Saturday, June 06, 2009
.....and I think I lost. Like most people with all the financial upheaval going on, I try to watch what I spend. My "bundle" with my phone/cable/internet company kept going up. They even raised the monthly bill by $7 anticipating the news that you could no longer watch TV unless you were upgraded, but when the cut-off time was extended to June 12th did they remove the $7? Nope! So a few months ago when I had a flyer on my door announcing phone/satellite/internet for about half the cost that I was being charged each month, I jumped at it.
My new satellite was installed the very next day! I waited about 2 weeks and heard nothing about my phone service or internet, so I called the company and was told I could call the phone company direct (I wondered about that, it seemed they should coordinate it all) but I did as I was told. I waited 2 more weeks. I call the phone company again. No record of my order. I complained a little and placed the order once again. Finally they do come out and I have my phone service changed. One of the nicest features is that I would have unlimited long distance calling! Now for the Internet. Sadly I learned that DSL was not available and I would have to settle for "dial-up" if I wanted the special "bundle" price. Even if I accepted the dial-up service, no one seemed to know anything about the company who had originally made the good offer to me -- how strange! I was on my own! I finally bite the bullet and say I will take the dial-up, after all, I spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME on the Internet. Maybe with dial up I'll use all that spare time to exercise (still dreaming, Eve)!
Guess what folks? Two more weeks go by -- no disk to download the slow-boat to China, my term for dial-up. I call the phone company yet again, who I'm sure is sick to death of me by now. Order? Oh! That order!!! It will take about 2 weeks, now where have I heard that one before. My life is being lived in two-week-increments. Of course I still have the high-speed internet, so I'm loving that, it's just costing me twice as much as it was before! Finally the day arrives and I receive my disk in the mail. I know it won't be activated until last Thursday so I impatiently wait till then (I'm not a patient person) and after checking out my SP mail I decide to put in the disk and get started. I remove all traces of my cable internet. Hook up the phone line and put in the disk. After clicking a couple of buttons the screen says "Please wait......." So I wait.......and I wait.......and I wait..... well, there is a limit to my patience and I've already gone WAY past that point, so I call msn and want to know exactly how much time it takes to download this stupid disk of theirs. Oh, yes, I also find out at this point my phone lines are dead, and I have to unhook it from my computer before they will work. They check their records and tell me "it won't be activated until 5:00 p.m." How lovely! (Yes, I went to charm school) I do some errands and even take a nap. I give them PLENTY of time; I even wait until 6:48 p.m. to install my disk. It says "Please wait......." I finally unplug it -- because my phone will NOT WORK with it plugged in. I speak with Tech Services. It is finally determined that my computer is not compatible to download a simple dial-up system. I'm thinking it can do high-speed, it can do DSL, but for dial-up they expect me to contact Dell Computers and ask for something so my fairly NEW computer can download dial-up. I tell them %^&*( which roughly translates to "I think I'll just stick with my cable high-speed, thank you very much.")
The picture at the beginning of the blog? That's how I felt after going through this exhausting afternoon of non-productivity!
The End...... until the next segment of my Soap Opera Life!
Monday, June 01, 2009
As I stepped on the scale and saw the two pound increase I knew my mood over the week-end was to blame, impulse eating, mood eating, whatever the rhyme or reason, it was eating, eating, eating. Just plain too much eating, and probably the wrong choices at that.
Another relationship down the tubes. My problem was not attracting men, it was in liking them once I met them face-to-face. I wondered for about the millionth time if perhaps this was God's way of letting me know that I'd be alone the rest of my life. While it's true that I am an independent person, I actually "want" someone to be around me to pamper and love. And someone to love me. Lord, I don't want to be alone and lonely when I'm 80 or 90! I used to brag that I was going to live to be 100, but if I have to be alone all those years, I don't care if I even see 80!
I sat at my computer and opened my mail. A Spark Goodie, that cheered me a little. At least there was someone out there thinking of me at that very moment it had been sent. And as I went through a few more entries, Spark Mail. I read the message and sat with tears in my eyes. There are people out there who care. People I don't even know; and yet they take their very precious time and energy to write to me, to let me know they care and want me to be happy. I'm not sick. I'm not obese. I have a comfortable life. Instead of feeling so sorry for myself, I should take a little time to see all the good I have in my life. Thank You! For this morning you truly touched my heart with your heart, with your caring! Isn't that what life is really all about?
Friday, May 29, 2009
Boy! Talk about loss of willpower! That's an understatement of the year. . . . . My company arrived on Saturday and as it was very early morning when the plane departed, and of course meals are no longer served onboard -- naturally I suggested going out to breakfast/lunch or whatever it was to each of us. That wasn't too bad. Can't remember what I made for lunch, but when dinner time rolled around it was "No Way! You can't be cooking!" so it was restaurant time again. And it was wonderful, fattening Italian food. I climbed on the scale Sunday morning to see a whopping 2 pound gain! OMG!
The five days that I had company, it went pretty much as I described above. And naturally, like when you invite people over for dinner, you make dessert even if you normally skip dessert yourself -- you figure you need to make it for company! Brownies! Lemon Pie! Drinks! It all took it's toll, and I saw about 2 to 3 months of hard work going down the drain!
Was it their fault? No, of course not. It's just one of those hard to resist circumstances that happen when everyone is having fun and you don't want to be left out!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I got up and washed my face and brushed my teeth. I knew it would be warm out today, so I dressed in shorts. As I walked by my computer, it called to me, and I thought "well, I'll just see who's written, but I'll take my walk before I read them." And then...... only 30 minutes later, I fastened the leash on my dog's collar and opened the front door. The heat blasted me in the face like I had accidently opened the oven door instead of the door leading to the great outdoors.
Only slightly daunted, we started out on our journey. You could see the heat spiriling up from the pavement, and, as there was very little shade along the sidewalk, I wondered if it was too hot for my dogs paws. But she seemed happy enough, so we kept on walking. We were about a half mile from home when I began to feel drops of water on my back and realized that sweat was dripping off my hair and down my back. OK, so it was pretty warm out.
At last we come to the big grassy park and start across the lawn area. At least now I don't have to worry about my dogs feet, and I can tell she's a happy camper as she scurries around sniffing and checking everything out. Less than half a mile to go and we'll be home. We round the last corner to head home and Amber's tongue is hanging out; funny -- my mouth feels dry! Home at last. I grab a glass of ice water and Amber makes a dash for her water bowl. I look at the clock and see that it's only 6:30. Well, tomorrow we need to start earlier!
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