Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Current Notes: It's been a while since I posted some Ginger-kitty sweetness !
So here she is !
I swear, the next time I can ‘guarantee shipping’ a few days early for just four bucks, I’m gonna take it. UPS is taking its time on delivering Rarity, even though she was in Capitol City in time to make the truck. Oh, well, I can’t whine too much.. but I am anyway. She should have been here today !
Amazon eased the pain a little. I admit, I was a bit miffed when I saw the same Rarity for $9.99 now – I’d happily paid $14.99 on Friday, though – and I couldn’t help but wonder if I was just out five bucks because of bad timing and eagerness. Any way I could ask if they’d refund the $5. ‘overpay’ ? Turns out, they would and did ! If the price drops within seven days of you buying it, you can ask for a balance refund. I used the Chat method, and believe this or not, the five buck’s already back in my account ! Wow.
So now, my custom Rarity only cost $20., which isn’t bad at all. I hope the head donor doll arrives tomorrow, early. FIL took the heating pad back, so now I gotta ask for it again, darn it.
Whoop. Spoke too soon. UPS handed it over to USPS for ‘final delivery’, so there’s no telling when I’ll get it. All the USPS’s tracking says is that they got it today, which I already knew from UPS. I hate it when they do that.
Ah, well. At least Chez Insanity is still warm, and I still have my package and customization to look forward to. We also went for a quick grocery run, and scored a half-off rotisserie chicken for supper. Yum ! No day without some good and some bad, I always say…
Monday, December 9, 2013
Current Notes: I'm ok with it, I'd rather have a stand than a leaflet !
Still in kind of a mood from yesterday’s events, but I’m trying to put it past me…like all the other crap we’ve put up with since we got here. And FIL wonders why I don’t talk much anymore. Can’t believe a word he says, he doesn’t answer questions truthfully or completely, he acts like nothing’s happened five minutes after his latest disaster – why would I want to talk to him about anything ?
On the plus side, we slept warm last night. No cold hands or feet if they slip out of the comforting warmth of a blanket. No cold feet even under a blanket ! I actually had to turn the thermostat down today, it got almost too warm in here ! Dearest Son went on icicle hunts today, they’ve grown so long, they make crystal sounds when they fall and break.
Found this tab while I was taking Catrine’s box apart yesterday. There was one at the top of the box, one at the bottom. Since Catrine didn’t come with the usual ‘these pieces come apart’ leaflet, I wonder if this is how Mattel’s replacing it. Cheaper, that’s for sure. Wanna laugh ? I’ve kept all mine. From the first three dolls in 2010 to Twyla, who did have a ‘parts apart’ leaflet. I doubt they’ll get rid of them entirely, since the Premiere Party playset came with one, as an inventory of all those small parts, and how to assemble the bigger ones.
Oh, and sometimes, it does help to whine. TRU e-mailed me a code worth $5. off my next in-store purchase, and it doesn’t expire ‘til 01/31/14. I’d complained Friday to their 1800 that my $5. ‘Rewards R Us’ coupon had expired without ever reaching me. Nice to know they’ll honor it, and I hope I get to use it ! Getting to a TRU darn near requires a birthday wish, especially in December.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Current Notes: Proud of everyone who went 'Flickr Black Day' with us, understand why many didn't.
One of the best and worst days ever. Best, because we have heat !!! And one of the worst ‘cause of how it happened. We’ve been making do with a portable propane heater these few cold weeks, but it’s expensive and can’t be unattended. Makes for some cold toes late at night ! Part of what we were saving for at the first of the month was getting a repair person out here to look at the 'broken' central heat and air unit (only three years old) after Beloved Hubby exhausted his repair knowledge on it to no avail – and $200+ in parts we were pretty much stuck with. He decided to put it back together before we lost parts this afternoon (yeah, he was pretty bored), and it was then that FIL remembered the separate ‘relays’ it has. Um, FIL, those are fuses, not relays, and I know Beloved asked you about those, and you referred him to the fuse box that runs this whole pit.
Beloved found the fuses, including the one lying at the bottom of the box that belonged up there with the others, and installed it…and the heater started right up. OMG. We roasted when we first moved, had to sleep all of us to a room, and have been toughing out the cold these last few weeks, none of which my heart really needed … for nothing ! Unless that fuse was suicidal, FIL pulled it (probably so he could tell DMIL the central air was broken, and keep them to one room with an air conditioner window unit, presumably for a lower electric bill) and forgot about it, even when Beloved asked. I’m somewhere between deliriously happy that my feet aren’t frozen and bloody well furious.
Rather than stress about it – and other of his late antics I don’t even wanna get into – I’m trying to just enjoy and be glad we didn’t have to scrape up $$$ for a major repair, or even $150. for a service call and minor repair. It didn’t help when FIL blustered in here, telling Beloved that not having to fix the central heat/air was ‘like putting $700. back in your pocket’. I muttered ‘more like putting it in (name of mortgage holder’s bank)’s pocket instead’ and got a sour eyeball for my musings. Yeah, I’m a bit bitter.
Decided to participate in the current Flickr protest, since I was just whining about it here a few days ago. It really is frustrating to suddenly find y’self stuck with an entirely new interface you don’t know how to work, with no warning, then just as suddenly find it back to the old one. I have no idea how Flickr can even call these ‘improvements’, they don’t do a darn thing for the images or how to find them. So, when the black notices showed up in my ‘stream, I snagged one and posted it. Probably won’t do a darn bit of good, but one never knows. Maybe just this once…
Also decided to let Catrine keep her head ‘til Tuesday, possibly Wednesday, depending on when Rarity-donor arrives. Our last UPS delivery didn’t arrive ‘til nearly 6pm, although the one before arrived at 1pm. Took out my destructive tendencies on the boxes sitting around – from Catrine, Pinkamena, and the Premiere Party playset. With all the buying I’ve done recently, I have plenty of plastic for pattern templates ! And if I ever snag a Christmas tree, lots of supplies for ornaments, as well. And I redid the bedside storage cube that holds all that cut-up cardboard. Yaaay !
A pretty productive Sunday, I think….
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Current Notes: Clickies for biggies !
Especially if you wanna read it.
You won’t believe this, but Dearest Son had a survey to do today – so now, the Slo Mo fund is at $42. I paid Dearest already – a $3.50 big bag of Funyuns. He made out well, since Pinecone only pays me three bucks !
Just finished stuffing dinner into our toaster oven – meatloaf and baked beans flavored with ham, with stovetop cheesy mashed potatoes. Nice warm food for a very cold day ! While I was prepping that, Beloved Hubby sealed the sliding patio door with plastic, and I could tell the difference halfway through. That door’s a huge heat sink, and the kitchen’s cold even when you’re cooking. We’ve all been worried about the pipes. Not anymore – it was darn near pleasant in there, for the first time in a week. I may actually do dishes tomorrow…
Deboxed Scaremester Catrine – I almost hate to behead her tomorrow. Such a cute doll ! Her outfit doesn’t seem made for her specifically, as it doesn’t accommodate her tail very well (I love the snap-on plastic bow on the end !), but she has soft, pretty hair in an almost Twilight Sparkle kind of striped short style, her props are perfect, and her shoes will look great on Rarity, too. Her outfit is a dress, not separates, but the little black jacket is separate, and very versatile for other dolls. Hmf. I didn’t realize it, but my Catrine now has a spare tail, since ‘girl’ Rarity only has a part-time tail, and it’s completely different.
According to Amazon, my head-donor Rarity has shipped, and is still on schedule to arrive Tuesday. After that, I need to stay the heck off Amazon.com. Shouldn’t be too hard, I’m flat-broke busted and so is everyone else around here !
Friday, December 6, 2013
Current Notes: Shame she's just a body donor...
Three inches of snow from last night to this afternoon ! So pretty. Beloved Hubby had off today, so we had a little fun, and I got inspired…
Well, there was only one thing that could take my attention off the ongoing problems at Chez Insanity, and the crushing, grinding disappointment of not finding Clawdia and having to wait who knows how much longer for Slo Mo – and that could only be another doll. But not just any doll. Not something I could snag at Mal-Wart or find complete on Amazon.com. No, this doll would have to be something special…
And she is ! Well, she will be. Y’see, in addition to the dolls I may have mentioned wanting once or twice (coughClawdiaSloMohackcofff), I’ve really wanted pretty My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rarity and Luna dolls – but the ones out there from Hasbro disappoint. I like my new Pinkamena, don’t get me wrong, but… Luna and Rarity are my favorites, and I wanted more than the same head with a paint job. Luna, especially, is an adult in the movie, so why on the moon is the only Luna doll made almost exactly the same in every way as the ‘kid’ dolls, and in the same cheerleader-style outfit, too ? I refuse to accept what Hasbro’s tossed to us as a Luna doll.
The Rarity versions are OK, pretty much a white version of Pinkamena, so I’ve toyed with getting one. I confess, I wasn’t in much of a rush about it - until today. What changed my mind ? Five words. Rarity head on MH body. Oh, my world. Someone’d already done it, with a deluxe Rarity and a Scaris Catrine de Mew, also a standard Rarity and a ghost CAM body, and the results were gorgeous ! That’s what I want ! And I’d have to make it m’self.
Was gonna be pricey, too. I’d have to buy two dolls, each over $15., to make one. After some frantic online shopping, I soon learned that Rarity dolls, both basic and deluxe, were selling out everywhere. Target was out, Mal-Wart was out, Amazon was $30. for the basic, and TRU had the basic for just $12. – plus $8. shipping and tax. Yikes. And I never got my last $5. TRU Rewards bucks, they’ve already expired. I called to see if they could do me a favor, but I won’t know for days. It didn’t really matter if which Rarity I got, from what I can tell, they’re nearly identical save for some poseability (not a factor for this project) and extra clothes and shoes. It’d boil down to money and availability.
However, I lucked out with Catrine – our M-W just got in the new Scaremester series, which rang up at just $10. ! Yaaay ! I thought I’d have to get another Scaris Catrine ($21.), and I already have her outfit twice over. Now I have a whole new outfit, shoes, and everything ! M-W also had Clawdeen from that line, but no Jinafire. No Black Carpet at all. Sadly, no Rarities, either – ours has about 15 Rainbow Dash and one Fluttershy, that’s it.
But then, the Universe smiled upon me once we got back home. I went to show Beloved the ridiculous price Rarity dolls are commanding when I saw that the deluxe (two outfit) version was only $15. on Amazon now ! Long story short (too late !) she’ll be here Tuesday. And my custom Deluxe Rarity will only cost $25. A bit high, but not too bad. Unfortunately, Dearest Son has already rejected a hybrid ‘kitten Catrine’ doll… can always give the shoes and outfits to Pinkamena…
That used up all but my Slo Mo funds, so I’m not headed out to Kohl’s with this other $10. card. Ah, well. No regrets ! I can’t wait to make this happen.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Current Notes: I think Cleo wants to watch 13 Wishes with you !
Well, shoot. December’s just not turning out to be ‘my’ month, either. A very nice young woman on a message board I frequent shared an e-mail she received from Big Bad Toy Store, where she’d placed an expensive pre-order for the Ghoul Spirit line. You know, the one with Slo Mo in it. It told her that, for now, GS would only contain the current three characters – Frankie, Venus, and Spectra – and Mattel didn’t say when or even if Slo Moe would be offered in the future.
Kinda ranks, ‘cause I just did a survey yesterday. The Slo Mo fund currently stands a $36. ! Seems like, by the time I get him, it’ll be in the triple digits – if I ever do. Well, skittles. At least I know, and hopefully, he’ll be released soon. After all, Mattel doesn’t make any money on dolls selling for a hundred bucks on eBay. They make theirs selling two million units to Mal-Wart, three million to TRU…
Here’s a blast from the past – I’m still on Designs by SiCK’s mailing list. You’ll remember them from my heady machine embroidery days, I bought waaay too many designs from them. They’re having a dollar a set sale on their Christmas designs, so I stole a peek. Found two sets I liked, and snagged them as freebies. I still have tons of points there that can be redeemed for designs, so I used them. I now have a very tiny owl on a candy cane design I can use on a loose shirt for Ghoulia – if I ever get off my butt and use my embroidery machine again ! Also, if I ever make my MH-themed Christmas tree, I now have several free-standing lace ornaments I can make in MH colors. Just gotta get a tree first…
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Current Notes: You're the star they're waiting to see ! Go, you !!
Amazing how much stuff I got in such a small-space photo. And allow me to say I just L-o-v-e the Black Carpet Premiere Party playset. It may be my favorite yet ! Pinkamena’s got the camera that comes with it, and the podium/bar behind her has a burgundy shield that’ll easily pop off so I can spray-paint it. I’ll probably stick with basic black, as I have at least two cans of that in Fusion already. The velvet ropes are two-headed snakes, with skulls and long bones serving as the stanchions. The base is decorated with a cobweb design and stud-work, the usual high attention to detail I’ve come to expect with MH props. Want more of those stanchions – snakes too, if I can get ‘em. The Mattel parts replacement site hasn’t yet updated past the water color-change Create A Monster design studio.
I also found that the ‘bead ropes’ on the shelves easily pops off, and the small tall table‘s base easily comes apart, too. So, don’t get used to the blue-green pieces, they’ll be black soon !
Oh, and if you think about asking the online chat operators over at ToysRUs.com when, say, Slo Mo or Clawdia Wolf’s coming to your neck of nowhere, forget it. If it’s not on the website, they can’t do much for ya. But they will scour the site for ya !
Otherwise, it’s been a quiet day. Nothing disastrously new on the finance front, in fact, we’re a little better than expected. If Kohl’s miraculously gets Clawdia in when I visit with my latest $10. freebie coupon, I’ll be able to get her, even at their ridiculous prices. And the Slo Mo fund is now at $36., awaiting his retail arrival. May go ahead and transfer his funds to PayPal around the 15th, just to be ready.
Wonder if it’ll be warm enough to spray paint inside this week…?