Busy day

May. 21st, 2009 03:17 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I finally have a few minutes to sit down and breathe today.

This morning I dropped off Corwin for his last day of Mother's Day Out at 9:00 and headed straight to the car dealership for an oil change on my car (both in preparation for heading to Austin tomorrow and because it's the last chance I'll have to do so without having to drag Corwin along until next September). After the oil change and new windshield wiper blades I headed home to meet our realtor, who was already in the house working with the photographer getting pictures taken for our listing. Finishing up the pictures and the paperwork for the listing took until noon, at which point I gobbled some lunch and then headed off to the university to pay for my parking for the summer. This involved a stop at the Galleria to get my parking permit and card from Andrew since I drive his car to work on the weekends and forgot to get my stuff out last night. So I paid for my parking and stopped to chat with my former boss for about 10 minutes or so (as neither my current boss nor the library director were in their offices at the time I was there) and then headed back home to pick up Corwin. We hung out in his classroom for a few extra minutes because the kids were eating cookies that someone's mom had brought and taking pictures with the teachers (in all my busy-ness I totally forgot my camera, so I'm hoping Morgan's mom will remember to email me the picture she took on her camera). Then home and got Corwin in bed for his nap and now I am finally sitting still. Corwin is still carrying on up in his bed though, so maybe he's not going to take a nap today. *sigh*

I'm feeling more sadness than I think I should about Corwin's last day of Mother's Day Out. I think it largely has to do with the fact that he has been enjoying it so much, and also that he's not likely to see his teachers again (unless we are still here in the fall, which I hope we aren't). And he doesn't seem to understand what "last day" means enough to be sad about it himself. I think he's going to miss a couple of the kids from his class, too, but I'm hoping maybe we'll be able to get together with them for some playdates or something this summer, which should help. I'll also miss having the time to myself, but I don't think that's at the root of how I'm feeling. It's almost like I'm feeling what I think Corwin should be feeling if he understood what was happening. Whee for being a parent! ;)
cifarelli: (Ember)
I had my appointment with the orthopedist this morning. He took X-rays, and the front view showed that my knee is slightly out of alignment. I believe the lower part of the joint was shifted slightly to the left, but I might be misremembering the direction as I am bad with those. I've now been referred for an MRI so that he can see more detail.

The MRI place is supposed to call me today or tomorrow to schedule an appointment, and then once the results from that are in I get to go back to the orthopedist. I really hope we can get all this taken care of before May 22, which is the last day of Mother's Day Out for Corwin. I'll have to start calling in babysitters for any appointments after that. :(

As an aside, I find it really really frustrating that there don't seem to be any summer programs for kids Corwin's age. The church where Corwin is going to MDO has a summer program, but the kids have to be 3 to attend. I have looked online and found nothing (aside from stuff where the parent has to stay with their kid, which is all fine and good for getting him out of the house and doing something, but not so much for me having free time) and the MDO director wasn't able to refer me to anything, either. *sigh*

Rant

Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:08 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
You're getting this rant because Andrew is in a meeting all day and doesn't have ICQ open at his desk so I can't even send him my rant in comments for him to read later. :P

Last Thursday while Corwin was at MDO, I drove to a couple glass places to talk to them about replacing the glass or installing a new shower enclosure in our master bathroom. One of our existing pieces of glass has a big crack in it so definitely needs to be replaced. On top of that, the glass is dirty and waterstained and the caulking around the existing frame is looking rather grody and my attempts to clean it haven't accomplished much. And some of the gold-colored finish is also coming off part of the frame around the shower door down at the bottom...probably a side effect of my attempts to clean down there. *sigh*

One of the places I visited said they would send someone out today or Tuesday to take measurements so they could give me a quote for the work. I told them today between 10 and 1 while Corwin was at MDO would be great, or any time on Tuesday. Corwin is home sick today with a cold, so didn't end up going to MDO after all. But they called me at 2:00 (exactly when I would have been out picking up Corwin if he weren't sick) to say they'd be here in 45 mins or so. SOOO not according to my instructions. And to top that off, it's now 3:15 and they haven't showed yet.

The other place I visited I left some guessy-guessy numbers for them (as I hadn't measured before I went out....which I probably should have done, but oh well) and they were going to call me with a quote. I called them back Thursday afternoon after I got home and did measure to give them the more accurate numbers, but the person I needed to talk to was on the phone. I was told she'd call me back but she never did. Until today at 1:30, with an estimate based on my guessy-guessy numbers. *sigh* I asked about redoing the estimate with the new numbers, or been better sending someone out to measure, but she didn't want to do that. Just said the numbers she had given me would be close enough as they were within an inch or two of my new numbers. So yeah, they do not have my confidence, and I suspect have just knocked themselves out of the running for the job.

I need to call a couple more glass places now for estimates, but have been holding off thinking I'd do it after the guy who's coming to measure has gone (so he doesn't catch me on the phone, which I'm sure is exactly what would happen were I to try to call now). But at the rate they're going Corwin's going to be awake before he ever gets here. *sigh* *grumble*

End rant.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today was Corwin's first day of Mother's Day Out. It sounds like it went pretty well overall. Problem areas seem to be going potty and nap time. Their nap time is scheduled to start at noon and go to 1:30. Corwin's normal nap time is more like 1:30-3:00 or later. So, he didn't sleep today, though his teachers did say he wasn't disruptive about it...just every time he heard a noise he would perk up to see what it was. With regard to going potty -- This part is cut 'cause I know some of my friends aren't interested ) Having him nap at home after MDO works fine for me, but I'm not sure what to do to work with their earlier nap time. I LIKE the schedule we've gotten into at home, and don't really want to adjust it, especially as that would likely involve a consistently earlier wake-up time for me.

As for my kid-free morning, I spent it doing errands and enjoying the freedom to get in/out of the car without also having to get Corwin in/out of his carseat every single time. Oh, was that nice...but weird. I kept thinking I was forgetting something, and it was odd not having someone in the car to talk to. But I got my state inspection done and an oil change for my car, both things I hate doing with him in tow. Then I stopped by Williams Sonoma to check whether the gravy separator I got for Christmas was defective (it wasn't; just for some reason they ALL look different in reality than they do on their packaging materials), went by Corwin's doctor's office to pick up his health form for MDO, and went by the post office to mail some checks I have been holding for nearly a week (that's a rant for another day, unless you are [livejournal.com profile] destroyerj who facebook chatted me at just the wrong time, or my husband). Then I came home and had lunch and a brief break, and then got to work cleaning out Corwin's closet further and vacuuming/cleaning in his room. Sadly, I ran out of time before I got completely finished. Oh well.

On Monday, I think I'm going to get my car washed (see a theme here?) and drop a shirt off at the dry cleaners, and then spend the rest of the time cleaning/organizing here at home. Have to get the house ship-shape for Corwin's family birthday party on Saturday the 21st and continue getting it ready to go on the market. I have a vague mental goal of the beginning of March for that, but somehow I doubt it will happen. If nothing else, I suspect getting the glass replaced in our master shower will be a holdup.

And now, I should go get ready for bed as I am back to full-time child-care tomorrow.

Score!!

Jan. 30th, 2009 08:24 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
The MDO Contact at First Methodist did call me back this afternoon (Yay!) and they have an opening for Corwin!!!! If you've been following my MDO search saga at all, you know how happy this makes me.

Anyway, we're going to go tour the place on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., and assuming I don't see something that makes me hate it, that's where he'll be going. They're going to be closed on Thursday and Friday for the staff to attend training up in The Woodlands, so he wouldn't be able to start going until the next week at the earliest. But it looks like I finally have a real possibility, so I'm excited.

Their two-day options are M/Th or T/F, and I'm still waffling between them (I did verify that both options are available, and they are). I'm leaning toward M/Th because Friday is, some weeks, the only day we have to do fun-for-Corwin outings with all three of us as a family, and if he's in MDO that day, then we wouldn't be able to do that. On the other hand, it would be lovely for Andrew and me to have some time together at home when Corwin isn't around, and it would also allow me to attend the occasional meeting up at the library without sticking Andrew with babysitting duty (or allow me to run off to such meetings when they're held on the Fridays when Andrew's at work). And on the third hand, if I'm going to be using my child-free time to go in to work some days, I'd almost prefer Corwin were in a 3-day/week program so I'd still get two days to myself for other things. (Days, of course, being 9-2, since those are MDO hours). Hrm...complicating factor with going to meetings at work is that they usually start at 9. So I'd have to pay extra for early drop-off on those days if they weren't days when Andrew was off work.

This program is also much cheaper than the one I went to the open house for yesterday. $250/month (as opposed to $320). Early drop-off (8:00) and/or late pickup (3:00) run an extra $30 a pop, so I wouldn't want to use that very often $6/day or $30/month. It's still more expensive (by a lot) than the place he's on the waiting list for, but at this point I'll take whatever opening I'm given. :) It's probably nicer than the cheap place, too.

I am a happy Paulina! :)
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today, so far, I have:
-Called another MDO (First Methodist) that says on its web site it has current openings. Left voicemail.
-Called my doctor about transferring a prescription to mail order because my insurance is stupid and won't let me get 3 months at a time at the retail pharmacy any more
-Called a 2nd engineering firm about doing a Group Rate for Certificates of Elevation for several homes in my neighborhood. Emailed the first firm to ask them to confirm the group rate they can offer us.

Now I'm trying to decide what to work on next. Nothing is particularly appealing.
cifarelli: (Ember)
The MDO that Corwin is on the waiting list for has yet to have a spot open up for him. *sigh* So this morning we're going to an open house at a different church for their MDO program. We're even up early for it, as it starts at 9 (we are usually getting out of bed at 8:30 or so). Unfortunately, this open house is for their fall registrations.....i.e. Corwin wouldn't start going until September. I think I'm kinda hoping I'll find out that they have a random opening now...or maybe for their summer program. But we'll see. I'm actually not that thrilled with the pricing and schedule for this one, either. By September, Corwin will be old enough to be in their preschool program, rather than plain MDO. And I'm not really wanting him in preschool at 2. I'm a firm believer in the "kids should be allowed to be kids" school of thought....he needs a few more years to play before he has to worry about "school." Of course, I guess some of that depends on how "school" for 2-year-olds is run, too. Additionally, their schedule options are M/T or W/Th/F. Not alternating days like I expected/want. And it would be $320/month for him to go 9-2 two days a week (only $220 if he only goes 9-12 both days). I think ideally I'd like him to attend something T/Th.

And they have a nonrefundable $200 registration fee. Which if we end up moving like we are hoping to do would be lost. This whole moving/not moving thing is getting really frustrating for me. Makes it hard to plan anything. Because where I WANT to be at the end of this year is not necessarily where I'm going to be at the end of this year.

[EDIT: OMG...registration for this program sounds like a nightmare. The church (Memorial Drive Methodist) is in the Spring Branch school district, which is apparently one of those districts full of rich competitive folks who start prepping their kids for college the moment they're born. Apparently by the time it gets to community member registration day (which is after registration for those already enrolled and church members), people are showing up at 3 in the morning to stand in line to get a spot (registration opens at 9). That's NOT something I'm willing to do to get my kid in a program, especially when I may be moving to a completely different part of town by next September. Where are the programs for sane people?!

I didn't get to ask about current openings due to the program running long and needing to go get Corwin from the nursery, but the director did say she won't know about summer openings until after Feb. 17. So I might call and ask about that then; will probably call to ask about current openings sometime this week.

I WASN'T completely turned off by their preschool program, as it is largely based on learning through play. It uses the Rice Literacy Program, which sounds kinda neat. And was developed at Rice, which doesn't hurt from my alumni perspective.]
cifarelli: (Ember)
The phone rang sometime between 12 and 12:30 last night. It took a couple rings for me to wake up and realize it was ringing, but once I did I jumped out of bed and began the 'hunting for clothes' and 'digging my glasses out of my purse' process to go down and see what the emergency was. Partway through the process the phone started ringing again, so I knew there must be a real emergency and whoever was calling really wanted me to answer the phone. I cursed at them (I was coming, I'd get their message and call them back in a minute) because I was afraid the repeatedly ringing phone would wake Corwin.

Well, I got downstairs, and NOT EVEN A MESSAGE!!! Apparently it was a wrong number, in the middle of the night, who felt it necessary to dial my number repeatedly before concluding they had it wrong. And the worst part is that I had trouble falling back asleep afterwards. I guess on the bright side, there was no emergency. Or at least, it wasn't my family's emergency.

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