Tuesday, September 14, 2021

We are in the ninth month of the year and my #WashingMachine saga continues. First @BestBuy now @AJMadison - HUGE Disappointment!

In my 12 years of blogging this is the second time I have used my platform to vent about poor service. 

After the fire I wrote about in my Apartment Complex, it has taken ages to bit by bit replace a lifetime worth of stuff. I'll be at that for awhile longer I suspect, being single in a costly city like New York isn't easy.

This June after I had my surgery I decided to sacrifice and buy a washing machine, I found a great sale at BestBuy and proceeded to order it online - it was all smooth sailing until the day of the delivery. On the day of delivery the delivery person didn't speak English. I need to preface this by saying I was born and raised here, my mother was born and raised here and so was my grandmother. I understand and read Spanish quite well, but am not as Fluent in my conversational Spanish due mainly to lack of practice. In my best Spanish I suggested they come up first check the plumbing scenario and do the haul away first, as there wasn't much space to work with in my kithchen where the machine was going, and that seemed like the logical way to proceed. I got berated for being a 'gringa' (a not so nice term used mostly in reference to caucasian people) and for according to him, speaking lousy Spanish. AND they left with my Machine and refused to deliver it.

They told Best Buy that I refused the delivery and that it was a four man job not a two man job anyways. My understanding of deliveries are that anything over 300 pounds for a walk up would require three men. I was purchasing only a washer not a dryer and the job was clearly under 200 pounds.

I was livid at being chastised for preferring to speak English. I gave BestBuy a very professional piece of my mind as a former blogger brand ambassador.

After a re-schedule the same charming delivery person takes my advice comes up and says he doesn't like the plumbing and refuses to install it.

Of course that began a huge ordeal in trying to get my money back. Like I needed that stress while recuperating from surgery. They actually had the balls on the phone to tell me to get my plumbing fixed quickly and they would 'hold it for me' - by the way I paid in the original order for a full installation and their protection plan. I said "no thank you I prefer a refund" instead of 'stick it up your @ss' so I was quite proud of myself. The price I paid included installation, so if I have to pay a plumber and then another installation fee on top of that why bother? The machine I have and the one before that was installed by Sears with no problems at all.

Again, I live in a walk up building with no laundry room and am recuperating from surgery. I need a machine.

Two weeks after the entire ordeal I get a coupon from BestBuy for $5 f*cking dollars in the mail. They shouldn't have sent anything, that was literally a double insult.

So while perusing Labor Day Sales I find a different machine at AJ Madison on sale. I purchase it, immediately the amount was on hold. After it being on hold for three days with not one call regarding delivery/installation, I called them, was told the finance department had already left for the day (it was only three pm when I got through by the way). I was told that the Finance Department sent me an email, to answer it and it would get addressed on Monday and I would have my Washing Machine by 09/14 - just two days shy of TEN days after ordering it. According to the Finance Department the address I put in the order does not match my bank. I paid using the paypal credit card I have had since they launched paypal in 1998. My BestBuy order in June when through, I ordered double the amount in Amazon and that went through. And I just used my card again on Monday all with no problems, so that shoots down that response.

I personally call bullshit. I believe that AJ Madison does not have the machine in stock and are stalling for time.

I have never in my life had this much trouble ordering an appliance. I have been purchasing appliances now for over 3 decades literally without a hitch. In fact my first two washing machines both lasting almost ten years a piece were delivered to this walk up apartment by ONE man with a dolly! Same with refrigerators and TV's etc. You mean to tell me that both BestBuy and AJ Madison are not capable of handling a walk up delivery?

I had another procedure less than two weeks ago and am slated for another one at the end of the month. I literally don't need this stress.

If you have read this far, thank you for being a true butterfly friend and letting me vent. If I didn't let this out, it would have driven me nuts. It's 5:43 in the morning and I haven't been able to sleep. I have been tossing and turning all night long! I can't remember the last time I was filled with this much anger. So today I will not be getting the new machine I so desperately need yet again. I am literally at my wits end.

There are very few appliance dealers left, maybe if I am lucky a Washing Machine manufacturer will read this and take pity on me!

Other than that, no hot girl summer here and for the first time in my twelve years of blogging - no fashion week for me either, I just didn't feel up to it, too much pain.

Hope your summer has been going better than mine! ਉl̈́ਉ

Thursday, July 29, 2021

It's Certificate City up in here! Check out my shiny new Certificate of Completion from @FacebookElevate #NotSponsored

I am following my Certificate in Women's Entrepreneurship from Cornell University with a study program in Digital Marketing from Facebook Elevate! They are currently offering scholarships for their Digital Marketing Certificate for students of color who identify as Black or LatinX, I applied and got accepted.

I just finished one of the modules today and got a Certificate of Completion: "Get Started With Marketing on Facebook"



While I am not new to Facebook or using Facebook for Business, I am aware that in the Digital Marketing Space things change rather quickly and I decided keeping up with my studies is the best way to stay on course. Not to mention all these certifications are going to be wonderful for my LinkedIn profile as well.

I am also trying to keep my study chops sharp while awaiting a decision on an MBA program I applied to.

This year I decided if I couldn't go out I was still going to find ways to stretch and grow and take big leaps of faith.

I have put off my MBA for far too long. It feels like it's time. So please send some good vibes my way!

Readers Sound Off: What big project are you working on this year? No project too big or too small, from home renovations to learning a new language.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Back with another (Not So) #WordlessWednesday What I told myself I'd master this summer, and what I actually did instead!

Despite being home recovering from surgery this summer feels like it has literally flown by! 

This year I signed up for a Certificate Program in Women's Entrepreneurship from Cornell University. I finished six months ahead of schedule, I was supposed to complete the program by January 2022. But since I was stuck at home anyway I applied myself and finished ahead of schedule. 

NOT SPONSORED: If you'd like to learn more about the program and get info on how to apply, you can visit: Bank of America Institute for Women's Entrepreneurship at Cornell

The program was fun and challenging and has given me the impetus to want to continue and yesterday I had an interview with an Admissions Recruiter for an MBA program! 

I also applied for an Elevate Scholarship to study Digital Marketing Skills and was accepted! This year is going to be filled with learning and academic achievement! 

I thought this week for my (Not So) Wordless Wednesday I would share my Certificate of Completion!



















What have you been up to this summer? 

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I had vowed I would spend this summer trying to spend some time on both Clubhouse and TikTok to figure them both out and perhaps start posting content this summer, but so far I'm still lurking! If you are on either channel and have tips/advice I would greatly appreciate it, so please do share!

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Happy Women's History Month and a Deal at #Amazon you should not miss!

Happy Women's History Month Butterflies!


Some fun ways to honor the women in your life:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Video Interview - Write a series of questions and video your mother, grandmother, aunts, cousins, sisters giving you their answers. It's a fun way to get to know them better and an amazing memory of them to have and pass down.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Spa night at home - have a spa night at home - manis, pedis, face masks, and a nice glass of wine of course!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Call - Last suggestion ties in with the 'steal' I teased about in the subject of this post. If this Global Pandemic has taught us anything, it's taught us that what matters most is the health and wellbeing of those we love. If you want a fun way to keep everyone connected invest in a Amazon Echo Show Device - it's one of the easiest ways to make a video call with friends and family - and the Alexa your trusty personal assistant can do a whole bunch of fun stuff including games making a virtual game night with family and friends that much more fun.

Amazon is currently knocking off $100 if you buy two Echo Show 10 (3rd Generation) Devices! (These are also perfect to nab now if you need gifts for the major gifting opportunities around the corner: Mother's Day in May, Father's Day in June, or for a June Grad - they may be about to spread their wings, but this gift will let them stay connected to the ones they love.)

Use the code: SHOW102PACK when you buy 2 Amazon Echo Show devices and you will get $100 off!

I ordered the Amazon Echo Show 5 in early February, it actually took awhile to arrive, so I just started playing with mine. Had I known the bigger one was going on sale so soon I would have waited and nabbed this deal instead! Did you know you could push pictures and music to someone's show? I just found this out and I am totally obsessed! Is there a song that reminds of you someone, send that song to their show device, did you scan an old photo of you and your friends and family? Send a copy right to their Echo Show so they can share in the nostalgia too! Don't you just love that as a gift idea, it literally fits anyone in your life perfectly?

Remember most deals are a limited time only, so grab this one while it's HOT:

Readers: What Woman Do You Admire Most and How Do You Plan to Honor Her During Women's History Month?


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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, all opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway & Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fun - really I'm such a *simple girl*.