Saturday, June 30, 2007

I haven't left!!! My finger is still on the pulse!!

I am here! I have survived the week of hell, and am now a homeowner. Everything went well, minus the plumbing. The entire house house needs to be re-plumbed due to poor winterization when the house was vacated 2 years ago. I will do a longer post about it, and will include pictures. I was getting sad reading the comments with everyone wishing me well and saying good-bye to me, so I HAD to come back and let you know that I haven't really left, I am just moving 3 blocks away.

More soon.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Back for a moment...

I guess I am taking a blog break. Things have been crazy around here, and my brain can't seem to focus on a good post topic. We close on our house this Friday, which is great and all. It is all the other things that make it kinda blah... Like calling the water department to get the water meter hooked up, calling the gas company to get the gas meter installed, getting house insurance, making sure the mortgage company and seller's agents are doing their jobs, etc. Shopping for appliances was fun until I realized how much it was going to cost. Still, the kitchen will look great and I won't have to worry about replacing what we buy for another 15 years or so... Now, if only the interior decorator would call us back. I need some help picking out paint colors so the house expresses my individuality. I have always sucked at picking colors. I need Leelee's good taste!

I have been hanging out on Facebook more, so you can find me over there. I even helped Mr. Vog set up a Facebook page. It is far less intense than a blog, so it'll work well for him while he is on the road. You can find him through my page...he is Mini Cooper. My mom got him a great laptop with WiFi capabilities so he is geeked out in the rig.

Speaking of Hubby, he has become a trainer for his company. Yeah, he is doing so well at his job they forgot the company rules of being employed for at least two years before becoming a trainer. He got the trainers position in 6 months time. He is trying it out for the next two weeks with a brand new driver. If he decides to do it full time, he will get a new rig which will have a double sleeper in it. Right now he has a single berth, so they need to stop at hotels so the trainee can sleep. That cuts in on drive time, looking for the hotel, etc. Hubby still sleeps in his rig, not the hotel, as he is too paranoid that someone will break in and steal his stuff, or mess with his load.

I have also been knitting like mad! I am making something very cool for one of you wonderful bloggers out there. Hope you like them, and that I can get them to you in time. I'll post pictures of it once I finish them and have them sent out.

Thanks for all of your readership. I promise, one day, to return to blogging as I had when I first started this space.


Saturday, June 09, 2007

Why seatbelts save lives, and I'm sure glad Mr. Vog wasn't driving the semi!!!

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Michigan Man in Wheelchair Pinned to Grille of Semitrailer for 4-Mile Ride

Friday , June 08, 2007
By Audrey Bright

PAW PAW, Mich. —
Why did the 21-year-old cross the road?

Benjamin Carpenter, 21, was crossing a Michigan highway in his wheelchair when he became stuck in a semitrailer's grille and pushed for miles before the unknowing driver was pulled over, police said on Thursday.

Carpenter escaped unharmed, saying, "It was quite a ride," police said.

Click here to listen to the 911 tape.

Carpenter was attempting to cross on Wednesday when the light turned green and his wheelchair became hooked onto the front grille of the truck, which reached 50 mph during the 4-mile trip down Red Arrow Highway, Michigan State Police Trooper Michael Sinke said witnesses reported.

Carpenter was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He had been secured to his wheelchair by a seat belt.

Witnesses reported that the light turned green, so the truck took off, never seeing the wheelchair in front of him or the fact that it had attached to his front grill. When officers stopped the truck at a private business, Carpenter was in a calm state.

"The man spilled his soda pop, but he wasn't upset," said Sgt. Kathy Morton of the Michigan State Police.

Sinke said when he arrived at the scene, the man told him "'Yeah, I'm fine. I just went for a little ride.'"

"He was surprisingly normal," Sinke said.

About 4 p.m. Wednesday, a caller told police dispatchers, "You are not going to believe this: There is a semi truck pushing a guy in a wheelchair on Red Arrow Highway," state police said in a release.

Authorities initially wondered whether the report was a prank call until others called with similar reports.

When the truck finally was stopped, the driver didn't believe officers until he stepped from his cab and saw for himself.

"When he saw us, he was like, 'What's going on?"' Morton said.

"The truck driver had no idea," Sinke said. "[He] was in a state of shock."

Paw Paw Police Department Office Manager Susan Millek said their department got the initial call around 3:30 p.m. and Sgt. Kirk Goodrich and officer Tim McMeekan responded to the call. McMeekan said the incident was labeled a car pedestrian accident and he was prepared for a scene much worse than what he found.

"We were obviously relieved and shocked to see what happened," McMeekan said.

He said the family was notified within a few minutes and because the man is an adult, the department called to have someone pick him up.

Officers who responded to the scene said the fact that the man was unharmed made this story that much more unbelievable.

"Just the way he was uninjured. It’s just unbelievable," Sinke said. "Obviously someone was looking over him yesterday. I could go another hundred years in law enforcement and never see that again."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Now back to regularly scheduled programming...

Hadn't meant to go this long between posts. Things have been a little hectic over here. I have spent a lot of time gathering paperwork, filling out forms and meeting with the mortgage company. The paperwork has been locked in finally. Now we just wait for the 20% down to make its way to me. That alone has sent me into a minor frenzy. I have spent most of my life financially irresponsible so my broker wasn't calling me back. Yeah, I have a broker. I had to go so far as to have my mother call the broker and rattle her chain for me. My parents use the same firm, and are much more responsible than me. My mom got through to the broker in one phone call. Me, I never got past the secretary. Anyway, the broker called me within two minutes of hanging up with my mother. Things are fine. The way they should be. The money will be wired to the mortgage company when the time comes, saving me an hour trip to pick up a check.

More paperwork and research...

House insurance. Wow, people would love to take the skin off your back don't they? Insurance salesmen are creepy, and love to massively up sell and scare the crap out of you... Luckily, I have a great agent who I have been with for 10 years. He gave us the best rate and the best coverage, beating out two swarmey guys who only had dollar signs in their eyes.

Yipee! I have health insurance! More paperwork, money coming out of hubby's check, but I have full benefits. I can now get my teeth cleaned and get some updated glasses frames. What a relief.

Kids are fine. Little Man is finishing up his last year of preschool, and is getting ready to be officially enrolled in kindergarten. I can't wait for the first month of school for him. He will be so excited, hopefully not to bored, and I can begin anticipating lots of calls from the school telling me he is beyond the curriculum...and they want to promote him to first grade, the grade he should be in...yeah, right.

BeanieVog rolled over for the first time on Sunday. All of us missed the big event. We of course made her do it again for us and the video camera. The baby book says she is supposed to roll from belly to back first. Well, she went from back to belly, which is a five month old move. My kids are so weird. Now she wants to be on the floor all the time so she can roll and scoot.

Thats about it on my end. I look forward to posting pics of the new house, and detailing the nightmare of the move. For now, I will rack my brain deciding what colors to paint the walls.