Thursday, May 27, 2010Sometimes things just aren't what you expect.....
Take yesterday for example.....
I took manchild to the dentist for his 6 month cleaning. We really were not expecting to be there long (this is one awesome dentist and he is always on schedule - none of this "oh I am running late you so you can wait an hour" crap). So we go in and a few minutes later man child is called back. After about ummm I dunno twenty minutes or so (I really wasn't paying attention) they call me back - like they always do....but the dentist says "have a seat right here (beside manchild) I want to show you something"....yeah - its never good when that happens.
He proceeds to show me that manchild is in "transition" and lots of teeth are coming at the same time - but there isn't room and his baby teeth are not cooperating and so they may need a little help and at least 2 need to come out - now (a few more may need some "help" in a few months). The dentist knew I was moving soon and so we were trying to figure out when we could get this done. He was going on vacation for the next two weeks starting this Friday and the only other day that he would be able to do it would be Monday, June 14 - the day the moving van shows up or I could do it as soon as we get to SC but it needed to happen very soon (he stressed the urgency of getting it done). The dentist sat there for a minute and said "I was in the military - I remember what it was like all this moving and packing and unpacking and I don't want you to be stressed to find a dentist as soon as you get there to get this done - if you have time, I will just do it now". Yep, I love this dentist - I wish he could have been MY dentist.
So I informed manchild of what was about to happen - he didn't look happy. I went back out to the front and they gave him some nitrous, some Novocaine, and bam out the two teeth came. After the procedure the dentist then took the time to shake my hand and tell me what a pleasure it was to have manchild as a patient and wished us the best on our move. He also said that if I ever had any questions what so ever, even if I already have another dentist - call him - he would be happy to help. Customer service - he gets it! And the best part.....manchild's appt was at 1pm and I was still out of there by 2pm.
Now while I have never had to have the dentist pull any of my teeth, especially ones that were stubborn and didn't want to come out, I can imagine its not a happy experience. Luckily, manchild does not take after me when it comes to dental work. He is in and out - no big deal. I on the other hand would be all kinds of torn up - anyone that has been reading for any length of time knows my feelings on this so I would rather not go there...ha! Manchild (being MY child) decides to milk this whole teeth pulling experience for all it is worth. And to be honest - I was feeling bad for him so I catered to the melodramatics. So after eating anything he wanted for dinner - it was off to dairy queen for some blizzardy goodness.
I don't do this often - but here goes - for anyone that is in MN and reads my blog....If you EVER need a pediatric dentist (or know someone that does) I highly recommend Dennis Carreras at Dentistry for Children. He has an office in Monticello, Sartell, and Princeton (he works out of each of them). Seriously, they are really really great.
Cheeky - who is off to go pack some more boxes and realizes that two weeks from TODAY her baby girl (known to the blogging world as teenage daughter) will be a high school graduate.....
Tuesday, May 18, 2010Once again.....and long over due I might add....
I am a home owner in SOUTH CAROLINA BABY!!!! While I could recount for you the details of the things that went WRONG with my closing....and they were extremely numerous....I am choosing to focus on the joy of the situation....I once again own a home in South Carolina. Oh the stories I could tell about the closing....really - you would laugh, you would cry, its quite the drama.....but in the end.....I have a home in SC!
I, once again, have South Carolina license plates on my car (I didn't waste one single second on changing that one over...no siree....and yes, there are stories like how my rental car got hit by a little old man.....but I am being positive). I will have a drivers license soon....(there were issues....I am being positive so I am NOT gonna go there on the ridiculousness - is that a word? - of the process).
In less than 4 weeks....I will once again be a South Carolinian....I don't know if I have to tell you how completely THRILLED I am at this fact.
Yes, I am starting to feel the stress (not a bad thing - just a thing) of everything that has to happen before I move but I am so looking forward to it all. My life, in so very many many many ways, (yes, it needed three manys to convey the sentiment) is about to change.
Teenage daughter will be graduating in 3 weeks and staying in MN to go to college. My little girl will soon be flying the coop. My life is about to go insane......and I am looking forward to EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF IT ALL!
Minnesota tried to break me.... tried with all it had....but in the end....I am coming out...VICTORIOUS! You can try as you might but can't break THIS southern girl!
Cheeky - who is dancing and singing ....who is completely happy.....AND is wearing a FLAMINGO bra and skivvies....(tmi? who cares...its fun...and really if its flamingo and wear-able....you know I am gonna have it on!) and dancing around.....and wonders if her new neighbors will appreciate her Flamingo Fabulous-ness.
Friday, May 14, 2010Buying houses can be such fun......
So, its Wednesday night. I am stuck at the airport in MN trying to get to SC so I can close on my new house. I end up going home and trying again the next morning - which was yesterday.
Finally, I am on the airplane at "0 dark thirty" Thursday morning just cruising along listening to my ipod and I may or may not have been "be bopping" my head. I may or may not have been that person who decides she needs to sing out loud and serenade the plane. I will neither confirm nor deny this allegation.
I get off the plane and walk outside and I know I had the biggest, cheekiest grin on my face. Ahhhh the sun.....Ahhhhh the heat. LOVE IT! So happy to be moving back home to the south. So very happy.
I did the final walk through on the house. Ummmm the sellers haven't even started packing yet (dude, I have 4 weeks left in MN and I have already started packing 2 weeks ago) and they have to be out by 5p tomorrow....I really hope they have a lot of help or a company coming in cause its not gonna be a happy time in their lives if not).
Closing didn't happen. Lots of people with various banks and the underwriters did not do their job. I wouldn't be so concerned except for the last 3 weeks we have said to the bank daily "is there anything else you need" and daily they have said "no, we've got it under control" then in the eleventh hour they are asking for things we can't put our hands on because ....HELLO the files are in MN! So we get the bank names and numbers and the bank is claiming no one is calling them back. Well, see, here is the thing, you have to make the initial call and leave a message if you want anyone to call you back. The bank didn't even bother calling these people to start with. And yet they are trying to say no one is calling them back. I have the feeling lots of people are not being truthful. Heads should roll but unfortunately, just like the airlines....they don't care. There is NO customer service and they are acting like they are doing us a favor. I have bought and sold LOTS of houses over the years. I know how it works. This is the worst experience we have ever had. We are scheduled to close at 1:00p today. Any bets on whether or not it happens? As of right now (8:30a) things are not looking good.
But let's be positive for a moment. IF it does happen, then the rest of the day will be spent with me running around like a mad woman trying to get new tags for my car (my MN tags expire this month and why should I pay for new ones there and turn around and get new ones here? Plus the new SC ones are so pretty), getting a new SC license cause lets face it - I HATE my MN one - but if I run out of time this can wait....maybe, getting insurance for said cars and boat(its in place just need to go pay for it), then heading out to find happy hour SOMEWHERE! HA!
Cheeky - who, in spite of all that has happened or could continue to happen, is sitting in the sun with a smile on her face!
Wednesday, May 05, 2010Good Facebook Night and Stinko de Mayo
First Facebook - last night I found 2 very long lost friends on Facebook and I couldn't be happier. Once, from when I was waaaaay young - she was my "pen pal" from ME. Seriously, real pen, real paper and snail mail. Oh we were such good pen pals and for whatever reason we lost touch....until now! We have lots of catching up to do.
Another friend I found was just about the only person that got me through the navy years in GA. Her hubs and mine were on the same sub and we were instant friends. Our kids too. So glad I found her again.
For all the frustrations that Facebook can bring (with the links, and games, and viruses) it has also brought a lot of really great people back into my life.
Now - Stinko de Mayo
This is a post that I resurrected from 5/5/06. The events in this post are true and factual. There were no artistic liberties taken. Now for your reading enjoyment....my blog post from 5/5/2006:
Stinko de Mayo
Last night at dinner - we were talking about Cinco de Mayo the conversation went something like this:
Cheeky: Do we have any plans for Cinco de Mayo?
Teenage Daughter: When is that?
Little Man Child: Stinko de Mayo?
Cheeky: (laughing) Yes, do you know what that is?
Little Man Child: Yeah, that's when you eat beans all day and then stink up the joint - Stinko de Mayo.
Yep, he is a guy - 100%!
Cheeky - who will always and forever remember this little story every time May 5th rolls around. Happy Stinko de Mayo everyone!
Tuesday, May 04, 2010How do I have so much stuff?
This past weekend was spent cleaning out and purging in preparation for the move. I currently have 8 big garbage bags full of items to donate and my trash can out front is full and I have 5 more bags to go in it. It really wasn't hard letting some of the stuff go. I was even proud of manchild who really went through the process of purging his room with a minimum of fuss.
We now have a "calender of events" between now and the move with everything that needs to be done and when. It looks like a lot but its nice to have it all down and not have to stress and remember when things need to be done.
I am slowly starting the packing process of things we don't use everyday and also my crafty room. I figure if I can get a box a day and several on the weekends, I should be in good shape come moving time in June. Oh and we have set the move date for June 14 to be out of this house and on the road to SC.
Work is not going so well. Now that I am at the end, all of a sudden they don't want me taking days off. Well, I am sorry but I gave a 5 month notice so that they would have their ducks in a row. It is not my fault they chose to wait until the last minute to try and hire someone. I will be taking the days off because I need to be in SC for the house closing. It seems I may be going out on a bad note....I really don't like that, its not my style, but at the end of the day I have to do what I have to do.
Speaking of closing we are at C minus 13 days and counting. Everything seems to be going good. Need to do some follow up to make sure. I get paranoid around these things.
OH and for those of you that are wondering about the bootay....yeah....still HURTS! Manchild is cute following me around the house during cleaning days so he can pick stuff up for me (bending over at the waist is a pain - I can stoop with my knees slowly but when you are cleaning that is not very productive). He helps me in and out of the car - which I don't really need the help, I can do it, I just have to do it slow but he thinks he needs to help - how cute is that? Driving is really bad. Its basically how the seats are constructed and I have adjusted and readjusted and its just not helping. I am a little concerned that if the bootay doesn't start getting better soon, a 2 day drive will not be possible. The longest I can drive now and tolerate it is about 30-40 mins (which is up from 10 mins so I guess there is some improvement).
Cheeky - who is checking her "calender of events" and can now mark off - new blog post.