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personalized birthday cards

Friday, February 29th, 2008

I’m the guru as far as our software at work is concerned. I know how to run all of the reports, troubleshoot, and fix all kinds of dumb problems. It’s probably why I run the help desk, no? Anyway, this Christmas all of our staff wanted to send holiday cards to their business contacts that existed in our software. Pulling them out one by one would have been super tedious, so I used SQL to create lists for each person of their own contacts. Pretty neat, eh? After that little project, I noticed there’s a birthday field on the contact records, so presumably, I could pull a similar list that indicated when the date of birth for each was, allowing our staff to send birthday cards to their contacts!

X5257 MThis one from CardsDirect.com caught my eye immediately – we’d order from a company like this because they allow you to personalize the inside of the card and add all sorts of custom touches, for free! That way, our staff could add a standard verbiage with the company details, and then sign their own names to personalize things. They’re able to print return address on the envelopes, or your business logo. Right now, CardsDirect.com is offering free ground shipping on all birthday card orders as well!

you too, can self publish a book!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

My dear blogging friend, Mr. Fab, has been slacking lately.

He’s actually taking TIME off from blogging for writing – get this – a novel. Hmph! Do you believe the nerve of that guy, disappearing to a little dive on the beach to write his manuscript? He probably won’t even name a character in the book after me, despite all I’ve done for him!

I’m not sure what his genre is, but he makes a lot of Sculpey posts that involve Jesus, so maybe this self publishing process that helps Christian publishers is something that would help him out? They’ve got mentors to guide you through the process, from writing to publishing, and they can even help you market your masterpiece.

75% off vistaprint address labels

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

The breast cancer 3-day people are trying to win me back. They’ve spent big money wooing former walkers who haven’t signed up for the walk this year, sending out glossy mailings and even free 3-day swag! Last month I received 3-day address labels with my name and the 3-day logo on them, and this month I got an offer of 500 MyPoints if I registered for the 2008 walk.

It’s not happening, regardless of how many neat freebies they send me. I’m already signed up for the 2008 Avon walk, in hopes of trying something new and exciting. I really enjoyed walking through Philadelphia in 2006, and compared to that, the walk in the Tampa area in 2007 was a complete snoozefest. I think 2 days of walking in NYC will put me back on the right track.

However, the Avon people haven’t sent me much swag. I think I’ve got a t-shirt? Once I signed up, the wooing ceased. I can’t be expected to use my 3-day address labels to send our fundraising requests for the Avon walk, can I? I decided to order address labels online, and turned to VistaPrint, since they did such a fantastic job with the business cards I designed in the fall. They’ve got a sweet deal on address labels right now – in fact, the deal is for 75% off the regular price of address labels! Just use coupon code “BlogAddress75″ at checkout to receive your big, fat discount!

Did you know that VistaPrint can also do postcards and stamps? What a neat fundraising idea – personalized postcards AND stamps to mail to all of the folks who have supported me in the past. Or the postcards could be given out to the people who donate to use when we’re fundraising in public!

make money with online coupons at buxr

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

It’s been a rough week. Between my almost arrest, and then driving 40 minutes for a tutoring session that didn’t happen last night, I’ve been bouncing between anxiety and irritation for the past few days. When I get in that kind of funk, only a few things cheer me up – my kids, desserts, and retail therapy. Even buying something small can put me in a better frame of mind…maybe a new picture for the house that I can smile at every time I walk by it, or a new shirt that makes me look and feel better. And what REALLY improves my mood is retail therapy that doesn’t cost a lot. I like nothing better than digging out my gift cards and coupons and getting something fantastic for free.

Good finds and great deals will actually keep me smiling for months to come. Making money on top of that can only improve me mood, buxr logoso when I heard about Buxr I was intrigued. No doubt, you’ve all seen or visited the plethora of coupon sites on the web. Some good, some bad, and most chock full of deals. Have you ever wondered how they find all of those bargains? You’ve probably even shared great coupon codes and deals you’ve found at those sites on your blog – I know I have. Wouldn’t you like to be able to share deals AND get paid?

Buxr is a completely different kind of coupon & deals site, because it’s designed to give people like me (and probably you!) a chance to share shopping bargains with your friends and readers and make money. By sharing deals, you earn a commission when your blog or website visitors take advantage of the deal. Think about it – how many times have YOU taken advantage of a deal or bargain you read about online like this?

If you don’t have a website or blog, or simply don’t want to share, you can take advantage of the other side of Buxr – the bargains and online coupons! Participate in the forums, flag dead and expired deals, and even create a custom view of deals based in your personal preferences. Buxr gives you a lot more input and options than the other online coupon websites, and the chance to make some cash to support your shopping habit!

poison pen update

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Remember my overnight shipping via UPS that wasn’t? I wrote a letter and mailed it off to a few company big wigs, letting them know I was unhappy. I just got an email notification that they refunded me $33.58! Whoohoo! That means in the end, I paid for 2 day shipping, instead of over night. Two day shipping is actually what I got with UPS’s delay. One point for me for writing a letter of complaint!

Now THEY can go after UPS for the screwup if they want to recover their money. It’s not my problem anymore.

itty bitty club members need not apply

Friday, February 15th, 2008

As a female who does NOT have an ample chest, I never have a problem finding a bra that fits me. I can easily walk into any number of department stores or specialty lingerie stores and buy a bra right off the rack in the perfect band and cup size. Bigger busted woman are not so lucky. I’ve been shopping on the behalf of someone who was well endowed, and it wasn’t easy! You see, my aunt had been down to visit us on vacation and was in a car accident. She was stuck here to recover, so my mom and I went to buy her new clothes, since what she packed wasn’t enough for her extended stay. I think we went to 4 or 5 stores before we finally found a bra in the cup size my aunt needed (obviously, I didn’t inherit my cup size from that side of the family!), and even then it was slim pickings as far as the style and color.

That was 20 or so years ago, and with the internet, times have changed. Sites like BiggerBras.com carry a huge selection of items, from full busted swimsuits to the full busted bra of your choice. Just because you’re full busted doesn’t mean you need to pick a matronly one piece bathing suit – you too can wear a bikini! Sizes range from DD up to E cups, and this site also caters to those who need different sizes for a top and bottom. You can mix and match sizes to make sure you get the perfect fit. (I’ve heard of women buying two bikinis – one in the top size they need, and one in the bottom size they need – nuts!)

sad sam the valentine dog

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Work is nuts. Blogging is insane. Life is busy with school and the kids and the real world. I’d like to have one weekend where I didn’t have to go anywhere, and I could stay in my jammies and watch old movies all day long. I’d get crumbs in the bed and my back would start to ache from laying in one spot so long. I’m not going to have a weekend like that anytime soon, but hey, I’d settle for a day. Can I get a day? That’s not very likely either. Can I at least get some Valentine’s flowers? That’s certainly the most likely option, although I’d be happy with chocolates and dinner out. Heck, even Sad Sam is cute, with his basset hound eyes and chocolate truffles.

Note to husband: my favorite flowers are tulips, but you really can’t go wrong here.

To the other males reading this: Valentine’s Day is next week. If you wait until the last minute, you’re going to be buying a single rose in a plastic vase at the gas station. Don’t mess up!

save money online with free shipping

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Maybe after reading my post about those DISGUSTING Old Navy pants I bought, you’ve decided you’re not shopping regular retail stores anymore. Buying online certainly seems safer, since the packages come sealed, and there’s little chance anyone has ever worn or tried on the clothing before you get it. The only thing that stinks about shopping online is paying for shipping. I always try to find a free shipping coupon when I shop online, but they’re tricky little buggers.

I found a new shopping resource site called FreeShipping.org – it’s the largest free shipping resource on the internet. Search for free shipping to your heart’s content, by store name, category, or even browse store listings alphabetically. I took a quick look, and found 10 different Macy’s free shipping coupons listed on the site, as well as Blair, Target, and Kohl’s!

old navy snail trail pants

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Digg this post!

**This post has been updated as of 2/8/08 – read all the way to the bottom to see my fufill the request of a commenter from Fark.com!**

Let me preface this by saying if you are:

  • Easily offended
  • Easily grossed out
  • Have a rotten sense of humor

Stop reading NOW and go elsewhere.

The rest of you still with me? Good…you’re going to enjoy this story! It all started a month ago, before my trip to Amsterdam. I decided to head to the after Christmas sale at the Old Navy in my town and get new pants for the trip. I found two pairs (same style, different colors) on sale and after trying on one pair, bought them and took them home.

I am not a “wash clothes before I wear them” type of person. Well, I am now, but I didn’t used to be that way. In fact, I’ve made fun of my husband on more than one occasion because he would wash brand new clothes that had obviously never even been tried on! I saw it a waste of time, especially when you could see the crease marks in a brand new shirt, or the pants still had the tages and size sticker attached.

So I head home from Old Navy with my new pairs of pants – the green pair I tried on in the store, and the brown pair in the same size that I didn’t try on. A few days later, I put the pants on so that I could head out. I had the pants on all of 10 minutes before deciding I should hit the toilet before leaving the house…just like I tell my kids, you always potty before you go out. As I sit down on the can, pants down around my knees, I noticed something odd in the crotch area of the inside of the pants.

So….hypothetical question for my readers:

If you bought new pants from the Old Navy, and as you went to put them on, noticed a VAGINAL DISCHARGE in the crotch, that was crusty, and NOT BELONGING TO YOU, would you:

A. Return the pants to Old Navy for a new pair of pants, no questions asked?
B. Call the media, and get noticed, and get more from Old Navy for your trouble?
C: Call a lawyer, and bank big on your pain and suffering?

Yes folks, I’m not making this up – upon closer inspection, there was DRIED vaginal discharge in the crotch of these new pants, and it wasn’t MINE!

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

I can’t even describe HOW grossed out I was. Now, I’m a mom, and I’ve dealt with a lot of gross things over the years. I’ve wiped butts and caught vomit in my hands to prevent it from landing on the carpet. I’ve had a child who needed a catheter due to an injury, and I was in charge of emptying out the pee bag. On top of all that, I have a sick sense of humor. But to think that I had these nasty pants on for 10 minutes, with someone else’s…dried juices…near my underwear, and next to that, my nether regions? I was disgusted.

The tag had been missing from this pair of brown pants, so I deduced that someone (henceforth referred to as “juicy bitch”) bought the pants, wore them commando for several hours, and then returned them to Old Navy for a refund. Old Navy obviously didn’t take a close look at the pants, and put them back on the rack, where I picked them up.

About a week later, I finally had the time to go back to Old Navy to return the pants. Realizing that this was a sensitive issue, I asked for a manager at the checkout counter and attempted to be reasonably discreet when I spoke to her. It wasn’t pretty. The manager was SO defensive and although she did say “I’m sorry” once, her attitude was horrible! She made me feel like I was in the wrong for being disgusted about the pants. She wasn’t empathetic at all and it went badly, with excuse after excuse about WHY it could have happened, instead of saying, “I’m so sorry, how horrible, let me take care of this for you.” She actually said, “Well, it’s not as if we did this on PURPOSE!” Sheesh lady, I never said you did, I just want you to know so you can prevent this in the future!

Realizing I was getting nowhere fast, I quietly told her I would call corporate to express my dismay, and her response was “Go ahead!”. Nice! So I did, literally dialing their number on the way out of the store. The rep there WAS empathetic and understanding, and promised that she’d have the district manager call me. I told her I had planned to return two items and shop in ON tonight, but after dealing with the manager, I was so turned off I left. I felt mortified when she was talking to me, and I was so embarrassed that she reacted like I was somehow in the wrong for expecting to buy clean clothes! I don’t even want to go back to the store.

To make the rest of a long story short, I never heard from a district manager. I did hear back from the Old Navy rep at corporate who apologized again, and sent me a $50 gift card for my troubles, and told me I didn’t need to return the pants. (Um, yeah, cause I’m going to wash them and wear them after this?) The pants were close to $20, so the end result here is that Old Navy puts my value as a customer at $30. I think Old Navy blew it. I should have been contacted by the district manager in this area, and I should have been reassured that this will never happen again to anyone.

I’m now auctioning the snail trail pants off on eBay. If you’re in the market for a pair of light brown wide leg size 2 pants, complete with someone else’s vaginal discharge in the crotch, please check out my eBay auction! (Note: eBay auction now gone due to being reported by internet police….*snicker*. Apparently selling items with bodily fluids on them is against eBay policy, but not Old Navy policy! If you happened to screen shot the auction before it was removed, let me know! Maybe you’re a fetish freak who is into user underwear and the like – these pants are just as good! If you have no need for this item, please feel free to Stumble and Digg this post. Email it to your friends as a warning to ALWAYS check out the new clothes they buy, and ALWAYS wash the new clothes you buy. If you don’t, you may find someone else’s bodily fluids a bit too close for comfort!

(Don’t forget to Digg this post!)

Edited to add: Holy crap! As of 4:41 eastern time, Thursday 2/7/08, my eBay auction already has 477 views. It’s been up for 4 hours.

Hi to all of my visitors from The Consumerist! You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers:

1. She can’t just wash them now and then wear them? She now has to sell them on Ebay? Once they’re washed they should be fine – why not just keep them?

Ick. I’m not even touching them. I originally took the pictures to show my friends, so they could share in my mortification. The pants are in a bag, and I don’t think I would ever be comfortable wearing them, no matter how much hot water and bleach I used.

2. It’s not clear (1) why she’d take there “eww” pants back after trying to return them to the store and (2) why she’d photograph and list them on Ebay for a profit. does she really thing someone wants them? And a BIN for $50, come on!

I didn’t get satisfaction with the store manager, so I kept the pants when I called corporate. I thought eventually I’d be returning them and speaking to the district manager. I’m not really selling them for a profit – note the 99 cents. This is about drawing attention to what happened.

3. Had those pants been returned by someone else that way and been put back on the rack? Or were they tried on briefly by a woman who just enjoyed the Old Navy experience a little too much?

I think someone bought them, wore them, and returned them.

4. 50 bucks buyout….That’s soooo Quagmire.

I had to pick a number. Giggity, giggity, giggity, giggity!

5. I’m confused…so Old Navy wouldn’t let her return the jeans? Why did she leave the store with them? Why is she selling them on Ebay? Was she trying to extort additional money from the store manager and that’s why she’s saying that her business is only worth $30 to Old Navy? There’s no way in hell I’d leave the store with those nasty things still in my hand so I’m thinking that she didn’t want to just return them, she wanted money and not “gift card” money. …I’m such a pessimist…

I never got to the point of return with the first manager. Corporate told me to keep them, burn them, throw them away – they didn’t care. Given my experience, I didn’t think the gift card was a fair trade.

6. I just reported the auction to eBay. We’ll see how long it takes them to pull the listing.

Party pooper.

7. Wouldn’t this have been noticed before purchase when the shopper tried on the clothes?

I bought two pairs, same size, same style. I tried on one, but not the other.

Updated again 2/8/08 – this link has hit Fark and it’s been stated that the story is useless without a picture. You asked for it!

a note to my husband

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

A brief note to my husband:

Valentine’s Day is Thursday, February 14th. As our son has baseball practice that afternoon, I will NOT be in my office. I WILL be working at home. Should you wish to do any type of flowers sending to me, please note my location and plan you online flower order accordingly. If you mess up, and send the flowers to my office, they will be in a sorry state by the time I see them the following week.

That is all.