Later this afternoon my girls and I are heading to our annual family reunion. The fella can't go because he has to work Sunday. I am working today and I sure wish I didn't have to! I just mapqwested the route and it is a 3 1/2 hour drive! We probably won't get on the road until 4:00 PM and we'll have to stop for dinner. We probably won't get in until 8:00 PM at the earliest and then I'll need to set up camp.
And to make it worse, I forgot to lay my tent out after we went camping LAST weekend and now it smells all musty. It rained the morning we broke camp and for the next couple of days at home so by the time it had cleared up, I'd completely forgotten that my tent was all wrapped up, apparently molding away in its bag. Crap!
I am looking forward to seeing my family though. Most of them have been there since yesterday or even earlier so what often happens is they do all the family stuff they're going to do BEFORE we get there and half of them head home on Saturday or early Sunday. It kind of makes me wonder why I'm spending all this energy and money to drive so far!
Anyways...it is what it is. I'm sure we'll have fun either way.
I've been working extra hours all week so I could cut out a little early today and then like the genius I am, I set up an appointment at 3:00 PM. It will take 15 minutes or so and then I'll have to drive across town, get my kids and get on the road. If I'd been more organized, I wouldn't have set anything up so late so I could be leaving work at 3:00 and on the road by 3:30. I always do things like that. I spread myself too thin at work and my personal life suffers. I wish I knew how to set better boundaries. I work with my sister and she took today off and part of yesterday to get ready. I always work more than she does. Her husband works full-time (my fella, Matthew has three part-time jobs, but I am the main bread winner) and it used to be that their economic situation was much better than ours, but lately they've been struggling financially. Still, it doesn't seem to make a difference when she decides to take time off.
My financial situation has improved in the last few months. I've been slowly building my savings account up a bit after Matthew was unemployed for all of 2010. I also have money saved for Christmas, back to school shopping, my bi-annual car insurance payment, and vacation as well as the $1,000 "cushion" we're all supposed to have. Luckily I didn't have to touch one of my CD's, my IRA or the kids college fund during Matthew's unemployment (or year's vacation as I like to call it). Even though our income isn't huge, living frugally really pays off. So does planning. All together, it isn't all that much money, but as long as I don't spend any of it, we're doing okay. Of course there's all the stupid B.S. that comes up in life. I need to order flea stuff for my dog. He also needs his rabies shot and license renewed. The money I have for back to school is probably half of what I actually need. Oh, yeah and I told my daughters we could paint their bedrooms AND I'm looking for a new (to us) bed for my oldest daughter.
The reason my daughter needs a new bed (or new mattress) is that she has an occasional bed-wetting problem. She's 10. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? It really, really upsets her. I don't think it is all that big a deal, other than that it upsets her so much. She wore pull-ups at night through most of her childhood thus far, but six months ago or so she decided not to use them anymore. I think the reason she wets is that she sleeps really soundly. We've tried waking her up when we go to bed, but she'll sometimes still wet in the middle of the night. I encourage her to make herself get up whenever she wakes up a bit in the night, but I don't know if that is helpful or not. I just figure she'll outgrow it. Everyone seems to eventually. I have told her I'm going to buy her a new bed when she's ready for one, not to reward or punish her behavior, but maybe to give her some incentive to work on it. I think she is so frustrated by it that's she's convinced herself that it will never get better. I know that oftentimes when people develop "mental blocks" to things, it makes it that-much more difficult to figure out.
Boy I sure seem to be rambling away this morning!
Anyways...I hope you're all having a great Friday! I know much of the country is dealing with sweltering heat. They're calling for weather in the 90's here on Sunday, but it has been cool (low 70's) all week. I'm actually looking forward to a little sunshine and HEAT!