Monday, February 27, 2012

Highs and Lows 2/27/2012

Life, Crafts and Whatever




Lows
  • My blog was all jacked up for who knows how long. Went to check it, and thanks to "being too popular", Photobucket wasn't showing any of my buttons, just a bunch of ugly icons, and said I had to upgrade to Pro. Wow, thanks Photobucket for the warning. Luckily, Lover is a web guy, so now he's hosting them on his server. But what a pain. 
  • I hate the Attorney General. I've been divorced from my ex for 5 years, and felt it was time to have the child support adjusted. So, instead of paying a lawyer $1500, my friend said that she goes thru the AG and it's free. So I filled out the form online, and figured that was it. Well, apparently there is some "Affidavit of Direct Payments" form that I didn't know I was supposed to fill out to show he's been paying me directly for the past 61 months. So since we've never gone thru the AG, they didn't have any proof that he's paid me. So, rather than call me, they sent him a lovely letter saying he owes $38,000, they were going to intercept his tax return, and they sent it to collections which dropped his credit score by 100 points. So, of course, I felt like shit, even though it wasn't my intention to open that can of worms, and while I spent a lot of time on the phone crying about it, he wasn't too upset and said it was an honest mistake, that we'd get straightened out and we'd laugh about this in two years. So I spent this morning driving 45 minutes to Dallas to get the form notarized, and then went to the AG office to drop it off and close the case. The lady said that it takes up to 20 days to update the case, so we'll see if my ex gets his tax return next week like he's supposed to. I really hope he does, he's using that money to come down this summer to pick up the girls, and they are so excited about it. Oh, and trust me ladies, his reaction surprised the crap out of me. That was not the reaction of the man I was married to for 3 years. Not at ALL.
  • Arielle played softball last year, and she loved it. So we signed her up for it this year, but there weren't enough girls her age that signed up, so they can't make two teams. We offered to let her play soccer, but she was really bummed. We're looking into signing her up for the city, but it costs quite a bit more. So we'll see. 
  • I might have to be a mean mommy and get rid of my daughter's hamsters. They were given to us by a neighbor (who's dad got tired of cleaning up after them). It's two girl hamsters, which I thought girls weren't supposed to smell as bad. We split them up and Arielle has one in her room, and Jasmin has one in her room. Arielle's is fine, but Jasmin's stinks to high heaven. I can't change the bedding anymore (makes me gag) so Arielle changes it once a week. Even so, not 2 days after it's changed, Jasmin's room STINKS like pee, even with a room neutralizing deoderant gel thing that I bought. I'm already spending $23 a month on the bedding, which lasts us one month. So to change it twice a week, I'm looking at $50 a month on bedding. FOR A HAMSTER. Which is can't justify spending $300 a year on something that the hamster pees on, when we're a soon to be family of 6 on a single income. We always said that we'd never have our house smell like animals, and when I got home today, the house reeked of pee and foulness.
Highs
  • The constant nausea is getting better! I seem to be tossing my cookies more often (like 2-3 times a week instead of 0-1) but I much prefer this. 
  • Did dinner with a newish friend and her husband last night. Her husband and my husband seemed to hit it off, which is awesome. Ya know how you meet people, and really want to get to know them better? That's how this is. But how do you do that as an adult? Things were easier as a kid. 



  • Had a lovely dinner with the family at Red Lobster last Friday. I heart RL. Have you ever tried their Boston Ice Tea? It's half ice tea, half cranberry juice, and a orange wedge. I get two orange wedges, squeeze those bad boys in there, and add 4 packs of sugar. YUM.
  • I spent so much time sleeping this weekend, and it was FREAKING AWESOME. Slept from 7:30-5am on Friday night, then took a nap from 2-6pm, then went to bed at 8:30 on Saturday, woke up at 5am, and then took a 2 hour nap. It was glorious. 
  • Luckily, this morning at the AG office took me all of 15 minutes. The one time I called them, I was on hold for 35 minutes. I was terrified that it was going to be like the DMV, but I was in and out. Filed out a form, made a copy. Wham bam thank you ma'am, I was done.  
  • I've had some feedback lately on my blog that's been a real high. A reader sent me a lovely email, some have left comments. Apparently you like me, you really like me. :)
It was a hectic week, but I can't complain. I feel like I've spent all damn week on the child support issue, but thankfully I've done all I can do at this point and now we're just waiting for it to be closed. 


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Whimsy-ma-blog said... [Reply to comment]

There's my (every other week) highs and lows linked up.

That low about the AG's office is crazy! The government can snowball something so fast! I'm glad your ex was cool about it.

And I wish we lived near Red Lobster. Yum.

Hope you have another good week!

Lesley at Fabulously Flawed said... [Reply to comment]

Your highs outweigh your lows so YAY!
I love Red Lobster too ( and you know how much I usually loathe chain places! ). The crab cakes...or are they lobster cakes...are amazing!
PS..who linked up? Oh yeah! That's me!

ohnoawesome said... [Reply to comment]

I recently found your bog and was immediately smitten. You just seem to have that quality!

Ness said... [Reply to comment]

Yeah, I like you. I really, really like you. And no it wasn't your fault about the ex's credit rating/tax refund so quit beating yourself up over it. I was amazed at his understanding.....my ex would have probably put out a hit man for me. TG my husband now is perfect in every way and makes up for the 17 years of the first marriage/hell. Take care. Will try the tea at RL next time.

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

At least your ex wasn't upset about it! Oliver looooves RL, we haven't been in fovea! Glad you are starting to feel better, I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOUR 20 WEEK SONO!!!! I just so feel blue coming out of your belly!

Life, Crafts and Whatever said... [Reply to comment]

@Ness, I just wanted to say thank you for all the sweet comments. Your email isn't attached to your account, so I couldn't write you directly, but you've made my day. <3

Life, Crafts and Whatever said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, and trust me ladies, his reaction to the taxes/AG surprised the crap out of me. That was not the reaction of the man I was married to for 3 years. Not at ALL.