First of all, everything internet related seems to be slow and a little wonky today. Emails with pictures are very slow to download or the pictures don't show up. Some/many sites are loading like I've got till Christmas to get there. Error messages have popped up several times. I don't know what it is, but I'm wondering about the possible effects of the solar flare that is supposedly heading this way. I don't know, but sumptin's up. Or down. Or simply a mess.
I had some trouble sleeping last night. I woke around 3:00 and couldn't go back to sleep. Don't know what's up with that, either. I guess I don't know much of anything today, huh? LOL! Anyway, after I woke, I just kept tossing and turning with a list of things to do today running through my head. I wasn't exactly worried about any of it (more on that in a minute), but I just couldn't let the list go. No, I didn't turn over and write it down to release it, because the same list was written last night and was awaiting me next to the phone! I tried TV, reading, crossword puzzles .... nothing helped. Finally I got up, made coffee, and crawled back into bed with a cup and my book, accepting that I just wasn't going to sleep again.
Once I got out of bed, around 7:00, I took care of the animals, fed myself, and it was still too early to start making the phone calls on my list. So I walked around the property and looked for thistles that needed to be sprayed. I only found a few, but I was glad I got it done early, before the heat of the day began.
Then I began my phone calls, setting up appointments and taking care of issues. The one I dreaded was to Walmart.com. A short bit of history: I got the new TV and home theater a bit over a month ago, and within a few days, I was having trouble with the remote and the base of the sound system communicating. Eventually, they totally quit "talking" to each other. I emailed the company and was told in return that many items can be returned through the store. So a couple days ago I was there, and I asked about it. I was hoping that I could replace just the base and remote and not have to remove all the speakers and wires, 'cause it's a pain in the tush to get those in place. I was told that since I bought it as a "bundle," a single price for purchasing the TV and sound system together, I would have to return both (in the original boxes and packing!!!) and have both replaced!!! I was stunned!
As I drove home, I was already making my mind up that I wasn't going to do that. The TV is fine, and I did not have the boxes, so returning a perfectly fine, operational 37" TV without the original box is just whack! I would just eat the cost of the sound system. It's value is almost $200, but in the package, it was less than $100. Not worth the headache and stomach upset for that. I would, however, be sure that everyone I knew (via blog, FB, in person, the BBB, and a letter to the editor in the newspaper, etc.) knew about the stupid return policy. And the big W would also know this and that I would never order through them again.
So, this morning, I decided to tackle that first and get it out of the way. I was puckered and pinched, ready to do battle when I dialed the 1-800 number! I waited just a couple minutes and a nice voice said something similar to "Hi, I'm Erica, and I'm here to help your walmart.com experience be pleasant," and I thought, "Yeah, right, well, here I come, lady." She listened patiently without interrupting me (that in itself is unusual) while I explained all the above with greater detail. Then she asked me a few necessary questions to pull up the account information, and after she checked it out, she said there was no problem! Yeah! She really did!
The replacement is already being processed and shipped for 2-3 day delivery. I will put the old system in that same box and return it to them, and if the new system works, we are done! I couldn't believe it! No hassle, no muss, no fuss! So I'm taking back some of my previous frustrated comments about the big W. This transaction salvaged a lot of my respect for them. Not all, but some.
I do have to take down and return the whole system, including the speakers. I'll live with that. The fact that I didn't have to play my I'll-never-buy-from-W-online-again card means a lot!
I've completed all but one of my calls and I'm waiting for one call back, but I feel good about how it has gone. After these two calls are completed, I think I'm going to be online very little today, unless the wonkiness lessens. I'm going to get a little house work done, mow the grass patch (since we are supposed to have rain again as of tomorrow, and then lay on the couch with the Kindle for the rest of the day.
Tomorrow will be a busy one for me. I'm starting a volunteer position at the thrift shop that supports the library, then going from there to the fine arts theater to help set up for the reception and silent auction for the art tour that is tomorrow night. I'll be there from 12:00 till 3:00, then home to get ready for the evening, and back to the theater at 4:30. I'll be greeting and serving hors d'oeuvres or punch during the evening. It's a fun event I've been to before, my first time as a volunteer for the event. Friday is a "free day" for me, then on Saturday I will be helping Zoë at her location of the art tour. Zoë is a wonderful jewelry artist. I have several pieces of her design and craft, and I love them. I'm really excited to be helping her. You see, she is rather shy, and just doesn't like to do the sales part (our friend Lynne usually does this for her), and I love meeting and talking to people, so it will be a good day for us both. Then on Sunday, Dorothy and I are going to make the rounds of the tour to see the other artists' works.
Monday I can get back to normal. OH NO! I can't!! I have to be in Alamogordo about the "check engine" light of my truck. Again. But I suppose that is kinda "normal" in my life.
Alrighty. I'm headed out to mow. Then I'll check those two calls, and hit the couch! Woohooo!!
OH NO again!!! I (and Jazi!) just heard thunder! I may not get the mowing done. Damn weather forecasts are so inaccurate since I'm in the country. Well, if it rains, I guess I'll be on the couch that much earlier! Tsk, tsk, too bad!