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If you're in the US, do you have Monday off from work or school, to observe President's Day? All of us at our home do, which is lucky because this isn't a day that every company or institution observes with a day off. Even though it's not been too long since the Christmas and New Year holiday season, I'd been pining for a vacation for a while - something either low-key or relaxing that even the kids will enjoy.


Currently This post is coming to you from the Music City - Nashville - where we are spending the long weekend. We are technically here only for two days and will leave early on Monday so that we are home in time to pick our dog from boarding. Although I don't personally care much for the music scene other than to listen to what's popular on the radio, I had been hoping to stop by Nashville someday and check it out.

We are staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is a sight in itself, with its acres and acres of gardens and walkways. It's def…

The Sunday Salon: Escapes and Frauds


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My last Sunday Salon was posted about three months ago. No wonder I don't remember much about what I used to post. Life's slowly getting into a routine over here - we have family staying with us right now, so it's pretty much a full house - which makes me thankful for all the extra space and rooms we have here.

Rue, our dog, is also very thankful for the extra space and most importantly, all the extra doors, which means more ways for her to run out of the house. She has already run out about 6-8 times in two weeks, and if you know anything about Jack Russells, you know how hard it is to catch them once they decide running is more fun than strolling. Thank goodness she's got a white coat, or else we would be looking at every dark mound that we see on the way, trying to figure out which one of those is an excited furry thing having the time of her life. These dogs, ~shaking my head~.

This past week, I found out that two of my cards had been defrauded. I was shocked to find a few unfamiliar transactions worth almost $400 on one of my credit cards plus even more surprised that a Macy's gift card had been completely used up more than seven months ago. While the transactions on the credit card have been sorted out, I'm still waiting on seeing what Macy's will do. I really hope they replace my card soon - I could use it now for some much-needed house expenses.

It's a lazy dreary Sunday out here (the kind I love) and we all just had a late breakfast of some yummy baked egg muffins. I hope to get some blogging done today and maybe some reading as well. The following week will be my last work week of the year and although we don't have any major plans yet for the holidays, it will be refreshing to stay away from work for a good ten days!


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Tea Time with Marce said…
No work for 10 days sounds like a dream, enjoy every moment. Eek on the cards, credit co are so good but the wait is torture.
Everyone seems to be blogging less, life has really taken over in 2012, hope everyone including me has more time in the new year.
Happy Holidays Aths and enjoy the new home.
Vasilly said…
That's awful about your cards. It's good that you've found out about it. 10 days work-free?! That sounds like endless possibilities. Have a good week.
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks Marce! 10 days at home or anywhere but work sounds fabulous to me as well! I can't wait for the holidays to start.
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks! I can't wait for the holidays to start!
Tina Reed said…
I've never heard of that happening to a gift card. I wonder how they will handle that one. I've gotten cards before that were never activated but to think that now they are hitting gift cards too. Wow.
zibilee said…
I had a similar thing happen to our bank card a few months ago, and was able to recoup the losses, thank god. The thieves actually used the card to purchase shoes, which came to MY house. And boy what shoes they were! I didn't know that there was a subscription service that you could order the shoe of the month from, but when they arrived (size 10 sky blue patent leather heels) I thought it was kind of weird. I hope that you also recoup your losses, and that you enjoy your time with family.
Athira / Aths said…
Me neither. That was a little too shocking for me. I'm trying to remember when it ever left my hand and just can't remember anything like that happening.
Athira / Aths said…
My, that is hilarious that they sent the shoes to your house. I'm glad you were able to sort the issue out. I hope Macys come through soon.
Helen Murdoch said…
What a nightmare about the credit cards! The companies really are good about not charging us for the fraud stuff though, thank goodness!
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, that's something I am glad for. Or else people will end up getting poorer for no fault of theirs.
Kim Ukura said…
Oh my, that's awful about your credit cards! I haven't had that happen to me, knock on wood, but it sounds very frustrating. I'm glad the company is taking care of at least one right away.
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah, I'm glad the companies don't just say 'Oops, not our fault'. I hope to hear from Macy's soon.

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