Thursday, April 30, 2009

Toddler Faux Pas CONTEST!

1. If two toddlers are playing with an empty box, never, never, NEVER put a dinosaur in the box. All hell will break loose.
2. Don't assume that all balls are the same - you can't just replace one ball with another and expect your toddler not to notice.
3. Expect a meltdown if you are playing outside and decide to come inside. Inside sucks.

I've been dealing with an increasing number of toddler faux pas lately, so I thought I'd change the name/address of my blog to make it more descriptive. I could write a book on all of the toddler faux pas I've encountered over the last year or so - and it seems like it's getting worse the closer Killian gets to the big 2. Or is it only worse because I'm the big 30 approaching 31?!?

To kick off the new site, I'd like to have a little contest. Email your best toddler faux pas along with your name and email address to cynthiaedelaney@gmail.com. I'll send a $5 amazon gift card code to the winner and post their faux pas here, contest ends May 15th, 2009.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Scamming the Scammer pt 3 (the end?!?!)

Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 21:11:10 +0100
Subject: Re: PAYMENT DETAILS
From: reverendchapis@gmail.com
get back to me with the name you use in sending the money and also the address so that i can forward the information to the shipping agent for shipment to take place.
Regards

MY RESPONSE:
I sent the money to you, Reverend Chapis:
My name: Cynthia Delaney
Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Phone Number: 212-420-8800
City: Toad Suck
State: AR
Zip Code: 72032
Nearest Airport: Texarkana Regional Airport
Thanks!!!
(FYI - that's the # for the church of Satan)

Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 21:19:19 +0100
Subject: Re: PAYMENT DETAILS
From: reverendchapis@gmail.com
I will like to verify if the money is availbale for pick up so that i can go ahead and pick the money as soon as i confirm it today shipment will take place.
Regards

MY RESPONSE:
Go for it!

Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 13:29:52 -0700
Subject: Re: PAYMENT DETAILS
From: reverendchapis@gmail.com
I called western union now and they made me know that there is no money in the Mtcn you gave me.
Regards

MY RESPONSE:
Shocking - maybe you misread the number? I just confirmed that the MTCN is correct and has $1000 ($300 for Dumbassia, and $700 for your important mission). Did you use the correct name, Reverend Chapis?

Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 13:42:32 -0700
Subject: Re: PAYMENT DETAILS
From: reverendchapis@gmail.com
Ok i tried calling you but you are not picking your calls,please email me the MTCN again and also you can call western union to make the money available for pick up.
Regards

MY RESPONSE:
Golly, looks like I accidentally typed the number wrong. It is: 2989115517! So close! If I were you I would just go ahead and have the shipping agent send Dumbassia to me, so she won't have to suffer in the weather in Nigeria any more. We can always work out the issues with Western Union later, know what I mean? Besides, she needs to be here by Saturday for the ritual! Please do not delay any longer!
Thanks - Cynthia

Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 13:59:17 -0700
Subject: Re: PAYMENT DETAILS
From: reverendchapis@gmail.com
Please i will like to talk to you on phone get back to me with a direct phone number where i can call you on.
Regards

MY RESPONSE:
Reverend Chapis,
Unfortunately, the phone we keep here at the compound is only for use by the High Lord Voldemort. I am not at liberty to ask him for permission to use it. I'm sure Western Union will confirm that the money is available now that I've sent the correct MTCN!
Thanks - Cynthia

Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 14:09:11 -0700
Subject: Re: PAYMENT DETAILS
From: reverendchapis@gmail.com
can you attach the western union confirmation receipt.
regards

MY RESPONSE:
Yes, yes I can.

Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 14:13:15 -0700
Subject: Re: PAYMENT DETAILS
From: reverendchapis@gmail.com
ok i will want you to attach th receipt for me so that i can have it in my file as proof of payment.
Regards

MY RESPONSE:
Reverend Chapis,
I printed out the receipt and tried to staple it to the email but it didn't stick. Now my computer screen looks funny. What have you done!?!? Western Union assures me that the money I sent is ready for you to pick up. Have you sent Dumbassia yet? May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.
Thanks - Cynthia

Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 08:52:33 -0700
Subject: Re: PAYMENT DETAILS
From: reverendchapis@gmail.com
you did not send any money collect your money and go to a grocery store and resend the money.
Regards

MY RESPONSE:
Reverend Chapis,
You'll be happy to know that I went to the grocery store because we needed paper towels, clorox wipes, duct tape, onion soup mix, elmo sippy cups, rope, milk, lunch meat, chloroform, diapers, wet wipes, bananas and blueberries. They also had a great sale on dog beds - $16.99! What time will Dumbassia arrive?
Thanks - Cynthia

Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:51 -0700
Subject: Re: PAYMENT DETAILS
From: reverendchapis@gmail.com
The money can not be confirmed,i will want you to know that she has been shipped and what is delaying now is that i have not gotten the money,please go to a western union outlet to resend the money and they will give you new Mtcn number.
Regards

MY RESPONSE:
Reverend Chapis,
We received Dumbassia on Saturday morning just in time for the day of holy sacrifices! The jar was just the right size! Guess there's no reason to send you the money now - SUCKER!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Scamming the Scammer pt. 2

Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:44:45 -0700
Subject: Re: PAYMENT DETAILS
From: reverendchapis@gmail.com
Thanks for the email,i will want you to know that you can change the name quincy to what you feel like and also you can send the money with my name as soon as you send the money let me know. God Bless You

My reponse:
Rev. Chapis,

Wonderful! I feel much more secure knowing that I can use your name as I have considerable trust in you! I went to the western union website and sent the money. I hope you don't mind that I added a little extra to help with your mission in Nigeria. I sent the money to you, using the address I already sent you, and all of the information you provided. The MTCN is: 2989115571, the amount is $1000. Please send Dumbassia as soon as possible, as our holy day of sacrifice is this Saturday. We can't wait to ambush her!

Thanks - Cynthia

Nigerian Puppy Scam - Now Scamming the Scammer!


John and I have been looking for a dog, and thought we had found a great deal on an Irish Wolfhound last week. I quickly figured out that what I was actually dealing with was a Nigerian Puppy Scam. Basically, they list a purebred puppy at a REALLY good price (in this case $300) and say it includes shipping if you'll just adopt a puppy who needs a good home. In my case, the 'breeder' Sonya Burton said the owner of the dog had been sent to Nigeria as a missionary and asked me to contact him directly. I contacted Reverend Chapis to ask for more information and was pretty shocked when he offered to send me his baby (the puppy) without asking any questions about me, as long as I would send him the money. He also wasn't forthcoming with answers to my questions like: What is her name? What is her coloring? etc.
Anyway, with the input of some buddies at work, I've been messing with them a little...Bwa-hahahaha. There's nothing I can really do to stop him, so I'm just wasting his time and having a little fun while I'm at it.
Here is the first one from the Rev (reverendchapis@gmail.com):
First of all, I must thank my living Lord that I found an intendingparent for my baby, I also give thanks to the breeder that directedyou to me. I`m giving her out for adoption. She is 12 weeks oldcurrently and Akc registered with all her shots are up to date. she is$300 shipping included. I got relocated to westafrica recently and could not take care of the baby anymore. I want agreat home for her because she is my real baby. The weather here isnot conducive for her that is why I want to get her out as soon aspossible and I will be very happy if you will be one to take her asyour baby. I never wanted to give her out but the weather here in WestAfrica is not helping matter at all. If you are interested kindly getback to me with your full shipping information such as the following:Full name...................Address.....................Phone Number................City......................State.......................Zip Code......................Nearest Airport........... So that i can forward it to my shipping agent for shippingarrangements to commence pending when payment is made. Get back to meas soon as possible

So I said:
> My husband and I are very excited to adopt your dog. I do have some further> questions before I send the money. What is the dog's name? What is her> coloring? Do you have some pictures you could send? If she is sent from> Africa, will she need to be quarantined? I would like to let you know that> although we do perform ritual animal sacrifices, your baby is not intended> for this purpose. Also, will you accept paypal?

His response:
Hello Cynthia, Am sorry for the late response,i was in a missionary field that iswhy am unable to get back to you,meanwhile i will want you to knowthat she is akc and ckc registered and she will be coming with all herpapers so she does not need to be quarantined,meanwhile i will wantyou to go ahead and email me your full shipping information.information such as the following:Full name...................Address.....................Phone Number................City......................State.......................Zip Code......................Nearest Airport........... So that i can forward it to my shipping agent for shippingarrangements to commence pending when payment is made. Get back to meas soon as possible

Mine:
> I'm glad that you don't seem bothered by the ritual sacrifices at all - we> were worried that you may not want your baby in the house of people like> us! We still want to know what her coloring is, as we do not allow anything> white to enter our home.>> My name: Cynthia Delaney> Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.> Phone Number: 212-420-8800> City: Toad Suck> State: AR> Zip Code: 72032> Nearest Airport: Texarkana Regional Airport>> Does the dog have a name? Also, what blood type are you?

His:
I am very happy to find someone like you for the puppy...Her name isQuincy she is well trained and well animated that she will keep youand your family entertained for hours...You can go to western unionand send the money now the puppy will arrive to you first thing OnThursday morning and it will be by next day delivery i will forward youthe shipping information after the shipment of the puppy has takingplace,below is the western union information: Here is the information where payment will be confirm by western union below... Receivers name :MADE GODWIN Address :10 Creek Road , Apapa,Lagos , Nigeria . 23401 Text Question : The Lord Is GoodAnswer :All The Time Get back to us with the western union money transfer details forconfirmation immediately you have the money sent ..Details like ..... 1 . Sender's Name and Address Use In Sending The Money 2 . Receiver's Name ...........(MADE GODWIN)3 . MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number ) 10 DigitNumber ..........4 . Test Question And Answer ( Question :The Lord IsGood / Answer:All The Time5 . Total Amount Sent ..............Should be $300 Once you get back to me with all this information the puppy will beshipped to you immediately and i will forward to you the trackingnumber and some other details.God bless you and I will always remeber you in my daily prayer.Thank you very much and God bless you and your family too. God Bless You

Mine:
Rev. Chapis,

The oracles have shown me that a dog with the name Quincy may bring bad luck. Would it be possible to change her name to Dumbassia? She must be shipped as such or we cannot possibly accept her into our dungeon. Also, I am concerned about sending the money to the person you named below, as you and I have already formed a special bond. I'll send it to you, Reverend Chapis, instead of Made Godwin, ok? Thank you again - we can't wait to add Dumbassia to our collection. Now if I can only find a jar large enough...

Thanks again - Cynthia

The picture above is of the puppy we adopted from a local shelter yesterday, we named her Sookie Stinkhouse and she's a doll!

Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm in love...

Thanks to Amanda for introducing me to www.librarything.com! The site allows you to catalog all of your books, which leads to recommendations and connections with other people with similar taste. I'm a complete addict!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Starving Toddler Forced to Eat...




Crayons!