Saturday, August 30, 2014

Last week, and a Sunday school decision.

On Monday night, I posted about having Chinese food for my birthday. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, I woke up with an upset stomach. I ended up having one for 3 days, I didn't actually throw up though, and although eating and drinking made it way worse, I was able to do both of those things. Let's just say that I think I tried everything under the sun to get rid of this, including the prescription Pepcid that I was prescribed as needed, (and I'm now taking every day,) because it seems that no matter what I do I always end up eating something that will give me indigestion. I tried pepto, I tried tums, (with some success. ) finally, my mom recommended Zantac, and that's what worked. I actually thought I was going to have to go into the ER, (again,) but my sister thought they would just turn me away, since I wasn't throwing up, and since I was able to drink. Mom said that they would just do what they did last time, which is give me a lot of Pepcid and send me home.
So, we'll be going back to Sunday School next sunday. I'll be starting in a different department with second through fifth graders. I'll be teaching with a couple people from Prayer Seeker's café, in a class that should have a lot of kids. This one will actually be in the children's department, instead of in an annex of the church.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy birthday to me!

I turned 31 today. I actually didn't do too much, I went out to dinner with my family, and brought home 2 bags of Chinese leftovers. I didn't go to Prayer Seeker's Café today, because I decided that I didn't really want to go on my birthday. Otherwise, I spent most of the day responding to birthday posts on Facebook.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy early birthday to me!

I had my SSA appointment today. Under the disabled child benefit, I'm eligible for 50% of my dad's Social Security earnings with his medicare taken out. This makes me eligible for $1131 per month, which is a $410 increase. Not only that, but my dad started getting his retirement in April, I didn't fill out the application for these benefits until today, and I don't start getting checks until October. I also started getting notices that said I wasn't eligible for SSI, (which is what I've been getting since I was 18,) in July, and I posted about this on July 3rd. Turns out I got another notice after that, and had to call the SSA again. I explained that conversation in this post. All this to say that I have 6 months of back pay coming to me. Since I've been getting SSI benefits in the meantime, they'll pay the difference, which is $410, and that ads up to $2460! As I was preparing for the appointment last night, I told mom that it could increase or stay the same amount. I said it could go up $10, or $100, but I was praying for $150 so that if my rent was raised, (my rent is based on income,) it would only eat half the increase. Mom said "I'm hoping it goes up $1000, and I pretty much told her she was crazy! It didn't go up $1000, but $90 less than half certainly works.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I went to the doctor today.

I think I waited in the doctor's office for like a 15 minute appointment with the doctor. All my lab results were negative, and I don't have the bacteria that causes ulcers. My doctor did say that cortizone can thin the lining of the stomach, and I've been taking that all my life, and will continue to take it. He decided to write a prescription for Pepcid for me to have as needed, just in case I get indigestion. When I went off the Pepcid I was taking every day, (I went off of it a week ago tomorrow,) I had indigestion off and on, but it wasn't really bad.

Monday, August 18, 2014

I didn't go to Prayer Seeker's Cafe today.

Prayer Seeker's Café is taking a break this week for Vacation Bible School. I also won't be going next week because it's my birthday, I don't have any plans during that time, but I just decided to tae the time off. Next month, they'll be taking a couple weeks off as well.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

This blog is not having an identity crisis!

In a post on Scripting.com, Dave Winer says:

Like all people with blogs, in 2014, mine has been going through an identity crisis.

the post basically goes on to say that he puts his short messages on Twitter, and since he gets better engagement on Facebook, he posts there. His blog is for random scatterings, (that we all accumulate across the web.) I don't do that great of a job of summarizing this last part, just go read the post, (that's why I linked to it.
First of all, let's just say that I use my twitter account for a myriad of things, including tweeting every morning. Let's also say that among the uses of said account today were having a discussion of the accessibility of Reddit with a friend. Secondly, I don't usually use Facebook. I have the account because that's where my family and church friends are, but I rarely use it, (unless I'm tagged in a photo, or on the now very rare occasion that Twitter is down.)
I suppose the question remains, what do I use this blog for? The answer to that question is well... everything! I use it to write what I'm doing, from trying to suspend someone's Twitter account, to staying up all night to blog every half hour for charity. Those are just 2 examples, (I have 5 years of archives going back to 2009.) I also use it to write about things that are going on like doctor's appointments, church potlucks, etc. I do this with the theory that I might want to remember these things someday, although I'm not sure when.
So, in order for this blog to have an identity crisis, I would have to have one myself, and I'm glad to report I'm not having any of those right now. Sure, I probably need to post more, (as I've gotten behind in trying to keep up a posting schedule,) but I don't think that's a huge problem. I also have a linkblog, webgurl.me, and I have a lifestream that captures everything at noelle.co.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Doctor's appointment issues.

I have a doctor's appointment next Wednesday. The appointment is at 11, but my caregiver's hours don't start until 11. They don't normally start until 11:30, but we thought the appointment was at 11:30, so she called her office to let them know. The problem is, she has a client right before me, and she isn't supposed to come until 12:15 on Wednesdays, so she had to call the office. The office rescheduled her hours from 11 to4. I wasn't sure if I had the card in my purse, (they tend to fall out, as I put them in the pocket with my phone,) but I did have it, and she checked it and it said 11. So she said she'd leave her new client's house at 10, and get here by 10:45, (it's a 45 minute commute each way.) I tried to call my doctor's office and reschedule it for any time past 11, but since my doctor only works 3 days a week now, they were booked until the second week of September.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday school changes.

We won't be having Sunday school for the next 3 Sundays. It's the end of the adult classes, (we have adult classes at our church as well as kid's classes,) so they decided to cancel the kid's classes too. After we come back from break, the middle school kids, (sixth, seventh, and eighth graders,) are going to be taught by the pastor's son, and the fifth graders are going back to the children's department. As to what I'll be doing, I'm not sure yet.
Next week, they're going to have Vacation Bible School at the church all week. This means no Prayer Seeker's Café on Monday. I thought maybe I could participate in VBS, but I decided not to, because my caregiver's hours are from 11:30 to 4:30 Tuesday through Thursday, and it goes from 9:00-12:00. Not only that, but I have the appointment with the SSA representative that Friday to fill out my disabled adult/child benefit application.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The past few days.

Not much has gone on here the past few days. Yesterday, my caregiver and I went to a local ice cream shop. After that we came back and baked brownies. The day before, my dad had surgery, it had to do with what he was in the hospital for last month, and the Doctor said it went well.
Today was the anniversary of when the Lavabit shutdown was made public, (which was a day after the shutdown itself.) I remember this, because I had like 3 minutes before my caregiver was supposed to show up, and I kept seeing a whole bunch of tweets. My first thought was retweet anything, and my second thought was why did this happen? It was after that, that my call box rang.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

My trip, and last weekend.

Mom and my aunt picked me up at around 4 Thursday afternoon, and we had to go pick up my sister and my niece. We didn't get to our destination until 10:20 that night, then we had to go to the store to get several things. My niece is obsessed with the song "Let it Go, from the movie Frozen. We're not sure if it's the song itself, or that particular scene she's obsessed with, but I think we must have listened to it 500 times in the car, both coming and going.
I don't sleep well on trips, and I didn't sleep at all that night. We went to the water park on Friday, and the water slides were a lot of fun! There needed to be a lot more swimming involved though, because it was 105 degrees where we were. My sister was allowed to bring my niece's bottle in with her, (and I think she snuck some snacks in in a bag.) I usually always bring water with me everywhere I go, but I wasn't able to do that this time. Since I didn't have my water with me, and since I tend to dehydrate very easily, I became extremely dehydrated and felt like I was going to faint while my aunt and I were waiting in line for one of the rides. I think I almost passed out twice that day. I managed to get down 4 slides though, (I think I might have done one twice,) float the lazy river with my mom, aunt, sister, and niece, (they really gave mom a ridiculous hassle about her sitting in the tube,) and spent time in the pool, so overall it was fun.
Yesterday, I went to my parent's house for a barbecue, eventually everyone but my dad and I left to go to a butterfly garden. I didn't particularly want to go because I wasn't really up for more time in the car, (although I got plently of that when mom brought me home, thanks to a detour.)