domino43: (George - sit hat)
but I think this year's already worse for celebrity deaths than this time last year. Sure, June was bad last year, but in the past two weeks there have been four celebrity deaths that I know of. First it was Ronnie James Dio, then in the last week alone, Paul Gray (the bassist from Slipknot), Gary Coleman and now Dennis Hopper. I have a bad feeling about the rest of this summer. :(
domino43: (Maybe Baby - Dear LJ)
First, before I forget, I had a very...odd? dream last night. Like, it wasn't totally weird, but it was one of those ones where you feel weird after you wake up. But maybe no one knows what I mean. IDK, it's hard to put into words. Anyway, so I'm standing on a street and for some reason I can see inside the Tonight Show studio. And they're recording that night's episode. Well, for some reason Andy or someone says something to me/asks me something and I answer. Conan apparently liked the answer, because he started asking me questions, the first was who's your favorite founding father? To which I answered "Jefferson" without hesitation. (IDK. *shrugs*) With a smile on his face and heading back to the desk he says, "alright", or something to that effect and then continues talking to me. The next thing I know, I'm waking up (in the dream) and start telling people about the dream. Because it felt so real, I want to make sure I and others watch, just in case. Then Corie finds this notebook open to these pages that have Conan's and my exact dialogue from the dream in it. Now I'm more convinced than ever to watch the episode, because something is just weird. And of course, just before it's time for the episode to start, I wake up irl.

Ooh. I never mentioned it before, but my cousin told me about SafeLink Wireless after she saw a commercial. SafeLink is a government program for low income people to get a free phone and free minutes every month so you have a way to stay in contact. You get one of two cheap, simple phones and 68 minutes a month. Though you can add minutes on your own. They go through TracFone, though, and TracFone has the most ridiculously expensive minutes out there. They're supposed to be coming out with SafeLink airtime cards soon and I can only hope they're at least a little more affordable than TracFone. You get service time for a year, at the end of which you have to re-apply. I had heard a vague mention of it some time ago, but wasn't sure what it was all about. So I went onto the website and decided to apply. I got ok'd and just a couple days ago I got my phone. It's really cheap and has NO bells and whistles and only 68 minutes a month, but it's something I can use when I'm home and no one else is there and I need to call the Dr or something. It's basically only good for making and receiving calls. And you can text.

Did I ever mention that I got my denial from SSI? Because I did, back in October. I applied for an appeal. I also got a lawyer. She actually got my aunt her disability after she'd been denied several times over 2 years. I still need to get one paper in to her before she formally accepts the case, but she said, with my Dr.'s cooperation, it looks like I have a good chance.

Also, I'm still waiting to hear from my Job & Family Services caseworker to see if I'll be getting medicaid. I should really call her and ask tomorrow.

Let's see, phone, SSI, Medicaid...that's all i was thinking of last night...No it wasn't. One more thing.

One of the cats (kitten, really) over here died yesterday. Or more accurately got killed. Okay, accidentally killed by Thomas. rest under a cut for those who would like to avoid it )
domino43: (1776 - Obnoxious & Disliked)
Namely,my (soon-to-be-ex)S-I-L.

I guess I should start at the...beginning. I don't remember if I mentioned anything before, but Neal's wife Kim filed for divorce. They've been separated for a while now and both have dated others. Anyway, at the end of November she filed the papers. Neal has no problem with that. In fact, he was hoping she would so he wouldn't have to spend out the money. Her mom/mom's family hates him so much (for no real reason) they payed for it. Anyway, like I said, he has NO problem with that. But before she did that, or rather, before she told him about that, she went and got a restraining order against him. For her and their daughter. Right before Thanksgiving. She called the cops and told them that he had threatened to take Catilena and go to Michigan and never bring her back. Okay, he said that, once, in the heat of an argument, like a few weeks or months prior. She knows he says things he doesn't mean when he's mad. It's a condition of his brain damage. But she decided to get to him by keeping him from seeing his daughter. Not smart. Even though this old threat was an empty threat, her family backed her up. They had a court appearance on Dec. 1st about it. She tried to tell the judge that she had never meant for Catilena to be on the restraining order. Except she had specifically told him and our cousin (while I was there) that she did. Anyway, they wanted her to get full custody. The judge didn't go for it, since there was no reason and they're still married. But Neal said he didn't care if she had temporary custody as long as he had visitations. The judge agreed. Then they wanted to do the exchanges of her at the police station, trying to make him seem like some horrible monster. She just made herself look bad, since the police station has no parking lot and the only parking spots are on a busy street. The judge told her how stupid it was. Neal suggested the Kroger parking lot. The judge said that was fine. Kim and her family were not happy because nothing went their way. The judge gave him every Wednesday and every other weekend. Not that's actually legal, since they aren't divorced yet. But, whatever.

Anyway, now that you know the backstory... Neal is supposed the have Catilena from Christmas Day until Jan. 4th. Only he doesn't have anywhere to stay with her. He could stay at our house, but we have no heat. We're supposed to, but the heater kind of broke. OH, yeah. Our electric got turned on and we got a tank of propane, but the heater suddenly won't work. The flame and pilot light keep going out. Dad thinks there may be a little water in the tubing. He needs to look at it. So, hopefully soon I'll be able to go home... Back to the story. Neal is supposed to have her for 9 days, but has no where to sleep with her. He tried to be responsible and tell Kim that he can't care for her properly right now, can he keep her for a couple days until he figures out something. She refuses. She is making her daughter be homeless for a week and a half because she doesn't want the inconvenience. Also, apparently her new boyfriend is gone and she's sleeping with some other guy. And letting Catilena see her go into the bedroom with him. Luckily she's only three and confused him for the boyfriend, but still... She's so stupid. She keeps INSISTING that the visitation thing says he HAS to take/keep her when it's his time. She just doesn't get that what it says is that if it's his time, she has to let him see her. So even though her daughter has no place to stay, she's making him keep her. Just because she doesn't feel like taking care of her.

IDK, it's just irritating.
domino43: (George - sit hat)
I caught the news last night while I was flipping through channels. In fact, in the middle of the night I almost got up to post about it, but decided against it. Until I fell asleep and all today I can't shake this weird feeling. My heart keeps telling me 'No. Ted Kennedy can't be dead.' I don't know why it's hitting me like this. It's not like I'm political at all. It's not like I knew him. Just, something keeps wanting me not to believe it. I know he'd been sick for a while now, and I didn't expect him to live much longer. It just seems that now that he's really gone, it shouldn't be so. I can't help but wonder what's going to happen to the Senate now. I mean, Ted was about the only one that could walk across the aisle and work with and really get the Republicans and Democrats to work together. Who's going to be that person that the Republicans actually respect enough to work with? We've had him looking out for us for 40 years, who's going to do it now? I don't know. I just feel like all kinds of things are going to go downhill in the country now.
domino43: (Maybe Baby - Dear LJ)
Went to see an disability Dr yesterday for a breathing test. How ridiculous is this. This Dr was about a 40 min drive from me. I had to ask my Grandma to take me because brother is on second shift again, as is dad. Anywho, it took about 40 min to get there, I filled out the one little paper I had to do. Then I told them the meds I'm currently on, waited a few minutes and got called back. Go to the back and the nurse asks me a couple things, puts a couple things in the little machine and tells me how to use it. Apparently I didn't do it right the first time, so she reset the machine and had me do it again, 3 times total. And that was it. Almost an hour and a half round trip for a 5 min appt.

But on the way back I did stop at the library and pick up my books that were on hold. I got the whole Dollanganger series by V.C. Andrews. I started Flowers In The Attic last night. As of this writing, I'm about halfway through it. By the time I go to sleep I should be at least 2/3 done. I've got all 5 books for a month, so I'm HOPING to average about 4-5 days each book. Probably less on the ones I read over weekends.

Oh. They got a call from the bank and the USDA inspection got done. The house appraised a little higher than what they're paying. Also, they did their inspection and the owner said he was leaving them the lawnmower and all the tools and all kinds of odds and ends their daughter left behind. So now they won't have to buy one. Their closing date, as of now, is September 18th.

Only problem is dad and I have to figure out how to get about $600 by then for a deposit on electricity. He's getting big chunks of money taken out by the Department of Education, so he's going to have to try to figure out some way to come up with it. Grr. I don't know how we're going to do this. AND, we'll be without TV, cable, internet, phone....for quite some time. I need a bit of money to get the internet turned back on in my name. We might be able to swing enough for a converter box or two, so we can at least watch broadcast TV... I guess I'm going to be reading a LOT come September.

Also, I. am. TIRED. I don't really know why, but I got no real sleep last night. I slept, just not well. I have been beat all day today. I almost took a nap early this afternoon, but then Corie said she was taking one. This was just as brother was getting ready to leave for work, so I had to keep an eye on kiddies. I don't think I'll read too long tonight so I can try to get to sleep before 2 or 3.

I wish this bruise on my arm from my B12 shot would go away. It's been a week since I got that thing and I still have a bruise and little lump. :(
domino43: (Dean - Close-up)
for about a week now. The kids were on spring break and brother has been working 7 days a week so I haven't had a lot of time online. I can pretty much keep up reading, but not post when I want to. Hopefully soon that will change. Brother and Corie are going to Chicago in 3 weeks and I told dad that I ant the comp set up down here before they leave. Brother has it up in their room, but I need dad's computer desk before he can bring it down. Dad got rid of the nice big office desk it was on.

Busy week last week. Like I said, kids were home and didn't go back to school until the 14th. Three obnoxious boys at home all the time = very little sleep for me. Not to mention Easter. Apparently, Easter is Thomas' fave holiday. The whole week they had off school, every single day, he'd ask if it was Easter yet. Easter day was no fun. Mostly because when I was changing the bandage on my toe, I noticed that something just wasn't right. I called my dad down to look at it and he said it looked discolored and I should probably go into the ER and get it checked out as that's how Uncle had lost his foot. One day he went into the Dr. with a slightly discolored toe, they waited 3 days for it to heal and the next thing you know, he's had to get half his foot lopped off. Yeah. Needless to say, that didn't make me too confident. Then when I was putting on my shoes and Corie was coming down the stairs she's all, "Are you going somewhere?" I tell her where and why. [very put out] "I guess we'll have to take the kids with us to the store then..." [/very put out] Thanks for the concern.

Spent a good 2 1/2 hours in the ER, saw one of the few competent docs there. I have, yet another, serious infection. When she told me they "don't do anything for toe's here, unless it's a fracture", I got the idea it's policy for them to just tell you to see a specialist. And why not. All the ones they suggest you see have offices in the hospital. Anyway, she had the nurse take a culture then scrub and soak my foot, which is more than any of the others had done. She then prescribed me 2 antibiotics and Vicodin. Dad picked up the antibiotics but not the Vic. If it doesn't stop hurting like this soon, though, I may see if him or brother will get it for me when they get paid.

Came home and everyone else was gone. They pulled in a couple minutes later. "We're gonna take the kids to town and spend some time with them." Big surprise, since Easter dinner had yet to be started! So, in pain and infected me and dad had to do most of the dinner ourselves. Oh, and just a little before the stuff we did was ready they came home. "Oh, we have to go back to town because we forget (a), (b) and (c) for dinner. We'll be back soon." 2 hours later and a phone call to do one of her dishes later they come strolling in. Yeah, thanks. No, I'll live and yes, I still have my foot...for now. Thanks for the concern, you guys.

And since Sunday and the doc (one whom Corie trusts as well) said I have to try to stay off my foot as much as possible until the infection gets much better, things have been tense. Monday she did the laundry (usually my job) and put away 1 barely full basket of the kids' clothes and had a fit about it. Then last night or this morning she says "I've been doing everything..." FOR 2 DAYS! Get off your high horse and accept the fact that someone else needs your help for once. God forbid anything should make her life any harder or inconvenience her at all.

And now they're home and I'll have to get off here. Guess I'll have to finish this rant and the other stuff I wanted to say later. As usual. *sigh*
domino43: (Viggo - stressed)
So I went to donate plasma yesterday (Keith had a black eye and some bruises on his chin. *awww*) but my iron was too low. Okay, reschedule for today. No problem. Made sure I took an extra multi-vitamin and ate so much Malt-O-Meal (lots of iron) this morning I actually almost got nauseated. There was this horrible wait today. Lots of people that work the front were off. No Keith today *tear*. Anyway, they finally got to me and my iron was the same as yesterday. WTF? How does that even happen? Needless to say, that pretty much put me in a bad mood because I had to use the last of my money for gas. By the time I got home I was tired already. Couldn't find anything to eat. Everyone else got to go out. I should have taken a nap/went to bed early since everyone was gone for a while. BTW, did I forget to mention that we have 6 extra people staying here, half of whom are very small, very loud, quite hyper children 4 and under? Corie, my cousin (her 'bf'), their kids and their roommate Sidra. So, yeah, not much sleep for Dom lately. That's also why I haven't been online a lot lately. My stupid freaking cousin is on here, like, all day and night on his days off and the days he does work, I'm helping with the kids anyway. Not that if/when I do get on the comp I get any uninterrupted time anyway. Plus, Corie and Sidra and I spend so much time dealing with children who want their father's attention, and don't ever get it because he's a deadbeat, that the house really, REALLY needs cleaned and the dishes really, REALLY need done. I just know when they move into their new place (they're hoping this weekend) I will be the one stuck with all their left over trash and having to do dishes I didn't use. Well, me and Dad. He's been complaining to me an awful lot about it, though he doesn't say anything to Corie like he should. And that has put me in a worse mood.

I'm taking a wild guess that I won't be in a good mood tomorrow either. All I know is that the day after they're all moved out...I'm going to bed and not getting up unless I abso-bloody-lutely have to!

What a day!

Sep. 4th, 2006 11:51 am
domino43: (Anchors Aweigh - Medal)
Well, I had quite an eventful day yesterday!

First off, mom and David were in town for the weekend so we could have a little BBQ yesterday. All us kids (minus little brother, who decided to stay in Michigan by himself) went over to our Grandpa's where they were staying. Had a nice quiet lunch, talked, blah, blah, blah. After we ate, brothers got rambunctious, as they always do. Eventually, they all had to leave because they had other things to do. I hung around a little longer because I didn't feel like going home just yet. A little bit later, Neal came back and said dad needed me home. I loaded the mattress Grandpa gave me (YAY! New mattress! No springs poking me!) into the truck and we headed to the house.

Just after I got back, Our old family friend, Brian, pulled in. He was the reason dad wanted me there. Brian brought his camper over and he's going to be living in our backyard. Dad had wanted to go somewhere but needed someone there to show Brian where to put the camper. Guess I wasn't needed after all. Brian hung around a little talking, then he had to go pick up his truck. After that, I took some pics of dad's van and truck, as he wanted to list them on eBay last night. Also took some pics of Catilena.
baby pics )
Shortly after that, I decided to sit in my car and listen to a CD. Dad and Neal were in the yard getting some stuff around and Kim and Catilena were in the van, Catilena was eating. For some weird reason, all at the same time, we turned our heads and glanced at the house across the street. Something wasn't right. Then we realized there was smoke coming out of the house. I jumped out of the car, Dad grabbed his cell and called 911, and we all started across the street. Neal got in the truck and took off down the road, as the lady who's house it is has a daughter that lives just on the opther side of her neighbor.

The lady had a stroke in January, but had come home after that. Then she went in an ambulance somewhere in April or May and came home again. We weren't sure if she was there or not and were really worried, so dad went up to the front door. It was hot to the touch so he left it be. He went around to the back and saw that the kitchen windows had blown out from the heat. By now ther was thick black smoke filling the house and smoke pouring out everywhere. Finally one of the volunteer firemen got there and radioed the trucks.

After a little while, someone finally got ahold of her kids. Luckily, she had just moved into a condo about 2 months ago. A younger reletive had been staying there to keep an eye on things until about 4 days ago when he moved out. He had been the one who's trash we'd seen and the reason the daughter was still over there every once in awhile.

By the time any smoke had come out the fire was gone and it was just smoldering. Strange thing is, while there had to have been flames in the kitchen, we didn't notice anything at all until the smoldering caused all the smoke.

We're all just glad the old lady wasn't home. If she had been there still, there's no way she could have survived the smoke. We started having trouble breathing across the street once the firemen opened it up.

And so, that was my day. I'm glad it's over and I have only one thing to do today.

*sigh*

Jul. 29th, 2006 11:38 pm
domino43: (Lemonade - Fancy)
Don't you hate that feeling you get when you're made to remember things you don't necessarily want to remember? Not because they're bad memories, but because they remind you that things aren't that good anymore.

My little brother had me take him to his friends' house in town earlier. Well, they live right next door to where we used to live. I don't really ever go on that end of town anymore, because I have no reason to. Well, he told me some of the things that the people that bought the house from my mom did to the inside. It made me kind of...sad that it doesn't belong o us anymore. I told him, "Austo, lets win the lottery and buy back the house". He agreed that was a good idea.

Also on the way there I had to pass by the cemetery where a friend from school is buried.

I hate emotionally exhausting days.

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