January 26, 2007

Fair to Middlin' with Light Blogging

It starts in a couple hours. The weather is nice which means it will be a good carnival. I’m still on edge… feeling like all the nerves in my body have been scrubbed with a brillo pad.

The kids are excited. I feel for their teachers today. What a waste of a day, that fortunately ends at Noon for them. And I feel for my husband who will try to manage all this energy and keep an eye on them all weekend. My eldest is at the point where he wants to hang with his friends, his turning 12 in March. The problem is, that as a parent… I still see bad people. So it has my stomach in knots, knowing he’s a good kid and deserves to hang with his friends, but knowing also that there is a big bad world out there and hoping it doesn’t invade our little slice of America this weekend.

And of course the rides scare me. I keep taking a deep breath and forcing any thoughts of rides gone bad out of my head.

Yesterday I found out that the computer I use with our financial software crashed at some point this year and was replaced. Nice that nobody thought to tell me. Nicer that I thought to ask yesterday. It was a scramble for the people higher up the ladder than myself to find the software. I was going to go into the school at the wee hours of this morning and get it up and running… but someone in the school did it for me. I owe her a beer. I’m serious.

I’m pretty grateful.

So blogging will be light as I won’t be getting home until 11:00 each night. Last night I was up past midnight finishing deposit slips and counting money. My first stop this morning is the bank. I’ve gotten to know all the tellers there very well and going to the bank has become somewhat of a highlight for me. They’re real sweet women… very funny and warm.

On a funny note, I opened the newspaper this morning to find that a dear dear friend of mine had the Governor on her front porch yesterday! The Governor and the legislature have come up with some bill that will lower our homeowner insurance premiums. So he came to North Palm Beach and signed it on her front porch. Bonus for her daughter who got to sell Girl Scout Cookies to the crowd! That cracked me up.

Anyway, I am hoping that our premiums do go down. Last year I was called by my insurance company who informed me I was under insured. Even though I had called when we added the addition on our home, 3 years ago, someone didn’t punch it in. The cost of building a home here has over doubled in the last 3 years. So I gave her the specs on my home and my insurance bill came too… $9500. A year. I almost stroked. I did actually say to her, 'Holy crap! You've got to be kidding!!!'

I hired some inspector to come out and prove we met Dade County Building codes and it dropped to… $7000. Yes. I work my part time job to pay for insurance. That pisses me off. Our insurance had over doubled. So, I am hoping that this bill will drop it further. And did I say that with all this cash we outlay, that my deductible, should I take a hit from a hurricane is… ready? 15K. Or more. Love that.

So it was cool to see my friend in the paper and since she is working with me this weekend, I’m sure I’ll get to hear all about it. She’s got a great sense of humor so I know there will be great stories.

And for a Bones’ story, last night at supper he said to me, ‘Mom, the kids at school are going to think I’m so cool tomorrow. It’s a free dress day (my kids wear uniforms so ‘free dress days’ are big) and I’m wearing my jeans, my wave shirt, and my new shoes, with my new zip up sweat shirt. I will look very cool.’

I just kind of stared at him and then nodded my head in agreement. No doubt in my mind that Bones will be strutting at the carnival. Never have I seen a little boy so full of himself… God help the world when he’s a teenager. Or rather… God help me.

Posted by Boudicca at January 26, 2007 07:46 AM | TrackBack

I am keeping my fingers crossed that my Home Owners policy will go down but I have my doubts..it has doubled in the past three years. I have considered selling out and moving out of Florida just because of insurance and taxes..but then there is no state income tax and that helps some I reckon

Posted by: GUYK at January 26, 2007 09:10 AM

My windstorm insurance costs doubled since just last year. My home will be paid for by the time i retire, but I'm afraid I'll have to move elsewhere because I won't be able to afford the insurance. I hope this new bill they signed helps.
Have fun with the carnival Bou. I'm going to an adult carnival instead, that craft beer festival up at Abacoa.

Posted by: george at January 26, 2007 09:26 AM

Ah, the prices of living in a hurricane zone. My insurance for the YEAR is about $300.

Posted by: Ogre at January 26, 2007 09:58 AM

I had to go check my homeowners and all I have to say is Ogre are you living in a shack?

Man, up here in the Great White North we pay $664/year.

It's gone down the past 2 years.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 26, 2007 12:44 PM

Tot saw the ferris wheel going today. Luckily it was easy to say no while traveling in the car. Good luck and call me Monday!

Posted by: vw bug at January 26, 2007 03:54 PM