The Saga Continues!

If you read my previous post, you will know what is going on.
If you haven’t, here’s the short version:

Friend ordered an item from Forbidden Planet in UK. Had order shipped to my house, as packages can’t be shipped to her residence. Package was not what she ordered – they had sent Simon Pegg’s autobiography instead. I decided to keep the book, because I’ve been thinking about buying it before this happened.

Nerd Do Well
The Culprit.

So. I went ahead and placed an order with Forbidden Planet to pay for the Simon Pegg autibio, because I wanted to read it. As soon as I had my order confirmation number, I sent them an email.

Hello! I am writing to inform you that THIS ITEM HAS ALREADY BEEN SHIPPED TO ME.
This was an accidental shipment sent to my friend ( refer to transaction code 50055083 made with, already refunded to her). I was thinking about purchasing this book anyway, so we asked via her email transactions if I could just order it on the website. I was told that I could.
Please don’t send the book again! ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks, and have a great day.


Two days pass. …They didn’t get my above email.

Hi, Katherine _____

Your order number: 50063370

Thank you for your order.

A response is required before we can proceed.

—– 2184593 Nerd Do Well (Hardcover) x 1 (Queried – International Shipping รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Awaiting confirmation)

The shipping charge for your entire order will be GBP ร‚ยฃ 9.00

The total of your entire order including the shipping rate will be GBP ร‚ยฃ 25.99………

Ouch. That shipping price is pretty high! Good thing I already have this book.
So I reply..

This order has already been shipped to me – quite by accident. I had been thinking about ordering this book anyway, and then it was sent instead of what my best friend ordered. I decided to pay for the book, since we already had it!
Please see transaction # 50055083 made with, already refunded to her. She had ordered an Ironside Dalek, but was sent the book by mistake.


I guess I can see “since we already had it” as being somewhat confusing there.
The weekend passes. Today I receive another email.

Hi Kathryn

Would you like to go ahead with the second book then or cancel the order? I do remember your original emails but the system would have automatically sent out a new request, hence numerous emails for you!

Very best and Kind Regards,
Mail Order Team

Forbidden Planet Mail Order

…*sigh*. LOL.

I just sent this back to them:

No, I was just told to create an order online to pay for the book that we were already sent. My friend was refunded the 7.99 for the Dalek she didn’t get.
In order to read the book we were accidentally sent, I placed this order to pay for it on my own card. I’m not ordering a second book, just paying for the one that is currently sitting on my shelf, because I wish to read it without guilt. ๐Ÿ™‚
I just wanted to let you know that you don’t have to send anything to me at all, just charge for the book (and hopefully not the spendy s&p since I already have it!)


We will see if they understand when they get that message. I will try making it absolutely crystal clear if they don’t – after that, I may as well just tell them to cancel the order, and keep the book anyway.
Ahhhhh fun. If I had enough time left on my calling card, I’d just explain over the phone. ha!

Feeling: silly silly.

Still Life With Bichon

I wish dogs understood the concept of “tomorrow.” This pup has a pretty bad case of separation anxiety. Dad left for his hip replacement surgery 2 hours ago, and the dog is still whining, and doesn’t care about anything else. He’s calmed down a little, at least. And he’ll probably start looking for Dad again at 5, as if he had gone to work. whee..
Was going to go back to sleep, but the dog is not permitting that. So here I am with the computer on the sofa.
Headache, as usual.

So yeah. I’m up here, at my Dad’s house, for two weeks or so. He has degenerative arthritis (a family trait, oh boy!) which is why he already had to have his right hip replaced 15 years ago. The left hip is ground down to just about nothing – his surgeon was amazed that Dad is still walking at all.
All this worries me a bit, since I have this lovely pain in my neck/spine/shoulder nearly all the time. I can’t afford to get a scan to see what’s going on in there, but when I had a MRI a few years ago to check on my migraines, my neurologist could see a bit of arthritis at the edge of the pictures, in my neck.
Anyway. Dad will be home tomorrow, probably. He’ll be on crutches for six weeks. He’ll spend the next few days in bed, I imagine. We’re all stocked up on food and supplies. So I get to cook yummy food (except he has an electric stove, blah) and bring him his pills. He bought a nice comfy recliner on Sunday, but it won’t be delivered until Saturday. When the chair arrives, the TV in here will be on all the time. It’s a huge screen (60″) and super bright, so it aggravates my headaches. I have to leave the room sometimes. :/

Before I left home, I put some of my favourite Doctor Who episodes on the hard drive, and packed my fav Muse concert DVDs. The sound on this laptop is terrible, but it will have to do. Most of those DVDs are in PAL format, and won’t work in the BluRay player. And this computer doesn’t have any video output.
I have my iPod, and a couple of books. The one I’m reading now is by Tom Robbins – Still Life With Woodpecker. I will leave you with a quote on the previous page.

“Actually, the rain has many uses. It prevents the blood and the sea from becoming too salty. It administers knockout drops to unruly violets. It manufactures the ladder that neon climbs to the moon. A seeker can go into the Great Northwest rain and bring back the Name he needs.”

The Oncoming Storm

I went for my regular checkup at the rheumatologist yesterday. Seems such a waste to go there, have the nurse confirm that I am indeed still on the same medications, have the doctor ask how things are, say they’re the same, have the doctor say great see you in 4 months bye. Oh well, she’s a really nice girl anyway. She reminds me somehow of my sister.
After that I went and got my labs done, oh boy. Needle in the arm and pee in a cup! Love it. The girl managed to scratch me with the needle too, but it’s just a tiny superficial thing. Didn’t notice until I took the tape off. Taking the tape off hurts far worse than the needle does. ๐Ÿ˜›

I learned from my doctor that that hospital has been out of seasonal flu vaccines for weeks, and is not getting any more. They are also out of the H1N1 vaccine, and she has no idea when they’ll be getting more of that. I’m now on a waiting list, and they are supposed to call me when they get to me. I wasn’t going to bother with the H1N1 thing, but more and more people with compromised immune systems are hospitalised or dying from breathing problems – so I suppose I don’t really want to go through that. Sigh. Can’t be giving anything like that to my frail old grandmother either.

I haven’t really been up to much lately. It’s cold and rainy and that seems to have made me really lethargic, not to mention my joints being too damned sore.
Finished a HUGE book today, ‘Imajica’ by Clive Barker. It took a little longer to read just because Clive is so wordy. But I loved the story. If you’re into dark fantasy (with a little bit of really strange erotica) and feel like absorbing 800+ pages, I highly recommend it.
Started another Doctor Who novel, and I’m really loving it too. I read half of it before I logged in to LJ. The DW novels are a lot easier to read, but this particular author is an excellent writer, and this story is a bit darker. Excellent after seeing The Waters of Mars.
By the way, after watching Waters of Mars, I am even more in awe of David Tennant’s acting abilities, and that says a lot. The man is absolutely brilliant. And the direction, and the writing…! Call me pathetic, but I literally could not speak at the end of the episode. I really want to find out how they’re going to explain and end this whole mess. But I really don’t want it to end. I am too addicted to the show the way it is. We shall see…

I have a picture ready for a new portrait, but I haven’t felt really into it yet. It’s a gorgeous picture. I ordered a backissue of a magazine specifically for said picture. Guh. I’ve decided I’ll do this one in graphite, because I can get sharper detail with that than I can with coloured pencils. This picture needs sharpness.

Too cold, must make some tea or something.