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Today is just one of those days that I feel like kicking myself.<br><br>
Thanksgiving weekend, I worked extra hard to put together some custom photo calendars for Christmas gifts for DH's family. I hand-picked all the photos to use, uploaded them, cropped them, rotated them just right, removed ugly red eye and embarrassing imperfections in pictures, etc. Added all the custom dates that the family is interested in (birthdays, anniversaries...and for a large family, that's a lot!), finally got it finished at about 11pm, reviewed it, had DH review it, and submitted my order happily. It arrived in the mail today, all 7 calendars (1 for myself, 1 for each of DH's siblings, and one for MIL/FIL), and I flipped through them, grateful it turned out so well and looked so nice. While I was on December, I thought to myself, "Huh. That's interesting that Christmas is on the same day of the week next year, as it is this year." And I thought, oh, maybe 2008 is a leap year? So I flip to February to check. And that's when I realize, OH CRAP. I ordered 2007 calendars instead of 2008. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"> Totally, 150% my fault. I just never thought to double check that I had started on the right year. I'm so mad at myself. And now I'm just <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: thinking about it. I'll either have to 1) send out totally non-functional calendars, 2) spend another $150ish on new calendars in the right year (which means more computer work putting all the right pics/dates in place), and also cut it terribly close on shipping deadlines, or 3) make my own hopefully-passable calendar to paste on to each of the 12 months of each of the 7 calendars, taking care to work around the pictures on each calendar page. Sounds like so much work, when I have so many other projects to do before Christmas. I am just heartbroken. And angry. And feeling the effects of pregnancy brain. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
And to make today more fun, I have a "Gastronomy Group" tonight, where we get together, bring food on a theme, and share the recipes. I made a couple variations of pumpkin pie for the "holiday recipe" theme, and while I was in the kitchen, my roast in the slow cooker started bubbling out of the lid. I had it on high, and it had been maybe an hour and a half, so I decided it was a good time to turn it on low, so I did. At least I *thought* I did. When I went to check it a good 3-4 hours later, it wasn't on low at all. It was on warm. You know, the setting that keeps it at a nice temp for eating, not cooking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Since it was almost 5pm, I thought I had surely ruined dinner. Thank goodness DH and I bought a probe thermometer for Thanksgiving this year. I stuck that baby in, and the roast was holding steady at 160 degrees, fine for a roast. So I popped it back up to high to finish cooking the veggies and heat everything back up before dinner. At least I didn't royally screw us over for dinner and grocery bills with that mistake, but it still made me feel completely empty-headed.<br><br>
Okay, so not everything went wrong today. We had a lot of good moments. But this is the first time this pregnancy that I've been hit SO HARD by the reality of pregnancy brain. And it's killing me!!
 

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Aw geez, Becky! I have also been working on a custom project to give away for the holidays, so I totally get how much work goes into a project like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Any way you could contact the place and see if they'll give you a price break on redoing the calendars with the 2008 info? You spent a lot of money there, I would think they might extend a little something your way in the way of excellent customer service.<br><br>
If it makes you feel any better, one time a course catalog I proofread went out to 10,000 addresses with a typo in a class name. The class name was supposed to be "Flat Abs with Pilates", and the catalog went out with the class listed as "Flab Abs with Pilates". ROFL. People signed up anyway!!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Aw geez, Becky! I have also been working on a custom project to give away for the holidays, so I totally get how much work goes into a project like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Any way you could contact the place and see if they'll give you a price break on redoing the calendars with the 2008 info? You spent a lot of money there, I would think they might extend a little something your way in the way of excellent customer service.</div>
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I've already sent an email to the company. They gave me some *fantastic* customer service last year when UPS lost the shipment (and found it again just after I got the replacement, lol), and their satisfaction guarantee says they aren't responsible for user errors (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">) but they may work with you anyway if you contact them. So I did. Just waiting for a reply. But it'd have to be something nuts like 50% off for me to really consider spending the extra money. I'm worried enough about how to pay for my homebirth anyway, without adding unexpected christmas expenses. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">If it makes you feel any better, one time a course catalog I proofread went out to 10,000 addresses with a typo in a class name. The class name was supposed to be "Flat Abs with Pilates", and the catalog went out with the class listed as "Flab Abs with Pilates". ROFL. People signed up anyway!!!!</td>
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ROFL! That's a hilarious story. Cheered me up some, thanks for sharing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ah, it happens to the best of us! Don't feel bad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
Your crock pot story reminds me of what I did for Thanksgiving last year. I had the turkey in the oven and was checking on it every hour, so I was setting the timer in 1 hr increments. After the second hour, I accidentally turned off the oven when I turned off the timer.<br><br>
Fast forward 2 hrs when all my family (parents, ILs, siblings, etc) were all over at my house and starving. . I check on teh turkey and it's barely warm and definitely NOT cooked. Yikes! I was trying to figure out why it wasn't cooking when I glanced up and realized the oven was off!<br><br>
So I turned the oven back on and made my hungry (and annoyed) guests wait 2 hrs to eat. I didn't have a backup plan, but thankfully after they were fed they were very forgiving. It all worked out in the end, but still.
 
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