So, I'm trying to find the good in all of these little trials. So the house needs new siding. It needed it anyway and when the job is done, it will have more "curb appeal". It will also be kind of fun to have a brand new look to the house. Our house is currently white (sort of... as I said, the siding is very old, so it's grayish-white) with burgundy shutters and a black roof. Since the houses to either side of ours are tan and cream colored, we're sort of leaning towards oxford blue for the siding with white trim and black shutters (our roof is only 2 years old, so that's NOT going to change). There's a house way down the street that's been re-sided this way a few years ago and I really like it. The fellow who came out to give the estimate agree it would look sharp. We'll probably need to repaint our front door a nice glossy black as well, but it could probably use a coat of paint, and black would easily go over the exisiting burgundy.
As far as Camille's hearing goes, we'll find an answer and we'll just have to bite the bullet and get her the system that she needs. Whether it's digital hearing aids, the RedCat for the classroom, the personal FM or some combination of those things, we'll just have to see what works best for her. Fortunately, no money needs to exchange hands until the trials are over. We should have the 2 FM systems from Lightspeed Tek in about 2 weeks.