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Will The Fun Never End?

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am blogging from work, and my Christmas recap will be postponed indefinitely.

Thanks, Apple.

Just before Christmas, I noticed that my beloved MacBook had developed a small crack beneath the trackpad.  Nothing huge, just a little hairline crack that ran vertically from the trackpad button to the edge of the computer.  I made a mental note to call Applecare when I got home from vacation.

Lo and behold, last Saturday morning I noticed that there was another crack forming – on the right wrist rest area, exactly where the little plastic tab on the screen hits when it closes.  I called Applecare immediately, and had no problem setting up a mail-in repair order.  Later that night, the plastic near the new crack just fell off.  Nice.

Anyhoo, Applecare rocks, and the box to ship the computer to repair was on my doorstep Monday afternoon.  I sent the ‘puter off on Tuesday, and had it back in my hands yesterday morning.  Awesome turnaround, although I was completely lost without the laptop for 3 nights.  I actually read a book.  Hardcore.

So yesterday morning I was ecstatic about the return of my beloved MacBook.  On first glance, it looked very pretty…a new keyboard cover was in place, and I think they may have put in a new keyboard and trackpad as well.  Then I tried using the computer.

Something is very, very wrong…whenever I place any pressure on the wrist-rest area, the computer acts like I’ve pushed the trackpad button.  It moves the cursor, it selects text, it deletes text (like a cut & paste, without the “paste”).  Meanwhile, the trackpad button no longer clicks.  So, I’m back on the phone with Applecare.  Once again, the customer service rep was very nice and apologetic, and put in a new repair order.  The box should be here on Monday.

But wait…there’s more!  I was rooting around online last night to see if other MacBook users have had the same problems that I’m experiencing, and find out that everything I am experiencing is a known issue.  Great.  Then I see that people’s external cases are cracking as well, so I start checking out my case a little more closely.  Crap!  I have a crack on the side where a screw was obviously tightened too hard, a crack on the front edge of the case, and a crack on the back near the fan!  My beloved MacBook is falling apart!  Not to mention that the new keyboard cover was kind of buckled on one side and gapping.  Argh.

So this morning I spoke to my third AppleCare rep this week.  Jose was a pretty nice guy, but he obviously didn’t believe me when I said that there were no Apple service centers in my immediate area, and had to spend a few minutes confirming it for himself.  (For the record, the nearest one is 130 miles away.)  Eventually he understood that I just wanted to put a note on the existing service order to look at the issue of the cracks & gaps, and did so.  Thanks, sweet Jose.

I love Apple.  I love Apple products.  If I made more money, I would own Apple stock and every Apple product out there.  This MacBook is the fourth Apple laptop I have owned, and it saddens me that it is falling apart at less than one year old.  It’s obviously just not made well.  As always, I have purchased the Applecare Protection Plan and have faith that Apple will continue fixing the unit…but why would they WANT to continue having to repair what is obviously a design/manufacturing defect?  Sigh.

Long story longer, as of Monday I will be without my sweet, sweet laptop for another 3 days or so.  I’ll be reading blogs, posting on Twitter, checking on my Facebook peeps, and playing poker watching CS3 tutorials on my super-crappy work computer until the Mac is back.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Anxious

airplane

I’m pretty sure that this is the same plane that is supposed to carry us to Dallas tomorrow morning, where we will hopefully connect with our next flight to Nashville.  If all goes well, we should be home by 2:30p.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed, since we had a huge snowfall yesterday (at least 8 inches fell at our house), and another major storm is supposed to blow through tomorrow and last through Christmas Day.  Forecasters are saying we might get one or two feet of snow.  Not inches;  FEET.  If we don’t get out tomorrow morning, we’re probably not getting home for Christmas.  If we don’t get home for Christmas, Tracy is going to be one sad, sad puppy.  I’ve been looking forward to seeing my family & friends for weeks.

I hope that everyone whose travels have been disrupted by the crazy winter weather finds their way home to family & friends safely.  Happy holidays to all, and if I don’t make it back here before New Year’s Eve, I wish everyone the best for 2009!  Merry Christmas!

Christmas, Christmas Time is Here

I’ve spent the day working on Christmas-related activities.

Christmas tree?

Christmas TreeCheck.

Cute little Christmas treats?

Pretzels

Check.

Christmas cards?  Get off my back.  I’m working on them.  Didn’t you see all the other stuff I did today?  🙂

Another Quizzy Thing (aka Could You Survive a Great Depression?)


You Are 66% Likely to Survive Another Great Depression


Even though you may not be expecting the worst, you’re the type of person who prepares for the worst.

You live a relatively modest life. You don’t overspend, and you aren’t very materialistic.

You are also quite self sufficient and independent. You have many useful skills.

You can take care of yourself and those you love… which is crucial to surviving another Great Depression.

Okay, it turns out that my last post was incorrect on a couple of points:

  • I have done another quizzy-thingy meme in the past – something about quirkiness.  I didn’t remember it until I saw that someone had viewed that post.  D’oh!
  • I also realized that I miscounted my piercings…I actually have three.  I added an extra earring back in college, and I guess I always think of the two original holes as one thing.

I just found this quiz through NYC Watchdog, and thought I would see what my results were.  My father and I have been talking a lot lately about the possibility of another Great Depression.  Apparently my grandmother (who lived through the first Depression) used to warn my father that it could happen again.  He has spent most of his adult life thinking that it couldn’t happen, that we are too advanced as a society for it to happen again, and look where we are now.  Lo and behold, it’s a very REAL possibility.

I work in the arts.  My income has always been on the low end, and heaven knows, I could lose my job at any moment because funding for the arts is so hard to come by.  I currently live in the most expensive place I’ve ever lived, but I take heart in the knowledge that I have a little shack back in Tennessee that is 100% paid for.  We can always move back there.  We have no debt to speak of, and we live within our means.  I take pride in the fact that we try not to buy anything that we can’t afford to pay for, and that we make a habit of saving money by eating at home and entertaining ourselves at home.  We don’t lack for the things we want, we just try to keep the urge to buy new stuff under control and take care of the things we own.

My point is, if America DOES sink into another Great Depression, I think that (outside of a major medical emergency) my husband and I could survive for a good while without having to make significant lifestyle changes.  What would a Great Depression mean for you?

My First Meme – Nine Layers

It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m a little bored, so I’m going to do this meme that I found on Gingersnap‘s blog.  Before we begin…can someone please explain what ‘MEME’ means and how it’s pronounced?  Obviously, I’m new here.

Okay, here’s the quizzy-thingie meme:

9 Layers
A meme to peel away the layers of you.
(Deep.  Very Deep.)

LAYER ONE:
– Name: Tracy
– Birth date: July 31 (That’s also Harry Potter’s birthday.)
– Birthplace: Nashville
– Current Location: Jackson, WY
– Eye Color: Blue
– Hair Color: Brown
– Height: 5′7″
– Righty or Lefty: Righty
– Zodiac Sign: Leo

LAYER TWO:
– Your heritage: Hillbilly
– The shoes you wore today: Currently in my slipper booties
– Your weakness: Smoking
– Your fears: Dying young…ironic, isn’t it?
– Your perfect pizza: Thin crust, fire-oven baked, with lots of veggies
– Goal you’d like to achieve: Leaving something behind that people can remember me for

LAYER THREE:
– Your most overused phrase on AIM: I rarely chat…but maybe “Whassup?”, only in my mind I sound like those beer commercials.
– Your first waking thoughts: What was that dream about?
– Your best physical feature: Eyes
– Your most missed memory: My friend Donnie (who is no longer with us and I miss him like crazy) once scootched a little closer to me in high school…I got one of those crazy chills up my back and then, big geek that I am, scootched away.  I wish I’d acted on that chill instead of being scared of it.

LAYER FOUR:
– Pepsi or Coke: Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi, baby.  It’s my crack.
– McDonald’s or Burger King:  I’m not crazy about either, but I prefer BK’s burgers.  Unfortunately, there’s only a Mickey D’s in this town.
– Single or group dates: I’m married, so single dates, please.
– Adidas or Nike: New Balance
– Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Neither…I prefer Tetley or Luzianne if I’m making iced tea.
– Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
– Cappuccino or coffee: Mainly coffee, but sometimes I crave a latte.

LAYER FIVE:
– Smoke: Unfortunately.
– Cuss: Yes…it makes my mother proud.
– Sing: I wish I could.
– Take a shower everyday: Yes, unless I’m not going out.
– Do you think you’ve been in love: Yes, most definitely.
– Want to go to college: Been there, done that, would love to go again.
– Liked high school: Not particularly.
– Want to get married: I’m currently married.
– Believe in yourself: Yes.
– Get motion sickness: Never.  I can do pretty much anything in the car.
– Think you’re attractive: I think I’m presentable.
– Think you’re a health freak: Not at all.  I need to take better care of myself.
– Get along with your parent(s): I always get along with them, but we don’t always agree.
– Like thunderstorms: Yes, especially here in the mountains.  They tend to be rare and wonderful.
– Play an instrument: I played the flute from 6th grade to 8th grade, but I don’t think I still could.

LAYER SIX: In the past month…
– Drank alcohol: Yes.
– Smoked: Yes.
– Done a drug: Yes.
– Made Out: Yes.
– Gone on a date: Yes.
– Gone to the mall?: Yes.
– Eaten an entire box of Oreos?: No.
– Eaten sushi: No.
– Been on stage: Yes.
– Been dumped:  No.
– Gone skating:  No.
– Made homemade cookies: No.
– Gone skinny dipping:  No.
– Dyed your hair: Yes.
– Stolen Anything: No.

LAYER SEVEN: Ever…
– Played a game that required removal of clothing: No.
– Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: Yes.
– Been caught “doing something”:  Yes…I had to think about it, but “yes”.
– Been called a tease: No.
– Gotten beaten up: Yes.  By this crazy girl that thought I had wrecked her bike with no brakes on purpose.  Right.
– Shoplifted: No.  Stealing is bad, mmm’kay?
– Changed who you were to fit in: As a teenager, but not majorly.

LAYER EIGHT:
– Age you hope to be married: Got married at 26.
– Names of Children:  I don’t have any;  if I did – Samantha Ann or Samuel David (after parents)
– Describe your Dream Wedding: I never had a dream wedding, but I loved mine…married in an outdoor theatre on the set of a show that took place in a tiny Baptist church.
– How do you want to die: Old and happy with lots of loved ones around me.
– Where you want to go to college: Wow, this thing must be geared towards the teenagers.  I went to Western Kentucky U.
– What do you want to be when you grow up:  Same thing I’m doing now, only union & in a larger venue.
– What country would you most like to visit: France…since I studied French for 6 years of my life and never went anywhere to use it.

LAYER NINE:
– Number of drugs taken illegally: 2 (I went to college!)
– Number of people I could trust with my life: I can’t imagine…my parents & my husband?
– Number of CDs that I own: Hundreds of CD’s that I don’t even use anymore…I’ve gone digital.
– Number of piercings: 2
– Number of tattoos: 1
– Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper?: I never counted, but luckily none of the appearances were in the “Court” section.
– Number of scars on my body: a couple of small ones.
– Number of things in my past that I regret: 1 (see above).

Whew.  Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?  Do you feel like you know me now…or am I just the inside of an onion?

Turkey Day Post-Mortem

Overall, Thanksgiving dinner was a great success!  We ate, we drank, we made merry; by 8p the guests were on their way home.  Truly, the only disappointment of the day was that SURVIVOR was a recap episode.  Recaps just piss me off.  I even fast-forward through the “previously on” portions of regular episodes.

Tonight I am in full Suzy Homemaker mode, and making stock from the turkey carcass.  We were released from rehearsals early, and I needed to go by the grocery store for a couple of items for tomorrow’s soup, and therefore asked my sweet hubby to finish picking the meat off of the turkey so I could save a little time when I got home.  When I got home, Terry announced that he had finished his chore…so I announced that I was ready to boil some bones.

“The…bones?”

“Yes, honey, the BONES.  Please tell me that you didn’t throw them away.  That was the whole point.”

“Well, they’re all in a clean garbage bag…”

So I’m making trashcan soup tonight.  But isn’t it lovely?

Yes, the turkey bones spent a few minutes in the trash

Tonight we’re having the last of our leftovers for dinner, then we HAVE to get back on the South Beach wagon.  I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to one more night of yummy carbs, but I’m also looking forward to losing a few more pounds before the Christmas eating season begins.

Turkey Day’s A-Comin’!

I am so excited about Thanksgiving!  I love to cook, and all diet bets are off on Thursday.  My boss, his wife, and one of the actors in SCROOGE are coming over for dinner.  My menu consists of:

  • “The Ball of Shame” – cheeseball & crackers
  • Turkey & dressing
  • Giblet gravy
  • Sweet potatoes (or yams…is there really a difference?  I’m not sure.)
  • Green beans
  • My Aunt Meda’s awesome cranberry salad
  • Green salad
  • Pasta salad
  • A pickle tray
  • Bread
  • Derby pie & whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream

The green salad & pasta salad are being brought by my boss’s wife.  Our friend Red is bringing the green beans & sweet potatoes, and he says that he steals his recipes from The Lady & Sons cookbook.  I’m pretty stoked about that…God knows I loves me some Paula Deen.

I’ve done all of my shopping, the turkey is thawing in the fridge, and I’m anticipating staying up late tomorrow night to make cornbread for the dressing (and maybe a pie) after work.  If I’m feeling frisky, I may make the “Ball of Shame” tonight.  Yummy!

The guests will be arriving around 3 p.m., and I plan to spend the rest of the evening getting loaded, eating great food, and going to bed after watching SURVIVOR.  What a wonderful way to spend the day!

What are YOU doing for Thanksgiving?