Sunday, November 25, 2007

Fallen off the earth?

Not really. Much as I might want to.
(let me apologize in advance for my venting...)

Steve had to go to Toronto last week for work. He left at lunchtime Sunday with a probable return of sometime Saturday. And, yes, he had to work Thanksgiving.
He was up there last month for the Canadian Thanksgiving and had to rework his schedule so they could have the day off. Now that the shoe was on the other foot, he was still the one that had to rework his schedule. They were ging to work all week, even if it was for an American company that would be closed for a holiday. And then, to top it all off, not all the machinery was there so there were delays getting it in and running. And some never did get going. He was not able to do what he was there to do. He came home Friday evening but will have to go back this week.

Brian went to his foster mom's and brother's on Thursday. Another sister is also living there now. And they chat with a couple other sibs that are in the area and occassionally visit, too. It's good for him to keep up with family. He came back saying he has a cousin (unknown name) that plays on the Miami Dolphins. Hmmm.... maybe there is really something to this whole football thing?!?!?

Friday was just me and Zack. He's always reading and had been complaining that he was out of Star Wars books. Half Price Books was supposed to be giving away gift cards and tote bags to the first 100 customers, beginning at 7 a.m. By the time I got Zack up and out the door, we got there about 8:30. I could not imagine a used book store as being a popular destination first thing on Black Friday but apparently it was. Zack got all the Star Wars books they had that he hadn't read yet. 4 of them. He's going to have to supplement with full price books at Barnes & Noble and Borders and such.

I want the boys to switch bedrooms and beds. Kind of. Brian's room has a much larger closet than Zack's but he hides stuff that he should not even have. Zack is like his mother, a pack-rat, and does not have a large enough closet to properly put things away. I wanted to get them switched this weekend. No cooperation/help from the rest of the folks here so it still isn't done.
Zack currently has a futon/bunk but only sleeps on one side of the bottom. It takes up way too much space in his mess of a room. Brian had a loft bed (still in the garage) that he would not climb up in either, especially once he broke his leg. Brian has his brother and friends over occassionally. He could use the futon/bunk right where it is once they switch rooms. That means Zack needs a bed for the other room (Brian's mattress is currently on the floor, awaiting a frame). Zack and I went from Half Price to Furniture Fair (they had a sale going, too) but he did not like anything. Figures. He's fighting this whole thing as much as he can.
Just like he's not getting his father's stuff out of the bathroom and put away - it's been seven months!!

(I wanted to get some of the basement cleaned out and rearranged, too. Nope, didn't get that done either.)

I really don't like crowds and malls and all that so we headed from the furniture store to the grocery store. Not too many people at the grocery store the day after Thanksgiving! $232 (after $158 in store and coupon savings) later and I still had a list going of what we needed. Boys!!

I did do some knitting later on. I just have to weave ends and I will have.....
another pair of socks.
These took some reknitting (almost half a sock worth) but I like the finished product better. Gotta get some pics.
And when I get those pics, I'll also have to get some of what Steve brought back from Romni Wool (LYS in Toronto that he found). He picked out yarn all on his own!! He said the place was absolutely huge. Their site says 6000 square feet. Can I go, too????
He even remembered that the Harlot is up there and thought about trying to find her... She probably appreciates that he didn't!

As I expected, UConn lost to West Virgina. I just did not expect it to be as bloody as it was. 21-66. Ouch! But we finished #2 in the Big East behind WV. And we are headed to either the Gator Bowl or the Sun Bowl. (Unlike NE that's staying home this year.)

Did manage to get some laundry done and some bills/paperwork somewhat caught up. Only after I had a complete meltdown. Steve works and then sits in the recliner 'cuz he works and makes the money.' Well, I work, too. And I have basically all the responsibility for everything around the house, too. How is that fair?
And I've asked for help.
And I've screamed for help.
And I've cried for help.

And I get ignored.

I ask the boys to do something,

and they walk away and ignore me.
Steve says we'll have to talk about it another time.

Later, noone remembers me even saying anything. Unless, of course, I had a screaming fit. Then I'm just a witch (with a capital B).
Either way, it's not working.

I must come up with a plan....

Sunday, November 18, 2007

waffles vs. spaghetti?!?!?

Zack saw the truck sweater on the kitchen floor, where I had taken the picture of it. He asked if it was the same one I made for him when he was little.
Nope, making another.
Then I showed him the pic from the previous post.
He informed me that it looks like the way girls think. He says guys have waffles for brains and girls have spaghetti. Guys compartmentalize and nothing crosses over from section to section while girls just have a big ol' jumbled mess. 'That's what they learned in health class.'
Thanks public schools!


I knit and knit yesterday, bleary-eyed and all. But, this is what I have to show for it:

Ends and more ends.
Gotta finish them off,
attach the sleeves,
add the neckband and button bands,
add buttons and send the trucks on their way...

(It looks so small!)

Old Connecticut

(Alma Mater)

Once more as we gather today,
to sing our Alma Mater's Praise,
and join in the fellowship strong,
which inspires our college days,
we're backing our men in the strife,
cheering them to victory!
And pledge anew
to Old Connecticut,
our steadfast spirit of loyalty.

Connecticut, Connecticut
Thy sons and daughters true.
Unite, to honor thy name,
Our fairest White and Blue.

That should probably do for the football season. We beat Syracuse 30-7 yesterday for the first 7-0 home record in UConn history.
And the first 7-0 home record in Big East history!
It's our first 9 win season since who only knows when.
We are 9-2 right now, with West Virginia at WV next weekend. One very tall order! It's probably not impossible, just very unlikey. 9-3 ain't too shabby for a school that just joined the Big East in '04 and is still figuring out what that whole defective, pointy ball thing is about - it doesn't bounce like a regular basketball!
A-bowling we go! (We have only been to 1 bowl game up till now. And we won the '04 Motor City Bowl. The only school to win in their first bowl appearance.)

And on the soccer field:
STORRS, Conn. (November 18, 2007) – Dori Arad (Hahotrim, Israel) scored two goals as the No. 2 nationally-ranked University of Connecticut men's soccer team captured the 2007 BIG EAST Championship title with a 2-0 win over Notre Dame at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. This is the conference-leading seventh BIG EAST Tournament title for the Huskies and the third in the last four years.
NEWTON, Mass. (November 18, 2007) - The University of Connecticut women's soccer team defeated Wake Forest Sunday 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the sweet sixteen for the first time since 2004. The Huskies improve to 13-5-2 on the season.

Men's basketball is currently 5-1 with our only loss being to #3 Memphis:
NEW YORK (November 16, 2007) - Tournament Most Valuable Player Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 33 points and freshman Derrick Rose added 24 more as third-ranked Memphis defeated the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team, 81-70, Friday evening in the championship game of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic before a crowd of 8,895 at Madison Square Garden.
And women's:
STORRS, Conn. (November 14, 2007) - Freshman Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) came off the bench to score 31 points, 22 of which came in the first half, as the No. 2/2 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team defeated Holy Cross 91-36 on Wednesday evening at Gampel Pavilion.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Identity theft, sanity theft, ...or both?

I went down to my credit union this afternoon to activate my ATM card and open a checking account to go with the savings. As part of the process to approve someone for a checking account, they get a report from ChexSystems. This is sort of like a credit report but has more info on day-to-day stuff like checking accounts.
I got rejected because something had been unpaid?!?!?!
She also pulled my regular credit report and found I have a higher than average score.
I have copies of both. The Equifax report all looks like my info. Nothing weird on my charge statements either.
The ChexSystems report has my social belonging to Michael J. Dell of Danielson, Connecticut. Last I checked, I am not a guy. And I have not had a Bank of Boston account closed for 'account abuse.' They had to write off all of $33.00 in 2003 but they made sure to report it!
There is an 800 number at the bottom of the report 'for specific questions about the results.' I called.
I got a message that all calls could be monitored yada-yada... She sounded Indian but I could understand her pretty well. Then the call was picked up by the next available representative. A little tougher to understand. I'm thinking the whole place is overseas. He asks for some sort of account ID or something. I had to ask him to repeat himself to make it out. Apparently that is the phone number for the member businesses to call. He says I have to call a different phone #. I write it down and dial.
Phone mail H*LL. I had 3 options for ways to request a report and 1 option if I was calling on behalf of someone else. I try pressing 0 but that is not a valid option, please try again. I tried the 4th option and got a recording about all the info they would need if I wanted to discuss someone else's records. And it sent me back to the main menu. The other 3 options are just recordings on how to go about getting a report.
Back into the credit union. They did not believe me but then remembered there was supposed to be another sheet with contact info. Couldn't find it, call the main branch to have it faxed. It finally comes through. Same phone number.
They tried it. Yup, phone mail H*LL.
She tried the yellow pages and Google. Hard to find much of anything on this company but then did manage to come up with a page with the same phone number. Again.
They agree it's not good to be relying on a company their customers can't contact.
They suggest contacting Bank of Boston since they are the ones who reported it and would have to request the correction/removal.
Come home, eat dinner, and get back to it...
I try some more online searching. They are part of eFunds and but still no contact info for us 'little people.' If I were a potential business customer, maybe.
Then I try searching for Bank of Boston. I barely remember that they had been bought out/merged a couple of times. I figure the 'net should help. Right. I kind of piece together that they are now part of Bank of America. I call the contact phone # for the Connecticut area. 26 minutes, primarily on hold, but some time trying to explain this to a customer service rep who did not give the best of impressions of the company. And then I get 'disconnected.'
I have my UConn Alumni Association credit card that is now serviced by Bank of America (that whole buy and merge thing again). Pull some of their paperwork and try that phone number. I figure it's probably not the right department but they should be able to direct me. Right. Again.
She did try to help a little but she only has access to current credit card customers. No signs of a Michael J. Dell. And the only thing they show under my social is my UConn card. She transfers me. More hold time. Explain it all again. Still wrong department and no help. Tranfer again. Explain yet again. All anyone can manage to tell me is to contact the main 3 credit reporting agencies. It's not on those! And it came from Bank of Boston (a.k.a. Bank of America). This one tries to tell me they can't access this type of info anymore as it's all been archived and she's never had to do that much work, etc.
Somehow I think this info should be (and probably is) accessible for when Mr. Dell walks back in the door and they have to decide whether to grant him credit and such.
I asked repeatedly who I needed to talk to since she wasn't in the right department either. Transfer again.
This time it was just back to the main menu of phone system H*LL.
Back to square one. Again. Thank you so much for all the help Bank of America!!!
I don't think there's any identity theft as it goes back to 2003 and this is the first it has shown up. It's also not on the main credit reports. But still, it's not right and should be fixed.
How do I prove to them that I am not a man from Danielson Connecticut who abused his Bank of boston account?!?!?

2nd-ing the opinion

From Neila in MN:

Demonstration of Support
Yesterday the Minnesota State Bar Association held a demonstration of support of the attorneys in Pakistan on the steps of the Minnesota Supreme Court building. I went with my boss, another attorney and a law student. As I stood there freezing because of the gusty winds and occasional snowflake, I realized that my discomfort was very insignificant compared to the discomfort of the attorneys and judges and people of Pakistan. There were several moving speeches given by members of the Minnesota, Hennepin County and Ramsey County Bar Associations. One person read an email from an attorney in Pakistan which almost brought tears to my eyes. Another speaker had just returned from the region and told us of conditions in Pakistan. It may seem a world away from us and it's easy to believe that the conditions there could not happen here. But is that really true? Aren't we seeing our constitution being deconstructed for the benefit or power addiction of a few? Once the rule of law is suppressed, the people have no voice.

Something for ua all to be afraid of...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Flip Flop Football

UConn lost to UC :(
Nebraska beat Kansas State :)
Ohio State lost :)
The Bungles beat the Ravens :) (Sorry Bri!)
and in the early games today, mostly visiting teams with worse records won?!?!?

I don't understand but...

some knitting pics... finally

I finished the Father and Son Socks (but for me) about a week ago. Here's the final picture.

And here is my first attempt at November's Sock Down project for Sock Knitters Anonymous. Hanauma Bay socks out of DharmaFey's HufflePuff 1st Year from Neila in HSKS3. It's been frogged. Too Pittsburg Steeler-ish. Maybe Rainbow or Annetrelac for this yarn?? Still deciding...

I started the Dragon scarf from Morehouse Farm. I knit over a foot worth and about a dozen spikes. Then I decided it was too stiff. The gauge was not right. I ripped it all out and started over on larger needles (US 8 instead of the recommended 6-7). I worked the spike bind-offs wiht a size 10.5 dp. I have now knit the entire scarf. It is still a bit stiff and definitely smaller than I expected. And I have almost a whole skein of yarn left. I'm thinking of ripping it again, working it on larger needles, again, and maybe even enlarging the pattern a bit...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Knitting update

I finished my Father and Son (but really for me, 'Mom') socks. Picture(s) should be coming to this site and to Ravelry one of these days...
I started Ann Norling's Truck Sweater...
I started Hanauma Bay socks with my HSKS3 Hufflepuff yarn. They're coming out a bit too Pittsburg Steeler/Bumble bee-ish so they may get frogged. I'm trying to find a pattern that can work with the yarn and meets the requirements of the November Sock Knitters Anonymous (Ravelry again) project.
And I started Morehouse Merino's Dragon scarf in the red, appropriately named 'Huff.' I am debating whether I'm knitting too tight. The yarn is surprisingly heavy and they say to work on US6-7 needles. I'm thinking 8-9 might be better. I have about a foot (and a dozen spikes) done. Do I rip that, too?
Decisions, decisions...

Beth's Birthday

Yes, Beth celebrated the other day. And Nancy and I wanted to do something special for her. What could we do?? She has enough sock yarn to keep herself busy for a few lifetimes.... but that's all that originally came to mind.
At least until Nancy left for California and did not have email access. Then I had an idea!! And a good one, too!!
Or so I thought.
Beth and I had talked previously about Morehouse Merino's scarves. We both liked the dragon and the alligator. She liked the alligator a bit more and I liked the dragon a tad more. But we agreed we'd prefer just ordering the pattern since neither of us wanted to spend the money on the whole kit. Neither of us would probably ever order one.
I could order one for her birthday since she won't order one for herself, right? And as long as I'm at it, I might as well order the other.
That's what I was waiting for from New York last week. It arrived Saturday just as I was looking up their phone number to call.
SnB came Tuesday night. Beth's actual birthday. I saw her in the parking lot and had her help carry stuff in. We waited to see who was coming and broke into the cupcakes (chocolate and carrot cake). And then I gave her her gift.
She said she had read my post mentioning something coming from NY and was worried. Huh????
She opened her purple alligator scarf kit.
And then told me she had ordered the green one for me for my birthday.
It is currently at Nancy's house for wrapping and such.

We decided great minds think alike!

Monday, November 5, 2007


Not sure if I am accomplished, but all this was today:

1. Bought gas on the 'cheaper' side of town, with my grocery store 10 cent/gallon discount.
2. Finally got my mammogram done (been carrying the reminder letter around for 2 years!)
3. Renewed my driver's license.
4. Picked up the info books to get a CDL so I can be a backup driver at work?!?!
5. Passed the eye exam without my glasses?!?!? (Trifocals, even. Yes, I'm getting old.)
6. Got lost and called OnStar to find out I don't have the 'where on earth am I package' any more? I only have the emergency head-on collision, we're calling for help package. They helped me anyway - thanks OnStar! Gotta upgrade and get some phone minutes, too.
7. Got back to the highway and called the dentist to tell them I was on my way but wasn't sure whether the highway had been reopened. They said to just come in and they'd work me in whenever I got there. Turns out the highway was open with no signs left of the accident that had it closed for hours earlier.
8. Went 1 exit too far on the highway and had to backtrack to the dentist's. Without getting lost this time!
9. Determined I only have sensitive teeth and no cavity!
10. Stopped at the clothing consignment shop and found a dime when I got out of the car.
11. Found out some of my items sold and they owed me $8.50.
12. Stopped at a home furnishings consignment shop and found out what their requirements are for when I get my rear in gear and clean this place out.
13. Stopped at Hobby Lobby and bought more 'I Love This Yarn' for Ann Norling's Truck Sweater for a girlfriend's new 4 year old son. She left for China on Saturday. They should be back in 11 more days.
14. Made it to the chiropractor finally.
15. Got my hair cut. A somewhat new, 'younger' style. Remember that getting old thing from above?
16. Stopped at Half Price Books and found 4 Sudoku books for 50 cents each.
17. Drove over 100 miles today.
18. Found out the water pump on the 'little' car was about to spontaneously combust but can be replaced for $150. We dropped it off yesterday at the local Saturn-guy's for front brake pads and rotors. Should save at least a couple hundred bucks on the whole shebang.
19. Had Steve get the oil changed and tires replaced on the Vue.
20. Got caught up on laundry. Again.
21. Did the finishing work on the Father and Son (for Mom) socks. Maybe tomorrow, in the daylight I can get a pic and submit it for my October Sock knitters Anonymous project on Ravelry...

I meant to get the bills/paperwork done today as well as cleaning out some of the house but...
I guess I found enough other 'excuses' not to get to those couple of things...

What holiday food are you?

You Are a Gingerbread House

A little spicy and a little sweet, anyone would like to be lost in the woods with you.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

More online shopping

I placed another yarny order last weekend and was getting worried that it wouldn't be here before Tuesday. That is important - knitting night, you know.
I looked up my receipt email and got the phone number so I could call. Then checked the mail first. There it was! It was supposed to have been shipped Monday, from NY. I didn't expect it to take so long but it all worked out...
Pics after Tuesday...

Saturday, November 3, 2007

I wonder...

Connecticut UConn Huskies
symbol of might to the foe.
Fight! Fight! Connecticut
It's victory, let's go.

Connecticut UConn Huskies
Do it again for the white and blue!
So go! Go! Go! Go!
Connecticut! Connecticut U!

C-O-N-N-E-C-T-I-C-U-T Connecticut!
Connecticut Huskies! Connecticut Huskies!
Connecticut C-O-N-N-U! Fight!

Hmmm... Do you get the idea that the Huskies might have won? Again?
We beat Rutgers 38-19.
(That was the UConn Husky Fight Song, in case you wondered. I promise I won't sing for you!!)
Alma Mater next???

Nebraska did not fair so well. Again. They broke some records though! Last week was the first time they lost 4 in a row since 1961.
Now it's 5 in a row.
They allowed the most points ever to be scored on them. 76 points (to their 39) by #8 Kansas. They broke that record recently and now they've made it even worse. Looks more like a basketball score than footbal, doesn't it?!?!

The Bungles will be playing Buffalo tomorrow. Do we bother watching?
That will be followed by 'Super Bowl 41-1/2' between the unbeaten Colts and the unbeaten Patriots. That should be worth a few hours!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Friday Night Knitting Club

Finally finished reading this the other night. I enjoyed most of it. It seemed very detailed and really got into the various characters and their backgrounds. Some of it was almost spooky in how much it reminded me of parts of my life. I even shed a few tears along the way. And then, all of a sudden, it just ended. Was there a deadline? Did the author run out of ideas or lose interest? I'm not sure. I don't want to say how it ends in case anyone else decides to read it. Overall, I'd probably give it a B-.

A day late and a dollar short?!?!?

Got this link at work the other day but didn't get the chance to try it 'till tonight...

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