Anyone else having trouble keeping their days straight in this weird in-between-Christmas-and-New Year's time period? Yesterday felt just like a Sunday to me. Sunday felt like Saturday. Today just feels....weird. And aggravating.
I went online this morning to check the tracking information on Gregg's replacement phone. When I put the tracking number into the UPS website it said the package had just been delivered. To my front door. I hurried out there to check. No package. No package anywhere in sight. I checked in the bushes, the door to the back porch, the mailbox.....nothing. When I went back to the UPS website to file a claim, I was informed that the sender had to file the claim. Wonderful. Sigh. So I called customer service and after being on hold for about 10 minutes I got through to a nice woman who said they'd immediately send out another phone. They seemed awfully unconcerned about what had happened to the first one! But okay, whatever. Great. I told her that would be fine. Then she said I had to have it shipped to an alternate address! What?! I don't have an alternate address, nor do I know (right off hand) any of my friends' mailing addresses, and I'm not at work this week. The call center lady was adamant: they couldn't ship a second phone to the same physical address. After thinking about what the heck to do I finally made her hold on while I walked next door and asked my sweet 81 year old neighbor, Luella, if I could have it sent to her house. Of course she said yes and after I hung up with customer service she proceeded to tell me about all of her children and grandchildren having similar problems recently and having items shipped to her house. Thank goodness for good neighbors!
After getting all that straight I drove down to the school to feed and check on the two aquariums. All of a sudden we've lost two goldfish in the lobby tank and a third looks like he's about to go, too. This year, when the custodians are doing a deep sanitizing of the school, no staff members are supposed to go into the building at all, but we're going to sneak back in this afternoon so Gregg can test the water and administer some antibiotics. (The principal knows we have to come up there briefly to feed and check on the tanks). I'm so upset at losing two of our beloved Shubukins! And after today the custodians won't be back for the rest of the week. Who knows what will happen by the time we go back to school next Monday. The aquarium is a much loved fixture of the school already and I just feel sick over losing some of the fish. And here's another irritating thing: the beautiful planted aquarium in the library is doing fine, but the water level has dropped. It needs to be topped off, which would be the simplest thing in the world to do except.............our school shuts off the hot water when we leave on break! Cold water straight from the tap is a big NO!! Arrggghhh! I was so damn frustrated when I went to fill the tank and discovered that there was no hot water. I'm sure they do it to save money but it really made me mad after just having had to net out another dead goldfish. At least the fish in that tank are doing well. I couldn't bear it if we were losing fish there, too.
So that's my Tuesday, friends. A whole bunch of unpleasantness on top of inconvenience. Maybe it's okay to lose track of the days when they're like this one!
I have trouble with the days of the week all the time. As for the phone, remember, providers are so large loosing one phone is no problem, in fact losing a thousand phones is no skin off their teeth. Sorry about the fish, I haven't lost any for a while now.ReplyDelete
It seems you're right, they couldn't seem to care less about the lost phone.Delete
It is a strange week. I have my eyes fixed on Saturday trash, Sunday next and then it's all over.ReplyDelete
I hope you can get a handle on your fish problems soon.
Gregg went up there yesterday and removed the dying fish (we tried to bring it home to nurse it back to health here but it died by the time we got home) so at least it's not in there fouling up the water. He added a dose of antibiotic treatment to the water just in case.Delete
I should be having a parcel delivered today. It should have arrived 2 weeks ago, but with all the problems.....ReplyDelete
Our regular mail delivery has been hit so hard by Covid that it's been "off" for a while now. UPS apparently isn't much better!Delete
Who knows. I have a calendar and don't know. I can tell you when happy hour is though!ReplyDelete
Amen to that!Delete
I've given up on keeping the days straight until after New Years! Then we will have to remember what year to write down! I'm sorry about the fish and the package. We had some shipping problems over Christmas but I know this has been a terrible year for all delivery people with the pandemic and Christmas at the same time. You two take care.ReplyDelete
Thanks Bonnie! Yes, I understand about the terrible year for delivery people. I don't mind the delays as much as I mind endless phone calls to Customer Service to iron out the issues.Delete
Sorry to read of all those inconveniences and unpleasantnesses. Hooray for good neighbours, though!ReplyDelete
This time of year is special; the old year has not entirely gone, but the new one not yet arrived. Since I have no responsibilities at the moment, I am fully enjoying the rest.
Hopefully, you won‘t lose any more fish.
I'm so glad you're having a nice rest! It's the best time of the year for that!Delete
These days are a blur because who really wants to focus on them anyway.ReplyDelete
Yes this week is a blur. I'm half way through another ten day stint at work so the public holidays and weekends are something I shall start paying attention to in pay week.ReplyDelete
Re fish tank, can you boil a kettle with the thermomentre handy?
Happy New Year Jennifer. Your blog is a joy x
The tank will be okay with the lower water level. My husband is due to come up there on Monday (our first day back) to do regular monthly maintenance so hopefully everything will be straightened out after that.Delete
Thank you for the lovely comment, Sarah!
since I have been unemployed, all the days look alike. and I tend to hibernate in january anyway. today is wednesday, 12/30.ReplyDelete
I hope you're doing well and getting some rest! Hibernating in January sounds like the perfect knitting scenario!Delete
I wonder if all the (extra) cleaning products being used at the school might have anything to do with the dead fish. Just a thought.ReplyDelete
Gregg has been worried about that from the beginning. There's not much we can do about it if that's the case. :(Delete
I had the same thought as Mary about the cleaning products.ReplyDelete
What a sadness to lose those fishes.
As to the days- yes. I have to orient myself every morning when I wake up. It's crazy.
Gregg is way ahead of you both on worrying about the cleaning products. That's a constant worry for him at all of his aquarium jobs.Delete
We still have 9 fish left. I'm hoping we don't lose any more; some of the kids (in particular one little girl in a wheelchair) are attached to them and are probably going to notice that some are missing. :(
Mary, Ms. Moon, and I are in agreement about the dying fish. And yes. I lose track of the days.ReplyDelete
See my replies to Mary and Ms. Moon.Delete
Since I am retired, I often do not know what day it is.ReplyDelete
Hope the rest of the fish stay healthy.
Crossing our fingers that whatever was going on, is over now, and we don't have any more casualties waiting when we reopen on Monday!Delete
Oh dear, what a frustrating day. At least you managed to sort out the delivery problem and check on the fish tank. I hope you don't lose any more goldfish.ReplyDelete
It really was a real downer of a day.Delete
Okay but...where IS that phone???? It would drive me crazy to have that happen. Hopefully it will turn up or at least the second one will arrive with no drama.ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear about the goldfish. I remember from my aquarium-keeping days how easily fish can depart this world, sometimes with no apparent cause! I wonder if you could take hot water to the school in a big thermos or some other type of container? It would be a pain, but if topping up is necessary that might be a solution. (Which I'm sure you've already considered!)
It's driving me crazy too! I hope the second one arrives without any further trouble. I'm sick of dealing with customer service people!Delete
The tank that needs topping up will be okay until we get back on Monday. It's not ideal, but the water level hasn't dropped enough to cause any real problems....knock on wood.
A good neighbor is worth their weight in gold. This season has been a nightmare for people working to deliver mail and packages. The sheer volume has never been experienced before. Then there are the thefts. I like that when I order from Amazon a picture of the package is taken and sent to me. I hope you get Greg’s phone tomorrow and there will be no more problems.ReplyDelete
Since I retired, everyday is Saturday. I really miss my Fridays.
My mother's Christmas gift still hasn't arrived, and the gift I got for my daughter hasn't arrived either. It is indeed frustrating. Glad you have a good neighbor to help out.ReplyDelete
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