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Party PinaforeI was tickled pink this morning to meet three new weekly folder volunteers. That brings our total new volunteers that have helped at least once this semester to five, which is pretty exciting since a few years ago we were really hurting for volunteers. One of them shares my appreciation of American Girls dolls and I am seriously considering making Molly's party pinafore for the little girl in her life. It'll be nice to dig into that stash of clearance rick-rack I bought for my birthday.

It was gently suggested to me that Laurel is getting a bit old to tag along with me to Cub Scouts, so I worked out the route to get to the nearest school with a Girl Scout troop. We can pick up a direct bus route that stops right by that school on the far side of the major intersection west of us. The downside is that said intersection is currently torn up for construction so unless we'd be walking there from her school (or going up and around that way) we would have to cross the torn-up intersection. We crossed it once north-to-south last month and it was a hot mess with the sidewalk torn out and the crosswalk signals/lights removed. I still have to find out how much joining and program materials will cost anyway, so nothing's set yet.

In good financial news, we are finally caught up on everything less some late fees with the apartment complex, who declined to waive the late fees for September accrued during the two weeks between me handing the rent verification form to a staff member and anyone telling me it had been lost so the form had not been completed and returned by fax. I am going to have to bring this up to the regional supervisor, which I really do not want to do, but I am tired of going in circles with the complex staff, who smile, nod and ask what they can do in response to anything I say. Some days I want to go in there and spout gibberish to see if they respond the same way.

In not-so-good financial news, we can't afford for Laurel and I to go to Colorado for winter break. I am a bit bummed about that since I haven't seen most of my family since last Christmas, but them's the breaks when your primary income-maker was out of work for six months. That artificial Christmas tree we haven't used in a few years will come out this year!


Nov. 20th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
It's tough to make the decision to not travel home over the holidays. I don't have to tell you financial situation, but yeah...last year my parents graciously offered to fly Frank and I to Arizona to have a family Christmas with them, and this year thankfully Frank's mom has enough flyer miles to fly us to Ohio and back. Telling Frank last year that I couldn't afford to fly us both to Ohio to see his family was really tough, but it was somewhat softened by the fact that he'd seen them the month prior...for his grandmother's funeral. I really couldn't win with that situation.
Nov. 21st, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
It's too bad you're getting the run-around from the complex - it would be nice if they could just say either we're not going to help you OR we have to make you crazy with spinning to evaluate how committed you are to this endeavour - that way, you'd know what you were dealing with... And hopefully, the intersection will be finished soon so a trip to Girl Scouts won't be a life or death trek. Look forward to hearing how the rick-rack treats you!


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