Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's the Little Things HNT

It's been one of those weeks. Nothing significant--just a lot of little things that pile up and get under your skin. Or my skin, at least. Why can't things just work the first time? Or in a logical manner?
  • Digital cable box--With the fancy new TV, I figured it was about time to go digital, even though I don't watch much TV (though that could change). Plugged everything in, and it works perfectly, with the exception of NO AUDIO. Spent an hour and a half going through all the settings on the box and the TV to make sure there wasn't a weird setting. Yes, I check the 'mute' button. Finally broke down and spent half an hour with customer service, who were hit with an error message they'd never seen. Swap out the cable box for a replacement one, and everything will be peachy. Two cable boxes and two HDMI cables later, and 45 minutes with a nice man in India from the TV manufacturer, and I have to wait for up to two weeks for a service rep. The TV works fine with the cable plugged directly in, but not with the cable box.
  • The less hours at work that I mentioned last month has been a little bit of a blessing, as I've had symphony stuff up the wazoo taking up that time. Unfortunately, the time spent at work has been non-stop work, and my usual routine of an occasional email, chat or blog surfing has been severely limited. Certain individuals are fully aware of that.
  • Did I mention that someone dropped many thousands of dollars to buy the symphony new music stands and chairs? Someone (no names) has to find the time to assemble racks and stands... That's not so bad. We also got stand lights for those music stands. Whose brilliant idea was it to ship a majority of them in ONE box--totally unnecessary, and impossible to handle. Couldn't be split into TWO smaller boxes? And then to send the remainder from back order in another box?
  • And those same stand lights--after unpacking them, I open one of the cartons and right there on the front of the box, "bulb not included". So now I have to find a cheap lot of specialty bulbs. Glad I checked ahead of time!
  • I won't go into my continuing problems with the router at home.
  • I switched to Progressive Insurance when I got the new car last summer. I got my renewal notice, and found that it rose almost $100. Then I realized that the coverages were different than I signed up for (that whole 'name your own price' thing). Why can't they just assume you're going to renew for the same coverage as before? Still, I really like Flo!
  • iPhone or iPad? Don't know what to go for next. Though my current financial situation implies that it's not something I need to worry about any time soon...
  • The dome light in my car. Won't turn off. Because there's a sensor that says a door is open. It's been like this for a week. Best advice I got from the dealership is to WD-40 the door latches, and hopefully the offending sensor will fix itself. Uh-huh. It's not so noticeable during the day, but it's sort of exposing while driving down the street at night.
In honor of the little things, I offer me and my dome light. At mid-afternoon...


Miscommunication with this week's Mystery Guest, so we have none this week. Remember, if you're interested in being the MG, just email me for the 'complex' details! And if you've done it before, there's nothing that says you can't do it again!
No problem in getting new pictures over at "...the Other HNT" this week! Stop by and see which of your fellow HNTers are over there! Leave lots of comments, too! NSFW, as usual. Ed. note: For reasons mentioned below, OHNT might be posted later than usual.
Stop by and check out the latest adventure of the OsShirt. Legs, water, bocci balls, oh my!
As mentioned above, time (or lack of it) has made me a bad blogger. Stuff that should have been written, but weren't include:
  • NFL playoffs--The Patriots won't be in the Super Bowl. That grants the Jets my "favored" status going into Pittsburgh. Though I still dislike the Jets. Actually, none of the AFC teams do anything for me. On the NFC side, the Packers/Bears should be a great game. Too bad that can't be a Super Bowl game... Rooting for the Pack. My Super Bowl prediction: Packers 38 - Jets 21.
  • A truly happy moment on Monday--I got a postcard from Hawaii! Shizzle is over there right now, and might very well never leave! What a convenient reason to visit!
  • Another high point happens tonight. I won't be around because I have a dinner/beer date! With No One Special (you might need an invite to get on there)! She's #21 over there in my sidebar if you don't know what she looks like. She's in town for a couple of days, so we had to get together!

49 comments:

Libidinous Man said...

V and I are up here. Collar or choker, you decide? You may not be able to tell but trust me, we are more than half nekkid in all the pics.

Have a Happy HNT.

Chapter Two said...

yay! for the Os shirt post..... and it all boils down to little things no?

I am up - still cleaning (and I threw nekkidness in earlier this week too- a bonus)

The Queen said...

HNT Old lady style...

lecram said...

been a while but I'm up this week. And if you read the post you'll know how it's connected to HNT!

BTW... the featured work of art is by Mr. Reza Assemi... and is the Rogue Muse for this year.

Cheers and Happy HNT!

BTExpress said...

My pool party doesn't rate a mention on the Os shirt blog? I know it was there. What's up with that?

Jas said...

It is always the little things that add up.
Hope you have an awesome night out tonight and forget about that stuff for a while.

I'm a terrible blogger ... No posts except HNT's!

I'm up

JM said...

The little things can shit me to no end, but as Jas tells me from time to time, pick your battles and try not to sweat the small stuff.

The dome light will most likely be a faulty door latch or microswitch, and if the vehicle is still under warranty, you should be able to get it sorted once you have all the other little things under control.

As for HNT this week, I'm UP with a little piece on the art of Seduction.

Emmy said...

Sounds like you've had quite the week with mechanical type things....hope it all starts resolving itself.

The dealer's advice was priceless. What do you do to keep the battery from going dead?

I'm up this week - waiting. :)
Happy HNT!
~Emmy

Chapter Two said...

Ohhh, and tape a black piece of cloth over the dome light- my old car used to do that too.... and I still like Flo too

SapioSlut said...

I'm up and cable tied...

Happy HNT!

CB said...

My first HNT is up!! http://www.cigarettesandstilettos.com/2011/01/cb-and-boyscout-hell-never-be-same-hnt.html

Mr. Smith said...

Were Up! Happy HNT. Don't let the BS get ya down! That Cable Box issue would have ticked me off though....

Tigress said...

Hehehe. Giggles.

I'm up this week!!

Meow >^,^< Meow
Tigress

Osbasso said...

Her Gucciness is up, living the life of luxury!

http://www.mamastillwearsgucci.com/

Midwestern City Boy said...

The "new" cable box that was installed after the outage we had last week gets perfect audio but won't change channels. It's stuck on the preview channel which makes it worthless. And, believe it or not, this week we had a power outage.

At least the darkness made for an interesting background. Stop by and check out this week's post at Married In Ohio.

Happy HNT everyone.

Semi-Celibate Man said...

Hi Os. I like taking those self-portraits in the driver's seat pics. Well done.

I'm up. Dressing "right".

Happy HNT.

Dana said...

Doesn't that dome light drain your battery?? I'd be terrified ... but then I do overreact on occasion!

Can you say three weeks in a row? I promise to quit counting now AND to do my best to make the rounds this week like a good HNT-er.

Hope you enjoyed your dinner!

Lady Grinning Soul said...

As usual I'm up! Musical and nude.. of course.
I'll be back to visit all of you later.
LGS xx

Cheeky Minx said...

On the bright side (bad pun intended), your dome light does give you a rather fetching golden glow!

Have a lovely dinner...

I'm up.
xx

Mrs Discontented said...

Happy HNT! I'm up.

Mrs.D x

heelsnstocking said...

I'm so sleepy... Typing with one eye open only.

I'm up, getting hot in the bath and now going to have five more minutes sleep.

HHNT xx

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Although I'm not taking part anymore, I sure am still enjoying everyone's pictures and posts.

13messages said...

I keep reading about or hearing trombone references lately and thinking about you.

Have a nice week. I'm up.

Vixen said...

Yes. The little things. :)

I'm up! A bit of stripping... *grins*

xo

Bad Bad Girl said...

hang in there Os!!!

I'm up!!

Fat Controller said...

In celebration of the return of sunshine to this part of the world, we're up with a picture of a sunlit garden (!)

Happy HNT!

Kevin Lomax said...

I'm up in an ol'skool Polaroid way: www.lomaxxx.blogspot.com

Molls said...

I'm up.

My HNT is behind a "don't click this if you're my parents wall" now.

Joanna Cake said...

I have managed to leave my interior light on several times and each time got a flat battery. Won't that happen to you if the dome light doesnt go off on its own?

I know what you mean about the little things mounting up. It's just so frustrating when things that should work don't or products are missing vital parts so you can't use them immediately or people just don't do what they say they're going to do. Breathing always helps in these situations :)

Im up with more fancy dress - dont forget to put your mouse over...

HHNT xx

Another Suburban Mom said...

Sorry there is no mystery guest, and it always seems like everything piles up at once.

I am up today, moving forward with the alphabet.

Maggie said...

Are the sunglasses because the dome light is too bright? :P

I'm up.

MinorityReport said...

That stinks about the light not turning off in the car.

HHNT!
I'm up. :)

viemoira said...

wow- what luck you have had! I hope it gets better.

I was so upset about the Pats- but I too will be backing the Jets against the Steelers.

I'm up and only *half* nekkid this week. :)

HyperSexualGirl said...

Is the dome light thing caused by cold weather? That was the case sometimes in the cold Midwest where I grew up.

I'm up!

suburbanslut said...

It is the little things, eh? At least they don't involve doctor's visits unlike someone I know.

Anyhow, I'm up - showing off my racing stripe. :)

Chin up. As I keep saying to myself, 'this too shall pass'

xoxo
-m

thesecretivewriter said...

i read your linked post about the fellow blogger and that is heartbreaking. Even after many years it never gets easier to lose a friend.

Jobthingy said...

I am FINALLY up.

I passed out last night.

But I am up now!

GET!

Better week next week love.

xoxoxo

IveyLane said...

Hi Os! We've gotten the "just use WD-40" car advice lately too. I hope you're turns out better than ours. :(

I'm finally up on Ivey Lane!

XO
Ivey

padme amidala said...

Hi Os,
Happy HNT! We are up with a sexy picture from the past. With some fetish boots and a whip. :D
Check it out!

http://darkside-journey.blogspot.com/

Hugs,
padme

Lusting Lola said...

I'm back from vacation and up with a delicious HNT.

Daisygirl said...

your whole digital cable story reminds me of my freakin computer story....sorry to hear so frustrating.

The dome light in the car....haha...sorry all I can do is laugh.

Im up. HappyHNt

Saucy Wildcat said...

I'm baaaaaaack. XOXO

Lady Grinning Soul said...

Sounds pretty crazy for you Os! Hope things calm down and all the little things sort themselves out. I did have a little chuckle at your photo.. in a kind of "if you can't laugh" disbelief kind of way. Ridiculous how complicated it is to get your own stuff fixed. I could probably write quite a lengthy list myself.

LGS xx

Marcus said...

I'm up, and I didn't wait until 11:59 tonight like I have done before!

Sadie Smythe said...

I am up, better late to the party than not at all!

xo~Sadie

Fat Controller said...

Sorry about your dome light problem. WD 40 is a cure-all for every known car ailment, but you want to squirt in on the switches in the door surrounds, not the latches. Try jiggling each switch in turn a few times to see if that helps. Depending on the model of car, these switches can be removed, usually by unscrewing a single screw and very often it is this same screw that grounds the lighting circuit so that if the light goes off as you remove the switch, you know you have got hold of the defective one, otherwise pull the lead off the spade terminal on the switch for the same effect, but be careful the loose wire doesn't disappear inside the body panel! I'm appalled at the poor advice from your dealership, it should be a relatively simple problem to sort out and a replacement switch should not be expensive.

Master's Azra said...

Sounds like a rough week Os. Keep your chin up. Speaking of up....
I am!

Happy HNT to all!

Happy Swinger Chick said...

Just keep swimming... just keep swimming....

*hugs*
~Happy

Up for viewing.

Moosekahl said...

I have the same sound problem with my digital cable box...instead of using a video feed channel I have to have it on channel 3 then the sound works. Weird, I know but it fixed my problem after multiple calls to maintenance.