Stress to make our vacation seem more relaxing

Apparently there was a mistake when we tried paying our USAA bill and instead of $100, it attempted to draft $10,000 from our checking to the USAA investment account. We are leaving at 5 AM tomorrow morning and we found this out around 8 PM in the evening tonight when we logged in to our checking account and found it overdrawn. This is a problem because we hadn’t taken out the cash for our trip yet, and we plan on using public transportation, which requires cash.

Yay for WAMU 🙂
The lady who answered the phone at our bank (WAMU) was very nice and helpful. She stopped payment on the $10,000 but said it would take 2 business days for the account to kind of “get right” again. They also refunded the insufficient funds charge we had received, since this was a mistake. I got confused as to what was up with the account overall, but she said if USAA called WAMU and/or stopped trying to draft the amount, it would clear up and we could take out money again.

Boo to USAA 🙁
USAA was not as helpful. They said they couldn’t stop payment on the charge because it was after 5 PM and all the managers who have the power to do that sort of thing were gone until Monday. We explained that we are leaving in the morning and we need access to our checking account and they basically said “sorry”. We called them back a second time and they changed the story a little and said the charge had already stopped itself. We were not sure which to believe.

It gets dumber
So, we can see from WAMU online that our account still shows our correct available balance. We decide to drive to the ATM and see if we can take out cash anyway. We drive to the WAMU ATM and IT EATS OUR CARD!! We call WAMU again and they can see the amount it tried to take out and I think they put it back. They said we could pick up the card from the branch tomorrow morning but of course we can’t, because we are leaving at 5 AM. Oh well, WAMU issues a new card in the mail but now we are down one card and only have mine left. We are too afraid to try the ATM again for fear we’ll lose both cards.

The outcome…
We end up going to 2 separate CVS Pharmacys and buying a toothbrush at one and some Kleenex at the other with the debit card so we could get the maximum cash back on each transaction. Hooray, this works! And it only took like 3 or 4 hours and a bunch of stress.

On that note, see you next week! Will log on from the hostel computers if we have access…

2 days and counting…

Sorry I have not been posting much. I have not been home except to sleep since Sunday and I won’t until Friday, when I will be packing that evening to be ready for the airport shuttle that comes at 5 AM (?!). I am really looking forward to the vacation, work has not been easy this week trying to prepare, and as I mentioned, I’ve had something (sometimes more than one thing) every day of the week after work. If I can just make it to Friday….

“Not Your Miss America’s Finalist Questions”

Here are some questions from InterstellarLass, I think this is called a meme but let me know if I am wrong about that…

1) What is the funniest thing that happened at your wedding and/or receptions?
It’s not really funny, but it turns out that half the invitations to the Dallas reception were never delivered by the US Postal Service. Some were returned to me months later with the entirely correct addresses and postage intact, no explanation, and others simply never arrived at their destination. We have felt bad about it ever since, because our wedding announcements to the people we invited to the receptions specifically mentioned the reception date but the invitation to the reception itself were supposed to follow. However, when those people never got a reception invite, we were afraid they might have felt shunned. It’s really more annoying than funny…

2) If you only had one vacation to take during your entire life, where is the one place you would go?
First of all, Christian would come with me. I just want to clarify that. 🙂 I would definitely go somewhere with a beach and then I would refuse to come home, ever.

3) Do you have a family heirloom (besides your ring-stone) that is special to you? What is the history of the item?
I don’t think I’ve got any heirlooms, or if I do, they must not have come to me yet. Which is probably a good idea since I break things a lot. I have hidden a few things from myself in a cedar chest at my house for this reason. Most of my family is descended from Mennonites, who believed that material possessions were vanity. My great-grandmother did not even have a wedding ring when she got married, just a watch (or so I’m told). The ring-stone is probably the closest I get – the stone in my engagement ring is the stone from my mother’s engagement ring in 1974 which she and my father gave to Christian and I so that we could be engaged and married. I would pretty much die if anything happened to it. Sometimes I actually pray to God to protect me from losing it. I hope that isn’t materialistic, but seriously, if I do something retarded like lose it, I am going to have a really big problem forgiving myself.

4) Do you collect anything? What is it and how did you start collecting them?
In the past I have collected Mary Engelbreit items, although right now our apartment is so small and decorated so modern that I haven’t yet found a place to display it so it is boxed up in the closet. When I was sad about my first boyfriend breaking up with me, my mom got me a Mary Engelbreit book “Don’t Look Back” about there always being another day, and wrote scriptures in it. I think she got me a few more over the years, and other people got me little ME-themed stuff. I like how she puts quotes in cartoons and I think the colors are very cheery!

5) If you could have any job and not have to worry about how much money you made, what would you do?
I think that I would like to be a personal assistant or clean houses. This sounds menial but I really like to clean and organize things. I do have a problem with setting boundaries, though, and I have heard that those jobs can be difficult to set boundaries in. I would also not mind working at a coffee shop again like I did in college. But just part time. It hurts to stand that long!

Here are the directions…

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions. (my comment: I will most likely be stealing the questions from somewhere else because I am not that original)
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Happy Interview-ee-ing!!