I’m Stellar. (Or so I’m told.)

No, I didn’t call myself stellar. But someone did.


A customer service rep for DIRECTV. That’s who.

It all started, for the record, with a call to AT&T customer service. (Stick with me, it’ll make sense.)

So we got a promo mailing with some discount options on phone service. And, it turns out, AT&T and DIRECTV are now partners, which opened the door for some other savings options.

Sue from AT&T answered my call. And she was fabulous. I told her I wanted to lower our monthly bill and see what I could do with this mailing they had just sent me.

Within five minutes, my monthly phone charges were down $8, and my high speed internet was given a special price for the next six months — saving us, during that time, a total of about $23 per month.

Nice. Thanks, Sue!

I then asked her about the DIRECTV special promo. She said I could save $5 off my monthly bill with DIRECTV just for being a customer with AT&T. I like it when my providers are working together — for me!

Sue got Francine from DIRECTV on the line and we went through the necessary information. Turns out my package is no longer offered — so we had to upgrade the package (which gets me 17 extra channels) in order to save. Bottom line, in addition to getting the Sportsmen’s Channel (jealous?), I’m going to save $3 per month on that bill.

The promo offered three months of Showtime and HBO. I asked about that. Francine told me I already had Showtime. I told her I didn’t. She told me I did. That I got it last week to celebrate my anniversary of being a DIRECTV customer. And, because I’m a “stellar customer” (honest, she said it!), they gave me Showtime for a year for being loyal.

Since I’m stellar, I couldn’t resist asking about the three free months of HBO. “No problem at all, sir. I can’t say no to someone as stellar as you.”

Um, yeah. I love this.

So, the bottom line — AT&T and DIRECTV rock. And, after 20 minutes on the phone, I saved almost $30 per month, got more channels and was told something many of you already know.

That I’m stellar.

Emptying a Cluttered Mind…

So, Hershey’s is going all out in the variety of their legendary Kisses. The always popular basic Kiss now has some company: dark chocolate, cherry, caramel, orange cream and almonds. Why can’t we just love the basic Kiss? Why do we need these flavors? It’s like the entire M&M craze, which I don’t support either, for the record. How about it? Are you with me on keeping just the basic Kiss or are you a new flavor lover?

You’ve heard about the beef recall, right? Something 140 million pounds of beef had to be recalled. Here’s my question. Where does it go once it’s recalled? Inquiring minds want to know.

Yup, Erin is crawling. It happened officially this weekend. It’s an amazing thing to watch. But, the downside? Do you think Aidan is ready to share his toys? Um, no. “I’ll share with her when I’m a thousand, Daddy.” I’ve never counted to 10 so much as I did this weekend.

On a bright note, Aidan and I did go sledding at the local (very hilly) golf course. It was his first real time. We had a blast.

Some upcoming concerts for me: Bon Jovi (of course!) and Billy Joel.

I had a rough Forty by Forty weekend — but I’ll blame it on Renee’s birthday.

What’s going to be really tough for Forty by Forty is not stopping for a Shamrock Shake every other day. I can’t eliminate them…but I can’t have three or four a week, either.

Tell me you are watching Rock of Love 2? If you are not, you must. You simply must.

Two signs I knew that Forty by Forty is working: when I got my haircut recently, my hairdresser (yes, I go to a woman) put the thing around my neck and I was like, “Kelly, did you get bigger ones (um, yeah, that’s not sounding how I mean it, but you know what I mean….)? She hadn’t. So, I’ve actually lost weight in my neck. And, apparently in my fingers a bit, too, because my rings even feel a tad looser.

Again, if it snows, you are required to clear said snow off your car. Including your roof. Ugh, I hate that. Hate it!

I mentioned I’m going to seen Bon Jovi, right?! 🙂

Not only am I watching, but I am loving, Lipstick Jungle.

Hillary still has my support.

I think that’s it.

What else? I got nothin’.

You Take the Good, You Take the Bad…

….you take them both and there you have the facts of life. The facts of life!

 Thanks to Becky for reminding me about that great show. Of course, she got it confused with One Day at a Time. But I’m OK with that. And you should be, too. Both were great shows.

 I was never a Blair fan, though. My crush was on Jo — ah, Nancy McKeon.

For those that don’t know One Day at a Time, as Pessimistic Redhead said, Schneider was one of the great characters. He was the superintendent of an apartment building where the main characters lived. And, those main characters were a mom (Bonnie Franklin) and her two daughters (MacKenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli). Ah, pause while visions of Valerie dance in my head.

So there’s your 80s TV moment.

I’m a guest blogger for Clink today. Talk about a step up. If you’re visiting from there, thanks for stopping by. If you haven’t been there, check her blog out. Great stuff. And today, you’ll learn about how I got engaged. It’s a cool story.

Anna and I are playing Sick Kid Poker. I wasn’t able to go to the doctor yesterday with Renee and Aidan, so she called with the news.  Anna and I have been sharing sick kid stories this week. She sits in the office next to mine, and I just said, “Ear infection and bronchitis.”

She replied, “I see your ear infection with bronchitis and raise you one ear infection and a sinus infection.” I guess you had to be there. But it was funny. What’s not funny are sick kids. Aidan is on the mend though. Even slept until 7 today.

Am getting a cold though. So that sucks.

I think that’s all I got for right now. Afterall, this is really second post of the day. 🙂

What else? I got nothin’.

Tuesday Thoughts

You know, I’m about done with funerals. Not to start this off in a gloomy way, but we buried my 100-year-old grandmother yesterday, just a little more than three months after my brother’s funeral. If I don’t go to another funeral for a few years, I’ll feel pretty good about that.

Big day for Aidan at school today. It’s show-and-tell time! He’s the first one to go. He has really come out of his shell in the last month, but he’s still a very shy kid. As I sit and write this, I can’t help but wonder how he’s doing — if he’s even doing! I’ll let you know how he does.

My TiVo is acting up. We have two TVs. One (the one we always watch) has TiVo on it, the other just has a satellite receiver. The second TV was not getting something from the satellite so they came out and got that fixed Saturday morning. I asked them about my TiVo, explaining how it would just freeze at times. Of course, as they went to see it, it worked fine. But, it happened last night while I was trying to watch the Patriots and TiVo a couple of other shows. Looks like another call to tech support. I mean, it’s peak TV season. Can’t lose it now!

My 15th college reunion is this weekend. I’m incredibly psyched to go and spend time with four of my dearest friends. Oh, and the bottle of Captain Morgan I was just given will come in handy, too.

I saw a sign the other day that made me think. It was on a gas station and it said, “Under New Management.” When you see a sign like that, why is there always an immediate assumption that, well, it must be better now?

Patriots! Red Sox! Life is good.

What else? I got nothin’.

I’m Back

You know you haven’t written a while when you’re lying in bed and your wife says, “You’re falling behind on your blog.”

Yikes. It can’t be that bad. So my Monday post is going up nearly on Tuesday, that’s OK. Perhaps you were still enjoying the fabulous reads from my guest bloggers, Anna and Molly. I can’t thank them enough for stepping up, particularly on such short notice.

And, I’m going to be away again in a couple of weeks. So I’ll be looking for guest bloggers. I’m just saying.

And, speaking of just saying, what I’m saying to Molly, and what all of you should be saying to Molly is CONGRATULATIONS!!! Molly’s Michael has made her the happiest bride-to-be in the history of happiest brides to be (well, second happiest — I mean, wait until I tell my engagement story). I’m sure there will be more to this as details of the engagement and all the planning unfold, but before I look in the boss’s manual for “How to deal with an incredibly excited newly engaged person,” I offer Molly and Michael nothing but happiness. If you like reading her now, stick around, it’ll get even better. Meanwhile, come on, go here and wish them well.

So last week, I was in Florida for a couple of days. It was a cross between a business and pleasure trip. Let me just say this, no way in hell I could live in Florida. Too hot for my blood. The best part of the trip? Well, OK, it’s not really in the top five, but it’s still fun to do — people watch in airports. Is there a better place to people watch? I haven’t found one.

Had to bring some things home for the kids, so that made for an exciting time for Aidan. He got a few things, but the cutest thing is what he and Erin each got. When they are in it at the same time, I’ll be sure to take a picture. What is it? Well, I bought a Thing 1 shirt for Aidan and a Thing 2 onesie for Erin. I couldn’t resist.

Today at the breakfast table Aidan asks, “Dad, what will Erin’s voice sound like?”

My Patriots are on a roll, and my Sox are in the playoffs. It gets no better.

This is the big TV premiere week. Prison Break continues to be fabulous. We watched Big Bang Theory tonight. I laughed out loud a bunch of times. Hope it doesn’t disappoint. And for those My Boys fans, the star of Big Bang Theory is the guy who played Trouty. A complete TV post coming later.

For now, let’s just leave it at that.

What else? I got nothin’.

Catching Up

Faithful readers, I have returned.No excuses for my disappearance, if you will, just a lot going on. I’m sure you understand. And, well, if you don’t, there’s nothing I can do to change your mind. Or is there?

So, to get us back in the swing of things, how about a few random items for you to consider?

It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Makes me think of the Ireland trip we took in 1998. Lot’s of great memories. Can’t wait to go back — some day. Been listening to a lot of Irish music lately, too. Have you discovered the Boston Irish rockers Dropkick Murphys? If you haven’t, download Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced. You won’t be disappointed.

The annual corned beef dinner will be tomorrow. Perhaps with a Shamrock Shake. What’s a Shamrock Shake, you ask? Only the best thing McDonald’s has ever created. It’s a mint-flavored shaked that is, you guessed it, green. I’ve thought about an entire post about my affection for the Shamrock Shake, but I’m worried you’d think less of me after that. So while it pains me, I’m limiting my Shamrock Shake posting to just this paragraph.

So the NCAA tournament is happening. I didn’t fill out a bracket this year. Can’t even remember the last time I didn’t do one. Perhaps I’m suffering from March Madness. Heck, can’t even tell you the four number one seeds.

Opening Day is only two weeks away though. That I’m excited for — partially because it starts the Fantasy Baseball season, too.

Admit it, you’ve missed me.

I’ll admit this, I’m jazzed up for the start of the new Dancing with the Stars season. Cheryl, the pro dancer who has won the last two seasons with Drew Lachey and Emmit Smith, has been paired with Ian Zeiring. Let’s see how good she really is. If she can get Steve Sanders to win this thing, then she is, well, amazing. The only way to reward her? Her own sandwich at the Peach Pit.

Speaking of TV…I was ready to give up on LOST. But, the last few episodes have been pretty good. So, Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid and others, I’m still with you.

Are you still with me? Good.

I think that’s all for now.

What else? I got nothin.

Rain, Rain Go Away

It’s raining today. Pouring actually. Not to mention the 35 m.p.h. wind. These are not days you like when your basement can act up on you. Thankfully, the worst is behind us (I hope), and nothing bad has happened. Yet.So, it’s been a crazy week. I seem to be saying that a lot lately. Regardless, I owe you a few thoughts, so here they are — in no particular order.

My birthday is coming. It’s Wednesday. Forty is getting closer and closer. Ugh. Don’t feel anywhere near it, though, so that’s a good thing. Right?

The day before my birthday is Halloween. The boy wonder is 2 and a 1/2 this year. We are hoping this becomes his official trick-or-treating debut. He’s even got the “trick or treat” part down for when people answer the door.

So what’s the problem? Well, not sure if he’ll be in a costume or not. We finally landed on Thomas the Tank Engine as the preferred costume. The problem is that once we actually got the costume, he’s wanted nothing — and I mean nothing — to do with it. So, we’ll see!

Chocolate chip pancakes for dinner tonight. Love breakfast for dinner. I’m just saying.

Why am I so excited that the Dancing with the Stars tour is coming nearby?

Are you watching Six Degrees? You should be.

Speaking of TV, I do love the Vegas. Well, Las Vegas. It’s perfect mindless television. I also loved the old Vegas — remember Dan Tanna? Yup, I do. I don’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but I remember Dan Tanna.

November 7 is election day. And, no doubt about it. I do have an incredible decision to make. A decision that could affect me in so many ways going forward. That’s what election day is about, right?

The decision I’m facing — do I buy both 90210 and Melrose on DVD when they come out that day? Now that would make for an interesting debate.

What else? I got nothin’.