Thursday, October 27, 2011

new toys...

I finally joined the 21st century.   got me a smart phone.    had planned on doing so in April when John returns anyway.  Apparently my old, plain, basic, flip phone had other plans.

started going haywire earlier in the week.   about every 90 seconds or so it would  reset itself like it had just been turned on despite having a full battery.

after some initial issues regarding the name the account was under( His) and the fact that  even though I was the one USING the phone I could not make any changes to the account as I was never added as an authorized person and a fight with the old one to stay functioning long enough to transfer my contact list I am now the proud owner of a Iphone 4 16 GB.   ( no 32 GB in stock although I highly doubt I will ever fill up the 16 GB anyway)

I am pleased and will spend the next few weeks playing with features like adding my Itunes playlist and a few apps.   yes I will DL angry birds.   just haven't decided if I will spring for the paid version yet.   wil hopefully be at least  proficient by the time the flight comes..... so I can bug everybody with real time FB updates in airport terminals....

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Petition to retire October

Seriously.  next to February( which sucks on general principals for a variety of reasons) October is every way possible.

 gone are the pretty sunny days of September.   instead we get rain.  and not soft gentle rains of April and May but freezing sleety type rain that  makes your bones ache.

have to get up at 0600?   well in July and August you could at least  have the satisfaction that the sun was getting up with you.  now?   you need every light in the house turned on just so you don't trip  over the cat as you stumble into the shower.

Work til 1700?    no more  early evening walks on the beach before enjoying a nice dinner watching the sunset.   you can put away the sunglasses, pal,  cuz by the time you get outta the office  Apollo has left the sky and the chariot has already been scrubbed down for the night.

and whose bright idea was to have  a holiday that requires you to dress up and beg for candy just as the weather turns to crap in a handbasket?   when you need to fit a costume over a snowsuit,  something is wrong  okay?  and the solution?  really?! trick or treating at 3 pm?! what's the bloody point if you can't get the socks scared off you by  having to walk down creepily lighted streets?!

That's not the whole reason of course. and there are one or two redeeming qualities.   Today, for instance, we celebrate the US Navy's founding.  but overall.. yeah. October has got to go.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Good news, bad news and an oopsie

Good news: we have a  tentative date for John's return!

 Bad news: it's NOT in March   *wahhhh* his replacement is taking a couple weeks of leave before reporting so  he will will not be cut loose until April although he is pretty confident he can fly home that first Saturday in April .   hmm Must find a nice 17 month calendar  so I can circle that date in big  bright  orange marker...

the oopsie:  This is a PSA to all persons who make  payments on cruises  and other vacation packages online.   When you screw up entering the CC number,  Make sure your other fields do not reset

Otherwise, instead of putting a nice manageable $500 payment on your cruise in May, you pay it off.  completely.  Yes I probably could have called RCI and stayed on hold for three hours  and then begged for it to be  reversed.  then I'd have to wait until it showed up on my CC statement before going back and making another payment attempt.   this way was easier I can still pay it off and not have to  pay interest.

oh well that's 2 of 4  planned major expenses in the next 6 months already paid off.   and we won't be buying a car til April.   and I will start the Disney project in January when I get back.

Bonus: I bought/pre ordered a Kindle fire.   I have been waiting for them to come out with a color ereader for ages and this just has so many extra features that I may not need to  spring for a smart phone next spring after all.  John has already claimed the old Kindle and I have begun looking for ebooks that he likes to add to it.   hey I can get  $50 Amazon giftcards through  my CC rewards program.   and since I just put a $4000 cruise on the cc, I have enough to redeem several GCs heheheh

Cat Update: Marley seems to be channeling Keke.  there has been actual cuddling( although not of Monster levels) and she has taken to sleeping not on the dresser staring down at me all night, but actually at the foot of the bed curled up behind my legs.