Category Archives: stupid

Bell & Telus to Charge for Incoming Txt

Have you heard the news? Apparently Telus and Bell are making a move to charge users for every incoming text they receive, whether it’s spam or not. These changes go into effect in August for both companies.

This doesn’t affect anyone that has an existing txt plan on their phones, but it still sucks balls for those who choose not to subscribe to a txt plan.

I mostly use my phone as a phone and nothing more. It wasn’t til recently I had a small txt package added on. I used to get spam txt messages and voicemails on my cell, and I was pretty pissed that I had to waste minutes picking up the voicemail when it was just an ad. Totally invasive.

That’s why when I got a chain email from my friend abou the matter, I decided to sign a petition contesting Bell & Telus on their ridiculous charges.

In Canada, we already pay loads more for mobile service compared to the US and Europe. It’s quite embarrassing considering we’re one of the most technologically advanced countries in other areas of communication (We’ve got fibre-optic cable laid across the country already. Pretty cool, huh?)

The good news is we can do something about it. It seems the NDP has set up the petition–hopefully if enough people sign it we can bully them down from their decision, much like we did with the iPhone pricing.

If you’re interested, here’s the banner:


Stop the text message cash-grab

The Last Day of Freedom…


Well, today is my last relaxing day at home before I head back into the office. They’re not expecting me until tomorrow, but since the surgery and recovery went so well I was actually thinking of going in today, a day early.

I even got up and dressed, but then… I just didn’t feel like going in today.

With my industry and my paranoia, it’s hard to get away from the office even for HR-sanctioned vacation days. I still haven’t used a single one yet this year.

Because of the surgery I’ve got this time off covered by a doctor’s note, so no vacation days are being used. I figure I might as well enjoy it, right?

I’m a little bored and have been reading a lot and playing Utopia, haha and now I’ve gotten into the lazy rut and just don’t feel like getting up and doing anything at all! Go figure.
Oh well, I suppose it’s for the best. I was really stressed for the weeks leading up to the surgery, and now I feel like I am finally getting a chance to recover.

It’s also good that I’m not going out to do anything… lately I have been spending like there’s no tomorrow. Yikes.

I am so disappointed in myself. I have a huge amount on my credit card yet again, and somehow managed to get dinged with interest for last month? Wha?? I have no idea where it came from but I’m pissed that I’ve lost control of my money again. Always a battle!

Gee, it looks like I can shift my worrying from my eyes to my pocketbook now!

*sigh*

What’s In Her Purse?

A while ago I was asked what kind of stuff (junk) I keep in my purse on a regular basis. I was out shopping today and purchased a new cheapie white purse and was transferring my stuff over, so I thought I’d take a photo to share with you all!

I’m pretty sure I’m a packrat, but you know what? I’m always prepared, so nyah!

So what is all that crap, you ask? Let me list it!

– Roots mega-wallet. My lifesaver! It holds so much, and all my many, many cards!

– Gum
– Eight (count ’em, 8!) lip products. I think I may have to purge a few… oi!
– Samsung cell phone
– Allergy pills
– Emergency Tylenol stash
– MAC cover-up
– Eye drops for allergy season and for dry eyes
– Pass card for work
– iPod Nano. Love it! It’s black but had never been outside of the ruff and tough case
– Vitamin B12 strips. Mmm, minty fresh!
– GoldBond hand cream. I don’t like it but can’t find a better cream that is that tiny
– CBC mini-notepad. Indispensible! I use this thing all the time. Used to have a Palm Pilot but paper works better!
– Pen (self-explanatory)
– Keychain with my swiss army knife and FRIES key sleeve… helps me identify the key to my inside apartment door quickly
– Clean & Clear blotting papers
– Almay pressed powder
– Hand sanitizer!

Needless to say I can’t use any of those cute little purses out there… but at least I’m not carrying one of those freaking Puma or Lululemon gym bags around as a purse! What up with that?

I also have a small green USB key I keep with me for work stuff, but it was in my computer while I was taking this photo.

I wonder what my purse contents say about me? Anyone want to hazard a guess?

To all the ladies out there: What do you keep in your purse? What kind of odd things do you keep, and how do you stay organized?

I’ve just started putting all my lip stuff, hand cream, etc. into a little baggie to keep it all together. The rest of the little bits go in the inside zipper pocket, and my iPod, keys and wallet float around the main pocket.

If I cart any more stuff around I think I might need to start carrying a duffle bag! eep!

Falling off the Bandwagon

Oh man I am having some struggles, folks!

I’m afraid I’m going to fall off the JC bandwagon today… lately I’ve just been wanting to eat and eat for no particular reason, and nothing is really satisfying me. Hellllppp! I don’t know what to do!

I can’t tell whether it’s a craving or boredom that’s got me. Grrr stupid diets!

How do you keep your mind off eating when that’s all you want to do!?

TTC Strike!

It’s as I feared, the TTC will be going on strike on Monday. Again.

I’m pretty much screwed in terms of getting to work as I am totally dependant on the TTC to get me around. I am trying to see if V will be able to pick me up on Monday and drop me off, too. But I don’t know if it’s really out of her way to stop by my place or not.

Fingers crossed that this is over with soon!

Anyone with some interesting transit strike stories out there?

PayPal = DEATH GLARE

I hate PayPal and eBay now. It’s official.

They dick you around and steal your money, all without you having a clue to what’s going on.

Long story short is that I tried selling some of my clothing on eBay (since it’s nice stuff and too big [yay!] for me now). Most of it sold and the buyers sent payment.

PayBully/eRipoff won’t let me even accept those funds without upgrading my account and paying extra fees. I spent 1 hour and 9 minutes on the phone with their customer service tonight, trying to figure out why the fuck not.

Suffice to say I will never be selling through either of them anymore. I think I’d have better luck doing something like FB.

Now I’m cranky, tense and irritable on top of injured.

Did I mention a nice and buff paramedic landed a killer shin block on me last night? The bruise is the size of my palm and in the outline of his heel. Oh yes. Sparring definitely exacts a toll.

Stupid Spending!

Ack! I’m in hot water now!

So, you know this weekend how I bought all those lovely new things? Yeah umm… I guess I can’t really afford them at the moment. *sheepish*

I just looked at my MasterCard bill and it’s over $1000. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it that high before, other than when I’m travelling or having eye surgery!

I feel like there is a rock in my stomach, I can’t believe I let all this spending get away from me. But I’ve thought about it and at least figured out why it looks so bad. And it’s not like I’m in the red or anything.

A couple weeks ago I posted about my stupid move, transferring $3-4k from my condo fund into my RRSP. I think this issue right now is some more fallout from that decision. Basically what has happened is that on top of my large purchases this weekend, my tickets to Evil Dead, my cell/internet bill and allllll my Jenny Craig bills have been charged to this month. And my little detour to the spa last weekend, too. Oops.

I should have been on top of that, but I’ve been negligent and now I have to pay the price by diverting some smart, interest-earning funds from my condo fund to chequing so I can pay this monster off. If I get dinged with interest on this sucker I’ll be in a bad way for a while, so I can’t let that happen.

As of March 29th, $1000 will be funneled into my credit card, and it will be paid off. Also in the good news front, I get paid on Thursday. That will help counter some of my stupidity.

I’m so ashamed that this has happened. I mean, I’m really good with my money for someone my age. But I guess it just goes to show that even if you’re good at it, being lax for even a short period of time can come back and bite you in the ass.

I hope all you lovely readers out there take a lesson from my misfortune.

Constant Vigilance!!!!!