday I told her to let me sleep only untl 10:30am. She still fixed her own bacon and had milk to tied her over until I fixed a proper breakfast. I have since G came home fixed her a hot breakfast like grits or eggs or waffles or hashbrowns so unlike me who could at least make cereal for breakfast for myself, G really can't yet. Now while I am awake and with her in the kitchen she probably could; we just haven't practiced it yet.

It is not good for me to sleep like that because my dreams get weirder the longer I do. Of course on Friday night it isn't like I am going to sleep at 9pm or earlier. We end up watching movies in bed, and I have to stay up longer to put the computer up afte the movie goes off. I am not naming names but G someone is usually asleep before the movie is over.

I began teaching G how to play monopoly last night. We started the game at 7pm which is way too late, and, of course, we didn't finish. We left it in play and will pick up on another evening when we have time. Somehow, I ended up with the board games from my childhood. I have my sister's triominos, the family monopoly game, and lots of other games from home. Surprisingly, for belonging to a family of 4 kids all the games are in tact with all the pieces still there. I mean they don't look new but there are no lost pieces. We have started a habit of playing board games on Saturday and Sunday evenings while eating supper and watching movies. Besides being fun, this is really, hopefully, making great memories. And mainly G is very good at board games. She mostly beats me which is absolutely fine by me. She is currently winning at monopoly.

Well, that is a re-cap of the week. A tweet I made or rather a re-tweet I made was included on a Twitchy round up which is also pretty exciting. So that is all the news fit to print on this blog. I have no updated pictures of G. I was able to get 20 Christmas cards for FREE! from two different internet places (10 ea). That is so very nice and if I get now more photo cards I do have G's school pictures to include with some regular cards. That is if I choose to send out Christmas cards this year. I may be scaling that whole thing back. Okay, I won't take so long between next posts.