- So, so glad to not be as sick as I was.
- Thankful for the settlement money being more than we thought.
- Thankful for family that helped out while I was sick.
So of course I had to get in on the opening. I took the girls up there at lunch. Lexi has been SO excited for it to open. There were a TON of executives there and they were all extremely nice. They were all refilling drinks, handing out balloons and bringing around samples of food. One lady saw me seating the kids and said let me get you some table-toppers. I didn’t even know they had such a thing. Since Lexi has a fever, I didn’t let them play on the playground but I’m sure we’ll do that plenty. When we left, they gave stuffed cows to the kids and a free calendar with coupons to the adults. And I had a worker help me out of my parking spot since I was parked near the door so the drive thru line was blocking me. Anyway, it was a very nice visit and I’ll love that we can say we went to opening day for some odd reason.
There is some sort of Chick-fil-A craziness that happened here in town this morning. That picture is a picture of the first Chick-fil-A in our town. It opened this morning at 6 am and the first 100 people got a free meal for a year. This picture was taken about 6pm last night and I’m not sure if you can see them, but there are probably 10 tents set up to the right side of the building in the parking lot.
Scott was really curious so he went out last night about 9pm to see them and he said the entire parking lot was full and there was even a camper out there. AND they had a DJ out there playing music and people were up and dancing around.
What the heck? I calculated it and that only equals about $280. They slept outside in probably 20 degree weather for $280. Did anyone in town see this? Is this some sort of phenomenon that happens everywhere??
**Update: Scott just stopped by the house while he’s working today and said guess what I did at 5am this morning? I guessed he went to Chick-fil-A and sort of hoped he got us free food for a year. He said, I drove by Chick-fil-a in my patrol car and blew my air horn and said over the PA “Eat more chicken! Eat more chicken!” trying to wake everyone up. LOL
Lexi woke me up at 2am with a fever. I was able to get her to take those chewable Tylenol and it definitely helped but by the time she woke up at 9:30 this morning, it was back. I’ve given her more and she’s huddled in my bed watching Noggin. Let’s hope she does NOT have the flu.
So Lexi was supposed to be in the state pageant in June. A few deadlines are quickly approaching and I really started reading what was required. First, we’ve already given $100 deposit. Now, the rest of the $300 entry fee is due. THEN, there’s a required ad page that is $250. You’re really supposed to sell the ad to individuals and businesses but I feel bad asking for people for money for a pageant and really, they want the money in THREE days. Then, there’s t-shirts and optional contests you can enter. Then, you have to have a professional headshot. I haven’t had one so I was going to have to get her portrait done TOMORROW to send it off on Friday. Then there’s the whole thing about the dress which is at least $100. Then the pageant is actually held somewhere where we’d need a hotel room so that’s probably another $50-100. And this is all for a THREE year old who may or may not be into getting on stage and waving for about 30 seconds.
With my recent debate of even buying things for the house we want, I REALLY can’t justify spending $6-700 on a pageant that Lexi won’t even remember. If she was a little older and really insistent on doing this and it was going to be the beginning of a career type thing, I may invest in it for the experience, but for now, I think we’re going to have to give this a big no.
Since receiving word on an estimate of Scott’s shoulder compensation, receiving all of our tax returns and ALSO finding out we’ll be getting money in June, we’ve had lots of decisions to make on what we’re going to do with all the cash. Big problem to have, I know. We’ve already paid off our credit card and the refrigerator. That was done within about 2 minutes of having the tax return money in our account. But now we have lots of things we could do.
I think what we’ve decided on for now is to put hardwoods down everywhere but the bedrooms, update the kitchen countertop, get a water softener installed, pay for our anniversary weekend in August and then Scott will use the bulk of the money from the settlement on a truck and a TV.
I’m ecstatic that we can do all these things that have been on “the list” for so long but honestly it’s kind of hard spending that much money knowing all the people that are struggling financially and reading about Compassion for several weeks now. I realize I can’t save everybody with what we have but I also don’t know how to strike a balance, if there is such a thing.
By far, David A was my favorite. It’s just so easy when he sings. And beautiful. Definitely could see him winning this whole thing after that.
I also voted for Jason Castro because he’s just so funny. I really fell in love with his personality tonight…oh no, don’t make me talk!
Who else…David Cook. I like him but I have a hard time because I keep trying to compare him to Daughtry and it is just disastrous for me every time. And the hair! Cut the hair!
Oh! David Hernandez. He was awesome tonight. Best we’ve seen from him yet and if he continues like that he’ll do well.
Well, things feel back to normal around here. I was able to finish up working today and then Scott was nice enough to make dinner while I rested for a bit. After that, Scott was determined to buy a DVD recorder/VHS player combo so he can record his tapes here for work. So we went out to Best Buy, Target and HHGregg. I was pretty tired by the time we got back. Lexi had already fallen asleep for the night and Emma didn’t last too long either. Scott is busy rearranging all the electronics in the living room and I’ve been trying to catch up with my Bible reading since I got a little bit behind this past week.