June 17th, 2005

angry frog

Still Sick

I think I'm starting to crawl out of the hole that is my miserable cold. It's ridiculous that a cold can knock me on my tuchis this hard. And really unfair, too. But I don't enjoy wheezing. So there. So I missed Cirque du Soleil on Wednesday because I couldn't stop coughing. And I also did something drastic this week.


I cancelled my shabbos guests. For me, that's huge. And I feel really awful about it, too, but then again, no one needs this cough and exhaustion and all that. And one of my would-have-beem-guests is pregnant, so that just wouldn't have been fair to her at all. So there you go. I don't know which is more devastating... missing Cirque du Soleil or cancelling shabbos guests... I think it's cancelling shabbos guests, though. Le Sigh.

So we'll have a quiet shabbos in which Seth figures dinner out instead of me. No idea what will happen for lunch tomorrow, but I'm certain we'll figure that out as well. So yeah.
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I AM smiling

stupid home warranty

Our washer is still not working.
The stupid home warranty people are useless.
We are buying a new washer/dryer on Sunday regardless of what the home warranty people say.
I'm on hold with them now. I was on hold for 10 minutes before I got someone. She didn't know anything but figured out that I needed to talk to a different department. I have been on hold with this different department for 9 minutes 03 seconds now.

Wait. They just picked up. A miracle.

*time passes*

Okay, this dude was nice enough and extremely helpful. And the bottom line is that they're cutting us a check for the stupid washer. I'm writing off ever having anything done with the dryer at this point. So Sunday we'll go washer/dryer shopping. And I shall put this chapter of my life behind me, darnit.
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snoopy cool

excellent customer service

I ordered a book today for Seth from studiofoglio.com and received the following confirmation email. It made the purchase worth it!

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I love it!
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Julian & Eema

weird me

I don't know what's wrong with me. I read a Washington Post article today about a woman who is brain dead, and pregnant. She had cancer that went undetected for too long. She is 26. I literally cried when I read the article. The poor family. Who expects that kind of loss ever, let alone when she was so young.

But there's more.

I also read an article about foster children in Maryland. In particular, the article addressed the problem of gaps in foster children's education when they are moved to new homes. Days, weeks, even months of school are missed as records are transferred from one school to another. It makes me really sad. Seriously! I told you there was something wrong with me. I just don't understand it. I mean, 5 highschools in four years? Kids asking every day "when do I get to go to school?" Why are these kids being shuttled around so much anyway? Granted, I admit that for some of them it's because they have behavioural issues that make it hard for any one family to take them in long term. But I've KNOWN kids in the foster system... they are NOT all behaviourally challenged. Some of them just got stuck in shitty families and need a place to live that's safe for a while.

I know I'm not making sense. But I'm at a loss for what I can do other than take in more foster children, which I simply cannot do right now. But I feel like ordinary people CAN make a difference, if only they knew how. And, unfortunately, I don't know how.

I just wish I could bring all those kids back to my house and take care of them.