zimena: A cup with a hot drink inside. A heart drawn into the liquid, and the text "Coffee, love?" diagonally across the pic. (Misc - Coffee)
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So, the TV/net provider change is not going to happen. The new (or actually new-old) company tried to cheat me before I had even properly agreed the switch. First, they told me that switching would take 4-7 days, then I got a mail saying it could take up to 4 weeks.

Yeah, right...

Also, when I called them to inform them about the decision not to switch, they gave me an absolute slimeball of a guy on the phone. Seriously, he was so nice that the grease was practically dripping from his voice. On the surface, he was totally fine with the cancellation, but in fact I could feel how he was looking for some way to force me to switch. Well, in the end he was trying to tell me that it was him being nice to let me cancel the order (which had not even gone through completely by the time I called, so it's not like there was anything to cancel, really).

And I was like: "Well, it's my legal right to rethink the decision, so it's not about being nice."

... and suddenly he got really meek and admitted that yes, I was right, and everything is now cancelled and fine.

I know my consumer rights. So, there!

Big day today

Sep. 19th, 2017 04:06 pm
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Today has been a very exciting day!

First, I had an appointment at the car workshop in the morning. They needed me to be there while they made some adjustments, so I've seen the new car again, too. This time with the lift and special floor installed, so this time I was even allowed to sit in it. Let's just say it's still an absolute dream. I just wish that my driving skills matched the feeling of being in the car... actually driving still scares me, though. But okay, old news and all that, and this is supposed to be an excitement post, so...

... they also said that the car might be ready in 3-4 weeks' time, depending on when the traffic authorities decide to approve the adjustments. Yes, there is apparently a separate procedure of approval for this.

On a different note, we also did something nice after finishing the car stuff: We bought a new TV. We've had a lot of issues with our old one, so this is something we've been discussing and thinking of doing for a long time already. At the same time, we're also going to change our TV and net provider (back to the company we used to be with before), so I'm excited about that... and a little nervous, because it will mean a bit of stress with having people over, and probably also a bit of stress before everything is set up to work the way it should.

Should work better than our current setup, anyway. Slow net and flawed TV picture (with a lot of short sound/picture failures if you try to watch anything) has been the order of the day for way too long, now.

Finally... this also means one more thing: We will not have a landline phone anymore after this switch.

I'll be honest and admit that it has been hard for me to accept that this is a sensible decision. Of course it's true that I hardly ever use the landline phone, and I haven't been using it for a good few years. The only people who call on it are telemarketers and - until recently - mom's friend who kept living with the misconception that calling someone on their mobile phone is ridiculously expensive, so better use the landline if you can. Even that friend has now cancelled her landline phone subscription, though...

... so why has it been hard for me to get rid of it? Simply because the landline phone number we have has been the same for practically all of my life. That phone number is us, in some way. It's ours, and getting rid of it feels a bit like getting rid of some part of myself; some part of my own history. Does that even make sense?

Now I just need to hear from the TV/net installation folks, so that I know when they're coming by to set things up.

Soon, preferably. Because this should be exciting!

Tulips

Sep. 15th, 2017 01:51 pm
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I planted tulips and crocuses today, so let's see if they come up in a few months' time.

We used to always have tulips in our garden when I was little. Nowadays we don't have a garden anymore, and I don't know much about plants and flowers anyway, so it's not like I miss it. We have a couple of flower boxes and big flower pots, though, and that's nice. For example, earlier in the summer random people who just passed by our house would sometimes stop to admire the content of the flower boxes. The pots I've planted in today are in a less visible place, but I can see them from my window when I'm sitting by the computer - so if any of the stuff I planted decides to come up, I will have nice things to look at come springtime.

Duh, I sound like such an adult, suddenly. I'm not; I promise. ;)

Sigh

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:39 pm
zimena: A cup with a hot drink inside. A heart drawn into the liquid, and the text "Coffee, love?" diagonally across the pic. (Misc - Coffee)
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My life is a mess at the moment. Or maybe it's me (and my mind) who's a mess, take your pick.

I'm in that mood where everything - even otherwise enjoyable things - feels like a chore. I don't want to do anything, yet I'm also annoyed when I don't get anything done. I don't want to talk to people, yet I feel bad for not talking enough/not giving others enough attention. Generally speaking, I feel bad at this Being A Human Being thing.

It's a miracle that I even manage to make coffee for myself. Even that feels like a big chore, and it's - what? - a task that takes a few minutes, maximum.

It'll pass. I know that, because it always does.

I'm just not very happy with myself and my way of dealing with reality at the moment.
zimena: Cross-country skier Didrik Tønseth. (Skiing - Didrik Tønseth smiling)
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I know I've promised to do this for a while, so it's time for a little picspam with my second favourite cross-country skier. Some of you are already familiar with him, but if not - say hello to Didrik Tønseth.



For me he looks very handsome in this photo.

More photos and info under the cut )

Health update

Sep. 9th, 2017 05:40 pm
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I'm slowly regaining movement of my hand. Today I can do most normal things as long as they don't require supporting any weight on that hand. Yesterday was quite horrible, though. I feel like I was practically sitting in one position all day, doing nothing useful whatsoever, because my wrist hurt so much.

I mean it - I even had to eat with the left hand, because I couldn't hold a fork/spoon/piece of bread. I think that explains it quite well. Also, getting dressed in the morning was a challenge, and I had to pick out clothes that I could get "easily" on or off.

I wasn't even aware that CTS could be this painful. I had heard of the condition, of course, but never experienced it until now. Let's just say I hope it will be the first and last time.

By now the only constant pain left is a slight burning feeling, and a slight swelling. I guess it will fade on its own, too... hopefully soon.

Oh, and no more trackpad for me. Not even as an emergency solution.

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