Monday, July 9, 2012

My Blog Love

Hi Blog, I have missed you. It has been a while since the last time we got together. My life became so hectic. I have been juggling between work and home. It is very hard. I'm glad though that I got to see you today. I noticed that you're PR is still good and you still have visitors. That is good news. I am very happy to know this. I love you Blog. I'm happy you waited. Just hang in there because I will visit you more often. Cheers,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Working At Home

I'd really like to work from home soon. My husband found a new job and unfortunately, it is not really close from home. I found a site,, and I love that site. It has great information for parents who want to stay and work from home. Check it out. You'll be amazed at how much information she (the site owner) has in there.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It Is Almost Christmas Again

I can't believe it. It is almost Christmas again. Can you believe that? Time flies so fast for sure. I don't have our Christmas tree up yet. I am not sure when I am going to be able to put it up. I have too much activities/parties, etc. I do have the lights already up though. Kids love to look at them. It is funny because they always remind me to turn them on at night.

I still have not started the gift wrapping. Ohhh dear. I have to do that really soon so I won't get behind. I have to buy some more gifts as well. It's so hard when you have two kids and you work full time. It's so hard to find the time for other extra things like gift wrapping. Oh well...oh well. I have to be organized now.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's Hard to Wait for the Next Episode of Glee

Thanks for the post from Hal Potter

It's been a long time since I got into a television show that I couldn't wait to watch every week. However, I'm completely hooked on Glee. There's no doubt about it. It's one of the most original sitcoms on television and it's well worth watching. Though some of the plot lines are incredibly cheesy, the actors and actresses are all extremely talented and have great vocal range. I also respect the tough themes the writers handle on the show.

I watch Glee every week on satellite television, that I got after seeing these directv new customer deals, and I always find myself waiting eagerly for the next week's episode as soon as the credits roll. Most recently, I've been really engaged in the story line between Kurt and Blaine. I keep waiting to see what will happen between them, but they complement each other very well. However, I've been disappointed by the plot going on between Finn and Rachel. While it would be good for Rachel to get some distance from their relationship, Finn doesn't seem to be telling her how he really feels.

With so many different dramas going on at once, it's hard to wait to see what will happen next! Of course, the musical numbers just make it that much better. I've really enjoyed watching the New Directions group expand their repertoire this year, as they fight their way to winning Regionals.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Don't Sign Up For Pinnacle Security. Read my bad experience.

I'm so mad today. Everytime I call their customer service line, it gets disconnected (this happened 5 times so far). I signed up for Pinnacle Security a month ago for me to have a peace of mind. I thought their product package is better than ADT and it is more affordable. I was so excited that I could have an image sensor in the house so I got an image sensor in the package. When the installer started installing, he told me that the image sensor was defective so he left me with the motion sensor instead. Well, I am going to have to pay $2 more in the monthly bill because of the image sensor I signed up for so I called their customer service to see if I could get that image sensor (i really like the idea to take pictures and one of the reasons why I signed up for them) taken care of. I was transferred to their scheduling dept and was put on hold and all of the sudden my call got disconnected. I thought maybe it was my cell phone signal. I called again but then it happened again - call got disconnected. It happened thrice. The good thing was that the third rep called me back. I thought that was the last time i'd have to go through that.

The technician came (one week later) to install the image sensor. I thought everything was good. I left the house for four hours, came back and did not notice any problems. When I armed the house, my alarm went off. I was worried. My doors are locked, glass not broken but the system says my alarm sensor was tripped. I did not do anything at all. I called Pinnacle's tech support dept to see what's going on. He said the alarm went off because I did not disarm my alarms earlier. Well, the tech/installer of the image sensor was testing it earlier but we disarmed the system when the alarm went off. The tech support rep on the phone told me to press the disarm button again and it should be fine. We hung up. I armed the house and the loud alarm went off again. It said, image sensor. Aaraganggh!!!!!! I called tech support again, explained (again) what happened and he had the same reasoning. I was so impatient at that point. He said that he does not see that my image sensor went off in his system. I asked if the image sensor could be defective and he said no. I think what he was trying to tell me was that I was hallucinating or making up stories. I said, well why dont you listen to the alarm over the phone and see what you think. He said okay. I armed the house and the loud alarm went off. He could hear it over the phone but the alarm was not communicating in their system. Meaning if I had an actual burglary, nobody is going to know except the burglars and maybe me and my kids. (Why the heck did I sign up for a security system?). So he believed me at that point. I can't believe that I had to beg for these people to listen to the issue. He said he was going to do something on his end so the image sensor wont trigger the alarm but no. Alarm continued to go off. He was going to have a technician call me the next day. No one called. I had to work (full time job) so I called again to schedule a tech to come the next week and fix the sensor.

That day came but no one called or perhaps if I missed the phone call, I did not receive a voicemail message. I called the customer service (AAAHHHHH!) to check where the tech was. They could not get a hold of him. Seriously? I wasted half my day waiting and waiting. The tech called later, one and a half late from the schedule but I was already out of the house doing my other errands. They scheduled another appointment. Well, I had to work again. Another tech would be coming the next week.

That week is this week. Today, I got a voicemail message from Pinnacle Security saying that the tech is out on vacation. What? Aaarrrgghhh. I am a very new customer of them and I am very disappointed with their service.

If I were you, don't sign up for them. Save yourself a hassle. Now, I am worried if they can actually respond when an emergency happens.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Encounter

Saturday, 7/2/11, between 8:00 and 8:30 PM, my neighbor rang the doorbell. I did not know what to expect. I opened the door because I thought it was still light outside and there was nothing to worry about. I can't remember if he gave me his name but he did say he is our neighbor just next door.

I don't really hang out with our neighbors. I talk to them sometimes when they pass by our house and make a short conversation- the hi's and hello's- and that's it. Our nice neighbor next door apparently no longer lives in the house anymore. My husband and I were thinking maybe he rented his house out.

I've never talked to this guy before and there he was standing in front of me by the front door. I could tell in his voice that he was upset. First, he said that his backyard northside area was flooded with water. He said he has two big dogs (which I already know and they bark at us while in our own backyiiard trying to enjoy our day) and made mud mess on his carpet in their house. I said "okay" with confusion. Maybe it is our sprinkler that started the whole thing, he continued. I said "okay???" again. He said that I or my husband should check it and let him know what we find out. I never said anything to him except okay and he left.

Oh, dear. I was a little bit scared. His size was intimidating to tell you honestly. I am petite 5'2" and he is big. That was the first time that I have actually spoken with him face to face since December or January of this year when they moved in in that house.

I went to my backyard and investigated. I could see water on my rocks and fence because the sprinkler obviously had just got done running. Of course, I could hear his dogs running back and forth barking at me from the other side. I could also hear water splashing from the dogs activity. I took a quick look at their backyard through the fence cracks and all I could see was a mess - a big mud puddle. Yikes!!!. It was getting really dark so I could not do anything else. I could not tell if our sprinkler is defective at this point. Also, it rained this afternoon for the first time in a long time so it could be the rain as well. Who knows? Either way, I have to do some investigation and documentation.

I have to note in this post that my neighbors backyard for the most part is all but dirt. They took the landscaping rocks away from the area in question to the flower bed. The yard has no grass or shrubs. There is nothing on the ground to keep it from mud puddles especially when it rains in my opinion.

This post is merely my record of incident with my neighbor. I want to log the activities as early as possible. I hope this situation doesn't get worse. *sigh*

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Maintaining A Good Credit Score

My credit score is excellent right now. I am very proud to say that because it is a fruit of my discipline and hardwork. Believe it or not, I had no credit score 5 years ago (I grew up in a country that does not do credit scores). My husband, who has been my mentor about good credit score, got me started the right way. He advised me to get a credit card, use it and then pay the whole bill every month. And that's what I did and have been doing. I keep track of my expenses by writing them in a notebook. Yes, I like the old method but hey, it works for me. My credit score is actually higher than my husband's. He was a little bit dissapointed about that. It's our little competition you know.

Having a good credit score is indeed a good investment. I was building a good credit score years ago and when it was time for me and my husband to buy a new house, it was just an easy deal. We got approved right away and it was a great feeling. We got the best rate, too.

I am not sure if all potential employers check credit scores of the applicants but I know that mine was checked. My husband also said that he has to have a good credit score to keep his job. I guess a person's credit score can describe one's personality.

I treat my credit score like gold so I always monitor it to maintain the numbers high. I get free credit score report annually which is nice because it is free. Do you have a credit score story to share?

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