When it rains, it pours

Last month was not a good month for me! First, I lost my cell phone (Samsung Comeback). Luckily, a friend of mine was looking to sell her Samsung Behold so at least I wouldn’t have to go back to my previous phone, a flip without a QWERTY keyboard!

Then, when I was flying back from Tennessee, I lost one of the diamond studs that Mike gave me for our two year anniversary, 6 years ago. Hopefully we can replace it πŸ™

Lastly, I was working two days before Christmas, and I spilled a cup of tea on my laptop I use for work, a Toshiba Satellite. It was a graduation present from my parents when I finished University. I tried drying it out for a week, but it looks like it is completely dead. Luckily I have two other laptops I can use for now, but their specs aren’t as good as the Toshiba’s. One is a 2006 MacBook and the other is a 2004 Sony Vaio. Both were packing 512MB of RAM, but luckily their capacity was 2GB so I quickly upgraded those. Hopefully they can last me until I can afford a new one.

So please God, universe, whatever… please keep any badness from me! I can’t afford anymore hiccups!

Traffic School :(

Tomorrow I have to go to traffic school for a ticket I got when I ran a red light in Long Beach in July, on my way home from Anime Expo. I ended up having to go to the courthouse in order to get this mess cleared up, and I had to go through the intersection I got my ticket in again. :smirk: I’m not looking forward to traffic school, I’ve heard it’s going to be really boring. It’s my first time going. Wish me luck! :irritate:

UPS SUCKS!

I can’t believe I forgot to write about my UPS fiasco! It was a disaster. I learned my lesson. NEVER ship using UPS. :gr: (Warning, um. This post contains much more profanity than originally intended. Please be advised.)

So when my best friend Vanessa moved to Colorado, I decided to send her a care package as a moving gift/birthday present. Simple, right? I got everything together, but unfortunately it was too late to go to the post office by the time I got home from work. I wanted to print out a shipping slip on USPS.com, but the site was down! :dead: I checked FedEx’s prices and UPS’ prices, and UPS was lower. So I printed out a slip online, took it to the store, and waited patiently.

A couple says later, I get a call from the UPS receiving facility in Loveland, CO. I forgot to put an apartment number on the package! What a ditz. So I gave them the apartment number, annoyed that my package would be delayed, but still not anticipating any horrible troubles. Boy was I wrong.

Monday was Labor day, so Tuesday I check the package online and it says that it had a delivery error again. I called the UPS customer service line, and turns out whoever I spoke to didn’t put the apartment number on the package when they tried to deliver it again. So that’s TWO failed delivery attempts. You only get three attempts before they give up and ship the package back to the sender. So the UPS customer service said that I had to submit an intercept delivery request in order to fix the address, because technically in order to put the apartment number on there, I had to change the address. Bullshit, right? So whatever, I do it.

THEN the customer service rep tells me that if the recipient isn’t at the location to receive the package, they won’t be able to deliver it. Great! How is my recipient supposed to receive the package? She has a job, it’s not like she can sit at home all day hoping that the package will come while she’s there. So I call UPS customer service back and cancel the intercept request. I want to put the package on will call at the Loveland facility, so that my recipient can just pick it up. The customer service rep tells me that the facility is only open M-F during normal business hours. WTF?? How is anyone with a job supposed to pickup a package?? God this is a nightmare!!

The next day, my poor recipient TAKES TIME OFF OF WORK, begins driving to the facility, and has a stroke of genius. She decides to call UPS customer service to make sure it will actually be there. And what do you think they told her? NOPE. IT IS OUT ON DELIVERY. Once again, the freaking incompetents at the Loveland facility FAILED to follow SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS, and instead of placing it on will call, put it out on delivery. So my recipient went home to try and wait for it for as long as possible, but of course they didn’t come while she was there. She left a note asking the delivery man to leave the package there, but he ignored it.

Once again, I called UPS. This time I ripped into them. Why, I asked, was everyone I talked to unable to follow simple instructions? Why was every request I made ignored? Of course, I can’t get a straight answer. The UPS rep tells me she will have someone from the Loveland facility call me. And when this guy does I rip into him, too. Why is everyone on your staff incompetent? Why is it when a package has been placed on will call, it is sent out for delivery instead? Will my package now be shipped directly to me, now that it has three unsuccessful delivery attempts? He assured me that THIS time it would be placed on will call, for sure, and my recipient would have 10 days to pick it up, from the hours of 12PM to 8PM. Wait. The UPS customer service reps always told me it was normal business hours? No, Tyler from the UPS Loveland Receiving facility assured me. The customer service area operated during normal business hours, not the receiving department. They would be open. And all she needed was a valid ID to pick it up. No tracking number necessary.

So when my recipient goes a couple of days later, what is the FIRST thing they ask her for? A TRACKING NUMBER. :dead: I tell her to tel those incompetents that I was assured she wouldn’t need one. Turns out they were just being lazy and they didn’t need it, but “it makes it easier” for them to get her package from the will call area. FUCK THEIR CONVENIENCE! After all they put me through, and how many hours I spent on the phone with their fucking incompetent employees?

FUCK UPS! I AM NEVER SHIPPING WITH THEM AGAIN!

How to deal with Rejection

Psalm 42:11

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.”

Isaiah 49:1-4

“Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’ But I said, ‘I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and my reward is with God.'”

And of course, the entire book of Job.

Psalm 37:3-5

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.”

Tobit is helpful.

Luke 6:22-23

“‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on the account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.'”

Spring Needs to be Over.

Every morning around 6 AM, these fucking birds start chirping and twittering outside my window, no matter what day it is, no matter how much I get to sleep in that day, always with the chirping. I am so SICK of these damn birds singing about how much they want to get some!! FIND A LADY BIRD AND FUCK HER ALREADY DAMNIT AND LET ME SLEEP.

I need to shoot these fucking animals.

Endoscopy.

Since I haven’t been feeling well lately, my family doctor suggested I see a gastroenterologist. I saw him on Tuesday, and he suggested I have a endoscopy to see if there was anything unusual in my stomach. So we scheduled it for Friday and I wasn’t too worried about it.

This morning I went in with my mom and my gastroenterologist performed an endoscopy on me. I guess I should have asked more questions beforehand because I didn’t really know what the procedure entailed. I knew they were going to sedate me and shove a tube down my throat and look at my stomach, but I guess I wasn’t really aware how potentially serious the procedure is. They kept me on a heart monitor and took my blood pressure every five minutes (ouch haha) and put those oxygen tubes in my nose (uncomfortable) and I had an IV. They put me in the procedure room and after about 10 minutes I was getting antsy to start this thing, I was pretty cold. Also I was getting kind of scared because the only kind of surgery I’ve ever had is getting my wisdom teeth out. Even though I knew it wasn’t really surgery, I was afraid they would find something terrible. Finally the nurse and doctor came in and she started up my IV with the sedatives in it. The nurse asked me to lay on my side and then she started talking to me about the bite bit, after that it’s all blank.

I woke up in the receiving area about 20 minutes later I guess but I don’t think I was really ready to get up yet. I was very confused, so I was looking around trying to figure out where I was, what time it was, etc, when a nurse saw me and was surprised to see me awake. They expected me to sleep for another 15 minutes. They helped me put my sweatshirt on and get into a wheelchair, and then asked me to say something so they could make sure my vocal chords weren’t damaged or anything. Although I didn’t feel much pain in my throat (I still don’t — it’s sore, but not unbearable) I couldn’t really remember how to operate my vocal chords is the best way of describing it, lol. I was still pretty drugged up at this time. I tried to make the air go through my throat but no sound came out when I did. The nurse gently encouraged me, but I got frustrated and started crying. (I HATE it when I do that… it’s so frustrating! And then I get even more frustrated with myself for crying and being weak, which makes me cry.) She went and got my mom and decided to go get the doctor. My mom sat with me and calmed me down, and I tried for a few more minutes to talk. By the time the doctor came I was able to talk perfectly well, so a nurse wheeled me down to the car and we went home.

For some reason I got kind of carsick on the way home (I NEVER get carsick) . When I got home I parked myself on the easy chair, turned on the TV and fell asleep for a couple hours. When I woke up around 12:30 I was STARVING (I hadn’t had anything to eat or drink since dinner the night before) so I whipped up some hot tea, a can of soup and ate the entire thing, haha. I think I must have eaten it too fast because for the next couple of hours I felt nauseous.

Anyway, the doctor said there were some red areas in my stomach that they took biopsies of, but other than that everything looked good. We’ll get the results for that on Monday. Next week I need to go to the lab and get a blood test, they will test me for Celiac Disease and IBD.

I need to finish up my taxes today, too. Such a bad girl… :angel:

The Drought

Now that Mike has started this quarter of class, we aren’t able to see each other on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. So after church on Sunday the next time I am able to see him is Thursday. πŸ™ I don’t like this arrangement. But with both of us having work and school, there isn’t time to see each other in between. This week it works out really well because I have a TON of stuff to do for school. But other weeks it sucks, especially if I’m feeling lazy.

Any of you have this kind of situation?

Stupid Jury Duty

The professor for the only class I like this semester (Contemporary Novels) told us on Tues she was called in for Jury Duty the next day, and if she was picked then she would not be in class for the next 10 days. I sincerely hoped they wouldn’t pick her. She was going to post on BlackBoard whether or not she was picked last night.

She was. πŸ™

So now not only do I NOT have the only class I actually like for the next 2 weeks (because after 10 days is our Spring Break) I still have to get to school at the same time, thanks to traffic and parking. If I leave even 10 minutes later it takes twice the time to get to Fullerton and the parking is full up to the top floor of the parking structure. So then I’ll have to do nothing for 2 hours just so I can go to classes I really dislike. Where is the justice?? πŸ™

In good news, I’m slightly ahead in my classes so the last few nights I have rejoined my Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker game. I don’t know if I’m almost done with it but I think so… according to the walkthrough I’m halfway through (at the part where you rescue Aryll at the forbidden fortress). So Mike plays WoW while I play Zelda haha. I can’t wait until the next one comes out.

Hope y’all are doing well!

Health Update.

(follow up to this post)

Today I had another appointment with my doctor. He prescribed me Cipro to see if that would take care of any intestinal infection I may have. My bloodwork came back and everything looks fine except I’m high in calcium and cholesterol. So I need to stop eating fried foods (??? I don’t to begin with?) and eat more veggies.

If things aren’t better by the third week of March I’m supposed to go see this gastro intestinal doctor and get “scoped out.” :depressed: … I HOPE I FEEL BETTER!!

No time for blog.

Ugh I am so busy lately I have no time to do anything fun. During the day I’m in class, most of which is a complete joke (for example, we have been watching The Mission for the past 3 class sessions on my Anthropology class. Also, we are like 2 weeks behind because all the freshman in there are retarded at taking notes).

Also I have work 3 days a week, which I’m kind of worried about. The other day one of my bosses asked me to skip class to go on a kind of sales call with him? I made it very clear when I started that school is my number one priority and work is like 3rd or 4th down the line of my list of priorities. I got the feeling before but now I’m kind of positive that they are wanting me to take a bigger role in the company than I want. Like more of a sales role. Anyone who knows me knows I hate dealing with people, but that’s what they’re kind of pushing me into. I’m happy working behind the scenes and I know that this probably won’t pay me a lot, but that’s what I’m happy with. I don’t like all that salesy stuff and that is not I understood my role to be when I took the job. *sigh* But they’re REALLY good to me so I hate to be difficult. I like to help out whenever I can. But I am just not comfortable with sales-y type things.

And if I’m not working or schooling, I’m studying. Right now I need to be writing an essay and finishing reading about 40 different chapters of different books. I still have not read one item for my British lit up to 1760 class, it is so horribly boring. But this weekend I’m really going to make an effort to. One problem is that at night I am so tired by the time 7 rolls around because I’ve been up and going going going for the past 12 hours, all I want to do is settle down and watch some Law & Order for a while. Then American Idol. Then go home and sleep.

This week I’ll be praying for fortitude to complete my assignments and patience with my classes. :angel: