Monday, September 29, 2008
Im sure a few of us has had this situation happen in our lives and its devestating. Brandy is helping those families who have expereienced suicide first hand. So please, take a few minutes and read this message from her. Support her and her team!
As you know, our friend Ben committed suicide in July. His family has set up a walk team and we have joined it.
My goal is only $100.
I will be joining with thousands of people nationwide this fall to walk in AFSP's 2008 Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I would appreciate any support that you give me for this worthwhile cause.The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 32,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.I hope you will consider supporting my participation in this event.
Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.Donating online is safe and easy!
To make an online donation please click the "Support This Participant" button on this page.
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We ordered our lumber for the fence on Tuesday...paid for it to be delivered...we were told it would happen on Friday....it never came...we called and they said they have truck issues that we would be the first delivery Saturday morning... so I go to garden ridge and walmart Saturday morning thinking when I get home the wood would all be piled in my drive way...no..no wood...I call home depot and they say "Oh the truck is getting loaded up right now, you are the first stop. " Wonderful...finally we can start the repair on the fence.....the truck arrives and as it is back in Im looking at it thinking there is no way that that is it...we order over 900.00 worth of supplies....sure enough we get out there with our receipt to start counting....we are short 6 bags of concrete and 330 pickets!!!
So I call the store and they ask to get my name and number so the manager can call me back later, I said "no thank you I will come up there and talk to them in person". At this point Im more than upset...my blood is boiling...I load DH and the kids in the car in case God forbid something happen and I passout from being so upset.
We get there and the manager tries to say it was a error by the girl who set up the deliveries, that she is having to use all her customer rental trucks to make deliveries today...I say "well thats not really my fault is it? My order should of been delivered yesterday". Again, more "Im sorry" from the manager and she goes off to see what she can do. She comes back and tell me she can "try" to get it to me today...I look and her and I say, " no, either you can get it to me today or I can get my money back, whats it gonna be? I paid for my supplies, I paid my delivery charge and I was expecting my product yesterday...I didnt get it, I got it today and more than half of my order was missing. I had people coming in to help put this fence up today. Now, will you guarantee me it will be delivered today?" .......her response " No, I can not make that gurantee." And I said...."well then you can give me my money back so I can go to Lowes and get what I need.
I have never seen customer service like this before. Very inappropriate and uncalled for and I will never come back to Home Depot and I will make sure all my friends and family know just how horrible you treat your paying customers." So I got my money back and we went to Lowes instead. We normally do shop at Lowes but we had a gift card to Home Depot so we thought we would give them a chance.
I understand that lots of people are needing lumber b/c of the hurricane, but why tell someone it will delivered on a certain day. They never said we will try to deliver it, they said " It will be there Friday morning." And then why only bring me half my order when you do finally deliver it?! And when I come up there to see what he problem is, you don't make every attempt to make sure I am satisfied and I get the product that I have already paid for.
So, this blog is to mainly tell you my exerpeince with Home Depot. And I have talked to several people since his happened to have also voiced frustrations with home depot. I hope that you too, stop and think of this story when you need home supplies...and instead of giving Home Depot, who does not care about their customers satisfaction, your money you will go some place else. Even if it cost a tiny bit more, you will be paying for your customer service.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I just love Granola! Here is the recipe I use. Its from Ina Garten on the Food Network.
My granola that I just made has salted cashews, dried cherries, blueberries and apricots. That's what I had on hand. Doesn't it look amazing?!
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
2 cups sliced almonds
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup good honey
1 1/2 cups small diced dried apricots
1 cup small diced dried figs
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Toss the oats, coconut, and almonds together in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Pour onto a 13 by 18 by 1-inch sheet pan. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 45 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Add the apricots, figs, cherries, cranberries, and cashews. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Favorite person (outside family)? Cheryl, but she kinda is family (Christopher's Godmother) so I guess....Chris
Favorite food? Mexican hands down! Could eat it everyday for the rest of my life!
Quirks about you? Tshirts must be folded a certain way or the world will come to a end! LOL
Any regrets in life? Everything I have done has made me the person I am today, so no.
Favorite Charity/Cause?Anything that helps kids in our OWN country. Cancer society, March of Dimes
Favorite Blog recently? Organizing Junkie
Something you can’t get enough of? Mexican Food!
Worst job you’ve ever had? I guess it would be Mazzios Pizza back in the day! LOL
What job would you pay NOT to have? Anything outside in the Texas Heat!
If you could be a fly on the wall, where? Oh several places!! Too many to list really.
Guilty Pleasure? When not preggo- WINE! When Preggo- Chocolate!
Got any confessions? Not that I wish to share with the cyber world.
If you HAD to spend $1,000 on YOURSELF, how would you spend it? A new stove! Or dishwasher!
Favorite thing about your house? My huge backyard(even though it is damaged thanks to Ike right now) and being on a culdasac.
Least favorite thing about your house? being a older house ('84) and only 3 bedrooms but hope to change that someday.
One thing you are bad at? Painting my nails.
One thing you’re good at? cooking! ;)
If you could change something about your circumstances, what? less debt!
Who would you like to meet someday? Living or dead? Oh lots of people! Chris Burke(baseball player), Lance Berkman, Patrick Demsey, Tim McGraw, Paula Deen, Anderson Cooper, Michael Ausellio
What makes you feel sexy? A new haircut and Danny
Who is your real life hero? My parents, Danny
What is the hardest part of your job? staying cool and calm, finding time to do everything that needs to be done.
When are you most relaxed? in the shower or taking a bath, or sitting in bed on the computer and watching tv.
What stresses you out? Money is a big stress but its getting better.
What can you not live without?My Family and close friends. COFFEE! Mexican food
Do you agree or disagree with the recent article that reported that blogs are authored by narcissists? What?!
Why do you blog? too keep people informed with what is going on with us mainly.
1. Answer the questions
2. Link back to whoever tagged you
3. Tag eight bloggers to do the same, 2 from each category. * OK Im way too new to blogging to fill this part out. I dont know too many people! LOL
New/newer bloggers -
Bloggy friends —
Bloggers you’d like to get to know better –
Bloggers you are not sure will respond, but you hope will—
Sun. 9/21- King Ranch Chicken Casserole and veggies
Mon. 9/22- Roast, rice, and corn on the cob
Tues. 9/23- Fundraising night at Texas Roadhouse
Wed. 9/24- Any leftovers in the fridge
Thurs. 9/25- Crossiant Paninni and soup
Fri. 9/26- French Bread Pizzas
Sat. 9/27- Fish tacos and trimmings
Sun. 9/28- PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps
Mon. 9/29- Spaghetti, salad, and bread
Tues. 9/30- Breakfast- Bacon, pancakes, fruit, and cowboy hash
Wed. 10/1- Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, Couscous, and veggie
Thurs. 10/2- Crossiant Paninni and soup
Fri.10/3- Any leftovers in fridge
Sat. 10/4- Leftover fajitas from Madisons party.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Saturday as soon as we got a chance we got out and began the clean out. Mainly with the front yard, getting the limbs picked up and the yard raked up. The backyard we knew would take some time. DH got out to the backyard and we son realized the kids were not going to be able to be back there. One of our neighbors has a pool and Christopher attempted to go to that pool not once but twice! It was more stress that we did not need at this point.
Luckily my parents said they would take the kids for a few days so we could get somethings done. So on Sunday we loaded up the kids and met my dad to let the kids go stay with them.
We were without power for 6 days. 6 long days. Luckily the weather changed and we had a cool front come through so it wasnt too hot, but it was not fun having to run a generator to get anything to work, being in the dark....I just wanted to wash clothes or run my dishwasher. Its amazing how much we depend on electricity.
Luckily, we all survived. We made it through. Yes we have some damage to the backyard, but we still have the house and we still have each other. And that is all that matters. Im forever greatful that we were spared.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Im hoping to come and post my 2 week menu plan for everyone. Hoping to give others inspiration and maybe even some helpful tips! ;)
9/7- Beef tacos with all the trimmings and yellow rice
9/8- No Meat Spaghetti, Spinach Salad, and bread
9/9- Pork chops in cream of mushroom sauce, Crashed Hot Potatoes and Roasted Veggies.
9/10- Fish Tacos with all the trimmings
9/11- Eggplant Parm, salad, and bread
9/12- Homemade French Bread Pizzas
9/13- DH's birthday! His request: Roast, Rice, Corn on the Cob, and cake balls!
9/14- Stuffed Manicotti, veggie
9/15- King Ranch Chicken and roasted veggies
9/16- Fundraising Night for Madison's school at Texas Roadhouse
9/17-Crossiant Paninni(Madison calls these Moon Sandwiches) and soup. (Pasta e Fagoli or Potato Soup)
9/18- Any leftovers in the fridge
9/19- Tacos for a Bunko Party
9/20- DH will be in College Station cheering on the Aggies, so its just the kids and myself. Not sure what we will do yet! ;)
Christopher says " Thank you Ms. Brandy for making my wool and thank you Ms. Donna for sending my momma the wool!"
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Yes I know that his glasses are on upside down, but you try and tell him that!
And the after!
See....total cuteness!!! How can you not love it?!