Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Break, Prom Dress Hell, & Writing

This week the Teen has her Spring Break. We aren't doing anything major, but we do have to shop for a prom dress. We have one, but she got swindled by a company that said they'd custom make it to her figure. $240 dollars later and after waiting 3 weeks a package arrived from China and the contents were in a word HORRIFIC.

Lesson learned. Teen very sad. Another Teen not so thrilled. Return Policy stinks and would probably lead to my sending back $2 dress for $70 and losing more money. Frankly, it's so hideous that I am almost embarrassed to take it to a thrift shop, but maybe SOMEONE can use it for a play or something. So that's where it's going.

If you want to know the company to avoid, stay tuned. I'm giving them 2 days to refund my $$. After that, the gloves come off.

Some people might think I should not bail out my Teen. But I feel sorry for her. She thought she was saving us money, she tried to get the dress of her dreams for her SENIOR PROM and she got a dress that was too small, super ugly and made her feel so bad she cried all the way to the school just before her theater group went to Chattanooga.

She has worked hard, has a full ride scholarship and she deserves a beautiful dress for her last prom. So we're going shopping and I'm paying for a new dress.

Meanwhile, the Physicist has decided to take W/Th/F off and he wants to GO SOMEWHERE FUN. All well and good, but I am working on a major revision that MUST BE FINISHED BY APRIL.

So guess what I am doing over the weekend and as many hours as I can next week? Revising, revising, revising.

But this is a good lesson for me. I needed a fire lit under my feet. Now I have one. And I am forced to work harder and smarter than ever.

I'll see you all when I come up for air and take a breather. And Happy Spring!!


Wendy S. Marcus said...

Sorry about your daughter's prom dress fiasco. It makes me so angry....

Cleansing breath...

I'm trying to get my son to commit to going to the senior prom. To actually ask a girl. He told my oldest (not me, never me) that he has someone in mind. I encouraged him not to wait to ask her or someone else will ask her. He got so mad at me he has refused to discuss prom at all and leaves the room if anyone brings it up.

Here, all the boys wear tuxes to prom. He doesn't understand these things need to be ordered. His date needs time to get a dress...

And I reall shouldn't be worried about any of that, (or be on the Internet for that matter) since my next book is due on April 4th!

Good luck with your revisions!

Robin Bielman said...

Have fun shopping with your daughter. You're a great mom! And best of luck with your revisions!

Christine said...

Hi Wendy: Sounds like Senioritis has set in. Same here. O the fights we've had. Sigh. And we're really close, so I guess the fighting will be worse before it gets better. It's hard and it's infuriating and frustrating at the same time. I am going to take mine to Birmingham on Wed. for a spree. Hopefully we'll get something there without a big fuss.

I just want to have normal days. Ya know what I mean?

And Robin: thanks. I hope we have a great day on wed. And the revisions are going slow and steady.

Half way there!

Jean Hovey said...

Hey, Christine. There is a terrific new shop on Bank Street in Decatur. I bought my niece's dress there a couple of weeks ago. We had a fantastic experience. I could take you there.

Christine said...

Hi Jean: I told my daughter about it and we're heading there before we go to Birmingham to shop. Thanks so much for the tip!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're not using this opportunity to teach your daughter a lesson in finance. There will be other times for that. BTW, we expect pictures!

Too bad the physicist didn't check with you before booking time off. All you need is more pressure. Now there's a lesson learned! ;)

Prisakiss said...

What a good mama you are! As a mom of 3 girls, I can picture the devastation and heartache on your daughter's face when she opened the package. :-(

I'm sure you'll knock out those revisions, find the perfect dress and enjoy time with the physicist. :-)

Christine said...

Joan, I will post pictures. Her new dress is beautiful. Now we have to find shoes and jewelry for the big day.

Hi Priscilla: Yes, she was devastated. And she really was trying to save us money and herself time. Being in long rehearsals and getting ready for her theater competition plus doing homework didn't leave much leftover for prom dress shopping!

She found a gorgeous dress. I can't wait to see her when she's ready for the big day.