Thursday, April 26, 2007

I’m a masochist

Okay, well I don't necessarily mean in a sexual sense. I mean, we all like having our nipples tweaked, right? I'm talking more about the way I treated my body yesterday when faced with the shitty day I had.

Yesterday's post was put up in the morning. Then for lunch (and this was prearranged) we had pizza. Not the most healthy of foods perhaps, but it could be worse. After eating that, I opened the gas bill. Big mistake...

Our last two quarterly gas bills were for £50-something and £80-something. This new one clocks in at a massive £212! For three months. And not even the year's coldest months! What the fuck is going on?!

Then I come back upstairs to work, mightily pissed off about this, only to find a new e-mail from Paypal:

"... the funds in question used for this transaction were possibly fraudulent. We did an investigation and it was determined that the funds, indeed, were fraudulent. As such, we had to return the funds to the party that had them taken from them without their authorization. You are not protected from this reversal of funds under our Seller Protection Policy..."

Wow, that's nice. So I'm fucked, then? I replied:

"And so the person who took these funds fraudulently gets away with the goods for free, while honest dealers like myself lose out... Well, I will be certain not to sell anything on eBay again, that's for sure. And I shall be very careful not to use Paypal to receive any funds either."

What else could I do but have Chinese takeaway and a couple of bottles of beer for dinner? In my defence, I did go for a 20-minute walk after work, but I know I shouldn't abuse my body the way I did last night, especially when I'm sort of on a diet/exercise regime and not doing too badly. I take comfort in the fact that this morning I am still weighing less than 75kg (165 pounds). I want to get down to 70kg (154 pounds) by the end of August. That should be doable, right? Just gotta kick that beer to the kerb...

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Blogger cappy said...

hope todays going better. mines shit!
just been trying to change the brake shoes on the vespa ready for my return to work, and i can't get the damn drums off! so a trip up to the local scooter shop and a big bill is looming!
hey ho!

26 April, 2007 12:16  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

Interesting that your perception is of punishing yourself, not comforting/indulging yourself. Maybe you need to tweak your nipples more often...


26 April, 2007 13:02  
Blogger Milla said...

I love you *A like as if you were a brother.
Does that make you feel better? Well, maybe not, but I am sure if Red starts tweaking your nipples and then she takes you for a takonada, the world will be a completely different and better place afterwards (but british gas will still be cunts, nothing we can do about that. This thing with ebay: surely ripping you off like that is against the law?)

26 April, 2007 13:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just had a slice of pizza for breakfast, following some for last nights dinner with beers.

Whats your point.

26 April, 2007 13:29  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cappy: It's going okay so far. Touch wood... I hate big bills. Unless they're on big ducks.

G/puss: Maybe you're right about that!

26 April, 2007 14:37  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Milla: You love me like a brother? That's so sweet! I'm a bit more cheery today anyway, thanks. It's all nada on the tako front today, too. It is a work day after all!

Poolio Iglesias: No point. It's all good...

26 April, 2007 14:45  
Blogger Judith said...

Do you still have this womans address that bought the mags? Ive never looked back since I requested to get a gas meter installed - that way I keep a better eye on the costs, I dont have a sinking feeling handing the fuckers over wads of cash and not wasting gas willy nilly (am I allowed to use such a term when S & M has been mentioned?).

As for the chinese Im sure your body has forgotten about it when the MSG kicked in..

26 April, 2007 15:41  
Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

I don't know what it is about stress/bad news/life crap that makes us want to self-sabotage with bad food. I do it, too, and have done it lots in the past. I especially did it lots when I was doing Weight Watchers, of all things. Chin up, stiff upper lip and all that good stuff.

26 April, 2007 17:31  
Blogger Biddie said...

What a crap day. Is there any way for you to recoup any of this ebay money?
I had my share of run ins with the gas company, too. We paid $3000 to keep our gas right before Christmas, and then, a month or so ago, they told me that I STILL owe from an old bill. Because we were never caught up (according to the gas company)our bill now stands at about $1200.
I hope that your day(s) are better from here on out. I'd be drowning my sorrows in a chocolate shake right about now if I were you.

26 April, 2007 17:53  
Blogger Kate said...

I sympathise about your gas bill - we have had a similar problem. Last summer (you know that time of year when it's hot) we got a bill for £350+ and we hadn't even used any gas at all. Oddly, two of our neighbours received bills for almost identical amounts - a difference of pennies.

That's bad luck about your Ebay sales. It's very unfair for you to lose out, while the dodgy person gets to keep your goods. I haven't used Ebay, but I do use Amazon and they have a marketplace section where you can sell stuff. It might be worth a try.

26 April, 2007 18:34  
Blogger Odat said...

I'm having a week like that!! I feel your pain....I too take comfort in food...sooo bad!!!
Hope the rest of the week gets better for you.

26 April, 2007 21:00  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

beer, chicken vindaloo, vodka. Abuse away old bean. It's fun!!

26 April, 2007 21:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 beers. you rebel.

26 April, 2007 22:15  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

yuck... i'm sorry :(

i've been having problems with my electric company, too (we've even had to report them to the public utilities commission and my dad's talking to a lawyer), so i know the feeling. i hope it gets fixed for you. and i'm sorry about pay-pal, too. this is why i've always been too scared to sell (or buy for that matter) on eBay.

congrats on the weight goals and successes. i'm sure you'll do it!

27 April, 2007 01:29  
Blogger Lee said...

Oh how nice! We've got matching masks!

If you saw how I eat and drink, you'd start writing a eulogy for my liver and heart.

27 April, 2007 01:34  
Blogger Milla said...

What do you mean "it's nada on the tako front it's a work day"?
A takonada is perfect for working days, resting days, holidays, week-ends, busy days, every day!

Well, I'm glad you are feeling better today :)

27 April, 2007 08:46  
Blogger Red said...

Milla, I know, he makes it sound like we only engage in a healthy takonada on a Sunday. Well, it won't be this Sunday, anyway. I just couldn't at my mum's house! Madonna, torno una bambina quando sono in Italia!

27 April, 2007 10:23  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Your gas bills sound like our phone bills which kept having these mysterious charges. We switched services and I hope there are no more surprises. At least the new service assured us there wouldn't be, we'll see. I was going crazy. It was cheaper to call japan than our next door neighbour.

Have a great weekend and lots of wonderful long fast walks (I think I'm funny)(just know...I'm making Stagg go for long fast walks suffer along side each other)

27 April, 2007 13:29  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Judith: I do still have her address, but she has made contact so I'm hoping things might work out (yeah, right). I just don't think I could be bothered with the hassle of a gas meter. But I may consider changing supplier.

Coyote: Welcome. It's just one of those things. I guess one doesn't consciously see it as sabotage; rather as comfort or whatevr. But it will undo the good work you've done...

Biddie: Looks like the money is unrecoupable, unless the woman feels some remorse... Those crazy bills are a real pain in the ass, right?

27 April, 2007 13:54  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Kate: Did you get a rebate from the gas company? Or was it all valid and you just had to suck it up? The eBay thing has pissed me right off. I'm hoping it's just a bad break. We'll see. Might investigate Amazon, or maybe I'll just give stuff to people or charity instead.

Odat: Sucks, don't it? Hope yours gets better too.

4D: It is fun, you're right. But I'll try to keep it to weekends from now on!

27 April, 2007 13:57  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Anon: Um, yeah, whatever.

Martha: Some days just bring you down. Thankfully such days are a minority. And at least we aren't talking hundreds of pounds here (on the eBay thing). Still a pisser. Good luck with fighting The Man.

Lee: Excellent! Although that's not me. I look a teensy bit more manly. But not much.

27 April, 2007 14:00  
Blogger Milla said...

So you'll be in Italy from this week-end? I'll miss you guys! Have a great time in Italia.

27 April, 2007 14:31  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Milla: I meant it's daytime and we're working, not we get nada Monday to Friday. If you see what I mean. Not that it should really make any difference, since we work from home. But I guess we're just conscientious!

Red: Maybe when your mum pops to the shops then?!

Candy: Crazy 'bout your phone bills. Yeah, I think we're going to change gas supplier. The figures may be right, but they seem so wrong... We'll be walking some, don't you worry! Have a great weekend you guys, too.

27 April, 2007 14:37  
Blogger Tanya said...

arse. bollocks. cunt.

Hope that things improve, dearest.

28 April, 2007 23:19  
Blogger Gardenia said...

It always, without fail, seems to happen to me - and sounds like you are going through what I do on this one. I start a diet, then hell itself erupts to pull me down to the nether depths to some sort of sabotaging debauchery that ruins my self-disclipline, that loving of myself that involves some discipline.

29 April, 2007 02:59  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tanya: I think things will probably get worse before they get better. But isn't that always the way?!

Gardenia: We could all do with a bit of discipline in our lives, I guess!

01 May, 2007 09:59  

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