Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Inconvenient Convenience: Word Counters


Chicken and Snap Pea Dinner | recipe developed by Karen of www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Counting my words again!

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month, one group member picks a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we share what we all came up with.

This month's number is 33. 
It was chosen by Me!

~ I've often used this post to air my complaints about the lack of customer service. Today it's about convenience, inconvenience, being denied the choice of shopping in store, being forced to shop online.

~ I like the convenience of shopping online, comparing prices, availability, ship time and fees, even having the convenience of being able to choose store pick up (if that's an option), or home delivery.

~ What I don't like is not being able to see and touch the merchandise. They can use all the descriptive words they can imagine, but it's just not the same as hands on.

~ Hubs needed a new laptop, knew what he wanted, but it was expensive. After daily checks, Hubs found it on sale. We checked our local store and success! Hubs and PurDude drove off. 

~ They were gone quite a while when PurDude called to ask what time I'd planned dinner. Dinner I knew immediately that had to be a bad omen since it was only one thirty.

Chicken and Snap Pea Dinner | recipe developed by Karen of www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Chicken and Snap Pea Dinner

~ So . . . they found the laptop, and took it up to the counter to pay. But it was ringing up at regular price. "That's because," the clerk explained, "you're looking for the online price."

~ Could he get the online price? No. Hubs had to stand in the check out line and order it online for store pick up. Once ordered, Hubs asked again for the sale price.

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~ No, again. PurDude and Hubs were told that they now had to wait about an hour for order fulfillment. To fulfill the order, for the item Hubs was holding, in the checkout line.

~ Almost two hours later they returned empty handed. Update: the order is in the fulfillment queue and would be filled when his turn came, no exceptions for a customer standing there, they'd email.

~ Six hours later, after speaking to another store employee, Hubs was told the order was being expedited (LOL), he'd be emailed soon. Seven hours after ordering, the store closed. No email, no laptop.

~ Silence from Best Buy. The order wasn't ready in an hour, or another half hour, nor was it being expedited. All lies. Twenty seven hours after ordering, they agreed to turned it over.

~ Their claim of shopping convenience? Turning away a customer holding expensive electronics in one hand and a credit card in the other, telling him to pay online, then wait . . . a day? Decidedly inconvenient.

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Chicken and Snap Pea Dinner         

Printable Recipe

1 1/4 cups instant brown rice
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1/3 cup Canadian bacon, chopped
3 oz snap peas
1 can chicken and rice soup
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp pepper

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8 X 11 baking dish.
*Sprinkle the rice evenly onto the bottom of the baking dish. Top with the chicken, Canadian bacon, and snap peas.
*Mix together the chicken and rice soup, chicken broth, onion, garlic and pepper. Pour even into the baking dish. Cover with tin foil.
*Bake for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the tin foil, and bake for another 30 minutes, until the rice has absorbed the liquid.
*Stir before serving. 




  1. I'm laughing at how the stars don't always align. An hour ago I was buying produce at the Asian market. They had both snow peas and snap peas on sale (for a very good price). Which did I buy? Why the snow peas, of course!

    1. Lots of great uses for snow peas, wondering what you're doing with yours.

  2. Good gravy! That mess of red tape just took the prize. And that's saying something when the other contender was Husby's 40 years with the Alberta Government!

  3. That is outrageous! (That word is one I'm using a lot recently, which is also why I wrote a gratitude post for today). I never liked Best Buy to begin with but that's one of the only choices around here. I'll have to remember that.

    1. Yes, unfortunately they had the best price on this laptop that we'd been able to find anywhere. I'm not sure it was worth the 27 hours of aggravation, though.

  4. Replies
    1. Yes, Best Buy took a simple sale and turned it into a 2 day nightmare.

  5. Red tape is red because that is the colour our face goes when our veins pop out in frustration when dealing with many different people and situations


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