Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Just Thinking......

There is so much stuff going on in the world, in the nation, in this state, in my community and in my house, that I just decided to make a list of the things I'm thinking about today.

1. Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath. Everytime I hear a news story about a family who has lost everything or seen a loved one die or be swept away, I just want to cry. This is what I've mostly been thinking about I'm praying for everyone affected by this.

2. I'm praying for all the emergency workers trying to help with the aftermath of the storm. How difficult it must be for them, to know they've also lost everything, having to move their families out of the areas and go out there to work and see all the devastation. It really upsets me when the public has badmouthed some of their actions. There must be so much for them to do, and they must be so overextended. They can only do what they can do, and I hope in the long term, those needing help will get the help they need, but can be patient while these workers do their best in a tough situation.

3. I am so thankful for all of my blessing! Family, friends, and all of the things I am fortunate enough to have.

4. On a more selfish note, I'm trying to get all my trips for the rest of the year planned, before the prices start jumping based on fuel costs.

5. Taking action and getting things done!

6. I heard today, that I'm probably 10lbs heavier than I would be if I didn't drink my soda pop. I've gone cold turkey more soda (at least not on a daily basis) for me!

7. Really wanting my laundry room back........

8. When should we try for baby #2? Should we wait until after we go to Europe later this year? Should we get started in Vegas later this month? Hmmmm.....

9. Who the heck are these kids on that My Sweet 16 show? Who spends $200,000 on a 16 year olds party? I guess it wouldn't be so bad spending that much, if these kids were not so nasty and disrespectful! Oh my gosh! If I had ever spoken to my parents the way some of these kids do, I would not be alive today. Isn't someone teaching these kids how to respect others? Yikes!

10. Why am I so addicted to reality TV?

11. I bought these cute Franco Sarto shoes the other day for 1/2 off at Macy's. Now I want to go out and buy even more shoes! I love shoes!

Monday, August 29, 2005

10 Places I Want to Visit!

So the challenge this week is to post 10 places I want to visit. For the most part this post will be very easy for me, because I have often thought and dreamed of the places I would love to visit.

1.) Venice, Italy. This is my favorite place on the entire planet! I've already been twice, but if I could I would live there. This beautiful little city has so much character, and just sitting in San Marco Square day or night listening to the beautiful music of the bands playing is amazing!

2.) New York City. I've never been to New York City before, and would love to visit.

3.) Amsterdam, Netherlands.

4.) London, United Kingdom.

5) Barcelona, Spain.

6.) Vatican City, Italy. Okay, so I've been here before too, but just the peace you feel here is so amazing! And, who could resist the additional trip to Rome!

7.) Singapore. Should taken my chance to visit here while my parents were living there. I'm such a dork sometimes!

8.) Japan.

9.) Washington D.C. Who wouldn't want to visit the capital of the U.S.

10.) Okay, my last destination would be a frivolous one. I want to go on a shopping spree in Milan, with no spending limit!

Well, now that I've listed all these places, I have realized that I really need to start playing the lottery and win! I've also realized, that not only do I want to visit all these places, but so many more as well, and I also want to return to many of the places I've already been!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

P.S. Thank you for the Happy Anniversary wishes!

They all mean so much! As I said before, I am so blessed. Thank you also, to my parents for the great big HUGE baloon bouquet and to Jennifer and Jerry Aquirre for the beautiful e-card! Just knowing you were all thinking of us and celebrating with us meant a whole lot!

Do You Say Thank You Everyday?

I am so blessed. I have a wonderful husband, a beautiful son, a great dog, a nice home to live in, great friends, and food on my table. Sometimes I just have to sit back and realize just how fortunate I am. Sometimes, although I hate to admit this, instead of sitting back and being thankful for what I have, I spend time wishing for things I don't have. I'm really trying to make it a point everyday when I wake up to be thankful for the new day and everything I have been blessed with.

I've really been thinking about this today, because of a mother's story about her young son being so sick and does not have much time left. My heart is so broken for the pain she must be feeling. I don't know this mother, but I can't imagine how torn she must be. I have been thinking about her young son constantly for the last few days. Some of the things that really got me is that during some rough and painful time, he cried out that he wanted Jesus to be by him. What an amazing request! I honestly believe that the spirit in each of us, knows when our time has come. When it is time to stop fighting and to be free in our faith. What a wonderful thing to know, that this child knows that Jesus will be with him and that they will make the journey together!

I have been fighting my own issues with church lately. My husband and I were drawn to a church nearby after hearing the Pastor speak. What an amazing gift this Pastor has, to be able to teach so much about Jesus and what it really means to be Christian. Before the little one was born, I felt compelled to have a meeting with him to discuss my own "demons". I knew that this Pastor could help me figure out how to leave these issues behind and be free to bear good fruit. Well, my little one made an early appearance before the meeting could take place. These were things, I had never been compelled to discuss with any Priest, Pastor or religious affiliate ever. I haven't been compelled to do so again yet. Unfortunately the Pastor I speak of is no longer at the local church. Now, I have been really longing for my roots in the Catholic church. I'm also longing to hear the word of God and to learn from the bible study class I was attending at the other church. I'm so torn, but know that I need to find a "home" for my family and our spirits. I want my little one to know Jesus and to know that he can count on him.

So, with all this being said, I want to say thank you. I want to thank God for the blessings he has shown and given me. I want to thank my husband for being so amazing and supportive. I want to thank my little one for just being my little one. I want to thank my friends for their friendship and support. And, I want everyone to know that I am so thankful for everything I have both inmaterial and material. Most of all I am thankful that we have love and health.

There are a few prayers I would like to add to this post. For those in my family who are sick, I am praying everyday for your health and well being. For my friends who have needs, I am praying that your needs are met in great abundance! If I can help in any other way besides prayer, all you have to do is call me and I'll be there.

Friday, August 26, 2005

What if the Hokey-Pokey is really what it's all about?

Just a random question to throw out there for you. Things are getting pretty crazy around here right now. We are trying to plan our trip to Vegas next month, we're trying to plan our trip to Switzerland later this year, and we are trying to get our laundry room taken care of.

First off, the laundry room. The idiot plumber who caused all of our problems finally responded to my letter. He wants another plumber to come out and take a look at the pipe. Well, that's all fine and dandy, so this other guy is coming out on Monday. I guess he doesn't give a rip that 2 other plumbers and our insurance company says he didn't follow protocol and his work caused the damage. I guess anything to prolong paying us. I'm not going to let this go on much longer. He'd better figure out his course of action ASAP, because by the end of next week, if he hasn't tried to resolve this with us, I'm heading to the courthouse!

Greg is supposed to play in a Baseball tournament in Vegas next month. We'd really been debating about whether to go or not because of our laundry room fiasco, but we really want to go. So this evening, I've been trying to find the best deals. I also have to find out if we are taking the little one with us, or if my Mother-In-Law will be coming to stay with him. Hopefully we'll have our trip all mapped out by Sunday.

We're going to Europe later this year to visit my parents. I am so EXCITED!!! It will be almost a year since I've seen them! They were here for a month when the little one came along and I miss them so much. See the photo at the top of this entry? See the tall apartment building overlooking the lake and the city? That's where my parents live! It's so beautiful! We are hoping that the weather will be okay, and we will get to take the little one to see our Italian Family....The Tinozzi's. When my parents were working in Italy, they rented an apartment from this family. They are such wonderful people. Can't wait to see them again. I know we'll go to Amadeus for the greatest Italian food ever too! I wish we could make time to go to Venice, since this is my favorite place on the entire planet, but I think we'll have to save that for the next time we go. We also hope to tour more of Switzerland, and at least see the plot of land where the apartment my parents are going to buy will be. We also have plans to see Germany and possibly Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I'm so looking forward to getting away!

Anyway, with all that is going on, and all that needs to be done, at least there is something to look forward to. But, it made me think, we run around trying to get all this stuff done, What if the Hokey-Pokey is really what it's all about?

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

I've Been Tagged!

And I don't mean by some crazy street gang with spray paint! So, Syliva tagged me, and since I'm celebrating my anniversary tonight **wink wink**, I thought this would be something fun and easy to post this evening.

1. I'm very picky about my books. I want a "virgin" book. What this means, is that I will always take the book at the back or bottom of the stack, just so I can "think" I was the first one to crack it open. I think this comes from my hatred of the musty smell of library books.

2. I used to work at Burger King, then I traded up for a job at Baskin and Robbins.

3. I didn't get my drivers license until I was 18.

4. In bed, I must be on the side farthest away from the door.

5. When it comes to my favorite ice cream, I must have Baskin and Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip. When it comes to this, there are no brand substitutions!

This was fun! I think for a later post, I'm going to try to come up with 100 random facts about me. I saw this on someone elses blog before, and thought it was really cool. But, for now, since I didn't know all the people on the email list I got, I'm gonna have to tag Lara! Lara! Tag Your It!

Happy Love Day!!!

I've been married for 3 years now!! Time has just flown by, and so many things have happened to us. I still remember my wedding like it was yesterday though! I had waited so long to find the perfect man! We have gone through some major milestones in the last 3 years. The last three years have inlcuded some of our best moments and some of our saddest moments in our entire relationship. First, we got pregnant in 2003 and unfortunately miscarried the pregnancy. That was one of the hardes things ever, but my husband was such an amazing support. I think the hardest part for both of us through this was that he was at the academy for some training. Something he had worked so hard for. While I wanted him next to me every moment, I didn't want 1 bad thing turn into 2 bad things. Then we experienced the loss of my grandfather (on my mothers side). Again, my husband was really a supportive rock for not only me, but for my aunts and my grandmother as well. Like I said though, these last three years have also been filled with lots of joyous occasions too. First, hubby worked really hard to make it through the special training is was attending and passed wtih flying colors! He amazes me at how he can work for something and never give up. Then we bought a home together. It's been a lot of work making it ours, but it's getting there. The most joyous thing that has occured during our first 3 years of marriage, was the birth of our first child, Joshua. What an amazing 8 months it's been since he arrived. I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband and a beautiful son. I don't want to be greedy or anything, but I hope that the blessings will continue and we will be blessed with more additions to our family. I am forever thankful that I met my husband and that he chose me to spend his life with.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The No Scrap Shopping Challenge!

Well, after putting away all my wonderful buys from the Scrapbook Expo, I'm looking around my scrap space going......HOLY COW! Wow, do I have a lot of stuff! I can never give up the shopping, but I'm gonna have to make a dent in my stash. I have challenged myself to a spending freeze. This spending freeze has no time limit, but a production challenge that must be met before the freeze is lifted. The challenge I have made to myself is that I must complete 10 layouts or projects before I can spend any more money on scrap supplies. What do 10 projects equal. I could just count items, but there has to be more of a challenge than that. Otherwise, I could just make 10 cards and be done. Not much of a dent would be made with 10 itty bitty cards. So, if I choose to make cards with my stuff, I must make 30 for it to count 3 cards= 1 layout/project. I have some pre-made kits as well, for example, at Expo, I bought the Scrapbook in a Bag kit.....for it to count, I must complete the entire thing! Complete means complete too, if it's a layout, then it must include it's journaling, if it's a kit, the kit must have the pictures and any journaling included.

There is one exception to my spending freeze. There are some items that were supposed to be in before my freeze kicked in. I'm still getting those when they arrive! I've saved my Scrapbook Expo earnings for just that purpose!

Anyone interested in joining me?

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Fun of Doing Nothing!

This last week was so busy! I don't remember the last time I had that much running around to do. Wednesday, I helped set up the Autumn Leaves booth at the Scrapbook Expo. It was a lot of work, but it was so fun to get to see all the work that goes into setting up that expo. It was also so much fun to meet Lori and Jessica. I'm such a dork for not taking any pictures with these awesome gals! Thursday was my shop till you drop day. I love checking out all the scrapbook supplies in one place! I got so many cool things, that I can't even list them all. What great retail therapy that was! I also helped Em out with the two Autumn Leaves classes she was teaching, what a trooper, to get the class information just a few hours before the class, and then just go out and do a great job! Friday, was another shop day, and I was signed up to take one class. I had Josh with me on Thursday and Friday, and on Friday Laurie G. was kind enough to take my little one, so I could enjoy my class.....but, like a dork, I didn't even check the time and missed the class! I helped out in the Autumn Leaves classes again. This was fun, because there were these two ladies, that I got to spend some extra time helping them with their project. I think they really enjoyed the class and learned a lot! They were super sweet and nice too! After the expo, I went to pick up Rebecca and then went to crop at the garage. This was very unproductive in the scrap department. The garage was super packed! We had tons of fun and learned lots of fun "secrets" about eachother. The word "skank" will always make me giggle now!

Saturday! Wow! Saturday was a super busy day. Our friends agreed to watch Josh while I went to work expo, and Greg was working. He had a super busy day! He went to Chuck E. Cheese and Toys R' Us with them. He also got to play with his buddy Kayden. I worked at the expo all day. It was Jessica and I in the Autumn Leaves booth, and we were having a bunch of laughs! She is such an awesome gal! Rebecca came up with crackalakin', but Jessica and I have Crackalicious! I really wanted to go to the slumber crop at the garage on Saturday, but I was super exhausted! Besides, I had to be home to watch Big Brother 6! Sunday, I had to run all the errends that didn't get done during the expo, so it was off to Target and Safeway. Of course there was a stop at the garage to check in with the slumber crop gals. Looks like I missed a lot of fun, but at least I didn't have the pixie stick hangover.

Today, I did nothing! Sometimes, I just really love these days, where you just get out of bed and hang out in your pj's until whenever. I also got to catch up with my favorite residents of Genoa City. I hadn't watched Young in the Restless all week! Today was the first time also, that I was able to take a nap when Josh took his! Two hours of pure sleeping in the afternoon bliss! The other nice thing about staying home and doing nothing, is that I didn't spend any money! I bet my debit card is happy to be getting a rest!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

My Grandparents House.

I'm starting to feel very weepy right now about this home. This home was my grandparents (on my dad's side). Since my grandmother passed away about 10 years ago, this home has belonged to my dad and my uncle. They've hung on to it for a very long time, and even though I knew that both of my grandparents were gone, it was kind of comforting knowing that their house was still there. Over the last 10 years, I've driven by it just to look and remember many times. I have so many memories in this house, and I can remember so many details of how the house originally looked and certain things my grandparents always did here. When I was very young, we lived 3 doors down from them. My dad and my uncle have finally decided it is time to sell the home. For the last 6 months, my aunt, uncle and cousin have been working diligently to get this home in selling shape. They also hired a interior designer to come in and "stage" the home. While it looks beautiful, it was very hard to walk in and see everything so different. When I used to drive by, I could still envision everything exactly as it had always been. The exact pattern of the tile in the kitchen, where my grandparents bed was placed, the green shag carpet, even how the jelly jar glasses (you remember the ones from the 70's, where the jelly came in jars that had characters on them and after the jelly was gone, you used the jar as a glass) were stored in the cabinet to the right of the sink. I remember looking out the front window into the street, waiting for my grandfather to come back from doing the grocery shopping. Equally as odd, was attending the open house that was planned and seeing people come in and out deciding if they wanted to make this their home. I just can't imagine anyone else ever living there. I've spent 2 afternoons there recently taking photos of the things that are still original. I've taken pictures of door knobs, the kitchen sink tile and faucet, the address sign, the driveway heading into the garage and back, the back patio and the back door and stairs. I even took pictures of the fixtures that used to support the clothesline in the back. I really need to get these photos developed so that if I need to retake any, I will have the opportunity.

Even though my grandfather passed away when I was only 13, I still miss him terribly, but I also feel very close to him at the same time. Even though it was so long ago, I can remember so many vivid details about things he used to do. I don't think anyone really believed I could remember these things until my uncle and I were talking about the light green with white on the inside coffee cup. Who remembers that? Anyway, I have tons of things I think about where my grandfather is concerned, and he really deserves his own entry.

So now, I know that the sale of this home is inevitable, but I still can't fathom it. I know when it is finally real, I am going to bawl my eyes out. I guess I hope that whoever buys it will treat it with the love and care my grandparents did. I also hope that they will have as many beautiful memories there as I do. Can I also hope that they are people my grandparents would have liked? Whether I can or can't, I still do.

Thursday, August 18, 2005


Rebecca is one of the most amazing friends! She is one of the most positive people on the planet that I know. I met Rebecca on 2peas quite awhile ago. I'm not even quite sure how we found eachother, but I know the story has something to do with me stalking her. Actually I invited her to the garage to scrap. I don't know how long ago this was, but in the last year, we have gotten to be really great friends. This last summer has really been a blessing. This was my first time not being employed (unless you count my 8 month old boss as an employer). Rebecca was off work waiting for her arm/hand surgery to heal. This time for both of us really gave us a chance to get to know eachother better and make a strong friendhip bond. I'm glad she's better, but I think it sucks that her work won't just pay her to hang out with me! This is a friend that I talk to everyday. This is a friend, that my day isn't complete with out our evening chats. This womans outlook on life and her amazing positive spirit just inspire me to be a better person. This is the girlfriend that you can talk to about ANYTHING. You can trust this girl with your deepest and darkest secrets. Have you ever met anyone, that no matter what the circumstances of life are, they are positive and thankful for what they have and not worried about what they don't have? I've met her and she's my friend. I know there are sometimes when inside she doesn't feel so positive. But, I'm here to tell her, that she is just one of the sweetest, most inspirational people I've ever met.

Rebecca! I just want you to know, that you are AMAZING! I am so thankful for our friendship and what your inspire me to do. If you ever need anything, you better just pick up that phone and call me up, because if I can do it for you, I will!

Do you ever think about how you make other people feel?

Okay, so in the last hour, this has been on my mind. I've seen both extremes of this question come up today a few times.

First, I met some of the Bay Area Peas from 2PEAS! Here is a picture of the ladies I met today at the Scrapbook Expo! These ladies were all so awesome! They were all very sweet and genuine scrap-a-holics just like me!

Anyway, after meeting these ladies, I was thinking to myself, I wonder how I come across. When I had to duck out of the area to feed my little one, did they think I didn't really want to hang out and chat? I really did, and I'm sure they didn't think that, but I'm nutty like that, I always wonder what people think about my actions and how they perceive me. Well, one of the ladies gave me the most amazing compliment. She posted on our message board thread, that I made her feel like she's known me forever! What a great compliment! I always want people to feel comfortable around me and know that I'm a sincere friend, and that I'm genuine in my friendships. What's even more amazing is that I was thinking the same thing about this person too!

So, now on to the otherside of the coin. Have you ever met anyone, that even though you know that they don't mean to make you feel less than capable, not good enough, or not welcome or not included, or not invited? It's almost like you know in your heart, that they don't mean to leave you out, or make you feel whichever negative way your feeling, but you still do. I always worry that my actions will make people feel bad. Not that I think that I have a huge impact on anyones psyche or anything, but I still worry about it.

How often do you think about your actions or your words and wonder how others are taking it in? How often do you think that your lack of action might be making someone feel bad. I'm sure there have been plenty of times that I have mis-spoken, not thought before I've acted, or was just too lazy to think about what I might have left out or left unsaid. To anyone that I've ever unintentionally made feel bad in any way, I'm apologizing right now!

I'll tell you right now, I am so thankful for my friends! I have the most amazing group of friends. I always want them to know that I am thankful for them, and that whenever they are in need, I'll be right there as best I can. I might be a little scattered, but if I know you need something that I can give you, I will be right there.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

You know your Butt's too big when.....

Okay, so my amazing friend Rebecca posted this on her blog the other day. So, then today a friend of ours posted on a message board about her underwear experience. So now we have compiled a new list to add to Rebecca's original one.

You know your butt's too big when.....
You underwear can double as a window shade!
Your underwear can mop the floor better than your mop!
You'd rather go commando then have your underware sticking out of your pants!
Your underwear could double as the sunshade in your car.
Your underwear could hold more grocerys than those stupid bags they give you.
When you can use your underwear as a "surrender" flag!
When you mistake you underwear for sheets for your bed!
Your husband mistakes your underwear for a towel to dry off with after a shower.
When your underwear has a "do not remove under penalty" tag on it. (you know like matresses) Your husband packs your underwear in a beach bag thinking it's his beach towel.
When you can only fit 3 pairs of undies in the washer.
When your kids want to use your underwear for a halloween costume.. I wanna be a ghost mommy!

Okay, now you see what happens when I can't think of anything to write for a day, and Rebecca and I get to IMing each other late at night. Thanks Rebecca! That was loads of fun!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

An Unproductive Day.

I hate days like today, when no matter what you try to accomplish, it just isn't getting done. I was so lucky today, to get to go to Suzy's to scrap with some friends. I packed up my stuff, packed up my little one and his stuff, and headed off for a fun day of creating! Everything was looking bright! I had all these great ideas in my head and ready to go, I even had a great babysitter for little Josh when I got there (Thanks Angel and Christian, you guys were awesome!). I went to pull out the pictures that I planned on scrapping.......DOI! I forgot them! I looked through what I brought 3 times, went out to my car and looked around in there...nothing. I don't know why I bothered to look, because I immediately knew where they were.....they were sitting on the shelf in the garage! Yikes! So as you can guess, nothing got done. At least there was a lot of creativity going on around me! Suzy got some fantabulous projects done! Love those animals on the album sister!

The bright side of today, is that I got to hang out with the girls and just gab. I was glad to find out that I'm not the only one addicted to crazy shows! I also could hear little Joshie having a great time in the other room with Angel and Christian, he was giggling away! He was so tired when he got home, that he was sitting on Greg's lap, and he just fell asleep like that. It was so cute I had to get pictures of his little head just falling forward while the rest of him was sitting up.

As you know by now, I am addicted to Big Brother 6, and I could just spit nails that Kaysar and Janelle are on the block for eviction. It's inevitable that one of them is going home. A phrase I learned from Rebecca, just fits here.....Crappity, Crap, Crap, Crapp!

At least there are a few more productive days to look forward to! Scrapbook Expo is this week starting Thursday! Lots of scrapshopping to be done!! Friday, I'll be off to scrap with the girls again....I won't forget the pictures this time!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Why are people so mean these days?

I've been thinking about this topic a lot over the past year or so. Prior to my new gig as a SAHM, I was an optical manager for Costco. This was a great place to work for the most part. I had been there for almost 16 years when I left to stay home with my little punkypants. When I first started, most of the customers were pretty nice and there was a level of mutual respect. As the years went by, I noticed that what used to be was that the majority of customers were nice and the minority were obnoxious, the tables seemed to have turned. It was now the nice ones were the minority. It seemed to be the general thought all of the sudden that just because one worked in retail, that you could treat them like they were lower than the toe jam between your toes! Now that I am not working in retail, I am still noticing this trend everywhere in our society. Here are a few of my favorite stories.

1. A friend and I were at Baby's R' Us, buying a shower gift for a good friend. We are standing in line behind this woman who is buying what looks like their entire stock of baby formula. As we are standing there, this conversation occurs.

Customer: I want to do 852 seperate transactions, because I have this stack of coupons I want to use on these. (Okay, so 852 is a bit of an exageration, but you get the picture)
Cashier: I'm sorry, the coupon clearly states, that there is only one coupon per customer per day.
Customer: Well, I've never had a problem doing this before.
Cashier: Well, I'm very sorry that this is a problem, but the manufacturer won't reimburse us if we don't follow the coupon guidelines.
Customer: Are you and idiot? This is so inconvenient for me. I don't want to talk to you anymore, get me a manager.
--Cashier politely calls for a manager--
Customer: I want to buy these all on seperate transactions so I can use these coupons on each one, but this idiot you have working here, won't let me do it, will you make her do it?
Manager: I'm sorry, but we are not able to accomdate you with your request. The cashier is correct.
Customer: But, I've done it here before.
Manager: I'm sorry that another one of our cashiers did not catch that they should not have done that, but I can't accomodate your request.
Customer: Fine! I'll just come back in here every day until I use up these coupons! Then, I'm never coming back because you are all a bunch of morons!

**Thinking to think your the moron!

2. Greg and I get a lot of stories standing in line at our local Safeway! This is one that happened while I was I had NO control of what came out of my mouth!

Customer: Hands cashier coupon for some odd item (value 10 cents).
Cashier: I'm sorry, this coupon has expired.
Customer: I want to use it anyway, it hasn't been that long.
Cashier: Ma'am, this coupon expired last year.
Customer: I want to speak to a manager.
Cashier: --calls manager over--
Customer: I want to use this coupon.
Manager: I'm sorry the coupon is expired, we are unable to accept it, as it is a manufacturers coupon and they will not honor it after the date.
Customer: Well, this is nuts! You all have been doing construction in here, so it's always cold, and your loud speaker is too loud. I don't know why I shop here.
ME: I don't know why you shop here either, here is 10 cents, and Albertson's is across the street.
Customer, just looked at me dumbfounded and TOOK MY 10 CENTS and left with her groceries!

3. I wasn't present for this one, but if Greg remembers the story, then it had to be crazy, because I'm always the one paying attention to this stuff.

Greg headed to Safeway, to pick up some odds and ends we needed, and got in line. Well, you know how at Safeway, when they are done with your transaction, they say "Thank you Mr./Mrs./Ms. whatever your name is as you leave. Greg is standing in line behind this woman, who tells the cashier that when the transaction is complete, she does not want her to say her name outloud for everyone to hear. The cashier politely tells her that the policy is mandatory for them, but if she does not use her club card, then she will not know her name to say. The lady says fine. The cashier rings up her groceries, and then the lady uses her credit card to pay. The cashier asks to see her ID by saying may I see your ID Ms. Whatever her name was on the card. The lady flipped out and started screaming at her, and was yelling that a manager should come over and fire her right on the spot! I guess she was worried that the Albertson's police would find out she was shopping at Safeway.

4. Last story for this post. Greg and I were at Kohl's for the first time checking it out a few weeks after they first opened here in CA. The lines were HUGE! Anyway, as we are walking by, this cashier scans an item, and apparently it came up the wrong price. The guy immediately started screaming and cussing at her that the price was marked differently on the floor sign. This guy didn't even give the cashier a chance to get a word in edgewise to offer to get someone to fix it or anything. Just right in with the yelling or screaming.

Anyway, more of my retail follies in another post, but I guess I was really thinking about this today, because I've been seeing a lot of complaining going on, that is really just not nice. It's not even so much as complaining as it is hurting other peoples feelings or not treating them with respect. If we have a problem with and event, or something we buy, or somewhere we shop, shouldn't we be reasonable first and give the person the benefit of the doubt and give them the opportunity to make it right, or instead of complaining, maybe making suggestions to help improve something?

Sunday, August 14, 2005

A Fun Day at the Laundromat!!

Okay, so you all know that my laundry room is in disaray at the moment. Well, since I don't have a laundry room, that means that I can't use my washer and dryer either. So, lucky me I get to head to the laundromat!! What fun that is!!

I never realized how much laundry the three of us generate until I had to load it up into my car and take it somewhere! You will be suprised to know that I am the one who generates the LEAST amount of laundry! I know my parents will never believe that, with the number of outfit changes I used to make in a day, but it is the truth! I know you won't be suprised when I tell you that the smallest one in the house generates the most laundry

So anyway, I'm hanging out at the local laundromat doing my laundry in what is a seemingly empty laundromat. There were a few people there, but definately not enough to make getting a machine of any sort a problem. So, while I'm waiting for my washers to complete, I'm just sitting reading the latest book I can't put down (Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella), when all of the sudden the place is packed! There are plenty of washers to go around it seems, but all the sudden there is a run on dryers! Of course, this is just when my washers are finishing and it's time to dry the stuff. Ugh! As my 6 loads of laundry are finishing, I look to find only 1 measly dryer available! This really sucks! As I'm rushing to get my first wash out and into this dryer, this lady tries to steal if from me! I've got half my load in the dryer, and she's telling me that she's taking that Hell to the No your not! I just kept puttin' my stuff in that dryer. She gave me the evil look and stomped off somewhere away from me. Well, luckly, as my other loads were completing, this lady who had been there when I came in, started taking stuff out of some of the dryers. I never moved loads of laundry so fast in my life! If it were an olympic event, I would have been the gold medalist!

I have 2 questions about the laundromat too. Why are people so messy! I mean, we are all coming there for the same purpose, to clean our clothes. Why mush people leave the laundromat so nasty? I swear, I have to have a rag with me to wipe out the washers and the dryers before I put my clothes in them. Then this lady is there taking her clothes out of the dryers and throwing her dryer sheets on the floor. The other question I have, is why when people bring their kids with them must they let them run around screaming and wrecking havoc on the entire place. These kids who were probably about 6 or 7, were just running around the washers in circles screaming!! Can't they teach their kids how to behave instead of just ignoring them?

After being at the laundromat for about 2 hours, I think I have figured out where the missing sock goes. They had this lost and found was full of single socks!!! Nothing else, just single socks! I deposited 2 that I found! I coulda' deposited a pair of underware that were on the floor, but I wasn't touchin' those. I think they were clean, but ewwww.

Today, was a rather mundane day, nothing to fun about going to the laundromat or cleaning the house.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

The Power of Television

Thank goodness that someone invented television! I love television! I sometimes have actually considered calling it a hobby! I can't believe all the shows I watch! I was thinking about this earlier when I was watching a preview for a show in the upcoming fall season. I have decided that here would be a good place to post the shows that I can't live without. There is no particular order for these.
*Crossing Jordan
*Law and Order SVU
*American Idol
*Big Brother 6 (Go Kaysar and Janelle!)
*Friends (I realize there are no new ones, but love the reruns!)
*Young and the Restless
*Starting Over
*Las Vegas
*Real World
*Laguna Beach
*Amazing Race
*Family Plots
*Flip That House
*What Not to Wear
*Dog the Bounty Hunter
*America's Most Wanted (I know I'm gonna catch a criminal someday!)
*Friends (I know there are no new episodes, but love the reruns!)
*Being Bobby Brown....

Oh Hell to the No, she didn't just say Being Bobby Brown! Yep, this is a trainwreck that I just can't avoid watching every single week! When I was in middle and high school, Whitney Houston, was my idol. I never thought I would see the day that I would actually think that Bobby Brown had more tact and class than Whitney! This show should really be re-named the Whitney Houston trainwreck! I know she went to rehab recently and I believe that it was after the show was already filmed, so I'm hoping that she will get things together for herself. She is a beautiful woman and an amazingly talented woman, I hope she comes back strong! That being said, the big question now is.....How could her husband do that to her? How could he let that show make his wife look like a complete fool?

Friday, August 12, 2005

Jumping on the Blog bandwagon!

Okay, so now I've finally committed myself to jumping on the blog bandwagon. After trying to set this up, I feel like I'm hanging from a rope being dragged behind the wagon, but what the heck! I'm sure I'll get the hang of this and that lots of my blogging friends will help me out! Thanks in advance for the help.

Right now, the big thing going on in my house is a laundry room demolition. It's been ugly! For those of you who don't know the story, I'll try to give you the short version. Back in September, we decided to remodel the lower floor of our split level home before the little one arrived. We repainted the entire downstairs, had new windows put in, had carpeting put in the family room, and then put vinyl flooring in my craft room and laundry room. We got a few new furniature pieces and hubby got his big screen TV. We were getting a new washer and dryer, so we decided that since we were getting new hoses and such, that we would have the faucets replaced that go to the washer from the wall to prevent leaks. We even bought the pan that goes under the washing machine to protect against leakage problems. So anyway, we call a plumber out, and they proceed to take off the old ones and put the new ones on......Great! Well, as it turns out, what they should have done, was cut into the drywall when the replaced the faucets, because of the pressure they placed on the pipes, the solder broke inside the wall, and it's been leaking ever since. We tried working with the plumber to facilitate repair of the damage to no avail so far. We contacted our insurance who opened up an investigation for us and found that what the plumber did was in fact the cause of our loss. So, now we are working on having him take responsibility for the damage. In the meantime, we have had to begin getting the work done to repair my once beautiful laundry room. Right now, it is a shell of a room. The entire flooring had to be ripped out down to the concrete pad, as well as 80% of the drywall in the room. I'll try to find before and after pictures to post at a later date.

So, to cheer myself up......I ordered the TSV from QVC! I'm happy for now!