Amy’s Life in Brief

I need to get a new computer!
February 26, 2008, 8:08 am
Filed under: postcards, postcrossing, snail mail | Tags: , ,

My current Mac is very old and cannot really be upgraded…I haven’t been able to get it to upload anything properly to this website. If I could I would show everyone the beautiful cards I’ve received via traveling round robins on the postcrossing forum! I have also received some beautiful cards as birthday gifts from a couple of yahoo groups I belong to…I would love to show them to everyone but my darn computer just is not able to comply with my requests!


News about a former friend…
February 15, 2008, 11:28 pm
Filed under: betrayal, pedophile | Tags: ,

I learned last night that a former friend had her second baby. She and the baby girl are doing just fine, which I’m glad about. But this news just makes me so uneasy.

This friend of mine is married to a twice convicted sex-offender. He molested two different boys on two separate occasions and was convicted both times…once in 1994 and once in 1997. This is why we are no longer friends.

She never actually told us about his past…she had just said he had a really bad past. I was thinking he had stole a car or had been addicted to drugs or something. She brought this man to my house and around my children. This man knows the name of my boys and where they live. Another friend changed her son’s diaper right in front of this man! This former friend never said ONE WORD to us!

I found out completely by accident. Oregon had their on-line sex offender registry launched to much fan fare. I started to poke around on it and was shocked to see her husband’s name and picture pop up! I contacted his parole officer and then contacted child protective services as my friend had just had their first child a few weeks before. I don’t know if that was the right thing to do, but I just couldn’t stand the thought of a defenseless child being in that home without someone checking on the situation.

I know longer have contact with this former friend and wouldn’t even consider it unless she was no longer with this man. And even if she wasn’t with him any longer I would have to have a sincere appology from her…the fact that she brought this man into my life and around my children without fair warning of his “issues” still makes me quite angry today. I don’t even know if she realizes how wrong she was to do this.

And now there are two children in this home…and it just makes me sad and worried.

Valentine’s Day…
February 15, 2008, 8:40 am
Filed under: financial concerns, Valentine's Day, worries | Tags: , ,

Well, it’s not anymore…it seems that I never get on the computer until very, very late…I tend to get on here only once I realize I’m not going to fall asleep quickly. At any rate, my Valentine’s Day was unremarkable. My husband and I had an argument about money. I just don’t think we’re ever going to see eye to eye. He says weren’t not saving any money at all and I tell him he’s crazy…not very constructive, I know. I pointed out to him today that between May 2007 and December 2007 we actually saved about $6,000. In December we had a huge transmission problem in my van to fix and that cost $2500…and then we had a modest Christmas…but it was an expense we don’t normally have. Then, the garbage disposal died and the fan in the upstairs bathroom went kaput. That caused some moisture damage in the ceiling we had to fix. So, needless to say we burned through that $6000 due to unforseen circumstances.

But here’s the kicker…that is NOT our only savings. We have a very significant amount (above $25,000) in a CD account and we still have more than $20,000 in our checking account. I’m going nuts because we live very frugally (I’m not saying that’s a bad thing) but I am wanting to just LIVE OUR LIVES. We have to think about EVERY PENNY, DIME and DOLLAR we spend…he agonizes over whether or not I should have bought an ink cartridge for the printer…he wants me to wait until it completely runs out. He thinks I’m being irresponsible by purchasing one when the low ink warning comes up. It doesn’t matter that it could completely run out at an inconvient time.

Anyway…I’m rambling here…it’s a never ending argument where he just doesn’t see my point of view. I totally see his point of view, I just don’t think we need to live our lives to the extreme that he does.

So…we didn’t go out to eat…I didn’t even make anything special for me or the kids because I didn’t want to have a fight about spending money for a take out meal when we had food in the house.

I almost wonder if he has an anxiety disorder or something. He’s always been frugal but it has gotten worse in the past few months with the increased talk about recession fears. He’s also been reading a lot about peak oil and what it could do to the economy…so…I don’t know…but it’s really driving me crazy.

What I think I’ll spend my money on!
February 13, 2008, 8:00 am
Filed under: loom knitting | Tags: ,

I think maybe I’ll splurge and buy myself a yarn ball winder. I’ve been considering this for awhile…I have some big skeins that I would love to split up into two but it just seems to daunty to do it without some sort of mechanical help…so I’ll have to research my options.

My birthday goes on!
February 13, 2008, 7:58 am
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My in-laws came over tonight. My father-in-law needed to help my husband fix the bathroom ceiling. We had a faulty exhaust fan and it caused soggy insulation, drywall etc. They put in a new fan over the weekend and today they put up drywall to cover the hole in the bathroom ceiling. It will be a few more sessions before the ceiling is completely back to normal, but at least there is no hole there.

My in-laws brought me a really nice birthday gift. They gave me $50, some cool postcards, and a new shirt. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the money…I’m pondering still. I’m considering buying some more yarn for my stash…that’s not really necessary, I have plenty but I’ve been wanting to try out this new yarn called Strata…so we’ll see…

I guess it’s not technically my birthday anymore
February 12, 2008, 8:06 am
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The 11th was my birthday…it’s not technically the 11th anymore so I guess my birthday is over. I had a very nice birthday today, though! My best friend, Christy, made me a cake. We ate that at my younger son’s playgroup…the kids enjoyed it, too! I had a quiet afternoon and talked with my older sister. My husband came home after work and presented me with a $50 gift certificate for Border’s Book. Then, I promptly left the house and spent about an hour or so shopping for some new books! It was a really relaxing evening!

I got some different books than I have been getting. Well, one of them was “The Road” so it was pretty similar to what I’ve been reading. But, I also got “Complications” and “Middlesex”…so something not quite so dark as “World War Z”.

Postcrossing Pity Party…
February 6, 2008, 8:43 am
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Like I said before, I’m a daily user of the postcrossing forum. It’s a lot of fun and for the most part I’ve met some really nice people. I am hosting a ton of Round Robins, both traditional traveling varieties and stamped ones as well. I really enjoy hosting them, I do. But, right now there are a couple of folks who are raining on my postcrossing parade.

One person has completely dropped off the forum. She has been sent many, many round robins and hasn’t sent them on. Before this, if a similar situation arose, I would restart the round robins and it wouldn’t be a big deal. In this situation I’m not able to do that…there are just too many. The very bright side is that several people have offered to restart the round robins that have been stuck on this person…so it really does show how many nice people that are on the forum.

The other issue is that there is someone who has started a few round robins and appears to be using very old cards…not nice, new, glossy ones that people are expecting to receive. So…people are a little disappointed because of that. I know not everone is going to be happy with ever round robin envelope they receive…but come on people…help me out here! I’m hoping my postings about what kinds of cards need to be sent will help get that situation resolved.