Selling on eBay can be annoying sometimes

I’ve been selling stuff off and on for years now, and recently I got a huge PITA buyer. I was selling my old phone, and the person who bought it didn’t really read the auction very well or not at all because she kept messaging me with all these questions. She was telling me she couldn’t activate the phone so I gave her suggestions. She finally admitted to me that she bought the phone for a carrier the phone wasn’t intended for. I don’t know much about unlocking phones since I buy directly from my wireless carrier (Verizon). She just kept messaging me about it even though I gave her all the information I could and was wondering why she even bothered to buy it. She kept telling me she couldn’t use it because she couldn’t get it activated, so I told her to send it back for a refund. So here I am waiting around for the phone to arrive and it never does. She e-mails me a week or two later to say she was sick and then decided she wants to keep the phone. I hope she doesn’t message me again, because I’m honestly getting tired of her, lol. It wouldn’t surprise me if she comes back with a message wanting to return it again. I ended up adding her to my blocked bidder list because I don’t want her buying from me again.

I wish she would have asked her questions in one e-mail prior to bidding on the phone so my inbox wouldn’t be full of messages. I just didn’t know what she expected me to do other than offer a refund upon return of the item because there was nothing wrong with the phone and it was all user error.

Getting better

For the past several weeks, I’ve felt like absolute crap, but I’ve mostly accepted the breakup (this will be the last post about it, I swear :)) ) I realized there was more bad than good and it’s time to move on finally. The fact that my doctor switched/increased some of my medications have helped also.

I’m also looking forward to being closer to finishing my JavaScript class, one week left. Hopefully I can pull through and move on my last class. If everything goes well, I should graduate in April. It’s been a long hard road but I think I can do it.

New phone and Windows 8

I had an all touch screen phone for almost two years now, and it was becoming unresponsive and I even had trouble making calls. I figured it was time for an upgrade, so I got the Droid 4. I really like having a keyboard phone again, I’ve always struggled to type on touch screens for some reason. I have a feeling keyboard phones are going to be non-existent soon, so that’s why I wanted to get one while I can. I understand the all touch screen thing is most popular, but some people have trouble with them like me. I’m really liking my new phone and texting is no longer a headache.

I also upgraded to Windows 8, I got a really great deal from my student store, I only had to pay $25 for it. I don’t think it’s anything spectacular, and find it more difficult to access my stuff, but I’ll get used to it. I’m glad I didn’t spend much because honestly I was expecting more. If you’re thinking of upgrading, I’d recommend that you don’t unless you get it really cheap, but that’s just me.

What a mistake

Getting back together with my ex was a big mistake. He told me he’d changed, and he hadn’t. It was back to the same old stuff: lies, no communication, and more lies. I just kicked him out of my apartment because I said I can’t do this anymore and I deserve to be with someone who will treat me better. I don’t think I can even be friends with someone like that, I’m just done. Surprisingly I don’t feel that hurt about it, mostly just mad at myself for falling for his lies again.

Hopefully someday I’ll find the right guy, but I now know for certain he’s not the right guy.

Maybe there’s some hope after all

The assignment in my JavaScript class I was stressing about I ended up getting an A on. I’m not sure I pulled that one off, but maybe I’m getting the hang of this JavaScript stuff. My grade went from a C to a B-. I’m really trying, and am hoping I can keep my grade up so I can pass this class because I’m close to graduating. I’m enjoying my holiday break, I don’t have to go back to school until the 6th, but a part of me kind of misses it. The break was really needed though because I was so stressed.

My last class I chose will be another psychology class. I took one in my first year and got an A, so I figured it would be a good choice. I can’t wait to be done with IT classes. I didn’t know this web design degree was so focused on coding, I wish I would have taken graphic design instead because I find that more enjoyable.

I’m also looking forward to the new year, 2012 has not been good to me (dropped/failed classes, financial troubles, mental health issues) and am hoping better things are to come. My New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, I really need to for my health and financial situation. I know I can do it, it’s just going to be hard.

Side note: Check out my site’s Facebook page if you haven’t already. ;;)

Merry Christmas!

This is the first year I’ve been without my family during the holidays and it has been tough. I opened gifts via video chat with my parents. I really miss them. I wish they could have flown out here or I could have flown out there, but because of lack of money and weather it wasn’t possible. Anyway, I got some cool Bath & Body Works stuff and the cutest stuffed penguin from my mom.

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It made me smile.

Apparently I will be video chatting again but also with my brother, sister in law, and nephews when they will be over at my parent’s house tomorrow.

It’s definitely not the same as seeing them in person. I hope everyone else has a better holiday than I’m having at least.

Wow

This web systems class has to be one of the toughest classes I’ve been in, it’s so hard! I can’t write JavaScript at all, I’m worried about even passing this class. My instructor told me I had to redo my latest assignment because apparently I did it very wrong. Sorry, I don’t know what I’m doing! I’ve also been sick, so that doesn’t help. This will be the last technology course I will need in order to complete my degree. I’ve selected an elective as my final class, another one on psychology. I remember doing well in a previous psychology course, so I figured why not. My last year has been extremely tough, very challenging material. I hope I can get through this.

Christmas sugar cookies

My mom got this great recipe years ago from a friend, so I thought I’d share how to make Christmas cutout cookies (or you can just make them round if you want). Note: I’m not sure how many cookies this is for.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Milk
  • Salt

Instructions:

  • Warm butter and mix well with sugar. Add egg, vanilla, almond, flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and mix together to make dough.
  • Refrigerate dough for 2-3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375. Divide dough in half and roll it out with flour. Use cookie cutters if desisred. Bake Cookies for 7-8 minutes.
  • To make the frosting add 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, 1 tsp almond, salt, and some milk and mix together in a bowl. Add food coloring if desired. Spread frosting over cookies once they have cooled. Add sprinkles if desired. Let frosting dry.

Environmental Leader

Guest written by our friend Gladys Fuentes

I’ve become more and more interested the older I get with my impact on the environment. I think it’s really important to ensure I’m not taking more than I’m giving to this great planet so I do what I can at home to make sure I’m helping and not hurting the earth. First and foremost I’ve started getting some of the harmful companies out of my life: I went to http://www.electriccompaniestexas.net/reliant-energy-texas/C/Columbus and researched the most eco-friendly energy companies around and make the utility switch. After that I spent some time whittling down my cleaning supplies so that all that was left was “green.” I also have learned to shop at the grocery store much more cautiously and I’ve been working on growing some of my own fruits and vegetables in the back yard! I think I may start composting, too, because compost is supposed to be really good for the air quality and I know it makes the best fertilizer for your existing plants, too. My goal is to inform all my neighbors about the ways in which they could be hurting the planet and teach them how to correct it. It really is simple enough: all I need to do is find some way to start a recycling drive in the neighborhood and I know everyone around here would start pitching in. this planet is something I think we’ve all got a responsibility to so whether it’s driving an eco-friendly vehicle or cleaning up trash on the side of the road, anything I can do is something that’s going to help. None of us can solve the environmental crisis on our own but the more we ignore what’s going on with our planet the worse off we’re leaving it for the future generations and I just don’t think that’s right. My conscious won’t let me trash this place for my kids or for yours so I’m going to keep putting all of my energy into this cause!

My Shopping Addiction

Has anyone seen this show? I’ve seen a few episodes but I can sort of relate to some of these people, except I don’t stop paying rent and use that money to go shopping. It’s crazy how much stuff some of these people on the show buy and how much debt they’re in.

New “web systems” class

Recently I started a class called Web Systems, and we’re learning how to write JavaScript right now. I’ve never actually written my own script before, so it will be interesting to learn how. I took a programming class a few months ago and that was one of the most difficult classes I’ve ever taken. Hopefully this one won’t be as bad, since I do have some familiarity with JavaScript at least.

After this class, I’ll have one more (an elective I still have to choose) and then I’ll have my associate’s degree. It’s been a very challenging and lengthy program, I can’t wait to finish.

Interesting movie I watched last night

I was browsing Netflix and found a movie called Exam:

It’s a British psychological thriller from 2009. I found it to be pretty interesting, as I do a lot of psychological thrillers. I won’t say much about it so I don’t give anything away. If psychological thrillers are your thing, you may want to check it out.

Shopping as a game

Make shopping more fun by using DealDash, a fun and social way to shop. Save money when you buy on Deal Dash, it’s an honest and has risk-free penny auctions. Even if you don’t want to bid, there’s also a Buy It Now option where you can buy the item you want at the retail price and get a refund on the bids back to your account. Shopping here is like a game, which is much different than other auction sites. Times are changing, and so is shopping!
Check out the DealDash Review to learn more about how to play while shopping. DealDash has 1.5 million shoppers, so it’s worth a look.

Gotta love my neighbors

I have some pretty annoying neighbors, but last night took the cake. The guy living next to me came home to blow up at me for smoking outside and slammed his door. I’m trying to quit smoking (it’s been pretty hard), and people are allowed to smoke outside, there’s even a smoking area. I’m not the only one who smokes outside either. I don’t know if he just had a bad day and took it out on me or what, but it was uncalled for. His loud music gets annoying and gives me a headache, but I don’t say anything to him because I try to mind my own business around here. I don’t like to smoke inside my apartment because I don’t want the smoke to go up into the air ducts and disturb the guy living above me, but I guess you can’t please everyone.

It would be nice though if people would just mind their own business or at least ask politely for me to stop, but that seems doubtful.

Christmas tree is up already

I put my Christmas tree up today, as well as the rest of my decorations. I only have a 4′ tall tree, but here it is:

If you look closely, you can see a computer and cell phone ornament. My mom knows me so well. :))

I went to the store today, and surprisingly it wasn’t busy being Black Friday and all. Then again, there aren’t any Black Friday deals at the dollar store. I just love Dollar Tree, I save so much money getting things from there.

I also wanted to share something else I love.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m having turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, rolls, pickled eggs, and pumpkin pie. I love Thanksgiving food!

Anyway, I thought I’d share my grandmother’s recipe for pickled eggs if anyone wants to try it, they’re really good. :x I know it’s a bit late, but you can make these anytime.

One dozen pickled eggs

What you need:

  • 2 quart jar
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • Heinz apple cider vinegar
  • Sugar
  • 1 can of whole beets

Instructions:

  • Boil eggs for 10 minutes, drain water and rinse with cold water and let cool. Peel the eggs and put them in the jar.
  • Drain the juice from the can of beets into a pan and add 12 ounces of Heinz apple cider vinegar and 3/4 cup of sugar. Place the beets in the jar. Bring the beet juice, vinegar, and sugar to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar.
  • Pour the beet juice, vinegar, and sugar into the jar over the eggs and beets. Let cool, then refrigerate.
  • For best results, pickle eggs 1 week in advance.

I love holiday candles

I’m going to start doing some blog posts now and then on products/things I love so other people can check them out.

Every year around Christmas time the holiday candles come out, which I love, especially the cookie scented ones. There’s one out now called “Vanilla Cookie” that you can get at Walmart for cheap, it smells amazing.


I think this goes for around $4, but I’m not 100% sure.

Then there is my ultimate favorite by Yankee Candle:

What are your favorite candle scents (if any)?

Breaking Dawn Part 2

I went to see this today because I had a movie theater gift card, and I’ve never been to a theater like that before. It was one of those dine-in theaters with a waitress and a menu. That was pretty interesting since I’ve never experienced that before. I ended up just getting some popcorn and soda because most things on the menu were pricy. Parking was also a big pain, so I don’t see myself going back to that theater.

I thought the movie was alright, but I preferred the previous ones. I got to see it for free so I’m not complaining. If you’ve seen the movie, what did you think of it?

I love this stuff

I love Bath & Body Works, particularly their aromatherapy line. These are my favorites, Sleep – Lavender Vanilla and Stress Releif – Eucalyptus Spearment Luxury bubble baths. They are a bit pricey but really worth it, I love them!

You can find them in your local store or online. They’re also giving out coupons when you make a purchase so you can save money or get a free item with purchase.