Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The Fifteen Meme

What was your first job like? Babysitting. I drank Coke, ate potato chips and talked on the phone after the kids went to sleep. Nice work if you can get it.

It’s a typical Sunday, how are you spending it? Church or Meet the Press. Laundry. The rest depends.

What was the happiest day of your life? The first thought that comes to mind was pre-dawn. My then-boyfriend grabbed me in his sleep and held me so tight it actually woke me up. It was sweet.

What was the best decision you ever made? Buying this condo. It's smaller and cheaper than the bank pre-approved me for, but I can afford it. And I find that comforting.

Tell your go-to “pretend” game as a child (who was your alter-ego?) Usually I was dressing my Barbie for her dream date with Paul McCartney. Sir Paul was so much better than dweeby Ken.

What email service do you use? Depends on where I am and what I'm doing -- aol, yahoo or Microsoft Outlook.

What fandoms would you consider yourself a part of? The Beatles, the Cubs

Do you use anything on your lips? (eg. Chapstick, gloss, balm, lipstick) Lip balm in the winter

How many devices do you own which can access the internet? Two -- laptop and tablet. My phone SAYS it accepts email, but it lies.

Last strong smell you can remember smelling? I have three cats. I'll leave this answer to your imagination.

If you had to move your birthday to another date, which one would you choose and why? March or April. Those months need something to brighten 'em up for me.

Inspiration behind your blog title? It was available.

If you could spend a rainy day with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? My best friend. Because I am always comfortable and never bored with him. I miss him desperately.

Is there a foreign culture that you love? To be honest, I don't know enough about foreign cultures.

Do you have a favorite soft drink? Coke.

Hoisted with my own petard

What I've been doing throughout my career is known as target marketing -- taking what we know about consumers (by zip code, by purchasing patterns, by age/gender) and tailoring the offer and message to our audience.

How ironic is it that, then, that I received an offer from Colonial Williamsburg for a special spa spring package? It was obviously carefully targeted to me because spring is when I usually go down there and I haven't booked my trip yet.

Because I had decided not to go. Because I don't think I can afford it.

Even if I do manage to keep my job, I can't do that much traveling this year. I have weekend getaways planned for Los Angeles (October) and Vegas (November) and Christmas in Key West. I have to be a grown up and forgo my annual solo spring spa trip.

But I don't wanna be a grown up! I want massages and facials!

And then this card came in the mail. I could fly to Richmond for free (with my Mileage Plus miles) and stay in the room at the discounted rate of $225/night, which includes a massage!

I am sorely tempted.

We'll see what happens at work and with my tax refund.

Though the bad thing about the Internet is all I have to do is click "book" and it's done.

I am sorely tempted.

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