Archive for October, 2006

Yet Another Convert!!

Saturday, October 28th, 2006


Yup that is correct! Recently Our doctor decided to attend a medical conference in the LOVELY, and SOON TO BE OUR NEW HOME, State of Michigan. She went with dual purpose, to attend the conference and also for her son to go on a college tour of U of M. Well as her son and husband went off to Ann Arbor to check out U of M, she attended her conference. Being alone and a woman in a state that she had never been to, she was worried as to how it would be. Ha I say, this is Michigan NOT New York!! What she would soon find out was that MI is a place of spirituality, courtesy and out right nicety!

People were polite to her, friendly and actually neighborly. Before she knew what was happening people were talking to her and making her feel right at home, as if she had lived there her whole life. Once she was comfortable with the people she began to relax a bit and could soak in some of the beauty that Michigan has to offer. Yes, being a doctor and all her visit was primarily limited to richy areas, Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Hills,Grosse Ile, Rochester..etc.

Ah yes!! Get them out of their natural habitat and into the beauty and personality of Michigan and yup they are hooked!! wink

Yummy Yummy There Are Cookies For MY Tummy!!

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Well today is the day that the Queen shows her skills in the Royal Pastry House!!

That is correct!! Her Majesty decided that she was going to make cookies to send to the eldest of Princesses, College Girl.  Out comes the bowls, out comes the spices, out comes the shortening and the flour and the molasses…etc.  Oh yeah and in comes the King himself!!  Yuppers it is the Kings royal duty to mix the batter for the Queen.  smirk  Not only were we favored with Molasses and Raisin Cookies, but also to Rice Krispie Treats.  My mouth is watering already!  Heh heh heh- I snuck one when her back was turned so don’t you tell her, or it is “To the Dungeon with you!!”   angry

Only kidding the Queen wouldn’t allow it, she’d have my head instead!!  tongue wink

  If you are good, Maybe I’ll save ya some!! wink

Without Pain What Would There Be?

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Did you ever think that at one point in your life that your days would be rated on a “Pain Scale”?

Tonight I sat on my couch while the Queen had headed off to the Royal Chambers, she hasn’t been feeling up to par lately.

Thinking about how things were when we first had been wed, the energy and verve of life, the constant willingness to want to do things and the energy to do them. Who would have thought that in the 6 years that we have been married my life would have changed so much. Please don’t misconstrue what I am saying, I love the Queen and the fair Princesses that I now have as my family, and would never change the fact that we were wed, nor do I have any doubts or second thoughts. What I am saying is that in the 6 short years my life has changed drastically. I have watched my Queen and myself become physically and mentally chopped down to our proverbial quick.

To sum it up here are some of the major contributors.

  • 4 days after moving family from MI to NY King forced to return to Houston Texas as the AC pipe leaks through the kitchen ceiling
  • Queen given ultimatum from job, return to MI or let go, (telecommuting jealousy issue), there goes major second income!
  • King gets sick, asthma kicks his royal but!!
  • 9/11 strikes and job market tanks in NY and nation’s unemployment rates hit highs
  • Oops here comes LTD (long term disability) and Salary cut
  • Queen’s main job is chauffeur to King trips to physicians reach high levels and hospitalizations occur. Queen’s employers don’t understand and let her go, King hits all time low as he knows it is his fault.
  • Queen’s depression increases as jobs are non existent for required availability.
  • Queen starts Corporation and opens On-line Store, Yippee!! , if only it were as successful as we hoped!! ( check it out A Trove of Treasures)
  • Queen and King in Car Accident
  • Castle Floods from 8 days of torrential rains!!
  • King trips in Bank
  • Queen has cyst on knee
  • Queen and King van gets backed into at gas station
  • Bank says not at fault King didn’t lift feet high enough entering bank!
  • Physical therapy not working, King recommended for possible shoulder surgery

    Well now the Queen has a stomach ailment that will not quit! SO what now? We constantly try to find the silver lining, but I guess my glasses are near sighted worse than I am!!
    I guess you don’t get given more than you can handle, or so they say. I do count my blessings, the Princesses, the Queen the Royal Canines, The Royal Fishy – Beau, and the fact that we get up every morning and have friends and loved ones that do care about us. Hmm I guess things could be worse!!

  • What The Heck Happened to Customer Service?

    Sunday, October 15th, 2006

    The Customer Always Comes First… Yea Right!!

    Don’t believe the old adage “The Customer comes First.”  The other day I went into my bank to find out about a charge that the vault keepers assessed. Based on my calculations and the fact that I have 3 bank accounts plus an additional Overdraft Reserve, (ODR), account linked to my checking account to cover any unforeseen miscalculations in balance, I should not have been charged any fees.  Well, morning strolls around and I happened to look at my account online and discovered the $32 Insufficient Funds charge that had hit my account.  Well “we will have none of that” I said, and it was off to the Bank.  Let me digress a bit, two weeks prior to this the lovely bank changed it’s Teller System thus creating a totally separate account for my ODR no longer including the balance in with my checking account.  This means that the account looks a lot different as they continuously have to transfer funds in and out of the checking account from the ODR account.  However, if you follw the basic accounting flow it is easy to understand.  Getting back to the story, I went in to the bank and questioned the “Platform” person, lets call her “L”, about my account.  She is a very nice person and we have known her for six years of banking in the current locale.  She was confused about the entry and had to ask the Teller Manager about the entries.  This lady is a real !!!

    Well she attempted to explain to “L” why the charge was placed.  “L” explained it to me , but being that I know accounting and worked for the Bank for 17 years in the Accounting Systems and Control area, I knew she wasn’t quite understanding that they were not taking into account the payments that I had made to the account.  Well upon hearing me try to explain this to “L” ,  decided that she needed to be in the middle of it and abruptly announces in a loud voice that I should stop yelling at “L” and that I was overdrawn and that is why I got the charge.  I explained that I wasn’t yelling and that no I wasn’t overdrawn and why.  She again “yells” to us and all present in the bank, “Stop shouting at “L” you were overdrawn and she can’t help you any way you need to call Service Line.  We can’t help employees with their accounts any longer.”

    Ok that definitely shows me that Customer Service is still important to todays Big Corporations!!  By the time I left feeling like , however, I maintained my composure and left.  Oh how it annoyed me to let them treat me like that!!!  Now I understand why people are leaving banks and going towards Credit Unions!!  angry

    Free this Free That ….

    Saturday, October 14th, 2006

    Don’t you just love all those emails and ads that you some how wind up receiving, offering you everything you need to “Own the Moon” all for the low price of “$0.00”!!  UNTIL you get to the fine print…  this course, package, marketing material or even Own Your Very Own Website and sell today’s Hot Products Free all you have to do is sign up and give us your email address and we’ll ship everything you need to you; you just have to pay the low shipping cost of $49.95 and ALL this can be your’s!!! Then you see that * and read down past all the testimonials and success stories to the bottom of the 20 or 30th page where you finally see it and it says its your’s free only for 30 days then you will be billed $195 a month thereafter unless you cancel.  Of course you have already submitted your application and are now looking for how to cancel and the site goes down and you are heading to the kitchen for that bottle of Tequila you were saving for a relaxing weekend of Margaritas and pinochle,  “Honey where are the shot glasses”,  oops I digress!!  So, one can only hope that the order didn’t go through, that you remember before 30 days are up to cancel, or that somehow, somewhere, sometime these companies get a taste of their own marketing!!!

    The King Issues a Royal Thank Yee!

    Thursday, October 12th, 2006

    I would like to take a brief moment to issue to the Royal Blog-Meister, SEB, and My wonderful Queen for all of their efforts to make this Majesty Happy and Blog Capable!

    Kudos for a job well done!!

    The King Tries His Hand as The Royale Baker!

    Sunday, October 8th, 2006

    In these modern times job security is a must!!

    In an effort to keep one’s job, diversification becomes an all important attribute coupled only with adaptability. Without these two most important traits you can almost be assured that you will not keep your job for long. This fact even holds true to the higher echelon. In an effort for this ruler of thy realm to stay “job diverse” and to be a benevolent despot, I have tried my hand at the skilled craftsmanship of baking!!
    Yes the King did bake some Banana Bread!! Here is what the outcome looked like:

    The Royal court seems to give the thumbs up.

    I just hope it tastes as good as it looks!! gulp