Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dear Sam's Club, I'm Breaking Up With You


Every time I see you, you pressure me.  I don't like to be pressured.  I live 1 hr and 10 min from your closest location, so I don't get to see you often.  I live in the snow belt and my trips to see you might only be a few per year.  When I am there, I stock up.  Sometimes I drive the distance just to see you even when I don't have other commitments in the area.  I have tried to keep up my end of this long term relationship, but every time I see you, you just try to take everything you can from me.
Please don't pressure me into buying your plus membership when I am ringing up my current purchases and opening my wallet to give you my hard earned cash.  If you care about me, please accept my answer of no graciously and drop the subject.  When I try to explain that I have been done this road before and it didn't work out for me, don't tell me all the reasons that you are right and I am wrong.  When I tell you that I was made to open a credit account and was told the plus membership wouldn't auto renew, but it did anyway, please don't tell me that it won't happen again.  I fell for that a second time a few years later and it did auto bill to my account a second time.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Both times, I had to drive 1 hr and 10 minutes to your closest store to resolve the issue and have the plus membership charge removed.
The last time I saw you a few months ago, one of your young trainees tried to dupe me again.  He was very persistent.  It was obvious that he had been well trained in the area of upselling.  Poor guy, it was like he was under tremendous pressure too.  I understand the art of upselling.  I also understand the customer/retailer relationship.  I have never really caved to pressure.  It is a huge turnoff for me.  It always has been.  As a result, I let my membership lapse this month.  I enjoyed what you had to offer me.  Unfortunately, the good doesn't outweigh the bad.  Sam's Club, I am breaking up with you.  It is over for good.

The Painful Filing of Taxes and Other To Do List Items - UPDATE - ALL DONE!

The To Do list for today looks short but the few things I have to do are painful and take a great deal of time.

1.  Write lesson plans, and prepare items for the the school week.  I did end up getting these done and submitting via email this morning.  
We have a deadline of 8 am on Mondays, but this is one thing that I can't put off until the least minute.  The state of PA changed our formula sheet that the kids get for the math test with only a month to go before the tests.  It also seems as though it will contain a great deal of new content as we move toward the common core.  We were originally told that the test would be almost all of the former content as we are not to be fully transitioned to common core until next year.  It looks as though they are not holding up their end of the deal.  Imagine training your whole life for down hill skiing and making it to the Olympics for skiing...  BUT 3 weeks before the Olympics you are told you will be a figure skater and not a skier.  The whole thing is so frustrating!
2.  File our state and federal taxes via turbo tax.  I did finish this up about a half hour ago.  I need to look into what I need to do to file the local.  I can't remember what I did last year.  Last year was the first year I didn't use H & R Block.  They do a great job but $68 for turbo tax beats the heck out of $200+ for H & R Block.
3.  Cook dinner.  I did this between the lesson plans and taxes.  It was hamburger helper so it's nothing to write home about.  Quick and easy was the order of the day.
4.  Sew at least 3 items for Earth day in school.  The kids collect capri sun pouches and we make wallets, bags, pencil holders, etc.  We need about 80 items so it takes some time, but this is something that I really enjoy doing for the kids.
5.  Sew a wristlet.
6.  Cut open and wash another round of capri sun pouches.  This is my least favorite part of number 4 above.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Menu for the Week and Some Flops!

Chicken Spinach Lasagna
 This is what I made today after a friend recommended it and can I just say, YUCK?!?!?!?!?!  I hate to be so frank, but it was terrible.  I had 6 people for dinner and only one liked it.  I am not even sure if he was telling the truth, or just being polite.  My husband and kids eat almost anything but not this.  I followed the recipe exactly but we simply did not like this dish.  My friend said that she, her 2 picky kids and her husband all loved it, so I gave it a whirl.
My other flop for the day was a potholder I was making.  I didn't take a picture before I threw it in the trash.  Maybe I have just lost my groove today!  On to the menu for the week...

Sunday - Chicken Spinach Lasagna - I also threw in a 9x9 pan of regular lasagna from the freezer in case the recipe was a disaster.  I am glad I planned for that possibility.
Monday - leftover wedding soup from Friday, leftover Italian lasagna (the chicken spinach lasagna went home with the only person that claimed to like it)!
Tuesday - spicy cheeseburger soup
Wednesday - tacos
Thursday - spaghetti with meat sauce
Friday - omelets, bacon and toast
Saturday - cheesy bacon and ham chowder with corn

I need to buy 1 large tomato, lettuce, 1 cucumber, 1 jalpeno, hard taco shells, and taco sauce to complete these meals.  I will batch cook the hamburger on Monday for the next 3 days and I will make extra bacon on Friday for Saturday's soup.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tablet or Kindle Pouch

I made 2 more tablet pouches but only one is shown.  The other was the same outside fabric with a royal blue zipper, red end tabs and royal blue print interior.  My son took off with it before I could get a picture!  These are so easy to make and the recipients really seem to appreciate and enjoy them!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Tula Pink Birds and Bees Zipper Pouches (Squirrel fabric)

So I needed a pouch for my medicine to keep in contained in my purse.  I was diagnosed with asthma last week and was given 2 inhalers and an antibiotic for an ear infection.  I needed a decent sized pouch and I knew fussy cutting the squirrels in this fabric would yield a pouch with good dimensions for my supplies.  I love how they turned out!  The one on the left has a bold, blue zipper and the one on the right has pale aqua. I had a friend that saw it and wanted one for someone, so that is why I made 2.  I am very happy with the results!