UPDATE

I just got off the phone with UPS corporate and then immediately received a phone call from the offending UPS location who *finally* emailed a PDF of the shipping label for my review. I’ve since emailed the shipping label to the visa office.

Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed, goat sacrifices, superstitious routines and prayers to every single deity that that shipping label somehow finds itself to the right person in a timely manner.

Please.

I’m off to sweat off some stress with Billy Blanks and drink a bottle of wine.

Thanks, everyone! Truly.

Tags: LDR

I’m slowly losing my grip on any semblance of emotional self-control.

This war has gone viral.

As for a resolution? Last phone call I received at 1:30, “we’re still working on it.”

As for their offer to help if I email them? Hahahahahahahaha. Email sent and still nothing.

HOW HARD IS IT TO CREATE AN INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING LABEL?! See ya never, husband!

How can you help, you ask? You can help me with three things:
1. A bottle of liquor (any kind at this point)
2. A sturdy shovel
3. 6-ft hole in the ground.

Meanwhile, as I slip into delirium and makes jokes, my passport and maybe visa are sitting on a desk somewhere in England without postage and no one there has even bothered to reach out to us. If it weren’t for Phil & I tracking the package ourselves we’d never know what’s going on.

I never EVER leave bad reviews or complain about service or to the company but THIS? This has pushed me over the edge.

EDIT: the fact that friends and family donated funds via GoFundMe so we could expedite the visa makes this exponentially worse. UPS has literally cancelled out any lead time our friends and family generously donated and that’s appalling.

And Dear anon - Phil’s blog is still up, he’s just no longer posting. If you send him messages he will still be alerted via email and can respond to you himself if he chooses to do so.

Tags: LDR

Hey, guys, guess what?
You know that visa I was maybe supposed to have in my hands today? Well, it’s still in England.
Apparently, the dfoihoi$%*(!@$#$#%$$ employee at UPS created a DOMESTIC return shipping label instead of an INTERNATIONAL return shipping label.
I am 500% DONE with this. I had a civil conversation with UPS customer service (thanks, Jason, you tempered this beast) and now I’m headed to the store that screwed up the label to - in Jason’s words - demand a refund and have them fix it. (Although, why he couldn’t do it on the phone?? *shrugs*)
Did I cry? No, that comes later. Right now, I’m Hulking out with rage and maniacally laughing. LOLOLOLOL.
It’s fine though. It’s fine. It’s just another chapter in my bestselling memoir: That Time I Did a Murder.

Hey, guys, guess what?

You know that visa I was maybe supposed to have in my hands today? Well, it’s still in England.

Apparently, the dfoihoi$%*(!@$#$#%$$ employee at UPS created a DOMESTIC return shipping label instead of an INTERNATIONAL return shipping label.

I am 500% DONE with this. I had a civil conversation with UPS customer service (thanks, Jason, you tempered this beast) and now I’m headed to the store that screwed up the label to - in Jason’s words - demand a refund and have them fix it. (Although, why he couldn’t do it on the phone?? *shrugs*)

Did I cry? No, that comes later. Right now, I’m Hulking out with rage and maniacally laughing. LOLOLOLOL.

It’s fine though. It’s fine. It’s just another chapter in my bestselling memoir: That Time I Did a Murder.

I’m not taking much when I move, but obviously this high heel Christmas ornament is coming with me. #movingtoengland

I’m not taking much when I move, but obviously this high heel Christmas ornament is coming with me. #movingtoengland

I’m just gonna leave this riiiight here. 

If you need me, I’ll be sitting by the mailbox for the next 2 days or so.

EDIT: we still won’t know whether I received the visa until my passport arrives. No idea why they don’t tell you the decision in the email.

I’m just gonna leave this riiiight here.

If you need me, I’ll be sitting by the mailbox for the next 2 days or so.

EDIT: we still won’t know whether I received the visa until my passport arrives. No idea why they don’t tell you the decision in the email.

Happy Sunday!

First, can we talk about something pretty epic? (No, I still don’t have my visa - all this cleaning and decluttering stems from wishful thinking.)

No, instead, I offer you something almost as good: the original Tae Bo workouts on YouTube. No, I’m not kidding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPbIvA2uyvI

I can’t explain it, but this is one of only two video workouts that I like to do (not counting ALL the BUTI workouts, ovbs.) What’s the other one? Shhhh, you don’t need to know about that one. OK, fine - It’s Richard Simmons Sweating to the Oldies. For serious.

Anyway, I found myself looking for a quick HIIT workout on Pinterest and on  a whim searched YouTube for Tae Bo and sure enough there it was! Why do I love this workout? The music is horrible, the clothing atrocious… BUT it’s short and so effective. Back in my peak fitness days I was doing this video 5 days a week. Such a burner.

Welcome back, Billy Blanks and your ridiculous leotard.

Now I’m settling in with a cuppa tea the size of my face and some classic scary movies. First up: Hocus Pocus. (This post is really shedding light on how cool I am not…)

Now onto business aka the part where I ask you all for a favor. As we all know, I will be moving to England at some point in the upcoming months. The awesome hubs has volunteered my social media services for a fireworks charity event he volunteers for as I’m bored out of my mind, but more importantly because I need to start building my work portfolio so I can score a sweet UK job and cheer up my depressed bank account.

So if you could be so awesome as to like/follow and interact with the following social media accounts, I will love you forever. (Oops, I already love you?) Please and thank you! I promise to only bother you on these channels a couple times a day! (Even better if you actually LIVE near Rugby and want to buy tickets ~ I’ll be there!)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RugbyFireworks?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RugbyFireworks

Just another exciting Saturday in the LDM household!

I’ve been putting off tackling my closet for a while now, but as the move gets closer and closer I decided to dive in.

In a perfect world, I’d get rid of everything and just replace it once I get to England, but my bank account tells me this is not a perfect world.

And I was feeling especially fancy so I threw on my veil while cleaning. (Ok, not really. I wore it for the photo op only.)

"Pints, pints, pints, pints, everybody!"

What? Is that not how the song goes?

Just trying to pre-acclimate.

"Pints, pints, pints, pints, everybody!"

What? Is that not how the song goes?

Just trying to pre-acclimate.

1. THEY’RE BAAAAAACK! I’ve been tempted to hoard these like mad and devote an entire suitcase to them alone when I move to England.

2. And also iced pumpkin spice lattes from Dunkin Donuts. Wait, seriously, whose idea was it to do Whole30 right now?!

3. & 4. I’ve been blissfully unplugged for most of the week. Have been going through all my beauty supplies and doing a mass purging of things I don’t really use and won’t take with me. The ones pictured were some that made the cut. My faves. I’ll be supplementing the stash at BOOTS! I love that shop.

5. Heavy on the pampering and family time and light on social media and useless drama. Feels good.

"Back to life. Back to reality."

How does the pale girl survive Florida? Big, floppy hat, sunglasses and enough SPF lathered to the point of a UV-blocking skin suit. I did not inherit my dad’s year-round tan skin tone and sun blocking abilities.

It was a much needed trip. So nice to smile, laugh in the ocean, take in the sights and local history and spend time with my dad.

I could never do Florida long-term without some permanent sun damage. Bring on the overcast skies and temperate environment, England! Yes, seriously.