And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Anybody there?

(tap, tap)




(tap, tap)

Bueller?  Bueller?

Oh, imaginary friends, how I’ve missed you so!  We have never been separated so long before and I do have to say that absence definitely does make the heart grow fonder because I just kept thinking as I sat on the phone with AT&T every day yelling at someone in India about my internet connection not working, “Gosh, I wonder what those crazy imaginary friends are up to these days?”

Though, when I tried to explain to the person in India that I needed them to get my internet working STAT because I had thousands of imaginary friends that I was about to lose if I didn’t talk to them soon, I think they purposefully took longer than necessary to get my internet working again.


Thankfully, a nice technician came out to our house today and pushed some buttons on the little box doo-hickey thingy on the side of our house and said, “You have internet.”

Then I squealed.

Then I jumped in the pool with Bean Man.

Then he squealed.

But, lo and behold, when I sat down at my computer later today, there was still no internet.  So, I took drastic measures.  I got Chris involved.

Getting Chris involved in problems that require speaking to automated systems is always a last resort because he pitches fits like a little girl (no offense, my masculine hubby wubby…).  But, he’s pretty good about stepping in when I’ve had enough and so today I handed the internet problem over to him.

As we sat on the couch tonight in our uber spacious, uber cozy, uber box-filled living room, Chris called AT&T while I sat next to him stuffing my face with Domino’s and watching the Auburn Mississippi State football game (P.S. It took me three tries to spell Mississippi right when I typed that…) (P.S.S.  I just copied and pasted Mississippi into that last sentence so I wouldn’t have to type it again…) (P.S.S.S. DON’T JUDGE ME, AT&T!).  I could tell he got the automated system because he started speaking incredibly slow, which always throws those automated things off.  So, he kept having to repeat himself.

AT&T Automated System:  Please tell me the reason for your call.

Chris:  Technical support.

AT&T Automated System:  I’m sorry, I did not understand that response.  Please tell me the reason for your call.

Chris:  Tech-ni-cal Sup-port.

AT&T Automated System:  I’m sorry, I did not understand that response.  Please tell me the reason for your call.

Chris:  Problem with my internet connection.

AT&T Automated System:  I’m sorry, I did not understand that response.  Please tell me the reason for your call.

Chris:  I’m having a problem with my in-ter-net con-nec-tion.

AT&T Automated System:  I’m sorry, I did not understand that response.  Please tell me the reason for your call.

Chris:  MY SH*T ISN’T WORKING!!!!!

And that, dear imaginary friends, is why we don’t let Chris talk to automated systems.  That is also how we got our internet restored tonight.


Anyway, the long and the short of it is that we have finally moved into our new house and we finally have internet and so I am finally able to talk to you again.  I would love to show you pictures of our new house, but Chris is being a fuddy duddy and won’t let me take any pictures until we get the house looking more organized.  This simply means that I shall wait until he goes to work tomorrow and then I will take pictures and post them to the world wide web.

Speaking of jobs, I still haven’t started mine yet.  Bummer.  But I guess when you’re going to be in a classroom with young adults molding and shaping the minds of tomorrow, they want to make sure you haven’t killed anyone and that you don’t have crack in your back pocket.  So, I did my background check and drug testing this week and pending any problems with those (which would be odd seeing as to how I am afraid of drugs and the only violent behavior I have been prone to is occasionally throwing a Tupperware lid at Chris…), I should start teaching on Monday.  I’m super, super excited.  Super.  Super, super excited.  I even went out today to a teacher supply store and bought decorations for my classroom.  And I may or may not have also bought a black t-shirt with a little red apple on the front pocket…

I cannot confirm nor deny those allegations.

But I did.

Today I also took Bean to meet his new teachers at the daycare where he’ll be going.  I love this daycare.  Love it.  And apparently Bean does, too, because when we got into the classroom he took off and joined the other little dudes for circle time and never even looked around for me.  I just hung back like a lame, hovering parent.  And then I started whispering his name and making him blow me kisses.  And then they suggested that maybe I should wait out in the hallway.  And then I grabbed Bean and ran out of there and hid him under my bed where he will stay until he is either ready to admit that he cannot live without me or until he turns 18 and I can’t legally keep him there any longer.

All in all, it has been a really exciting, nerve-wracking, busy, happy time for our family this past week.  But we are finally getting settled into our new house and with my job starting Monday and Bean heading back to daycare, our schedule should settle down again.

What this means for YOU is that I’m back to my regularly scheduled blogging now.  Every day.  And you can’t make me stop.

So there.

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95 Thoughts to “And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming”

  1. I am laughing out loud right now – especially the picture of Chris and the fact that he won’t let you take pictures of the unorganized house – that is SO my hubby as well.

    Welcome back and congrats on all the wonderful things in happening in your life right now!

  2. Janie

    Yay! We missed you!

    I hate AT&T Technical Support!

  3. anon

    YAY!!! I’m glad to see more posts 🙂
    …and of course glad you’re stuff is all in order again 😀

  4. I’m super tempted to call Chris a killjoy right now because he won’t let you post pictures but since he got the internet thingy taken car of I will refrain.

    Three of us were standing around at work this morning discussing how much we miss you. Now we can go back to talking about how wonderful you are! Welcome back. 🙂

  5. Dang, I thought I was going to be the first to comment.
    1. Welcome Back
    2. I missed you
    3. I hate Automated System

  6. Jennifer

    Yea Chris! Husbands are awesome like that. Can’t wait to see the full house tour but so far the kitchen certainly looks bigger than the last place!

  7. Katy

    Congratulations congratulations!!! So happy for y’all! PS, I also cannot spell Mississippi correctly. Thank goodness for spellcheck on the iPhone!!!!

  8. Beanie's Nana

    Its been a crazy few weeks in our family and I’m really glad that we’re all “settling down for a long winter’s nap”!

  9. So glad you are back! And this post is HILARIOUS – I laughed out loud at least three times. =)

  10. Danielle

    Yay! You’re back! I know I don’t comment on here nearly as often as I should, but I read your blog every day 🙂 I love it! And I can’t wait to see pics of the new place…I’m so glad you guys are in a good place now…physically and emotionally! 🙂

  11. Yeah! I have missed you and your new house looks lovely (from the one picture!) Glad things are looking up for you guys.

  12. Jen


    I’m going to read this over and over and over because I’ve missed you just that much.

  13. tessabella76

    Welcome back!!!! You guys are some of my favorite imaginary friends and it’s been lonely without you! (Hope that doesn’t sound too stalker-ish.)

  14. Katie N.

    Yay! So happy to hear your imaginary voice again! And, also so happy to hear about all of the wonderful changes going on in your lives 🙂

  15. Yay!!! We missed you! This is one of my favorite blogs to read and I love seeing new posts in my google reader. Glad to hear things are settling down for you (they’re about to go crazy for me!)

  16. Dawn

    Welcome back! See – we are still here for you. It’s like we were hovering around hitting “Refresh” on the site and hoping to see a new post appear. Which we weren’t.

  17. Julia

    The only thing i have to say about this is YIPPY SKIPPY! We missed you guys!

  18. Heather

    Yay!!! I am so happy you’re back! I can’t wait to see pictures of your new house! And your pool! :o)

  19. Katie's Grandma

    So good to see you blogging again. What a great place
    you, Chris and Bean Man have now. Happy days are here again!

  20. Sarah H.

    Excellent. I was actually doing work while drinking my morning tea. I rather read blogs while I drink my tea 🙂

  21. Hooray! So glad you are back and sounding very happy! I hate AT&T with the fire of one thousand suns. If we were friends in real life I’d bore you with the whole saga someday, but since we’re just imaginary friends I’ll spare you.

  22. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back (remember that Mase song from back in the day?)

    I was on tech support once in college for FOUR hours and at the end the dude asked for my email and a picture. Now if that’s not a way to get a date, I don’t know what is! (And yes, I did deny myself the chance to have a Filipino love, no picture or email were sent…)

  23. Yay!!! I’m so excited you’re back!! I missed you very uber much!!!!

  24. Welcome back! You have been missed! And we aren’t imaginary! We are real!

  25. Ashley

    You have really been missed sweet imaginary friend! I actually feel like my days are complete again and filled with laughter. SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK!

  26. Chloe

    Please don’t leave ever again. I was going through withdraws. Seriously.

  27. Beth


  28. OH EM GEE YAY!!! You’re back!!! I totally have not been stalking you on Twitter and the blog awaiting your return…

  29. I am ROLLING!!! hahahaha SO funny!
    SO happy you guys are back. My days will now be complete again!

  30. I am thrilled you’re back inside my computer where I can read everyday you post! 😉 I can’t wait to hear about the new job and see the new house.

  31. Ann

    Shew. Happy you’re back. I was a little lonely at night, when the hubs is snoring an hour before me.

    I forgave you and read archives.

  32. So glad you’re back! I’m having the same problems with our Internet. It’s no fun!

  33. YEAH!!! Our nice, cozy, little internet neighborhood just hasn’t been the same with out you! I was just saying to our neighbors P-Dub and Pamtastic…it’s just not the same with out Chris, Katie, and Bean is it? And they said no. So see…it’s not been the same. Like at all!




    1. Oh yes and I hate automated technical support from anywhere and find myself pounding on the zero button or screaming at it until it says…Your call is being transferred to a customer service representative. And then I say…THANK THE LORD!!

      Ohhh how I hate them!!

  34. Michelle


    It appears as though you are getting along fine without Petunia. She was just holding you back, anyways. After all, you kept leaving her behind, forgetting to take her on excursions with you and Bean. 🙂 Of course, I do miss the constant flow of tweets.

  35. Erin R.

    Missed you, Chris, Bean, and your blog!! Glad things are coming together for you guys 🙂

  36. dear katie,
    welcome back! and, for the record, i am not imaginary.
    love, melissa

    1. Katie

      That’s what they all say…

  37. R$

    It’s so nice to see you again!
    Next time you get fed up with Chris, you should adopt the automated response for yourself. “I’m sorry, I did not understand that man logic.” That will make for a great blog post hahaha WITH pictures!!!

    I’m glad things are working out for you finally 🙂

  38. I’m so glad you’re back! Glad you’re in your new house! Glad you’re excited about your new job! Just happy all in all to see you again! 🙂 (Would you like a few more exclamations?)

  39. It is so nice to have you back…I missed my daily dose! 🙂
    So happy to hear that everything is falling into place for you guys! Congrats

  40. Angela


    My goodness, I missed you.

  41. Welcome back, I’ve missed you! Can’t wait to see pics of the new digs.

  42. I must say that I am SOOO glad you’re back! I have missed you, my imaginary friend, just as much as you’ve missed us. By the way, was it me or could I totally “hear” the excitement in your “voice” when you were writing this post? This post made me laugh out loud! Welcome back!

  43. Meredith

    Oh my gosh! I thought you were never going to post again! Missed your hilarious posts 🙂 Congratulations!

  44. Laura

    YAY! So happy to have y’all back. I’ve missed reading everyday and would stop by sometimes just to see if Twitter had lied to me and you had really made a post. I was always wrong.

  45. Hooray! Hooray! And finally…HOORAY!!! So glad you’re back, we all did miss you and this post is exactly why. So funny and well written that I feel like I’ve moved with you – well, except for the fact you didn’t buy me any pizza or beer and my back isn’t sore from all the heavy lifting. But other than that…I was totally there with ya…

  46. It’s so good to hear that you had a good, albeit crazy, week.
    I love the picture of Chris…it’s perfect.
    Now I want pizza!
    That may seem unrelated and totally random, but really it’s not. I promise!

  47. I am so glad you are back! I’m even happier to hear you are now moved in and living in your new home.

    Your husband is always freakin’ hilarious. But I am sure you knew that already.

  48. YAY!!! You’re baaaack! I was SOOOO going to break up with you! How dare you have me sitting around waiting for your call, er, I mean post! I mean c’mon really, it’s not like someone broke into your house in the ghetto and stole all your shi…oh wait, nevermind. Okay, I suppose I’ll forgive you. But don’t go making a habit of disapearing on me. I was starting to doubt our relationship. Signed, your very excited that you’re back stalker

  49. Isabel

    Glad you are back. I missed you. 🙁 There is only one thing worse than automated support and that is support from an actual French person. Trust me. 🙂

  50. So HAPPY you’re back! Missed you much, my imaginary friend!

  51. Amy

    Hooray! So glad you are back, not just because I’ve missed you and your posts, but also because it means that your life is starting to settle back to normal- which is great for you!

  52. Diane

    YAY…you’re back! I missed you…kept checking every day. My way of dealing with any “foreign” technical support is not to speak slower, but to get louder each time.
    What is the reason for your call?: internet support
    I’m sorry, I didn’t understand (blah blah): Internet Support
    I’m sorry, (blah blah): INTERNET SUPPORT
    I’m sorry, (blah blah): INTERNET SUPPORT, YOU *&(&!!!
    Anyway, glad you finally got through.

  53. Yay for new things! Yay for good things! YAY FOR RETURNING TO YOUR BLOG…I was touch and go for a while there! 🙂

  54. Lee Ann

    Every day … and well, okay, sometimes more than once a day … I’d check in just to see if maybe, maybe you had posted?? But then I’d beat myself on the head and think: “Get real; the woman has a life. She doesn’t have time to tell you what she’s doing in her life.” And then I’d try to go get my own life. Welcome back!

  55. Welcome back!!!! We’ve all missed you! And I love Chris’s way of dealing with technical support….that’s actually how I get with things like that so I let him handle all of those kinds of problems. Can’t wait to hear about the move and the new job!

  56. Glad to see that you’re back! Been checking every day and I’m happy to see that it wasn’t something tooo serious (of course losing internet connection is ALWAYS serious!). 🙂

  57. YAY! You’re back… I’ve missed you guys 🙂

  58. kk

    I missed you!! i even come back to read the old posts over and over again.

    Glad you are getting settled in. The good thing is Bean is healthy through this whole process and hasn’t got sick cause it’s really important that he’s healthy.

  59. YAY Katie’s back! I’m laughing so hard right now because my husband WORKS for AT&T and even HE can’t get through to their technical support people.

  60. Tina

    Yay!! I was really starting to miss your new blog posts. I cannot confirm or deny that I went to your page hoping for a new post like every.. other day. Or that my husband told me to stop or he’d take the computer away.. But either way I’m thrilled you’re back and in your new house!

  61. Meredith N.

    I have been on the phone for hours with AT&T people! Wasted entire evenings trying to figure out our internet problems. blah. I’m glad you are connected because I missed your posts!

  62. Carla

    welcome back –
    you must have bean at the Goddard School? We checked one out in our area and it matches your description. LOVED it – but can’t afford 2 there 🙁

  63. Maren

    Yay! Welcome back!!

  64. Stephanie Neal

    Welcome Back!! I missed you!

  65. Yeah! You are back! I missed reading your posts. I kept checking every day like a dadgum stalker or something. I swear, I’m not a stalker… 🙂

  66. Jen

    Welcome back! Glad you came back to start my work day with me-lol. The house looks really nice, can’t wait to see the rest of it. Super happy for all of you!

  67. Laura

    I am so glad you are back!!! I missed you! 🙂 Good luck at the new job! I know you are going to be great.

  68. Tressa

    I squealed with excitement when I saw a new post! 😉
    Happy to hear things are looking up up up!
    Have a great weekend. Good luck starting your new job on Monday! Can’t wait to hear all about it and see your new home! Tell Bean man I said hi! I’ve missed seeing him (hint hint) 🙂

  69. Jessica S.

    whoo hoo! Welcome Back! I’m so glad to have something to read again during my ‘i hate my job’ moments at work 🙂
    (fyi- been there done that, but with Comcast- that stuff can be so annoying)

    Glad you’re back on track! Just proves that God has a plan and that everything happens for a reason 😉 Good Luck Monday!

  70. We are not imaginary! We are very real ! 🙂

  71. Yay!!! You’re back! We all missed you! So happy for you and Chris and Bean, and you guys with the new house and all! Is Lt. Dan doin ok? Glad you guys seem to be doing well. I have to admit, I laughed out loud at the issues Chris was having with the automated call system…those things are the worst!

  72. Wow — your style of writing has changed so drastically since we ‘spoke’ — it’s so great to hear you are in better spirits and you are in your new house. =) congratulations!

  73. Yay! You’re back!!!!!! Congrats on the move and the new job! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    (And I have heard many times – although it MAY be an urban legend – that the best way to get through to a live person is to curse loudly at the automated system. So maybe Chris is a lot smarter than you give him credit for… ;-))

  74. LOL! Oh, I’ve missed reading you! I truly despise AT&T sometimes. (But don’t tell any one I said that because my husband is one of those “nice technicians” that you mentioned!) Looking forward to seeing pics soon. Blessing on your day, amiga! 🙂

  75. Becky

    Yea! You’re back.

  76. Mallory

    Yay! Welcome back!!

  77. Jen

    So very happy that you are back!! Glad that you guys are getting settled!

  78. Casper

    Welcome back. I missed you!! Glad things are going well for all of you! I understand about no pictures. I wouldn’t want messy house pictures either 😉

  79. I seriously thought everyone knew that cursing violently at any automated system will make previously unworkable piece of crap magically work again. It’s, like, the best possible way to solve any problem.

  80. FINALLY!!!
    I Have been checking everyday! I think I was beginning to have withdrawals! Can’t wait to see all the great pictures of the house!

  81. Ashley

    Hooray! I missed you! And I laughed for about 10 minutes when you talked about how Chris yelled at the automated voice.

  82. Sonya

    Glad you’re back and that you’re loving your new home! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  83. Glad you’re back! I’ve been bored without you!

  84. Thank goodness! I’ve missed you! Hope you have a great weekend and a wonderful first day of teaching!

  85. Heather M

    All I am going to say is……………………………………………INTERNET CAFE!!!!!!!!

    I know that you must have them there. They seem to be on every corner 😉

    And I am sorry but moving house, getting a job and looking after your lovely family is not the reason I want to hear. I understand about the internet thing – I’ve had my own share of issues with those difficult corporations — but when I didn’t get MY blog fix the first day I let it slide — the second and beyond – NO. I had no realization that my fix would be denied!!!!

    (I suppose you can tell that I am the ranter in my family! 🙂 )

    Ok – rant over — I’m glad that you are back 🙂

  86. Laura


    I’m happy about the house and job…and, to echo everyone else’s sentiments, I missed you when you were away! I kept coming to the site and I was like, “Hello? Did the site move and no one told me?..peep peep…is anyone here?” 🙂 Shows you how vast my tech skills are. Anyway, so happy that you are with us again!

  87. Emilyc

    I’m so glad you’re back online! I’ve missed our visits 🙂 and from what I could see of your new house from the picture with Chris raising his hands in victory, it looks beautiful! Congratulations on the new house, new job and finally…finally…having internet! 🙂

  88. amanda

    Glad you’re back!

  89. Sarah C. H.

    I missed you!!!! Yay! *happy dance, happy dance*

  90. Lisa

    Glad to have you back!!! And congrats on all of the positive steps forward, am so happy to see things finally looking up. 😀

  91. jamie

    i {think} today is your first day at your new job! just wanted to let you know i’m thinking about you. and praying for a smooth transition for all. can’t wait to hear the details. much love.

  92. You are soo funny!! I’m totally using the “hide him under my bed” line today.. LOL.
    Drewlbug is 7 months old today and it blows my mind how fast the time has flown.

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