Wednesday, October 31, 2007
In the mean time, I want to talk about idiot sales people. Seriously. This guy should not be doing this job.
Last weekend, Heath and I went to Sports Authority because he was looking for some swim shorts for him to wear in Hawaii. Late in the season? yeah. But that's ok. While he was trying on some shorts, I found a thing or two on the clearance rack for myself: a cute pair of capris and a pair of boy shorts to go with my swimsuit. Perfect. Even more perfect, they were both 30% off the lowest ticketed item. Sweet! Heath decided not to get the swim shorts, but said I could get my two items. He took George and Kolby back to the car and I went to pay for my purchases.
I was a bit distracted when he was ringing me up..I usually pay attention to the price of everything scanned, so when he said my total, I handed him my card. Then thought...wait. That's too much. So I asked him (after he swiped my card) if he took off the 30%. He said yes, he rang up 5 dollars off. Oh. That was good. But wait, is that 5 dollars total, or 5 dollars for each piece? I was confused; because when I look at the price of things, and notice they are on sale, I do some quick math in my head and figure out what I will be paying. The price he just swiped my card for, was about 7dollars more than I figured. Hey, I can buy a whole other shirt at Ross for 7 bucks, so its important!
So as the guy is trying to shoo me out the door, I stopped him and said that it was 30% off each ticketed item. I mean, seriously, the clearance rack is right in front of the register. It's a no-brainer. He said he only had a button for either 5 dollars off, or 15 dollars off, so he pushed the 5 dollars off button.
Since I had about 11.50 coming to me as a discout, the 5 dollars he gave me wasn't enough. Anyway, he tried as hard as he could to tell me the purchase was already made, card swiped, etc. I told him he needed to credit me the entire purchase and start again, giving me the correct discount. Then he said he didn't have a way to do 30% off on his register. "Find a way" I told him with all the niceness I could muster at that point. Meanwhile, Heath is sitting right out front in the car, wondering what the heck I'm doing that is taking so long.
So the guy credits me back the purchase. Gives me a receipt for that, then calls his manager over to do a key override to give me 30% off each item. As he is doing that, and by the way, both of them were idiots trying to figure out how to do it, I look over my two reciepts. One for the original purchase, and one for the credit back into my account. They both should be the same total, right?
This guy credited me back around 4 dollars more than the first purchase. I told this to him, and he said "No, see...it's the tax."
"Yes, but I am looking at the total for each, and you credited me back more than the first purchase. They both should be the same."
"No, see..it's the tax."
Alright, whatever. I tried to tell him, right? So the purchase is done correctly, and I save over 12 dollars. Much better than the stupid 5 dollars he tried to get away with. I guess he just banks on people not knowing how to do math. He doesn't know how to, that's for sure. And with his mistake on the credit, I saved a total of 16 dollars.
Now, the story does not end there. Yesterday, I was out running errands, and Heath still hadn't found any swim trunks, so I called him and asked him if he wanted me to buy the ones he tried on. "Yes". Ok, so I go in again. I notice the same guy working the register. Great.
Heath's shorts were 20% off. So I hand them to the guy, he rings them up, and announces the total. Before I hand over my card, I tell him that these are 20% off. "Oh". So he calls the manager over and he keys in the 20% off. I make my purchase and get out of there.
This guy, and his manager, should not be working there. If they cannot ring up a listed clearance price, then they shouldn't have them advertised. I wonder how many other people got the wrong total rung up. So my point of this long story: Know ahead of time the discount, and make sure they give it to you. They don't care. Ugh. Idiot sales people.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
So I have to say, I got a little nervous today to leave my kids. I've never done it before, except for a few days, and it didn't seem so bad. My mom was watching the kids. They were too young to be in school, so it was a simple schedule.
Now, I have three kids with differing schedules and a baby (well, almost two. Not so baby anymore, right?). My mom was planning on coming down but she had to cancel because my dad had some health problems. I have wonderful friends who wouldn't let me cancel our plans for Hawaii. They are watching our kids, taking turns, and shuttling them back and forth between houses. It sounds chaotic, but we worked out a really good schedule. I think the kids will have a blast.
So thank you , my dear friends, who have become my family. You are making this trip possible. Love ya!
I'll be back in a week or so!
(as a side note, I didn't get the recipe books mailed out to you, Tara and Bethany. So sorry. Please forgive me. I'll do it when I get back.)
Sunday, October 28, 2007
15 players in my contest...two winners. Kamy helped me pick the names, and she picked DIPPYROOROO and THE GIRLS MOM So congrats to you, Tara and Bethany. You'll get your freezer meal books soon. Here is what they look like:
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Heath and I have been married for 8 years, and this will be our first vacation together. In a month or two, we plan on going to Disneyland as a family, and that will be our first vacation as a family. Our past vacations, or "time off" from work, have been to go to weddings, or family reunions. We have never done a vacation. The kids have never been to Disneyland, and neither has Heath. I haven't been there since college, and a lot has changed in the Disney Kingdom since then.
So I've got a lot to do this next week, in planning the trip. I am making a ton of freezer meals for when we are gone, to feed the crew. I need to find a really good book to read on the 5 hour flight there and back. I need to make sure my house is sparkling clean and in order and things are ready for the kids. I need to get a power of attorney. I also need to know from everyone that has been to Hawaii any Must-See places or great things to do. So give me your best ideas.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
George is not even 2 yet and she is holding a pencil like a professional. She just loves to color and write and gets very upset if she isn't allowed to do it.
I am reminded of when Kamy was a baby. She was the same way. If she found a writing instrument, she had to use it, and you'd better get her a paper or she'll find something else to write on.
I think my girls were meant to be born at the same time. They are so alike. George is doing the same things Kamy did, when she was this age. They both absolutely loved binkies. They both needed a binkie in their mouth, one in each hand, a few nearby, and one in their pockets. If they are without....watch out!! They look like each other. Neither one much cared for bottles. I nursed each one until a week before their one year birthday, they are both little. They are twins, five years apart.
Anyway, look at her holding the pencil!! So good. Also, she's using her left hand. So far, all my kids are left handed. Really weird.Last night, when I was at work, Heath carved pumpkins (well, just one) with the kids. Here is our scarry jack-o-lantern.
When all the kids were watching the candle glow from inside the pumpkin, Heath took this shot. I love it!
There is nothing like capturing the innocence and joy of the holiday season.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
"Oh, the toilet paper? It was like that before I got here."
I walked into the bathroom and she was pulling the toilet paper down and having a great time. As soon as she saw me, she turned her back to me and had the most innocent look on her face.
She's got a bit of cunning in her, that's for sure.
I got to scrapbook again today, after I cleaned the house. This picture is of Keaton kissing my cheek. He always kisses my cheek. Very sweet.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
I did this bad boy with a kit of the month from A Million Memories.
Kolby: (overheard at the dinner table) "Mmm, momma...I eat meat now..meat good...good meat."
Keaton: (his excuse for doing something bad) "...but momma, the inside of my body wants to do whatever it wants. Only the outside listens to you."
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I guess I should be happy he didn't refine his cutting skills on my scrapbook stuff or my clothing.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I love being able to take a shower (took us 3 days to figure out how to turn the shower on)
I hate trying to keep up with the laundry.
I love having my washer and dryer upstairs and out of my kitchen!
I hate having no space to put all my junk.
I love having no space to put all my junk! I hate clutter, so it gives me a chance to toss stuff.
I hate being on the move and eating out all the time.
I love cooking and making my kitchen work for me.
I hate that it was a downpour on the day we moved, and so sunny and bright the next day.
I love that I didn't have to move all our stuff, and that we had great friends that came to help.
I hate the ugly old tile that is throughout my house.
I love not having wall to wall carpet because it makes moving my furniture around much easier!
I hated having my scrapbook supplies packed for three weeks.
I loved opening up my boxes and organizing it again. It felt like christmas.
I hate having the television on during the day.
I love watching television in the evening.
I am so glad we are getting settled and are getting back into a routine. I'll post more blogs and more pictures! I missed all of you, my readers. It's nice to be back.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
1. Bethany and I were roomates
2. I started interpreting for the deaf.
3. I was driving an '81 Ford Mustang (my first car)
4. I was single...very single.
5. I started scrapbooking.
2. Go through garage.
3. Pack up stuff from the hotel.
4. Make crispy chicken parmesean for dinner.
5. Swich over my cable/internet/phone.
2. Hot brownies fresh out of the oven with vanilla icecream
3. Peanut butter and apples.
4. Fresh fruit.
5. Trail mix.
2. Almost any 50's and 60's song.
3. All the primary songs we are singing this year (I'm the corrister!)
4. "Love me but don't kiss me" A really stupidly funny song from the movie Sons of Provo.
5. Disney movie songs.
2. Needing to be right all the time.
3. Holding things in (my husband wants me to talk more)
4. Side-seat driver.
2. Have the biggest bestest scrapbook room in the world.
3. New furniture, new house, new cars.
4. Make sure everyone around me was taken care of (family and friends)
5. Contribute heavily to the church.
2. Shoulder pads
4. Tapered pants
2. Paper trimmer for scrapbooking
3. Adobe Photoshop
4. Rebel Camera
5. Chef knife
And, here is a picture of two of my sisters. It was taken this summer, in Spokane, when we visited family. This was taken the same time as the picture of Keaton on the train, which is down a few posts. We look alike, yeah?
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
This isn't a great picture of the layout I did, but it gives you an idea. My brothers and sister (minus my oldest brother) and my parents. I love getting together with my family. Here's a better picture of just the picture...
Last night I made Reeses. One of my favorite quick recipes. Here's how you make them.
One and a half packages of graham crackers, crushed.
1 jar of creamy peanut butter (18 oz)
1 lb of powdered sugar
2 cubes melted butter
1 pkg chocolate chips.
Combine the pb, powdered sugar, melted butter and graham crackers in a bowl. I use my hands to combine. Press into a cookie sheet or form into balls. I like the bars. It's simple. Then I put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes just to set it. Melt your chocolate in the microwave or whatever method you prefer, and spread over the top. Enjoy.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I've been anxious to go recently, and all the girlfriends were willing to accomodate my desire to spend money. It was so fun. Afterward, we got some Jamba juice and some In-and-out fries. It was a good night had by all.
Next time I'm at my house, I'll download a picture of one of my cute shirts I bought. Until then, go to Ross! I'll give you the biggest tip right here: go without kids and try on tons of clothes. You never know until you try on things, what will look good. Sizes don't matter! Just try on clothes over and over again. Look through all those racks. It may seen overwhelming, and it is, but take the time, try on lots, and you'll walk away with a great wardrobe for cheap! Go Go GO!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
No word yet on the housing situation. I came back here this morning to make pie crust for Heath's birthday (he wants cherry pie) and BOY DID IT STINK IN HERE! Ugh. I'm so afraid all of our belongings are going to pick up the smell too! Hopefully they'll decide something quick so we can get our stuff out of here.
Hope everyone had a good weekend! Happy October!