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Jun 14 / Amy

A Day of Mixed Emotions

Normally I don’t write about a lot of super personal things on this blog, because it was primarily going to be focused on travel.  To talk about the places I wanted to go and things I wanted to see, etc.  Well, as you can see, I don’t write that often, and I used to like blogging for the fun of it.  So now I’m just going to write about what I want, and if you like it – you like it and come back, if not, well, it was nice having you here.

Yesterday I stayed home from work for a delivery from Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Josh and I bought an elliptical. I have some personal goals that I’d like to hit before we make it to Australia, and this machine was going to help me get there.  We purchased my elliptical on 5/29, and it was going to take a week to arrive.  No one let me know it made it there, I found out by calling the store.  I tried to setup my delivery/assembly appointment days after it arrived, but I wasn’t able to do it over the phone.  I received a text message on 6/7 saying that they’d have someone available on 6/13 (yesterday) between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm.  I agreed by responding ‘YES’ and that was that.  I was ecstatic about the arrival of our new elliptical, couldn’t wait to start using it.

Well, about 2:52 pm yesterday I hadn’t heard anything from the delivery people, so I called.  They returned my call and said they’d be there at 4 pm.  Okay…  Well once they arrive around 4:10 pm, they came with a treadmill.  I’d ordered an elliptical, they came with a treadmill.  But hey, it’s cool, they were going to go back to the store and swap it out and come back, or so they said.  Hours later, I still had no elliptical. After several back and forth calls with the store and their delivery management company, it was a fiasco.  And I still didn’t have my elliptical.

Frustration mixed with anger, along with irritation caused by another person living here [:)] – let’s just say last night wasn’t a happy night.  I went to bed only to lay there for hours before falling asleep.  I woke up in a funk, realizing this was a ridiculous reason to still be mad.  It’s a piece of exercise equipment.

Then I got to work and checked in on my 409’ers* as I do every morning.  It was a sad day for our friend Erin.  After a year of battling cancer, her mother passed and went on to live with the Lord.  I lost it at my desk, thankful that no one was there yet.  I’ve only had dinner with Erin, but the 409’ers are a close group and I ache for her loss.  For those of you that pray, please pray for Erin and her family.  It’s been a rough couple of months for them.  For those of you that might want to contribute to her fund-raising cause via The American Cancer society (she’s trying to raise $2,000).  You can donate online here.

After reading Erin’s update on her mom, I realized there’s much more to life that being upset about stupid things.  I texted my parents to tell them I loved them, I apologized to Josh for acting like a hormonal brat last night, and I tried to turn my outlook on the day around.  I couldn’t imagine how Erin was feeling, and every time I thought about her and her mother, tears came to my eyes.  She’s had to be so strong over the past year, among dealing with other life situations; it’s unfair that she lose her mother.  If Erin is anything like her mother, she was a strong and passionate person, and Erin will have a guardian angel to look after her, I am certain of that.

Hours into my day, I continued to call the store/delivery company to attempt resolving the situation and nothing came of it.  They weren’t able to schedule a re-delivery for this evening – or give me a time this week it’d be available, and I was over it.  So after talking to the general manager, I informed him I’d come up to the store this evening to get a full refund – and I did.  Moral of this aspect of my rambling, don’t buy sporting equipment from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

But it all turned around this evening.

I was sitting on the phone with my mother when an email came into my inbox that I’d been waiting for since September of last year.

Subject Line:  BridgeClimb is now open for sale until 31 January 2012!

I quickly got off the phone and started up my Skype app to call and purchase our BridgeClimb tickets for December.  I  managed to snag tickets for the Dawn Bridge climb, where:

“For early adventurers, Exclusive Dawn Climbs have a tranquil and pristine quality. Watch from above as the lights fade and the city awakes like an enormous, animate machine. The city seems calm, the Harbour glistens, and you reach the summit just as the day emerges from the night.”

Our tickets are for a 4 am climb!!! Have any of you EVER seen me up and ready to go at 4 am?  It’s not a pretty site.  This should be interesting!  In any case, after 8 years of regret, I’ll be climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge!

And with that my emotional roller coaster over the past 24 hours is ending on a happy note.  All is well and I’m hoping to remember the lessons learned today, that life is short and unpredictable.  Love the ones in your life with all you have, don’t take today for granted, and don’t go to bed angry (because you won’t have a good night’s sleep anyway…).

[#13 of #52]


* The 409’ers are some of my best online friends. Yes, I said online friends.  I’m a geek, but if you’re reading this, you probably already knew this. We all met on The Knot, where we met via the April 2009 Wedding Message Board.  We bounced wedding ideas off of each other, complained about vendors, shared stores about our mother-in-laws, etc.  Over the past couple of years, we’ve formed a bond and have our own private message board where we share intimate details about our lives with each other.  This group of women provides a great source of support with all life matters.  Love these girls!

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  1. Sandi / Jun 14 2011

    As someone who’s climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, I can tell you it’s definitely worth the effort. I didn’t do the dawn climb, but it was gorgeous in the late afternoon. Happy to hear there was good end to your day.

    • Amy / Jun 15 2011

      Thanks Sandi! I’m glad to hear you thought it was worth the effort! I’ve had a couple friends do it too, and I wish I would have done it while I was in Sydney. At the time I couldn’t justify the cost, as my parents were going to pay for it (and I didn’t feel right about it). So now that we’re going, it was my only “must do” item on the list. Josh picked the dawn time, but I think that was before we realized what time we had to be there! Ah! Still super excited this morning! 🙂

  2. Julie Johnston / Jun 15 2011

    I’m blessed to *know* you!
    p.s. I’m so envious of your trip to Australia! 🙂

    • Amy / Jun 15 2011

      Aww, Julie! The feeling is mutual!

  3. Heather / Jun 16 2011

    I love how you met this group of friends!

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend’s lost but am glad she has you all to support her.

    I am guessing you won’t be able to sleep the night before the Bridge Climb since you have to get up so early and you will be excited 🙂

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