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February 23rd, 2010 at 03:21 pm

**Got to go on a bike ride Sunday. First bike ride of the year! Unfortunately, probably too wet and cold, for a while now, to do again soon. But, it was nice. Extra nice since no one else was out and about. VERY peaceful.

LM is also getting better on his bike. Will be SO nice when LM can ride his bike to school and we can ride bikes to pick up the kids, etc. For now, he still struggles with curb to street/street to curb. BUT was able to ride with him around the block, which was a great improvement. Nice not to run after him all the way - nice to ride alongside. The bike was a bit big for him when we got it, but he grew plenty over the winter - so he is doing better on it. PRobably should raise the seats on both the kids' bikes.

Of course, though dh has been happy with his ancient bike (found in his parents' garage) I think he may be next in line for a "new" bike, soon. Probably new, since Craigslist has had such slim pickings...

**BM went back to school this week, and so commences "crazy." The last couple of days have been okay. By the time I have made him luch and everything, I haven't made it to school early to use the daycare. Maybe later this week. (I can drop him off 1/2 hour early for free - which is what I have been doing). We still have about 15 hours prepaid. Wondering if we will even use it, this year. Though I could really stand to get to work earlier, the truth is I was the one who slept in today. I have been running myself ragged taking care of my family on top of the craziness at work.

**Finally broke out the food processor that we got for dh's birthday. It arrived on the day of his surgery, and has sat in a box, since!

So far, impressed with it. We made some hummus (YUM) and I used it to slice some onions for dinner.

Anyway, dh seems pleased. So that is good. & I have got a chance to try it our - more than usual - since I am the chef in the house, for now.

**We got a hospital bill yesterday. I was scared to look, but it was a whopping $100 for lab work the day before dh's surgery.

The bills will probably dribble in, for eternity. This is just the beginning. But they seem extraordinarily slow on anything over $500. (I'm talking, YEARS). Of course they sent us a bill for lab work - pfffft. & here I am holding my breath for $100-ish bills. Gah.

6 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits...”

  1. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    Sounds like you're doing a good job cheffing !

    I understand what you mean about the hospital bills - it would be much nicer just to get the overall bill - or at least know what the bill will amount to.

  2. mulyanto Says:

    call me a socialist....but everyone who lives their life responsibly, and treats their body with respect should have access to affordable health care. $10 copays, $10 doctor visits, $25 ER visits and $500 deductible on all non elective procedures. This should cost no more than $500 for a family of 4 and less for those with low incomes. I pay $430 for this medical plan (for just myself) each month, and although I can afford it, I think it is expensive.

  3. anonymouse Says:

    I think a lot of people don't understand that countries that have universal healthcare have really high income taxes to pay for it. I was living in Canada and paying 37% for income taxes plus 15% for sales tax. So is $430 really expensive compared to the higher income taxes? If I combined my US income taxes and my health insurance copays it was probably similar to the higher Canadian income tax. I don't believe health care is a right. We all have to pay for it. What is next? Free food? Free cars? Free houses? Where does it stop?

  4. mulyanto Says:

    I dont mind more taxes. If my $500 extra taxes can give a needy family health insurance, I'm all for it. I don't have kids, yet I pay $1500 a year to our local public schools in the form of taxes (and this is more than some people pay in local taxes TOTAL), and yet I feel good about it. It's not all about me, me, me. It's about feeling good that there is a little less pain and suffering in the world. And yes, if you can't afford food, you should get it for free. Some people already do. But like I said, people should live their lives responsibly.

  5. monkeymama Says:

    I don't quite agree. I think expecting only to pay $10/$25 for Doctor/Emergency visits is kind of absurd. It's a big part of the problem right now. Cheaper insurance and more out-of-pocket is fine by me. My health is worth more to me than a fast food meal!

    Plus, "healthy" people use plenty of healthcare - pregnancy, accidents, etc. I don't think it is simple as "healthy" people who respect their bodies shouldn't pay more. BUT, that being said, there should definitely be more incentives/lower premiums for those who don't smoke, drink, etc., etc.

    I ain't complaining about paying $100 for a doctor visit or some lab work though. I have seen mentioned before, how many people pay $500/month car payment but refuse to pay more than $10 to see a doctor. I just think that is ridiculous.

  6. monkeymama Says:

    I don't quite agree. I think expecting only to pay $10/$25 for Doctor/Emergency visits is kind of absurd. It's a big part of the problem right now. Cheaper insurance and more out-of-pocket is fine by me. My health is worth more to me than a fast food meal!

    Plus, "healthy" people use plenty of healthcare - pregnancy, accidents, etc. I don't think it is simple as "healthy" people who respect their bodies shouldn't pay more. BUT, that being said, there should definitely be more incentives/lower premiums for those who don't smoke, drink, etc., etc.

    I ain't complaining about paying $100 for a doctor visit or some lab work though. I have seen mentioned before, how many people pay $500/month car payment but refuse to pay more than $10 to see a doctor. I just think that is ridiculous. (Extra ridiculous to me, since we have always had private insurance and paid a little more).

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