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May 29th, 2009
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Not always mean dad! Honestly!
Q really wanted to take part in the tradition where the birthday boy can bring in a treat like cup-cakes on their birthday. prettypammie bought the liners and cake mix, I ran out to the liberty station to buy another [big class] and we mixed, and baked, and iced, and sprinkled, and did it again until I had something close to four dozen cupcakes. Zoiks! I didn't want to mess with trying to cover them in wrap...too much agony in that. They're closed up in the lower oven for transport to school in the morning.

Oh, yes, and Poor N has some fell virus--between that, her doctor's appointment, Q's appointment to get his tooth re-fixed, and, well, that...oy.

Oh, feldergarb! I have a deliverable due tomorrow for my new customer, I have to re-do my goals inputs, and I have to keep another project moving forward, despite Challenges.

That's after I remember to wake up and deliver the cup-cakes..and birthday boy...to school.

In other news, I was finally discharged from PT today--although I needed to do it, and the therapists were all fantastic, this was a time-sink I could ill afford. I'm glad to be done. Of course the hard work begins now in a way--I must keep up the stretches and exercises and progress them without having locked in appointments that I must get to.

I did take a few minutes when N was sleeping today to wrap up some long-delayed financial items that were going to be a problem--things that had to be found, reconciled, and in several cases delivered in hard-copy [how old school!]  One of these had a pretty scary deadline, where if I missed it automatic drafts for a bill that should be paid would be hitting a closed bank account.  This is generally a bad idea--I mean, even if it happened, it's fixable--but who wants the headache?

I already messed this up once.  I had an automatic draft from a now-closed account to a 529 plan that I'm moving into our state plan for the tax advantage.  I did process the 529 transfer paperwork, but I forgot to cancel the draft.  The draft posted, the deposit was credited, and then the 529 account was closed and transferred.  That draft is going to come back as "account closed."...but now the account that it's supposed to reverse out of is also closed.  The representative on the phone and I were joking that we're going to be chasing that $50 around for weeks trying to get it put in its proper place and make all the ledgers happy and balanced again.  Sigh.  You would think that when you have an automatic transfer from a banking account at an institution to an investment account at the same bank, that closing the bank account might cue them to cancel the transfer.

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From:iuciddream
Date:May 29th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm shocked that your school lets you bring homemade cupcakes. Seriously, they don't do that in MA because of food allergies.

From the perspective of someone who'd child would be miserable and left out of a cupcake event, this seems like a great idea. But birthdays are special dammit!!
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From:happypete
Date:May 29th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)

hmmm...

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The school cafeteria manages the collection and distribution of cup-cakes. My guess is that this is so they can cross-check against the list of children with allergies, sensitivities, etc. Hopefully when a child can't have a home-made cup-cake they come up with another alternative so that nobody is left out.
From:iuciddream
Date:May 29th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm...

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Right, but that would require you notifying the school ahead of time, so they in turn could notify a mom like me, so I could come up with a gluten free equivalent. Somehow a lollipop (or something they could just have around) doesn't feel like an equal substitute to a decorated cupcake...

Do they have you tell them ahead of time?

I'm just curious how it works...
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From:coleoptera
Date:May 29th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)

Re: hmmm...

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I think actually the cafeteria keeps the cupcake replacements on hand so that parents just have to worry about making the treats. Though, most school cafeterias are not actually equipped to cook anything, just reheat frozen foods. It's probable they have thawable or prepackaged dessert type stuff on hand on small quantities.

But honestly, there's an age at which kids are fully capable of not eating foods to which they are or think they could be allergic. The hysteria of food allergies, regardless of the people with severe issues, is more than a little absurd.
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