December 30, 2004
We were wandering in the clearance aisle, just for kicks when he points out this HULK water gun he wanted...I said "no" because I'm not wasting more money on toys - good grief, his birthday is tomorrow!
Then I saw the price - 48 cents! 48 cents! I had to buy it - it was almost like they were paying me to take it! Will post pic later, it's a HUGE water gun!
December 29, 2004
Please give - my charity of choice today is the Mercy Corps.
Please give to the relief fund of your choice.
It's a rough time of year, bill-wise, for many, I understand. Not only did we just have Christmas (where we spent too much and have not even received the bills for) but we just bought a new house and are currently incurring all the house-startup costs (new blinds everywhere, new this, new that, etc.)...
BUT - here are people who now have no home. Granted, many of them did not have all that much to start with - but now they have nothing. And they more than likely have lost family members in this tragedy as well.
Regardless of how much or how little you have, sitting here in the US, the odds are really good you have much more than they.
Please give - my charity of choice today is the
December 28, 2004
December 27, 2004
We all got great gifts and ate too much food! (shocking, I know)
We also enjoyed the giving of gifts - esp. to Grammy, who loved her gifts!
Also busy planning son's third birthday party, on New Year's Eve, which is his actual birthday. We opted for the bday party from 4-6 p.m. then the after-party starting around 6.
December 26, 2004
December 24, 2004
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December 22, 2004
I think so...and I really don't enjoy having spam in my work email box...btw.
December 21, 2004
December 20, 2004
I am writing today to inform you a severe process problem within your organization. And this severe deficiency caused a 25 pound box of Christmas presents not to be delivered on time, even though they were shipped with plenty of time.
I had a package sent by a shipper, Longaberger, to my home on December 9, 2004 (tracking number xxxxxxxxx). Unfortunately, they gave FedEx the incorrect address. On December 11, 2004, FedEx was given the correct address. Since the package was in Winchester, VA., they needed to re-route it, but (according to your representatives) they re-routed it to the wrong hub in Pennsylvania.
From PA, it went to Chantilly (note, that is 5 miles from my house). Then, before attempting delivery, they sent it back to PA. Then back to Winchester, AGAIN. Then to PA. Finally to Alexandria (15 miles from my house) .
When I called FedEx Friday December 16, at 5:30 p.m., the rep told me to stop worrying, the package would arrive before 8:30 p.m. I called again at 8 p.m. and the guy told me (after looking at the records) that FedEx does not work on Saturday or Sunday and that I should call back Monday after 8:30 a.m. I enquired of him that FedEx was really closed on the whole weekend before Christmas??
Monday morning and I call FedEx, only to find out that they worked all weekend (???) and are actually OFF on Monday. Rather than schedule days off so that the facility remained open during the busiest time of the year, they were all taking today off. But the rep was kind enough to tell me that the box was being returned to shipper ( and wouldn’t let me come get it myself ) and there was nothing she could do. Here are some choice quotes from her:
“We don’t have time to work on problem packages.”
“We can’t find your box, just have the shipper resend it.”
“We are too busy to be concerned with just one package.”
“We are not setup to handle address changes.”
I am sorry, but I believe all that FedEx does is ship packages, NO? And while I agree that address changes are problematic, one would think at this point, your company would figure out how to deal with it. Since the whole system is automated (according to your rep, which is why she just can’t go get it and let me pick it up), might I suggest someone reprint a label with the correct address so that the scanners will pick it up correctly? Is this a crazy idea?
I have enclosed the routing information from FedEx for your information. We will be taking whatever steps are necessary to ensure that our packages are sent via DHL or UPS in the future.
December 19, 2004
December 16, 2004
I asked for a handful of ketchup (yes, a handful) lady hands me 2. I know better than to ask again, because she'll give me ONE.
December 15, 2004
December 14, 2004
FWIW, Michele also disagrees with Steve and thinks that the problem is not w/women, it's with the women Steve has dated...
I'll address them, in point (note, this is simply MY opinion / view on things, in relation to how I treat men / would like to be treated ) ...
1. "Women like being told what to do, and they actually resent it when you treat them like equals."
Um....not me. I do know some women like this. None of them are my friends.
2. "Women get really mad when you say, 'Women like being told what to do, and they actually resent it when you treat them like equals.'"
Totally true and accurate. Duh. See response to #1 above. I am a college educated female that supplies 1/2 our family income (yes, earning just as much as my husband)...no one tells me what to do or how to do it (except my mother ;-)
3. "Women expect us to give them stuff, and the more stuff you can give a woman, the more attractive and intelligent and handsome she will find you."
Partially true. I like for my husband to give me things. They don't have to be expensive (though that is nice too, but remember, the money comes out of our JOINT account) - but it is nice to know he's thinking of me. Sometimes it's a post-it note "luv u", sometimes he brings gifts, I'm happy either way. It has no bearing on how attractive, intelligent, or handsome I think he is or I tell him he is. We got married when we were both poor - which meant no big gifts at that point in time and I still said yes when he popped the question.
4. "There is no such thing as 'lending' a woman money. And here's a corollary: you are not permitted to say you are GIVING a woman money."
No way in hell do I ask anyone for money. I make my own damn money, thank.you.very.much. If I don't have money for it, I probably don't need it. If I do need it, I'll find a way to get the money myself.
5. "No woman has ever forgiven any man for anything, since the dawn of time. And the things we're least likely to be forgiven for are the things THEY did or caused."
The man I chose has not ever done anything that warrants forgive-ness (I'm talking grand scale here, not stupid things like "broke something" etc.). I tend to not worry about little things... If you do a "grand scale" thing (like cheating on me), do not expect to be forgiven. Sorry.
6. "Women blame men for absolutely everything, including earthquakes and solar eclipses."
True, because all problems in my household are caused by the male ones. This is NOT opinion, it is fact.
7. "Only single women enjoy sex."
I don't think so.
8. "Virtually everything a woman says is a lie, a misconception, or a rationalization, even if she thinks it's true."
Ok, so.not.true. I do not lie, mainly because I don't lie well, but I don't do it. I also don't lie by ommission either.
9. "Women DO get themselves pregnant."
I don't think I would do the things Steve outlines here, but I can't say for certain because I have not been in the situation of being ready for a baby when the other half of the relationship is not ready as well. Part of that is the "smart enough to wait until my life situation is stable enough and going well enough to think about having kids". Generally, when you get to that point in your life, the guy is ready as well. But I leave this issue open.
10. "Women have absolutely NO respect for your privacy."
Once again, NOT true. I do not tell my girlfriends anything truly embarrassing about my husband. We do not share sex stories as if we were in a men's locker room. We do not compare. I do brag about what a wonderful hubby he is though, but that's about it.
December 13, 2004
Thoughts? Suggestions? We really are at a loss here...
December 11, 2004
Hubby followed watering instructions and everything. The other trees of family members that came from the same group / tree farm have NO Problems. You have to really struggle to get a needle off!
Hubby stopping on way home to buy ANOTHER tree. :-(
December 09, 2004
Just sayin'. Can I file a civil suit over this?
December 08, 2004
NOTE: the web page SUCKS! Not only am I required to vote on 5 other mascots (all of which I have NEVER SEEN before, so why should they get a free vote???) there's this dumb floating "E" that you have to catch and click on with your mouse which activates the submit button. Then you have a second or two before the submit button is de-activated. Talk about a usability issue. I understand they want to discourage cheating but a simple text field where you fill in the letters from an image (like a lot of bloggers have in their comments) would be better than that damn floating "E" and the submit button with its own life.
December 07, 2004
A group of Environmentalists is assumed responsible for this.
They don't agree w/the county allowing building on this land, so they're burning down houses! WTF?
Luckily, it was all unoccupied homes, but still. Now people who had a move-in date have to wait for the builder to re-start their homes. What if they have a set in stone move out date for where they're leaving?
It's the regular people that will lose in this, not the builder or the county. Sure, the builder will lose some, but mostly it's the little people.
You can disagree and fight the builders all you want, but leave these poor people alone. No one deserves to have their house burnt down or to live in fear that their house will be burnt down.
I hope they catch these jerks.
December 05, 2004
December 02, 2004
Road rage cards...even have the reverse so that people can read them in their rear-view mirrors (like they have on ambulances)...
courtesy of AMCGLTD...
I'll let you guys know the first time I see one of these in this area...
It goes without saying that no one would ever flash one of these at me...
December 01, 2004
The guy in front of me today wants to use a passcode.
He is entering it when I pull behind him in line.
He enters it 5 more times.
I figure that it's not going to work for him and try to back up. I can only move 5 feet because someone has pulled in behind me.
He enters it 10 more times.
Garage attendant tells him he needs to back up and get out of line.
Motions to me to back up.
I back up as far as possible, which is not far enough, but the NUMBSKULL behind me is oblivious or just not moving.
So the poor guy in front of me has to do a 1,000 point turn to get out....
Guy In Front Of Me: stupid for trying like 30 times to do it. Every minute he wasted, more people pulled in tightly behind us. Also note - he had license plates that indicated he was a CPA!
Guy In Back Of Me: super dumb- he's not getting in until this dorkster gets out of our way!
November 30, 2004
November 29, 2004
There I said. Are you all rushing to close out the window as I type????
You Know You Grew Up In The 80’s or Early 90’s If:
1. You’ve ever ended a sentence with the word “SIKE”
2. You watched the Pound Puppies.
3. You can sing the rap to the “Fresh Prince of Belair” and can do the “Carlton".
4. Girls wore biker shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy.
5. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own.
6. You owned those lil’ Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls.
7. You know that “WOAH ” comes from Joey on Blossom
8. Two words: Hammer Pants
9. If you ever watched “Fraggle Rock”
10. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars…. and “spokey-dokes” or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect
11. You can sing the entire theme song to “DuckTales ” (Woo ooh!)
12. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watc h cartoons.
13. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
14. You saw the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ” on the big screen…and still know the turtles names.
15. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.
16. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.
17. You played the game “MASH ” (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)
18. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.
19. L.A. Gear….need I say more?
20. You wanted to change your name to “JEM ” in Kindergarten. (She’s truly outrageous.)
21. You remember reading “Tales of a fourth grade nothing” and all the Ramona books.
22. You know the profound meaning of “WAX ON, WAX OFF”
23. You wanted to be a Goonie.
24. You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (some of us…head-to-toe)
25. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.
26. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
27. You took lunch boxes to school… and traded Garbage Pail kids in the schoolyard.
28. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.
29. You still get the urge to say “NOT ” after every sentence.
30. You remember Hypercolor t-shirts.
31. Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band.
32. You thought She-ra (Princess of Power!) and He-Man should hook up.
33. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
34. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes. (and like #24, probably in neon colors, too)
35. After you saw Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure you kept saying “I know you are, but what am I?”
36. You remember “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”
37. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
38. You ever got seriously ! injured on a Slip and Slide.
39. You have ever played with a Skip-It.
40. You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds.
41. You’ve gone through this nodding your head in agreement.
42. You remember Popples.
43. “Don’t worry, be happy”
44. You wore like, EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high top Reeboks.
45. You wore socks scrunched down (and sometimes still do…getting yelled at by “younger hip” members of the family)
46. You remember boom boxes. . and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.
47. You remember watching both “Gremlins ” movies.
48. You know what it meant to say “Care Bear Stare!!”
49. You remember watching “Rainbow Bright” and “My Little Pony Tales”
50. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.
51.. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.
52. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool… and don’t even flinch when people refer to them as “NKOTB".
53. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on “Saved By The Bell,” The ORIGINAL class.
54. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.
55. You just sang those words to yourself.
56. You remember watching Magic vs. Bird.
57. Homemade Levi shorts… (the shorter the better)
58. You remember when mullets were cool!
59. You had a mullet!
60. You still sing “We are the World”
61. You tight rolled your jeans.
62. You owned a bannana clip.
63. You remember “Where’s the Beef?”
64. Y ou used to (and probably still do) say “What you talkin’ about Willis?”
65. You had big hair and you knew how to use it.
66. You’re still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren’t you!!!
November 24, 2004
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November 20, 2004
November 18, 2004
Do y'all think that's odd? To buy 2 pairs, planning on returning one of them??
November 17, 2004
November 16, 2004
How To Be A Happy Woman
1. Eat a whole box of Godiva truffles. Don't share.
2. Fall madly, passionately, head-over-heels, dangerously in love. Hold nothing back.
3. Speak bad French or Italian to a French or Italian person. Listen when they correct you.
4. Break up with a guy you like but isn't good for you.
5. Don't give in, no matter how painful, if your principles are at stake.
6. Wear a thong. Leopard print.
7. Bake a wedding cake from scratch.
hahahahahahahaha you've got to be kidding.
8. Paint a wall in your house a primary color. Don't apologize or explain when people look at it funny.
um, no. Maybe paint a wall in a color that excites you that isn't popular.
9. Take a yoga class on the off chance that concentrating on your breathing really will bring you inner peace.
10. Inner peace is over-rated. Look for whatever makes you happy, even if it makes you crazy.
11. Use the "I have PMS" excuse. Once. It'll never work again, so use it wisely.
You can use it more than once, just use it sparingly.
12. Only buy really good, high-quality handbags. Spend thousands of dollars on them and then give them to your daughters when they graudate college. Under no circumstances should a lady be seen without a pretty handbag.
Um. no...this worked before I had kids. Now the idea of spending that much on a purse that may or may not get left somewhere, get spilled on, drawn on, or thrown up on....don't think so.
13. Know when to listen and when not to listen.
14. Your girlfriends become more important as time goes on. Treat them beautifully.
15. Buy or rent a very fast car. You'll instantly understand the thrill of NASCAR.
Oh yes! But buy it.
16. Do not ever let a man tell you how to drive, dress, think or walk.
17. Discover why you were put on this earth. Some of us were lucky enough to know when we're five years old. Some people don't discover it until they're 89. Discover it and then put every bit of your passion and love and time into it. Don't let anybody ever stand in your way.
18. If you absolutely must write a love letter, write it then put it away for three days. Go back to it. If anything seems embarrassing or off to you, throw it away. Only the most certain among us should actually send a love letter. It's much easier to call; there's no paper trail and they can't prove anything.
19. Forgive your mother.
Um, no. Love your mother and accept her the way she is.
20. Forgive yourself.
21. Make something that is not temporary.
22. Travel alone. You can be anybody you want to be, whereever you are, but for some reason it's easier to be the girl you want to be when you're not at home.
Sounds like a good idea, though an impossibility
23. Never take naps for granted.
24. Puppydogs will always cheer you up, no matter how angry or sad or depressed you are.
Unless you're allergic and horribly afraid of dogs.
25. Read good books.
26. Own real estate.
27. Never never never sleep with a guy on the first date.
28. Marriage is not an old fashioned idea.
29. Document everything.
30. If you have a son, teach him to love women. If you have a daughter, teach her to love herself.
31. Do not evade reality. Bills must be paid, children must be fed, and your soul must be nourished. Reality whispers sometimes. Don't make it shout.
32. Work out.
33. Never never never sleep with a married man. Unless he's your husband, of course.
34. Do not buy faux cashmere. Buy one scrumptious black or cream colored cashmere sweater, take good care of it and it will last twenty years.
35. Never attribute to the mundane what can be attributed to the divine.
36. Do not let anybody tell you that jewelry is just a "material possession". Every smart woman knows that a diamond tennis bracelet, a strand of pearls or a birthstone ring are not just possessions: they are sentiments of love that can be passed on for generations.
Agree - I look forward to leaving my pieces to my children, along w/the story as to why they are important to me. For instance, custom wedding bands and engagement rings, no story needed, but found in Utah. Diamond solitare necklace, a thank you from hubby for producing beautiful son. Etc. You cannot tell me that my children will not cherish these items when they are handed down.
37. For one holiday season, be Martha Stewart.
For as many as you can tolerate!
38. Groundspeed of joy: the pace at which you rush to meet your loved one at an airport.
39. Sometimes the most valuable possession you have is a door to close behind you.
40. Ask for something - once. Never again.
41. Use any excuse to celebrate.
42. Respect the limitations of your own morality but do not live so safely that you are in perfect condition when you reach death's door.
43. Dreams do come true.
44. You can find inspiration in anything if you look at it the right way.
45. Writer's block is a myth.
46. You never know who you're going to meet, influence, or persuade. Imagine how important you are that you might inspire somebody to a life like yours.
47. Be yourself.
48. Beauty is always the best accessory. Corrollary: Beauty can be faked.
49. You can handle anything. You might need help, but you can handle it.
50. Happiness is a choice, like everything else.
Great list - like Michele at A Small Victory says it well...not all women are the same! And not the same things make us tick...
November 15, 2004