Hell Froze Over
February 12, 2013 by almostakiss
Another week has come and gone. I wasn’t in the mood to write but I’ve got my next topic all lined up. In the meantime, I wanted to update on a few things. Hell finally froze over and after 3 months I finally received my free Betty Crocker calendar. After all the fooling around of calling and tweeting them, I had pretty much given up. A month ago I had purchased a 2013 calendar since I can’t go without one. All that was left then at Target was a Green Bay Packers one. This was a day or two before they lost their last game. Hubby is a huge Packers fan and I’ve slowly gotten on board the green & gold express. Now that I’ve got it up, I will probably just leave it and find somewhere else to put the Betty Crocker one. There does look to be some yummy recipes inside that I want to get around to trying.
The other miraculous thing that happened last week was my People magazine showed up. The double issue that I’d phoned them about and they finally sent a replacement. These 2 things should’ve made me feel happy and vindicated. That I had stood up for myself on both counts and succeeded after much effort to get what was promised to me. Instead I felt “meh”. The only thing I can say about it is: it shouldn’t be that much trouble to get people to do the right thing. I feel like I basically had to shame the Betty Crocker people into honoring their promise. I can hardly applaud them for not doing the right thing from the get go. That they needed that kind of prodding is ridiculous. I’m not going to talk anymore about this since I’ve wasted too much time on it already.
One thing I forgot to mention last week, the family whose house we watched the Superbowl at are a Nielsen family. They’re part of the Nielsen ratings and have a special box attached to their tv that monitors everything they watch. It was so cool! I had forgotten all about back in the 1980’s when we’d been picked to do it. Back then it was simply a survey type thing you had to fill out and mail in every week listing everything you watched on tv. Back then, it was just Mom and I living together and I was working nights at the post office. The only thing I watched were 2 soap operas and nothing at night. I remember filling them out and thinking how boring it must be compared to the average household. I’ve always loved tv but can go either way with it. I don’t have it on “just for noise” like a lot of households. I could easily give up tv entirely. I would miss it but it’s not the be all and end all. Sometimes when we’re on vacation, we watch no tv for a few weeks. Other times on vacation, we’ll just watch the news and that’s it. On the other end of the spectrum, I love certain tv shows like they were part of the family. They have brought me so much joy. There’s nothing like thinking about what day it is and what’s on that night that I’m looking forward to watching. Anyway, I would love to be part of the Nielsen family now. Alas, they pick people completely at random and you can’t volunteer for it.
Last week hubby was told about a “detail” job that lasts 6 months. It involves flying around the country and rating the TSA on different elements. My husband was a management consultant many years ago and went into different businesses and figured out what they were doing wrong and right. He went into every type of business known to man and learned so much! A few examples of businesses he analyzed: slaughterhouses, a dentist office, a cheese factory, restaurants, internet service providers, a strip club, etc. So this detail position was right up his alley even though it involved a lot of paperwork. He’d be flying Monday through Friday to a different city/airport and would be home on Sat. & Sun. I wasn’t thrilled about it but I could see why he wanted to do it and how it would be interesting. He got his resume ready and filled out the questionaire with long essay questions, etc. At the last minute he finds out his supervisor won’t let him put in for it. He had asked his boss (supervisor’s boss) and he’d said ok but then his supervisor talked the boss out of letting Greg do it. Talk about infuriating. Then his supervisor says he should put in for a different detail position. So he did. This one was for 3 months straight in Washington D.C. It’s helping out at TSA headquarters and he’d be gone the entire time without coming home for a day. I couldn’t believe my hubby was willing to put in for it. I couldn’t fathom him wanting to be away from me for that long. That he didn’t think about what my life would be like while he’s gone. We talked about it and from what I can tell, it has nothing to do with me or our marriage. He thinks it will help his career. Ugh. When he was gone for 6 weeks when he had canine training 3 years ago, it just about did me in. This would be twice as long, for no extra pay. I try to be supportive but I also like to see that I’m getting something out of the deal or at the very least he is. I don’t even know why I’m bringing this up since it looks like he won’t get it. There are only a few spots and who knows how many people applied. I think I’m mentioning it so that people are aware how much anxiety this causes me. I worry about the basement flooding while he’s gone. The electricity going out. My mom dying. You would not want to be inside my head. I know a lot of this has to do with how isolated and insulated my life is. I don’t have anyone outside of my immediate household to rely on. I count on my hubby for way too many things. If I ever thought about him dying, I’d probably have a panic attack. Death and thoughts of death are for another blog post. Oooh, won’t that be good. Argh.
How I can turn my ramblings into a blog post is beyond me. I don’t seem to have any problem doing it. Unfortunately, I don’t know how interesting it is to hear me going on and on about stuff. I know it’s not easy in my daily life to find people who can take me in large doses. That’s what makes each one of my readers so special. I can’t thank you enough for putting up with me and coming back for more! 😉
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