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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: (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.

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: (regi | ...)
10 weeks, and my grandfather has followed my grandmother. passed away this morning in the hospital from a bad case of pneumonia.
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.
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)
[that song forever in my head]

ANYWAY.

The past... month? or so I've spent either a) driving my sister and friends to and from rehearsals, performances, etc. for her drumline group, b) cleaning, cooking, etc. because my mom is busy angsting, or c) working/rehearsing. Sleeping and eating are definitely in there somewhere (maybe). Courtesy of the DDOS and my phone rage-hating on LJ, I haven't been on here much :/ To make things more wonderfundle, my paypal login info was compromised - I logged in to print address labels from my laptop for shipping, found that the printer had decided to hate me again (for some reason, it's a 50-50 chance for things to print correctly when printing wireless). So I logged in on my mom's computer, since that's the one with a direct connection to the printer... and discovered after I logged in that my mom had managed to install not one, not two, but three browser-hijacking add-ons to Firefox. Yaaaaaay. But thankfully I'd noticed and was able to change my info as well as remove all the nastiness =___= Better than my dad, who managed to kill his one-year-old laptop last week.

blah )

Collection stuff... Lost a ponyta picture frame since I missed the end of the ebay auction ;A; but! Came back to LJ in time to win a deoxys pokedoll notebook (completely adorable), and sent an email with all the search terms I need for y!j (my phone won't let me install japanese fonts?) so I was able to find and win this beauty, which I'm still in awe over. I swear, I spent half the day logging in to Noppin to affirm the fact that I'd indeed won.
(I don't suppose any Keldeo merchandise has been announced?)


This would be longer, but I'm pretty much exhausted - I spend my 'free time' catching up on sleep. Ending this entry with my current party on VDex, the only game/website I've used more than a few times during my long absence.
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)
So I have 75% of my Christmas things sent out/thrown at people from cars, and I went to go take the rest of the packages to the post office today. Wound up turning around because there were COPS CARS EVERYWHERE and the PO's right next to gang central |D Haha, and I live like 2 minutes away from there so that's cool. HIDE YO KIDS, HIDE YO WIFE.

I also got my Noppin packages of joy and joyness \o/ Random lot of awesome stuff in there along with GA plush (HOLY CRAP WHY DO THEY WEIGH SO MUCH. Ugh, have to go sort through them), Regice pokedoll figure, stampy-stamp-stampers (I like stampers :|), and keshimon! So many keshimon ;o;

Overall loot that I'm keeping from the random lot:
- Houndour/Houndoom zukan (have to fix Houndoom's peg), Mime Jr. zukan piece
- Heracross Magnet scene gashapon thing
- Charizard Pokedoll strap
- Mew, Lucario, and Mime Jr. metal charms
- Ponyta, Rapidash, and Vaporeon Pogs (from the Japanese Pokemon Master Trainer game?)
- stickerssssss
- Skitty coin purse
- maybe the Dragonite like zukan? I'm undecided, but either way I need to fix Dratini's peg
- Wobblers: Azuril, Spheal, Spinda

Stampers:
- Sudowoodo chibi stamper \o/
- Wooper and Cleffa light-up stampers. Cleffa is broken as heck, BUT WOOPER HAS PURPLE INK.
- Chikorita, Totodile, Cyndaquil, Togepi, and Delibird 151 Johto stampers

Keshimon:
- Holder
- Gold: two different pikas, moltres, articuno
- Silver: jigglypuff, charmander, dragonite, ghastly, dragonite, mew
List of extras up for grabs under the cut )
99reddrifloons: Vince, the shiny vaporeon pokedoll. (Default)
\o/ Free for the weekend! Sort of~ I still have packages to ship off tomorrow. I also think I forgot to stick a piece of cardboard in someone's package, mostly because I cut pieces for each clearfile/notebook I shipped, and there is one sitting next to my packing supplies right now :/ I don't want to cut open unshipped packages to check, however.

also, I am feeling particularly uncreative lately ;___; I haven't drawn/sewn in forever, not even a simple quilt if quilts could be called simple or doodle. I've mostly spent my time freaking out over stupid things at work, like my insane new merchandiser (HE FOLLOWED ME AROUND TODAY IT WAS SO OBNOXIOUS), holiday promo, and then randomly loving on my hair, because it is a deep plum color and I now love Herbatint ♥ I'm going to try the violet next time and see how that goes.

So my new merchandiser. Apparently he used to be a drum instructor at one of the local high schools, and I can't figure out for the life of me how on earth he wound up working for Safeway/Starbucks as a merchandiser :/ I also think he might be perpetually high, given the way he acts and the sheer amount of food he consumes (one pound of roast beef and a full loaf of french bread... and he's skinny. Today he ate a 16" pizza). Today he followed me around as I organized our freezer (he informed me it was cold), checked in our ingredient shipment and moved it to the shelves. The first thing he asked me was if he could help me with anything - I said sure, he could check our invoice against the shipping manifest to make sure everything was shipped/charged accurately, and move the boxes onto a six-wheeler to take to our store room. He then decided it was time to go check email *headdesk*
And then! He followed me around more, humming and whistling and asking, "Are you done yet?" when I was obviously not done with my work >:/ I finally just stopped trying, and he told me that I was doing a great job on my ordering, on my organization, that so-and-so was now my 'team leader' for coffee/tea sharing (so no stores wind up sitting on huge amounts of a particular tea or coffee that doesn't sell immediately), and to review my retail shelves to make sure they were 'just like picture' as compared to the schematic Starbucks sends us (a picture of shelves that are taller than the one we have, so the cups cannot possibly fit on the same shelves in the picture). He wasted an hour of my time on this, because it is physically impossible for my shelves to be 'just like picture' and he didn't believe me. Last time he visited, I wasn't here and he forced several cups onto a shelf they did not fit on and they broke. This time I did not lose any merchandise to his stupidity.

Our holiday promo is less drama, since everything's the same as last year aside from new packaging ^^ I'm really looking forward to it, except that Canada is getting Starbucks Christmas Espresso Blend, and we're not :c at least, according to my materials. So I'll have to hunt that down so I can try it/love it. We're getting the Caramel Brulee again this year! I love the flavor, even if it's so rich I can only manage to drink a small (I'm the same way with the Cinnamon Dolce). There's also our delicious peppermint brownies, which are a different experience entirely than the mint fudge brownie bars I make at home. Both are excellent frozen, and made with PEPPERMINT. Unf *o* I love peppermint. I get mad at other Starbucks I visit when they do not have peppermint syrup because "it's a holiday-only drink" because that is a LIE. We have peppermint year round, especially in the summer when it's perfect in my iced americano :D



Now I'm going to go plan what I'm doing to my front yard tomorrow. I need to trim the rose bushes, pull out a stupid tree that's trying to grow next to them >:/, and choose something to put in our empty planters. I want to get rid of those things, but nobody will let me (they're hideous and take up too much space). also, belated Halloween decorating, since it turns out I'm going to be home after all XD

busy busy

Oct. 24th, 2010 08:46 pm
99reddrifloons: (Flint | riding a blim)
Friday = finishing alumni shirts, Homecoming parade, Homecoming game. We won! which is awesome, because our team is made of suck and fail - we usually only win 3-4 games per season. I joked that I'd only stay for the game if we hit 50 points, and we won 52-18 XD

Saturday = panicked preparations for a wedding for a fellow bell choir member. the wedding was amazing ♥ we played Pachelbel's canon, Air, Arioso by... someone..., Hymn to Joy, and the Beer Barrel Polka! \o/ there was also a blues guitar group there, and they played some excellent music. Then my sister had her Homecoming dance, which was uneventful except that I threw her a scary movie/halloween party when she came home with one of her friends :D she's not going to be home for halloween since she has a band competition, so I figured watching Alfred Hitchcock movies (and Blair Witch Project), eating pizza, cupcakes and halloween candy would make up for that a little bit.

Sunday = ORCHESTRAAAAAA and panicking over the fact that I wasn't going to be home for the end of [livejournal.com profile] usakochan's plush auction, but I think I scared away the other bidders (with my crazy bidding - I bid double the start price straight off) since I won without any opposition XD; I thought I'd be spending way more and be poor forever. then I finally got to come home and attack the reasonably sized box that TJ sent me - chimecho windchime! it's not very chime-y, but it's cute ♥

anywho, I should be back up to speed with messages and such tomorrow :3

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