Yesterday started out being a happy day full of fun and promise. I picked up car from the dealership and started on my way home. While I was in route to my house the car started to act funny. Soon I found myself pulling over to a mechanic’s shop trying to explain the sudden break down that nearly caused a wreck.
My newly used car had stopped working not once, but twice before I reached the shop. Not only did it stop working, but it nearly stopped on the highway. As I pulled up to the light the car shut off once more. So, I’m freaking out by now and hating the fact that I do not know my husband’s number. Hell, I didn’t even have a phone on me. I do not like taking phones, or at least I didn’t like taking phones until this situation took place. I’m looking at the guy from the mechanic shop explaining how he can’t help and at the same time thinking about the AS IS phrase plastered across the contract I just signed.
I’m at this shop away from my family, stuck with an unsafe car, and really just not knowing what to do next. After the manager of the shop explained that his shop couldn’t help me, I decided that I would try to make it across the street to Walmarts by way of the parking lot and street. After the car cut off about three more times in the parking lot, I stopped and just looked around. I finally made up my mind that I would try to reach Walmart’s because a phone was my only way out. A phone would allow me to call my husband once more, download the Uber app and make my way home.
After a few more stalls I was safely in the Walmart parking lot. I parked near the lawn area on the 8th row. I jumped out of the car and ran inside to buy a phone and plot my escape from my Ford Escape. My day didn’t ease up then, I guess the heat was starting to get to me, so it took me like 45 minutes to just locate my number on my new cheap Verizon phone. Verizon, you really do not need to make phone numbers that hard to find ever again.
So, businesses that got a beautiful A plus yesterday would be Walmarts, Pepboys, and my savior Uber. As soon as I was able to sign up for Uber and ask for the ride, my driver just magically showed up within a second or so. I don’t think I would have made it another 20 minutes, or 30 without turning into a total mess. Not only was he able to offer me a cooler climate, but he was also able to offer me hope. As for the salesman that told me he thought the warning system light was meant for a tire or just off, he was wrong. It was a warning that something serious was wrong with that car and it put my life in danger. http://www.killeenautosales.net/ I am very upset with you guys. By the way, the car is now at the Ford house getting fixed. I am glad to be alive, but what if I had died on the highway because you sold a vehicle that was too dangerous to be driven? My children would have been without a mother and my husband without a wife because you weren’t honest about the car.
I’ve been struggling with something lately. This past weekend my daughter walked to the store which isn’t very far from our house. She informed us that on the way to the store a cop slowed down to a near crawl and drove beside her. She then stated that it made her nervous so the turned around and walked the other way. The policeman then turned around and proceeded to follow her in that direction as well.
Due to the cop making her nervous she decided to go to another store which ended up being a little closer than the first store she planned on visiting. As she entered the store, the cop drove away. We have had talks about staying away from trouble. She does a good job of it, to be honest. She doesn’t really go anywhere with anyone. We have covered the basics, even warned her about staying away from hoodies which is something she had on last weekend. She hates the sun! I’m feeling kind of confused and stressed about the policeman following my daughter, to be honest. I never thought I would have to explain the dangers of being a minority female on foot. We tell her to watch out for strangers, watch out for people who look jittery, but we haven’t had to talk to her about watching out for cops.
I used to bake cupcakes and bring our cops back in Garland treats to help show our appreciation. Hell, I would even go to Taco Bell and grab food just to take it to patrol cars to show how much we cared. I’m scared because the atmosphere is changing and in many ways it has changed. I told my daughter something totally different this weekend when we talked about the encounter with the officer. I told her to be careful, face the officer, and smile if he follows you. Then I started thinking about what I was saying. Why was some officer following my daughter around and is she safe here in this small town, we call home?
Just what do we tell our children about interactions with the police?
My children can’t go to summer school, so I will bring it to them this year. It appears that both of my children have inherited my husband’s disdain for history. I happen to love history, life science, social science, and even managed to take extra classes in those areas in college. So, it is safe to say we will start today with a lesson on how it all started.
This morning we will start off talking about Pangaea, Continental Drift theory, Southern/Northern Hemisphere and how we all started. If you are wondering how and why we decided that our children needed this lesson, it is because one of our lovely children thought California was in Texas. It really was a wtf moment. We have helped with history homework in the past, but for some reason that lack of knowledge never came to surface.
After we made it to the store, my husband politely asked me if I would teach our children this summer exclusively over the subjects they seem to be low in, and of course, I was delighted. This morning I will work on my lesson plan, and try to help the girls better understand the world as we know it. I knew those classes would matter one day!
I have science and history covered. However, I need help with drama. Both girls are in theater and both are on the fence about their drama classes. I would like to do something for them to help them gain more confidence in reading plays and memorizing them. Does anyone know of a good method for studying drama?
My husband and I moved into this house a little over a year ago. When we first moved in our electric bill was around 250 per month. The 250 per month included an energy saving plan with TXU. Supposedly, the green plan would help save us money and lower our bill. After about six months of seeing very little savings we decided to move to another plan with TXU. This plan was supposed to save us more money because we wouldn’t be paying for energy on the weekends.
About a month or so after the plan we noticed that our bill started to get out of control. It was no longer in the 250 range, it was going into the 300 plus range. The weather was starting to change and the house was starting to get colder. So, I asked a TXU representative why were our bills so high. He told me that basically, I needed to mimic the outside weather. So, if it was cold outside, my house would need to be a representation of that in order to have a normal bill. I asked him are you saying we need to freeze, he said bundle up!
That was clearly not going to work with three children in my home. So, we started cutting back on other bills. No matter how we limited our usage, or what we did, the bill was still high. The area we were spending the most money in was still heating.
After my year ended, I linked up with Direct Energy. I have since noticed about a 200 dollar drop. TXU called me back and wanted to know what they could do in order to get our business back. They stated that the plan I was on prior to leaving was a plan that cost 14 cent per kilowatt. Average households pay about 12.7 to 13 per kilowatt, but TXU had us paying 14 cent. This was the reason my bill was never going down. I now pay 10 cent per kilowatt.
If you are having trouble with high energy bills, you need to talk to the company about the amount you are paying for your electricity. You shouldn’t have to freeze in your home in order to save money. Pay close attention to where the most energy is being allotted. In our case it wasn’t about computers, TVs or even appliances it was something we needed. Study your bill, and look back at your usage from a year ago. I hope your home stays a climate friendly zone.
For the past few months I’ve been reading the post on Nextdoor. If you aren’t familiar with the app, let me give you the run down. Nextdoor is an application that neighbors use to post various things for their neighborhood to see. Some of the information can be useful, but often some of the information seems to be a little too dramatic.
One morning someone posted a vent asking people to walk their pets in their backyards due to her being tired of seeing poop in her yard. Needless to say, this didn’t go over well. Apparently, people like walking their dogs, but they do not like taking doggy bags with them for the retrieval method!
Another evening, a thread was started about someone selling internet, or some other service from house to house. The author of the post stated that the person in question was told that he pretty much wasn’t welcomed. So, instead of leaving the property, the individual decided to ask the owner of the house if he was being turned away due to his race? The author of the post went on to talk about how the person used the race card, while another member stated that door to door salesmen didn’t have equal opportunity.
At that point, I told my husband our neighborhood seems to have a drama problem. From frequent posters speaking of shootings every weekend minus emergency vehicle follow-ups to neighborhood watchmen wanting to play cops, I felt it was time for my review. After reading a thread about events unwinding at a “local” crack house near the neighborhood, my husband questioned the authors about the location. Instead of us getting a response, we got silence. Another person questioned about the house, again nothing but silence.
I have come to the conclusion that Nextdoor, helps me know exactly who I do not want living next door to me. If you can’t give accurate details, you are doing nothing more than spreading gossip.