So yeah, there is nothing more fun than having your dumb stupid refrigerator die while you are on vacation. Luckily for us, the neighbor girl, Hayley, who was taking care of our pets, noticed it and her dad came over and cleaned it out - otherwise we would have walked into a smelly nightmare. He did call us to let us know what had happened, but we didn't let it ruin our good time in Maui. However, as soon as we got home, Jeff tried to get someone out to repair it. Do you know, the first time we could get a repair guy out, not to actually fix it, mind you, but to run a diagnostic test on it to see what was the problem, would be Monday, November 22? Yep. The week of Thanksgiving. Since we could end up waiting nearly a month to get the dumb thing fixed, and it had gone out in July, and we had no idea of how much money we were looking at in repair costs, we decided to junk it. Too bad, as it was only six years old. But it was a piece of crap - LG, I am so NOT impressed with your product, your service, your parts availability - I would not only never buy an LG product again, I would not recommend them (obviously). Anyway, we went to Lowes, and bam, bought a new fridge. It's smaller than our old one, but with just two of us, there was a lot of empty space in the old one. We chose a Frigidaire that was 20% off, with free delivery! And the next afternoon, when the fridge showed up, there was a dent in the side (toward the back; you can't see it since we have this slot for the fridge) so I got another 10% off - woot!
A working fridge - what a concept! And yes Mom, there is already stuff on top of it (she hates that)...
After the first grocery shop - it looks so pristine, I had to take a picture! Oh, and the grapefruit? Free with a bag of salad. I don't really like grapefruit - any suggestions as to how to eat it?
Very empty freezer. My neighbor tossed a bag of coffee beans, several bags of nuts, and I lost some Gladware in the purging process. I can't really complain, but it hurts a bit.
********************On Wednesday, I ate a Clif Bar for breakfast and headed off to my new job (more on that later). Four and a half hours later I left work and hit the grocery store, where I finally got some real food. Came home, unloaded everything and realized that I was starving - it was 4:30 pm and the only thing I'd eaten was the dang Clif Bar that morning! Too hungry to pull something together, I had another Clif Bar (and NO, this post is not sponsored by them, lol). While I do not recommend having a day of not eating like this very often, it didn't kill me, and quite honestly, I ate really terrible Sunday evening and Monday (good thing I don't travel very often, because I get "travel food" mindset, which means my normally decent eating quickly goes down the drain) and it didn't hurt me to miss a few calories, if you know what I mean.
********************Paco is fine, btw. He has dime-sized lump on his chest that was red, raised and kinda bloody, so to be safe, we had our vet check him out. She said it's most likely a histiocytoma, which is a benign tumor. Good to know. Oh, and not only did he do great while we were gone - he had lots of play time with his best friend Ginger - but he also went on a walk with Hayley's dog, Gidget. Y'all, this is huge - Paco does not like other dogs (exception being Ginger) and has charged at Gidget in the past. I couldn't believe it when Hayley said they did great - apparently they barked at each other once and then set off on the walk. I may have to bribe her to do it again, just so Jeff and I can see this with our own eyes!
I know I'm supposed to be tapering my running in anticipation of the half marathon coming up *gulp* in one week, but I don't think I was supposed to taper quite this much...the only day I ran this week was yesterday. And that was for all of 15 minutes. Really, I blame Matt - he had some weak excuse about his kids having the day off of school and didn't want to get up at the crack of dawn, blah blah blah, whatever...so I headed out on my own. And I was fooled by the grey, overcast skies and dressed too warmly (i.e. a technical t-shirt instead of a sleeveless top - really, Texas? Does it STILL have to be this hot in mid-November???), and although my legs felt great, I was practically hyperventilating during the entire run. Makes me wonder if my cardio needs improving. Anyway, I called it a day rather quickly. I'm hoping that meeting up with my running club on Saturday for a 6 mile run will kick me back into gear. **Disclaimer** You know I really don't blame Matt (much) - it's just lazy Shelley making an appearance. I'd hoped she was gone for good, but alas and alack, no.
I started my new job on Wednesday at James Avery. I had a great day - I really liked the people who work there, the atmosphere, and the whole attitude toward customer service. Plus the jewelry is really, really pretty! As part of my training, I had a little scavenger hunt-type of quiz, where I had a sheet of paper with jewelry codes listed and I had to find them in the store. It was a little hard at first, especially when I was looking for something that I thought should have been a gold ring - but I read the code wrong...it was a GARNET ring. Oops. It's just a new way of thinking for me. One funny thing - when the manager was going over the employee handbook to me, she said that we were not to be on the internet for personal reasons (we sometimes have to check the company website), and I have to tell you, I was relieved to know that I wouldn't be sitting in front of a computer monitor all day long! Yes, I'm sure my feet will get tired from standing for several hours at a stretch, but I really welcome the customer interaction and all of the different things I will be doing.
My first ever James Avery charm was a dachshund, naturally, in honor of our sweet Jackie. On the right, the LOVE charm is from my childhood.
I have a mini Fashion Friday for you - my mom and I went shopping while in Maui, and I tried on the cutest dress...and it fit, perfectly! I can't tell you how astounding this still is to me - I'm so used to shopping with my mom and having most of what I try on not work, that this was like Christmas!
I really liked the dress - it was the right length, it covered my bra straps, the colors were so *me* and I even found a bracelet in the store that went with it - but check out the price:
Sigh. I hemmed and hawed, but just couldn't bring myself to spend $78 dollars on a sundress. Especially knowing that we had a broken fridge waiting for us at home. But check out the size - small! That alone almost sold me, lol!
Lastly, here's a picture of a bumper sticker that made me do a double take - this was on the road back to Kahului, where the airport is: