Friday, June 4, 2010

Bits and pieces

The book publishing industry has one huge perk--summer Fridays. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, I have half days on Fridays. I LOVE this. I usually come home from work, eat lunch, and then do "life maintenance"--pick up packages from the post office, clean, deal with any random administrative household stuff. One big thing is collecting all the junk mail I get throughout the week and calling the companies to get off their mailing lists. I don't get the huge volume of junk mail I used to, but I still get far too much. A side effect of signing up for free samples, I think. Anyway, today I got off three mailing lists, and one of the requests was, frankly, a lovely experience. The rep on the other end of the phone was pleasant and cheerful and polite and I kind of wish we could meet up and have coffee.

Today I'm also checking on our internet bill--Peanut and I have officially shared an apartment for a year this month, and that means we might be about to lose a promotional rate for our internet bill (the only one we have that might vary like that--we don't have cable). It happened to Peanut in his previous apartment and their bill doubled with no warning. So I'm just going to give them a friendly little call and make sure that doesn't happen. I'm also going to do some research since AT&T made an announcement regarding iPhone data plans--I wonder if it might save me a few bucks to downgrade my plan.

In wedding news, today I wandered around Bed Bath and Beyond with a scanner gun and started our second registry. It's really exhausting work! I have to go back through it online and check reviews for a couple of things, and make sure I didn't scan any duplicates between that one and the Target one. And, um, I have to show everything I picked out to Peanut and make sure he approves.

Also in wedding news, the bakery has cashed my check for the deposit but not returned my emails for two weeks. Grrrr. I'm going to send my sister to have a "chat" with them if they don't respond by next week.

And if you're an animal lover, please send my family some good pet-thoughts. In the last two weeks we've lost our family cat (old age), one of my sister's cats (had to be put down for health reasons), and one of my brother's cats (hit by a car). Each loss is devastating, and as a whole, it just really, really sucks.

4 comments:

  1. I have the same things on my list to do! Internet and phone. If you have Verizon internet, in my area they're running a $19.99 special. It might be worth checking out!

    I'll call AT&T Monday maybe and see there too. Hey a few bucks is a few bucks!

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  2. Life maintenance -- I like that. I'm going to try to use it in a sentence today.

    On the iPhone thing -- http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/atts-capped-data-plan-could-save-you-money/ -- the short of that is that you probably can save money with one of the new plans.

    My condolences about your pets. I know how crushing it is to lose one. They really are part of the family.

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  3. Our condolences on your cats. we lost 2 cats this year ourselves.

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  4. Very sorry to hear about the pet loss! I'll keep your family in my thoughts.

    I'm having a similarly annoying time with our wedding photographer. He sent an email almost two weeks ago saying our photos were "about done" and that all he had to do was burn them to DVDs. He said he'd email me when he was done. I responded and told him that was fine, but I haven't heard from him since! I even emailed him Friday afternoon and have heard nothing back. It's pretty annoying, so I'll be harassing him by phone on Monday. Good luck to you!

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