April 8 08

Remember when i went to St. Lucia?

and remember when i told you that it was a great vacation but the service was so bad it was almost comical? and remember when i told you that Ilana was on the case?? well, lookie what showed up yesterday….

Our apologies are reiterated for any unhappiness experienced by you and your travel companions.  Your patronage is extremely important to us and we hope you will give us the opportunity to renew your faith in our product.  In the hopes that you will visit with us again, we attach our goodwill gesture for your consideration.

J. Christine Taylor, MSc.
Vice-President, Customer Service
Sandals/Beaches Resorts International

um, yes, that would be TWO free nights at any Sandals resort. for all six of us.  boom. chicka. wow. wow.

take that, Sandals!

oh yes, that is my tongue touching my nose. i AM a woman of many talents. sure, it may not be as impressive as hers…but it’s something, damnit.

other hidden talents of mine include

…i’m ridiculously good at remembering everything that’s unimportant. birthdays of people i went to elementary school with. what people were wearing the first time i met them. every single line to every single movie i’ve ever seen. if it’s a meaningless bit of information, i’ve got it stored in my memory. (i get this from my grandmother. she has Alzheimer’s. and she has trouble remember who i am, but she can tell you every single thing that has EVER happened on The Young and the Restless)

…i am really good on the piano. i took lessons for YEARS from a scary old German man that my sister and i were convinced had Nazi ties. (we thought this, of course, because we were Jewish and he used to slap our wrists with his pointer and rattle on in German) (we found out later that he, like my own grandfather, was a holocaust SURVIVOR. and then we felt shitty) (especially because he turned me into a good player)

…i’m really good at spring cleaning. i cleaned out both of our cars on sunday (and i found a missing pair of sandals. *love*) and last night i spent FOUR hours cleaning out my closet. i love to purge. the problem is that i also love to buy. i donated THREE bags of clothing while watching little smug, leelee sobieski-looking, singing sensation Ashley get the boot on the Bachelor. I’m not sorry to see her go.

(and by donated, i actually mean that i filled the bags and put them in the corner of the room to sit there until the husband gets tired of reminding me to go and take them and then he’ll take them himself…another thing i’m good at…wearing him down!)

…i can, if i allow myself, eat like a man.  you put a pizza down in front of me…and i could eat four slices without batting a mascara’ed eyelash. i can down a huge hamburger with all the fixings. plus fries. i can eat more than one piece of cake. i can eat an entire container of Oreos in one sitting. and i’m SO not the type to go out for a meal and order a salad. GRR. that makes me so angry. nobody really wants a salad…and nobody is buying your story that you aren’t hungry. when i go out to eat, i go out to eat. i can eat salad at home.

what are your hidden talents???

and for no other reason than this was such a rare occasion…i’m sharing this photo with you. (yes, yes, i stole the description off of my flickr site, so i’m sorry for the recycled material…)

sometimes, i need to pretend that my hip-hopping way-too-grown-up daughter is still my little girl. and i force her to wear dresses with flowers on them. and i force her to match her baby sister. and then i *swoon* at how adorable she looks.

and then she twists her hair up, clips it up, and rips off the frilly socks and breaks into her best Gwen Stefani…

and i just sigh.

a mom can try.

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  1. I’m so with you on the eating thing. I have to control myself, but I can totally eat the same amount of food as my (100+ pounds heavier than me) husband. Mind you, then I gain weight. But whatever.
    Love the dresses. Too cute!

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  2. That is great. They had better have given you free stuff. Your girls are way cute! Oh ya, and me, eat like a man too. Scares me sometimes.

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  3. Sweet! It pays to complain sometimes, doesn’t it?

    And I love that pic of your sweet girls – now you’ve gone and made me all teary.

    andi’s last blog post..Retail therapy is suddenly less therapeutic

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  4. Ha! My car is messy enough I could lose a pair of sandals in it. Good for you to clean it out!

    anne nahm’s last blog post..The Universe Gives me the Bird

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  5. What a gorgeous picture of your girls!
    And that is GREAT about Sandals!

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  6. Yay for free stays! I never have the guts to complain so I am totally impressed.

    My hidden talent? I play a mean Jazz trumpet, and I moonlight as a cake “artist”…just about to launch my website for that this week.

    What an adorable picture of your girls!

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  7. the girls are so adorABLE in those dresses.and i have no hidden talents…but you have many…

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  8. Talents? Hmm. They come out when I least expect it. However I’m right there with you on the eating thing. Which is why I smell like a garlic dragon this morning, mmm. Garlic dragon.

    moosh in indy.’s last blog post..I will not eat eggs and Mrs. Butterworth.

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  9. I’m EXTREMELY coordinated. And my reflexes are ninja-fast. Which makes me a formidable opponent on video games.

    Speaking of Leelee Sobieski, I could never figure out why she and Helen Hunt were never cast as mother/daughter or sisters with many years between them. Did all those Hollywood casting people seriously miss the fact that they look like THE SAME PERSON at different ages?

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  10. That’s awesome about two free nights!

    I too remember the randomest things. I know the words to every song. Which I showed off last night at the bar when we were watching the basketball game and they had the juke box on at the half.

    Kristabella’s last blog post..The Internet Is A Marvelous Place

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  11. Hmmm…hidden talent huh? I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue but sadly it seems recently that everyone can do that.

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  12. I am awesome at wasting time…hours of it, reading and writing blogs actually. Days can go by…
    Oh and I’m also good at the filling of bags and the letting them sit in the corner of the room until hubby has a minor break down. Poor Hubby!

    Oh and awesome about the free nights!! YAY!

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  13. Nice job on getting some free nights at Sandals!

    I guess my talents include tying a cherry stem with my tongue. Oh yeah. And I have a really odd memory, like you, remembering random things, but I can flipping remember to call the cable company about my lack of phone service STILL.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Because I Need You to Hold My Hand

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  14. ooh score!!!
    it’s definitely worth complaining these days. there’s so much competition for resorts etc, that they want you to like them & keep coming back. woohoo! now you can plan your next trip :)

    Bronnie’s last blog post..Custom Photo Cards

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  15. Seriously, that picture brought a tear to my eye. Also, the memory thing? I KNOW.

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  16. When I go out to eat, salad is NOT AN OPTION.

    I want nachos and calamari and BREAD, dammit!

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  17. Awww I love that picture. And I love the description. She’s just her own little person and its sweet.

    I can touch my tongue to my nose, too. Annnnd… crap. That’s it. :(

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  18. Wow, nice! It pays to complain!

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  19. I love! when big business make amends for less than stellar performances. Awesome.

    Um. I can drink eight strawberry lemonades courtesy of Red Robin in forty minutes, but that was on a dare, and I DO NOT recommend it.

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  20. Okay, what was I wearing the first time you met me???

    My hidden talents? I can do the splits in all directions. I can stand up on my heals from the middle split! Yes, I’m that strong…and talented.

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  21. I can turn my tounge upside down, am a whiz at sports trivia, I can pick the most amazing produce out and I can draw.

    Which Sandles are you going to go to next??

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