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I’ve got a bad habit of writing and not publishing. It’s not because I don’t think it’s good enough. It’s probably not. It’s not because I’m going to tweak it, because I won’t. I have so much to say that I get called away by some task and plan to go back and add to it. And then I never do. Then weeks or months go by, what I have to say is old or no longer timely, so I let it go. This one I wrote on Sunday Sept. 3rd and before I sit down to write a ‘catch up’ of all that transpired on vacation, I’ve got to put this one out there. Sorry for the disappointment of not having a “fresh” post to read.
 

Things are going surprisingly well. I don’t want to jinx it but life is good. We’re getting ready to leave on our 2nd rv trip of the year in a few days. This time we’re heading to the SW corner of Wisconsin. About the only area of WI we haven’t covered. It’s always risky to try someplace new but if it turns out to be fun, it’s well worth it. We are bringing my mother-in-law with us again. She had a wedding on Sat. Sept. 2nd so we delayed our vacation a week so she could go along. She’s so excited and we feel good about including her.

 
Wed. Aug. 16th I rode in with Greg to work. The supervisor of the TSA Canines asked the inspectors if any of their family members would be willing to help out with training the dogs (no pay). Greg volunteered me because he knew I’d enjoy it. I was supposed to be utilized from 8 am until 11:30 am. I had to sign something saying I wouldn’t talk about what was done or how so I’ll leave all the details out. Their other volunteer called in sick so they weren’t able to use me in the way I’d hoped. Greg took half a day of sick leave and after I was finished, we went to the nearby Buick dealership. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been “sort of” in the market for a new SUV. We looked at both the Buick Enclave (3 rows of seats were too big and no one but children could fit in the back row) and the Buick Envision (hubby is 6’ even and he hit his head on the ceiling in the backseat). We wanted to like the Envision so had to look up how it could be towed behind the RV. You have to remove 2 fuses every time and start it every few hours. It’s a huge hassle after how easy the Jeep makes it for towing. So we are back to getting another Jeep eventually. Hubby just rolled over 100,000 miles but it should last awhile yet. Ideally, he would wait and get a new one when he retires.
 
I never thought we’d be those people who obsess about retirement. It’s at least 7 years away but we talk about it almost daily. Hubby can hardly wait and I can’t blame him. I am really looking forward to being able to travel and take long trips cross country again without worry about running out of vacation time. There is a totally different feel to travel when you don’t have to hurry home. If you’re enjoying some place, you stay longer. If you don’t care for some place, you move on. We’ve also been talking a lot about moving. I love it here but our house is small. We have one less person, you’d think we’d need less room, not more. But you’d be wrong. 😉 The town we live in is great but the state of Illinois is an abomination. Our state government is so corrupt and we have such high taxes. The beginning of August, they instituted a tax of a penny an ounce on “sugary drinks”. This is all types of soda and juice, people. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying diet soda, they still tax you. $2.88 tax on a case, $1.44 tax on a 12 pack and 67 cents on a 2 liter bottle. The city of Chicago (which our town borders), also taxes plastic grocery bags and bottled water. Give me a break!! 7 cents a bag and 5 cents a bottle tax on water. Michael Bloomberg has spent over 6 million dollars advertising to ensure that the soda tax went through. He lives in New York so I don’t know why he’s so invested in Chicago. If he had used that money for charity or some real “good” in the world, it would’ve been better. The government officials who are pro-tax, say the tax is for health reasons. To help people make better choices. Then why are they taxing water?! People are going to other counties and across state lines to purchase soda. This is hurting small business owners and even large stores in the area. It is unbelievably short-sighted. People aren’t just going to these other counties to buy soda, they are taking their entire grocery shopping elsewhere. I feel it is incredibly unfair. If it was truly about “the health of children”, McDonalds food and every other fast food place would have an extra tax on top. People are going to eat bad things. We can’t stop them. Kids who used to stop at the store for a soda after school may buy a giant candy bar instead. How is that better?! 
 
 I apologize for getting off on a tangent. Back to looking for a place to live. There’s no end to apps that allow you to house hunt online. Our problem is we can’t decide where we want to live! It looks like we may end up in WI again. I know what type of house I want though. As old as I can find. The ones with dark woodwork, pocket doors, a huge farmhouse kitchen with a pantry. Most of the old houses that haven’t been torn down have been refurbished into generic inside. If they’ve been kept up, then the price tags are anywhere from half a million to 3 million dollars. I can’t pay that. We could never afford anything close to that and even if we could, it seems wrong. To spend that kind of money on a house. I know being in mansion doesn’t make you happier. So then we come full circle and talk about living here forever. It’s not the worst thing in the world but there’s no room for guests. Or a workshop for hubby or a craft room for me. Or a place to store our rv at our residence. I always say “when you don’t know what to do, do nothing”. 
 
Friday Sept. 1st, after literally close to a decade, I got hubby to clean out his bedroom closet. I could have done it but I wanted him involved. He hates doing it and I knew it would put him in a bad mood but we did it. Now the trunk of my car is full of stuff for Goodwill. We have so much more to go through, like my closet and literally half the bedroom. It’s just like eating an elephant—one bite at a time. I have to keep telling myself, “Every little bit helps”. 
 
We’ve found 2 new tv series on Netflix to watch: Reign and Call The Midwife. They are both excellent. Call The Midwife brings me to tears almost every episode. We’ve just been having the best second half of the summer. I would write more but I’ve got a million things to do. So this is where I ended before we left on vacation. I had high hopes of coming back to it but was busy making stuffed peppers and bean salad to bring along on our trip. I need to catch you up on our vacation but it will be in another post. I’ve got to get this out there before it gets lost somewhere in my emails of unpublished posts.

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Another week has come and gone. I wasn’t in the mood to write but I’ve got my next topic all lined up. In the meantime, I wanted to update on a few things. Hell finally froze over and after 3 months I finally received my free Betty Crocker calendar. After all the fooling around of calling and tweeting them, I had pretty much given up. A month ago I had purchased a 2013 calendar since I can’t go without one. All that was left then at Target was a Green Bay Packers one. This was a day or two before they lost their last game. Hubby is a huge Packers fan and I’ve slowly gotten on board the green & gold express.  Now that I’ve got it up, I will probably just leave it and find somewhere else to put the Betty Crocker one. There does look to be some yummy recipes inside that I want to get around to trying.
 

Betty Crocker Calendar 2013

Betty Crocker Calendar 2013

The other miraculous thing that happened last week was my People magazine showed up. The double issue that I’d phoned them about and they finally sent a replacement. These 2 things should’ve made me feel happy and vindicated. That I had stood up for myself on both counts and succeeded after much effort to get what was promised to me. Instead I felt “meh”. The only thing I can say about it is: it shouldn’t be that much trouble to get people to do the right thing. I feel like I basically had to shame the Betty Crocker people into honoring their promise. I can hardly applaud them for not doing the right thing from the get go. That they needed that kind of prodding is ridiculous. I’m not going to talk anymore about this since I’ve wasted too much time on it already.
 

People Magazine Replacement Issue

People Magazine Replacement Issue

One thing I forgot to mention last week, the family whose house we watched the Superbowl at are a Nielsen family. They’re part of the Nielsen ratings and have a special box attached to their tv that monitors everything they watch. It was so cool! I had forgotten all about back in the 1980’s when we’d been picked to do it. Back then it was simply a survey type thing you had to fill out and mail in every week listing everything you watched on tv. Back then, it was just Mom and I living together and I was working nights at the post office. The only thing I watched were 2 soap operas and nothing at night. I remember filling them out and thinking how boring it must be compared to the average household. I’ve always loved tv but can go either way with it. I don’t have it on “just for noise” like a lot of households. I could easily give up tv entirely. I would miss it but it’s not the be all and end all. Sometimes when we’re on vacation, we watch no tv for a few weeks. Other times on vacation, we’ll just watch the news and that’s it. On the other end of the spectrum, I love certain tv shows like they were part of the family. They have brought me so much joy. There’s nothing like thinking about what day it is and what’s on that night that I’m looking forward to watching. Anyway, I would love to be part of the Nielsen family now. Alas, they pick people completely at random and you can’t volunteer for it.
 
Last week hubby was told about a “detail” job that lasts 6 months. It involves flying around the country and rating the TSA on different elements. My husband was a management consultant many years ago and went into different businesses and figured out what they were doing wrong and right. He went into every type of business known to man and learned so much! A few examples of businesses he analyzed: slaughterhouses, a dentist office, a cheese factory, restaurants, internet service providers, a strip club, etc. So this detail position was right up his alley even though it involved a lot of paperwork. He’d be flying Monday through Friday to a different city/airport and would be home on Sat. & Sun. I wasn’t thrilled about it but I could see why he wanted to do it and how it would be interesting. He got his resume ready and filled out the questionaire with long essay questions, etc. At the last minute he finds out his supervisor won’t let him put in for it. He had asked his boss (supervisor’s boss) and he’d said ok but then his supervisor talked the boss out of letting Greg do it. Talk about infuriating. Then his supervisor says he should put in for a different detail position. So  he did. This one was for 3 months straight in Washington D.C. It’s helping out at TSA headquarters and he’d be gone the entire time without coming home for a day. I couldn’t believe my hubby was willing to put in for it. I couldn’t fathom him wanting to be away from me for that long. That he didn’t think about what my life would be like while he’s gone. We talked about it and from what I can tell, it has nothing to do with me or our marriage. He thinks it will help his career. Ugh. When he was gone for 6 weeks when he had canine training 3 years ago, it just about did me in. This would be twice as long, for no extra pay. I try to be supportive but I also like to see that I’m getting something out of the deal or at the very least he is. I don’t even know why I’m bringing this up since it looks like he won’t get it. There are only a few spots and who knows how many people applied. I think I’m mentioning it so that people are aware how much anxiety this causes me. I worry about the basement flooding while he’s gone. The electricity going out. My mom dying. You would not want to be inside my head. I know a lot of this has to do with how isolated and insulated my life is. I don’t have anyone outside of my immediate household to rely on. I count on my hubby for way too many things. If I ever thought about him dying, I’d probably have a panic attack. Death and thoughts of death are for another blog post. Oooh, won’t that be good. Argh.
 
How I can turn my ramblings into a blog post is beyond me. I don’t seem to have any problem doing it. Unfortunately, I don’t know how interesting it is to hear me going on and on about stuff. I know it’s not easy in my daily life to find people who can take me in large doses. That’s what makes each one of my readers so special. I can’t thank you enough for putting up with me and coming back for more! 😉

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