Friday, October 31, 2008


Guess what I received yesterday? Go ahead, guess. I'll wait.
Give up? It was the stupid cord for my computer.
YAY!!!! Right?
After all that drama it turns out that it wasn't really the power cord at all. Now, that's not to say that I don't need the power cord. I do. But right now the power cord is slightly useless since the little prongy thing in the back seems to not be working.
So yesterday I packed up my laptop, grabbed the power cord, and went to my local computer physician. He did a bunch of little technical stuff with it, pronounced the little prongy thingy dead and after gently wrapping it in bubble wrap, promised that he would get back to me today in order to tell me how many thousands of dollars that it will take for me to get my computer back in full charging power.
I really, really miss my computer.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

As the Post Office Turns

It's been about a year since I complained about the post office in my neighborhood. Incidentally, if you were wondering, I finally received the check I was waiting for in June, along with several missing 1099's and W-2's.
A couple weeks ago the cord on my laptop decided to give up the ghost. I searched around for one that would work on my computer and am praying that it's not the little prongy thing in the back that is messed up. Of course I won't know that until I actually get the damn thing in.
I ordered it from Ebay and have since been awaiting anxiously for my precious cord to arrive. Of course I have a tracking number in which to make things easier for me to stalk check on the progress of my package. So imagine how happy I was yesterday to see this:
Detailed Results:

Delivered, October 25, 2008, 10:45 am, KILLEEN, TX 76549
Arrival at Unit, October 25, 2008, 8:07 am, KILLEEN, TX 76549
Processed, October 25, 2008, 12:15 am, WOODWAY, TX 76712
Processed, October 24, 2008, 3:00 am, FORT WORTH, TX 76161
Processed, October 20, 2008, 11:17 pm, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94188
Electronic Shipping Info Received, October 20, 2008

But wait! The 25th was on Saturday. This didn't make any sense. So, I called the post office to ask "What gives??"
I call the post office and speak directly to the postmaster because I am not a stupid person and I do try to learn from my mistakes. I explained the whole sordid story starting with the fact that I had the tracking number. He asked for the tracking number and proceeded to check it out to make sure I wasn't making things up. After checking and seeing that states that it was delivered to me, he then started the blame game.
PostMaster: "Well, have you looked through all of your mail?"
WhiteRabbit: "I have been waiting for this package for a week so yeah..I checked all my mail"
PM: "Maybe someone got the mail on Saturday and forgot to tell you"
WR: "I have one key for my mailbox and I am the only one that checks it"
PM: "Well we give you two keys...."
WR: "Regardless, I have one now and I am the only one that checks the mail. When I go out of town the mail stays in the box and nobody will check it until I get back"
PM:"Well, did you check the person's rating on ebay to make sure they actually sent it?"
WR: "Dude, check your computer screen again. The seller sent the package. It got lost on YOUR watch."
PM: "Well, maybe we can have the postal carrier check again and I will ask him about it when he gets back. Maybe he put it in the wrong box or something."
WR:"Well if he delivered it on Saturday, then yes, he put it in the wrong box cause it was NOT in my box. When will you speak with him and get back to me? This evening?"
PM:"Um no, he gets in really late from his route but I will call you first thing in the morning. What is your number?"

Fast forward to this morning. No phone call. So I tried to call him and the phone was consistantly busy for 3 solid hours. 3 HOURS! Finally, around 12:15 I was able to get through and he told me that he would have to call me back after speaking with the postal carrier who was going to look through everything. So I came home checked my mail and no package. Mail had been delivered but no package. Sigh.
So I called back and was placed on hold for 20 minutes before I hung up and called back. I was then told that he was busy and couldnt come to the phone.
Then my head exploded.
Okay, it didn't really explode but the long story short is that someone else has the stupid power cord that fits my damn computer and there isn't anything I can do about it. I just have to hope to God that the seller insured the package and if not that he is a nice person because honestly, he did everything he was supposed to do. It's not his fault that my post office sucks.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Do you think it's rude that I wait for Mad Hatter to leave the room after helping me hang up the clean clothes on hangers so that I can fix the ones he put on there wrong? I don't want to discourage him from helping me and get irritated about ONE MORE THING that I neurotic about but seriously, I really need the hook on the hanger to be facing towards the left when looking at the garment from the front. I know, I know. Maybe I am a touch neurotic.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #2

Thirteen Things that make me crazy

1. Mismatch socks. I know that seems a little um...OCD, but seriously, how hard is it to wear TWO MATCHING SOCKS!!!?
2. Towels not folded properly. Yes, we have established the whole OCD thing so get over it. I don't see why towels cannot be folded in half, in half again and then in thirds. It's not like I go to other people's houses and refold their towels or anything but in MY house they better be folded MY way.
3. Toilet paper sitting on top of the holder. How lazy can someone be to just put the new roll on top of the holder without actually putting it on the damn holder?
4. While we are on the subject of toilet paper, how about putting it on the holder in the right direction. The paper goes on the roll over NOT under.
5. People who call my phone and when I don't answer, call over and over again. Do you have no life?
6. People who do not seem to realize that they are not at home when they go out to eat. Last Friday Mad Hatter, Caterpillar and I went to a local Chinese Buffet place to get something to eat. While there I noticed not one, but two different girls who came in wearing pajamas.
7. People who lie. Especially when they lie in such a way that one could not possibly believe it, yet they expect you to anyway.
8. People who have no sense of humor. How can you get through your day without a sense of humor, seriously?
9. Calling a customer service number of any kind (Dell and Gateway are the worst) and getting someone who barely speaks English and what little they do speak is in such a heavy accent that you can't be sure that it really is English.
10. Trashcans. Okay, trashcans themselves don't annoy be but the trashcans in my house do. Apparently they can only be emptied if myself or Mad Hatter actually SAY "empty them". Did you know that approximately 10 more pounds of trash can be shoved into the top of the trashcan after it reaches the top of the rim?
11. The baggers at my local grocery store. Why on earth do they bother to sell the reusable grocery bags if they are going to get all pissy about it? And please tell me why they insist on wrapping things in PLASTIC bags before placing them in the reusable bags???
12. My bluetooth earpiece. How come the rest of the free world can get them to work but me, not so much?
13. Forwarded text messages. I didn't mind so much the emails that were forwarded constantly to me but for the love of you HAVE to text them to me too?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

To sleep or not to sleep

For weeks now I have been having a problem with sleeping. It started when I came back from mom's service. I KNOW! That was a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago!
It progressively got worse. First, I was up until 1 or 2 in the morning. Then it got to the ridiculous stage where I was up until 4 or 5 in the morning. I tried sleeping pills, not drinking any caffeine, everything I could think of.
One day a couple weeks ago I even decided that instead of going to sleep at 5 am, I got ready for work and left without sleeping. I figured that I would be exhausted all day long but by that night I would be ready to fall into a coma.
Um, no.
I was dead tired all day long and all evening long. I stopped working around 4pm, went to the gym, came home, made dinner, did laundry, did my reports, took a nice relaxing bath, cleaned up the kitchen, and went to bed around 10.
At 11:15 I got back up cause I was driving Mad Hatter crazy tossing and turning. I finally went to sleep at 3am.
Needless to say, this was making me nuts. I don't punch a time clock but there are things that I need to get done and by not actually getting out of my house until 11 in the morning this was making life a little difficult.
Flash forward to Sunday. It was a busy day with friends from out of town. By that evening I was totally exhausted so I figured that I would be able to actually go to sleep at a decent time.
I was in bed by 9:00 and sleeping great by 9:15. At 11:30 I glanced at the clock and was in a panic. I was scared to open my eyes fully because I was afraid I would wake all the way up and be up all night long again. Unfortunately, by midnight I was up again and couldn't go back to sleep until 4am.
This was making me crazy. I needed to sleep and I needed to get up earlier in the mornings in order to get my job done.
The other day Mad Hatter bought me some Melatonin. It's a natural way to get your body moving in the right direction for sleep. I took one last night at 8pm and was in bed by 10pm. I slept all the way through and when my alarm went off at 6 this morning I was up and moving. It was great! I had an incredibly productive day and wasn't tired at all through the whole day. I had enough energy to work until 4 and then go to the gym. I took another one about an hour ago and am starting to feel that nice sleepy feeling that has been eluding me for so long.
Keep your fingers crossed that I am cured!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Am I a bitch?

Maybe I am making too much of this. It's entirely possible that I am just looking for something else to be annoyed about.
I have a large dog. Who barks. Loudly.
Now, it's not the barking per se that I have a problem with, although it is a bit annoying and I am seriously thinking about investing in a bark collar.
My problem arises with the fact that when people come to my door he barks at them. He also stands at the window beside the door and looks out.
The problem that I have is that there are certain people that come to my house that when they see the dog at the window will back all the way up until they are standing beside my driveway. They will then talk in a normal voice that I am unable to hear unless I walk all the way outside and down the sidewalk.
I have noticed that only certain people are doing this.
* People there to fertilize my lawn.
* Salespeople
* Religious recruiters
* Salespeople who say they are NOT salespeople but somehow or another still have something they are selling that they wish us to buy.

This annoys the crap out of me on so many different levels. First, I hate answering the door to pushy ass people. Second, don't make me do the work of coming out and walking to you in order to tell you I'm not interested.
So am I being a bitch if, when I answer the door and the person is all the way at the other end of the sidewalk, I stay at the door and if I am unable to hear them I turn around and close the door? Not that I really care about being perceived as a bitch or anything. I have worked long and hard for this title.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #1

Thirteen Lists I Have Lying in a Notebook
1. Daily To Do List
2. ToDo list of things that I really mean to get done but never seem to get around it This would be the list my children hate to have things for them end up on.
3. Things that need to be done but not right this second. This would be for things like make Cody's physical appointment and will be marked off this list when it is transferred to my Daily list.
4. Phone Calls I need to make. Believe it or not there are about 5 calls written on this list right now
5. Fall cleaning list. If I dont write it on this list then I will have a clean house but dirty vent covers.
6. Bills to Pay list. You would think this would keep me from being late with anything and while I admit it's easier than it used to be I still falter with this.
7. Grocery list. I just wish my family would communicate with me about things they use the last of.
8. Christmas list. This is where I write down everyone I have to buy for and jot down ideas for these people.
9. Clothes for everyone that is needed or will be needed in the future. Every time I am doing laundry or whatever and notice that someone needs socks, new pants, more shirts, goes on this list.
10. Weekly work list. It seems to work better for me if I write down everything on Sunday so that I can get a good idea of how to divvy things up.
11. Monthly work list. Some of my jobs are monthly jobs so it's easier to keep them seperate from the weekly jobs.
12. Things to buy list. This is the list that things such as books I want to read, school supplies for Cody, ect are listed.
13. List of places I want to go when I finally have my nervous breakdown and run away from home. Okay, this one was added in last minute since I only had 12 lists (which incidentally is pretty damn sad) But I think it was necessary.
You may think I am exaggerating but seriously these are all in my notebook which Mad Hatter looked at today and decided that it was official...I am nuts.
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