Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Robert moved home for a year and a half to go to law school, but decided he needed his own place, got a bigger loan and moved out. We are good with that. Robert is producing. He has a goal, goes to school, works in summer. Mark and I have worked so hard to be "fair" that we've enabled our younger son to become lazy. Wish we realized this a few years ago!
Our younger son David went to college, dropped out. Had a great job, got fired. He has been attending tech school for 18 months, has worked only a couple of months out of the year. The computer classes he is taking should be completed in around 18 months, but he isn't finished because he rarely goes five days in a week, and when he does, he arrives late and leaves early. David stays up all night and sleeps all day. He ignores Mark and me and hides out in his bedroom. We are tired of this and have dropped the work bomb in his lap. He's very angry, and for good reason! We pay for his car insurance, health insurance, dental bills, prescriptions, cell phone, and we feed him. He does his own laundry with my detergent in my washer and dryer. Why wouldn't he want to stay forever?!! We are crimping his style!
Here's the arrangement Mark and I presented him with:
April 11th - have a full time job by this date, two weeks is plenty of time to find something/anything.
May 1st - all bills are his to pay. Save what's left for deposits when he moves into an apartment.
July 31st - move out day.
We told David about this on Saturday morning. He was mad because I woke him up at 9:30. (It's not unusual for him to sleep until 3PM.) This week is Spring Break from school. He hasn't gone job hunting and it's Tuesday afternoon. David blames me for the new rules and is acting childish, won't talk to me, put "a NICE mother" on my grocery list. I'm not saying anything else.
I want to cut off the internet and the cable TV. Mark is resistant. He's the one that's allowed David to get to this point. I may just go ahead and do it anyway. I can take my laptop to a neighbor's house, McDonalds, or the library if I need to go online. I don't care if the TV is on or off. We should have done this a long time ago. What are your thoughts?
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
This was the most error-riddled event I have ever hosted!!
- The hotel they were reserved months ago closed for renovations, so they were moved to Rosen Plaza. I called Plaza on my drive down Friday and they "had no reservations for this school group." (see #2) WHAT?!! A heart attack and some fancy footwork later, they announced that Rosen Plaza didn't have room, so without telling the company I work for that organized this trip, Rosen Plaza moved our group to Rosen Center. It's just a few blocks away, but 65 parents had all the info for Plaza.
- I need to be at the hotel at least an hour advance to make sure all the rooms, details, etc. are handled and make adjustments, if any. I didn't get this as the director didn't call me until they were already on the road a while.
- Rosen Center said the busses could unload at the front. They moved them to the far end of the building, a long hike from elevators. (see #2)
- Rosen Center put the boys in odd numbered rooms, girls in even. This means that they were across the hall from each other. You put high school boys at one end of the hall, the girls at the other! (see #2)
- My request for a 6 am wakeup call never came to fruition. They lost ten minutes of morning time.
- Our pre-arranged 6:30 breakfast buffet wasn't ready until 6:45.
- Leaving the hotel at 7 was delayed by fifteen minutes. (see #6)
- Competition location was 1/2 hour away. We were going to be late! The bus driver wanted "no toll roads" and so we had to take the long route. When we got to the turn, I said to the driver, "Turn right immediately after Home Depot." She didn't turn. "You missed the turn, take the next road." She missed that turn too. We had to go down the road, turn around, make a u-turn on the highway (2 big busses!), and try again. We were late, but their performances were amazing! The director was a retired Army band director, wow.
- I looked forward to seeing Aretha Franklin for the first time. Her performance was immediately after Universal Studios closed, which was when I had to take the senior class to see Blue Man. Nobody was there to stamp my hand for re-entry, so I was out of luck. Instead, I went into Blue Man with my group, enjoyed the show for the hundredth time. It was great as usual, but still...Aretha! *sigh* Toward the end of Blue Man, a call came in that sat my director straight up, and he rushed out of the theater. One of the freshmen boys was caught shoplifting in City Walk! Director finished watching the show and then we handled the delimma at hand afterwards.
- Students spend the day at Universal's Islands of Adventure, sans the boy that got in trouble, as he is banned from the park for a year. A chaperone had to stay at the hotel with him all day. I met them after a great day and rode over to see Arabian Nights dinner show with them. We were sent in for a group photo, then sent into a holding area and told to wait there. Ten minutes later, nobody came to seat us. I asked at just before showtime and our forgotten group were seated quickly as the lights went down.
- My alarm clock was set for 5:30 am., but on the last morning of my group, it failed to buzz! (Clock has since been replaced!) My planned 7 am arrival (coincides with their wakeup call) was delayed by a half hour. It's a good thing I'm naturally an early riser.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Marty Wise Watson, Made in the USA
One Light Bulb at a Time
A physics teacher in high school once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American... Good idea... one light bulb at a time...
Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowes the other day and looked at the hose attachments. They were all made in China. The next day I was in Ace Hardware and I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA. Start looking.....
In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job. So, after reading this post, I think this lady is on the right track. Let's get behind her!
My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked Made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more.
My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico ... now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything...
This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same except for the price.
The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA in a company in Cleveland, Ohio.
So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here.
On to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets... yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada. The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!
My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!
If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!
(We should have awakened a decade ago!)
Let's get with the program... help Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the USA!!