Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Today is day three without the pacifier. She slept through the night without waking up, she probably slept better than me since my dog decided she needed to cram her body up against mine all night. My dog is not normally sleeping in bed with me, but she tries to take advantage of this when my husband is away. So every time I moved away from her, she moved closer.
When my daughter woke up this morning, she stated to me that she did not want to go to sleep at night. Must have been trauma from no pacifier. I thought there would be a problem with getting her to nap today, did not seem to be that bad. We were outside working and playing for most of the morning, I thought this may tire her out. When I put her down for a nap, she cried for only about 10 minutes and was out for tow hours.
As for going to bed tonight, we did the usual routine and she attempted to stall and get every stuffed animal she could into bed with her. There was no crying this time, only chattering like she does most of the time and went right to sleep. I think this is it, no more pie.
Being a stay at home mom is a pretty cool job. Having worked since I was 16 years old and then just in the past two years dropping out of the work force, I find myself thinking about what would be my dream job if and when I will go back. Here are a few ideas, dream is the emphasis here. You never know, dreams often do come true.
- Garden Designer
- Work for the New York Yankees
- Party coordinator
- Own my own bird feed store(this has always been top of my list), not a pet store but wild bird
This is the narrowed down short list in no order. I figure I have another two years to make something happen, maybe the economy will turn a little by then. What is your dream job or do you already have one?
The Board of Finance met Wednesday night to announce that the 2 million dollars of monies held for the past 20 years will be put into a trust fund and both towns in our Regional District school system will choose what is to be done in terms of handling the money. I guess this is fair, and putting the dirty deed back on the towns to decide what to do. Let's see what the town will do now, in an election year no less.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Night number tow and it was probably harder for me than for my daughter. Last night I tried not to give her the pacifier, figuring she would cry herself to sleep, hopefully not that long. Well I broke down, I cut the tip off of the pacifier and gave it to her, she knew immediately and was not happy, would not put it in her mouth and was on and off most of the night.
Tonight was a different story. She went all day today with no nap, I think the pacifier attributed to this and figured after we had dinner at my in-law's house, she would be tired. She had all of the signs, stating she wanted to take a nap, laying down on the floor, wanting to brush her teeth. When I was getting her PJ's on, she proceeds to tell me "I can make a new Pie mommy....." puts her finger to her cheek like she is thinking how "I would need some glitter, paper and sticky tape!" Love the fact that the glitter was first on the list. It was priceless and I knew this was not going to be easy.
Put her in bed, she took the pie, but as soon as I left, she started to complain. The crying started and lasted for 45 minutes. I went up to check on her, she was sitting up and sobbing, laid her down, gave her her favorite blanket and bunny which she then said sniffling and sobbing "I love you mommy", that is what got me. The item I gave to her to make her feel better and security, I was taking away. There seems to be no easy way and she did manage to throw away her spare one when she chewed on it. I knew this day would not be easy, I am hoping we are over the hump and gets better.
How would you feel if you found out that you have been over taxed for the past 20 years in your town and an elected board is holding on to the money? Well this is exact what is happening in my town and I am pretty sure that only about two dozen people know about this. So how did this happened?
The Board of Education was advised by auditors that they were to always have a safety fund of about 7-9% put aside, just in case they needed it for an emergency. No one questioned it, after all, this was an auditing firm whom the town paid for and they should know the rules and regulations. It wasn't until recently that someone on the board question this money that it all started to unravel. The school district is Regional District 17 of Connecticut and the board member analyzed the regulations pointing out that only town school systems, not Regional Districts are to have this money set aside. Basically it is illegal to be holding this money and has been done for 20 years. The money adds up to a little over 2 million dollars. To add a little more fuel to this fire, there is about 1.2 million dollars of not used funds. So here we have about 3.2 million dollars of excess funds. We already know it is illegal to hold the money so how will they give it back? Do you just write a check to the tow towns and say "here you go, lower your mill rate for one year and raise it back up the next"? Do they just tack it on to the next years school budget not asking as much money(this scares me)? Well the board seems to think they can hold on to it, again, even though it is illegal to do so, by putting it in a trust fund. They need to just give it up, pass it back to the towns and move on. Once the general public of both towns find this out, there will be a lot of questions raised. My first question is the fact the towns paid for these auditors to come in with the knowledge of what to do and how many other districts are doing the same? The state might need to make a few phone calls to the Regional Districts or even the town attorneys may need to warn the state about this mishap. Either way, it does not look good for the Board of Education and for the current administration running both towns. Like in most towns, the education budget is the largest chunk of the financial pie. We use to be a town that questioned everything and shot down the budget after 10 plus referendums. I would think in this time of financial concern, more people would want to know where their money is being spent. Amazing what you can learn about going to a Board of Education meeting.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I feel very bad right now. I am holding out on giving the pacifier(she calls it her pie) to my daughter to go to bed and she is asking for it and crying. I really think it is beyond the time she needs it and on our last vacation, she bit into the spare one which I managed to convince her to throw it away. This was the last one we had and I am attempting to break the habit while my husband is away. I had her chose what stuffed animal she wanted to bring to bed and have the sleep sheep on, but I am sure this is not going to be easy. Let's see how night number one goes.