12-29-12 Saturday (Here We Are!)

Here I am!  I know it’s been a while.  Weekends haven’t been very exciting.  So what’s happening?

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Ski PoleChristmas was great. Jim’s Mom and Morgan came to our house shortly after Christmas and spent a few days with us.  One night we went to Zootastic to drive through their Christmas light display.  It wasn’t very good.  Although they have over 2 million lights, most look like they were just thrown around into different trees.  I think in the future we’ll stick with going for the zoo itself.  We did park and enter the zoo area for a few minutes.  It was really cold and we weren’t quite dressed for it.  Jim fed a tiger some raw meat through the fence using what looked like ski pole.  Pretty ingenious.  The wide round base kept the pole from going too far past the chain link fence and possibly hurting the tiger.

We gave Ann and Morgan a gift inside of this prank box.  Have you seen these?  There’s so many to chose from and the boxes are hilarious.  Each end of the box has different pictures and lists all the great advantages to the product.  The item features will make you pee your pants.

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Jim had some minor surgery on 11-29-12 that required him to be out of work for 2-3 weeks for recovery.  I stayed home a few days as well.  That’s pretty much why I hadn’t been blogging.  Nothing to tell really since he couldn’t be active.  This paragraph was going to be the first paragraph to explain my absence but then I realized that when this posts on Facebook it will show a few lines of the blog and I didn’t want this to be the part that shows.  I imagine some, or a lot of people don’t read the blog so to see this info, they’ll have to be a “reader”.  So, excuse the out of order paragraph content. 

So, let’s catch up on all the miscellaneous non-cohesive photos I have to share:

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Above/Below: This year’s exciting purchase for our holiday décor.

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2012-12-03 007Above: Dasher sits with Jim through recovery.

IMG_1233Above/Below: We have 2 trees up.  The smaller one is our “Travel Ornament Tree”.  2012-12-08 010

2012-12-29 006Above: The “main” tree.

2012-11-26Above: At a NEW Chinese buffet in town.

2012-12-7Above: I looked every where on these coupons and couldn’t find a discard date but I managed to sneak them into the trash.  Also, who really calls these “coupons”?  They’re called tickets so why not print “keep this ticket” on them?

2012-12-29 002Above: What’s painting have to do with dog food?

That’s all I’ve got! 

12-7-12 Friday (Calendar Predictions)

This post is one of those “I haven’t posted in a while so I should” sorta of things.  It’s just that I really didn’t have enough material to pull together a post, so I didn’t.  I’m not really sure that I do now except for fragments but then again, most of my posts are fragments.  It’s rarely ever one subject but rather multiple. 

I’ve complained many-a-time about the Jeep’s brakes and the ineffective repairs made by Monro Muffler and Brake.  In September I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau:

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I never received a response from Monro.  Let me put my surprised face on.  I decided to visit their Facebook page and posted:

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What a bullshit response from them. 

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The reason for their “F” grade at the BBB:

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One might say, “hey, they’re a big company and they probably get a lot of complaints from all over the country.”  Let’s compare Tire Kingdom then.  They’re MUCH larger than Monro and they managed to land a B- rating.

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Anyway, I emailed Monro customer service as asked and never got a response.  Where’s that surprised face?

So the whole Mayan world ending on 12-21-12 calendar thing…  First of all there’s tons of humorous comics about it here.  Second of all, it’s on a Friday and if my company decides to have a fire drill on that day, I’ll flip out.  If you’ve been reading the blog for over a year, you may remember that we had a fire drill during the day of the “Rapture”.  Nothing says “holy shit” like having some forecasted disaster date accompanied by blaring alarms and flashing lights while working.  Wish me luck.

Speaking of work, I’ve got several applications in for new positions.  Please send über positive vibes!  There’s 3 different ones in particular that I’m super interested in.  I’m hoping to land interviews.  Usually it’s with the recruiter first and then the hiring manager.  I’m assuming I didn’t get that other job I applied for.  Maybe it was the snot?  Anyway, the job site at work shows current, withdrawn, and declined applications.  The posting is probably closed but my application is still active.  So, have they not made up their mind?  Did they decide 2 weeks ago but no one has decided to click the magical button that declines me?

Plans this weekend?  Decorate for Christmas.  Oy.