Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I've got tomatoes coming out my ears

My goodness, we've still got green tomatoes and even flowers on our plants that think they are going to turn into tomatoes before fall. Crazy! We only planted two plants, a roma and a cherry, I did not anticipate this many tomatoes. Which brings me to my point, I've got another freezer tip. You can take tomatoes, spread them on a cookie sheet and toss 'em in the freezer. Once they are solid, zip them up in a ziploc or whatever container you prefer. When you go to use them, they will be mushy which makes them perfect for creating sauces. I like to do pizza and spaghetti sauces and I think I could even use the mushies to make salsa. They would probably also work in a chicken curry sauce too, mmm I'm getting hungry.
Next year, I'm going to grow the tomatoes in big pots, they got really bushy and threatened to take over my whole garden plot. They also were too close together and got all tangled. I was pulling cherry ones off what I thought was a roma branch and vice versa. As for the rest of my garden, the peppers are just starting to turn from green to red and orange, there's only 3 bell peppers but a bunch of the little chile looking-peppers that I think I'm going to dry. Potatos were a failure, they didn't grow at all. My green onions were a failure in a good way. I let them grow too tall (3 feet) and they flowered which was kinda cool looking. We tried eating them anyway but they were woody. But, with flowers came seeds, so I'm all set to grow onions again next year. I've also got a packet of poppy seeds that came free from somewhere, so my garden plot will be onions, poppies, peppers and maybe corn with tomatoes on the side.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


One Year of Net Worth Updates

This month marks one year that I've been watching my Net Worth. Although its not entirely accurate because I was not very good about valuing my car or retirement plan through work every month, I think its pretty close to being accurate. And I'm very pleased to see that I've almost doubled my net worth, simply by paying down my debt. This is very exciting and good motivation for me to keep working hard at my debt pay-off plan.

problems with Capital One

On May 30, I received an email from Capital One, dear fabulous customer we like you so much we're offering a 4.99% interest rate on balance transfer with no fee, just click here to process your transfer. So I clicked and transferred my only other credit card balance. I was pretty happy with this, it meant I was only paying one credit card a month so I no longer had to decide who was going to get how much of my money every month. Then it happened...I got my June statement and the special rate was not reflected. Hmm I said, lets see what it is in July and give them the benefit of the doubt. Well it was still wrong in July so I emailed customer service. Customer Service sent a very kind email telling me they couldn't help me via email and I would have to call them. I did not like that response, but I didn't want to call them while I was angry so I gave it a few days and promptly forgot to call. On Saturday I took a look at my August statement and remembered to call. Here is where the fun begins.
Customer Service guy #1 "I see where you made a transaction on May 31, it was processed as a purchase not a balance transfer. Who did you speak to when you did the transfer?" I told him I clicked on an email. "I can't help you with internet transactions, I'll have to transfer you to another department, but I'll explain the situation so you don't have to repeat it"
Customer Service guy #2 "We show that your special balance transfer rate is 6.99%" The email I received said 4.99%. "Could you please fax us a copy of the email?"  Why because you don't believe me or is it because you have no record of making this offer? I didn't really say that but I wanted to, I did ask to who's attention I should send the fax and was told to simply mark it attention customer service, great that gives me so much hope. I have so many problems with this situation, why did the email transaction not get properly processed? Why can't guy #1 provide customer service regarding internet transactions? Why does guy #2 have no record of making the offer? And why is this credit card which I love for its low interest rates and no hassles (until now) suddenly being mean to me?
And of course, I didn't have the printer hooked up to my computer to print the email and I don't have fax software installed on my computer yet so I still haven't faxed the email. grrr