If you make a ham and give your dogs a small plate full they will wake you up 5 times in the night to go outside. Wow I miss my dog door! Elizabeth is in to Thomas the Train all the sudden. I am relieved to watch something besides Cars. She likes Lilo & Stitch but given the choice she picks Cars every time. I bought her a Handy Manny DVD and a couple of Thomas DVD’s including the Thomas movie with Alec Baldwin. She’d rather watch the Thomas episodes with the narrator and the fake people. I like Handy Manny it’s cute, but secretly I wonder why she would rather watch tools, trains, and trucks than Strawberry Shortcake?! She’s gonna be Abby Cadaby (sp?) for Halloween. My one saving grace, she loves shoes and dresses! 🙂 We took my mom to the neuro surgeon last week and we went to the mall in Cheyenne (I didn’t know they had a mall!?!?!). We were in Dillards and Elizabeth sees the Croclings and FLIPS. She HAS to have the Cinderella Croclings?! So I am like OK, they’re pink, they have a princess on them, RIGHT ON! Then we get to the check out and guess what they have?! Jibbitz with Mater and Lightning McQueen. <sigh> So she now has Cinderella Croclings with Mater on one and Lightning McQueen on the other. <double sigh> Oh and did I mention she doesn’t sleep in the car? She talks, the whole way (I know she gets that from me). Guess what she talks about on the interstate?! You guessed it, trucks and trains. So she makes up this little diddy where she goes “trucks and trains and trucks and trains”. And it’s SO flipping cute cuz she like sings it! But… it gets old after the 100th mile or so! Joey is just busy trying to keep up with his schedule for hockey and scouts. He’s tired on the weekend. For some reason he can’t sleep in on Sundays. Silly internal clocks. Niether kid does, but I sure wish he would because 6 PM practice on Friday and then 7 AM on Saturday makes for a tired kiddo. He won’t nap, it’s against his 8 year old boy code, so I bought him some new books (Captain Underpants anyone?) and he spent a good part of Saturday afternoon just reading quietly. Then we went and saw HSM3 which he’s been waiting a year to see. I gotta say I thought of the 3 it had the best story line. Not fond of the music so much. The first had such great music and the 2nd had catchy music. This one I just didn’t think the music was so great. Of course Joey disagrees… Definitely for kids, but I can stomach them because Joey loves them and they’re good wholesome fun for him. I was disgusted with the woman behind us though. She had about a 3 year old boy and a 4 or 5 year old girl. She talked through the WHOLE movie! Not the kids, the mom!! I was so livid! The 5 year old was asking questions and rather than whisper the answers to her she was really loud! I’m not one of those people who gets irritated with kids in kid movies but this was a bit different, the little boy was totally dis-interested and spent the whole time messing around bumping in to Joe and Joey’s chairs. The woman spent the whole time explaining the movie to the young girl. At one point she goes “Stanford is one of the best schools in the country”. <sigh> Like her 4 year old cares?! Explain it to her at home! Then at one point they are dancing and the girl’s skirts flip up and she goes “oh my goodness!” really loud! I’m like “lady, it’s a musical and they dance, they have on bloomers for crying out loud!” Then there was the kiss (one kiss in 2 and 3 btw) and she goes “oh, did you see that on the previews?” to her 4 year old?! WTH?! It’s not like they were getting down and dirty, it was a kiss! Crimeny! Can you tell I was annoyed?! She literally didn’t shut up the WHOLE 2 hours!! Anyway, Joey is being tested for the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program and we’ll find out in a couple of weeks if he’s accepted. He scored in the 91st percentile on the standardized test they did a few weeks ago. It’s funny because Joey doesn’t test well, he has trouble sitting through tests and focusing on getting the test done in time. During these tests I was worried, they were right after the fire and I was sure he would not do well on them. So I asked them to let him do them later and they said they were just a “practice run” to see what they need to work on for the real Spring tests. Turns out I was worried for nothing and he did well obviously. I assume he’ll be admitted to GATE which I’ve been waiting for since kindergarten so that’s exciting! He gets so bored in a regular classroom all day long, I have literally just been waiting for 3rd grade and the GATE program! I think I have PTSD. Probably not a surprise. I want to see a counselor but I don’t know of any good ones in town and I don’t want to spend the money right now. The fire wiped us out, replacing a minimal amount of clothes, toys, books, shoes, coats, etc… adds up. Not to mention having to stock a kitchen from scratch when you are used to a FULL freezer and pantry you’ve been filling for years! So I am holding off even though I know I need to see someone at some point. Hopefully soon as I think I probably need some therapy. For now I am just trying to deal and my regular physician is helping me as is my family. I still have nightmares about my dogs and animals dying. They don’t always die in a fire though, it’s always something different. The other night I dreamt Sugar (my oldest dog) was locked in a room with rabid coyotes?! WTH?! The Clonopin keeps the nightmares at bay, and other than exhaustion when I don’t take the Clonopin and have the nightmares, I am holding up OK. The stupid insurance company is launching some investigation in to the fire of course. They want ALL kinds of personal information I’m not giving them access to. Like employment records, bank statements, etc… I didn’t have to supply those things to BUY my house, I’m not giving them up now with all the identity theft. Plus Joe just got a new job, how would it look if some insurance investigator was calling them to check on his character?! Apparently this is common practice in total loss fires. I am just disgusted by it. It’s like saying “this family lost EVERYTHING so in order to stall having to pay out we’ll just put them through even more Hell”. I thought it might have something to do with our complaint to the insurance commissioner and I’m still not 100% sure it didn’t/doesn’t. But I called them and she said they do this a majority of times in a fire and it really sucks. It’s an electrical fire, ruled as such by the fire department so they have NO basis to put us through an “investigation” but of course whatever it takes to not have to pay out. I told the one rep the other day it’s just insane. People don’t set their homes on fire to go backward! We lost a lot of un-insured animals (not insurable), cages, feed, etc… plus we’re under insured on our home by quite a bit, so we don’t have enough in the policy max to re-build our home and are probably short a bit on a down payment on a new home. Who in their right mind sets their home on fire to end up on the street?! Not to mention the money we sunk in to the house to replace the plumbing, re-do the bathrooms, flooring, etc… it’s just insane, we are SO not going to even come close to recouping those costs. Needless to say I was not happy with the investigation and I said as much to the investigator. You’d think while they’re shelling out a huge amount of rent a month on furniture, this house, etc… they would want to get us paid out and out of their hair?! Well I think that’s about it. I didn’t blog much last week because I took my mom to Cheyenne for her appointment and that was an exhausting day with Elizabeth in tow, and I am trying to fight off a sinus infection so I really just didn’t feel up to it after wrangling Elizabeth all day. 😉 I promise to try to do better! Thank you all for your comments and concerns, they made me feel better, somehow assured me I am not going crazy!
Randomness October 27, 2008