it really has been a relatively quiet week, even with jewel here. she's been pleasant, has generally followed the rules, and the first bickering i've heard happened just yesterday. she's not been disruptive and she hasn't argued with us at every turn. we've had to give her a few reminders about things, but they've been more of a "she hasn't lived here in awhile so doesn't know" kind of reminder rather than a "how many times do we have to tell you this!?" kind of reminder. i am pleasantly surprised. she did seem surprised that we were going to make her purchase her own milk when she doesn't drink that much, but we did say she was responsible for her own food. we helped for the first few days she was here because she was in the hole bank-wise and a paycheck wasn't appearing until friday. other than that, it's been pretty quiet.
in fact, it's been quiet for me as well. all but two of my test results are back and everything is pretty much in normal range except for my iron (which we expected to be low, and it was) and my pap (which has to be redone). i just had the mammogram and won't hear back until right around my next appointment. the ultrasound isn't happening until after that appointment, but it was pretty much the earliest we could get. this upcoming week i go see family practice to get back on my heart meds. i just can't live with it being exhausting to go up half a dozen steps to go to the rest room anymore. the medication i was given has done its job and the bleeding has been done for a good week now. here's hoping any new bleeding is normal and doesn't last 3 or 4 months. i've been on iron and my multivitamin to deal with the anemia before the doctor even tested for it, so that should be clearing up now too. just have to hope he can find out why my body has gone completely out of whack and that a fix can be found before it tries to do so again.
in the meantime, the editing goes well and the writing goes fantastic. the only problems there are that both kids are now out for the summer and keeping taz occupied while i work can be a bit problematic. he's not much of a find a way to occupy himself kind of kid unless you count stimming as being occupied. (well, i suppose it is, but it's not the kind of occupying we want for him.) froggy and i have started doing bulk cooking for summer lunches, which she has enjoyed helping with immensely. we still haven't been able to get a washer, but we did finally get the catalytic converter installed in the car (we gave up on waiting for the guy who was "arranging" to have this done -- it's been 2 months, for crying out loud), unfortunately it still didn't pass smog. so now we need to come up with another $300 for another part in case that other part needs to be replaced as well.
we have our dragon*con tickets, but it's looking more and more like we may not be going anyway. another car part, another smog test, insurance, registration, plus the washer are pretty much taking every bit of cash we have. plus, the only "dvd player" we have (the ps2) looks like it might be dying as well. we may have a sitter for it, but everything else looks to be tied up in just taking care of necessities.
other than that, the only real drama going on is with the oldest. her husband seems determined to prove just how big an a$$hat he can be. his behavior is appalling. i've told kitten that it's time for her to dig deep and get on her feet for her sake and the baby's. i understand her wanting to hang on and wanting to make it work, but he's only using it against her. it's sad, they've been married for 2 years today, and he got mad at her for getting him a $2 anniversary card. he told her to keep her hands off "his" money -- which only goes to show you how far out of this he is. i am very sad for her, but she really does need to pull herself together, stop waiting for him, and get the hell out of there before he does something excessively harmful and stupid. she doesn't believe he would, but his behavior is escalating and doubt he has anything that will tell him enough is enough anymore. he's determined to make her miserable and to get her out of his life. nothing she does is right and he's determined to find reasons to get pissed off at her and blame her for everything. you can't win against an attitude like that.
i know something good awaits her in the future. and someone good. i'm sad it wasn't trin, for her sake, but she deserves a hell of a lot better than the abuse he's been heaping on her. and one day she will find it.
so, that's been the major drama, and it's not even in my house. no, my house has been surprisingly quiet. i'd rather there be no drama at all, you know, but i'll take almost no drama over the other alternative. really.
word of the moment: largo
a composition or passage that is to be performed in a slow and dignified manner; very slow in tempo and broad in manner; slowly and broadly