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Guess I offended her badly *sigh*

May 8th, 2007 at 05:11 pm

At the grocery store the woman behind me was in a motorized cart - I offered to take her groceries out and put them on the counter. I thought she said thank you so I started to take an item out. She said "I said no thank you". I immediately apologized and said I was sorry and I misheard her and put the item back in her cart. Her next words to me floored me as she said "Yes, you did mishear me". The look I got was quite icy and irate.

Pffffffffft. Glad I never did offer you a coupon as I had I (I like to do this whenever possible) she likely would have gotten even more offended.

I honestly misheard her. And didn't mean to offend her. It is so hard to know the protocol about helping people. You offer and try and you offend and you don't try and you are seen as rude and uncaring.

I feel like its a "heads you win, tails I lose" proposition whatever you do.

That dangerous subersive Canadian Money

May 7th, 2007 at 04:35 am

Oh my this is just too silly. You know us Canucks with our "monopoly money". Well we get into having fun on our quarters.

A few years ago our 25 cent piece here had a red poppy in the centre. On rememberance day (veterans day) we all wear a poppy to remember those who have fought for our country.So why not remember them when we spend money too! [url]http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm[/url]

Anyways, some US army folks came up here to the Great White north and got all spazzed out by our unusual quarters - thinking it was spying on them.



Hey guys, relax it is a quarter and not a bug.

[url]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.2007...

Shopped but didn't spend

May 5th, 2007 at 05:08 am

After work last night I went crazy "shopping", but only spent about $5

I went to Home Depot and looked at flooring to see if they had any mats/runners/floor covering that would work for my balcony. I had seen something at a hotel that might work but didn't see it there. So spent nothing.

Headed to the local shopping centre and went into Marks Work Wearhouse - they had some nice priced t-shirts but nothing inspiring enough to bring it home. Then to check out their shoes. Lets just say their selection seemed pretty crappy to me (sorry Marks, but this is my blog I get to say what I think here). I have to say though that both staff members I talked to were genuniely friendly and helpful.

Checked out a woman's clothing store but nothing inspiring there. Reitmans is one of those "catch as catch can" stores for me. Caught nothing this time. Tempted for one shirt on sale but it had this weird keyhole thing in the back that showed off my bra (and if I turned it around it one would might start using the words wardrobe malfunction)

Then to the Superstore (a grocery store modelling itself on SuperWalmarts). You know the store is bad when the kid at customer service trashes the staff as lazy assed (it took three loudspeaker requests to get someone to call him back about the item I was asking for). I ended up just getting a raincheck for toilet paper from there.

Then to two dollar stores where I splurged and spent $4 at one and $1 at another on some headbands.

So where does my money go for two days?

May 3rd, 2007 at 02:26 pm

I use the same bank for my chequing as for my visa. Yeah, yeah I know technically one is the bank and one is the credit card compnay but to me THEY ARE EFFECTIVELY THE SAME COMPANY

So why if I do an online transaction paying my visa card on Tuesday does it take til Thursday night for the payment to show on my Visa? The money gets debited from my chequing account on the Tuesday. That transaction seems to take about a nanosecond. Poof money gone.

Just where is that money for two days?

Enquiring minds want to know...

New Math Cashier Style

May 1st, 2007 at 05:44 pm

7 items at $1 each

tax of 14 cents

3- $2 off coupons

= a bill of 14c.

Yes I think he forgot to ring something up! I was going to ask him to redo but the line up was huge so I paid what he asked and hustled out of there thinking the 10 folks in line behind me would be happy.

Nice deal but I feel a bit guilty

Wasted Food

April 27th, 2007 at 04:16 pm

I hate wasting food but when I defrosted the chicken it had a odor even after rinsing it. It was a big package of chicken thighs (skinless boneless). I tossed them. $7.56 wasted.. but better wasted than me having self induced stomach flu!

Dear Telemarketer

April 24th, 2007 at 06:02 pm

First of all can you please hire people who are not so accented I can't understand them. And understand, I'm first generation Canadian. Both my parents have accents. People who do telephone work need to be able to be understood over the phone.

Second, if you tell me I have your long distance service and I don't (I have DSL with you); you instantly lose credibility. Please give your telemarkers correct information or teach them how to read.

Thirdly, you've been calling me monthly for months. Get the hint. I will likely get your phone service one day but I'd like to speak to an experienced, long time, employee of your company and not someone from that call centre who was hired Monday and doesn't know the difference between DSL and long distance service.

Beware the Free Ticket

April 23rd, 2007 at 05:11 am

A friend gave me a free ticket to the Creative Sewing and Needlework festival. I went on Saturday morning and had a blast looking around.

Priced the sewing machine of my dreams. New it is about $3500. YIKES. I was good girl and didn't buy it though I have to tell you all I really really really want it.

I went there with no intention of buying. Honestly! But that wasn't to be. Some jewelery called my name, as did this gorgeous ball of hand dyed mohair in shades of pink and purple. I found some discontinued laurel burch fabric on sale as well as an adorable pattern for a small quilted purse.

So beware the free ticket. It can end up costing you.

Walmart and Price Matching

April 17th, 2007 at 05:45 pm

What is it with Walmart that they can't get enough cashiers? They used to be great but more and more you go there and most of the cash registers are closed and you get to stand there in a line up to pay.

Then when you price match you have to get into a long discussion with the girl that "no the ketchup you are price matching is not the item that was on a two day sale that is now over.." but an item that is on sale until Friday.

Add to that the store was really warm so I felt like I was having a hot flash. I wasn't - the store was just really warm and really crowded and my temper and frustration levels may have been slightly raised.

On a good note - the Ziploc big bags I bought had a $1 off coupon on each of them and I found a coupon in the store for an item that the man in front of me was buying - so I gave it to him (I had lots of time to be nosy and look at what others were buying)

Parking Pass update

April 17th, 2007 at 09:59 am

I have my parking pass for work on this D ring (Carboneer?) that is large and easy to find in the car. i also have a parking pass for home that is this white card with a hole in the top. I've lost that parking pass recently and had to have it replaced - a white card is so easy
for me to lose (and I found the old one after I had it replaced in the back seat under some clutter).

So today I realised I could put the pass for home on the same ring as the pass for work. A small thing but it will likely save me from 5 minutes of searching several times a week!

I'm now contemplating putting the old card in an envelope and writing a note to ask my management office if I get the $10 back for it?

Tried to get a new debit card

April 16th, 2007 at 11:57 am

My debit card is dying through overuse. I was in the branch today to take money out of the machine and attempted to get a new bank card.

Well I just learnt you need picture ID to do that and I happened not to have picture ID on me. The card worked in the machine but one day I'm going to be sadly without money as the card isn't going to last much longer!

Out of the Employee directory

April 12th, 2007 at 05:48 pm

I managed to get upgraded to having phone with call display - this is a big deal in a large company. Puts me now up to date with technology 10 years behind the times.

So, in response to that somehow I got removed from the employee directory. My boss knows nothing of it. I told him (it was a incredibly busy stressful day) that if I was being fired I'd be very happy to leave my work undone on my desk and leave. He wasn't going for that...

Dang, it was one of those days where it didn't look like too bad of an idea...

I think I left the overhead light on in the car on Thursday

April 7th, 2007 at 10:10 am

Every year when I pay the bill for my roadside assistance I curse it. Then I have a day like today when I need it.

After I picked up my parking pass I headed to the car in visitors parking - to find the overhead light on very very weakly, the keyless remote didn't work and the engine didn't even pretend to turn over.

After time on hold waiting for an agent (and being asked way more questions about my car than I could have dreamt of) I got told its up to 90 minutes to get someone here. So I'm sitting here waiting for them to call me to go downstairs to meet the tow truck guy.

The good news? Whenever he shows up I don't have to pay the booster dude.

Parking Pass Woes and a Happy Ending

April 7th, 2007 at 08:26 am

Oh yeah and a $20 stupid tax for me to pay.

On Wed on the way to work I stopped and bought a coffee. After getting the coffee I tossed out an old cup. I'm 99% sure when I tossed out that cup I tossed out my parking pass. Duh.

Went into the management office on Thursday night. Old them what happened. They said I'd likely be out of luck for about a week because only Georgie (the building manager) can get a new card and it will involve "Fred" (not sure who the mysterious Fred is). They told me to put in a written request this weekend and some time next week I'd have my card. I was pretty cheerful (told them I knew I had pulled a bonehead move) and thanked them.
I haven't got around to writing the note yet as they said Georgie wasn't in until Tuesday so I figured I would do it at some point this weekend.

Fast forward to a few minutes ago. I just got a call from the office. The building secretary just called me. She pulled some strings for me and my card is ready for me. Just have a $20 non refundable "stupid tax" to pay for it.

Facebook and being perils of being luddite

April 5th, 2007 at 04:04 pm

I'm enjoying meeting people on facebook! (Ya, know cause I really need another place to spend time online ....)

Now here's the rub. I don't as you know have a cellphone. To verify your account you need cellphone. The perils of being online and a luddite.

Where is your Pot Roast?

April 2nd, 2007 at 05:54 pm

That was my question to the butcher. My signiture dish for our work potlucks is a Pot Roast. I get rave reviews and frequent requests that I make it. So I make it.

I usually get the meat on the way home from work the night before - quite often scooping a last day of sale package with some good
coupons on it to sweeten the deal.

Well there was no pot roast. None, nada, zip, zero, zilch. I had them call for an "associate" from the meat department and he assisted me. Seems there is a special on prime rib and that is all they have in right now.

Pffffft, that's not good for a pot roast, and I don't want to get workmates hooked on prime rib.

So instead I bought stewing beef and am making a meat stew just as I would as if it was a potroast ( but with smaller pieces of meat...)