Winter, I hate it

Brrrrrr. It is -1 here in the greater chicago area today.  I am so depressed.  Not only because it is colder than anything, but my damn car needs a new transmission.  I just made the final payment on it last month!!!!!!!!! I can't friggin believe it.  Now I have to make a decision. Do I try to find someone who will put in a rebuilt transmission and not rip me off or do I trade it in on a new car and start making payments all over again. 

Why does this happen.  I have taken pretty good care of my car and I am so discouraged.  I had hoped to have at least one or two years of no car payment.  Guess I was WRONG

Published in: on February 18, 2006 at 10:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Storm clouds


Storm clouds, originally uploaded by lal3509.

Just another picture that I really like. I took it out of my car window on the way home from work last spring. It was one of those late spring storms-Tornado weather, here in the midwest. Our area is famous for tornados. We live close to an area that was devistated by a tornado about 12 years ago.

Published in: on February 11, 2006 at 2:46 am  Comments (1)  


We decided to switch our Internet carrier, well actually my husband decided.  He wanted to bundle everything into one bill so he shopped around and decided to go with the SBC package-we have been using a cable TV service along with the cable High Speed internet . We also had our computers wireless networked since my desktop is upstairs and his is down. 

What a pain!! He was promised plug and play installation, which he knew was a bunch of crap.  So he was prepared to endure several hours of tech support calling and he was not disappointed.  Then I tried to connect my computer and we realized that SBC had sent the wrong modem.  So after 90 minutes with them for that problem, I asked if we could some how use our previous wireless router with the DSL modem they sent. AAAAHHH-hmm yes, I could do that.  But after thirty minutes of fiddling with it, the Techie told me I would have to call my Wireless router support.  Good bye.  Then the wireless router techie lead me through 30 minutes of computer stuff and finally told me I would have to again call SBC-So I did, That person did help me somewhat, but passed me back to the wireless router people with info to give them.  GRRRRR

In that call, I, for the first time talk to a female tech support person, and while she was somewhat helpful.  She was not quite as polite as the men.  Any way, she had me doing all kinds of stuff but we got one computer totally set up and connected to the internet, and almost had my wireless connection complete when we ran into a glitch.  At which point she quickly said, ummm–uninstall the wireless software, and disable any firewalls and reboot the computer then reinstall the wireless software and it should be fine-bye!!!!

Just about that fast.  Well it was not fine, but I was able to finally figure out the problem–they all forgot to have me enter the ssd in the properties of the wireless adapter!! one little WORD had cost me nearly 4 hours of aggrevation.

But now I am back and it is working great.  I am so surprised at how dependent I am on the internet for so many things. I am amazed at coworkers who tell me they don't ever use their computer and never use the internet.  To me it is like having this huge library and Mall right on your desk.  I love it.

Well, that is my rant for today.  I will not even go into the fact that the tech support people that I talked to today at SBC were from the Phillipines and India.  Outsourcing is a whole other rant and I am too tired.


Published in: on February 11, 2006 at 2:38 am  Comments (1)  

Toney and Gil


Toney and Gil, originally uploaded by lal3509.

Thinking a lot Yesterday of Toney. It was the 5th anniversary of this Death on February 5,2001. I miss him so much. He was my youngest child and was a really neat person. He was only 2 months shy of his 30th birthday when he became ill and died suddenly.
Some time I might be able to put into the blog, the story of how Toney died and how it changed my life tremendously.

Published in: on February 7, 2006 at 3:35 am  Leave a Comment  

“The Bean” Chicago’s Millinieum Park, Summer 2005

 100_0611, originally uploaded by lal3509.

Published in: on February 5, 2006 at 7:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Typical Saturday

Today was the first day of R and B's Drama Class here and they had a great time.  I think it will be good for both of them and hopefully they will make some new friends.  We are having a two week break in soccer, so that was all we had to do today.

I am at a creative block right now and feel that old bored, pent up feeling when I want to do something and just can't get started. 

I finished that Jodi Picoult book, "The Pact", on Friday night and it was so typical. I just wish so many books didn't just end with a trite-safe ending. hmmm.  I could just see it coming for so many chapters.  Ah well.

(a little more about my life)

I drove down to C-U yesterday afternoon, after work, to see my mom.  It was her 83 birthday this past Wednesday.  I visited with her for a bit then took her out to dinner.  She seemed to have a good time.  We laughed and I tried to be as nice to her as possible.  I realized that this may be one of the last lucid times we would have together, as her Alzheimers is excellerating at a tremendous rate.  She actually could not remember my name(I think) for about 30 minutes after I arrived.  And she kept calling Terry, "my son, you know the one who takes care of me".  After a bit the light came on and she said,"oh, Lynne!"  Then I knew she remembered my name.  I think she knew I was her daughter, just couldn't get the name to come up! I cried in the car after I took her home.  It is so sad.

Published in: on February 4, 2006 at 11:45 pm  Leave a Comment