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Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thanks to the restoration of internet at our house I've been able to do the following:
1) Watch episodes of Heroes on NBC.com. I really wish I hadn't missed season 2 when it was aired the first time.
2) Upload the Thanksgiving 2007 and Denver 3/17/08 photos that have been sitting on our camera memory card for a while.
3) Email a hotel in Otorohanga to book a room for the night of December 23rd, the first night Dan and I will be in New Zealand.
4) Fill my iPod with a bunch of new songs from iTunes and the CDs I already own. Sometimes I look forward to my workouts just so I can listen to music.

And in real world news, Dan and I went to REI today and bought hiking boots for our trip to New Zealand. Breaking them in is going to be a bit harder than buying them, though. Dan is at work now and I'm doing my best to tidy up the house while he's gone. It's not really working. I've managed to do some laundry, wash some dishes, and take out the trash, but that didn't seem like enough. So I also supervised Roomba as it swept the floors. This is not as easy as it sounds. I need to go put some clothes in the dryer now. Another exciting Sunday night!
Posted at 10:08 PM, 1 Comments

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
After six weeks with no internet access, our DSL service was finally restored on Tuesday morning. I was asleep when Verizon called to let us know (I was sleeping late because I had been at work until almost 4 AM that morning), but it was still a good call to get. What was the first thing I did when I woke up? Ordered a sweater from J.Crew (the computer settings at work kept me from doing it earlier) and got caught up on Strong Bad emails. Before I left for work this morning I bought three new songs on iTunes in preparation for my workout. I've been keeping a mental list of songs to buy, but I could only remember three of them when I sat down at the computer. I am one of those people who forgets things very easily if I don't write them down. So anyway, internet access has been restored in the Feller household and we're both very happy about it. I have a couple of belated things to post as well as some pictures to upload. And that's what I'm planning to do tonight if I don't get called in to work!
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Friday, April 18, 2008
When I called Verizon this morning I was actually able to set up a new DSL account! We should have internet access again on Tuesday! Hooray!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Good news - as of yesterday Dan and I both have valid passports for our trip to New Zealand in December! They're the new electronic kind too. Fancy. At least we don't have to go through the hassle of passport renewal again for ten years. If only we had decent internet access at home (dial-up just isn't cutting it) I could make some more plans for the trip. I wish we had kept out New Zealand Automobile Association travel books so I could find a list of hotels in the small towns we're visiting. At least we still have eight months to figure out our accommodations. I need to call Verizon about setting up a new DSL account today. Maybe, just maybe, we'll have internet back in a couple of weeks. Joy!
Posted at 4:23 PM, 1 Comments

Friday, April 11, 2008
I just finished my Friday workout (TNT was showing King Kong rather than a Lord of the Rings movie which was disappointing, but it was still a good trip to the gym) and now I'm checking my email one last time from work before leaving for the weekend. Not having internet at home is a pain in the rump. (Many thanks to Danny Saunders for that phrase. It always makes me smile.) Tomorrow morning I am planning to hit the gym again before going to the Huntington Beach Barnes & Noble to meet Cassandra Clare, one of my favorite authors. I just finished reading her latest book and it was awesome. (Käthe, feel free to disagree with me on this one.) Dan has class tonight so I'm going to go home and watch a chick flick - the Masterpiece Theatre version of Jane Eyre that I checked out from the library today. I'm really looking forward to it. I need to do some laundry too or I won't have any clean jeans to wear tomorrow. Have a good weekend all!
Posted at 7:28 PM, 1 Comments

After all of the trouble we've had with Verizon, I succeeded in finally "canceling" our DSL service yesterday morning. You'd think that our account had already been cancelled since we haven't had service in a month, but apparently that was not the case. It seems there was a disconnect on Verizon's end where the technical support branch thought our account was active and operating normally, but the central office thought the account was closed. This resulted in every single one of our trouble tickets being marked "resolved" with no action taken. Completely maddening. So as of today Dan and I no longer have a Verizon DSL account. I have been instructed to call back in 3-5 business days when I will be able to set up a new account. Great. Until then I've reinstated my Juno dial-up account so we can access the internet at home. Now I just need to find a Juno access number thatís not two years old and won't incur any long distance charges. Fun!
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Friday, April 04, 2008
There are some days when I seem to have all the energy in the world during my workouts. Today was one of those and the time just flew by. I wish going to the gym was always that easy, but then finishing a workout probably wouldn't be as satisfying. I felt like a complete nerd while riding the stationary bike today because I was watching Fellowship of the Ring on TV and listening to the Alanis Morissette song from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on my iPod at the same kind. (Plus, I just finished reading Prince Caspian last night.) Although singing along with my iPod helps regulate my breathing while I work out, I kept wanting to recite the movie lines. "When in doubt, Meriadoc, always follow your nose." I am such a dork.

I have a dance lesson at Arthur Murray at 9:15 PM so I'm killing time until then. I'm posting this from work because I'm almost positive that our DSL service isn't hooked back up yet. Verizon managed to fix the phone, though. It rang for the first time in three weeks on Wednesday and scared me half to death! My biggest accomplishment of the week was mailing my application for a new passport with my married name on it. That will come in handy when we go to New Zealand in December. I can't wait to see more of the Lord of the Rings sites when we're there. If it doesn't rain every day we might even be able to see Mt. Doom! The nerd in me can only hope.
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008
I think we're going to cancel our service with Verizon completely. The customer service is unspeakable bad. Dan talked to ten different agents on the phone yesterday - each one assuring him that the next person they were transferring him to would be able to solve our problem. The calls all ended with no action on Verizon's part to reinstate our phone or DSL service that they haven't been providing for two and a half weeks. Why is this so difficult?

On a happier note, I made a reservation for Dan and me to stay at the famous Chateau Tongariro in Whakapapa Village, New Zealand the nights of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It's gonna be great!
Posted at 10:42 AM, 1 Comments

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