Saturday, May 18, 2013

Well.....damn.....just - damn......

Saturday sure has started off with a bang -  I get up to an email from my mom about some nonsense posted on my son's Facebook page.  I go to his page, and apparently one of his friends that spent the night last night, got onto Steven's page and posted something about Steven that not only isn't true, but could be very upsetting to different people for various reasons.  Of course, his friends were already up and out of the house (they leave really early, like around 7am, after sleepovers and we got up around 8:30am).

Brian had a discussion with Steven, and Steven is pretty upset with his friends for posting what they did.  I think Steven has learned his lesson about leaving his stuff logged in where his friends can get to it.  Posting something innocent on someone else's page is funny sometimes, but this could have caused a lot of issues for him.

The other bang to my morning - I go to my blog page and none of the blogs I'm following are showing up.  Not sure what's up with that, I tinkered around with it and finally got them all to show up, but I don't know how long that will last.  I apparently have to eventually switch my blog over to Google+, but I don't feel like messing with a transition right now.'s raining today.  Steven is supposed to be having a band competition tonight that was postponed from last weekend due to rain.  Part of me hopes it's cancelled again, but part of me (the band geek in me) hopes that it still goes on because I want to see some bands play!

Headed to the mall here in a few - got to exchange a shirt from Hot Topic that Steven bought for me on his spring break last month.  I tried exchanging it last weekend and was told that I couldn't because it was purchased more than 30 days prior.  I didn't even think to look at the receipt until Monday - the 30th day had been FRIDAY, the day BEFORE I tried to exchange it.  Seriously?!!?  I was ONE day past the allowable exchange period.

I worked retail long enough to know how to play the game.  I mean, I could totally understand if the shirt was on clearance now, that the store would be out of something because they'd have to give me receipt price and then immediately mark down the shirt to clearance.  But it wasn't clearance, and the shirt I was going to get was going to cost a little more, so I'd be paying money into the store plus I was considering purchasing another item or 2.  Of course I called their corporate office, was given and apology and told they would contact the store manager to let her know that I would be in this weekend for an exchange. 

After the mall, I'm headed to PetCo - gotta pick up some anxiety drops for the boys so that they will travel to the lake nicely next weekend.  We've used all their drops up we got from the vet last year, and Petsmart doesn't carry these.  They have chewables and paste you can give the dogs, and you are limited to how many you can give per day.  These drops are 10 drops per dog, 3 times a day, or more if needed.  If Gabriel would travel as calmly as Dominion does, we wouldn't need these!

Oh and yesterday was sweet Gabriel's 2nd birthday! 

Okay, I'm outa here.  Gotta get my shopping on!  Have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Things Learned from Dear Abby

Here are a few things that have been learned from Dear Abby (I copied this from a letter that was written to the column, and added my two cents to some of them)

1. Don't blame your server for bad food. Always be polite and send compliments to the chef when applicable.   (after having waited tables myself, I learned this first hand.  Of course customers sometimes take their frustrations out on the waitstaff, but please folks - most of the time issues with your experience are not related to the server)

2. It's your wedding; you don't have to invite drama mama and long-gone dads unless you want to. And do not ignore Stepmom.

3. It's never too late to change bad habits. Today is a good time to begin making healthy new ones.  (this is always a work in progress!)

4. Kindness is always important. Do it randomly if you must, but do it often. Pennies are a gentle reminder of heaven.   (don't let yourself get caught up in the craziness of your every day life, and let those that annoy the piss out of you, take the joy and kindness out of your life!)

5. Being the other woman is a dead-end job. No matter what he says, the odds are he is never going to leave his wife.

6. Workplace romances are usually doomed. Don't risk it unless you want to find a new job.  (this was one that I always knew and never crossed that line - I've seen the consequences of work relationships by seeing what others went through and it's just not a good thing)

7. Counseling is a good thing. Don't suffer for years or in silence. Get some help today.  (and don't be ashamed to do it!  Of course you don't have to broadcast it to the world if you get help, but if you need help, by all means please get it!)

8. Reconcile and forgive estranged parents if you can. You don't have to be dysfunctional because they are.

9. Pursue that thing you dream of now. You're going to get older anyway. Which would you regret more, doing something or not doing it?

10. You deserve to be loved. Start with yourself, become the best that you can be and live until you die.  (this is a hard one for me - and no, I don't want to elaborate on this right now.  Another blog for another day)

P.S. I just thought of one more: Send thank-you notes, and no, it's never too late to do it.