Thursday, January 24, 2013

Freezing Rain


Today we had some interesting weather for Utah.  We had freezing rain.  It was quite an experience to have the raindrops land on my windshield and instantly turn to ice.  Thankfully, the roads on the way to work weren't too bad by the time I left, of course, we all went slow and left plenty of room between cars.

The sidewalks and parking lots were sheets of ice.  It looked like people ice skating.  I know this isn't the most thrilling post in the world, but I just wanted to mark the day since it's such a rarity here in Utah.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

All I wanted was HD T.V.

I'm writing this post out of frustration.  I have Directv.  I have no complaints about their service.  My satellite rarely has any problems and their customer service is usually good.

I've had a tivo DVR for over 5 years now and it's getting old.  I've had to completely wipe it and erase it a couple of times and it's starting to have all kinds of strange problems.  Directv is giving out a free Genie 5 room HD DVR to new customers.

I was so proud of myself, I called them and bargained with them to get one!  I was so excited to get my new DVR and HD TV.  I scheduled to have them come out during the Christmas break from school.

Visit #1.  The guy took one look and said, "No, we can't do it."  Didn't climb up on the roof, measure anything or offer any alternatives.

So, I got upset that he didn't do anything except say "no" especially when other buildings in my condo complex have the HD satellite dishes.  So, I called and very assertively asked to have another tech come out and look.

Visit #2.  This guy was awesome.  He climbed up on his ladder and measured things.  Explained why he can't mount it on the side of my building.  Then he walked with me over to talk to the property upkeep guy.  At that point, it was decided they could do a non-penetration mount on the roof of my building.  This guy told me I'd have to reschedule so they'd have everything with them when they come.  He later called back and told me I had to call Directv and schedule it again requesting a non-penetration mount.  So I did.  Scheduled it for today.

Visit #3.  This guy said he had no idea we needed a non-penetration mount and he didn't have the equipment, but he thought he could mount it on the edge of the roof.  I told him the other 2 said they couldn't, but still, he climbed his ladder and then informed me (surprise!) that it wouldn't fit there.  He handed me his cell phone.  I rescheduled it with directv for next weekend.  He says they won't do it if there's snow on the roof.  *sigh*

Will I ever get my HD TV?  I just don't know, maybe by the time I do the next best thing will be out and my brand new stuff I've paid for will be outdated.

Okay, I'm done whining for now.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Back to Work

Oh boy!  I didn't get to sleep until the wee hours of the morning last night.  Today has been a very long day!

It was great to see the kids.  I even got a hug and an "I missed you" from one of them.  It felt like a really long day probably due to the lack of sleep, and the fact that we were all kind of in a fog after the break.  They seem to have forgotten how to do math and read.  *sigh*

After school, I went to Home Depot to find a new light fixture for my bathroom.  The very nice man who is fixing my bathroom's ceiling graciously offered to install one if I buy one.

Then I ran to the store for some paper bowls for an art project at school.  I hope I can get this project to work.  I don't seem to have the right size of paper.

I decided I didn't want to cook, so I picked up a sandwich at Firehouse Subs.  Yum!

I got a letter from my congressman's office for information for tour tickets.  I hope we can get into the White House most of all, because neither of us have seen it from the inside.

And that's my report for today.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

I have my cat on my lap and stayed in my pajamas all day.  Yes, it was a nice, quiet and cozy day.  I did manage to get grades put into the computer, but that's about it.

I'm grateful to have a very good upstairs neighbor.  She had a toilet leak a few weeks back.  It went through my bathroom's ceiling.  She has been very good about following through and getting things fixed.  On Thursday they'll finish the sheet rock.  Her uncle who is the guy doing the sheetrock also offered to install a new light fixture for me if I buy one.  That was awful nice.

Okay, true to form, the cat is gone now.  The beeper on my dish washer (which I'm still VERY grateful for) just beeped, so I guess I should go put dishes away.

I can't wait to see the kids tomorrow!