And your doggie is precious!
If she did initiate leaving her personal information, maybe she did it because she didn't know if that was all of it or not and wanted to make sure you had contact information so she could tell you exactly where it was found.
And Chrissy -- Charlie is still kinda grumpy, but we've been giving her the tylenol, and it is really helping. Her rash is not nearly as bad as it was, and the tylenol is keeping the fever at bay.
Midge, so sorry about your family situation. That sucks.
I confess my alarm didn't go off this morning (I use the alarm on my phone and for some reason, if I don't have the phone plugged into the charger, it doesn't ring) and my dogs didn't wake me up (they usually get up wanting to go out exactly 1 minute before my alarm is due to ring). Woke up at 8:05 and I start work at 8:00. I took it as a sign that I needed a break after all of the drama with the police, emergency vet, and courthouse. Work is really taking a back seat right now, but you know, sometimes that just has to happen.
Bridget, that sounds so weird. I can understand if she returned a large amount of money or something nice and usable to her, like a digital camera or ipod, thanking her. She could have benefited from taking things like that. But all she could have done with the checks is...nothing...framed them... There was no moral dilemma for her,it's not like she could have been dishonest.
I hate those fb chain statuses. There are always ones about how much somebody has sacrificed to be a mom and you need to repost this if you are mom that makes sacrifices. The worst are ones that are "nobody talks about infant loss, so 95% of you won't repost this. Do you care that babies are dying? Repost this if care" I do care, so I do real things, like spread awareness in a serious way, and raise money for organizations like the March of Dimes, rather than playing around on fb trying to let everyone see how much I care.
You ladies are going to love this. Bobbie just informed me that her chorus teacher told her she will fail the class if she refuses to sing the Christian songs they are going to perform for the school's winter concert. Bobbie needs the credit to graduate.
I'm so stoked to have a fight. I just have to gear up and be prepared when I make my phone call to that school. I'm not sure if I should call the teacher, the principal, or the superintendent, but they are not going to get away with threatening to fail her for refusing to sing a Christian song in a public school.
Bobbie couldn't remember the name of the one that really bothered her, but she said all the songs are Christian ones. There's one Jewish one, and one secular one (like Frosty the Snowman or something) but all the rest are Christian. There's one that bothers her in particular. She said it talked about sinners and just rubbed her the wrong way.
I'm so ready for this fight. It's a predominantly republican/Christian community, so we'll be treated like lepers I'm sure. But I don't care. That is just beyond unacceptable to me. I let them sing their Christian songs and didn't say a word in the past...but threatening to fail her over it? No freaking way.
However, we couldn't prove it was deliberate, even though he said (again on video) "Serves her right for parking in front of our house." As for all the threats, they denied all of them across the board, and said when questioned by the police that we were threatening them instead. I asked my lawyer about getting a restraining order, because the police said they couldn't do anything about them harassing us unless there was a legal restraining order or unless I felt in immediate threat of my life, and my actions (such as taking shelter, running away, calling 911) should reflect that fear. Revving a car at me or shouting a threat about shooting me from the other porch would not count. My lawyer said I essentially couldn't get a restraining order for similar reasons--that there wasn't solid proof of any wrongdoing and that since it goes on record these kinds of allegations are taken very seriously.
I guess it's to protect people from filing frivolously, but it is very frustrating.
Anyway, I got off on a tangent talking about my neighbors. I'm sorry your day at court went so badly.
Jeez, what is wrong with people?
Kai made me think tonight about how many things grown ups say that just makes kids go . He said, "Mom? Why does daddy sometimes say 'the mosquitos are really bad tonight?' What are they doing to him?" And we haven't heard mosquito updates from dbf in weeks because the weather finally cooled so they haven't been around. He's had this on his mind for awhile!
Dbf's been working nights and it's so peaceful around here.
We won a "civil harassment" restraining order against our neighbor who was shooting at our dogs with an air rifle. We lived across the street from an elementary school too and the neighbor could have easily misfired and shot a kid walking to school, so how stupid was this guy being? This was in Los Angeles County, though, and we had an eyewitness who caught the guy shooting and was willing to testify, so I don't know if our case was any more "winnable" than your is, Lydia. Ugh, neighbor disputes are so stressful. I'm so glad we moved away from him.
Gwenn, your dog does look a lot like my Cayo. I think it's the soulful eyes. We always say he's the best looking member of our family.
Chrissy, please go get 'em, girl. I really don't think a teacher can do that.
If you remember the name of the songs post them, I want to look up lyrics.
The choir teacher at my school used to tell everybody to go home and practice songs out of their "green books" (all the hymn books for the mormon church are green, and about 95% of all the school was mormon). I never had his class, but I heard he would ask kids if they sang loud and proud from their "green books" at their "weekend meetings". He either gave extra credit to those who did, or maybe even had it be part of their regular grade. Nobody ever complained, but he should not have been able to get away with that.
It also makes me mad that high school graduation begins with a christian prayer being said.
That would be terrible if it interferes with selling your house, Lydia. I totally get your frustration about not being able to get things done legally.
And Chrissy, failing her? I'd be livid. She can opt out.
I confess I just heard, via facebook, that one of my professors and mentors in grad school just passed away. He had a brain tumor. This man went a long way towards making me the professional I am today. I loved him in an entirely platonic, student/teacher way. I remember he announced he was ill at our graduation ceremony. Until then none of us had any idea about it. RIP, Dr. DeFeo. Every day I use something he taught me to make a child's life better. I don't know that there is anything much better to say about someone.