I can’t believe I only have one more week left for 2013. I have enjoyed doing this Project52 because it’s kept my blog updated but sometimes it’s been hard to get things posted. I need to decide if I should do this again for 2014. What do you think?
Here are this week’s updates:
- Monday I took this video of E at Little Gym. He is getting better at walking on the high beam. His teacher is really good with the kids and has them do it on their own. Even when they want to grab on to her.
- Tuesday was the Winter Literacy Festival at my work. Grandma O brought the kids to the festival and they got to sit on Santa’s lap. E told Santa he wants a semitruck
- Thursday was a blessing in disguise. It was very snowy day and I had my court date. I started driving to my first appointment for work and I was a little more than half way there when I decided to pull into a store parking lot and call the family to reschedule. The roads were getting worse by the minute. As I was driving back to work, I got an automated call from my office saying to please come back to the office because of the weather. I stopped in the office and talked to my boss. I told her I had my court date and she said to go to that appointment and then go home. Around 1:00 I got another call from the office saying that they are closing for the day and would reopen at 8:00 the next morning, weather permitting. What a crazy storm! After my court appointment, I decided to drive home instead of picking up the kids from my mom’s house. I cleaned my house like crazy and got a lot of things ready for Christmas. It was a very productive day. Around 5:00 a snow plow still hadn’t come through my neighborhood and we live on a hill that can get very icy. I called Joey and he was going to stay at work a little bit later but he was willing to pick up the kids. A snow plow made it through our neighborhood around 7:00. Joey came home with the kids around 8:30.
- Here’s my pre-trial conference update: I got to the courthouse early (everyone else was late) so they took me back right away. The bailiff introduced me to the state prosecutor and we sat down in a small room. I had no idea what was going to happen. Here is our conversation:
Prosecutor: “What do you want to tell me?”
Me: “I should not have been given a ticket for the accident I was in and you need to take it away” is what I said in my head. This is what I really said: “Do you want me to describe the accident and how I got my ticket?”
P: “Whatever you want to tell me”
M: (thinking this guy is not my friend I described what happened)
P: “Sounds about what I read in the report”
M: (thinking this guy is really not going to help me out) “I really don’t feel like I should have been given this ticket. My insurance and the other driver’s insurance have determined that I was only 40% at fault”
We may have had some more dialogue here but I can’t really remember what was said
P: “I am going to give you three options – #1: I will reduce your fine to $90. That is the lowest fee for a moving violation. You plea not guilty and stand before the judge and see what he will do. #2 – We move this to a real trial that would involve you, the other driver…”
M: (I shake my head and he stops with that option)
P: “#3 – You plea guilty. I reduce your fine to $90 and you can go to traffic school and this will not go on your record”
M: “I will take the last option”
P: (hands me a paper and explains what I am signing)
M: (I sign as the defendant) and say “at least I waited till I was in my thirties to be a defendant”
P: (courtesy laughs and scribbles his name as the prosecuting attorney)
After this he has me sit down and wait for the judge. The judge comes in the room and looks at the state prosecutor and then it was my turn to stand before the judge again. Same judge as before. He tells me what the attorney told me and hands me a paper for traffic school. He tells me it’s online and it will take two hours. He also tells me that I have 60 days to complete it. He tells me to leave and I pay my $90 ticket (that was originally $120)
Thursday evening I decided to do the traffic school because I was home alone and could do it without be interrupted. It cost $50. I was a little mad but it is what it is. Apparently the court requires you to spend a certain amount of time and it would not let me “speed” through the course. I learned a lot though. Like traffic waves. Did you know that the cars that keep changing lanes during rush hour are actually slowing traffic down for all of us? If you are someone who does that, stop it! However, the course did not say anything about illegal u-turns which is what my ticket was for. haha Overall, it was a good course. (I think the driver that hit me probably should have taken it too.)
I have no plans to go to open court again or have a per-trial conference and if I do, I will take an attorney with me.
- Friday was a busy Christmas party day. E had a Christmas party at school. I picked him up and we went to my work Christmas party and later that evening he went to my mom’s work Christmas party (apparently he gets invited to these parties but I don’t). When he got home from the party this was our conversation:
Me: “What was your favorite part of the party?”
E: “When Sally called me Ass”
Grandma: (laughing) “Jack”
E: “Ass. Jack”
Me: (a little confused. trying not to laugh) “Did Sally call E a JackA**?”
Grandma: “Sally called E Jack”
What kind of party was this?
- Saturday I worked at the hospital. Joey took E to a rehearsal for the children’s Christmas pageant for Sunday. Here is a cute picture of E as a shepherd
- Saturday night we had our family Christmas party. I took these pictures of Baby A and Baby N. Baby N wasn’t so sure about Baby A so close.
- Santa came to the family party and E told this Santa that he wants more tracks for his trains. Baby A just stared at him.
- Saturday night Baby A didn’t sleep well. She was asleep (sort of), crying and tossing her head around like she was in pain. Finally by 3:00 we were all in our beds (crib) asleep. When I got her in the morning, there was dried blood around her right ear. I seriously can’t believe that she is still having ear problems. It makes me so sad for her.
- Sunday morning E woke up and told me he was sick. He had a wet sounding cough and felt warm to me. I was so sad that he was going to miss the children’s Christmas pageant. Baby A felt warm all day too. What a day.
- Sunday night we exchanged Christmas presents with E’s cousins and he had a sleepover. He was still not feeling 100% but he was so excited to spend the night. Grandma and Aunt M were nice and said he could stay.