The One Where He Starts to Save

Jared is pretty determined that he will get to go to Rome next year. In an effort to help him save, I went to my online banking account and renamed one of our unused kid savings accounts to “Rome”. Since Jared is still a minor, I have access to his bank account, but he doesn’t have access to the others. So, when he wants money saved, he’s going to tell me how much money to pull out of his account, and I will put it in the Rome account.

The deal is, if he can save up enough (or more) for a full payment by the end of the month, then I will sign him up to go. The payments are $494 a month… It would have been lower, had he decided to go months ago and started making payments earlier.

So anyway, today he sent me a text. Apparently he got paid from McDonald’s today. He told me to take the $140 for his insurance and phone, and then to put $240 in his Rome account.

What I didn’t tell him is that I put the entire $380 in his Rome account. I figure that if push comes to shove, and we need the $140, I can pull it out later, and Jared will never know. In the mean time, the higher the payment he makes, the sooner he can finish paying for the trip. (Which I think is next July.)

I really hope this works out for him. He really wants to go and it does look like a blast!

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The One With the Haircut

This morning I told Joe that he needed a haircut. I told him that I could give both him and Josh one on Tuesday, which is my next day off… But apparently, he didn’t want to wait.

Joe knows that Amanda wants to be a Beautician when she grows up. So he asked her if she wanted to give him a buzz cut. She was THRILLED with that idea!

Now most people would think he was crazy to let a 12 year old with no training get anywhere near his hair… But all he wants is a buzz cut with no extension on the blade. He figured that you can’t really mess that up… Not to mention that he wears a hat all the time, and really doesn’t care. *lol*

So Amanda happily gave him a buzz cut today. I am sure it will not be the last she gives him… And when she’s old enough for Beauty School, she will have a little practice under her belt. :)

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The One With the Drawing

This morning I received an Email from Alicia’s art teacher, Mr. Bledsoe… Alicia drew a skull as an assignment for class. We saw it when we went to the open house, and she did an excellent job on it. Anyway, he told me that her drawing was chosen to hang in the district office for the month of October! How cool is that?! It’s quite an honor and I am so proud of her!

Another thing that they are learning in class, is photo editing with photoshop. That’s pretty cool. I told her that when they start taking their own pictures to edit, she can use my Rebel to take the pictures. I will put them on a jump drive for her, and then she can edit them at school. She is pretty excited about that.

THEN, when we get our tax returns, I can buy myself Photoshop and she can teach me what she has learned. It’s a win-win situation! *lol*

Mr. Bledsoe sent me a copy of a photo that Alicia has already worked on. It’s kinda weird, but it sounds like Alicia had some fun with it, and that’s all that matters. :)

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The One with Rome

Ms. Beykovsky, the teacher who went to Costa Rica with Jared, is taking some students to Rome next summer… Well, the trip includes London, Paris, and Rome.

At first, Jared was going to let it go. I had told him straight away that we couldn’t afford to send him… Especially since we are paying for Alicia’s trip to D.C. …

But apparently, Jared made the mistake of watching the video about it tonight… Now he is gung-ho about it. He is determined that he will be able to come up with the money to go, on his own. He asked, if he was able to save up the first months payment, would I be willing to sign him up. I figured why not… As long as he’s paying for it… It would be the trip of a lifetime. I wouldn’t mind going myself! *lol*

It’s not going to be easy though. He would have to come up with $494 a month. That’s quite a chunk of change.

I guess time will tell… Wish I could afford to just send him, as well as Josh and Alicia…

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The One with the Packing

Tonight I had to go back and see the doctor. I flat out told him that I really hoped he wouldn’t repack the incision again. My skin is getting really irritated after having to wear band aids for 2 weeks. I told him that I didn’t think it could take much more.

Thankfully, he said that it has healed so much from the inside that there wouldn’t be any room to add more packing… Music to my ears! No more doctor appointments! Yay!

My blood pressure is back down as well, back to being borderline again, which is where it’s been since Amanda was born. It was something like 135/86. I am just going to monitor it from home and go from there…

This may be a good time to try and jump back on the weight loss wagon. That would help the blood pressure… Just wish that I was on a normal schedule. Working swing shifts suck, and I am always hungry when I get home from work, so am always eating at around midnight… That is not conductive to weight loss. :(

Oh well… One struggle at a time…

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The One with the Quilting Class

Starting today, Amanda’s Girl’s Club class, from church, will be taking weekly quilting lessons. A lady from the church has a quilting shop, or something, and is supplying the fabric, and letting the girls use the machines. They will each be making a twin sized quilt that they will get to keep. Amanda is so very excited, and I know she is going to enjoy it! I can’t wait to see her finished quilt. :)

I’d say it’s been a bad month for me, health wise. What with the stupid cyst and a bad head cold on top of it. Then I had that pain issue last Thursday night… Then, to top it off, tonight my cycle started a week early, so I get to deal with that twice in September. :(

THEN … While at work tonight, I dropped a large cutting board on my foot. It hurt soooo bad! Now the top of my foot and my baby toe is bruised. My toe feels swollen as well, and it hurts to wear my shoe. *sigh* 

I just can’t catch a break! I am so done with September!

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The One with the Book

A few years ago, I was contacted by a man named Varghese Mathai. He is a professor in Illinois, but he is from India. He was going to be writing a biography on the life of my great grandfather, Volbrecht Nagel, and was doing some research. His internet search landed on aome digital scrapbook pages I had done on Volbrecht and Harriet Nagel.

I was thrilled to hear about the book and gave him whatever help that I could.

Well, the book has been published and we received our copies the other day. I hadn’t had much of a chance to do more than page through it, but Mom has been reading in and sharing what she has read with whomever will listen. *lol*

It came on Saturday, and while I was at work, I got a text from Joe. He was excited to tell me that I was mentioned in page 20 of the book, but for some reason, he wasn’t. He then tried to convince me that I needed to talk to Varghese about that. *lol*

Then this morning, Mom and I were talking about the book, and Mom said that she should get a copy to send up to Ellen (her sister). Amanda pipes up, 

“Ellen Degeneres?!”
Ya… Because she would be interested in the life of our grandfather. *rofl*

Well, at least the book is providing me with some chuckles. ;) … Need to find some time to read it!

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The One with the Bad, Bad Night

I went back to work Thursday night, and closed with January. She was all stressed out about not having enough help up front (for closing) and the fact that she had to be out of there at 11:00 so she wouldn’t go into overtime. So the two of us worked our hind ends off, to be able to get done on time.

I was exhausted and achey when I got home, and still not feeling well because of the cold. Knowing that I had to get up at 6:00 in the morning, I took a dose of NyQuil while I ate, along with my antibiotic pill.

Then I had a terrible night.

Instead of the NyQuil knocking me out to get a good night sleep, I was wide awake… And the more I laid there, the worse I felt. My entire body ached to the bone, including my hands and fingers. I felt dizzy when I got up, and my body felt a little tingly along with the pain. I also kept having to go to the bathroom.

I literally, no joke, only got around 15 minutes of sleep.

I had even taken a Vicodin in the middle of the night, and it didn’t touch the pain. It was awful.

Since my work shift started before the kids would get home from school, I had to sit at McDonald’s all day. I sat there, still in pain, and so very exhausted.

I mentioned it on Facebook, and Talitha suggested that I had some kind of allergic reaction, and suggested that I take some Benedryl. So I bought some before work and took a dose then and another dose during my lunch break… There was less pain when I got off work, though I was REALLY exhausted.

Luckily, I didn’t have to close. I got off at 9:00 and when so got home I had a bowl of cereal and took another dose of Benedryl. I went to bed at around 10:30 and ended up sleeping for a full ten hours.

I felt so much better when I woke up. I don’t know what happened, but I NEVER want to feel like that again! It was awful!

I mentioned it to the doctor when I went in today, but she pretty much blew me off. Oh well, at least I made an effort.

And you will never guess what… They REPACKED the “hole” AGAIN! Grrrrr! This better be the last time! I go back next Tuesday, and so really hope I am done with everything.

I just want to feel human again. *sigh*

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The One with the Door

I haven’t been able to get much work done on Alicia’s door. The cyst made it difficult to bend over the door to paint. It hurt too much… So, even though I am kinda miserable with this darn head cold, I wanted to get some work done on it, on these two days off. I got one side and the top completely done, and that includes the words at the top. That was the part I was most worried about. I don’t think it looks perfect, but Alicia says it looks wonderful and is so excited. She can’t wait to show her Whovian friends her new door… I just hope I can get it finished on my days off next week.

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The One Where I am Sick

When I went to work on Sunday  I felt fine. My cyst incision hurt a little, but other than that, I was fine… Until about half way through my shift. Then I felt like I had been hit by a ton of bricks… I was catching the kids’ cold. :(

When I got home, I took some NyQuil and hit the hay…

I felt pretty miserable on Monday, but went to work anyway. I can’t really afford to call in sick. Luckily, I didn’t have to close. I got off at 10:00. I managed to change the fryers for Brooke and cleaned the slicers for January, then happily went home.

I was miserable all day today. I felt feverish and dizzy when I got up… And I didn’t want to leave the house for anything. Sadly, I didn’t have a choice. I had to go in to the doctor… 

I was hoping that they would remove the packing and call it good, but nope. *sigh* 

This time I saw a female doctor. She said that while it looked better, there was still some puss coming out. So she repacked it… Only, she didn’t numb it first like the other doctor…

Needless to say, by the time I got home, I was miserable. The cold/fever was bad enough, but now the cyst area was aching and sharp pains kept going through the right “lady”. I just wanted to cry. *sigh*

Oh, and she is making me take 3 more days of antibiotics, so we had to stop by Safeway to pick that up. 

I go back on Saturday. I hope that they remove the packing for good then.

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