Pragmatic Compendium

inspiring the pragmatic practice of intimacy with Christ

crazy woman singing in the van singing WHAT? “Soon.”

New praise song this week.

“Soon and very soon, my King is coming. Robed in righteousness and crowned with love. When I see Him, I shall be made like Him. Soon and very soon.”


For more Saturday music, check out Then Sings My Soul Saturday every Saturday hosted by Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

July 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

family expense audit: termite bond

Total Annual Savings as a Result of my Family Expense Audit: $878.84

Annual Savings on our Termite Bond: $39.56
Service Changes: Bond increased from $250,000 to 1 Million


We’ve had our termite bond with Hometeam Pest Control for as long as I can remember, maybe even since the purchase of our house. I called to tell them I was happy with their service, but with the economy as tight as it is, I felt it was pragmatic to get quotes from their competitors and I wanted to start with their best price. I also asked what was unique about their services so I could accurately compare.

During that phone call, our rate was lowered from $94.89 per quarter to $85 per quarter and they raised our bond from $250,000 to 1 million. I’ll spare you the details of the bond, but they were good.

Total savings? $39.56 per year. (Not much, but it’s all adding up, let me tell you!)

Being pragmatic, I wanted to get quotes from two other companies. Hopefully two solvent companies. I searched: “termite bond” and clicked the first two non-sponsored links.

Orkin: I dialed *67 to block my phone number and called the Orkin toll free number to get my “free quote” as stated in the web ad I found.

Customer Service didn’t win me over. Inefficient. The kiss of death for a vendor in my book. Do NOT make me go through an automated phone system and then ask me the same questions in person when a customer service rep gets on the line. Just don’t do it. Then they wanted to schedule a visit. No quote without a visit, an inspection and a meeting with their representative. No sending someone to do an inspection and then sending me a quote later. no… I have to BE there. Conversation over. Can he “have my name?” No thank you. (uh…that’s what the *67 was for)

I will never be able to stress enough how much I HATE being invaded and held hostage by a sales representative in my own home. High pressure sales? In my own home? I don’t think so. I’m bad cop. I embarrass FirstHusband, “Mr. Good Cop.” Further web searching indicates more than a few customer complains and reviews and the rates nearly double that of Hometeam.

TERMINIX: I searched via swagbucks (and won 7 swagbucks in the process) and was led to this ad:

TWO MINUTES! Could it be true? I clicked. An online quote! A fill-in form! Asking for my address, square footage of my house, the foundation and exterior wall types.

Then I did something bad. I typed in a nearby address.

Dear unknown, undeserving, unsuspecting neighbor, I apologize for the junk mail you will now receive. I am truly sorry.

Not surprisingly, the next screen reads:

“Sorry, your home did not qualify to get a quote online. But we would be glad to give you a no obligation inspection. Please enter your info below.”

ummm hmmm.

So, a glutton for punishment, I dial *67 to block my number again and call the toll free number. Customer service was better but no over the phone quotes for me – not even a RANGE of rates. Nuthin. They want an appointment. To come to my house. To inspect it and then sit around my kitchen table with contracts and discuss ….. ewwwwwww! nope. sorry. and again. NO.

I search a little more and find this language on a Terminix ad:

“Be protected for as little as $35 per month.”

hmmm. $35 per month. a little math…. that’s $105 per quarter. And we have. . . a loser. That’s $20 more per month than my current vendor. And if you read the fine print in the footnote, that’s a best case scenario quote.

And we have a winner. Hometeam Pest Control, we’re staying with you.


Check out my other posts in my “Family Expense Audit” series in my “debt free living” category.

July 28, 2010 Posted by | debt free living | | 1 Comment

hot pocket relationships.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing . . . And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 & 14

“If you want a deep relationship, you can’t always be the strong one.”
John Ortberg
Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them

or pretend to always be the strong one. And that means being authentic. And vulnerable. And maybe showing some ugly.

“People rarely drift into deep community . . . You can’t do community in a hurry. You can’t listen in a hurry. You can’t mourn in a hurry with those who mourn, or rejoice in a hurry with those who rejoice.”

When I fill my hours with busy, I fill my life with microwaved relationships. Reminds me of a hot pocket. It looks okay on the outside, but if I don’t give it enough time, it’s cold on the inside.

un. satisfying.

July 27, 2010 Posted by | books, christian living, devotions, intentional living, pragmatic communion, therefore I quote | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I have the attention span of a tweet.

These kids are throwing off my blogging groove! It occurred to me that during this time (summer with kids at home), I have had the attention span of a Facebooker and/or a Tweeter. I’m thinking in pieces parts. I have proof. Here are some of my updates over the last month:

Julie Mills was snuggling with a sleepy PinkGirl this morning.
Me: “I love you.”
PinkGirl: “I love you more.”
Me, going straight for the win: “I love you to infinity.”
PinkGirl: “Well, I love you to Buzz Lightyear.”
To Infinity. AND BEYOND!!!

July 4th: just spent 3 hours standing under the corner of a tent waiting for the rain to stop so PinkGirl could perform on stage at a local park’s 4th of July celebration. The rain never stopped. There was no performance. sigh.

July 8th: The testosterone poisoning in this house is reaching an all time high. FavoriteSon is pretty upset. His FB post reads “Lebron just ruined the nba for everyone whos not a heat fan” FirstHusband says “the Magic are still the best team in the east even with ME-bron in Miami. The Heat have no answer for D12.”

July 11th: Lord, please have mercy on us as we completely reinstall a computer.

“Now select the brand spanking new partition you’ve just created to install Windows on. Format the drive as NTFS . . . Depending on the size of the drive and how fast your computer is, this will take some time. Get a sandwich.” Seriously. That’s what the instructions read. “Get a sandwich.”

THANK YOU LORD! Partition created, Windows XP installed, network set up, file sharing working, Windows Update installed and the DREADED Genuine Validation Tool is allowing SP2!!! (can you tell I’m bored? But I’m HAPPY to be bored during this process instead of stressed)

This has been a relatively painless, lengthy process. In case anyone cares, the Brother MFC-7840w needs a static IP address (instead of dynamic) or it will remain in “offline” mode until you die.

THANK YOU GOD. My phone has been under a heat lamp for about 4 hours now and has NOT gone into an endless sync loop. Which it was doing yesterday after hours in my pocket in the Florida heat. Treos are very sensitive to humidity. I will use a phone case. I will use a phone case. I will use a phone case.

bummed. My favorite little (humidity sensitive) red Treo 680 is back to the endless sync loop that started yesterday after spending hours in my pocket in the Florida sun. It had 6 hours of normal behavior after hours under a hot lamp and then 1 text message sent it back to the endless sync loop. I have to go to eBay now. If I don’t text you back, call me, I’ll be checking voice mail.

July 12th: is in computer heaven right now. The ease with which we completely reloaded our older (2002) desktop prompted us to do the same with our laptop. They are both SO FAST now! It’s like Christmas!

have a working phone today. at the moment. I can receive calls, sometimes even make a call, but if you text me and I don’t text back to confirm I got it, jump right to the assumption that my phone is too busy trying to sync itself to receive your text. My new shiny red Treo 680 hasn’t shipped yet.

got an email at 3:06 pm: “Your item(s) has been marked as shipped.” My shiny new Red Treo is on its way! Meanwhile, my current humidity damaged Treo is nested in a sealed container of rice. And the rice is getting soft. Who knew?

wondering what the mechanic will say after they inspect my van. The blinkers have been working intermittently for over a week and tonight all the lights on the dash went completely dark – unless I turned the left blinker on. Then the radio lights flash in time with the signal. And then there’s that burning smell near the back left of the tailgate. sigh. I get to drive a Ford F250 tomorrow.

July 14th: still driving a Ford F250 today. If you are driving a Miata or a Corvette or something equally as short, you should probably stay far, far away.

I believe that mechanics should NEVER say “WOW!” and doctors should never say “uh oh.”

I love Google – and AutoMech in Oviedo! When I searched my van’s weird electronic symptoms, my research led to a possible short in the wiring of an aftermarket tow package. AutoMech just called. There was a short and they disconnected the wiring to the hitch. Do I want to fix it? no. If I want to tow something, I’ll use a Ford F250.

07/15/10: Why do I have the song “If I Only Had a Brain” stuck in my head?

07/16/10: Watching my daughter’s face as she watches a play is better than watching the play.

I do realize this copy/paste thing is cheat blogging. Hopefully, the blogging will get better after August 12th. That would be the first day of school, the first day back into my routine, the first day back to complete thoughts . . .

July 25, 2010 Posted by | laugh!, poor me some whine, status updates | | 2 Comments

crazy woman singing in the van singing WHAT? “Our God.”

“And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?”


For more Saturday music, check out Then Sings My Soul Saturday every Saturday hosted by Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

July 24, 2010 Posted by | christian living, music, praise team music, youtube | , , | 1 Comment

Friday Funnies: hello scholars.


Need a few more chuckles today? Check out Friday Funnies hosted by Homesteaders Heart!

If you’ve got time to hang out for a few minutes, check out what else makes me laugh: Pragmatic Compendium’s “laugh!” category.

July 23, 2010 Posted by | laugh!, youtube | , | 3 Comments

Friday Funnies: wait for it…at the 21 second mark.


Need a few more chuckles today? Check out Friday Funnies hosted by Homesteaders Heart!

If you’ve got time to hang out for a few minutes, check out what else makes me laugh: Pragmatic Compendium’s “laugh!” category.

July 16, 2010 Posted by | health, laugh!, youtube | , , | 2 Comments

crazy woman singing in the van singing WHAT? “Everything is Different”

“This revelation makes me wanna shout! That Jesus has been sent, Everything is Different.”


For more great music, check out Then Sings My Soul Saturday every Saturday hosted by Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

July 15, 2010 Posted by | christian living, music, praise team music, youtube | , , | Leave a comment

Fostering a good work ethic every chance I get.

I watched this video with my kids. And not for the last time.

July 12, 2010 Posted by | intentional living, pragmatic parenting, youtube | , , , , | 2 Comments

crazy woman singing in the van singing what? “Mighty Fortress”

“Songs then, become tiny little devotions that point us to the Lord, remind us of Him and His Word, and maybe shake us a little bit.” from “Lifestories: Finding God’s Voice of Truth Through Everyday Life” by Mark Hall

Recording my version of this song tonight. Asking for prayers that His will be done and that He will use me as a witness for His grace and glory.


For more Saturday music, check out Then Sings My Soul Saturday every Saturday hosted by Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

July 10, 2010 Posted by | christian living, music, youtube | , , | Leave a comment

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