Well that's a week I don't want to repeat - I thought I was going to land up in the loony bin.... I suggest you make yourself comfy and grab a cuppy before you read this, it's quite a saga!!
Last Sunday my washing machine died a particularly gruesome death - now I know perfectly well that you're not supposed to put underwired bras in washing machines, but hey, we all do it... One naughty underwire was dragged out of my bra by the machine, then managed to lodge itself next to the glass door and shredded the rubber all the way round, it also damaged the glass and there were white ceramic bits in there for good measure!! As if that wasn't bad enough the door refused to open, keeping half of my clothes hostage. So I googled it and managed to work out that I'd have to get in through the top to unlatch the door from the inside..... well instead of screws, the top was help on with little bolts which were the wrong size and not very accessible. So after a small temper tantrum I managed to get the top off - it wasn't pretty!! But it got the job done and I got my clothes out.
So after I'd emptied it I decided I'd need to get it out of the kitchen to make room for a new one - I forgot that washing machines basically contain a concrete block in them for stability. But another temper tantrum enabled me to drag it through the kitchen, down the hall, over the doorstep and outside - isn't adrenaline amazing stuff?
So this is where the drama started. I checked out a number of sites online and Argos appeared to be the one that could deliver quickest. So I went on and ordered a new machine - all through the ordering process it stated that I would get delivery within 3 days. Then I got my confirmation email which said that I would be contacted within 3 days to arrange delivery.....mmmmm that sounds a bit fishy, but I let it go. Fast forward to Wednesday and I went onto the Argos website to track my order where it said there had been a problem with my order, they had tried to contact me and that I should call on the given number. Now I don't think they tried very hard to contact me because I had no missed calls or messages! Anyway, I spoke to a very nice lady who was very apologetic, she couldnt understand why nobody had contacted me because they couldnt get stock of the model I had ordered until the 20th June!! Well I had a bit of a meltdown but we managed to select another model that was showing as a 3 day delivery, so she said she'd process that and someone would call me later that day to arrange delivery. NOBODY called me on Wednesday. I called on Thursday morning because the online tracking was still showing the same message about there being a problem with my order and the woman I talked to said it would be processed later today and someone would call me. By lunchtime the order status hadn't changed so I called again and the woman I talked to this time advised me that I would get my machine delivered on the 8th June - I told her that wasn't acceptable, I had been told delivery would be in 3 days, and she said no, it takes 3 days to process the order ?!?!? So I had to cancel the order and now have to wait up to 5 working days before the refund goes onto my card.
Luckily, Graham's wages went into the bank on Thursday, so I started calling all the chain retailers who sell washing machines, to see if any of them could deliver the following day. All the big chains ie Currys, Comet, John Lewis, Appliances Online etc couldn't deliver until the 8th June, some said it was because of the Jubilee, some said it was due to the postcode - incidentally, it's an Aberdeen postcode, not Timbuktoo. So I then tried to find some independents - that wasn't easy, what happened to them all? Called one in Inverurie, he said they couldnt deliver til after the Jubilee, and the second one I called in Inverurie, Sound & Tech - what a star, the salesman said that yes he certainly could deliver next day, in fact if I had called in the morning he would have been able to deliver the same day!!
So I have a new machine, and today I finally managed to get caught up with all the washing.
I had a fab day at The Papeterie on Saturday, thankyou to everyone who came to see me. I'll be back soon with some of my samples, and some sneak peeks for the GJWTHF this Saturday and I'll be demoing some fab new colouring pencils alongside promarkers the following Saturday at The Papeterie, so look out for more info on that.
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