The Ramblings of Jeff & Gilly...

Friday, January 26, 2007

More painting...

I can honestly say that this particular task ranks in my five lowest menial jobs of all time.

Not only is it a messy job, but for our house, it's a serious pain. Stucco can be painted with a roller, but man alive, you need to put some elbow grease behind it, as well as getting special rollers that can get paint into all the crevasses. I've been to Home Depot more times than I care to admit, and each time I buy yet another 5 gallons of paint. That house is just soakin' it up.

Hopefully the trip today will be my last for a while.

Giliane's dad is coming for a visit tomorrow. Guess what that means? Some serious house-cleaning. Hey, it ain't painting, so I guess I won't complain. Much.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Happy Birthday, sweetie!

Happy Birthday Giliane!

Yesterday was her birthday and I wanted to write a birthday greeting then, however, my laptop crashed. Or, more specifically, my laptop's hard drive crashed. **sigh**

So I have ordered a larger hard drive and they tell me it's been shipped. So I just have to wait for it to show up.

In the meantime, we had a great weekend. We had Jamie & Rob over on Saturday. Jamie cooked us dinner. Giliane chose chicken cordon bleu. Came out really good! Hmmm, let's see, then I kicked her butt in Wii Bowling.

We took another stab at playing the DVD version of Clue. Fun game. I realize I stink at this sort of thing. Totally misinterpreted some clues. Giliane & Jamie figured it out first. Rob & I were close.

Anyway, we've been having a really good time these last couple of days. Yesterday was the best. We went out to breakfast at Juicy's. Watched some football. I made Giliane an ice cream cake. Then we barbecued some steaks for dinner. It doesn't get any better than that!!

Love you sweetie! Glad you had a happy birthday!!


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Sears SUX

Am I the only one that has a problem ordering things from Sears??

Or, more specifically, ordering from

I first ran into trouble back when we remodelled our kitchen. I placed a rather large order for two new kitchen appliances, including delivery & installation. The website said that the items I wanted were in stock. Apparently, that's for stores in the "normal" delivery zone. I didn't get the items until a month later.

Then, Sears in LHC here tells me that I need to be the one to arrange for delivery & installation due to them not having anyone on staff that takes care of it. Fine.

Then just yesterday I went to order something else from Sears. I purposely avoided ordering anything online and chose to deal with a human directly. I don't want any more surprises or nasty situations. So I called up the toll free number and said I want to order a mattress. They said, Nope. No can do. You need to talk to your local store. Fine. Called the local store. Told them that I want to order an item, and that I even have the item number. "Do you have a Sears card?" Told them that I didn't. "Sorry, Sears policy. You can't place an order over the phone. You need to come in to the store."

I was livid. "What difference does it make whether I give you a Sears # or a Visa #? It's the same thing: a credit card number."

"Store policy."

"Well, when you want to know why you lost the sale, that's the reason." I hung up on them.

So I'm encouraging everyone I know to either know beforehand what the delivery charges/installation charges will be or flat-out avoid Sears. I know I will now.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

It's already 2007. I'm still curious as to where 2006 went. That year just flew by, didn't it??

Everyone always comes up with resolutions that they do their damnedest to keep throughout the year and the vast majority of them never keep them. I will humbly say that I'm included in that statistic. :)

I don't think we'll actually make resolutions this year. We both know what we'd like to be able to do. It's up to us to do it.

Mythbusters is on right now. This show ranks as one of my favorites. Two guys, with some helpers, try and bust myths about just about anything. For example, right now, they are trying to bust a myth that says a WWII bomber gunman fell out of his plan at 20,000 feet up, then managed to survive 'cause he was cushioned by a bomb that went off below. I'd like to see how they're gonna pull this one off.

Well for new year wishes, the only thing I'll say is that I hope everyone out there is as happy as Giliane & I are and have been! Be safe!