Monday, May 28, 2012

Wal-Mart Issue Resolved (Sort of)

gears of war card 

The card that caused my headache! I finally got my Xbox live card situation resolved. I got a working card after another trip to Wal-Mart and 30 minutes of being treated as though I was trying to get a second card for free. I'm still not a fan of Wal-Mart and will still do everything humanly possible to avoid shopping there ever again, but the good news is my Xbox live account is back up and running and I am able to access my Netflix videos again so I'm at least content enough to calm down and stop posting angry pics and messages about the retail giant for now... back to my regularly scheduled lazy weekend!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Now I'm Mad at Wal-Mart!!! Here's WHY!!!

I am now antiwalmart 

Here is what I just sent to the Wal-Mart corporate customer service feedback website word for word:

I only choose Wal-Mart because of the low prices. It's bad enough that everyone else charges too much but today's awful experience makes me NEVER want to visit another Wal-Mart EVER again. First, I found that Wal-Mart had the cheapest price on an Xbox Live card so I drive to buy one only to be informed that the price in store does not match the online price. Needless to say I think this is stupid and have no choice but to drive back home and buy the product online. 

I choose the pick up at store option so I can still get the item I need today and when I went to pick it up was waiting WAY too long to be taken care of. Finally…after waiting to the point of my feet hurting an employee comes to get my purchase from the back room and I specifically ask her to make sure my purchase has been activated because it is a prepaid card for Xbox and I know they must be activated to be used…

Well, I make the drive home for the second time only to find that sure enough…the card has NOT been activated and even confirmed this error with Microsoft via live chat to make sure it was not my error. Now it’s too late for me to drive all the way back to Wal-Mart again because the customer service desk is closed and so I’m left without my membership and a very bad taste for Wal-Mart and now Walmart.com as well. 

I’m a VERY unhappy customer who is out roughly three hours of driving time, gas money and patience with a retail giant. I have no choice but to make another drive back to the store tomorrow to get another card and at this point I should have just paid the additional $12 via the Xbox website!!!

Pinspired so I'm Making Magnets!

I love all the crafty things on pinterest! I keep seeing cute magnets so I thought it would be fun to make some on this lazy Sunday :) Yay crafting and yay magnets!

All I used for the adorable zebra magnets was some nifty zebra printed gemstones I snagged at the scrapbook expo in Orlando last weekend and some magnet tape that already has the adhesive on it.

Bonus- X-men is on and Magneto creates magnetic fields! LoL

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thankful for Beautiful Days

I'm sitting outside at a Panera Bread enjoying a cold diet pepsi, reading the paper and blogging. It is a perfect moment. Birds are chirping and though there is a drunken man that appears to be homeless ranting, horns honking, car alarms going off and other miscellaneous noises in my background I am loving the breeze in my face, the calm in my mind and the happiness in my heart.

Today is one of those days that makes me grateful for beautiful weather. I am so thankful and grateful for blissful moments of peace in the shade. Ahh...what a perfect moment. Thank you thank you thank you for this perfect moment.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gratitude Quotes From Psychology Today

Gratitude Quotes from Psychology Today. See the entire article HERE

  1.  "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust
  2. "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." - Thornton Wilder
  3. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy 
  4. At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer 
  5. The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
-- WIlliam James
  6. "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
-- Oprah Winfrey
  7. He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Comedic Debut- Story and Video



So, it's officially up! My video of my first time attempting to be a stand up comedian. If you would like to read the story click HERE


I attempted to be funny for my column "My First Time" in the tbt*. Every other week I submit a story of me doing something I have never done in the Tampa Bay area for the first time. This was my first attempt at being a stand up comedian at the Tampa Improv in Ybor City.

Please- no mean comments! Thanks to IMPROV for letting us film. Sorry about the shaky video- they let us film but did not allow us to use the Tripod :-( 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I will be as famous as Julia Allison!!!

Julia Allison 
I will be as famous as Julia Allison and end up in magazines, on magazines and make lots of money! I will earn $60,000 a year as a writer, photographer and blogger. I will go to Europe and I WILL have a million dollars in my bank account ASAP to live off of for the rest of my life!

images inserted from Wired Magazine

Operation: "Get Famous" Has Commenced!

Vinny Lecavalier with the Famous Ashley Grant
Vinny Lecavalier with the Famous Ashley Grant
Okay, it is officially May 9, 2012 according to my clock/watch/cell phone/whatever/you get the idea...This means I have exactly 90 days to get as famous as possible or I have to go back to work next year doing a job I honestly don't like...substitute teaching. For those of you who don't know, I have been a substitute teacher off and on for the last five years. I've never liked it and never really wanted to do it. I only stuck with it because the job was flexible enough for me to work when I had to and be able to work on my real job of being a writer and photographer the rest of the time.

After five years of doing this thankless and - to put it bluntly - crappy job I am beyond ready to say goodbye to substitute teaching forever, but to do that I need to be making better than the income I have been making as a writer and photographer by August of this year (i.e. when school starts up again). So, operation "Get Famous" has commenced. My mission over the next 90 days is to become as famous as possible and by that I mean get as much work as possible to keep me in the media world and out of the classrooms of public schools!

I have an ebook in the works and once it is completed I'll be promoting the bajesus out of it; I have a full editorial calendar of things I would like to add to this site The Famous Ashley Grant and to my freebie/couponing/eat free/drink free/get free entertainment Tampa Bay Freebies site; I have a long list of youtube videos waiting to be filmed and posted; Lastly, I have some other websites I'm tweaking to see whether or not they will be made public or continue being my personal diary that just so happens to be online.

Where this summer will take me, I'm not 100% sure. I do know, however, that it's going to be fun! For the first time since high school I have energy (thanks to weight loss that has been a crazy ride that I'm still not really supposed to talk about because the article is still in the works) and for the first time I have a clear mission and what I consider decent steps towards achieving said mission. Here's hoping to a successful summer!

p.s. the photo above of me with Vinny Lecavalier is just one of my steps towards becoming FAMOUS! I'm totally okay with being famous by association. Worked for Julia Allison...so why not me, right?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I am Thankful for Bouncing Back

I am thankful today for my ability to bounce back from any situation. I have always been able to find a way to come back from trouble. I always come out ahead and better than before. Thank you universe for my ability to bounce back and thank you for my ability to make money quickly and easily. Thank you for my food in my pantry, my money in my bank account that is ever expanding money and the clothes in my closet. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
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