Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Update for "If I Wasn't So Numb.... I Would Scream..."

A lot has been happening the last few days, to say the least. I do not want to go into too much detail here, but suffice it to say that Somebody's in Trooooouuuuble...... ;)

We got pieces of information that led my hubby to end up with a name. I then used what I call my "mad ninja internet skills" to find out about this person. I even connected him to the city that something was delivered to. I can actually tell you a lot about his moving around from NC to the Bronx to TN. I found his mug shot and information about him doing this before and getting caught at least two times.

I cannot connect him with the three names on the Southwest Airlines tickets, but I did find them on the internet and the three women definitely know each other and would very likely travel together. Question is... Are they in on it? Or did this thief somehow pull them into all of this?  If they are involved, they are definitely living one life publicly and a totally opposite one in reality.

It was so funny just now! I just called the bank's claims department and gave the guy there the information we found yesterday on the culprit. He said that I should get a job researching for them...lol  He was shocked and said that he has never gotten that much information from a customer.   It sure feels good!  :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

If I Wasn't So Numb.... I Would Scream...

I am ready to scream!!!!!! Our shopping trip was cut short today when our debit card was denied. It turns out that someone evidently got our credit card number or something and charged 3 Southwest Airline tickets and another charge at some Audio business.

I'm just basically numb right now....

We don't get another paycheck until the 25th. The bank said that it can take up to 10 business days for them to research and credit to our account. I hope I am understanding correctly that the money will be credited back... That thought just gripped me. Yikes!

Anyway, we have two important bills to pay before then... plus we needed a few specific things from the store. Even after they reimbursed the overdraft charge, we are still in the hole...

Actually, I'm somewhat grateful that we were so low on our savings at this time, because otherwise it would have probably been worse. We have that overdraft protection thing where they will take money out of our savings to cover if we go over. With this nifty activity... we indeed went over. This also meant that they had more money to steal.

I have had a couple of family members in the past steal from me and a couple of "friends", but being robbed by someone unknown feels way different. With the one's I knew, it was much more a betrayal of trust.

I cannot quite figure out what this feeling really is. I am not in denial. Been there...done that... I tend to work at figuring out what emotions I am feeling these days. Right now, I am feeling numb with a major tightness inside my body. Kind of like anxiety, but it is a bit different. I'm sure that it contains anxiety, but there is something more. I am also having a big problem with shaking since this all started. I might as well have taken a placebo. I will have to remember to keep a hold of something for awhile, because I tend to fall a lot more when the meds aren't cutting it.  Anxiety or being over-tired seems to basically nullify this particular medicine.

Anyway..... I was just talking to one of my BFF's on the phone. I needed someone to talk to. Hubby can't be reached until later tonight. Thanks to the idiot train engineer that was texting while driving a train last year and killing people in California... They are not even allowed to have their phone on during breaks or anything while on duty... But, back to the problem of today...

While talking to her, I broke down and cried a bit. No, I am not one that even attempts to keep the tears in. I can cry about almost anything: sadness, happiness, sappiness, etc, etc. But, I had not cried before that or even after. Now that I think about it, I think part of what I am feeling is shock.

I keep reminding myself that I have gotten through a lot of MUCH worse things. I will get through this. This storm is minor compared to many others.

When I am in the midst of a storm, I try to stay focused and alert to what I am supposed to learn during this time. God has always taught me something important while I am in the middle of it and I am sure that He will continue to do so. Sometimes, it has been simply to get me to rely on Him sooner and more fully - which actually is NOT a simple thing to teach me... But there is always something - even if it is to be able to truly tell someone that I DO know at least a bit about what they are going through.

I have also decided that I refuse to go through a big storm (or even a little one for that matter) without something positive coming out of it. If I am not taught something, then it was all for nothing...and that is NOT OK with me. I am not generally a stubborn person, but when it comes to things like this or someone telling me that I cannot succeed at something... Watch Out!

So, have I learned anything yet in this storm? Actually, I have.

I have learned to have a stash of money somewhere and not have it all in "one place". I am sure that I will be learning much more. We will just have to be patient and watch.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Meet me on Monday is a blogging meme hosted at Never Grow Old. There are five questions each Monday. It's a great way for bloggers and their readers to get to know each other better.

These are the questions for this week:

1. What is your favorite yogurt flavor?

Definitely Blueberry!

2. Ankle or knee socks? and on the same theme, white socks or colored??

Ankle socks... usually white, but I also love pink or purple fuzzy socks when it is cold outside.

3. How is the weather right now?

Warm and sunny with a slight breeze...finally...

4. Are you a fast typist?

Somewhat.  I used to be much quicker, but my main strength regarding typing was my accuracy.

5. Red or White Wine?

Neither really.  If I have any (which is very seldom), I like the more basic ones like Arbor Mist...is that even considered a wine?  lol

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Stylish Blogger Award!

A huge thank you to Lisa at Susanna's Apron  for presenting me with a "Stylish Blogger Award"!  How cool is that?  Be sure to check out Lisa's blog!  Her writing is encouraging, thought-provoking, and personable.  I especially like the way she applies God's Word to some everyday situations in such a clear manner.

I now get to share seven things about myself and then introduce ten lovely blogs that I think are stylish!

About me:

1. I am a pretty good cook, but not really a baker.  This is mainly because I am a self-proclaimed fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type cook.  I go more by my senses.  With baking, it is much more of a "science" and you cannot as easily just change it up.

2. When I was in the fifth grade, we did reports on a state other than our own.  I had Mississippi and did a really good job on the researching and writing of the report.  I even finished all of the "steps" on-time.  When it came time to do the oral report in front of the class, I lied and told the teacher that I wasn't done with it.  I did this every day until it was too late to still do the oral report.  I then turned it in and the teacher said that I would have gotten an "A-" if I had turned it in on time.  It was most of our grade for the quarter and I received a "D" in the class.  I hadn't thought that all the way through, because I was in serious trouble.  I never told my parents or my teacher that I had it finished on time, but was avoiding getting in front of the class.

3. I am a HUGE NCIS fan!  If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook, you probably already know this.  I tend to turn away at the gross stuff, but absolutely love how they focus on and develop the characters.  I have the first seven seasons on DVD, so if there isn't a marathon on when I need want it, I can put on my very own!

4. I love listening to Disney Radio with "Buddy".  A lot of the music on there reminds me of some of my favorite 80's music.  I am a fan of several teen stars...lol

5. A few years after I graduated from college, I was diagnosed with a reading comprehension problem and dyslexia.  It was never discovered or really even tested for until I was taking a group counseling facilitator class at the community college and my professor picked up on it. 

6.  I am not afraid of heights, but I am afraid of falling.  I can be way up in the air as long as I am somewhere that seems stable (like looking out the top of the Gateway Arch or down from a tall amusement park ride).  I do, however, get scared standing on a chair or ladder.

7.  I honestly get excited when a little leaf appears on my family tree at ancestry.com.

Here are the stylish bloggers I recommend that you check out.  I consider them all stylish in their own ways.  These are in no particular order.

1.  Cooking with K    
2.  Reflexions
3.  Sunflower Schoolhouse
4. Katherine's Corner
5. Tammy's Recipes
6. Finding Joy In My Kitchen 
7. The Finer Things In Life
8. Centsational Girl
9. Little Green Notebook  
10. Storage and Glee 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011