Lazy Sunday and a Monday Shopping Trip with the Fashionista………….

Yesterday after checking out the latest McConaughey/Hudson release “Fool’s Gold”, all I wanted to do was lie in bed and rest.

Came home and started reading Dean Koontz’s “The Darkest Evening of the Year”.  Since it had such a good write up – on both the book jacket and on his website – I thought that it would be very good.  I fell asleep reading it, not because it was boring, I was just tired.  Slept for a couple hours and started reading again.  Woke up and decided that I wanted to read the book to the end.  Got to about the last few pages and wanted to laugh out loud at the absurdity of it, finished it anyway.  I will think long and hard before I spend money on another of his novels.

After I read the book, I just couldn’t go to sleep.  Finally turned off the TV around 2 am (all Food Network does is make you hungry at that hour) and fell into a deep sleep only to awake at 6am and contemplate getting up for the day.  Debated with sweet hubby about going outside in the freezing cold air for a Mickey D’s breakfast, rejected that due to the coldness of the outside air; listened and complained about the neighbor’s dog barking and yipping outside for about a half hour, then fell into another sleep that went till someone called at 9:30am; went back to sleep again and woke up when Freshman college girl poked me in the back and wanted to remind me that we were to go shopping. 

I dutifully got out of bed feeling more like I had been awake all night instead of sound asleep for major portions of it and the evening before.  Got dressed, dragged a comb through my hair, put on my boots and heavy coat and then mumbled about cold air.

Our shopping travels took us to Office Depot to look at laptop cases for her 17 inch one that is hard to find cases for and then on to Payless for shoe shopping.  Now both of us have rather long feet and find it hard to find decent shoes – ya know the ones that look good on your feet and don’t make them look like gun boats??

Freshman girl found a few cute pairs, but due to the way they fit or looked she narrowed it down to one pair.  I pulled out a couple that I thought were cute and she looked at me and said “oh, they’re cute; but what would I wear them with?”  I ventured that she could wear them with jeans as she does everything else and then I got a lesson.

The fashionista voice came forth and said, “You don’t match them to your pants; you match them to your tops and I don’t know what tops I have that would go with those.”

Oh! Sorry, didn’t know that.  Guess that is why I like hiking boots, moccasins and tennis shoes (sneakers for those of you on the East Coast) – they tend to match everything.

Plumbers……….. Grrrrrrrrrrr

Hi it’s me again – trying to be oh so cheery…………….. yeah right!

Remember the new tub that I was supposed to be getting??  Remember how I was about it?? Giddy even???
Well, we are so NOT happy right now.

The idiots (I am struggling to be polite here) installed in a bathroom, that has a white porcelain sink and a white porcelain toilet, an OFF-WHITE bathtub.  In fact you could even call it lite beige or creamy porcelain.  It does NOT match the tub surround – which just has to go as it is so NOT what we wanted and looks like a refugee out of the 60s.
We told the owner of the business that it was unacceptable and we got a story about how it was the lighting – to which I gave a very hearty BS and proved him wrong using different lights – he then brought in a piece of the box from the manufacturer that showed it said WHITE as if that really proved anything.  Couldn’t prove that it was the box that it came in as that had left the day before.  Then he tried to tell us that Lowe’s only carried two kind of tub surrounds and he brought us the more expensive of the two because it was made better.
Well, we told him that it was not what we wanted and he tried to explain it away as Lowe’s fault as they were getting out of the business of selling tub surrounds.
I told him that I was going to check with Lowe’s and see.  So sweet hubby went down to the computer and pulled up the Lowe’s website and did some research and then I came down and
called the store and relayed all that was going on and the guy was preplexed but helpful.  Yes, Lowe’s carries tub surrounds and they carry more than they show on their website and all of them have been in stock for several days.
So I went back upstairs and told the plumber/owner and he gave me some more of a story and got very angry and then stomped out of the house.
His worker (a sub-contractor) stayed behind and said that he would glady replace the surround when I got what I wanted.  That just means another layout of money and paying someone to do something that should’ve been done right the first time.
So far we don’t have a bill and we plan on taking some time to pay it.  And I am sure that sweet hubby will also have more words for the plumber.
The whole thing just makes me so darn mad!!

If I had my way I would rip out the whole thing and sell it on E-bay and put in exactly what we want.