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Color Me Crabbier (Than Usual)


So the one major drawback to this new diet I’m working on (aside from the suffocating farts, which is either a drawback or a blissful consequence, based on who you’re asking), is that the lack of sugar is making me exceptionally testy. I have never been the sort of person who guzzles sugar, and I’m usually happier eating some Kashi cereal for breakfast over some cinnamon rolls (no, honestly), I don’t care much for chocolate, and don’t liberally dump sugar into my morning (and afternoon) (okay, and evening…God, I have no secrets anymore.) coffee, so it’s been a shock that I am experiencing what I believe are withdrawal symptoms.

My friends who have done Atkins and South Beach have both mentioned this being a side effect during the first couple of weeks on the diet, but since what I’m doing is far less restrictive AND I have never been super into carbs, I had mistakenly thought that I was going to have no problems.

Ha, ha, ha.

I’m not in all out bitchtastic mode (yet), and I haven’t broken a box fan, deliberately stepped on an animal, or kicked a wall, but I’ve noticed that I have a marked propensity toward being snippy and cranky.

I’m sorry, preemptively, for anything I say that offends you. Unless I’m trying to offend you. Then I am not sorry.

With this out of the way, I need help, Internet. I need to know if my reaction to this is normal and how I should proceed.

A month ago, today, I ordered some prints from, which is what you recommended for some artwork, Internet (see, I listen to you!). And you were right. It’s a neat place and I love what I picked out.

According to the seller, she had some sort of glitch in her system, so I waited and waited and got nothing. Then I got something, but it was only part of my order. When I emailed her about it, she claimed that she’d accidentally sent me someone else’s order, but that she’d gotten it straightened out and I could keep my order, plus this other one (it’s a duplicate of what I’d ordered. Not terribly exciting.)

The last email I’d gotten from her was 6 days ago, when she claimed that she was sending my prints. From California. Not Tibet. And yet, in my mail today, aside from some ads, nada. Zip. Zilch.

But because I am testy, I have no idea how to proceed as I normally would. On the one hand, I’m annoyed because seriously, it’s been a month since my order. On the other, it’s not like these pictures are going to be the difference in whether I will live or die.

I know that Etsy (which makes me think of testy, which makes me think of balls, which makes me laugh) is pretty much a word of mouth place, and I don’t want to go and trash her there, but at the same time. Dude, it’s been a month. And I live in Chicago. Not somewhere exactly far from California (unless you are walking. Which pictures don’t do. I don’t think.) .

I’m being needy here, Internet, and I need YOU to help me muddle through what I am supposed to do next. So, if you were in my (bitchy) shoes, what would you do next (if anything)?

14 Comments to

“Color Me Crabbier (Than Usual)”

  1. On January 14th, 2008 at 3:34 pm Manny Says:

    You’re perfectly within your right to contact her again. In fact, you should ask her for a tracking number if she sent it UPS or Fed Ex so you can see where it is. Hell, if you want I’ll write the email for you. Cuz’ I’m such a nice guy and all.

  2. On January 14th, 2008 at 3:42 pm MsPrufrock Says:

    I’ve been in situations like this, and as soon as I get bitchy is when the seller says they broke their leg in a car accident, or their mother died. They could be lying, but who wants to accuse them of that? My little Miss Mary Sunshine self says to email her, but make sure your email is reasonable and you don’t get all bitchtastic. The other thing is that the great USPS could be at fault, not the seller. These things happen too.

  3. On January 14th, 2008 at 3:43 pm kbreints Says:

    I would email her, and once more ask politly where the H-E-L-L the prints are that you ordered. Then ask for eithe ryou r money back or your prints over-nighted– or for a tracking number.

    Ok– so I may be bitchy today too…but I am NOT on a diet and have no excuse.

  4. On January 14th, 2008 at 4:02 pm Chris Says:

    Look, I’m not going to lie: I’d be all up in my bitchy boots, diet or no.

  5. On January 14th, 2008 at 5:02 pm Chicory Says:

    I’d email her and ask her how she sent them and get a tracking number. If you paid her via paypal then she most likely sent them UPS or via USPS with delivery confirmation. So she should be able to track them. Frankly, if she didn’t, she’s not that bright. If she doesn’t respond in a timely fashion then feel free to leave negative feedback. You can always “make up” later (that’s when you take your negative feedback away) if they do show up or she makes good.

  6. On January 14th, 2008 at 7:00 pm Kristin Says:

    I would be takin’ the wheel of the S.S. Bitchypants, myself. Even if they DO have a sob story, it is there responsibility to notify you about any delays.

    I am also ridiculously crabby today – and would be more than willing to take it out on somebody (on your behalf).

  7. On January 14th, 2008 at 7:33 pm Jenn Says:

    I have the opposite problem with sugar. If I have too much in one day, it makes me extremely irritable.

    Let’s see. I would email her one more time and find out what day she sent it and through what company (usps, ups or fedex, whatever). Then check the site and see what the average times are. If it’s been longer than that since she said she sent it, I’d probably just tell her I want my money back. Things like that make me super pissy. Yeah, sometimes life gets in the way of stuff but if a person is running a business (however small or large) then he/she needs to take responsibility for any and all problems.

  8. On January 14th, 2008 at 7:52 pm becky Says:

    You guys are so smart. I don’t know what I would do without you. My husband doesn’t like to approach things with the same level of bitchiness that I enjoy, and he’s my main sounding board. Too bad he’s always making me look like a complete troll.

  9. On January 14th, 2008 at 8:26 pm Amy Says:

    I’m in a super bitchy mood today (strep throat sucks), but even on a normal day I would be asking her where the hell my order was and for a tracking number. I would also be asking for my money back. A month is a long time to wait for something.

  10. On January 14th, 2008 at 10:37 pm honeywine Says:

    I agree with everyone else on the prints. As for the sugar, I dunno. I tend to swing between “let’s pick wildflowers and worship the trees” and “bitch I will cut your freakin’ balls O-F-F” most of the time. Maybe I should give up sugar…and caffeine…and sharp knives…

  11. On January 15th, 2008 at 8:47 am Calliope Says:

    I like Chicory’s response. One more e-mail & then flame away her feedback.
    very lame.
    Must hear more about the diet. If it isn’t Atkins of Southbeach- what the eff IS it?

  12. On January 15th, 2008 at 9:31 am Pauline Says:

    You are definitely within your right to contact her and ask for a tracking number, sugar or no sugar. And from what I know, being irritable when you give up sugar is normal. I’ve heard many stories from other people to that effect.

  13. On January 15th, 2008 at 12:17 pm becky Says:

    I’m glad I’m not a super freak. I guess I was shocked by how I would feel on very little sugar since I don’t honestly use it that much. Makes me feel a bit leery about going back to using it, because anything that makes you feel that bad in withdrawaling can’t be that good for you!

  14. On January 15th, 2008 at 1:27 pm Kim Says:

    giving up smoking is enough for me, no end to the sugar in sight! *grin*

    I would get in touch with her right away and let her know that her behavior is not acceptable and I be a royal bitch, but that’s just me.

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