October 30, 2015

Meal Plan ~ Week 17

Being the dinner boss, one week at a time.

Meal 1:  Broccoli Cheese Soup - will share the *delicious* recipe this week!

Meal 2: Chicken Stir Fry (skillet sauce)

Meal 3:  Steak sandwiches

Meal 4: Leftovers/sandwiches

EDITED:  The Husband threw me for a loop one day last week and cooked dinner (the only dinner he can cook lol) and guess what, it was Pork Chops so I took that dinner off our meal plan this week and replaced it with the soup!

October 29, 2015

Kohl's - I Still Loathe You

They are going for the world record of the worst company ever, aren't they?

I'm not sure where I left off but phone call #4 with Jackie on 10/27 assured me that the two credits would post within 24 hours. And no surprise, that did not happen.

This morning I made phone call #5 and spoke to Jasmine, who didn't want to deal with me (can't blame her - I wasn't very nice), and then to Miguel (who was insulted I wouldn't let him help me), and then finally to George, Miguel's Supervisor to once again reiterate the giant mess.  A fun fact I should point out:  the references numbers to the incidents that I was given a week ago? They basically mean nothing. 

George did his best to get me to calm down but I'm sorry, after five phone calls over two weeks and over 3 hours of my time repeating this story over and over to different people and not getting any results? I can't use an inside voice anymore and you should certainly understand why.

In the end, George saved the day. He did whatever he needed to do to post the credits to my account. I received email confirmation of the credits while we were still on the phone. Now, why was that so hard?!

I understand that "returned" packages may take some time to process but my two orders were not returns - they were "damaged - return to sender" packages - packages that NEVER made it to my doorstep. These credits should be posted automatically and without delay. Come on, Kohl's, get your shit together. Christmas is coming.

I can tell you this though, with absolute uncertainty: I will not shop at Kohls.com for the foreseeable future. Not a chance in hell.

October 28, 2015

Halloween Fun

This may or may not be my youngest child. It's hard to tell.  I tried to get him to do a Where's Waldo costume but he picked this instead.

My boys have never been overly into Halloween but as they are getting older, they are learning to not take themselves too seriously and to just have fun with it.

October 27, 2015

Kohl's - I Loathe You

My original order from 10/8 that NEVER REACHED MY HOUSE, that was returned to the sender by the postage facility was marked "received" by the warehouse on 10/16.


My replacement order from 10/14, shipment #2, that NEVER REACHED MY HOUSE, that was returned to the sender by the postage facility, was marked "received" by the warehouse on 10/20.


This is INSANE.

I think it's time to go to their Facebook page and rant.

Stay tuned.

October 23, 2015

Meal Plan ~ Week 16

It's not elaborate, fancy, or gourmet but it's food for a real family!

Meal 1: Copycat Chick-Fil-A (see week 2 for recipe)

Meal 2:  Ravioli

Meal 3:  Breakfast for Dinner

Meal 4:  Leftovers/sandwiches

October 21, 2015

Kohls.com = Blacklist

So, back on October 8th I placed an order on Kohls.com to take advantage of the Columbus Day sale they were advertising. I've been trying to find khaki pants that will fit my teenager and this has proven to be difficult because he's right in between the Boys 8-20 and Men's sizes and once you cross over into Men's sizing, the adjustable waist disappears, making finding the right fit even harder if you have a kid who won't wear a belt...

(Hello clothing manufacturers - is anyone listening?!?!)

My order was for 6 pairs of pants and 2 bottles of this room spray that I really like. Fast forward a week and I thought the shipping was taking a bit longer than normal so I clicked on the tracking link only to discover my package had been damaged during shipping, was sitting as some postal distribution facility, and it was automatically being sent back to the sender. Okay?  (Let me also point out that's it's now October 21st and I have NEVER received a communication from Kohl's that my package was damaged.)

After a series of emails and a phone call initiated by me, I was told that yes my package was damaged, yes it was being sent back to them, and yes the credit would automatically process once the package was received by the warehouse. BUT, if I still wanted the items I had to reorder them. So I did that over the phone on October 14th to ensure the same discounts were applied.

My new order was split into two shipments for some reason but whatever, hopefully this one will arrive at my house intact.  On Friday the 16th, 4 pairs of pants arrived at my house. One shipment received, one to go.

On Monday, I clicked on the tracking information for the remaining shipment and it says the package was sitting at the the same sorting facility damaged. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Meanwhile, I still don't have a credit posted to my account for the original order.


So I call, again, reiterate the entire story, AGAIN because you can't for the love of God get the same person on the phone. This newest person said my credit for the first order would be processed. An hour later I get an email the credit was processed. Finally, right? hahahaha NO.  This credit was processed under an order number I never made and for $11.29 - my order totaled $131.28.

So I call, AGAIN, reiterate the story AGAIN and now I'm given an incident number. Keep in mind, this is only dealing with the first order. I haven't even started to deal with the partial order I won't receive.

It's now October 21st. Still no credit. And it will be a cold day in hell before I order from Kohls.com again. BUYER BEWARE.

October 19, 2015

Ipod vs iOS9 Update

Does anyone else find it disturbing how Apple seems to be ignoring this wifi connectivity issue and iOS9?!

About two weeks ago, I wrote about my excursion to the Apple store in an effort to determine why my son's iPod (touch 5) will not connect to our home's wifi no matter what googled fix we tried.  They were no help and actually told me they weren't aware of any wifi connectivity issues. That's laughable, "Genius Bar", because a simple google search proves otherwise.

I tried everything, and I mean everything, to get this iPod to connect to our wifi and once I cleared the cache in Safari, it finally connected. Huh? Yeah, I don't get it either.  All was working fine for a week. ONE week! Then suddenly, it wouldn't connect and started the same crap all over again - the password is wrong, etc.  W T F APPLE!?!?!  And, what I didn't know was that my 13 year old's iPhone 5S was also not connecting to the wifi but he failed to mention this because he just stayed on the Spring network to avoid the issue (thank the good Lord for unlimited data plans).  So there it is - two Apple devices that would not connect to our wifi at home.

For the record, our wifi works FINE. Our router/firmware/connection are fine. Our TV and DirecTV connect fine. Our home computer, my work laptop, a Kindle, and our ANDROID phones have no issues whatsoever connecting to the wifi in our home. 

After wasting another two hours of my life trying to get these devices to connect, I was finally successful by simply unplugging the router for a few minutes. Really? Why do I have to keep doing this, Apple? Why? Why?? WHY???

October 16, 2015

Meal Plan ~ Week 15

Once again, due to scheduling and leftovers, I only made 2 of the 4 meals planned for last week. So if you see any repeats that's why! I'm working a full next week too so all bets are off on if I pull off this week's plan. And as a reminder, my meal plan week starts on Sundays.

Meal 1:  Homemade meat sauce & pasta (when I make this, I make a huge pot and freeze half of it for another meal)

Meal 2:  Grilled Steak

Meal 3: Grilled cheese/soup

Meal 4:  Leftovers/sandwiches

Forgive me for the lack of anything interesting lately. I'm in a rut and I'm not sure if it's wise to actually blog about what is really going on inside my head.

October 12, 2015

I Beat You, iPod Touch 5

I'm not sure what's going on with Apple these days, but more and more problems seem to be occurring with their devices. Can we assume this is because Steve Jobs is no longer around?!

Ever since the IOS9 update came out, the boys started having problems connecting to our home wifi. A few googles searches and a Facebook plea for help seemed to correct the issue via resetting the network. But fast forward a few weeks (and a few more updates), and Boo's ipod would not connect to the wifi in our house no matter what we did. We'd tell it to forget the network, reboot it, resign in and all would be fine for 5 minutes or maybe even an hour, but then it would tell us the password was wrong or that it couldn't connect even though it said it was connected per the wifi settings menu.

It made no sense.

So I took a trip to the local (40 minutes away) Apple store to have a "genius" look at it once I made an appointment to come back 2 hours later... I explained the problem we were having to the "genius" and he went right into the wifi settings and the ipod connected to the Apple store's wifi right away. W T F. Seriously?  Did the ipod just need to come home to mother ship? He ran some diagnostic tests on it (all was fine) and even went into the back to speak with more "geniuses" to see if there were any bulletins regarding ipods not connecting to wifi and he said there were none. I laughed. All you have to do is google "ipod/iphone won't connect to wifi" and thousands upon thousands of hits come up.

I left the store certain that when I got back home we'd still have the same problem and I was right.  So I googled and googled again.  This time regarding our router and if that might be causing the problem. I checked the parental controls. Nope. Didn't fix it. I changed the WPA security. Nope. Didn't fix it. I changed the wifi password, rest the network for 10,000th time, rejoined... Nope. Didn't fix it.  I even tried manually adding our wifi under "other networks." Nope. Didn't fix it. I was ready to let my dogs go to town on this stupid ipod and just buy him a phone when I sat down and started going through every single menu of the damn ipod....

Care to guess what finally fixed the problem?


In all that time, and all the people I talked to, this was NEVER suggested. I'm not sure why I didn't think to do that before but hey, it's fixed!  Who's the genius now?!

p.s. I have never in my life been so happy to be a Android phone owner and I will be for life!

October 9, 2015

Meal Plan ~ Week 14

I long for a day when I no longer have to worry about who ate what and when was the last time they ate...

Meal 1:  Grilled Steak (gotta use up that propane)

Meal 2:  Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Meal 3:  Grilled Salmon

Meal 4:  Breakfast for Dinner

October 6, 2015

11 Years Old

There should be some sort of law that slows down the childhood of your youngest child.  When you have a baby, the number one thing you are told is to enjoy every moment because time goes by so fast and you think it's such a lie.  But it really is true. I realize my boys aren't fully grown but we have crossed an imaginary line at ages 13 & 11 and it makes me long for the toddler years.

Yes, I'm saying it loud and proud: I'll take a toddler over a teenager any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

My Boo turned 11 yesterday (I guess I should probably stop referring to him that way but I just can't lol.)  We celebrated his birthday this past weekend with family.  It was a fun time, especially since we hadn't seen our family in awhile.  Now that going to school on your birthday has been ruined by certain people who I won't rant about, his actual birthday was a bit of let down to him, I think.  But we did our best to make the day feel special.

On family party day, I may have enjoyed too much Sweet Tea Vodka (Deep Eddy's is THE BEST) and did not realize I didn't take any pictures until we were ready for dessert, at which time the table looked rather barren ... 

My SIL's friend is the only person who can take credit for the Inside Out Disgust character cake. She did an awesome job and the cake was delicious too!  Since we were also celebrating my SIL's 18th birthday and my Boo isn't a big fan of cake, I just bought fancy cupcakes for them and had a make your own sundae bar as he requested. Yeah, didn't take pictures of that either #partyfail

Next up: Thanksgiving...  I am the hostess with the mostess.

October 2, 2015

Meal Plan ~ Week 13

Yep. I cheated and backdated this post because I forgot ... I claim Birthday Party Brain!

Nothing fancy this week, people. I'm loosing steam and ambition.

Meal 1:  Birthday Party Dinner - Bake Ziti

Meal 2:  Hamburgers

Meal 3: Party leftovers

Meal 4:  Chicken Parmesan/Alfredo