Saturday, December 29, 2007

2007 needs to end already!

Because it is going out on a very sour note. This past week has just been the worst. Thank goodness the entire year hasn't been this way. I think I'd have had to crawl under a rock and never come back out if it had been.

You would think with Christmas being this week that things would be all candy canes and sugar plums, but nope. Not for us. We had to fire one of our employees on Thursday. I think he'd actually been looking to get fired though by the things he'd been doing lately, but it was still hard to let him go. And, of course, now we are short-handed. Not good. Also, Hubby hit one of our customers dogs today so they're upset with us. It was an accident and hubby feels terrible, but when the dog comes out of nowhere and you're driving a truck that is easily over 30 tons, well, it is really hard to avoid it. He immediately got out of the truck after he'd hit the poor dog, but it was too late. That didn't seem to matter to the customer though. She was screaming hysterically and her husband actually took a swing at my hubby because of it. Again, not good. I feel bad for her, but what could hubby do? It's not like he drove by her house looking for the dog to purposely run it over.

My desktop computer also bit the dust earlier today so I'm doomed to use the laptop for awhile. Normally that wouldn't bother me, but all of our business stuff is on the desktop so I can't do anything with that until we get it fixed. I need a new one so will probably go pick one up this evening. At least I saved everything to disk BEFORE it decided to die on me so at least one thing went right.

So, hurry up 2008. Get here soon so I can wipe the slate clean and HOPEFULLY things will start going right again.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!!!

Here's hoping that you all have a wonderful Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve everybody! I hope your day has started out well. I am happy to say that I FINALLY received that darn dvd in the mail so the entire set is now wrapped and under the tree, ready to be opened up by a hopefully very appreciative hubby. After all the stress I went through getting the things, he'd better be VERY appreciative.

We got all of our cookie and fudge gifts passed out Saturday morning. All the neighbors were happy to receive our gift and most said they wished they'd known we were bringing them so they could have had something to give in return. Well, that is NOT why I do this. I don't want gifts in return. I just want to show my friends and neighbors how much I appreciate them and let them know that I'm thinking of them during this holiday season. Isn't that what Christmas is all about anyway?

Speaking of friends and family, I have been thinking a lot these past few days of those that I have lost this past year. Most recently, my grandma. It's going to be so hard this Christmas morning, not having her there at my parents house with us. I know she'll be looking down at us from heaven and will always be with us in spirit, but it still doesn't make the holiday any easier.

We'll be heading out to my hubby's brother's tonight for Christmas Eve with his side of the family. We're hoping that everyone makes it. The weather is decent so there really shouldn't be any problems with everyone being there this year. Tomorrow morning we'll open gifts here and then head up to my parents for lunch and gifts with them and my brother's family.

I know I won't be posting tonight or tomorrow so I just want to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the day and enjoy the time spent with your family and loved ones.

!!Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Time is Near

....and the dvd still isn't here. Wow, I rhymed:) Ha! Only TWO more mail days to get the darn thing. I'm biting my fingernails and pulling out my hair. Boy, ain't I going to be pretty come Christmas morning. I am trying not to get too worked up over it because I do have 2 of the 3 that I ordered so hubby will have something to open, but it would be nice to have them all.

On to other Christmas happenings, I did indeed finish up my cookies and fudge yesterday. WooHoo for me! I was beginning to wonder if I would make it because my morning errands took much longer then I expected. Daughter was in the eye doctor for almost 45 minutes (she only had to pick up a new pair, but they were way behind and she had to wait) then the DMV took an hour and a half, but figured that would. The grocery store was also packed to the gills with people out doing their last minute food shopping. By the time I got home, I had the beginning of a migraine. Lovely thing those migraines. They are such a joy to experience. So, took some meds, laid down for half an hour, all the time thinking that there was no way I'd get all my baking done. However, it must have been a Christmas miracle because the meds worked super quick and by the end of that half hour I was feeling like my old self.

So away to my kitchen, I made a mad dash, threw open the pantry and pulled out my stash...of baking supplies and chocolate and nuts and I baked and I baked til I thought I would bust. Ok, so that last part didn't really make sense, but hey, I'm not a poet:)

I will finish up today, wrapping and passing out my treats to the mailman and neighbors. The kids are ready to go so I guess I should post this and get ready myself. Maybe by the time we get back home, the mail will have gone and I'll have a little dvd here to wrap. I can hope anyway:)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Only FIVE more days until Christmas! It is getting down to crunch time here and I'm STILL waiting on a gift to arrive in the mail. I have 4 mail days left and am really hoping that this gift gets here on one of them. That is the only problem I have with doing my shopping online. You can just never know for sure when items will arrive.

Today is the last day of school for my kids too and then they will be here...with the house...for 13 whole days. I don't know if I'm looking forward to that or not. For the most part, they are good kids, but when you get them cooped up together for that long, well, let's just say that their behavior tends to get just a teensy bit worse.

Tomorrow I'm baking my cookies and fudge. I'm hoping to get them all made up in one day, wrapped and passed out to everyone on Saturday. We'll see if it happens. I also have a bunch of other things that I need to do tomorrow (pick up my daughters contacts, get groceries, color my hair, do laundry, etc.) so it might be a big rush to get it all finished up.

We'll be having Christmas Eve at my brother inlaw's so I also need to get things ready for that, but at least that can wait until the weekend. I'm taking some of the cookies and fudge over and also making up a cheese ball with crackers. Truthfully, there will be plenty of food. It's the alcohol that I'm worried will run low. You'd have to know my inlaws to understand, but let me just say that the alcohol makes the evening more bearable.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bah Humbug!

I have NEVER had a problem ordering stuff online. That is until now. Found out today that one of the websites that I ordered a gift for hubby from has been known to charge your credit card or whatever and then NEVER send your merchandise. Great. I feel like an idiot, but they really fooled me. They had the little lock in the bottom corner of the order page, it was an https website, etc. After checking my order status though, I'm thinking that it is a scam. And after checking my charge card, well, the order came to $88.18, but the total taken off my card was $97.54. Hmm, doesn't sound right, does it? So, I called their 800#. This is what I heard: "Hi, you've reached our customer service center. Our customer service hours are from 8am-10pm Mon-Fri. Please hold for the next available customer service representative" I hold for a couple of minutes when this chipper little voice comes back on the line and says, "We're sorry, there's nobody here right now. Please leave a message and we'll call you back." Ok, I have never gotten through to any customer service that wants you to leave a message. Stay on hold for hours on end, yes, but leave a message and they'll call you back? No, can't say that I've ever done that before. I didn't leave a message. I hung up. I did call back though. Four more times, to be exact and got the same message each time. Wonderful customer service...NOT! I did call the credit card company and they said that I can get my money back, but I'll have to go through their fraud section and it might take awhile to do, but at least I'll get my cash back. I know it could have been worse, but it is still frustrating. I had to make a mad dash to find the dvd's that I'd ordered from this place and now hope, hope, hope that they get here in time for Christmas. Some people are just real jerks!

Monday, December 10, 2007

I'm finished shopping....I think!

I think I wrote my last check for Christmas gifts today. I decided to just go shopping this morning and get things finished up instead of waiting for the weekend to get here and hoping that I found what I was looking for then. I had my list ready and was all set to shop until I dropped. Thankfully, it didn't come to that. I found everything that I had left to buy at Super Wal-Mart. I love that store:):) I just hope that hubby or the kids don't suddenly remind me of someone else that I need to buy a gift for. Last year, I was completely finished shopping when hubby came home and "reminded" me that I needed to buy for some of his nephews that I thought HE was buying for so I had to rush out and get whatever I could find that "fit" them on December 23rd! Yikes! I really don't want to do that again this year.

I wrapped everything as soon as I got home so that is off my to do list also. I do still have three items that I waiting to get in the mail. According to the tracking information, all but one is to arrive this week (Wed and Thurs). The other I have no tracking info for yet and don't even know if it's been shipped! If it doesn't get here in time, I'll just be putting a picture in a box and wrapping it up, saying that the present is coming, I guess. I hope it doesn't come to that, but if it does, it does. Not much I can do about it. I've still got two weeks though so keeping the fingers crossed that everything gets here in time for Christmas Day.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Getting Contacts

I almost forgot, but my daughter is going to the eye doctor tomorrow and hopefully getting contacts. She's wanted them ever since she first found out she had to wear glasses. We're hoping that she's able to wear them. She has an astigmatism so not sure that she can. She'll find out tomorrow.

Update: Daughter came home and is able to wear the contacts. She loves them! She has to start out slowly, wearing them for only a few hours each day, but she's already gotten the hang of putting them in and taking them out. Had to calm her down a notch though. As soon as she got home, she was bound and determined to toss her glasses in the trash. Uh, hello! What happens if you lose one of your contacts? What happens if they irritate your eyes and you have to take them out? Then how will you see? She hadn't thought about that. Silly girl:) So, her glasses are now stashed in her purse (in a hard case) just in case of an emergency. She is hoping they don't ever have to come back out.

Let It Snow...NO, NO, NO!

We got our first measurable snowfall last night, about 2.5 inches. I was not pleased to see it this morning when I got out of bed either. My son was all excited about it, but not me. Thankfully, it is starting to melt. The roads were pretty crappy this morning on the way into town, but now the road crews have scraped and salted and they are pretty much clear.

I was worried about driving in it today too. You see, for the past 10 years I have had a FRONT wheel drive car. My last car was like a little bulldozer moving through snow. Nothing could stop me. I had no fear of sliding off into ditches or getting stuck in drifts. My little car would power on through no matter what situations I put it in. This winter though, my front wheel car went to my daughter. She just got her driver's license in June and we (her dad and I) wanted her to have a safe, reliable car. SO, that meant giving her mine. Granted, I got a new one in the process (Dodge Charger) and, don't get me wrong, I LOVE it. But, my Charger is a REAR wheel drive car and for those of you who drive rear wheel drive cars, you'll know what I'm talking about when I say it sucks in snow! This morning I was spinning every time I tried to take off and sliding each time I tried to stop. I'd turn a corner and no matter how slowly I'd push on the gas, the rear of my car would slide. Needless to say, I was pretty tense by the time I got back home.

Anyway, I'm glad that the snow is melting off the roads. I can handle snow if the roads are clear. I enjoy looking at it, it's very pretty, and I even like to go out and build snowmen, having snowball fights and ride the 4-wheeler while pulling the tobaggon, but having to drive in it, well, let's just say that if it didn't snow anymore this winter I would be a happy camper.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Sweeny Todd starring Johnny Depp

I'm so psyched to see that another movie is coming out starring Johnny Depp. He is one of my all-time favorite actors. I've been watching him ever since he was in 21 Jump Street on tv! My favorite movie of his has got to be the Pirates of the Carribbean ones. There is just something about him in those movies, maybe it's that he's supposed to be a dangerous pirate, that drives me crazy.

Anyway, if you haven't heard of the new movie that is coming out, take a look at this trailer. Once you see it, I'm sure you'll be like me, and want to go right out to the theaters and see it. You'll have to be patient though because it doesn't hit theaters until December 21.

In this movie, Johnny Depp plays a man who is sent to prison and vows revenge on the people who sent him there. When he gets out of prison, he becomes a barber and ends up becoming known as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. To me, the best revenge movie has got to be Carrie though. The scene where she finally gets her revenge after the prom is phenomenal and you cheer for her the entire time.

You can find out more by taking a minute to visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site. You can also visit Sweeney Todd on MySpace.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

On The First Day of Christmas

Hard to believe that today is December 1st! This year has just flown by for me. The older I get, the faster the years go it seems. Anyway, to start off the holiday season, I thought this quiz from blogthings was a good idea.

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Christmas Story

Loving, fun, and totally crazy.
Don't shoot your eye out!