99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)
yay for early morning emails. I guess the licensed stores all got sent material with the wrong dates and I have to keep this stuff in my backroom for 2 weeks. this would be fine if my backroom weren't the size of a large closet :| oh well, tetris skills pay off irl, I guess. (haha, I have the shelves + a 6-wheeler cart stacked twice my height)

but this also meant I was at work 2 extra hours, so no post office run >.< boo.

things

Oct. 29th, 2011 08:22 pm
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)
first, I hate this stupid font in the html editor. I think it's trying to stab my eyeballs with it's uglyness. I'm also rather annoyed that all my notifications are apparently screwing up even more after this latest lj update :/ I either get no notification, or one days later. so if you commented/replied to me somewhere and I didn't respond, that's why. bleh.

aside from thursday until now - limited internet access between being tired from work, and thursday was my mom's not-chemo appointment. her friend Kathy came with us, and damn did I wish I had the guts to tell a 60 year old woman to STFU. she kept talking when my mom was trying to sleep off some of the benadryl, and then all through the movies we brought to keep busy. I couldn't even retreat into Pokemon Rumble Blast, because I'd start playing and she would nudge me just as she said something ~super entertaining~..... pertaining to nothing I'd know about (her and my mom work together, and she was gossiping). >:|

work is fun and crazy right now. the one barista nobody likes and I can't get rid of is taking 2 months leave to have surgery on her arm (and everyone hopes she won't come back) starting next month. lol, way to get the holidays off... not that I want her working them on her pay rate.
to start off the season, we're having a Halloween sale this weekend: grande fall drinks (pumpkin spice, salted caramel mocha, chai) are $2 after 2pm. this is only at Safeway-owned stores, so we're special snowflakes! \o/ then on Tuesday we magically change overnight to Thanksgiving Blend, red cups, and the Holiday Trio (peppermint mocha, gingerbread, and eggnog). November 15 starts full-on Christmas season, with Caramel Brulee going up and us putting on red aprons... two red aprons for our store. how are we supposed to keep them clean??? .___.;

merchandise is amazing this year, too. Christmas Espresso Roast is nationwide this year, yay! there's a 4-pack of ornaments, containing the 2011 holiday pattern, 2011 white cup pattern, previous logo (siren with text), and the original siren logo (boobs). no clear tumbler ornament this year :c and no tea cup ornament again. standard coffee sampler, taste of tazo, and cocoa trio gift packs, a different gift bag (last year was a box, 2009 was a bag), glass tazo mugs... oh, and we have plush hedgehogs lol. so derpy and cute. my store didn't get any bearistas and I didn't see them in our sku guide, so I'm not sure if they're doing them this year, not that I like them (worst sellers, aside from a few that sell to collectors). I'm excited for the Christmas Blend VIA, since I like my coffee at weird times/places X) the packaging is also adorable (tiny 6-packs of VIA!).

other sales events... there's going to be a Holiday BOGO, as well as a greeting card coupon handed out at stores. December 1st is donations to (RED) as usual, followed by 11 days of sales on specific items. certain items will include a free drink for the recipient after Christmas, and naturally there will be insane clearance deals on anything left at the end of the year.



also, blonde roast is coming. most lolworthy name ever, but I like that they're making some more mild roasts to appease those who like weak not-dark coffee.


hmmm. I need to clear out my extra side collections, too, to make room for wailord cushion (I was one of those who lucked out and preordered). and OMG. I can't imagine carrying so many of those x___x I also figure I finally need more room for my rapidash and floons, plus pokedoll merch and my semi-serious side collections (goth line, munna, happiny, umbreon/espeon/vaporeon, keshimon).
culling: gen 1 water types, most of my baby types, heracross, electric sheep, misc gen 3 pokemon, arcanine, ninetails, girafarig... gdi too many to list. probably going to cut out some of my bats as well.




hmmm. also went to the LOTR:FOTR symphony a couple weeks back. IT WAS AMAZING. I FANGIRLED SO HARD. MIGHT HAVE SPRAINED SOMETHING. WHY DID OTHER PEOPLE NOT DRESS UP.
haaaaah |D yeah, I totally glued on my elf ears and got my geek on. thought about going as a nazgul, but passed since I didn't want to get kicked out or something. GOOD THING, THOUGH. I would have been shown up by the LIFE SIZE SCULPTURE OF A NAZGUL IN THE LOBBY. also Lurtz. omg. and swords and helms and hobbit feet. I bought all three things being sold: symphony CD, program, giant ass hardcover with a breakdown of every song and theme from FOTR to ROTK plus CD with alternate and mock-up tracks from production. read it all. flipped the fuck out. played piano and clarinet and flute every day for a week, plus vowed to fix up and learn my goddamn oboe to play those alskjahkjh sexy themes of darkness in a proper way askjfhakljakjfakjakj Sauron is my favorite aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh.
we also marathoned the full extended set, ending about the time people were arriving for my sister's birthday party. I commented, "I want to fight cave trolls." one of the kids replied, "don't quit your day job" and all I could say was, "I already fight trolls at my day job. I work at Starbucks." |D;;;

blah blah blah LOTR taking a break from writing because freaking out again.


anyway. seeing a proper Nazgul costume up insanely close has given me more to work on with my own costume, aside from figuring out a way to either fake the armor or save up for REAL ARMOR (I'll do it, too). mainly I need to grow 2 feet taller and turn into a basketball player, because goddamn I never thought about how tall those Numenoreans are (6-7' average, btw). I need me some STILTS.


uuuuuuuuuhhhhhh I can't even remember half the stuff I was going to write about now because my head is back in nazgul-land. something about being obsessed with Rumble and being sad about no wifi trading/battles/etc.

OH. and I finally got my Pokedoll Collection II boxed figures today :D the set I won after losing like a billion auctions in one week. eeeeeeee ♥ plus a happiny mascot plush and custom candle from a trade with furrettails. I've got to mail her my half on Monday, along with a few other packages :3
99reddrifloons: (creepy pokekid | death note)
today I was reminded of why I don't shop at GameStop except for pre-order bonuses. went in to get my Rumble Blast, since October 24th is the announced release day. surprise, it's not! street release is tomorrow, October 25th.

but instead of politely informing me that the date had been changed, I was essentially told I was wrong/stupid and that had never been the release date, and that anyone with a copy of the game today had obviously gotten it through shady sources (because Amazon is totally shady - everyone I know who pre-ordered something that released today through there had it delivered today). that plus the general f-you attitude of the clerk was totally off-putting, and I'm seriously considering returning my copy the moment I pick it up tomorrow and buying it somewhere else like Target :/ that's not how you treat a customer, no matter how annoying/stupid you think they are.



bleh. I'm probably raging for no reason or something, but this pissed me off so much earlier. it feels like 95% of the time, GS employees are either douchebags or know nothing about whatever game I'm interested in (or are a wonderful combination of both those traits). the other 5% are great, but it's not worth the effort to find out if I'm lucky that particular day or not.
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)


SAVE ALL THE MONIES FOR THIS


probably won't happen

;_________________________;
99reddrifloons: (happiest rapidash)
asldjhaskldjh I am flipping out because this pokedoll craft tape that I though was this tiny little tape roll

is actually a HUGE roll of plushplush craft tape. like the size of a roll of duct tape omg


it's still sticky and unused and omggggggg. I bid 7000 yen on it thinking it was tiny and pokedoll BUT IT'S HUGE AND PLUSHPLUSH ASKDJAHDKJH


plus, in the same box came ALL THE STATIONARY IN THE WORLD. and there is a 2002 pokedoll notepad featuring the first run pokedolls!

alsooooo my plushplush label sheet :DDD and gothita line zukan and shopper bag. today is a good day for material goods. totally taking crappy pictures (lighting is terrible - we have clouds!!!) in a bit.



also for the cat! she is fine, and worth $800 more than two weeks ago. $800 HAIRBALL, HOW DID YOU DO THAT. she's a shorthair cat, and our longhair cat is an outdoor cat only. whaaaaat. Jynx you are evil.
as I type this, she's sitting at my feet smugly waiting for her fancy feast.

waah

Sep. 23rd, 2011 08:11 pm
99reddrifloons: (Flint | shiny ponyta)
got home and shelled out $700 of my emergency funds (already depleted from two cross-country flights) for vet bills :c my cat is sick, and the vet's not sure what's wrong, aside from a possible obstruction in her lower stomach.

there was no abnormal bloodwork, leading the vet to initially say, "oh, she's just overweight and probably has fatty liver disease/diabetes. switch her to all canned food in blah blah amounts, and force feed her if she doesn't eat on her own." didn't work out so well, since Jynx just hacked up what we fed her, and then stopped drinking or using the litterbox. we took her in again today for a round of nausea meds, IV fluids, x-rays and barium. the x-rays showed nothing unusual in her digestive system, but took a long time to pass from her lower stomach. she also has an abnormally shaped left kidney, but it's not clear if this is recent or an outstanding condition (Jynx has never needed x-rays before). x-rays also confirmed no fatty liver disease (yaaaaay).

idk, she's been home for a few hours now and still hasn't done anything. she got a couple ounces of food + the IV fluids, though, so I guess that's good??? ffffff I just feel totally helpless right now. we're taking her in tomorrow morning for a few more x-rays (thankfully no charge) but if she doesn't start eating and drinking, I'm going to have to pay either for emergency surgery or endoscopy to check out/remove a possible blockage. endoscopy costs more, ironically, and can be anywhere from $500 to $1000, but recovery is faster of course, since it's not invasive. guess I'm going to be doing a big sales post or something, because naturally this happened after depleting my emergency money and right before big bills ;___;

arghblargh

Sep. 20th, 2011 07:27 pm
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)
getting close to the end of our stay in WV.

we took one flight to Charlotte, NC, had a 3 hour layover, and then a 40 minute flight to Charleston, WV. after a short drive plus stops at New River Gorge Park and Tamarak (gallery with the best of West Virginia artisan crafts), we checked in at the General Lewis Inn, grabbed some snacks and crashed. my dad and I each had a room to ourselves, which was nice :o a lot of people see the rooms and think they're displays of antique furniture, not the actual hotel rooms.

the memorial service was on Saturday, and it was nice. my dad spoke, and probably had the best speech, since he was just sharing memories of his dad and talking to everyone like they were family. my uncle and his lady-friend also spoke, though we couldn't hear her speech (she spoke too softly). my uncle quoted from a book and sent everyone into tears. something along the lines of, "I realized when my father winked at me, that he was teaching me how to die."

after the service, we headed back for a reception at the inn, and talked with all the locals while enjoying delicious food and wine. there had also been a service that day for one of the Tuckwillers, who I later met while visiting their farm (today, actually). we went with a few people to Applebee's for dinner, which was awful. we got to our table, waited 40 minutes to have our order taken, and then it was just bad :/ how do you mess up broccoli?

I crashed again, then got up to go to mass with my cousin's wife (I say cousin, but he's my grandmother's cousin. idk what that makes him to me). she drives like a bat out of hell, and i was pretty sure I'd die before getting to church D8 we made it, anyway, to a tiny church in Ronceverte called St. Catherine's. I had to try not to laugh when we prayed for all the poor souls trapped in Purgatory (because seriously purgatory??? who still believes in that lmao).

afterwards dad and I had breakfast at the inn, and felt almost guilty (we eat free because we're owners OTL). then we headed over to my grandparents' house to help clean, organize and photograph for the appraiser. there were a few things set aside for us already that didn't need to be inventoried: a set of sterling silver, an owl bolo tie, and an assortment of jewelry and horse goodies. I spent my time cleaning out the kitchen - fridge, pantry, etc. the only thing we left there was the liquor, since it's not going bad any time soon.

afterwards we had dinner at Ruby Tuesday's, which was the BEST EVER. serious foodgasm. there was the 'shrimp fondue' which wasn't really fondue, but a dip, and we also had salad bar, biscuits, and then the main course for me was a mushroom swiss burger with broccoli (a common theme for me) and baked potato. so freaking good. \o/

my dad and I headed back to the hotel, where he moved rooms since we're just staying in spare/unsold rooms, and I played some of my White version before crashing.

Monday we spent wrapping up and shipping the silverware and jewelry, plus packing an extra box for the things I'd bought at Tamarak. I also talked him into taking me antiquing, where I found a unicorn tapestry plate (yaaaaaay) plus two classic pepsi character glasses for my mom. I grabbed Speedy Gonzales and Woody Woopecker~ lol not looking forward to shipping those.

aaaaand today, we had breakfast from Hardee's, which sucked. I hate fast food breakfast ^^; then instead of going to the New River Gorge Bridge like we planned, we went to the Northhouse Museum and then to visit the Tuckwiller's horse farm. they showed us around their house, which has been in the family for 6 generations =O the house itself is amazing (log cabin + an add-on) not to mention the furniture inside - lots of victorian and empire pieces, all either minty fresh or restored with love and care.

then my favorite part: we got to go outside and meet the horses and see the carriages B) the Tuckwillers train and breed Canadians and Morgans, which they use both in competition and in re-enactments. we got to meet the 9-month old foals, Buck and Bess. Buck was utterly adorable, being a completely rude, bitey troublemaker. Bess and her dam were more reserved, and Bess is going to be a big girl, despite both her parents being the same size. Doc was the stallion, and very sweet tempered for a stallion. he had an amazing mane and tail to go with his pitch black coat~

we also got to meet Traveler, named for her looks - she's a near perfect match for Robert E. Lee's horse Traveler, who was bred in Greenbriar County (where we are). Lewisburg and Greenbriar County are Southern sympathizers ^^; there's quite a few people who still mention the "recent unpleasantness."

speaking of the south, I got to hear a wonderful story about my grandmother. Elizabeth, who's worked at the inn for 36 years now, had been waiting tables in the dining room when a child called after her, "n----- n----- n-----~" and the adults at the table laughed about it. Elizabeth was hurt and totally in shock that a) the child had called her that, and b) the parents had laughed. not knowing how to deal with it, she went to the office and told my grandmother about what had happened. my grandmother walked right into the dining room and up to their table and said, "Get your things and leave now. You're not welcome here, and I'd better not see you again." she didn't give them a refund or anything ♥



and now I'm getting ready for bed again. tomorrow I'm going shopping a little more, and hopefully we'll get to go to the bridge if the weather's good. then I'll hit up the post office and start packing =A= our flight leaves Thursday morning, and we'll be back in Phoenix by 7pm. I'll have three more days of 'vacation' and some packages to gleefully tear open when I return~
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)




so worth it. now to get the regular version~





(and yes, there are other clear sparkle ponies)
99reddrifloons: (ponyta | pokemon time)



idk if I can handle the wait
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)
this made me happy




I love watching the dust roll in, but don't love having to wash my car afterwards.

more ponies

Sep. 5th, 2011 11:19 pm
99reddrifloons: (ponyta | pokemon time)
99reddrifloons: (99redfloons)
Soooo it looks like I'm going back to WV for a week and a half, flying out on September 15. I really don't know why my uncle wanted to postpone the memorial service for so long (well, I do know, but waiting for your "friend with benefits" to fly across the country for moral support doesn't count in my book), but he's in charge of that so whatever. My dad's cousin/name twin is the executor of the estate and is already out there, making sure nobody takes things not left to them (or things "disappearing"! yay). Also fun - cousin got to tell my uncle that yes, if anyone contests part of the will, they automatically forfeit their portion This was put in to keep everyone fro fighting, but moreso to keep my uncle from asking for more money - he has very poor banking practices, and has "borrowed" around a million dollars from my grandparents over the years, all without holding any form of stable job. He was even fired from the family hotel.

ahaha, can you tell I don't like my uncle?

We have apparently inherited a super-fancy-expensive antique set of silverware, which is cool - they're handmade, and each is engraved with an "M" for Morgan. I've also got a ton (possibly literal) of iron horses waiting for me, since my grandmother left me the ones from her childhood and tracked down more from all over WV. I don't know/care much about other things that are allocated to us, but I do know I want to see about my grandmother's art. We spent countless hours drawing and painting and crafting together, which is one of the things I loved best about her. She could look at anything and see a hundred ways it was art, had her own gallery exhibit, and co-authored a book on trapunto quilting (I have one of the pieces featured in the book!). I dunno, it's just my way of remembering her, the same way my mom and I remember my grandma by collecting antique chicken memorabilia (my grandma grew up in a dirt-floored house before immigrating to the US, and her mother and aunt raised chickens).




blaaaaah. I've got so much to get ready before I go - fall promo with pumpkin spice and anniversary blend starts next week, and I've got to write both of our ingredient orders for the time I'm gone (I'm confident in my assistant's ability to scan/send an order, but she's only written one order with help before). I don't have to worry about scheduling while I'm gone, thankfully, since one of the Safeway assistant managers can do that. At least all of this sounds like less when I type it out?

:D

Aug. 26th, 2011 08:52 pm
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)




thank you so much [livejournal.com profile] shayminlove for finding the beanie for me! ♥

PFFFFFT

Aug. 26th, 2011 04:46 pm
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)


I laughed so hard.





Also, I got a 3DS :D Yay for being bad at saving! But whatever. Pokemon Rumble Blast is coming out soon(ish)!
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)
because I need to be busy, and I want to type this up and hope lj won't screw with it >>




I laughed when I noticed airgurumi!floon was going >:X (image heavy) )


Wants
I'm looking for the only drifloon plush I'm missing - the 吸盤スイングマスコット, or sucker swing mascot plush. Imagine a tiny drifloon hanging from a suction cup and wire. Why imagine? Because I can't find a picture! ;A; ////CRYING FOREVER

Anywho, I know this plush was released in 2008 along with piplup, combee, and burmy (all cloaks) by TOMY Heartland. I missed the plush being sold on amazon (never assume something will eventually show up on y!j!), and haven't been able to find them since. All online stores carrying these guys are out of stock, aside from the AG set ;__;

SO! I'm willing to offer money+the trade of one of my Halloween keychain drifloons. If you have any info on the sucker swing mascot, I will love you forever and shower you with internet cookies and pies and sweets.


"You know you want me!"





and maybe I'll post this to the comm tomorrow. idk.
99reddrifloons: (regi | ...)
10 weeks, and my grandfather has followed my grandmother. passed away this morning in the hospital from a bad case of pneumonia.
99reddrifloons: (Flint | shiny ponyta)
Drifloon Heartland swing mascot sucker plush

if I ever find this, I will be forever happy. grail? yes.





argh why did I not find this when it came out ;A;
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)
sooooo idk? on Sunday, before I went to meetup with [livejournal.com profile] shayminlove to see HP in IMAX 3D and exchange goodies, this idiot in the parking lot at Safeway back his car into me :| which wouldn't be so bad, if it weren't for the fact that: I pulled out of my parking spot, stopped at the end of the aisle/lane because someone had blocked it (aka the other idiot - why would you park your truck + boat there???), and then Mr. Oblivious started backing out, I hit the horn, he hits me anyway, gets out of his car and asks, "DIDN'T YOU SEE ME?"

no duh I saw you >:| backing into my car, because you didn't look behind you. ADKLJAFDHKLJHDS

so anyway, I'm waiting on some quotes to get the dent he put in my door fixed - not that bad, but my car is relatively ~~new and shiny~~, and it makes me sad. naturally, he's paying for everything (yay) and he has to deal with his insurance rates going up and such.

...but I have his address and I really just want to buy some eggs and toilet paper and let my sister and her band friends loose with it. ugh. so angry >__<


then today, this guy who FREAKED OUT (screaming, yelling, tantrum) on me for no good reason two months ago came in and sincerely apologized to me. he said he acted unacceptably, due to going through a bad time in his life, but there wasn't any excuse to treat another person that way and such. it was just... amazing. inspiring. made my day \o/ and maybe increased my faith in humanity.



ANYWAY.

I only need 8 more cards to have a complete set of Base Set Ponyta! 8D I finally managed to buy AND receive my 1st edition French Ponyta, after the previous ones getting lost in the mail.

Wanted Ponyta:
1st Edition Italian
1st Edition Dutch
1st Edition Spanish
Unlimited Spanish
1st Edition Korean
Unlimited Korean
1st Edition Portuguese
Unlimited Portuguese

\o/ There are 10 other Base Set Ponyta cards, since Japan only printed an unlimited version. now if I can only find the rest of the Jungle Rapidash... I need 8 more to complete that set, too! :o

Wanted Rapidash:
1st Edition German
1st Edition Italian
1st Edition Dutch
1st Edition Spanish
1st Edition Korean
Unlimited Korean
1st Edition Portuguese
Unlimited Portuguese

9 other Jungle Rapidash cards - less than Ponyta, since the Jungle set did not have the "shadowless" error cards and fixed reprints. after this, I move on to trying to complete the Rocket set of fire horses! minor progress on that already - 6/17 Dark Rapidash, and 5/17 Ponyta. I'm not looking forward to everything after Legendary Collection, though - that's when Japan started printing first editions, and for some reason the unlimited versions are impossible to find ;___; the Karen's Rapidash promo was printed as unlimited (I have a scan of it!) but I can't find one for sale/auction anywhere.

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