Arrrggggh

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The title of this post is really the only way to describe this day. 

I sold a $90 book through Half.com back in December and last week received a package from the post office with the package that I had mailed... empty.  The book had been lost so I had to send in a request to look for it which I did right away. I let the buyer know and they immediately reported me to half.com. Half emailed me, saying that if I did not responded with the date it was shipped and the tracking number, the $90 would be debited from my account.  Obviously, I responded right away with the information.  Today I get and email saying that the money is being taken from my account.  Of course I quickly send back a WTF email to which they essentially reply, "you're shit outta luck."  


The tracking number does not provide any information on the USPS website which they said could be because the package was lost and, although I fulfilled all of my duties as a seller, they get to decided who is at fault and they've decided it was me. They say I should have bought an insurance policy.  I'm sorry but shouldn't it be the person buying the book that is responsible for that?  It also sucks that when I sent the search request in I told them that when it was found to send it directly to the buyer who now has his $90 back and will be getting a free book in a few weeks.  Needless to say I'm pretty pissed and have sent some strongly worded emails back to half.... ok, I actually just begged them to give me my money back but if they shut me down again I'll get angry.  Oh, they also called me "Christopher" in their emails.   Not sure why they think that is my name but it certainly doesn't make me any happier with them.


On top of that my laptop is dead.  I was using it the other day when the screen went black.  It wasn't off because if you got really close you could still see the screen but the only way I could get it to light up again was closing it and putting it to sleep and then opening it up to wake it up again.  This would last for about 30 seconds before it did it again.  Finally I decided to plug it in and that worked for a while.  Now its doing it even while plugged in.  I thought maybe taking the (one year old) battery out and putting it back in would help but nope. So essentially my laptop now just acts as a giant charger for my iphone.  Granted it's going on 7 years old now, but it's not what I needed today.


This means that I have to use the computer in our basement.  Of course today the heat in the basement decided it didn't want to work.. when its 15 degrees out.   So while I'm sending all of these angry emails my fingers are numbing and are about ready to fall off.  And of course when I get this angry I just need to rant via blog so  I have to stay down here longer to get all my typing done at once.  I apologize if most of this is incoherent.  I'm typing fast so I don't freeze to death and I can't actually feel my fingers hit the keyboard anymore.


And, to top it all off, my mother just came down here to ask me to go online and buy my sister a text book for this semester... from half.com... my newest arch nemesis.  

Happy Five Years!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy fifth birthday, Blog! Unfortunately, that is all I have for you today.  Mr. Mac was fixed this afternoon and, although they told me he'd be sleepy for about a day, he seems more wired and attention hungry than normal.  Sorry for the neglect, Blog.
Don't let those sad eyes fool you.

Get Busy

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I need to be kept busy.  When I'm not busy I do silly things like get tattoos, rip down walls in my house, and quit my job and move to Europe.  If I don't have something to completely absorb myself with, I tend to find myself doing drastic things.  Generally, once I get something in my mind I do not stop thinking about it until I've accomplished it.  I think I enjoy the days and weeks I spend researching things more than the actually end result, but either way it becomes a borderline obsession.  Finding a job, buying a car, and getting a puppy were my three big to-dos when coming home from Ireland, and I was sure those would occupy me for at least six months but they were all done in three.

Luckily between work and my puppy I have been finding myself pretty busy, however as I begin to feel more comfortable at work and as my dog becomes less of a crazy person, I start to feel that antsy twitchy feeling.  I can appease it a little bit by getting caught up in a new tv show or starting a new book, but that only works for so long.

Because I'm hoping to keep this job for a few years at least, I have to be very careful with what I do next.  My most recent thoughts have led me down the home buying route.  I've had intentions of buying a two family home but I'm so new at my job that I need to put this one off for a while.  I think I'd be able to save the money for a down payment in two years but until I feel more secure I need to not let those thoughts enter my mind.

So instead I've been trying to focus on getting my student loans down.  I think this will be a post for another day, but I've made a lot of calculations, done a lot of research, and set a lofty goal of getting my loans paid of as soon as I can without also making myself completely broke.  It will also be a big help when I actually am ready to buy a house and I don't have such massive debt.

Now if only these urges came in the form of losing weight or cleaning my room.

Running with the pup

Sunday, January 13, 2013

It seems like every time we go out for walks lately my dog gets the desperate urge to sprint.  This is probably something that requires some training but today I decided that I'd let him run a bit.  I dug to the depths of my drawer to find some running clothes and put my sneakers back on for the first time in months.

I was actually pleasantly surprised with our little jog.  We kept it short and went slowly.  He was pretty much walking at a faster pace than normal, but I wanted to ease our way into actually running.  It may have been months since I've run, but my two a day walks with the dog seemed to have stopped me from becoming a complete blob.  The dog kept wanting to stop and smell things so I had to keep him close, but overall he did great.

We still have to work on the constant need to stop and smell thing and his debilitating fear of sewer drains but I see a good running buddy in my pup.

A souvenir from our run

Downton and Shopping

Saturday, January 12, 2013

This has seemed like the longest week in recent memory.  I think it was partially because it was the first full week back after the holiday season and partially because of some stressful situations with a family member.  Big shout out to my wonderful cousins Kayla and Hope who, without asking any questions, showed up when I needed them most.  I really appreciate it, ladies!

On Saturday morning before anyone else was up I decided to pop on an episode of Downton Abbey.  Eventually my mom came down and started watching, then my father joined and before we new it, it was nighttime and we had watched the entire first season.  We did the same thing on Sunday with the second season.  If you haven't guessed, they loved the show.  We'll be watching the third season as they air in the US.  I feel so bad for my parents because they are blissfully unaware of how devastating the third season is.  I feel like I should warn them but I don't want to be the bearer of bad news.  FYI if you haven't caught up on Downton DO IT!  It's a great show and I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first!

On a completely random note, does anyone have any recommendations for a good place to buy clothes online?  I really dislike malls but I need to work on my wardrobe.  I'm getting sick of rotating the same few outfits every week at work but actually getting to the store to buy something new is just hard for me to do.  A recommendation for a good shop online would be great.  Better yet, anyone want to be my personal shopper?  

New Layout!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

It has been a while since I have had a full blog overhaul. I loved the old design, but I decided it was time for something new.  I did it myself this time and I definitely do not have a designing bone in my body, but it was fun to try to figure it all out on my own.  I'm sure there are still tweaks needed but I'm pretty proud of myself!  I used PicMonkey for all of my buttons and header.  I wasn't really sure what I was doing, but I learned so much just in the past few hours.  I'll probably continue playing with it and adding/editing it some more.  

Out with the old...

...and in with the new.

Dreaming of Summer

Anyone who knows me, or anyone who has read this blog even a couple times, knows that I love weather.  Any and all kinds of weather.  Snow storms, thunder storms, spring days, summer nights.  I love it all.  I couldn't plan to live outside of New England for more than a few years.  Living in a few places with different climates has just confirmed this for me.

Although winter has always been my favorite season, I've been dreaming of summer lately. You see, I completely missed out on the last summer.  It has been a looong 17 months since I've really experienced a summer.  I left for Ireland in August of 2011 and the warmest it ever got in my entire time in Dublin was about 70 degrees... for a day.  There wasn't a single day that I was able to leave my apartment without at least a sweater and my shorts never saw the light of day.  I didn't return to the US until the end of August 2012 and by then summer was on it's way out the door.  It was still warmer than it had ever been in Dublin, but it was short lived.  As much as I love everything about winter, I am eagerly awaiting summer... or at least a warm spring!

I took the dog out for a walk this morning and was shocked at how warm it was out!  This past week has been between 1 and 19 degrees.  I was sure today it must have been close to 50.  Then I looked at my phone:
Well...  I guess I was slightly off.  It's amazing how warm 34 feels when you've spent a few days in the teens.

Unfortunately this just fueled my desire for summer and we still have a few months of winter ahead of us!

The baby told me she can't wait for spring either!

New Apps and TVs

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I know I'm a little behind the times, but I just downloaded an app on my phone that allows me to read all the blogs I follow!  This, of course, means a little less productivity at work, but I'm so excited that I can get back on track with the blogs I follow instead of falling behind every week! I might even have to pick up a few more since I found myself constantly refreshing the app today and getting sad when it said "No New Posts".

My family got a 55" TV for Christmas (another reason why I am taking my time moving out again!) and we decided to break it in with Homeland.  We've already gone through Season 1 and I think we'll start Season 2 tonight.  I've found myself avoiding the internet lately because it seems like everyone is talking about it and I don't want to ruin anything.  I think after we've finished Homeland I'm going to get the rents into Downton Abbey.  And then maybe Breaking Bad.  So many options.
It also makes watching Jeopardy all the more exciting
I had intentions of actually writing something with a point today, but I'm begin summoned for Homeland time!  

2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Once again I am blindsided by the end of one year and the start of a new one.

I had high hopes of doing a 'year in review' post however I'm not feeling great, so I am going to keep it short.

Overall it has been an amazing year.  I rang in the year with my best friends at my favorite bar and soon afterwards I was back to Dublin to start my second semester in grad school.  I traveled around Ireland with friends that came to visit, took a trip to Belgium, and attended the Smurfit Ball.  My family came to visit  in April and we had our super sneaky 25th renewal ceremony for my parents. I traveled back home in May to throw my sister a baby shower and even had some semi warm weather in Dublin for a few days when I returned!  I attempted to become a runner, saw the Olympic Torch, saw a few great concerts in Dublin, and took a wonderful trip to Scotland.  I welcomed my niece into the world from Ireland, then completed my masters degree!  I sadly had to leave Ireland but then found the perfect job after only a month of being unemployed.  I camped with the family, had a girls weekend away, and ran a 5k.  I then got a car.... and a puppy.  I returned to Dublin one more time for my graduation and then celebrated Christmas with my newly expanded family.

I don't think I could recreate this year even if I tried.  It was as close to perfect as possible which sets a pretty high bar for next year but I think I'm up for the challenge.

I don't have any specific resolutions for the next year.  I can take the easy way out and just direct you to my 25 in 25 list which can also act as my resolution list.  I'm making good progress so I think it's feasible that I will get them all done by the time I turn 26.

Last night was pretty low key... just played cards and games with friends.  I was home before one, loaded up on Nyquil and fast asleep in no time.

I don't know if starting a new year sick is a sign of anything to come, but let's hope I feel better for the rest of the year than I do today!