Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hump Day it is

1. Are you watching the Olympics? Your favorite summer Olympic event? I read recently a list of the most iconic Olympic moments in history...what stands out in your mind as a great moment from some past summer Olympic games?

Yes, we're watching. I will admit I have only half watch most events. I confess that I sort of hide my eyes when watching the divers and the gymnasts on the beam and doing dismounts. (that poor gymnast that broke his leg.  I don't think I will ever forget that) The Olympics came upon us so quickly, I'm still adjusting to it.  So far Team USA is doing pretty good. 

I think my favorite events have been the swimming.  I love the gymnastics, but I just can't relax during their performances.  Swimming is a lot less stressful for me.  

My all time great moments...I loved watching Mary Lou Retton in the 1984.   

2. Have you ever been to Rio? How about the place that started it all-Greece? Have you ever been to any of the Olympic Games in person? Is that something you'd like to do? Have you ever met an Olympian in person? 

I've never been to Rio, and it's not necessarily on my list of must-see cities either.  Sure, I'd be up for attending the games in person sometime.  As far a meeting an Olympian in person, YES, we have met a couple of them.  Most of them were former employees of Home Depot who was sponsoring them at the time.  .

3. The ball's in their court (tennis), cross the finish line (track and field), on target(archery), make a splash (diving), on a roll (gymnastics), out of one's depth(swimming)...which Olympic-related idiom best applies to your life right now? Explain.

We keep experiencing a "false-start" with all this hurry up and wait stuff we keep getting with the local social security office.  

4. What have you earned a 'gold medal' in recently?

Nothing spectacular comes to mind.  How about taking care of my family.  I've been the one holding everything together, even if no one realizes this or thinks that is a big deal. (Especially my family.)

5. What is it (or who is it) that motivates you to eat right, exercise, and do what you can to be healthy?

There are several things that motivate me to eat right and exercise, but the biggest factor is probably my age and my children.  No matter how young you feel, there comes a time when you can no longer take good health for granted and you do what you must to stay fit and healthy.  I'm a work in progress.

6. Are you young at heart or an old soul? Explain.

In some ways I think I'm young at heart. I'm shocked on a regular basis to realize how old I am. I just don't feel it (most days). On the other hand I've always been a bit contemplative and that lines up more with an old soul. Maybe I'm a little bit of both.

7. It's National S'mores Day (August 10th)...are you a fan? Will you celebrate with a s'more today? 

I prefer a deconstructed s'more. The traditional s'more is way to rich and sweet, and so messy! Give me a perfectly toasted marshmallow with a side of chocolate and you can skip the graham cracker. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Today we left the house around 7:40 to make it to the social security office by the time it opened. I thought it opened at 8 a.m., but come to find out, it opened at 9 a.m.  When we got there the line was forming outside already, so we waited with the crowd. Luckily the weather was nice and there was a breeze that made it tolerable. Before we even stepped foot in the building the gun caring security guard let us know a few guidelines/rules before we could go inside. He let everyone that was there for a social security card know that they were in the wrong place and that they needed to head over to two of the Phoenix locations to get that taken care of. Then he reminded everyone that we were able to enter into a Federal building and guns, knives, or talking on a cellphone when you come to his desk or the representatives at each window is not allowed.  He also said that if you are carrying a purse or backpack he will inspect it.  Kevin and I entered the building and took our number and shortly after we sat down a women decided to argue with the security guard about him checking her purse.  He then firmly told her that he would escort her out of the building and she then changed her mind and let him check her purse.  She wasn't happy. I couldn't believe she actually thought they wouldn't go through her purse. They could run it through an x-ray machine like they do anytime you enter a court building, but they don't.  I thought it wasn't a big deal to have the guard look into my purse in order for everyone to feel safe and secure enough to allow us to enter the building. I couldn't believe anyone would argue with the guard. That just blows my mind. He is trying to ensure all of our safety and I appreciate that very much. He has a tough job.

Once we had the chance to sit down with someone at a window we were escorted to the back interview offices.  It was a big room full of cubical style offices.  There were several rows of these offices.  We were directed to cubical number 74. The lady at the cubical was very nice and even commented that she didn't understand why some of what we were there for wasn't taken care of the last time Kevin was there the week before.  She took our paperwork, checked Kevin's ID, and had him sign a form. The whole thing took about 15 minutes once we were back in the interview area.  Now we wait for their final word.  The interviewer did say that if they had any further questions they would call us. Let's hope there are no more questions and just a final decision.

Yesterday Kyle called the place that had his car.  We were thinking that we would have to wait until the weekend for a payday to be able to pick up his car. Come to find out, since the issue with the car took place so close to the warranty, they allowed it to be covered by the warranty.  We were 20 miles over their 500 mile cap, and two days beyond their 15 day cap too. They told Kyle it was his radiator and that they would only charge him $25.  We expected then to also add the cost of the towing companies charge as well, but they didn't.  As it turns out, when Kyle got there to pick up his car the guy handed him the keys and sent Kyle on his way no charge at all. We were shocked!  This was an awesome surprise.

Before we left to pick up the car, I had placed a call to my parents asking if I could borrow a little money to cover gas and SRP until my next payday.  I just need to get to that point.  You see, I ended up spending more money one gas with all the trips back and forth to Phoenix to drop off and pick Kyle up from work these past few days. Thankfully my parents agreed to help out. Honestly, they have been pretty incredible these past few weeks.  I don't know how we could have made it through some of this stuff without their help.  Since Kyle was still asleep I went ahead and ran over to my parents house. They had someone at the house installing ceramic tile in their master bathroom and their walk in closet while I was there.  They had a leak some time ago and the handyman fixed the leak and helped my parents get things dried up and ready for work he was doing today.  My parents are installing grab bars in their shower and next to the toilet for extra support, as well as changing out the fixtures in the bathroom too.  It's been 30 plus years since they moved into that home and it's time for an update.  They decided to go with dark fixtures and they look very pretty.  I love them!  While I was there I was about to see the paint color they put on the walls and the shower curtain my mom found that she has been using as her inspiration for colors.  It's going to look really nice once it's all done.  My mom said she doesn't like having all of her stuff all over the house right now. She has her clothes on a rack in the entry way and clothes on the backseat of her car too. I don't think anyone likes having their house torn apart during the construction phase, but once it's done it will be awesome.  It will be good.  
My dad also had about 30 movies on DVD to hand over to me.  He has several more he wants me to go through his list and decide if we want those as well.  It looks like we will have a few new things to watch for a while.  

We received a very brief letter from Elder Schmidt today.  He was busy doing laundry and grocery shopping so they didn't have much time to go exploring or do much else.  We barely got a letter out of him.  I think he is just super busy with all the work lately and with training his new companion. I think Curtis really looks forward to his P-days to use as time to get out and check out the sights.  He said he told his companion to grocery shop for two weeks at a time so they don't have to spend so much time doing that, but his companion said if he did that he would just eat all the food in a week.  So, Curtis is spending more time at home than what he is use to.  I think that is getting to him a little bit.  I can understand that, but Curtis would never say anything.  He is just going to let his new companion learn these things on his own. It takes time. It's all good.  

Kevin is relaxing and trying to get some rest now.  These little trips wear him out and his back hurts a lot too.  He hasn't taken any pain medication for about two months now. He refuses to make the appointment with the pain specialist until we receive the social security benefits now. He doesn't want to cause our budget to go haywire. I've tried to tell him to just make the appointment because him being in pain and not getting the care he needs isn't really saving us anything.  In fact, it could make things worse if he doesn't get himself to his doctors.  After all, we don't want any more Emergency Room visits for anything or anyone.  

Honestly, I have mixed emotions about the pain medication. In some ways I think he needs it to help with the pain, but when he doesn't take it I get my husband back and I want that.  I don't want drugged Kevin.  I want my awake and alert husband back.  I'm hoping when we get back to the pain specialist they will have another option other than the heavy pain meds to help Kevin out.  Time will tell.

This afternoon we are working on a few online documents for Lexi and waiting for the storm to roll in.  I hope it rains today!  Rain! Rain! Rain!

I found a place that has stencils for my table. There's a place called Cutting Edge Stencils that sells all kinds of things. I just don't know if I want to pay that kind of money for a stencil.  Then I found these patterns....

DecoArt Americana Decor 10 in. x 10 in. Mandala Stencil

I think this wall stencil would be AWESOME on my table, don't you??
Lace stencil vn302

I have a Cricut machine.  I have a cartridge that has all kinds of different designs that look a lot like the two photos above.  YES!
I could cut out my own stencil, even if it meant I'd have to cut out a couple different pieces or sections to do this.  It wouldn't be hard to do. I could even do it with contact paper and then I wouldn't have to worry about bleeding as much. Sure, I'd still have to go light on the paint I use, but contact paper would be the best way to get this done. Then I could cut out all the sections and piece it together as I positioned the contact paper on the top of the table. Then once it is all in place I could just roll a thin layer of the paint on all at once.  YES! I think that is exactly what I will do.  I'm so excited. I even have a roll of contact paper here at the house....and stain too.  All I need is paint, and to be honest, I could use a $1.00 tube of craft paint for this.  I am so excited now!  I will have a new table top that will look like a piece of art, and it's only going to cost me $1.00.  I love that!  With a little creativity and a little ingenuity there is a way to do these things without spending a lot of money.  That is the best part of all!  Pictures to come soon.  I think I just found my next weekend project.  

Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.

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