Wednesday, November 21, 2007

4 Days Off!!

One of my customers gave this to me today, so I thought I'd share it with you. I think this is such a clever little treat! It's amazing how creative you can get with a package of fudge stripe cookies, candy corn, caramels, and chocolate stars.

Believe me, this is the ONLY clever thing I've seen in the last couple of weeks!
L and I have been driving ourselves crazy trying to conquer the idiocy that surrounds us.
I've spent the last week butting heads with our state run health insurance, trying to keep our insurance.
L has spent the week tracking down our electrician, to get him to finish his work before the really cold weather sets in. Foolish us, expecting to contact them during deer season! They finally came today and finished their work. Naturally, it was the coldest day of the year, so far! Nice time to have the power, and heat, turned off for 4 hours!

Our area has had 17 water main breaks in the last month! The first 15 didn't affect our home, just our workplace. Believe me, it's NO FUN trying to run a restaurant with no water! The last 2 water breaks have left our household without water for 6 hours at a time. This time of year all they can do is patch the water line. This doesn't seem to be working real well, so we keep 15 gallons of water on hand. I wonder if we can incorporate water jugs into our holiday decorating?

L and I have the next 4 days off. We desperately need a little down time. We want to get our Christmas decorations up this weekend. We don't plan on leaving our property. We've had enough of other's idiocy for now.

Speaking of idiocy....
I REFUSE to shop ANYWHERE on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or the 4th of July. Any employer that can't give their employees those 4 holidays off, doesn't deserve my hard-earned money on those days!!


At 11/21/2007 7:45 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

Cute treat!
Enjoy your few days off.
I think your area must need major revamping of its public utilities if the water mains are going everywhere. Geez.

At 11/21/2007 8:59 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

Yep, you've had first hand experience with the wisdom gleaned from the twisted, dark path. Idiocy is right.

I hope you guys get your decorations up and have a restful time doing it.

AND, I'm with you on the not shopping over the four day weekend. (It's easy for me cuz I hate to shop anyway, but now I'll do it with some sort of righteousness. ;)

At 11/22/2007 8:23 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Jeannie, they've been collecting $25/quarter from every water customer for the last 10 years to pay for new lines.

They said they would start replacing lines last summer. What did they do? They waited until the lines started crumbling. NOW they're whining about not being able to do anything until the frost goes out next spring.
I think they need a WOMAN to take over their engineering department!

Cherie, that's why I shop year 'round for Christmas and other gifts. I HATE crowds!

At 11/22/2007 8:33 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

I didn't get a chance to read your post as I'm getting ready to leave.

I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I'll be back to read later. :-)

At 11/22/2007 8:44 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

You too Squirl!

At 11/22/2007 10:18 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

I love the treat - so clever! (and yummy!)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Tshsmom. I am so glad that you have 4 days off!

I never, ever, EVER shop on Black Friday especially. I can't stand crowds. This year I have to work at the little flea market stand Friday evening - I think it will be fine though.

At 11/22/2007 10:56 AM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

When you say coldest day of the year so far, it's probably pretty ****** cold. Yikes!

We're in the 40s here and people are freaking out. But then again, they're Californians and they tend to freak out about everything - making everything a Federal case.

Totally agree with you about that last point. The only things that should be open on those four days are hospitals. That's it.

At 11/22/2007 11:51 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Monica, same to you and yours!!
I do most of my shopping online now, as the only store we have is Kmart. It's so much more relaxing!

ZS, it was 14F yesterday. I'm just glad that they got it done before it was below 0, or we had an ice storm. They had disconnected my generator hookup and it was freaking me out. :(

Now we're totally up to code and ready for the Zombie invasion. I even have water stored away. ;)

At 11/22/2007 12:21 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Yeah! Time off! You guys need and deserve. Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving.

At 11/22/2007 1:08 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

Hope ya'll have a great Thanksgiving!

Wait, you mean utilities officials are squandering money and avoiding doing what they're suppose to be doing? Nah!

At any given time here, you can see numerous street sweepers. But it's rare that you ever see a construction team fixing potholes. But Montana sure has the cleanest potholes in the US. They also just repainted the highway lines near our home, but they painted them about 4 feet off, so everyone is driving on the rumble strip. They can't afford to blast the paint off and redo it (but again, we have the cleanest road lines), so they just leave the safety hazard.

I think I lost my train of Thanksgiving thought... :P

At 11/22/2007 8:23 PM, Blogger SME said...

Ha! That's so cute! Now that's a turkey I'd eat - sure, he's not entirely vegan-friendly, but at least he didn't have spend his life in a cage. ;)

At 11/23/2007 12:59 AM, Blogger Jay said...

While I am sorry to hear of your water troubles, I am tickled pink with the thought of you incorporating the jugs into your decor.

At 11/23/2007 8:50 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, thanks! Not setting my alarm is such a powerful feeling.

Courtney, that would NEVER happen in MN! We just have neglected, high traffic bridges that fail during rush hour.
In addition, all of our "pothole money" has been diverted to our idiot governor's pet project; a $300,000/person light rail from the Twin Cities to St Cloud. :(

SME, I don't know; those cookie packages can be rather constricting. ;)

Jay, for now, I found room for the jugs in the den. If we have any overnight guests, I'll have to sew a quick Santa costume for the jugs. Or maybe I can wrap them up and store them under the tree? ;)

At 11/23/2007 9:09 AM, Blogger SME said...

True. Celophane can't be too cozy either. ;D

At 11/23/2007 9:27 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

SME, that's true. The candy corn and chocolate stars do have free range in their bags though.
WHAT are you doing up already?

At 11/23/2007 10:19 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

Zombie when Tshs says cold she means cold.. LOL..

Anyway mom great little treat. Suppose to look like a candle? I like it though. Enjoy your weekend. Jeff had to work today and his truck broke down and he's three hours behind already. Happy Belated Thanksgiving though.

At 11/23/2007 11:22 AM, Blogger Z-kid said...

Actually, I think it looks like a death ray. But that's me... :P

At 11/23/2007 12:29 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

A Thanksgiving Death Ray... I like it!

At 11/23/2007 2:46 PM, Blogger Candace said...

That is so CUTE!

Have fun with the decorations! We're doing that now, too. :) The girls are having a friend over tonight and we're going to all put up the tree together. Santa jugs would be a hoot! Of course, if you find yourself without power again, you could probably build a little igloo out of them. . . ;-)

MuNKi was trying to explain the religion of deer season to friends just last night. I don't think people outside of WI and MN really get it.

At 11/23/2007 6:53 PM, Blogger Kelly Malloy said...

That is adorably cute! I love things like that!

At 11/23/2007 8:16 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, despite what Z says, it's a turkey.

Z, I WAS going to let you eat it. Now it's MINE, all MINE...mwahahaha!

Don't encourage him Courtney. ;)

Candace, we got all the decorations up today. Tomorrow, the tree. Have fun!

Yeah, it's a ghost town around here during deer season. :(

Kelly, it makes me wonder who came up with the idea. Someone playing with their food perhaps? ;)

At 11/23/2007 8:55 PM, Blogger Z-kid said...

Oohhh, THAT'S what it is! I thought it was some random shape. :P

At 11/24/2007 3:51 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about the water problems, kind of interrupts an otherwise cozy holiday, yes?

I won't shop on holidays either (I did go Friday) - if I can't get my act together to shop before the holiday day, thats too bad. My husband is retail, and my daughter a nurse - this is the first year we have spent Thanksgiving day together for a loooooooooong time!

At 11/24/2007 9:01 PM, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Who can shop on a holiday when they have a hangover to nurse? It's madness! Worse is a mad hangover in a cold house.

At 11/25/2007 2:19 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Tweety - Yes. I was born in Chicago, so I know cold. This area's idea of cold is soooo lightweight.

At 11/25/2007 4:54 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Gardenia, I ALMOST went to Menards at 6a.m. on Friday; they had some great deals. However, Z got up early and was hot to start putting up the Christmas decorations. I NEVER turn down willing help! ;)

DC, shopping with a hangover would never be a good thing. I need to concentrate when I'm shopping.

At 11/26/2007 11:22 AM, Blogger Jeannie said...

Sorry to bug you - do you have Bridget Jones email addy? I meant to get her new site and delayed and now her old one is gone. She sent out facebook notices but I don't know how to add her there either - the link they send went to the email address that isn't hooked up to facebook....anyway, if you could pass along that I'm sorry I lost her, I'd appreciate it:

At 11/26/2007 12:44 PM, Blogger SME said...

I wasn't sure what it was at first glance. But if you squint it looks exactly like a turkey. Holding a death ray.

At 11/26/2007 3:13 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

No problem Jeannie. I'll email you at the new email you sent to my hotmail account AND your gmail account, just to make sure you get it.

SME, it looks like I won't be making any of those treats for you or Z!

At 11/27/2007 2:55 PM, Blogger SME said...

What happened to your avatar? :(

At 11/27/2007 3:25 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

It's there now.

At 11/28/2007 1:17 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

You ALMOST went to Menards at 6a.m. on Friday!!!!

Whew - dodged that bullet.

I thought about you all weekend long as I avoided stores. We did it!

(Maybe Menards will have keep the good deals a little longer. Hilarious that your temptation for shopping is a home improvement store. Totally relatable by me. We are too funny. Hey, how does your house look all decorated? I did buy a wreath for the front porch and put up a little Christmas welcome sign. Not much, but a start!)

At 11/28/2007 2:22 AM, Blogger Vest said...

JAY: Our mutual friend SME left a glowing comment regarding your ten out of ten that I awarded you for your post on Face Book. to peruse this pearl of wisdom visit Vest on daily gaggle. post dated about 22-11. everyone have a wonderfully friendly day, Vest.

SME. Hi kiddo , your time expired, toldyer, vest, X

At 11/28/2007 8:02 AM, Blogger SME said...

I hadn't read that comment and have no idea who "Jay" is, but other than that it makes perfect sense...

At 11/28/2007 3:30 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Cherie, they had a 5 hr. sale with comforter sets, including shams, for $9.99! Plus they had drill bits and other stuff for FREE w/rebate.
I'm now glad that I toughed it out. My parents went and the crowd was insane. That would have totally destroyed the peace of my weekend! ;)
I'll post some pictures of the decorations.

SME, I bit the bullet and read Vest's post from that day. Here's your comment from that post:

"It is rather dull and grim. The pages are plain, the "apps" inane, and the layout insane.

Thursday, 22 November 2007 08:43:00 PM EST"

You were referring to the Facebook format, NOT Jay's post, which Vest copied onto HIS blog.
You were actually AGREEING with both Jay AND Vest.
It looks like the poor old fart has lost the plot once again. ;)

Like you always tell me:"No good deed goes unpunished". :(

At 11/28/2007 3:54 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

I like that turkey!

Water line problems are pure hell. good luck!

At 11/28/2007 6:21 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Welcome back to the world of the living Hammer!!

I'm certain that we'll keep having water problems until they get the lines replaced. Hopefully, they'll start replacing the lines next summer, before more lines disintegrate.

At 11/28/2007 8:28 PM, Blogger Vest said...


Post a Comment On:"Facebook makes me Suicidal...JAY writes on 'Kill the Goat'...The best explanation of facebook ever."
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Vest said...
Keeping it simple, I just love the way this lady writes. more people should be encouraged to visit her.
"Great stuff Jay" Vest.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007 07:07:00 AM EST

Keshi said...
Facebook makes me sick. :)


Wednesday, 21 November 2007 04:07:00 PM EST

amy said...
Jay has excellent writing skills.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007 10:12:00 PM EST

SME said...
It is rather dull and grim. The pages are plain, the "apps" inane, and the layout insane.

Thursday, 22 November 2007 08:43:00 PM EST

Vest said...
SME: I double dare you, to repeat your comment on Jay's blog. Oh go on it could be fun.
five bucks to my fav charity if you chicken out.

Thursday, 22 November 2007 11:19:00 PM EST

At 11/28/2007 9:03 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Isn't that what I just said?!

Read my lips Vest.
SME was referring to Facebook. She was A-G-R-E-E-I-N-G with you. Sheesh!

At 11/29/2007 2:10 AM, Blogger Vest said...

It seems North Americans have inherited the gwb lying syndrome, just face up to it SME, you got caught out, denying you knew Jay who incidently has a comment on this post (TSHSMOM)ahead of yours plus using a (HIM) as a red herring, bringing in gun slinging mater to twist the truth will not hide the fact that it was a downright insult to some one who I and others believe has far more ability than you or others to write clearly and legibily after discounting the naughty words.
If it is beyond you to admit it or apologise so be it, but the truth is in your written words. A written apology to Jay would be in order
BTW I have no personal tiff with you SME.
Although I am becoming thick skinned when dealing with your dear maters vitriolic meaningless retorts.
Peace to all everyone have a wonderful weekend.

At 11/29/2007 2:18 AM, Blogger SME said...

Ah, I get it now. I was wondering if this "Jay" invented Facebook or something. ;D
Yes, I was describing Facebook in general, not any particular page. I don't even know Jeannie, tho from her comments here I agree she has commendable writing ability.

At 12/13/2007 5:50 AM, Blogger Vest said...

sme; a weak kneed effort to twist the truth, you are familiar with jay and jeanie on this blog and jay is Fem if you take a look. you are a rotten sport own up dont fib. it was a down right insult to jay that you should be so bloody minded and spiteful and insulting about her post on facebook. or is it beyond you to admit it and say sorry.


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