Friday, July 24, 2009

House to a Home.

Working on it. Progress not perfection. Fucking SLOW progress. But this week I have fallen into a little pocket of acceptance that the LBC is what it is... I need to kick my shoes off and dive into participating in life here again. This is home. For now, for who knows how long. And that's okay. For the design savvy, feel free to swing some interior design porn my direction. For now, some thoughts.....

This Would Soooo Happen To Me....

In my recent run-ins with wildlife in and around my apartment, this story would totally happen to me. SICK SHIT.

Chastity Erbaugh was about to serve lunch to a table full of kids in her Tyler, Texas, home when she got the surprise of a lifetime in the bag of frozen green beans she had just microwaved. As she was stirring the green beans in a bowl she saw an indistinguishable lump.

"I actually couldn't tell what it was," she told WalletPop. "I thought maybe one of them was starting to sprout or it was a mushroom or something."

Then a friend who was with her looked at it. "She said 'Chastity, it has eyes. It's a frog.' I just backed up to the counter. She said my face just turned white."

Erbaugh said she felt faint from the shock of finding an almost totally intact frog. It was just missing its legs.

After getting over the initial surprise, she said she got mad -- mad at Wal-Mart, where she bought the retailer's Great Value brand microwave in the bag green beans. She said no one called her even days after she reported the problem and calls to the corporate customer help line left her scratching her head. After the last call, Erbaugh said Wal-Mart said it would make up the whole episode by offering a coupon worth the value of the green beans that could only be redeemed for another Great Value product. Total value: $1.

Erbaugh also talked with the producer of the Wal-Mart vegetables, Pictsweet. She said they were apologetic and asked what they could do to make it up to her. She said they later told her Wal-Mart would be handling the situation. An email to Pictsweet officials was not immediately answered.

Erbaugh also was upset that her complaint did not spur Wal-Mart to remove the green beans from the store. Instead, that happened five days later after local TV station KLTV cotnacted the local health department.

Wal-Mart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Erbaugh said she's done with frozen vegetables and shopping at Wal-Mart for now -- even though it is a closer and cheaper option than the other grocery stores in the area. She said she'll drive right past the Wal-Mart to do her shopping until the mammoth company makes her feel like a valued customer after years of spending some $400 per grocery shopping trip there.

"I'm not going back – not anytime soon," she said.

Friday, July 17, 2009


I was flippin through the latest Urban Outfitters catalog and saw this Broke is the New Black tank come up. Really? We're STILL using that slogan? Let's reflect on how many people jocked that shit in the past year or so.

Reminds you a little of another slogan that got beat to a bloody pulp in recent history........

I donno... Is it still kitchy and clever if 912509125 people did it already? Just sayin'.


I've been eating Ramen for about 7 days straight and will seriouslly puke if I have to go on like this one more day. I need to increase my menu on the frugal living/eating plan.

...Trying to stay positive and keep a good attitude in this time of "re-establishment".

(Que Music: Miley Cyrus' 'The Climb'. )