Sunday, August 31, 2008
Got lucky at the convention and won $500, so some serious shopping is on the agenda folks.
Now I have to get a laptop, which will be much better.
Thoughts and prayers to those in hurricane affected areas. My hotel currently has 120 FEMA staff staying here and there has been talk of Galveston/Houston residents coming inland to stay at hotels here in San Antonio. My brother Andy is under mandatory evacuation orders as of this morning where he lives in Biloxi.
Hoping my outbound flight home will not be affected, and that this whole hurricane thing goes someplace else or hits where there aren't alot of people. Or weakens by the time it makes landfall.
Anyways, if you have sent me an email or posted to my blog-I probably won't be seeing much of it until the 2nd, but will be getting back to you. Thanks so much for visiting and I can't wait to get home!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Ok, so tomorrow at this time I will be flying to TX. Since I have always heard about Texas sized hospitality and just how much BIGGER things are in Texas-I wanna hear from you.
I will be in San Antonio, home of the Alamo, the Missions and the Riverwalk. The tourist brochures made it sound beautiful, and I am looking foward to going-just don't like the idea of getting on a plane to get there.
Now I hear Texans know how to party, and they always have something going on-whether it be a rompin', stompin' roadhouse time or fiesta time. Even the flea markets are festive, with the bigger ones having music and lotsa great stuff. And the food vendors...ah, I am gaining 10 pounds just thinking about that wonderful food. From BBQ to puffy tacos to traditional Mexican food, I just can't stand it. And yes, I will save room for a funnel cake.
I will be back very late on the 1st-with this airline delay thingy going on and Hurricane Gustav in the Gulf it could get interesting with delays. But I already told hubby-I will NOT spend the night in the airport. I would much rather take a Greyhound back to Maine than get up in the air and I already told my coworkers it just might be that they won't see me for a few more days if I go that route. I just don't see how hubby can go to Guatemala every single year and not mind the flying. That has been the main reason we haven't gone yet to meet the inlaws-so this trip is a test run to see if I can handle being up at 30,000 feet without having to breathe into a paper bag or something.
So, what'cha think? Are things really bigger in Texas?????
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
A couple days ago there was an article in our newspaper about some kids from wealthy families stealing stuff from cars (car shopping as they call it nowadays) laptops, mp3s, spare change, you name it-they found it. And they had quite a haul, since there was a photo of recovered stuff in the paper. Now these are kids whose parents could BUY them all these things and more, as the paper said, they came from very wealthy families and stole stuff mostly from the "good neighborhoods". I am sure these kids parents, doctors, lawyers, educators, whatever and whoever they are are ashamed and disgraced by their kids actions. I mean, they could buy whatever these kids wanted, and I am sure they wanted for NOTHING. Well, it seems they DID want for something- marijuana, and we all know if you go up to your parents and ask them to give you money so you can buy a joint or even a baggie of pot to share with your friends what the normal response will be. (though I do know some parents who would gladly chip in, if it meant sharing the pot with THEM)
So, all these stolen goods were sold for pot and these poor little rich kids spent their spare time getting stoned. I am not rich, don't live in the rich section of town-but have the same problem. My 15 yr old likes to get stoned, and after 9 weeks in outpatient rehab back in 2006 when he was 12 by the way-has learned NOTHING. I live in the type of neighborhood where a lot of the parents party with their kids. I bought a home which was affordable to us, as I didn't want a mortgage in the "better part" of town that I couldn't pay later on. But I guess living in the better part of town also runs its own risks too.
In between getting a new kitten, planning for my trip, my poor health and working my a$$ off I have the great news that my son (who is SUPPOSED to be living with his father (my ex)-a drunk himself and not any help with any of the therapy and programs I have tried over the years as he refused to participate) has 4 -as in FOUR felonies and a theft of services (taxi cab) and a court date Nov. 10th, which I must attend, but dad is too busy to go to. Hmmm... sure he is. The felonies you ask? Well, it seems that my son, his girlfriend, and her brother (who is 19 and in jail now) broke into apts. in the building where his dad lives. Laptop, gold jewelry, 32 inch flat screen tv, multiple game systems, mp3's, cash all gone. Felony burglary x2, Felony theft x2 and to get up to dads, they took a cab and refused to pay him. (theft of services) Alot of the stuff was pawned, for marijuana, a couple nites in the hotel, alcohol and one heck of a party. The girlfriend's family bought some of the stuff themselves-and the TV was in the girlfriends room. Now, if my son came home with a new TV, gold jewelry he wanted to sell me or whatever, I 'd sure be asking where the heck he got it. These people got off lucky, they used the excuse that my mother was "getting rid of her stuff" and gave it to my son to sell. Uh huh, and with the price of gold the aunt sure got a bargain for a 24kt necklace at 10 bucks, huh?
My son has mental health issues in addition to substance abuse issues. I've tried many services but for now they have stopped as he refused to participate in them. I know, as well as friends know, that I have done as much as possible for that kid and I just can't do it anymore. Yes, he is facing time in the detention center-with previous brushes with the law he has been lucky but that luck has now run out-and he could be there until he is 21. My take on this is that there he will be getting the services he needs, help for his substance abuse and I will know where he is at night. He will have to deal with rules, since he can't live with mine and that is why he left in the first place-but these rules are much, much stricter than he could imagine. I am embarrassed, ashamed and disappointed and wonder where on earth I failed as a parent. I bet those wealthy parents are wondering the same thing this weekend as their kids face charges as well. Like I've said before, everyone's blogs seem so damn perfect, and here I am blogging about my juvenile delinquent son. It is sad for the family, for those that know and love him as he wasn't raised in a horrible home and always had whatever he needed. His little sister is confused and hurt, and seeing the police yet again with her big brother hasn't helped. Our trip to TX will be just the 3 of us, and hopefully we will have a few good days away to relax and have fun. Then, I will have to come back and face reality. And that reality will probably be restitution and court dates, and more counseling and more programs and repeating all the stuff I already did once before.
I am behind on posting, behind on mailing my giveaway item, behind on everything, all because of last weeks events. I debated even whether to post this on my blog. But I am posting it, because I want other parents to know that even though your child hurts you, disappoints you and does something horribly wrong one day-he/she is still your child. You will love them, try to help them, and when that doesn't work realize the time has come to let them hit rock bottom. Only then will they pick up the pieces and want to work on helping themselves.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Pandas, Chinese food and the Olympics---We love Pandas, Chinese food is yummy, and we've been watching the Olympics as well, checking out how many medals the good old USA can win.
Over at this blog, http://threepsinapod.blogspot.com/2008/08/ready-or-not-here-they-come-charming.html until tomorrow, you can enter to win a $10 Panda Express gift card! We're heading to San Antonio at the end of the month, and I had to check out if there were any Panda Express restaurants there, and I was in luck! Head on over and check out Alyson's blog, and be sure to enter to win as well! Good luck! Hubby really wants to watch the soccer games, being from Central America he loves futbol!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The ladies over at http://www.5minutesformom.com/3924/back-to-school-giveaway-event are having a great Back to School Giveaway event with great prizes! Be sure to enter for a different prize every day! Good luck!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I was able to get the following: 10 boxes of Capri Sun/Koolaid Jammers juice pouches. (on sale 5/10 this week) I also had coupons if you buy any 3 full sized products of Capri Sun/Koolaid you can get a free Crystal Light drink mix, up to $4.50, so I ended up with 3 freebies on that deal. Deja also whined for a $1.99 juice drink for the reusable cup, so I let her have it if she wouldn't ask for anything else-and she did great.
Next to the Downy, on sale for $5.50 (2/11) kind of pricey for me, but it was supposed to trigger a Route 66 $5.00 coupon. Nope, no Route 66 coupon, but got a $5 off $25 coupon to use, so that was ok. (clearance stuff was calling my name and I will be back on payday!)
The next was luggage for our trip to San Antonio at the end of the month. I saw where they had some on sale, but also that CLEARANCE luggage was an additional 10% off. Jose found a $40 clearance American Tourister 4 pc set in Burnt Orange (ok, the color was kinda ugly-but I could care less-it actually looked more RED than orange) and I found a $25 clearance pretty blue (no famous brand name) set for me. With $2.50 and $4.00 more in savings, not doing too bad.
After everything was added up and the freebie $88.00 card was taken off, I only paid $13.71. Wow. Now that was a great deal, and I was pretty happy with it. I've been sick with some stupid virus (headache, bathroom, you name it) since Friday, so it was good to get out and about and not have to worry about being sick. But I made sure I knew where the bathrooms were, just in case! In a couple days I am going grocery shopping with the $100 Visa I won from the My coke rewards site and am getting together my coupons and stuff. I was lucky to win a coupon organizer from http://www.3princessesmomma.com/2008/07/contest-winner-announcement/ and it is just awesome! I am so busy this time of the year and have been meaning to get all my coupons together, and am so lucky I won this because this system is perfect for me ! I can find my coupons I need quickly, efficiently, and make the most of the deals to stretch my dollar the furthest. I also put my weekly flyers in the binder, and added pockets for coupons expiring this month, No expiration date coupons, and loose coupons expiring later than this month. I frequently order from coupon services, and plan on adding a pocket for those coupons (since I paid for them I want to use them ALL) and refund forms/cash register receipts and proofs of purchases. If you are pressed for time, and want to start saving money, her system works great. You can do as she suggests or add more according to your own needs, like I did. I also subscribe to the Grocery Game for CVS/Shaws's Supermarkets, so those weekly lists will be printed out and put with the weekly flyers. There are so many things you can do with her system, and customize it basically to suit you. Go check out her site, and her coupon system. She also has links to other frugal websites which help you to find the best deals. Well, I am off to do the laundry, my basket is full so I'd better get started now!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Her giveaway ends on the 4th and be sure to leave her your comment before 4pm. I will still be at work, but her little ones love to draw the winners, so let's make it fun for them. Oh, did I mention she is going to frame it as well? Summer is a really talented artist, and her prints are just perfect for your little ones room. What'cha waiting for? Head on over now to enter and good luck!