Saturday, October 30, 2010

Meet Sassy!

We love our little Sassafras. She is a 3yr old Red Pomeranian. Such a sweetheart. She makes hardly a sound and is as loving as can be. She is under 5 lbs and so fuzzy-wuzzy.

A Penny At A Time

I really dislike finding loose change in my purse or pockets. I can't stand the sound of jingling as I walk. So my solution? A change jar. LOL! I took a canning jar and designated it as my drop point at the end of the day. Even though the Husband has raided it a few times for the Boy's lunch money it's begun to add up. Tonight after our dinner date at Red Lobster we had the urge to count. It's only half full and we have almost $130. What do you know? Savings without even trying!! Or maybe extra spending money for India?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Positive Customer Experience to Remember

Usually when I am called to the customer service desk it is for a complaint or to resolve a dispute over pricing, but this was totally new. The customer service associate called me with the information that 2 people where at the desk asking for a manager and wouldn't tell her anything more than that. I have to admit, I was worried. I grabbed the other manager on duty as back-up, a witness, whatever was needed, and headed up. Waiting for us was a father & son combo with a shoe box in hand. Still not letting me know what they needed they asked for a private room to speak. Unfortunately, another call for manager help came in and I had to handle this without my compatriot. I took the men into a nearby office and asked how I could help. Instead of the father speaking up, the young man, maybe 12 yrs old, told me a story of how he was peer pressured, or cousin pressured as he put it, into shoplifting about $115 worth of electronic accessories. I was shocked. Not just that he could get away with it,we have security cameras everywhere, but that he would have the courage to come back and make a full confession. He had told his father what he had done. It wasn't his father that initiated any of this. He then offered to work it off since he had no money to pay for it. I couldn't take him up on his offer so we worked out a deal where Dad would pay and the boy could work it off for Dad. I asked him to come with me and show me exactly what was taken so we could work out a fair price and then asked if he would be willing to tell me how they had fooled us. He complied with it all. His cousins had figured out where there are little pockets in the store that the camera's can't see. Blind spots. They had become adept at removing security tags as well. This little man did us a huge service by giving so many details. I doubt I will be lucky enough to have another experience like this any time soon. Little man, I am very proud of you for facing the consequences and helping to stop further theft.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Questions abound concerning the aforementioned Indian quest and I feel the urge to divulge details. Oi! As if I could talk like that to my friends!
K, here goes........Istock affiliates sometimes sponsor photo shoots in their locality. Since Istock has many members world wide, opportunities in far flung countries sometimes arise. There are a lot of meetups around the globe set up by kind individuals who organize models, makeup artists and property. We pay for the costs but nothing more. The organizer does it on a volunteer basis. This India trip has been in the works for more than a year now. We'll be in New Delhi, Agra, and JAIPUR

We get to attend an amazing event called the Pushkar Cattle Fair,even though it is camels.

the Taj Mahal, (What trip to India would be complete without it?)

and many other temples,forts,

handicraft bizarres and markets. I'll need lots of spending money!!

We have dancers, of many different styles.

SNAKE CHARMERS, including a trip to the snake charmers village.

musicians playing a variety of traditional instruments.

Also, we get to ride on elephants fully decked out in traditional garb while we ascend to the Amer Fort.

I'm sssssooooo excited!!!!

The puppy quest.

I LOVE animals!!! Every dog I have met loves me too, except for that one horribly trained monster with a biting issue. It's a good thing. But it makes me want to have my own again. I've been doing a lot of research and think I have narrowed it down to two types.
A Pomchi: a cross between a pomeranian and chihuahua
A Maltese:
A Soft Summer Breeze
Are these not the cutest dogs you have ever seen? I am hoping to find the right one by they boy's birthday in the next couple of weeks.

Monday, October 11, 2010


As you all know, I've been sitting on my keester for the last ssssiiiiixxxxx weeks in training classes. Saturday was my first day back at work. Oh my aching feet!!! I stupidly chose the wrong shoes to wear in the first place. Very cute shoe-booties but not appropriate for a crazy Thanksgiving weekend retail environment. Duh! I know better. So yesterday, yes I had to work on a Sunday, I wore my bright pink Nike runners thinking that would save me. NOPE!! Lol! I underestimated the shopping needs of the local habitants. I worked 9 hrs straight running to help, serve, fix, receive, direct, manage, and redirect again. Lunch was nonexistant. Oh well, the best way to get in shape is to just do it! Not like I have a choice though eh? At least I'll be ready for the hectic trip to India.