Sunday, June 29, 2008

We made it!

Yesterday was Zack's appointment to take his driving test. (1:45pm)
In the morning, we picked up this month's AngelFood order. We had Zack drive there and back just to 'warm up' a little.
When we got home, I squeezed the groceries into the freezer and then Zack wanted to head to the testing station early to make sure we had all the paperwork required and spend a little more time driving the course.
We got there and got another copy of the list of paperwork needed. The same list that was on the appointment reminder I printed from the web scheduler. Out to drive the streets and somehow, we ended up in an area I was not very familiar with.
And then I looked down at the list of paperwork again. This time I noticed that the 50 hour affadavit was supposed to be notarized!! Oh no!! Quick, to a bank for their notary. We went to the one in the grocery store since we have accounts with them.
She's not in today. Did I want her to call down to the bank-mart across from home? 'Don't have time.'
To the bank located out in the shopping center parking lot.
Nope. She's off today also.
Where else can we go? They suggested the bank in Walmart and gave directions to get there.
I'm really getting worried at this point that I've ruined Zack's big day.
Into Walmart and to the bank. Notary?? Please!?!??!
Yes, but.... Her renewal isn't in yet so she can't help. 'But DMV has one.'
What?!?!? That's what we're trying to get this done for!! Why didn't the others tell us that when we explained what we were trying to do?
Now, how do we get there from here? Left at the light out of the lot, then left on 48. Sounded easy enough.
We headed back to the entrance/exit we came in at. No light and no left turns allowed. Quick, turn through that other lot and back toward Walmart. We managed to find a different exit that had a light! (Hopefully the right one.) Took a left and were able to see the next intersection and it was 48! We're on the right track. It is now about 1 and we were supposed to arrive 15 minutes early for his 1:45 appointment. There should be enough time to get it done before his test.
I pulled out the driver's book and found the phone number to the testing station. Do you really have a notary?!?! No, but the license office next door does. And they are open till 2.
Yes, we should be able to make it! And it was closer than I thought. Soon we were there.
Into the lot and pick a spot. Zack and I were't quite communicating so it didn't quite look like he'd done much driving at all when we pulled through the lot and passed the various examiners heading in and out to the cars.
We picked a spot and he backed in so he wouldn't have to potentially back out into traffic with the examiner.
To the licence office and get the form notarized and we find out that the testing department doesn't even check it. It's checked afterwards at the license office when you actually get your license.
What time is your appointment, they asked. 1:45. Well, hopefully, you'll be done and able to get back here before we close....
It's now about 1:10 so we have plenty of time to sit and wait. We check in and settle in for the long haul.
1:15 and Zack is called!! Out they go and I start climbing the walls.
At about 1:30, he comes back in, following the examiner. 'Mr. Eyeore' isn't showing much. Did he pass or not?!?!?
Then he cracks a small smile!!
We collected the papers and read the letter to parents and headed back next door to the license office. We check in and sit down to wait again. A few minutes and we're called. It's looking like we'll make it before closing and then some.
Then the license machine goes down. And they are fighting with it, and making calls, and threatening the sledge hammer, and...
Then they start turning people away saying they didn't think they's get it up and running again before they closed. Some asked if they could take their papers to another office or if they had to process them at that location. They could take them elsewhere but the other offices close either at 2 (only a few minutes away) or they closed at noon.
More waiting and sweating.
Then they get the machine working again!
The first person waiting to have his picture taken does, and then it goes south again. Turns out his license is suspended so they can't actually renew it till after it expires. He's not happy and there is yelling back and forth across the office. Eventually he leaves.
Now it is after 2 and they're supposed to be closed. What about the rest of us? They kept working!
Zack has his license!!
I have left a message with the insurance company to find out how much more money I have to send them.

And Zack took his first drive all by himself today. He didn't like wearing my sunglasses when he drove and wanted a $13 pair the other day. Ace Hardware had sent a flyer advertising assorted sunglasses for 99 cents. Today was the last day of the sale. He drove across the street to Ace and also to pick up a paper at the grocery store for me.
Steve laughed at me when I took note of what time Zack left so I would have an idea of when he should be back. I watched him pull out of the driveway. I had asked him about calling me when he got there but it turns out he forgot his phone.
I kept myself busy so I wouldn't climb the walls too much.
And before I knew it he was back!!
Tomorrow, Brian has weight lifting at school and Zack wants to get a parking permit for school so they will be out on the road again. I'll have to make sure they have their phones with them...

Thursday, June 26, 2008

quote for today

"Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more."

--A. Lou Vickery

Boy update:

School finished the day after Labor Day (snow make-up day) so now they are home being bums.


-finished his junior year of high school and has been accepted to Sinclair Community College. This is the school that sponsors the Digital Media Arts Academy program at his high school that he has been in the last couple of years. Supposedly, as long as he completes next year's class (which he is signed up for and is looking forward to), he will receive a scholarship to Sinclair to continue!

-is scheduled for his driving test Saturday the 28th.

-is headed back to his psychologist to work on his anger and resentment that really seems to have blossomed since his father's death last year.

-is nursing an ill gecko. For some reason, Twilight and her cage-mate stopped eating and lost a lot of weight. I tried various remedies from the pet stores but we did lose Oopsy. Twilight made a $100 trip to the specialty vet (same one that I took Angel to last year) and is on a special food via syringe after soaking in a warm bath several times a day since. She has been more active and has pooped more since so I'm thinking/hoping it all might be helping...


-finished 8th grade and will be headed to the high school in the fall.

-was part of the 4x200 realy team that broke the school record this year.

-volunteered at a track camp for younger elementary kids and was voted 'Best Counselor' and 'Best Piggy Back Ride Giver.'

- is finishing up helping at wrestling camp this week.

- received the 'Health Award' and a President's Fitness t-shirt at the end of school.

-Has managed to break yet another cell phone. (I think he's on #6 and counting...)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

quote of the day

"There are two types of people who never achieve very much in their lifetime.
One is the person who won't do what he or she is told to do and the other is the person who does no more than he or she is told to do."

--Andrew Carnegie

Change is Coming...

The buzzword of this election is 'CHANGE.' All candidates toss it around without
saying what they want to change to. Just that we need CHANGE!

This brings to mind the following illustration.

Years ago, there was an old tale in the Marine Corps about a major who
inspected his Marines and told the 'Gunny' that they smelled bad. The major
suggested that they change their underwear.

The 'Gunny' responded, 'Aye, aye, sir. I'll see to it immediately.'

He went into the tent and said, 'The major thinks you guys smell bad, and he
wants you to change your underwear Smith, you change with Jones, McCarthy,
you change with Witkowskie, Brown, you change with Schultz .'
'Change, now get on with it'

And the moral is:

Any candidate may promise change in Washington ...but the stink remains!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Eva in her Sunflower Sundress

I only gave this to her Dad on Monday and he already sent me a pic of her in it!
Isn't she adorable?!?!? (I just wanna squeeze those little legs!)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A bit of stash knitting

Up-Down Spiral Socks (a.k.a. Purple Rainbow Socks):
Leftover Cherry Tree Hill wool sock yarn, 2 strands at a time in a slip stitch pattern. Fun!

Toe-Up Circular Seemless Baby Booties:
left over Sockatta cotton sock yarn from my Mock Wave Cable Socks
Minnowknits' Sunflower:
using stash Plymouth Wildflower DK and stash buttons

Peachy Baby Sweater (the designer's was in a peach yarn):
worked top down, also out of stash Wildflower DK

And don't get any ideas about the baby items!! I work with a bunch of young kids that all seem to be starting families.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Transparent Butterfly (Absolutely gorgeous! )

It comes from Central America and is found from Mexico to Panama. It is quite common in its zone, but it not easy to find because of its transparent wings, which is a natural camouflage mechanism.

A butterfly with transparent wings is rare and beautiful. As delicate as finely blown glass, the presence of this rare tropical gem is used by rain forest ecologists as an indication of high habitat quality and its demise alerts them of ecological change. Rivaling the refined beauty of a stained glass window, the translucent wings of the Glasswing butterfly shimmer in the sunlight like polished panes of turquoise, orange, green, and red. All things beautiful do not have to be full of color to be noticed: in life that which is unnoticed has the most power.

To the praying women in my life...

Live your life
in such a way that,
when your feet hit the
floor in the morning,
Satan shudders and says,
"Oh, no....she's awake!!"

Friday, June 6, 2008

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Car lust

Recently I fell in lust with a new car. I used to drive small hatchbacks and really liked them. When I bought my last 2 cars, there weren't really many offered. And a small 'wagon'?? That was an evil word on car lots! We have, as I'm sure we all know, a 1993 4-door Saturn SL, a 2004 Saturn Vue (toy SUV), and a 2007 4-door Saturn Ion. Nothing wrong with any of them. Till I saw one of these on the lot (they're so cute in person!):

More pics available at:

And then this week, Steve sent me an email saying Ford would be bringing back the Fiesta! The old Fiesta was probably one of my all-time favorite cars. Couldn't kill 'em, great gas mileage (40+/-), fun to drive, and plenty of room, especially for a small car.

More pics here:

Since I'm still paying on 2 of the current Saturns, I'm not sure I need a 3rd. And the Fiesta won't be in the states till next year. Guess I'll be dreaming for a while!

...just someone's feelings up in Jamestown NY!