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I actually did call him Mr. President a few times.

Friday of last week Ben called and asked me if I’d be interested in staying at the Presidential Suite of the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco for a night while he had to be there for company business. I agreed immediately as long as I didn’t have to call him Mr. President. Originally we were only supposed to stay on Tuesday night but last minute they needed him there a day early so we got to stay Monday and Tuesday night and OMG YOU GUYS! PRESIDENTIAL SUITE!

This was pretty much a once in a life time opportunity. The cost of this room PER NIGHT was almost TWICE our MONTHLY mortgage. It flabbergasts me that there are people that have that kind of money to spend and I certainly didn’t mind getting to pretend to be one for a few nights.

I didn’t get great shots of most of the suite because they were showing product in the downstairs portion that I couldn’t photograph but I got some the second night after they had cleaned all that up. I had SUCH a great time getting to explore San Francisco all on my own for the day but will save that for another post. For now, take a look at how the 1% live.

This is just inside the front door looking right. It’s one of two sitting rooms and farther back is the dining room.

Finally some pictures of the first floor of the Presidential Suite! They took all the product out tonight but left it kind of a mess from having people in and out all day. Still, this first floor is pretty much the size of our first floor at home.

Here is the same room standing across from the front door. The door on the right is a half bath and the door on the left is kind of a “butlers kitchen”. Seriously.

The bag on the table contains a piece of pecan pie and a gigantic chocolate chip cookie. Just saying.

Finally some pictures of the first floor of the Presidential Suite! They took all the product out tonight but left it kind of a mess from having people in and out all day. Still, this first floor is pretty much the size of our first floor at home.

Here’s the dining room which was kind of a mess because Ben’s coworkers and a bunch of reviewers had been in and out all day long. That window on the left had a great view of The Metreon where we are always going to see IMAX movies and the Moscone Center where Apple likes to announce all it’s fun new toys!

Finally some pictures of the first floor of the Presidential Suite! They took all the product out tonight but left it kind of a mess from having people in and out all day. Still, this first floor is pretty much the size of our first floor at home.

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This is the living room, bar, and front door. Behind me is the stairs to the only bedroom.

Finally some pictures of the first floor of the Presidential Suite! They took all the product out tonight but left it kind of a mess from having people in and out all day. Still, this first floor is pretty much the size of our first floor at home.

Here are the stairs and the massive window that I spent HOURS staring out.

Finally some pictures of the first floor of the Presidential Suite! They took all the product out tonight but left it kind of a mess from having people in and out all day. Still, this first floor is pretty much the size of our first floor at home.

And here is the bedroom. It was FABULOUS! We spent quite a bit of time laying in bed and staring out the window not quite believing that we were actually there in that room.

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And lastly, the bathroom. THE BATHROOM. Apparently the 1% like warm butt showers.

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So there ya go! I still can’t believe we had the opportunity to stay there for FREE and I’m glad that I’ve been better lately about not WORRYING (work, dogs, Cassidy) and saying YES to things that I’d normally pass by because of all those silly things that will totally work themselves out. Work isn’t going anywhere (I have 180 HOURS of PTO!) and Cassidy is more than capable at 15 (almost 16 OMG) of taking care of the dogs for two days while we are gone. When I was her age I was staying home for longer times alone with a dog, cats, AND a 6 year old little brother to take care of!

I’ve dropped about 12,039,429,348 hints to Ben to try and get more chances to do demos and go to trade shows so that I can tag along more. There is one in Spain that I’d LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE if he were able to go because work would pay for his ticket and hotel room and all we’d have to pay for is my ticket! YES PLEASE! Fingers crossed!

SammyDress.com review.

So I’ve been meaning to start doing reviews of things I love and don’t love here for awhile to get the juices flowing but I haven’t come across anything that I love or hate so much that I feel like I need to write about it RIGHT NOW.

Until now.

For awhile I had been seeing ads on my Facebook feed for the site sammydress.com but for whatever crazy reason didn’t look at the comments or read any of the reviews before ordering from them.

I pretty much fell in love with this top so told Cassidy to find a few tops she liked and I’d order them all at once. She found two tops, I added one more and I placed the order on 6/5/2014 at 6:20AM. The time comes into play later!

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Then I forgot about it till 11 days later when Cassidy asked me if they had shown up yet. I checked the status of my order and it said it hadn’t even shipped yet. So finally, I started to google them and read the HORRIBLE REVIEWS (much like this one!) and realized that the chances of my actually ever getting my order were slim to none and that most people didn’t get any response from their customer service so I opened a ticket on their site and also headed straight to Paypal and started a ticket to get my money refunded.

6/16/2014 06:27 PDT – Buyer: I ordered these clothes 11 days ago and they haven’t even shipped them out yet. I want to cancel my order and have opened at ticket with Sammydress

6/16/2014 20:49 PDT – Seller: Dear friend,Thank you very much for your purchase.I am so sorry to tell you that your order has not been shipped out yet. Because of the item YM4281802 is out of stock now. Would you mind we send the rest items which are in stock and refund the difference to you? If so, could you please kindly help me to cancel this dispute? I will arrange the shipment for you. If you don’t cancel this dispute, your order couldn’t be shipped out. Hope you could understand.Thank you very much for your support.Any questions please feel free to let me know, I will be glad to help you.Have a nice dayBest Regards

This actually made my blood BOIL because when I was looking back to see if I had somehow missed an “Out of Stock” notification I realized that RIGHT THERE ON THEIR SITE somebody had asked THE SAME DAY I ORDERED the top, 6 hours AFTER I ordered it in fact, that the shirt was in stock!

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How was it that a shirt I ordered six hours BEFORE that comment saying it was in stock, suddenly out of stock!?

6/23/2014 18:44 PDT – Buyer: No, I want all my money back. I placed my order on June 5th and right on the product page for item YMH4281802 somebody asked if it was in stock and you said it was available in the size I ordered. I wanted these clothes for a specific event which has passed. Please refund me the full amount immediately. Thank you.

No response so I escelated my dispute to a claim.

6/28/2014 15:16 PDT – Buyer: I still have not received my items even though the day that I purchased them they clearly said on their website that they were available (I have a screen shot) they are saying now that they are unavailable. It has been almost a month. I just want my money back.

I finally got my money back on 6/28/2014. I can’t even believe a company like this manages to stay in business! When you click on the ads on Facebook it is HUNDREDS of people talking about what a rip off they are. The people that do, RARELY, actually get the clothes say they are either very cheap (which I get, they are CHEAP) but sometimes people get completely different things than were actually listed on the site.

Final word, don’t buy from them EVER. NEVER EVER. Crap. Complete an total waste of time and energy.

Busy Signal.

The other day Cassidy was calling a business where she has a job interview. She held the phone away from her face, looked at it puzzled, then listened again, then hung up and redialed. Then she repeated the entire process again.

Cassidy: Are you sure this is the right number?
Me: Yep, I read it back to her. Why?
Cassidy: It’s not ringing and the phone is making a weird noise.
Me: Like what?
Cassidy: *puts phone on speaker*
Me: That’s a busy signal.
Cassidy: *looks puzzled*
Me: She’s on the phone with somebody else. Hang up and keep trying till you get through.
Cassidy: Can’t she tell that I’ve been calling her over and over?!
Me: It’s a land line!
Cassidy: Who even does that anymore?

I had to think back to the last time that we had an actual land line. We got rid of it when we moved out of the first apartment we shared together and into our rental house in September 2005. So that was almost 9 years ago and Cassidy was just 6 at the time! SIX! So she has NEVER heard a busy signal! In her life! Before last Thursday!

Other things she finds odd but has never really experienced:

1) Pagers
2) TVs without remotes
3) Dialing a rotary phone
4) Mix tapes
5) Answering machines
6) Cameras that spit the photo out at you that you have to then shake to see
7) Machines that only exist to rewind your VHS tape
8) Drive in movie theaters
9) The scratch of a record player
10) Having to roll down the window in the car

And also, I am really old.

Time to cool off via chocolate overload! ;)

Confessions of a Blogger

1: When did you start your blog?
According to my archive page, I started blogging on March 22nd, 2003. Aflux was not my first site and I transferred all of my posts from my first personal domain here. I used other platforms before that but I’m going to go with that as my official start date.

2: Have you had anyone online presence before? Another blog, YouTube etc?
I started blogging two years before YouTube was even a thing that existed. I used sites like geocities and stuff but as soon as buying personal domains caught on I jumped on that bandwagon and never looked back.

3: Why did you start your blog?
Originally I started because I wanted a way to document my life. I was just getting over my divorce being finalized, starting a brand new relationship, was a single mom. I had a lot going on and I saw blogging as a way for a really niche community of girls I loved to connect and support each other. This was LONG before blogging was a source of income or as wildly popular as it is today. It really was just a small group of people because you had to actually know what you were doing and code your own sites.

4: When did you become serious about blogging?
I’m not sure I’ve ever really taken it “seriously”. I think that when people start to do that is when their writing starts to suffer.

5: What was your first post?
This is my first official real post: http://www.aflux.net/introduction/

6: What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
Probably staying motivated to get it done. At some point I started writing more for the audience than for myself and, like I stated above, my writing started to suffer.

7: Where do you see your blog in one year?
Hopefully just like it is now only more active!

8: What is the most rewarding thing to you about blogging?
Finding and keeping in touch with some extraordinarily awesome girls. Also, being able to look back 10 years and see where I was and what was going on in my life.

9: What is the most discouraging thing that happens to you?
I haven’t really had much. Some hate mail here and there. Some mean comments. I really don’t let that stuff get to me though. I can’t make everybody happy all the time and sometimes they’ve even caused me to take a better look at the person I am verse the person that I want to be.

10: What is your lasting motivation?
I don’t really have one as you can tell by my once a month posting! I’m really trying to change that though!

Found at the website of one of those extraordinarily awesome girls I mentioned: Dez @ She’s Slothy

Throwback Thursday: I Miss You Edition.

I miss you all. Seriously.

Some days after my counseling appointments I feel refreshed and new. Some days I walk out and feel like I’ve been punched in the gut by a freight train. Today was the latter of the two. I’m supposed to be writing more so here I am.

Also, I REALLY do miss you all.

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