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September 28, 2005
Woo Hoo Serenity!!!
Got to go to a media release of Serenity last night. It was so much fun!

The movie is still great and much smoother and prettier now too.

Everyone should go see it!!!

Shiny :)

08:58 PM | Comments (1)
September 20, 2005
Stone Junkyard - Part Two

Anything you want to tell me feel free!!

10:05 PM | Comments (0)
The Soothing Sound of Thunder

I am the happiest girl in the world today! I've finally experienced a thunderstorm in California. Thunder and lightening storms are one of my favorite things and something I have greatly missed living here for the last two years.

In the past, the television has teased about thunderstorm warnings, and I have gotten excited only to be disappointed by the single strike. Today however for the first time I have had an afternoon of thunder. Unfortunately we don't have windows in our house that point the direction of the lightening, but some still reflected in the glass of the garden room by my office which made me happy.

Itís soothing and relaxing. Itís a little shot of normality back in my life. Itís exactly what I needed!

03:25 PM | Comments (0)
September 19, 2005
Kermit is Sexxxxxy!!!!!

It's talk like a Pirate day!!
Arrrr... this is my kind of quiz!

My pirate name is:
Iron Ethel Kidd
A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with you, though, since you a tough person. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.

04:10 PM | Comments (0)
September 16, 2005
Stone Junkyard - Part One

Anything you want to tell me feel free!!

01:22 AM | Comments (0)
September 13, 2005


And they certainly show know respect toward me. Here is my venting story:

Last October we bought a new Washer and Dryer for the house! We got the Maytag Neptune top loading washer and front load gas dryer. There should have been a warning flag going off in my head when at the very first delivery they had the wrong dryer (they brought electric instead of gas) and it took them a week to get me a new one.

Then I kind of forgot about them for about 6 or 7 months in which everything was going fine. Then around the April/May area I had the first of the problems with the washer. The cycle would refuse to finish, the water wouldn't drain and I ended up with sopping wet cloths.

I called Sears, the scheduled a fix for a week later and then they were late for the time window. Then they needed to order parts, which took another week before they were back. I wasn't happy, but it was fixed eventually and life went on.

Then it was July and the same thing happened again. Unfortunately we were leaving the country and I didn't have time to deal with it. So we figured out ways to trick the washing machine and dealt with it until August when we were back. Then I called and waited the week till they were able to come. The guy was almost 2 hours late for his 5 hour time window. I had a appointment to get to about 20 minutes after he arrived and so I spent more time on the phone complaining (during the time he still wasn't there and was already late). He came, he made me late but he fixed the machine without ordering parts.

THIS FIX LASTED 3 DAYS! When the same unbalanced-non-load-finishing-soaking-wet-cloths problems started again I called again and this time I was really pissed. I'm not a mean angry pissed off person to the sears phone people. I'm just a stern, no nonsense, sick of being screwed person. It's not that persons fault, but it is their job to fix the problem and make me happy.

At this point I just wanted a new washing machine, but I let the technician come again (a week after I called) and he ordered new parts. This time it was a full electronic control board they were ordering. I tried calling the "No Lemon" department at this point, because I obviously had a lemon. I was told they would not replace my machine until there had been 4 repairs where they had to order parts. I'm sorry, but seeing as I had 3 repairs and 2 part orders and I was this frustrated... well no one should have to wait for 4 repairs with part order that take 2 weeks or more to complete.

At this point I went back to the store and through some back and forth the sales department at the store where I bought the machine agreed to let us return the washing machine (since it was still under manufacturers warranty and less than a year old) and give us credit toward a new machine. We did some research and choose to get the Kenmore HE3, which has great consumer report reviews. I was originally going to just get the front loading Neptune but that ones seems to have mildew problems that have been happening in models for years and Maytag hasn't fixed them - thatís just wrong. I won't buy Maytag anymore!

So we were happy with our new Kenmore choice and they were going to deliver only 3 days after I went in to purchase. That was today... today I got my new washing machine. Today they put it in and it looks pretty and I was excited. Today I did a load of towels - the first of many loads of laundry that need to be done (since we haven't had a washing machine for 2 weeks unless I was willing to spend the time to trick it). Today I ended up with a big puddle of water coming out from under the washing machine. Today I spent an hour and a half on the phone with Sears trying to turn off the still dripping water, stop the still gathering pools of water and get someone out here to fix it.

I don't understand why this last phone call was so hard. The problem is most likely pipe that came with the machine that is now leaking. What is so hard about sending someone back to fix this. They didn't want to send anyone till Friday and then acted like they were doing me a favor by changing that to Thursday.

I'm sorry, but after everything they have put me threw and the fact that this was dealing with dripping water - OF COURSE THEY SHOULD HAVE SOMEONE RIGHT BACK HERE EVEN IF IT MEANS SOME OVER TIME! It should not have taken me an hour and a half to talk them into sending someone tomorrow. This is just wrong.

So I finally got the water off and they are coming tomorrow. The couldn't even give me the 3 or 5 hour time window, I have to stay here all day long to wait for them. No exercise class, no errands for me. Unless they get here early, which I doubt.

Okay, thatís my rant. Sears just pisses me off!

07:15 PM | Comments (1)
September 12, 2005
London Baby - Part Two

Anything you want to tell me feel free!!

10:58 PM | Comments (0)
September 08, 2005
So Expensive

Paging through Dwell I found this gorgous tv console table.

It's beautiful, I feel in love! Then I looked it up online and found the price. :(

Why?!! I say Why???!!!!!????

03:18 PM | Comments (3)
September 06, 2005
A Jump On Halloween

I've been working on planning out our front yard haunt to scare the trick or treaters! This is year two and I have more time to plot and plan this year.

I've been searching sites and stores for my options. The Halloween stores are opening and all the stores are getting in their stuff in and I'm ready to buy!!! I have so many ideas and I'm very excited.

So now as I'm excited I started looking for the professional haunts that I love attending. I really want to see a couple this year. I'm ready and rearing to go NOW!!! I'm finding though that no one is quite as ready as I am. The sites still have their info from last year up. No one is ready with this years themes and schedules.

I'm so sad! Come on guys!! Here Comes Halloween!!!!!!!!!!

10:24 PM | Comments (5)
September 05, 2005
London Baby - Part I

Anything you want to tell me feel free!!

10:38 PM | Comments (0)
September 04, 2005
A Lame Duck Rallye

Kevin, Athena and I did a car rallye tonight. The theme was "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and while the rallye was really not a very good one it did ring true for one unwilling participant.

Violet the duck never planned on being in a car rallye tonight, but some unfortunate event landed her in the middle of a 4 lane busy street that just happened to be part of the rallye route.

We don't know what was wrong with her. We think she had a broken leg and wing and was bleeding from somewhere, but we just aren't sure. Kevin noticed her as we drove by and when she turned her head realized she was still alive.

So back we went, got her safely to the side of the road and eventually in a blanket and on the way to a clinic that the police said would take her. We made a donation at the clinic and took the number with us so we can give a call to check in on her.

The thing is, even though she was in the road, Violet's injuries didn't look like she had been hit by a car. Athena thought possibly some animal got to her. It was horribly nerve wracking, but I'm glad we happened by in time. Or at least I hope it was in time.

After dropping off violet we finished the rallye and came in second place in our division.

What a night!

12:05 AM | Comments (7)