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Back In The Saddle

I certainly was blogging intensely there for a while, wasn’t I? The campaign and election stuff had my adrenaline pumping, for sure!

While I usually try to post something daily, I don’t feel obliged to, so this isn’t one of those sorry-I-haven’t-been-blogging-as-much-as-usual posts. It’s not like the world is hanging on my every word, after all. I’m just catching up and trying to regain a little momentum.

I want to post a few updates on some stuff, like the situation at my son’s school, which includes a rather humorous story about the call I received from the S.T.E.M Academy Director. There are a few other things as well, but I’ll just play it by ear rather than listing it all right now.

There are also a few other things to rant about, like smokers at bus stops, and how I’m almost certain that shopping at Walmart is significantly decreasing my life expectancy. I’ll get to all this once I’ve reestablished my routine and settled back in after reluctantly sending Mike back to England (I tried hiding his passport, but he kept finding it!).

As for this weekend, I’ve been rearranging what little furniture I own in preparation for the winter. I have central heating, but I hate running it for several reasons. Mainly because it racks up an enormous gas bill that causes me great pain and makes me cry. It also dries me out and makes me cough; plus it just doesn’t seem right to pay so much money to get sick when chest colds and even strep throat are so easy to come by for free.

In light of all that, I’ve set up my relatively large bedroom like a den of sorts. I have a small heater fan, which more than does the trick; I sometimes have to turn it off because it gets too warm. My son has one for his bedroom as well, so we’re both set at night.

When I have to be in the kitchen for any length of time, the stove warms things up quite nicely, and our bathroom is quite small, so we can warm it up before showering just by running the hot water for a couple of minutes before getting in. When my son and I hang out together, it’s usually in my room anyway, so I think this will work out just fine. And it will save us a ton of money!

So, now that I have everything set up the way I want it, I’m totally pooped and my back is aching. I’m going to take some Aleve, lie down with my heating pad for a while and wait for my son to come back from his friend’s house.

It’s really very cozy in here. I think I like it!

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Praise The Flying Spaghetti Monster!

The rent is due and I still have to give my son his regular allowance. Besides that, I owe him for some extra chores he’s been doing so he can buy a new computer monitor. He works very hard and I’m not going to hold out on him just because money is tight this week.

Anyway, I was counting money and planning the budget and starting to get a little bummed out, when I suddenly remembered stashing a one hundred dollar bill in a drawer in my bedroom a while back. I wasn’t completely sure about this (age catching up on me, I guess) but when I went to check, it was there!

Praise the almighty Flying Spaghetti Monster and all his noodly goodness!

A hundred bucks doesn’t go nearly as far as it used to, but it will definitely make things a little more comfortable until I get paid again next week. And think of all the pasta I can buy!

RAmen!


Defining “Prepaid”

I am absolutely livid! I just got off the phone with my cell phone company, and my head feels like I’ve been beating it against concrete.

I should begin by explaining that I have prepaid service with no contract. Last time I paid my bill was for service from May 11th to June 11th. If I decide to discontinue service after that, no action is required. If I don’t purchase another month of service on or before June 11th, the service will be suspended on the 12th and terminated in thirty days. No harm, no foul; neither of us owes the other and we go our separate ways.

A little while ago, I called to find out about having a specific feature removed because I’ve had no use for it over the past two months. Since I have prepaid service, I should be able to do this and pay the reduced amount on June 11th, right? Pretty simple, huh?

So why the hell did I just spend the last hour on the phone explaining the concept of prepaid service and resisting the urge to swear and call people names?

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