Not the Day I Had Planned

Charlie did not have therapy today. His OT is at a feeding conference somewhere, so we had the whole day to ourselves.

As I mentioned yesterday, the only thing on the agenda for today was a trip to drop off my application for the art show. I stayed up late trying to get in some therapy hours, Charlie got up early and we hung out for a while and then he took a nap. I took one with him. We were ready to go at about eleven and I thought I’d hit McDonald’s since there wasn’t a thing in the house and both Charlie and I will eat Chicken Nuggets.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I live in a small town. Well, today they had an inspection sticker check-point set up and they were ticketing anyone who didn’t have an inspection sticker.

When I moved down here from Arkansas, I was a little overwhelmed with the brain injured baby, the hydrocephalus diagnosis, the subsequent brain surgery, the epilepsy, and the subsequent house arrest ( because of the medicine we were taking). Somehow, I forgot to register my car in Louisiana OR get a Louisiana driver’s license. I’m sure there are normal people out there that take care of things like this, but truly and honestly I hadn’t thought about it in awhile.

So when I pulled up to the check point I:

Had no inspection sticker.
Had an expired registration from another state.
Had an expired driver’s license from another state.
Had an expired insurance card ( I have insurance–I just couldn’t find the card).

I was completely honest with the officer: I told him that I knew the stuff was expired, I wasn’t going to waste his time telling him some story, and that I was prepared to deal with whatever punishment I received. He actually let me go, but told me that he could have had my car impounded in addition to about a bazillion tickets. NOT COOL! I think he only let me go because I had the baby in the car and he didn’t want me to have to walk home.

I figure I’ve got to take care of this, so I go back to my house, call my insurance company, gather up some paperwork, and head to the DMV. Actually, I called my mother who agreed to accompany me to the DMV because trying to do anything with a one-year-old who can barely sit much less stand, is a chore.

At the DMV they won’t issue me a new license because my old one is expired and I don’t have a copy of my birth certificate. They would let me register my vehicle, but I decided to wait til I’m doing the license so I can take care of everything all at once. So tomorrow I get to go back to the DMV from hell again. Yippee.

In other news, I did manage to get the application thing taken care of. It is a juried show and I have no idea if I’ll get in as I know very little about the show and what kind of works they’ve shown previously. I figure, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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  1. therextras says:

    I enjoyed yesterday’s post, Bird. I expect you will enjoy the showing of your work – yes, I understand the show is juried.

    Very mature of you to own-up to the officer, and that probably helped you, too. Bless that little boy in the back! Barbara

  2. Any day involving a trip to the DMV is not going to be a good one. At least the officer let you off, that’s something to be relieved about. Have a better tomorrow!

  3. Girl! I lived a similar DMV-from-hell-meeting-up-with-the-cop-who-pulled-me-after-running-a-red-light-had-to-send-off-for-birth-certificate experience a year ago. It was quite suckish. I feel your pain. Good luck at the DMV.

  4. Small Town Girl says:

    Wow, that’s definitely not the best day ever! I hate it when you get someplace and you don’t have all the paperwork you need. It’s such a waste of time!

  5. Wow, lucky you got a nice cop!! I hate going to the DMV. I had to go renew my license earlier this year and they needed my birth certificate since the law had changed from when I had first gotten my license (didn’t need it then). Well I had the original birth cert but they insisted it was a copy. So I had to leave and go back the next day, that time I just took my passport. That stuff is so annoying to deal with!

  6. DMV visits are always hell. I have been there any number of times in the last couple of years and pray I don’t have to go back any time soon.

    Nice cop… why don’t I ever run into a nice cop that lets me off?

  7. The DMV with a one-year-old? Now THAT’S my definition of hell. Don’t feel bad–it took me 3 years to switch my license from FL to Oklahoma. I’m at least glad that cop let you go. Did you ever get the artwork pics dropped off?

  8. Nadine Hightower says:

    Now get down to the dmv and get it taken care of! Geez louise!! That would have expensive!!!

  9. Thanks for the reminder…my license expires in less than a month!

    By the way, I really appreciated your comment today. :)

  10. blairspage says:

    You are so lucky about him letting you go! I never get that lucky! I hate going to the DMV for anything. It takes forever!

    I’m praying that you get in to the art show. I love your stuff and I know they will too!

    Hugs – Tiffany

  11. The DMV…fun. Definitely not a good day…but at least your car wasn’t impounded. 😉