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I knew starting a blog would be a stupid idea

Stay tuned for when I have content.

It’s been a while!

Things that have happened:

  • I got my VeriPhone, and it has been fabulous. I get my email in a timely manner, I have downloaded a million apps, and I have no complaints. I don’t care about iPhone 5 – it’ll happen, and it’ll be sold out, creating frustration everywhere.
  • I haven’t done groceries in almost 3 weeks! This is not okay.
  • Brian got me white roses for Valentine’s Day. I love white roses.
  • I’ve been working crazy-hard at House Party, but it has been really fun. I love feeling productive, and I love having to work to deadlines. The pressure is a nice change of pace. I don’t like working by REACTION – being proactive is my jam.
  • Trip 2 to California TBD
  • Trip to Geneseo to see Ke$ha is in the works.
  • I might have some form of celiacs disease. Beer has been the main culprit. I’m going to start cutting down on gluten, and testing different alcohols to see if it’s actually the wheat/barley or if we’re talking about an alcohol intolerance. 
I was really surprised that I couldn’t find any blog posts about FAQ writing. In re-writing and writing FAQs, I hit so many frustration points that I started looking through my blogs for tips/tricks/survival techniques, but I couldn’t find any. I needed an FAQ on writing FAQs. I couldn’t find one. It’s such a simple, but under-looked aspect of running a strange business.

When I went to CMmeetup’s Social Media Week eventDavid Brown, Social Media Specialist at Etsy hilariously pointed out that most business’s FAQs DON’T actually address the most frequently asked questions. They’re flawed by the perspective of the person writing it. Not sure how people in the FAQ-writing business (in customer service, in product development) let that happen. We’ll see how well I can do.

I can’t sleep! I blame…time zones?

California was pretty cool. Although I didn’t get to do much sight-seeing and restaurant-trying at all, the business mission was accomplished and I hope to return soon. Then, maybe, I’ll get to see some of my friends from highschool who very intelligently moved to soCal.

This photo does not do Laguna Beach justice. The views were amazing.

It was in the mid-60’s the entire time. And there was Mexican food everywhere. We were so close to Mexico!

Seriously! So close!

In other news, my VeriPhone should arrive at my parents’ house TOMORROW. Then, they have to send it to me. I don’t understand why Verizon did this, but in the pre-order for existing customers, they did not allow for upgrade transfers from line to line in the same family plan. There are so many things wrong with this – since they have typically (have always, in my experience) allowed easy upgrade transfers in buying new phones, many phones on family plans that have actually been in use for the required time to be eligible for an upgrade will NOT show that they are eligible for the upgrade. Woof, that was a terrible sentence. Example: my dad has always graciously transfered his upgrade to one of us three kids when we “needed” a new phone. Since he has transfered his upgrade to us so many times, it appears as though he’s not eligible for a phone…but he has had his phone for maybe 3 years.

What I’m getting at is that they’re making it much harder for people who are in this situation to upgrade. I’m in this situation because I’ve been transferring MY upgrade to my other family members while I’ve been WAITING for the VeriPhone! I’m annoyed.

Also, they didn’t tell me this would be an issue. 

Dear Verizon Customer Service, 

Full disclosure of this issue would have probably saved you $1,000s of grief.

-Someone in the business

Long story short, we ordered the phone with my brother’s upgrade, and now I have to storm a Verizon store and tell them to switch it all up. If they do not allow for such a thing, my dad and I are selling it on eBay and I will be bitter until I get an upgrade. My current phone seriously bites, and I have seriously been patient.

We will know by the end of the week.


Okay, so we know now. I should have searched this sooner. Clicky the pic-y to see.

Groundhog Day!

This is a parent making a typo in instant messaging.

Today is Groundhog Day, which is my favorite holiday because it is hilarious.

I’m going to California for my first business trip today! Laguna Hills.

The VeriPhone goes on sale tonight at midnight on the West Coast (3 am EST) – I think that it’s FATE that I’ll happen to be on the West Coast for that.

I shouldn’t even be here today

I lost my hat on the Metro North today. There’s 15 inches of snow on the ground, but I came in anyway. I can’t believe I lost my hat on a day I shouldn’t have even come in.
I feel like Dante in Clerks:
I shouldn’t even be here today.
If you’re not silly like me and you’re at home today, you should watch:
  1. Portlandia
  2. Bob’s Burgers (all episodes)
  3. Skins (British) ((DUH))
In other news, I might be going on my first business trip soon! More to come on that…


I did find my hat on eBay, and I was able to buy it for $.01 + shipping. So, if I do recover my hat from the MTA, I will have a backup.

All is well in the world.

Too much cold of all kinds

I think I’m on Day 10 of my cold.

Thursday: Priest & the Beekeeper at The Creek and The Cave TV
Friday: The Mars Bar in the LES TV
Saturday: Bronxville to drink, eat and Wii with Cassie & Dan, and their friends – success!

Success until Brian and I tried to leave and got on the wrong train – it was on the New York track! We’re still not 100% sure as to what exactly may have happened, but we did end up in Tuckahoe at 12:30am, and we had to wait for the 1:25am train. Awesome. We explored, and found nothing. When Brian asked a cop if anything was open so we could at least get snacks, he told us to check out the vending machine because the only bar that we saw closed in like 10 minutes.

Conclusion: Tuckahoe is a silly place, and I want no part of it. Suburbia is not for me and Brian.

Although this would look pretty sick on a t-shirt – wait, is there ANOTHER Tuckahoe, NY? Sigh.

Tomorrow, I start my gym routine again. Wish me luck! Bah.

Chinchillas do not look like buffaloes

Brian thinks that Rufus lying down looks like a buffalo. He applies this principle to all chinchillas.

He also thinks that buffaloes look “majestic.”
This is a chinchilla (Rufus).

Brian maintains that they look similar.

Note that “Do chinchillas look like buffaloes” does not appear in the Google.

Tattoo, Petco, trips

Wendi did such a fabulous job. She did some awesome scroll-work with leaves and purple flowers up the right side and above the heart on my back. There are also two chickadee silhouettes, and one of them is holding a purple maple leaf. I love it! No pictures yet – it’s still crusty, and it looks super-duper weird next to my heart which is all healed and faded to a normal shade.

One of the chickadees is right on my spine. Don’t get a spine tattoo. 

I think I’m finally done with tattoos! I’m very content. Seriously – if you’re thinking of ever getting any work done, Wendi is your lady. So easy to work with, so super nice, and really listened to my thoughts when she designed the tat.

Tomorrow I get the Zipcar for a few hours to pick up Brian’s tux, and galavant a little. Yay for driving around! I might buy a hamster though… If the silly dwarf hamster that I met last week is still at the Petco in Yonkers, I’m totally going to take it home. Eeeeep.

In other news, Brian and I are planning a trip! We don’t know when we will reasonably be able to do it, but we’re planning a trip. We WANT to drive across the country, but I think we should compromise and fly to Denver, then rent a car for 2 weeks and just hang out on the West Coast. Drive. Check out Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, northern California… I wish we could take 3 weeks, but I just don’t know how we would be able to. I guess I’ll start saving, and hopefully next summer we can do a great trip. 

It’s frustrating to be bogged down by student loans. I don’t understand how everyone else seems to sneak in all of these little trips. Or how everyone else is planning their wedding. Jeez.