Monday, March 26, 2012

True Story.. this happened!

Last week I played babysitter for a day for my Goddaughter Molly {2} and her brother Domingo {11 mos}.

I was beyond thrilled to have both kids, at my house all day,
planned out different activities to do, inside and out,
thought we could go to the park
enjoy some fresh air, ect.

I will admit I was a little worried watching both kids, for the first time, by myself for 8 hours.
Thats a LONG day without having a child proof house and not a ton of toys laying around.

Well little did I know by 9am that the lack of toys and non-childproofed house would be the least of my worries.
For some reason, I didn't think to stock up on Diet Coke before the kids arrived.
And if you know me... I need one every morning, it is my version of coffee.

Katie, the kid's mom, dropped them off around 7:45 and by 8:00am, Domingo had wet himself clear through his diaper and all over his outfit! Ugh! So i looked in the diaper bag and all that he had to put on was a thermal long sleeve onesie.. Sorry bud!

I thought that I would continue on the day and not focus on my diet coke, and just wait for Justin to come home for lunch but I decided by 9am that this was not going to be a possible task.

So I did what any responsible babysitter would do.
I told Molly that we were going on a walk, and she proceeded to put on her fleece jacket AND hat {mind you it was probably close to 60* at tho time.. but she is in the terrible twos and I have learned to pick my battles wisely} and poor Dom had on his onesie with no pants.. and I looked like a hot mess myself with my hair on top of my head, no make up and a tee shirt and jeans...

I put both kids in the wagon, covered Dom's and inevitably Molly's legs too {homegirl was not going to get cold on this short wagon ride} and I took them to Drug Mart to get my Diet Coke.

The entire walk up there the kids were laughing and clapping - I'm pretty sure they enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the thought of finally having my morning Diet Coke.

We got to the store, and I was once again perplexed about how I was going to carry them through the store.. and I just opted to keep both kids in the wagon, while maneuvering around the aisles... I'm sure we were a sight to see.. but you know... at the end of the day... we all had fun!
And thats all that matters!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

welcome to the world donovan

There is nothing more exciting than getting a text message that an expectant friend, has delivered their child early..

Last Tuesday, this little bundle of joy was delivered to the proud parents Ashley and Jason

Donovan Michael
4lbs 13oz
I was able to get over to meet this little guy earlier this week, and I didn't want to put him down.
He has grown to 5lbs but there is nothing sweeter than holding a new born,
especially one this teeny tiny!
He is absolutely previous, a perfect little peanut. I can't wait to see the little man again!!!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Customer Service Done Right

I bought a Groupon for a DSLR camera class thru around this time last year
{without even having my camera yet}
{i know.. i know!}
After I got my camera, the courses that were being offered here in Columbus did not work with my schedule, and in fear of my Groupon expiring, I contacted Chimpsy, the company who I bought the Groupon through, and they did not want me to lose out on my money, and said they would work with me to get a scheduled class.
I finally found a time in December of last year that worked with my schedule.
I was SO excited to go to the class.
I was excited to no longer be scared of my camera, to learn how to take it out of manual and to learn some of the other settings.
Unfortunately the course did not live up to the expectations that I had hoped it would.
I left feeling defeated, as if the instructor didn't care, and he even made the comment, "you will learn all of this today with me, but in all likelihood you will always just keep your camera on automatic".... umm no, that's not why I'm here, I want to learn about my camera, and learn how to use it.
So I did something that is completely out of the norm for me.
I wrote a note to the company saying how disappointed I was with the instructors service and how I expected so much more after the great customer service I had received up until that point.

They wrote back apologizing for the horrible experience, and offered me a DSLR1 and DSLR2.
They said one of the best instructors they have is in Indianapolis and if I could get there from Columbus that it would definitely be worth my while.

Once again, I went into this class with high expectations. And I will tell you that it certainly didn't disappoint. The instructor was Chris Whonsetler, and he was so patient with the class, he made sure we understood what the different settings were for, different angles that work for different pictures, why and what the brain looks at when looking at a picture.
I left the class feeling rejuvenated about my camera.
I just appreciate Chimpsy for making my horrible experience right, and making sure that I was satisfied at the end of the course. I wrote to the company as soon as I got home on Sunday evening from Indianapolis and told them THANK YOU!

Its just nice to know when a company makes a mistake they are willing to make it right for you.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Hi there...
Remember me? The once faithful blogger about my life, paired with a few good recipes and occasional upload from Pinterest?
Well I'm back!

I am a creature of habit.
I like a good routine, and when my routine gets out of whack, so does my normalcy.
So when I started working 10-12 hour days the last few weeks
I quickly reverted back to the Lindsey from 3 years ago
The one who didn't blog and the one who didn't work out

I realized this weekend that I do not want to fall back victim to that lifestyle again, so I vowed to myself this week that I will

* spend more time with Justin *
* get back into the gym 4-5 days a week*
*not stay in the office past 6pm*
*start blogging again*

So without further adieu, I thought I could do a quick recap since the last blog post and what has been going on in my life...
because while the ol' blog might have been on a hiatus, luckily my life was anything but that!

Our family took our annual trip to Holiday Valley
We had a limited amount of snow when we arrived, but we still got by and had a blast like always

I celebrated my 29th birthday
with the best family and friends a girl could ask for

added colorful new items to my spring/summer wardrobe
celebrated the wonderful life of my great grandma
hung out with 2 of my favorite little munchkins
became addicted to Snyder Pretzel Bites: Hot Buffalo Wing flavor
Made sweet treats for my co-workers
took up a new obsession of painting my nails
and took a road trip to Indy {a 6 hr roundtrip drive in a day} for a camera class

oh yea... and I have fallen victim to this sweet little game as well!
are you playing? Let me know your user name and we can start a game!

So now that you are all caught up on my life over the past few weeks...
what have you been up to? What have I missed in the social media world???

I've missed you all, and can't wait to get back into a routine again!