Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Random rants and stuff

Every so often, I think to myself, "Crap. I've finally run out of topics for my blog." And then, almost as if by magic, some cohesive topic will form in my head. And I write. But not this time, mister. Nope. Lately I am primarily occupied with my sister's wedding (I still need to lose about a gazillion pounds - it could happen, right?) and my child's seemingly rampant insolence. Twice this week she went to daycare with no breakfast. When you spend a solid hour rolling around in your bed because your father offended you by suggesting that you wouldn't see the Kindle for two weeks if you didn't get moving . . . well, let's just say that there's no time left over for Honey Nut Cheerios. Fortunately, they do provide breakfast at the before-school daycare center.  I suspect it's primarily intended for low income kids who don't get much grub at home, but what the hell.

Instead of a cohesive topic, here are a couple of things that are on my mind:

1. Black Friday sales. I see that all of the major stores are going to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Awful awful awful. Black Friday isn't even fun anymore. I refuse to shop on Thanksgiving Day. I'm sure there is no way to put this (money-grubbing) genie back in the bottle, though. Next year, stores will open a little earlier on Thanksgiving, then a little earlier still, until they are open all day. Speaking as someone who did her time in retail (remember County Seat???) and who knows just how sucky it can be . . . I just feel terrible for those people who won't get to eat the pecan pie because they have to trundle off to their thankless job at JC Penney.

2. Candy Crush Saga Level 153. Who do I have to sleep with to get past this level??? Is this a sign that I need to put an end to this spectacular waste of my time? A sign that I should spend even more time on it?

3. Some goober recently returned an eight-year-old dog to the rescue. They adopted her when she was one. Now, I can deal with owner-surrenders all day long. But returns? I have a really hard time with those. It feels like, "Hey, thanks for letting me borrow that cute young dog. You can have her back now that she's got a grey face and a UTI and her back legs don't work right. Cheers!"  One of these days, I feel like I might just bite my tongue clean off.

4. In brighter news, we are refinancing our mortgage. It sounds like there is a slight chance that we won't have to make a mortgage payment in December since the new one won't kick in until January. If this happens, it will be a dream come true, I tell you!  We also got a new cable system. Time Warner kept increasing our bill so I called and pitched a minor fit. It turns out they have all these cheaper plans they could offer. Anyway, they sent a guy to the house to replace our cable boxes and upgrade our internet. For about $40 less a month. Go figure. I must admit it does give me a minor thrill that I can watch half of a show in the living room and then continue watching it in another room. It's magic, ya'll.

And finally, I took the kid to the dentist on Monday. The dentist is referring us to an orthodontist in six months. :::gulp:::  He suggested that it's better to start moving her teeth around now vs. waiting until she is a teenager. Every time I look at my daughter's mouth, I feel like I can see hundred dollar bills stuffed in there. Or maybe just the key to Dr. F's new Mercedes, which we will probably end up covering in full.

Crazy-toothed but cute.

2 comments:

Jen said...

I keep pushing back on the orthodontist stuff. I think it's a complete waste of money until their teeth stop falling out of their head. Like, why would I want to put braces in a jack-o-lantern's mouth? I figure when the kids go to Jr. High that will be good enough. Good luck!

The Lovely One said...

I'm disgusted with the stores that will be open on Thursday. I will be out shopping at 4 am on Friday, but Thanksgiving is for family!