Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
She lives in Pacific Palisades, CA area but I know that she must auction off other women's clothes than her own. I mean, who wears size 10 Jimmy Choo sandals along with size 8 Manolo Blahnik mules?It doesn't really matter to me...I just like her inventory.
I bid on and won an exquisite red dress and the auction did state that there were a couple of spots but the seller was certain that they would come out at the dry cleaners. No problem.
The dress arrived, fit perfectly, but true to her word I did see some spots on the skirt of the dress. No problem.
I took the dress to my local dry cleaners, explained the problem and was told to pick it up in two days. I went to pick it up in two days.
I was asked to go to the BACK of the dry cleaners. The back of the dry cleaners? Who goes there?? Where they do the work, the pre-spotting, the pressing?
I felt like all eyes were on me as I traveled through racks and bags of clothes. I met Dorothy who is the pre-spot expert and it was then I felt like I was being interrogated by the government's secret service.
"Is this your dress?"
I answered, "Yes"
"Do you know this dress has these stains on the front?"
"Yes, I do...I was hoping you could get them out."
"Do you know how these stains got here or what they are?"
It was then I spilled my guts. No, I didn't know...I had bought the dress on Ebay and the seller told me there were spots but I just assumed it was champagne from a joyous night of celebration by the woman who had worn the dress before me.
Dorothy told me how she had pre-spotted for alcohol, for food products, for make-up, there was only one thing it could be and she didn't know if it would come out.
"What is the stain, Dorothy?" I was more than curious at this point.
"Well.." she began in slow manner, "it's an organic material"
I thought to myself. Organic? That's good, isn't it? Organic is good, right? Dorothy continued, "I believe there might be grass stains..." (hmmm..the woman must have slipped while wearing the dress? It could happen...) "along with some type of bodily fluids..."
I thought I would die...ewwwwwwwwwwww!
"Dorothy, are you saying that after this woman had a few glasses of champagne she maybe had sex somewhere on a lawn??!!"
Dorothy told me how she had tried spot removers for vomit and other disgusting "organic" fluids but if I knew that it was bodily fluids it would make her job easier.
I again repeated how I had no idea how the stains got there (was she wanting me to take a DNA test??! Did she believe me?!) and perhaps it was best if I just returned the dress to the original seller.
I ran out with the dress, packed it up, shipped it off, completely grossed out the seller of the dress with my story and was immediately refunded my original price, shipping, and dry cleaning bills. She received another positive, perfect, feedback comment from me.
I'm not sure what she did with the dress...hmmm.
I love ebay. Some of you may have noticed that my web address relates to auctions and all that they may offer. Most of my ebay experiences have been good. I've met wonderful people (yes...as in "I'm in town...how about we meet up for a drink and talk about the fabulous couch I bought from you?!") BUT...every so often you meet a jerk.
I had recently bought a John Robshaw quilt from a seller and upon arrival there was no mistaking that this was a "seconds" or from the poor workmanship even a "thirds". When I contacted the seller and let him know my disappointment I was given a reply of "sorry sucker, you should have asked what it looked like" or something to that effect. I was not happy. I was furious.
I contacted Paypal and let them be the mediator and within one week it was decided that I will be getting my monies returned from Mr. Jerk Seller. Of course, I want to contact him and stick my tongue out and tell him how things could be so much easier if you were open to listening to others...but I won't. But I am carefully calculating the amount of characters I may use for negative feedback in regards to this seller who cares more for money than for people.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I just ordered these from the wildly talented, über cute and adorable Amanda Krueger at Bake It Pretty for future giveaways at The Cupcakes Club (that would be MY über cute website). The Cupcakes 101 Kit includes everything thing you need for a crash-course in cupcake decorating. Each kit includes baking cups, novelty toppers, and sprinkles. Everything is bundled up nicely in a small stitched suitcase to make a pretty sweet gift. Her blog is wonderful and her website is a magical wonderland of clever and nostalgic supplies for baking, crafting and decorating.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Then, by a strange coincidence I was turned onto Cerulean's website by checking out a piece of jewelry and BAM! I saw the scarf on their website--unbelievable.
Of course, I clicked to order but...curses! The scarf was sold out! Ack! After the toil and trouble of trying to find it- I did- and then to have it snatched away from me. On a wing and a prayer I contacted their customer service to see if possibly there was one somewhere. Anywhere.
Struck out, but the customer service rep said there would be some new colors in Spring and that she would keep me in mind in case if anything ever showed up. Guess what?
I just got an email saying one scarf was back in stock and if I wanted it they would put it on their website so I could order it. Signed. Sealed. And being delivered by the end of this week. Cerulean...you're the best.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Why didn't I go? This was husband's time--a "reward" after some medical issues he went through this year--and some of the things they are doing --are not the kinds of things I would want to do on a "vacation" (on a reality show perhaps?). This is Dad and daughter at airport where they just JUMPED out of a plane--not exactly tops on my list of things to do!
Daughter and her husband- who just survived his jump- wearing his stylish flight jumpsuit. I suppose whatever works- as long as the parachute opens.
The three adventurers in their wetsuits on their way to jetboat the river, take a helicopter into a rafting site, and then raft down the river. Another day at the office.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
"Survivor" fan or not...you gotta watch the first couple minutes of this video from last week. I'm a sucker for when the family comes (although the smell of your loved ones would most likely knock you over!)but I fell in LOVE with Bob from this season...such a cute guy and his wife is such a doll.
What a wonderful, charming, the way a movie is supposed to be made film. There were so many wonderful lines in the movie I kept thinking "I should write this down" or "that was wonderful" and at the end was the killer. The one that leaves you sobbing, the one that you have to grab the box of Kleenex and try to regroup.
"There are people that cross our lives in tiny fractions of time, in the briefest of encounters; and yet, they leave an indelible mark in our hearts and our minds."
Here's to being one of those people this season and all year long.
Friday, December 5, 2008
I DID decorate the entry table, the mantle...it's the tree that has me doing a debate in my head. Why go through all the work, the creative energy for one week and then I'll be the one to have to take it all down, wrap it, and pack it back up? It does have lights already built into it...that would look pretty on it's own don't you think?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The Queen anthem "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions" was one song among 28 recordings announced today as inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame. You know every word and most likely you have a story to go with it for some moment in your life.
This video is outrageous...can you even imagine performing (or doing ANYTHING) in front of ALL these people?!
Monday, December 1, 2008
After arriving in Los Angeles at 7:30 PM, he would be taking an international flight (from our frequent flyer miles, thank you very much) to New Zealand and even worked out going business and first class (woo hoo!)at 10:30 PM. Easy and organized, right?
The 6:40 flight from Phoenix did not leave until 8:30 PM thus causing a domino effect of great stress and anxiety that makes you feel like you're on Amazing Race and running for the million bucks. To add to the chaos, sweet husband had earlier checked in his bag and was going to claim it and recheck it for the international flight.
"Are you sure that's a good idea?" always late wife asked.
"Sure, I'll have plenty of time at LAX...it will give me something to do before I have to catch the New Zealand plane," always prompt husband replied.
I don't know all the details as I just hung up at 10:15 PM with husband in super stress mode letting me know he was going to be the last one boarding the New Zealand bound plane and "he had never heard his name over the loudspeaker before so that was an experience." This man needs a vacation...go...have fun...relax.
Actually, I'm a little excited to have the next two weeks all by myself while my sweet husband travels to New Zealand to visit with our daughter and her husband....yogurt for supper anyone?