Thursday, July 31, 2008

Interesting

According to an article on Yahoo today, a California judge ruled cell phone carriers are no longer allowed to charge an early termination fee. He also ordered Sprint Nextel to refund more than $18 million to customers who've already been charged and to stop trying to collect more than 54 million from customers who canceled early.

I'm sure the carriers will appeal, but what struck me was what the fallout will be from this. As it says in the article, the only reason the 3G iPhone is as inexpensive as it is, is because AT&T made a 2 year contract mandatory at that price. So while the contracts and early termination fees are a pain in the ass, will the phones and/or accessories become extremely expensive without them? And is it worth it if that's the case? Sure 2 years seems like a really long time, but 99% of the time you can upgrade your phone w/o fear of penalty, so unless something catastrophic happens, I don't see why it's such a big deal.

On the other hand, it would be good if I felt like, as a customer, I had more options. Recently cable companies and telephone services have gone to a no-contract system without too much fallout, so it's obviously possible.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Best DL Pic Yet

Now, you all might not think this is a big deal, but you'd change your tune if you could see my first DL pic. Even my dad laughed at that one.



This one is much better.



If I wasn't typing this on my phone I'd link to Springbaby31 on Twitter who totally gets props for coming up with the idea of a MYDrivers LicensePIC - Hot or Not. Probably she was joking, but I'm so cool I rolled w/ it.



Soo..hot or not?





Only 3 days until MM comes home. YAY!



Sad news: Little Man is sick. He had a fever when I picked him up after work of 103.9. Tylenol brought it down to 99.9, so we'll see. Poor guy. :(



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Summer Fun with the Rat Bastard

It's been awhile since I talked about the good ol' RB, hasn't it? Quick update:

For about 6 months or so he was doing pretty good. Calling on a semi-regular basis, making time to see the kids and generally being more responsible. Naturally, since I'm a cynical bitch and all, I didn't really except it was a permanent change, but I was tentatively hopeful that he'd finally matured.

Yeah, not so much, really.

The deal was, he was supposed to take the kids for the summer. It sucks for me, because I hate when they're gone for long periods of time, but it's good for them and that's all that really matters, right? Only a week before they were supposed to leave he canceled, because he "couldn't find a daycare for them."

Let's back up a minute: We'd been arguing pretty much non-stop because he didn't think it was fair that they'd go visit him for the summer and have to spend 5 days a week in daycare. I asked how, exactly, that was different from what they do now? I work, they go to daycare, we still get lots of quality time together in the evenings. He said it wouldn't be the same for him (no idea why) and he couldn't find a place anyway. I say bullshit, but whatever.

So anyway, a week before they're supposed to leave he says he isn't comfortable putting them in a daycare there, so he can't have them for the summer. The best part about this is, he'd already told them they'd be spending the week with him. Nothing like getting their hopes up and then crushing them at the last minute. So I had to deal with the fallout from that.

A few days later he said he could probably get a week off and wanted the kids to come stay with him. He was supposed to let me know the dates but didn't call until 10 days later, when he said, "Uh, I was able to get next week off. Can you drive the kids up here this weekend?" This weekend being like..the next day since he'd called on Friday. Sure babe, let me get right on that. I'm here for you.

Because I'm a nice person (and more importantly, because the kids deserve the time with their dad, even if I do think he's a douche bag) I agreed and met him halfway (actually, I think he drove more than halfway). That was on Saturday.

The following Friday he has the kids ask me if I'm picking them on Saturday. I never pick the kids up on Saturday when they go stay with him. I always pick them up on Sunday, because that gives them the maximum amount of time with their dad. Always. Not only that, but we'd agreed he'd keep them until Sunday (this was over July 4th weekend). Now he's asking if I'm going to pick them up on Saturday? I said fine I would and MM and I made plans to drive up.

On our way back home, The Girl asks why I said I wanted to pick them up early. Excuse me? I didn't say I wanted to, he asked! WTF? I said, "Babe, he asked me if I was picking you up on Saturday. If he didn't want me to, why did he ask?" and she said, "He just wanted to know if he was going to get an extra day with us." He what? Extra day my ass. That was his SCHEDULED time. Fucking bastard.

The thing is, MM and I knew this was going to happen. We'd discussed it before agreeing to pick them up early. The RB is notorious for changing things around, our bailing out on things, and making it my fault. Happens all the time. But we decided we were done taking the fall for him. I've shielded the kids as much as possible, but I'm done being the bad guy for him. I'm not going to start talking all kinds of shit about him or anything, but I'm not going to just take the blame for him anymore, either.

I said, "I always pick you up on Sunday. Always. If your dad didn't want me to pick you up today, he shouldn't have asked. And if he was only wondering, all he would have had to say is 'I'd like to keep them for the extra day' and I would have been fine with that. As a matter of fact, MM and I had plans for today that didn't include driving up here, but we did, because you're more important to us than anything else." Then MM chimed in and said we had no problems meeting the RB or arranging their visits, but he'd asked us to pick them up early. So we did.

Needless to say she wasn't happy about that, and ended up in tears over it. I'm still pissed that he put me in that position, instead of being man enough to tell the kids what was really going on.

But you know, I'm even more pissed that he told the kids he'd come down to visit for a weekend and hasn't, and that he's only called to talk to them once since. ONE FUCKING TIME since the weekend of the 4th.

Of course, I'm sure that's somehow my fault.

Point being...the RB is still the RB. Oh Joy.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

OMG! Funniest LOLCat Yet

I could SOOO see MM saying that.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

What's up now?

Watch out Missy, I'm catching up with you...





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Updates Coming Soon

I had a great night with Missy on Friday. We skipped the movie and became Rock Stars instead, but I'll tell you about that later. For right now, I'm going to lie around on the couch and read/nap/watch t.v. MM left today for a week long trip to Catalina Island (that bastard) so it's just me and the kids. I've given them free reign of the t.v. and computer in the den and I plan on doing nothing more strenuous than possibly ordering pizza.

Yay for being lazy - and for pizza.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Outback

Wallaby Darned, Yum!

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X-Files or Batman??

Because I'm so super cool like that, tonight I get to have dinner at Outback with none other than...dan da dah!

MISSY!

Is it just me, or does the idea of an Aussie traveling all the way to America to eat at Outback not strike you as hiliarious?

Anyway...This crazy amazing girl came to the States for the annual BlogHer conference in San Francisco. I'm crazy jealous that she was able to attend, and that she's got this awesome trip planned out. But tonight she's all mine.

We're doing dinner, then we said we'd go see a movie. Dilema time! WTF do we see?

My brother called me the other day and told me The Dark Knight is the best movie he's ever seen..like, ever. Our conversation went something like this:

Him: OMG Sister, it was the best movie ever!
Me: Really? That's awesome. I want to see it.
Him: OMG Sister, Seriously, this movie changed my life.
Me: *skeptical* Changed your life? Seriously?
Him: Well, ok, maybe it didn't change my life, but it was seriously good!

Gotta love my brother. But..well, I want to see X-files. Because I have kids, we don't get to the movies to see adult stuff very often. So which movie do I see? X-Files or Batman?

Course, we don't need to talk about how I didn't ask Missy what she wants to see....

Baby Update

Remember when I asked all of you to pray for my friend who'd just had a baby? Well, things are fine now and they're both home.

Apparently he was born with a blood clot in his throat. The doctors/nurses didn't realize it and the poor little guy went w/o oxygen for 17 minutes - a really, really long time. He was put into NICU and his parents weren't allowed to see him for the first 4 or so hours. Way scary.

At first the doctors told them things weren't looking good, but he's a fighter and it wasn't long before he was breathing normally. The doctors then told my friend that he'd have to stay in NICU for at minimum a couple of weeks, but 2 days later baby was doing well enough that they were able to go home. After 11 years of trying to have a baby, he really is a miracle - in more ways than one.

The concern now is whether or not he'll have any brain damage from going so long w/o oxygen, but so far all his tests (brain scans, EEG's, etc) are all normal, so they're hopeful. In the meantime they're just assuming all is well and going on w/ their lives.

I couldn't be happier for her. I'm just seriously over the moon!!

Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts. We're convinced they helped.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Misery Loves Company

I've often said I wouldn't wish my migraines on my worst enemy. The pain is unlike anything you've ever experienced, because it's all encompassing. It's not just a headache, it effects your entire body. Or at least it does mine. I become sensitive to light, sound, touch. The sound of my own breathing is enough to send me over the edge, the feel of the sheet on my skin is too much for me to handle. My stomach becomes so upset water is more than I can handle.

I think people who haven't experienced that can't understand. I get that. I really do. MM, bless him, will never understand that he can't talk to me when I'm hiding in the closet of our bedroom. But sometimes it's so frustrating that no one understands. So many people say, "Oh, I can't imagine, I'm so sorry!" but it just isn't the same. The selfish part of me wants to give you this pain, wants you to experience it, so you don't look at me like...well, like you just don't understand.

That's why I'm writing this blog today. Because that selfish side of me, the mean little imp that lives deep inside me, was vindicated. I know this isn't going to sound right, but I'm so excited that Christine shares my misery. Not because I want her to feel the pain I feel, but because it's nice to know I'm not alone. I'm not the only one who feels this way, I'm not the only one who knows about meds and sleep and keeping hydrated and knowing none of that is going to work.

Am I the only person alive who suffers from migraines? No. I'm not even the only one of my friends who suffers from them. Casee does, too. But, well, I guess I just felt comforted today, when Christine knew what I was feeling, without me even saying anything.

So thanks, Christine, for sharing in my misery. I'm so sorry you know what I feel, but so comforted at the same time.

Home With A Migraine Today

It sucks. I hate having migraines. I'll be in and out today, just FYI.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

See! I was right. You all DO talk too much!

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We're Rock Stars, Baby

For MM's Birthday, the kids used up all their savings to buy him Rock Band for the Wii. I was so proud of them! We went to the store to get something for him and when they saw Rock Band they just had to buy it. Even after I told them they'd have to pay for it themselves. Awww!

Rock Band
Rock out your way! Players can beat on drums, sing along, groove as a bassist and shred riffs as guitarists (using a licensed replica of the legendary Fender® Stratocaster®) -- either in single player career mode leading a band, in multiplayer as part of the band, or against each other.

• Includes 5 Bonus Tracks! The massive song list grows even larger, with 5 additional songs for the Wii.

• Wii-styled Drum Set! An entirely new look for Rock Band comes to the Wii in the form of white drums.

Check it out at http://www.rockband.com/
© 2008 YouTube, LLC

Anyway, we set it up last night. We all tried out the different instruments. MM is the best on all three. I suck at the drums, but I got 100% singing Roxanne. I didn't do too bad on the guitar, either. Course, I'll probably never be good at the drums, because I can't keep time or a beat to save my life. I've always been jealous of my brother for that reason (he can play like 12 different instruments..jerk).

I seriously wanted to skip work today so I could stay home and play. Sad, I know.

Otherwise I think he had a good day. I talked him into staying home, so he relaxed on the couch all day. Friends and family called to wish him a happy day and my sister rocked and gave him a bomb gift: Tamales. He loves him some tamales. Way to go, DQ!

I'm glad he had a good birthday...but next time, I'm staying home with him. ;0)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MM!

Love you, Sugar Muffin.

Monday, July 21, 2008

My first thought?

Just bite it, dumbass. See if he tries to force you again after that...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Look what I got

From MM! Its an Edible Arrangement, which means that is all fruit. YUM!



I wasn't going to say anything, but today is my birthday. Since Casee already outed me, there's no reason not to mention it, I guess.

MM also gave me an awesome card. I'll tell you more about it later.

ETA: Sorry, but typing on my Blackberry is a PITA when I have a lot to say.

MM got me a great card that had a cute couple on the front and said, "I got you and you got me." and then you open it and it says, "Ha-Ha - I Win!" If that doesn't fit us, I don't know what does. LOL

I also got a great Happy Bunny shirt from my mom along with a pair of shoes (llurrve me some shoes) and a framed picture of me and MM from my boss. All in all a good day so far. Now if I could just get these, my day would be complete. Ha!

I was thinking about going to Arizona to see my Evil Cousin for the weekend, but with gas prices the way they are it's going to cost an arm and a leg, so I think I'm just going to stay home instead. My mom is taking the kids to the beach for the weekend, so I'll be able to spend some alone time with MM. Oh, except I have a BBQ to go to at his sister's house and a baby shower for one of his cousins if I stay. That kind of sucks. Well, not sucks...you know what I mean.

Anyway, my sister is making me dinner tonight and I plan on being lowkey at home. We recently went to alternating Friday's off, so I don't have to work tomorrow (wo0T) which means a nice long weekend for me. YAY!

Hope all of you have a great weekend.





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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This Guy Has Talent

I stole this from Lori, who said her husband son made her watch it. I cried a little. Thanks a lot, Lori! :P


Monday, July 14, 2008

Best Anniversary Ever

MM just called me (he's working late tonight) and said he knows how we're going to spend our first anniversary.

You see, he got a call at work where a husband said his wife just called him and said she was going to kill herself. MM asked where she was and he said in a hotel room. He asked where the husband was and he said at the Yard House. MM asked the husband if he knew why his wife wanted to commit suicide and he answered that yes, he knew.

She was threatening to kill herself because he was at the Yard House drinking and it's their anniversary.

BUT WAIT! It gets better. Why?

Because in the state of California (and possibly in other places) when a person threatens and/or tries to commit suicide they are no longer of sound mind and therefore can be committed to a mental ward to be held for 48 hours. The husband decided that would probably be the best thing for his wife considering the circumstances.

Huh.

So let's recap:

Room for a night at a romantic, swanky hotel: $200
Half yard beer from the Yard House: $10
Having your wife committed on your 1 year anniversary: Priceless

MM would be the one threatening suicide while I was off drinking beer. Just so you know. (I'm really not just saying that..I honestly have yet to remember an anniversary. What? I can't help it that I forget and MM is so my bitch.)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Guests

I've been watching a lot of Food Network/HGTV lately. I've never been a big t.v. person (I'd rather read), but I like both of these networks.

So I've been thinking lately about how people on these shows say, "Guests." As in, "This space is great for entertaining guests." Or, "I'd like to serve this to our guests". Something about this word bothers me, but I didn't know what it was until today when I was watching "Challenge" on Food Network. The idea is that 5 top pastry chefs from around the US are invited to a challenge in which a surprise client asks them to make a cake for a special event and they have 6 hours to come up with a design and put it together. I like it.

Anyway, I was watching today and a little boy was the "client" and the challengers had to make a cake for his upcoming birthday. He ended up choosing this great, whimsical Safari type cake that I thought was well done, but what struck me was that he said he thought his "guests" would like it. I believe he was about 7 or 8. Why would he say guests? Shouldn't he have said, "Friends"? Friends strikes me as much more personal than guests.

Then I got to thinking about all those other shows I watch and how the word "guests" bothers me and I decided it's because it's such an impersonal word. Guests are people who visit hotels. That's not personal at all. How many people stay at a hotel in a given week? Too many to get to know personally, right? Guests are also people at restaurants and stores and where ever else. It's a nice way of saying "stranger".

It seems to me when you say, "Friends" or "Family" you're saying, "Special". What's special about "guest"? Nothing, if you ask me. But it particularly bothered me that some little boy would say, "My guests will like that one". He's 8 (or maybe 9), he shouldn't be worried about his "guests" but his "friends". Right?

Or am I just on crack? We all know I over think things on occasion...

:P

Friday, July 11, 2008

Reposting?

The last few days I've been going through some older posts and I've found a couple I think I might want to re-post and expand upon.  How do you feel about that?  Do you have a problem with retro posts?  Think they should stay buried? 

Inquiring minds and all that...

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

On Blogging

Sheila over at Charm School Reject recently blogged about..blogging. She was curious about why we blog, if our family knows, etc. I started to leave her a comment, but it turned into a mini-novel, so I just decided to turn it into a post of my own.

She asked:

For those of you who keep it secret, why?

For those of you who have
already burst from your blogger closet, how do the people in your face-to-face
life feel about your blog? And your blog friends?

My blog isn't necessarily a secret, but I don't advertise it, either. I know several members of my family read it, and so do various friends and co-workers. When I started my blog, I'd intended to keep it a secret, because I wanted a place where I could vent my frustrations and not have to worry. There's a difference between venting and hating, and I'd like to be able to vent every now and again w/o fear of hurting someone's feelings.

I generally don't have a problem telling people how I feel, but you have to pick your battles. Sometimes it's just not worth it to turn something small into something large, you know? Having a blog seemed like a good compromise for those types of situations.

But then things changed. I turned my rants into silly little things and laughed about them instead of being pissed (exp: Tales of he Devil Woman) and then before I knew it, all my family was reading it. I don't remember who found it first, but one family member led to another.

I used to get weird looks from my friends/relatives/etc when I told them I met my friends "online", but not anymore. Now I think it's more of a, "Wow, you did?" kind of thing, rather than a "OMG, you did?!?!?!".

I got lucky with MM, because by the time I met him, I had already established close relationships with my "online" friends. So now when I mention meeting a new person from online for the first time, or going to a big group meet up he just smiles and says ok. Actually, when we were talking about going to the So. Cal Bloggers get together last summer (was it that long ago already??) he said, "Great, do I have to wear a name tag that says, "My name is MM. I'm with Holly?" LOL Freaking MM.

Sometimes I miss the anonymity of my blog, though. I miss being able to rant and rave about anything and everything without fear of hurting someone's feelings. But then, I guess if they don't like reading what I write they can go elsewhere and play, right?

I think not caring what people think helps in dealing with people when they find out most of my friends are ones I met online (at least my closest ones), because honestly? I don't give a shit if you think it's weird or not. I don't really care one way or the other if you think that's "freaky" or are "Scared" for me or look down your nose at me. I.Just.Don't.Care. This is me, deal with it or go away.

As for the other part of her blog (about not having been able to go out and party and really live before her kids), I think a lot of that could be solved by getting some free time for yourself. It's hard to be a mom and a wife and an employee when you don't get time alone to regroup. Suggest your hubby watches the kids for an hour or two once a week so you can go for a walk/window shop at Target/hide in the bathtub with a book/go for a drive/whatever. I promise it will help. :)

PS. I didn't proof read this, so if it doesn't make sense I totally blame the lack of caffeine. I really feel like I jumped around a lot, but that's mostly because I started writing this a week ago and have been adding things here and there. Just FYI.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Please Pray

A very dear friend of mine just had a baby. She's been trying to get pregnant (and carry to term) for almost 11 years.

She gave birth a few hours ago and still hasn't seen her new son. He's in ICU now and she doesn't know when she'll get to see him. She said it could be days until they know if he'll make it or not.

Please pray for my friend. This has been so long coming, and she needs this so much.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Shit

It must be close to "that time of the month".

I just watched the end of Happy Feet and cried.

Oy.

Design Star

Has anyone else been watching Design Star this season on HGTV? I didn't watch it the last two seasons, though I did catch the finale last season and saw Kim Miles picked as winner (she now hosts her own show, Miles of Style),I caught the 3rd episode the other night and decided I wanted to follow along. But can I just tell you....

Tracee should have been booted off the first day. No joke, I've never in my life seen a more whiny, self-serving person in my life. I would HATE to work with her. Not only on the Design Star show, but on anything, really. The way she acted the first show, throwing the rest of her team under the bus and basically refusing to accept responsibility for anything pissed me off. The way she's acted since has only cemented in my mind that if she doesn't go home soon - very soon - I won't be watching this show again. And to be fair - because the show, after all, is about design - I don't think she's a good designer, either. Or if she is it's overshadowed by her need to pretend she does nothing wrong and it's all because everyone else that she isn't realizing her full potential.

Otherwise here are my overall thoughts on the show:

I'm glad Scottie went home the first week. I think he probably had a lot of talent as a designer, but he didn't seem to have a good screen face or what it takes to be a host and entertainer. Plus, the design of his bedroom was ugly has shit. Nasty.

I'm totally bummed that D. Paul went home the second week. I think he was a good designer and could have really come to life if given the chance. Plus, he was hot. So what if I'm shallow...sue me. Still, I understand where the judges were coming from and they were right, he compromised his team for his own purposes and that's not acceptable. But still, as long as Tracee is still on the show I'm bitter that he went home.

Although I was impressed with Michael's portfolio for him being so young, I wasn't really impressed with his overall designs. I think he does a lot better with direction than without it and I can't disagree with the judges decision to send it home. Except that he's gone and Tracee isn't, however. Blech.

I like Jennifer, both as a person and a designer. She's upbeat and has good design ideas, but I don't think she has what it takes to make it to the end. Unless she comes up with something amazing, she's going to be gone before long. It'll make me sad, but not as sad as I'll be if Tracee is still on the show when she leaves.

I really like Matt. He has some amazing designs (that bedroom in the first challenge was out of this world) and great dedication and drive. He's definitely a contender for the big prize, though I think he really needs to focus on the big picture a little less and the process it takes to get there a little more.

Trish
is probably one of the best designers on the show. I think she has vision and can really pull of any design and her attitude is top notch. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if she won - or at the very least ended up in the final two.

Stephanie was voted on the show by America and of the two choices (her or Kim) I think she was the better choice. She's upbeat and perky, but I think she has time management issues and while that might be fine for a designer in the real world, I don't think it's going to help her on this show. I do like a lot of her designs, though, and she has great vision (like the way she turned that ugly pink flamingo into some cool art pieces), but I'm not sure if that will carry her through.

Mikey
is another contender for the big prize. He's adaptable to anything and willing to throw heart and soul into getting things done. I'm not sure about his overall design style, though. I think he needs to let himself go a little and really test his own boundries. If he does that, I think he could be a major competitor. As it stands..he'll probably go home. Sad, but true.

I'm fairly impressed with the talent overall, but I'm telling you, no joke, Tracee needs to get the boot. See ya, buh bye.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Watch Out Now

I grew up in South Dakota. So did my dad. He was born and bred there. (I actually have a post about being from SD for later...someone remind me, will you)

Just now I sneezed really hard and my dad says, "Sneeze a little louder why don't you?" and my mom says, "Are you kidding, she about fell over with that one" and my dad says, "I know, she about got bucked off." Bucked off? HAHAHA! If that isn't a indication of where we come from, I don't know what is.

Dad, your roots are showing again....

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Happy Canada Day Canadian Peeps!

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