The Mean Mom

Just ask my 7 year old, he'll tell you. Don't believe him? Ask my 14 year old, if she still leaves you in doubt, my 17 year old can confirm it too.

November 29, 2007

Today, everything changed...

Today, 3 adorable children lost their mother.

Today, 1 loving husband lost his wife.

Today, 1 mother lost her daughter.

Today, I lost a friend.

Kim was one of the kindest people I knew. She was part of my Mom's group online. We "met" about 8 years ago, and for that time, we were friends. We were sisters.

The first time I ever saw Kim, she had this huge smile and hug, and an even bigger heart. Since we all talked online everyday, all day, it was like we had known each other forever. We knew who was in disagreement with their DH, we knew who was... um... well, you know... not disagreeing... ;)

When Kim told us that they found a lump in her breast, we were scared. Kim didn't let us see that she was scared too. She was always upbeat and supportive. Even on her worst days, she was there telling us how proud she was of our kid's accomplishments. How happy she was for our triumphs and how sad she was when we were sad.

Today, we are sad, but Kim is not... Kim is resting. She doesn't have to fight anymore. She isn't in pain, or going through some nasty test or treatment. She is quiet. She is still.

Kim will live on in her memory. In our thoughts and always, always in our hearts.

Today, the world became a little less bright.

I love you, Kim... may you finally be at peace.

November 20, 2007

Outstanding Customer Service...

Last year, on Black Friday (the 24th of November) we bought Nikki a Sandisk Sansa e150 MP3 player... she had it about 45 days when she broke the screen. Not bad, just a crack. Didn't effect the way it played so we let it go.

Well about the time our home machine died, her MP3 player started acting weird, but I couldn't mess with it since we didn't have the computer. Once we got the new machine, I started messing with it... read through posts in various forums on what I needed to do for the error she was getting (db mismatch).

I finally contacted their Tech support to find out how to format the player since that seems to be the only way to fix it. I copied the file with her songs off the player to our computer, and followed their directions. No luck. They were very patient and very clear in the steps I needed to take as we tried to reformat it about 3 different ways. Finally, I was done.

I sent another email (that was the only way to contact them...) saying that after trying everything they suggested it still wasn't working and what were my options... they told me that if it was with in 30 days of purchase I could take it back to the store. I explained that it was outside of the 30 days, I didn't still have the receipt but that it was within a year. They replied and said they would need some information from me (date of purchase, where purchased, and some personal info) and they would send me a RMA (return merchandise authorization). I sent what they needed, and they sent me a RMA # and a UPS pick up slip.

They paid to return it to them, they replaced it, and shipped it back to me. I got it back today... when I sent it to them, all I sent was the player... they sent me back a new player, a set of ear buds, a lanyard, a battery, and the USB cord to connect it.

Way more than I was expecting. I have to say, to find a company that is willing to make sure their customers are happy, and stands behind their product the way they have is very nice.

November 15, 2007

Need College advice....

Kay and I (and possibly DH and a friend of hers who is also interested in the school...) are going to look at Frostburg University this Saturday.

I never went to college (well I went to the community college, but that's not the same) so I have no idea what to look at/for. I know they are going to be selling the school, but what should I look for to see past the hype? What types of questions should I ask?

Kay is very excited, I am very nervous. Don't tell her, but I'm not sure I want her to go away for school... I'm going to miss my baby....

November 07, 2007


Yesterday I found out that my friend who has been fighting so hard for over 2 years has stopped the treatment for her cancer.

Yesterday, I was very sad and upset.

Today I am angry. I am angry that she should have to be sick. That she should have to fight. I am angry that it's not fair.

I have been thinking of her non-stop.

Please lend her some of your strength and hope and light a candle for her. Click here to show her that she can be strong enough to keep fighting. That you are also saddened that anyone has to fight this fight. That you are angry that she has to be sick.

Thanks... and keep her in your thoughts...

November 06, 2007


Pray hard. Pray harder than you have ever prayed before...

I love you Kim...