DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS

I thought I had been taking it easy over the weekend. I wasn’t feeling great on Saturday morning, I had a stubborn headache. I thought it was gone by the time evening fell, so I went out with some friends to Golden Temple. I mostly went for drinks and some dancing. But I didn’t make it a late night, since I didn’t want to give the headache fuel to come back. I was also tired and kinda forced myself to go out. So hence why I didn’t stay out long. 

I felt better on Sunday. So I had some Panera and pasta salad for lunch. I also decided to hit an afternoon matinee to see Incredibles 2. It was so good! I recommend seeing it, if you were a fan of the first movie. But basically right after the movie ended, my stomach starting giving me trouble. Not sure what exactly upset it, but I opted to stay home and rest for the rest of the day. I wasn’t feeling great yesterday either. But I’m feeling much better today! So I’m hoping I’m in the clear. 

 

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SORRY, I CAN’T FIND A DOG SITTER 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

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I guess it takes planning a wedding to figure out how nuts some people can be. While brides and grooms can go crazy under all the stress, family can also be a cause of drama. Not sure if I actually posted about this before. But I’m already typing. So, let’s go back to a little over a year ago when Andy and I were sending out wedding invitations for our September wedding. We sent the invites out in early June, giving people about 2 ½ months to respond in August. This detail is key. He has two first cousins that are sisters. We invited both, one of them is married and the other (we thought) was single. Since we wanted to keep the wedding small(ish) we didn’t offer a lot of +1’s out until we had a better idea of how many relatives from Italy were coming from my side. We gave a +1 to the cousin that is married for her husband, and didn’t give one to the (presumed) single sister. Now, had the cousin that didn’t get a +1 contact us, we could have added on. Let’s also preface this by saying, I’m not very “bridal” so I didn’t really brush up on wedding invite etiquette either. But, Andy and I aren’t formal people anyway. So we trust that if there were issues, people would tell us directly.

 Anyway, so a couple weeks go by and we get two RSVP cards back from each sister. They both declined, and didn’t offer any kind of explanation to us as to why they couldn’t go. Let’s keep in mind, they basically sent the RSVP cards back practically right away. So we find out from Andy’s mom, the married cousin can’t go because she couldn’t find a babysitter. Ummm, what?! You have like 3 ½ months to find one!! So that’s clearly a bullshit excuse right there. I don’t think the other sister really even came up with an excuse. But the theory is, they are upset she didn’t get a plus one. Which AGAIN, had someone contacted us directly, we could have rectified the situation.

Andy was upset about their immature behavior, and basically cut off contact with them. People fail to understand it’s someone else’s wedding, not their own. So the bride and groom can do whatever they want with their wedding. Since Andy cut off contact with them, it just leaves me, as their Facebook friend. I didn’t hear anything from them until recently. 

 It turns out, the other sister has a boyfriend. They got engaged recently, and have been planning their wedding. Well, she sent ME a message on FB telling me they set their wedding date. They selected THE SAME DAY Andy and I got married. I shit you not. She also was explaining the reasoning behind selecting the date. To be honest, I don’t really care that they picked the same wedding date as us, or the reasoning. Just find it funny, that they decide to tell us why they picked the same wedding date as us, but couldn’t offer to tell us why they couldn’t go to our wedding.

Andy wasn’t ever planning on going to their wedding to begin with after their behavior. So no sweat off my back. But the mere fact they have the audacity to think we would even GO to their wedding is asinine. Oh ok, sure, I’m going to go to your wedding when you both were such divas about mine? Sorry guys, I can’t find a dog sitter this late in the game.

So I declined their RSVP and mailed it back within days of getting it. I am not offering up any kind of explanation to them either.  Andy didn’t want to respond at all, but I don’t have any intention of adding more fuel to the fire. I also declined the wedding shower. I didn’t actually know when it was, because Andy tossed the invite before I could take note. But I did have the courtesy of letting them know I couldn’t make it. I am being polite to their invitations and messages, since I’m not interested in adding more drama. I don’t think they know about this blog either, otherwise I wouldn’t post my rant. But hey, I wish them well. Just don’t expect Andy and I to be part of their lives.  
 

 

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WHY I’LL NEVER BE A BALLOON-MEISTER

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I mentioned in another post how I went to a balloon festival while I was in Vermont. It reminded me of the time a hot air balloon had to emergency land in my neighbors yard. I was about 6 or 7 years old at the time. I was minding my own business, riding my bike by myself up and down the block. All of a sudden, I noticed a hot air balloon slowly make its approach down my street. I was the first to spot it. I didn’t realize it wasn’t a planned landing. As a kid, I thought these poor folks just wanted to land on our street. So I watched them approach and realized they were in trouble! It seemed to me, they ran out of fuel or the balloon had a leak.

My best friend, who lived across the street, happened to be away on a family vacation. So she wasn’t there to witness a hot air balloon crash land in her next door neighbors back field. It was such a strange sight! Before I knew it our small suburban street, was filled with on-lookers and (I think) news vans. Luckily the people piloting the balloon were okay. It was good our neighbor (who also wasn’t home at the time) had a big yard for the balloon to land in. It was definitely a bizarre sight. It’s also a reason why I’ll never go on a hot air balloon ride. Although, I’d consider a tethered one if they weren’t so pricey.

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DON’T MESS WITH MY SHOES!

Okay, I’m a bit ashamed of myself. I know customer service people don’t really have it easy. They are basically the front line of the battle with crazy and dissatisfied customers. So let’s go back to December 18th. I ordered a cute pair of shoes that cost nearly $100. I only wore them maybe five times, and it was always indoors around the office. I noticed a few weeks ago, the back heel tab split open on one of the shoes. I snapped some pics and emailed customer service on June 27th. Which is about 6 months and 10 days after order placement. This detail is key.

I got a sort of canned response back from the customer service rep I was working with the following day. Basically stating I was out of luck, because they could only replace defective shoes up to 6 months after order date. I argued back and forth with them, pointing out we were only 10 days out of the 6 month period, surely they can make an exception for the defect? No dice. The best they could muster was 20% off my next pair of shoes. I declined the offer, noting that would involve me spending MORE MONEY, instead of giving me money back.

I opted to call instead, this was a bad idea. My blood pressure was already climbing . I was nice at first, requesting a refund. Noting this pair is clearly defective, I didn’t wear them more than 5 times, and we’re only 10 days out from the six month replacement date. I got nowhere. Even though I was speaking with a different customer service rep, I got the same canned response about not being able to accept returns/refunds after 6 months. This was reallllly starting to get my goat. So I turned into an angry white lady, yelling at this poor girl. Still, no dice! Usually when you lose your shit, they would at least try to find a resolution. Nope, nada. I may have even yelled something about reaching out to the head of the company about this. oh yes, I’m ashamed to say, Dear Diary, that I went there during my crazed tirade. SIDE NOTE, I actually did call and apologize to her later. I’m not a total asshole.

Anyway, I figured either the customer service team has really poor training, or the company doesn’t give them the tools to really HELP a customer. In retrospect, since they were so unhelpful, I should have changed my tactics. I should have asked them what the options are, that don’t involve me spending any more money. For instance offering a comparable pair of shoes for free.  I would happily return the defective pair. Incidentally, the pair I bought is no longer sold.

So what did I do? I actually reached out to the president of the company. I should be ashamed. Andy was able to find his name due to some swift Googling. Unfortunately, his search skills did not yield contact info. I was able to figure that out myself. I basically tried various permutations of his name with the companies email extension. My fourth attempt worked! 

He actually got back to me quickly and was super nice! I wasn’t expecting him to respond, but I gave it a shot. He ended up offering me a free pair of shoes, which is the resolution I was hoping for, since a refund was not in the cards. I was happy with this outcome, as $100 shoes should certainly last longer than a few wears. But I truly hope the company can give the customer service team the tools to succeed going forward. I’m glad it’s resolved, but I hope other people don’t end up in my shoes (pardon the pun) and not able to get a refund if they end up with a defective pair of shoes days after the 6 month policy window ends. 

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GETTING QUITE THE TAN

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Between going to the Bahamas, Vegas, and Vermont, I’ve developed quite the tan this summer (for me). Normally I try not to tan, but I didn’t have much choice this year. I’ve been using sunblock when I remember, and haven’t gotten a burn at least. Anyway, Andy and I just got back last night from an awesome trip to Burlington Vermont. It’s one of my favorite places. This time we splurged and stayed at a hotel downtown, so all the bars and restaurants are walking distance. The weather was absolutely beautiful, we lucked out.

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It was really hot there on Thursday, so we didn’t do too many outdoor activities. We (finally) went on the murder mystery lake cruise! It was a fun dinner cruise with a local theater company. Each week they change the mystery. This time it was a pirate theme, which is perfect. Andy and I made some initial guesses who the killer was going to be. I was actually right, and should have stuck to my guns.

The next day, we got bikes from our hotel and went on one half of the bike trail. We checked out this giant sundial along the water, it was really pretty! We also did our third Magic Hat brewery tour, it was fun. I tried some new beers, my favorite being Hocus Pocus. We went downtown for dinner, and I had some amazing kielbasa at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill. I recommend this place, if you’re ever in the Burlington Vermont area.

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The next day, we decided to rent bikes along the waterfront. I regret this choice, as the bikes were heavy AF and refused to glide. So we did the other half of the bike trail, and did 10 miles total. My legs were ready to give way by the end of it, I would have been fine if we had used a standard mountain bike. We did spend our nights getting drinks at various places downtown. One of my favorites is the arcade. We also went to a balloon festival in Stowe. It was really cool! I brought my new DSLR with zoom lens for the occasion. Unfortunately, my stupid memory card is old and on it’s last leg. So it didn’t save some of my pictures. I’m ordering a new one from Amazon.

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Oh yeah, before we left for Vermont, we rode bikes to check out local fireworks. It was a good choice, as the streets were very crowded, and traffic was terrible. We were able to zip around it on our bikes.

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THE TIME A GIANT, FIRE-SPITTING, BRITISH-SPEAKING, PREYING MANTIS, SANG QUEEN TO US

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I went to Vegas with a group of friends a little over a week ago. It was a lot of fun! One of the highlights was going to old Vegas, and having a giant preying-mantis sing Queen to us. 

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We spent a lot of time at the pool, it was a billion degrees. One day we got a day bed, the other we got ritzy and rented a cabana. Money well-spent. We also upgraded our room. We had 2 TV’s, a living room, and nice view.  I usually stay at the Flamingo, but we ended up at The Linq, which is next door. 

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Adventures included burning to death, Vegas at night, and some light sun-poisoning. Thankfully I didn’t get a sunburn. I was pretty vigilant with the sunscreen.

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Pardon me, I like to make weird faces in pictures!

We also went on the high roller. I’ve been on it before, but it’s still fun. Would I do it a third time? Probably not.

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Next time I go, I’m spending most of my time in Old Vegas. It’s basically how Vegas is supposed to be. I also got to check out the Neon Museum at night. I’ve only gone during the day, and it gets quite hot there. It’s a cool place filled with old neon signs. One of my friends couldn’t join this time, due to her class schedule. So we’re going to plan a trip when she is done with school. 

I can’t believe tomorrow is Independence Day! I have a fun trip planned filled with hot air balloons, and brewery tours. 

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BAKE EM’ AWAY, TOYS!

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I was trying to blog more, but I fell off the wagon. To be honest, I’ve been pretty boring the last few weeks anyway. Plus I caught a case of the writers block. I’ll be in Vegas in exactly one week with a group of friends. This will mark my 7th time there.  I said I wasn’t going to buy anything new, but 4 bathing suits (cheap ones at least), 4 pairs of sandals, some new tops, and an awesome pair of sunglasses later, here we are.  One of the last times I was there, they were filming an episode of Cops. I should have followed them around, that’s the real adventure there. 

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I normally try to avoid Vegas during the summer months, as it is an actual furnace. But alas, here we are, going in June. 😦  It’s going to be about 1000°, according my very scientific and not exaggerated calculations. Let’s give or take a degree or two. So I will be dressing like Cam from Modern Family. I asked to borrow my friends parasol, and she no longer has it. She did recommend a giant visor she just got, and it makes her look like a bee-keeper. But I declined. I already bought a giant new floppy sunhat (it’s sparkly!) when I was in the Bahamas. I’ll be taking that along. I do tan folks, but my tolerance for boiling to death is very low. Hence why I hope I’m able to enjoy myself without my sandals melting to the pavement. 

 

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