Annoyances and updates

Once again, I find myself apologizing for neglecting my blog. This summer has been … a lot. I’ve been working a few mornings a week at the Roadrunner Lodge, adding to my office mural (still not done; I’ll try to post an update soon), making gifts for my free boutique project (46 items so far, not counting stuff I tried that didn’t work), gardening indoors and out, making faux-barkcloth curtains for my kitchen, and working on the second draft of my new novel, which still doesn’t have a title.

Meanwhile, somebody stole my credit-card number in early May and spent three days using it to buy a bunch of stupid crap, including a subscription to some weight-loss scam out of Lithuania. Commerce Bank responded instantly when I called, which is good, but they took four days to get around to dropping my replacement card in the mail, along with a form I was supposed to fill out and return to them to help their investigators. They mailed the card and form June 23. The deadline to return the completed form to them was June 30. Both items arrived in my mailbox July 3.

Ain’t nobody got time for that, so I transferred all my recurring charges over to Ron’s Discover account.

If anybody but AT&T provided reliable service from here to House, I’d switch cellphone providers, too, because I could devote an entire blog post to the runaround AT&T gave me when I tried to update my credit-card information. I finally got that sorted out this afternoon, but if they provoke me again, I’ll cancel my account and not look back. I don’t have to pay for service to be able to call 911 in an emergency. I already downgraded to a ’90s-style Nokia last week after my poor old iPhone’s screen cracked (again), so at this point, I am basically paying $30 a month to accommodate people who can’t be arsed to email me.

Annoy me again, AT&T. I DARE YOU.

Despite those hassles, it has been a productive summer thus far. I’ll try to update here as time allows. With the iPhone out of commission, I’m not on Instagram, and that’s about the only social media I’ve used for the past year, so maybe I’ll have time to blog once in a while.

Emily

3 thoughts on “Annoyances and updates”

  1. Emily – I was getting a bit concerned about your absence from the blogsphere and was thinking of dropping an email to make sure everything was OK. Then, this “annoyance” post came in with stuff we all can relate to. Who hasn’t had their credit card hacked or had bank problems?! Most of us have had this happen more than once. Not to diminish your problems, but it was nice to read something not related to Covid or politics. BTW, I also love the building you wrote about in “Abandoned” on May 29. With your creativity and do-it-yourself attitude and skills, I know you could transform this stone wonder into a real treasure. Perhaps you could turn it into an art studio or craft-art classroom, or a place for traveling friends to stay. Behind that wonderful wall you could create a nice secret garden and patio space. That air conditioner, though! Keep on!Linda Weller

  2. Our experience with corporate banking has left a lot to be desired. Usually they are so big they don’t spend much time worrying about their small individual accounts, and service takes a hit.

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