Saturday, February 16, 2013

I'd Call That Winning!!

I'm not a big black Friday shopper.  Or more specifically, I'm not a big fan of driving out and around to do black Friday shopping.  But I'm perfectly okay with shopping on-line.  And during this last one, I got each of my boys a Nabi 2 from Best Buy.  They'd been wanting a computer or tablet for a couple of years now, and after doing almost a months worth of research, I felt comfortable in getting them the Nabi 2.  

On Christmas they opened them, there was much rejoicing and they have loved getting to use them since! ...well...sort of.  My oldest's is fine.  But about a month ago, my youngest's started having issues.  The screen would freeze with white or green or pink (or some combination thereof) lines across the screen.  

Or it would -scream-.  

I'm a big fan of customer service.  

Nabi's is not great. 

I tried their fb page.  And I tried emailing directly from their contact me page.  I got a response to my email and was asked to send pictures for the issue we were having.  It took his nabi almost 2 weeks to act up again so I could capture those images.  I was told he has one of the 2% with a screen issue manufacturer's defect.  I was also asked to provide shipping information and to expect a FedEx box in the mail and that it would take about 7 days.  I was perfectly alright with this....10 days later, I replied to that email asking if there was a tracking number or if we'd somehow  missed it.

No response.

2 days after that, I went back to the fb page and asked again.  Another person responded and I forwarded the previous email thread.  This time, I was told if I would send it in myself, making sure to take it out of the orange bounce frame, packing it well and insuring it for the cost of the nabi (just in case), they would get me a new one out within a week or so of receiving it. be honest, I didn't like this response.  I had already waited almost 2 weeks.  At this point, my son's nabi is messed up more frequently than it's not.  But I figured it was time to get ready to do it.  So I look to see if how I go about backing up his information before doing a factory reset.  It's near impossible to find the answer to this question.  So I track down nabi's customer service # and call them last night.

The gentleman who answered was kind enough to give me directions:  just plug it into a computer and manually move it over.  But when I mentioned the manufacturer's defect, I ended up with a twenty minute discussion because apparently, there are scammers out there who will get you to ship your nabi to them and then you're out the cost of shipping and out the nabi.  I reassured him that I hadn't sent it anywhere, and it was, in fact, sitting on the arm of the chair acting up, right now.  I also asked if there was any way to save to his game progress.  He told me if I looked for a back up app in the amazon app store, they would have something that should do that.

After we hung up, I continued looking around on the tech page and found nabi sync.  So I did that as well.  And I went back to the fb page and asked if there was anything else I'd need to do to save the game progress.  A quick response said there is no way to save the game progress.  I'll have to reinstall everything and he'll be starting from scratch.

I mention all this because what I noticed is there doesn't seem to be a consistent answer!  I had 2 questions that boil down to one goal:  How do I get my son a nabi 2 that works?!?!

....So, if you've made it this far, you're probably thinking..... But...why would you call this post "I'd Call That Winning!!"


So after several hours of frustration with nabi last night, I finally thought....wait...I bought this from Best Buy...and I -think- I got the Geek Squad protection on it!  I wondered, if that were the case, if I could just take it to our local Best Buy and exchange it.  So I visited the Best Buy website, called their support number and asked-- and lo and behold!  Yes! I have the protection plan.  And Yes!  I could take it in for an exchange, just make sure to bring all it's cords/chargers, etc.

This morning, we headed out to Best Buy.  I was worried that the tablet was going to be all normal with no signs of it's issue-- but as I turned it on while waiting in line-- it did it's freezing lines thing.  And as I stood there waiting with certifiable proof in my hands, I looked at the screen and thought, "Man.  It's too bad we're going to have to buy another $25 screen protector."

Well, when I got up to the desk, I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask-- and you know what?

Best Buy was able to pull up the receipt for the shield and replaced both the nabi 2 and the screen protector, and for a mere $6.50, updated the Geek Squad protection so the new one gets a full year's coverage as well!

I call that a total WIN!  And it's that kind of customer service and commitment that makes Best Buy one of our favorite stores.

And here's a bit of irony.  This was the first thing I saw when I opened the new box:

On our way to the local Best Buy, we also discovered that one of our favorite pizza places had reopened!!  We went there to celebrate!

 The boys got to have their favorite and play at the video game bar.

While I got to have my favorite and my husband found us a new favorite in the Simple Simon's calzone!  It was -soo- good!

To our family, it really is!  (:

We're so glad Simple Simon's in Dothan has reopened!!

Between delicious pizza we've been missing for almost a year and the excellent customer service we received at Best Buy, this Saturday can be chalked up to epically winning (:  And that makes me happy!  ...Almost as happy as it makes my youngest to know that once it's charged, he's going to have a new nabi!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Looking Back at One Billion Rising

Through the magic of photoshop, all 14 of my dancers joined together to celebrate One Billion Rising today.

It was a fantastic journey through 14 days of art, and I am honored and privileged to have been given the chance to make that journey with the beautiful artists who joined me.  Check out their work!

During my lunch break today, I joined my local event at Justice Park in Dothan.  I had such a good time with all the people who came out to support One Billion Rising this chilly afternoon in the Wiregrass!

I Am One In a Billion Rising, One Billion Rising: A Daily Artist Challenge, Day 14

Today, I chose to do a self portrait of me dancing.

'I Am One In A Billion Rising'.  9" x 12" Acrylic and Sepia Pen and Ink on Watercolor Paper.
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Today, we Rise! Dance! and Strike!

I also wrote a poem in honor of today's V-Day Rising.

When I read the facts, when I look at the statistics, it makes me cry.
Why does it have to be personal?
Why can I not just say that I am a woman, and that be enough of an answer?
Do I have to say that I am a mother?
Do I have to share that I have been pregnant three times…and only have two children?
Would it matter how that happened?  That I woke up in a pool of blood on the bathroom floor?  And that in that moment, I didn’t care about me but the for the life that was supposed to be inside me…that may never have been inside me…that was no longer inside of me?
Can I talk about miscarriage and abortion in one breath and make it clear that they are, in fact, NOT one and the same thing?
Does it matter?
Why does it have to be personal?
Why can I not just say that I am a woman, and that be enough of an answer?
Do I have to say that I have been coerced into sex that I didn’t want?
Do I have to share that it has happened more than once?
Would it matter how it happened?  That I grew up in a society where certain things are culturally ‘owed’ if other conditions like paying for a date are met?  And in that moment, saying ‘no’ just meant asking again?  That saying ‘no’ was just part of the negotiations?  That saying ‘no’ doesn’t really mean NO, …right?
Can I talk about rape, and coercion, and sexual harassment and “Hey Baby that Ass is FINE” in one breath and make it clear that they are, in fact, all shades of grey, all levels, of the same thing?
Does it matter?
Why does it have to be personal?
Because it does matter.  
And it is personal. 
Because I am a woman.
And that is more than enough of an answer.

Lupercalia, One Billion Rising: A Daily Artist Challenge, Day 13

Lupercalia is an ancient Roman festival that runs three days, from February 13th through the 15th, to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility.  As we count down to One Billion Rising's V-Day, I thought this was a fantastic holiday to inspire my 13th piece.

'Lupercalia'.  9" x 12" Acrylic and Sepia Pen and Ink on Watercolor Paper.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Hula Kahiko of Laka, One Billion Rising: A Daily Artist Challenge, Day 12

I'm a big believer in synchronicity and the power of Here. Now.  That's part of why I started the One Billion Rising Daily Artist Challenge.

So I was excited when the day job I interviewed for is right where One Billion Rising Dothan will be happening.  But I knew it was meant to be when the gentleman interviewing me was born in the same hospital that I was.  

Now I know you're thinking, "So what?  People are born in the same hospital all the time."  And that's true enough...but what are the chances of two people who were born in the pink hospital on Oahu, Hawaii would both be in the wiregrass area of southeast Alabama?  Pretty unlikely, huh?!

And this morning, as I walked into work, I got to walk past this:

I was grinning so big!  ((:  Two days from now, this is how I'll be spending my lunch hour!  I'm getting so excited!!

And in honor of part of how that's come about, I'm also celebrating a part of my ethnicity:

'The Hula Kahiko of Laka'.  9" x 12" Acrylic and Sepia Pen and Ink on Watercolor paper.
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Laka is the Polynesian goddess of the hula.  And hula kahiko is the traditional form of hula.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Raq On, One Billion Rising: A Daily Artist Challenge, Day 11

About the time that I was expecting my oldest son, my husband and I discovered a new hobby in the SCA.  Other than setting my research nerd loose in a candy store of information, I also discovered that I have a passion for middle eastern dance and drumming.

Day eleven's One Billion Rising tribute is a celebration of the many forms and styles that are encompassed by what most people call 'belly dancing'.  This particular aspect is part of American Tribal.  I've been celebrating the dances of the world and as we get closer to V-Day on February 14th, I wanted to bring it closer to home and make it more personal.

'Raq On'.  9" x 12" Acrylic and Sepia Pen and Ink on Watercolor Paper.
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The title is a reference to Raq sharqi, the classical Egyptian oriental dance that developed in the first half of the 20th century.  It plays with the fact that in English, 'raq' sounds like 'rock'.

And for today's dancing, I'm sharing another form of the same genre.  This is my extremely talented friend Jadi Fatima performing a traditional Persian oriental dance.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Freedom of Dance, One Billion Rising: A Daily Artist Challenge, Day 10

On February 14th, women and men around the world will take to the streets and other public spaces to participate in One Billion Rising's V-Day.  We will join like minded people in our communities to Strike! Dance! Rise!  to let the world know that it is a time for change--time to end violence against women.

The spirit of this daily artist challenge, as we count down to this momentous occasion, is based on the goal of bringing awareness to this event, and to empower women and girls to break the cycle of violence, demonstrate our global solidarity, and positively shift the world energy.

Today's piece embraces what this challenge, and what OBR's V-Day, means to me.

'Freedom of Dance'. 9" x 12" Acrylic and Sepia Pen and Ink on Watercolor Paper.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Model U. N.

My nephew is in the local model United Nations at his school.  At the end of this week, they'll be headed up to Troy University for competitions given presentations on the nations they've been studying.  Part of the requirement is dressing in the clothing of that nation.  So my mother-in-law asked me to make his costume.

He's representing Kazakhstan.  And this is the picture we were given as a model:

I found a great hat pattern at that was easy to modify for my needs at

And used a quick and easy bathrobe pattern as my base for the robe.

Here's the final results after 8 hours of continuous sewing today:

To create the trim, we purchased a length of flat cording that I cut up the center (because it was otherwise too wide) to trim the sleeves, around the length of the collar and the upper brim of the hat.  For the more decorative trim with the gold designs, we purchased a yard of fabric in that pattern and I cut it to capture the pieces/ shapes that I wanted.  I was really pleased with the way it turned out curving over his shoulders.  Trimming it to give the ease also gave it a great shape and pattern.  I was really pleased with the way the whole thing turned out--and most importantly, -he- likes it (:

I hope he has a fantastic time at his event!