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A place to opine ~ observations, rants, and daily nonsense.

May
07
Maria Shriver was on Good Morning America (GMA) today talking about Alzheimer’s disease, which her father suffers from.   Before we get down to how serious this topic is, Maria looked stunning and she has GREAT HAIR– it’s thick, healthy-looking, and full of bounce. Now, back to business.

Today I learned 1 in 8 of us will have Alzheimer’s by age 65.  The age 65 was more shocking to me than the statistic of “1 in 8″.  Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease which robs the victim of dignity and control, forcing them to rely on others for every aspect of their life.  

Today, Maria Shriver spoke about “The Alzheimer’s Project”, a 4-Part HBO Documentary, and television series which premiers this Sunday, May 10, 2009.  If you don’t have HBO, you can view it online.   It is accompanied by a book and DVD.  I love the logo, from “Hopeless” to “Hope”.  Maria said she wants to “mobilize the American public and give hope to the millions of families dealing with Alzheimer’s”.  Please educate yourself on the topic, it could be you or someone you know one day.

HBO links to “The Alzheimer’s Project”, starting Sunday, May 10th:

http://www.hbo.com/alzheimers/about-the-project.html

http://www.hbo.com/alzheimers/index.html

The Alzheimer's Project Book
The Alzheimer’s Project Book
The Alzheimer's Project DVD Set

The Alzheimer's Project DVD Set

 Maria Shriver on GMA:

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=13352154&ch=4226723&src=news

Maria Shriver

May
07
Dough Rolled onto greased Cannoli forms

Dough Rolled onto greased Cannoli forms

If the oil is too hot, they'll burn

If the oil is too hot, they'll burn

Homemade Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

Homemade Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

First few came out too dark, then I lowered the temperature and the rest were perfect

First few came out too dark, then I lowered the temperature and the rest were perfect

Finished filling: Drained Ricotta, Powdered Sugar, Mini Chocolate Chips and Candied Orange  and Lemon Peel

Finished filling: Drained Ricotta, Powdered Sugar, Mini Chocolate Chips and Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

The finished product looked much better when I sprinkled the powder surgar on them.  In this photo I rolled them.  Not the best look, but they tasted incredible.

The finished product looked much better when I sprinkled the powder surgar on them. In this photo I rolled them. Not the best look, but they tasted incredible.

May
06

Macy’s is back to their previous description:  Crappy Service

What a difference a day can make.  Today, I waited patiently for the delivery. It never came. *gasp!*  After all those promises by Customer Service Managers of tracking the shipment from the warehouse, and monitoring every move on my account.  How, How, How can this be?

Macy’s made YET ANOTHER GROSS ERROR and sent my items 2nd Day Air as opposed to OVERNIGHT, as promised.   They will be here tomorrow (yes, I tracked them to confirm) AND to add to the mounting errors:  they sent one item out twice by accident, so I have to return it to the store for a credit or have it picked up by UPS for return.   What the hell?

Macy’s, Macy’s, Macy’s - you glowed in the limelight for one day only to screw it up - BIG TIME.  Numerous false promises of overnight delivery does not make for a happy customer. I’m PISSED.  I will gladly use my gift card, but it may be the very last time you see me as a customer.  Try to get your act together, there are some unhappy customers out there.  Right now, my items (a very late birthday gift) are somewhere in West Columbia, SC —- which is NOT WHERE THEY SHOULD BE!

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May
06

Chris-

Since you are working late here’s what’s waiting for you when you get home:

 

Tri-Tip off the grill and finished in the oven since we ran out of barbecue gas

Tri-Tip off the grill and finished in the oven since we ran out of barbecue gas

Dinner is served

Dinner is served

May
05

May 4th’s Dinner:  Chicken with Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes & Chopped Tomatoes with Spinach Linguini and mini Farfalle in a garlic / shallot cream sauce.   Garnished with: chopped basil, parsley (grown by me) and grated Locatelli cheese. 

LIGHT ON THE SAUCE

LIGHT ON THE SAUCE

 

SAUCY

SAUCY

May
05

Yesterday I waited patiently for Macy’s to contact me with a tracking number for my overnight, and much anticipated, delivery of Chris’ late birthday gifts which should have been shipped yesterday and delivered today.  After 2:00 PM Pacific Time, I knew it was beyond warehouse hours for Macy’s on the east coast and was anticipating the worst.  I tracked the order on Macy’s website, since the promised email didn’t arrive; only to be disappointed in Macy’s Customer Service, once again. 

For the second time, Macy’s cancelled my order because the supervisor put the wrong phone number in the order which she promised to monitor and track and call me if there were any issues. She further promised to personally email me the tracking number the moment she saw the order was filled. 2:00 PM, no call, no email.

How can this happen?  This was the question posed to the Manager of the supervisor who made me the promise to personally monitor the order and email or call me with the tracking number. After talking with the manger, I couldn’t be mad, she was delightful, diffused my anger, acknowledged my frustration and admitted wholeheartedly that it was 100% Macy’s error and she was going to make it right. (as I rolled my eyes)

The resolution:  My order will be shipped today, overnight (free shipping) AND, she offered me ANOTHER 20% Discount off of each item (for a total of 65% off all items) AND she is sending me a gift card for the inconvenience (amount unknown!). I guess as pissed as I was, this doesn’t make it “all better”, since Chris’ gifts are late, but hell, only 3 days late and I’m compensated with a 65% discount and a gift card.  Macy’s can inconvenience me any time. Macy’s, thanks for taking it on the chin, admitting your screw up, and making it right.

May
04

My man is LAUNDRY CHALLENGED, STILL, despite the numerous lessons I’ve given him on laundry basics (and I know he was also taught this by his mother), he’s still failing at “Laundry 101”, yet I continue to believe the message has sunk in, and let him near our clothes. 

I came back from San Francisco 2 weeks ago proudly displaying my new S.F. T-shirt on the plane (see photo), and clearly emphasizing the fact that I’m a certified tourist as I return home.  My boyfriend, Chris, bought me the T-shirt on the tourist trap boulevard of souvenirs ( Fisherman’s Wharf).  At 11:00 PM, while the store was closing, I agonized over the hundreds of decals to have screened onto my shirt choice while my boyfriend chatted with the silkscreener about:  how indecisive women were, how he’s the silkscreener’s hero for being able to string me along for 8 years without my demanding a ring, how the PEACE sign decal was the “coolest” in the store, blah, blah, blah.  

When I finally made my choice and Chris handed over the $22.00; the silkscreener was VERY DETAILED about the care of the shirt, and it’s only two  simple steps:

  1. Wash the  shirt inside-out
  2. Don’t put it in the dryer, lay it flat to dry

Easy-Peasy right?   Not if your laundry challenged man gets ahold of the shirt.   I did the wash, I washed the shirt inside-out as directed by my experienced Fisherman’s Wharf silk screener.  Chris dried the clothes, or should I say: heaved the entire wet heap into the dryer without sorting the items that needed to go on the line or had to lay flat to dry.  

The result was: the entire decal was melted and stuck to itself in a crunchy mangled ball.  I wore the shirt ONCE.   I tried to heat up the decal with a hair dryer to peel the decal apart without tearing it. Too late.  No matter how I tired to get the  decal unstuck from itself it resulted in tearing.

Back to the drawing board and another laundry lesson for Chris:

  1. Don’t mix colors or darks with lights
  2. Water temperature, we’ve been through this. 
  3. When in doubt:  Consult the TAG! (even though I remove most tags) 
  4. When in doubt and there is no tag: DO NOT TOUCH. 

Oh, and the dryer lint trap, that you are supposed to clean out with each load – have you also forgotten that basic, necessary step?

BEFORE

BEFORE

 

AFTER

AFTER

May
03

First Post — what shall I blog about?  

Well today is my boyfriend’s birthday, and his gifts are not here.  WHY do you ask?  Because Macy’s screwed up – big time.  They CANCELLED my order without notification.  Why?  Because the phone number on my order did not match the credit card I used when I placed the order.  Macy’s now has a verification process, and the Phone number must match the phone number you used when you applied for the card. 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  
I have some credit cards for ten years, God only knows what phone number I had at the time I applied.  Furthermore, I have 6 phone numbers, any number you dial will get to me, so why not CALL before you cancel a $500.00 order?    My demand to have the order sent overnight via FedEx fell on deaf ears, due to it being after 5:00 PM on Friday on the East Coast, and their warehouse was closed. 

So, the order of 5 items is being shipped overnight on Monday, for FREE *bitching pays* (savings $48.00 in Express shipping charges) and an additional 20% discount, which is VERY NICE on top of my already-applied 25% Friends and Family discount.  BUT, my problem still remains-—NO BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR MY MAN TODAY!

The gifts arrive on Tuesday, 48 hours after his birthday.  Regardless of the nice savings, he has nothing to open but a card.  THANKS Macy’s for the big screw-up!
I emailed the CEO of Macy’s, Inc., as well as every board member to state my grievance, sent them “return receipt”, and expect when they roll into the office on Monday and read my email, I can con them out of more stuff. 

Bottom Line is: Macy’s has a bottom line to look out for, and canceling $500.00 orders willy-nilly is not the way to boost the retailer’s numbers in a down economy.   If it wasn’t so late in the game, I would have kept the order cancelled and went to a competitor, not what the CEO of Macy’s would want to hear.
Happy Birthday Chris!  Love Ya and IOU a few presents!

 

BIRTHDAY DINNER ~ Cavatelli with Meatballs and Ricotta

BIRTHDAY DINNER ~ Cavatelli with Meatballs and Ricotta

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