I'm just going to jump right into it today....summer's coming quickly to an end and I don't want to miss what's left! So, here's a nod and thanks to Mrs. 4444 @ Half-Past Kissin' Time for thinking up Friday Fragments and hosting it week after week.
My girl has been staying at her aunt's again this week....babysitting the dog (an 80lb. Lab). She hasn't been happy to say the least. She's stuck there and none of her friends (not even the boyfriend) are willing to make the drive up to see her. Add to that, her over-active imagination at night (she's in the boonies), a major flea infestation, and last night a killer headache with no aspirin/Tylenol/ibuprofen in sight. The same aunt wants her to stay again over Labor Day weekend. She really hates going so we are hoping she just says "No."
I "celebrated" my 48th birthday on Wednesday. It was also my mom's 68th. That's right, we share the day. Mom's first cousin, Lucy, shares the day, too. She is a couple of years older than Mom. I got a few phone calls and an avalanche of wishes on Facebook (I love FB). My mom gave me a card with some $$$, that I promptly spent on books (I am in need of a 12-step program). Tim took me to dinner at Red Lobster.
This is the last week of camp for the camp and conference center I've been driving for all summer. They've invited us to a banquet at the lake Saturday evening, but I don't think we'll go. It's at the same time as church and we need to meet with someone there this week. Besides, I saw different counselors on the bus all the time and didn't really interact with the other staff...it would just be weird. It was a fun time, though. I liked being around the kids. The last batch sang to me on Wednesday for my birthday.
Monday is the back-to-school meeting at work. It will be interesting to see where the dust has settled. First off, the school district is having a lot of financial difficulties and they hired an independent company to evaluate the bus runs. We pretty much figured they would find ways to eliminate runs. Well, they picked one run...MINE! However, my boss told me it turned out to be an impossible nightmare to get my run covered by other buses so she and the owner went to the district and said they'd cut one, but asked if they couldn't pick one that worked out for them. The district agreed....and my job was saved.
Also up in the air is the transit drivers. The bus company had a contract with the county's transit authority and maintained some of the buses and provided drivers. The transit authority built a new central garage and started maintaining its own buses and providing its own drivers. Most of the drivers out of work started as school bus drivers and several of them want to come back. As of last month the owner hadn't decided how that was going to work....if they were going to keep their seniority and be able to bump other drivers or what. We're all wondering about that.
Not to mention, we're wondering if we'll get our raises this year.
Next Thursday Tim and I are heading out for a few days of vacation. Finally! We're not going far, just up to the northwest corner of the state. The Crawford Co. Fair will be going on and it's the biggest in the state. I grew up going to it with my grandmother. I'd go stay with her every summer for a couple of weeks and we'd go to the fair nearly every day. We've talked about going for years. We're also hoping to check out the wineries up in Northeast, PA (that's a town, not a direction) and maybe hit the beach at Lake Erie (more me than Tim, so.....). We have lots of family up that way, but I think we're going to fly under the radar and not visit any of them this time. Tim's been working so much we just need this time for us.
Please pray for my friend, Fran. I've mentioned her on here before. She teaches the Bible study I go to and is a pastor as well. She and her husband have been out of state since last Friday. The other day she ended up in the hospital with a severe headache. They looked at all kinds of things and did a CT scan and found nothing. They've eliminated tumor and stroke, which is good. They are coming home later today and she's to have an MRI as soon as possible.
1. I drink so much Pepsi Next in a day. :/
2. I don't like peanuts but I love peanut butter.
3. When I watch horror movies I cover my eyes, but always end up looking at the worst time.
4. I have a LOT of those customer loyalty/reward cards in my wallet.