Monday, September 14, 2009
The Day I Laughed So Hard I Spit Water All Over Myself and Nearly Wet My Pants or The Reason Behind the Tampon Sewn to My Husband's Head
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
It all started back in 2003 (shoot! have I lost you already?) I went to the mailbox in the springtime and there was a letter from the state department of revenue. I eagerly opened the letter expecting my tax refund. Instead, I was met with a most unfriendly letter from them explaining that, due to some unpaid fees in another county, I would not be receiving my refund this year...they had used it to pay the fees.
Instantly, my untrusting mind thought...'What did Chris do?!...and when was he even IN that county to DO it?!' Oh boy, was I on the war-path. After numerous reassurances on his part that he had nothing to do with this (and his own accusations flung my way - relax! we were just playing), I called the county involved to try to get to the bottom of all this nonsense.
After a little bit of digging, we were able to determine that a certain fellow - with whom I was not acquainted - was arrested back in 1990 (when I was living out of the country)...and he gave MY social security number at the time of his arrest. Since that time, he had been arrested several times and had recently been released from prison. As part of his sentence, there was some restitution to be paid...enter my tax return.
Oh, how naiive can I be?!
Fast forward to today. I unsuspectingly stepped out to the mailbox to see what fun awaited me there, and much to my happy surprise, there was my state tax return. I thought, "hooray! now I can buy some shorts, because it's stinking hot here!" Ah, but no! no new shorts for me today.
As luck would have it, my 'friend' has found himself in a little bit more hot water. He again owes money to a government agency for restitution, and he is again - or still - using my ssn. As of this moment, I have spoken to about 5 government agencies, 1 lawyer, 1 fraud investigator for the police department and anyone else who would lend a sympathetic ear. And yet...no resolution. *sigh*
It seems I have to go to court in another city (nowhere near where I live) to prove I'm me. Then I have to fill out a trillion and one papers and have them notarized so the police can investigate and hopefully
And how much money did they get out of me? How much did the city end up with after all is said and done? $30! THIRTY DOLLARS! 3-0! My phone bill will be more than that by the time I have this all straightened out!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I've been really enjoying learning another new hobby (yeah, I'm sure Chris is thrilled that there's ANOTHER one), too. I love the hand stamped jewelry I've been seeing around, so I have been playing around with that, too.
I made myself this necklace (mainly because I was making it for someone else, and kinda messed up...can you find my boo-boo?)...
I also made this one...its for my niece who's getting married in March. It has their monograms. I love it! Isn't it SO cute? I can't wait to give it to her at her bridal shower this weekend. No peeking, Sara.
So, that's what I've been up to lately. Now, I have got to finish posting about Thanksgiving, Christmas and everything else...but that'll be another day!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The day after Half Moon Bay was Chris' birthday, so we celebrated by heading up to the city for a little adventure. We debated about where we'd rather go. I really wanted to go to Monterey and the aquarium there. Dave (Chris' dad) really wanted to go to the new Academy of Sciences Museum in San Francisco. After comparing prices, and asking around we decided to go to the new museum in S.F.
The lines were long, but we were brave...we got to see things like this: It's a jelly...
again...don't judge the hair...it was HOT and humid in there.
Then we left the aquarium part and went to eat possibly the most expensive lunch I've ever eaten...although it was pretty tasty!
There's a rainforest exhibit that's really cool. We walked past it a dozen or so times wishing the line would die down, but it just kept getting longer. We decided to brave it and even though it was winding thru the whole building, it only took about 30 minutes for us to get in. It was so neat inside. The kids loved being able to see the HUGE butterflies, and tiny little red frogs, etc.The frog in this picture is about the size of a quarter. We almost missed seeing them because they're so teeny.
This lady was trying to take a picture and this butterfly landed on her hand as she did. There were butterflies everywhere.
Chris, Grandpa Dave, and the girls. Thanks for the fun day, Grandpa!
Once we left the museum, we decided to head down to Pier 39 and mill around a bit.
At church Sunday, a friend suggested we take a ferry to Sausalito and grab a quick ice cream cone and head back...so the kids were all excited to ride on a boat since they had never been on one before. Well, we kind of got mixed up on the directions, and as it turns out, you can't catch the ferry from Pier 39, so we ended up doing the bay cruise instead (at a much higher cost, for sure). We had a little wait before we got on, so the kids played around on the pier nearby.
It was kind of chilly (why do I always forget that it's cold there) and overcast, but it was beautiful.
It was super cold on the boat, but it was so beautiful. The sun was setting and it was gorgeous. I must've taken 100 pictures. The cutest kids on earth...seriously...I am in LOVE with this picture.
On a chilly boat ride out under the Golden Gate Bridge...you can barely see the bridge behind the kids.
My super-talented-picture-taking-skill picture of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Alcatraz...which I have never been to before because Chris thinks it's boring and won't take me...one of the bummers of being married to someone who's 'been there, done that'...he doesn't want to do it again...
A beautiful sunset on the San Francisco Bay.
Happy Birthday, Sweetie! We love you!