July 19, 2010

another long overdue update

Wow, it's a been a while. I get so wrapped up in day to day that I totally forget I have a blog that needs attention. Oops.

So. Updates. Sister in law Mitch is doing ok, after a brief scare with the pregnancy. She was on bedrest for a while with placenta previa, meaning the placenta was way too low and blocking the cervix. She was off work for a few months, but is back to work now. They also found out that the baby is a girl!!! They have a name picked, and my nickname for her shall be Bree. Can't wait for her to get here!!

Bubba finished school with flying colors, and starts first grade in like a month. We're thinking about signing him up for flag football, cause it's relatively inexpensive, and not contact. He needs SOMETHING organized to do and I think it may give him better discipline. We shall see. He's been sporting a mohawk since just after school got out. He's not happy when I tell him he has to have it off for school.

We enjoyed back to back vacations. Small ones. First to family friends just outside of Charlotte, NC, but still in South Carolina. Lots of pictures on Facebook from that one. Lots of good food, drinks and fun in the sun and pool. Got to see my best friend, K, of the infertility struggle and then twins from Ohio, along with her sister and mom. It's all pretty much her extended family but we all grew up together on the same block or so back in Pennsylvania. BobbyK, the host, was always like an extra son for my parents. Miss everyone already. We also got bad news a few days after that trip regarding K's mom. She hasn't been feeling well, bad cough, short of breath. It's been determined that it's inoperable cancer, in lungs and chest. While the doctors intend to treat it, they don't believe they can fix it completely, just simply buy her some time. We are all devastated. So any extra prayers her way would be greatly appreciated. We're even more grateful now that we had that week with everyone.

My brother and A made that trip as well, and it was the first we've seen them in a while. A is still having his ups and down health wise. Another situation that the doctors can't fix, just buy time. It's taking a toll on my brother, especially since he doesn't have custody and his evil ex is just that, evil.

Second trip was over fourth of July weekend, we drove up to PA for camping for W's mom's birthday. I got to fly home on the 5th, while the boys stayed up for two weeks...they just got home last night. The quiet just about drove me insane.

And the biggest news of all is that we did get settled, partly, with Workers Comp. While it hasn't drastically improved finances, I don't have to worry about having money for the mortgage. Also, believe it or not, we got a hearing date for disability, which is later this week. I'm a wreck about this one, because the outcome of this pretty much determines our future....if he gets it, we have money coming in from W which will greatly improve the finances. If denied, I think we can appeal, but not sure yet. W is meeting with the lawyer today sometime.

I haven't been doing much at the station. I have a standing gig on Thursday nights at an awesome bar where BOB FM does bingo, and instead of being stuck at the station to broadcast the breaks, I actually get to be at the remote and help out and goof off. We have a great time, and most of the time I don't even drink.

Ok, I must get back to work. We survived the office move, but it was insane. I do like my new space, just don't like that I gave up an office with a door. More space, LOTS more room, but I'm right next to the front door and I have to help on the phones more than I used to before. But I'm still getting a paycheck so I really shouldn't complain. I hit the 10 year mark at this place this week. And it will be the first year in ten that I won't be asking for a raise.

Catch y'all later and hope all is well. Missy, I'm so glad you are on Facebook now!!! Keep in touch with it, k!?

April 05, 2010

new stuff/updates/etc

Hello hello. Been a busy little bee, and away from Blogger for quite a while, again.

We had another round of sickness run through the house, complete with pneumonia for Bubba, which entailed breathing treatments and antibiotics, but no hospital. We had taken him to the ER the week before for a really high fever and they told us it was a norovirus thing. That bill was ridiculous but I used savings to pay it off so it's taken care of. I had a wicked cough and respiratory infection type thing, was too stubborn to go to the doc and the cough stuck around for about three full weeks. I got really tired of coughing up green chunks. I did have my doc call me in a cough med with codeine so I would at least get some rest cause I wasn't sleeping worth a damn after two weeks of the cough. It didn't make me loopy or anything, but it kept the cough minimal overnight and I started to sleep better.

So the biggest update has to do with W and workers comp. Next Tuesday we will finally be settling with them relating to the wages aspect. Medicals get left open because of the drugs he has to take and other issues. Won't be open forever, there's just other technical stuff that has to happen before it closes. So we will be paying off a bunch of bills, sticking a large portion away for mortgage payments for the foreseeable future, and spending a bit here and there on stuff. We've discussed it and are gonna be making a list, prioritizing said list, and then WAITING! then slowly work our way down the list getting those things. Some are like trips to the dentist for me and Bubba which will be high on the list. Others include a new battery for the laptop, clothes shopping for me and Bubba. And other such stuff. This won't drastically change our lifestyle because the majority of the money has to get put away so we can pay the mortgage every month. But it will free up some money each month from the three or four things we're paying off that comes out of my income. SO. We're still waiting for disability, which could be a year before we even get the hearing. THAT isn't going to help much, either, because disability income is fixed depending on what a person has worked, etc. and it is OFFSET by a portion of his worker's comp settlement. So, it won't be much to live on, either. Again, it's very easy to say that this back injury has ruined our lives.

Bubba is still doing well in school. We ripped his room apart to get it good and clean because he seemed to be aggravated by something every night when sleeping and he'd just start coughing really bad. Last night was actually his first night back in there and he slept great. Now the fun part is keeping it clean.

It's high pollen season here in the South. Pine pollen is everywhere, leaving it's yellow ugliness where ever you look. On cars, houses, grass, even a layer on the ocean. We need heavy heavy rains to get it washed down, but none forecast till the end of the week. It lasts another month or so, too. Needless to say my allergies are driving me batshit, but it's better than the three weeks of coughing I had before.

Some of my favorite news to relate is that my sister in law, Mitch, is pregnant!!!! We are so excited. She and B told us over Christmas that they've been trying for a little while. Not sure when her due date is, but we are all so very excited for them. This will bring Bubba's cousin count to four, even tho one is in Japan and we never see her.

We spent a very interesting Easter weekend. Very very nontraditional, even by our standards. Food was grilled chicken, turkey filet mignon and potato salad. Then we went to the circus. We had a fantastic time. When we got home, more non traditional food, fried bologna sammiches.

The biggest stress going on right now is work related. There's been even MORE layoffs, too many rumors to count and it's finally official that we are moving. So not looking forward to the logistics of moving my files and cabinets and everything. It's a nicer building, but I won't have an actual office anymore and very little privacy which sucks. I believe the move date is the end of this month. I don't know if I'll have to give up a weekend to come in and do stuff, cause I am adamant about being involved with my files and cabinets so they don't get all messed up.

Well, I think that's it. Hope all is well with all of you and I'll see ya around.

February 09, 2010

check in

Hey y'all...just to check in, I'm alive, just super busy and addicted to Super Mario Brothers for the Wii and my Facebook stuff.

Still plugging along day to day. Got no internet at work for the time being, so I feel so completely disconnected. It's a long story and i do not have time for it now. There is so much going on work wise that I would need hours to type it all. And I just don't have those extra hours....

Hope you all are doing well...to my northern friends, stay warm and keep safe in all the snow.