Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Grass Is Always Greener

Do you ever just feel like you're going on about your day...do de do de do de do when wham! (not george michael) you get hit between the eyes by the sheer incompetence of those around you?  I often find myself wondering how on earth it is that people are employed.

Take for example my recent run-in with Verizon.  I have what they call the Triple Bundle:  phone, internet and television.  One would think that when you transfer service all 3 pieces of that TRIPLE BUNDLE package would automatically be activated at the new residence, no?  Oh it transferred all right.  For 2 days until someone over there in Verizonland decided to change the status of my order from 'complete' to 'pending' causing only the phone service to go dead.  Why?  No one knows - isn't that interesting?  Three hours and five different departments later, apparently no one over there is 'authorized' to change that one little word back to its appropriate status - COMPLETE.  Someone took the authority to eff it up, but no one wants to man up and take the authority to make it right.  At least not for 24 to 48 hours.  Why?  Who knows?  No one - that's who.  So in the meantime I'm trying to recruit without a phone.  Effective, isn't it? It's like being at a standstill in the dark.  Everyone knows where the switch is, but no one who can reach it will turn the bloody thing on.  Good grief.

~J.Crew Military Vest, Free People Tank & Tube, Siwy Hannah Denim, Brandy&Melville Bag, 
J.Crew Ballet Flats, PANYC & Motif56 Bracelets, Target Sunnies, Random Necklaces~

Speaking of dark:  the electric company decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and just kill the power to my old apartment rather than transferring it back into the owner's name as has been done since, oh, the dawn of electricity. Oh no that would be too much like, say, proper procedure.  Instead I am now without wheels and a prisoner in my own home due to the fact that my car is parked in the garage that can't be opened because the garage door opener is, you guessed it, electric and on the same account as the one they gloriously (dripping with sarcasm) turned off!  Even better?  There is apparently a rash of electric company switch turn-ons this week so they can't get the account reactivated - and my car out of the garage - until...wait for it...MONDAY.  Pardon me while I spontaneously combust.


Excuse me stranger?  Can I get a ride?  Is that a moth in your hair?  Oh, no thanks.

Can someone please turn the lights back on?  I'm just trying to keep moving forward and avoid lingering in my former, well put together and much loved abode where everything had its home, was organized and wonderfully decorated.  A place where I could get in and out of the garage with ease.  Those were the days.
Onward and upward, my friends.  I smell Friday and a nice long NAP.

59 comments:

Josie said...

First of all, I ADORE your vest and flats. I'm sorry you're having such a rough week, pal. That is BRUTAL about your electricity; you're being a sport about it. I'd be legitimately throwing a fit.
xo Josie
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Some Style... said...

oh, no! hope you are back in the light again, lovely! great looks! xoxo

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Accessories. Please. said...

I feel you on this!....Your outfit is great!

uhooi said...

great pictures!!xx
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Cara said...

I hate verizon customer service!!

RosaLovesDC said...

That's ridiculous about the electric company (and Verizon). Hang in there, at least you look fabulous in this little outfit, love the flats.

Judy C said...

Your outfit rocks. Especially with those shoes. And I've had verizon for over 10 years, never any problem. Sorry to hear about yours.

Kristin W said...

Oh my gosh...could moving be any more frustrating?! I can not even believe turning power back on would be delayed that long! Come on people...it's not that hard!

Well you look fab nonetheless!

Debby said...

Moving is such a pain in the butt, even if you are just moving upstairs. The good news is you look as adorable as ever and you live near the beach so when live is sucky you can go for a relaxing walk! xo

hip hip gin gin said...

Good grief. I'm with you, it amazes me how difficult (and effed up) the simplest things can get. But I'm actually more amazed not that there are dumb and unnecessary mistakes, but how absolutely unwilling people are to help! I swear customer service is completely dead.
Hope everything is sorted out soon, in the meantime you look fantastic, keep your chin up!!

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I feel you. I have run ins like this way too often. As far as the garage, you should be able to unplug the opener and open it manually. There should be a pull cord at the top by the motor where you can unhook it and make it manual. Unless of course your garage is like mine, and you can't get inside of it except from the outside which you can't get open....

Courtney Erin said...

Don't you just love moving and the incredible incompetence of some people? Wow. I hope everything gets straightened out soon. And I'm sure that moth guy would be glad to squire you about town if you get desperate enough....

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

P.S. Love the fringed bag!

Julie and Lauren said...

Love your vest and flats. I hope everything works out soon- unfortunately, we all have those days!! Don't forget to check out our final looks for the Fashion Blogger Forecast and enter our giveaway.
XOXO

Ms. Givens said...

Your a hoot and I love you!
Be glad you dont live in Oklahoma. People like this outnumber the regular folks.
Love your jeans, love your reference to Silence of the Lambs!
Hang in there.
Like my friend Jill says "it's all the stupid folks that make us look smarter."

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

After all that drama, I'd take a nap for sure!
Hoping the electricity is normal soon!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

First, don't click on the comment above from uhooi...it's a spammer! And I couldn't agree with you more...they are SO I'm competent sometimes and I get so heated that I have o havehw hubs talk to them for fear of saying thing I shouldn't ! Lol. But on a brighter note, you look ab fab in that get up....I'm digging the vest! xo

Taylor said...

G-Sus girl you have had a week! I have been missing you adn i really think you need a vacation...to Chicago sure why not! Its almost the weekend and no worries you are alive an well! try to not let this get you down!

Katie said...

Like Danielle said, theres some way to open the door manually. My Dad had to do that a couple of time when I was little when the electricity got knocked out. I have no idea how to do it though and if I couldnt push the button to open our garage, Id be homebound.
The cabin is booked for 5 nights next month. I've obsessively checked to make sure theres plenty of working technology since I'm paranoid now, so get yourself across the country and come vacation. No Verizon and plenty of working electricity - I promise.

LopezJennyLopez said...

Your cargo vest is great, I was looking for one!!! Now I found it!!!
Thanks darling!!!
XOXOOOO

Jen said...

Ugghhh to those frusterations!! Tell Verizon you want a month free for all the problems ;-)

Happy Wednesday Darling! I hope your week looks up! xo

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Laughing ....with you of course NEVER at you...

Anyways you make even the darkest hours seem so funny. Hope things start to look up.

Daisy said...

"Is that a moth in your hair? Oh, no thanks." YOU kill me. hilarious.

I cant believe what a mess. the car in the garage was the icing on the cake. oh.my.god. hang in there C.

OH yea - the place you saw HAD to be Neptune Oyster. best hot lobster roll hands down ever, and they are right down the street from me!

Peetzi Jen said...

I have one word here...moth! The mothman tale is too fantastic for words!!

Hang in there. The weekend will be here before you know it!

XOXO!

Annie said...

some people are idiots!

looking fab as usual carrie!!

Kayla said...

Good gosh you just have all the luck don't you?

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Dancing Branflake said...

No way! This sounds so much like AT&T! Urgh, I can't believe they did this to you. So sorry... at least you look fabulous.

The Suburb Experiment said...

I hate to laugh at your pain but I can't help it. It DOES sound frustratingly awful. You look fantastic though.

Jenn

Claire Kiefer said...

I really love the dark to light pictures. :) And I can't even begin to imagine the frustration of no car access. Although this happened to one of my babysitting families and they called some garage person who came and opened it (and also installed a physical lock with key on the door as well in case it ever happened again). I hope things look up soon, and here's looking at the weekend. I'm not particularly jazzed about Friday as I will be babysitting FIVE KIDS at night after a full day at work, but Saturday??? May we meet soon.

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

are you freaking kidding me? that's just ridiculous. there is nothing more frustrating in the world, than the incompetent service provided that you PAY FOR. ugh!
hope it gets fixed much MUCH sooner...

Freelance Shop-A-Holic said...

It takes an actual act of God for me NOT to find these aholes and egg their entire life. Shit on their front lawn and beat them to a bloody pulp
It's horrible!!!
I'm not an angry person. Well unless my mother is in close vicinity.
Love the purse. The vest. I want them.

this free bird said...

Today I curse "customer service" - the biggest joke of any term out there. Ha. HAHA. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

ugh

The Hue Smiles said...

i feel you completely my week has been a complete bust as well, good luck & just remember you look lovely
Forever Chic,
Amber
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Marie a la Mode said...

Cute outfit Carrie! Not so cute: Verizon. I hope you get turned on soon ; ) tee hee

this free bird said...

omg now the landlord wants to charge ME to have the electricity turned on. does someone have a cattle prod handy??

la petite coquine said...

Oh dear God. Thank Jesus for liquor, and hopefully within walking distance. This crazy is not to be believed.

On the other hand, at least you look adorable while you're pulling out your hair!

Rachel from Love a la mode said...

Ugh... that car/garage situation has totally happened to me before. Only because of a storm. So all power was out. So I didn't have anyone incompetent to blame, unfortunately. Catch up on magazines and take a bubble bath? Or convince Chef to head to palm springs for the weekend. Those would be my suggestions.
Bisous,
Rachel
http://lovealamode.wordpress.com

Krystal said...

oh noooo, what a nightmare!!!

Kacie said...

i had the same experience with the GAS company. i wanted to slay all of them..
when we moved to anaheim on december 3rd.. we were told we wouldn't/couldn't get the gas turned on till... get this.. wait for it... december 22.

then we gave them hell and they moved it up to december 18th.. such dears.

Amber Blue Bird said...

holy Toledo, thats a bummer and half. If its any consolation I have to call Comcast now to get my cable fixed, you know thats gonna suck

kimbirdy said...

what?! that's all craziness!! [long drawn-out sigh] i don't understand why the world isn't being run by the smart people. it really doesn't have to be this hard. well, at least you look beautiful while the world shuts down around you. i hope things get magically fixed today somehow. come on cosmos!

LyddieGal said...

Sometimes I wonder how anything gets done in this world... and how it always seems that the moment an actual problem arises, there is not a soul to be found who does in fact, know how to fix it.

At least you are still looking completely put together and on top of things.

Chic on the Cheap

My Heart Blogged said...

That is completely ridiculous. That sounds like a nightmare. I hope it's fixed sooner than Monday, it is WEDNESDAY!
My Heart Blogged

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow....not a good day AT ALL!! I hate stupid people!!! :(
On the plus side, looove your outfit :D
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indie.electronic.alternative. said...

i had to restrain myself to hold back the profanity i wanted to spew about this outfit. fringe! military vest! topknot! flats! sunglasses. this made my day.
per verizon: morons. only people worse are comcast employees.
per moth guy: i told you to stay the hell away from him.
per your week: i'm also having an epic fail of a week. and am constantly quoting will farrell's mugatu "i feel like i'm taking crazy pills". everyone around me is completely insane :) hope all this landlord/verizon/power crud works out before the weekend!

Bonnie said...

You have the worst luck.ever.
I hope things get better.
And I have Verizon, but we go to an independent contractor that goes around the Verizon system so we get things at an advantage because the normal Verizon people suck ass.

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this free bird said...

girl i had a contractor who sucked the big one!!! he's the reason for all the drama. wah!

xo,
c

Un-stitched said...

Aw,I hate dealing with incompetent people! But, yes, you look great while doing so! I love the black and white photos. Cheers for a better rest of the week.
christine
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Style Attic said...

You crack me up, but I'm not laughing at your expense. You share SO well what we all go through! I'm terrible at sticking up for myself and being effective when I do have the guts to charge forward. You always look great though :) XO, Kelly

Wander.Lust said...

oooh i covet your fringe-y purse! sorry to hear about the issues with verizon...

ruthy ann said...

omg are you serious?? Monday?? what the eff?

heather yalin said...

i'm just totally speechless. after being lost for two hours trying to pick up my husband on sunday with a screaming baby in the back seat (who was done with being in the car seat and utterly unsoothable, i heard screams i've never heard from him before!) with NO reception, i started cursing at&t (and so much else). but damn, this is horrible!

alli/hooray said...

OMG, I can't believe your car is stuck in there until Monday! I hate dealing with poor customer service/crazy people like that. Sending you positive thoughts.

TheChambrayCountess said...

Lady, I just wish I could make you some cookies or just do SOMETHING to help! It will all be in the past soon enough, keep on truckin'!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

ugh, such a pain!! utility companies are the worst about this stuff and being without internet at home pretty much kills me! hopefully it'll all be figured out soon. good news though, you look cute walking with a locked up car!

Ashleigh said...

I'm not laughing I swear!! Oh the drama of life, it takes a lot of energy to be alive sometimes *sigh* At least you look good!
(P.S. I tweeted about a verizon issue & customer service flocked to me like a moth to a flame (get it ;) and it wasn't even a mean one...just something lame like 'I hate my blackberry' - swarm!!)

Valerie said...

Oh, Carrie. The people at these companies are so incompetent, it's scary. Every single time I've had to move I've dealt with the same thing. How do they run a business this way?? Wow, sounds like you've had a rough week. It's almost Friday! That's the worst about your car. What a trapped feeling! I LOVE this military vest on you and the black and white pictures are fab. I hope your week gets better from here.

xo
Valerie

Niki B. said...

Oh man, no electricity?? Duuuude.

At least your outfit rocks!

xoxo
Niki from A Haute Mess

Kate said...

Oh, honey! What a week you have had... I'm not sure why these companies like to make moving as hard as possible, but they almost always do! Chin up, m'dear... you look awesome in this outfit! LOVE the military vest...it's so tough & fun!

Priscila Peters said...

I love your look! It's totally me. But those flats... beyond perfect!

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