1.) My boss is back from maternity leave. She had been gone since Thanksgiving. I think this is why I have been a pain in the ass since last Wednesday.
2.) I finally got plates for the truck. Now I realize that the plates for my car expire this month so I have to do it all over again. The hurdles of getting a car titled or registered in the state of
3.) I spent all weekend infirmed with a cold. I still have the cold but most of the lethargy and body aches went away just in time to wake up and go to work this morning.
4.) The Mac broke and I took it to get serviced. The MAC store ships it to parts unknown where it is repaired and overnighted back (thanks AppleCare). However, instead of using UPS or FEDEX where I have a pre-release drop it on the front step they sent it DHL. DHL? Fuck. So the DHL hang tag is on the door Friday when I get home and it says I can pick it up at the local facility until 8:00 pm whose address is on the back of the tag. I turn the tag over and the spot where the driver was supposed to put the address is blank. Fuck them. I didn't fill out the drop form. They will try to deliver it again today and won't be able to because I am not home. Screw me out of a weekend without OS X you bitches and I'll make you run all the way down to the southside to try in vain to deliver my package again. I guess I'll pick it up tonight or tomorrow myself. just like would have on Friday if they had left the address.
5.) The house we wanted sold and closed. But it tortures me daily as it still pops up on my internet searches. Now we are looking at all of these other places that are either overpriced or on the edge of our range. I think we might just quit looking for a while. We don't need a new house until we have another kid so I have at least 12-14 months there. Besides, the housing market is going to hell anyway. I am seeing losses of equity and an overall decrease in prices. Buying now may well be buying at the top of the market, not a good idea. Besides, one 1/4 % tick in the interest rates and we won't be able to afford anything bigger than we have now.
6.) If we do buy a new house that means I will have to do all the nit-picky maintenance things that I have been putting off. That shoots about 3 weekends in the ass. Nothing like paint, plaster and cleaning the garage for happy times.
7.) Dealing with vendors from India. Anyone who says that outsourcing will be the death of the American economy hasn't actually outsourced anything.
8.) Not mine persay, but its still sucks. A very good friend of the wife has been trying to adopt two boys from rural Illinois. The mother and her drug addict boyfriend that live in a trailer with no heat and who won't travel to visit the boys and make it clear that they don't want them (through actions and words) refuse to give up parental rights. The judge in the case "will be damned" if he's going to let some upstate attorney and the DCFS come to his realm of the world and tell him what to do, he's planning to give the boys back to their mother (who they've seen 3 times in 2 years, her choice) this week. The foster parents have mortal fear for these children if they are returned to their birthmother. MORTAL fear. They think the boyfriend will follow through on his threats and actually kill the kid. Or just do it when he is high, you know high from shooting the money for the heating bill. Who needs heat during this mild Illinois winter anyway? When these boys are abused and in the hospital their blood is on the judges hands. When the boys survive but end up as felons by the age of 16, the blood of their victims is on his hands. Donating a sperm and/or an egg does not make you a parent, much less a fit parent. We place far to great a value on blood relations in this country. We are far too slow to terminate parental rights. My only solus is knowing that Illinois elects its judges. So campaining against this sonofabitch will be a bittersweet revenge. You know, the autopsy/crime scene photos of children that he sentenced to death on a plackard are pretty grim, but will likely mean he won't get re-elected.
Honestly I don't know all of the facts of the case and I am getting my information 3rd hand. But the foster parents are scared that for the boys lives if they are returned. And things like this get me charged up. So excuse the hyperbole.