Happy Friday! This is my first Five on Friday post since Caleb was born… yay!
ONE. So, I haven’t watched The Bachelor in YEARS but I decided to watch it this season and now I’m an addict. I can’t wait until next season already (when is it?). I’m pretty ticked that he kicked Kaitlyn off though. I was rooting for her. I’m NOT a Whitney fan (she seems so phony and like she just says/does what she thinks he wants), so now I’m rooting for Becca by default. I really like Chris though; he actually seems genuine. Who are you rooting for?
TWO. Speaking of TV, I’ve been watching a good amount of it since I’m currently out on maternity leave and don’t have a lot of energy for much else; this mama thing is exhausting! Jerry and I have been watching Prison Break on Netflix and are currently on season two. It’s a bit confusing at times but I really like it. Also? Lincoln isn’t too bad to look at. Has anyone else ever watched it?
THREE. I need to vent and spread the word about H&R Block. SO… they filed my 2012 taxes and then I decided never to go back there because their fees were insane. Well, I just got a letter from the state the other day that I owed them money. Long story short, H&R Block filled something out wrong, despite me giving them the correct paperwork. I called them up and had a meeting with the guy who did my taxes that year and told him they should pay this. I explained that 1. it was their fault so I shouldn’t be responsible. 2. I know nothing about taxes which is why I hire and pay a professional. 3. I’m out on maternity leave and have a newborn baby. His response was that since I didn’t pay for a “peace of mind” warranty, they could do nothing but pay the interest. I told him again and again that this was ridiculous and that I shouldn’t have had to buy a warranty to ensure that the professionals I hired were going to do their job correctly. I even met with the manager, and despite my reasoning (and crying), they said they couldn’t do anything else because I didn’t buy the warranty. WTF?! Rest assured I will be telling everyone I know about this horrendous service.
FOUR. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I am totally impressed by Shutterfly! I ordered 464 prints of the baby, and quite a few (around 40) arrived with heads cut off. When I emailed them to ask about this, they wrote me back and told me how to crop photos on there AND gave me a credit on my account of 464 free prints… my whole order, not just the handful that came back bad! Now THAT is good service! I’m going back and fixing up all the bad prints, plus my next few hundred will also be free… score!
FIVE. I had my 6 week post-partum checkup yesterday and have been cleared for exercise! I’m starting back with the calorie counting and intense exercise today, and will hopefully be training for a fall half-marathon too. I need to re-lose a good amount of pregnancy weight because I gained too much and I am really looking forward to feeling and looking good again. If you’re a new blog reader, the short version is that I lost 118 pounds from 2012 to 2014 through exercising and calorie counting on MyFitnessPal (where I met Jerry). Then, I got pregnant and obviously gained weight. I need to re-lose about 50-60 pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Then, when I get back down to my lowest weight, I still need to lose maybe another 20 pounds or so to reach my ultimate goal. I hadn’t reached it yet before I got pregnant, so here I am, back on the wagon and feeling excited!
And because it’s impossible for me to blog now and not mention my little guy, here is a hilarious picture of him. I’m trying to think of things to blog about that aren’t always about motherhood and my baby (since not everyone is interested), but it’s hard! He pretty much runs my life at the moment. Don’t worry though, I will be doing my best to keep the blog balanced with various topics, though there will obviously be quite a lot about him and motherhood.