Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Brain Can't Work with All That Whining!

So after a few weeks of active blogging I faded away... and the reason - well, the challenge of staying at home with two monkeys wonderful children is that you have very little time to form a coherent string of thoughts. The only "downtime" you get is when the kids are playing with friends so you are either a) chatting with the other Moms, b) refereeing or c) racing around trying to accomplish all the cleaning and chores that have been neglected. Like now... my children were playing nicely upstairs with The Hubs. He just came down to say goodbye. Um honey... where is Destruct-O Boy? Oh, he won't come out of the bathroom... see ya! Do you know what that kid can do to a bathroom? Fortunately he just wanted to privately poop... not in the toilet of course... that would require me to think straight long enough to figure out a plan on how to get him potty trained. I tried it for awhile. That ended in me trying to peel poopy underwear off him in public places. When we start again I'll be carrying scissors so I can at least just cut them off. As my husband walks out the door he starts to shout... can you...?? The look of death made him stop short. No, today I will get 2 kids out the door to school and music class, squeeze in a trip to the gym and maybe a shower, back to school for pickup, make them lunch, put one to bed, tidy the house and practice reading with the other, make dinner, plan a birthday party, finish organizing our vacation, finish making awards for a luncheon, get the dogs toenails clipped, order a mothers day present, finish the laundry and handle whatever else gets thrown at me.

Where was I again?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for good companies. My friend Marisa had a great experience with Apple and wrote about it at I Failed Math so I thought I would just be thankful for some of the good companies out there that offer decent customer service and try to do the right thing. Here are a couple:

Alaska Airlines - Really, an airline! I bought tickets for a trip. My friend told me the tickets were on sale now for much cheaper. I went to the website and looked for a price guarantee... and they have one. I pushed a button entered my confirmation code and they gave me a credit for the difference. It took about 30 seconds! They don't actually give you cash back - just a credit for future purchases but that is better than nothing! I don't know if other airlines offer the same thing but Alaska made it super easy! I also love Alaska because I have had nothing but good experiences with them and the Hubs used to do some work there and thought highly of the people that ran the show!

Roth's Grocery Store - my local grocery store is awesome. They are not the cheapest store so I do occasionally cheat on them with Winco but I just can't beat the selection of local foods, the friendly staff, they free cheese and cookies for the kids, the drive-thru (deli, bakery or call ahead for grocery items) and the kids who take the groceries out to your car - for everyone, they insist. I love it!

I'm sure there are more but not enough. Thank You to all the companies that suprise use by actually treating us like people!

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Right now I'm covered in flour, haven't showered since yesterday, and I'm sleep deprived. Once upon a time I was using my expensive college education to work as a accountant/consultant. Now I use my high school Home Ec. skills to raise 2 kids and keep my house from falling down.