Yeppers, I am still here. My most recent miscarriage, has made me crampy and tired, but I’m physically fine. Medically, my two follow-up blood tests have shown my HCG falling like it should and I have another blood test this week. As usual, I can’t easily write informational posts when I’m sad. It’s like my give-a-shit turns off. But I can vent. My Current Mood In this specific case, I seem to have enough energy to keep up with pet sitting, my online business emails, and to stay in touch with friends and family. Then I just want to eat donuts and nap. And I have been eating ALOT of donuts and taking MANY naps. Yeah, I know the donuts are working against me, but if you mention that below, I will most likely tell you to fuck off. That’s the sort of mood I’ve been in. I don’t have the classic 5 stages of grief. I generally just vacillate between angry and sad/depression for a while and then bounce right to moving on. I am sincerely happy that pet sitting is awesome even when I’m not. I get to pet, play, and talk to all the dogs and cats like usual, and … Read more
There is a vote today in the City of Houston to rescind the HERO Ordinance. Fear mongering has boiled the issue down to men being able to use women’s restrooms and hurt you or yours. This is simply me saying, no, it’s not about that. Rape, murder, and assault are still against the law. This ordinance is not about empowering criminals. That is all.
I’ve hired my friend and huge blog supporter, SherryH, as an occasional staff writer here at BFS. ? SherryH lives near the coast of North Carolina. Her family consists of her husband, their two adult sons, and the requisite writer’s cats. In 2013, Sherry survived a brain tumor that destroyed her eyesight. She’s determined not to let that slow her down. She recently started blogging at http://www.blindnotinvisible.wordpress.com/. I’m tired, you guys. I could use some support or a few words of encouragement. MrH and I have always had our financial ups and downs. We’ve been in deep financial water before. Crisis #1 In the mid-90s, we got into credit card debt. A lot of credit card debt. By 1996, we owed nearly $16K spread over several cards along with two car loans and a mobile home loan. At the time, MrH was making just under $20K a year, and I was an at-home mom of a toddler and a preschooler. Somehow, we pulled it out. Conquering Crisis #1 We went to a credit counseling service and got a repayment plan. The budget we set for ourselves was absolutely draconian. There was nothing for clothing or entertainment. No room for retirement savings … Read more
Mr. BFS and I were craving Chinese last night, but our favorite place is closed on Sundays. So we called our 2nd favorite and ordered our norm – General Tso’s Chicken and Chicken and Broccoli for pickup. And now, I doubt I will go back. Picking Up the Order This part wasn’t so bad. I walked in, waited for the person in front of me to finish paying, and asked for my order. I handed them my credit card to pay and saw him bring out one of those old, mechanical, credit card copy machines. He explained that the normal machine was down. I didn’t mind, but took back my credit card, and handed him the last of my cash. That covered our meal and a nice tip even though I was picking up my own order. The Main Issues When I drove back home and handed over the food, Mr. BFS had his General Tso’s Chicken, but I had Beef and Broccoli. I really do not enjoy their beef – it’s spongy. 🙁 So I called at 5:50pm and explained that I received Beef and Broccoli instead of chicken like I ordered. I then asked if they could just make … Read more
I am using today’s post to vent. If that’s not your thing, please feel free to click on yesterday’s post instead. Wednesday was an awful day for Mr. BFS. It started with a dentist appointment (periodontal maintenance 3 months after the uber-work was done). That was followed with 2.5 hours of purely wasted time. The Situation Mr. BFS was recently elected to be a representative for his division of the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO). It’s a volunteer position, takes more time, and the only benefit seems to be networking. But Mr. BFS is excited about it and ready to work. 🙂 His first order of business was to pick up some supplies from the previous rep…easy, right? The previous rep asked Mr. BFS to pick up the stuff from his office, so they made an appointment to meet after the dental appointment. Mr. BFS drove the half hour and arrived as agreed upon, but the other guy wasn’t there. His staff asked my husband to wait a little while for the guy to pop up…and continued that request every 15-20 minutes for more than an hour. My hubby finally said he couldn’t wait any longer, the staff convinced … Read more
Net neutrality died yesterday – http://news.yahoo.com/u-appeals-court-kills-net-neutrality-152413671.html. Let me boil it down in my own words: Your internet provider can now pick and choose what sites will get what sort of connection for you. Yep, my AT&T internet provider can now make sure that I have a crap connection to Comcast.com or Netflix if they decide to mess with their broadband settings to their competitors’ sites. And the US Court of Appeals decided that since I could simply change internet providers if I didn’t like what mine was doing, then giving them all that power is okay. It’s not. It’s not right on any level. What about the people that don’t have any real choices?! In many small towns throughout the USA, there aren’t 15 different companies that you can use. There’s one and now they can mess with everyone’s access to knowledge in that town. And even if you have multiple options, who wants to switch providers just to be met with the same problem but to different sites? Keep an Eye On Your Access Please, for the sake of keeping what rights we still have, keep an eye on your access when online. You need to keep in mind that … Read more
Today’s post is venting. Feel free to come back tomorrow for Happy Crystal again. 🙂 Stop Being a Baby! I am freaking sick of some people right now! Specifically, people that go out of their way to be offended. Now I understand that some things are offensive – like calling a redhead a tampon if you are not Tim Minchin (seriously, click that for a really awesome song about prejudice). But I could barely hold back a laugh while I wrote that, so obviously even that is not too offensive to me. But I do concede that some things are just offensive, the way they are said are offensive, and that the people saying them are flat-out douches. I will not argue that being offended is impossible. But stop TRYING to be offended! It’s stupid. Here is what set me off… Manatee Gray Apparently, a gray dress at Target was being offered in “Dark Heather Gray” at some sizes, but “Manatee Gray” in the plus sizes. Okay, so I laughed right off the bat, but a bunch of people were not amused. But it wasn’t an intended offense. Manatee Gray was a standard color in lots of other stuff too, not just plus … Read more