Monday, February 22, 2010

Lazy Day

Saturaday was so nice.  We had such a lazy day,
which is few and far in between.  I loved it.

Well,  that's the latest news in my life.
What have you been up too?

Friday, February 19, 2010

I Got Engaged. . .

4 years ago today!  Of course it wasn't a Friday.  It was a Sunday afternoon and Curtis and I were at 'our spot'.  See when your dating in Beaumont, Tx there are not a whole heck of a lot of places to go and be romantic, meaning private and quiet.  I'm sorry but the mall just doesn't cut it.  So, we used to go to the river front park on our dates and sit and talk and just enjoy the river, play on the playground (don't judge), and watch the passing boats.  It's where we went to talk about us. 

Anywho, I remember not really wanting to go to the park because it was SO cold that day, but he insisted since we hadn't been in awhile.  So he finally was able to drag me there and we were sitting on a park bench.  I was bundled up in a hoodie and a blanket and shivering (a gorgeous site I'm sure).  We were talking about us and about how we wanted a future together and I remember Curtis looking at me and telling me that he loved me and asking me to marry him as he smoothly pulled a box out of his jacket and opened it to display a beautiful, sparkly ring.  So of course I responded, "Are you serious?!" 

And let me tell you, I will never live those words down, he will NOT let me forget them!

Since this is my blog and MY side of the story, I get to defend why I said that.  JUST THE DAY BEFORE, he had taken me to look at rings.  Which had happened one or two times before but it wasn't a big deal.  We had been talking about getting married, but he had always made it seem like it was further down the road 'of life' (so to speak).  I never wanted him to feel pressured into proposing so I tried not to bring it up too often or to act like looking at rings was that big of a deal.  So, when he had taken me to look at rings the day before, I tried on a few and pointed out what I did and didn't like about them and that was about it.  We were there maybe 20 minutes and we didn't really talk about it afterwards.  So, my friends, in my defense, THAT's why I said "Are you serious".  I was in shock, surprised, wasn't expecting a thing!  See!!! -  it seems logical now doesn't it.  (just agree with me, ok?)

So of course after that I said YES, YES, YES, and we laughed and hugged and kissed and bla, bla, bla (spare you the details), then after a few minutes we left because it was FREEZING!  We spent the rest of the day sharing our exciting news and enjoying the happiness of a newly engage couple.  I think it's a great proposal story because it's exactly what I had hoped for.  I was surprised, it was just us, it was meaningful, and it was special.

Later, I asked him why hadn't he proposed on Valentines day.  He said that I once told him I thought that would be cheesy and I wouldn't want to think that a holiday was the reason he proposed.  I don't remember saying that, but Kudos to him!

(Unfortunately there are no pics of this event)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Superbowl Monday

Welcome to Superbowl Monday
The official Monday after the Superbowl. 
(officially sponsored by someone or something official)
(claiming that something is official really does make it official, right?!)

What's so great about Superbowl Monday?  Well, I'll tell you!  It's all about re-living the glory of Superbowl Sunday.  The leftover yummies, the play-by-play recaps, the sore-loosing and the prideful-winning of the various "bet'ers".  But the best part of Superbowl Monday is the commercial recaps.  There are many, many sites and articles, facebook debates, twitter wars and office chatter devoted to the biggest and the baddest Superbowl commercials.  In the advertising world I live in, it's BIG.  You must have a vote and you need to stand behind it. 

So, I know you're all wondering what my favorite commerical was.  (I just know you're dying to hear, I mean who wouldn't want to know what I think?!)  The problem is, I don't know. (sorry for the let down)  I didn't see very many commercials so I can't really say.  However, I did do a little post-game research here:

and I picked this commercial.

<a href=";from=metadatawidget_en-us_foxpsorts_videocentral&amp;vid=38d69db0-cb88-4bae-a9cd-0a1fe214124c" target="_new" title="Doritos: Watch Yourself">Video: Doritos: Watch Yourself</a>

So, jump on the bandwagon, which was your favorite commercial?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Oh Chair King, Let Me Count The Ways

NOTE: I’m not usually one to complain, so please keep that in mind as you read this.  Usually, if I am subject to poor customer service, I usually just deal with it. But I think some things just need to be said.  So here's my beef with CHAIR KING.

My husband and I have been looking for bar stools for awhile. We haven’t been able to find any that we like (or that were tall enough for our lofty breakfast bar ), but we finally found something at Chair King. I’ve never been to this store, but I’ve seen their commercials and it seemed like they had a good selection, not to mention they were running a sale. So, we stopped by the store one day after work and actually found a style we liked. We’re happy to find what we want, but have been very disappointed in Chair Kings’ customer service.

First it was the lackluster greeting and lack of help we received when we walked in the store, from the guy that happened to be the manager. I was also appalled at the price tag on their items. Then of course they had only one barstool in stock. Then Mr. Manager informed me that I would need to go pick up the other two chairs from the distribution center if I wanted them within the next 5 days. The distribution center that’s 9 miles down the road couldn’t get two barstools to that location within 3 days? They said they needed 5 days. Hmmm. Then it was the fact that they wanted to charge me $10 a chair for assembly. So I asked, “what if I have them shipped to the store instead of paying for assembly?”. The manager said I’d have to pay $10 a chair for assembly anyway.

Ok, so I’ll dive to the distribution center myself, but they told me that they would not pre-assemble the chair at the distribution center, that they would only start that process once I got to the distribution center. Once I was at the distribution center, the receptionist called the store and put me on the phone when I had a question, AND they had a sign that said customer pick-up may take up to an hour. Luckily I wasn’t there for one hour or that would be on this list too!

Seriously? I’M the one BUYING a product from YOU. The least you could do is get your truck 9 miles down the road for me in under a work week. For the price I paid, I would expect a little more service, I did all the work! I was pretty shocked at the service they WOULD NOT provide for me. I don’t care what else I’d like to buy for my house, I will not be shopping at Chair King. I seriously considered returning the barstools because I’m that frustrated with the experience, but that is the only style we’ve liked. Dang you Chair King! You got me on that one.

But I think a major factor in growing a business is making happy customers and fueling the referral network that is sure to come from happy customers.

So maybe I have one up on them! Maybe…

(Ok, next post is sure to be a happy one)