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I did post MM but the computer froze and the post didn’t make it. Then, I was called away and I never had a chance to post another.
I have had a very frustrating couple of days. I had a job yesterday. When I arrived the other teachers let me know “she” would be returning after an 8:30 AM doctor’s appointment. The job placement had been for a full day. The teacher’s first class was her planning period. Her second class was a study hall. About half an hour into the study hall I heard a voice in the hall saying, “Did you send my sub home yet?” The teacher walked in and told me I could leave, that I really wouldn’t have wanted to stay anyway since the class would be so disruptive due to the holiday week and a basket ball game in the afternoon. I’m certain she deliberately had the job posted as a full day because she was afraid no one would take the job for a half day, much less 1.5 hours. So, she told the service she needed a substitute for the full day, knowing she only wanted one for a couple of hours at the most. I was very irritated.
Today I arrived on the job to be told they forgot to call and tell me not to come. So, for two days in a row people decided it was okay to let me schedule out and entire day with expectation of being paid, only to send me home. I have called and complained. No one seemed to care. They are only interested in keeping the teachers happy.
Last night we went through a drive thru to get some dinner for my mother and daughter. On the way out I managed a small collision with another car. We were on private property so no one was ticketed but our insurance companies will have to hash out which one of us was at fault. No one was hurt but as we sat in the car on line with the insurance company the heater stopped working and then the car died. I had noticed a warning light on the car which was intermittent over the last week. Since it had not stayed on I did not take it seriously. Apparently the battery was low and sitting with the heater on while the police wrote up the wreck and then sitting and talking to the insurance company was too much for it. It died. So, then we had to call for roadside assistance. Fortunately, the insurance company handled that for us. It was very cold and we had to go into the restaurant to wait for the tow truck. I called my DS and he came for my mother to take her home. The tow truck jumped the car off and we waited for ten minutes to make sure it wasn’t going to die. My daughter and I drove to Autozone, met my DS there, and they checked the battery and said it was okay. By then we were frozen and exhausted. There was still a warning light on the dash as we drove home.
This morning I went to the job from which I was sent away. Then, I took the car to see what was going on with the warning light. It had turned off and they said the car was okay. I made arrangements for the rental car to use while the body work is being done on my car. The insurance company is covering a rental but since we need a larger car to accommodate my tall parents, their walkers and my father’s wheelchair. My parents are going to make up the difference between the car the insurance company allowed and the one we need.
I picked up some things my parents will need when my father comes home. I located the body shop at which I need to deliver my car tomorrow.
I am exhausted from last night, the accident, the cold, rain, dark and sitting for hours. I am exhausted from getting up and getting ready two mornings in a row and being sent home.
The rehab place is concerned again my father is not ready to go home and may never be ready to go home. He and my mother are insistent so we are proceeding according to plan. The rehab is almost insisting my parents both move to an assisted living home. I am being put in the middle of all of it, what the rehab people are recommending versus what my parents will consider. Ultimately, although I am not making the decisions I will be the person implementing whatever is decided. It will be my blood, sweat and tears that manages to keep them at home or that will have to move them out of their apartment to another place.
My father will have some home health when they first arrive home for awhile. Tomorrow we will have another meeting in which they tell us what they want us to do and in which my parents balk at every suggestion. My mother will become emotional and my father will be stubborn.
So, you see why I couldn’t manage to rewrite my post when I lost it. It was too much, too complicated, and has become more so as the days have progressed.
MM, those were both plates being painted by my daughter, not me. We went there this afternoon for a couple of hours. We needed a break from the rest of our lives.
DR LEW, I have no self control in terms of weddings and plans. I want to know everything and then I want to see the finished product too.
This is the dress I got: http://www.casablancabridal.com/collections/view/28/376#.UpV3M2RT1Kk
Dr. Lew I am frustrated! The link didn’t take me to a particular design so I clicked on the fashion house and saw two pages of lovely gowns but the reference numbers didn’t match anything in your link. Grrr!
Lady Hawke I’m not surprised you are totally drained, what a nightmare run of events. I am so sorry that your parents’ situation continues to be so painfully difficult.
GRAYMAYNE and DR LEW, I did see the dress and I love it. It is one of the types I would try on now if I were your age and about to be a bride, completely different from the one I wore.
I know on bridal shows they are always taking measurements to order gowns. I presume they must take measurements for length as well. From my perspective you are a bit height challenged and it occurred to me if the two of us were the same dress size and ordered the same dress you would end up with a dress with now bottom/hem detail and no train. So, they must take your height into consideration when they build the dress.
I have no memory of measurements because I purchased a show sample off the rack. No one measured me before they built it. I was just the same height as the model for whom the dress was constructed.
GRAYMAYNE, go to www.casablancabridal.com Search style 2004 on the search engine on the top right of the screen. You will see a close up front of the dress as well as a full length thumbnail and a rear view thumbnail. I am frustrated because I can’t click the thumbnails to make the larger.
Graymayne, try this: http://bios.weddingbee.com/pics/165070/cbfront.jpg
LH, They do not take a height measurement – all the dresses come long and then you have to have them taken up. This one does have a scalloped lace bottom, but it’s lace applique, so easy to take up without losing the detail at the bottom. They’ll leave the train as it is. But the work that goes in to hemming and alterations is why alterations (including adding a bustle) can cost up to $500. Ball gowns and dresses with a lot of fabric cost more for hemming, so I should be considerably under than.
Dr. Lew – that is a gorgeous dress!! I would love that for my daughter. I love the back. Would you go with no veil? I love the model’s hair do.
Thank you for sharing your wedding plans with us. We live bicarously through all our Leaky friends. :)
I could not get in yesterday even using history.
Dr. LEW I love your dress.
Lady Hawke As usual you seem to have more on your plate than you have time for. Speaking of plates, your daughter’s plates were great. Did she free hand the design? My mother had a shop. She was really good at ceramics. I did some myself but my daughters did a lot when they were younger. My Mom would enter their pieces in different shows. They always won ribbons. It makes for nice memories for the girls.
Asti Congrats to your daughter.
It really is cold now. Just going downstairs to open the door I need to put on a jacket. If it gets colder I may have to run a heater to keep it warmer downstairs. I am going to wait until I get my electric bill to see how much higher it is.
I need to go wash my hair. I don’t want to do it tomorrow because I won’t have time. I think I am going to my son-in-law’s family’s Thanksgiving. It will be the first one without his Dad. I did give my daughter the money to buy a ham and to make a dessert. She is going to cook it so that will be our contribution to the meal. I have bought a small ham and turkey legs to make a meal for myself. The turkey legs for turkey and dumplings. I am also going to have cornbread stuffing/dressing. So I have things for left overs Thanksgiving dinners. The DS wanted me to cook a complete meal even if we were going to someone else’s house to eat. He wanted the left overs. I guess I am still doing this for myself.
A friend here at the hotel is bringing me and a few others complete Thanksgiving dinners tomorrow. He has done
this every year for the last ten years or so. I already had everything but turkey meat on hand already just in case.
For some reason ham sounded better this year than of turkey.
Oh my goodness LadyHawke. What a horrific sequence of events. :(
Today…. I’m going to a Thanksgiving dinner with my son, daughter, DIL and my daughter’s BF. They wanted to cook for me so I didn’t have to cook tomorrow. Little do they know that I have my SIL coming to dinner tomorrow. The DS says he will do all the cooking. :/
What is everyone doing? I have Ham and Turkey. I love leftovers.
LadyHawke – at our school district there are times a sub teacher is ordered when not needed or two are sent by mistake. It is my job to see if there is another spot the sub teacher can fill for the day or find something for them to do. Once a mistake was made it is our job to make sure that person has a job for the day. A lot of times I use them as office clerks doing office tasks. We would not just send them home. If a teacher claimed that she was going to be absent all day by mistake she gets deducted a full sick day. Teachers usually don’t make that mistake with us. They don’t want a full sick day deducted.
What they are doing with you would be unacceptable in our district. We value our substitute teachers. I’m appalled.
I’ll be around tomorrow, but I doubt many of you will be, lol, so I will wish you all now, a very happy Thanksgiving. I hope your day is filled with family, friends, good food and happiness, and, for those of you on your own, may your memories be happy. My love to you all. xx
LEW, that is a beautiful dress. I love the lace detail, and the little train is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see you in it! How many bridesmaids are you having? Are they all your friends, or friends children, or relatives of your fiance? Details woman! Come back!!!
Lady Hawke, I am sending hugs. xx
I am sitting in my housecoat resting in between drying my hair completely. You see why I wanted to wash it today. The shampoo got all the stain off of my fingernails. That is good since I wear light colored fingernail polish.
I think I will do my cooking on Friday. I don’t want to get tired befor I leave tomorrow for the relatives. I don’t know who is going to pick me up since I will be out of the way for both my daughters. I will have to see where I can park if I have to drive since it is in town on the main street. I have a large suburban so it takes a lot of room for me to park. My grandson will probably come pick me up. He is good at doing that. I have 4 grandsons who drive but the youngest of the four is the one that will pick me up.
Ironsos Glad that someone is bringing you dinner tomorrow.
MM, in no way, shape, or form did I want a veil to touch my head. No way, no how, couldn’t fathom the through. So what did I do? I tried on a veil and my mom and I both just about started crying. So I got a veil. It’s short- hits me in the lower back and has a bit of delicate lacing around the edge. The boutique was having a sale, so I got a $300 veil for $50. Not too bad.
asti, sorry – I under estimated the amount of information you wanted! I have 5 attendants – 3 friends and two sisters-in-law (my brother’s wife and my fiance’s sister). My fiance is having 4 friends and my brother as his groomsmen (he has 2 brothers, a half brother, and a step brother, but it was all of them or none, so he’s going with just friends – the brothers understand). I’m kinda regretting having 5 attendants – it’s feeling like too many. I should have gone with just my matron of honor and then 2 sisters in law. I’m having a lot of guilt over people I didn’t ask to be bridesmaids.
A Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate it. I am pleased to hear all the festive preparations.
Dr. Lew Success! I love the dress, it is very elegant and you will look gorgeous. I heartily approve of the veil, it is the finishing touch, a little bit of mystery, and discreetly hides any nerves or sudden emotional moment walking down the aisle with your father.
It is wise to be familiar with your bridal shoes/sandals so that you can be confident about your movement, so give yourself enough time to practise.
We had six ready-made neices, three from both sides, aged between eight and fourteen. The three mothers involved made their daughters’ dresses all to the same design, my side had very pale green and my fiancé’s neices wore pale butter yellow. My only contribution was the colour scheme so I suppose my mother oversaw the whole thing. After forty-three years I don’t remember.
Time I was off to bed.
COOLG, my daughter’s plates are freehand drawing on her part. She is very meticulous and careful in the painting process. She will take several weeks to several months to complete a piece.
We are at the rehab. I have cleared my father’s room of all but his “overnight” things. He is going to wear the same clothes home he has on now. I’ve left his electric shaver, his cell phone and charger, his house shoes, toothbrus, toothpaste and hairbrush, etc. He has a sweater and a jacket. I hope my DS can come with his larger van to discharge my father and pick him, his medication and wheelchair up. I wanted as little for my DS to deal with as possible. I can’t handle the big wheelchair. I want to stay home and deal with the turkey.
I am tired. I pray this works out. I don’t know how any of us will manage if this doesn’t work out, at least long enough for us to settle down and catch our breath.
I tried, I really tried but the siren song from the pumpkin pie in the fridge was more than I could handle.
Happy Thanksgiving, & Happy first day of Chanukka to those who celebrate the day!
BTW, this is one of those rare times when the two holidays occur on the same date. Enjoy it, because it will not happen again for 70,000 years!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We have already had trauma. Daddy awoke apprehensive about his ability to go home and panicked himself, fell into despair, and called my mother. She called me at 7:20 AM crying, so off I went to pick her up and go to see what was happening with my father. We seemed to have reduced the boul of emotions and are proceeding to load the car. It is well after Noon and my turkey is still in the wrappings. I have the things we me titurn it into a cooked bird. We will be eating very late.
to my American friends – Happy Thanksgiving!!
to my Jewish friends – Happy Hanukkah!!
to the rest of my friends – don’t you wish you had a Holiday to celebrate today? LOL hope you are having a good Thursday.
nice dress Dr LEW
sorry for all the drama LH sending you strength & energy
Good evening, and Happy Thanksgiving! Graymayne, I hope you’re having a delightful Thursday!
Lady Hawke, I hope the day is getting better, and your Dad feels more confidant now he is in familiar surroundings. I’m sure the turkey will be wonderful, and well worth waiting for.
LEW, you wonderful woman, thank you!! I love hearing the details, lol! It sounds like it’s going to be quite a big wedding, and how interesting about the veil. It sounds like you and your Mum are having a good time.
How is the job going? I know you’re super busy, but I hope it is rewarding too?
Asti My day has been quite reasonable; the Xmas cards I ordered on line arrived today, and Amazon have dispatched a toaster and a kettle ordered yesterday. This evening I have watched the start of a new cold-war spy thriller Legacy on BBC2 which seems rather good so I am pleased about that.
Lady Hawke Thinking of you and hoping for the best.
I am back. Got the dogs fed, my pj’s on and ready to relax for the rest of the evening. I had a very pleasant day with my son-in-law’s family. I really did not want to go because I thought I would not know a lot of the people there. Now why did I think that? We have been having get togethers for 17 years. The only person I did not know was a friend of the sisters. I knew all the kids they were just grown up like my grandkids. So I did have a very good time. I drove to Jennifer’s. Then rode with her to the get together. I actually drove out of my way to go to Jennifer’s but it was easier for me. I did not know exactly where on Main Street we were going so would have drove past the house.
The teenagers left in time to go shopping at the stores that opened at 7 tonight. Everyone else were waiting until tomorrow morning. Beth is going at 4AM as she does every year. Me I am staying at home.
Happy Thanksgiving, Leaky people! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving/Thursday. I had a good dinner (noon meal) with family – we went out and it was wonderful. I’m missing the DF, but will be very thankful to be back home on Saturday and that he’s coming back with me at Christmas (less than 4 weeks away! eeeek!).
asti, let’s stick to wedding questions and updates. Work isn’t a wagon of manure I want to dump on yall…
I have my after Thanksgiving dinner on. I put on the ham and now I am cooking turkey legs to make my turkey and dumplings. Later I will cook all the side dishes including my stuffing. I am not making my stuffing- I am using stovetop but made with chicken broth instead of the water. It really taste like home made then. I have chicken gravy to put over it.
I had bought stuff at different times without a list so I was lucky I had everything I needed to season the ham and dumplings. The dogs are already under foot. They know they are going to get some left overs too. They have become acustomed to eating only dog food so this will be a treat for them. They use to get left over treats fairly often but now not so much.
Dr. Lew It must have been your wedding dress that gave me a funny dream. I was making a dress for the presidents daughter and giving her a fitting. Weird. When I was making the wedding dresses for my two daughters, I made a fancy dress for all four of my granddaughters. I had the forsite to tell them to preserve these dresses . I thought they might want to put them on a doll to display later. A good thing because I would no longer be able to make their wedding dresses now. I don’t know if they still have them. I do know two of them have been preserved and I think my daughter preserved one with her wedding dress. Three of the dresses were small wedding dresses that were worn in the wedding and the fourth I made so the other granddaughter would not feal left out.