Here's how it went:
Arrival to Department of Human Services = 7:00am (we attempted to go yesterday but found cuddling in bed a bit too enticing)
Number of people in line at 7:00am = 15
Number of people in line at 8:00am when the doors opened = at least 75
Time waiting in line until application submitted = 1 1/2 hours
Time waiting to be called in by a case manager = 45 mins.
Number of white people in waiting room = three. us being two of them.
Number of minutes spent with case manager = 10
Available for Medicaid? Nope. Gotta get knocked up, as Jacob says, before we are able to get insurance. so much for prevention America!
Available for food stamps? She wanted to go through it all and see but I told her not to worry about it. Too many people in the waiting room who needed it besides us. I didn't have the heart to take up their time and/or money.
So, you ask, what are you doing with all of your time?
In addition to kids coming over basically everyday after school and doing homework/playing, I have been doing a couple home visits, tonight am going to a funeral for a dear woman who died on Monday and continuing the job search.
Ugh - the job search. I'm lowering my expectations and probably becoming more flaky as time passes. which probably means I'll be getting a job soon. Enshallah.
During the day though = Jake and I have been canning and preparing. Since Grandma (our neighbor) got hit by a car we have been care-taking her garden. Not wanting her to miss out on all of it's fruits (ha! ha!) we have been working to preserve some herbs, tomatoes, and beans for her return.
Boiling & Peeling
A snippet of the "before"