Saturday, December 23, 2006

Waiting in Line Etiquette at the UPS Store

I don't know what topic to file this post under, but it's just plain wrong what happened to me.

I took my 2 month old to the UPS store this week so we could ship Grandma's Christmas gift in time to make it for the holiday. I walked up to the register and there was one person in the store other than the employee and she was making copies.

So I am waiting at the register with my infant in a car seat for about two minutes. The woman making copies goes to the other register and the employee waits on her first. Fine, she was already here, no problem. Whatever.

Then it's my turn. I give him my envelope and he weighs it. Then I see this large, tattooed, white-bearded man appear (no NOT Santa) and he starts complaining loudly how he "might as well go to the $#%& post office". So the employee gives me my package back and WAITS ON HIM. Then my brain starts going into complete shock and my face starts to contort.

The woman, then leaving the store, stops by to tell me that it's okay, he was here first, but he just WENT TO KROGER and then came back. As if it would make me feel better. During the busiest shipping week of the year.

Uh, in my book, when you wait in line, you WAIT IN LINE. You don't leave for another store and keep your spot in line. There is no invisible Georgia line holding law that this jacka-- was covered under. And I absolutely cannot believe that the employee started to wait on me and then stopped when the man started bickering and waited on him. Shame on you, UPS store in Cumming GA. I will never go to your establishment again.

I don't know who to tell about this, Clark Howard or Dane Cook.

Anyway, my two month old fussed less than that tattooed old man. Bah humbug to you old man and employee who waited on him.

You have one bad experience, you tell 30 people. That employee needs to remember this...

Now what do you do? Well, I will tell everyone I know.

Do NOT go here!

The UPS Store 4473
2659 Freedom Pkwy
Cumming, GA 30041 USA
770 886-7774

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A New Mom the Second Time Around

The Second Time's the Charm!

When I had my first daughter, I felt a wild hormonal mix of elation and anxiety as I tried to figure out how to care for my newborn. I thought that she was so fragile that she could break and I was afraid to change her clothes. Her cries ripped at my heart and my blood pulsed heavily through my body as I tried to determine the cause of my sweetheart's discomfort. It eventually got better and I was soon a pro or at least semi-pro by the time she was a few months old.

There is good news for moms pregnant with your second born if you felt the same way: the second time around, I feel more a mix of hormones, elation and energy. I am more confident in handling my second daughter and I am more patient and calm when she is upset and fussy. It is still tough - the sleep depravation still exists, finding time for my husband is challenging and now I have a preschooler to tend to as well as a newborn, but I am definitely stronger this time around. My family is growing and so have I!

My husband and I are very proud of our family and are baffled that we have come so far from the teenagers we were when we met. It is important to have time as a couple, a family and as individuals.

Anyway, back to parenting the second time around. Trying to communicate with and listen to my daughter as she communicates with me is an important part of the parenting process.

Which is why yesterday's Oprah had such an impact on me.

A guest on the show has studied cries of newborns and has determined five essential messages that babies communicate by instinct. Check out the video and details for yourself. If you have a child from 0-3 months, this is a must-see/must-read. I am already deciphering differences in my daughter's cries and it makes all the difference.

Here are the links and good luck!

The Secret Language of Babies on Oprah

Watch the video of babies and their different cries

The Dunstan Baby Language DVD - order your copy at

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Auburn defeats Alabama in Iron Bowl for 5th year in a row.

War Damn Eagle!

Is it me or did CBS' commentators seem like they were broadcasting from the Alabama Network? Anywhoo, Auburn defeated the Crimson Tide and has bragging rights for a fifth consecutive year. Woo hoo! Fear the thumb!

High five. Low tide.

Auburn wins 5th straight 22-15 over Bama

Auburn Seniors Get Lifetime Supply Of Bragging Rights

ClayNation Dixieland Delight College Football Tour: Auburn at Alabama

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Great October Movies to Watch

I just watched my annual viewing of Donnie Darko. It's an awesome, dark and brilliant movie to watch in October. The soundtrack is also an excellent mix of dark alternative 80s music with the movie being set in 1988. Jake Gyllenhaal is at his best and it's a great way to get into the Halloween spirit.

What's it about, you say? Watch it and tell me. There are many theories out there. There are also some cool web sites analyzing the movie. Check it out.

Official Donnie Darko web site

Fanlisting for Donnie Darko

Cellar Door

Other great October movies (besides the classics - these are newer ones)
The Butterfly Effect - director's cut ONLY
The Grudge
The Ring
The Skeleton Key

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Flip This House!

I have discovered this show and it's pretty interesting to watch.

I also have a client who buys/sells Atlanta wholesale residential investment properties that people invest in or flip, and this industry is booming.

But I still think it takes money to make money. People need to be careful when getting into residential real estate investing. Do your homework, get good business references and have fun. Good luck!

Flip This Show on A&E

Atlanta Investing

Friday, September 22, 2006

With Birds I Share This Lonely View

Remember when you heard a song on the radio and sang what you thought the lyrics were? I have made many a singing faux pas with my pals - from Guns N Roses "take me down to the very last city" (paradise city) to Billy Idol "I supply the fish." (eyes without a face)

Thank goodness there are now lyrical web sites available to save you from embarrassment and a future of years of teasing. Here are some good ones to reference. I am still trying to learn Green Day's Holiday. I love it but I can't figure out the words! Good luck and happy singing.

Books on Amazon:

Blinded by the Lyrics

Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy and other misheard lyrics

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Planet Pluto

Poor Pluto. I grew up with 9 planets in my solar system and now they decide to change that, among other things. I will fight this! When my daughter has to make a shoebox diorama of the planets at school, this family is including Pluto! Stop the madness!!! How many schoolbooks have to be changed now? Calling Pluto a dwarf planet is like demoting it. It's just wrong.

Astronomers: Pluto just a dwarf

Pluto, and ya don't stop

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Snakes on a Plane!

This is one of the coolest movie promotions that I have seen. You can send your friend a personal message from Samuel Jackson regarding the movie over email or the phone. Check it out!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Canon MP390 printer problems

I am having many problems with this all in one printer. After reading message boards about it - I recommend NOT buying one. Canon discontinued it and many people are having problems with the printer head. I cannot print pictures at all. It has been a total nightmare. Warning to all!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Hilton Head Island

I am heading to the beach with my family for some much needed r&r. It will be fun to see my 3 year old daughter play with her cousin on the beach. Palmetto Dunes is beautiful and we are ready to go. Even though I am very pregnant, I will be poolside with my gossip magazines. Escape! Serenity now!

Road trip! Here are some fun HH and Summer music links for anyone going to the beach this summer:

Songs of Summer 2006

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Lake Lanier at Low Level Thanks to Army Corps of Engineers

Our lake days are seeing low levels once again only this time it's because of human error. A faulty gauge released 22 BILLION gallons. They also miscalculated the lake levels and reported the level was higher than it actually is. How do you miscalculated a water level?

And they are responsible for fixing the New Orleans levees? Good God.

Faulty gauge drains Lanier Low levels could prompt drought declaration on brink of summer

Faulty gauge costs Lake Lanier lots of water

Sunday, June 18, 2006

IKEA US web site needs help

I tried to order my daughter's bedroom set online today from IKEA to pick up at their downtown Atlanta store, but they wouldn't let me. If you order online, you have no option for store pickup, just shipping. I also tried searching items from the catalog using their search feature and things would not show up that I later found through the categories. You would think such a large company would have thoroughly checked their web site for products and made them easier to find. So now we have to trek downtown with our printouts and find the items to buy. I guess large corporations are still not at the top of their web site games either.
Just try searching for a bed rail

Thursday, May 25, 2006

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

- Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Nanny nanny boo boo

As my 2 1/2 year old daughter smiles at me and says "nanny nanny boo boo," I stop and ponder where that phrase originated. I mean, I said it when I was little and I'm sure my parents' generation said it and so on. It is just a special something that she picked up at daycare. It is funny what gets passed on and even if you try to keep your kids from learning this things, it is inevitable.

The same goes with riding the school bus. I rode the school bus but only from like 3rd grade on to public school. I do have an issue with my daughter riding one at 5, but only because there aren't any kids on our street and she won't know anyone, plus the fact that 10 year olds will also be riding that bus. I think kindergarten is a little young and I wouldn't have issues if she had friends in the neighborhood to ride with. Well I'll cross that bridge when I come to it in about 2 years.

For now, nanny nanny boo boo.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Random mom thought #452

You know, that Johnny in Johnny & the Sprites on Disney looks like a young, cute Ben Affleck. Boy do I need to watch some grown up tv. hee hee hee

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Job Interview - How Can You Really Know How Someone Will Work?

I have been interviewing for jobs and find the whole interview process a little off kilter. I mean, how can we really know what a company is like when they grill you? And how do they know how productive I will be by answering questions the right way? I say give people more 90 day trials and let them duke it out. An apprentice like approach but that is really the only way to know - for both sides. job search
Career Builder

F&*(^% Company
Job Vent
BullS*&^ Job
About My Job

Office Space Soundboard

The Office UK

The Office US

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Movies with Great Plot Twists

My husband and I just watched Skeleton Key last night with Kate Hudson. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, it threw me for a loop. I love smart movies that keep you guessing. This is a great movie if that is what you seek. Not a lot of gore or scary scenes, it is more imagination and the setting in New Orleans pre-Katrina and in the tone of Hoo Doo, not Voo Doo although I think they are related. Add it to your next Netflix rental if you enjoyed these types of flicks: The Village, The Sixth Sense, The Others, etc.

I hope New Orleans comes back. I know its soul is there. It's just a matter of time. Skeleton Key Amazon Reader List: Movies with Great Plot Twists Everyone has a list come to think of it

I love Netflix!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Stop. Hammer Time.

Stop sign seen in Shiloh Road Alpharetta business park. Right under the stop, someone put in nice stenciled lettering "Hammer Time". I almost drove off the road laughing. I will go back and take a picture for my blog. Thank you to the random person who put that there. I have been giggling about that all week.

Another annoying sighting - at a grocery store, a large woman wearing sweatpants with writing on her backside. Please don't make me look there. And the writing just forces your eyes to look there. That is a big fashion DON'T that Glamour magazine regularly covers! Glamour magazine Funny street signs

Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Chicago Bears have a chance!

It's a damn good year when the Bears are in the playoffs. The Cubs did okay but now as a Chicago fan I feel better. Although the Red Sox/Cubs game this summer did rule as my sports choice of 2005, I hope the Bears can make some headway.

I won my husband's office pool for the college bowl games and it was just sweet. I picked Texas to win just like last year and my dream came true. My husband thought I was nuts, but after Auburn was shafted last year for the bowl championship series, it would be a cold day in hell before I root for the number one ranked team.

I say have a playoff! College fans deserve a thrilling and worthy championship series that will silence the critics and allow a true champion to evolve through what every other sport and pro NFL conference will attest to: you need a playoff system.

Word to the motha. Jenni out.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Welcome to the world of the podcast

I got a new 30 GB video iPod for Xmas and it rocks. Besides trying to upload all my CDs and maxing out my laptop, I have half my iPod full and have now discovered podcasts.

Through iTunes, I have discovered some really cool podcasts. For those of you who aren't familiar with them, they are basically radio shows that you can download and listen to on your iPod at any time.

I have the Rolling Stone interview with Bono on my iPod as well as NPR 7 am news, story of the day and song of the day. I have stuck in the 80s and the ricky gervais show podcasts and they rock. Even They Might Be Giants has one that I am subscribing to and it's free.

There is a whole world out there and now we can listen on our schedule instead of the programmer's schedules. When I drive home from work, I listen to the NPR story of the day and in about a 20 minute drive, I hear a really neat story from someone in the world in my own little commuting world.

I have a feeling that life and radio is about to change as we know it, again. I am very excited to be witnessing this empirical shift from media when the programmers direct it to media when the consumer wants it. It is the age of me and it rocks.

Now back to my iPod.