I ordered all my Christmas gifts through Amazon. This is something I have normally done for the last few years since I have teenagers in the house and nowhere to hide the unwrapped gifts anymore. I am also a little cheap, not really, more like unemployed through summer at least. Now when shopping with Amazon they offer customers the option of using Free Super Saving Shipping for orders over $25. Sounds fantastic doesn’t it? It isn’t fantastic at all if it is a low weight item because it will be shipped using FedEx Smartpost which is anything but smart.
It is fantastic getting things delivered earlier than expected as this takes of some of the holiday stress. It’s even okay for shipments to be on time or even slightly delayed with good reason. None of those things will make me mad. What is not okay is to purposely hold things in the shipping destination city distribution center just so that it won’t be delivered ahead of schedule. That makes no sense to me, why wouldn’t you want to deliver it as soon as possible and be rid of the extra work from holding on to it a few extra days. What is also not okay is shipping it from the destination city to another state to keep it from being delivered early and then having it be delayed because it won’t make it back in time. Another thing that is not okay would be to hold the item on the truck for two days and list it as being out for delivery to again make sure that it is not delivered early.
Therein lies my personal problem and pet peeve. I live in a nice neighborhood but this is more first Christmas here. I have no idea if boxes left on my stoop will still be there when I get home. I lived in a nice neighborhood before and some one still managed to take off with a large and expensive ice cream maker without my even having been alerted that it was delivered until about 8 pm that night. So I have been at home waiting for this box to be delivered that has been on the truck out for delivery for 2 days now. I may not have a job but I have plenty to get done every day with limited time to get it done in. I am also bothered by the fact that it may get left and I may not know when it happens because who is to say the tracking information isn’t made up just to shut up customers. If there is one thing I’m almost sure of from having former FedEx employee friends, not the guy who drops off my package but real friends of over 20 years, it is that my package nor anyone else’s will sit on the truck for 2 days. Even the evenings the trucks come back empty or there are disciplinary actions for the driver and then the truck is loaded every morning. So correct me if I’m wrong to worry about FedEx Smartpost shipping service. Even as a former small business owner I can’t see the logic in using them to get this done even if it had saved me a few dollars. That small amount of savings in cost will not have made a drop of difference once I had started losing my customers.
The many dissatisfied customers are very easy to find through any web search. I checked Amazon first and Google after I had read the many comments there.
I can’t even remember when I started this book but I am having the hardest time finishing it. James Patterson has used a different coauthor for each of the books in the Witch & Wizard series. I’m not sure this was such a great idea. When I am interested in a book or series I have no trouble finishing it quickly and it doesn’t matter how many other books I’m reading at the same time. I’ll admit I read The Fifty Shades of Grey series and it only took me 3 days. The second book slowed me down, it took a day and a half to read. I love James Patterson but he has really missed the mark with this book. I am really dragging through it and the only reason I’m even bothering is just so I can complete the series. So here I go back to it.
This is not the only issue I have with James Patterson this week but we’ll discuss his major Jack Reacher fail later.
I’ve had a full range of emotions and attitudes this week so I’ll try to do a quick summary of the happenings.
The good this week is easy. I stepped on the scale Wednesday with great fear. I’ve been eating better but I don’t always eat the way I’m supposed to. I have been weighing myself faithfully every Wednesday and some times I’ll get on the scale on other weekdays. This week my new best friend, the bathroom scale, informed me that I am now 17o pounds. That’s 12 pounds lost in three weeks, I had gotten up to 182 pounds after getting put on high blood pressure meds. This has been a really bad place for me because in high school I see sawed between 115 and 125. Even after my third child I was only 130. This has caused me to have a lot of self consciousness. I am finally getting past that but I know that for my frame I am overweight so I am finally doing something about it and sticking to it this time.
Today I went to spend time with the girls and I didn’t realize how badly I needed to do just that until I was with the girls. We were supposed to see Magic Mike but the theater changed the showing time so I was only able to have lunch with them before I had to come back home and take Qiarra to her tutoring job. The rest of the girls went to see the movie. I was disappointed because I can’t take my boyfriend, teenage daughter, or my teenage son to see it because it just wouldn’t be right. So I guess I have to wait until it comes on DVD. I spent a few hours moping around the house so the rest of the family could be as miserable as me.
Finally, Friday was my exes birthday and I try really hard to be the bigger parent in the situation but he doesn’t make it very easy. My youngest daughter spent all week reminding me that Friday was dad’s birthday. She chose to post a happy birthday message to his Facebook wall. Now I am perfectly okay with this. He lives in El Salvador so this is the easiest way for them to communicate. I am all for them communicating. Now I know what type of father my ex has been but I refuse to ever tell my daughter, she’s only 11 and she will eventually figure it out herself. My son has already decided not to use the Ramirez part of his name and only goes by Brown. He has already asked me to make it legal. So today my ex did the thank you posts and even posted a picture of him and I guess his new girlfriend spending his birthday together. I’m happy for him because I moved on years ago and I’m very happy, my whole issue is that through all that he did not even bother to acknowledge his daughter’s post. The kids also had their birthdays early in the year, one each month behind the other. I went as far as to send him a private message reminding him of his son’s birthday so my son wouldn’t see it on his page. My ex didn’t bother to tell any of the kids happy birthday or even an occasional hi. Nor does he pay any child support and my boyfriend doesn’t mind but we should be married by this time next year and I’m faced with the decision of whether to terminate his parental rights or not. I think he might end up pushing me into a decision sooner rather than later.
Okay I think I’m done venting for now and I’m glad to have my blog back up because I’ve been wanting to post all week. Come to think of it I wanted to post last week too. I guess I had a lot to get off my chest.blog
I always buy my tickets for my trip in February or March because I don’t have a lot of extra money and use my tax returns. Now I never fail to do this and the same is true this year. I usually always travel American Airlines but Orbitz and Expedia don’t offer tickets for them anymore. When I picked my tickets I chose by price and layover times. There was a 31 minute layover each way and I was perfectly okay with that. Then I got an email from Orbitz that my itinerary had changed and it was now 31 minutes going and 41 coming back, I was still okay with that. And wait I got another email that it had changed again and guess what it’s still 31 minutes going but now 2 hours and 22 minutes coming back. I’m pissed, really pissed. If I wanted to spend 2 hours in a place where I don’t know anyone I would have chosen a flight where I could spend 2 hours alone in a terminal I haven’t seen since I was 11. I go online to see my cancellation options with Orbitz and read that I will have to cancel both my flight and car; I further read that I will have to forfeit my whole airline fare. WT…okay caught myself there. If it was just a cancellation fee I would have cancelled on the spot but I can’t afford to just lose 300 hundred dollars. I am stuck with this ticket but as i said I will never again travel United Airlines. At least if I was Traveling Southwest with their very long layovers I would get to take my luggage for free.
I woke up this morning and figured that I’d written two posts yesterday and I might just take today off. Then I saw some amazing stupidity and couldn’t keep it to myself.
As I’ve previously said I drive a big car which means I can’t go from 0 to 60 in 30 seconds without using a whole tank of gas. That might be a slight exaggeration but it’s very slight. Most of the freeway entrances are setup really dumb in my opinion and I can’t make a 15 mph loop to the entrance and get up to 60 to merge without being rear ended by the oncoming traffic. Because of that I drive my mom to work on the freeway and back home on the surface streets. The surface streets on the way home take me through downtown Irving which has two main streets and they are both one ways.
This morning right as I start on the one way street a see a car a little farther up from me start turning. I thought he was at one of the side streets that connect the one way streets. That was not where this person was at all. This person had decided it would be smarter to make a u-turn and just come the wrong way back down this one way street. The street had just widened into three lanes which put me in the center lane. So luckily the person used the lane to my left. I actually slowed down from 30 mph to 20 just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. This driver went all the way back to where the two one way streets merged going the wrong way.
There are somethings some people do that will never stop amazing me.
I placed this in the Peeves category because stupid people are a pet peeve of mine.
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