Friday, September 25, 2015


School has started, therefore I am getting up at 6am Monday through Friday.

And I am freaking tired.

What's worse? When I get days off fom work during the week, I can't sleep in because I have to get up and make lunches, breakfasts, and write up the carb count of the day. Why yes, I am awake at 6am doing math. 


Thursday, September 10, 2015

I'm Sorry Will Never Be Enough.

This is my roughest day of the year. When I originally wrote this, many people commented, saying I didn't  need to apologize for something that really wasn't my fault. I know it wasn't "my" fault, but I still wanted to say I'm sorry simply because I know my sister never will. Our world was never the same, and our view of the Universe is forever viewed with an eye of mistrust. 


Original Photo above found here.

This is the 10th year anniversary of 9/11. It's a pretty big deal, both in America and abroad. I remember watching the news that day. I had walked down to my in-laws place and thought they were watching a TV action movie, but they quickly told me no, a plane had crashed into one of the towers at WTC, then as we watched GMA, we actually SAW the second plane fly into the other tower! It was then we started to realize things would never be the same. I felt Junior kick me in the bladder, and wondered what kind of world I was going to bear my son into. It was so sad, seeing the scared, the worried, the hopeless jump out of the windows of the WTC rather than die a fiery death. We weren't alone though, the world denounced the terrorists and everyone who supported them. One of my most touching memories from that week was of the Buckingham Palace Royal Marching Band playing the Star Spangled Banner to support our grieving country.

Almost everyone in the US had a connection to those who perished that day and in the days following. I didn't know anyone personally. Then came the news. I was connected,.... in a serious, sinisterway....

I have never really told this story. Once it was told to me, I was sworn to not impart it to ANYONE. It was going to STAY a family secret, however Eldest had a report to do this year, and she joined journalism class, and OMG.... she was asking questions, so many many questions. So I spilled.

My older sister, in a money grubbing move, married an Egyptian National for $50,000 so he could get a green card and secretly establish himself as a base of operations on Florida's East coast for Al-Qaeda terrorists.

I haven't spoken, thought, or typed those words in 10 years.

My older sister could very well be responsible for aiding in the deaths of THOUSANDS of Americans!! OMG!! How does one reconcile with that?? I'm trying very hard not to bawl my eyes out typing this. Children died that day. Mothers and fathers died that day. Sisters, brothers, heroes.... all died that day, and my own flesh and blood helped those lousy bastards get a toe hold here in America to do this horrible thing. Her "husband" was later targeted by the US government(rather quickly) and my sister was put on notice she better get a lawyer. After that, I never spoke to her again. From what I gather, she wasn't sent to jail, but apparently a hefty fine & probation was levied for fraud in order to obtain a green card.

I explained this to my daughters and son on Tuesday, a catch in my throat, tears in my eyes. Eldest thought she had the story of a lifetime till I told her she wasn't allowed to write about it, but then I thought why keep the secret any longer?

So... I'm not. I am directly related to someone who helped the terrorists commit the most horrible atrocity out country, nay... THE WORLD has ever seen!

And I'm sorry. I know it's not my fault, and I didn't do it myself, but I'm so, so sorry.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Most Decidedly Not Wonderful

Back to school. All the memes say it's the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year", but is it really? Maybe if you have elementary school aged kids it's great.... more free time, the ability to get stuff done around the house or even the chance to get a part time job, but when you have middle & high school kids, the power shifts.

My kids went back today. I spent a huge amount of time getting them their bts diabetes stuff filled out and such. The clothes shopping took up a day or so. The supply shopping took even more time, but that's not all....

After the kids arrived home, we were then assaulted with the "extras". $20 for gym uniforms x 2 kids. $20 for a new scrub uniform for Mo's early child development class. $110 for a choral uniform. The club dues should start coming in next. 

Lunch supplies, gas, time, energy.... it all adds up, and we as parents are supposed to shoulder this every year. Our wallets are hemorrhaging money, and the feeling is most decidedly NOT wonderful.

What is your dollar total per kid this year? I'm already into mine for at least $500 each so far! 

Friday, August 7, 2015

No Good Deed.....

See that?

That is a hinkey piece of work, right there. Let me fill you in....

Yesterday I had to work from 11:30am to 7:30pm. Closing shift.  HHH & I had been shopping the day before, but we shop in 2 parts: Bulk shopping where we get large quantities of meats, breads, etc... and I part it all out into usable  portions and freeze it, and small quantity shopping, where we hit up Wall to Wall Mart, Tar-jay, and Aldi for the smaller stuff and non freezable things like eggs, milk, sugar, etc..... We did the Bulk run, but still had to do the small run. HHH worked till 6pm and the kids were lazy, so I offered to get dinner on my way home.

While trying to decide what to get, I saw a post from HHH on FB that said he wanted alcohol and Krispy Kreme. I commented about where we kept the alcohol, and I planned to bring him Krispy Kreme as a surprise.

I had dinner procured and I drove to the local KK. I was in drive thru and ordered 2 dozen. I got to the window and handed the girl my card. She slid it through the register, and said it didn't go through. She explained her card reader wasn't operating correctly and then hand punched in the number. She said it didn't go through again and tried one last time. Nope. I have instant banking so I got on my phone and pulled up my account.

It said I had $0.00!!


I was fuming. Who drew money out of my account? Apparently Krispy Kreme did.

As illustrated above, they DID charge me for my order. That's the $18.28 charge. The next one for $12.96?? I have NO IDEA why that's there. It got reversed, but then instantly recharged. WTF??

The manager said "It's ok. This has happened several times and by midnight it will reverse. Here's your order for free. We are sorry to have troubled you."

Uh... no, dude. Those doughnuts aren't free. THEY COST ME $31.00!!!!!!

So now I have to go back to the store, show them a print out of my account, and show where I haven't gotten my $12.96 back, because that's all they really owe me since I insist on paying for the 2 dozen doughnuts I drove away with.

No good deed goes unpunished, eh?

UPDATE: Took my print out to the Krispy Kreme store and the manager refunded me my $12.96 in cash. He even remembered I wanted to buy the doughnuts for HHH. I did not see the girl who "helped" me last night, so I'm thinking she may have been running a scam. Either or, next time I'll go with cash.