Y’all…I’m in the hospital.

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Greetings from the hospital! I came into the ER last night with a  laundry list of symptoms. Having a general distrust in doctors anyway, I like to have a pretty good idea of what I had. I read up online before even going to talk a doctor. (I like using the Mayo Clinic website.) In this case, however, I was way off.

The doc has decided I need to be observed until at least Friday. In the meantime, I truly feel like shit. That, along with the fact that I must focus on getting better. I’m literally falling asleep typing this to you.

I just did not want you to think I had disappeared on you. As soon as I improve, I will be back raring to go.

Happy April Everyone!

Talk to you soon! xoxo

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Tirade Tuesday: Automate THIS!

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How long has it been since you called a company, whether it be a Doctor’s office, Government assistance, Utilities, etc. and an actual person answered the phone?. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve picked up the phone to ask a general, easy question and it has taken me over an hour to speak to a real person. In some cases, “speaking to a live representative” is simply not an option, no matter how you go about it.

It’s annoying. No. It’s infuriating. My question does not magically always match your “press this” options. Then, I’m totally screwed. Ugh. I’m a person. I want to speak to a person. Not an automated service system. What’s more, if I was a betting person, I would guess 100% of people feel the same way.

Companies, did you hear that? 100%!!! Do you want more business? Do something no one does anymore and answer the phone. Then advertise that you answer the phone.

I’m buying from you!!

I’m not saying companies should have a person available 24/7 (although that would certainly be nice). But a living, breathing, human being should at least answer the damn phone during office hours.

Initially, it seemed like a good idea. “Information at our fingertips”. And for companies, it was a no-brainer. Fewer bodies in chairs, less payroll, more profit.

Win/win? NO.

Almost immediately, the consumer did not like the automated phone service. Still, pushing ease and convenience (ie. higher profits), companies persevered. So did we. We quickly learned a “work around”. We could either press zero, or repeatedly say, “customer service representative” and voila! A person picked up the phone!

Ahhhh, those were the days, huh?

Most companies put the Kabash on that as well! Now when you call, you’d better listen carefully “because our options have changed”. It has truly gotten so bad, you can press numbers for 10 minutes, to sit on hold for 45 minutes and that automated bitch finally chimes in with, “call volume is higher than usual – please try your call again later.”

I hate that automated phone bitch. She’s lucky I cannot reach through the phone and go for her automated jugular.

End of tirade.

Talk to you again soon! xoxo

 

Blog Series: “Letters from Russia”, Chapter 2*

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*If you have not already done so, please read the blogs preceding this one, including, “Blog Series Letters from Russian – Introduction”  and Blog Series: “Letters from Russia”, Chapter 1 prior to reading this blog.

Chapter 2 picks up directly after where I left off in Chapter One. The topics change from serious to light and back to serious again. We are learning about not only each others countries, but about each others personal beliefs.

March 19, 2014

Me: “I believe I am about 13 hours behind you. I will be up until at least 11 PM my time. Let me know if you’d like to chat.”

Jessica Cher: “Are you asleep?)”

Me: “Hi! No I’m still up! Did you sleep well?”

Jessica Cher: “Yes,thanks)”

Me: “It’s so weird you already had a night sleep and I’ve been off the whole time! Lol I have so much I want to talk to you about. I hate it has to be over Twitter. The messages must be short. So I have some information for you but you said you had some questions so how about you go first?”
Jessica Cher: “If I come to Miami I’m gonna be do jetlaged:)”

Me: “Yes! How fun though!”

Jessica Cher: “Well,you compare this situation in Crimea with Miami and Cuba. Did ever territory of Miami belong to Cuba?”

Me: “No. It was just an example. Under the Ukrainian Const. 3 million citizens must request vote. All of the Ukraine must vote & vote must be Called for by Ukrainian parliament. There are reports of Ukrainian citizens refusing to vote b/c of armed Russian soldiers.

Jessica Cher: “Russia never insisted that referendum and our soldiers never entered Ukraine.”

Me: “We receive news reports from all over the world. Russian news is owned by the Russian Government. I will try to find photos for you to see.”

Jessica Cher: “We know that neither Europe n America accept this referendum.Why? Do you think Russia made them vote?”

Me: “It’s illegal. A forced takeover. There’s no way 97% of Ukraine voted on Sunday, had all votes counted & new government was installed in a day. I hope I do not sound mean. I am genuinely concerned for you. Fast friends!👍❤️”

Jessica Cher: “do you think that all that situation in Ukraine on Midan happens because of Russia? Square in Kiev where all those horrible things happens”

Me: “That started it, yes. It was the popular uprising against the pro-Russian president because he refused EU trade the people wanted. 800,000 people marched on to Kiev in protest”

Jessica Cher: “Then do you think that new Ukrainian government legal?”

Me: “Yes. The Ukrainian parliament voted him out of office after the uprising. I am glad you are not close to all of that mess❤️👍.”

Jessica Cher: “Did you know that new Ukrainian government acts very aggressively about Russian-speaking people? Banderovtsy kill them,hit them,destroy. Their passports .They canceled Russian as second official language but more then a half Ukrainians speak Russian.is that ok?”

Me: “No, that’s not correct. There have not been any reports in the international media stating that.

Jessica Cher: “But that’s true. Unfortunately.”

Me: “It’s not true it is what the Russian government and TV stations are telling you.”

Jessica Cher: “I saw a video,where bleeding man told that he was hitted bc he speaks Russian.”

Me: “all of the Ukrainian troops are locked up on the bases And surrounded by Russian troops.I am sure that everyone is stressed both Russians and Ukrainians in the Crimea right now. I am not surprised that fights have broken out.” (I posted these for JC to look at.)

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Jessica Cher: “I haven’t seen them,but anyway I think that’s so wrong. Some years ago we used to be one big country USSR and fighter against fascism. In that war Ukraine suffered even more than Russia from fascism and fascists take over Ukraine..That is so wrong.”

Me:”Fascist have not taken over Ukraine. The same Ukrainian Parliament that was there before the uprising is still there now only not president.”

Jessica Cher: “You see how different our information is.”

Me: “It makes me want to cry. If the Russians are being told fascists are running the Ukraine, that is not so. Just normal Ukraine parliament. This is thankfully not WWII. The Ukrainians want to align more with the western world. Putin thinks it’s anarchy. I live in the west. No anarchy here. We have an elected government and we have freedom.❤️ I am very happy we are allowed to talk to each other. I do care very much.”

Jessica Cher: “New Ukrainian government are nationalists,they hate Russians. That’s so sad.But I’m glad too I can talk about this.”

Chapter Notes: This dialog occurred in real-time, as the situation was unraveling. I am not an expert in World History but I answered as best I could. It’s very clear that even though Russians have access to media outside the country, they very clearly believe the Russian Govt. news over any other.

I apologize for the conversation, at times, being disjointed and therefore a little confusing. I feel, however, it is the authenticity of this piece that makes it special. It’s simply two ladies, one quite young and the other (me) not so much, trying to pull apart and piece together the truth. It is hard sometimes for me to remain diplomatic. But, I care about this young lady and I want to help her. We are proving day by day that we can chat, disagree, and get angry/upset at times, but we don’t give up on each other. If only our countries could do the same.

Please, again, feel free to comment/make suggestions/ask questions on this blog. I would be happy to ask her anything you would like to know.

There is much more to come. Please watch out for Chapter 3 coming out shortly.

Talk to you soon! xoxo

 

 

 

 

The Trials and Tribulations of my business, Fashionista ReSale

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This will be a recurring subject but the blogs themselves will be short. The things that happen are funny, infuriating, but ultimately are all part of being the goafer of my own business.

This is just a quick funny.

Saturday mornings are shopping days for me. The estate/garage sales I frequent are at those houses you see on tv in the most expensive parts of Miami. It is not unusual to go to a sale and the owners staff are running the show.

It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen.

People are like vultures! It’s seriously a survival of the fittest situation. Some of the people holding the sales are really great. They are friendly and are pleased you are there to buy from them. interestingly enough, some of them act like they are doing you a favor!

I put up with a lot to get that those Prada’s at a good price. I do the dance, always with a smile on my face. I find that playing the “southern belle” works best. So I walk up and immediately, in my best southern accent (I’m from SC so it’s legit.) “say, good morning y’all”! It’s amazing! In Miami, a southern accent equals a sweet, trustworthy person. Everywhere else, it’s the sound of a low class redneck. And I’ll admit, I do pour it on a bit thick.

Well, this weekend, my very ill husband, (bless his heart) went with me. It’s always easier when he goes because I chart our course and he drives. He’s lived in Miami most of his life and having him with me takes so much stress off of me. Still, “drive it like you stole it” comes out of my mouth every time he comes.

So, to the point.

We went to an extremely high-end neighborhood and though the people were friendly, they were obviously pompous. We got to hear how they were wine people and they take their own wine to the nicest restaurants in Miami. They successfully talked my wonderful husband into buying a wine carrier. He was thinking of getting it to house a gift.

The lady of the house again, asserted he could take his wine to “our” restaurants. To which he matter-of-factly shared, I don’t think they’ll let me bring my own wine into Arby’s.

She didn’t get it. I did.

This is one of the many reasons I love my husband. 🙂

Talk to you soon! xoxo

Greetings from the sick house

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Hey y’all. First of all, I miss you. Second of all, everyone in my house is really sick, including me.

I had no idea how hard it would be to write a blog while sick. Today is the first day I’ve even attempted it. I hate that. I’ve made a commitment to you and to me to write everyday, except the weekends. But, let me tell ya, being sick zaps the creativity and motivation right out of you. Just trying to survive is #1 when you’re sick and everything else goes out the window. If you don’t believe me, you should see my house. Seriously, it looks like it’s been picked up, turned upside down, shook 3 times, then set back down.

On second thought, do not come to my house. I promise I will not answer the door. Trust me, it’s for your own good.

I’m not a good sick person. I’m short-tempered. But the worst thing is that when I’m sick, I cry… a lot. And that makes everything worse. Things swell up, it’s harder to breathe which makes it harder to sleep and I hate to cry.

I mean, look, I realize nobody likes to be sick. It’s not fun for anybody. For me, though, my life literally stops and all focus is on being sick. Sick sick sick.

Am I making you feel sick yet? YEP.

Now you understand why I haven’t written. I’m about to be done, just stick with me for a minute more. I do have some cool stuff to write about this week. As soon as I am able, I will get started. Who knows, I may even retract my statement from last week and write about the RHOA. I will also continue my blog series, “Letters from Russia”. Peeps, pay attention to this situation in the meantime. And who knows what else I’ll think of to write about. The good news is that I never run out of ideas. Writing prompts? No thanks. My brain is so full of useless and not-so-useless information and stories.

But, for now, I am sick. I hope you all had a super, fantastic weekend. I’m assuming it’s warming up in other parts of the country.

Talk to you soon! xoxo