Friday, August 22, 2008

MMMMMMAZING...

Some people...it seems that only a few words can describe certain people, and in this case, it's amazingly stupid.
I don't like to run around calling people stupid, but I swear, I have a case this time. Hypothetical situation: you take someone in, they use you for just about all you've got, steal things from you, talk badly behind your back, and then end a 'friendship' of 10 years because THEIR child broke a sprinkler...
Weeks later, they give you a call, exchange some casual banter, then casually slide in the fact that they are out a babysitter for the evening, hinting around that they want you to watch their kids? Would ya do it?

So yeah, this happened to me today. We took in my friend and her kids, had a horrible experience and our life nearly fell apart at the seams. We helped her out financially, running through our entire savings, all to have a big "screw you" for a thank you. Yeah. Her kids broke our cabinets, broke some windows, broke some screens, she stole from us, ruined things, left my house a complete disaster. Finally about a month ago, I had HAD it with her and her kids. She never pays attention to them, so they end up breaking things. Her son breaks a sprinkler, a few days later I let her know, and she ends up calling Brandon an ass, saying that her son was nowhere near our sprinkler when she KNOWS he was, and tells us (her words, not mine)  F*** you and to have a nice life.

Cool, considering we helped you out of a major jam. Whatever. But I was sick of it and I had told her she can't come over here anymore if her kids keep breaking stuff. The sprinkler wasn't a big deal, I even told her not to worry about replacing it because it isn't about the sprinkler, it's about the principle of the thing; she cannot just let her kids run wild and have no respect for other people's property and go and ruin things. Well she lost it and I didn't hear from her for about a month.

Then, a few weeks ago she calls after I had tried to get ahold of her (her apartments called me asking for her, she hadn't been at her apartment) and she gives me a sob story about how things are so horrible in her life and she's being evicted because she didn't pay her rent blah, blah, blah. And then she says that her new wonderful greater-than-great friends do all these fun things together and take the kids to the beach and she's bought all this stuff...whatever. So I casually let her go, knowing I have no intention of ever talking to her again. But, I did feel compelled last week to let her know that our church is having a school supply giveaway for low-income families, so I let her know.

She calls me today and immediately starts in with "I'm getting my daycare shut down" and then "now I have no one to watch my kids so I can go to a concert that I paid a lot of money for a ticket" WHINE WHINE WHINE. Side note: how can you afford a $100 concert ticket but you CANNOT pay your rent? Hmmm...

*anywho* She hints around that she wants me to offer to watch her kids, I don't offer, she gets frustrated and starts making it known that her kids don't remember me or my kids. I don't believe that because I can hear her kids in the background yelling "AUNTIE CHRISSY" so whatever...but like that is supposed to hurt me? I'm sorry, but I'd rather them not be around. She has no parenting skills whatsoever and her children are the ones who suffer. But then, she continues to act frustrated that I'm not offering to watch her kids and bringing up the concert.

Okay, let's see...you stole from us, you 'borrowed' our money, you left my house a mess and let your kids kick holes in the wall and write on the walls, you stole my kids' clothes and toys, you bad-mouth me behind my back, call my husband all sorts of awful names and say he's an ass and he's worthless. Oh yeah, and you gave us a completely horrible reputation among our neighbors to the point where I have them coming up to me asking about child abuse allegations! How do I defend myself when they come up to me with something like that? Now, what would make YOU think that I would do ANYTHING for you? I've already done my part. You have had every opportunity to get your stuff together and you spit on it...

People...sometimes you just need to learn to help yourself, to get yourself a better life and on to a better path.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hubby loses job, hubby finds job...

Brandon gets laid off the day after our 4 year anniversary. Then, he finds a job a few days before we go to Vegas. Now, he quits that job to get a new job...wow, will this ever end?!?!?!

So, he thinks he's nailed a great job, and that's wonderful for him. I have worries, but I think things will be okay. God will take care of us, I'm sure of it. But, just as we're getting comfortable with the idea of this new job, TWO OTHER possibilities want to speak with him. Good Lord...he sure is letting his blessings RAIN down on us! Sometimes there can be too much of a good thing, because now, we don't know what God wants us to do! So we pray, and we pray some more, and still no answers. We'll just have to keep praying that he gives us some insight on what to do, and I'm sure he'll guide us on the right path toward his ultimate plan.

The whole 'free will' thing scares me though. What if he's giving us this huge sign to take X job, but we just don't get it? I'm a dummy, and sometimes I wish things would just be spelled out, but that's not the reality.

So, here we are, back at square one. At least he has a job now, though, and we're not wondering how the heck we'll pay our bills. God sure does provide, sometimes it seems like he has a sense of humor about it, though!
Monday, August 11, 2008

We're back :)

Phew...we're back from Vegas and we had a wonderful time. I'll upload pictures at some point...really...lol.
We saw Cirque's Mystere and it was PHENOMENAL! What an amazing show! I would highly recommend it to anyone going to Vegas and I would definitely see it again. We also saw Folies Bergere at The Tropicana and that was a cool show too. Oddly, the music was almost a little too loud to enjoy! Never thought I would say that, but it appears that in my old age, I just can't handle loud singing lol. That was nice because it was a free show...we attended the Tahiti Village timeshare presentation on Tuesday morning and it was well worth it. Tickets to the Folies show run about 45-55 bucks a person and we got three tickets. We also got free breakfast while we were at the presentation, so I think we made out pretty well.
It was awesome walking along the strip, too. Listening to all the different languages and seeing so many different people was really cool. I am a people watcher so that was one of the most thrilling experiences for me. On Thursday, our last night there, we went and saw the Freemont street experience which I personally didn't think was that great. As far as Brandon is concerned, he thought it was amazing, but I just expected something different, I guess.
I would love to go back at some point in the future, and I have to say that Vegas is definitely NOT a family place any more, so don't bring your kids! But I think if we went again, we'd stay at the Mirage. TI was nice, but the Mirage was SUPER nice :) We liked the casino, too, and did very well there. I would also get tickets for more shows in advance. They have the Tix4tonite place there, but I like having a plan, so I'll definitely book more stuff in advance the next time we go. Hopefully we get to go again.

In other news, Brandon started his new job today. I'm excited about it because it represents a fresh start in all aspects of our life! Literally, we're refinancing, he's got a new job...this allows us a second chance to not screw things up! The schedule is strange, like they have a staggered schedule, so one person comes in from 7 AM to 4 PM and then the other guy comes in at either 8 or 9 (can't remember) and works another 8 hour shift. Plus, he works every other Saturday, but sometimes he'll get Sunday and Wednesday off and sometimes he'll get Saturday, Sunday, and Monday off. It's weird...we'll just have to see how things pan out! But, he's making comparable wages to Robideaux's and they also offer benefits. I know he's nervous because even though he's worked on all kinds of cars, he used to specialize in GM and now he will have to basically specialize in ALL cars. It'll be good for him, though, and I just hope this job works out.