Monthly Archives: April 2010

I’m Not Here

It’s Friday afternoon and over 70° outside.  I’ll be back later…

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Strike Two

Comcast has ONE more chance with us, and the inning isn’t looking good for their team.

Mr. Chili came home from work today very, very hot under the collar.  It seems that, in making the switch to digital, we need something that will tell our TiVos how to see the new signal coming out of the wall.

NO ONE has been able to help us.

Mr. Chili is on the phone right now with Comcast (and has been for the last 28 minutes).  In that time, we’ve talked to three people and almost had TiVo service added to our bill (which we DON’T need; we already have lifetime service through TiVo).

Unless we get someone on the line soon who can help us, we’re going to be asked to be connected to someone who can terminate our service and I’m going to be making a call to Dish…


Filed under frustrations, General Bitching, technical difficulties, television, WTF?!

Quick Hit

Having tools that only work sporadically is incredibly frustrating.
I think I’m going to buy a new laptop today…


Filed under frustrations, Little Bits of Nothingness, my oh-so-exciting life, the jobs

Wednesday WTF

So, I applied for the fellowship at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum back in February, right?  The website said the decisions were made on April 12th.  I’ve still heard nothing – yea or nay.  No email, no letter, no phone call, nothing.

At this point, I’m assuming I didn’t get in and am making arrangements for other learning opportunities over the summer.  Still, I’m disappointed at the lack of notification; I was really interested in this program, and would rather have heard “sorry; try again next year” than nothing at all.  Just sayin’….


Filed under frustrations, Holocaust Study and Outreach, my oh-so-exciting life, Worries and Anxieties, WTF?!

Ten Things Tuesday

Ten Things on the Chili Family to-do list:

1.  Get rid of the dumpster.  I think we’ve thrown out all we can; it’s time to get the boxcar out of the yard.

2.  Hire someone to build us a deck.  I think Mr. Chili wants to do it, but I think I’d rather we hired someone to come and do it in an afternoon rather than have him fight with it for a couple of weeks’ worth of weekends.

3.  Get a quote for the siding.  We had the new part of the house sided when it was built, but we couldn’t afford to re-skin the whole house.  The old part of the house NEEDS to be resided, and I’d like to get that done this year (of course, that means another dumpster, but that’s part of the deal).

4.  Have some landscaping done.  I don’t want to do anything major; really, “landscaping” for me means ripping out the old and broken bushes in front of the great room windows and replacing them with some hardy perennial (but not rhododendrons.  Ick).  I may have one of my students do this; he’s trying to get a summer yard care business off the ground.

5.  Check into a meditation class.  As I was driving by the little yoga/meditation/massage/accupuncture place on my way home from work the other day, I saw a sign for a 4 week meditation class.  I asked Mr. Chili if he’d go with me, and he said yes.  I’ll call about that today.

6.  Get the girls signed up for camps.  At some point pretty soon, we’ve got to sit down as a family with all the fliers and applications we’re collecting and decide where the girls are going to go during the summer.  I don’t want them to spend their whole summer at camp, but I do want them to have a lot of structured experiences this year.  My hope is to get them hooked on something – drama, music, art, a sport – that they can take back to school with them in September.

7.  Plan some trips.  My in-laws want us all to go to NYC to see King Tut, Mr. Chili and I want to take the girls on a vacation this summer (but we’re not sure to where just yet), and we want to make sure we get plenty of Mimi and Poppy time at the Cape.

8.  Schedule check-ups.  Both Mr. Chili and I are due for annual check-ups (I got the blood work started when I went to the doctor yesterday about my hand (more on that later), and we’re both overdue on a visit to our dentist.

9.  Finish the master bathroom.  Strangely, this isn’t terribly high on my list; we’re functioning with the one shared bathroom upstairs, and the fact that the door is on the unfinished room (and, thus, can be closed) makes its being unfinished less of a stress on me because I don’t have to see it every day.

10.  Huh… I can only come up with nine things this week.  Oh, well!


Filed under Little Bits of Nothingness, my oh-so-exciting life, ten things Tuesday

Monday Meme

Stolen, with love, from NurseExec.

1. Ever had any run-ins with the “library police?”
Not really.  I’ve paid a few fines in my day, but nothing that would stand out as exceptional
2. Do you have a special organizational plan and place for wrapping paper, gift bags, etc., or do you just purchase whatever you need as you give gifts?
All gift wrapping stuff is upstairs in the linen closet.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s ORGANIZED, but there are boxes for gift bags and tissue paper.  The rolls of wrapping paper are leaning in the corner of the closet.
3. Have you ever been in (first-hand witness) a natural disaster?
Do blizzards count?  I was witness to the blizzard of ’78.  That’s about it.
4. What’s your favorite Barry Manilow song?
None of them.  I mean, really…
5. What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
I have rocked a couple of medieval gowns in my day.
6. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?
I don’t use either very often, but I consult a dictionary more than a thesaurus.
7. What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Ovaltine.  If you don’t consider that a food, I’d have to go with bacon, but I almost never eat it at breakfast time.
8. Have you ever purchased anything from an infomercial?
I bought a mop once that I saw passing by an informercial, but I bought it at the store.  I’ve never bought anything from the t.v.
9. Have you ever crawled through a window?
Yes.  In fact, I locked myself out of my own home about 6 months after moving in, and I had to have the cop next door help me break in.
10. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Kinda, yeah.  I believe in instant attraction, but not love; love comes later.
11. How many pairs of jeans do you own?
I don’t know; three or four?
12. If someone were going to bake a cake to honor/represent you, what would it be? (Think creatively, like Duff and Crew on “Ace of Cakes.”)
This is a no-branier; it’d have to be a bookshelf.


Filed under Little Bits of Nothingness, meme

I Don’t Know What Hurts More…

Something very strange is happening to my right ring finger.  Yesterday at about 3:00, it started to ache – a kind of stiff, the-knuckle-needs-to-crack ache that prevented me from bending or straightening the finger completely.  Strangely, though, it doesn’t hurt when it’s in a neutral, at rest position.  Anyway, as far as I’m aware, I didn’t bang or injure the digit in any way, and I don’t think it’s an allergic reaction to anything because the pain and swelling are limited to just that finger.

After seeking advice from Grammar Snob (who’s studying nursing, by the way, and kicking proverbial ass at it, too), I decided NOT to go to the ER.  She didn’t think it sounded like the symptoms of anything serious, but she’s scratching her head about how I got this way much the same as I am.  While I’m a fan of House on t.v., I’m not particularly wild about medical mysteries in real life (especially when they involve… you know… ME).

Snob suggested that I spend a good portion of last night with my hand submerged in a bowl of ice water (THAT was fun… not).  This, combined with the handful of ibuprofin I took, had no appreciable effect on either the pain or the inflammation, and I went to bed nervous that I’d end up in the ER with a blue ring finger.

I managed to make it through the night, though the finger was quite a bit more swollen than it was when I went to bed.  Mr. Chili ended up having to cut my ring off before I left for yoga class this morning…

I’m certain that our local jeweler can have it back in shape in little to no time, and for as much as it pains me to have had my 10 year anniversary ring physically cut off of my hand, I’m certain that the repair bills are going to be less than the ER bills would have been.

The latest is that the finger is still not right.  If it persists much beyond tomorrow, I’ll call my primary care doc and see if he can figure out what the hell is wrong with me.


Filed under health, my oh-so-exciting life, strange but true, weirdness