Thursday, July 17, 2014

If I Do Business With You, Please Talk to Me Person-to-Person

I love how things are so convenient now compared to before. Among all, my most favorite is...guess what? Shopping online of course! And although I have came across certain dilemmas with my orders in the past, I still continue to shop online because I do believe certain problems can happen since nothing is perfect after all. Also, they were not too big of a problem and best of all, they were settled and fixed eventually so no biggy.

And don't you just love those toll-free numbers that they have on their sites. It makes things easier when you actually talk to somebody, an actual person to voice your problems to rather than listening to a recorded voice and punching phone buttons instead of talking.

So when I read this line...To place your order, call us toll-free at 800-449-9128 at one of the music stores that I came across, I was more than glad. For sure their customers are happy for that too. Not all online stores have a toll-free number and I do hope they will think of having one. As a customer, I do know how important and convenient it is to have one.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Schiele: Museum of Natural History

For his 11th Birthday in March, we surprised our son with a trip to a museum and planetarium. We went to 'The Schiele' in Gastonia, North Carolina which is located about an hour and a half drive from our city.

We went there two days after his birthday which was a Sunday. We took his buddy with him and we left around mid-morning. The museum opened at 1 o'clock so we went to Charlotte, North Carolina first. We checked Ikea and had our lunch there. Bought some things and headed to the museum right in time before they opened.

The Schiele signage located right at the entrance.

This was located in the lobby near the rest rooms. I love that poster. It would be nice to have it inside our home for some nature feel.

Right in the lobby. The huge dinosaur welcomed us with open arms.

My son and his friend (in purple hoodie) checking things out and talking about it. They were definitely in awe.

There were a lot to see in the museum. The bird is just one of them.


Mammoth - this was really huge!

Grizzly Bear

More animals

Before we checked the entire museum, we watched a show in the planetarium first called "Red Starr's Solar System Roundup." As described by their website, it is an up-to-date program about the planets that features images from the latest fleet of spacecraft exploring our neighborhood in outer space.

Have you been to The Schiele? It is really a great place to be in not only for kids but for adults as well. I definitely enjoyed it as much as the kids.

Friday, July 11, 2014

It's My Day and I Want to Shine!

Last night, while sitting on the couch watching TV, I asked the husband where he's going to take me on my birthday this year. My birthday is still a month and a half away, but it just popped in my head to ask him the question after seeing travel photos on Instagram of friends I follow.

For two consecutive years now since I got here in the fall of 2010, he has taken me to places to celebrate my birthday. In 2012, he took me to Lake Lure, North Carolina and last year, he took me to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

His reply was that he hasn't thought about it yet. Well, I understand since my birthday is still in September and we're not even halfway over July yet. I just thought of asking because more than anything, I want to be ready when the times comes. Ready on what to wear, most of all. And although my birthday is still a little far away, I am so ready to go shopping. It's my birthday and it's a given that shopping is a part of it. Wink!

My birthday falls in the summer so during those two previous trips, I wore casual clothes which I find the most comfortable – shorts, a cute top and shoes (could be either flats or sandals). I know my favorite online store is not going anywhere, but my fingers are getting itchy to walk their way through it. I can shop now if I want to, but I feel like my shopping is more special when it's already close to my birthday. Weird, I think, but that's me. So, I will be patient. I can be sometimes, you know. (“,)