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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Divorces, Blood, and a Post Office

Today was quite possibly the most productive day I've had in quite awhile. I got in late last night from Victoria because I talked to a classmate for awhile after my night class and that put me behind on my driving. I got up early this morning, still tired since I only got about five(ish) hours of sleep. I finished up some legal paperwork and headed out to Panera Bread to meet up with some friends I hadn't seen for awhile.

Following that, I made the 30-minute drive to downtown Houston to file the paperwork. I sat around in the family law courthouse filing room patiently waiting my turn and finally, I was called to contribute to the mass of dead trees that ends up in file folders at the courthouse. As I exited the family law courthouse, I saw a sign for a blood drive taking place at the Civil Courthouse.

I had been wanting to give blood for quite awhile. I had been doing it quarterly a couple of years ago before they told me my trip to Jamaica had possibly tainted me seeing as how I could be a carrier of the dreaded malaria and therefore wouldn't be allowed to donate for a year. Well, that was two years ago so I figured that since I hadn't keeled over of malaria yet, I was probably OK.

I headed into the courthouse and made my way to the 17th floor where I went through the whole administrative thing of filling out the paperwork and such. I was then led over to the vampire table whereupon it was discovered that my veins were being all kinds of lazy and refusing to show up for the party. They finally did coax one of them out of hibernation and I proceeded to let them drain me.

After that, I made my way back to the burbs where I had lunch with a friend. I then headed out to the courthouse near me to file the paperwork for the ticket I received in December after my car accident. The ticket was dismissed since I had jumped through the hoops of taking defensive driving and what not. 

A trip to the post office followed where patience was a virtue what with the playing out of the cliche of one postal clerk at the counter and 100 people in line. After standing in line long enough to knit sweaters for all the children in Afghanistan, I finally was able to mail my stuff and head home. It feels good to have gotten so much done today, but I will definitely be doing nothing tomorrow except staring at the ceiling all day if my eyes can manage to stay open.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Busy, Babysitting, and Bandobast

April has been one of the busiest months in a very long time for me. In addition to driving to and from school and doing the homework, I've also been filling my time with a divorce case and babysitting. I've started working for a woman with two sets of twins. They are all boys, ages 8 and 6. I have so much fun with them! They have tons of energy and we play games like Guess Who, Go Fish, and Chutes and Ladders. We toss the football, kick the soccer ball around and just have a good time. Still, it takes time and energy.

I will be starting my field work this summer and I had to search out a work site for myself, which took a few weeks of calling, leaving messages, and waiting for return calls. I finally found a site and took a tour of it yesterday. I had to fill out the paperwork and all that administrative stuff. I then headed out to babysit the twins times two. I've sat for them several times this month.
In addition to that, I attended a meeting of the committee I sit on at UH. It was a rather contentious meeting with a lot of issues to be discussed. All of these things has left me exhausted. As I write this, I am babysitting the 2-year-old daughter of a friend of mine. She's a doll (the friend and the daughter), but I am looking forward to some free time this afternoon and tomorrow. Although I have things to do at home, I don't have to go anywhere again until Sunday (when I will babysit the twins x two again) so I plan to catch up on my sleep and just rest in general. I really need to do that to recharge myself for the coming week when things will be less busy than they were last week, but still busy enough.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

April? Already?? How did that happen?

It's been a very busy year. I can't believe it's already April, but it is. Seems like it went by fast, but so much has happened. I can't even start to talk about all of it so I'll just recap the last week or so. It started with a musical weekend:

Saturday, March 27, I drove up to San Antonio and hung out with my dad for the weekend. We went to Harlequin Dinner Theatre for a show called "Listen to the Music." It was a rendition of 70s music from local singers. They were really great and we both loved listening to the songs and singing along.

Sunday, March 28, we headed out to a show at the Aztec Theatre called San Antonio Rose Live. It was wonderful!! Again, local singers put on a show of classic country music. They were excellent and so much fun to listen to those old songs. The Aztec Theatre is worth visiting just for the architecture. It is Aztec architecture of course and so amazing. It's like being in a museum.

Monday, March 29, we left my car at the dealership to have a general check-up and headed to Alice in Wonderland in 3D. SO COOL! I loved it. After that, we picked up Cricket (my car) and headed over to TGI Friday's. My dad had never eaten there so I told him he needed to try it. I think he liked it. After that, we went home and watched Charlie Chan movies and Hercule Poirot. My dad and I share a love of mysteries so we both enjoyed that!

Tuesday, March 30, we had Bill Miller's BBQ and I headed out to Victoria for school. It was a great weekend and I had such a good time. I really needed that time to hang out with my dad and just have fun. My dad has been such an amazing support to me. No matter what I need or want to do, he is there for me and that means so much. He has kicked in quite a bit financially over the years, but more than that, he lets me know he believes in me and that setbacks are only temporary. You cannot put a price on that kind of love and support.

The rest of the week was filled with resting, errands, and getting ready for my mid-term, which I will be taking tomorrow. I am also heading to Victoria tomorrow afternoon to meet with my classmate and get a class project completed for Tuesday. Being busy is better than being dead. I keep telling myself that. :)