Linky Thursday – 3/5

Just a couple this week, sorry.

Visualizing the Growth of Target: Apparently there were no Targets in Pennsylvania until the late ’90s, which I guess means I’ve been shopping there as long as they’ve been in the area. And here I thought I had been missing out on this great store when I discovered the Target in Exton.

The Quest for G: If you know me you know that I don’t really get offended by things, but as a Monty Python fan this commercial is offensive to me! (Though I did like these comments made on another version of this video: “what about the knights who say ‘G’? and ur supposed to use the holy hand gatorade to kill game 7. lol crappy jokes i know”)

Modbe Service Review

There doesn’t seem to be much on the web in the way of actual reviews of Modbe’s products or service, so hopefully I’m doing the world a favor by posting about my experience with them. I already reviewed some of the clothing.

I have placed two orders with them. With both orders, I used codes to receive discounts for promotions they were running at the time, as well as consultants’ “party numbers” to receive a percentage discount off an order of three or more items. Both times, the discounts were not applied correctly and I had to contact Modbe’s customer service to have them adjust the total. (Luckily, this adjustment took place before the items were shipped and my credit card was charged.)

My second order was in late November, which I received in early December, and I ended up returning a couple things. (These shirts were very cute on the model, but looked totally wrong on me.) I sent the items back probably within a week or so of receiving my order, and got an e-mail from a Modbe employee on Dec. 30 saying that they’d received my return order and to allow 10-14 days to process my refund. No problem!

I pretty much forgot about it, until the beginning of February, when I got a “Your order has shipped!” e-mail, even though I hadn’t ordered anything. I thought maybe this really meant “Your refund has been processed!” so I checked my credit card account, but I still hadn’t gotten my money back! I e-mailed Modbe customer service (again! They must know me there by now), and they said on Feb. 13 that notification had been sent in error, but my refund had been processed and would be refunded to my card in the next week and a half.

I was just thinking today about how I hadn’t seen that refund yet, and I was about to e-mail Modbe again, but checked my credit card account first. I was just refunded on March 2! Almost four months after I returned the items!

Other notes on Modbe’s service, which I already mentioned in that previous review of the clothes: They take their sweet time shipping your stuff, and there’s no communication until you get an e-mail that your items have shipped, so if you haven’t ordered from them before, you don’t know what’s going on with your stuff. Also, in my first order I received another person’s entire order (and packing slip!) along with mine. If I weren’t such a nice person (and their stuff weren’t too small for me), they might never have received their order.

GOOT, Boring, Books

For those who were asking (and can’t be bothered to Google – come on!), GOOT is a very stinky paste made of garlic, olive oil, and coconut oil (except I didn’t have any coconut oil so I didn’t use that ingredient) that you’re supposed to apply to whatever body part is giving you problems. For example, put it up your nose if you’re nose is stuffy, or on your throat if you have a sore throat, or in your ears if you have an earache. I wouldn’t stick it up my nose or in my ears, but I did put it on my feet, which is actually what you’re supposed to do when you use it on little kids, and then put socks over it. It’s supposed to be a way for the garlic to quickly get into your bloodstream and get to the part of your body that needs its healing properties. I’d need to do some more testing to determine if it really works for me, but I’ve read anecdotes of people experiencing near-instant relief from using it.

GG and I are pretty much better now, thanks for asking. We’re still coughing and sniffling a little, but we’re going out in public and stuff, so just about back to normal. However, between being sick, my regular work-from-home days, and yesterday’s snowpocalypse, I feel like I’ve hardly been in the office the past couple days. Today was the one day Heather and I were in the office together out of two weeks, what with WFH, snow, sick days, and vacations. Speaking of vacations, I have three vacation days I have to use up by the end of March. I end up doing this every year, and then I always promise myself I’ll spread out my vacation days more for the next year. Yeah, never happens.

Not much else going on at the moment. We’ve been having a pretty low-stress couple of weeks (except for shoveling yesterday!). Also if anyone has any more book suggestions for me, maybe of some less-popular books, I’d appreciate them. You all had tons of great recommendations a couple months ago when I asked, and I have a long list of books I want to read, but my library sucks and never has the books I want – some of them aren’t even in the county system! So if there’s just some random book you think I’d like let me know! Otherwise, I’m going to have to get my name on the waiting list for some of these…