Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cracked- A Venting Session.


Wednesday was NOT a good day. Well, most of it was, but around 2:30 it started going down hill quickly. Luckily, I have a very handy husband and one of the biggest problems is now workable, so I'm happy. No, correction: I'M FREAKIN' ECSTATIC!!! The picture to the right is similar to what happened to my MacBook, but there is a lot more dead spots and it looks like a rock hit it from the inside.... Storytime!!

Wednesday afternoon I'm working on some things before I have to pick up Lily from school. The stuff I'm working on is dealing mainly with a lot of forms and emails dealing with Trademark Requests. This is a task that I'm finding somewhat easy, me being a people person, but it takes a long time and there are long phone conversations and lots of notes that I took on the matter. All of these notes are on my desktop of the MacBook. Well, I leave the computer on, sitting on the table as always (I like working at the dining room table because I can keep an eye on Jackson while he plays and I get a nice breeze from the windows, and it's not a stuffy office.) and I head out the door with Jack to pick up Lily. Yada yada yada, we come home, I help Lily with homework and then I sit back down at the computer and I find that the screen looks like it has been cracked on the inside. It takes a second. I'm like WTF? I turn the computer on and off and the "crack" is still there. Massive spaces of dead pixels.... The panic begins to set in. I completely freaked out simply because I'm realizing the volume of things that I have on the MacBook. Four years worth of pictures from family events and productions, business forms, all of my business contacts, emails with those precious trademark request forms signed...

And then, my lawyer calls. Court date for custody crap moved up. No, didn't want it moved up, wanted it moved back! Apparently when I tell lawyer that I've got stuff going on until September 6th, that is to be completely ignored. Lawyer proceeds to tell me that he needs more fundage. Um, didn't I just pay you back in July? I inform him in a not so polite voice that I am sick and tired of this bullshit (yes, I used bullshit) and that I wanted lawyers fees from that certain someone who keeps dragging me back to court and that fine, I'll be there on the court date I just won't be there at 8:30AM because I, unlike that certain person, have a kid that I have to drop off at school and another kid I have to take to a babysitter and probably will not get their until about 9AM. Lawyer says that is okay and that Judge will understand.

This is the part where I mention that I do not have any faith in the legal system what so ever. I'm really hoping Casey is wrong on his outcome prediction... I really do. I'm having a hard time staying optimistic, though.

After all of that, I sat down and cried for 2 hours. I've been moping around since then, kind of lost. Today I've been more annoyed than moping and Casey told me that I really had to snap out of it. I'm really trying. We went to Best Buy and bought a mini dvi cable so we could pipe the display to an extra monitor that we have. It's kind of annoying, craning my neck, but you know what? I can use my computer now and that, to me, is worth it's weight in gold. I'm glad that I have an incredibly handy husband. And I know, eventually, we'll get me a new laptop. It won't be for a while and honestly, I can make do with this set up for a while. It works and that's what matters to me.

SO now, I've been formulating a plan of attack and trying to get my groove back. I organized my desk and my filing cabinet today so I have a place to work in the office. I'm in the process of printing up the very important emails and I'm ready to get back to work. I'm not so panicked or depressed anymore. And maybe, just maybe, Casey will get his chance to relax now that I'm starting to calm down about the situation. Now, if I can get through Tuesday and everything goes well...

If stuff doesn't go well, well... we'll have to wait and see. Think happy thoughts, Jess! Happy thoughts.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

School Nap

Day three of school.  Neighbor kids didn't have to come until 7:30, was still up at 5:15.  Today, amidst the laundry, I found myself wish a serious case of the dropsies so Jackson and I went upstairs and took a nap.  During School Naps are the best naps because it's just me and Jack all cuddled up.  Huzzah for the school nap!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Two days down, a whole bunch to go.

Lily has had two days of school.  It's been busy busy around here so I haven't been able to blog until now.  Sure, I've had time to sit down and update facebook, but have I blogged? Negative.  So, here we go. 

The first day of school was yesterday.  It wasn't a run around, chaotic mess that I thought it was.  Everything went really smoothly.  Lily enjoyed herself and she said her teacher, Mrs. Bean was really nice.  I'm doing the carpooling thing this year and I picked up Lily and two of her friends to bring them home.  Maddy, one of the girls, is also in Lily's class.  Maddy said "Mrs. Bean yells at you when you won't stop talking.  She's mean."  Lily instantly piped up and said "Nuh-uh! She's nice!"  I had to laugh about that one.  Maddy always has been a bit of a talker.  

Fourth grade had homework the first day of school.  They got a spelling list of 20 words and they had to write them in cursive 5 times each.  While I can understand practicing writing I can't stand homework that is so incredibly monotonous.  That, and giving a child homework on the first day of school?  That's just mean!  We did the homework, no complaining.  I told Lily that fourth grade is harder than all of the other grades in primary (they go K to 4 in primary, 5-8 in middle and 9 to 12 in high school) and that they have to set examples to the other students.  I will refrain bashing the teacher for dull homework for now.  It's not as bad as what they sent home last year, which was writing numbers 1 to 1000 in small little boxes.   Yeah, I told Lily she simply was not doing that.  

Can you tell I'm not a fan of stupid homework?  If it's relevant, I'm all for homework.  If it's ridiculous (like writing 20 words 5 times each- why not have the kids write a story using spelling words?) then I'll yell at teachers and I won't make Lily do it.  Yep, I'm one of those crazy parents who doesn't like their kid doing insipid busy work.

This morning was somewhat more... dramatic.  I got up at 5:15 to prep for the neighbor dropping off their two grandkids.  They recently got guardianship of the two girls (both in 2nd grade) and asked if I would be willing to take them to school (I'm being paid.) and I said okay.  The only thing is they have to drop the girls off at 5:30 because grandma works as a nurse at 1st shift (starting at 6AM) and grandpa works at GM (also starting at 6).    Well, I let the girls in and noticed a bee had flown in with them.  I went to get the fly swatter to kill it, and as I was doing that, the neighbor said "Do you know you have a swarm of bees out there?"  And just as she said that, the sneaky bee stung one of the girls.  Insert lots of little girl screaming and crying.  

I turned off the porch light and the neighbor ran next door to get some benadryl.  I grabbed the wasp and bee spray while she did her nurse thing and killed about 20 bees hovering around my door.  I started looking around for where they were coming from (they were VERY aggressive) and I noticed a loud bee hum.  I looked up at the street light by my car and there was a large swarm of probably about 40-50 bees flying around the light.  I have never seen anything like it!  The girls were freaking out about bees for the rest of the morning, even watching over their shoulders as they left the car. 

After dropping off the kids at school, it was home for me to check email and then it was off to work my make up magic on our friend, Ben, who was having his headshots done today.  The photographer was amazing and Ben looked amazing.  We were occupied from around 8:30 until almost noon, though, so that didn't leave a whole lot of time for lunch and accomplishing stuff before we had to go get Lily and the other girls.   No homework today, so that was nice.  Lily and I hung out at home, talked about her day and then she went off to play with the neighbor kids and I played with Jack and gave him some much needed run around time.  Then, it was working on some producing stuffs and then off to my usual Wednesday girls night at the Cellar Door.  Twas nice. 

Yes, it's been a busy day.  Tomorrow we have a read through here and I have a ton of laundry to finish, not to mention everything else that needs to get done that was highly neglected today.  I gotta say, it's nice to be able to start getting back to a routine.  I like summer, but I like routine more.  I schedule better with routine simply because I know what's going on when and where. 

Oh, I do have an interesting lunch date tomorrow.... I'll have to let you know how that goes. 

Monday, August 17, 2009

Back to School

Tomorrow, Lily goes back to school. With South Bend no longer doing half days, we've got our first full complete day of school. It's going to be weird. No more kids running in and out of the house during the early afternoon. No more Lily running home, dragging a couple of kids with her being all like "Mom? Can you make us a sandwich?" I can make you a sandwich, but if your friends are hungry they go home to eat.

AND... it's pouring down rain. It's supposed to rain for the next 4 days. Yep, lovely back to school weather! Huzzah! Did I mention it's something like... 75 and muggy? Ugh the muggy.

My mom is heading back from her trip to Panama today. I must be at O'Hare at 3PM to pick her up. I'm actually looking forward to hearing all of the wonderful family gossip and of course: the pressies!! We ALWAYS get Panamanian Pressies! Whoo hoo! I am personally hoping for a bottle of the family rum (our family owns a rum distillery in Panama) and some cookies. Anything more than that is total bonus!

Well, I'm off. I have a laundry list of laundry and other wonderful things that I want to do before I have to sally forth to O'Hare.