2014 Day 105: Christmas in April

christmasinaprI know that I am somewhere in the neighborhood of two hundred days ahead of time, but it’s not completely my fault. Hallmark has released its ornament catalog and they always have cute little things that I can plan and budget for. I blame the fact that I work out much more regularly because the Hallmark store is right across the street. I guess that’s one way to avoid buying too many naughty treats – getting stuff at Hallmark, especially since the non edible items are always way nicer than the edible ones. Who’s going to turn down a cute mug or card or ornament or scarf for a box of candy? Not me.

2014 Day 85:

Monday was a beautiful day. It was warm and stunning and amazing. Just amazing. Then it started raining Tuesday and well, has not stopped yet. This is not new in these parts, but I am looking forward to the next day or half day or few hours of sunshine that comes my way. We are sort of famous in these parts for just doing what needs to be done, rain or shine, but I sure would appreciate getting it done umbrella and boot free for a week or two this Spring.

2014 Day 78 : Every now and then, my son emails from school.

mailThey are usually really concise, but there is a leap of joy in my heart when I see that I have one. I remember the first time he wrote me. I was super proud and happy that he even thought of me (even if it was basically, “Hi Mom. Bye Mom.”)  I tried to hug him yesterday and he was having an edgy moment. Maybe this was compensation. I’ll take it.

2014 Day 73: Goodbye Target.

targetdogToday, Target acknowledged that they had indication of the data breach at the end of last year, but decided that additional action was not warranted. So, basically they received warning that the breach happened, could have stopped it, but chose not to.

During the holiday shopping season, which has to be the worst time for this sort of thing to happen, I found out about the Target data breach and I was affected. It was early on in the breach, when the banks were simply telling people to watch their account activities and not to be alarmed and that they did not need a new card until they had suspicious activity, but I just went ahead and closed my account immediately and requested a new card. Because of the time involved in waiting for the new card to be issued, I had to contact businesses that I had ongoing transactions with and I had to completely restructure my holiday plans. The inconvenience of those aspects of the situation, coupled with the way that the company handled, or attempted to hide the situation, cured me of any need to shop there, regardless of payment method, months ago. I think I was on to something :)

2014 Day 71: Annoying

There are few things more aggravating than spending a lot of time emphasizing something with my kids and then turning around and finding myself doing that stuff I was correcting them for. It’s not as bad as opening my mouth and hearing my mother’s or father’s voice, but it comes really close. Sigh. At least Spring is coming. Sort of.