Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry 2011 Christmas!

Today I went to Downey CA with boyfriend and his parents to join the rest of the family for Christmas. That was fun only got my bottom grabbed by his ancient great-uncle twice. We got asked about our future plans about a jillion times. We are in no hurry to upgrade our relationship titles. Great auntie had personally invited me to Christmas and made me feel ├╝ber special while I was there.
I was super happy because I got to drive up and back and we took my car. That was my major problem with thanksgiving. I didn't get to drive and I was car sick from being cramped in the back of a two door infinity for 2 hours. Over all a good time was had by al.
For Christmas bf got me a new corset from Damsel in this Dress. Which is amazing!! His parents gave us a waffle maker among other things. The LA family gave us cute tea pot ornaments. My co-worker Olga gave me awesome Footie PJ's.
I think I was most excited about the BeerTender that I gave bf. Now he can have beer fresh from the tap anytime he wants and doesn't have to waste a big keg.
Christmas was over all a huge success. I can't wait for New Years!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My one year bloggaversary

In just three short days will be my one year bloggaversary. WOOT go me. I know I have been slacking off quite a bit lately. I really am trying to change that. (See 3 posts this month) I just wanted to say thanks for reading. Thanks for letting me know that some random other people out there actually read my crap and sometimes leave me little tid bits of wisdom.


MERRY CHRISTMAS and if I slack off before then HAPPY NEW YEAR

Sunday, December 11, 2011

More shitty news

I have been trying to get in touch with my ex's GF for a little while now. I finally got together the funds to retrieve my dog. Well she never wrote me back so after a decent amount of time I wrote the Ex. Figured since he is off In that hell known as the middle east he didn't want to deal with my petty shit. Anyway finally wrote him yesterday asking about the dog. I was nice and understanding yadda yadda. He writes back today 2 sentences "it would be nice if I could keep him. Hope all is well." So that's it! My dog is now gone forever. I could fight and bitch but I won't. They have had him for a year. They love him and are giving him a good home so who am I to ruin that?
This is me being a big kid and letting it go. After this post of course. Rawrrrrrrrrrr

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wow its been forever...

I haven't been around that much sorry for the lack of posting.

Big things have happened......I got my new car, 1996 Nissan Maxima Gold. Then 2 weeks later I got into a little fender bender. Yes it's in the shop and no one got hurt.

This is my story of my history with 1996 gold Nissan Maximas:

 Now let me tell you the Max is a good car and I should KNOW. When I was 17 I was driving to church with my then boyfriend and since a boy and girl can't be alone in the car together his friend was in the back seat (with out his seat belt) We also had other friends following us in another car. I was the only one who knew where we were going. I told him to slow down but being a boy he sped around this big brush truck, forcing those who were on follow to do the same. Now we are doing at least 70 on a 50 limit road. Not that far ahead was a semi truck stopped in the road making a left hand turn but boy didn't see his break or turn lights. Boy applied the breaks best he could but we still ended up hitting the semi then the people following us hit us shoving the 1996 gold maxima farther under the semi. I remember opening my eyes and being surrounded by light pink. I tried to breath and it hurt, hurt so bad I didn't know if I was going to get another shot so I SCREAMED. I'm not a screamer by habit but this one came out since I didn't know if it would be my last breath ever. Then the pink was pulled back and I saw what I thought was the truck driver kicking in our windshield. Boy reached over and undid my seat belt and that released the pressure on my chest. I had been shoved under the dashboard with my seat belt still on and I was facing the back seat. What I thought was the truck driver kicking in the windshield was really the guy in the backseat crawling the rest of the way out the wind sheild, he didn't have a seat belt on and was tossed about 1/2 through the front window. The front doors wouldn't open so boy crawled through to the back seat. That's when I noticed my seat was totally broken and facing the door and not the hood. The two guys got my door open and pulled me out. I was having trouble breathing so I got laid down in the grass on the side of the road to wait for 911. While boy went off to bitch at someone for something. (Note to everyone out there...if you get in a serious accident DO NOT leave your bearly breathing underage girlfriend on the side of the road alone) One of the guys that hit us came up to me and asked who he should call. *this is my favorite part*  He went and found my cell phone and called my brother as instructed because my parents were out of state visiting my sister. 
Brother : Beck why aren't you at chuch
Guy: Umm this isn't her.
Brother: Are you ok? 
Guy: No we got in an accident on the way to church, everyone is alive
Brother Where are you?
  Guy : I dont know. becky where are we
Me: Tell him we are near the fairgrounds. 
Guy: he said he would just follow the sirens

Next thing I remember there is now a crowd of people around, and my brother pops his head in the circle asks me if I'm ok and says he will meet me at the hospital. I catch a glimpse of him as he walks away and he has on Bermuda shorts, a tee shirt and his cowboy boots.

Once I got loaded in to the ambulance I could tell we were going the wrong way. So I asked why...guess the law is that if you are under 18 you have to be airlifted to the nearest large hospital. So I wasn't going to podunk waterman I was getting a helo ride to Orlando. =(  The fireman who jumped in with us cheered me up though. He was talking to me trying to keep my mind off them cutting most of my clothes off and sticking me with double IV's. He asked where we were going and I told him. Since it is such a small community he knew exactly where we were going and took it upon himself to call ahead and tell the congregation what happened. Which I thought was nice. 

Anyway total injuy count was: Truck Driver = No injury, Maxima Driver = Broken nose, Me = 2 broken ribs (the doc says my Ehlers Danlos saved me from a punctured lung), Backseat retard w/o seatbelt = Scrapes on this face and arms. 
So when I was offered my NEW 1996 Maxima It was such a good deal I couldn't really turn it down, even though I was a little scared. Then BAM 2 weeks after I get it some stupid lady decides to stop in the middle of the intersection because she doesn't want to run over the pressure plate IN the road. It is built IN TO the road it is meant to be run over. I stopped and didn't hit her but I got bumped but the guy behind me. I need a new rear bumper, trunk, tail lights and new struts on the front. UGH mechinaic says I will get it back in 5 days. Fingers Crossed



Sunday, October 9, 2011

Stuff and a thing and more stuff

Well here I am sitting thinking. Hazard of it being a slow, rainy day. Anyway I'm sitting here thinking about life and all the things that have changed in the last few years. Last year at this time I was unemployed, married but in the process of divorce, living in Rhode Island, and seeing a boy who I thought was someone he wasn't. Since then I have moved across the country, gotten divorced, changed my name, started seeing a great guy, moved again (not nearly as far), got a car, got rid of said car, and FINALLY got a job. I think things are starting to look up for me. after so many years being "part" of the Navy I am scared to hope. Seems like when you are part of that life just when you start to hope and things look good shit goes DOWN! Fingers crossed that things keep going smoothly.

It is starting to rain here in SoCal. This makes me happy. On my lunch break I just sit in the car (loaned to me from the BF's parents) and listen to the plunk of rain drops. It is wonderful. I love sunshine and get a little depressed when I can't go outside for long periods of time, but rain is wonderful in its own right.

Last weekend we had that "fancy" dinner party. That went over soooo well. We made Bacon wrapped Tator Tots for the appetizer, regular tots for the vegetarians that attended (sigh) The bacon tots were the favorite of the night. Then she made homemade mac and cheese with bread crumbs. SUPER Yummy! Main course was lemon pepper pork tenderloin. All in all I think we pulled off a stellar "fancy" dinner party.

 
Now the thing about throwing a party is there is always that one person you gave a "pity" invite to that you don't really want to show up, and they always do. Yea he showed. He was interested in my friend who was co-hosting and she just wanted him to leave. We all sit down to dinner and I offer some bacon tots, to which he tells the table "Im vegetarian" OH man buddy you just opened the door there, now we have an in to ridicule you till you get so uncomfortable you leave. (Did I mention he has a fake accent? Says he was is Scotland for a year or so doing study abroad a few years ago, humm not enough to give you that crappy accent sorry) ANYWAY... Best way to make any veggie eater uncomfortable let me tell the story of Sassy burgers, and or Gregory. If I haven't mentioned it before my family has cows and sometimes we eat them. Yes we name all our animals so when the time comes and they are in the freezer they are still called by their prior name. Mr. Fake Accent Veggie Eater turned green and moved inside. Mission successful!

Thursday after work I get home, check the mail and have a package from mom. WEIRD she didn't say she was sending me anything. So I grab the mail and do the thing that EVERYONE does when they get a package, I shake it. No clue so I shake it alll the way in to the house. Finally pop it open and this is what I find. CHEESE!! Not just any cheese, HOMEMADE chedder cheese from mom and dad's cows. <3 I haven't tried it yet but I am planning on making Chedder and Potato soup this week out of it.(Minus the ham) Can't wait!


We went to the San Diego Wild Animal Park this weekend. Super fun time!! We went with some friends of BF's and their kids. (2,8,11) They had memberships and let us use the guest passes so we got to go for FREE. That made the day even better.The kids were awesome! The little one can talk but she doesn't, the other two are boys and auto-cool. Hooray good parenting! Of course I had to shove my self in to a tiny space just because I could. =)

Tonight we are going to watch The Princess Bride! I'm stoked, BF hasn't ever seen the whole thing. On the topic of movies I want to see the new Footloose when it comes out. I know, I know it won't be like the original but you have to admit you are always a bit curious when they release a remake of something good.

Guess that is all the rambling I will be doing for now. Till next time....

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's coming!

I know we still have a few days left in September which means OCTOBER is almost here *squee* Everyone's favorite holiday month I am sure! What I am most excited about is we already have a decently full calender. I love a full social calender. We have a trip to the zoo planned for next weekend which I am excited about. Remember all that silly stuff you loved to do as a kid? Try doing it as an adult. I'm sure at least 80% of it is still just as enjoyable. Then we have a "fancy" dinner party to go to. Its funny when you are little you play house and whatever else, but when you grow up it never turns out that way. My friend decided to throw real adult dinner party complete with "fancy" dress. I see it as adults trying to be the adults our child-selves imagined. I'm thinking of bringing a bunt cake just because they are amusing to me.

Then the BEST EVENT of the month HALLOWEEN! 

I have already decided on the costume for this year. I am super excited because I wanted it to be nerdy and I have a decent amount of people around who would do a group costume with us. After brain storming for a few days, asking who would be willing to dress up as what, we finally got a solid group of me, J and S. J will be Luigi, S will be Mario (size-wise the characters had to be flipped) and I shall be Princess Peach. WOOT! I have never gotten to dress up like a princess so I am giddy. We also have a back up idea planned just in case but that is being kept under wraps. (Past Halloweens are: Dorothy, Slave Leia, 50's dancer, Mary with Child, store bought pirate.Yes that is all of them!)



I have a few alterations to make on the dress which came from Ebay. Who would have thought that 80's poofy sleeved dresses would come in handy. Mom sent me my petticoat from a past event.  Got the boys overalls from Walmart.com, hats from china somewhere. Still need all the little things but I am super stoked!  We even have a party to go to that weekend. I have been informed that I am making Jello shots for this party too. So we are stocking up on liquor and jello. Figure I will start making and boxing up shots about 4-5 days prior. That's how many I plan on making. I intend to get some costumed fools DRUNK!


Until Next Time....

Monday, September 12, 2011

Birthday, Beer and a Peckham Event

Wow it has been a good minute since I wrote a blog. Lets see here......I had a birthday. Jason organized a dinner at BJ's Brewery for that. Had most of the people I wanted there. (Br was absent due to her move to Fla) I split food with a friend while Jason and another guy ordered two party sized Pizookie's. They are SOOOO good.
The next week some other friends arranged for me to have my very first solo pinata. It was hello Kitty since they know of my dislike and fear of cats, what is better to beat the stuffing out of?!?!
 
I sent Gertrude to the junk man. =( The state of Cali wouldn't let me register her because She wouldn't pass smog with out some serious engine work that I just couldn't afford. So I took her down to Chula Vista (Aka Chulajana since it is spitting distance from Mexico) and handed her over to the junk man. Only got $475 but that's a decent start to a savings fund for my next one. After that we went geocaching in the Tijuana River Basin. There is a cache there called "Non more southwesterly" it was a 3 mile hike round trip. I survived it though. Found out that we have a monument at that spot right where the US meets Mexico and the Pacific. Funny thing is though that there is a GIANT fence around the "Friendship Circle" It is technically on half US/half Mexico land. Our side is totally locked up. Mexico's side is wide open. Silly US.

I have gone off my tramadol, it started making me sick and SUPER cranky. Just dealing with over the counters for now. Hopefully I can get insurance again soon and try a new painkiller.

The bar we go to had another Beer Pairing dinner on the 6th. I was sooooo not impressed. First they upped the price from $50 a person to $75. I wouldn't have bought the tickets but I had already promised my friend I would take her for her b-day. Only about 30 tickets were sold to the entire event. We got an extra one the day of for her BF. So they were hoping to sell more but didn't. I think the price was a huge factor in that. The food was spaced sooooo far apart that I ordered an appetizer off the regular menu to tide us over between course #3 and #4. After ward the head chef came out and was non-to happy with us making that order. But not only was the food forever apart it all came out cold. UGH. The beer was nothing special either. Then again I am not a beer drinker but really out of 5 beers I didn't take more then 3 sips of any of them. Bleah. The company was awesome though.

The very next day I left for Rhode Island since my sister was getting married. I got in on wednesday, the wedding was on friday and I got back to Cali on sunday at about 1030 am. It was a quick trip. I didn't get to eat all the food I wanted but I got some: Allies doughnuts, Kingston Pizza (Couch Potato is my FAVE!), Earnie T's and Dunkin'.
Thursday night the "Ladies" went out for snacks and drinks before the big day. Not really a bachelorette party but pretty close. First stop was Earnie T's. The attendees were Myself, my mother, my aunt (father's sister), my sister (Bride), my sister-in-law (Golden's wife), Maid-of-Honor, and Sandy. We have a cute waiter who is noticeably BUFF, and the ladies flirt and tease (with in reason nothing to crude) as they pound back Slippery Nipple shots and Gin and Tonics. Sister's drink of choice is Vodka and Club, but the bar kept giving her vodka and tonic. I finally said something and told him he had to do a "jig" to make up for it. Well he didn't know what a jig was so he offered to crack sisters back as an apology. She LOVED it.

Then he offered to give anyone a piggy back ride to the car. I was nominated for the piggy back ride because Sister In Law refused. That is when the "Loaded Ladies" decided that Waiter should be my date to the wedding. Once we were all outside mom and Bride pull him aside and ask him to come to the wedding the next day and give him MY phone number. The next morning I came down stairs and showed Mom that he had texted me and was going to show up, also he requested the beef plate for dinner. =D I think she was in a state of mild astonishment the rest of the day.
He arrived a little late because of my bad directions. Meh he only missed my reading of Dr. Seuss' Oh the Places You Will Go. Came right in and sat in the 2nd row with me and the family. (Yes, I chose the 2nd row because I knew he was going to be late.) He ended up being an amazing date. Sandy from the night before had the best reaction when seeing him there. First her face was confused/recognition then she saw me standing with him and she BUSTED out laughing. No one thought he would show. He made conversation with both my father and my grandmother. Danced with my mom. Took pictures for the family and bought my cousins drinks.

Sister and all the Cousins, with Golden's Nuggets.

Mom getting her groove on!



This was a total surprise.

Saturday night we (the family) were supposed to go to Howl at the Moon in Boston, but they all were pooped. Maid of Honor and I were still stoked to go but even with both of us whining the old fogies still got to stay on the farm. We had a campfire and some smores. My friend T and her Hubby came down. She is try out being gluten free so she got gluten-free smores....just marshmallow on a reeses cup. Everyone had a good chill night.

Guess that is all the news for now. I will try to get back in to the blogging swing. I feel bad for making Br handle B & B all by herself for so long now.

Until next time....

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I have a groupon addiction

So earlier this week I decided I was going to buy myself a new necklace as a birthday gift to myself (8/26 for those of you who want to know) I have been perusing looking for one I want at the right price. Then I saw this Groupon type on The Freebie Junkie.

Click here to check out what they have offered in your area....Savemore.com  I got the $60 Worth of Designer & Celebrity Inspired Jewelry  for $17 deal. Woot new necklace here I come, and maybe some sweet jewels for sisters wedding too. =)

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Comic Con Post

I know San Diego Comic Con was July 21-24 and here it is August and now I am finally doing this post. I am sorry. I had to recover and all that fun stuff. Get ready for photo over load. 

Br went on Friday but I couldn't attend till Saturday. She was overwhelmed a tad and suggested we get there ASS early. We arrive at SDCC at 630am, the line is already around the back of the center. MY LINE. She already got her passes for all 3 days and so she went inside to stand in the "enter the hall" line. I wait 2hours in the line just to realize that I have my Sunday papers and not the Saturday ones. =( So I have to find a security guy to escort me out of the building so I can get to the car 6blocks away to get the correct paperwork. When I get back to the building there is 0 line. I just walked right in got my passes and went on my merry way. All while wearing my awesome costume that Catherine of The Cats Pajamas made me, ears and all. 
(She is awesome)

Here was the plan.....wander around and see what there was to see. Then at 1pm go up and get in line for the Christopher Moore book signing. That was the goal for saturday. My overall goal was to see my favorite webbie comics and Christopher Moore, maybe get a few drawings and the classic SDCC free stuffs. 
Oh man did we get swag!!
But more on that later.

Walky walky walky, Fight with people pushing and shoving for access to the booths that are giving away swag. Fox I think is run by a bunch of women.....yes we are giving things away in 5mins line up here. 20 mins later....NO we decided not to do that come back at 1230. At least we got a few snapshots of Adam West.

We walked from one side to the other just looking at everything. Trying to see who had booths ect. It was just a HUGE mass of crazy. Finally we ended up over in the webcomics area and I was happy. First stop was Jennie Breeden of The Devils Panties (Its not satanic porn) I picked up a set of her custom playing cards and an awesome magnet that says 
"Time is like a Zombie, it moves slow but all of a sudden BOO got your brains"
I wanted a sketch but didn't have a book or paper. (I can only be so prepared. I had painkillers and snacks, PRIORITIES)
Then we moved on to Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots. Where I did get a sketch because she had paper. Wish I could have gotten a plushy McPedro but having lost the Debit Card the previous week put a much needed damper on my spending. Below is the sketch of Jamie and her kitty that Danielle did for me.
Next I was going to see Jeph Jaques from Questionable Content but I couldn't catch him at his booth alll day. I was lucky to see him on Sunday even.So we moseyed on over to the ever lovely Randall Milholland of Something Positive. He was a BLAST!! I walked up with BR and asked him if he knew the name of the distorter that his cartoon cat has? "Umm no?" Well good sir it is called Ehlers - Danlos and I have it. This piqued his interest. He had a little sign that said "Sketches for donation of at least $1" sitting on the table. After explaining what the distorter causes me to do he asked if I would do a stupid human trick, and if so he would give me free sketches. Best part is he asked if this stupid human trick would make him squeel... yes it did, and he LOVED it. HAHAHA nothing like dislocating for free stuff.
This is the first sketch he did for me. It is one of his characters called Fluffmodious. I had him do the lettering in a diffrent color and the scanner didn't pick it up =( But he has a speech bubble that says: Hello new friend Rebecca...you have a cute butt. (I think thats because we gave Randy one of the B & B blog business cards.)
So we stayed and chatted with him for a while, burning time before the C.Moore signing. Eventually it got to the topic of other comics. He asked who else we had seen and gotten sketches from. So I told him about the sad occurrence over at The Devils Panties where I couldn't get a sketch. Never have I seen a grown man giggle so maliciously. He offered to let me have a piece of paper to get a sketch from her. However he wanted to go torment her a bit first. As you noticed from the Fluffmodious sketch he has specially printed cards that he does sketches on. Not just regular blank paper. So he grabs a stack of these cards and we all tromp over to The Devils Panties to watch the fun. After the regular customers cleared out Randy hands Jennie the stack of cards and says "This little lady was disappointed because you didn't have any paper to do a sketch for her on. Here you can use some of mine." She laughed and did this little doodle for him.
 Then took the clean paper and did a little sketch of her Devil character for me. =) Such good fun all these artists have together.
After all that it was time to go sit in line for Christopher Moore. Man I was already tired. My left hip was out and my back was on its way out the door. Ate a granola bar and took a few more pain pills and stood in line for an hour waiting for this guy. I have to admit standing in one spot was GREAT for people watching, which EVERYONE knows is one of the best parts of Comic Con. There was the overweight cosplay ladies. Sorry I don't have pics of them though. They each had a screaming child and everyone knows how much I LOOOOOVE screaming douche muffins.
 
Finally Br and I got to see the hilarious author Christopher Moore. I had him sign my copy of Bloodsucking Feinds and she got Fluke signed. If you haven't heard of him go pick up one of his books.






After all that we decided to grab a seat out in the main hallway on a bench and people watch. Here are a few of my favorites. 
We all know Link was a Lefty, thats why she was my fav.
Br decided I would make a nice pillow while ppl watching.



















Next up was the Frank Miller signing. I wasn't souped about this and neither was Brandi but hey we had the tickets so might as well attend. More line drama, yes you can line up, no you can't stand here. The security didn't know what was going on. Total lack of communication FAIL!! However good did come out of the whole thing. We were the last in line and got to chat with the security chick there, she ended up being nice and a cool person. Also we were lined up in front of this production booth and the guy who was passing out fliers was the producer for a little film called Come Together. I still haven't seen it but I have it on the board so I can watch it soon. The four of us chatted for well over an hour as we waited for Frank Miller to make his appearance. They both got business cards too. We shamelessly pimped both B&B, and The Cat's Pajamas all day long!

After all that we headed over to Tinfish and had dinner after meeting up with some fellow Geocachers that were at Comicon.


Sunday was pretty chill. We got there about 930. No problem. My back and below mostly on the left side were in horrible amounts of pain. Which produced a nasty limp that I still have. (I am seriously considering getting a cane to help with situations with lots of standing/walking)

Had to hump Op-Prime DUH!
First stop was the California Browncoats booth to try and get tickets to the signing they were hosting later in the day. 200 people were allowed to enter and 50 were chosen, we were not one of the 50.

Then we wandered some more. Stopping over to see Randy from S*P again. He had nothing going on so he drew me and Br in 50's pin-up style. We asked him to make me kind of violent. <3

After that we went to Rocken' Baja Lobster for breakfast. NOM NOM Br saw this doodle in the bathroom and shared it with me via text.


During breakfast we decided to give Randy my now favorite web comic a gift. So we googled Liquor Stores and started walking. Ended up walking about 15blocks to Albertsons to get a bottle of Sailor Jerry for Randy. I think he was happy. Just sayin'

After that we dropped that off we started walking again. We came upon an author doing book signings. I had to buy the book it is just PERFECT!!  Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls she even signed it with "Stay Angry" <3 I Love It!!



A while later we saw these three people, Two guys carrying and one girl guarding/directing, carrying a HUGE cake. They were working for Marvel at SDCC and after the Cake competition the head honchos gave them the winning cake. Br and I helped them out by directing and keeping the masses at bay. (Also passed out more B&B cards of course)

Those are all the highlights from SDCC2011. Maybe more next year. Hope you all enjoyed. I'm sure if I left anything out Br will cover it eventually.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Time flies

Sorry I haven't been around that much. Lets see here...

1) Last weekend was San Diego Comic Con. (Yes I will do a post on that eventually)

1.5) SDCC caused my back to go out hard core, it has been a full week and it still hasn't come back in place. If you see it tell it I am looking for it, and miss it dearly. I walk like my Pop and am seriously thinking about a cane.

2) My trusty laptop bit the big one =( Well not totally, more like the charging cord bit it. So I have to scrounge up $ to get a new cord. BLAH!!

3) BR is moving. So I am trying to spend as much time soaking in the greatness that is BR before the 4th.

4) Gertrude is officially for sale. If I don't sell her by this time next week she is going to the junk man.

5) I hear Jenni over at Yes! I am a bitch... is having another giveaway. Go check it out. (BTW I won her last one woot woot, and she has altered her entry process to it is easier to enter *claps*)

That is all the update for now. More in depth when I can get longer access to interwebbies.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Such a craptastic day

Today I was going to have an awesome lazy day. Chill with Br, get mani's and pedi's, stop at the post office and mail some books for PBS.

I crawled out of my awesome sleep haze and didn't want to get up. Something told me to just stay in bed. However I knew that today is one day that I have nothing else going on and Br was munchkin free for a little while. So out of bed I crawled. (Bad Idea)

Go to post office and I get to deal with Cranky Post Office Asian. SUPER! I have to mail 2 PBS books and I was lazy so I just grabbed 2 envelopes and stuffed them inside. 1) I forgot the zip code, no biggie 2) I had the printed paper from PBS and the normal Post guy just gives me a clear plastic pouch to stick it in that sticks to the front of the package. So bitchy Asian is a bitch and grills me about what is in the packages, UMM I just put the books in the packages in front of your face. Did you see me put a letter in there? Because I didn't! She messes up 2x on each package then tells me that my card is declined. "Are you sure you have money?"
@#$#@!!  I take my stuff and leave. Sending a text to my bank on the way out the door making sure I do indeed have funds.

In the car Br calls "yea our normal nail place is closed, guess they went on vacation" Great lets meet somewhere and see if we can find another place since this is the LAND of fucking immigrant Asians. We find a place and there are 3 people waiting. No biggie. We sign in and one of the waiters stands up and says "don't forget we are a party of 6"  -.- There is one name on the list before us. Plus this place was charging $22, ugh lets go somewhere else. As we walk out the woman says "Good thing you are finding some place else, we were here first just haven't signed in yet because the rest of our 8person party isn't here" Way for your customers to kill business for you. Sigh

Finally get the nails done and I am starting to relax when they say "I so sorry your card has been declined." RAWRRRRR So Br pays for all of it (She is such a sweetie) and I call the bank.

"Yea we put your account on hold because there was some odd activity......Have you used it at a Holiday Inn in blank City Missouri?" Um no no I haven't. "Yea we didn't think so either sooo now I have to cancel your card and issue you a new one. It will take about 7-10 days." They were super nice only problem my bank is in Rhode Island and I am still in California. SUCKY!!  Hope I get a new card before Comicon next weekend.



J has cheered me up immensely, he also taught me how to do simple photo shop like this pic of a friend of mine I plan on a Babylon 5 marathon tonight hopefully some pool tomorrow, this will be an awesome weekend I SHALL MAKE IT!!   Now for ice cream!!



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Count down to SDCC!

I feel like a zombie....not like I want brains or anything, I just feel like a stretched out slinkie. Only I don't know where all my time and energy go. Operation "Bring Keagan Home" is going as well as can be expected. I have gotten way more donations then I ever expected and I am super thankful for all the help.

I found a nifty give-away today. It is for "green" chap-stick click here to enter and tell her I sent you <3   Eco Lips Giveaway 

I am starting to get super excited about Comic Con!! It is June 21-24 at the San Diego convention center. Br and I are going to dress up both days. I think Saturday we are going all steam-punky complete with corsets and short skirts. Then Sunday I am dressing as Holo from Spice and Wolf. I have Catherine from The Cat's Pajamas making this costume for me. (Yes I will post pics after SDCC)   I swear if I hear any 'furry' jokes I will harm people! Some of the people I am going to stalk that are scheduled to be there are: R. K. Milholland of Something*Positive, Danielle Corsetto of Girls with Slingshots, J. Jacques of Questionable Content and of course the one I am MOST excited about author Christopher Moore.

Nothing else really of interest is going on. My sister's wedding is coming up quickly and I need to get tickets, but I keep slacking on that. *writes note on hand to buy tickets* I am also slightly stressing about seeing people in Rhode Island that I haven't seen since February. Plus what in the hell do you wear to a beachy 2nd wedding (both bride and groom) in September. ARRG family is so stressful!!

Maybe I will go do a review on B&B to chill out. Definitely doing a mailbox post on Sunday since I have gotten some awesome things already this week.

TTFN

Friday, July 8, 2011

I be pimpin

Sorry I have been MIA so much lately. Lots of shit going on as I am sure you all know. Finally got to talk to the Ex about Keagan. So I feel a little bit better about that, just knowing things are on track and going as smoothly as possible helps my state of mind a TON! His lady friend will be handling things on that end for me, which is SUPER nice of her. I am very very grateful. 

There are some interesting things going on in the blogisphere that I think everyone should take note of..... 

1)  Toys For Sex  is having an AWESOME giveaway. They are giving away four gift cards! 2 - $10, 1 - $30, and 1 -$50. This is how you enter Clicky Clicky. There are also an additional  52 ways you can enter (after you do the 1 required) so you can up your chances of being a winnnnnnner!! 

2) I have found some awesome new bloggers to follow. 

Lets start with the "normal" ones.....
Hopeless but Optimistic is a noob to blogging and she entertains me with her tid bits. 

Fabulously Neurotic is written by my favorite hippie Chanel. 
Issues keeps me up to date on current events and his ramblings on them. 

Destery of I want you to hit me as hard as you can just plain old entertains me!

On the Sexy list we have P and C at Musings of a Drunken Student.

We can't forget the ever lovely and wonderful Jess at Let's talk about "it"

 Ok that is all the pimping I can handle for now. Who knew it was such hard work?? Go take a gander, hell have a goose too. (he he he farm humor)
Till next time
B


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bring Keagan Home




As most of you know I am recently divorced. When that happened I ended up having to leave my dog with my ex-husband for safe keeping until I got things settled. (Which I finally have.) Unfortunately the ex can no longer keep Keagan (the dog) because the lovely US Navy has decided that it is deployment time(unexpectedly). The ex is set to deploy in about 30days, I don't want to have to pass Keagan on to a random base family when I can just bring him home to me. Please help me bring my puppy home. Through a pet shipping service the going rate is about $2000 and I can not make the arrangements until I have paid in full. This is me asking for help, anything will help me defer the cost, even if it is just pass on the word to some one who can donate.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Fourth of July and All That Brew Ha Ha

I love fireworks! I just wish they weren't quite so loud. My favorite is the squiggly squirmy kind. They remind me of one of those science movies you see in school about sperm. (I know I have a seriously dirty mind)  I know everyone knows all about the Fourth of July but I would like to take this time to do my own little analysis of the National Anthem. Since that is what is usually most credited for the fireworks display. 





 Star Spangled Banner ~ Francis Scott Key (1814)
Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
(personally I like that line, it sets a nice tone)
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
(Was he hiding? Watching from a safe distance?)
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
(This is where those famous fireworks come in)

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
(Oh hey what be that there?)
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
(Wait I thought it was just in the ocean, now its in a stream?)
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
(Nener Nener boo boo)
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
(Oh the rhyming, it makes me want a peanut)

 Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
(well all those that we count as men that is...no blacks or mexicans or even indians at this time may apply)
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
(Until it isn't cool to proclaim your belief in god, for fear that you are going to cause someone who pays taxes to become butt hurt)
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


I just realized this will be the first Fourth that I will be totally family free. Last year I had the RI family, year before I had long(ish) time friends around. I get to have some new experiences this year. Going to a lake out in the boonies of East County with some people. Its just weird. I'm used to being with the family and BBQ-ing then going to Old Mountain Field for fireworks. The 4th is the only holiday that the family really gathers for, since it isn't a religious holiday. 

Really quick I would like to share a story....
It is tradition in our family to bail the hay at the RI farm around the 4th of July then once that has been done we have a big BBQ and then we all go for fireworks. One year we had a lot of the family there to help and as is also tradition my family likes to throw a few bails on the trailer and then toss a beer back. So one cousin is fondly remembered for having a few two many and passing out on the trailer bed to sleep it off. Some passers by saw this and called the law to make sure he was ok. Nothing really exciting happened they just said that he needed to move off the trailer which was parked on a public road. So I got to witness his wife picking him up like a child and carting him to the house. I don't think he will ever live that one down.

Anyway hope everyone has a good holiday no matter what you all end up doing. I know I will end up being DD some time in the night. I'm sure there will be pics and at least a story or two. Till then.......

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Free Stuff?? Yes please!

I just went and checked out Stephanie's "Naughty Overload Giveaway"  Over at her place Life to Easy. Anyway you should too. She is giving away TONS of stuff so she doesn't have to take it with her or store it while she is studying abroad. (What a smarty pants huh?)

BTW If you enter drop my name in saying I referred you <3 It ups both of our chances.

Maybe a real post later. Since I have been a bad little blogger lately.


This would have been up last night but Blogger decided to be a boogier and 404 me all night long UGH! Bad Blogger BAD!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

When you are 64

This week has been good and bad. Over all it has been good. Very laid back, everyone around me has been in relatively good moods. I have been avoiding Gertrude because I need a break from her drama, so she is down at a friends parents house in "time out." Brandi gave me my half of the business cards we ordered for B & B so now I can shamelessly pimp us spread the word anytime.

Now here is the bad: my Ehlers- Danlos has been acting up. It hurts SOOOO much. I have been very good and not intentionally dislocating anything, I have been taking my pills every 4hours like I should. Still this week has seen me wake up several days with both my shoulders dislocated just from sleeping and my ribs moved around. I hate to admit it but waking up and instantly bursting in to tears is mortifying. Worst part is the reactions of the people around me. I can live with the pain, I have my whole life. Watching others experience my pain for the first time is almost worse then the pain itself. Its like I am hurting them even though I know it is indirect. 

I think walking around the grocery store on Wednesday I pinched my sciatic nerve so not only do my hips kill with every step but the shooting pain from that nerve makes me just want to lay on the steps all day. (Laying on the stairs with my back flat and legs up on the next one relieves a lot of the pressure.) I did find out that having someone sit on the backs of my legs, like they were going to give you a back massage, makes all the pain in my hips and legs vanish.  Only until they get up though, but hell I will take it! I can almost fall asleep like that.

So if I haven't been around that much that's why. It hurts to move. I am seriously considering getting an awesome cane, maybe that will help with some of the leg pain. *ponders*  Hopefully my body decides to get back in to the correct rhythm of things and stop this excessive pain and just go back to normal manageable pain soon. Until then I will just have to keep on keeping on.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

NSFM - Rambles

Sleep and I have broken up again. This makes me sad.

Gertrude is being a bitch. Nothing new there. Replaced the fuel pump like the mechanic said I should (Tuesday) then Thursday she won't start. Same problem as always. FML! I just don't know what to do anymore. I don't have the money for this shit. Looks like she is going to get parted out (aka me taking all the stuff off that I can get $$ for and sending her to the scrap yard. I found this gem on-line at a Volvo forum. It's advise on pre-purchase testing/checks that you should do for my type of Volvo (80's 6-cylinder french engine)
"Here is my best practice when dealing with one of these pre-purchase. With the hood open and your left hand over the catch for the hood release, look straight down. Now, slam the hood shut. Contemplate a life-time more miserable than that moment. Leave and immediately check CL for a 240.

Really, though, one of these is NOT a learner, and likely would not make a decent DD. If it's a nice car in any event and you HAVE to buy it (I know, I've had that illness), get rid of that engine and put in a 4 cylinder of some stripe. It will be expensive, but at least reliable."
Yea so basicly I'm fucked and not in the happy fun way. 

Which brings me to my next point. Stress SUCKS! It makes me cranky and since I can't sleep it off I just get worse everyday. This I know makes people not want to be around me for obvious reasons.

Yesterday was my favorite cousin's high school graduation party. This girl is like my little sister. It was also a mini-family reunion, my father never leaves his cows he did for this. Because I have made such a clusterfuck of my life, am a huge failure and can't get a job, and wasted what little money I had on a POS car, I couldn't be there. I feel like one of the worst family members ever.

On that same note.....my sister is getting married on September 9th. I don't know if I can afford to go. That would make me the worst family member ever.

Thank you all for coming to my pity party, sorry I couldn't afford party favors. Please feel free to take a part of my soul as a parting gift if you can find one.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Douchebaggery!

Just a little tid bit for you today. J and I went to the mall to check on a few applications I had put in there. No Starbucks still hasn't found mine. GRRRRRR!




As we come out we see this Douche parked next to our tiny CRX. Really? REALLY? I know that you are a decent sized SUV and rule the free world with your awesomeness BUT DAMN!  J decided to leave them a note as I crawled in from the passenger side to move the car out so he could even get in.

Everything is better with emote smiles!

Gojo Shower and Gasoline in the Face

Today Jason and I replaced my fuel pump. OMG that was such an ordeal. I do have to say though it was an overall good time. None of that bickering and one person doing all the work that lots of people run into.  It made me REALLY happy that we could work on something as an actual team.

First things first.....I ordered the part I thought I needed off line about 2 weeks ago. Well it turns out I got the in-tank fuel pump as opposed to the in-line (out in the open) pump. Yes that little thing is what I got. =( Totally not going to do the job. Little guy is like 1/5th of the size of the pump I needed. So off to Napa we go. Got the correct part for $170. The nice guy behind the counter gave me a military discount woot woot. Heck I even tried to get more off the price by smiling pretty and bouncing. Nope didn't work but hey I will take my 10% military discount.
So get home and jack up Gert, Jason is doing the whole "man" thing. When we start running in to some awesome design flaws. Like how there are 1200 screws and bolts all facing different directions and you have to figure out exactly which order to take them all off in to get the damn thing off at all. Finally we decided to leave the fuel pump on the metal plate and just disconnect all the wires first from the pump and the accumulator. That way we could put the damn thing down and look at it from the top not the bottom and on our backs. Boy was that a job. Ended up with me under the car pulling wires off and snipping lines. I guess somethings just need a bit of a gentler touch.
However I didn't have on gloves or eye protection (shame on me) and as I was working under there I got absolutely filthy. I am going to have to scrub my little girly hands for a week with a nail brush before I can even show them to anyone. So as I was under there it came to the point were we couldn't get this one hose off. So after much deliberation and a few texts to my favorite Volvo guru for advise, I ended up just cutting the line. I was not aware that this particular line wasn't just a rubber hose....it has a plastic lining. So when I cut, it didn't slice clean and the little bit of gasoline still in the line and under pressure sprayed out at me got me right in the face. Kind of like a hose with your thumb over it. SO SO lucky I covered it with my hand ASAP and didn't get any in my eyeballs. But I did wack my right cheek on the exhaust pipe and now have a little mark. Hope it doesn't bruise =/ 
After that and finally getting the old pump totally off the car and off the mounting plate the rest was fairly easy. Except for the fact that the new pump was a little smaller in diamiter then the old one and we had to figure out something to make it fit snug in the new bracket. Which Jason did and it was all perfect after that.
5 hours, lots of grease (hence why I felt the need for a Gojo shower) at least one bruise later Gertrude is up and running as she should. Now if only I could get a job to afford to feed her......

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Beirut

Beirut (Bay Root) 
Beirut/ ruit, is a popular drinking game, that some less informed people like to call Beer pong ( beer pong is a totally different game).

Materials: 6-8 foot table

22 solo cups
3 ping pong balls
beverage of choice
water for the water cups
2-4 players

In ruit you set up 10 solo cups on each side of a table. Arrange the cups in a pyramid formation, 4 cups, 3 cups, 2 then 1, all of the edges of the cups touching. Fill the cups with any beer you want, preferably filling the cups at least half full. also have two water cups to wash off dirty ping pong balls. After your set up a player from each team can shoot for first shot. After this is won players continue to shoot one team at a time, three ping pong balls into the opposite teams cups. When one team sinks a ball, the other team drinks the cup that the ball landed in. This process is continued until one team makes all of the other teams cups. There are many variations of the game, and other little rules regarding rearranges, bounces, when you pick up cups and so on... depending on who you are playing with.



Last night was the 3rd Arbolitos Beer Pong Tournament According to the definition above we actually play Beirut. I was the responsible adult for the evening. WEEEEEE! It was mostly because I was the sober one. People were encouraged to come prepared with a team mate and team name picked out. You got a bonus "re-rack" if your team had a uniform, and no it couldn't be "Oh we just happened to both show up in black shirts and jeans" Here is a nifty list of the team names. Those in bold were predetermined, those not in bold were chosen at random because the people didn't come prepared with a team name. 
Dos Muchos
Fuck it! America
Dirty Sanchez 
Bitches get Stitches
No one likes your additude
Grey Owls
Team Hobo 
KY and Point Objects
Just Get Back to Us
M & N
Club Tropics
Bologna and Hand Cream 
Ray Ban
Shit The
We Fist Us
Team Awesome
Araly
The Strangers
JCP Inferno
Dale Earnhardt's lesser known son Cal, who is a slight disappointment 
In and around our mouths
A total of about 200 ish people were invited, thanks to facebook. I think the final count of attendees was about 40. Which for a house party was a pretty awesome turn out. 
We started the night with 5 flavors of Jello shots.........Blue Raspberry with Vodka, Orange with Amaretto, Strawberry with 151, Strawberry Banana with Malibu, Cherry with Pepsi and Spiced Rum. We had about 200 jello shots, give or take a few. They were all gone by the end of the night. =) That makes me super happy. I have gotten several comments about how great they were too. However I would like to say that I didn't make all of them..... the two strawberry kinds I did not make. I have a steadfast rule against using red jello, it ends up tasting like cough syrup. The cherry with Pepsi and rum was an experiment that I found on-line courtesy of  The Jello Diva. It didn't go over as well as my two classics......Vodka and Amaretto. Guess I will stick with what I know. 
I think the best part of the night were the costumes....I know you guys want to see them so here are a few of the more awesome teams. 
Dirty Sanchez

Bitches get Stitches

Fuck it, America! 

Team Hobo
Fuck it, America! Ended up winning the whole thing. There was no prize just bragging rights. It was a grand old time. The two guys who dressed up as hobo's really got in to character and stayed in their Hobo role all night long even singing little jingles and asking for hand outs. It was hilarious. 




That's all I have for now.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

YAWN

So I couldn't come up with a decent title today....blah!  I am having a classic "Im a fucking girl so leave me the fuck alone or come bearing gifts" type day. I wish I could get my mood swings under control. Maybe they will leave me alone tomorrow. *fingers crossed*

I haven't ever done an In My Mailbox post but I was super excited about getting this soooo gaze upon my awesome gifts.......
Oh yea that is a 1982 Volvo repair manual. I got this from Paperback swap. WOOT WOOT! The awesome license plate is from the great and wonderful Bob Graham. Finally the envelope is the travel bug that I put on Gertrude. If you are familiar with geocaching you should know what I am talking about. Basically you can "track" where my car has been spotted. 

Today I went on another interview.....this particular interviewer told me "You look like a girl but you speak like a man" Which I take as a compliment. We were talking about tools and wiring diagrams. He was fairly impressed when I could ID some very basic things like a socket wrench and a bolt. Also when I told him I had plans to hopefully replace the fuel pump in my car this weekend. Another interesting point was as I was talking to the girl I am going to replace we started talking about homeopathic remedies and I gave her a few tips on how to assist with a UTI or a common yeast infection. I am such a horrible interviewer. They asked me to stay for birthday cake and to meet the owners father. All in all it went great, I ended up staying for about 2 and a half hours. When I finally took my leave I casually said "Cross your fingers the car starts" because of the fuel pump. So as I started my car, which started perfectly, I heard both the owner and the lady cheering from the door. =)
Man I hope I get a call back.
Then I went shopping over at the Salvation Army and a few other thrifty shops down on the consignment row. Got an Ice Cream scoop, some various kitchen utensils, about 10 books, and a decent sized George Forman grill all for $20. WINNING!

Found out today that I need to actually take my car to get smogged, FAIL it and then go back to the DMV to get my temp 60day registration. UGH! Such a pain in the butt!  Guess I will do that this weekend or next week. At least she hasn't had any starting problems since saturday.

We are hosting a Beer Pong Tournament this weekend. I am supposed to be making Jello Shots tonight, but I don't feel like going to the store by myself. BLAH

  I received a few awards a while back....Since I am so horrible at these type things I am doing it now.....Late like usual.
 This is from Mister Valance, I more so took it rather then it being given to me. I wanted to feel special and all that fun stuff. If you don't know of Mister V go check him out.





This was actually given to me. So thank you Kracken!
Sigh Now I have to list 7 things you lovely readers don't know about me.....

1) I really do not enjoy Asian food. 
2) I hate the term "Jelly" I.E. Are you Jelly of my awesome new iToy? (Jelly = Jealous)
3) I would rather let some one win an argument, rather then just continue going over the same thing.
4) It is my personal belief that heterosexual and homosexuals are fine, however bisexuals are just greedy and need to pick a team.
5) Job hunting sucks balls
6)The color pink is growing on me and I think it might be Chanel's fault
7)Dirty Hippies irk me, fake hippies also irk me.

Now I am tired and my brain hurts.......Those of you who wish this award please take it. I always feel weird bestowing it upon people and then pestering them to write about it too. So take and be happy!!
*wanders off to find that snickers I hid*

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Where is that grindstone??

I am in a MOOD today, can you tell?

I job hunt like it is a full time job! I have sent out so many cover letters and talked to so many temp agencies I can't even count now. So today I answered an ad for a shipping clerk. In addition to the normal blah blah send your resume and we will see if you are worth for an interview. They wanted to know about any gaps in employment and your current and past salary. FOR A WAREHOUSE JOB! Part time with no Benny's. They also requested a detailed list of office equipment you can operate and any computer programs.

This is what they got.........



----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Rebecca
To:
Sent: Thu, May 26, 2011 1:31:42 PM
Subject: Shipping Assistant Position

Dear Employer,

In response to your advertisement regarding the shipping/ administrative assistant position, I am enclosing a resume for your review. Please consider this letter as my formal application presenting my background, and experience.

I have several years experience as an assistant and secretary; with knowledge of quick books and several AP/AR styles. I am proficient in many Microsoft programs (excel, word, office) and willing to learn any that I am lacking in, with a solid 60wpm typing speed. I have experience and am comfortable with a multi-line phone system complete with individual message boxes. I can take copiers under control with ease, also I have been known to strike fear in the misbehaving fax machine and shredder. I have worked in a variety of environments from a university to small business, all with customer satisfaction being the ultimate focus.

While at the University of Rhode Island my major was Biology, even though I did not get the chance to complete that degree as of yet, I have two years of college course work in the field. I understand the importance of order and having a system. Knowing where everything is, along with proper handling of each item.


I currently am not employed and have not been for several years, as I was attempting to be a domestic engineer. I am looking for an hourly position and will be content with the current state wage requirement of $8 hourly.

May I arrange an interview to further discuss my qualifications? I am available for an interview at a mutually convenient time.
Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sincerely,

R
Please see attached resume




Either they will laugh and think I am out of my mind and want to meet me, or laugh think I am out of my mind and then never think of me ever again. Fingers crossed for the first!

Friday, May 13, 2011

I have been doing alot of RAWRing

Seems like I have been doing a lot of RAWRing lately. I almost feel bad about it. I got the car things were great. Took it to the CHP to get inspected great. NOW It won't start and I have at least one blown fuse. So I called dad, trusty old dad. He suggested I go to the parts store and pick up a few things. Now you have to understand I have been around a few cars. I know my starter from my alternator, Im not Danika Patrick but I can handle the medium stuff. So I go to good old Napa and talk to the first counter person who is free. Happens to be a male (sigh) about my age (double sigh) who proceeds to talk to me like my barbie car just broke down.
Wanna Be Gear Head - "Are you sure you know what kind of car it is?"
Me - Yes you nimrod I know what kind of car it is......It is a 1982 Volvo 260, that means it has 6 cylinders, unlike the 240 which has 4 cylinders.
Wanna be - "Well hunny they according to my computer here {pats screen} Volvo didn't make a V6 that year. NO SUCH THING so are you sure you know what you are talking about?" 
Me - Yes I know what I am talking about,you know computers aren't always right. How about you just look up the 240 and tell me what I need to know because they are all the same with in the 200 class. 
Wanna be - You should just make sure you know what you are talking about, you know as a guy I could do that for you.....
I then realized that my inner monologue had turned into my mothers voice, when she gets angry and talks through her teeth. It was telling me to reach up and just smash his face in to the computer screen. I just got so aggravated I walked off to find the fuses. All I wanted from him was another suggestion as to what it might be that is causing Gert problems, but no because I have lady bits I MUST want to be hit on and have 0 car sense! RAWRRRR

So I found the things I wanted and walked back up to the counter to cash out. Mr. Wanna Be waved me over and I looked directly at him and shook my head no. I had 0 desire to deal with him again. Waited till another man was free......he is mid40s and missing his 4 front teeth. PERFECT! But really he was......My opening sentince was......Do you know how hard it is to get a straight answer about a part when all the guy wants to do is hit on you??
NG - Oh I see you met Wanna Be. Don't worry hun I have real answers.
Which he did. He suggested some things for me to check out and hooked me up with a shop that specialises in Volvo's in the area. WOOT WOOT!!
Saturday is the day I get to tinker with Gert again hopefully we can fix her with little to no more aggravation.