Monday, January 10, 2011

Fake Tickets, New Micheal Kors Bag, 3 Miles, Book Review

Sounds like you all are all having wonderful weekends! I'm honestly glad i'm not home... apparently it's snowing there and my office is even closed today -wha?! Guess this vacation day doesn't count.... right? haha Saturday for us was a day of travel. I got up early, went to the gym for a 3-mile walk, Austin took the puppers to their favorite doggy daycare, and then it was time to get ready!

Reuben was NOT happy to see us going again. I hated to leave the babies but promised we wouldn't board them again for a long time!!



Mon’s sister Stephanie came by to borrow my ski stuff and then we were off to the airport! I finished up Emma Donohue’s Room. You guys. All I can say is WOW. This award-winning book was a recommendation from my mother for our February book club (next meeting!). I started it on Wednesday I think and I’m done. I poured through it, I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Basically, to not give too much away, this book is about a five-year-old boy named Jack who lives in a room with his mother. We don’t know how he got there or why he’s there. The book is told from his perspective which is insanely amazing to read the thoughts of a child. It’s often funny because of it, which is good because the theme of this book is shocking and somewhat depressing, so Jack’s view of the world provides some much-needed comic relief. It was intense, oftentimes downright nerve wracking. I HIGHLY recommend it and give it a 5/5.
We arrived in Arizona at 8 p.m., immediately bumped into our friends Ellen and Nick (so good to see them!) and then met the guy to get our tickets. We had the cash, he had the tix, we had the UV light, he didn’t have real tickets. Austin told him they were fake and he scattered so fast he even left part of a ticket! CRAZY.
He left this on the ground when he took off. I mean really.

Thank you, loser/thief/scammer, for letting us fly to Arizona thinking we had tickets. GRRR. Oh well, like we said – we of course are thrilled that we didn’t spend the $ on crap tickets and at least he met us at the airport, we didn’t have to drive to go meet him. Lastly, THANK YOU, Amazon, for 2-day shipping us a $14 UV light that saved us SO much $.
Moving on, we get outside and Brian picks us up – Brian is Austin’s west-coast counterpart. They’ve hung out several times. I met him for the first time at the airport! Haha Very cool guy though (thank gawd! Haha) and we had a blast meeting his pup Seamus (a German Shepherd) and all of his buddies at his place. I LOVED Danielle and we chatted nonstop pretty much after shaking hands. She’s Brian’s roommate John’s sister. The whole group goes WAY back which was fun because they were all so chill, comfortable with each other and HILARIOUS. We had a couple beers then went out to an Irish pub around the corner here in Old Town Tempe called Casey Moore’s Oyster House. It was packed but we got a table with a personal heater pretty quick – SWEET! – then preceded to have a few more drinks, get to know our new friends better and just hang.

SO fun. It got late quick though (and it was 2 hours later our time) so when we finally got to bed at 3 a.m. Arizona time, it was 5 a.m. Atlanta time. Oopsie.
And Sunday in a nutshell. Sleep until 11, shower and have salmon salad at Four Peaks Brewery (awesome!) with Brian and his crew, drive to Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, and meet Erin and Lanier at Modern Steak for a glass of wine. So good to visit with the girls and the mall and restaurant were just beautiful. And Auburn fans were EVERYWHERE - a pep rally had just let out - awesome. Afterwards we walked around, and I found this beauty on sale at Michael Kors!
eeeeee I love it! It goes PERFECT with all of my navy/brown Auburn stuff providing that perfect pop of orange

close up - love all of the details
And love the feet - perfection!
I immediately transferred my things and carried it. Afterwards the girls had luck at Nordstrom shoe department, Lanier hopped in a cab, me/Austin/Erin went to Erin's hotel for another glass of wine and then we picked up dinner and headed back to Brian's around 8:30 for pizza in front of the TV and an early night in. WONDERFUL! AND - Austin got tickets. Real ones. From a refutable buyer through eBay. EEEEEE!

Q: Have you ever been face-to-face with a scammer? Thinking back it’s kind of crazy. I’m just SO GLAD Austin had done the research, knew about the UV light and had met with up Andy to see what real tix felt like!
Q: Have you ever been to Arizona or Tempe? I really do like it here- great vibe, people seem very chill and openly friendly and apparently it’s majorly bike-friendly city and so a lot of peeps take their bikes to the bars here – I’m so on board with this!

36 comments:

Erica said...

I love Tempe! It is so gorgeous. I ALMOST went to school out there!! Enjoy your time. SO glad you got real tickets. How scary that you almost spent the $$ on the fake stuff. Your bag is totally adorable. Very perfect for your outfits. The weather in ATL is crazy! Josh's parents tried to drive back to Nashville from Charleston last night and got stuck in ATL

Adorably Distracted... said...

ohhhh i love that purse!! I'm glad you didn't get scammed on the tickets!!!

Tami said...

That purse is so cute!

I have been to Arizona, it is a little too hot and dry for me!

Kelly Pearce said...

I am so glad that you got tickets!!! SEE YOU TODAY

lee said...

The whole city of ATL is basically closed today. Seriously, even the malls and stores are all closed.

I'm glad you were able to get real tickets. That would have totally sucked if you went all the way out there and we're able to go to the game.

Kristi said...

I love your bag!!! Too cute!

Buckhead Belle said...

Love the new MK bag! Hope y'all have fun!

Val said...

I believe my heart actually skipped a beat when I saw this bag!!

Hope said...

I really like Arizona! It's so beautiful there. I'd rather deal with the hot dry heat than the hot humid heat where I live. I'm so glad that you didn't get scammed with the tickets!

DecoratedAndExhausted said...

I grew up in Arizona, I really miss it!

Glad AZ is showing you a good time, it never dissapoints :) Sorry about your ticket situation :( My SIL had that happen when she purchased Cubs tickets, fortunately they hadn't flown to Chicago yet.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Nicky said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so glad you didn't end up with those tickets and were able to get real ones! Enjoy the game! War Eagle!

PS LOVE the purse!

hriacobacci@yahoo.com said...

Oh man that sucks, but at least you didn't pay the guy right??? CUTE purse!

Christina said...

what a crazy story! that is so awesome you had the uv light. LOVE that bag, love love love love.

Danielle said...

I LOVE the bag!!!! Can't wait to read Room, everyone is saying such good things about it.

Anne Marie said...

Austin was so, so smart! I'm glad you were able to get real tickets?

Journey2Goal said...

I've been wanting to read ROOM and thought about choosing it for my next book club meeting too...glad to hear you liked it!

Nancy said...

That bag is all kinds of awesome!!!

ADORE it!!! and can see you using it for years and years!!! :)

SO glad y'all are having a great time in AZ! Also glad y'all were able to get tickets. Go Austin! ;-)

Hope you're taking lots of pictures. :)

WAR EAGLE!!!

xoxo

Mom

Nancy said...

p.s. and wasn't "Room" great?!?!? We'll have to discuss when you get back!!! :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

The bag is gorgeous! I've been wanting an orange bag for a long time; it's such a happy color!! :-)

Beth @ bride in the little white dress said...

Oh my gosh, love that purse! That colour is perfect to cure mid-winter blahs.

I've never encountered a scalper before, but I'm glad you guys didn't loose your money. I saw Auburn on TV this weekend and thought of you! :)

Joelle (The Pancake Girl) said...

I bought Broadway play tix from a scalper once w my dad! Crazy that people are so brazen to do that... way to go Austin for calling the guy out!

ps. I'm back to blogging again- yay!

-joelle
www.joelygolightly.wordpress.com

anotherannabanana said...

That scammer story is CRAZY! So glad you got real tickets though. Hope you're having fun right now!! Hubs and I are watching the game on TV and looking for you. :)

Glad you liked the Room -- it's on hold for me at the library and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Josie said...

such a cute purse!!!

I've never met a scammer, I once worked at a bank where a guy tried to cash a fake check but the poor guy really did think it was real. I felt bad telling him it was a fake : (

Gabriela said...

I ordered a Chloe bag online once. All the seller ratings were high, she seemed reputable...and when it came it was totally fake. I took it to the mall to have a NM salesgirl look at it and she laughed. The girl insisted it was real, but took it back anyway...guess she knew I'd be posting that bad review!! Your MK bag is ADORABLE, I love it!

Kacy said...

Wow, that's crazy! You guys were smart to bring the uv light!

Biz said...

Wow, that was a close call with the tickets! I always fall for shit like that - I am way too trusting!

Glad you had a great weekend!

Love. Run. Wine. said...

That book sounds amazing! I've been looking for a new book to read so I appreciate the recommendation! Also, that Michael Kors bag is GORGEOUS! :)

Lea @ Healthy Coconut said...

Oh my god, I'm sorry about the run-in with scammers. That sucks, but great that you guys got the real tickets afterwards. People are desperate these days and will do anything to find extra cash :(

Love the color of the bag. It just pops.

Jenny said...

Wow, can't believe you guys almost got scammed...good thing you went in so prepared, I don't know if I would have been able to tell the difference!

That purse is absolutely adorable! Love it!

Hope you have a safe trip back to Atlanta, it's still pretty nasty here!

Melissa said...

Good tip on the light you bought!!That's insane!!! Congrats on your team's win by the way! :)

Jenny said...

Wow, can't believe you guys almost got scammed...good thing you went in so prepared, I don't know if I would have been able to tell the difference!

That purse is absolutely adorable! Love it!

Hope you have a safe trip back to Atlanta, it's still pretty nasty here!

Love. Run. Wine. said...

That book sounds amazing! I've been looking for a new book to read so I appreciate the recommendation! Also, that Michael Kors bag is GORGEOUS! :)

Anne Marie said...

Austin was so, so smart! I'm glad you were able to get real tickets?

hriacobacci@yahoo.com said...

Oh man that sucks, but at least you didn't pay the guy right??? CUTE purse!

Hope said...

I really like Arizona! It's so beautiful there. I'd rather deal with the hot dry heat than the hot humid heat where I live. I'm so glad that you didn't get scammed with the tickets!

Kristi said...

I love your bag!!! Too cute!