Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I had the following conversation with Em yesterday morning:
Me: So guess what Brad and I got in the mail today? A notice from a collection agency!!
Em: Please tell me this is not about your cable again!
Me: Oh yeah, it is! Six months later Verizon is an even more annoying thorn in my side!
So here is the situation. Back in November, I called Verizon with a question about my cable bill. After being put on hold or transferred for the eleventy seventh time, I finally managed to talk to the rudest most unhelpful customer service rep ever employed by Verizon. (Actually, I am not even sure he was a Verizon employee. He may have been the delivery boy from the deli that just happened to answer a ringing telephone as he walked by.) Anyways after I f-i-n-a-l-l-y managed to get my question answered I hung up the phone, called Brighthouse and switched my cable/internet/phone service. I was just done dealing with Verizon! Once our new service was established, I returned two cable boxes, remotes and a router to the Verizon service center. (Which was no where near my house by the way!)
Three months go by and I get a bill from Verizon for the router that I supposedly hadn't returned. I called the 800 number on the bill to clear up the mistake and guess what? Apparently Verizon doesn't pay their phone bills because it wasn't a working number!!! So I tossed the bill and forgot about it.
Fast forward three more months to yesterday. I was entirely too ticked to deal with this in a constructive manner (meaning I would have blessed out whatever unfortunate soul happened to take my phone call and solved nothing in the process) so Brad called the collection agency and of course they can't do anything but collect our money. So then he calls up the service center where I returned the equipment and talks to the manager there.
So here is the deal. Verizon, in addition to being rude and unhelpful, is also completely unorganized and inefficient. Apparently on the form the service rep filled out for my return, there wasn't a place to indicate that the router had been returned, only the cable boxes. So it was simply put to the side, forgotten about and never credited as having been returned on my account. Now of course when Brad requested that they check their inventory lists, the router that had been on our account was found in the system. Problem solved.
Even though my very level-headed and rational husband pointed out that this was a simple mistake that was resolved with a phone call, it still makes me mad. I mean, seriously? Because of their stupid mistake, my credit is threatened! Stupid people, and stupid corporations even more so, really annoy me! Verizon is right up there with Target in my book!
Monday, June 29, 2009
This week's Friend Makin Monday is being hosted by Shawn from Seriously and she has some Fourth of July questions (including a pop quiz!) for us to answer. I hope we are not being graded! Luckily this first few questions are easy!
What are you doing this July 4th?
What is your favorite dish to pass when attending a 4th of July party or summer barbecue?
Do you have any July 4th traditions?
Share your favorite July 4th picture.
Finally I will leave you with a little Are You Smarter Than A Fourth Grader? trivia.
1. How many stars are on the American Flag? 50
2. What do they stand for? the 50 states
3. How many stripes are on the flag? 13
4. What do they stand for? the 13 original colonies
5. How many stripes are red? 7
6. The first stripe is which color? red
7. Who sewed the American flag? supposedly Betsy Ross, but I think that is actually an old time "urban legend" (but then again, maybe I am not smarter than a fifth grader!)
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Grobaby is a one size diapering system and the first thing I did was test out the truth to that claim. In my experience with "one size" diapers, the diaper either fits really well on an infant but doesn't really fit until potty training or the diapers fit great on older babies but are incredibly too bulky on an infant. Grobaby truly is a birth to training diaper. Emma Jane wore the diaper on the largest setting.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The excitement of the new shoes really wiped him out!
And as if that weren't enough thrills for one post, See Kai Run has generously offered a pair of shoes to one of my lucky readers. You get your choice of a pair from the See Kai Run line or the Smaller shoes.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Look at how much John loves Ashley! He never naps on me like that!
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Monday, June 22, 2009
Like so many parents, Kelly Lucente ,author and creator of the Bye Bye Monster® line of products, spent many sleepless nights comforting her frightened child. When she was unable to find a complete solution on the market to help her son overcome his fears, she decided to create her own! She researched nighttime fears and gave voice to her child’s monsters. The Bye Bye Monster® storybook, organic monster spray, and stuffed monster are a complete bedtime solution for children who suffer from nighttime fear.
Kelly sent us a copy of her book, Bye Bye Monster: Joey's Adventure on Monster Street and the organic monster spray to test out. It was a big hit!! Libby was given a solution to her fears while being entertained with a fun story at the same time. After reading the story, we used the organic monster spray to rid her closet, dresser, and under her bed of monsters. And then we sprayed the kitchen and living room too, just to be safe! Libby slept with the spray bottle by her bed and I told her that if she got scared to give her room an extra spray.
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Sunday, June 21, 2009
My dad with his brother in March 2006.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I hate when people try to tell me how to raise my kids and I usually try not to give advice to my friends about their kids unless they ask. Well, MamaKat has asked for parenting advice so here is my two cents.
Preschoolers don't need choices. They need a sense of security and that comes from knowing that Mommy and Daddy are in charge.
You know that scene from the playground where the kid is screaming at his mother about whether or not he is leaving and that poor mother is trying to reason with her child. And when reason inevitably fails, she caves to the desires of the preschooler. We have all witnessed it. I guarantee that
brat child gets to choose between the red cup and the blue cup every morning. And through out the day that child gets to make other seemingly unimportant choices. But in the end it all adds up to a child that doesn't respect authority. Parents need to take back control of our kids. Because we are doing them (and society) a disservice when we treat three-year-olds like adults.
So that's my advice: choices are for adults, not children!
Bribes on the other hand are perfectly acceptable!
Now it's your turn. Head over to MamaKat's place and share your parenting skills.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Your joy has brought me joy. Your sense of humor makes me laugh.
Your tears make cry.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I always swore that I was not going to let that happen with my children. I made such a conscious effort to take lots of pictures of Emma Jane that I actually have more of her than I do Libby.
But my resolve seems to be falling apart with baby #3. Six weeks into his life, I only have a handful of pictures of JT. And truthfully, most of them were taken by other people! Both girls have extensive baby albums detailing the first year of their lives. I have not even made a plan to start one for JT, not that I have any pictures to put in it anyways. My sis pointed out that he isn't getting very much blog love either. (Her exact words were "So is he not as cute as your other kids?")
Well, yes he is and to prove that he really does exist I snapped a quick picture of him napping next to my desk:
Well JT, I think that with this one you officially have one more baby picture in existence than Uncle Philip!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
And she is going to make sure that ball goes in the hole!Libby plays a little bit more fairly although she hoards the balls and then gets upset when Emma Jane tries to take one!
I am not sure we have any pro golfers in our family but Daddy is going to try just in case!