Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ecommerce, the good, bad and ugly

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Sorry for the delay in posting here.  Our computer decided after 5-6 years of loyal service it had enough and decided to go on a permanate vacation.  We ordered a custom computer via the internet just before our old machine kicked off.  The time frame was never explained well unless you read the fine print but after 15 days we finally received our new machine only to find out it was broken.  Call the manufacturer, spend two hours working with tech support via online chat and the phone only to find out we need to send the computer back.  We spent good money on day one of the order being placed and patiently waited only to be let down.  After another 2 hours on the phone we finally came to an agreeable resolution.  I can say I am happy with the outcome but am frustrated with every thing we had to do to get there.  The offers ranged from buy a new computer and when we receive the old one you will receive a full refund to let us set you up with a finance account will no payments for 6 months to process the purchase of the new computer and return of the broken one.

You can find anything you are looking for on the internet but working through possible problems with the purchase make spending the extra money to buy from a local brick and mortar worth it.

Self employed stay at home dad

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I am a stay at home dad who does woodworking on the evenings and weekends.  This post is me venting some frustration that comes with this title.  I love that fact that I get to spend the time I do with my kids.  Seeing the world through their eyes, every thing is new and exciting.  I think that after some time we become numb to what is around us.  I get a new appreciation for so many things that we take for granted through my child’s reactions. The down side is the lack of time that we get to spend together as a whole family.  I love my wife and wish I could spend more time with her but we made the decision that one of us was going to stay home with the kids and since my job did not supply insurance I got the honor of staying home with them.  It is a tough decision for allot of families.  Option 1 you work your tail off to make enough money to pay for the child care and worry about what your child is being exposed to while you are at work.  Option 2 you make some tough budget choices and a very active role in what your child is learning.  It is such a privileged to be able to stay at home with them and experience all of the firsts.  First time sitting up, first time taking steps, first words…

The moral of my story is to not be bitter and frustrated about the schedule we have chosen but look forward to and enjoy all of the time spent with the kids.