So, um, which way to the safe room?
So, um, which way to the safe room?
Live, from my bomb shelter. Sorry the selfie didn’t come out. #nofilter
Dear United Mileage Plus program customer service rep,
I just learned something very disturbing while investigating why I’m unable to book a hotel with my MileagePlus award miles.
Every month I receive an email newsletter with info about how many miles I have, when they expire, and how I can possibly use them – for hotels, cars, etc.
When I tried booking a hotel with the miles through your MileagePlus section of the website, I kept getting an error where after trying to check out I get looped back to the search page. I tried three different browsers until I finally realized there was an error text:
“You are not eligible to use miles for Hotel and Car Awards at this time. You may be eligible for other options such as newspapers, magazines, dining, and air awards. Please visit our <a href=”http://www.united.com/
*By the way, work on your browser layouts and compatibility; that error message shouldn’t be off to the right at the bottom of the page. Ever.
I called Mileage Plus reps who transferred me to web support – it turns out I need some kind of special specific credit card in order to use my MileagPlus points for this booking?!
For years I get these newsletters and promo emails, and I spent hours researching the website and NOWHERE is it indicated I cannot use the miles without some additional criteria involved. I just see links to book hotels and cars.
By the way, knowing this info, I STILL cannot locate further details about what is required to be ‘eligible’ to use my earned awards.
I’m an email marketer/website content writer myself, and this is absolutely unacceptable. I spent years flying United accruing these points, weeks researching through your site in order to choose the hotel destination for my family, and now I find out at the last minute they are worthless – I can purchase ‘newspapers, magazines, dining’? Really? With 45,000 points?
This is the second time I’ve complained to United about something and I don’t expect a helpful response this time either, though I’d love to be proven wrong.
I’m the only entry from Israel, so LET’S GET LOUD!
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This is the story about how I turned a neglected white side table into a unicorn.
Our story starts a few years ago, when we picked up a cheap IKEA Lack table on clearance. I knew one day I’d have my chance to make it shine.
But I took too long and a month ago huz threatened to get rid of it if I didn’t start shining. I looked for ideas – so many IKEA Lack table hack ideas! – and found this one: How to turn a white table into a rainbow. I had a white table! And a love for rainbows! And from there I found this version - cheaper supplies – and got to work.
This is a super-easy, relaxing glue-high inducing, relatively affordable, and somewhat kid-friendly (older kid – tape, younger kid – glaze) furniture project. I’m hoping the glazed top will hold; that’s why I went with the super kind, so I can wash with soap and water when necessary.
Go on, make your own fabulous unicorn table!
“Hey, look – it’s pretend!”
Spotted: a blast from the past at Hadar mall in Jerusalem.
Reacted: my 4.5 year old son.
Aged by 342897562895436: me.
Milestone accomplished! As in, the ‘doing an activity you love with your kid who expressed interest’ milestone!
On Friday, Koala and I ‘ran’ our first race together. I was so pumped because after the Jerusalem marathon last year, he told me he wanted to run with me one time.
We got our chance with the first-time-in- Israel Running With Color – NATAL’s Run for PTSD in Tel Aviv.
UPDATE (18/11/13): I just became aware that this run was not related to the official The Color Run organization… this whole time I was under a totally different impression, which is probably a PR problem somewhere. So below is what I was expecting, and might explain why I was disappointed.
The Color Run is ‘the happiest 5k on the planet!’ – a branded global organized run where you get to run a moderate distance for the sake of having totally colorful fun while doing it. Are they coming to your city? Check out this video to get super pumped about it:
The idea is you run through the course in white, while at several points you have ‘paint’ (in our case corn flour and food coloring) tossed on you in happy rainbow clouds.
So Koala and I had been counting down from a month before. I signed us up for the 1.5km ‘Fun Run’ track. We ‘practiced’ on the way to gan in the morning. We cheered when we got our cute white shirts.
He’s a 4 and a half year old boy, so I knew he might get put off by the color-being-thrown-at-you aspect. And he was, because he didn’t like the idea of someone slapping it on, but ‘lo nora’ – he walked around the paint stations and watched me tutu dance my way through the colors.
Here’s what I loved about the rainbow unicorn happiness run:
A ‘color run’ or ‘running with color’ is an awesome idea. The problem was, in this case, there wasn’t much color… Here’s what I want the organizers to keep in mind for next year:
Here are some more alternative views of the event…
The token Israeli flag among Tzahal runners:
All in all, I’m happy Koala and I did it. I told him after there is an occasional Tzur Hadassah race… he was immediately interested and asking “Ima when are we doing the Tzur Hadassah run?!”
To be continued…
Yesterday was crafty craft Friday! Two projects I’ve been wanting to try: DIY dinosaur feet and a homemade tutu. Both are relatively cheap thrills and the dinosaur feet are especially super simple. I’d probably have the kids do that one more often if I had easy access to proper tissue boxes (see below).
So here we go… the imperfectionist’s crafternoon:
DIY Project #1: Homemade tutu!
Ok, so this was totally more for me than for Bebe; she never asked and I never really told her we were doing it. But she was a patient enough mannequin for a 2-year-old.
I took about a meter of tulle, elastic for the waistband, and a ribbon to jazz it up a little with a bow in the back. The ribbon was totally unnecessary and more annoying than it was worth. The waistband doesn’t necessarily look professional but this was a total ‘I’m gonna think about this till I actually just do it’ project so I wasn’t going for perfection.
Clearly a project for a mama or papa and not the 2-year-old, though older kids can totally get the job done with some supervision.
It’s a bit tedious but it’s cute and Bebe had a fun time running around pretending to be a bird. Glad I could make that happen!
Here’s the original idea I used.
DIY Project #2: Dinosaur feet!
After two weeks of sick I finally acquired the essential ingredients for the dinosaur feet project: cardboard tissue boxes. It’s a rare commodity here in Israel – our tissues usually come in bags.
(See why it’s so hard to get your craft itch scratched here?)
This is super simple for the kids, and a fun (but probably short term) game when it’s done.
Totally effortless on my part, except for green paint bath cleanup. Koala stomped around until he discovered it’s a bit slippery which is way more fun.
Here’s the original idea I used.