About 6 months ago, the signal for NBC stopped reaching my TV. I was really disappointed to miss the Olympics as the games are one of the very few sporting events I like to watch. On Friday, the signal came back! I was able to watch a few of the remaining events and the closing ceremonies.
Congratulations to the USA athletes on doing so well!
~ 46 Gold Medals ~ 29 Silver Medals ~ 29 Bronze Medals ~
Last month, I decided to clean the carpet in my living room... The only room in my house that has carpet. I sprayed the spots on my carpet, plugged in the Bissell cleaner. I've had this carpet/upolstery cleaner for 11 years and it's worked beautifully. This time, it was not meant to be.
When I pushed it forward, it made a horrible dragging sound. I went online and found a solution on the Bissell website. Easy enough. I did what it said.... the front end still drug across the carpet and made the terrible noise. I then called "Customer Care" and got a lady with a terrible accent. I told her the problem and explained what I did per the Bissell website. I kid you not, she told me to do what I just told her I did.... not just once but multiple times. Within 15 minutes, I was so frustrated that my sarcasm came out big time. Thirty minutes later and after being put on hold multiple times (When I say multiple, I mean in excess of 3 times), she told me that I needed to take it to an authorized service center. Since it's not under warranty, I asked her if there was going to be a fee (which I knew there would be). After she confirmed it, I said "Well then I can take it to ANY service center... not necessarily an authorized one!" Then I told her in no uncertain terms that I was not happy with the customer service seeing as I told her at the beginning of the phone call what I did according to their website and she could've told me to take it to a service center right then rather than waste and hour of my time having me take it apart only to do the same thing I already did. When she went into her canned speech about how customer care was doing their best.... I hung up on her. I was soooo frustrated at that point! So, I had spot pretreater all over my carpet and nothing to clean it up with.
Mission #1 - Failure.
After I told the tale of my woes to the BF, he looked at the carpet cleaner. I told him what I did. He took the same piece off and said there was a little clip on it that was broken. The little clip holds the piece up so it doesn't drag across the carpet. Funny thing is that I looked at buying a replacement part before I even called customer service! The part ended up costing $10.55 including shipping. The Bissell site or "Customer Care" didn't say anything about replacing the part.... only removing it and re-installing it.
Fast forward a couple of weeks. Part is installed and pretreater is once again sprayed on the carpeting. Furniture extracted from living room. I turned on the Bissell only to have water spraying out of the upolstery hose. What the ?!?! No matter what I tried, I couldn't get it to stop. Most of you know that I'm pretty handy around the house so I was really disgusted at the Bissell. I pushed it in the corner of the kitchen and put the furniture back. Again, pretreater all over and nothing to clean it up. Humph!
Mission #2 - Failure.
This brings me to last Friday. Mission #3! I removed all the furniture from the living room and pulled out the Bissell again. You know the routine by now.... More pretreater on the carpet. Some of the stains from the previous owners re-surfaced, and high traffic areas really needed it!
Last week, I and many other Multiply users received a notice that the site will discontinue blog and photo hosting services as of December 1st. It's really unfortunate as I really liked using the site for my photos. After trying many free photo hosting sites (snapgalaxy, dotphoto, flickr, fotki, bravenet, photobucket, mejuba, picasa), I have decided to move my photos to Webshots. It's got many of the same features Multiply had for their photo gallery. I've been a member of WS since 2002, I just never used their site until now.
A few weeks ago, the local thrift shop had a clothing sale... everything was $1. I bought a 3-piece suit for $3. It came with a blazer, skirt, and slacks -- nice additions for my work wardrobe. The skirt was floor length... definitely needed to be shortened, and the slacks needed to be hemmed. I knew I could hem the slacks, no problem. Even though I've sewed clothing from scratch (in high school), I've never attempted major tailoring jobs. I figured if I screwed it up, I was only out $3, right? Right!
I finished up Part 4 of Fleurs et Papillions last week. Here's what it looked like before:
and now it's 2/3 done:
Until next time,