I love it when we have events where staff's families get to mingle with the families we serve. I feel that it decreases the power differential and reminds both sides that in the end we are all just people dealing with the challenges life sends our way. I am much more sensitive on what it feels like to be on the other side of the glass partition because of our family's experiences. Any thing that can reduce that feeling of us vs. them is worth pursuing.
In other news, we are still in process of buying the house. Our offer of 85K was accepted, and now we are securing the mortgage and renovation loan. We have all the estimates in for the roof, re-doing the kitchen and bathrooms, the landscaping, the electrical work and the new hot water heater. We are also installing more insulation and an alarm system, as well as maintenance on the AC and fireplace.
It is only a mile away from where we are now. The schools suck, but I have Aidan on the waiting list for an arts academy about 5 miles away. I can always leave Aidan enrolled in his current schools.
We have to have the funding secured by May 11th and we close on May 25th. I am finding that buying a house is a lot like having a baby- everyone tells you their horror stories. I wasn't worried about the mortgage until everyone started sharing their stories. Oi!
Speaking of Aidan, he has surgery on Tuesday. It is minor surgery- ingrown toenail removal- but he is a bit scared of medical procedures (he completely flips out, actually). He wouldn't let the podiatrist do it in his office, so we have to admit him in the hospital and knock the boy out.
Monday I have jury duty. As a social worker, I have never been picked for a jury, but it is still a hassle. I am also still doing hand therapy twice a week. Everytime I tell the therapist he has to have my hand ready for painting in 2 months, he shakes his head and sighs. I told him off the first visit because he said "interesting" way too many times. In my experience, interesting is not a good word when said in conjuction with medical issues.
And that, in a nutshell, is why I have not been posting. I will try harder. Tomorrow, Konal's move...