Saturday, March 31, 2012

Flor Carpet Squares

I've been looking at the Flor carpet squares in magazines for the past few years.  They have some very interesting ideas. I like all the different colors and the different textures.  Most of their carpet squares can be used with heated floors, so I've been contemplating buying from them for a while.

A few weeks ago I got an e-mail advertisement from Flor with a free shipping deal.  I've been wanting to add some color in the 2nd guest room, it's pretty bland.  So I decided to order a few carpet squares and put a long runner of color across the floor in that guest room.  It's long enough that it will extend on either side of the Murphy Bed when it's in use.
The box with my order was waiting for me when I got home last night.  So this morning I've been playing with their configuration.  I know I had a plan sketched out when I ordered them, but I have no idea where it went.  Probably in the trash when I cleaned up my desk a couple of weeks ago.  I'm not sure this is the final configuration, so I haven't stuck them together yet.  (Flor holds their carpet squares together with a 'dot system'.  Basically these big sticky round patches that attach to the back of the carpet squares at their corners).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Expedia FriendTrip - Grand Prize 8 days 7 nights in Paris

It's almost time for my next travel adventure, so I guess it's also time to start blogging about it.  This one starts a  year ago.  I was messing around on Facebook, and started playing a game on Expedia's page called The Expedia FriendTrip Game.  Basically you had to like their page, then invite some of your friends to also like their page and join the game.  There were 6 or 8 possible trips to win, and to get an entry, you and 5 of your friends had to sign up together. Expedia was also giving away a daily $250 gift certificates, and I thought it would be really fun to win one, so I tried to enter everyday.

Then in May I got an e-mail from Mary, and she's forwarded me something that I initially though was a scam or SPAM.  I was checking e-mail pretty early (before coffee) and I almost deleted it without actually reading it.  It said I had potentially won a trip, and I'm thinking, yah just like I almost win Publishers Clearing house every  So the first thing I did was Google the company sending the e-mail, Marden Kane.  It turns out that they specialize in running sweepstakes, etc. for lots of big companies.  So then I called their NY office and verified that I was a potential winner.  At that point, I was awake and didn't really need coffee :-), though I'm not sure that I was 100% convinced we'd actually be going to Paris.

Here is the e-mail notice:

Dear Expedia FriendTrips XXXXXXX:

Congratulations! As the official judging organization administering The Expedia FriendTrips Game we are thrilled to announce that you have been selected as potential grand prize winner of the trip to Paris/South of France.  
The approximate retail value of your prize is: $16,600. This prize includes $3,300 per person which can be used to cover any tax implications as reviewed below or as spending money for incidentals during the trip.*
In order to receive your prize, please review the following carefully:
The pilot of your plane (Lori Murray) has been notified and will be responsible for the following:
The Role of the Pilot:
- Ensure all passengers complete and provide all documents on time as requested by Expedia.
- Confirm at least 4 registered people will be accepting the prize. 
Note: If less than 4 registered people on a winning plane complete and return documents as requested, the Pilot on the plane and all Passengers will forfeit their prize and a new plane will be selected. If a Pilot chooses not to accept their prize, they must appoint an alternate Pilot from the registered Passengers on their plane.  The new designated Pilot must accept the prize and agree to accept the roles and responsibilities of the Pilot.
- Once confirmed, the pilot will work with their passengers to determine and communicate travel dates to a designated Expedia Travel Expert.
All passengers  must complete, sign and return the following documents within 5 business days of the date of receiving this e-mail:
- W9 form (attached)
- Affidavit of Eligibility (attached) (must be notarized)

It turns out that Marden Kane had UPS'd me a winners notification packet, and since I was out of town, it was setting on the porch by my front door.  I got a hold of Patty and had her go up to my house later that day, she found the box and opened it for me, then called and read me the info.  I'm really glad Marden Kane followed up with e-mails to the others on my trip, or I might not have found out about it in time to respond.
Winner Packet
Once the paperwork was all finished, we had a year to use the prize, and then we had to figure out a that worked for all 6 of us.  That was probably the hardest part, trying to arrange 6 schedules to get a week off at the same time.

So here is the luck group.  We leave for Paris on April 3rd for a week.   I'll have more to say about our itinerary in my next blog entry.







Sunday, March 04, 2012

300th Post - More House Building

I guess this is a bit of a milestone, it's my 300th post on this blog.  Originally it was going to be all about trips and traveling, but then I decided to build a house (another sort of a trip) and most of the posts have been about that.  So I guess it's fitting that this post is about some new things I've had done at home.

While I was at work this last time, I got another book case built in my bedroom.  It was really great to get home and see it all installed.  It makes that room look more finished.  Now I need to do some re-arranging and get it filled up with books :-)
New Bookcase

And, I also got reading lights installed in the Murphy Bed in the 2nd guest room.  They're pretty nice, 3 different  levels of light and they have a sensor that turns them off, if they are mistakenly left on when the bed is closed.
Murphy Bed Lights

I'm really glad to get these 2 projects done!