Monday, April 28, 2008

Cocoa adventures

After a really sunny, warm, good weekend, Monday brings rain and cold. We have had unusually summer-like weather these past few weeks. I even have a bit of a tan. Hubby feels great! But - this week we are in for rain and cold.

Went to my Aquafit class this afternoon. I didn't overdo it. Had a sore shoulder from planting yesterday, so really just relaxed and enjoyed the class.

I was cold when I got home, so decided to warm up some milk and make hot chocolate. Opened a new tin of cocoa. I like to make my hot chocolate with honey and cocoa - the old fashioned way.

Took off the red plastic lid, peeled back the inner seal, spooned out some cocoa and then tried to put the lid back on. Didn't fit. I tried to screw it on. Wouldn't work. Tried to clip it on somehow - still didn't work. It just sat on top of the tin (actually cardboard) container of cocoa. I squished it on, only to spill a bunch of chocolate powder on my t-shirt.

O.K. - now I'm getting mad. What is wrong with these people! They can't even make a lid to fit - actually fit back on the container ?? Why do people have to make things so cheaply these days?? This is crazy. I'll just call the company.

I called the 1-800 number on the tin.
"How can I help you, m'am?"
"I can't get this red plastic lid back on my cocoa. I've tried to screw it on, or clip it on, and I've only succeeded in spilling cocoa. This lid does not fit properly!"
"Oh, just a moment, I'll go and get a container and lid and see if I can help you solve this. Would you mind if I put you on hold?"
"Not at all. Thank you."

Thinking to myself: stupid cheap companies. If they think they can get away with lids that don't fit......
Hmmm - what happens if I flip it over and put it on.

Click! Like magic the lid snapped into place.
I was mortified! Oh no - I had it on upside down!!! My fault entirely - and here I was blaming the company.
Should I wait for the customer service person to come back on the line?
No - I chickened out and quickly hung up.

Oh boy, he must think I'm the dumbest person alive. Maybe he even thought it was a crank call. Nobody would be that dumb!
The phone rang. Agggggg - don't tell me it's him, wanting to know why I hung up!

Whew - it was only my daughter. I was laughing when I answered the phone, so had to tell her of yet another "menopause moment."

12 comments:

Amy said...

I feel your pain, Wendy.

5 years ago, I actually called my home warranty company b/c my AC just wasn't cooling the house at all. A service person came, looked at my filter and said, "Um. You know you're supposed to change these things every 3 months, right?"

The filter was THAT dirty and clogged. This, despite my kid's asthma! I don't know how I forgot, but as soon as I changed it my house cooled right off. I can't imagine how the repair folks must have laughed and laughed at me.

So you're not the only dumbest person alive, although your story made me chuckle.
:)

Beverly said...

That is too funny. I recently got a new laptop that is equipped for wireless, and I ahve a router and all that.

I couldn't get it to work, so I called the company. The lady very patiently took me through everything...finally I looked and saw that I had not turned on the switch that connected it all. I felt rather dumb! I thanked the lady over and over. I did feeel foolish.

Beverly said...

That is too funny. I recently got a new laptop that is equipped for wireless, and I ahve a router and all that.

I couldn't get it to work, so I called the company. The lady very patiently took me through everything...finally I looked and saw that I had not turned on the switch that connected it all. I felt rather dumb! I thanked the lady over and over. I did feeel foolish.

JeanMac said...

That's too funny, we've all been there.

beckie said...

Wendy, how funny! When you get to be our age-'life experienced' things like that happen. Glad you shared it with us.

Wendy said...

Oh Amy - you must have felt awful, particularly with your asthmatic daughter. Just goes to show - you can't think of everything, all the time!
Beverly - you really make me laugh. I also was setting up a new computer and hadn't plugged in the phone line. Figured the electrical plug was enough!!

JeanMac - glad you also go through these things.
Beckie too - is it age? Or as you so nicely put it "life experience things" LOL

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I don't blame people for doubting, I know I'm the odd one. But Im also a health professional and I know when I am being mistreated or when someones word or actions can actually harm me.

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Femail doc said...

I don't know what's the better part of the story, you smashing the lid on upside down, or you thinking the ringing phone was this guy hunting you down! Both images got me laughing.

I was in Greeley, Colorado municipal court with my son today (don't ask). As we sat waiting for the judge, it occurred to me I should shut off my cell phone. Pulled it out, pushed the button, but alas it was already off. It's little just-turned-on musical flourish sounded in the courtroom just as the judge strode in. Hopefully, the shuffle of people standing drowned out my little lapse.

Cheryl said...

That had me laughing, so funny. It was so good to read that I am not the only menopausal woman out there, doing mad things. I would have hung up to by the way!!!!

Wendy said...

Hey Steve - thanks for stopping by. Your significant other must be a real special person.

Oh Judy - you make me laugh. I can imagine how red your face must have been when the judge strode into court (no, we won't go there) to the tune of "ta-dahhhhh" cell phone on and ready for action!!

Thanks Cheryl - I'm glad you would have hung up too!

Femail doc said...

May I copy your cocoa saga to Menopause Moments with the proper acknowledgement to that clueless middle-aged lady you?

Wendy said...

Sure Judy - you can copy anything you want!