Tuesday, July 27, 2010

iWanna my white iPhone

I've been waiting very very patiently for the white iPhone to come out. Last week it was delayed yet again, to year-end, so I gave up. Darn you, clean design and beautiful classic Apple loveliness!

So I go into Best Buy last night (I had Best Buy gift cards, so this made my iPhone the best price - ZERO dollars) to order my new iPhone.

Me: Hi, I'd like to order the iPhone 4.
Girl at Counter: OK, let me look and see if you are upgrade eligible... ok, yup, you're good to go. Name?
Me: April Lastname
GaC: Phone number
Me: 773-###-####
GaC: Would you like the black phone or the white one?

I spluttered, like, "I don't think the white one is available. Right? Right?" The manager leans over the girl and is like "Yeah, God only know when those will come in. We're not taking orders for them."

The girl just shrugged it off, didn't even admit she had no idea what she was talking about and marked down "Black" on the order form.

Um? Thanks for both making my hopes and dreams and crushing them in 20 seconds flat. Hooch.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom!!

Thought I would repost the 10 things I like about Gayle... Happy Birthday, Mama!

According to Birthday Tradition, here is 10 things I like about my Mom, a little late (her bday was Wednesday, July 21!):
  1. My Mom just GETS it. She gets me perhaps more than anyone.
  2. My Mom is great with kids. I don't know what she does, but she can get Gracie to sleep in 5 min flat when Katie's been trying for hours to no avail. Earlier this year I told her "I don't know how you do that, but you should bottle it and SELL it!" She has a natural talent with the childrens!
  3. My Mom can order/heat up pizza like no one's business. When my Mom was in college, my Uncle counted during one finals week and we had pizza 5 times in one week. I would like to think that all her non-cooking days have given me a fine appreciation for pizza as it's own food group.
  4. Mom knows all about the Information Technology. Sometimes when I have a question about a certain system, I'll tell someone at work that I need to talk to my "Subject Matter Expert" and then call Mom to ask how the system would work or if someone is pulling my chain. Plus she is helpful in fixing all the stuff I mess up.
  5. I help her argue with her auditors. I love giving my Mom ammo to fight back against her audit issues at work. It is way too much fun.
  6. She is one of my favorite people to gossip with. From family drama to what is going on with the people back home, Mom's always got the dirt.
  7. I've gotten some really great recipes from Mom, even if 95% of them involve some kind of ground beef. And I love that she is always down for eating out, especially at Los Bravos or Rafferty's.
  8. Mom is a great minister's wife and I love that she supports and loves my Dad. Mom sits through and is involved in countless church activities with a patience that I doubt I could ever muster. And I suspect that she thoroughly enjoys most of them!
  9. Venting to my Mom is the best thing ever. I will have talked about something to a few friends or Mike, and if it's something that is REALLY weighing on me, nothing really lifts the burden off my shoulders like talking to my Mom. After hanging up the phone with her I feel immediately lighter and better about the world.
  10. My Mom knows exactly what to say. Whatever I'm venting about, she always has the perfect thing to make me laugh or give me perspective.
As you can see, I love to just CHAT with my Mom... she is the best :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mega update

Looking at the blog lately, you'd think we have nothing going on. And I did the same... wondering what to write about. Fortunately my little point and shoot camera saves the day and reminds me of what we've been up to.

The week after Vegas, we got Mike's boss's tickets to the White Sox game and we took some friends along... this is Amy and myself at the game.
At about the bottom of the 8th inning, some old man in front of us stood up and started YELLING. "You twos are the most ignorant fans I've ever sat in front of at a baseball game ever! All you did was talk the WHOLE TIME. BLAH BLAH BLAH!" And then proceeded to run up the aisle (which was rather long because we were in the 5th row) screaming BLAH BLAH BLAH and flapping his arms. Once we got over the shock of being screamed at, it was kind of funny. Plus, Amy knows more about baseball than most dudes. She was like "If he'd stuck around, I could have told him anything he wanted to know about the game. You ran it up in the 4th and then it was kind of boring!" It was so funny. At least we can refer to ourselves as the Most Ignorant Fans Ever. Dude, Sox fans are crazy!

I went on a boat cruise with a professional organization that I'm a member of. Fun networking and talking to people I used to work with. Plus the view was amazing.
My friend Stacy turned 30 and we all went out to celebrate. Here me, Emily, and Shayna pose at Glascott's!
On the 4th of July weekend we headed to our friend's lakehouse in southern Michigan on Friday night, then attended Mike's cousin's wedding on Saturday during the day. We left Milly at the lake with her friends, but had to stop by my sister's house on the way back to the lake to see her new puppy, Jonas. He is a basset and so cute. He runs like his body is made of one giant slinky - all 4 paws just all over the place. So cute!!
This was what Milly was up to while we were gone. Getting attention from all the lovely ladies!
On Sunday Mike participated in the annual lake cornhole tournament. He didn't win this time, he was pretty disappointed. But look how adoringly Milly looks at him. I love that Milly likes him best - I like him best too, and it makes me feel like I really picked a good one that the tiny beagle has such an admiration for him.
Last weekend we headed to Boston with my brother and his fiance to visit his fiance's sister and her husband. I caught a contraband pic of the skyline right before takeoff.
On Saturday we visited the Boston Museum of Science where Mike found an awesome Mathematica section. Good times!
Saturday night after an amazing dinner at Damiano we walked to see the Old North Church.
On Sunday in Boston we hit up brunch at Stephanie's. OMG it was so good. Look how big Mike's french toast was!

So that catches us up. The weekdays have been pretty boring as per usual, even though we did go to Kirkwood last night for dinner ($5 Quesadillas, woot!) and to watch the Allstar game. It was a perfect summer evening in the city.

This made me laugh

Probably what Milly is thinking while we play fetch....

Friday, July 09, 2010

Doing some good

Yesterday I did my part and signed up for the national bone marrow registry. You only have to swab your cheek with some qtips to get signed up and you could save someone's life? I'm totally in.

Registry Link here!

A couple weeks ago, I quizzed Mike on my organ donation wishes. Sometimes he forgets things or doesn't listen fully (check those husband skillz of tuning out the wife!) so I wanted to make sure he knew what I wanted in case the issue ever came up. He thought my answer was pretty funny...

I am ok with donating anything BUT my eyeballs. I don't want anyone out there wandering around with my eyeballs!! Dude, that is HELLA creepy!!!!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Getting things done.... or not.

One of my pet peeves is trying to get something accomplished and not being able to do so because someone else is a moron. Today's example of that was the city clerk's office distributing about 125,000 defective city stickers (only to those who preordered right when the forms came! What can I say? I like to check things off the list!). So I had to go and exchange the stickers at City Hall. Wonderful. I usually order things online because I don't like to wait in line with the unwashed masses (what? people are smelly). Other examples of me doing my part but the task not getting accomplished include 1) going to Home Depot to have extra condo keys made but the keys are not cut right so I have to go back and have them recut again or 2) going to the dog food store where the chick accidentally scans Milly's food twice so I have to go back again for a refund. Boo!! It's like I shouldn't even bother trying to get stuff done to begin with sometimes!

All that said, when I went to City Hall today I was totally impressed. They had 5-6 people working the information desk and asking people why they were there and directing them accordingly. When I informed one guy that I had defective stickers, he took them and my receipt and went to reprint them for me. No waiting in line, I even got to sit down in the back! This was awesome because that line wrapped around like four times and I would have been there about forever. Let's just say other than the 6 block walk there and back, it was actually a nice experience. Score one for the city! :)