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Telephone

15 Jun

Telephones started out as gadgets that only a few had that were only used in an emergency. Now they are in every hand and are being used almost constantly. In fact I’m using one right now to write this.

Sometimes I wish I could go back in time though. Sliding your finger over a little red square on a screen just doesn’t have the same finality of slamming a plastic handset down on a metal hanger. Especially when the person on the other end is being extraordinarily annoying. Or when was the last time anyone has heard a busy signal? Do they even exist anymore?

Now I’ll admit that I find all the new technology fascinating. Caller ID is awesome. No more guessing who is calling you before you have to answer. Makes it so much easier to dodge that ex you just don’t want to talk to anymore. Or telling one more bill collector that you’ll pay them next month when you know you won’t. If you could afford to pay them, they would be paid already.

And I love Voicemail! You can have all those dodged calls leave messages that you don’t need to listen to anyway. But if on the off chance you might want to know what the other person wants, you can know.

But then there are those callers that just drive me up the wall. Telemarketers and robocalls anyone? They are usually the ones who call incessantly from unknown numbers and don’t leave messages. I’ll admit it. If I don’t recognize the number, I’m not answering it. But if you leave me a message, I’ll generally call you back. So quit calling me 20 times an hour and just leave a message already! Especially when I’m trying to nap.

  • I’m grateful to have my fancy little gadget telephone that keeps me connected to anything I need or want. I’m grateful technology is so amazing. I’m grateful I know where the off button is.

Night all. LOVES

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Shopping sucks!

6 Jun

I hate shopping! Any shopping, especially for clothes. But a close second is grocery shopping.

The first week of the month is always my least favorite time. I have to pay bills and buy groceries. I think the grocery trip is my least favorite. Deciding how healthy I need to be while also being as frugal as I can be always gives me a headache. So I buy the lean hamburger or the tasteless chicken burger? Do I buy the fresh broccoli or the frozen? Do I get chunky or creamy peanut butter this month? And always stay under budget.

I use food stamps for part if my grocery budget and that adds another layer to my shopping trip. You get those people that look at you because you’re buying the more expensive chicken sausage instead of the pork byproduct sausage. I’m buying it because it’s better for me not because it’s more expensive. My one indulgence is sparkly water. I don’t drink soda anymore unless that is all that is available. I’ll pick regular water first. I can’t really drink juice anymore either because it spikes my blood sugar. But I really like the sparkly water. It’s my soda. So why do people feel the need to say something about buying it?

Why does anyone think that because I get food stamps they can tell me what I should or shouldn’t buy? If my grocery budget is actually less than yours, it shouldn’t matter what I’m buying.

  • Today I’m grateful to have groceries in my cupboards. I’m grateful I didn’t go off on the lady behind me mumbling about what I’m buying. I’m grateful my salad for dinner was amazing!

Night all. LOVES

Agitated

3 Apr

I’m agitated today by just about anything and everything. It doesn’t really matter what it is, it just rubs me wrong. I don’t like feeling this way.

Everything just seems to be going bad today. I paid the phone bill yesterday so I wouldn’t have to worry about it today. Woke up to the phone or working. Had to go to the corporate store because the phone support just wanted me to pay my bill. After I paid the bill, they would be able to help me with my problem. It took the girl at the corporate store 2 phone calls to figure out what the issue was. She got the phones turned on. But I was looking at my phone a bit later and I needed to add $5. So I tried to add just $5. Oh no, it took a whole bill again!

Then every time I tried to watch the second day of conference, my phone kept dying. There was something wrong with the charging cord. It took almost an hour and a half to find the right charger and plug combination to successfully charge my phone.

It’s only the second so I don’t have any foodies yet. And because of the phone bill thing, I’m trying to not spend very much cash. So it was another bare cupboard day. I don’t mind much, but my youngest doesn’t like Whatchagot stew much. So he whines all day. Yes, I know. If he’s hungry  he’ll eat. But he doesn’t do it quietly!

And then there’s the usual time for bedtime stuff we go through every day. Only add in the fact that it’s been Spring Break at dad’s house and he hasn’t been to bed before 10:30 all week. So he’s not tired now.

I know I’m the one whining now. So I guess that means it’s time to go to bed and start over tomorrow.

  • I’m grateful to remember to take deep breaths when my day is falling apart. I’m grateful I have an inhaler when all that fresh air makes it hard to breathe. I know, go figure. More air, less breathing. I’m grateful to be able to listen to at least part of conference today. But I’ll have time this week to try again.

Night all. LOVES

Sleep study adventure

30 Mar

I thought a sleep study was where someone studied how you slept to help determine how you can sleep better. Well my experience is there is no way they can figure out how I sleep because I didn’t do much sleeping!

I got to the hotel at 8 pm but because I don’t usually go to sleep until later, I got to read until 9:30. Yes, I WAS in a hotel room with cable and HBO and I didn’t even turn the TV on! At 9:30, my technician started to wire me up. I lost count at 20. Plus the oxygen monitor and the things up my nose to make sure I was breathing. The most uncomfortable situation I’ve ever been in! And I got caught by my husband’s family getting it on while sleeping on his mother’s front room floor! That was pretty uncomfortable. Last night with all those wires was way worse!

So I finally got in bed around 10:30. It took a really long time to set up all those wires! I had to sleep on the wrong side of the bed because that’s where the other end of those wires hooked to. I KNOW you have a right side and a wrong side to your bed.

I’m supposed to try to sleep in my back. I do not sleep on my back. It’s hard to breathe and I always feel like I’m practicing for my coffin. I do get to turn my playlist on my phone on. My playlist for sleeping is about 20 songs long that on any normal night, I never hear the last few songs because I’m asleep before then. Not last night! I just laid there. Not sleeping! Just thinking. Trying not to knock anything off because he would have to come in and wake me up to put it back on.

After the last song finished, I finally just rolled over and tried to get SOME sleep. But nope, not gonna happen. Because THEN, I needed to pee! And to go to the bathroom required unhooking all those wires from the wall and carrying the ones dangling off me like a leash! Because they can’t get wet. I would have to come back on a different night and do this crap again! So I sit there as long as possible hoping the urge will just go away! But it just wasn’t my night. Another 20 minutes unhooking and rehooking up all those wires. And I’m going to try again to get some sleep. It’s about 1 am! I’m tired! I just want to go to sleep but it seems to be a night for insomnia to visit. And I can’t get up and do something to take my mind off of it.

I think I finally fell asleep around 2:30 or so. I know the playlist went all the way through AGAIN! My last thought was “COOL! I might get 4 hours sleep!”

NOPE! Someone knocked some wires loose in the middle of the night! So I get to wake up with some stranger leaning over me with a bright light attached to his forehead! Talk about triggering all your tweaker nightmares!

At 6 am, he wakes me up again and says, “We’re done here. Let’s get you unwired. We need to be out of the room by 7!” ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME! I don’t even get to sleep in a little after being up all night!

After he’s done and I get my shower to wash all the goop off of me, I’m finally ready to leave. I’m going home to take a nap!

  • I’m grateful I was able to do the sleep study. Hopefully it gives them enough data because I’m NOT doing another one! I’m grateful the hotel offers free breakfast. It makes up for NOT having access to the pool and sauna. I think both of those would help people sleep better. I know I’m always tired after swimming. I’m grateful my child was up before the sunshine to drive me home. I really wasn’t looking forward to a bus ride home in the rain after I miserable night’s sleep. I’m going back to bed now.

Night all. LOVES

Why is it censored?

22 Mar

Been an interesting YouTube day. Started out watching a video about censorship. And I just watched an episode of one of the first shows that pushed the censorship envelope.

This morning’s video was about YouTube censoring lots of LGTBQ+ creator content. I don’t understand why their stuff is being censored? I’ve seen some of it. It’s not that bad. I would let my child watch. Some, I should probably make him watch so we can talk about it.  Especially when they aren’t censoring some stuff that definitely should be.

The video I watched tonight was from Archie Bunker. One of the most politically incorrect shows ever made. I remember watching it with my parents and when they talked about something that I didn’t quite understand, I was told, “you’ll understand when you get older.” Now that I’m older and can understand it, I have to wonder how they got it past the censors.

The thing about both videos is they make you think. You think about why it’s censored? Why it shouldn’t be censored? Why is one okay now, but wasn’t then and vice versa?

Television, movies, videos, and other viewing media all have a purpose. To entertain and inform. I understand that some people’s entertainment is different from mine. (I have a friend who loves scary movies. Me, not so much.) But that doesn’t give me the right to say the scary movies are wrong.

I have my beliefs system. You have yours. I won’t tell you how to do your stuff if you don’t tell me how to do mine. I will tell you to investigate, pay attention, and really think about what you’re watching and what your children are watching.

  • I’m grateful to have grown up at a time when thinking was a good thing. I’m grateful to be alive at a time when I can discover new things to think about. I’m grateful for the opportunity to change and grow.

Night all. LOVES

Buyer beware

9 Mar

This is another rant about poor customer service and truth in advertising. If you want, you can leave now!

Last summer, I was watching something and an advertisement for some DVDs about the Book of Mormon stories from a company called Living Scriptures came on. I thought it would be a good way to help my child learn the Book of Mormon because he doesn’t read very well. So I read all the information available in the website and called and asked even more questions about how the program worked.

I was under the impression that you buy one DVD and if you liked it, you could buy more. And that you could cancel the subscription at anytime.

sub·scrip·tion
səbˈskripSH(ə)n/
noun
  1. 1.
    the action of making or agreeing to make an advance payment in order to receive or participate in something.
    “the newsletter is available only on subscription”

I was under the impression that a subscription is something that has an end. They call it a subscription. It said buy this one, get this free, and continue the subscription with payments every month.

Where I messed up is that I didn’t look for the fine print that tells how to stop the subscription. NOW I KNOW! The is no way to stop the subscription. Because it isn’t a subscription like they say it is. It’s a set that you buy with monthly payments and AFTER every monthly payment  they will send you the next DVD. If you want to stop, please pay the entire purchase price of $1500!

I complained to the company that I feel swindled and I want to send them their DVDs back and they can keep the money I’ve already sent. They don’t want their DVDs back! But they will quit sending me new ones and I can pay a fee to break my contract. A fee of $353.00 to cover the bonus FREE stuff and the balance due on the DVDs they’ve already sent me. But they are willing to work out a payment plan with me.

I feel that this company is taking advantage of people by saying they are affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the ads, but they say in the literature they send you that they aren’t, but they work closely with the Church to bring you these products. I know that I will be one careful with my purchases in the future.

  • I’m grateful for this experience because it reminds me to check and double check everything and if it sounds to good to be true, it usually is. Even when it seems to be about something or someone I trust. I’m grateful that although I will be short of funds for a while, I was able to get out of a bad situation. I’m grateful to have a sense of humor to help me get through the trials and tribulations I get myself into.

Night all. LOVES

Frustrated

7 Mar

My youngest spent this past weekend with his father. I just got home from going to get him and I’m not a happy camper.

Babydaddy called me yesterday afternoon to tell me that it was snowing there and they didn’t know if they would be able to bring him home because they have crappy tires. He calls me at 3am saying that there’s a couple of inches already on the ground and it’s still snowing so they wouldn’t be in until later this morning. So my son missed school this morning, but he should be in town to make it by lunchtime. It’ll be okay.

At 9, I got another phone call saying the weatherdude is saying there’s snow between there and here and it will be still later in the day.

At noon, the phone call says that it’s still nasty driving and it will be morning because the girlfriend doesn’t like driving in the dark at night. But she’ll drive in the dark in the morning? (I have no clue?!)

An hour later, the phone call says that they have an appointment Tuesday and it will be Wednesday before he gets home. Unless someone wants to come get him. Babydaddy will pay gas!

So I get one of my older kids to agree to drive 4 hours down to the middle of the state to get their brother. But they have to wait to leave until after they get an oil change. Okay. I figured it’s all good.

Except, it gets later and later and later. Still waiting. Finally everything is ready to go, but can I go with the girlfriend because the son was tired. So we get in and go. We get the oil change. I drool over the young guy doing the oil change.

We have a mostly good time driving until we’re almost there and she starts getting an upset stomach. We pull over and she loses her dinner. The trip starts going downhill from there. She’s miserable. I’m getting annoyed because this major snowstorm that kept Babydaddy from bringing the boy home is unseen! It’s raining! And not even everywhere! Mostly scattered heavy showers.

When we get to Babydaddy’s, they are sitting on the couch watching wrestling! I think THAT’S why he didn’t want to drive to Portland after dark! He would miss his wrestling! So we had to drive there, drive back, get sick, be overtired, and it’s almost 1am and the boy is STILL AWAKE! He slept part of the trip, but we had to wake him up to get him into the house. So he’s up!

Babydaddy doesn’t pay child support because he lives so far away and it’s his responsibility to transport for visitation. But, this is NOT the first time I’ve had to go rescue my child to get him back. And it always costs me around $75. Gas and food both ways. I’m not mad at the children with the car, I AM really annoyed with my child’s father. Lots of prayers for him ahead.

  • I’m grateful to have my child home from his dad’s. I’m grateful to my daughter-in-law for driving so far in the dark while she wasn’t feeling good. I’m grateful I haven’t strangled anyone today. And an extra because I need it today. I’m grateful to know that I’m NOT too old to think a guy is cute!

Night all. LOVES