We got a new kitten!!!!
Her name is Cinders and she's 8 weeks old, and she's very opinionated. And spoiled. And tiny. Right now, she's living in our bedroom because I'm afraid Crumpet will eat her, or possibly Ollie and Paisley will.
Pictures as soon as I can find the camera.
And, as usual, she's pretty much my cat. All the pets gravitate toward me :D
Right now she's poking her face around the computer screen and trying to crawl onto the keyboard.
Speaking of kitties, if I haven't mentioned it, go to Yahoo.com and check out the ninja kitty on their videos.
So, the people at Chaires Elementary School are getting in trouble, now. Travis took out voting changes of address and turned them in at the voter's office (I don't know the exact name - everything down here seems to be named something different than in Michigan - in Michigan it would have been the Secretary of State's office). And he told them what happened. So...they took our forms and are sendng someone to give the Chaires people a little chat.
Good for them. And better for us. I haven't missed voting in a presidential election since ever.
In other news...we might get a kitten.
FLORIDA IS STILL TRYING TO RUN VOTING SCAMS!!!!!!!!
I say this in caps because it's affecting me personally. But that's ok, because I'm'a be going to file complaints.
You see, kiddies...I've been registered to vote since last year. So, I'm on the books. So is Travis. We went to file change of address forms last week with one of the local elementary schools. This is a change of address, not a new registration.
They sent them back. Today. With a note informing us that we couldn't register in time for the election.
Now, that's where they were stupid. First of all, it's not a registration, it's a change of address. And second and more importantly - THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO SEND THE FORMS BACK. THEY MADE NO ATTEMPT TO SUBMIT THE FORMS AT ALL - REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT WE WOULD OR WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO VOTE IN THIS ELECTION. WHETHER OR NOT WE VOTE IN THIS ELECTION HAS NO BEARING ON WHETHER THEY NEED TO SUBMIT THEM.
Are we registered as democrats? You bet your sweet bippy we are. We'll be filing a nice little complaint tomorrow. Stay tuned.
That's all. I'm too tired to post anything else atm.
Finally got word TODAY that I have the promotion. It's effective Friday. 15% raise :DDD My own office :DDDDD
I'll have to do current and new job for a couple of weeks. This does not heartbreak me. I'm sure they'll be promoting one of the other girls in the office into the job as soon as they can. And almost everything at my desk is caught up for now.
Also, flying to Colorado tomorrow for Craig and Tami's wedding !!!
They're having it at a Renaissance Faire and we're dressing up. Also going to see Pike's Peak and some other attractions in the area (Colorado Springs/Denver area). We're mostly packed, got wedding gift and card, rented a car. Still need a hotel for a night or two (depends on how awake I'll be at 1 am to drive tomorrow).
Waiting to hear back from Craig on their schedule for tomorrow.
- Location:Right here
- Music:nice quiet nothing
The Dog's Diary
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
The Cat's Diary
Day 983 of My Captivity
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am.
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ...
Several different literary agents identified. Many accept email queries.
Must do kicking query letter. Dang.
- Location:la la land
- Mood:stunned n'stuff
- Music:wacky birds chirping at 1 am, wtf?
YES, I AM POSTING IN CAPITAL LETTERS ON PURPOSE.
FOR THE UMTEENTH WEEK IN A ROW, RHI HAS COME HOME FROM ELISA'S TO HERE WITHOUT HAVING DONE HER READING LOG HOMEWORK AND WITHOUT HAVING TURNED IN HER READING LOG HOMEWORK FROM THE LAST TIME WE HAD HER FINISH IT, WHICH WAS THE LAST TIME WE HAD RHI.
By umpteenth, I mean that this has been ongoing from the beginning of the school year and I haven't counted the weeks, but it's been overwhelming. At one point, we found numerous reading logs in her backpack that hadn't been turned in. Every time she comes here from Elisa's, she hasn't done a reading log but has done the reading. Every time.
I am not exaggerating in any way. Truly, I'm not.
Now, mind you, I don't put all the blame on Rhi. She's 9, and what she can get away with, she will. All kids are like that (ok, not all, but most). But, OVER HERE, SHE COMPLETES HER READING LOG. OVER HERE, SHE TURNS IN HER READING LOG.
I think you, gentle reader, understand where I'm going with this.
Somebody needs to quit some of her extra curricular groups and concentrate on parenting. Or perhaps read some good books on parenting. Or take some classes. Or counseling might be a way to go.
So, again this weekend, WE have to punish Rhi for something ELISA has let Rhi get away with. THAT is why I'm pissed. It would be nice to be the good guy for once.
We're going back over to Travis' parents this weekend, and I fully intend to let them know in complete detail what goes on between the time Rhi leaves our house to go to Elisa's, and gets back, with regard to homework. That way, next time Elisa feels the need to go visiting, they'll have more to talk about *rolls eyes*
Updates du jour:
1. Old sofa out - new sofa in. Well, new sofa's been in, but the old one got hauled to the dump today. I also started the laundry room reorganization which takes 3 out of 4 shelves off the wall to give the room a more expanded look, and puts most of the stuff that was sitting on the shelves somewhere else - buh-bye clutter. Next up is painting the laundry room.
2. One of the girls in my office is leaving so I'll be applying for her job. It's a lot more tech-y than mine (which is a lot more accounting-y). I'm good with accounting and tech-y but I like tech-y better. Also it's a good 10% more pay and a nice sized office. More money and I won't have to leave my friends - W00t! I'll miss Jodi, though :(
3. On the lookout for a good gyn down here. Interested in checking something out :D
4. Wanna see my new Dooney? http://www.dooney.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=27957
It's the yellow one with pink hearts and green dots. Tres spring!
5. Still need to buy airline tickets to Colorado for July. And look up exciting vacation info around Colorado Springs (hoping there *is* some). I don't expect we'll be spending all our time on Craig's wedding stuff.
6. About to re-vamp Travis' wardrobe. His 20 year class reunion is coming up in June :D It's a couple days long affair with a dinner and some other things. Must really get rid of his Walmart clothes (ugh!). Nothing says poor like Faded Glory jeans.
7. Looking into golf and swimming lessons for Max this summer. Not sure if I'll do either, but I'm looking. Also looking into chess clubs down here, to see if any are nearby. If not, I might get in touch with his chess coach in Michigan and start one :D
8. There is no #8
9. I'm craving ice cream. Just thought I'd mention....
10. Reading Terry Prachett's "Going Postal" atm. Very amusing :)
11. Finally looked up my old radio station from Detroit, so I can listen online, because THERE IS NO GOOD MUSIC IN TALLAHASSEE - IT IS ALL ALL ALL THE SUCK. If you'd like to listen along: http://www.89xradio.com/
Nice pic of Panic on the main page.
And that's all - going shopping now.
- Location:music heaven
- Music:89x radio playing All American Rejects
Watching Real Genius...one of Travis' favorite movies...and mine :) It's cool - we really do have the exact same taste in movies...and books...and electronic stuff...and fun. Right now, we're reading Jumper and one of the Harry Dresden books (well, he's actually reading them to me. He reads a chapter or two every night, and then when we have lunch). Sometimes he reads when we go to visit his parents or on vacation - it's sweet and romantic and I hope he does it always (**love**). Btw, Jumper the book is phenomenally better than Jumper the movie. Both book and movie are good, but I highly recommend the book (side note: a long time ago, Travis didn't go see movies very often, so I'm having a lot of fun introducing him to movies I really like, since I've seen practically everything).
Speaking of vacations and parents and such, we're not going to Travis' parents' house for Easter because Craig's bringing his fiancee here to meet his family, and they're staying a couple nights with us. Craig is Travis' best friend (well, one of them), and we're all excited that he's finally tying the knot. Craig's been one of my better friends lately, too, so I'm pretty happy for him. They're going to stay in Max's room. We're going out for the wedding this summer, which is Renaissance themed, so I can't wait to discuss wedding details with Tami XD
So, Easter...gave Rhi her Easter basket early, since Elisa's got Rhi a bunch of days leading up to the holiday. We got her clothes, toys and candy. She didn't like the flavor of the chocolate bunny, but she liked everything else. Travis colored eggs with Rhi, nifty glitter ones, but we didn't have enough time to hide them with her like we did last year with her and Max (I think it might have been the first time she'd got to do an egg hunt - a real one, not one where there were eggs sitting all over a lawn somewhere).
Rhi's going to be going to a new elementary school next year, which can only be a good thing, since my experience with Chaires is that it's **way** below the school standards in Michigan. I've been underwhelmed by the way they handle the exact same programs as Max's school, and how it's really cheating smart kids out of a very good education. I'd suspected as much when I moved down here, and wasn't surprised when I saw that's how it was. Sooo glad Max is in Michigan where he's getting the right education, with the right extra curriculars (do they even *have* extra curriculars in Chaires?), and good, wholesome classmates and teachers (nobody picks on anyone there...not like here...ugh). Yes, there's something to be said for choosing the right school system. I think the new school will do much better, since it's new *and* placed in a better neighborhood. Teachers will be more enthusiastic, parents will expect more...it's win-win.
And it's good timing for Rhi, too. I think we've gotten a handle on her disciplinary problems (except the physical confrontations with other kids, and I know she's working on that). In case you're wondering, she's no longer picking on the dog like she was - not locking her in rooms, or teasing her with food and then yelling when she whines, pinching her mouth, etc. She's no longer pottying in her pants or holding it. She does her homework when she's here (at her mom's, she's still not doing reading logs). She gets out of the car when asked, doesn't throw temper tantrums, doesn't try manipulations to get out of things (like saying she doesn't know where a pencil is so she can't do homework), doesn't lie about not having homework, goes to bed and stays in bed, and has been a little angel...all since the last go-round of grounding.
I think we've found out a lot, too. Like positive reinforcement absolutely doesn't work...Rhi doesn't see motivation there, so extra allowance and the like have no real effect whether she gets them or not. And sleep...if Rhi stays up too late, it affects her mood. On days when she has discipline problems, she inevitably has a case of the yawns. And consistancy. When Rhi knows what to expect, she does better - when she knows she'll get in trouble, she doesn't make bad choices and try to explain them away. She's having a lot more forethought than she ever has before, and is starting to have empathy for others.
So, since I've been down here, Rhi's gone from a little girl who was emotionally about 4 years below her actual age, to a well-adjusted and maturing kid who's starting to take responsibility for her own actions and think things through instead of just acting impulsively out of anger. At least, at our house...I have no idea what goes on at Elisa's and I try not to speculate. I just wish Elisa would have been more fair with the custody split. Rhi is at Elisa's 8 days to Travis' 6. I've always thought it should be 7 and 7, and any split to give Rhi more time here during school nights is a good thing. Of course, it used to be some ridiculous 3 days here 4 days there kind of split, which was hard on Rhi and I hated - Elisa had wanted it that way...she was considering Elisa, not Rhi in that decision.
Elisa might be doing better parenting, too (not greatly better, but somewhat). I *think* Rhi is getting her other homework done, just *not* the reading log (if she isn't, she at least isn't bringing tons of it over here, undone like she used to after being at Elisa's for days and doing none of it). Of course, Elisa's been threatening Rhi that she'll "tell Travis" when Rhi misbehaves (which makes me annoyed because instead of disciplining Rhi, herself, she finds it acceptable to try to make Travis out the 'bad guy' when Travis is a fabulous dad whose punishments are fair and working). Of course, Travis is a fabulous everything :D
I think Max is losing interest in chess, which, in some ways, makes me sad, but in others, I'm ok with it. He's a brilliant kid, but Max has always been grounded. He's never been one of those 'booklearning only' nerds, which most of the kids I see who go on in chess look to be. I've always thought it's great to be smart, but just as great to be able to navigate life with common sense. I think he's got both down pretty well, and I don't think he wants to spend three hours a day practicing chess moves. He's still competing, but he's putting more time into gymnastics than chess. His last meet (pre-state meet) earned him medals and some decent scores. I've been looking at some possible camps for him this summer (little short ones down here) and am considering golf or swimming. I'm trying to make sure he's well rounded and gets exposed to a bunch of different things - he's done acting, soccer, football, karate and computer camps in the past. He hated football and karate (he likes to watch both - go figure).
And he's still the most popular kid in school, even though he's in a different middle school than most of the kids from his elementary. That'll make four times in a row he's been that, now (nursery school, 2 elementaries, and now middle school)...while pulling incredible grades, trophies in chess and medals in gymnastics.
Ok, think I'm outta here. Much to do tomorrow, like possibly painting 2 rooms :D