Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mother's Day again?

It's the Saturday before Mother's Day, a much maligned "holiday" made up by the greeting card producers of America so many years ago. Then the flower growers and candy makers hopped on the bandwagon and bing-bang-boom - Mother's Day as we know it today.

And Mother's Day stirs up so many emotions for people. Gratitude mostly. Mine are probably not those of most. And this is something that I've been aware of since about nine years old and has somewhat bothered me later in life. While in 4th grade when the other little girls in my class would go around the table declaring that they love their mother, but I could not.

And I feel for those kids who were neglected and ignored today. My adult realization is that I grew up in a household ran by a mother who was depressed. I was raised by a caretaker and not a mother. And it maybe because she was older than most at the time she started to have children, or even combined with the fact that she was the youngest of four herself.

But for whatever reason she behaved the way she did towards me and my brother, even the hatred towards my father that she divorced,  we will never know because she took it to the grave.

What I do know for a fact that is I'm not my mother. I have done things in my life and accomplished things that she never did and most things I'm glad that I did. I had my son at age 21. I own my home. I own two cars.

Despite the fact that both of my parents were neglectful to a degree, I somehow ended up not being a huge detriment on society.

I learned that there are three types of people in this world:
1) those who follow the rules
2) those who acknowledge there are rules but think they don't apply to them
3) those who just do what they want with reckless abandon.

... guess which lane I swim in?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

I have a different opinion

The jobs not filled by H-1B Visa workers remain unfilled because the wages American workers demand are probably more than what are offered to a 1st year foreign workers.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Tax Man Cometh Soon!

I spent the whole day and into the night Saturday doing my taxes. I had to take extra time and analyze my toll road activity to get that deduction. I also had to find the way to print out last years auto registration fee. It looks like I might break even.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Job Progress Report 3/16

I'm two weeks into a contractor position and I'm loving it. I'm back in to file room operations and supervision. The big project drops in another two weeks. It's what I was hired for and they allowed me to start early during to ramp up.

Earlier this year, a colleague reminded me that one of my goals was to become the county recorder. Isn't it interesting that others sometimes hold you more accountable than maybe you do yourself.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

My Medical Insurance Evolution

My Medical Insurance Evolution

Due to the progression of Crohn's disease, since my 2000 resection surgery, once a month I must get a B12 injection. It's good yet interesting that I really don't get sick all that much except for having to deal with the effects of Crohn's if I eat something that doesn't agree with my guts.

1) Kaiser was great until my employer decided it was too expensive for them. I paid a monthly premium so I could pay $8 a shot I could administer myself at home.

2) Then my employer changed insurers and I went to a different PCP of my choice who accepted my insurance near my home. And I didn't have to pay anything for my monthly injection, but had to come into the office to get it. I had a co-pay if I was seen for anything else.

3) After that, I paid an office visit fee because I changed jobs and my medical insurance had not kicked in yet. $69 for the office visit to obtain the same injection. I was thankful to my doctor.

4) Then I quit that job and went on COBRA. That was $500 a month, but all I used it for was the same B12 injection. With the same doctor that previously charged me $69 for the same injection.

5) Then I became an independent contractor. I was mad and worried having to pay so much for so little during a time when I was starting my own business and I decided to concentrate on getting my Crohn's more under control since I had more time at home. As I did this, ObamaCare came into play. My COBRA ran out at the end of 2016 and I found a plan with Kaiser for $185 a month premium based upon my new income bracket. I don't have to pay for the B12 injections if I use the nurse's clinic, but blood tests are now something new I have to pay a co-pay for. And I have a co-pay if I need to see my doctor for anything

6) Now I'm worried again that my government reps may change the mandated medical insurance plan and I'll get kicked off  because Kaiser won't have to cover me anymore under the discounted plan I currently can afford.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

So you're a foodie, ehy?

Words and phrases that let you know your dine out meal may cost more:

  • crafted
  • farm-to-table
  • gluten-free
  • organic
  • seasonal (should cost less in season than out of season, right?) 
  • market rate
  • aged (meat, wine, spirits, cheese)
  • imported
  • small batch
  • artisan
  • smoked
  • authentic
  • uncured
  • curated 
  • inspired

Dream #682917

I woke up from a dream this morning. What if Hurricane Irma was not the exception, but the norm? What if the polar ice caps melt, oceans rise and hurricanes are a part of our atmosphere all the time like the hurricane on Jupiter? Humanity is but a spec on the timeline of our universe and there is so much we don't know but only can assume about the future of the earth. We recognize pollution is the problem burning wood, coal and fossil fuels and mother nature is taking it back. Everyone better learn to swim and we need to figure out different dwelling solutions for what we call home. Will it be garage on the first floor, storage on the second and then living space on the top floor? I'm glad I didn't move to St. Augustine.