It’s a new year and I’m back again playing catchup from our last vacation. Not a bad problem to have. We got home about 6:30 pm on Friday night (Jan. 4th). We hauled everything in the house and I unpacked and was in no mood to cook. Mom wanted soup and I had nothing on hand so made Ramen noodles. We hadn’t had that in ages. I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten it as soup before! I bought it and had only used it for making stirfry. Preparing the noodles on the side and adding them to the cooked veggies and meat. Anyway, it was pretty good and since it was cold and we were tired, it was enough to satisfy us.
Hardly anything recorded on the DVR while we were gone since mostly only reruns aired over the holidays. Aside from soap operas, we had nothing new to watch and so are already going onto Netflix to watch movies. Hubby caught a Man Cold a few days before we left to come home so he was miserable as we travelled. He’d been in a horrible mood which is to be expected but it’s still hard to take. Sunday (Jan. 6th) was his first day back to work since Dec. 18th. He surprised me by stopping on his way home that night and picking up grocery store roses. I can enjoy cheap roses as much as expensive ones. In fact, I enjoy the cheaper ones more! I’d never gotten more than 1 dozen at a time but he gave me 18. I was cutting the stems off and getting ready to put them in the vase when I realized how overcrowded it would be. So I got my pitcher out and put 8 of them in there. Then I put those by where Mom sits so she could feel like she got flowers too. I’ve heard so many things about how to make flowers last longer and I don’t know what to believe so I do ALL of them. I put a penny AND a baby aspirin AND the flower food in the water. Greg always tells me I’m able to get flowers to last longer than anyone else so I must be doing something right! I thought it was very sweet of him to surprise me. I won’t be getting them for Valentine’s Day so it was like my Valentine’s Day this week. How do I know I won’t get them? Because I’d have a stroke if he spent what most florists charge for a dozen roses for that holiday! My very favorite is to just pick my own imperfect roses out of our garden. That’s not an option this time of year. 😉
On Friday morning before we left Mississippi, I hurt my ankle. It wasn’t even noticeable. I felt a little pain but by nighttime when we got home, it hurt A LOT. It was on the inside of my left ankle. I’ve badly sprained my right ankle before getting out of the RV in the dark and missing the step in an asphalt parking lot. That time I couldn’t put any weight on it and was basically an invalid for a week. I didn’t go to the doctor but most people would have. This time it hurt to walk but I COULD walk. So I did. I had too much to do not to. I hobbled around and going up and down stairs was the worst. It’s like the ankle wouldn’t bend. It even hurt when I had it laid up on the couch. I was starting to worry when it was still bothering me 3 days later. I couldn’t walk the dogs on Sat. but did do it on Sunday. It was so painful and it made me walk funny. I always worry I’ll throw my back out trying to favor my ankle. Last Monday (Jan. 7th) it was much better! It’s now 100% and like I never even hurt it.
What else did we do since we got home? We watched the Packers win against the Vikings quite handily on Jan. 5th. It brought back memories of 9 years ago (2004) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. That’s when Greg and I took his sister Linda and her hubby Ken to the Packers playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. They won that game too. It was 18 degrees but the energy and excitement generating from the Packers’ fans in the crowd kept us warm. There’s nothing like seeing an NFL game in person! Then Sat. Jan. 12th we watched the game as the Packers lost to the 49ers and their Superbowl chances were dashed.
We got some unexpected good news on Sunday Jan. 6th. Hubby found out that government employees were given off Christmas Eve with pay. Since he had already taken vacation that was “use or lose”, he has an extra day he has to use last week! So he toook Wed. Jan. 9th which gave us a nice 4 day weekend. Can’t complain about that. I made an appt. to take Elvis for his rabies shot that morning and then we went to get supplies to make a Family Birthdays Calendar. This is something that had going around on Pinterest but I didn’t see it until Jenn Heffer posted a picture of the one she made on Instagram. It is just so cool that I had wanted to make one for my mother-in-law for her birthday. I think it would be nice to have one for us as well. Jenn put up a tutorial on her blog last week so now I have a basic idea how to do it. http://jennheffer.com/?p=1312 I’m enlisting hubby’s help since I hate doing projects alone. I have always been that way. I would rather do anything as long as I’m with someone else. Anyway, he’s very handy to have around and always has good ideas on how to add our own special touch to things. I know ours is definitely going to be different than Jenn’s but that’s a good thing. Handmade things should always be slightly different from one another. It’s more special if you have a OOAK (one of a kind) item.
We had our mail held at the Post Office while we were gone for 2 1/2 weeks. We had it set up to be delivered on Sat. Jan. 5th. We used to get a big tub of mail while gone and now we only had a rubber banded amount that was suspiciously small for 3 adults that get junk mail galore. We only got 5 or 6 Christmas cards (during that time) which is unheard of. It makes me wonder if the mailman delivered them elsewhere and they were destroyed. We used to get mail for the same house number on a street 2 blocks over almost every day. Also get a lot of mail for the same house number on our street only South instead of North. I know better than to complain about anything to the PO. Besides working there for almost 8 years and knowing how much they really care, I wrote them a letter once.It was probably 12 years ago. We had gotten an invitation to Greg’s uncles milestone birthday party the day after it had happened. I checked the postmark and it was dated 14 days before the event. So it had been mailed in a somewhat timely manner from a western suburb of Milwaukee to us in a northern suburb of Chicago. About 90 miles total. It could’ve been walked here faster. I don’t know what I expected when I sent the letter, maybe a lot of excuses and apologies, at the worst a form letter months later that they send to everyone. Instead? I got no reply at all. I think it was put in the trash the second it was received. It may have been passed around for a good laugh first. So I didn’t bother complaining to them last week when I got a clear envelope with a pre-printed apology. The contents was the front cover (folded in 2) of the Jan. 14th double issue of People magazine. Just the cover! The rest is gone, never to be seen or heard from again. I’m not pleased when my magazines come bent or ripped but it’s no big deal. When it’s missing, it’s a big deal. I called People magazine and they were wonderful about it and are sending me a replacement. They were polite, pleasant to deal with and didn’t give me any attitude. They were efficient, took care of the problem and made me feel like they care about their readers.
That probably made what happened with Betty Crocker next seem that much worse. I was debating writing a whole blog post about this but at this point I won’t. I belong to the Betty Crocker email newsletter and they had offered a free 2013 calendar. I signed up for it on Nov. 5th and tweeted about it immediately. I was thrilled. I was told 6-8 weeks later and it’s been 9 weeks so I tweeted them to find out what was up. The person tweeting was very nice and gave me their consumer services number. I expected to have a similar experience to the People magazine one but it was quite the opposite. Not going to get into all the details but they were rude, unpleasant and no help at all. The person I talked to should not be working with the public because she clearly hates her job. She acted like I had bought a calendar and was trying to scam them out of a 2nd one. I tried explaining to her but she had a smart answer of “I can’t speak to that” to every question I asked. They have no more calendars which seems odd to me. Usually there’s extras laying around. Later I was looking on Facebook and saw that they were telling people that they were out but could buy one for $12.99 in their online store. This leaves me totally perplexed as this is a time when so many people are attacking Betty Crocker for using GMOs in their products and I’m completely happy with them as a brand except for their treatment of me personally. That’s saying a lot. I’ve often said companies nowadays don’t extend “goodwill” to customers since they don’t value customer loyalty. They figure even if they lose a customer, there’s a hundred others they can get to make up for them. This may be true but there’s something to be said for just doing the right thing. The person tweeting for them has asked for my name and addy so that is a step in the right direction. This wasn’t asked on the phone but the call was “monitored and recorded”. I’m not going to say anymore about it until I see if they come through. If they do, I will be sure to acknowledge that here.
Sadly, I wrote this blog post over a week ago and had to go back twice to add the dates in and change things from “yesterday” to “last week”. Having to mess with a post this much is enough to make me give up blogging completely. Yes, I do give up easily. No, I’m not quitting but easily frustrated. I wanted to get this catchup post out of the way so I could blog about more important things. I just haven’t had any time to do it. Sigh. I can see how 2013 is going. Let’s hope this isn’t a sign of things to come…