Friday, February 20, 2009

Yea Me!

I finished my income tax! I e-filed the federal and have the state ready to mail in the morning.

The idea was to get it all in so I have a check to spend for spring break's vacation.

Hope it works out right!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Should I just go to bed now?

Today has been a terrible, horrible really bad day.

I woke up with a headache - a rarity these days. Sinus I'm afraid. One eye swollen shut. Nasty.

I went to work. It was ok - except that I had to deal with a situation that seems to be lingering much longer than it should. Little LaFontanya - a 7th grader who threatened her teacher last November - has been trying for two weeks to leave the alternative program and return to the school where she did her damage. The teacher did sign a petition for LaFontanya's arrest, but the school had been given a bogus address. The sheriff went to arrest LaFontanya and found no such address, so the case was closed. When teacher saw LaFontanya back at school, she went off and demanded that something be done. We explained to grandma - mama is locked up at county - that LaFontanya had to stay in alternative school until her case has been fully resolved by the court in accordance with state law. Then grandma went off one me because her sweet baby cannot be so bad that she has to be locked up. Sometime between last Tuesday and today, they took LaFontanya to court and now they want to take her back to school again. That ain't happening yet. She is on six months probation with the court - so she stays in alternative school for six months. All that made me late to my hearing.

Only one hearing. Easy. Done quickly. I gather my stuff and head back to the office.

It begins to sprinkle rain. So, I am going slowly - about 58 on the interstate. I look up and see the big gray car of a state trooper by my side. He drops back and turns on the blue lights. I pull over. Then pull over further. Then he gets on his speaker and tells me to pull over even further. I did. He then comes to my passenger side, but I can't roll down the window as it is broken. He opens the door. He informed me that I was driving without a seat belt on. He got my license and insurance. He also asked about my cracked windshield. Next thing I know, I have not just one, but TWO tickets to pay by April 20.

I am taking half a day off so I can go to court with Prince 3. We meet and go to court. He pleads not guilty, we get a court date of April 1 and leave.

Now Prince 2 is stuck downtown with no gas. He expects me to come take care of it.

No wonder my head aches.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Never wear the old glasses!

There are very few things that I would advise someone to NEVER do. Yesterday I learned that wearing the old glasses is one to put on that list.

I was in the midst of my normal morning routine when my glasses disappeared. The progressive lenses required for me to drive, read, walk, etc. I looked all over for them. I KNOW that I took them off to finish my make-up and brush my hair out. They were not on the desk where I left them. I looked all over and found nothing. I called my son to come help. He had to find clothes and come over since he has no classes on Friday and had planned to sleep very late. He yelled a bit then came over. He took a cursory glance at a few surfaces and declared he could not find them. Since I could see nothing, I had to take his word for it. I went to work in an old pair.

My head ached all day - the deep kind of headache way behind your eyes. I begged the boys to look for the glasses - even offered a reward. No luck. I came home and tried to read a bit or check the email, but I was unable to read anything or even see my computer's screen in any way that made sense. So I gave it up and went to bed at 7:30.

This morning, my head was still aching. I slept until 10:30 trying to make it all go away, but that didn't work. I tried to get an appointment for a massage, but she is all booked until Tuesday - and if my head still hurts then, I may be jailed. I decided to take another look for the glasses. After all, they did not just disappear into thin air, right? They have to be somewhere in this room.

Not on the desk. Not under the desk. Not on or under the bed. Not on the dresser or hiding in a drawer. No where in the bathroom. Oh well. I'll just grab some shoes and go but some reading glasses at the dollar store to hold me until I get an appointment. Wait - what is that??? Is it???? Yes, it is my glasses!!!!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Office Work

For the past three days, I have been in my office. I had the unequalled opportunity to "catch up on my paperwork". Only problem was that I had very little to catch up on.

Wednesday I took a sack of mail with me - sorted through it - paid a few bills - checked on a couple of things by phone - and played countless games of free cell and hearts. (Remember that I run Windows 98 at the office)

Thursday I read some of my novel - answered a few phone calls - scheduled a few hearings - played countless games of free cell and hearts - and little else.

Today, I actually did my reports for the month of January - that took a whole fifteen minutes. I scheduled a few hearings for next week - played countless more games of free cell and hearts - and actually went to lunch with a few of my coworkers. That was the best part.

Next week, I only have one office day scheduled. Thankfully.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Old, New, Treasured, True


In the past month, I have reconnected with an old friend. It has been amazing that we can pick up our friendship right where it left off a year ago. I am still unsure as to why we needed a break, but I am sure I will find out at some point. It has been nice.
I have also had the chance to see a couple of other old friends. One friend's mother passed away and I went to the graveside service. We had not spoken in several years after some very harsh words were passed. It was nice to be there for her in spite of the rift - and I do believe she appreciated it.
Another old friend was there as well - and it was nice to see him as well. I do hope we can get together for lunch soon - or I may have to string him up! For someone retired, the Wolfman stays very busy!

New friends are becoming a part of my life as well. There are some through school - some through blogging - and some through my new online chapter of sorority. I am excited about the prospects of having these new influences in my life - and sharing bits and pieces of the daily grind with them.

All friends are treasures - jewels, gemstones, silver and gold. Precious in so many different ways. I am grateful for all of my friends - and thankful they are a part of my life!