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August recap

Another month down. I swear it will be New Year’s Eve before I blink again. Time is flying.

There was not a lot of walking done in August as the hot days were too much for me and I find that if my friend is not available I am less likely to go out. ūüė¶ I have been doing the Callenetics 17 minute workout 3 times a week. Having said that there were only 12 workout days in August. Not ideal but better than nothing.

It was not a busy reading month. I took longer than I thought I would to get into False Witness. Not because it was a terrible book but because it was the only book by Karin Slaughter book that I hadn’t read and I didn’t want it to end too quickly. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is a great collection of short stories. Not what I was expecting but enjoyable none the less.

I didn’t get the PT job at my old company. They wanted a lot more availability that I was willing to commit to at this time. A little disappointing but for the best. I had an interview for a new FT job. It went well but the salary expectations were way too low for me at this stage in my life. I have slowed down on the search temporarily as I have 2 trips scheduled for next month.

I will be visiting the East Coast at the beginning of October. I am joining a friend and her family on a road trip. It will be my first time on the East Coast and I am very excited. It has been on my list for at least 5 years. So happy that this is becoming a reality and crossing my fingers that there are no lockdowns between now and then.

At the end of the month, I am going to the West Coast, cheap plane tickets will get your friends inspired and make you think why not? A friend of a friend recently came back from Vancouver and said she was ready to return. My friend in turn reached out to a few of her friends to see if there were any takers. I along with another mutual friend said sure. Then the original friend dropped out so it is now just the three of us. I have extended my trip by 2 nights to spend some time with a cousin I have who has been asking me to visit for way too long. It has been way too long since I was in BC and I want to see and do everything as I am not sure when I will return.

Tonight I committed and finally picked up a new cell phone that I have been lusting after for quite some time. It is not a good financial decision as I am sure I could have got one for cheaper but hey I “need” a better camera to capture all my adventures, right? LOL

That’s all that’s going on in my world.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

Cell phone lust

I am now the owner of a brand new alternator! Yeah me. At least that mystery has been solved and my vehicle is working well. The trunk doesn’t look well as the old battery tipped over and some battery acid leaked out. Even though I put baking soda on it, I think too much time had passed. The carpet in the trunk looks chewed up. I took my van to the car wash that does detailing and had them wash the trunk. It looks like only the carpet was affected.

Last week, I managed to get a workout and a couple of walks completed. Worked both my shifts. I did not connect with my cousin in the week as she was under the weather. She did pass by very early this morning to drop off her boots. I have not tried them on yet, but she did say they were not very comfortable.

On Friday, when I dropped off my old battery at Costco, I took a wander to the mobile kiosk and played with the Samsung S9. Not sure why I did that as it is beautiful. The camera is fantastic. It makes my S4 look like crap. It reminds me of when I change out my TV last year. The resolution is incredible. I want it but I don’t want to change my current phone plan so I would want to buy a phone free and clear. And with my upcoming trip, it would be used. It is not a need. I also looked at the S8 and the A8. Both are also a huge upgrade to what I have.

I am on the fence as my current phone works. It is just dated and is always running out of space. There is $300 difference between the A8 and the S9, with the S8 being smack in the middle. There are small differences between the S8 & S9, not sure it is worth the $150 pre-tax price difference. Things to ponder.

I am on the schedule for 4 shifts this week at the PT job. We have started summer hours at the FT job, so this Friday I will be leaving at noon. Bonus I do not have to work that evening so I should make plans while I am thinking about it.

Aside from my usual loads of laundry, I managed to get on the ball and roasted some vegetables and made rice and fried chick peas. I am trying to get back to a more plant based diet. Plus I eat less when I bring my lunch to work. Good for the waist line as well as the budget. This is a priority for me as I tried on my summer capris and it did not go well. I do not want to buy bigger clothes. So I have to make “lifestyle” changes. Now to convince myself to get up in the morning and do the workout.

The competition

Ever spent time with people who make you question why you spend time with them in the first place?

I have a co-worker whom I am positive if we didn’t work together I would not talk to. ¬†She is loud and abrasive and just down-right cold and annoying. ¬†Most at work seem to tolerate her and even find her amusing. ¬†I am not one of those folks. ¬†Sad part is we used to be closer but the more time I spend with her the more I am repulsed.

Background info

She is a single woman who lives with her brother. ¬†The nature of their relationship causes my eyebrows to raise often. ¬†She often buys him expensive personal gifts that seem odd to me. ¬†Since I did not grow up with any of my brothers I don’t know if their situation is “normal” or not. ¬†I have asked friends with brothers and most of them give me a screw face and tell me that seems strange. ¬†I am all for taking care of family but under no¬†circumstance¬†will my brother be treated like he’s the main man in my life. ¬†One that I shop for while on vacation. ¬†You might get a cheesy¬†souvenir¬†but that’s it. ¬†

A few years ago, we went on a week-end shopping trip to PA with one of my girlfriends in a rental car.  On the way to the border I held on to the car door for dear life.  She drove like a maniac and blamed it on being used to her own car.  Huh!?!  The rental was smaller than her car it should have been easier to drive.  At duty-free I relieved her of the keys.  Of course we had to buy liquor as she is a drinker (more on this in a bit).  The stop at the border was almost an hour due to indecisiveness on what to buy.  Ciroc won. 


We did not get to our hotel until after midnight.  

That night the bottle of liquor had to be opened.  We drank less than 1/4 of the bottle (make note of this) then went to sleep.  

Saturday started with a journey to find breakfast and then to Wal-mart.  Picture it we are in small town USA.  The Wal-Mart is adequate.  It is the only place to shop other than the outlet mall.  This caused my co-worker (CW) and girlfriend (GF) grief.  They could not imagine living in a place without shopping options.  **insert eye roll here** Anyhoo, throughout the time in Wal-Mart it seemed that whatever my GF picked up, CW would pick up 2.   It seemed like a competition to see if she could buy more.  It was insane.  We hit the outlet mall and separated since we all had different interests.  It was a long day.

Dinner was had at a local restaurant. ¬†The food was decent. ¬†CW ordered a steak that was closer to medium well than well done. ¬†Remember this detail. ¬†We went back to the room and CW decided to drink. ¬†So the Ciroc was shared out. ¬†GF bought her own bottle of something else so she was content with only a taste. ¬†I drink when it makes sense and 3 women in a hotel room drinking just seemed sad so I did not indulge much. ¬†This left CW with over 1/2 the bottle. ¬†By the time we went to sleep, the bottle was empty as she “can’t waste liquor”.

Throughout the night I was awoken by CW’s many trips to the bathroom. ¬†She was in there for a long time each time. ¬†I am relatively sure it was the Ciroc that got her but she is blaming the steak. ¬†Far be it for anyone to suggest that she can’t hold her liquor. ¬†**more eye rolling**

Around 6 am the fire alarm in the hotel went off and stayed on for roughly 1/2 hour. ¬†This made Sunday an unproductive shopping day for my travel mates as they were sleep deprived. ¬†No problem for me I quite enjoy shopping by myself. ūüôā ¬†

We left PA in the early afternoon.  We stopped in Buffalo to go to Sally Beauty Supply and the Olive Garden; then home!

The trip left me feeling like CW was the type of person that always has to do more than whomever is there.  You spend $2, she must spend $4.  You drink 1 drink she must drink more (see how I rhymed there, I got mad skills!!! lol).  It was sad to me.

Which brings me back to present day. ¬†On Friday, I shared with CW the fact that there was a little cellular kiosk selling various Blackberry phones and the pricing I got. ¬†Her reaction was one of semi-interest as she did not want to be locked into another contract. ¬†She wants the new Bold but it is $525 from this company. ¬†I personally didn’t think she would buy the phone outright as she’s strange with what she will spend money on and $500 is way out of her comfort zone even though she will never admit it.

As you know I got the Bold.  This was not intentional on my part by any means.  I have been researching cell companies and phones for a few months as I knew my contract was coming to an end and was debating leaving Rogers.  She is not with Rogers but was thinking about switching companies as well.  


Anyone else this would not seem strange to me but with her …

I sort of dreaded going to work yesterday as I am one of those people who leave my cell phone on my desk. ¬†Since it has a pretty case it was screaming look at me. ¬†Another co-worker saw it and then mentioned it to CW. ¬†This sent CW to call her current provider. ¬†At the end of it all she tells me that she got the Bold for free without having to change her current plan and no data plan. ¬†I don’t know why but I find this hard to believe. ¬†

This just seems like “Oh you got a deal, well I got one better”. ¬†

Is it just me?


Cell phone dilemma

Over the past two weeks my cell phone has taken to freezing up.¬† It rarely tells me¬†when it decides to go on strike. ūüė¶¬† I really like my phone and it saddens me to have to get rid of it.¬† I need a phone that will consistently work as my cell is my primary phone number.¬†

Currently I have a HTC Touch.  An ancient phone but it did all the things I need a phone to do; talk, text and has a calendar function which puts my next calendar entry on the home screen. 
HTC Touch
Isn’t it lovely?

The only problem I had with it is the lack of keyboard.¬† The virtual keyboard keys were tiny.¬† They are designed to be used with the stylus that came with the phone.¬† I don’t have data on the phone although it is possible to get a plan with it.¬† I was hoping it would last me until my Rogers contract is up in February 2012.


Saturday was a frustrating day as my phone was giving me more problems than usual.¬† It was telling me that the time to say good-bye was coming sooner than I would like.¬† I have been shopping around looking at different cell providers since we have a tonne of them now. ūüôā¬†

I thought about just buying a phone out right so that I could get through the remainder of my current contract but the store I was in did not have anything that I would consider affordable.  I called a few friends and one was able to loan me an old Blackberry with roller scroller issues.  He scolded me for not having a data plan as a Blackberry without the ability to BBM or browsing was just a waste in his opinion. 

Maybe it’s just me, but I am not yet convinced I need to get my emails on my phone.¬† Plus I hear through the grapevine that once you get data you never go back.¬†

On my way to pick up the old BB, I called Rogers to see what they could do for me.  The gentleman in Customer Retention offered me a sweet deal.  That included everything I wanted, unlimited text messaging, unlimited incoming calls, 200 daytime minutes and my evenings begin at 6 pm.  Then he offered me data for an additional $20/month. 

Here’s where the trouble starts.¬† I am was ¬†actually considering it.¬† I don’t need data.¬† It is very much a nice to have.¬† The phones that Rogers is offering me for free all have to have a data plan.¬† I was leaning towards a Blackberry (gotta support my Canadian companies) but I am not convinced I need to get the latest and greatest one.¬† I saw one in the store I was in for $250.¬† And now I think that might be the better way to go.¬† I can still get BBM but no unnecessary expensive monthly data plan.¬†

I used to be the kind of girl who would change cell phones every year.¬† There was always something newer, better, prettier.¬† Lately I find that new gadgets don’t hold the same allure they once did.¬† Hence my predicament now.¬†

I would love an Android phone but there are not many of them that come with a real keyboard.¬† The only one that appeals to me is the Sony Xperia Mini Pro.¬† I like the new Blackberry Bold and Torch, the idea of touch and a keyboard is very appealing, but the cost is too high.¬† I love my old Windows Mobile platform.¬† I like HTC brand phones, but Rogers only carries one and it doesn’t have a keyboard and would require that I take a data plan.¬† Then there is the new iPhone 4S … a total splurge.¬† It actually looks quite enticing.¬† When did life get so complicated?

I need to make a decision sooner rather than later.  Any thoughts?