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The Economy and Durable Goods – My Washer is Broken

Posted by madjillmom on September 9, 2012

Durable goods ain’t so durable.

I have been thinking about my appliances. They just aren’t lasting as long as they should. My 6 1/2-year-old GE Front Load Washer (abt $1100) is done for.  I had to call a repairman in to tell me it would cost $600 to $700 to have it fixed.  So, goodbye not so old washer, hello new washer.  My very expensive front load European washer from before ($1600) lasted about 7 years with one repair. I recently spent $500 fixing the ice maker on my 7-year-old refrigerator.  My fancy stove needed major repair at about 7 years.

I bought the front load washer because I want to be kind to the planet.  I want to save water and energy.  Now, I have two major appliances, heavy with steel and metal, soon to be rusting away in some dump somewhere. So much for saving the planet.

It just seems that we spend a lot for appliances, and don’t really get great life from them.  My broken washer washed for four people the first two years, then mostly only two people for the last 4 1/2 years since my kids were away most of the time in school.  That’s not a lot of hard service. The new washer comes Tuesday. It will only be working for the two of us.  I hope they last a lot longer than the last two.



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Coke, Carbonite, and Boycotts

Posted by madjillmom on April 5, 2012

Coca Cola needs to remember that conservatives drink their stuff also.  Coke succumbed to a call for a boycott by backing out of funding for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  Coke needs to remember how that worked for Carbonite when the latest Rush Limbaugh slut brouhaha happened.

Coke, I drink your products and I do believe in requiring ID’s to vote.  If you think that your bread is buttered by lefty Soros-funded types, you are probably mistaken.  Plus, when you give into such threats, you only invite more such threats.  Plus, Pepsi is agenda driven to the left, so you won’t gain anything giving into Color of Change.

I can and will give up Coke products if you do not reconsider the choice to give into Color of Change.


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Valentine Presents

Posted by madjillmom on February 11, 2011

Things I Really Do Not Want for Valentine’s Day:

Any Pajamagrams but most especially the Hoodie Footie.  The sight of me head-to-toe in a fuzzy pink jumpsuit would scare any man with intentions away.  Somehow, I can’t quite see the combination of hysterical giggling combined with sweating a sexy notion.

Any Vermont Teddy Bear but most especially the Bear with a Hoodie Footie that would match the one I would have.  The whole notion of a grown woman in a hoodie footie with a dressed up teddy bear reeks of a man with issues related to pedophilia.  How can this be a good Valentine’s Day present?

The commercials for each of these products rank alongside the “Just for Men” commercials in my book for gross and creepy.

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Oprah Winfrey Network

Posted by madjillmom on January 2, 2011

I am not a fan of Oprah Winfrey.  I thought she had value for about the first 10 years.  Then she became a religion of some kind.  Now she has a whole network to save us all.  I have tuned in.  A family is resolving their hoarding/clutter issues, their communication issues, and the deadly illness issue all on their front lawn surrounded by all their stuff.  Wow.  That certainly is taking it up a notch – crying and psychoanalysis on the front yard with cameras rolling.  I think  this could fix me.  Now if I can develop a terminal disease and kick up my clutter a few levels, I too can be saved by Oprah and her minions.

All the commercials so far seem to be enabling great things also.  Nissan Leaf, fabulous Diane Sawyer, Live to you true potential, and Oprah’s best friend’s show.  So far, there aren’t any beer commercials or weight loss products being shown.

Remember, don’t watch this network unless you are an Oprah hater such as myself.  (Hate really is too strong a word for my feelings for Oprah.)  If you step inside the network, you will be sucked into the cult, fed the KoolAid, and hunted down when you wake up from the unreality to the real world.  No one can escape.  I am not sure if there is deprogramming available for this new network yet.  Perhaps there is a employment opportunity there for me.

Now there is a program on call Miracle Detectives.  Will there be long lines in Chimayo, NM, seeking cure for illness and pain?  Maybe they should have just taken the man from the last show to this place to see if it might cure his leukemia.

Update:  I have watched almost an hour of this network and I can feel myself being sucked in.  Help me…  Please make it stop….  Oh, no!  This blog could be pro-Obama by the end of the week….

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August Fever

Posted by madjillmom on August 1, 2010

Thus begins the dog days of summer.  I am firmly convinced that I have the summertime equivalent of Seasonal Affected Disorder.  I am sure that my case is similar in nature to the cabin fever that those in the north suffer from in mid-January when it seems that spring will never come.  I want to hibernate until the first cool front.

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Silver Dust Polished Into the Wood

Posted by madjillmom on April 16, 2010

No, I have never seen silver dust polished into wood on a car console. It looks lovely.  Who thinks this stuff up?

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Things I Don’t Care About…

Posted by madjillmom on April 5, 2010

The country is going to hell in a hand basket. My childrens’ futures are bleak. My husband could lose his job tomorrow. My doctor’s appointment could reveal something bad. I really can’t get that concerned about Tiger Woods and what kinds of questions he will face at some press conference today at the Masters.

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Obama Admininstration Wants it Both Ways

Posted by madjillmom on February 11, 2010

Tonight, as I watched Special Report and listened to my husband yell at the TV, I began to wonder who can believe anything the Obama administration has to say. Steve Hayes really was on target. Here are just of few of the many ways Obama wants it both ways:

1. Obama says undie bomber was an isolated instance a few days after Christmas after being forced to come of the golf course and talk of the incident. Today, Robt. Gibbs says the Undie Bomber was so well trained by Al Qaeda that he would not have talked anyway so mirandizing him is irrelevant.

2. Today, Robt. Gibbs says the Undie Bomber was so well trained by Al Qaeda that he would not have talked even if not mirandized. Three weeks ago, Gibbs assured us that the authorities had gotten all there was to get from the Undie Bomber in the initial 50 minute questioning period.  Which is it?

3. Joe Biden says that the success in Iraq is all due to their administration and calls it a great achievement. Both Biden and Obama voted against the surge. Further the troop reductions that Biden touts were worked out under the Bush Administration. Trying to take credit for winning the war in Iraq was still the order of the day with Gibbs saying that as a candidate, Barack was responsible for the win. This is ridiculous.

4. Gibbs says the administration is very comfortable with how they handled the Undie Bomber. When asked if they will change how they do stuff with the next “inevitable” terror suspect, Gibbs said that the next suspect won’t be exactly the same circumstances as the last. Yet every time they are asked why they mirandized the undie bomber, they say the Bush admin mirandized the shoe bomber. If every terrorist suspect is different, then why bring up the shoe bomber or the other claimed 300 prosecutions in federal court of terrorist suspects.

5. Large bonuses to fat cat bankers and wall street executives are bad and the adminstration is the only thing saving them from the pitchfork mobs ginned up by SEIU, ACORN, and Yesterday, large bonuses paid to fat cat bankers and wall street executives that have given substantial sums to Dems are a just reward to savvy businessmen and the administration is a strong supporter of free market capitalism where their supporters are rewarded with 18 million dollar stock deals.

6.  Presidential children are off-limits unless they want to talk about their test grades or use them as props in the new “don’t let your children get fat” campaign.

7. Obama is now agnostic about middle-class tax hikes. After promising not to raise taxes on those making under $250,000 a year, and now after running up the debt and trying to become a born again deficit hawk, he is now agnostic. The administration keeps talking about getting ahold of out of control spending, but never seems to do anything but propose larger and larger budgets and government spending and growth.

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Disliking Oprah – Guru Position Available

Posted by madjillmom on February 9, 2010

Oprah recently scolded Jay Leno for a joke about Letterman. She did not scold herself for promoting a sweat lodge spiritualist recently indicted for the sweat lodge deaths last year. I went on her website to see what she is promoting. Quick run through find a yoga activist who recalls how she was ministered to in a gay sex club in an old church by a man with AIDS who showed her God or the soul. Maybe this yoga activist woman who hangs with shamans will take the place of the Sweat Lodge Spiritualist Guru. This preachy woman falls for anything. I believe that one can find God in anyplace. Evidently Oprah was running a contest to find out who found God in the most bizarre place. Instant Guru. Climb on the bandwagon. Sign the publishing contract. Here we go again.

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My Husband and My Projects

Posted by madjillmom on December 30, 2009

I am trying to handle these things, these yearnings I have in an appropriate way, but it is hard for me. For reasons I do not understand, I have projectitis. Since our holidays began about 2 weeks ago, the yearnings or aggravation has been bubbling up and I have been trying to handle these things in a constructive way, without being bitchy and raising my voice.

I have tried to put myself to work doing some of the projects that I have on my list. This started a few days before Christmas when I took some leftover paint to paint my old office (slated to be husbands new office of pool table room in the future). I quickly covered a wall with a first coat, covering up the faux technique I did many years ago. The paint is good but not right for the space, so I started thinking I could use in my small bath and fix some spots in the living room and stairwell where a boo-boo happened a few months ago. There the options brewed in my head for several more days.

On Christmas Day, I straightened our closet as it was closing in on me. Husband said nothing. I wrote down the giveaways for tax purposes and put it all in a part of the garage for dropping off someday soon.

On Boxing Day, while the others were at the movies seeing something I really didn’t want to see, I began constructing a wall mounted table in our laundry closet over the washer and dryer. I have wanted this project for several years. It was finished but not painted by 10 pm with my husband’s help after the movie. The next day was our Christmas Meal day when some girlfriends came to visit.

Yesterday, I cleaned out under our bathroom sink and patched a large cutout that was leaking cold air from the walls or something. It has been there since we moved in 10 years ago. My husband recently mentioned the cold draft while shaving in front of the sink. As again, my husband said nothing while I did the work but did dutifully empty the garbage after the project.

Today, the family planned a lunch trip to the favorite local mexican food restaurant. I stayed behind and scraped the popcorn ceiling from our small bathroom. This is because I want to paint the room, but won’t paint without removing the horrible ceiling. It is now a rule that the awful job of taking off the popcorn must be done if you are repainting a room. This rule is mine and not my husbands. So I took a muscle relaxer, got the spray bottle, and scraped the little ceiling, took down the disgustingly dirty A/C vent, and am cleaning up to prepare for painting the small room with a brush. My husband’s main comment was why was I taking down the towel racks. I mentioned yesterday that I want a larger shelf above the toilet for towels to relieve some of the storage problems we have in the small bath. I then later told him I was going to scrape the ceiling and paint the bath. He didn’t voice any objection, nor offer to help. So I started the project this morning. This whole thing begins to fall under the “seek forgiveness” instead of “ask permission” scenario. Even though I show all signs of having projectitis, he doesn’t seem to notice. Later today, I will paint. Tomorrow I will install shelf.

This long post really has to do with only one project I want done, or at least begun. We have lived in this house for over ten years. During that time, our pool table has inhabited what space there is for a dining table. That has been ok but now I want it to change. A table we bought sits in our garage. For this whole holiday time, I have tried to get the pool table taken apart and moved to the garage so that I can serve a meal at the new table. I have consulted the internet and know that taking apart a pool table is a big job. My husband is not on board with this notion. It will save us several hundred dollars when we call out some people to move the table, put it back up in a new room, and re-felt the table. Our young sons will soon be back at school and then there is no chance to get the table moved. I have even taken to boycotting game playing with our kids and friends until I have a table I do not have to squat around to play games at.

I have put this campaign in high gear trying to get my way. In the past, I would just duke it out with husband, but I am trying to be a better person to him. I am beginning to wonder if I can continue doing it this way. Perhaps I may have to revert to screaming and door slamming to get this done.

Females are the civilizing force in this world. Renovations and change are not usually brought up by the male of the species unless he is gay. I have been married to this man for over 29 years. He always resists change and remodeling/renovation. It always requires an exhaustion of forcing my will on whatever project I deem necessary. Usually he ends up helping, though often under duress. But always, after the project is done, he likes it. Usually he likes it a lot. In fact, he is the one that shows off the project to friends and family. After almost 30 years, why do I have to beg or scream when a project needs doing.

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