And now my header photo is gone. Sigh.
I haven't been happy with Blogger lately!! I haven't been on here much because I just haven't wanted to deal with it. I really haven't. (Have I said 'haven't' enough yet?)
So much has been happening around here - we've had a major snow storm here in Seattle. Right now we have more than 7 inches of snow in our backyard. It might not seem like a lot to some but most years we only see 1 or 2 inches. Some years we don't get any snow. So for us to have 7 inches is a major event. Parts of Seattle have a foot or more. County offices are closed, busses aren't running, many businesses are shut down. People are snowed in! In Seattle!
I caught some bug on Tuesday. Spent the last 2 days on the couch. Haven't been able to play in the snow although tonight we made snow ice cream.
We had Beth's ISP meeting last week. The state comes out once a year to make sure Beth is being taken care of physically, vocationally, and to confirm the amount she gets paid from the state. Her case worker really encouraged me to confront Beth's job coach about her unemployment. The state pays the vocational service for 8-12 hours a month. At this meeting we learned they are only spending 3 hours a month helping her find a job! She's been unemployed for 8 months! Why is it taking so long? I know jobs can be hard to find but it's not impossible. Beth had a working interview at our local grocery store a few months ago but her job coach told me they weren't hiring. However, about a month ago (did I already tell you this?) we saw a friend of Beth's working there. He also has down syndrome and told us that he used to work at a different store and had recently been transferred to this store. Really?? So did the job coach lie to me? Did the store lie to her? Her case worker was shocked. She basically told me that they're not doing a good job. She wants me to pester the vocational service. Email, call, keep on Beth's job coach so they actually use the 8-12 hours they're being paid. It was good to know she was on our side.
It was a few days after this meeting that the snow hit. We've been dealing with it for 6 days now. I just heard the forecaster say we could get more snow tonight! Wow. This is so rare for Seattle. When we do get snow it's usually gone within a day or two. So many people are without power. A lot of ice, downed trees. Our family is doing well, but many are not. The snow has been fun but I think we're all ready to get back to good 'ol rain!!