Thursday, September 10, 2009
I opened the door to invite Amelia back in the house, only to find a huge (HUGE!) rat, dead on the porch about a foot from the door. Completely disgusting. Of course, the ruthless killer didn't want to come back inside- she had fled the scene of the crime. A similar murder occurred with the prior body killed in the same fashion and left in the exact same place on the front porch, about 2 months ago. Only the victim in crime #1 was a small mouse, not a one-pound-plus rat. I think I've been watching too many Dexter episodes on Netflix, but nevertheless, I think I've solved the rodent killer mystery.
Please note that while I normally like to include pictures in my posts, I have spared my viewers the horror of viewing evidence from the crime scene.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Sadly, the 2007 version of MicroSoft piece-of-shit software installed on my work computer isn't letting me save pics from my phone, so please check again later tonight- I'll add cute Ameilia pics to this posting from my home computer!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
My thought was, "how did you know?". Apparently Morgan got it, too and knew it was food poisoning because he was worshipping the porcelain bowl all morning. I think it may have been that burrito we shared? Anyway, the moral of the story is: Food poisoning sucks, but its better when you have someone to commiserate with, as long as you don't have to share the same bathroom.
I'm feeling a little better today, so I'm trying to tough it out at work. wish me luck!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Well, you've probably never before experienced a cat who behaves this nicely at the vet's office. She was alert, responsive, quiet and patient throughout the visit, that is, once she was able to leave her cat carrier. She hates the cat carrier. After we'd waited for 20 minutes in the waiting room, I had to ask the receptionist when we were likely the to see the whites of the eyes of a vet, because she was literally doing somersaults inside the carrier. And she started to talk. When you can make an essentially mute cat talk, you're doing something wrong!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Amelia is a 4 year old tabby/tortie mix (called a Torby at the Sacramento SPCA). We tried out 3 beautiful girls Sunday morning, and I picked Amelia as our new housemate! Right now, she's in the kitty sequestering room, but she will probably have her "coming out" to Nermal, family and friends this weekend. Amelia is friendly and a little playful, but also enjoys making biscuits on the red fleece blanket and curling up for a nap. A few days ago, our Dove parents who have been nesting in an alcove on the porch hatched their babies, and they've been of interest to Amelia, who can see them from the cat condo and windowsill.
Monday, March 30, 2009
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Sean did a piece on the Spanish War Memorial in Capitol Park, followed by me talking about magnolia trees. Then, I talked a little about a cool urban forest hidden in downtown. Check it out! My lisp even came through on the audio!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
In other news, starting a few weeks ago, a pretty grey dove took up residence in an alcove underneath the roof of the porch. The alcove seemed to be too small, though, because eventually she lost her nest and the eggs that were in in. Then, after a one week hiatus, she has returned and seems to be doing fine, with her nest in the same spot as before. She is one beautiful bird! This picture doesn't do her justice, I hope you can still pick her out.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Thanks to all of you who read my blog postings, commented, or empathized with my outrage! I hope this experience has turned into a learning one for a company which has a lot to lose by failing to make their advertised service turnaround times, providing less-than-adequate customer service and sending veiled threats to blog authors.
BTW, I hope to receive my precious iphone via UPS today . . . . I cannot wait!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
After some excessive “fact-checking” on their part, iResQ removed the diagnostic fee and overnight shipping charges from the bill, but not the cost to actually repair my phone. I agreed, finally, because it was obvious that this was the closest thing to customer service they were willing to provide. However, even though I already expect piss-poor customer service from iResQ, today they’ve exceeded my expectations. Today iResQ threatened to “rescind the refunds” UNLESS I REMOVED MY BLOG POST.Short of libel, independent consumers have every right to express anger and dissatisfaction with businesses that fail their expectations. iResQ’s blatant attempt to stifle negative feedback is completely unacceptable.
Since I know iResQ is reading this, let me address them directly: iResQ - If you cannot provide the service turnaround times promised on your website and by your customer service representatives, stop advertising them! As an “authorized service provider”, you should be grateful if I stop short of filing a complaint with Apple directly. Consumers deserve to hear the good, bad, and ugly about potential service providers. I’ve given you partial credit for a partial refund. You have responded with threats. You’ve already lost me as a customer, and I will leave this thread up as a notice to my friends, family, and anyone else who would consider using your “service.”
Okay, so you all have seen my iphone post about the screen shattering, etc. iResQ has a guarantee that they will fix your broken iphone the day it arrives. Well, it had been over a week, I upgraded to overnight shipping, and it still hadn't arrived. Finally, I call customer service, the representative went to the back where they fix the phones, and IT STILL HASN'T BEEN FIXED! I am SOOO frustrated! And all this, when there has been zero communication from iResQ to me. No phone call, sayting it is taking them longer to fix it, and they'll get it to me ASAP. Nada.
My recommendation? Don;'t ever send your iphone to iResQ. ever. I hate iResQ.
below is a copy of my email "letter of compaint" that I sent to iResQ.
I recently called your customer service line to ask about the status of my iphone, which I mailed to your office on Tuesday, January 27th using overnight express mail via USPS. I was expecting the 24-hour turnaround that your website promised, and thought that at the latest, I could expect my phone on Friday, January 30th. It is now February 5th, and I still don’t have my phone back, even after I upgraded to overnight shipping. And, to top it off, I have received no further communication from anyone at iResQ letting me know that my phone repair has been delayed, and that the 24-hr turnaround time for servicing my phone could not be met.
I called your customer service line, and the representative went to check on my phone, and it still hasn’t been fixed, even after you’ve had it for over a week. While the customer service guy was as polite as could be, it does not remedy the situation where repair and delivery of my phone takes over a week longer than advertised, from a company who prides themselves on same-day service.
It is very frustrating to be without my phone for now, almost 2 weeks. I use it for personal calls, sms, work calendar and meeting planning, and business email. While I am seething and really want to complain to the Better Business Bureau, writing negative reviews to my blog site, etc., I would like to give you the opportunity to remedy the situation by not charging me for the cost to repair and return my phone to me via overnight shipping. I would like it very much if you could do this for me.
Please feel free to contact me about my request via email at
daytime phone at
Or at my husband’s cellphone after business hours at xxx-xxx-xxxx
Monday, February 2, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I saw Revolutionary Road last night at our indie art deco theater in land Park, after deciding to play hooky from massage class. I am impressed- what a thought-provoking movie with lots of enriching dialogue and great 1950's-era costumes!
The film is about the changing relationship of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, set in a 1950's suburb of NYC. Leo works in a souless job as a sales rep for a business machines company, and Kate is a stay-at-home mom. Neither seems to get that much satisfaction from their jobs, and this poses a sharp contrast to the scene when they first meet each other, and Kate is an aspiring actress, and Leo is floating his way through his young life. In this early scene, they were both vibrant and idealistic people.
There was a scene or two when my jaw dropped and I thought "oh.my.god. . . . is he really saying that?" Lots of shock value throughout the film, and I liked how they downplayed the 2 kids to focus instead on the relationship between Kate and Leo. It cetainly morphed over time, that's about all I can say about that. Kate did an excellent job of portraying progressively increasing emotional indifference toward Leo as the film progressed.
One downside (or impact?) of the film was that I came home thinking I definately don't want to have kids anytime soon. . . . . . fine with me!Heather recommended this film to me- I'm not sure if she saw it already and loved it too, or just really wanted to see it. Either way, I highly recommend it. In theaters everywhere on January 23rd.