Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Let me start by saying that I love my dog and under no circumstance do I want him to be in any pain or discomfort of any type. Which is why I am pretty diligent about taking him in for his yearly checkups and am pretty good about following whatever orders a vet may give me. He has bad teeth so we tend to have to take him in about every two years to be put under anaesthesia and have his teeth really deep cleaned.
Wellllllllllll, I just had my first experience with an Orange County California veterinarian and just let me say that I am still in a state of complete and utter disbelief.
Vet bill for teeth cleaning (including pre surgery lab and using "people grade" anaesthesia) in Texas--------$250
Vet bill for teeth cleaning (including lab work but no guarantee on the anaesthesia) in California-------$1242. Did you hear me correctly???? One Thousand, Two Hundred and Forty Two Dollars!!!!!! Let me say this again...$1242
You have GOT to be kidding me!!!!!!
I tried to explain that I thought they had misunderstood, I wasn't looking to actually purchase a new dog--just to have the teeth cleaned on the one I already have.
I'd love to say "vet bill....$1242; sweet dog breath....priceless", but for the love of God I could buy a plane ticket, fly back to Texas, pay the $100 fee to take my dog with me on the plane and go back to my vet in Texas who would charge me a very reasonable $250 for the procedure and still come in under the $1242 estimate.
I get it....you Californians love your climate. When I complain about the cost of living, you make a grand gesture of pointing to the sky and say, "Yes, but you are paying for this!" But come on people.....
Monday, February 22, 2010
Then about a month ago I pulled out the weekly spelling word list only to see a note that looked something like this attached to it. Mind you, I am paraphrasing....
Because some of you lame parents are not doing your job and going over your spelling words with your kids, we are now going to hold you to an even higher standard of ridiculousness. Get ready to have absolutely no free time because this new method of practicing your spelling words is sure to cause frustration, fights, tears and total mental breakdowns. The word list will be sent home every Monday with your creative spelling project being due back a mere 17 hours later, hardly enough time for the glue to dry. :-) We would like you to be creative and use a different method every Monday so that as teachers we can judge which of you are the better parents. Grab a drink and let's get started with this new FUN spelling adventure.
Here are examples of the fun new ways we would like you to practice your spelling words with your kids:
___glue and glitter
___write with cereal letters
___cut out letters from magazines and glue to paper
___use play dough or clay
___write in shaving cream
___trace in flour or sugar on your kitchen counter
___cut letters into jello or cookies using alphabet cookie cutters
___use the paperwork from the doctor who declares you clinically insane because you are having to try to come up with stupid--oh excuse me--FUN ways to practice the damn spelling words because apparently just writing them in pencil on a piece of paper is just way too main stream
I've done all the easy ones I can think of. We have done rainbow writing, glue and glitter, writing in flour.....I'm thinking this week we will write them in spray paint on the teacher's garage door. That's creative, right?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Look how she is keeping her eye on that ball...............
.......and look at that swing!
Oh Yeah, we are going to rock this softball thing. I think I may go ahead and start spending our college savings because this girl is going to school on a softball scholarship.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I like the Olympics.....but my husband LOVES them and has taken to calling me some very unflattering and decisively un-American names because he doesn't think that I give 'The Games' the church like reverence that they deserve.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Now, because I didn't exactly have the kind of Dad who felt it was important for me to know how to fix a car but rather that I know who to call if it broke down, I had to pull out my manual to see what this light meant. I mean seriously, an exclamation point with parenthesis around it could mean anything from "Your car is on fire" to "QUICK, take the next exit..there is a sale at Nordstrom". So after searching through the 100,000 page manual, I finally found this mystery symbol in chapter 82, section W, subparagraph n4. It was simply my car's way of nicely telling me that my tire pressure was low. I was positive that my husband was going to share in the joy that my car was nice enough to give me this gentle little nudge that it might be time to check the tire pressure.
I was wrong.
He assured me that my car was just being a 'chick' and that my tire pressure was fine and that the "dummy light" (apparently a guy term for these lights) was just coming on because my car was being way too sensitive to the temperature change.
About 2 weeks went by and my "dummy light" was still on. At this point, I am getting a little irritated that my husband is doubting the concern that my car has for me by showing me this light and all I really want to know is.. if everything is fine with my tire pressure then why is the light still on?
So last week I am looking at my back tire and I swear it looks low to me. Maybe I am just being paranoid, but really...it looks a little low. I told my husband that maybe my car was right and maybe we should heed it's warning and check the tire pressure. He responded by walking around the car, looking at all four tires, kicking one of them and declaring everything just fine.
We all know where this is going right?
Fast forward to 6:50am when I am running out the door to take my daughter to dance practice which starts in a mere 10 minutes....and I am already behind schedule because I have to get back home and get ready to go volunteer in my younger daughter's class and I have not gotten my youngest dressed nor fed yet so we really just need everything to go according to plan so that I can get everyone to school and get to where I need to be because goodness gracious there are 1st graders depending on me to learn their math facts!!!!!! (Well, that and I have a lunch date later with a friend). And lo and behold, what waits for me in my garage??
Yeah, that's right...flat as a pancake.
The funny thing is......my husband swears that this had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the fact that my tire pressure warning light was on. Isn't that just the most amazing coincidence?