I actually made it to Sunday school today! I got to be King Saul during our lesson today, which was fun, although we were reading 1st Samuel 24, where David is in a cave, and Saul goes into the cave, and David wants to kill Saul, but instead he cuts a piece of the hem of his robe. I actually had this thing over me, (I’m not exactly sure what it was,) and I was wearing a hat-type thing on my head that was like a crown, and it was interesting, because if I would have known I was going to do that, I would have memorized the relevant scripture parts. I’m teaching with a couple people from Prayer Seekers café, and we usually have a lot of fun there on Mondays, so it’s the same dynamic during Sunday school. We laughed a lot, and none of us were really prepared, which made things even more hilarious.
When the iPhone 6 comes out on 9/19 that is. Apple announced the phones today, (yeah, both phones today… yeah, there are 2 of then,) I plan to get the smallest one, which is 4.7 inches. The other one is 5.5 inches, and I don’t think I really need a phone that big! They also announced watches, but I really am not into wearing anything on my wrist, so I won’t be getting one of those. My contract with Verizon expired in December, so I think it’s definitely time for me to get a new phone! I’ve been using my 4S since December 2011.
I didn’t though, I forgot to take my phone in my bedroom. I ended up getting up at almost 9, and missing the call from the person who was supposed to pick me up for the 9:00 class. I could have set my alarm if I would have taken my phone in there with me, but since I didn’t take my phone in there, I didn’t set it. I ended up calling the person back way too late to make the lesson, so I had to miss it and just go to the service instead. The bus had to pick me up, and we got to the church with 10 minutes to go until the service started.
The bathroom ceiling got fixed today, but only after filling out a maintenance request 2 and a half months ago. This was of course after I was supposed to have an inspection yesterday, and my landlord had to call and reschedule it, because he didn’t think I would pass the inspection with a crack in the ceiling. All that’s left to do is prime and paint the patch, but it should pass inspection if that doesn’t get done.
The check put my account over the $ 2000 limit that I had while I was getting SSI. The limit only applied if you were over before the check came in though, it’s nullified now though, so it doesn’t really matter. the SSA called me yesterday to read me the written notification of my increase, yeah… I said they called me. When I filled out the application, she asked me what format I wanted my notices in, and I said just standard print, because that’s what I’ve been getting them in, and my caregiver would read them. When I was filling out the application, the lady said she could have an agent call and read notices to me, so I set that up.
I was supposed to have my yearly housing authority inspection tomorrow. Yeah, supposed to… until the landlord rescheduled it, because he didn’t get the bathroom ceiling fixed in time. In fact, he hasn’t worked on the thing at all. He came up and looked at it at the end of June, and he’s had to fix a couple leaks upstairs, but he’s never actually worked on my ceiling. I’m supposed to have my annual recertification next month, (usually this happens around the 10th or 11th of the month, but with the inspection pushed back until the 23rd, maybe it won’t happen until the end. I’m not sure what this will mean for my rent, because it’s most certainly going to be raised because of my benefits increase, ($126, in fact,) as to when it will be raised though, I’m not sure, (usually those things start in December.)
On Monday night, I posted about having Chinese food for my birthday. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, I woke up with an upset stomach. I ended up having one for 3 days, I didn’t actually throw up though, and although eating and drinking made it way worse, I was able to do both of those things. Let’s just say that I think I tried everything under the sun to get rid of this, including the prescription Pepcid that I was prescribed as needed, (and I’m now taking every day,) because it seems that no matter what I do I always end up eating something that will give me indigestion. I tried pepto, I tried tums, (with some success. ) finally, my mom recommended Zantac, and that’s what worked. I actually thought I was going to have to go into the ER, (again,) but my sister thought they would just turn me away, since I wasn’t throwing up, and since I was able to drink. Mom said that they would just do what they did last time, which is give me a lot of Pepcid and send me home.
So, we’ll be going back to Sunday School next sunday. I’ll be starting in a different department with second through fifth graders. I’ll be teaching with a couple people from Prayer Seeker’s café, in a class that should have a lot of kids. This one will actually be in the children’s department, instead of in an annex of the church.
I turned 31 today. I actually didn’t do too much, I went out to dinner with my family, and brought home 2 bags of Chinese leftovers. I didn’t go to Prayer Seeker’s Café today, because I decided that I didn’t really want to go on my birthday. Otherwise, I spent most of the day responding to birthday posts on Facebook.
I had my SSA appointment today. Under the disabled child benefit, I’m eligible for 50% of my dad’s Social Security earnings with his medicare taken out. This makes me eligible for $1131 per month, which is a $410 increase. Not only that, but my dad started getting his retirement in April, I didn’t fill out the application for these benefits until today, and I don’t start getting checks until October. I also started getting notices that said I wasn’t eligible for SSI, (which is what I’ve been getting since I was 18,) in July, and I posted about this on July 3rd. Turns out I got another notice after that, and had to call the SSA again. I explained that conversation in this post. All this to say that I have 6 months of back pay coming to me. Since I’ve been getting SSI benefits in the meantime, they’ll pay the difference, which is $410, and that ads up to $2460! As I was preparing for the appointment last night, I told mom that it could increase or stay the same amount. I said it could go up $10, or $100, but I was praying for $150 so that if my rent was raised, (my rent is based on income,) it would only eat half the increase. Mom said “I’m hoping it goes up $1000, and I pretty much told her she was crazy! It didn’t go up $1000, but $90 less than half certainly works.
I think I waited in the doctor’s office for like a 15 minute appointment with the doctor. All my lab results were negative, and I don’t have the bacteria that causes ulcers. My doctor did say that cortizone can thin the lining of the stomach, and I’ve been taking that all my life, and will continue to take it. He decided to write a prescription for Pepcid for me to have as needed, just in case I get indigestion. When I went off the Pepcid I was taking every day, (I went off of it a week ago tomorrow,) I had indigestion off and on, but it wasn’t really bad.
Prayer Seeker’s Café is taking a break this week for Vacation Bible School. I also won’t be going next week because it’s my birthday, I don’t have any plans during that time, but I just decided to tae the time off. Next month, they’ll be taking a couple weeks off as well.
In a post on Scripting.com, Dave Winer says:
Like all people with blogs, in 2014, mine has been going through an identity crisis.
the post basically goes on to say that he puts his short messages on Twitter, and since he gets better engagement on Facebook, he posts there. His blog is for random scatterings, (that we all accumulate across the web.) I don’t do that great of a job of summarizing this last part, just go read the post, (that’s why I linked to it.
First of all, let’s just say that I use my twitter account for a myriad of things, including tweeting every morning. Let’s also say that among the uses of said account today were having a discussion of the accessibility of Reddit with a friend. Secondly, I don’t usually use Facebook. I have the account because that’s where my family and church friends are, but I rarely use it, (unless I’m tagged in a photo, or on the now very rare occasion that Twitter is down.)
I suppose the question remains, what do I use this blog for? The answer to that question is well… everything! I use it to write what I’m doing, from trying to suspend someone’s Twitter account, to staying up all night to blog every half hour for charity. Those are just 2 examples, (I have 5 years of archives going back to 2009.) I also use it to write about things that are going on like doctor’s appointments, church potlucks, etc. I do this with the theory that I might want to remember these things someday, although I’m not sure when.
So, in order for this blog to have an identity crisis, I would have to have one myself, and I’m glad to report I’m not having any of those right now. Sure, I probably need to post more, (as I’ve gotten behind in trying to keep up a posting schedule,) but I don’t think that’s a huge problem. I also have a linkblog, webgurl.me, and I have a lifestream that captures everything at noelle.co.
I have a doctor’s appointment next Wednesday. The appointment is at 11, but my caregiver’s hours don’t start until 11. They don’t normally start until 11:30, but we thought the appointment was at 11:30, so she called her office to let them know. The problem is, she has a client right before me, and she isn’t supposed to come until 12:15 on Wednesdays, so she had to call the office. The office rescheduled her hours from 11 to4. I wasn’t sure if I had the card in my purse, (they tend to fall out, as I put them in the pocket with my phone,) but I did have it, and she checked it and it said 11. So she said she’d leave her new client’s house at 10, and get here by 10:45, (it’s a 45 minute commute each way.) I tried to call my doctor’s office and reschedule it for any time past 11, but since my doctor only works 3 days a week now, they were booked until the second week of September.
We won’t be having Sunday school for the next 3 Sundays. It’s the end of the adult classes, (we have adult classes at our church as well as kid’s classes,) so they decided to cancel the kid’s classes too. After we come back from break, the middle school kids, (sixth, seventh, and eighth graders,) are going to be taught by the pastor’s son, and the fifth graders are going back to the children’s department. As to what I’ll be doing, I’m not sure yet.
Next week, they’re going to have Vacation Bible School at the church all week. This means no Prayer Seeker’s Café on Monday. I thought maybe I could participate in VBS, but I decided not to, because my caregiver’s hours are from 11:30 to 4:30 Tuesday through Thursday, and it goes from 9:00-12:00. Not only that, but I have the appointment with the SSA representative that Friday to fill out my disabled adult/child benefit application.
Not much has gone on here the past few days. Yesterday, my caregiver and I went to a local ice cream shop. After that we came back and baked brownies. The day before, my dad had surgery, it had to do with what he was in the hospital for last month, and the Doctor said it went well.
Today was the anniversary of when the Lavabit shutdown was made public, (which was a day after the shutdown itself.) I remember this, because I had like 3 minutes before my caregiver was supposed to show up, and I kept seeing a whole bunch of tweets. My first thought was retweet anything, and my second thought was why did this happen? It was after that, that my call box rang.