Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sweetheart, we hope you like it and we really hope you enjoy your special day!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
She told me that while she was in the stall of the restroom at Rainforest cafe, she didn't latch the door all the way and some lady walked in on her. Well the whole story was that she was in the stall when some lady, who was talking to someone else, backed into the stall (Meg said excuse me but the lady didn't hear her) latched it then turned around to see Meg sitting there. Good thing she didn't sit on Meg! Megan was laughing about it when she told it but I imagine she was a little scared by the whole thing. Now she'll probably never go in a public place again.
Kelly went with the Williams to church and then later went over to Janel's parents' house. She sent me a couple great pictures so I posted them to flickr.
We headed for downtown to find some place to eat. Megan had really wanted to go to Rainforest Cafe, so I decided to make that hope a reality. After finally securing a parking spot for the van, not too far from the restaurant, we started on our adventure. The wait for dinner was about thirty minutes so we wandered around the shopping area and looked at some of the fake animals that are displayed around the place.
Dinner took a little while to be served but that was only the beginning of our waiting. We left downtown a little before 10:00 pm and started our way back home. Kade was asleep in a matter of minutes. After encountering much traffic and seeing a sign that said something about 80/90 closed in Indiana I decided that we should head back west and then take 294 home.
It looked like smooth sailing as we headed towards 294 and even as we started down that road but then things came to a complete stop. For the next 2+ hours we sat for 2-3 minutes then we moved up about ten to fifteen feet. Finally a police car came by on the other side and said that 294 was completely shutdown and that all six lanes of traffic were getting off on the next exit. Oh my! We started working our way over to the right side of the traffic, which was an adventure in and of itself. Finally making it over to the last "real" lane, since the 6th lane was actually the shoulder that people had decided to use as a lane, we slowly crept our way towards the exit.
Megan got quite the kick out of the guy in the lane next to us who kept falling asleep. You would see his head tilt down then all of a sudden he would realize that the cars in front of him had moved and he would catch up and then nod off again. We never tried to take the spot in front of him because I was fearful that he might hit the gas while nodding off. It was actually a little scary to watch.
Finally off of 294 we, and the rest of the traffic jam, headed through Hammond Indiana. It was a long stretch of road filled with traffic lights every other street. When I saw the big green sign showing the way to the Toll Road I got too excited and made my way through the traffic and thought we were home free. I should have realized why everyone else was not taking the same route. I looked and we were on the ramp heading West to Chicago. Unbelievable! Oh well I knew at some point I would be able to turn us around and head for home but what I didn't know was that opportunity would not present itself like I thought it would. Megan will tell you that I made a u-turn on the Toll Road right next to a sign that said not too. I figured after all that we had been through I would start crying and gladly explain to the officer why I had done this. Luckily there was no need for this drama.
Now we were finally headed in the right direction and there was really not that much traffic after that. I put the pedal to the medal (again figuring I could work up some good tears for anyone pulling me over) and cruised the rest of the way home. We pulled into the driveway at exactly 2:30 am.
What an adventure! I really hope the rest of the days without Kelly don't turn out to be this adventurous.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Pictures, of course, are available on flickr.
After we got the girls in bed, Kelly had asked me to help her put up some shelves in the office over her desk. Normally hanging shelves in our household leads to more than enough holes in the wall and frustration trying to get a screw to stay in the drywall. We can use every kind of anchor and it usually still ends up not exactly how we planned. Tonight was a huge exception. The process of hanging these three shelves really went smoothly. Thank goodness for that.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Megan started 3rd grade today. She's an old pro at this already.
Other comments I heard today:
I didn't have fun because I didn't get to go on recess. (Mat)
It was fun meeting new friends and my teacher. (Meg)
The bus was so loud it was killing my ears. (Mat)
We had short lunch and short recess. (Meg)
Pictures from the first day can be seen on flickr.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I decided to put this guarantee to the test today. I've ordered from their website before and picked it up in store but I've never been in a position to be at the store in 24 minutes. I placed my order online, drove to the store, and waited until one minute after the guaranteed time to approach the service counter. First I was questioned if I really selected pickup as my method of delivery. I told them I was pretty positive on that since there wasn't any shipping charges on the order confirmation I handed the employee. After searching around in the computer for a while he told me, "Oh, I was looking for the wrong order number." He then gets interrupted by another employee who he then proceeds to help while I am left standing there. He then walks to the other end of the counter so I ask the other employee what is the definition of "ready". She basically ignores me but asks the guy who was supposed to be helping me, "What's going on with this web order?" He mumbles something and disappears to the back and finally emerges with my order. He bags it up and finally hands it to me, 35 minutes after I placed the order. So I politely ask, "What is the definition of ready?" His answer, "well uh I THINK it means" at which point I really start to question this guarantee. So I ask again, and finally a different employee steps in and says, "It means that the order is sitting on a shelf in the back with my name and order number on it." Great so it's completely up to Circuit City employees to say that the order was ready because we as customers have no way of seeing if it really is ready or not.
I left wondering if the first employee really was typing in the wrong order number or was he stalling? Needless to say I didn't get my order in 24 minutes nor did I leave the store with a $24 gift card. I probably will order through them again, if the price is right, but I know now that trying to get them to honor their supposed guarantee is a complete waste of time. It would be hard to get them to admit that the order was not ready.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
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