Friday, April 8, 2011

I Just Don't Like IT!!! Rant... UpDate!

This will be a quick Post!

I am not the techno geek that my husband is, but I've recently found good reasons to purchase some things that could make my life a lot easier. So right after the new year, my first purchase was the Shark. The one for the floors. I love this machine. Granted I did have to get used to the AU-Natural smell of it.  I am that chemical girl and I like my clean fresh scents!

The SHARK gets two thumbs up for me.

Here it comes,
I was looking for a product that would allow me to unchain myself from my desktop PC. I never did embrace the laptop. I bought one for my husband and it seems all of my friends love theirs. I couldn't quite love it. I did purchase a smart phone or two and have loved the abilities of each of them. Still can't get enough done on the go with three kids....
I researched the IPAD now the IPAD 2... Thought long and hard about it. The IPAD got marked down on the release of the IPAD2 and then the earthquake happened. I thought long and hard...
My husband was so excited that I showed any interest period. I asked people that I knew owned them, they raved, I read the reviews, they raved... My husband bought it and had it sent to me. I LOVED IT!.... for a full two hours.
Now, that may have been because he stalked me from a war zone about it, no seriously. I came in from Hobby Lobby last Friday and the kids had the box, I put my keys down and the phone rang, it was my husband saying "So what do you think of it" I say " think of what" he says "the IPAD" I'll let him know as soon as I know. He sat on the phone with me for at least 45 min. while I registered and set it up. I liked it... he asked for pics. I had no problem with that except I wasn't able to touch it from that point 1:40pm till about 10:00pm that night. Why you ask, well let's just say the kids thought it was for them, obviously!
AND... It should have been!


The fact that you can't use flash on the IPAD is enough for me. Then I found out that I can't even link up my office live thinga ma jigs to the IPAD account.
It doesn't even give the full function to a lot of my work sites. D+%$, D!^&*, D)*^%

The IPAD gets one thumb up and one thumb down from me. That's because it's not a bad device, it's just not for me...It's going back!
 Oh, and let me say that I  don't appreciate Apple's Policy. WE paid s/h to get the device, now I'm trying to return it. The Policy is that you have to return it within 14 days, pay the return s/h and a 10% restocking fee. Simply, that STINKS!

I want to know, what do you own that you can't live without?
What do you have that you will be returning? And  what will be your next purchase?

If you've missed any posts of Appreciating Pickles, I'm sure it's unintentional. You can catch up...
Keep scrolling down, to the bottom left of your screen you'll find the archives and all past posts!

Thanks for reading me!

UPDATE: 4-8-2011
Apple only charged me 1.5% for returning the IPAD!
Okay so they aren't spawns of satan but... :-)
all is well... again

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Vote For Him Already

Hey Pickles!
First we have some business to handle.
Congratulations to Amanda, who won last months blog candy. Your gift card is on it's way.
Amanda is an elementary school teacher who loves and appreciates her pickles, dearly. How great is it that a teacher would win the blog candy here at AP?  Yay!!! Amanda.

Next, a few of you have asked me to get on twitter. You wouldn't have been the first. My friend in O-H-I-O had also urged me to do the same. So now you can find me on there. My name there is of course ApprecPickles or you can use this link , look me up and follow.
Yeah, this does kind of go against my belief as far as being too accessible but truth be told, I'm also trying to grow this whole blog experience. A Pickle's gotta do what a Pickle's gotta do!

Now on to it!
That's right I said vote for him already, I'm not talking about Obama, this is so not the politically correct forum he would need!
I'm talking about MR. Good Will Hunting. Did any of you catch  or DVR him on the Nate Berkus show ( Oprah Prodigy)?
I have no time to watch t.v. but I do take take time to DVR the couple of shows I like most and get to watch them in a decent two week time span.
Any way, this young man, named Rashon Carraway, blogs under the name Mr. Good Will Hunting on his blog and now t.v. personality... Hey, side note.. My last name is Carrasco... that whole Carra thing in common... I digress.
Mr. Good Will Hunting is the self proclaimed Thrift Store Lifestyle Coach. I love his style. He knows his stuff. This gentleman (seriously) may be from South Carolina but he has mastered a very city boy chic design attitude. With his denim and bow tie attire, he was so deserving of his spot on the Nate Berkus show. He shared some great tips. I  immediately signed on to check out his blog and haven't been disappointed, I have even signed up to follow him in my feed as well as on twitter.
If you haven't checked him out as of yet, just do it!!!
Rashon is currently in a contest for the coolest small apt, home, space etc... In my opinion he's already the winner because unlike so many others he did it with such budget savyness ( is that a word?) Yay for you, Mr. Good Will Hunting.
I need all of my readers, followers and guests to check him out at and then you can head over to to vote for him.
Sounding like too much work, just visit his page and click on the photo/article and follow directions.
Rashon, I am on my way to log in my vote, good luck to you and your awesome shopping/decor sense.

Cheers! and don't forget to appreciate a PICKLE!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

AND The Winner Is...

So last month when I started this blog, I knew that I would have some faithful readers and those that would catch me when they could. But most of all I needed to check my audience, so I knew what kind of writing I'd be doing... Anyway in order to do that, I put up some blog candy for those that met two criteria for a drawing - 1 sign up to follow me or subscribe and
               2 leave a comment on each (every) of the posts through March 31, 2011
then your names would be entered in a drawing for a restaurant gift certificate for a restaurant near you. Well no one (not one) person met both criteria, therefore Nobody gets anything. :-)
 I got emails from those of you that had something to say about the posts. I got cuddos on Face Book and I even got a little something in the snail mail. Well none of that bothers me but I would appreciate the interaction and dialog here at AP.
Seriously, I have modified the rules of the drawing to really show my appreciation for all of you Pickles for supporting me. And... because I can do that, it's my blog! Hahaha.... So I did the drawing out of the people who signed up to follow the blog and left a comment. Thank you all again!