Oh M Goodness There Are Two Of Us

I am slowly putting things back as they were as I set up the new desktop.  I tried to play ELP from Dan’s post but no sound!  Sacribleu.  The kidlet is gone, so who do I ask?  B?  Surely not.  Though he is a handy dandy fellow aka DIY champ PCs are not his thang.  And I do mean thang not thing.  LOL.

I try to diagnose the lack of sound issue myself.  Run several checks with no problems found as the outcome.  I get a number to call and my friendly (who shall remain nameless) help desk assistant does some troubleshooting.  Then he proceeds to tell me my PC does not have an internal speaker.  He creates a case and tells me I can send the PC back and a speaker will be installed free of charge.  WTH!!! But okay.  I guess.

Meanwhile B calls Pony who tells dear ole dad, of course there is no internal speaker.  My speakers are on my monitor!  Sweet heart that he is, he offered to come back before B told him we’d figure it out.

Razzle frazzle – the green wire was plugged into the tower only.  B griping, that wire is too short to reach as I kneel under the desk and push up the wire between the back of the desk and wall for him to grab said wire and put into the monitor.  Whew!  Quite the feat.  But all is well now as ELP is blasting!  Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend come inside come inside.

Oh and BTW the help desk assistant called me back to sadly explain that the charge to install internal speakers would be $150 to $200 and not the free of charge I was quoted.  No mention that using external speakers is preferred.  He suggested I take back the PC for a different one.  Or he could still end me the box for return to which I politely replied “no thank you”.  I think he should’ve known better don’t you?  Oh M Goodness, there are two of us 🙂

As always, more to come.

How Crazy Brain Thinks

I can say crazy brain when speaking about myself.  Don’t call the PC police on me puhleese with sugar on top.  I feel a Friday testimony coming on.  I’m happy y’all.  Over the moon. My new work family had a celebration for December birthdays and they included me.  Since I am dotted line family, they did not have to do this but they did.  Can you feel the love?

I think I may have attachment disorder.  I admit it.  Or maybe the opposite of attachment disorder.  I become viscerally and quickly attached to almost anyone who shows me the slightest kindness.  Maybe it is being an adult orphan.  Who knows why? Though I know enough to act appropriate.  Well, … most days.  But with me you’re in until or unless you give me a reason not to be.  Then I turn tail and run away forever.  An elephant who never forgets. Yeah after crazy brain, I called myself an elephant.  And who wouldn’t want to be like those beloved creatures?

Onward through the fog for my Canadian friends.

Now the crazy brain part.  Leaving work I had my leftovers from our lunch where we ordered out from my favorite place that they didn’t even know was my favorite place.  Lucky for me the other two December b-days celebrants like Golden Wok too. I had my left over drink.  Yes I splurged and drank the real thing aka coca-cola for one day a year only.   After finishing the tea which came with the meal.

Not done yet, I also have my gym bag that is not used for gym purposes.  Instead it has my life aka my fully loaded laptop, peripherals like power cord, headset and wireless mouse, wallet, planner, pens, cough drops, ear buds, phone charger.  And finally a big ole slab of cake.  Outside the gym bag of course.  Proof right here …

Big ole slab of birthday cake

I am giving way more detail than necessary to set the stage.  I could have said I was loaded down.  But the above paints a picture.  amiright?

I get to my car.  Throw gym bag sans wallet into my trunk.  Place cake on the floorboard along with the leftovers.  Drink in cup holder.  And off I go.  To Wally world.  For one thing … Pepperidge Farm onion rolls to make our faux Arby’s beef and cheddar later tonight for supper.  I stick to the one thing.  A feat in and of itself.

As I walk back out to the car.  I think oh RatZ! I wonder if the squirrely little devils are still in my car and if they are did they eat my cake?  My heart actually skipped a beat.  Picking up the pace to a walk shuffle jog, I check and whew!  no bite marks.  LOL.  The rest of the way home, I kept looking for one to leap out at me.  I also recall the news report from last night how eating 🍽 in your car is worse than eating off a toilet seat! I’m not eating but dang my cake has to full of germs. Ugh 😩 See crazy brain.  I tell ya.

TGIF folks!!!  Hope your weekend is as wonderful as you are wonderful.

As always, more to come.

Singing In The Stairwell

Singing 🎤 in the stairwell. Is that like singing 🎤 in the rain ☔️ or singing 🎤 in the shower 🚿? I think 🤔 it’s like the shower thingy.

I’m taking steps at work as a form of light exercise. We have stairwells that go from service level to 3rd floor. I mostly sit on 3 and like to stairwell it in and out daily with trips to the cafe and other amenities in between.

Y’all know I blast the tunes while I’m driving. I almost always get here with an ear worm. This week I just realized the stairwell acoustics are phenomenal.

Yep! Maybe you’ve guessed it. I’m almost always alone in the stairwell. Which means I sing. Out loud. With the voice the good lord gave me. And today as I wailed Prince’s “When Doves Cry”, I was joined in chorus. Oh my! Good times I tell ya. Now we’re taking it on the road. Jilly and Friend. Look out for us. Coming to a town near you. Happy Thursday!!

File This Under Easily Amused

So I’m laughing to keep from crying. Considering I’ve just been kicked to the curb by my doctor. Concierge my a$$.


We got a group email at work … some sort of random test related to our servers. The email was accidentally sent to the whole company; not just the affected people. And you would be absolutely surprised (or maybe not so surprised) at the number of people replying all and saying do not reply all. Or replying all to take me off this distro. Or replying all to say I don’t use that server. As if they even know. How stupid does one have to be to reply all and say not to as if hours later they’re the first with that idea. Re-donk-a-donk. 

At least one guy was funny. He said “please do not rely all except for me. I spam you! 🤣”. And he sure enough did. Wonder who the sender is and whether he is in trouble (because it was a dude per the signature block).


As always more to come.

Will File This Under Did I Get Played?

Our wireless bill is re-don-ka-donk.  Made up word for ridiculous!  I chatted with Harry B and asked him if we could lower the bill.  He looked and said there is a new starter plan for $40 less a month than my present premium AND I will not lose any features.

What are the odds that the new plan is available today when I randomly check and have time to chat?

Hmmmm.  I took him up on his offer.  We shall see what the next statement looks like. Wish me luck.

As always, more to come.

Oh RatZ!

Okay all you English majors, don’t be harshing on my misspellings.  What happened deserves a RatZ.   With a capital Z!

File this story under the category of you can’t make this stuff up.

Here is where I mentioned cows and putting my car in the shop.   I got my car back and you will never believe the cause of the problem.  Guess?  C’mon.  Would you like to play this game?  Going once … going twice … Don’t wanna.  Well okie dokie.  I’ll tell ya.

James:  Jill this is James give me a holler.

Me (returning voicemail): Hey James, what’s the verdict?

James: Remind me, you still live in the country?

Me: Yes, same place.  Why?

James: You’ve got RatZ.

Sure enough said, RatZ chewed through wires affecting my stabili-trac, ABS and A/C.  According to James, the insulation around the wires is like candy to them mice.  He said it happened at his deer lease about two years ago.  They got two barn cats and no ratZ have been seen since.

So odd, we have community cats and have never had a rat problem in the 19 plus years we have lived here.  We do not keep anything out that might attract them either.  The dogs are outside most of the time too though in their luxury suite.  Spot has been known to eat a bird in mid flight.  I’m sure he’d attach a rat.

When I took my loaner vehicle back to my father in law, he told me he believes it was parking at the Riverwalk with all that construction.  I was there four years without incident but the construction is new which might cause the ratZ movement.  Then there is being back at the mother ship and my recent memory shared of the varmints who live there.  B reminded me though that was more likely for raccoons but ratZ?  I have heard we have them all over the building.

Now I am on high alert.  I am ready for a rat to jump out at me while I am driving.  Like an wanna-be airbag.  Lawd yes, I am neurotic.  I am also looking around my parking space for remnants.  B says it didn’t happen here.  Two nights with traps and poison have gone undisturbed.  Hmm, inquiring minds want to know how this happened.  I will just have to settle for random acts of strange.

As always, more to come.


I Win!

I’ve said before that my mom was a garage sale shopper.  I hate paying full price for anything.  Re: shoes I wear them until the fall apart.  You’ve all seen it right here.

I had a pair of brown boots that I had to throw away since they basically fell apart.  I think I had them about a decade.  They were cheap to begin with but that’s my MO anyway.  Today I was looking for replacements when lo and behold, I received an email about a 3 hour sale.  30% off ANYTHING!  I also had a $20 off boots expiring today.  I chatted up the online helpers at Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) to see if I could stack my discounts.

Drum roll please – ratta tat tat ratta tat tat ratta tat tat

Full price $199

Compared to DSW price of $119

Clearance $49.99

Minus $20 and 30% (of what I am not sure but I do not care)

Total $16.19 – woo to the hoo!!

I will have them in 4 to 7 days – no shipping fees either.

See I told ya I won!

Happy Sunday!!

As always, more to come.

Lemons, Maui from Moana, and the Purge

I posted this yesterday.  Then promptly found my first lemon.  Which is good because I am making a mighty tasty lemonade.  I re-connected with a former teammate who I may never have seen again had it not been for my move.  She is someone who our former boss sat next to me on purpose telling us we HAD to become friends.  We didn’t HAVE to do anything.  That happened all on its’ own.  Yay for catching up.

Today I was at an offsite planning conference.  The theme was luau.  Our host is a fantastic guy.  He wore a Maui costume.  Hilarious.  Basically was like skin-tight bodysuit with fake tattoos all over, giving the appearance of being shirtless, grass skirt, and of course the black curly wig.  Convos were sort of like this …

Thanks Moana!

I’m Maui

Hey C, are those your pajamas?

No! it’s a costume

You sure?  Looks like your pjs

I’m sure, I bought it off Amazon

You can see his jiggle

Oh my god, I meant his middle

I’m still laughing

In between the obsessing of course

I had a VIP meeting tomorrow that was cancelled for like the 4th time.  The other cancels were re-scheduled but this time no new planner was forthcoming.  My mind goes crazy with making up reasons for the cancel, that probably isn’t a cancel but rather an un-invite because why?  well because … you know they must hate me.

Me to friend – should I text big boss and see if meeting is really for sure cancelled?

Yes don’t overthink, just do it

Me … never did – over thunk it of course

Me at home to B … I’m gonna text big boss about cancelled meeting, tell him I will be offsite but available if anything changes

B – you just said it was cancelled

Me – yes but I don’t want to be offsite again tomorrow if I’m needed onsite

B – didn’t you just say the meeting was cancelled?

Me – yes off of my calendar but maybe there is a new planner I didn’t get

B- then you didn’t get it, so you don’t go – sheesh

Well of course, that is logical but why be logical?

I’m dying of esophageal cancer anyway

Not today but maybe

My anxiety is not a joke or meant to make light of someone diagnosed

I am waiting for my other shoe to drop

I’m worried and not taking that damn medicine which I took for about 4 days and promptly stopped when someone shared on FB a warning that Zantac causes cancer.  This med I took is the pharmacy grade of Zantac. The package insert says may cause kidney cancer.  Seriously??? Yes Meredith Grey.

This morning I spit up bright red blood.  A minuscule amount.  I flossed; there were no bleeding gums.  Blood came from my nasal area most likely but I am sure it is acid re-flux turned esophageal cancer despite no other gerd type symptoms.  All day today my throat was sore and I hurt … achy all over.  I pounded down a boatload of Halls for temporary relief of my throat.  Nothing cures the aches.  Nothing quite like writing out my stupidity.  Damn that purge felt good.

See you later folks.

As always, more to come.