My dentist man is back from his camping trip with the Marines out in the field. For my former airman turned sailor, it wasn’t quite as cushy as he would have liked. But he’s a trooper (or a sailor I should say) and sucked it up and made it through. Nothing like working on mouths that haven’t seen a tooth brush in two weeks to make you yearn for the luxuries of a ship! Let alone his excitement over a real toilet again.
As for me, my callouses are beginning to heal and I look less like a losing prize fighter each day. Must be time to work on some more linoleum?
The day after his return, we enjoyed our 19th anniversary in style. A movie you can eat in. As I tell him – it’s a date for married people. No chit-chatting over dinner, we already know what’s going on with each other. And a nice action flick, no unnecessary romance, he already knows he’s got a sure thing waiting for him. What – it’s been two weeks people!
As we’re getting ready for back-to-homeschool, I thoroughly enjoy walking past all the frantic parents trying to shop their schools list, I feel a certain giddiness. Until I realize I need to buy the boys all new laptops because theirs won’t run any longer with their school programs. (No raised eyebrows please, we get netbooks. The cheapest ones we can buy. I can usually get 2-3 years out of them. Then we wipe them, and give them to another family or two.)
I hear “Pfffttt – but your husbands a dentist, like this is a big issue for you?”
Normally no. Even with our ginormous student loans, cost of being a doctor (insurances, required on-going learning and what not’s), we do fine. I’m a saver, so we do fine even in dry times, however we’re experiencing the most bizarre financial issues as of late? Normally I wouldn’t discuss such things, but they’re just too bizarre NOT to talk about!
Our renters out in “that house”, or as I’ve started calling it “Goliath” to remind me it can be defeated, broke a window, lost several screens, ruined the shower/tub area and…. couldn’t replace the batteries in the smoke detector, all without informing us, causing the state housing authority to deny us payment when they came to do their yearly inspection, until we get such items fixed.
I want you to sit and grasp this for a moment…
The same people that CPS keeps leaving children with every time they come out,
can’t even replace batteries in a smoke detector…
did you catch that?
Ok, easy enough fixes you say! True, that is, unless your window company stalls for a month and a half and then closes overnight and runs with all their customers money. Yup. That would be us. We are now part of a class-action suit. Can you feel my enthusiasm?
Frantically we run to another window company. They understand our situation. We’ve already lost 2 months worth of rent because the people we were kind enough to share our home with, broke it.
The window company lost our paperwork, and thought they had come out already. They told me they’d call me when they were done. One month later when I called to check on it, they were very embarrassed. That makes 3 months without rent because the state encourages sad, pathetic behavior.
After asking daily for two weeks for the renters to make an appt. to go with their schedule, we finally made it for them. They don’t show. And because it’s summer – the busy window season, we can’t get another appt. for another month. That makes 4 months without rent because our renters have no respect for anyone else.
I hear you – “Why weren’t you doing more to make sure this didn’t take so long?” Silly me thought I was working with adults this whole time. And yes I’ve learned my lesson – if it’s going to get done right, I have to do it myself, or ride some backsides to make sure it’s done!!
Now, as we’re realizing how drastic this situation is getting, I start calling around. Oh yay – my good friend that helped with the deck and fence is back from the South of France – the lucky SOB - when he hears how bizarre this has turned out, he is stunned by the situation and is coming to our rescue by this weekend.
The bathroom had already been repaired, but they broke it again (it took them one month), so he’s fixing the bathroom for them again. Installing batteries. Measuring windows for new glass and screens.
And the jewel – He’s installing cameras.
Yup, I’ll be able to watch the property. All.the.time.
Like apartments survey their property ya big freaks – I don’t want to see what they’re doing inside *shiver*!
Lest you worry about *their* rights – they are being made fully aware of the cameras. They should love that! What with the cops having been there 5+ times since December.
And to pay for our newly adopted family of five on the other side of the country, my dentist man is working his usual two jobs. His weekday job and his weekend warrior job. The latter of which also ins’t paying him correctly. I know, you thought it couldn’t get any more comical did ya!
Apparently someone dropped the ball several years ago when we left the AFR and didn’t give us our release papers. So now the Navy is requiring *us* to track it down if we want to be paid correctly. We’ve been getting nearly half the pay we should for over a year now. And we’re still waiting for the bonus we were promised.
And just make good and sure we’re feeling it, the coming two weeks will be the slowest possible at the offices he works for. Between rodeo’s, parades, holiday weekends, fairs, and yes, another reserve weekend, we’re feeling the glorious pain!
As I’m trying to keep up beat and find the good in all this, trying to learn to praise in all situations, I found myself actually coming up with the smallest of things. The day he came back from his two week tour. After cleaning the sheets for the 4th time that day because the pug felt the need to relieve herself only there (yes I closed the door – she’s freaking magical?!), I found myself thanking the good Lord that at least it wasn’t the big dog doing it!
I had someone ask how I keep a good sense of humor through all this –
You can laugh or cry. Or cry till you laugh. Which ever, it’s not bringing the money back.
And feeding your own family is over rated right?
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18