Friday, June 23, 2017

Day Book Friday June 23, 2017

I'm going to be a busy bee today I think!



Outside my window...
Sunny-ish start to the day.  I think there are supposed to be thunderstorms later this afternoon.


What I am hearing...
The dog chowing on her breakfast.  That's pretty much it.  G1 is at Ramsey's and G2 is in her room reading.

What I am wearing...
Blue V-neck Tshirt, gray shorts.  However, in case you think I have it together this morning, I actually don't.  I slept in yesterday's clothing because I was too tired to change when I collapsed into bed last night!  LOL

What I am reading....
I just finished The Graveyard Apartment.  It was originally written in Japanese and read like a Japanese horror movie - G2 loves watching these on Netflix so that's why I am making the comparison.  I'm not sure if anything got lost in translation, but, I think there were too many gaping holes at the end of the book.  It didn't make much sense to me to be honest.
Now I started a new book called (excuse my language) Unfuck Your Habitat.  I saw it at the library and the cover caught my eye - the word "unfuck" isn't completely spelled out because there is a banana peel in it  LOL!  It's supposed to be a housekeeping book for "the rest of us".  You know, the people who have a hard time keeping up with routines and schedules.  Haha!  If I like it, I will write another post about it.

What I am feeling...
Honestly, I'm emotionally and physically beat beyond belief!  This summer is kicking my great big behind already!  I think part of that could be all the extra care having to be given to Rum - but I am thrilled to still have her here with us.  She's doing pretty darn good so far but I know it's only a matter of time until that changes.  She appears to be pain free (thank you medication) and is still her curious self.  Of course she will only eat Gerber chicken baby food by hand (she eat it off my pinky) but that's okay.  She can be a prima donna for the rest of the time she is with us. 
Anyway I am juggling a LOT of balls right now and trying very hard to not drop any!

From the kitchen...
Nothing at the moment....unless you count G2's toast in the toaster!  Haha!
The kitchen is actually pretty clean this morning.  It won't be staying that way for long though! My parents invited me along for a Costco run.  I know this is a controversial topic as some people think I shouldn't be receiving help from my parents.  They offered this trip and, after the nearly $1500 I have spent since the beginning of this month on our animas (dog yearly check up is included here), I could use the help tremendously.

On the weekend agenda....
Today I have to spend some time cleaning the house!  G2 *may* have friends sleep over tonight so I want to make sure the family room is ready in case!
Tomorrow is our usual farmer's market run but, since we still have quite a bit of milk left, we may either skip it or just grab Papa's yogurt.  I guess we will decide when we wake up tomorrow since the weather is supposed to be iffy.
Sunday, G2 is off to Lake Compounce with friends so the house should be quiet during the day.  Sunday night we are picking G1 up from Ramsey's house.  They have been together consistently since June 10th!  First for over a week here and then to Ramsey's for the past five or so days!  They were really squeezing as much time in as possible since Ramsey starts his full time job on Monday and G1 starts ramping her job search up then too.


Have a great Friday all!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Held Out As Long As I Could.....



It's been about a year since Murphy came and broke our microwave....

It's hard to believe we have survived this long without it, don't you think?

I was determined to stay a "microwave free" household, even though we were offered a free one from Ramsey's family as they replaced kitchen appliances - couldn't have used it anyway as it was a very large built in style one.

Anyway....

It was a good run but I think it's getting to be time to replace it!

As the warmer weather has approached, it's becoming more of a pain to heat up the oven (and the house!) to reheat things that would take a minute zapped in the good ol' micro.  And, looking ahead to the fall I want G2 to be able to have the microwave for after school to make snacks in case I am not here.

BUT....

That doesn't mean we are running out this second to buy one!

I'm going to squeeze the last bit of patience I have left and wait just a little bit longer.

Why?

"College" sales are just around the corner at places like Target and Bed, Bath, & Beyond!  My kitchen counter space is precious so a dorm sized microwave will be perfect and will suit our needs just fine.  Finding a deal will only sweeten the deal in my opinion.

Happy Thursday all!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In - Late Edition


I had hoped to post this earlier this morning but, as usual, the day got away from me!  Such is summer life I guess!  LOL  I'm still trying to find my adjusted schedule but add taking care of Rum's new needs to the Guppies being home and well, who has time for much of anything anymore?  =)

Anyway, I DID remember to weigh myself first thing this morning so let's see how I did....

Last week I weighed in at
177.5

This morning I was
175.9

So a loss of
1.6 lbs
this week.

Truthfully, I'll take it!  My eating has to be reigned back in again - too much hibachi and pizza nights!  I keep thinking about how much LARGER these numbers could be week after week if I could just get a grip food wise!

There is always this week to try!


In the steps department, I feel like I am still coming up shorter than I would like to be.  I want to aim for 75 plus miles per week.  Sadly, I didn't hit that this week....


135932 steps = a little over 63 miles for the week

It's okay though.  I know I will get back to my goal mileage sooner than later.

How did you do this week if you are trying to get healthier/lose weight/exercise?

Hope your Wednesday was amazing!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hard Day

Our little cutie when we first brought her home....

Please feel free to skip today's post as it is all about our ferret.....



Long time readers have probably gathered that I am a bit....ummmm.....passionate? about my animals.  When I was young, 12 or 13 years old, my father made a comment along the lines of "You care more about animals than you do people".  While not accurate these days, I still have a huge weakness when it comes to my little critters.

As I have blogged about recently, Rum (our ferret) has been having some mysterious health issues.  Over the weekend it got a bit worse so off to the vet we went yesterday afternoon....

I spent over 5 hours at two different vet offices....

So, yeah you can imagine the news wasn't good.

Our usual vet (first stop) found a lump in Rum's stomach that hadn't been there a week prior.  They took an x-ray but couldn't determine if it was a foreign body or swollen lymph node.  And, they didn't feel that had decent enough ultrasound equipment to pinpoint what was going on.  So, they referred me to a different vet (just one town over from my home actually) to get the ultrasound done.  They told me to go straight over so I was already nervous.

I'm not going to lie....I lost it on the car ride there.  I was dealing with this alone - Papa was at work and G1 was at Ramsey's, and I didn't want to face decisions that may have had to be made.  I called Papa in the car (hysterical) because my biggest fear at that point was that Rum had somehow swallowed something she shouldn't have and we wouldn't be able to afford the two to three thousand dollar surgery to remove it.  I was also freaked out because the second vet was a 24 hour emergency care facility.  We have a 24 hour emergency place in my town that GOUGES people and it's simply disgusting.  I was worried that the place I was sent would do the same to me.

Thankfully, the second office was quite wonderful and very nonjudgmental.  The vet even hugged me (yes I was that much of a wreck!) and the tech lent me his phone charger when my phone was just about dead while texting Papa and G1 about the situation.

Anyway....

Ultrasound showed no foreign object....rather an enlarged liver and blown up lymph nodes.  Bloodwork revealed high white blood cell counts among other things.  Our one year old ferret most likely has cancer.   I say most likely because we didn't go ahead and get a needle biopsy of any of the sites.  Why didn't I get a definitive answer?  The vet said we should only do the biopsy if we were going to pursue chemo.  I wasn't going to do that to Rum.  That tough decision I was able to make on my own.  It didn't seem fair to do that to her.

So, the vet gave her some injections to make her more comfortable and gave me some oral meds to give her here at home...so we have (hopefully) some time to pamper her (more than she already is!) and say goodbye.  While I was at the vet's, Papa was on the internet checking stuff out for me to help us make informed decisions.  He said that the course of treatment we are on with Rum is the one most people choose rather than chemo.  Typically ferrets with this diagnosis on this course of treatment get up to six more good months, if lucky.

At least Rum is currently not in any pain (thanks to the meds) and we have some time to digest what is happening.

Also, late last night, as I finally crashed into bed, Papa and I had a heart to heart discussion.  We have decided no more animals for awhile.  Besides Rum, we have G2's 10 1/2 year old dwarf rabbit and our crazy 10 year old lab.  Once they pass, I need a break from the heartache.  I take our pets' deaths way too hard, I know that. 

I guess it's just part of who I am.



Monday, June 19, 2017

I'm Back! Positively Monday!



Hi everyone!  Sorry for the unexpected blogging break!

I'm back now and ready to start this week off right!

While a LOT of stuff has happened over the course of the last five or so days, I am choosing to focus on the
P-O-S-I-T-I-V-E!

So, let's see what I can come up with!


1.  G1 graduated!  It was such a fantastic night!  I haven't seen G1 smile like that in a long time.  I think the relief my entire family felt was palpable. LOL   We went to dinner at her favorite hibachi restaurant and then home for her favorite ice cream cake and presents.

2.  Summer is here!  G2 is also feeling a little less stress now since school is out!  And, that makes this mama happy!

3.  I haven't talked about Papa's brother, W, much since he was kicked off the liver list.  But....he is out of the hospital and home! While my mother in law is upset that he's not in the hospital anymore (she basically wants him to be watched over medically 24/7 for the rest of his life), being able to go home has done wonders for W's physical AND mental health!  He is pushing himself much harder with his physical therapy and is also trying to repair his marriage now.  I don't know what the future holds for him or how long he will be able to live BUT I do know he is much happier being home and that is what truly matters at this point.

4.  G2's hives are completely gone - FINALLY!  And I was able to finally wash every single thing she owns - including all sheets and blankets, in a laundry detergent we have previously used (and are sure she isn't allergic).  While the doctors are leaning towards this being some sort of viral outbreak, they still thought it prudent to wash everything again.

5.  FREEBIES!  When we visited W this past Saturday, he had Papa go into their basement family room and look through some clothes/shoes left behind by W's wife's relative.  The relative had lived there for awhile and left a bunch of stuff when he moved out.  I guess the relative told them to just get rid of the stuff left behind because he didn't want them anymore.  So, Papa came away with a nice winter jacket (just needs to be dry cleaned), a pair of Coach dress shoes, and three pairs of sneakers.  The relative had a tiny waist (28) so Papa couldn't use any of the pants since he's a 32.   Am I the only one who thinks it's crazy that someone would leave a pair of expensive Coach shoes behind?  LOL


I'm sure there are a few things missing from this list but, I am still kind of foggy this morning as I try to get back into a more normal wake up time/routine.

I hope everyone is doing great this Monday morning!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Quick Check In and Weigh In Wednesday



The day has finally arrive!  Guppy 1 graduates from high school today!  Part of me feels like it has been one million years and part of me feels like I just sent her off to preschool!  LOL
She's taught me so much over the course of her school years.  And, while she may not be adorned with accolades from the school or weighed down in honor cords, I am very proud of her and I know she has the ability to go on and do great things in her life!
The weather is supposed to be pretty darn nice today (highs in the low 80's and sunny) so there will be an outdoor ceremony this evening.  Papa, G1, Ramsey, G2, and I will head over to hibachi (G1's choice) for a late dinner afterwards.  Then we will come home for G1's favorite ice cream cake and her presents.  We decided to give her things to help with her gap year:  some money, a nice leather journal to record the experience, and two classic books about travelling the US - Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck and On the Road by Jack Kerouac.  (Thank God she isn't planning on leaving until late August/early September!  I don't think my heart could handle graduation AND her leaving quickly!  LOL)
Anyway, after cake and presents, I think I am going to collapse in bed and sleep for a week!  =)




If you recall, I ended up eating breakfast before remembering to get on the scale last week so I skipped my weigh in altogether.
Well, this week I remembered so here goes....

Last time I weighed in at...
178.6

This week I am....
177.5

So a minimal weight loss of 1.1 lbs in two weeks.

Honestly, it probably was a bit more but last night I had a little "episode" with some cookies and it wasn't pretty!  (Haha!)

I haven't been all too careful with what I have been putting in my mouth lately.  Part of it is how busy things have been.  Part of it has been my stress eating kicking back in.  And, part of it is just being too tired/lazy to do the right thing.

This summer is going to be a crazy one for sure but I am hoping I will have more flexibility in my days so I can get myself completely back on track.

For those curious, I have been *sort of* keeping up with my walking.  I'm a bit disappointed because I just haven't been pulling big numbers but here is how I did for the last TWO weeks:

252,719 steps = 119 miles (approximately)
or
an average of 59.5 miles/week

While I find that number disappointing, I am also trying to remember where I was at the beginning of the year with mileage.  I have more than double the amount of miles I walk (even on a "bad" week) since January and that IS something to be happy/proud about, even if these past two weeks weren't what I hoped for).


Anyway, I'm off with a zillion and one things to get done today!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

And, if you are trying to lose weight as well, how did you do?





Sunday, June 11, 2017

Second Week of June Groceries



With the recent vet bills AND Guppy 2's bout with hives, a lot of money has flown out the window to medical bills!  As I mentioned in a prior post, I am cutting down this month's grocery budget from the inflated $650 (wanted to do a stock up for summer).  The problem I am having right now is that I feel like I am in "survival mode" all the way around and haven't had a chance to give the grocery budget a whole lot of thought - other than trying to be mindful/careful. 
Finals are over this week - Tuesday for Guppy 1, Wednesday for Guppy 2.  And, G1 graduates high school on Wednesday.  So....my *hope* is that things will start to calm down a teensy bit then.

Last week I spent $176.51 for groceries.
Let's check how I did this past week....


Stop & Shop:  $26.94
1/2 lb Boars Head deli teriyaki chicken
1 bag of lavash bread
1 Red Bull Energy drink (not for me...it was a Ramsey add on!)
1 English cucumber
1 container of Campari tomatoes
1 yellow pepper
2 lemons
1 sleeve (5 heads) garlic
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 bunch fresh basil


Stop & Shop:  $27.16
1 loaf of store brand white bread
1 bag of hamburger rolls
1 (8oz) shredded mozzarella
1 can of whipped cream
1 quart of milk (hated doing this but we went through the two quarts of farmer's market milk we had!)
1 lb of deli American cheese
1 bag of store brand curly fries
3 boxes of cake mix (great sale! One for Father's Day and the other two to stash away for summer cupcakes)
4 cans of various flavored frosting (one for Father's Day, two for cupcakes, one for mock cinnamon rolls)


Farmers Market:  $37
1/2 loaf of Pain Au Lavain bread
1/2 loaf of Olive bread
1 pint of West African Peanut soup
2 quarts of whole milk
1 pint of heavy cream
1 pint of cherry yogurt
1 pint of blueberry yogurt
1 bunch of asparagus


Total spent this week:  $91.10
Total spent thus far for June:  $267.61

Phew!  I have some major work ahead of me here!  Thankfully I do have a decently stocked kitchen at the moment.

Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

High School Personal Finance Class




First an update on G2's hives...
They are still going strong, unfortunately!  As a matter of fact, the nurse sent her home from school due to their severity and her discomfort around 8:30 this morning.  I called the pediatrician who decided to pull out the big guns....a short course of Prednisone.  So yeah good times here.  Haha!

Anyway...

As G2 was home itching her way through the day, she was working on her Personal Finance class final.  Since it is a take home project and she had it spread out, I took a peek and was shocked!

When the school first implemented a mandatory PF class a year or two ago, I initially thought it was a great idea.  At least G2 (G1 was exempt from taking this class since she is a senior) would learn some of the basics (balancing a checkbook) and some of the more intricate stuff (stock market anyone?).  But, I admit that I hadn't really asked any questions about the class before today.  Now I wish I had looked more into it.

The final project (aka final for this class) is actually a decent idea.  The students have to basically play "life".  In the beginning of the class, they took some test to see which careers suit them best.  Then they had to choose one career to research.  (While I'm not thrilled with the idea of these "tests" to determine career, I could still go with this part.)
Now, that career was being put to the test in "real life".

Sounds like a pretty awesome project don't you think?

Until I saw the numbers that G2 was given to use....

Here are the highlights....

She had to research the salaries of her profession in Connecticut and then had to use 25% as her starting salary.  That seemed a little low to me but okay I guess.

She was required to save 10% of her net pay - she had to do calculations to get to her net pay.

She had to find an apartment/house to fit her budget.....or if she couldn't find one she could afford, she had to "find" roommates in her class.  Luckily her boyfriend is in the class so they could work together.

She was required to purchase a car.  The car had to be between the years 2010 to current and she HAD to borrow at least 11K to do it, get either a 60 or 48 month loan, and were given percentage rates to use.  Apparently they didn't talk about searching for the best loan rates?  And,  yet students HAD to do it.  (((insert eye roll)))
Oh and car insurance?  They had to use 2200 if you were female/2600 if you were a male for a simple sedan.  MY car insurance for TWO cars (one being sporty) isn't that much per year!
Also, they had to plug in $160 month for gas.

And, of course, she HAD to have student loans for college!  She had to research a college that fit her career choice, figure out room and board, books, and use a loan calculator to get her loan payment.  (At least the teacher was "generous" enough to let them deduct 20% for scholarships - she writes sarcastically)  Unreal! 

Other monthly budget lines that the students got to chose from....

Landline telephone:  $60  SIXTY DOLLARS?!?!  What?  Who pays that much for a landline?!?!
Cell phone:  $180  Again?!?!  What the hell?  For one phone?
Cable & Internet:  $120  (too low for our area to be honest)
Health insurance:  $80 (way too low!)

Lets not forget the credit card debt they were required to use of:  $100.

They had to come up with a grocery budget and meal plan as well.  BUT, they were not allowed to comparison shop at all!  They were required to use ONE store that is known to have high prices!  And they had to buy everything including health, bath, beauty, and paper goods from this one store!

I know there is more craziness but I can't remember it all.  And, I don't want to bother G2 right now because I hear her on the phone with her boyfriend working on it.

Like I said, in theory, a great project!  I just want to know how came up with these numbers and how they were pulled out of the air!

I don't know much about personal finances - as you all have seen as I bumble my way through month to month....LOL  But, doesn't it make sense that the students should have been given more/better direction?

Anyone have any opinions on this final project?  I'm curious....

Also excuse any typos, run-on sentences, etc.  I'm hurriedly typing this as my dog is barking her head off for a walk!  =)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday



So I messed up this morning and forgot it was Wednesday!

I ate my breakfast before I remembered.

Since I always weigh myself in the morning BEFORE eating, I refuse to get on the scale now!  LOL

Things are so stressful here at the moment.

It's just best I stay off and try to remember to get on the scale next week at the right time.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday and, if you are trying to lose weight, had a successful week!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vet Bills, Hives, & Freebies...Oh My!



Wow, for some reason this weekend really messed up my sense of days!  I completely missed my Positively Monday post yesterday - and truth be told I was unable to keep up with the daily good thoughts last week due to how crazy life has been with the end of school looming.
So, be patient with me as my posts most likely won't be as regular as usual until school is officially out!
Let's do a little catch up!



It has been a wicked spendy few days with the animals!  Both the dog and the ferret needed their annual exams - a necessity I can't skip due to the fact they both needed their rabies boosters!
Daphne the dog went in on Friday and I came out of the appointment $271 poorer. She needed her kennel cough, rabies, distemper, lepto, and one more booster whose name I can't remember taken care of this visit.  The tiny silver lining is that the rabies and *I think* distemper are good for three more years.  Blood was also drawn and I got the results yesterday.  The vet we were stuck with this time (can't stand him as he is afraid of dogs) was trying to talk me in to brining Daph back to get an ultrasound because two of her liver enzymes were elevated - like they have been every year of her life!  Other vets we have seen at the same practice have said that, since she isn't displaying any symptoms of liver issues/failure, this is just one of "those quirky things".  So, yeah, no ultrasound needed buddy.  Sadly, she did test positive for Lyme's but thankfully isn't displaying any sort of symptoms there either. (She had a very bad reaction to the Lyme's vaccine as a puppy so we pulled it from her yearly exam.)  The vet said once they test positive it stays that way so there is no way of telling if this was a super recent issue.  Either way I will keep an eye on her behavior and call back for a round of meds if necessary.
Rummy the ferret went to the vet (a different office specializing in exotics) yesterday for her rabies and distemper boosters.  Her weight is continuing to go down even though she is alert, active, and happy otherwise.  The vet thinks it could be residual stress from when she hurt her back legs and had her cage reconfigured while recuperating.  So, she is now on two separate meds to be given twice per day - one is for possible ulcers (to which ferrets are susceptible) and the other is an antibiotic for a possible bacterial overgrowth (may be the weight loss culprit).  I told Guppy 1 that of course she would get the ferret with anxiety/stress issues!  LOL   So, the plan with Rummy is to give her the meds, supplement her diet with chicken baby food - hand fed twice per day, and weigh her at home every other week to see if there is any progress.  I walked out of that appointment $154 dollars poorer.  Plus, now I am on the lookout for a relatively cheap food scale since Rum has to be weighed in grams.  While some may think this is overkill, she is a tiny peanut already and doesn't have room to lose much if any weight.

As a result of these bills....


I am lowering my grocery budget back down!  I'm not sure of the new amount I want to aim for yet but I wasn't expecting the vet bills to be as high as they were - Daph's vet got a LOT more expensive than years past.  I know I want to cut it as much as possible though.  I need to set some time aside to really look at what's in the kitchen/pantry and brainstorm.
I'll do a separate post on this once I figure out a new dollar amount.



And, because life has been so boring - haha!, Guppy 2 came down with hives yesterday!  At first we thought it was due to the lemon chicken she had the night before (Papa and G1 get reactions when they have too much citric acid) but this morning she woke up with more in a different area of her body.  To make things more interesting, she did just start a new medication last night too!  But, since the hives began before the new meds did, I am starting with ruling out the environmental stuff first.  I had done a HUGE amount of her dirty laundry...in a new detergent.  So, today I spend a good part of the day rewashing all her bedding/clothing in another detergent to see if it helps.  Thank goodness I still had Benadryl in the closet - it has at least helped with the itching!


My parents went to Costco yesterday and bought some items for my family as well....Why hello there Perfect Timing!  Here's what they gifted us with:

6 lbs of ground beef - 1 lb used for burgers last night.  The remaining five were portioned out into 1 lb amounts for the freezer
4 lbs of bacon
4 lbs of butter
1 large container of honey roasted nuts (Papa and G1 favorite)
1 box of Nature Valley granola bars (G2 and my favorite)
1 flat of diet coke
1 flat of Gatorade
1 flat of Poland Spring water

Helpful stuff for sure!  And should help me bring down my grocery bill this month!





I want to do another post about Papa and my Saturday adventure!  I will at least say that we had a great time celebrating our 22nd anniversary!  It was a day we both very much needed in one of our absolute favorite places in the world!  Well worth the 8 plus hour round trip!  And I felt very comfortable in my dress the whole time so, yes, I am finally happy I bought it!  =)



Have a great Tuesday all!



Saturday, June 3, 2017

June Groceries - First Week of June

**** Setting this to automatically post for Saturday!  While you are reading this, I will be on my Vermont day adventure with Papa!****




So happy it's a new month!  That "pantry challenge" I had originally wanted to do didn't quite work as well as I wanted.  But, I'm dusting myself off and moving on from the shitstorm that was May....

The Guppies are out of school on the 14th - not that I am counting the days or anything haha!  So, I consider our "official" start of summer then.  So, I am going to raise my grocery budget for June to $650.  My hope is to do some stocking (and hiding) up since our house is usually one of the main hubs for Guppy 2 and her friends.

That being said, here's how the first few days of June went...

CVS:  $31.87*
*earned $5 extra care bucks I could use towards a few makeup needs

3 packages (16 double rolls each) Charmin toilet paper

We were down to the last roll in each bathroom so this was almost crisis level!  ;)


Stop & Shop:  $144.64

1 package Entenmann's Chocolate Chip Little Bites
1 package Entenmann's Coffee Cake Little Bites
1/3 lb olives from olive bar
1 (36 oz) tub of Tollhouse cookie dough
10 Dannon Light & Fit individual yogurts (assorted flavors)
1 canister of Cabot whipped cream
1 bag of pizza dough
1 box of Philly Cheesesteak eggrolls
1 box Bagel Bites
1 box potato skins
1 box mozzarella sticks
1 box Good Humor chocolate eclairs ice cream
2 boxes Kraft mac-n-cheese
1 large bottle of Heinz ketchup
1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
1 bottle store brand honey BBQ sauce (free to try when purchasing the Baby Ray's)
5 individual bottles of diet Raspberry Snapple
2 (12 packs) diet Dr Pepper (1 hidden away)
1 (12 pack) regular Dr Pepper (will hide what is left after Ramsey leaves on Sunday night to save for the next time he is here)
1 (12 pack) diet cherry Pepsi
1 family sized bag of Tostitos chips
1 family sized bag of Doritos
1 regular sized bag of Sweet Chili Doritos
1 bag of Wise potato chips
1 bottle (46.5 oz) All laundry detergent
1 package of Dixie paper plates (for the kids to use on Saturday so I don't have a mess to come home to!)
1 package Perdue chicken nuggets
1 lb of Smithfield bacon
2 packages of Perdue skinless boneless chicken cutlets
1 family pack of chicken drumsticks
1 bag of popcorn chicken
1 package of cheese tortellini
2 lbs of cherries
5 lbs of red potatoes
2 lbs of apples
1 package (8 oz) button mushrooms
1 package (5 ears) corn on the cob
1 large package of green beans
2 pints of blueberries


Farmer's Market: $0*
*no market for us this week as there wasn't going to be time before we headed out to Vermont


Total Spent This Week:  $176.51
Left In June Budget:  $473.49

Have a great Saturday!




Friday, June 2, 2017

In Defense of Quality



Yesterday I wrote about going to the mall to look for a dress to wear for our anniversary dinner in Vermont and Guppy 1's graduation.
It turned into a two mall over six hour fiasco!
I completely struck out in the morning at Mall #1.  Nothing I thought looked cute on the hanger translated to anything but awful on me!  LOL  I texted a couple of pics to G1 (who always tells me the truth) and she said one of the pictures I sent looked like I turned an oriental rug into a shapeless potato sack....Yeah, good times!  =) 
After dinner I went to Mall #2 with some hope.  THIS mall had to have something right?  There were approximately double the stores so double the possibilities.....right?
It wasn't going well at all....
After about an hour (and 25 dresses) later, I wandered into Lord & Taylor and saw this Michael Kors dress.  I almost fell over when I looked at the price tag, but, since I really liked it, I figured I would try it on, hate it like all the others, and move along.  Well, the dress actually looked decent - which is a LOT for me to say since I was feeling pretty lumpy and low.  I had tried it on with a cute little black (on sale) cardigan and was pretty happy....
But, I still couldn't commit to the expense.
So...
For the next ninety minutes I scoured every store possible (besides Nordstroms) to find another dress that could even come close.  I think I must have seriously tried on another 15 to 20 more dresses without any luck.  The final straw was when I went into the last possible store (Ann Taylor) and saw that even the clearance dresses were more expensive than the one I liked!
I dragged myself back to Lord & Taylor and face timed G1 from the dressing room.  She gave it a thumbs up.  Papa told me if I felt good in it, that was all he needed to hear.

I bought the dress and cardigan for $137.00
I swear I was sweating as I handed over the money to the store clerk.
And fought back tears almost the entire way home.
I just don't make clothing purchases like this anymore.
I haven't since the late 80's to early '90's.

However....
After a decent night's sleep, I began to think about it.
I know some people would call it rationalizing my actions but....
This dress does fit in between my casual clothes and my two dressy dresses.  It's material is fairly forgiving to my body.  And, I am almost 100% positive that this dress will see me through some moderate weight loss because of its shape and size.  Plus, the addition of the cardigan will help extend its usefulness into the early fall.

The final added bonus is that it's a quality dress with a designer label.  When it finally doesn't serve me well anymore,  I should be able to easily consign this and recoup some of the money I initially spent.


So, yes.  I made a major splurge yesterday.
But, today I am at peace (especially since I don't think I will be buying anymore summer clothes for myself)  and excited for my adventure tomorrow with Papa!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

No Longer a Mall Rat....



If you were a teenager anytime in the 80's, I'm guessing you know what a "mall rat" is.  (If anyone doesn't know, it's a person who spends all their time at the mall shopping and hanging out.)
I was the epitome of this moniker in the mid to late 80's....
But, let me tell you, I am a LOOOOOONG way from that teenager I once was and not just for financial reasons either!

While I love going to the mall with the Guppies, I hate going for myself.  I hate trying on clothes now due to my weight!

But, today I am braving the mall because I don't have anything appropriate to wear for our anniversary dinner this weekend nor G1's graduation.  I am hoping to find one sundress and cardigan to fit both since my clothes are really two extremes - completely fancy (I have two dresses for this) or complete roll out of bed homeless cat lady (I have many clothes for this)!  LOL

So, if sometime this morning, you are sitting somewhere quiet and hear the faint sound of a woman screaming/cursing, well, that will be me!  =)

Have a great Thursday!



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday - The Dilema


The frustration is real...

Last week, I weighed in at
177.7

This morning the scale said
178.6!

Ugh! Another gain!

However, here is the real kicker....

I have a confession to make....

The week that I did really well and lost weight?  I wasn't taking my MS medication - Tecfidera.  I had missed a couple of doses by accident and had put off starting again because of the uncomfortable side effects (like flushing). 
Last Tuesday night I bit the bullet and started taking it again.  I was doing pretty well - especially walking/step wise and this past Monday morning I got on the scale because I wanted a boost and I was positive that I would see a nice number....
Imagine my horror when the scale said
182.3!
Papa and I were stumped!  I didn't look bloated so it couldn't be water. So...
I stopped taking the Tecfidera again on Monday morning and now, in two days, I am back down to almost near the weight I was last week.  I haven't done a damn thing different either....as a matter of fact, due to a situation with G2, I walked even less on Monday & Tuesday!
While weight gain isn't listed as an official side effect of the Tec, there are numerous complaints about gaining weight and not being able to lose weight.
Originally when I started trying to lose weight this year and was having trouble dropping lbs, I figured that my metabolism was slowing with age.  Now I am not sure what's going on.
So now I am stuck with trying to decide what to do...
Do I continue taking Tec (two pills per day) and having this struggle?
or
Do I consider going back to Copaxone (injection once per day) and being able to possibly lose weight again?
This isn't just a vanity issue for me either.  I need to drop the weight since it is effecting my health.
I have to spend some serious time thinking about this and consult my neurologist.

As for my steps this past week, I accumulated
137,034 steps which is equal to almost 69 miles.

If I had had a more normal Monday, I would have definitely come closer to my 75 miles target.  Unfortunately I logged in a mere 5,509 steps for the day.  But, it couldn't be helped so I'm trying not to beat myself up too much about it.


So, I'm curious...

What would you do if you were in my shoes?
(In case you don't know much about MS, the drugs don't "regulate" things like blood pressure/diabetic drugs do.  The MS medications are to *hopefully* help slow down the progress of the disease.  Yearly MRIs monitor the progress of the disease and changes in medications are sometimes made if new lesions are detected since not all medications help all patients.)

Trying hard to stay positive here....

Have a great day!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Positively Monday!



After a little debate, I have decided to merge the way Anne does her posts by chronicling at least one good thing every day AND (hopefully) finding some extra good things to add at the end!
On to the positives!

Monday
Guppy 2's weird sunburn thing on one side of her face healed enough over the weekend so she wasn't feeling too self conscious to go to school.  (Silvadene burn cream for the win!  Glad I had some left in our linen closet from when I burned myself.)  I don't think there is going to be any long term effects either so double positive!

Ramsey was here for dinner and made us some AH-MA-ZING steak sandwiches!  Even though I am stuck with (hand)washing all the dishes, it was so worth it!

Still keeping up with my Fitbit as best as I can.  This was a decent day with me getting in just shy of 21K steps despite some stomach issues and appointments during the day.


Tuesday
I took a really nice night drive with G1.  I promised her a drive by the beach as a reward for finishing up the slides she needed to do for her senior experience project.  We didn't talk a whole lot but spent most of the ride listening/singing to music we both love.


Wednesday
I took time for myself and walked quite a bit!  Initially I was hoping to get 30K steps but, when G2 asked me to hang out and watch a YouTube series with her, I couldn't refuse!  G2 has been having a difficult time lately and needed the extra attention which is worth WAY more than a number on an app!  So, I was satisfied with my 27K and took precious time with my almost 15 year old!

G1 nailed her senior experience project about her gap year!  Remember those future Fs I had to fight to have taken off her PowerSchool record?  Yeah, well, they were replaced with (well deserved) perfect scores!  G1 was worried at first because her two "judges" were old teachers that didn't particularly like her.  (One was the sophomore English teacher who told her she wasn't "good enough" to be in AP for Junior year.)  G1 had to do a 10 to 15 minute presentation and then answer judge's questions.  She was so happy that she was able to handle all the questions - I told her it helped that she picked a project she loved so much!.  When one judge got a little snarky and asked her what she planned on doing if she and her boyfriend didn't last forever and broke up, G1 kept her cool and told the judge/teacher that this plan was happening BEFORE the boyfriend and would happen if he wasn't around.  The judge looked at her and asked if she planned on travelling alone and G1 said she absolutely would.  That judge didn't have anything else to say!  LOL  Also, Mrs. Bird was walking around the room (the seniors' projects were set up science fair style) and stopped at every table but G1's.....We all got a great laugh from that!  =)

Thursday
I received a phone call back from the nurse practitioner for Guppy 2 and was able to get her in for an intake evaluation pretty quickly!  It took three weeks to get G1 in initially so this is a positive in my book!
I also had a very nice conversation with the high school secretary (who happens to LOVE G1) and she helped me clear up a few new issues that were thrown at us - including an email from the bookkeeper that said G1 couldn't receive her cap and gown because she owed an unspecified amount of money with no further explanation.  (And, of course, my phone calls to the bookkeeper went unreturned.)  G1's record is fine per the secretary with no monies owed.  Hurry up June 14th!  =)

Friday
An afternoon trip to the pediatrician for G1 left us (slightly) relieved.  G1 has been having some ongoing complaints which led me to worry that she could have gotten Lyme's disease (ticks are super bad around here this year and we have taken way too many off our dog) but the doctor we saw (not our usual one unfortunately) didn't think it was Lyme's and didn't order bloodwork to rule that out or any other possibilities (like mono).  His opinion is that G1 is over-stressed.  No really?  Haha!  I'm cautiously adding this diagnosis as a positive because this doctor didn't think it was anything worse but truthfully, I am not completely convinced.

Saturday
G2 had her BFF over to hang out and then go to the movies so Papa and I had a chance to take a really nice hike!
Also, I pushed myself to a new all time high for steps in a day!  40K!  Papa and I literally took a walk at 11pm so I could finish! 

Sunday
Papa made us a delicious rib dinner!
We had to go grab a gift for our great nephew's 1st birthday and I wanted to keep it under $100 in total.  We were able to get a decent sized package of diapers, wipes, a toy, 1 summer beach outfit/bathing suit, 2 shirts and 1 coordinating pair of shorts for $78.57 in total.  The diapers were our niece's preferred brand and the clothes were all high quality (on clearance) in a size that will last him all summer.



No extra positives today unfortunately...

Have a great Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Out of the Loop & Quick Day Book for May 28, 2017




I can't believe I haven't posted since last Wednesday!

Phew!  The days are just flying by right now I guess....This seems to be a yearly trend in the last few weeks of school.

I will probably still try to do a May recap of some sort next week even though May has been more than haphazard for me (including losing/throwing out those grocery receipts!).

Onto the....


Day Book for May 28, 2017

Outside my window....
It's a perfect sunny day outside!  I love the way the sun is filtering through the leaves of our giant Maple in the backyard.

I'm hearing....
The clicking of Papa's computer while he sits at the dining room table across from me.  SpongeBob Squarepants on the TV from the family room thanks to G2.  The dog snoring on the living room couch.

I'm feeling....
Pretty tired still (at 10:30 in the morning!) and sore from a great walking day yesterday.

I'm wearing....
My pj's still!  Pink T-shirt and baby blue sleep shorts.

I'm reading....
Nothing really at the moment.  I started to reread my favorite book, WeaveWorld by Clive Barker, but I don't seem to have enough time to devote to it yet.

From the kitchen....
Nothing going on yet but, in a few minutes, Papa is going to start slow roasting some baby back ribs....YUUUUM!  Since the Guppies have tomorrow off, there isn't any need for me to do baking today....I'll do it tomorrow morning since Papa is going to go into work for at least a few hours so he can "save" his Memorial Day for another day during the summer.

On the agenda to accomplish today....
Papa is making the ribs and mowing the lawn
G2 is probably going to the Memorial Day parade since her boyfriend will be marching with the high school band.
I need to move/stretch out my weary hurting body!  LOL
Papa & I have to go to Target and the mall to pick up a 1st birthday gift for our great-nephew.  Since he is still so little (and can't request anything yet!), I asked my sister in law (the grandma) for some ideas of what was needed.  We will go over to Target for some diapers & wipes (always appreciated) and a small toy for him.  Then we will hit the mall to try to find some clothes (requested) and be done.  The birthday party is going to be tomorrow - we will go late after Papa's done at work; however, I won't be making the Guppies come with us as they have plans with their boyfriends.
And, lastly on the agenda, as always is the dreaded laundry!

Looking towards the week....
It's going to be a busy one!  Three separate therapy appointments for the Guppies (one is an intake evaluation for G2 about possible medication), two vet appointments at two different offices since Rum needs a special ferret vet, a trip to the town hall to renew the dog's license, and our anniversary on Saturday!  That's just what has been scheduled - I'm sure more chaos will be added to this list!  LOL



And with that, I'm off! Have a great rest of the Memorial Day weekend everyone!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday



Another Weigh In Wednesday is here...

It's no secret that I have been struggling over the past few weeks but I'm not going to let that stop me from getting on the scale since part of the reason I have gained so much weight over the past year or two is because I chose to ignore it.  I plan on staying accountable through the good AND the bad now.

With things being as crazy as they have been here, my eating is up and my exercise time is still down.  I was lucky last week but this week it caught up with me a little....

Last week I weighed
177.5

This week I weigh
177.7

It's time to reign this in before I creep back up into the dreaded 180's!


On the exercise front, I logged in
117533 steps = approximately 56 miles
I am up slightly with my mileage from last week but I want to start pulling bigger numbers again. 
I am shooting for at least 75 miles this week.  Who knows if it will happen with all the craziness right now but I am going to try my best!

If you are trying to lose weight/get in shape, how's it going?

Have a great Wednesday!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Groceries Update & Moving Forward



So, about those groceries....

I'll be completely honest.....

I blew it this month!

And, to make matter worse, I accidentally threw out my unrecorded receipts in a spurt of cleaning frenzy!  And, I am NOT going to go through that particular bag of trash because, well, it's just not worth it to me this month.

However, piecing together what I can from memory and my online banking information, I have spent upwards of $700 this month.

YIKES!

In times of stress, I allow stress eating and convenience foods to reign supreme in my house - a combination that is never good for the waist or the budget!

So, as the dust settles down here, I am plugging up the leaks and going to try to right myself by seeing how long I can make what I already have in the kitchen/pantry last.  NO MORE GROCERY SHOPPING! (At least for a little while)  The only exception to this is our farmer's market but even there I plan on keeping my spending on the lower side for at least the next few weeks.

As we eat down our inventory, I am going to be mindful of trying to stash away some freezer meals to help in times of busyness and crisis.  I mean, let's face it, these things happen - maybe not always in the succession they have lately for my family but still a fact of life.

Also, moving forward, I am thinking about bringing back some version of our menu plan/what we have eaten for the week.  While it isn't the most interesting post, I do think it keeps me more accountable so I want to bring it back, even if it's mostly for me.  Although, maybe the next few weeks post will be a little more interesting because I may have to get creative with my meals!  LOL

Am I ready for a challenge like this?  Honestly, I am not 100% sure since I don't know if there are any more "bad things" around the corner BUT continuing on the current path isn't going to be helpful or sustainable either.....

So, I'm going to give it my all and see what I can accomplish!

Does anyone else seem to shop more/fall back on convenience in times of stress/busyness like I do?  Sometimes I feel like I am an extreme case.  Haha!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Positively Monday....




Sorry for the lack of posting over the weekend....

I've been in a funk and figured it would be much better to NOT write than to continue complaining over everything that has been going on around here....

You know those times when everywhere you turn something else bad is happening to you, your family, or someone you love?  Yeah, that's me right now.

However, it's Monday and I am determined to find those silver linings and try to set myself up for a good week!

Let's see what I can scrounge up for positives.....


1.  Papa and I made plans for our anniversary in a couple of weekends!  We have wanted to try a restaurant on the Waterbury/Stowe line in Vermont for quite some time but, every time we have gone on vacation to Vermont, never have the time to do it.  So...We are going to take the four-ish hour drive each way on our anniversary and go to dinner!  While it would be nice to do an overnight, it's really not in the budget at the moment and I can't leave the Guppies to take care of/walk our monster of a dog.  G1 and Ramsey will spend the weekend here (rather than Ramsey's house) so that G2 isn't alone - G2 gets kind of freaked being in the house alone at night.  While the idea of driving that many hours JUST for dinner might sound crazy to you, trust me we have done this sort of thing MANY times in the past - As a matter of fact, before our favorite pizza place closed in Stowe, we would drive up there just to get a pizza!  LOL  I'm really looking forward to this day!  Besides it being our anniversary and having a lot of time to unwind with Papa on the drive, there is something about this area that calms my soul - which is something I desperately need!

2.  I know I am going to jinx this, but, I *think* we have gotten our point across to the nasty Mrs. Bird at the high school - albeit in a roundabout way!  I'm hopeful we have made enough noise so that she knows we know she tampered with G1 grades (without outright accusing her) and will pursue this if needed.

3.  Papa's brother will be transferred to a physical rehab place within the next couple of weeks.  There was an infection the doctors were worried went to his heart but it thankfully did NOT!  While the liver team at Yale is dismissing him from their care, they have brought up a few times that he should try to get/stay as healthy as possible and get back on his feet because "another hospital" may be willing to put him on their transplant list.  Papa told me this was said a couple of times in passing so they are encouraging his brother to find a new route and not give up.  We both really want to see him fight through this addiction and have the best relationships with the people in his life.

4.  I am trying to figure out what the next chapter in life is going to hold since the Guppies are growing up.  In three short years, G2 will be off to college and I don't want to sit here twiddling my thumbs all day!  Yes, I still want to write.  I am trying to decide to what capacity and how I can feel productive and a contributing member of society.  Haha!

5.  I usually don't have much to say that's "good" about my hometown but I feel I have to share this....An old classmate of mine has a daughter who is six and was just diagnosed with leukemia.  While at the hospital, her dad (my classmate) told her that he was going to get a pool for her when she got out of the hospital.  The pool was purchased but no one was available for weeks to install it/set it up.  Not wanting to let his daughter down, the classmate turned to his friends at our hometown's volunteer firehouse and the town's first selectman (another former classmate).  The firehouse partnered with the firehouse from the town my classmate now lives in and they worked together to build the pool and get it ready for his daughter's return home.  I'm so sad that his daughter is sick but so happy that good people came to the rescue to help spread some happiness for his sweet little girl.

Even though I already posted this, I'm adding two more positive things....

6.  Even though our dishwasher broke again, the part that Papa believes to be the problem isn't that expensive a repair AND we can get free shipping for it from Amazon Prime. 

7.  Ramsey is going to be here for dinner tonight...which means I don't have to cook!  He's going to make us Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches with fries and sautéed asparagus.  YUMMY!

I wish I had some more positives to share.  I am having a hard time pulling any out of my head right now though!

I'm really hoping things and my mood turn around quickly!

Have a great Monday!\




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gas, Garbage, and an Update on W



Gas
Phew! I have spent a TON of my budget on gas this past week!  In total, I spent $62 on gas just since I last updated this!  Lots of running around (multiple times)!  I have about 3/4 of a tank remaining and really hope to make that last as long as possible.  So, if my calculations are correct, I have $38.59 left for gas this month.  It's going to be tight but I refuse to go over!

Garbage
Light load this week!  Only one 13 gallon kitchen sized bag!  Woo Hoo!




I haven't talked about W (Papa's brother) in a bit and we got some disheartening news today...

He's still in the hospital and was doing fairly well.  He is continuing to be the guy Papa grew up with and whom I remember.

However,

He made a mistake which cost him basically his life.
The doctors have permanently removed him from all transplant lists because they caught him doubling up his pain medication - taking what the nurse gave him AND some of what he brought from home.  The nurse came in, found him passed out with the bottle, and the doctor order Narcan to revive him.
Addiction is a heartbreaking thing guys.  It really is.
Moving forward, the hope is to keep him as mobile and healthy as possible for as long as possible.  But time is now finite and there isn't any rescue from this.
So far, his attitude is okay.  He's beginning the process of making peace with where he is now and where he is heading. 
Papa is okay too but I know he's really hurting and coming to terms with losing his brother at some point in the near distant future.



May has been a tough month around here.  Truly it has.
I'm sorry for being so upset/angry lately.
I'm trying to coax my cheerful self out of the cave she's hiding in....
Maybe some Halo Top ice cream will help!  Haha!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday!



Super short post this morning because I have an appointment to get my hair professionally cut and colored for the first time in over two years!  (Thanks Mom for the Mothers Day gift!)

As I have mentioned repeatedly, this past week has been more than stressful....
Add in a dinner and two lunches of fried chicken, twice baked potatoes, and homemade biscuits...
And well it's not like I expected any movement (besides up!) on the scale....

When I got on this morning, I was exactly the same weight as last week to the ounce!

177.5

I'm not upset about this at all!  I'm actually relieved because I knew I would get depressed if I saw anything back in the 180's since I have sworn that number off forever!  LOL


I also slacked off a bit with my walking!  Upon review of last week's numbers, I saw that I missed my goal of at least 12K steps TWICE! (first time in over a month!) Both times coincided with prom weekend - Prom day 10,173 steps and Mother's Day when I wasn't feeling well 4.706 steps.

In total last week, I walked 106,330 steps....
equivalent to....

50 miles

Compared to earlier weeks, I was way off my game!

The great news is that I am back on track both eating and stepping wise starting yesterday so hopefully I will see that scale creep down a notch or two next week!

How did you week go if you are trying to lose weight/get healthier?



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Day Book for Tuesday May 16th, 2017



Sadly I still can't get Guppy 1 to approve any prom photos yet!  Haha!


Outside my window...
It's sunny and absolutely perfect weather today! 

What I am wearing....
Black T shirt, olive green shorts, sneakers

What I am hearing...
The convection oven warming up my lunch, birds chirping, some construction going on down the road.

What I am reading....
I'm re-reading one of my all time favorite books....Weaveworld by Clive Barker!  I haven't read it in at least twenty years so it's almost like reading a new book again since I have forgotten many of the details.  ;)

From the kitchen...
I'm heating up the last of the Mother's Day fried chicken and twice baked potatoes.  I'm quite sure this week isn't going to be great weight wise but, since Papa only makes this once or twice per year, I'm going to enjoy every last morsel.  LOL 
Later I need to bake some brownies for the Guppies to snack on afterschool this week.  And probably make some sort of portable baked breakfast type good for G1.  (Thank goodness G2 is pretty reliable with only wanting her croissants 99% of the time.)

From the learning rooms....
The Guppies have a half day today as the school promotes "Be One" day.....Personally, I am not a fan of this program at our high school.  Here's why:  Be One Day is a day where the school is supposed to "unify" and let the students share their feelings/stories of depression/anxiety and how they overcame it.  Sounds like it would be a very nice day right?  It would be but, to about 80% of the administration and students, the whole thing is a farce.  I have seen the way MY kids with diagnosed issues get treated and it's not always that warm and fuzzy.  Plus, as G1 put it this morning, she gets to sit in an auditorium and listen to the popular kids get up to the podium and complain about how they got a used car for their birthday rather than a new one - very depressing stuff. ((insert eye roll))  If anyone is around my age and remembers their kids watching "As Told By Ginger", there is an episode where the school thinks Ginger is depressed.  Courtney, the rich popular girl, doesn't like all the extra attention Ginger is getting so she comes into school wearing all black, with black eyeliner, bemoaning how depressed she feels.  This sums up our high school's Be One day.


Yesterday I mentioned that I had emailed G1's Senior Experience teacher to see why those future F's were still on PowerSchool.  The email conversation went a little something like this...

Me:  We were very curious as to why our daughter has Fs (and the comment "missing") for two future assignments when a friend has As for the same future assignment.  Please advise.
Teacher:  The dates are placeholders.  She has an all day presentation on the 24th and said you are helping her with the project.  Are you aware of this?
Me:  Yes, I am aware.  I'm not questioning the date.  I am questioning the Fs.  Why would an F be a placeholder?
Teacher:  All fixed
Me:  Thank you
Teacher:  Oh I'm just here to give support and remind the students of dates.  Just because I took the Fs out doesn't mean she is passing. Mrs. R (assistant principal who G1 loves and we have dealt with through the years during the 504 meetings) has the final say and records all the grades. 

Oh really?  I  called Papa and he said to email Mrs. R the entire email chain.  Mrs. R has a right to know that the teacher pretty much just threw her under the bus!   Mrs. R and I have an very nice back and forth regarding the Fs - where she says the teacher is the one who takes care of grades but she's sorry for the extra stress to G1, and then we emailed a bit more about G1 and how much Mrs. R loves her - which we believe wasn't just schmoozing because she has told us the same thing on many occasions.

So where does this all leave us?  It's pointing more and more to the OTHER assistant principal (Mrs. Bird) who went into PowerSchool and changed G1's grades....Don't forget there was another grade she was given an F for that THAT teacher said she had no clue how it got there - AND G1 got a perfect score on it once the teacher graded it.  If anything else happens, we will pursue finding out who put those Fs in there - like Papa said, there are computer fingerprints so it wouldn't be that hard to figure out.  And, if it is Mrs. Bird, we will take her down because she is interfering with student grades.

Think it's over?  Nope!  This morning, G1 has her Senior Experience class where the teacher approaches G1 and apologizes for the "grade mixup".  Then went on to tell my daughter that I was "just down her throat" about it.  Ummm...no.  I wanted an answer, plain and simple.  I'm sorry that you, Miss Teacher, decided to throw an assistant principal under the bus and I relayed the message.

Honestly, hurry up June 14th!


And with that, I'm off!

Happy Tuesday!