January 25, 2018: Ramping Up with Harry Potter

Thursday. No word today from my filing with the Texas wage board for my lack of salary yet.  I was really hopeful that they would reach out this morning, but I have never dealt with anything like this so have no realistic idea how long it will take before they respond, and even less idea how long it will take before anything practical happens.

I got a nasty note from the company trying not to pay my salary, though, and they said to stop discussing the lack of pay with them.  So that removed any last qualms I had about following the Texas Payday instructions of filing the report with Homeland Security.  They had recommended Tuesday, when I had spoken to them on the phone, that I file with Homeland Security which handles Immigration and Border Control to let them know what was going on and to flag them trying to leave the country. I hadn’t wanted to jump right to that, but it seemed reasonable; it is just a report and immigration can make what they want of it.  But I tried to reach them all day yesterday and they refused to respond and then sent a nasty gram today about not wanting to hear any more about their refusal to pay.  So, today I filed the report.  I called and called trying to talk to them about it, I can’t help it if they’ve decided that they have no interest in working it out.

Had a long work day today, had to let someone go who has been not showing up to work when scheduled a lot; and works from home so the number of excuses that there are for this aren’t many.  But now there is dealing with that to do; and it means that there is more work to cover.

Our house in Peekskill finally got inspected today and would have passed right away except that there was no power.  As it turns out, our renters turned off the power before they moved out and were not paying their final power bills.  So the power company, not knowing what to do, shut off the power to the house yesterday.  So, between the inspector taking two weeks to get to our house instead of two days like it is supposed to be, and with the renters screwing us over on the power, we couldn’t get our certificate of occupancy cleared.  But the inspector said that everything else was fine, including the idiotic placement of the carbon monoxide detectors, and that if we can get the power on, he will pass the house.  So Dominica dealt with getting the power turned back on today and they are, in theory, going to turn it on tomorrow.

We watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban this evening together as a family.  We had so much fun and the girls were so into it that we went ahead and started watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  We finished that and gave an attempt at Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Halfway through our final movie, Luciana decided that she had had enough movies for the day and that she wanted to save more for tomorrow.  But she wanted to do our Harry Potter reading right away.  But the girls needed to take a shower, too.

So we talked them into taking a shower and I sat in the bathroom on the floor reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to them in the shower and then reading to them in bed.  We ended up getting through six chapters tonight before everyone turned in.  It was a fun night.

We are trying to read the final Harry Potter novel as quickly as possible, because we want to get as far into the book as possible before we start watching the movies which might only be available to us for a few more days.  We have nearly managed to finish reading the entire series before going to the movies.