Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Little Things About Me

Here's some stuff to know about me for readers who are unfamiliar with me.

- Most people already know that my favorite band is Radiohead, but if you didn't now you do.

- I was in my high school show choir (from '94-'96'.)  However, I do not and have never watched "Glee."

- I studied Film at UNO, but moved before I graduated.  I am finishing my degree slowly at UL Lafayette taking 1-2 classes each semester.  UL doesn't offer a Film degree, so I am finishing in General Studies.  Anyway, I still enjoy the medium of film very much.  In fact, the other day, I was doing my own research about a filmmaker just for my own entertainment. 

- I quit facebook over the summer, but occasionally I visit the site through Kyle's page.  I do not regret my decision about it, though.  In fact, almost every time I visit through Kyle's page, I am reminded of why I quit.  The main reason is that you have a lot less control over what you view through facebook.  Many of the posts didn't impact my life in a positive way.  Blogging has turned into my answer to that, because I can express myself more freely, and I have more power to choose which blogs I am reading. 

- I have not watched or read "Twilight" or "Harry Potter."  I have been exposed to some "Harry Potter" through friends' houses, but haven't paid much attention to it.  I feel that I am not really a part of that generation, and I have no interest in it.

- My very first favorite movie was "The Princess Bride," and that movie is still one of my top faves today.  It's awesome.

- I love dragons.  I used to collect them.  I would still do that, but I don't have extra money to spend on little collections at this time of my life.  I also used to collect Scooby Doo items.  I still have some of that stuff, and now I let the boys play with it.

- I got married at The Texas Renaissance Festival on November 19th, 2005.  Kyle dressed as a pirate captain, and I was a queen.  The good thing about theme weddings is that you can use your wedding clothes again and again.  (I will put up some pics at the end of this post.)

- Little known fact: I was actually in a local fashion show in high school.  Not that I was "model material" or anything.  Basically, the store recruited local high school kids to be in the show.  I knew an insider though my involvement with show choir and musical theater, and the show required a very short runway walk along with some dance numbers.  It was a lot of fun.

- I love baking stuff.  I really like baking breads that are sweet, muffins, cookies, and stuff.  I wish I had more time to devote to it.  As it is, I am currently over-scheduled, which is something I desperately need to work on.  But anyway, I have baked once each week for the last couple of weeks.  I really would like to be able to bake something once every week.  It's so nice to have a treat fresh out of the oven, and I am learning tricks on how to bake healthier.  In the long run, having healthier homemade treats around is much better that having processed, junky snacks.  Here's the recipe for the last thing I baked: Pumpkin Oat Bread (Points +).

- I love coffee.  I'm a big fan of the pumpkin spice latte.  I also love convenience store hot chocolates.  I have worked as a barista in 2 coffee shops.  Free beverages was a huge perk for me.

- I was diagnosed with ADD as a young adult (early 20s.)  I don't take meds for it, although I did for a while in the past, and yes, they helped.  Personally, I just don't like the idea of having to take something for the rest of my life, so I will just remain flawed.  Mostly, it is because of that particular type of medicine used to treat ADD.  Anyway, I have ADD-ed myself out for the day.  Seems like a good spot to end this particular blog post.

Here are some of my favorite dragons:



Tuesday, September 06, 2011

90s TV Flashback

Remember "The Torkelsons"?  I surfed and ran into a character listed from being on that show today and had this vague memory of the early 90s sitcom.  I learned that the show was on for 2 seasons, took a hiatus, then came back in a new form as "Almost Home," and Brittany Murphy was in the new version.

I remember the teen lead character Dorthy Jane, played by Olivia Burnette.  She was the epitome of the early 90s teen queen. 


Thursday, September 01, 2011

Swagbucks Scam???????

I am not sure if swagbucks is a scam, but I am VERY DISSATISFIED with the time I wasted on their site eagerly expecting rewards and getting NOTHING.  I posted a positive blog about this site (which will soon be updated, here's the link if you wanna do a recap: http://miccheck123.blogspot.com/2011/08/sell-out.html), and since I have joined I have not seen the fruits of my efforts.

The first problem I experienced with them was through their affiliate RadiumOne Social.  The special offer on the swagbucks site promised 945 "swagbucks" (a currency that supposedly can be redeemed for products and gift cards) for signing up for a 30 day free trial with Equifax.com.  I signed up with Equifax and my order never confirmed with the swagbucks page to get my swagbucks.  I then sent in an inquiry with swagbucks and was contacted by their affiliate, RadiumOne social.  They first asked for me to copy and paste my order confirmation email to them from Equifax.  I did so, but that apparently wasn't good enough.  So, here is the rest of the conversation I had with them copy and pasted (sorry about the mess-ups with the bullet points, with copy-and-paste this is the best I could do):
  • Hi -
    Thank you for submitting your ticket to RadiumOne Support.
    We will get back to you as soon as possible,
    it typically takes between 1-4 days.
    Sorry for any inconvenience.
    Thanks,
    RadiumOne Support

  • Hi-
    Send please a screen shot (jpg,bmp, or png format)from your Equifax ACCOUNT (Order history)to show that you successfully completed the offer requirements.
    Please note that tickets are closed automatically within 5 days.
    Sorry for any inconvenience.
    Thanks,
    gWallet Support

    I do not know how to make a screenshot. I looked it up and tried by pressing insert/prt sc, delete/sys rq, alt, and even with the shift button, it didn't work. I don't know what else to do. My order number with Equifax is:
    1-11199621 563. Are you not able to confirm this with Equifax?
  • Hi -
    Please try to make the required screen shot with the help of the instructions attached below
    Please note that tickets are closed automatically within 5 days.
    Sorry for any inconvenience.
    Thanks,
    RadiumOne Support

    Okay, I have attached a screenshot. My laptop would not make a
    screenshot, so I had to use a different computer to do it. This was
    very inconvenient. But it is done.

    • Hi -
      Please send us a screen shot (jpg,bmp or png format)
      of your Welcome/Confirmation e-mail with message heading,
      to show that you successfully completed the offer requirements
      Please note that tickets are closed automatically within 5 days.
      Sorry for any inconvenience.
      Thanks,
      RadiumOne Support
    It would seem that because my email and screenshot of my open equifax
    account are not enough, that you are calling me a liar. I do not
    appreciate that. I just called Equifax and had my free trial canceled.
 But wait, there's more.

I also had problems receiving the gift cards I ordered with my swagbucks that I had already earned.  They said it would take a couple of days to add them to my account.  Well, I waited a week and got NOTHING.  So, I quit swagbucks.  I wish I would not have wasted my time.