Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I had fun today!

I got back from the shelter around 9 tonight. I think we had somewhere around 30-35 trick-or-treators, but I didn’t think we were going to get any at first. I was there for about 5 hours, as I got home around 9, just like last year.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My dish is set up.

I got dish today.Our apartment complex decided to switch to dish for TV, and the guys came to rewire my TV today. When I told mom I got my dish set up, she thought I said “fish,” how you get “fish” from “dish” is a bit strange, especially after I repeated it twice, then had to repeat it 2 or 3 times more. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I’ll be going to my friend’s work to help hand out candy to the kids that come. Lol, I had a hilarious “I implore you never to mention that name again!” moment, and I was laughing a lot, I think I was still laughing 10 minutes after! I think my neighbors probably think I’m crazy. It all has to do with Reddit of course, but it’s a long story. It’s more like Reddit, SRS implores you to never mention the forbidden username again!” Which makes it even more hilarious, because SRS is flippin ridiculous! SRS refers to this subreddit click the link and you’ll find out what it stands for, but esentially it’s “crap Reddit says,” except it’s SRS instead of CRS. But yeah, they’re ridiculous, these are the people who want to destroy Reddit.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Today.

Church was good today. I didn’t realize the people picking me up were going to get here as early as they did, so I wasn’t quite ready when they came. I just got done watching the last game of the world series! I don’t normally watch the world series, but since the SF Giants were in it, I thought I might watch the last game. The Giants won, 4 to 3, in the bottom of the 10th! Yeah, it went to extra innings.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Today went well.

I shared my testimony at my friend’s work today. After we were done, (and after the bible study she had to teach was over, we went to a local mexican place for lunch. I don’t remember ever eating at there before, so that was cool. After I got home, I got a call from one of the people that helps run the healing rooms asking if I went this morning. Obviously I didn’t, so I said no and explained why, then she said she remembered me saying that last week. I’ll be going to church second service again tomorrow, because that seemed to work well last Sunday.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mom tries again, (although so far unsuccessfully.)

Mom called me tonight to… of all things… ask me if I wanted to go to an open house at the assisted living facility she’s wanted me to move into for 2 years on halloween. Thankfully, I made plans for halloween 2-3 weeks ago, when my friend Kim invited me to the women’s shelter where she works to help hand out candy, (like I did last year.) I thought I did away with this issue by sending mom the following email, dated 4/19/2012:

Hi Mom, I’m not sure where to start, but I’m writing this because I probably wouldn’t be able to say it very well over the phone. I suppose I should start in July 2010, when this thing that has gone on and on actually began. You thought it was necessary back then, and you still do today for some reason that only God knows and I don’t, to put me in a home with people who would be a lot less like me than it appears that you think. Let’s get one thing straight right away, you must think I am, but I’m not mentally delayed in any way that I know of. Trust me; I know this because I was around students both at OSB, and in special ED who were a lot worse off than I ever was. So the question remains, why do you want me to live in a commune with people I most likely wouldn’t be able to carry on a substantive conversation with? A second question is why would you even think I would be happy in a place like that? For 2 years, I’ve thought and prayed about this, and I’ve come to realize this is definitely not where God is leading me, and if it were I’m 99% sure I’d already be living there. I know you probably don’t believe that God has a plan for all of us, but scripture states the contrary on several occasions. Jeremiah 29:11 is one of them. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” In 2010, you said I should see things from your point of view. You guys don’t want me to be alone, and you want me to make friends my age. There are better solutions for fixing these issues than this. You don’t want me to be alone? Well one way to fix that is for me to meet someone and get married, so set me up with someone and we’ll see if it works out. You want me to make friends my age? I’m sure there are church groups for people my age, and if you’d like to take me, I’ll be happy to go. Not only that, but if I were going to consider moving into one of these facilities, the last place I’d want to live would be here in our small town, where there isn’t really much to do. I’d rather live in a bigger city, with more places to go and things to do than here. So if you want to put me away, the least you could do is take me far away from here. Secondly, if I was going to move, I wouldn’t want to move into a smaller place. Where’s the logic in that? Oh… there isn’t any, it makes no sense whatsoever! I thought after a while, you would let this go, but since you haven’t it’s come to this. I suppose one final question remains. If we traded places this instant, and you were me and I was the one insisting you move somewhere you really didn’t want to, would you? I’m sure your answer would be yes if it were me asking the question, but let’s say there was an impartial person involved here, then what would your answer be? I’ve decided to forgive you for the past 2 years of lectures when every time something goes wrong, or I was having trouble figuring out how to do something that it would just be easier if you live with us, or in a place where someone can take care of you. That however doesn’t mean I have to forget any of it, and I, (being exactly 16 months away from turning 30,) don’t have to comply with anything you’re asking me to do. So I just received your text, the lady that runs the place thinks I’ll love it there huh? Well I don’t want to live at someone else’s whim until the day I get married. I’m sorry but this just sounds like you’re trying to institutionalize me, which is what you’ve been trying to do for years. If you haven’t figured it out now, I’m against said institutionalism, I went through that for 3 years at OSB, and I do not wish to go through it again for the rest of my life. I could convert to Catholicism and become a nun, or become a monk and live in a monastery, or do something really, really bad, get arrested and go to prison for a long time. Would any of those things satisfy you? Because I’d be happy to do any of them if it gets you off my back, the way you’ve been off and on for the past 2 years.
OK OK, I probably shouldn’t publish this, but there aren’t any email addresses in this part, and I wanted to have a clear record of my efforts. I never got a reply to that email, and for 6 months, mom never addressed the issue, until today that is. OK, a bit of clerifying information, the assisted living facility is for people with developmental disabilities, which officially means that it happened while in the womb, but today it’s taken to mean people with a mental delay. Yeah, and mom wants me to live in a place like that.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I gave myself another typing test.

My commission counselor wanted to know how the thing she sent me was working, so I gave myself a third typing test. I managed to type 55 words in one minute this time, instead of 40. Otherwise not much went on here today, I’ve had a headache pretty much all day. I ended up streaming some Twit Live, but they didn’t do as much coverage of the windows 8 launch events as I thought they would.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Why did I do that?

OK, so I was streaming Twit Live, and I ended up falling asleep on the couch. OK that’s fine, I usually do that, but the wierd thing is that I woke up and couldn’t remember anything! I thought it was much later than it actually was, because I was like uh… why didn’t I go to bed? So I did exactly that for a half hour or so. Then I woke up and started to remember stuff again. Of course I failed to check what time it was before I decided I should probably go to bed.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I have to prepare a lesson for next month.

At the healing rooms lunchon we go to once a month, someone has to teach a 3-5 minute lesson. Well… next month it’s my turn, and I’m teaching on thankfulness, because I really didn’t know what else to teach on so they put me in November. I gathered scriptures for the lesson today, and I should prepare it so that I can deliver it 11/12. I’ll be sharing my testimony at the women’s mission on Saturday, and going over there to help hand out candy on Wednesday. I gave myself a typing test today, my commission counselor sent me some software so I could do this. It was either that, or head up to portland for a third assessment, (blech!) I haven’t sent in the results yet because I want to see if I can actually type faster, (I’ve never given myself a typing test before, and I didn’t really know what to type.)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Healing rooms went well today.

It was a fairly slow day today at healing rooms, I think we prayed for like 3 people. We had to leave early today, because the director, along with several others were going to a funeral. We ended up getting out around 12:30, but we had someone come in right at the end. So I ended up falling asleep during parts of the debate tonight, (seriously, I think it’s a tradition or something,) but CNN is replaying it. I’ve missed parts of debates for as long as I can remember, sometimes it’s just a couple minutes, sometimes it’s more, tonight it was probably about a half hour.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Today went well.I managed to get to church on time today for second service! It was interesting going to second service, I haven’t gone to that one in a while. I did forget to call the people who run the bus ministry and tell them to take me off the list, I probably should do that next week. Or I could just miss 3 times in a row, then they’ll take me off the list. Of course I’ll be going to healing rooms tomorrow morning.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I won't be riding the bus tomorrow.

I’ll be going to church with the people that run the healing rooms tomorrow, instead of riding the bus. We’ll be going to second service, because they don’t go to first, (apparently, it’s too early for them.) The director called me this morning and asked if I needed a ride to the healing rooms, and I said I wasn’t ready, (because I’m not planning to go on Saturday mornings,) and he said “see you Monday, wait… no actually I’ll see you tomorrow.” I really don’t want to start going to Saturday healing rooms, I could be wrong, but doing it on a Saturday morning just seems a bit weird to me. I forgot to call and tell the people who run the bus to take me off the list, but I’ll probably see them tomorrow, (they go to second service,) so I’ll probably tell them then.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Today.

I had a headache all day today, so I didn’t really do much. I’ll send out the newsletter sometime tomorrow, (probably.) i probably should have written this post earlier today, but I didn’t for some reason. I was almost going to skip it, but I decided not to. I think I’ll click publish, and go to bed. That sounds like a good idea since I was falling asleep before I wrote this.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Answering a question.

What do you do to pass the time on a really long car ride? Usually nothing, although now I have the keyboard for my phone, so I can take that with me. Before that, definitely nothing. What makes this worse is that I have a hard time sleeping in the back seat of cars, (I can sort of sleep in the front seat,) but not the back seat. I also can’t sleep on planes, which makes flying wierd sometimes, although I enjoy flying way more than riding in a car! Via That’s my answer

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Yesterday.

I called CenturyLink yesterday, to ask them why they charged me 4 times. Of course they said they didn’t, I then had to explain to them that that was the reason my bank decided to flag my account. I was able to pay my bill over the phone, and it went through successfully, I’ll pay my Verizon bill sometime today, and we’ll see what happens there. I’m actually kind of glad the transactions failed, because I ended up copying mom’s data line number down wrong, so I would have been paying some guy’s bill for a while without noticing it. I had my assessment yesterday for my ensurance and other services I get through the state. Of course I don’t like answering a lot of questions and signing a lot of forms, but it all went fairly well, (I think.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Uh... I think I need a better writing schedule...

Bleh, I can’t believe I skipped that many posts! I think the reason is that I always write late at night, and by then I want to just go to bed, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past couple nights. The bus to church ran late on Sunday… yes I said ran late. I waited outside for a half hour and it never came, so I came back up here and called the guy who runs the bus ministry and asked him what was up. He called the driver, and it turned out the driver was running about 45 minutes late. Every other weekend for the past 3 months, I’ve been having problems with the bus, so I mentioned that I need a reliable ride to church when I was at healing rooms yesterday, and the people who run it agreed to start picking me up. They go to second service, which really isn’t a problem, I don’t care which service I go to, as long as I get there. I’m sure if they ever can’t get to church for some reason, they’ll call me in advance so I can try and arrange something else, whereas if the bus just fails to come like it almost did on Sunday, I don’t get to church at all unless I can manage to arrange something for second service. I found out yesterday that the reason why my transactions were being declined is that for some ridiculous reason, CenturyLink decided to charge me 4 flippin times! I still need to call CenturyLink and get this straightened out, because now I get to redo all the things that were declined… yay! So my bank doesn’t hate me anymore, but I think it’s time to switch banks anyway.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ready for bed.

I usually don’t get tired this early, but right now I’m like I should hurry up and get this done so I can go to bed. I’m hoping that I’ll make it to church tomorrow, and I think that as long as I’m careful and don’t miss the bus, that should happen. I did manage to send out the newsletter today, even though I really wasn’t ready to send it out. I didn’t have all my links together or anything. It didn’t take long to get everything ready though, and once that was all done, then I just had to put it all in the form.

Friday, October 12, 2012

I think my bank hates me!

OK, so before I do anything, I usually always check my account, no matter what it is. When I checked my account today and found that the transactions I made yesterday hadn’t gone through yet. Usually if it’s a weekday, these things go through right away, not only that, these transactions were for CenturyLink, a company that I’ve been affiliated with for years now. In order to explain why there were 2 transactions, I have to say that we now pay our verizon bill through there, (CenturyLink does a partnership thing with Verizon.) So I paid the verizon bill, then paid my own bill, it’s 2 separate accounts so it was 2 transactions. I thought there must have been an error on my part or something, because they hadn’t been debited from my account yet. This whole problem was exacerbated when I picked today to do something I’ve actually been thinking about doing again for 2 or 3 weeks now, donating to wikileaks. I wanted to make sure I paid all my bills first. I went through the steps of doing the donation, (keeping in mind that when they opened this way of doing donations back in July, I immediately went and did it, so I’ve done it once before,) and it worked that time. It said my card was rejected this time though, and I thought I made an error, because I had sufficient funds in the account and there was nothing else wrong. I couldn’t seem to go back or forward, so I closed the window. I decided to check my email to see if there was an email from anything. There was not only an email from the organization wikileaks uses to handle donations, (again, that one’s a bit hard to explain,) and an email from chase fraud prevention! The email listed the wikileaks transaction, along with my CenturyLink ones, and I clicked the link that said “all transactions authorized.” To explain the next sequence of events you need to understand that wikileaks uses the french fund for defense of net nutrality organization to help handle the donations, therefore they use a french credit card processor, called cart bleue, (http://wikileaks.org/Press-Release-WikiLeaks-opens-path.html and http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57475485-92/as-cash-runs-low-wikileaks-finds-way-to-accept-plastic-again/?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=News-Internet&Media this does look a bit strange on a bank statement, (I was curious so I looked,) and it’s in euros, but it was hard to find. Explaining this on the phone to someone wouldn’t exactly be the easiest thing in the world, (although I’m more prepared now than I was earlier today,) so when they called me I failed to take the call. It was after I clicked approve all transactions in the email they sent that they called me, I’m not sure why they decided to email, then call. what they did next though definitely wasn’t necissary at all! They texted not me, but my mother, with the details of the wikileaks transaction, but didn’t say what it was in the text. Of course mom called wondering why I donated to a “social organization,” and I had to explain to her that it was a donation to wikileaks, at least she wasn’t weird about it or anything, She was like, Oh OK. First of all, it appears Chase has put my account on their bad list for some reason, because it isn’t just this transaction being held up. Secondly, it appears they have problems with international organizations in general, because I had fraud prevention issues with my domain registrar, (Hover, and they’re in Canada. What I’ve done to get on my bank’s list though, I have no idea.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Answering a question.

When was the last time you caught the train? Where did you go? I think the last time I rode the train was on a trip to Portland in 2002, when I was at the school for the blind. A couple years before that though, I rode the train to this workshop thingy, and it was my first time riding by myself, (as in without family,) and I was with 2 other students who were attending the same workshop. We got there OK, but the train home was 5 and a half hours late, and the guy from the commission just left us at the station, (I kind of understand that now,) but didn’t understand why back then,) and my parents weren’t happy obviously. Via that’s my answer

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I had my meeting today.

She didn’t close my case, instead we talked about options. I did ask her a lot of questions, because mom had some questions and so did I. I ended up recording the meeting on my phone, just in case there was something I needed to remember, I was also going to send it to mom if she flipped out and had a fit about something. I think I just caught some weirdness going on with my Google account. Blogger said I logged out from a different location, while I was here writing this post. When I went to change my password and sign back in, (in case of any compromise,) I had gotten the email that I changed my password, and a second email that said my password would change. One of those was me, but the first one… wasn’t.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Meeting tomorrow.

I have a meeting with my commission counselor tomorrow morning at 10, I’m sure she’s going to ask what my decision is, and I know what I’m going to say. I’m just a bit reluctant to have to explain that to my family though. Even when I was trying to lay out the facts on the phone while talking to mom, that my case has been open for 12 years and they haven’t really accomplished much, she did a “yeah… but.” In other words, she did one of those things where she agreed with me at first, then seemed to disagree. In a way I sort of understand where she’s coming from, but I also understand that her faith in a state agency, especially if it’s something that’s been tried for 12 years, is misguided. Like I told her, they could keep the case open for another 12 years and nothing will happen. But she asks a question that I don’t quite know how to answer.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Woops!

I had one of those situations last night where I was just ready to go to bed, and I didn’t really want to do anything else. I shut the computer down, then I realized I forgot to post. There wasn’t anything that was going to get me to boot it up again, so I just decided to skip it and do it this morning. I’ll leave for healing rooms in about 3 hours, then we’re going to lunch afterwards. This is the actual lunchon meeting, whereas last week I just went to lunch with the couple who brought me home.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

We went out to dinner tonight.

Yeah, my grandma did come, and yeah we went out to dinner. She decided that she could pay afterall, so she did. I sent out my newsletter this morning, so that’s all done! Let’s see if I can get up on time for church tomorrow morning. That is, let’s see if i get up right when the alarm goes off, or if I wait a while, and hopefully I won’t have any problems geting to church.

Friday, October 5, 2012

I've officially made the change.

I’ve officially changed the name of my newsletter from the Friday list to the weekend list. It could still get sent out on Friday, but I’ve been doing it on Saturdays lately so I thought this might work a bit better. Maybe I would actually send it on time if it didn’t take an hour just to insert links into the form, but using the HTML editor doesn’t really work, (it causes HTML to show instead of the links,) so I have to use the WYSIWYG editor, which takes forever.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Yes... no, then yes again.

Last weekend, my mom told me that my grandma would be coming this weekend to take mom out to dinner for her birthday, and to see the baby. Then a couple days ago, mom said she wasn’t going to be coming. When I talk to mom today, she told me that now she says she’s decided to come. OK… seriously? she told mom that she would only be able to pay for dinner for mom and dad, (plus her and her boyfriend,) and mom told us that. It isn’t like it’s any big deal, if we want to go we should be able to pay anyway, (unless someone says they’re paying or something.) Apparently she told mom that was the reason why she decided not to come in the first place.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Today.

It turns out I had my housing authority reccertification today. I didn’t know this until a couple hours beforehand, my friend and I just happened to check the mail today and there it was. Since she was already here anyway, we decided to just go ahead and go, instead of having to reschedule for another time. It’s weird because for the past couple years, my appointments have been on the same day, 10/11, but this year it wasn’t. Of course I just thought it would be next week though, because that’s when it usually is.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Answering a question.

Where do you get your prescriptions filled? I get my prescriptions filled at a local Kmart. My parent’s used to have them filled there, and I just never transferred them although I tried once. If I do ever decide to switch though, I’ll probably switch to a pharmacy that has a drive through. Speaking of prescription weirdness, one of mine doesn’t allow for refills. I’ve been taking this all my life, so to have it not allow for refills is ridiculous. The pharmacist told me that it isn’t up to her or my doctor, it’s my ensurance company deciding it needs prior authorization every month. Via That’s my answerGrocery shopping went fairly well today, especially when you consider the fact that my friend and her boyfriend were arguing all night last night, and all morning this morning. There weren’t any incidents in the store, which is definitely a good thing, because I’ve seen it happen before.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Today at healing rooms.

I think we ended up praying for 4 people altogether today. We’ve also decided that we’re going to continue the sessions at the chiropractic office… on Saturday mornings. Saturday mornings definitely wasn’t my first choice. I’m not sure if I’ll go when they have them on Saturdays or not, I’m thinking of just sticking to Mondays right now. If it were up to me, we’d either stick with the Tuesday night sessions, or do them on Sundays after church, or even Friday nights would be fine. Saturday morning just seems like kind of a weird time to do things like that for some reason. I might end up going once or twice just to see how it works out. After healing rooms was over, I went to lunch with this couple who’s also on the team, they were bringing me home, and we decided to stop at this street food type place, (although they do have in-door seating.) I’ll be going grocery shopping tomorrow morning, along with calling my pharmacy to ask why they only have 2 out of my 3 prescriptions ready.