ADF Day 1: Out of the Winter…

March 4, 2013 at 7:41 am

Back in the saddle again.  It’s been kind of a rough past two weeks, dietwise.  For some reason every corner of my life came at me with social obligations that involved food — Valentine’s Day, Chris’ family came to visit, luncheons at work, special events and tickets to things…  It was just weird.  Suffice it to say, I spent a couple of days struggling hard with it all, and then kind of gave up and relaxed.  This morning I weighed in 197.0, and I figure that’s as good a place as any to pick back up again.  After all, it could certainly be worse.

Which isn’t to say that I’m looking ahead to smooth sailing even now.  Today one of our major grant funders is treating us to a Symphony performance followed by some kind of luncheon.  I’ve never been to one of these, so I’m not quite sure what to expect. I’m hoping it will either be pretty light or else be the sort of thing where I can politely decline the heavier stuff without looking unappreciative or like I’m showing off.  If it’s anything like the one at Christmas, though, that will be hard; they serve those things in courses, so it’s terribly obvious if you refuse anything.

But then again, I tried on my wedding dress yesterday for the first time… or tried to, anyway.  I was alone when I did this, so the effort was a bit of a disaster.  It’s a pretty involved number, so I really needed a box to stand on to accommodate the skirt, and someone behind me to fasten me up.  As it was, I tried to do up the back and then turn it around, but that didn’t work out so well.  Regardless, my takeaway from that experience was that I’m still too big for it.  Not overwhelmingly so, but enough so that I need to get going again if I want it to look nice on the big day.

Speaking of dresses, Susanna’s earnestly-awaited flower girl dress arrived Saturday.  We had ordered it through AliExpress, which serves as a liaison between consumers and manufacturers in China.  The dress cost about $62, and was advertised as a white dress with a navy blue sash and bow tied at the front.  The skirt is white with a sheer overlay with delicate little embroidered butterflies all over it.   The dress that arrived was, in fact, a white dress with a navy blue sash and bow.  However, the butterflies were not not embroidered and not delicate or little.  In fact, it looked rather like a child had cut out a rough approximation of a butterfly from swatches of blue satin.  They were big, ugly and poorly done.  They weren’t even edged in any way, so the satin is fraying at the edges.  Worse — or perhaps thankfully — they didn’t even sew them to the dress.  They glued them on with hot glue!   Big blobs of it, too!  It looks unbelievably awful, and the only good side is that the horrible things can be peeled off.

I opened a dispute with the seller, saying I didn’t think it was appropriate to advertise one thing and deliver what I got.  I requested a pretty hefty refund — not the whole thing, but $45 of it.  I’m going to have to peel these wretched things off of the dress and put something else in their place to cover up the glue residue, which is probably going to cost me at least that much.  They’re arguing that they cannot afford that and want me to return the dress at my own cost.  No, thank you. I’ll go to AliExpress for mediation first.  I probably won’t get the full $45 back, honestly, but I’m sticking to my guns in the hopes of at least getting back $30 of it.

The really aggravating part of this is that AliExpress’ site reports that this seller has received 100% positive feedback…  When I went to look, though, they had received fewer than 20 feedback entries, and one in the last 12 months was very negative — about this very same problem.  That person had ordered a the same dress in black rather than navy, and would have disputed it, she said, had she not already waited nearly 4 months for the dress and received it so close to her wedding date that keeping the dress was all she could do.   Of course, this means that I should really have read the feedback more closely before ordering, but the rest of their feedback is either neutral or good.  I’m not sure why Alibaba reports 100% positive, if 5% of their feedback is negative and probably another 20% is neutral. O_o

Live and learn, I guess.


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