First, I'm pretty sure I broke my toe last night. 4th toe- left foot. Ouch. It is all black and blue on the bottom and is pretty uncomfortable, if not downright sore. I kicked the corner of one of the drawers in the pedestal base of our bed last night in the dark. Stupid. I was laughing and crying at the same time.
Second, J16 is being such a teenager. She seems to think that the rewards should come before the work. Hmmm.. V just ordered a new computer (his first in probably at least 10 years), important to him for his work. He has made his old machine do things it was never designed to do but it has been causing him so many problems recently that it is time to upgrade. Of course, the current promo is "buy a new Mac, get an ipod free". So, we got the ipod touch. V and I both have one (I've had mine for at least 2 years) so we thought we would be nice and upgrade J16 from her current old nano to something bigger and better. Of course, there were stipulations. She needs to clean up her room and keep it that way for a week. No problem you would think, right? Uh, no. She is one of the most disorganized, chaotic teens I know. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not super organized and we're not asking for things to be spotless. We just want the clothes off the floor and to be able to walk around the room without stepping on junk. Oh, and she needs to actually keep the sheets on her bed and NOT sleep directly on the mattress (that one just burns me up). She has known this was coming. However, when the ipod arrived today she seems to think that she was entitled to it. Au contraire. Her room looks like hurricane Earl just swept through full force. So, she is a little miffed that she still needs to pick it up and keep it that way for a week before she gets her new toy.
I'm sure she is venting to her friends online right now about what wretched parents we are. C'est la vie.
Good luck, thoughts and prayers to everyone on the east coast tonight and tomorrow. Stay safe.