Call Center Life – vol. 1

Customer – I lost something at XYZ hotel.

Me – I’m sorry to hear that.  Let me give you their phone number and I’ll also transfer you.

(pause)

Me – Their phone number is 555-555-5555.

(pause … for obvious reasons)

Customer – You talkin’ to me?

Me – Yeeeees.

Customer – You talking’ to me?

(this is seriously happening right now)

Me – Yes, I was giving you the phone number to XYZ hotel so you can call them to find your lost item.

Customer – Oh, I wasn’t expecting that.

Me – (wtf were you expecting?!?)

Me – Ok, let me transfer you now!

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Thrift store finds!

Every time I visit my friend Julie in Illinois, I make her take me to the thrift store. This trip I bought an amazing pile of stuff for only $18!

Up first – the dresses!

All things with a yellow tag were only $1 at the thrift store when we were there.  So each of these was only $1.  Cha-ching!!!

The blue dress isn’t the greatest thing ever, but it fit really well and was flattering to my top half, so for $1 I couldn’t pass it up!

The strip-y dress is from H&M.  The problem is that it’s totally see thru.  I swear H&M just sewed tissue paper together.  I plan on using it for a beach coverup.
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Next up – this amazing Cubs shirt!  It was only 44 cents.  It’s a Fukudome shirt.
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Up next – all the normal stuff.  I really didn’t need the Devin Hester jersey.  And for $7.17, it was fairly ‘expensive’ for a thrift store.  Although I do wear football jerseys quite a bit.  And I don’t have a orange Bears jersey.

I found that Mexico-style shirt at the last moment.  And for 88 cents, you can’t lose!

I also tripped upon that stripe H&M long sleeve sweater at the last minute. It’s very thin, so perfect for a chilly Florida evening. And it was only $1.61!
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And finally – the weird stuff!  That flowered shirt is a wacky print and it’s corduroy!  Another yellow tag, so another $1!

The crazy Hawaiian dress is huge.  I carried it around the store for about an hour, hee-hawing about purchasing it.  It’s from Hilo Hattie, a major and popular retailer in Hawaii.  The print isn’t that amazing, but I caved and bought it.  $3.13 and it was mine!
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Pintrest!

Are you on pintrest?  Man, what was my life like with out it?  I love it so much.

But, if you’re like me, you’ve pinned 1000+ things, and haven’t done jack squat about it.

I have an entire pintrest board called “MAKE THIS!”  Do you think I’ve made anything?  The unfortunate answer is ‘no’.

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Since I now have 3 days off during the week (I work 4 10-hour days), it’s time to start busting my buns into gear!

Bring on the pintrest successes and fails!

Seriously?  I have 1,962 pins?

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Notes from the 2014 Princess Half Marathon

princessYou want to sign up for a ‘girl power’ race with a pretty lax time constraint, a fun course thru Epcot and the Magic Kingdom and A LOT of Disney characters along the way? Then the Princess 1/2 marathon is for you!

Mile 1 – 2 girls next me discuss how their pace is too fast after jogging for about 5 minutes. I mentally giggle and think, “honey, you’ve got a ways to go – slow down!”

Mile 2 – I see the same t-shirt I saw during the full marathon in January. And damn if I can’t remember what it says. Something like, “there will be a time when I can’t run a marathon, but a lifetime of knowing that I did.”

Mile 2.5 – A girl dressed as Jasmine is jingling all over the place. Thankfully she passes me sooner than later.

Mile 3 – The classic religious sign is “I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me”, but I saw a new one today that I liked! 2 Corinthians 4:17 – “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” Good stuff.

Mile 3.3 – A Hawaiian style band is playing. Like, big giant drums and all. Pretty cool!

Mile 4 – It’s foggy as all hell! It kind-of feels good, like a mist of rain. Or am I just covered in sweat?

Mile 4.5 – Somebody has a sign on the shape of her friend’s giant head. It’s amazing.

Mile 5 – It’s the Magic Kingdom! Once again, I’m that jerk who hops on the sidewalk to get off of crowded Main Street.

Mile 6 – This entire time I’ve been subtracting 14 minutes from the previous clock time, but I start to lose my mind. I’ve messed up my timing! I need to do sub-14 minute miles to make it under 3 hours. I think I just messed up.

Mile 6.5 – Damn! I’ve caught up to jingling Jasmine again!

Mile 7 – As I pass a line of girls waiting to take a photo with a guy in a tux holding a glass running shoe on a pillow (Cinderella style), I’m reminded of the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. “Oh, dressing up as (insert Princess here), REAL original!” (original quote – “oh, wedding in Hawaii, REAL original.”) Don’t mind me, I’m just a jerk.

Mile 7.5 – “Let It Go” from Frozen is blasting. The girl next to me is (and I mean, INCHES from me) suddenly bursts out in song. It takes all my efforts not to kink my elbow back and punch her in the face. Again, don’t mind me, I’m just a jerk.

Mile 8 – There’s Britney Belvin, super fan again. I jokingly ask for chocolate, and she has some! I don’t take any. I immediately regret that decision as I become STARVING later!

Mile 8.5 – Somebody kicks a piece of hard candy and it rolls in front of me. It’s out of the package, so it’s all dirty and hairy. My first response, “mmmmm, that looks good!”

Mile 9 – I see Luna Bar signs everywhere. Later, I see Luna bar employees. Later, I see a Luna Bar tent. Are they giving out Luna Bars?!? No! They are just cheering me on. Damn you Luna Bar, I’m starving!

Mile 10 – Almost done!

Mile 11 – Stupid uphill on ramp.

Mile 12 – I run into Jackie, a FB friend.  She tells me that I’ll finish in under 3 hours, no problem!  (turns out, she lied!)

Mile 12.5 – I’m attempting to put on “all I do is win, win, win no matter what!”, but my ipod randomly shuffles over to the Wall-E soundtrack!  That’s not pumping me up at all.

Mile 13 – Sprinting time!  I see the time ahead says 3 hours and 36 min.  I’m not sure when I actually started, but I think I had to cross at 3 hours and 30 min to meet my time.  Nuts.

Mile 13.1 – Some couple is super sprinting past me.  Kudos to you both!

Mile 13.2 – I could throw up if push came to shove.  And they are giving out cold towels.  BEST THING EVER!

1 hour later – I get my text message with my time.  3 hours and 3 minutes.  Poop.

Disney Princess half marathon

I always told myself that I’d never do the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  Call me a feminist, but it’s just way too girly for me.

But … what the hell … at leas the medal is blue this year.  (I think every year it rotates colors)

Long story short, I signed up to run on Monday (6 days in advance). So I obviously didn’t have a whole lot of training time.

My goal – make it under 3 hours.

My time was 3 hours and 3 minutes. Curses! So damn close! Although, I did it as fast as I could (I think …).

Sigh, I guess I’ll have to sign up again sometime to see if I can break my time goal.

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DIY – runDisney event blanket (part 3)

Time to start sewing!

Take 2 of your 3″ strips, and pin them on your t-shirt square. The length doesn’t have to be perfect, b/c we can trim it later.
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Sew!
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Trim! I used the super amazing 12″ quilting square to trim the 3″ strips.
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Take another strip and pin it to the other side. Sew and trim again.  Once again, this strip can overlap, because we’ll just trim it later.
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Do it again, and again, and again!
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Sew them all together!
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Now to get started on row 2, 3, 4 and 5! 🙂

DIY – runDisney event blanket (part 2)

Ok, so you’ve got your supplies all set right?

Time to get started.

Step 1 – cut your t-shirts. This was terrifying. What if I messed up?!? Thankfully, I was ok.

That 12″ quilting square do-hickey was amazing!

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Just make sure all your corners were cut before you lift it up.

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Done!
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Next, cut up your front fabrics. I’m cutting strips of 3″. I’ll be pinning these on later.
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The rotary cutter is AMAZING!!! I’m so glad I bought it.
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