Thursday, October 22, 2009




Hi, all!

Wow--so much going on and I cannot begin to tell you how much I've missed everyone....I think of you all daily!

As you may recall, our computer crashed--it is still unfixed. Fixin' costs money, don'tcha know? Whoda thunk it, eh???

Bummer, dude. Major bummer.

Then, we were using a very old, slow and unstable laptop that B's friend gave him--well, that took a dive on us, too, leaving me totally incommunicado from the world outside.

Amazing how reliant we have all become on technology--but without it B has had to go to other peoples houses to do his school work, I have been unable to do my on-line banking (which helps me to stay on task financially, pay bills, keep track of transactions, etc.), Ed has been unable to do his weekly line-up's for his 'Fantasy Football' league that he does every year through his work (which he still hasn't paid for--yikes!--they're being understanding and patient) and which he really enjoys (one of the few things he gets to look forward to) not to mention being 'computerless' has left me without being able to catch up with you all!

I still haven't been able to pick up my awards from a few weeks back that Kelly and Naqvee were so kind as to bestow upon me but I want to thank them both so much for thinking me worthy and I promise to come back to retrieve them when I have more computer access.

So, this morning my 'oldest son' brought over his laptop for me to use so I can do my bi-monthly crying--er, banking.

I only have it for a little while today--but he is being very patient with me as I have been about two weeks now incommunicado!

UPDATE:

As you may recall, we took my Mom to 'California Adventure' for her birthday on Sat. October 10th. She got in for free for her birthday and Ed and I had two free tickets from the 'MS Society'. I packed us a great lunch to save all of us money (that none of us really had, to be frank) on having to buy food at the park.

Parking, unfortunately, went up $2.00 and is now $14.00 to park!!!

We gave my Mom a choice between 'Disneyland' and 'California Adventure'--she chose the latter.

I tried, Meeko, I tried.

Although we had tried convincing her that 'Disneyland' would be more 'her speed' (and so fun and pretty in the Autumn!) and, therefore, would have more for a 76 year old woman to do and see, she chose 'California 'Adventure' because she had never been there.

And so, since it was HER day, we accommodated her--and, by doing so, basically wasted our two free tickets--ha!

I TOLD her over and over prior to going to wear comfortable shoes and to dress accordingly--that there would be a lot of walking.

But NOOOOOOO! She wore dressy flats, pants and blouse with a shawl instead of tennis shoes and comfy, warm (it was chilly there that day--especially once the sun set), layered clothing.

Comfy and lots of walking being the key words.

Had we been thinking ahead, we would have borrowed a wheelchair from my in-laws for her as her feet were killing her after a few hours.

She went to 'Guest Services' to find out how much to rent an electric wheelchair--$76.00 they wanted (you would get $20.00 or $25.00 back upon it's return)!!! I told her she should have checked to see how much for a regular one but she poo-pooed it all together. Probably wouldn't have been much difference--everything there is ridiculous.

Ed was 'jonesing' for a cup of coffee--$4.00 I paid for a stupid cup of Joe! Sheesh, we could have gone to 'Starbucks' for a cappuccino!

Anyway, we ended up only on three rides alllll dayyyyy with having to stop and walk slow, stop again, sit for a while, stop, walk slow some more.

Three rides--not including the kiddie rides with my two year old great-niece (my niece and her husband came with their little one) and the 'Aladdin' show which was spectacular!

So, yeah--three rides. Yep.

Comfy shoes, Mom--comfy shoes!!!!!

Oh, and I had to buy my Mom a poncho--yes, a PONCHO! $7.00!!!!!

She had told me weeks before we went that she wanted to go on the raft water ride. I told her that it wasn't too fast or steep and that she could probably handle it but to make sure she brought a windbreaker, hat, change of clothes, etc. because she would likely get wet.

What do you think? Did she listen?

Yep--you guessed it. NOPE! So, when she saw people getting off the ride wet she made a stink. A big one.

I reminded her that I told her of this--several times--and that we don't have to go on it.

She insisted on going on but was making such a 'to do' about the water that I went and bought her the damned PONCHO. Then, what do you suppose she said?

"I told you not to!!!!"

She has since recovered nicely from somehow--eh hem--accidentally tumbling off the raft.

God only knows how she managed to go head first off that thing. They really need to review their safety standards.

Anyway, we were glad to be home and swore NEVER AGAIN with my Mother.

I love her but, seriously.

In other news, we file for bankruptcy November 2nd.

We have to re-take the mandatory on-line credit counseling before we can file: our previous attorney--A.K.A. unethical, lazy, scum bag piece of sh**--had us take it back in April. It cost us $50.00. However, since he didn't do anything to motivate himself to work for us and crunch the numbers, the certificate has since expired and we now have to re-take it paying yet another $50.00.

That now leaves us with $75.00 for two weeks of groceries, toiletries, etc. after rent and gas for Ed to get back and forth to work which is $12.00 a day (we had to borrow the money for our attorney's fees).

This has been a constant stressful struggle of a juggling act--I can only hope it's nearly over and that the judge who reviews our case doesn't reject it.

The nearer it gets to November 2nd, I feel not the relief I thought I would, but further anxiety in a mind full of "what if's?"

I HAVE to think that way--I truly feel as if I have no choice but to NOT get my hopes up that this nightmare is almost over.

Only when I wake up in a cold sweat from this terror that has been our lives for a year, will I then exhale and breathe regularly again--and only then.

I will be back whenever I have access to a computer to say hi to my wonderful blog friends whom I have missed so dearly it settles itself in the form of a dull ache.

I truly miss you and can't wait to be back permanently so I can finally catch up on how you all are.

Meeko, Steven Anthony, Rae, Isabella, Naqvee, Ekanthapadhikan, Cooking Mama, Lori, Kelly, Allen, Kyle...all of you (and those whose names I missed in my haste in getting this off--my sincere apologies)--I love and miss you greatly and so very much appreciate everyone's well wishes and support and wish for you all everything that is good.

I truly hope this finds your Autumn blessed with good health, peace, love and happiness.

~Jo
E-mail: ejcbtheshamrock4@aol.com
(I will likely get to check my mail about once a week or every two weeks)

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Hi to my beautiful blog friends!

I've really missed all of you--it's been over a week but feels like an eternity.

Quick update:

Our computer still hasn't gotten fixed--B had to go into 'Safe Mode' to try and save some important documents on his flash drive before taking it to the guy from Ed's work who can then fix it for us--there were a few things we hated to lose in our saved documents that would be difficult to replace: resumes, B's school assignments, a book I started writing and 15 giga bites of I-Tunes that tooks years of accumulating that B hates to lose as he doesn't have most of the CD's anymore (some were borrowed).

So, in the meantime we're still using his friends old lap top which is massively slow, infuriating and untrustworthy. Again, I'm not supposed to be on here but just wanted to touch base and let everyone know how much I miss you and miss reading about what's going on in your lives--I wish I could stay longer to do that but don't want to risk any further damage as this darned thing is all we have right now until our pc gets fixed.

Nothing much new going on other than that: we're supposed to file for bankruptcy on November 2nd where the garnishment on my husbands wages are supposed to cease immediately.

In the meantime, taking back cans and bottles to buy a few groceries.

As I mentioned before, we're also going to 'Disneyland' or 'California Adeventure' on Saturday, Oct. 10th for my Mom's birthday: she gets in free for her birthday and Ed and I have two free tickets.

We're likely going to pack our lunch and dinner in an ice chest (and keep it in our car) instead of paying to eat there unless anyone knows if there is perhaps a website where we can print out food coupons for 'The Disneyland Resort'. I have been unsuccessful thus far.

I don't have a problem packing a lunch--we do what we have to do and I'm truly grateful to have two free tickets that enables us to enjoy a day of fun--but, of course, would prefer to eat there were it affordable. I know my Mom, for one, isn't looking forward to all the walking back and forth between our car and the park to eat. However, if I am unable to locate any coupons/vouchers, then that is naturally our course of action.

On another note, unfortunately, I still haven't been able to buy my daughter a birthday gift (needless to say--as I've said it 100 times before--things have been pretty freaking tough!) but I will be doing so in November--it'll be a few months late but I'm hoping she'll be understanding and willing to see the sincereity of my gesture instead of the late timeframe, if it gets acknowledged at all. Not really the point I suppose as I will get her something nonetheless.

In closing, I want to say another thank you to 'Supahmommy' for making me another button for my blog. Bloggers seemed to like both choices equally so she kindly made me another for people to choose from--both are on my sidebar. Much thanks to her for her time and kindness!

I want you all to know how much I miss you and can't wait to be back on permanently to catch up with you all. I hope this finds everyone happy and well.

Here is my E-mail address--please identify yourself in the subject box if you'd like to stay in touch via E-mail: ejcbtheshamrock4@aol.com

Happy Autumn--peace, love and happiness to you all!

~Jo