Tuesday, August 12, 2008

seriously, how dumb am I?

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So I won this very cool contest for that beautiful necklace in the above picture from The Fine Art of Family that I really want but since I am a complete MORON I failed to notice that it was only open to US mailing addresses. Of course. SO I am attempting to find a nice US friend who will take the delivery and then send it on to me. The thing is that a necklace is NOT heavy. It can be sent for cheap... even to Canada... because it can fit in an envelope. But they won't send it without insurance. Which is expensive. Lame (NOTE: the postal system/ customs people are lame. Not the Fine Art of Family. There is nothing they can do about it. They are great and make beautiful jewelry). This is the second time this has happened to me. (yes, apparently I AM that stupid).

The FIRST time I won this...
isn't it beautiful? I won it because it came from my idea. But I couldn't have it because I am in Canada. Of course. The person I won it from- Trisha- was very gracious and gave me a gift certificate to Etsy instead. And don't get me wrong, a gift certificate is great... but I still couldn't get that lovely bow holder.

And I was sad.

By the way if you would like to buy one of those gorgeous bow holders (and you live in the USA of course) then you can find them here...
This isn't a paid advertisement for them or anything, I just really think that bow holder is gorgeous.

Anyway, I am so sad that this happened again. Sigh.

Especially since my kids broke our TV. Seriously they did. They cracked the liquid crystal screen. It is dead. Beyond dead. It might as well get thrown in a dumpster dead. The crazy thing is I was more just sad than mad. Of COURSE our TV would break. Just another thing to deal with. Yes as a matter of fact I AM a pessimist. So there.

And you all KNOW how much I love TV!!!! So we have stolen the TV that we gave my mom... she's gone for 2 more weeks on her vacation and then we'll have to come up with a new plan.

Speaking of my mom's vacation she went to BC to attend my Aunt & Uncle's 50th wedding anniversary and family reunion thing... that I missed... because we are too broke to go. Both Doug and I were so sad to miss it. Sigh.

So there you have it folks.
I am off to beg and plead my American friends to let me use their address!!!

Hope your day is going better than mine!

*UPDATE*
YOU my bloggy friends ROCK!!! 5 of you have already offered to help me out and I SO appreciate it! You made my day. I could just cry with relief!

14 comments:

MommyBrainReports said...

I can do it for you! I actually have a package going to canada too.. LOL.. Email me,

monica AT mommybrainreports DOT com... we'll get you your gift!!!

ChristiS said...

I can help out, too, if needed! I LOVE those necklaces!

And I'm really sorry about your TV. I'd be very devastated!

Karla Meachem said...

So glad you have had a couple of responses! Now you will be able to receive your beautiful prize! AMEN & AMEN!

I love contests and wish more contests were open to Canadian residents as well. :)

Sarah said...

You could also send it to my dad. I'll be in NY in the last week in august. I'll bring it back up and send it to you. (But I may order one for myself!)

Elizabeth Channel said...

If something doesn't work out, let me know. I can easily ship it since I ship books every day anyway.

At least you won something!

Little Missus Sunshine said...

This is why I don't like US only contests. I doesn't cost that much more to send. Actually for us, it's often cheaper to mail to the US than to stay in Can. How dumb!

Tara, we have an old TV that we aren't using. It's a sony. I'm not sure how we would get it to you, but if you know someone coming out this way, you are very welcome to have it. I think we're about 2 hours away?

Natalie said...

I clicked to comment to tell you I could be your helpful US friend but it looks like you have it covered. Let me know if you need my help...my email is on my profile page!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Of course you're welcome to use mine-- and you already have it-- that's only if they'll ship to military though (they should, it's not gourmet foods or from Target).

MommyBrainReports said...

You know what.. I'd open my contests more to Canada too.. if I was the one sending out the prizes... For some reason, a lot of the businesses only want to ship within the US... If I get any more contests that they allow me to ship, i'll open them up to Canada.. heck.. I'd offer for them to ship it to me, then send it to the winner myself... but they usually only deal with the winner directly...

MommyBrainReports said...

You know what.. I'd open my contests more to Canada too.. if I was the one sending out the prizes... For some reason, a lot of the businesses only want to ship within the US... If I get any more contests that they allow me to ship, i'll open them up to Canada.. heck.. I'd offer for them to ship it to me, then send it to the winner myself... but they usually only deal with the winner directly...

Haasiegirl said...

OMG! HAHAHHAHA. Tara, I am dying here. How is it that you win something from my company AND my blog both. I am like the bad guy.

Btw, it did cost a TON more to ship to you, so the person was wrong above. It would have cost me $30 to ship a $40 bowholder..i couldnt afford it. And for your newest win, the company told us it would be $80 for them to ship to your location from thiers.

We just have no control over those kinds of costs.

You know how badly we feel about this situation.

trisha

Haasiegirl said...

Oh, and just so you konw, Bambina Ballerina DOES ship out of the country, but it costs big bucks. Even IN the US to ship a Fairytopia is nearly $20 alone becuase of the spand of the wings. That is UPS AND USPS...so I could not imagine the Canadian cost. It wouldnt be worth it.
But if someone wanted to pay it, I would do it.

trisha

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

I found your blog through Elizabeth 9above). Sometimes it stinks living outside of the US- and now shipping is just outrageous, so just getting vitamins is a big deal for us now.

mjenningsdesigns said...

Just reading this...been on vacation...you should have emailed me! :-) I will always help a sister out!

Hugs!

 
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