Tuesday, August 16, 2022

How To Get Rid Of Solicitors

Ah, solicitors. They always seem to ring the doorbell right as you're about to sit down to eat. Right when you're about to start a TV show. After you've put the kid down for a nap.

I fully respect that it's their job. But they can come across as irritating and when they still knock on the door even if you have a no soliciting sign? It's downright aggravating and borderline rude. So here are ways you can get rid of them.

1. Get a sign. I have this one, plus the other above. You can purchase these on Etsy. Some people even have what look like plaques screwed in right beside their front door that have NO SOLICITING across them. Granted, most companies admit that they ignore these signs and will knock anyway which is a poor sales tactic. To me it shows they don't respect or follow rules, so why on earth would anyone want to purchase anything from that company?

2. Pretend you speak another language. One lady wouldn't stop talking about how she wanted to clean my mattress. "Did you know Beth down the street with a newborn? She let me clean her mattress." This is a tactic they use to try and seem personable. There's no Beth down the street. I just started randomly making noises, and she got the hint and backed away like I was the crazy one even though SHE'S the one who lied. Beth down the street with a newborn? *Snorts*

3. Remind them to respect the no soliciting sign if they ignore it. I've had to do this multiple times. I'm polite about it. "Hey, I have a no soliciting sign," and I'll point it out. Most get the hint and leave. One man tried to argue with me. "But ma'am, we have this fantastic lawn service." I was like, "Sir, I have this fantastic lawn service too. My husband."

4. Start doing weird things to freak them out. Like this:

5. If they tell their lies about "Beth down the street with a newborn" be like, "No, I don't know Beth, but did you know Burt who lives UP the street who has five cats? Maybe go clean his mattress." I mean. A lie for a lie. It's only fair.

How do you get rid of solicitors? Or do you like them? Some people do! Me, I'll continue doing one of the above suggestions in hopes that I become the house with the crazy lady to avoid.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.


....to be glad we finally got some rain. We needed it. It has not rained much in Texas over the summer and you can tell by how brown everything is. 

.....to keep hoping a Spirit Halloween opens near us. Usually there's one close but I haven't seen an announcement yet.

.....to currently be reading Meant To Be by Emily Giffin. It's basically the story of JFK Jr and Carolyn Bessette but with different names. I'm liking it well enough but I wish for a more original story. I love her older books! 

.....to be trying out Zaxby's for the first time this weekend. One opened near us and I was waiting for all the excitement to die down before we went. I have heard good things! 

.....to enjoy the Festival Of Fantasy parade at Walt Disney World. I purchased Genie + so we got a special spot to watch the parade. The only bad part was you still had to get there about 30 minutes before the parade because a bunch of other people also had that special spot. It was VERY hot waiting so I recommend bringing an umbrella for shade. That's what the people around us were doing and I totally forgot to bring an umbrella that day. Naturally. 

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Freaking Out Over The Titanic Door Prop At Planet Hollywood

We always love going to Disney Springs while visiting Walt Disney World. There's so much to see and do. Natalie and I had a goal when we went: to see the door from Titanic (the 1997 movie) at Planet Hollywood. Thanks to YouTube videos, we knew it was located in the one at Disney Springs. We had tried to go the year before but were told we needed a reservation to see the props.


So this time I made a reservation. 

Now, I'll be honest, I won't even be showing what we ordered because the food at Planet Hollywood is basic. 

However, they do have fancy milkshakes. So if you want to see props but don't want to get a meal, get a dessert. 

There are lots of fabulous props. We love Beetlejuice, so we were excited to see this:

We saw Home Alone props:

And Madonna's costume in A League Of Their Own:

But the most exciting thing ever?

The door from Titanic.

Natalie freaked when she saw it. 

You see, I was obsessed with the movie around her age. I saw it in theaters a number of times. I passed on my love to the movie to my daughter. I mean, I have been quoting it at her all her life. "I don't see what all the fuss is about. It doesn't look any bigger than the Mauretania." 

She didn't want to leave the door. "I love you just so much!" (It's no wonder she's in theatre. She is dramatic.)

And yes, we both think Leo and Kate could have fit on it. On Mythbusters it was proven that they could have both fit.

Before the movie came out, I was obsessed with the Titanic. I mean, the story of the unsinkable ship being sinkable was a draw. Plus you think about all those people who died and it's a heartbreaking story. 

We eventually had to say goodbye to the door. "Leo touched this!" 

But the door wasn't the only excitement. Planet Hollywood also has one of Judy Garland's dresses from The Wizard of Oz. Natalie LOVES Judy Garland. Not only because of The Wizard of Oz, but she's seen some of her other movies and loves her singing voice. 

If you love movie props, Planet Hollywood is a fun place to check out. While we were there eating, there was also sing-a-longs to popular songs. (Think Sweet Caroline) So it is an enjoyable spot if you love the movies. 

There are Planet Hollywood's all over the world so there's a high chance there is one by you. Have you ever been to one before? If so, what's the best prop you've seen? 

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