Archive for February 14th, 2008

valentine’s day (my favorite!!!) bloggy stuff etc.

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I HEART V-day so much! Tonight we went to a spaghetti dinner at church.  It was all decorated and candlelit.  So cute!  Matt ended up keeping Izzy home because mom wasn’t feeling very well… so me and the kids went.  I ended up helping out the whole time but I always enjoy helping!  I came home to a big sweet valentine from Matt.  It was a surprise.  Matt got me a new digital camera for Valentine’s Day.  I didn’t think he would think of a card too!  I’ll be back later with a picture of the things I’ve been working on for church, pictures of the valentine’s I made for Izzy’s friends and other Valentine stuff 🙂

I stopped off at Amanda of OhAmanda who just happens to be a bbb and she was/is celebrating her bloggy anniversary… one year! I can’t remember how I ran onto Amanda, I think through Jenny (another bbb). Anyway, we hit it off and I just love her. She calculated the most comments given to her in the past year and some how I was #2. I demanded a recount to no avail :). As a bloggy award I get 213 comments from her! I just noticed 15 she left today! You go girl! I’m excited for the next year with Amanda, watching her life change with baby #2 on the way.

So then tonight I was looking around bloglines and found a few interesting things:

Monkeying Around the Jungle gave me this award! Thank you so much! You are such a sweetheart!

Then I saw that Whitney gave me this award! Thank you Whitney! I’m glad to be getting to know you!

Then I saw that Sheryl gave me the award too! What a double blessing. Thank you Sheryl! (I just love Sheryl!)

I gave Nancy the cool mom award recently and she handed it back to me! Nancy is one cool mom!

For the cherry on top (metaphorically speaking being how I hate fruit and all)… I saw this post over at Workin’ that Preppy… She made Izzy a bag and it is the cutest thing EVER. She does the neatest things and I am so excited to see it IRL! Thank you so much! You are awesome.

That about wraps up my night of bloggy treasures. I am blessed to have the bbb ever!

identity theft

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Have you ever had your identity stolen? I have! It’s been years since it happened and I had almost forgotten. I left my driver’s license setting in a place I didn’t realize was not secure and someone came along and took it. My driver’s license number was also my SSN. This wasn’t good! The person who took my card ended up setting up all kinds of accounts in another town and then leaving them all with balances due. I started getting calls about the accounts and assured them I had never lived in that town. It was a mess and took a while to get it all straightened out. For the seventh year in a row, identity theft tops the Federal Trade Commission’s complaint list, accounting for 36% of the 674,354 complaints received between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2006 (according to consumeraffairs.com).

You can now actually lock your identity with life lock. The first thing they do is ask the credit bureaus to set fraud alerts on your behalf. Usually this is done through their automated systems and the alerts are set within an hour. From time to time there may be a hitch and then they have to do the first one manually, usually because there is a different address on file for you. If this happens, they tell you right away and do what needs to be done to get the alerts set. (In case you’re wondering, they don’t charge anything more for this and our Total Service Guarantee is still in effect from day one.) Then they ask the credit bureaus to do it again every 90 days.