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Archive for October, 2007

Harmony, tranquility and happiness

I have three Chinese symbol plaques above my computer desk here. They are Harmony, Tranquility and Happiness. I love Asian art and am awaiting a few pieces of framed art to hang up.

I’m also sitting here eating some of the candy I bought to give to trick or treaters. I’ve had 4 total trick or treaters. That means there is a lot of fricking candy left for me to eat. I guess I won’t be needing a colon cleanse product. I’m eating the 100 Grand bars, which are just delish!!!

I still keep missing meetings. Last night is the ONLY night I’m allowed to give myself a break on. The movers were here until 10pm and the meeting started at 9pm. Tonight? No excuse other than doing laundry and relaxing after spending most of the day (about 90% of it) unpacking clothes, hanging them up, making my bed and slowly going through boxes of stuff. I’m exhausted.

I did a Google map to the meeting that starts tomorrow at 7:30pm. There is also one at 7pm, but it’s super far away. The one at 7:30 is easy to get too (no freeways!!!) and about 10 minutes from here.

The movers broke the mirror top to my end table. Ugh. I went to Lowe’s AND Home Depot and each one referred to me to the Glass Doctor. I’ve got their information and will be calling them tomorrow. They do in-home appointments so they can get the measurements themselves. This is a good thing, cause I’ll be sending the bill to Elite Moving and Storage.

My little bedroom lamp is not working. I don’t know if it’s the plug I tried or something else. I’ll bring it out here to the living room tomorrow to try it in a plug out here. My bed is all made and pretty, I can’t wait to sleep in it tonight and mess it up!!! It’s going to be like a dream to be in between my sheets!

I’m hoping to finish the bedroom tomorrow so I can move on to the kitchen. I have NO idea where I’m going to put my printer when I start unpacking the China and crystal that I have, cause the printer is currently on the China hutch (I have no other place to put it right now.)

The dining room table and chairs take up A LOT of fricking room. Need to move this computer desk so it’s not so cramped here. I just don’t know where to put it. So for now, it stays here.

I got my Rumor by LG today. That was FAST, wasn’t it? I feel like I just ordered it yesterday and it arrived today, delivered by a super HOT UPS man. I downloaded two ring tones. For calls WITH Caller ID, I will hear the intro to Sweet Child O’Mine by Guns n Roses (WHEEEE) and for calls withOUT Caller ID, I will hear Rockstar by Nickelback.

I ordered the wireless backup through Sprint, so I was able to go online, enter my contact’s information and it updated my phone automatically without me having to sit there for hours transferring numbers and what not. BONUS!

I need to figure out the Bluetooth headset next. Another day, another time perhaps. Not today, that’s for sure. I’m finishing up my laundry and hoping that stupid college basketball game ends before 9pm (wishful thinking, I know) so I don’t miss Private Practice. I guess if I miss it, I’ll just watch it on the net tomorrow.

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Taking a break

I’m taking a break.  I’ve been at it off and on all morning, unpacking, arranging boxes by room, etc.   I’ve found most of my boxes of clothes, there are still a few I need to find in that room full of boxes.  LOL

I need to take a break later and go to the store.  I need picture hangers, a power strip for the TV, cable box and the DVD player I just unpacked.  I also need a vacuum and some Windex.

My arms hurt from the workout I’m getting moving these boxes all over the apartment.  It’s awesome having my stuff.   I feel more comfortable in this chaotic mess of boxes right now than I have all week long since getting here.   I’m washing my sheets and pillow cases, so I can make the bed in a bit.

I’m still searching for the living room lamp that is somewhere in that room of boxes.   My ladder and my ab lounger are outside on the deck for now.  Still need to arrange the living room to my liking, but I’ll get there.   I’m working on my bedroom first.

Back to work I go!!!

It’s here! It’s here!

I got my stuff! WHEEEEE The movers showed up last night between 5 and 5:30. They were here until 10pm. OY! My 2nd room is full of boxes and my living room and dining area is overrun with furniture I don’t know what to do with at this point. LOL

Once I start emptying out the 2nd bedroom of boxes, some of these things (bookshelves, foot stool, etc) can go into that 2nd bedroom.

The big couch would not fit in the apartment. They tried several different ways and for about 45 minutes to fit it in here. The only place it fit was in the hallway, wall to wall, stuck. Through tears I made the difficult decision of giving it to one of the movers. Before anyone freaks out, let me just say I freaked out enough for all of us, OK? I don’t need lectures and I don’t need to get yelled at. This has been an extremely difficult and exhausting week as it is and the decision about the couch was hard enough on me without anyone fussing at me.

I could have left it in the hallway until I figured out what to do with it, but guess what? Not only was it causing a fire hazard, taking up the whole hallway, I would have had to crawl over it (as would the girls) to get to the bathroom and my bedroom and back.

I’m currently trying to make this as easy on me emotionally and physically as possible. I have bruises from head to toe from sleeping on the floor. I have swollen fingers and wrists that hurt most of the time, my back is still sore and my hips still hurt. But I got to sleep in my own bed last night and THAT, my friends, was sweet indeed.

So now I deal with the smaller couch and ottoman. It actually leaves me quite a bit of room in here, once I figure out how to set it up to my liking. I have a coffee table and an end table (I haven’t found the mirror top to it yet though, which bugs me). I will figure this out and I will make this place my own. I already feel more comfortable just having my stuff here.

When the sun comes up, I’m going to start on the boxes and I will be starting in my bedroom. They say to start with one room, make it your own and go from there. My bedroom is my sanctuary and I will make sure it’s done first.

I made a new friend here in the complex. A 15 year old girl who happened to be downstairs while I was with the girls, waiting for the movers. She’s very nice and she’s offered her assistance in unpacking and arranging things. She has also offered her services in dog sitting when I get a job. That will be nice and I will consider having her come over while I’m at work to walk the girls. She wants me to meet her mom, which I think is awesome, cause her mom is my age. So I may be making a new friend my own age!

I’m sitting here drinking coffee, wishing my body would stop hurting, but feeling good that my stuff is here. I again missed a meeting last night, but that was due to the movers still being here.

I helped them unwrap the furniture and I put the tables (coffee, end, and dining) together. They were quite impressed! They charged me $75 extra for the stairs and before paying that, I checked the contract to make sure I had not already PAID for the stairs thing. I know I told them back in Vegas when they picked up my stuff, so I needed to make sure I had not already paid. Seems this company likes to nickel and dime ya for the little things and I’m beyond unhappy with the company in general. The movers from yesterday were quite nice and almost freaked out when I started crying about the couch. LOL Poor guys.

OK, off to drink my coffee, get some breakfast and begin my day.

Until next time…

Let’s focus on the solutions instead of the problems

First, let me say my recap of Heroes is up over at Fluff, go check it out.   I LUFF that show!

I got a call from the movers last night.   They were in Nashville, TN and said they would be here either later this afternoon or tomorrow morning.  Awesome!   And then he proceeded to tell me that they will NOT accept the Cashier’s Check Miss Monique and I searched for a Wells Fargo for 2 days for.  What.the.fuck.

He told me it was in the contract; cash or Post Office Money Order ONLY.   I lost my mind.  I freaked out.   I could have SWORN the foreman of the moving company told me on the 19th that when my items arrived, I could pay by cash, money order OR cashier’s check.

What would happen if they DON’T take it?  Will Wells Fargo let me re-deposit it?  How am I going to pay those fucksticks for my stuff?  I emailed mom and my brother and then mom called me.   I talked to my brother, who was standing RIGHT NEXT TO ME, when the foreman told us how to pay the balance.   I got confirmation he had included cashier’s check in there.

So I cried myself to sleep last night.   In the light of day (barely cause the sun doesn’t come up til almost 8am here.  Strange, huh?) I feel a little better and I’m focusing on the solution, rather than the problem.

I’ve got a call in to someone at Wells Fargo to find out what I can do IF the moving company will not take the CC, no matter what.   I’m waiting until about 7am PST to call the company and complain, bitch, argue if I have too, to get them to take the cashier’s check.

IF they still refuse the check, I will go over to Chase and withdraw the money from my savings (ugh that gives me heart burn) and pay them in cash when they get here with my stuff.

I’m pissed off, I’m upset and I’m scared I’m going to be out the money on the CC.  I’m waiting for Wells Fargo to get back to me on it and I’m hoping they will let me re-deposit the thing into my checking account.

If they WILL re-deposit it, I will be taking a road trip up to Indiana because the closest Wells Fargo to me is 91.33 miles away.  Joy.

On the bright side, I should be getting my stuff today or tomorrow and that makes me quite happy!!!!   I’ll be able to sit on a couch instead of the floor.   I’ll be able to sleep in my own fucking bed, instead of the floor.   I’m focusing on that today instead of the movers being dickwads about the payment.

Until next time…

I know need some recovery

There are times in my life, when I recognize when I need a meeting. Right now, for instance. I’m emotionally unstable, I’m freakishly skittish and I am letting the girls get on my nerves horribly.

I have not had a meeting since a few days before leaving Las Vegas. That would put us back to the 18th or 19th of October. Besides when I was on my cruises or on vacation, that’s the longest I’ve gone without a meeting since going into Gambler’s Anonymous.

Sometimes I wish that GA had places like the other drug rehabs do. I know that most rehab centers will deal with gambling and Vegas has Dr. Hunter, who does the Intensive Out-Patient Program through the Center for Problem Gambling, but sometimes we just need a 28 day break, ya know?

Cliffside Malibu offers that. They have fantastic views, awesome bedroom decor and other amenities. I’m not making light of drug rehab. On the contrary, I find it soothing and comforting to know there are places to help those who want to help themselves. It’s an awesome thing being able to go to one of these places and just totally detox and unwind. At least, I would imagine it is. Although I’m sure it’s hard to kick a drug habit, I think anyone who is truly wanting to help themselves would find the help they seek at one of these places.

I’m watching Chuck right now, until Heroes comes on, in half an hour or so. I was Twittering about how the time flies by here. I’ve missed the last two meetings I’ve wanted to go too because I have lost track of time and realized what time it was way too late and have missed the meetings today and yesterday. Ugh. I’m going to go buy a clock tomorrow so I don’t lose track of time. I may even set the alarm on my cell phone.

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Pictures of the new place – under construction

Here are a few shots of my new place.   First two are of my bathroom, third one is of the hallway rug and the fourth is of the little rug separating the kitchen from the dining room.

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This is all stuff I’ve gotten since being here.  I’m hoping I get my furniture and stuff tomorrow.   Cross your fingers for me!

My new toy

My cell phone plan is almost up, so I usually upgrade to a new, sleeker, more fun toy..I mean cell phone.

I went shopping on Sprint’s website and ordered my new toy, I should get it within a few days. Once I get it, I’ll get it activated and then will be able to use it.

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It has a Qwerty keyboard that slides out, like the Sidekick and it’s just bee ooo ti ful! Dontcha think?

I can’t wait to get it so I can play with it! I love new toys like this. At least it will give me something to do for a day or two after I get it. heehee.

With my luck, it will arrive right after my furniture and I’ll have to choose between unpacking and playing with the toy. I can multi task though, so I’ll play with both!

I forgot to mention it’s a Rumor by LG.  It comes in white or black.  I chose the black, just cause the white seems that it would get dirty really fast and easy.

Heroes is on tonight!  WHEEEEE

I want some boots

I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of cowboy boots and I found this great website that offers, not only cowboy boots but steel toe boots.

MetBoots offers all kinds of boots from dress boots, cowboy boots, hiking boots and work boots. MetBoots has competitive pricing AND free shipping on orders over $100. Can’t beat that, if you ask me.

I’ll be doing some shopping once all my stuff gets here and I get settled. I’m hoping to hear about a job soon and then I won’t be so freaked out about my money seemingly disappearing from my account. That is when I’ll be able to shop for a few things that I WANT instead of things that I NEED.

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List of things to do

  • Call Insurance company to get renter’s and car insurance switched to Kentucky (in process right now, waiting on Agent to call back)
  • Call Embarq and cancel phone service in Vegas (emailed them, waiting to see what their response is)
  • Figure this fricking car registration thing out
  • Find a DMV office to get my Kentucky driver’s license
  • Put TV stand together (the ones coming from Vegas are too small for this TV so I got a new one)
  • Organize this mess on the floor (bedding, sleeping bag, pillows) for the day (in case the movers get here today)
  • Take the girls on several walks
  • Hang a few of the pictures I got yesterday at BB&B
  • Check out the Louisville government website for more jobs to apply for
  • Check CareerBuilder.com for jobs to apply for
  • Pay the bills that are stacking up that I either brought with me or have arrived here
  • Call Chase bank because I’m a geek and opened an account with them on my laptop and forgot I needed to print something.  OY
  • I think that’s it.  I’m probably forgetting something, but I’m sure I’ll remember eventually.

Moments – Emerson Drive

I have this song stuck in my head. I’m sure I’ve shared it here before. I’m sharing it again because I feel like it.

I can relate to this song in so many ways within my recovery and within my life in general. I did something I thought I couldn’t do. I moved cross country with my dogs and I’m sitting in my new apartment in Kentucky. Who would have thought I could do this? I certainly didn’t know I could. What a blessed and wonderful life I have.

Moments by Emerson Drive

I was comin’ to the end of a long long walk
When a man crawled out of a cardboard box
Under the E Street Bridge – followed me on to it
I went out halfway across with that homeless shadow taggin’ along
So I dug for some change – wouldn’t need it anyway
He took it looking just a bit ashamed
He said you know I haven’t always been this way

I’ve had my moments
Days in the sun, moments
I was second to none, moments
When I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like that plane ride, coming home from the war
That summer, my son was born
Memories, like a coat so warm the cold wind can’t get through
Looking at me now you might not know it
But I’ve had my moments

Well I stood there tryin’ to find my nerve
Wondering if a single soul on earth would care at all
Miss me when I’m gone
That old man just kept hangin’ around
Lookin’ at me, lookin’ down I think he recognized
That look in my eyes
Standing with him there I felt ashamed
I said you know I haven’t always been this way

I’ve had my moments
Days in the sun, moments
I was second to none, moments
When I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like the day I, walked away from the wine
For a woman, who became my wife
And a love that, when it was right could always see me through
Looking at me know you might not know it
I’ve had my moments

I know somewhere around a trash can fire tonight
That old man tells his story
One more time –
He says,

I’ve had my moments
Days in the sun, moments
I was second to none, moments
When I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like that cool night, on the E Street Bridge
When a young man, almost ended it
I was right there, wasn’t scared a bit
And I helped to pull him through
Looking at me now you might not know it
Oh – looking at me now you might not know it
I’ve had my moments

I’ve had my moments
I’ve had my moments
I’ve had my moments

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