This has been a Friday that has most definitely had its good and bad parts.
It was good in that it was the last day of five in a row at work and after putting in a little over 56 hours this week, I can now look forward to two glorious days off before I do it all over again next week. That's a 'woohoo'!
It was also good in that I found out that the zombie photo of Amanda that I had entered into the Halloween Costume Photo Contest on Facebook that the Rockport Inn & Suites was holding was the winner and we're now the proud awardees of a free night at a fantastic-sounding place!
I've looked at the Rockport Inn as a potential place to stay several times as it's not too far from Amanda's college plus it's in the Cape Ann section of Massachusetts where there are plenty of picture-taking opportunities. Can you say scenic seaside scenery? I can! A very big thank you again to all those who voted and "liked" Amanda's picture. You've got to admit that she makes for one fantastic zombie and I bet the trip will make for one fantastic blog post! Definitely a 'woohoo' on this one!
On the flip side, things got kind of bad when I got home from work and found I had a letter waiting for me from the Office of Child Support Enforcement in Tampa, Florida telling me that I owed past-due child support for Jamie. Sigh ... not again! I called the number they listed, waited on hold for close to half an hour, and finally got to talk with someone who told me that they hadn't received anything from the State of Connecticut invalidating their claim. So ... I hung up, called the Office of Support Enforcement here in Norwich and got the same rude lady that I spoke to shortly after our court appearance when I had called to make sure that they knew there were no more past-due or future orders for support. When I finally explained to her that I wasn't a dead-beat parent (I get the feeling she immediately adopts that tone when she finds out she's talking to the "guilty" party in a support enforcement case), she told me that a notice had been mailed to Florida on October 27th but they couldn't be responsible for the U.S. Postal Service. Yea, toots, no kidding! So, even though I thought this was finally all behind me it looks like I need to fax some forms and what-not next week to finally remove the last of the albatross that's been hanging around my neck. This one gets a big 'whoops'.
And lastly just to balance out the bad with the good, I had to send Amanda's MacBook out for repair awhile back because one of her roommates accidentally knocked a small cup of water over while she was working on her computer on the dining room table and naturally it landed on her Mac rendering it quite dead. Fortunately I'd had the foresight to purchase an additional warranty for the computer that covered accidental spills and drops (something the regular Apple warranty won't cover) so I contacted the company the warranty was through, sent the computer in for repairs, and received it back yesterday. Well ... sort of ...
Due to my crazy work schedule I hadn't had a chance to open the box until this afternoon and I when I did what did I find inside but someone else's computer? Not even a better MacBook, mind you, but a smaller model that had obviously seen much better days. WHAT?? With a sticker with someone else's name on it, too! I immediately called my warranty provider who gave me the number to the repair facility so that I could talk to them directly. The guy that answered the phone sounded like he'd been hitting a bong pretty hard and after making a futile attempt to try to explain the situation to him, he finally put me on the phone with his manager - oh thank goodness!
Turns out that somehow the shipping label with Amanda's computer and the other kid's computer got switched before shipping and Amanda's computer took a trip to Columbus, Mississippi while I had the other kid's computer sitting on my dining room table. Bryan, the manager, was very apologetic and immediately emailed me a pre-paid UPS Next-Day-Air shipping label so that I could send the computer I had down to Mississippi while he got in touch with the people who had Amanda's computer and did the same for them. Luckily her computer ended up at a college prep school called the Heritage Academy and the kid that it belonged to was on the Tech Team - whatever the heck that is! - so it was easy to track hers down. I packed everything up, attached the shipping label, and dropped it off at the closest UPS shipping station at the local Staples so it should get to its proper owner soon. In the meantime, Bryan emailed me the tracking number for Amanda's computer so hopefully it will be on its way north soon. Absolutely a big 'whoops' on that one, too!
So - the good and the bad are all balanced out now and I sure hope that's it for the day - I've only got to squeak through a little over another four hours so I should be safe, right??