When Everyone Leaves, And You’re Still Here…

Holy CRAP.

I am SO sorry for the lack of posts, squadlings. The past month has been wild.

For starters, I found a dead bat in my room. We don’t know how long it was alive in the house, but since it was too decomposed to determine if it had rabies or not, my entire family (dog included) and I have been getting rabies shots for the last two weeks. Let me tell you, squadlings, those suckers HURT. A lot. 

Aside from getting rabies shots, I’ve been up north with my family. We used to have an annual camping trip every year, but it died down the past few years. However, my aunt just purchased a cabin up north, so we brought the camping trip back to spend a weekend up there. The whole family couldn’t make it, as one flight was delayed, some family were in Australia, and some just had to work, but it was still fun! My cousins and I ended up causing a six-car pile up on a go-kart track. Oops…

Now, onto the title of this post.

The past week or so, my friends have been moving all over the damn place for college. My best friends took off to University of Dayton and Boston University this past week. Just as I did when my older best friend left, I sat on the floor of my room and cried at the thought of my younger best friend (who happens to be the older best friend’s sister, and my cousin) moving across the country. Then I started thinking about how my older best friend has been in Dayton and London in the past year, and we survived that, so I can handle both of them leaving again. They’re my cousins, so I’ll see them at the holidays!

Another childhood friend of mine took off to Georgetown earlier this week. That’s been interesting. It seems we talk more now that she’s across the country than we did when she lived twenty minutes away. Go figure.

My younger sister leaves for school on Saturday, and I can tell you honestly that, even though she’ll only be an hour away, I will be a wreck.

As more and more of my friends take off on their new adventures, or if they’re returning to a place they’ve been previously, it got me thinking…

I’m 19 years old, now a sophomore in college, and I’m STILL here.

Community college is a funny thing. I’m happy I’m saving as much money as I can, but at the end of the day, I’m stuck in my hometown. I’m stuck in the same stupid town I’ve lived in for nineteen long years. And frankly, I’m bored.

I’m bored of this. As I watch all my friends take off to schools all over the place, I’m still stuck here, and I’m, honestly, jealous. They all get to run off and have fun and I’m STILL FREAKIN’ HERE.

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Believe me, I’m happy for my friends that they get to experience these things! But being stuck here while they explore new cities, meet new people…It ain’t that satisfying, kids.

I don’t mind my school. That being said, I think I’m ready to transfer to a university now…

 

Wish me luck, squadlings!

So, Guess What?

Greetings, squadlings.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ll know that (on more than one occasion), I’ve expressed my interest in getting my first stuffed animal, Dotty, fixed. He lost an eye due to a run-in with a staircase in church back in 2004 (I thought I was real cool tossing him up and down, until I missed catching him and heard a clink and watched his eye roll down the steps). My dad always said he would replace the eye, but we just never got around to it, and Dotty’s eye is long gone by now. I’ve wanted to fix him up for years, but never really put much effort into it, until now.

Through one of my adventures on the internet, I stumbled upon a website for a stuffed animal hospital called Realms of Gold. The hospital is run by a woman named Beth, who lives in California, and her contact information is on her website. If you’re interested in checking out the business, click here.

So, back in November I emailed Beth and asked for an estimate to repair Dotty’s lost eye. She sent me a reply, but being the moron I am, I deleted the email. I figured that was the end of it, and gave up. I never stopped thinking about Dotty’s eye, though.

It took me until about March to build up the courage to email Beth again. By then, Dotty had not only lost his eye, but he had flattened out quite a bit after seventeen years (he was purchased on a camping trip in 1999, when I was two). I eventually emailed Beth again, asking how much it would cost to fix Dotty’s eye AND give him a bit of new stuffing. Beth, as always, replied very quickly and told me that there would be no price adjustment.

The problem was, I was broke.

My nineteenth birthday rolled around in early May, and somehow, I convinced my mom to let me send Dotty out to California to be fixed up as a birthday present.  Dotty was finally going to be repaired.

Well, kids, I’ve been so busy this summer that I didn’t have time to send Dotty out until late July. I know, I know, I’m awful. Here is Dotty before his journey:

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As you can see, Dotty was very flat, and, well, blind. 

So, I found an old Sephora box, thanks to one of my mom’s past online orders…IMG_1983.JPGIMG_2993.JPG

And off he went, with a note taped to his back for Miss Beth. (As you can see, these pictures were taken months apart, seeing as the second picture does not have the bubble wrap in the box. Couldn’t find it. Oops. I’m a mess)

Here is his emotional journey to the post office:

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Dotty’s box (on top) ready to be taken to the post office.

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Dotty’s box in the passenger’s seat of my mom’s car, on his way to the post office

 

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Dotty getting his shipping label

I admit, sending Dotty off was an emotional experience. However, Miss Beth was SO wonderful throughout the entire thing. Of course, I had Dotty’s tracking number up on my laptop the entire time he made his way to the West Coast, and Miss Beth let me know as soon as Dotty arrived. Seriously. The tracking number said he was delivered, and within two minutes, I had an email from Miss Beth.

A few days went by, and I received another email from Miss Beth. Dotty’s eye had been replaced, and he had been re-stuffed! Miss Beth just wanted a confirmation from me that everything was ok, and she would send Dotty home.

The noise that came out of my mouth when I saw those pictures was not human.

Dotty looked AMAZING. It was so weird seeing him with two eyes! Here are the pictures Miss Beth sent:

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I had explained to Miss Beth in my letter that Dotty’s remaining eye was red, and if she couldn’t match it, no big deal. I didn’t want her to go out of her way to get a plastic eye. But she matched it perfectly!

The following Monday (she sent the pictures on Saturday), I received another email from Miss Beth telling me Dotty was on his way home! She sent a tracking number, too!

So, naturally, I stared at my laptop for three days, watching Dotty’s tracking number. Miss Beth used two day shipping! Dotty was flown in to San Francisco on Monday morning, and he was back in my town by Tuesday.

Dotty’s expected delivery day was Wednesday (today), so I’ve been pacing my house all day waiting for the USPS people to arrive (they’re usually late in my neighborhood). While I was doing some homework (and by homework I mean watching Netflix), I just happened to check Dotty’s tracking number. He had been out for delivery by 9:30AM, and it was already 3:20.

IT SAID “DELIVERED”. 

I have never run downstairs so fast. I scared my dog.

Sure enough, Dotty’s package was on the front porch! I brought him inside, opened him up, and screamed.

HE LOOKS AMAZING.

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Miss Beth fixed his eye, and she stuffed him PERFECTLY. I’m so happy!

 

I know this post is long, but my point is, if you ever need a stuffed animal (or cloth doll!) fixed up, DO NOT HESITATE to send them to Miss Beth at Realms of Gold. Dotty looks better than he has in years. Not only that, Miss Beth is a wonderful business owner. She responded to all of my emails within hours (sometimes within minutes!), she knew exactly what I wanted, and she did an incredible job. She is kind and understanding when it comes to her business, and will go above and beyond to make sure you get exactly what you want. She’s one of the few people out there who understand just how much a stuffed animal can mean to a person, and she will take incredible care of yours. I wish I would have discovered her sooner, because Dotty is as good as new. If I or any of my six siblings ever need a stuffed animal fixed up, we now know exactly where to send them.

Miss Beth, I know you will read this, and I just want to say thank you. Thank you so much.

Realms of Gold website: CLICK HERE

Miss Beth’s email: hospital@realmsofgold.com

Realms of Gold phone number (United States): 650-996-2280

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DOTTY’S HOME!