Thursday, May 29, 2014

Getting a Little Support

I spent two and a half hours on the phone yesterday evening with an incredibly skilled and patient customer service representative, fixing the problems on my computer that I have been struggling with for several months now, and spent $80 to have only partially fixed elsewhere.

The problems themselves were caused by a different and abhorrently unskilled and impatient cutomer service representative, who failed to really investigate and troubleshoot a minor error, and instead felt the best way to kill a spider was to blow up the house.

Well after blowing up my computer, the error was still there! Because, of course, the problem wasn't the house, it was the spider, which happened to be in the yard!

After hours, litteraly of searching, looking up technical terms, and scouring forums, I not only identified the problem, but also solved it.

Great. I now had only one thing on my computer working, while everything else was either missing, not not working.

I attempted several methods to recover my computer, all to no avail. So I paid the "experts" to fix it for me. And they partly did.

Out of utter exhaustion and fighting back the tears I called technical support. I made it very clear why I was in this prediciment to begin with, and that I just want my computer to work again the way it's supposed to.

And soon the technology angel came on the line and fixed all of my computer problems. She even set up my wireless printer remotely and laughed with me when my kids were in the background saying words like 'poopy'.

She was the surprise in the cereal box, and the sun beam through the storm cloud.

I hope that she had a fantastic evening after we hung up, and that when she snuggled her five year old into bed, they maybe had a good laugh about the crazy lady his mommy helped whose kids were over heard shouting about who was 'poopy'!

(It was Kit by the way, and she was harrasing the big kids following them around as they squealed whenever she chimed, "I'm poopy!" Please rest assured, Victor quickly corrralled her and neutralized the Code Brown.)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Conversation Vacation

Scene: Victor is is the recliner. Zak is sitting with him, mostly on the arm of the recliner. They are playing games together on Victor's phone.

Victor: Is that a patch in your jeans?

Zak: Yeah.

Victor: Huh...did your mom put that on?

Zak: (sort of snorts) No! Mommy never puts patches on! She just buys new pants. Well, not new pants, but Goodwill.  These are hand-me-downs.

He made me laugh at the spot on truth of his statement. Yup. I've yet to meet a pair of pants that can last longer than two months on that boy without wearing clean through the knees. That's too often to be hauling out the iron just to fix something he's going to shred again by the time I turn around. Almost all we have ever gotten with patches already there he managed to tear through around the edges of the patch anyway.  We keep a couple good pairs for when we go out and holes are innapropriate, but at home, he can wear the ones with holes. At $3-4 per pair, that's letting a boy be a boy without breaking the bank. And it makes me so grateful that we don't have to buy school uniforms, cuz those wouldn't last a week on my kiddo.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Homemade "Stained Glass" Project for Little Ones

Grace wanted an art project to do.

Something different.

Don't ask me how this popped into my head, but it turned out be the different she was looking for.

Supplies are easy and mostly things everyone has on hand with one exception.

The colored cellophane sheets were something I had ordered from Amazon not to long ago, we don't always just have these in the house. I suppose craft stores might also sell it.


Two sheets of paper (Any color, but we chose printer paper because it is a bit thinner which makes some of the cuts easier.)
Good scissors.
Crayons, markers, or paint. (Grace wanted to use crayons)
Tape or glue. (Grace wanted to use tape)
Colored cellophane sheets cut into various sizes in select colors.

1. Decide ahead of time how big you want your hanging "window" to be.

2. Place the two sheets of paper together and fold them in half together short-ways.

3. Outline the outer edge of your "window" keeping in mind that it will double in length when unfolded.  Then draw another outline an inch or so inside the border, this creates a frame. The two lines are important, we forgot the second line and ended up not having as thick a frame as we had originally wanted.

4. Cut out the "window" along the outside boarder, leaving paper folded.

5. Fold paper in half or smaller again creating a new seam. 

6. We found it helpful to draw the outline of our shapes along the seam first,  keeping in mind to draw half shapes since they will become full after unfolding.

7. We also drew a line along the middle between the seams so that we made sure not to cut to deep into the middle.

8. Carefully cut out the outlined shapes. I needed to help Grace with this stage of the cutting because the paper was quite thick making cutting more difficult.

9. Unfold so that the "window" is now only folded in the original half.

10. Again outline the desired shaped along the seam, taking care to leave space between the new shapes and already cut out ones.

11. Cut out the rest of the shapes along the seam.

12. Unfold the "window".

13. Separate the panels.

14.Color or decorate the outsides of each panel. (The panel that was used to draw the outlines and boarder guides can be flipped so that the markings face inward, but be sure to flip the opposing panel so that the shapes line up.)

15.Tape or glue various cellophane sheets over the openings on one of the panels.

16. When all of the openings have cellophane,  glue or tape the other panel on top, making sure the openings align.

17. Cut a short length of string or yarn and tape one end on each side of the panel you decide is the back.

18. Hang your beautiful "stained glass window" in front of a real window to let the light shine through and dance in rainbows on the walls or floor!

We actually did this a little over a week ago, but Grace forbid me from posting this until she left for her sleepover at Nana's house, as she had made it as a gift for Nana. :)

It was fun and easy!

Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 1, 2014


There once was a baby, who planted some seeds.

She watered the soil, and sunlight it needs.

When little spouts popped up she jumped, overjoyed.

Then dumped out the soil and the greens, she destroyed.

True story.