Saturday, August 30, 2014
The cord to my laptop died, so I'm on a SparkBreak until I have the replacement cord in my hand.
Until then, I am rarely online at all. The public computer in the library only allows 2 hours, most of that is spent in job hunting activities.
Brick and mortar stores charge too much, they only carry "universal" replacement cords, which are $59.97 at Walmart and I can't afford that (it'd be close to $70 with tax).
So I have been waiting on an Amazon order since Aug 14. I used Swagbucks to pay for it. The Amazon order has already been lost and reordered once.
My replacement Amazon order finally came last night!!!
However, the cord sent is the wrong cord.
Breathe deeply, Carol: calm deep breaths.
3rd time is the charm??? Let's hope so. Placing 3rd order this morning . . .
Breathe deeply, Carol: calm deep breaths.
~ * ~ Serene in 2014 ~ * ~
Hope everyone has a great Labor Day!
Monday, August 25, 2014
I'm taking a SparkBreak until I have the replacement cord for my laptop in my hand. It's costing too much in gasoline to check my PO Box and go to the library to use the public computer everyday.
The Amazon refund went thru last Sat, yippee!!, but I didn't have enuf time left (on the public computer at the library) to place the new order. Drove to the library today in the town 20 miles away, and put in the order. I should receive it by Sep 5th, they said. I also requested faster shipping - in a previous email they told me how to click on "one day ship", and then they'd credit it back to me after I contacted them, etc. I wasn't able to do that however, so I just checked out via regular free ship, & when I contacted them I asked for faster shipping. Who knows if they'll be able to do that or not? Since they offered, I requested. Based on the quick pull & ship of the 1st order, I'm pretty sure everything's in stock. So maybe. But I can't come here everyday to check, that's for sure.
Thanks for all your support - I love you all but only have 1 minute left on public computer so I can't visit your pages like I'd like to.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Today is Sabbath and I'm tired for some reason. Yawning at library. I'm sure it's delayed reaction from this week's stress and frustration from job hunting at piddly pay jobs. I sooooo miss working in the professional atmosphere of the sciences.
Checked my PO Box at 11:30 this morning; daily mail is supposed to be present in the boxes by 10a, tho that's not always the case. Replacement cord for plugging in my laptop, still had not arrived from Amazon. Today was the last day of the shipping window, so I had to wait til it didn't show up today in order to tell Amazon it was never received. Sigh.
Told Amazon my order hadn't arrived, yes the shipping address was correct, no I hadn't received it, yes it was overdue. Told them I'd like to re-order plus add one item (xylitol is not avail in stores here). Got an email right back from customer service, wow!, that said wait 2-3 business days for the refund to show up in my acct; that the customer service person had already put in the request for my account to be credited. I appreciate the fast response and quick work. But 2-3 business days = Tues or Wed for earliest available opportunity for reordering. Sigh.
And then, I have to wait for the cord to arrive after that. Sigh.
I have spent half a tank of gasoline on using the public computer and on checking my PO Box daily. Sigh. I'm not going to do that with this next order. I will only check & will only be online every 3 days, or something. Sigh.
I can't even post a profile pic that says "SparkBreak"; sigh. Oh well. It is what it is.
I'm ON A SPARKBREAK til computer cord is in my hand.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Still no computer cord. 2 hours at library on public computer is not enough.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I stayed overnight here in this town to use the public library computer again this morning, and can't wait to get back to the other town with Planet Fitness, and with all the places I'm going to go back to, re, job hunting today. On my way to Planet Fitness I'll stop at the Post Office again to see if my Amazon order with the replacement cord for my laptop, arrived. I checked 3X Mon, 2X Tues. Originally, Amazon said Wed - Sat arrival (yep, today is Wed). But then Amazon emailed it'd been shipped Fri 8:15am with expected Mon arrival (nope, did NOT arrive Mon!). This is yet another exercise in building endurance through patience. Wow, do I miss everything online.
The free library movie last night, "Heaven is Real", was good.
I understand it was based on a true story; I knew that ahead of time. But I was disturbed, not by the movie, but by the fact that many Christians, and many pastors, have so little faith.
For example, it was "a big deal" for the pastor portrayed in the movie, to struggle with the central theme or plot of the movie of whether or not heaven is real; and for the pastor to come out on the other side of believing, yes, heaven actually is, really real, was the "climactic moment" (meant to be inspirational - or meant as an Ah Ha moment - I found this so, so sad).
So on the one hand the movie was good and had lots of humor and precious moments. And speaking of precious, the little boy actor was sooooo cute and precious and precocious that you just wanted to eat him up.
But I had such sorrow, deep deep sorrow, seeing the deadness of faith within the Church portrayed.
I was very grateful. I could easily have been like them - no faith or very little. So personally, I counted my blessings all over again that I have living faith; you know sometimes we take basic things for granted. But they are very precious things. Until we see other peoples' lives in front of us.
I am going to read the book now to see how close to the truth did the movie portray it, or how many liberties the movie writers took (wondering if the pastor really had those struggles with faith, and to what extent, or was it hyped for the movie version).
I know in liberal faiths, church is seen as a community / social structure; I get that, not a new concept. Church is seen as only a social institution, as "we marry them and bury them and counsel them and provide bingo for the community", etc., and church and faith and the Bible are seen as something not to be taken literally. Some (many) liberal pastors will be the first to say so; they matter-of-factly explain that faith is low-brained for the ignorant masses wheras they are more educated and cerebral. So yes I'm well aware of the concept, and of the lack of faith even amongst pastors, and of church and denominational divisions, historical and ongoing, over that very issue.
But to see such a lack of faith in the basics, portrayed on the screen, in my time in my generation, was just so deeply sorrowful to me. It renewed my dedication to pray for revival. (In the case of this movie, we'd be talking about the American Church body as a whole.) And the movie renewed my dedication to pray for the preservation and/or relighting, of America's candlestick. In Revelation, Jesus describes such situations as churches who lost their candlestick - their candlestick removed and their flame put out due to lack of faith and apostasy. I know we are far fallen as a nation, and more than 23 nations send their missionaries in to America now. In fact, many evangelical churches have a sign as you are leaving the church parking lot that says, "You are now entering the mission field." (And the people setting in the chair next to you on Sunday morning may be part of that mission field, too.) I get that. Not a new concept. It was just somehow shocking to me to see it portrayed on the screen.
But the rest of the movie was good. I especially enjoyed the picture of Jesus at the end, and the mention of His eye color (the little boy said He had "light-colored eyes"; blue, or green, or blue-green). His hair and skin are described in the Bible (typical Middleastern looking), and the prophets describe Him as being - ehm - not physically beautiful; but I don't remember ever reading or hearing about His eye color. However, I do remember after The Passion of the Christ, in which the actor wore brown contact lenses, that Mel Gibson said he learned afterwards that many in King David's line had blue eyes, so the contacts would not have been necessary, strictly speaking, if he'd known that before the movie. And this movie reminded me of that long-forgotten little factoid.
I can't post any pictures in blogs while I am waiting for my laptop replacement computer cord to come in, because the public computer doesn't allow saving anything to it, even temporarily.
But when I get my computer cord I'll post the picture of Jesus from the movie. I had seen this picture occasionally before, of Jesus, and had no clue what the signficance was that I was seeing at the time. But now I know . . . The Rest Of The Story.
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