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Monday, August 20, 2012

I am old school when it comes to new gadgets like cell phones...Let me give a little background to my phone lines first...
We moved here to the "boonies" in 1986. We had a phone that was a party line land line which was all we could get at the time. We had the party line phone for about 4 years until Alltel finally upgraded to a private line..and that was about the time you could get internet here but it was dial up only for years. Then finally cell phones came out but we could not even get cellular service for another few years..we live in a really hilly mountainous area and to get any cell service you would have to drive to the top of a mountain to use a cell phone so we never bothered to get one..then finally Alltel sold out their landline service to windstream and windstream upgraded and we finally got DSL but still no cell service in the area..then finally they built a tower in our area and we were able to get cell service which I promptly did..Then Alltel sold out to Verizon and things changed and got worse..Now we have been with Verizon through Alltel for years!!!!!! and been good customers all this time..bills paid on time etc...

Well about 20 months ago we decided we needed new phones and really didn't want to get on a so called "plan" with a contract..and since we were both retired, I decided we needed to ask for a senior discount..well what they gave us was awful!!!! We had to sign an 18 month contract and get new phones since we were still using alltel phones..then they said they could lower our bill to a senior plan and so we went ahead and signed the contract..well we got a savings of $4 per month is all and we lost minutes..we went from 700 minutes to 450 minutes but we were told we could have cell to cell minutes free..and it included other company cell phones..well our contract ran out in June and they called us wanting us to upgrade to new phones and sign new contract and I told them no..so we were not under contract with them now..well got my monthly bill and it was double what it usually was..it was $156 and was usually $89...Now we are very basic people and don't text, don't message people and don't use any dataplan...never go online just very basic calling people and talking to them is all we ever do..but my sister is with ATT and I had been calling her cell phone and so Verizon charged me 5cents per minute for going over my 450 minutes per month and this was calling her cell from my cell or she calling me from her cell so Verizon screwed us all the way around..

I called them this morning to see what they could do and talked over 2 hours to 2 different people and they could not do anything..they could upgrade us to more mintues but would be more than what it was when we had the 700 minutes or we could keep the plan we have now..They would not work with me at all.

Now here is the bad thing.. since we are in such a rural area Verizon more or less has a monopoly here..the only other service we can get is straight talk..I explained to Verizon that I could go with Straight talk and get a dataplan to use phone for internet cheaper than they could do for me with no dataplan..and still they would not budge..so I told them to just drop us..then they said we had been such good customoers over the year that it was sad they couldn't do anything for us..well they have just gotten too big for their britches..so tomorrow we are going to get a straight talk phone..

My wish is that more people would just drop them and go with someone else and then they would think about it if they start losing customers..and I'm making sure to tell everyone how sorry they are..

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ZACEVETOB 8/23/2012 6:31AM

    good for making that step that works better for you. My husband is on a plan with his phone, i don't have a phone i hate the things to tell you the truth, Good luck with switching.

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/22/2012 3:16AM

    AT&T isn't much better. We started off with a modest bill, and you should see it now. We to, are thinking of cutting back, going to a pre-paid plan or something.

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/21/2012 8:03AM

    I hate phone companies, they're never helpful at all to me. Good for you for dropping them and going elsewhere.

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FLEURGARDEN 8/21/2012 7:28AM

    I hate how people can't just get simple cell phones with basic service these days. They think everyone wants a fancy phone with an expensive data plan. I do have a smartphone for work (paid for by my employer so I can read my emails on the road), but for my personal phone I just wanted a basic phone - I didn't need a camera, an MP3 player, games, or surfing capabilities - I just wanted something to make a phone call with! But sadly, those options don't seem to be available anymore.

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MISSY455 8/21/2012 12:59AM

    So sorry you had such a bad day dealing with Verizon. I hope tomorrow is much better :-)

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MAZACK 8/20/2012 11:10PM

    I have AT & T (Originally I was with Southwesrn Bell until they merged or something) and occassionally Zack has said I ought to check Verizon. I don't think so after your experience.

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Cookies O MY

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Nope haven't had any in a long while..I don't even keep them in the house but have a temptation in the house right now..I bought a big bag of mixed hershey candies to fix bags up for the granddaughter's new teachers..well more than half of the bag was left. I gave it to hubby to put up in his room but instead he put it on dining rooming table....but at least I don't walk in there much..but it has sure been a temptation..but so far I'm doing ok and not eating any and I noticed he is getting down to the bottom of the bag..yea!!!

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MAZACK 8/20/2012 11:12PM

    I have learned to cut back but not completely avoid.

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MISSY455 8/19/2012 11:59PM

    What willpower! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 8/19/2012 10:40PM

    I do love me some warm cookies..... definitely know what you mean about not wanting to keep them in the house...

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LASKIE2 8/19/2012 6:27PM

    Good for you emoticon

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I'm Crowing!!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Excuse me while I crow!!!!

I'm so excited to see my results in 8 weeks. I had joined the 5%challenge for summer and today was the end of it. Here are my results

Starting weight 199
Ending weight 192.5

6/23 Beginning measurements
Chest 46.5
Bicep 15
waist 40
hips 46.5
thigh 25.5
neck 15

8/18 Ending Measurements
Chest 46
Bicep 14.5
Waist 38
Hips 46
Thigh 25
Neck 14.5

The one I noticed mainly was my waist..loss of 2 inches...I knew I was able to fit in my smaller size 18 jeans and now this is the reason..

The fall 5% challenge won't start until sometime in September and I'm so looking forward to joing again..in the meantime I plan to keep pushing and hopefully will be down even lower...the weightloss has slowed so know I'm reaching a plateau but I will emoticon

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MISSY455 8/19/2012 12:38AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon results!!!

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MAZACK 8/18/2012 8:51PM

    Great losing in the waist is always a great feeling. Some days I am able to have more of a selection of pants. Not all of my 14's are created equal. My first goal is to have all of them fit me too loose. The other loses are great also.

Comment edited on: 8/18/2012 8:53:17 PM

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NIMAWEYGH 8/18/2012 4:54PM

    emoticon you. That is remarkable and how long did the challenge last?

You let me know when the Fall one comes and I will be right there with ya.

YOU ROCKED IT!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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Just today

Friday, August 17, 2012

I decided since I was achy and tired that I would just mainly rest today and try not to do too much. I did get a lot of exercise in and have watched what I've eaten but did go over the 1400 calories by 7 calories..but I can have up to 1550 per day so I'm on track. So for a restful day instead of going to meet my sister as planned, I've spent it stitching on my Christmas table runner.

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MAZACK 8/18/2012 8:55PM

    Hope you are feeling better

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CAKAROO 8/18/2012 9:23AM

    Hope you feel better today

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MISSY455 8/18/2012 1:35AM

    I hope you feel better this weekend.

I noticed when I was filling out my team spreadsheet tonight, you doubled your exercise minutes this week from last week!
emoticon job!!!

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NIMAWEYGH 8/17/2012 9:07PM

    Sounds like just what you needed to day. Weather here has me achy in my back, hip and knee as well. But I still think I will go see Mom tomorrow. Huggles

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Resting, Hungry and Achy

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Today has not been a real good day for me..First I'm tired from running all over the place yesterday..then there is a cold front hanging on the edge of our state and I know I'm extra sensitive to them having RA..the joints get so achy and I get so tired from it..On days like today, I don't want to do any movement..I did get out and walk and did do some arm exercises but really have rested today and have been stitching on a Christmas table runner..

Also I'm upset over the hand towels I finished embroidering. I had planned to put them in my etsy store but now I can't. I always wash my pieces as soon as I finish them to get my hand oils and to remove the pre-printed parts..Well these were premade with black pompom edging ...I washed them in cold water with my other laundry and the black still bled onto the orange part of the towels and also on our dark clothes I washed them with..the clothes I'm not so worried about as it was mainly our work clothes around the house and don't get out in public with them anyway but the towels are ruined..so guess I will use them this year..It is so aggravating when this happens and rarely something like this happens..I wonder what the company who makes them expects people to do with them once they are finished...never wash them???? So this was just the topper on my day..

Going to finish tracking and shutting the computer down for the evening. Enjoy your evening.

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NIMAWEYGH 8/17/2012 9:06PM

    Onward and upward Barb. When I did hand stitching there were so many times the pattern would not wash out and I just had to keep the stuff for myself. Wonder why I gave it up eventually??????????????? ha I bet they are better now but I bet there are those that get through just like this one and come on stuff has to be washed EVENTUALLY.

Praying today was much better than yesterday.

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/17/2012 7:12AM

    Aw I'm sorry your day didn't go well emoticon

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MISSY455 8/17/2012 2:11AM

    I am sorry your day has gone this way. Congrats on doing some exercise for yourself though.

I hope the front passes and you get to feeling better soon.

I have had that happen with multi-colored clothing before, where the dark colors bleed onto the lighter ones. Sometimes a 1/2 cup of vinegar in the wash cycle helps.

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RHEYNKLAW 8/16/2012 5:56PM

    Aw, that stinks about the poms bleeding onto the rest of the towels. emoticon

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