While I enjoyed my recent vacation, part of me was chomping at the bit to dive back into this blog. I have plans for sprucing up the place, there are name change considerations, and I’m anxious to get a media kit started. Naturally, life and my body had other plans.
Paying bills on Wednesday morning led to the discovery of a problem. One of our toilets was apparently running for the last three weeks. Someone may have looked at it and been convinced it was not running, but no, our water bill told us differently. To the tune of nearly $300. *ouch* That afternoon turned into a trip to Home Depot and me replacing the fill valve. Replacing a fill valve is actually a simple task that I’ve done before. However, I was thinking upside down when trying to loosen certain screws and things got tighter, and stuck, before finally coming undone. By the time I’d finished, I was running late for a hockey game.
On Tuesday’s drive back from the Keys, I’d had a dry throat, but wasn’t too concerned. Wednesday there was a bit of a runny nose, but I told myself it was allergies. During the hockey game my head started to feel heavy and achy. Thursday morning it was clear I’d caught something. I needed to run two errands. Which turned into five errands in three cities. By the time I got home I was spent. The next 5 hours were spent on the couch, alternately freezing and sweating.
My big blog plans were completely sidelined. Feeling a little better today, I’m hoping to get started on some of that list after checking in with my favorite Friday link-ups – Oh, Hey Friday, High Five for Friday, and Friday Favorites (add’l links below).
It is currently 59 degrees outside.
Key lime pie. While I’m still on a meal plan/diet, and key lime pie is officially not approved for that plan, we were in the Keys. To go to the Keys and NOT have key lime pie would have been sacrilegious. This piece, from The Square Grouper, was worth every calorie. (I’ll have more photos and info about the restaurant next week!)
Favorite Barnes & Noble
My search for a 2016 planner started a little late. I purchase planners like I purchase calendars: after the year has already started and everything has gone on sale. Unfortunately, mid-January was apparently too late for my planner of preference.
For the past two years I’ve been using a 4×6 hardbound planner by Punctuate, sold only at Barnes & Noble. It’s the perfect size for any purse, but solid enough that it won’t bend and fall to pieces, and it has a clean page format. By the third week of January, every single style of 4×6 Punctuate planner was completely sold out of not only my local Barnes & Noble stores, but online. Every single one.
However, B&N’s website allows you to reserve an item in store if a particular location shows it in stock. A Fort Myers B&N showed my style of choice in stock. Since it was on the way to the Keys, I sent in my reserve request. Instead of receiving a confirmation email, I received an apology email. Fort Myers couldn’t actually find the item in their store. I called and asked if they had any of the 4×6 planners left, in any style. No. I tried again for Miami. Two stores in Miami showed as having one style in stock. But then I got the inevitable apology emails saying they couldn’t actually find it. I followed up with more phone calls. None left in any style.
Sticking with one particular style, I started looking all across the country. I sent reserve requests for what appeared to be existing stock in Delaware, north Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, Indiana, California and Arizona. None of the locations actually had the item in the stores. I switched to a different style and sent out more reserve requests where the website showed stock. Washington, Illinois and Texas all sent apology emails.
But Kansas City, Missouri, sent a confirmation email!
When I called and explained I wouldn’t be able to pick it up, the woman I spoke with (Shelly) told me she’d be happy to send it to me. Despite problems with my bank card (which for some reason insisted that my billing address was incorrect), and a few more phone calls with Shelly and Taylor, the planner will be heading towards me within the next few days.
Barnes & Noble website – not exactly impressed. Not only was the inventory information wrong for 13 different locations, but instead of showing a list of locations that do have an item, you have to enter a zip code which brings up locations within a certain radius. In order for me to track down this planner, I had to look up different zip codes and play a guessing game until I stumbled upon spots that appeared to have the item.
Barnes & Noble at Country Club Plaza, 420 W. 47th Street in Kansas City, Missouri? You have a lovely, helpful staff that I appreciate very much today. Thank you!
Oh, and while it wasn’t my first choice pattern, I’m still excited to be receiving this planner in the mail very soon!
Roses by The Chainsmokers. And this is definitely my favorite song this week. There’s a high possibility for me to be over this song in another week or two. These things happen.
Friday Favorites via MeetAtTheBarre