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I just wrote (and subsequently deleted) a longish crowdsourcing post to try and find out the best way to write a bunch of names on an envelope. I am losing my damn mind.

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April 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

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Please, Mister Postman

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This is probably mostly fueled by hormones and the grouchiness that comes with extreme fatigue, but I am saying a lot of impolite words about the US Postal Service tonight.

I guess I should rewind this a little bit. I designed some cute thank you notes for the baby awhile back – they match the birth announcements I created (details to be filled in later, of course). I searched for the least expensive printer, which led me to VistaPrint. I don’t have much of a complaint against them except that I wasn’t super enthused about their shipping prices. I ended up choosing the most basic one because they were too high, and then it took them a million years to ship it.

This is where the problems began. They shipped via UPS, which would have been fine, except it was one of those stupid things where UPS takes it to the local post office, so you end up getting it a day later than if UPS would have just brought the damn thing to you.

But today was the day that that USPS was supposed to finally bring the package to me. I waited and waited for the mail delivery, only to receive junk mail. I was super pissed, but I tracked the package, which was still listed as “out for delivery.” J.R. said that they probably had a separate truck that made those UPS-to-USPS deliveries, so I chilled out a little. Still the package never came.

I had pretty much given up, but I decided to track the package one last time. Its status had changed to “delivered” – at 11:00 a.m., no less. It’s now 6:35 p.m., and there is no damn package.

I just hope the person they gave it to is nice enough to give it back. I don’t know what they’d do with thank you notes with my daughter’s name on them anyway.

I’d like to go to the post office in the morning and raise hell, but if my USPS app is correct, my stupid post office is closed on Saturdays.

The thing is that I have a giant baby shower to attend tomorrow afternoon, and the shower happens to be for my kid. I really wanted to get started on the notes Sunday because they need to get done before the baby arrives – and with her being so big, who knows when that will be? Plus, I spent a lot of money on the damn things, and I WANT THEM.

I certainly can’t spend the money to reorder them, and even if VistaPrint was willing to work with me on that, I don’t have time to wait to get them reprinted and shipped.

This is a stupid thing to be so mad about, but $90 is a fortune to me, and I feel like I’ve wasted it.

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March 10, 2012 at 6:43 am


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Every year in the spring or summer* I get small ants in the bathroom**. Normally I just spray an insecticide and that takes care of it, but last summer I was already pregnant, so I was scared to use the bug spray.

I tried a few tricks that I’d heard – Windex, Febreze (I tried the regular stuff and the air freshener spray), but nothing has worked. The ants have been hanging out in our shower all this time. In fact, they got even worse just today. I killed 16 of them when I first got up this morning, and I’ve probably killed at least that many throughout the day. I’m so tired of rinsing smashed ants off of my fingers!

I read today that a spray bottle of water with a little bit of peppermint essential oil will repel them (I’ve got zero objection to killing them, but I didn’t feel like buying all of the ingredients needed for the deadly spray). Hopefully that will work, especially since it should smell pleasant.

I’d like for whatever the solution is to be one that works well enough so that I wouldn’t mind continuing to use it. For one thing, I’m a little leery of spraying insecticide all over the tub even after the baby is born, just because she’ll be in such close contact with those surfaces. Plus, homemade solutions generally are cheaper, and it wouldn’t hurt being a little greener.

If you’ve tried something that worked well for you, I’d be interested in hearing about it in case this peppermint thing doesn’t work.

*It’s weird to me that the ants show up during warm weather. Shouldn’t they wait and come in when it’s cold like the stupid mice did? Seems counter-intuitive. Of course, they’ve been crawling around for a year, but sometimes there are just one or two, whereas on a warm day like today, there have been hordes of them.

**Um, also, why do the ants come to the bathroom? Wouldn’t the kitchen make more sense?

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March 7, 2012 at 6:27 am