Friday, November 26, 2010

fun on a budget

I had a very nice Thanksgiving with the offspring. To continue with the fun, I got them all up bright and early this morning to go to a free screening.

There seemed to be some confusion, though.

For some weird reason they seemed to think I was taking them to a free screening of the new Harry Potter movie. Hmm, maybe because I said, "Kids, tomorrow I'm taking you to a free screeing of the new Harry Potter movie!"? Nah, that couldn't be it.

I did, however, take them to a free screening for kidney disease!

More fun than a barrel of monkeys!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

just finished watching..

"Kick Ass".

Gawd, I was on the edge of my seat because it was so damn violent.

It was one of those movies that I wanted to stop watching, but kept getting sucked into it deeper and deeper.

Brrrrrr................

thank you for being a friend!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

it's official

The holiday season is definitely upon us. I watched A Season For Miracles tonight and once again, bawled at the ending, as if I had no idea they were going to wind up together...even though I've seen the movie about ten times.

Some of the critics said the movie was one improbability after another, and that may be the case, but I fell in love with the police chief in Pappano's book and was willing to overlook a lot of stuff that happened in the movie.

However, I often wished they had a stronger actor with more "cop presence," than David Conrad play Nathan Blair. I'm not wild about him in that role, but hey, I can live with it:).

My other "must see" Christmas movies/shows are "Shrek the Halls," "If You Believe," "Polar Express," "Prancer," and "Four Christmases".  My two all time favorite lines from holiday movies are: "My Mama always says, 'Christmas ain't Christmas till somebody cries'!" and "Remember, you can't spell 'families' without 'lies'!"

Trust me, I've seen a TON of 'em!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

in my dreams i'm dying all the time

Work was FABULOUS today!!!

Nu(lazy)Chick stayed home because it was "rainy" and she was "tired". *Insert mucho eye rolling here* Can you say "spoiled, lazy ass, kids?"

She called and said she'd come in "later" since the boss wasn't going to be in until lunch time, but co-worker called and convinced her to stay home. GO, HER!! LOL!  She was all, "You don't want to come out in this rain....and for a few hours? Stay home."  Then she got off the phone and was cheering! Funny thing is the boss was in by 10:30 so it was GREAT:).

Can't wait for those bad snow days because I hardly think she'll brave the wind and snow if she's off put by some damn rain.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

caution!!!! deer crossing ahead.....whether you like it or not

For the life of me I don't know WHY I didn't take a picture of this, but Mr G's car met a deer on the way to work Friday morning.

While Mr. G came away spooked shitless at the slightest movement from the side of the road now, the deer came away with a good chunk of our front right bumper, the front right headlight and the front right sidelight. the damage was close to $700, mostly to the fiberglass bumper. The insurance dude said that while the car was old--'93--it was in very good condition and since it doesn't even have 50k miles on it, it's still worth about $2500.

Unfortunately Bambi died.

I'm trying to figure out why though, because he hit the car on the right and continued across the road to the left side. We ASSumed he hit the car with his back hooves and that's why there wasn't that much damage. But if that were true, I don't think that would have killed him. Then I thought maybe he hit the bumper with his head and was propelled across the front of the car. But you'd think a head injury would throw him backwards, not forwards, right? So now I don't know what happened and Mr. G said it happened so fast he doesn't know what happened either, but thank God for Allstate.

Where's an accident re-creationist when ya need one?!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

will you give this year?

Every year for the past twenty or so, I've given to the Salvation Army. I've tried to give at least $50 between now and Christmas and for me, that's no easy feat, because hell, my bills add up, too. But I try, and in the past, I felt good about being able to give to someone else.

But there are some incidences that have taken the shine off of donating and I don't know if I'll give this year. The first thing that opened my eyes was a few years ago, when a then co-worker told me she was going to buy a wide screen tv out of her money and get money for the kid's gifts from the Salvation Army. She was earning money on the side and instead of buying her gifts with that, she was saving it to buy something they could ill afford in the first place. Let's face it, if your income is so low that you're getting $ from the Salvation Army, can you REALLY afford a wide screen tv?

The thing that has me seriously second guessing my giving is another (now former ) co worker who I talked to the other night. She's not working at all. And that's not to say that she CAN'T work. She just isn't working. She's claiming she's too fat to work and no one will hire her. Well, um, she was fat when she worked her last job, and she was still hired and I see a lot of fat people in the work force, so let's stop making excuses. I held my tongue from stating the obvious, "Well, fricking lose weight then!" She told me they are "getting by" on her husband's income for now and "when th kids are out of school"--the youngest is only 11--she'll "THINK" about getting her CNA license. Then she'll "start working at 40 and retire at 60". That sounds fabulous, right?

Except for one small thing: I've been working since I'm in my twenties and I'm nowhere CLOSE to having enough money to retire and I own my own home. She's still renting because they don't have enough $ for a down payment.  When I mentioned getting a seasonal job at least, she immediately talked about getting help from agencies like the Salvation Army and LIHEAP.

So once again, I'm seriously questioning my donations. I'm working my ass off trying to save and have something to show for it, and I'm expected to give my money to some lazy ass who just doesn't want to work?! I want these agencies to vet these people closer and make sure that they really DESERVE this money or have them do charity work in exchange for it. Have them work for the Salvation Army during the holiday season as bell ringers, or whatever,  and then let them have their money.

Our country is filled with people getting a free ride. And the people who TRULY want a job and who TRULY need the help are the ones who are more than willing to work in exchange for it. So I really hope these agencies change their policies and in exchange for cash assistance, they can give these people a sense of pride and accomplishment by expecting them to do something other than living and breathing in exchange for this assistance.

For some, like myself, there is shame in taking money for doing nothing. The time that my husband and I had to be on food stamps several years ago, we HATED it. And we got off of them as quickly as possible and there were many years we still qualified for them, but there was no way in Hell we were signing up. Had we been offered the opportunity to volunteer anywhere in exchange for those food stamps, that would have made all the difference in the world.

There's a part of me that wants to open the phone book put my finger on a name and send that person my $50. I won't know if they're too lazy to work or if they're truly needy, I won't know anything except I gave.

Friday, November 05, 2010

its funny how we feel so much but cannot say a word

Yesterday one of the ladies that I used to care for passed away. I took care of her for over seven years. One of the best caregiving jobs I've ever had.

In the caregiving business, there are people you meet that you will always remember and people you just want to forget. 

Ruth was definitely one I'll always remember. She always treated me so well, and with kindness and respect.

She used to love watching The Price is Right, working jigsaw puzzles and snuggling with her cat Poppy.

She was a joy to take care of and I'm glad she's in a much better space. 

And now Overtime Hawg won't be getting any more overtime...;)