The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-02-27

Monday, March 7, 2011

No exceptions for prerecorded telemarketing messages, really?

You know when they first started the Do Not Call Registry I do believe there was a drop is annoying calls but now, ugh.  I am back to the same prerecorded horrors as before for example I get this one (Not word for word, I don't write that fast)  multiple times a month.  And sometimes a few times a day.

"Hi this is Ashley calling back in regards to your loan modification. You spoke to someone in our office and requested us to call you back if a new program is available to homeowners who are struggling or behind on their mortgage.We can help you. Please call 888 418 9813. Again that number to reach us is 888 418 9813. Thank you and have a great day "

You know what  - Ashley. First I spoke to no one in your office but your lying self already knows that.  Second, like I told the people at where I registered my number  and  report all  calls such as yours, we do not have a relationship, Ashley.  You and I, no.  We will never have a relationship. 

 Third, I'd love to tell you to stop - actually I wish I was a gypsy and I could do scads worse then that - but you call me with a prerecorded message telling me to call you  which I won't do.  I'm afraid you would take that as 'a relationship' and that brings up number four...

You seem to have not noticed that the FTC prohibits, as of September 1, 2009, telemarketers from delivering prerecorded telemarketing messages to consumers who have not previously agreed in writing to receive such calls. As of September 1, 2009, there will be no exception for prerecorded telemarketing messages – that is, messages that are directly or indirectly trying to sell a good or service – delivered to consumers with whom the seller has an established business relationship. 

The do not call list was a great idea, why I thought telemarketer's as a group would police themselves and the government would have the time, money, means and intention to do it - dunno.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

A cluttered week end round up

1. Books, books, books and more books - Honestly, where are they all coming from because, I'll tell you a little sumpin sumpin  I buy very few these penny pinching days.  About a decade and a half ago I was buying books from Amazon a few times a month plus dropping in on Borders to have coffee and see what they had laying around that I couldn't live without.

Now I get a lot free on PaperbackSwap and when I say a lot I don't mean a lot of books I mean the bulk of anything new (term used loosely) that's shows up here.

This weekend I started a global to-do list which is not to say I've made a list that I think everyone on Earth should participate in but it's a list I started without censoring myself.  So things like dye my hair and work out the toilet issue are on the same list.  I will funnel down to different lists I suppose but for now I wanted an idea of everything I needed to do.

But to the books, I've resisted buying (too many) eBooks for a whole variety of reasons; the main one being I can not trade them or pass them to someone else when I'm done but for someone who hoards books that's just flawed and the only physical books I should purchase are the kind that are not mainly print ( like craft books).

 I think it will take me some time to get used to primarily reading on the iTouch and I will be sad. I like books but seeing my stuffed shelves and knowing they are thinking, "YOU SLOB!" is a bit unnerving.    It also makes me wish I'd gone to eBooks two years ago.

2.  Overwhelmed -   I feel overwhelmed with stuff today and I'm not blind; I see the hoarding shows.  I'm no where near a reality intervention but man.  I bet I could get rid of three-quarters of the stuff here and not even know what's gone.  In an effort to see the glass half-full I will say I am thankful  I don't hoard cats.

3.   Possible? -   Do you think it's possible to get rid of three quarters of your stuff or do you use that much of your stuff... Do you think?  I bet I use less then 20% of the stuff I have...   



Friday, March 4, 2011

When my new floor is in I'm going to flush some burgers...

Picked out the new tile last night and it's quite a bit different, first off it's porcelain not stone.  Second it's really large and foot square tiles look even bigger in a small bathroom.  Third, now that I'm looking at it,  the online picture's anemic.

Good thing I took home a tile (Thank you, Gina!) because I can really tell what's what with it laying on the floor.  

biltmore gray

The colors are similar but I don't know if my planned color scheme  will work when all is said and done. I think retro aqua and dusty acid green are dead....  But I like the tile and I think it will go with the warm gray paint.  The accent colors are a casualty I guess; I'm thankful I didn't buy towels.

biltmore gray

Also -  I originally kept the white tile wall border because it's around the tub too and the floor was going to be pretty white but I will have to change them now (I'm not changing the ones around the tub because it's just too much and the top of my head might explode as it is.  Do you think it will look bad if I have some white tiles left?) but I'm sure changing the border isn't going to be an issue. 

I think I only need forty or so tiles and there is a big difference in the price of the new floor tiles (the new ones are a tenth the cost, I think) and labor (the new ones are less to install)...

biltmore gray

And those differences should cover cost of the forty seven tiles and leave enough  for this baby.

That is the American Standard Champion 4 Toilet and here's a video of it flushing burgers...

Not that I routinely flush burgers - Oh! There is another video at the website of someone flushing chicken nuggets - It's poetry, I tell ya.  It'll bring a tear to your eye -  I just want to know I can without needing a plunger or hearing this...

'nuff said.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

The current state of kerfufflement

I have to start all over with the bathroom and I don't even know where to go with that knowledge; except perhaps a swan dive into my Xanax bottle.   I already had so much picked out; paint: A warm gray, and even started painting several months ago.  That got cut short when I realized the floor wasn't sealed and if I - Make that when I spilled, the floor would become permanently dappled  with warm gray. 

The color scheme was set based on these river stones and this marble ... Don't remember what it's called - Door thingamabob.


The plan was that stuff above, warm gray walls with aqua accents and a few shots of some sort of green, most likely a muted acid green. 

Buh-bye to all that.

I'm picking new tiles later, somehow those tiles were never meant for use in areas with a lot of water so how they ended up in my bathroom flanking my shower and tub, a mystery. 

That puts me back to T-Minus Migraine.  I  had a hard time deciding on that combination and the awful part is I don't  have Plan B or Plan C because Plan B and C were not meant for wet areas either and how that happened I can't even imagine.

That I was doing a bathroom was no secret as in, Would you put a wood or cork floor in a bathroom, because clearly I know nothing...And when the answer was, I wouldn't...I moved on to my top three choices.  

Once choice was a glass tile not meant for floors which left the top two.  I picked one but ultimately  it didn't matter as neither was meant for wet areas which means I would have been better off with wood or cork ... Which accounts for my current state of kerfufflement. 

 So what do I do now?

No really, what?   I have to come up with something  by this evening besides a migraine and I haven't a thought in my head beyond the desire to eat compulsively.  I wonder if Candice Olsen has a 911 number....

If you have any thoughts on this, please. Oh! Please pass them my way.



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Home Depot, you saved the Universe from a warp core breach...

  I've made progress on the flooring front.

Monday I posted pictures (here) of my Master Bathroom Tileage Drama because things weren't going very well. My brain, normally a dependable thing, was reacting badly to the floor; kind of the brain/floor equivalent to the matter / anti-matter reaction from Star Trek and I was afraid soon my brain would explode à la an exothermic dilithium crystal warp core breach and I would take half the known galaxy with me so it was time to save the Universe.

I mean my sanity.

The resolution came about via Twitter, of all places.  I've got to interject something about Twitter and yes, it makes sense so,  follow me.   A lot of companies have a Twitter presence; most of them don't use it.  Okay well, they use it but it's more like some sort of twenty-first century  message in a bottle.  Know what I mean?  Instead of tossing a message into the sea hoping someone will see it these companies are tossing an electronic Post-it into cyberspace and hoping it sticks to someone. 

Back to my floor.

Monday's post went up at 10:22 am and @HomeDepot tweeted me this:

... in about 10 minutes.  By Tuesday afternoon I got a call from my local Home Depot, my floor was going to be replaced.  Not fixed, replaced - And they'd seen the pictures I posted.  Everyone who'd called me after Monday's post, from Home Depot, had seen my pictures.

I learned something important.  If I'm in a situation like this again (workmanship issues)  I will take pictures from the get-go and bring them directly to the store; I wish I'd thought of that months ago.  Photographic images of what is, are the the clear, unemotional balance to  my spastic, high-pitched, You have no idea how this looks, it's a mess.  A total mess!

And that's where I am now.  Thursday I'm going to the store to pick another tile (don't ask) and probably a new toilet.  I had a plumber come after the tile install to fix this...

Who said, You probably need a new toilet - Are you thinking of remodeling?  After I stopped sobbing he explained that I should have done it when I got the tile cause I can't do it now. Didn't they tell you that?

 No.  But I didn't ask.

So since the tile's coming up again and will never. come. up. again; I'm going to look for a nice, quiet, toilet.  I will let you guys know how things pan out, for sure.

Thank you @HomeDepot you are Twitter perfection and many companies could take a lesson from you but most of all thank you for saving the Universe. It doesn't get much better then that.


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