SCOOTER4263   28,960
SparkPoints
25,000-29,999 SparkPoints
 
 
SCOOTER4263's Recent Blog Entries

I Got the Job!!!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I told you you'd be the first to know!

Not sure what I'm going to be doing yet, but I start in two hours.
Details later.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JANEDOE12345 11/11/2012 1:00PM

    So happy for you!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
UUCEEJAY 11/11/2012 8:59AM

    Yeah! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SWIMMAN 11/9/2012 9:40AM

    Woo Hoo!!! Keep it going!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMMERKIWI 11/9/2012 5:19AM

    GREAT news :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 11/8/2012 1:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Happy, happy Dance!!, I am so very happy to hear this great news!

Great news for sure, emoticon emoticon Pat in Maine.

Comment edited on: 11/8/2012 2:00:11 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOPINTOS 11/8/2012 1:05PM

    OH wow! Congrats!!

Thanks for sharing!

emoticon

Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Perfect Health Diet Team
Country Living Team
Dr Oz Show Fans Team
Wheat Belly Team

Report Inappropriate Comment
CORKYTHEMOM1 11/8/2012 10:56AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Scooter! I'm so HAPPY for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
APPLEPIEAPPLE 11/8/2012 9:06AM

    Congratutions!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUNNYCATS 11/7/2012 9:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAFODIL24 11/7/2012 8:43PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_UMAMI_ 11/7/2012 8:41PM

    emoticon

See, Happiness loves company, too.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOXYINMO 11/7/2012 8:10PM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PROUD-GRANDMA 11/7/2012 7:56PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVELYGIRL2 11/7/2012 7:37PM

  Great! I'm glad you got a job! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MORTICIAADDAMS 11/7/2012 7:30PM

    Totally awesome!! So happy for you!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HIPPICHICK1 11/7/2012 6:46PM

    SWEET! You go GRRL!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AWESOMECAROL55 11/7/2012 6:44PM

    Way to go...let us know how it goes!!

Carol

Report Inappropriate Comment
TOTHEFUTURE1 11/7/2012 4:41PM

    Congratulations * * * * emoticon * * * * emoticon * * * *

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBBY4576 11/7/2012 4:39PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEWEIGH 11/7/2012 4:37PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMLILA 11/7/2012 4:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon (Hope I['m next to get a job)

Report Inappropriate Comment
VALERIEMAHA 11/7/2012 3:13PM

    That's as good as the the election results news!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLPEASE 11/7/2012 2:24PM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BETHGILLIGAN 11/7/2012 2:23PM

    OMG!!!! That is GREAT news!!! Congratulations!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMMERJESSE 11/7/2012 1:22PM

    Oh, Scoot, I'm sooooo happy for you. Congrats and have fun!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALICIA214 11/7/2012 1:19PM

 




emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
STEVIEBEE569 11/7/2012 12:53PM

    Congrats! WooHoo!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRISKECK 11/7/2012 12:33PM

    Woo hoo! So happy for you - it sounded like a great fit - here's to persistence!


Report Inappropriate Comment
LUNADRAGON 11/7/2012 12:29PM

    Yes! Grats!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Whoever gave me the mu-shu recipe ;

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

A bag of broccoli slaw stirfired and rolled in a whole wheat wrap with a dab of hoisin ( as close as I could come to plum sauce) - THANK YOU, Five minutes to awesomenes, and a great meal to watch during the election returns. I can see this becoming a household staple meal.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

_UMAMI_ 11/7/2012 8:46PM

    OMG, I was just telling DH that, in 14 years, I have YET to find decent Chinese food here (after living in NYC and Boston, I was spoiled). And I was really craving Moo shoo! (sp)

Thx for passing on the tip.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MORTICIAADDAMS 11/7/2012 7:29PM

    Sounds delicious!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLPEASE 11/7/2012 2:31PM

    That sounds tasty! And easy! Two things I look for in a recipe.
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
APPLEPIEAPPLE 11/7/2012 11:12AM

    emoticon Sounds tasty.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/7/2012 10:02AM

    It sounds great! I'll have to try it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLORIDASUN 11/7/2012 8:27AM

    Hey...I just bought a jar of Plum Sauce...you'll welcome to knock on my back door and borrow it! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOXYINMO 11/7/2012 6:37AM

    Ooooooooooooooooh, yummy!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHIBIKARATE 11/7/2012 1:59AM

    I must try it too emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Money info I wish I'd had

Monday, November 05, 2012

I put $800 into the checking account the other day, planning to use it for little details like keeping the lights on and making a mortgage payment. Looked in the account today, and $450 has vanished! WTF?? Turns out that Directv stole it.

It seems that any time you give your debit card number to someone, it's a tacit agreement that if you owe them money, they can just reach into your account and take it - it's considered "a purchase." There is no way you can block this from happening or prevent it from happening again, other than getting a new debit/credit card with a new number (with my bank, that's a $35 charge...and besides, I've already memorized my card number.)

So if you make a payment online or over the phone to an ongoing account, such as a satellite subscription, using a debit card, then they've got your number, literally and figuratively. You prefer to pay by writing your own check? Too bad - they've already grabbed whatever they want without telling you, and there's not a darned thing you can do about it except rearrange your banking tools and habits. I'll be doing that rearranging very soon.

It works differently for things like buying shoes - that's a one-time purchase, and if they charge you twice, it's a "mistake" and the bank can rectify it, so debit cards are still good for that. But companies that you have a monthly charge from? Forget it. The company has total control.

Don't believe me? I wouldn't have either. Ask your bank - they don't like to point this out, because it discourages debit card use for recurring payments, but it's all true.

EDIT NOTE: I never authorized auto-pay or direct payment. What happened was, a little more than a year ago, I came home from visiting the kids for a while and discovered that the tv had been shut off. I called Directv, and they said it'd been shut off for non-payment, and would I like to make the one-time payment via debit/credit card? I said sure, and it went through and I thought we were done. Turns out they kept my debit card number on file, "...in case I wanted to use it again."

I do pay online - I love online banking - but I never authorize auto-payment, because my income is agriculturally rather than fiscally based. I get lump sums at irregular times, rather than the weekly or monthly incomes most people have,and I don't always align perfectly with big companies and their predetermined billing cycles.

And, yes, I am going to get a new card.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MORTICIAADDAMS 11/7/2012 7:25PM

    Lots of places are doing this in my area without authorization. The banks are all for it too. I hate it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
APPLEPIEAPPLE 11/7/2012 11:21AM

    Go to www.FTC.gov and place a complaint. The paperwork alone Direct Tv will need to handle might make you feel better. Then again you might get some money back. Look under consumer protection tab and then file a complaint.

Comment edited on: 11/7/2012 11:24:34 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
NAYPOOIE 11/6/2012 12:20PM

    If you don't authorize recurring payments, they shouldn't be able to take it. Maybe if you offer to sue them for unauthorized collections (i.e. theft) they'll refund.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMMERKIWI 11/6/2012 2:39AM

    Pity you can't let that account run on zilch and get another card. If you didn't owe it then as far as I can see they have stolen and there should be provision for that to make a complaint to your bank and have it reversed and the company prosecuted.

Kris

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJ4HEALTH 11/5/2012 11:01PM

    The bank is not the only ones that do that type of thing.;. I was in a store about 7 or more years ago and wrote a check and they wanted a credit card number as well but I did not give it to them.; When asked why they wanted a credit card they gave me some excuse about making sure that they would get their money and that ticked me off and I did not buy the stuff and wanted my check back. They did not even see if I was on one of those list for bad checks (was not) but that did not matter to them.;

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 11/5/2012 10:34PM

    We have just had a bank change and they have sent us Debit cards we do not want ,now I see why . I am having a long talk with DH about using our local bank. He is not happy having to chang all if the auto pays but I am thinking it MIGHT be safer that way. It is bad enough thieves rob us but when corporations do where do we turn. Thanks for the Info Pat in Mainer.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/5/2012 10:35:47 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLPEASE 11/5/2012 8:40PM

    I had no idea this could happen! Thanks for getting the word out and I'll make sure I keep careful tabs on that from now on.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_UMAMI_ 11/5/2012 8:25PM

    Scary!!

You know, it gets even scarier as the small print gets smaller by the mailing!

I had a similar wake-up call (and yes, you may judge me by this, for I am very poor now). I was getting the whole shebang at my "cheap" hairdresser about five years ago: shampoo, cut and color. It was our anniversary, or thereabouts, and I was splurging before Christmas. The total with tip was $120.

She put in $1200. It went through.
emoticon
That was our Christmas money.
emoticon emoticon
Luckily, the bank was able to rectify it within days, but I've been wary of using my bank card since.

I hate handing over anything. I even make sure to check my snail mail. I got a surprise this week that someone FROM MY ADDRESS (but not me or my husband) signed up with MyUPS for notice of delivery of packages. Hmmmm.....I found them online and they don't seem creepy, but why are they signing up for packages delivered to *MY* address (not a common address, btw).

Report Inappropriate Comment
ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/5/2012 8:08PM

    I am so sorry! You are correct, of course. I have encountered such problems before and it really is heartbreaking. I hope that you somehow manage to get it resolved but you are up against the "machine", so it's a tragedy.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BETHGILLIGAN 11/5/2012 8:03PM

    Geez! How frustrating!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
AUTUMNBRZ 11/5/2012 6:29PM

    I would have been so pissed and slightly panicked. I am sorry this happened to you and it is good to know. I pay by phone all the time. ugh

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUSSELLORAMA 11/5/2012 6:20PM

    Ah, that's bullshiz!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOPINTOS 11/5/2012 6:15PM

    OH geesh!

Thanks for sharing!

emoticon

Melinda (gopintos)
Perfect Health Diet Team
Country Living Team
Dr Oz Show Fans Team
Wheat Belly Team

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRISKECK 11/5/2012 3:07PM

    Grrr how incredibly frustrating - seems like that should be illegal! I really don't like to use debit cards for anything, since they lack the protections of credit cards. The only things I auto-pay are the things that are the same every month, like mortgage, insurance, power bill. Verizon keeps after me to set up auto pay....ha! Never! I actually pay them online with my credit card so they dont have my bank account info.

Comment edited on: 11/5/2012 3:08:04 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMMERJESSE 11/5/2012 1:47PM

    I never ever ever ever give any company monthly payments out of my account. Even the phone company. I prefer to pay online
myself rather than give them permission
to stick their grubby hands into my account.
Very sorry this has happened to you.
It's discouraging. Keeping my fingers
crossed for your good news tomorrow
when your friend calls to let you know.

p.s. I personally feel that $35 is a great investment in a new card to remove this possibility in the future. Plus, you can memorize again.

Comment edited on: 11/5/2012 1:50:02 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
WYO_CASEY 11/5/2012 1:37PM

    You should be able to block that provider. Ask your bank to block all ACH transactions from Direct TV. This authorizes the bank to block everything from Direct TV so make sure you inform Direct TV that you will be writing checks from now on. Usually that charge is $25 or so, but well worth it if you really are worried about them doing things like this.

I used to be a teller for 2.5 years and then a bank auditor for 2.5 more. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
BRENDA_G50 11/5/2012 1:31PM

    emoticon It might be true, but it still sucks!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MNNICE 11/5/2012 1:28PM

    I'm definitely going to check on that. I rarely use my debit card, but this may be reason to use it even less! Thank you for the heads-up!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NWLIFESRC 11/5/2012 1:22PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUZYMOBILE 11/5/2012 1:19PM

    Argh!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Possible good news

Friday, November 02, 2012

I don't like to throw things out into public view until they're certain, but this is a decent bet, and I need you guys all crossing your fingers for me.

An old friend with a crafty-sort of business just received an award and is expanding into a bricks-and-mortar retail presence. I called said friend for a month or so, and he just got back in touch with me today (just got back in the area yesterday.) At first he wasn't all that sure, but I gave him my mini-sales pitch (art-y, *lots* of retail experience, web-building experience, etc), and he's going to go over things with his financial person and get in touch with me Tuesday - start off part time and segue into full time, probably opening the retail store.

So it *is* possible to make money working at something you enjoy with people that you like!

(Of course, this could all fall apart at my feet, but I don't think so. I'm confident...but just in case, please keep me in your prayers.)

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MORTICIAADDAMS 11/7/2012 7:22PM

    It sounds perfect for you! I hope it works out.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITSMALLCLOTHES 11/5/2012 12:09PM

    Sounds like a great opportunity. Great you knew a way to get in on the ground floor.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRAMMACATHY 11/5/2012 1:07AM

    Keep up the positive thoughts and bring your desires to you.
Waving my magic wand for you. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MNNICE 11/4/2012 1:08PM

    Way to not be afraid to put yourself out there and sell yourself. Hoping it works out even better than you expect!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUZYMOBILE 11/4/2012 12:09PM

    I'm praying like mad!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HIPPICHICK1 11/4/2012 9:33AM

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLPEASE 11/3/2012 8:21PM

    My fingers are definitely crossed for you. I hope everything turns out just the way you want it to!!!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUNNYCATS 11/3/2012 10:28AM

    Sending heaps of bright and sparkling, sparks, bubbling with enthusiasm for your new endeavor. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
APPLEPIEAPPLE 11/3/2012 9:55AM

    Prayers are here. This sounds like a great opportunity for you!

Comment edited on: 11/3/2012 9:55:52 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOLLYM48 11/3/2012 9:23AM

    Good luck, I hope it all turns out great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOKEYOKEY 11/3/2012 9:07AM

    Oh, wow! I'm hoping this fall right into place beautifully! I'm sending positive energy your way!
Kathleen

Report Inappropriate Comment
VALERIEMAHA 11/2/2012 11:43PM

    OH YES! Got the mantras churning. Sounds so "you!"
emoticon


Report Inappropriate Comment
AUTUMNBRZ 11/2/2012 9:02PM

    Crossing my fingers and toesies for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANEDOE12345 11/2/2012 7:07PM

    It is wonderful to sense your uplifted spirit. I am sending good vibes your way.You may as well plan for this to happen, with so many of us messaging the Universe on your behalf.

emoticon Things are looking up!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BETHGILLIGAN 11/2/2012 6:42PM

    Keeping my fingers crossed (and my toes!). This would be a great opportunity for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMLILA 11/2/2012 6:12PM

    HOpe this comes to fruition... we could all use a job doing something we like... emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/2/2012 6:10PM

    I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. It sounds like it would be fantastic! Best wishes!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOULFISH80 11/2/2012 5:31PM

    Wonderful! So excited for you......and prayers and blessings from me to you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 11/2/2012 5:17PM

    Sounds Fabulous and right in your line. Way to go I am rooting for you. HUGS Pat in Maine.

That would be so perfect for you !!!! (((((((HUGS)))))
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRISKECK 11/2/2012 3:51PM

    That sounds very cool! Keeping fingers crossed for you!


Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMMERJESSE 11/2/2012 3:50PM

    Will do. I have a good feeling about this not only working out, but also becoming quite a
nice situation. I am really seeking the
same type of thing. I don't want to settle
anymore.

Report Inappropriate Comment


November and October wrap-up.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

So, let's see how I did with my October goal list:

- showing up on SP every day.
Well, maybe I didn't make it every day, but I was definitely around more often than not. No check, or maybe a check minus.

- impose some sort of order on my work schedule.
Okay, check...sort of. I finished all the independent work and the CSA is finished for the season. Now I am completely unemployed and dead broke - but my schedule is wide open! :)

- become firmly established below 200 pounds
Believe it or not, check! 197 and holding (more or less, depending upon Our Friend Sodium)

- blog (here) 2-3 times per week
Nine blogs in four weeks - that's pretty good. I"ll give that a check.

- remember to wear the FitBit and get in my 10,000 steps per day, plus a couple days (like 2-3) of semi-serious lifting
No check here - not even close. Although I did figure out at least part of the problem. I keep the FitBit clipped to my bra in the center and a lot of times when I'm just around the house, I don't wear one. Lousy excuse, I know, but a true one. Maybe if I'd get dressed all the way every day, I'd do better with that. The other part is that I just plain forget. The lifting I demand a check for, though - all that firewood has got to count for something.

- make the "daily" household chores become, in fact, daily, rather than waiting until they reach calamitous proportions
No check here, either, although there has been some minor improvement.

- set aside time for daily meditation
Nope. It goes in streaks, then I forget for days on end, pick it up again, then lay it back down.

SO for November, I'm going to try the same set of goals as last month and see if I can get the missed ones shoved into line.

I was going to do NaNoWriMo again, but I'm not sure...anybody else doing it this year?


EDIT: Oops. Sorry. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel writing Month (I think...) and challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. Some people do it every year, some people do it several times a year, some people (like me) have yet to get beyond a certain point. (For me, that point is roughly 31,000.) Here:
http://www.nanowrimo.org/

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FITSMALLCLOTHES 11/5/2012 12:16PM

    emoticon job on the list.
Personally I don't expect that much from myself.

I am sure you do we'll at whatever you put your energies toward.

Keep up the good work.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAINBOWFALLS 11/5/2012 11:38AM

    emoticon No novel writing for me - I love the goals you have set for yourself. I need to get on a roll and do some serious goal writing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUZYMOBILE 11/4/2012 12:09PM

    You're doing great, and that log lifting should count for a TON!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DONNACFIT 11/1/2012 11:53PM

    Great blog!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
_UMAMI_ 11/1/2012 11:41PM

    Try as I might, I can't come up with a name for blogging on SP every day in the month of November.

NOSPABLOMO kind of makes me think of Nostradomo.

Whatev....you've had a GOOD month, by my calculations. I think, in fact, you had so many checks, you could probably stand and cry BINGO!
emoticon

Yeah, I need to go to bed.

One thing more, though...I love that the things that you do, and the way that you live your life is seasonal. I think the meditation and quiet "fixes" will come with the slowing of the outer world. Right now, you still *need* to be busy, right?

Report Inappropriate Comment
ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/1/2012 10:11PM

    You've done a fantastic job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MORTICIAADDAMS 11/1/2012 6:43PM

    You got a bunch of em checked off which is better than many of us. Good luck this month! Let's have a good one.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BETHGILLIGAN 11/1/2012 6:12PM

    I say you're doing pretty good!! Lots of checks or partial checks. And, I'll give you credit for good excuses (no bra!). Hang in there; you know what you want to do!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 11/1/2012 4:18PM

    I too enjoyed seeing you more often this month.
I think you did quite well on your goals, many went well and the others you are aware of' will get better.
I was happy to read you are in the "onesies" now, I am wondering how tall you are, I have a mental image of a tall women. HUGS Pat in Maine, I will be looking for you. I keep my members blogs all checked in but sometimes the subscription expires and that means this old brain has no reminders till I see the lovely OWL once again. HUGS Pat xoxoxox
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/1/2012 4:21:38 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMMERJESSE 11/1/2012 4:01PM

    I doubt I'm doing it since I haven't a clue what it is! (smiling) I've enjoyed seeing you more frequently. Your blogs really help me.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSTDREAMN 11/1/2012 3:59PM

    I can so relate! If we just keep trying and add to what we have already accomplished eventually we will check off more than we leave unchecked! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 Last Page