Thanksgiving plans.

I don’t really know what I’m doing tomorrow, besides the fact that sometime, I’m going to my parent’s house for dinner. I have no idea when, because my family is the “we never make plans for anything until the day of” kind of family, and I’m the kind of person who likes to make plans. My caregiver and I made brownies today to bring to my parent’s house, usually they end up getting like 2-3 pies, (although mom said there’s only going to be one this year,) I don’t eat pie, so I end up bringing something else. I asked mom if she wanted me to bring anything specific, and she said brownies would be fine.

My phone is here!

I finally got my phone today! When the FedEx guy came to deliver it to me, I answered the call box and said, “these packages are in the way!” I thought it was my caregiver coming back from Panda Express, (I sent her to get lunch,) because I was stuck waiting for a package, and I couldn’t leave. She texted me that she was on her way back, so I thought it was her. She set out some boxes earlier, to take down for recycling, and she set them right in the way of where I had to answer the call box. I wasn’t expecting the FedEx guy to come right then, so I picked up the call box phone, said “these packages are in the way!” and then hung up. Then I opend the door and said well… it’s a good thing you weren’t the FedEx guy, and he was like wait… I am the FedEx guy, and I was like OMG! I told him that my caregiver left but she was on her way back, and she set some boxes out in the way, and I was like wow… that was awkward! I ended up signing for the package that was my phone. We ate lunch, (she brought her own lunch from home,) and then we went to Verizon to activate my phone.

I’m getting my phone tomorrow!

I checked my Verizon order history today, and it turned out my phone shipped on Friday. Apparently, Verizon just didn’t want to notify me that it was on it’s way for some reason. I was able to check the order status, and saw a FedEx tracking number associated with it. FedEx said the package wasn’t dew for delivery, so I called them, it isn’t coming until tomorrow, but I should get it, and be able to make a trip to the store to activate it either tomorrow or Wednesday.
On a completely unrelated note: I’m popping clogs! What does that mean? I’m not exactly sure… I used to use a service called 43things, for keeping a list of goals. I stopped a couple years ago, and when I went back, the site had shut down, I went back to DayZeroProject,, but I couldn’t figure out how to create lists, there wasn’t a cheering function, etc. I was looking at 43things yesterday and found PopClogs, which is a 43things alternative, and I signed up. My PopClogs list is right here.

Family picture day.

Otherwise known as, “don’t lecture me, or the whole conversation will end up on Twitter.”
We had family pictures taken today, it was extremely cold outside. My niece wanted pizza afterwards, which is pretty normal for a 2 and a half year old, so we went to pizza. I hadn’t eaten, because had gotten up at 9:40, after not getting to sleep until around 4:30 something. I’m not sure what my parents did after pizza, but I asked them to bring me home.
About an hour later, my sister tagged me in some of the photos on Facebook. I commented and asked if she could send some of them to me via email, so I could have an archive of them. The photographer replied and said I could download them from her online gallery, once she uploaded them there, which led me to believe that the pictures were too big to be emailed. I thought that was kind of hilarious because I’ve never really had that problem, I mean my phone takes 8 megabyte pictures, so I can only send one at a time, but I’ve never seen a picture over 10 MB. So I said, “Lol, did someone take some huge pictures? Hah!” My phone takes 8 MB pictures that you can barely send over email. The photographer replied and said they were about 12, I was like oh wow OK. I’ve never seen an image file over 10 MB, or any file for that matter. Wait… I take that back, I did have an .avi file that was about a gig once. That was my bungee jumping video, the video that I lost to Viddler’s deletion of personal accounts. Anyway, my sister told me she would get the pictures to me. She also told me in a Facebook chat, “don’t make snarky comments please.” I actually wasn’t making a snarky comment, I was being serious, (although I was laughing about the file size, so I guess I was seriously laughing about it.) Then, my sister called me, and here are almost her exact words. “It looked like you were complaining about the size of the pictures, like you didn’t appreciate what was done.” “It was rude, and you can ask mom or anyone else.” I tweeted the conversation on twitter, (actually, it wasn’t much of a conversation, it was mostly her lecturing me.) She did tell me that she would put the pictures on a CD and put bring them to me. So don’t lecture me, or your lecture will end up in tweets on Twitter.
Since then I’ve decided that I don’t use my Facebook account enough to justify staying logged in. I’ve turned off all email notifications, and logged out of Facebook. I have plans to never go there again, (even if my sister tags me in photos,) because I wouldn’t want to comment on them and offend her again! Lol or otherwise known as say something rude, which I apparently did earlier that day when I said I follow instructions perfectly wen they were telling me not to smile when they were taking pictures. I told me if they gave me an order, I will follow it, and my mom said that was rude.

This is the lesson I taught today.

I know I’ve never done this in the past, but here’s the full text of the lesson I taught this morning at Prayer Seeker’s Café.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
So, how do we define “trust?” The 2014 Webster’s online dictionary defines trust as: “: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.” Now before I start laughing hilariously at the fact that I just quoted Webster’s, (because if the government quoted a 1988 version of it in a brief that was filed 2 days from now last year, I can definitely do it too,) let’s get back on topic… shall we?
Besides the dictionary definition, what are some examples of trust in our everyday lives? We have to trust the other drivers on the road, (although sometimes we can’t always do that.) We trust that when we go to the grocery store, they’re going to have the right things, or the things we want, (and if they don’t, we go to a different store to find them.) We trust friends, family, Pastors, and teachers. I don’t even want to get into whether or not we should trust services like Google and Facebook to keep our data safe. that’s a long debate that I could have, and it brings up a legal case. The short answer is well… No… not US services. Although we’re losing data to the NSA, (via an upstream tap,) US services are more likely to comply with pen register orders and subpoenas than foreign ones, unless they’re very small services, or sole proprietorships.

What do we trust God with? We trust that God will provide for us:
Matthew 6:25-26 says: “25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Basically, we don’t just have to trust that God will provide for us financially, (he does that,) but the scripture says, “do not worry about what you will eat or drink, or your body, what you will put on.” The very first part of the scripture actually goes further than this, saying “do not worry about your life.” I’m using the NKJV translation for this, but I think it makes it very clear, and I can lay it out in a fairly simple “if this then that statement.” If you aren’t familiar with “IF this then that” statements, they’re fairly simple statements used in computer programming. For instance, an example of one would be “if it’s Monday, then I’m going to Prayer Seeker’s Café.” So here’s the if this then that statement for this lesson: If we aren’t supposed to worry, then we are to trust God with everything. So that’s the answer to the question. We all worry though, and let’s just face it, life isn’t always fun sometimes. The important thing in those situations is to surrender those things to God, and trust that he will take care of them. 1 Peter 5:7 says “7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Sometimes, the hardest thing to trust God with is waiting. Waiting for prayers to be answered, or waiting for things in life to be done. Lamentations 3:25 says “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.” Psalm 27:14 also says “Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;” I’ve had to wait for a lot of things recently; in fact, I’m still waiting on a package from Verizon! I also have become an expert at waiting on hold with the SSA, as I’ve had to do it 3 times in 3 months. If god wanted to teach me how to wait, well… I think he succeeded, and if he wanted to teach me to trust him more, well I think he managed to succeed with that one too, even as I’ve been preparing this lesson. I knew I would get my back pay eventually, and I wasn’t worried about it. Sure, I was curious to know when it would come, and I thought it was interesting because they told me 45 days from 10/10, (and it came on 10/20! I was prepared to wait 45 days, or even longer, because I’ve waited longer for things before. So I guess the point of this lesson is, it may not be all that easy or fun sometimes, but we really should trust God with everything!
I’m realizing now that I didn’t explain if this then that statements all that well. but most of these people are older, and have never come across that sort of thing before, so I needed a quick way to explain it. I could have tried to explain IFTTT to them, but I have a feeling that that would have taken forever, and probably failed.

Today and tomorrow.

I fell down the stairs on the way to church today. Nothing is broken or twisted, or anything like that, I just have a few scrapes here and there. I only fell down the first flight of stairs, then I got to the small floor in between. Tomorrow is the day I teach at Prayer Seeker’s Café, we also have the luncheon afterwards. I was supposed to have an out-of-toun doctor’s appointment, but my mom can’t take me because she has a really bad migraine.

Still waiting…

I didn’t receive a ship notification from Verizon today, so I have no idea if my phone actually shipped or not. I couldn’t call the landlord and ask him to sign for a package, if I wasn’t exactly sure if it had shipped, but he’ll either sign for it, or they’ll leave an attempted to deliver notice. Monday will be the worst day for me to receive a package, so I actually kind of hope they just ship it next week.
I have to be in three places on Monday, one pretty much right after the other, and I really won’t be home at all that day. Not only that, but I’m teaching at Prayer Seeker’s Café that day, and this lesson is well… both the NSA and the SSA are mentioned in this lesson. Let’s just say that I managed to work the events of last year into a lesson on trust, and I did so by using several not-so-veiled references. I actually had to revise the lesson today to make some of said references less obvious, because I was afraid to send it to the director for printing, I’m still afraid to send it, (by the way,) and I probably won’t, but it makes me less hesitant to teach the lesson. I even quote Websters in the lesson and make fun of myself doing that, and if you understand that reference, you were probably reading what I was reading around this time last year.

My trip to the elections office.

I ended up having to go to the elections office to vote yesterday. Apparently, my ballot just got lost in the mail, because they did send one on the 17th. They ended up having to reissue me a ballot, and then we filled it out right there.
On a completely unrelated note, I finally figured out what was weighing my laptop down! It was running like a really old system should all last week, not a new one. I checked and there were 97 processes running, and some had to do with MCAfee antivirus. I knew that MCAfee came with the system, and I was going to get around to uninstalling it one day, but there were like 4 antivirus processes running. I uninstalled the antivirus, and the system runs way better now!

I didn’t get a ballot

I’m pretty sure I was supposed to have gotten my ballot either last week, or the week before, and it just never came. I haven’t moved, I haven’t changed my address, I’m not exactly sure what happened. Apparently, if it isn’t in my mail box tomorrow, I have to go to the elections office, and fill out a provisional ballot.
We started our new Sunday school class on Sunday, (yeah, schedules changed again.) We now have kids from 3-10 in our class, which makes for fun and interesting times. On a completely unrelated note, we’ll be having family pictures taken on 11/15. I’m not a fan of having any kind of pictures taken professionally, because of the whole just stand there and try to look like you’re having fun aspect of taking pictures, (in other words, staging,) but yeah, I get to go have my picture taken anyway.

Sunday school changes again.

Apparently, the children’s pastor decided that we didn’t have enough kids in our 9:00 Sunday school class. Now, we’ll be teaching kids ages 3-10, so we’ll be teaching the lessons a bit differently. Well, that’s what she told me when she sent the email to me, without sending me the lesson itself. Not only that, but I’ve been trying to get her to call me for the last couple weeks, and she hasn’t, I even asked her to call me last Sunday, and called her last Saturday, she never called me back, and when I asked her to call me when I was at church, she said she would, but still never has.

Phone shipping and bank account woes!

I didn’t get my phone today, even though Verizon said they were supposed to ship it on Friday. Why? because iPhones are apparently backordered like there’s no tomorrow! When mom called them earlier today, they told her it would ship between the 31st and the 17th. She told me it would be hard to keep the funds in her account since they hadn’t charged her yet, which they should have just done on Friday, regardless of whether they shipped the device or not. I tweeted to Verizon on Twitter that they should ship things when they say they’re going to ship them, and if for some reason they can’t, please send a notification as to why, and I got a response from a support representative who offered to check my estimated ship date. My estimated ship date is either the 7th or the 14th, so basically they really can’t tell me when. If they ship it on the 7th, that’s a problem for me. Verizon shipping normally takes 2 business days, and I won’t be home at all on the 10th. I have to teach at Prayer Seeker’s Café that morning, and then we have the luncheon that afternoon. After that, I have an out of town doctor’s appointment. I’ll probably be home for a half hour at the most in between all that, so either they’ll use FedEx, which comes in the morning when I’m not there, or UPS, which will come in the afternoon when I’m at the luncheon. I told the support representative that I could have my landlord sign for the package, and I can definitely do that. I’ll have to call either the UPS or FedEx, (whoever Verizon uses for shipping,) local branch, and instruct them to beep my landlord’s call box instead of mine, because I won’t be home that day. It’s very important that Verizon send a ship notification in this case, (with a tracking number,) so I can give the tracking number to the person who answers the phone. Since keeping funds in my account isn’t an issue, I’ll most likely be calling Verizon and asking them to change the card that’s charged on the order, since I’m now an authorized user on mom’s account.
Speaking of weird bank account hijinks, when I ordered my laptop last Wednesday, Dell didn’t actually charge my card. They got authorization from Chase on Friday, (the day it was shipped,) but they won’t actually charge my card until 10/29. I did get a ship notification from Dell on Friday, and a call from FedEx this morning saying that they have a delivery for me that’s scheduled for tomorrow, so everything appears to be in place, but why Dell left $1121 sitting in my account makes no sense whatsoever!

I ordered a laptop today.

I ordered a 15 inch laptop today from Dell. I wanted to get a 17 inch, but they didn’t have one with an i7 processor in it, and Windows 7, which is what I wanted. The problem is, that 15 inch laptop doesn’t come with an optical drive, which you kind of need to install JAWS. Well, you don’t exactly need it for the installation part, (because you can just download it.) Although it definitely makes it easier if you have it for the activation. Otherwise, you have to go to the activation site, find your authorization number, and locking code, enter that into the site, and get a license code to paste into JAWS to activate it. I have a CD with that information on it, that would make it easier if I could just put in and use.
Over the past 2 days, I’ve managed to spend almost $1300, I spent $80 on groceries today, because I only had $25 on EBT. I managed to spend $1121 on the laptop, by the time I added all the extended warrantees, and a Microsoft office license. Oh and there was that $120 for my JAWS SMA yesterday.

I got my backpay yesterday!

I got a call from the SSA this morning. The lady said she had a notice to read to me, the notice was about my backpay, and it said I would get it on 11/1. She also said I would get it any time between now and 11/1. I needed to renew my JAWS SMA, (software maintenance agreement,) otherwise I wouldn’t be authorized to have JAWS 16 when it’s released at the end of this month. I thought I would check my account, just to see how much was in there, because I thought the SMA renewal would be around $80-$100, and when I went to check my account, I had over $4000 in there! I was like well… this really just doesn’t make any sense, where did the extra $2000 come from? So I checked my account activity, and I had a deposit from the SSA, in the amount of $2050, which is the amount of backpay I got for the 5 months from April through August, or May through September, depending on which agent you talked to, (the notice said April through August, but when I called the SSA to ask about my backpay and they told me I’d have to wait 45 days, he said it would be from may-September.) I was like OK then… that explains why my account balance is over $4000, and then I promptly spent $120 to renew my JAWS SMA.

I’m headacheless.

Finally, for the first time in like 10 days, I don’t have a headache! I don’t know what I did either, I just woke up without one! In a completely unrelated note, I should be getting my phone sometime next week, (probably on Monday.) After that, it will be all about taking a trip to the store and activating it, because mom still hasn’t authorized me on her account yet. Then they’ll transfer my contacts, and I’ll send my old phone to Verizon for a rebate. I’m just hoping the phone won’t come while I’m at Prayer Seeker’s Café on Monday morning.

My everyday journeys in life.