The Latest On The Leaf

The latest on the Leaf thus far, is that Nissan worked really hard with us to get the payment back down to where we were more comfortable and so YAY we have a Leaf! I admit I am still very apprehensive about our new purchase and really hope it will make a huge difference in a lot of things. I’m pretty sure this very apprehension is why most Americans don’t take that leap to look more into electric cars.

The following are a few things to note about our/my experience so far….

I think I mentioned before that it only comes with a trickle charger. This means this particular power source to charge it is a lower voltage and takes a lot longer to charge -we’re talking 12 plus hours to charge. This is why it is imperative to purchase the actual wall charger and have it installed. We checked both Home Depot and Lowes and they don’t carry them in store so it will have to be purchased online. This was kind of a bummer as we really wanted to check our options on the chargers in person. In fact they looked at us like we had grown an extra head when we asked. For now we are still charging on the trickle and it works good enough for now. If you don’t let it get the full charge you may only get 45 to 50 miles which may seem like a lot but it really depends on how your going to drive it. Which brings me to the next point.

How it’s driven:
If your main commute is all highway and your going more than 20 miles one way it’s going to be always best to have a full charge, at least it is in my opinion based on my personal comfort. The hubs says he does fine going back to work even on a partial charge. When it is at a stop it gets a recharge for a few more miles. It’s actually fantastic for stop and go and we drive it on the weekends for errands.
One must also look at the amenities of radio, air conditioning and all the extras that use power. It’s another one of those things you have to take into account and adjust to. This kind of adjustment maybe an inconvenience for many as who wants to turn the AC off if power is getting too low? We really haven’t made that much of an adjustment and don’t feel it’s too big a deal. I’m just a little paranoid so I watch the power gauge like a hawk and if I feel like the miles are dropping too much for my comfort than the A/C goes off.
We have done a lot of research and apparently extreme temperature cold or hot also has a lot to do with its charge. This is something we are planning to really test, as Oklahoma is the epitome of one extreme to the other for weather. When I say “we” I mainly mean the hubs, as this whole Leaf thing is his big picture science experiment.
The drive is no different from any other car it’s just a big adjustment on getting used to the get up and go from stop to start.
All 3 boys actually fit just as comfortably as they do in the back of my Toyota, so the roominess is decent for a smaller car. I admit I feel like we’re a bunch of clowns getting out of the car when we get out but the youngest hasn’t complained and he is not one to hold back on his discomfort.
This whole power concept instead of gas is a completely different way of thinking. You plan your trips accordingly. If absolutely necessary, the Nissan dealer near us has reassured us that even if we need a charge on a Sunday when they are closed, they will open the gate for us if we call security ahead of time.

The plan is to try to keep you guys up to date on our findings at least once every two weeks. The hubs is actually starting up his own blog based on our experience as well.

Well Better Later Than Never

It’s a good thing I never made any resolution to blog more in 2014. I do hope to remedy that, just getting here and starting a post is half the battle.

I think my mood and attitude is finally coming around. Winter is always so bleak for me. The sun really makes a difference. I’m probably one of those few people who can actually notice the slightest difference that the days are gradually getting longer already.

Well enough with that….

As for the new year, it’s here and I have decided no life changing goals or any of that. I’m playing this one day by day. I have some really hopeful prospects (I think) in the works. I’m trying to be optimistic but also focused on my task at hand which has been extremely hard when you want to get started on this thing they call living to work instead of working to live. Sending me good vibes this week would really help a girl out.

I hate to admit that I don’t think I’ve even taken all of 3 pictures this year if that, and that includes my phone. January has always been the month with the least picture taking.

This is probably enough rambling for now. Looks like someone is really late taking down the Chirstmas decor this year. (Yes I still have a Christmas header up…let’s see if after this post I get something new and fresh up. I probably should brush up on my mad design skills.)

Day Book 11/04/13

Outside My Window: It’s getting chilly and dark and soon to be rainy. Typical fall I suppose. I’m loving the trees of color. They don’t have a lot of trees in North Texas and it saddens me, which I guess it shouldn’t since I don’t live there anymore. I’m just sayin…

I Am Hearing: The ending of Doctor Who Doomsday. Oh the feels. Here is my question to my particular Whovian friend. Rose talks about her mom being pregnant. I can’t ever understand why they didn’t ever bring anything up about it later when she (Rose) comes back? Real nerd problems I suppose.

I Am Thinking: Another “nerdy” show we enjoy is Bang Goes The Theory on BBC. Very sciency and right up there with Mythbusters but less explosions which I appreciate.

I’ve got other things on my mind but it’s kind of a hurry up and wait and see kind of thing. I’ll let you know when it’s all said and done.

I also will do better to comment on posts. I’ve been using my Kindle a lot to read the blogs and then do the writing on the laptop. I have a hard time going into the link, signing in with wordpress and trying to comment. I guess the Kindle and WordPress don’t jive well. Though I do have the wordpress app, just haven’t used it much on the Kindle.

I Am Hoping: I have some hopes but it’s still too early to mention anything yet. I’m sure you can kind of figure what I’m talking about. I’m not over hopeful but hopeful. How about that for chasing around the subject?

Plans For The Week: No big plans really. We’ll just wait and see.

Picture Thoughts: Trick or Treat was kind of a success and bust at the same time. The boys were the dynamic duo of Batman and Joker with the youngest as a last minute football player. He didn’t want to be Sheldon because he is weird like that. This week it is Red Ribbon Week so we’ll how much bribing it will take to get him to do dressing up for this week.

We were pretty much the only ones traversing around the neighborhood which was good and bad lots of extra candy at our house from no trick or treaters and good as we had the whole place to ourselves.

Day Book 10/29/2013

Outside My Window: It’s chilly, dark, and I’m dreading daylight savings time and I’m not sure when it starts. 

 

I Am Hearing: Mythbusters

I Am Thinking: It’s really strange not feeling stressed and pressed for time to get homework done on Sundays. I’d like to say I’m getting a lot done with my “free time” but it seems other stuff just gets in the way…of course

I Am Hoping: That the rest of this week is awesome. There’s a certain knock at my door and I think it’s a big O. I don’t want to say any more than that but send good vibes to me tomorrow. Pretty please.  

I Am Reading: I’m still reading Life After Life. I’m enjoying it I suppose. I’m really close to finish and somehow I think it’s going to be a let down. But who knows.

Plans For The Week: Besides the one thing tomorrow there’s that other thing on Thursday. I’m a little disappointed that we don’t get to dress up at work this year. First time ever they cancelled Halloween. I had big plans for me and my co-workers boys to be random insurance characters. -Mayhem, Jake from State Farm. Me as Flo of course. They were going to be willing to go with it because I’m bossy like that and when you’re the only girl you kind of get you way on things like this sort or. Any who that’s not happening and we’re all kind of bummed. 

Picture Thoughts: 

I’ll have to pass for the moment on pics..I selected the wrong “post” type in word and ugh…why does it have to be so complicated now?

 

Goodnight Sweet Boy…Go Gently To Your Rest

Ugh… I hate to even start a non meme post with this one, but writing is cheaper and easier than therapy for me at least.

We’ve had Annakin since he was wee little six weeks old. (If any mental energy prevails I will post pics in his homage)

I may tear up before I’ve even started.

I’ll admit he was a little puppy terror but dang it he was a cute one. He destroyed many a shoes and toys and everything in between. But again dang it he was cute.

He found a love of sprinklers and his girl Bella

They were inseparable including their escapes every other night to roam the country.

Then just over a month ago he started really having labored breathing it was obvious he was really struggling but didn’t complain and we knew we had to get him seen. The vet had no idea what was going on but both of his lungs were collapsed and all the air was now surrounding his chest cavity instead of inside his lungs. Normally situations like this are caused from a traumatic experience or some kind of puncture but there was nothing. They had to manually draw the air from his chest cavity in order to give room in chest to fill up again and breath..I think I’m describing that right.
Most people have a great difficulty of paying a great expense for a dog, it’s just a struggle for us as anyone else but we really didn’t want to give up and we felt blessed that we had some means for the time being to give it a shot. We wanted to show the boys that you just don’t give up on family.
After a couple of days in the hospital he miraculously got better. The vet couldn’t confirm whether it would come back again or not.

Fast forward 30 plus days with no problems and we woke up Friday morning to him struggling again to breath. This time it was pronounced he wouldn’t/couldn’t lay down but would stretch his neck up to get air.
We felt we were wringing our hands in despair as sure we were able to foot a significant vet bill before we couldn’t do it a second time in such a short period of time. We felt deep inside there probably wouldn’t be much option for him and who was to say it wouldn’t come back again?
Luckily or sadly the boys were out of school Friday. We got them up and explained our predicament. They understood sadly and said their goodbyes. We took him to his last visit to grandma’s to say goodbye, dropped the kids off and went on to the regular vet. We knew there wasn’t enough time to go across time to the emergency vet. We explained the grim situation and the vet contacted the emergency vet for more information to see if there could be one last try of something.
It was at this point that our poor boy who although struggling was acting like a puppy again and filled with curiosity of the sounds from the dogs on the other side of the closed door. He also was turning blue. If you never thought a black dog can turn blue, they most certainly can due to lack of oxygen. Our hearts sank greatly and we knew there really was just no more time.
So our sweet boy went to the great beyond with me and the hubs at his side. We took a moment to tell him how awesome he was and that he no longer had to suffer. I’m sure he’s around somewhere chasing sprinklers in the big back yard in the sky.
We will miss you sweet boy!

(so glad I took this pic last week, before there was nary a sign of any struggle)

Time To Get Back In The Groove

So glad to see that there are a few stragglers left… waiting patiently for my brilliance. :)

I’m trying to get back into the swing of “normalcy” and it’s going to take me a moment, so bare with me as I get back into a rhythm of writing for “fun” again. 

I haven’t even began to begin the other site yet but it will come soon. 

I have a few things to jot down that I need to write about: Snakes In a Kitchen (oh yes) My thoughts on Insanity, the boys and their doings, I want to get back into doing my Monday Posting (you know the one..Day Book) and a few other weekly prompts that I’m going to pretend I have time to do now. I’m still really trying to tell my brain that I am not on a in between semester break, because my brain thinks break as in relax from doing mind straining stuff. If that makes sense. I also will try really hard to get back into the blogospehere ( I’ve missed you guys and it so much!) 

Here is the part where I really get random…you know like normal. 

I am currently reading Life After Life by Kate Atkins. Interesting sort of a reincarnation of a little girl who can sort of change the outcome of how she dies or sometimes not. It had a slow start as it starts over and over again each time she passes. It literally retells her birth in a different light each  time she is “born again”. It’s been annoyingly interesting. I can’t explain it. 

Oh I must also tell you (whispers) I got a new car. Say what?! I know. I don’t even want to go into the long story of it but if you recall…just read two posts down :) My new car story then involved car issues and that snow balled into a lot of things to the point that we just weren’t happy with the car anymore and the woes it and the dealership caused. I am happy to report that I have a even more brand new car that is the 2013 Toyota Camry. It was a hail damage car from our big tornado in May. I’m sure you heard about it.  Anywho..long story short I fell in love with this car. I make the same payments that I did with the sporty car and this one is more of the family reliable stable no more fun girl car. I also feel 100 percent confident I will be taken better care of with the dealership with this one and I promise to never ever again buy another car for a little while. I didn’t want to mention (brag) about this turn of events on facebook as I’m sure people would be really annoyed with me. I’m also pretty sure the neighbors don’t even know what to do with the likes of us and the amount of car changes we have had in the last 4 years. 

That is all for now. I promise more content worthy posts and pictures in the near future. Bare with me on getting back in the groove of reading blogs again. I’m still testing out feed readers on my Kindle. Can I just say that I love doing the Internet thing on my Kindle? Not so much for writing blog posts, but reading them and facebook, and pinterest gives me so much more the feel of actually reading content than just surfing it on the computer. Give me your thoughts on feed readers for Kindle..if you’re in the know on these things. Right now I use the GReader, which I think is the knock off of the the old Google Reader. I think? 

Guess Who’s Back? Back Again…

Hello. Anybody Home? Is this thing on?

Since I have a little more free time than usual since the past 4 years (what? I was busy doing important things) and I’ve missed the whole blogging thing so much. I think it’s finally time to get back into the swing of things. 

The thing is, I created a new blog url as a sort of a turn the page, new chapter in my life kind of thing. Even though nothing is really new and nothing has really changed yet. This is just a random blurb to let you know I may be eventually moving to a new spot at AnotherMomWithABlog.wordpress.com. It’s still in the works, like literally, I just got the name because that’s the tricky thing about getting a “new” blog name, because everyone else thinks they are so original with their blog name, that getting the exact one I wanted made it longer and more wordy than I wanted. Yet, I am never one short of words so I guess it fits. 

I will certainly let you know when it’s in the ready…if there is actually anyone still out there following me, what with feed readers dying and all…who wants to move a blog feed that nobody posts on anymore? Hopefully You that’s who. If not, I know where to find you and make you take me back. :)

Please pardon my random commentary to myself. I am a bit rusty at actually processing my (own) thoughts out loud and cohesively and that doesn’t entail scholarly works.  

….That’s What You Missed On Me

(Wondering if anyone even added me to their new feed reader…RIP Google Reader)

Any who… I figure I should probably make a bulleted post to catch everyone up. I really still kind of taking a hiatus from blogging until this girl is done with school. Hopefully you can hang in there 3 more months. (insert tiny squee of joy here)

As all 5 (4? 3? 1?) know little state endured tragic events this week. The support has been amazing so thank ya’ll for that. Facebook has been an amazing way for me to really follow some of my close friends stories of their situation.

I have my own sob story situation with my car. It sickens me to even think about it.

The boys are out of school and the oldest two are volunteering at the library for the summer because my mother is awesome and likes to drive children all over.

I have to take economics this summer, booo at least advanced Illustrator will soften the blow.
I am on a job hunt for my dream job. I’ve sent a few resumes and stuff so we’ll see.
Here’s a random cute puppy pic to keep you interested…

I Didn’t Want To Go There

Some of you may have seen my post on Facebook about the whole state testing situation.

I’ve always had my qualms about state testing as I’m sure many have. So when I got notes sent home regarding this “mandatory” meeting for parents over third grade testing, I could feel the twinge of what was to come. Here we go it’s going to be another pomp and circumstance of prepping for state testing just like in Texas… yet it wasn’t like that at all.

The principal of our school called this meeting to give us parents a reality check of what the state legislature is trying to do to our schools, our teachers and our kids. This woman is passionate about these kids and their education but is just sick as to whats in store for kids next year. The media isn’t telling us anything about it. I’m so thankful for her and blessed to have a principal like her.

Heres the handout in collage form which gives the overall basic gist of what’s going on.

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This overall situation affects all three of my boys in some ways. Luckily my youngest won’t be succomed to the third grade craziness. Can you imagine if your third grader does not pass the state test and then has to redo third grade again because he possibly had a bad day? Get this when he does repeat 3rd grade he can take the test after 9 weeks and if he passes then, he gets to go to 4th grade. How messed up is that? 

I don’t want to even go into how my middle child who has an IEP and is in Special Ed will have to deal with this. HIs educational success should not ride on this test. 

As the principal honestly told us…the state has set schools up to fail. How sad is that for your own principal to tell a cafeteria full of parents that? A school that is marked as a “Satisfactory/ High performing school” . 

I just don’t know anymore. My youngest even stated “you know how to fix this mom? you home school and take me to the science museum for field trips.” 

Sadly he would still probably have to take that dang state test. 

What also is sad is that all though the hype for magnet schools is amping up they don’t even have to come close to the standards that the public schools are going to have to work so hard to live up to. A standard that could and will cost teacher jobs and schools to live up to a standard that will be impossible to reach. 

I’m all about enhancing our education and striving to raise standards compared to other countries but this is going to be a shot in the foot. 

Patience Is Not His Virtue

*first of all to my wordpress blog friends-this new set up they have is..uhm interesting to say the least. (maybe something user friendly for the newbies?)*

Anywho…

As we all know my youngest has a little problem with controlling his emotions. My mom and I blame it on his birth…. 

Recently his beloved DS broke due to him dropping it for the 20th time on the floor a mere 24 hours after he had just gotten a new DS game. You can all imagine his angst and you can imagine mine as I’ve had to hear about it non stop for the past 10 plus days. He somehow negotiated with his middle brother (Boy Wonder) to go halvzies on buying a new 3DS because if their gonna get a new one they might as well go for broke. Right? Oh and it really isn’t halvzies but more like 70/50 as big brother will have to foot most of it. Of course. I already sense a pattern coming in this.

We told this boy of ours that he had to bring up his report card grade before we submit to his demands of him buying a new DS..ahem 3DS. He’s worked on it and brought it up. So I ordered the 3DS and a protective cover thank you very much and it was set to delivery for today. The kid was psyched and could not wait to get home from school to get his coveted beloved. 

Unbeknownst to me it was a sign on delivery kind of drop off, in other words the FedEx guy came by and did not drop it off as no one was here. His case however did arrive later in the day when we were home. Needless to say the 3DS did not get delivered as it was a separate order/shipment. Hysterics ensued. Trying to explain to an 8 year old why his precious did not get delivered is one thing, explaining it to MY 8 year old is probably a whole different beast on its own. Of course it was my fault, because why wouldn’t it be? 

Sigh..after finally getting him somewhat calm and explaining that it will be here tomorrow as I was able to sign the little slip and leave it on the door to say it’s ok to leave the DS at the door, I convinced him it would come tomorrow. Then IT happened. IT never fails when I get this child of mine controlled to a certain level of calm (which is next to impossible) my other two sons just have to poke the sleeping giant and chaos breaks loose again. 

The kid was at least proud of his new Nerf DS cover and brought it along on our way to dinner ( because my day was exhausting enough and fixing dinner was at the bottom of my want to do list) his oldest brother decided he needed to see this awesome cover… in the car… in the dark… just because. It was bad enough that he even thought about wanting to see it but he also touched it which was one of the seven deadly sins in itself…then he did the unspeakable and BROKE the cover that was supposed to be all mighty and powerful and protective and it couldn’t even protect itself! Not only did hysterics ensue times two, but tears of sorrow like I’ve never heard from this child erupted. He was literally sobbing. Please do not even feel an ounce of pity for this child, he knows what he’s doing with his menacing ways. There is a method to his madness. I’m pretty sure that small earthquake that felt this side of town was from my youngest having yet another melt down.

Don’t fret, the thing wasn’t actually broken, it connects and disconnects like a hinge kind of thing. I easily put it back together once I was parked and in light. Was I the ultimate hero awesome mom at that moment? Not really as there is no 3DS yet to fill its emptiness. Unfortunately I don’t get off easy on this one and that’s why they pay me the big mom bucks as CEO of WM247 enterprises; expected to solve problems and get little thanks for it. 

I shall report back soonish on the conclusion. All I say is it for sure better come tomorrow or I’m not going home, I’ll just make a nice cozy pallet at work where I can be under appreciated and at least get paid. ;)