Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thank you

I know some have been checking out my blog.  I want to thank all who have taken the time to read my posts.  However, I would be even more grateful if you would join my blog and leave comments- good or bad.  I am still a "newbie" and really need feedback.  While I don't really like to hear negative comments, as most people don't, I do want constructive criticism to help me improve.  I may not initially want to hear any specific comment, but I will think about each one and eventually come around to realizing it is in my best interest to follow advice given by those with more experience than me.  Again, thanks for reading, and thanks in advance for joining and commenting.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The promise

I snapped this shot of this beautiful sunset earlier today.  There is supposed to be a storm coming our way.

Friday, February 24, 2012

US Cellular unhappiest customers

I have had problems with USCellular.  The BBB site shows that others have had problems with USCellular and have not gotten satisfactory results.  If you are one that has had such an experience, I want to hear about it.  Tell about it here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Smart meters

I think what PG&E is doing is completely wrong.  First they tried to force everyone to get the Smart Meters.  Now they want to extort money out of people for not having the Smart Meters. 

My husband and I do not want a Smart Meter.  One was never installed at our house.  Now PG&E wants to charge us extra fees to keep using the same equipment we have always had.  This is so wrong and amounts to blackmail- either get the Smart Meter and experience the same problems others have had with them, or pay extra money to keep your old meters.  Are we dealing with the mob or what?

People should not be held hostage over their gas and electric meters.  I refuse to pay extra for something I have had all along.  Someone has got to stop these thieves.

Voice your opinion here- for or against Smart Meters.  Post comments on Twitter and Facebook stating your position.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Weight loss

Since I have joined WW, I don't feel the need to eat as much.  I keep track with the points calculator.  I eat, record, and forget it.  I have been making better choices.  One of the main things to remember is you shouldn't deprive yourself of treats.  If you do, you are setting yourself up for failure.  You have to plan them into your diet and not overdo it. 

There is a candy store about 1/2 from me that sells these sugar free espresso truffles I just love.  I buy about a dozen at a time.  When I stay within my points alotment for the day, I reward myself with one at the end of the day.  I also take one day off each week and eat whatever I want.  I have found though, that if I eat too much I don't feel well- it makes my stomach hurt.

Another thing to remember is if you go off track, don't beat yourself up about it.  Just get back on track and move forward.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Consumer's rights- hotels

I recently had the most horrific hotel stay.  There was mold on the walls.  There were frayed wires.  The bedding had stains.  There were even staples in the walls and ceiling- why or how they got there I do not know.  There were people running around and screaming all night long.

This was the most unacceptable and atrocious hotel stay I have experienced- fortunately it was only one night.  If it had been longer, I would have found a better hotel. 

I took video of the room and told the hotel staff about the unacceptable conditions.  When I got home I typed up a letter and faxed it to the hotel and the corporate office.  I demanded my money back.  I also contacted multiple official agencies regarding this hotel- the health department, public works, and even the district attorney's office. 

After two weeks of no response, I finally had to threaten them with a lawsuit.

It took some time, but the hotel finally contacted me and told me they had reversed the charges to my credit card.  I have yet to see the reversal on my card, but I am confident they did what they said because they probably are worried about further action on my part.

I feel consumers have to start standing up for their rights for better products and service.  The only way to get companies to improve customer service is to force them.  If you have received less than optimal service, don't be afraid to insist on better treatment.


Another of my goals is to fit into my wedding dress.  I got married 13 years ago and I haven't been able to fit into it for some time.