Monday, November 28, 2005

Finally something went right...

for nearly one month now I've been dealing w/ issues related to the leak we had. I finally got some good news about it this morning! I had decided I was so unhappy with everything our builder had done about this that I just wanted them to come in and replace all the downstairs carpet...and they are going to do it!! Hopefully next week! The carpet is on order now & takes about five days to come in. Since I am off both next Friday & Monday we're going to have it done then. The new warranty rep we've been dealing with hasn't made me very happy through all of this & she definitely knows it...this sure helps make up for the lack of professionalism & courtesy during this ordeal!

WooHoo...new carpet!!! I can't wait! Of course, I'll be vacuuming up new carpet fuzzies again for a while, but it's definitely worth it!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

I am sure everyone will agree

it was hard to wake up for work this morning after the holiday...especially since I was off the whole week. I haven't been sleeping late realy, it was just knowing I didn't have a choice this morning I guess that made it hard to get up!!!

I hope you all had a great holiday. Ours was nice. Too much food of course, as usual!

I have a lot of work to get done this week, but since it's been almost a week since my last post I wanted to say hello & welcome everyone back from the holiday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Sitting at home...waiting on the carpet people!

The appointment I had with them was from 1:00 to 5:00. Don't you love those four hour windows they give you? So, I planned my day around that. I left early this morning to get things done and be back home by 1:00. What happens as soon as I sit down to get my nails done? The phone rings and they are at my house!!!! WTF! I had a PM appointment. This is just one of the many screw ups I've had to deal with b/c of the new warranty person I am dealing with now. It almost makes me wish that we weren't under warranty any longer - at least that way I would be calling the shots instead of the builders.

So...I did call her and let her know what happened, but of course I got her voice mail! I don't think she ever answers her phone. Forget her...now I am just dealing with the carpet company. I've called them directly and am only dealing with them until this is done.

She rescheduled for me and said they would be here at 1:00 - it's 1:00 right now. I hope I see them in the next 30 minutes or she'll be getting yet another phone call from me. This is really getting ridiculous. It's been since the 5th that I have been dealing with this & if it isn't taken care of TODAY then I think I'll be writing a few letters and visiting a few offices to get some satisfaction. What ever happened to "The customer is always right" ?????

If the girl (and yes I mean girl b/c she sounds 12) that handles the warranty claims had got someone out here right away to take care of the wet carpet we wouldn't have to be replacing it today! At least I'll have brand new carpet after the ordeal, but this is my vacation - I didn't want all this stressful crap today. And then after all that I have to go to class tonight. I sure hope it gets taken care of before then. I don't want that on my mind while I am trying to concentrate in class!

I guess if they don't get here until late then Michael will have to deal with them while I'm at class. Oh he's going to love that. I don't have much patience for inept people, but I at least I have some...Michael doesn't have any! Ha!!!

A van just drove by...man I hope that wasn't them. They can't be lost - they were already here once today!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Michael got a big buck this weekend!

He called me on Saturday & said that he got an eleven point buck...at first I didn't believe him & if you know Michael you know why! He loves to get people to fall for things...and last year he called and told me about a big deer he got & after I told everyone in my family about it he told me he didn't really!!! But, this time he was absolutely telling the truth:





The rest of the pictures are in this album.

While Michael was at the deer lease this weekend I went to Broaddus to see my Grannie & other family. She ended up coming back to Houston with me and mother & is going to stay here through Thanksgiving & maybe a couple weeks beyond that. This was the first time that I got to see my sister's house since the fire. I took a lot of pictures there, too. Ever since it happened it still hadn't set in as reality; however, after walking through the remains it's a bit more real now. We found a few things while we were there that semi-survived the fire, too.




We found this tiny tea pot, too and I played around with pictures of it a bit.

After we left the "burned up house" we drove over to what used to be called the "rent house", but is now the "Broaddus house" (what the burned up house used to be called).

Yeah, all the houses have names. There has been the "Harvey Tingle house" (he built that one), the "Grandma house", the "Brick house" (where we lived when I was born), and the "white house", where my mother lived when she was little - it was torn down many years ago, though.

Anyway...my sister has been working on that house since the fire. Every year we have a family reunion/Christmas gathering at that house. No one lives there, but it has four bedroooms (I think) a big kitchen area & living area so it's great for get-togethers! Now my sister and her family will stay there when they are in East Texas. She was staining and replacing trim when we arrived.

I am off this whole week (Woo-Hoo) and have plans for almost all the days. Today I'm meeting a friend for lunch, tomorrow I am having the carpe that got wet from the leak replaced, Wednesday my mother, Grannie, aunt, and maybe my sister are coming over and we're going to spend the day in Old Towne Spring. Thursday we're having Thanksgiving at Michael's parents' house. Friday we actually don't have plans and then on Saturday mother is having Thanksgiving at her house for our family. Maybe Michael & I will go to the movies!

Oh...and one last thing! I got a new cell phone Friday. I finally got one with a camera and can post on the go now!!!!


Thursday, November 17, 2005

I'm finally getting my carpet cleaned.

It's been 11 days since the leak behind our refirgerator and I have been on the phone with our builder trying to get someone out here to take care of the carpet that got wet. Tonight the carpet cleaning company is here working on the carpet. It's going to take a while b/c they are treating the carpet tonight, cleaning it, and then it's going to need a couple days to dry out. He is going to leave a dehumidifier and a fan here to help everything dry out perfectly & said that in the case that there is any moisture in the walls (which I don't think so) it will also dry that out.

He is putting extra solution on the carpet b/c it's mostly inside the closet and with no air movement it's pretty musty smelling. He said that for mold to set it the wetness had to sit in 85° temperature for up to at least three days...so that means we aren't really at risk of any mold. Mildew maybe, but not mold.

They have pulled up all the carpet right now & treated it. I can smell the chemicals. He is going to put some of it in the hole that was cut to repair the pipe just to make sure if there is any bacteria in there it's taken care of, too. I guess after the treatment then they wash it and then it has to sit for ??? days before a new pad can be put down and the carpet resewn. He seems all about making me happy!!! He has said several times, "We're doing this, BUT if you don't like that it will be redone...we'll do this, but if it doesn't look like you want it'll be taken care of...etc. etc." I like that!!! It's my house, I don't want anything half-ass done!!! Especially when it comes to something like this!

The crew came out to repair the sheetrock today, too but didn't call like they were supposed to so I wasn't here to meet them. So, that's been rescheduled. I guess that's good b/c now he can spray this microbial solution stuff in that hole while it's still open.

Well, they just left & now I have two fans & a dehumidifier running. The joys of home-ownership!!!!! Ha!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I am a Financial Wizard!!!

At least I am when it comes to Finance 531 anyway...I made 102 on my exam last week!!!!!

I didn't even know there were bonus questions to be honest. I even beat Mr. Genius that sits next to me! He outscored me on the last test by about 9 points...he made 101 this time. I didn't beat him by as much, but I still beat him!! Hee hee!!! With that score & my homework (I have perfect scores on all my homework) I am sure to get an A for this semester - depending on how well my research goes.

I have to do a research project & to be honest it isn't going that great. I have two topics I am working on b/c I really don't know which way I want to go with it & neither are great topics. I asked my professor if I could use something from my work, but he said no - that he preferred I stick with one of the two I had already started researching. **sigh** Oh well...at least I have it started. I overheard one of my classmates last night saying they hadn't started at all. Others are finished already - I hate them!! ;)

Monday, November 14, 2005

Just for the record,

these are not great. I thought this would be a good soup for my lunch...while it wasn't terrible, don't buy these.

I've switched to instant oatmeal for lunch today.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

We have a beautiful new flower bed!!!

We ended up staying in town, which was good b/c my parents flew in on Saturday from Egypt & everyone else was out of town...so we were here to pick them up from the airport!!! I am glad they are home! I've missed them these past three weeks.

Friday we started work on a new flower bed in the back yard...Saturday morning we worked a long time on it and then Sunday did the final touches to it!!! We had put in a very small bed in the corner of the back yard a while back, but it was so small we couldn't put much in it & to be honest we didn't pay it much attention either. Now we have a big nice one to work in!
We really liked the way it turned out!

Our first small bed in the back:


Our new flower bed:


You can see all the pictures here: Gardening Album


We also went to see Michael's cousin wrestle (High School) this weekend, too, but we missed his first match & before his second match we had to leave for the airport. I had never been to a wrestling match before, though so it was neat to see what all goes on. I was upset we missed him, but there are going to be a lot more matches in the future, so we'll make it to another one!

This week is going to be super busy at work - lots of deadlines to meet & on top of that we're finally getting the carpet & sheetrock repaired from the leak we had. I think our warranty girl dropped the ball on us & that's why it's taking so long. I am not very happy about that either!!!!!! Last week would have been better since I was off work both Monday & Friday & would have been home - now I'll have to take an afternoon or two off to meet the contractors at the house to get the work done. Last time we had warranty work done it was handled the day I called it in - I guess I shouldn't expect the same the second time around, huh??

A belated birthday wish...

yesterday was a very special birthday!!!




HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR DENNON,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

I wanted to find out about the necklace worn by Olivia

on my favorite show: Law & Order: SVU so I did a search for it on a9.com. Eventually I found Mariska Hargitay's official website. The necklace she wears on every episiode is from the organization she founded called The Joyful Heart Foundation.

It's pretty amazing actually. A quote from her site: Mariska says,
"After taking the role of Detective Olivia Benson on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, I began to realize that the effects of an assault linger long after the bruises have healed.

So I became a trained victim's advocate through the Mt. Sinai Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program and started to speak out and help raise awareness surrounding the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. "


I've been perusing her site & she's a pretty neat person it seems in her personal life off-screen. Very creative and inspirational.

Anyway, I just thought this was worth sharing...and definitely makes me glad that I decided to search to find out about the necklace.

Now I am going to go sit with my husband and finish watching the basketball game...

Friday, November 11, 2005

I think I am ready for a nap.

I got up this morning at my normal time even though I didn't have to go to work and have been on the go ever since. I did housework this morning and then headed over to the nursery. I was there for over an hour and bought several more plants for the back yard. Yesterday I met Michael at the nursery after work and we bought a few then, too. I don't think we need any more plants for the back!!!

Afterwards, I met Elaine, Kathy, & Christine for lunch. I have lost my sun glasses & the overcast day was starting to get to me so I was glad to be indoors. The first think Elaine asked me was if I had a headache. It's isn't a terrible one, but enough that I would just rather stay inside with the shades drawn. After lunch I went grocery shopping and then decided to get some bubble tea on the way home. The lady that works at Tapioca Paradise (the only place on this side of town I've seen for Bubble Tea) is very nice and we always chat a bit. I ordered my usual Thai Tea and the conversation got around to the night I had two Thai Tea & stayed up until around 4:00 in the morning. She told me that the spice/tea in Thai Tea is the strongest "brew" and will keep you up for a long time. Of course, if you're looking to sleep then she told me you should try chamomile! I just finished my drink a little while ago so I hope it kicks in soon b/c right now I feel like I could sleep the rest of the day - so I better go put up my groceries before I fall asleep!!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Today is also a celebration day...

it's Veteran's Day and would have been my PawPaw's 100th birthday!! I haven't talked to Grannie yet today, but earlier this week she had said they made a national holiday out of PawPaw's b'day...I didn't realize at first they were on the same day!

So, happy birthday PawPaw! I love you!

Five days of work and only three days in the office

sure makes it easy to be busy!!! This week was a busy week for me, but it made it go very fast...of course, having Monday & Friday off it made it really fast!!!

I registered for spring semester this week, too. I'll be taking two classes this time. I figured after not being able to take any classes over the summer I needed to double up when I could.

Here's what I'll be taking:
  • MGT 566 SEMINAR IN TEAM LEADERSHIP: A systematic review, critique and application of findings of the behavioral sciences to the understanding, prediction and management of individual and group behavior in business organizations.

  • ECO 570 ECONOMIC THEORY: An integration of micro and macro economic theory with special emphasis on how various economic policy choices may impact the national economy and the operation of business firms.

    I am anxious about the management course since for the first time in my career I am in a leadership role. Actually, I have been for almost two years now, but I have always been a little hesitant about it. Not b/c I don't want to be in management (which I do), but more about being unsure about the role itself maybe. The other accountants in my group have all had vast supervisory experience and our manager has had the role for many years himself...so I go to them a lot for advice on dealing with issues. I know that most knowledge for management is learned from actually doing rather than from a graduate course, but I still think it will be a beneficial class for me to take.

    Well, I need to get my day going. I have housework to do and grocery shopping to do today. The plumber that was here last weekend left his flashlight and is supposed to come by again today to pick it up. I told him I was only going to be home this morning so I hope they come early b/c I don't plan to sit here all day waiting on them!!!

    Speaking of our little catastrophe last weekend - I need to call the builder again today. I put in a warranty request b/c I want all the carpet and pas that got wet to be replaced & the sheetrock behind the fridge stills needs to be fixed and I haven't heard anything from them about either. Last time we had warranty work to be done it was done the same day the problem was reported...I was impressed. So far, though, this time I am not!
  • Monday, November 07, 2005

    It's back to work,

    but at least it's a short week for me - Monday off & Friday is my regular Friday off!!! I had such a wonderful weekend & so did Michael. Between him & his brothers & dad they shot five deer. Two bucks & three does. I don't think they have brought home that many at one time!!! He's going to try again this weekend in East Texas, too.

    I spent all day yesterday studying for tonight's test. I wish this one had been take home as well. Those are so much less stressful! Tonight's test is also going to determine if the next one is take home or not as well as if we're going to have a mandatory final. We have a syllabus, but it's all tentative in relation to how the class is doing. His philosophy is if the grades aren't there you don't go forward, you stay there until it's understood! Which is a great philosohpy I think & actually everyone did really well on the last test & so far very well on all homework, too. I have an A in there right now. Even though he isn't the easiest professor to understand, he is a good professor!

    Sunday night I completely forgot what day it was. I guess b/c I didn't have to get up the next morning...anyway, I didn't watch Desperate Housewives or Grey's Anatomy. ABC did a great recap of DH, but it sucked when it came to GA. Yes, I know...I need TiVo!!! LOL - everyone told me that this weekend, too!

    Well, I'm off to a meeting. Yep, it's definitely back to work now!

    Sunday, November 06, 2005

    Okay...well, what do you want me to do about it!

    I am getting really tired of getting a phone call from my neighbor every single time the dogs bark. They are dogs. They bark. There is nothing that I can do about it!

    I was already awake...sort of...b/c Michael had called me early this morning, but then I got another call from the neighbor behind our house to let me know that the landscapers were in her backyard & that the dogs were barking. I could hear the dogs barking. They were outside my window afterall. I answered the phone w/ "I'm home...and I'll put them up." I put the dogs in the dog run, which puts them two houses away from this particular neighbor. I am literally at my wits end about this. She is incredibly sweet, which makes it even harder. If she weren't it would be a lot easier for me to say, "Look lady, they are dogs. Dogs bark & just b/c you give me a phone call every single time they do bark isn't going to change that fact of nature." I think she is hearing my irritation more and more with each phone call, though. She had told me last week that landscapers were going to be in her back yard this week & I promised to make sure the dogs were in their dog run every day when I went to work. This morning I didn't go to work so I wasn't up before daylight so the dogs were out when the landscapers arrived. She was concerned b/c she thought I had forgot to put them up. I didn't - I just wasn't conscious yet!!

    Our neighbors get calls from her, too b/c of their dogs. They have two a lot younger than ours that yap a lot. They don't bother me. The only time a barking dog really gets on my nerves is if it's in the middle of the night.The issue with the neighbor is that she is a stay at home mother with a small baby - less that one year. She says the dogs wake up the baby. This baby must be one light sleeper!

    Anyway...I'm up the dogs are in the kennel and suburbia peace is restored. Hopefully. After that I got out of the house for a while and got a facial and returned the movie rental from this weekend. Now I have to hit the books. I have a test tomorrow. I need to find some lunch, too though. Michael should be on the road by now. He said they were planning to head out around 11:00. Okay...off to eat and educate (or lunch and learn as we call it in the office)...

    I have a lack of sleep hangover...

    I think it was around 4:00 AM when I went to sleep this morning & then was up again at 8:00. We've all vegged around the house since then all sleeping for a bit then waking up and watching some television. Elaine, Kathy, and Kymberlie were the last to leave and they all left about fifteen minutes ago. I've picked up and done the dishes, but I don't think I am going to do any more today. I have to study for my test on Tuesday. Now I'm really glad that I have tomorrow off b/c I know my brain won't retain much today with the lack of sleep!!

    I had a really great time, though and I am so glad everyone came out!! We watched Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Kissing Jessica Stein, which Sherry brought b/c EJ recommended it!! He's going to be our new chick flick critic!!! It was a great movie. Actually, both of them were!

    And for and update about our leak...well, the carpet & pad are still so wet. I've soaked up as much as I can, but I think I am going to get them to replace it all b/c it's been two days & it hasn't dried up. The leak is fixed, but the water has been there too long I am afraid. I don't want to take any chances with mold. At least it's only the carpet. None of the walls are wet, as a matter of fact the carpet is dry within about four inches of all the walls. I still don't want to have to worry about mold, though. It isn't worth the risk.

    I had a great weekend with my girlfriends and even made a new one!! We'll definitely have to do this again!!!

    Friday, November 04, 2005

    Yay! I just got a call

    and the plumber is on his way! He actually called & I am glad he did b/c they had given him the wrong address. I had to give him directions to our house.

    Oh...and I didn't mention it before, but Michael left last night to go to the deer lease so I am taking care of this one solo! I can handle it, no problem, but I hate to give him news like this while he's out having fun. What a damper. Maybe I'll wait until it's all taken care of to tell him so it won't spoil his weekend any.

    Another Update: Well, it looks like we got lucky!! The plumber is here and after looking all over the house and all through the attic there were a lot of possibilities about the water could have been coming from. Because this closet is under the stairs, which wind down, it could have been a major job with lots of cutting to find the leak. So, he started with in the obvious place and cut a hole in the wall behind the fridge to see the pipe leading to the ice maker. I heard him sawing and just walked off and held my breath. A few moments later I heard him say, "Well, you're lucky!" and I just went "Wheeeeeeeewww!!!" The leak is exactly at the fittings to the ice maker so he is replacing all of that now & it's going to have minimal sheet rock damage behind the fridge until the other crew can get out here to repair it. Until then it won't be seen and there will be no more leaks, which is really the most important part. My carpet is still wet, but not nearly as bad as before. I have soaked up so much water with towels and the shampooer, but before there were outlined wet footprints where I would step and it isn't doing that anymore now.

    I can't believe this had to happend today. It's better than if I were gone, but today of all days when I had so much planned. I ended up not getting to do any of my morning errands b/c I was waiting to hear from someone. At least Elaine and I will still be albe to do our running around this afternoon before the rest of the girls get here.

    What a way to wake up!

    I got up this morning & went into the hall closet to grab a cover up to take Chinook outside. When I came back and went to the closet to return my sweater there were wet footprints on the floor. At first I was a bit afraid b/c I thought someone had come in the house while I was outside then I realized the footprints were mine. I didn't think my houseshoes were that wet & after more investigation realized the water was comig from below the carpet. The carpet pad was soaked!! I walked out the area to see where else was wet. It's about a four foot area. I called the girl who handles our warrany (still within the year) and called plumbers. She came over and brought a plumber from one of the other homes being built & he determined the water was coming from my ice maker. Since he wasn't our plumber he couldn't do anything - the red tape of warranties!!!

    So, he left and she and I waited on the plumbers who never called. I told her I would call her back if they didn't show up. It's been an hour and a half since I first called them. The water to the ice maker is off, so there won't be any more water and I've used my shampooer and towels to soak up as much water as I can, but I need the issue repaired...soon, too b/c I have friends coming over tonight. At least if they do come and take care of it and have to cut into the wall it's in a closet so if they can't repair the sheetrock until tomorrow or something I can shut the closet door. Hey, trying to see the positives here!!!

    This is the second plumbing issue we've had here. The first was a leak in our bathroom back in January. That was right after we had moved in - about two weeks after we had moved in. I think I would have to recommend our builder quit using this plumbing company.

    I just called again and left another message. This isn't as much an emergy as the one before; we can live without the ice maker, but it's still something I want taken care of as quickly as possible. Elaine is coming to meet me for lunch and we're going to a craft show & grocery shopping for tonight so I'll have to remember ice while we're out. So that's fine & since it isn't in a heavy traffic are, I won't have to make sure everyone walks around it.

    Ugh...I'm just so irritated! New house...I know...gonna have kinks to work out! At least it's still under warranty!!!

    Well, I guess I'll just continue on my day. My morning errands are close enough I can be home quickly if the plumbers call. I called the girl that works with the warranties...so now I'll be waiting on her to call me back and let me know what's up!

    waiting...waiting...waiting...

    Update: She just called me back! We were paging the plumbers wrong. There were no instructions for the pager - it just beeped when you called, so I left messages!!! I haven't used a pager in years! So, he knows there is a problem and should be calling me soon! Thank goodnes...I can see resolution to my problem coming!!!