Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Baaa Humbug (but just for today)

Hey ya'll.

I haven't posted in almost a week. Not because I have nothing to talk about...it's Christmas time for goodness sakes! But because I just haven't had time.

However, today, I had to make time because I kinda have to "vent". I know ya'll hate when I do that...but ya'll are the only ones who will listen to me (everyone else in my house has already heard about this...lol)

Ok, today I had a "Baaa Humbug" moment. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE this time of year and I LOVE Christmas. But I am really a lot easier to get along with when I'm not ticked off about something. Check this out....

Today started off great, just like any other day. I got up on time this morning, got Jayla off to school on time and then went to get my hair done. Had you seen me BEFORE I went to the salon...you'd probably wonder how my day could turn any worse :-D hee hee (I looked a HOT MESS!) So, I get to the salon, I get my hair done and my curls were still in tact when I got ready to leave. And the even bigger highlight to this part of my day was that, Briyanna, my daughter, paid for this hair appt for me. Now nice was THAT??? Thanks, Bri!!! Mommy loves you (and so does my hair, lol)

Anyway, I leave the salon in plenty of time to stop by Chick Fil A for lunch and to be 1st in the carpool line. All is great so far, right? Right! Jayla and I leave and we head over to Walmart to grab a few things.

Backing up a bit, on Monday, I dropped off a couple pictures that needed to be printed for our Christmas card. I needed a total of 180 pictures. So I decided to go the 2 day route to save some money, time and sanity.

Now, back to today.

We head over to Walmart and in addition to getting a few grocery items I go pick up our pictures. The lady pulls the envelope out for me and I can feel the excitement welling up inside me. THEN...it happens. I open the envelope to find that ALL 180 of my pictures have been STRETCHED from the original 3.5x5 size to 4x6! For those of you who know a little about photography, you know that's NOT a good thing. I'm sure you can only imagine how my pictures looked. And for those of you who don't have a clue...try stretching a wallet sized picture into an 8x10!! Ok, NOW you feel me!!!

I was mortified!!! I had plans on mailing my Christmas cards/pictures out tomorrow! I brought the "mess up" to the girl behind the counter and told her that I wasn't paying for the prints. She then tells me that she wishes that she'd been the one to help me on Monday, as she would've talked me out of using the 2 day service She says they have had more complaints about that service than any other they provide. Fuji is the guilty party and they seem to like to do what they want instead of what the customer requests. (Yes, I made sure I told the lady that I wasn't upset with HER).

Long story short, I wound up having to leave my groceries, run home...on a TEASPOON of gas mind you, print a copy of both pictures, then take them back to Walmart to have them scanned and printed. All before the girl leaves for the day in 30 minutes!!! Fortunately, I only live 10 minutes away.

NOTE: I would've printed the pictures at home myself. But I would've spent more money on MY paper and MY ink had I tried to make my little printer produce 180 pictures!!!

ANYWAY...we get the pictures scanned and printed...and needless to say, they're a little dark and my husband has a little less of a head/skull than in real life. But at this point, I'm really pressed for time. And I'm too frustrated to care. Not to mention, most of the people that will receive that photo know that Marque, DOES in fact, have an entire head/skull :-D.

SOOOO, for those of you who will soon receive this "masterpiece" of a Christmas card, PLEASE forgive me for the terrible pictures. ( I mean, the picture itself it nice...but the printing of it is what's so terrible). The one that I plan to share on here in a few days will look 100 times better. So I apologize in advance. And I ask that you not talk too badly about me...especially considering I AM a scrapbooker and photos are part of my hobby...ARGH!!!

Ok, I'm done venting. I'll try and do a normal post over the next day or so. As I do have some nicer, more festive stuff to share :-). Have a good night and thanks for your time (and sympathy...hee hee). Toodles!

10 comments:

denaid said...

Hrm... I don't even know what to say about that except that I'm sorry.

If you want something done right... ;)

jacki j. said...

a hot mess!!! LOL. We are living the same life. That soundsl like soemthing that would happen to me!!!

patti_cake said...

I feel you on the card thing. Thankfully I just got mine done.

Next time we are going to need to see before/after hair pics *snicker*

Cheryl Wray said...

Oh NO!! I would have been fit to be tied!!!! Don't you just hate it when someone who is supposed to know what they're doing...screws it up! Aargh!! I totally feel your pain!!

But, you know what? I bet those pictures still look great!!!

Leah said...

Oh my.. I can totally feel your pain. I haven't had the best of luck with Wal-Mart's photo printing as of lately. Even the one hour service...and a friend of mine had a bunch of pictures from there where everyone's heads were cut off.. but even after all that I still used them to print my Christmas cards cause I was in a time crunch too! Thanks goodness they turned out ok!

Lynilu said...

You mean that isn't "normal" in your life? Then what's wrong with me????

;-)

At least your hair is beeeeeutiful!! Take the joys that come your way!!

Thomisia said...

I'm an one hour girl myself. I tried to use WM's send out and order over 100 pics and they all came out red. They looked at me wondering why I didn't want them...umm NOT.

So I feel your pain.

Gretchen said...

I remember when Costco lost my baby's first Christmas pictures...it happens. *sigh* I do feel your pain. Hang in there. And, I imagine no one will notice the imperfections except you. Have a cuppa Christmas cheer and let it go. :)

Cheryl Wray said...

Hope you're out of the Baah Humbugness (is that a word? I think I just made it one!). Have a GREAT weekend!!! We are off to see Santa!! yay!!!!

denaid said...

btw, the card looks great. I laughed a little at Marque's head, but it's a great card none-the-less.