Tuesday, February 28, 2006

*big sigh of relief*

The maternity leave is over, I can go back to my ordinary daily routine. No more alternating jobs every day. *whew*

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Rally. America. See the Irony?

Last year I complained about the 100 Acre Wood Rally a little. I snuck that "authority figures" part in at the end of my post. What I meant to say was that it was not nearly as much fun as it had been in years past, and I didn't enjoy myself nearly as much, and I wondered if I would go back this year.

I did.

I'm pretty sure I won't make the same mistake next year, unless the event changes hands again before then. I know "every rally is what you make of it," but it seems to me that Rally America is doing everything in their power to keep spectators from making anything of it. Maybe I expect too much, but I do know that the first year I went was incredible, and since then it has been a downhill slide. Last year ran on time, but the spectator points were more lame, and IMO there was entirely too much crowd control, and this year amounted to a long ass drive to BF-Arkansas, a two and a half hour wait to see the cars navigate a corner from a terrible angle, and listening to too much flack directed at the spectators from the muckiety-mucks in official vehicles. Whatever.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Furniture, the Sequel

We borrowed Dennis's Dad's truck and picked up our new furniture yesterday. We got the couch with no hassle at all, except that the couch and mattress set would not fit together with the truck cap on. It took us about twenty-five minutes to drive the couch home and unload it. When we returned to the store, we learned that American had "lost" our mattress and box spring.

I know a mattress and box spring are small items...

We were in the store for an hour and thirty-five minutes while they looked for our stuff. I gave up on standing in the warehouse, and went up to the front desk at the forty-five minute mark. I heard the girls at the front desk calling all of the managers, and I heard them calling back asking, "Is this about the missing mattress? Someone's looking."

Finally, after about twenty minutes of that, an actual manager came to the front desk. He made two phone calls, and within ten minutes, he had my mattress located, moved to the dock, and put on the truck. He did knock $100 off of my total bill, so now I know that Dennis and I are actually worth about $33 net per hour. Someone needs to tell my boss! Now if I could have just gotten the manager on the case an hour sooner, I wouldn't have anything to write here. I guess I paid for furniture, not service, and it is old fashioned and small-townish of me to expect to be treated well when I chose to spend my hard earned money at your store. Hrmph!

Anyway, despite all of that, I am in love with my new furniture. I slept very well on the new mattress. Mmmm, so comfy! I want to go back to it right now :)

New couch:

Friday, February 17, 2006

Welcome Ryan Matthew

Christopher's Aunt Mary and Uncle Nate had their first baby this afternoon. This is Chris's first cousin on either side of the family. He's gotten all of the nephew/grandchild attention to himself for the past nine years. I wonder how he'll react at Christmas? He's excited today though :)

Congratulations to the new parents!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

I got cookies and baby Kit Kats. I'm quite satisfied with that.

Sunday, February 12, 2006


After way too much looking around, we've finally decided on a new mattress set and a new couch! We won't get them until next weekend, and I am already stir crazy wanting to buy matching accessories for the living room.

Other than that, I have been extremely busy with work, and I have no desire to come home and look at a computer screen after the days we've been having. The blog is suffering, but I'm making it. I'm suprized at how much some of the people at work let it get to them though.