You know I started this blog to focus on the positive things in my life but still be realistic.... hmmmm that would be difficult this week. This week has been a roller coaster of events!
Sunday evening ~ I was watching tv and all through the evening the news promo were various things but at least one was "tune in to see what Police and the venue are doing to make sure safety at tomorrow night's big concert" Panic set in ... how safe would W be at this concert? I worked myself up in to a REAL Tizzy! What had I done, I'd gotten him tickets right to his death. Yes my tizzy had worked me into THAT place. I texted W and told him that I didn't think the concert was a good idea and I'd changed my mind .."He couldn't go" well, that didn't go over well, He told me I was crazy and things would be fine. I finally got myself into a place that the concert would be fine but the parking lot might be a problem (venue is a great place but on the edge of a questionable part of town). FINALLY the news came on to say ..."only those with tickets would be allowed in the parking lot to help keep the concert from turning into a 'festival' type of event" Shewwww, that made me feel much better! I was calm about him going!
Monday night it was calm around here for the most part...W was at his concert it was over by 11, he turned the correct direction coming out of the event and was in the safe part of town heading home. He later posted 111 pictures from the concert ... He had a GREAT time.
Tuesday was busy for me, a church meeting and then got my hair cut. I got a call to work that morning but because of things already planned I couldn't but got at call for the next day also. So I'd be subbing the next day ~ bad news there .. the teacher's daughter that was sick is a girl is G's class. There is something going around (there's always something going around but it was in G's classroom). This is the night G got hit with the baseball ~ black eye!
Wednesday I worked, it's not easy to sub this early in the school year, the kids simply don't know the rules and aren't really in a routine. This means that the sub has to KNOW the routine and rules. Good news for me I had subbed alot in this teacher's class room last year so I knew the rules and the routine. As I went through the e-nails that evening, there was yet another e-mail from W's college... new instructions about what to do if a student was feeling ill.
Thursday subbed again (little girl still sick). Called W to remind him about his dentist appointment. As I talked to him he sounded terrible and told me that his chest was congested and his head was stopped up. I told him what to get a Wal-mart to clear his head. He went to the dentist, has 3 cavities .. that boy has no enamel on his teeth what so ever! Poor kid! I got a text a 5 that he'd missed his class at 3:30 ... I immediately call him .. He'd gone home from the dentist and went to bed and slept until 5. He told me that he thought he needed to get a thermometer when he went to Wal-mart. By 7:30 he's called to say he has a temp of 101.5. I tell him to read the e-mail from yesterday and gather his things, I'll call our doctor and call him back. Our doctor says to get him home! He feels well enough at that point to drive himself home. He's home by 9pm and taking a long hot shower.
FRIDAY I sub again, leave W sleeping. The class is going great by now, I knew them and they know me! When I get home W's on couch watching TV, no fever but exhausted. I blow my cover by cooking roast beef and potatoes ... If I can do this and work all day, then why can't I do this when I'm home all day?!?! I hear G pushing the answering machine buttons, I hear one from our Credit card's fraud department. hmmmm, how did I not hear that one, someone else had already listened to it, but they didn't do anything about. I then go through the daily e-mails and there is a message from the CC company... I call them! Someone has used our credit card to purchase $1600 for an X box and various purchases from I tunes!! Thankfully we have a great Credit Card Company and they caught it, put a stop on our account. They'll now be investigating.
Saturday morning W mentioned that his truck didn't want to start as he was leaving college. His truck has had this problem alittle all summer but it had gotten worse. I take it in thinking that it's home. Good thing, it acting up in front of the mechanic ~ fuel injector ... $600.
After a week of e-mails from the university and hearing all the news coverage . Telling the public (aka students and Parents) that IT was spreading and they weren't even to go to the Health Center if they had flu like symptoms they were just to go home! I knew it would be a miracle if he didn't get IT, and no it hasn't been confirmed but the nurse said IT didn't need to be confirmed she was sure IT was IT.
This is a classic and so innocent at the same time.
The 2nd grade teacher that I've been subbing for is doing a "Favorite Book" lesson. Each student brings their favorite book and each day one book is chosen. We read the book, then the student go back to their desk and write a couple of sentences about the book and draw a picture about the book. The teacher collect these papers for a book she's putting together.
Yesterday we read the book ... they did their paper... I collected them.
Today I was moving them on the desk and I glanced a the top paper.
When I was a teen I went to alot of concerts, and always had good seats to them also! My aunt Val worked for the university and was able to get tickets before they were released to the general public. I was spoiled! I've seen more than I can remember, but I do remember seeing the Carpenters, Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton (along with Freddy Fender!?!), all of these with my mom but I did Alabama with my friend LouAnn.
When I moved on to college hubby (pre marriage) and I saw "Do You Think I'm Sexy"Rod Steward, and was AMAZED at this show ... not only did he sing but there were these white umbrella type things that would open and close to the music ~ I thought it was the coolest thing. SO Lame compared to concerts today.
Then I stood 4 rows back to see George Strait that the State Fair, I could even seen his Wrangle patch on the back of his jean .... not that I was looking at his behind (!) but that's IS where the patch was!
Hubby (still pre marriage) got tickets to see Michael Jackson (along with his brothers). Not great seats but we were in the stadium! Yes, I've seen the white glove and saw MJ sit on the edge of the stage and sing BEN. Funny (or sad which ever way you choose to see it) story, I took our nephew Matt with me, we parked and started walking to the stadium before I remembered to look to see where we'd parked. When I took notice of the letter on the pole I was sure that we'd only walked a short bit. When the concert was over, we walked over to the pole and then on a few rows ....NO CAR! We walked a bit more....NO CAR! I finally went to report my car stolen (at the stadium) they encouraged me to walk further. Poor Matt and I walked further still seeing no car until FINALLY we crested a hill finding another parking lot .... there was my car sitting all alone. Guess we'd walked further than I thought! I remember that better than I do the concert.
Why am I telling you this?
Just a couple of months ago W came to me and told me about a concert he wanted to go to. W has never been to any type of concert. I told him to check it all out and get the detail for me. He came back and was amazed (more aghast) that the tickets were $80. I was more amazed that the concert wasn't sold out! After he left I started checking things out more. End result ....... W is sitting in the 3rd row, not center stage ~ (hey, I'm not a miracle worker but still 3rd row)
Lil' Wayne Concert
I've requested in return for the tickets.....
#1 that I am sent at least one phone pic
#2 that I get at least one "you're the greatest mom ever" text during the night from bothW and his friend Chris
AND last but not least ..
#3 I get at least 2 "I love you MOMs" text during the concert
This week has been so nice ~ G and I have nice quiet evenings at home. For the past 4 years we have been running to sporting events (and I loved every minute of it) so it's nice to have a few weeks of quiet at home routine here. This quiet routine will not last once September gets here!
G has missed W, a couple of days when he'd get in the car he'd ask first thing if I'd talked to W that day. When bedtime hits he gets really missing him. He finally called him on Thursday (G was always too busy to call him any other day ... .missed him but was too busy to call him?!?!). W told him that when he ate dinner now it was like eating at Ryann's (their favorite place to eat) every day, and he'd played slip and slide down a big hill in rain! When G got off the phone he told me that he wants to go to school there too!
I've opened the windows to let the cool air in, I love it! the animals are a bit confused ~ they can hear us in here and they (mostly the cat) just whine at the windows! I wish this weather to last through the fall! think I can get my wish?
I was awaken by the phone ringing at 8:20 (yes, I was enjoying being in bed at 8:20). G got the phone (he certainly wouldn't want to miss answering the phone around here), it was the neighbor asking if he would like to go fishing. WOW things got lively around here then!
After I got him out the door I started in making brownies. I had made these wonderful cookie bars (2 pans actually). I'd really like to take credit for them but I just can't. They are WAY rich so I don't think I could ever make a pan just for my little family. These cookie bars and the brownies are going to a funeral dinner at church so there will be plenty of others to help eat them.
Then for the rest of this morning (all of 2 hours of it) I've been putter around.
He has all of his dvd's and game system but hasn't put his parking sticker on his truck yet!?!
OH, well, he'll be fine ... He's a good young man and I have no doubt that he'll survive.
I was uninvited to take him up in the morning, I think my planning was driving him crazy, it was driving me crazy so I can understand. Actually this is less stress on me and more excitement for him. win win situation
OH, drats I'd better go switch the laundry so he can take all clean clothes!
W's college sent a 'suggested travel routes' for when he moves in. FYI ~ this University has all their dorms on one street. This means that most of the University's hundreds and hundreds of students will be moving in on the same street Sunday!
G is so excited about school that he TALKS from 3:20pm until his eyes close at night ... Yes, I'm so glad that he's excited but really 5+ hours of non stop talking was TOO much.
W is leaving some of his summer chores for me to do this fall.
I keep getting locked out of my online banking, I've gotten 2 password resets this week.
W's school is finally paid for! Well, the loan papers are all filled out! I still don't know why hubby wanted to go this route!?!
I discovered if I go back to school that I could make $65 more $ subbing ... now I really do have to look into going back.
I think it's time to budget (I think this every fall) and I don't like to budget!
OK, that's all that I'm bringing out right now, I'm sure there are more but I like the denial zone!
G had a wanted to get rid of the Mohawk before he went back to school but that would mean that he'd have to make time for me to cut it off. That wasn't happening! When we went to Sneak Peak last night, he got several "hey, I like that Mohawk" comments. He told me on the way home "Mom, I think I'll keep the Mohawk."
Yesterday we had a storm move through, it had the potential to be severe but all it did was rain really hard (a couple of inches in less than an hour).
A friend of mine called to tell me that the storm was coming. She knew I was out running around be didn't realize I was so far away. She told me that she'd gotten a phone call from the Sheriff's office telling her of the potentially severe weather. Neither of us had ever gotten that kind of phone call, so we were surprised.
I thought that was nice, but wondered if I'd gotten a phone call. When we arrived home, G went to get the phone messages ..... one from his bus driver (she'll be around at 6:55AM ~ GASP!) and one recorded message from the sheriff's office warning us about potentially severe weather.
This caused me to ponder if we would be getting this call in the middle of the night?!? and then concern about this phone ringing in the middle of the night. Especially when all we got was hard rain, I don't want be awaken for hard rain!
Fast forward to this morning, someone called for hubby at 7:30. This caused G to come running to see who it was and if it was the Sheriff's office !
GOOD ~ Enrolling only one child in school only took less than 10 minutes (in comparison to over an hour with 2) BAD ~ it's HOT, once again I'm reminded at how spoiled I was by the wonderful weather this summer GOOD ~ only 1 week until G starts school (I'm sorry but it's true I'm counting down) BAD ~ G threw his glasses today not only broke them but lost one of the lens GOOD ~ Walmart is having a special on kid's glasses BAD ~ We ran out of rock for the garage GOOD ~ we have all of G's school supplies BAD ~ Enrolling only one child in school cost half as much (Of course I'm not counting all the money I've already spend on W) GOOD but could be BAD ~ it takes a week (hopefully less) to get new glasses at Walmart GOOD ~ Got a great new recipe that I can't wait to try this week end
I didn't go to church today except to make some copies and hand them out.
Lucky for me I was there long enough for my friend,Iris to find me.
She had a Birthday gift for me!
We both got a laugh out of this ....
a very colorful nesting turkey!
She told me that she just laughed when she saw it and knew I needed that for my collection! She also said that she must really treasure ME since she was parting with one of her
"Smithsonian" boxes for my turkey!
Then boys and I then took off driving to visit family.
I've been driving this same route for over 20 years
(probably closer to 25 years)
and when we go through an area where we see these signs ~
But I've never seen an Amish person or even an Amish buggy.
Just How can This Be?
Until the last time we went through the area, I turned to hubby, and said, "you know we've never seen an Amish person through here." I turn my focus back to the road and there is a buggy on the side of the road. I was about to tell W in this same thing on this trip, when we see a couple of barefooted Amish boys (in the Sunday clothes) walking along the road.
We stop at HaHaTonka State Park, we walk around the Castle ruins
and look out over the bluff.
The boy's Granny (hubby's mom) used to work at and stayed at
My friend Stephanie called me ..... I couldn't hear a thing. I knew the phone call was from her and I could faintly hear her but really nothing...... I began yelling ... I can't hear you, I can't hear you.
I've never had this trouble before. Then I remember my sister in law, Maurice telling me that she was perfectly fine at 39, she had a birthday turned 40 and then she began to fall apart! So I'm thinking that now that I'm 45 I've lost my hearing in my right ear! Just like that!
All this thinking while I'm yelling "I can't hear you, I can't hear you" When all of a sudden .... I hear Stephanie say .. "can you hear me now!" WOW, my hearing is back ......
Stephanie tells me what she wants ... but I can't really concentrate because I'm wondering what had happened to my ear ....now that I was 45 was I deaf .... I finally asked her what had happened ... she then told me that she'd been whispering so the the computer repairman couldn't hear her!
hallelujah, I wasn't deaf ....she was whispering .... I scolded her told her I was now too old to play that game with her!