Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.



Well, my bliss never lasts for long. I have a few last minute article assignments and, of course, sources are not cooperating. That costs me money, which is truly infuriating.

Our laptop has given in to a virus and is, for all intents and purposes, on its last leg. I have a buddy who works in IT and is out of work, so I plan to try and take it to him today to see if he can fix it. I hope it will be easy work for him. The worst part about that is I can't even take my work with me to the kids' karate sessions tonight. Normally, if I'm on deadline, I just take it with me and work for those two hours. But, that ain't gonna happen this week unless my friend works miracles.

I'm going to file an appeal with our local appraisal district for their appraised value of our home. It is just laughable that in this economy with the housing crunch, they INCREASED the value of my home by $3000. You gotta be fucking kidding me. Really people. What kind of crack are ya'll smoking? Cuz it must be good shit. We have at least four or five houses on our u-shaped two streets that have been on the market for months and can't get moving. Foreclosures are at an all-time high. House values are dropping 10-20 percent and more and you're going to increase the value on my 21-year-old home? I'm at a loss. Worst is that I'm not sure how to even go about protesting the value. I've done it twice now. I won the first year because they can't value your home for more than you paid for it. But, then the next year I went back and lost 2-1. Oh wait, I take that back, I must have appealed three times because the first time was a 3-man panel and last time it was the whole wizengamot of about two dozen people and not one of them voted in my favor despite all my preparations.


On a positive note, Army of Dad was going to have a surgical procedure on his eyelid next week, but it looks like the problem has finally resolved itself. *crossing fingers* So, that is good.

Now, if only I could get back to sleep. I kept having bad dreams that we had a leak in our roof and then I would have sworn on stack of Bibles that something like the corner of a book rubbed across my foot while I was in bed. At that point, there was no getting back to sleep. So, I got up and started picking things up that are a mess and packed AoD's lunch since I had forgotten to do that. And, of course, blogging is always good. :)


  • At 11:49 AM, May 28, 2009, Blogger El Capitan said…

    Have you looked up the value of every home in a 3 block radius? Drive around and get street addresses, then go to the appraisal district webpage and look up what the stated value is. More is better, you want an overall average of your community, not just the houses up & down your street.

    List every single quibble you have with your property, from squirrel-chewed soffits to cracked slabs. Everything that needs fixing and/or replacing counts against the stated value of the house.

    The downside is, if you ever go to sell your house, and that list of faults in the public record, a savvy buyer could use it for leverage...

  • At 1:05 PM, May 28, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My boss (who lives in Corinth) said she fights this every year too and wins. She's tried the argument that they haven't made any upgrades and they say that's not what it's based on. I'm not sure what tactic she uses, but apparently it works! Just don't get to huffy - play it nice and cool (according to her - I have no experience with this - yet!).


  • At 7:28 AM, May 29, 2009, Blogger Rachelle Jones said…

    Is the freaks and geeks book any good?

    Try reading the fictional account in the curious incident of the dog..I forget the rest....

    I hope all is well.

  • At 2:51 PM, May 29, 2009, Blogger Jennifer @ Conversion Diary said…

    I had a week like that as well last week, complete with computer issues and insane home appraisals.

    Just stumbled across your blog (some Google search about routines and being a perfectionist leads to both of our blogs), and I'm glad to have found it. Hope next week is better! And, yes, blogging is always good. :)

  • At 9:39 PM, May 30, 2009, Blogger Uzz said…

    I have "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" if you want to read it!


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