Some by me.
Friday nights are pizza/movie nights. Always. We get a take-n-bake pizza, then put in a DVD of something for the kids so Odysseus and I can have some peace going into the weekend. My pizzas are gluten-free crusts acquired ahead of time, then topped. And those...aren't cheap. At. All.
I mean, yeah, I do try to make my own. When I can. When I haven't used up my energy doing other things like shopping, cleaning, child-wrangling (homework time can be an utter bitch). But sometimes, I have to fall back on crusts.
And my Walmart has stopped carrying the Udi's crusts. They do carry another gluten free crust, a Mama Mary's brand.* I got a package. One was fine. Not good, by any means, but edible.
Last week's...wasn't. Last week's was contaminated with wheat flour (it wasn't good enough for an "oops--we put a regular crust in the package, instead of a gf crust).
I spent Friday night, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday really suffering for it. Last night wasn't great, but I was able to sleep mostly comfortably. The only thing buggering my sleep last night was worries about yesterday's election.
Yes, I voted. Despite feeling really horrible, and having no energy because of wrangling a very unwilling monster through doing most of his homework, I voted. I voted nearly straight libertarian...and we still managed to boot Claire McCaskel out of office (the asshole voted in isn't any better, sadly). We got an amendment to the state constitution passed to permit marijuana to be used for medical purposes. We even passed the one that taxed it at 4% rather than 15%. We also managed to defeat a 2 cent per gallon increase in fuel sales tax.
Sadly, that's where the good news ends.
We passed an amendment aimed at "keeping out of state money out of Missouri elections" which includes a nasty rider that puts a "non-partisan individual"--not a committee, by my reading--in charge of gerrymandering. This is not good. The money part is, but the gerrymandering thing is a definite poison pill that's going to fuck us in the short and long term.
We also, sadly, passed a MASSIVE minimum wage hike.
Which means EVERYTHING is about to become more expensive. And jobs? Yeah, unskilled work is going to go bye-bye. No more jobs for teens for us! They're just not worth $12.60/hr (where they might be worth taking a chance at $7.65).
I think one of the biggest mistakes this country ever made was passing universal suffrage. Because the idiots were out in force, yesterday. And there were about 1.5 million voters in MO that need to be institutionalized in group homes and sheltered workshops instead of being allowed to vote, judging by those two things.
Another mistake I've made is not getting my imp in to see his doctor sooner. I'd noticed his behavior (and his grades) starting to spiral downward. I should have got him in last month--he's gained weight, so I think his meds need to be adjusted. I didn't. I've been frustrated, his teacher's been frustrated, and he's been...really unable to control himself. I've got him an appointment for tomorrow morning.
It doesn't excuse the poor behavior, but it does explain it. And I feel guilty because I've dropped a rather important ball in my juggling.
This week has been stupid-busy. Next week will be a little better, but not a whole lot, and I still feel like I'm forgetting something...
...and the week after Thanksgiving, we have a tentatively scheduled closing on the old house. Keep your fingers crossed and send up a prayer that nothing FUBARs this attempt at a sale, please.
*Udi's only makes gluten free products. They don't work with wheat at all anywhere in their manufacturing. Mama Mary's...does. They do regular (if bad) crusts as well as the gluten free ones. I'm not surprised this happened, just painfully disappointed.
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