Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Total Drama Tuesday

The first high school play of the year starts next weekend, and I couldn't be happier. The prep just doesn't stop! Girlie has been swamped with sets and lights for the past two weeks. I'm not thrilled as this has taken a lot of her personal time as well as homework/study time. I had to set some limits today because she was up until midnight last night trying to finish her homework. That's a big No-Go for me.

Does your teen cram his/her schedule full of extra-curricular activities?
How do you deal with it?
Do you set limits?

I'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Dressed up & hamming it up for the first choir concert of the year.

Matching Wits

This is a guest post from my sister, Casey. She writes the funniest stories about her twin 6 year olds. Check this one out, it had me rolling!

This is why you should never try to match wits with a child.

Me: Katie, quit bouncing on my bed.

Katie: I'm just bending my knees up and down really fast. Your bed is the one bouncing me.

Me: I...wha...huh? NO!

I think kids are so great at arguing because there is no argument too ridiculous or implausible that they won't give it a try. They simply have no shame.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I needed a laugh and here it is!

Homecoming Havoc

Ah, the parties of youth. And the craziness of getting them out the door. Girly left for her homecoming dance a few hours ago. I've been on the couch recovering from the whirlwind preparations. Even though I asked her to get everything prepared a day in advance, we still had all the last minute OMGs. Her pantyhose had a run in them. The black bra she needed for her dress was nowhere to be found. The eye shadow is MIA.

So we ran to WalMart, my second home, to gather all the supplies. We got back just in time to throw everything on and slap on some makeup. Then, she remembered that she needed to have her school i.d. with her. After much searching, we located that in her back pack, where it is supposed to be anyway, and the first place she was supposed to look. Ugh!

I have a little time to myself before curfew arrives and she (better!) comes home. Yah!

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Four Eyes" Emergency

Ugh. Could my week get any worse? I guess there's no way but up from here.

On top of all the school expenses, I had to get new frames for my glasses. Why is fate treating me like money just falls out my ass when I walk? It all started last night when I stepped out of the shower. I picked up my glasses and they just fell apart in my hands. Seriously! Not joking. They just broke in the middle, the part that goes across the bridge of the nose. The split was so "clean" that I couldn't even glue them together.

I am totally blind without my glasses. So, how do I drive to the eye doctor if I can't see? I tried to tape the glasses back together, but that didn't work. My daughter was able to find her old frames. My lenses were too small to fit, so I had to put tape around the lenses to get them to stay in. I looked like a total freak, but at least I could drive. I felt so self-conscious because I looked like a dork. I didn't even want to leave the house, I hated the thought of people laughing at me. But I had to suck it up if I was to get this fixed. I told myself that people wouldn't even notice my glasses while I was in my car since they'd surely have their eyes on the road. Wrong! At the very first stoplight I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. It was a car full of teenagers pointing and laughing at me. I sunk down in my seat. Ugh.

When I finally get to the optician, I figure my troubles are over. I don't have time (or money) for an eye exam, but I thought it should be easy to find a pair of glasses that I could pop my lenses into. Wrong again. My lenses are shaped for "cat's eye" frames, which was very popular a few years ago. Obviously the fashions have changed. Fashions change, sure, but I never thought eye glass frames would change so dramatically. We looked thru over two hundred, yes, 200 (!) frames without finding a match. The new frame fashion is flat on the side, where mine are slightly pointed.

After an hour of searching we were able to find one pair that worked. My lenses don't fit exactly, there are two very small open areas by my nose and by the ear. It really is very small, hardly noticeable, so this will work until I have time and money for an eye exam and new lenses. Since I haven't had new frames for awhile, our insurance covered most of the expense, leaving a balance of less than $30. Cool.

Hopefully, nothing else will go wrong this week, and I'll be able to get my new lenses. For now I'm just glad I can see. *sigh*

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Saturday Social

This has been a rough week and I'm glad it's finally over. It's probably plain to see, since the Saturday Social is being posted on Sunday. *blush* I prefer to keep my blog light and funny, but I just can't be that today. I'm not feeling very humorous.
School expenses continue to pile up. I think I've written about this before. What happened to a free public education? Our mandatory school expenses have exceeded $500. Tuesday we have to pay another $40 for choir dress hemming, purchase several dozen cookies, and start collecting money for a fundraiser. The expenses have been such a strain on our budget. What really REALLY irks me is that money is being charged to us and we have to pay it. I feel like we're being held hostage.
What could be sadder than that? We are not a rich group of people. This year 49% of kids in our section of the school district qualified for free or reduced lunch prices. Dude! That's HALF of the student body! Our family applied, but we make too much money. WTF? We missed the "cut off" by $15. School lunches cost $2.50 but everything is served a'la carte. A'la carte! You can't just order a lunch. A $2.50 "standard" lunch. No, the kids have to go thru the line and order individual items. You can't just get a lunch. Even if my daughter orders just a few items and a drink it is never less than $3. So, our $15 per year over the cut-off that denies us reduced lunches, translates into $60 per month in lunch charges. I think the school should have to take our total income, subtract the cost of attending school, then calculate our reduced/free lunch eligibility.
Grr. Thanks for reading my rant. I'm going to crawl into bed and cry now.