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Old Lady Russell buys glasses the new-fangled way
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Thanksgiving wrapup
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The Macaroni and Cheese button is REAL!

Old Lady Russell buys glasses the new-fangled way

I bought new glasses last May and although I really do like them, I wanted something a bit more modern and distinctly different than the pair before.

This time I was smart at Lenscrafters and took a photo of my pupillary distance (PD) measurement so I didn’t have to fight them for it. With my prescription and my measurements in hand finally took the plunge and jumped onto Zenni Optical’s website a few weeks ago.

Yes, it took me over six years to get to this point.

The shopping process was incredibly easy. I uploaded a quick selfie from my phone:

selfie, 1/19, iPhone and monitor lighting.

And used Zenni’s try-on feature to go crazy with frames. I usually go for a rectangle shape lens and one color, but this time I wanted to branch out into a different shape and color. I really wanted to try a cats-eye. These were the final 3…

With some help from friend C via Slack, I chose the pair on the far left. I ordered them on January 22nd and they arrived on Friday, February 1!

Voila!

I was so excited I couldn’t even bother to brush my hair.

Me: OMG I LOVE THESE!!!
WM: They are … glasses.
#marriedlife

Fit: The frames fit perfectly. Since they are plastic, Zenni recommends heating them with a hair dryer to adjust if needed. Which is what they do at Lenscrafters. My prescription isn’t complicated, but I do have astigmatism. I had a little concern because my single PDs were 29.2 and 29.3, but Zenni’s single PD dropdown only allowed values that ended in .0 or .5. I rounded them both down to .0. The lenses are absolutely fine for what I need them for, which is everything-but-reading. If I try to read in them, they’re the slightest bit weird. I think that’s where the millimeters would come into play. And as I said, I’m not supposed to read in them anyway.

Cost: The frames cost $9.95. I paid $4.95 for anti-reflective coating and $4.95 for the deluxe eyeglass case because I didn’t know if I would get a case. If I had read the fine print, I would have seen that I did get basic plastic case. Shipping was $4.95. Grand total: $24.80. People, I can DRINK $24.80 on a good (bad?) outing so this is money well spent.

This was not sponsored, by the way. It’s just my experience. As always I’m 100% willing to sell my blog out for a product I like so Zenni! Call me! (makes antiquated phone gesture with thumb and pinky finger)

Thanksgiving wrapup

It’s the holiday season, mofos! More importantly there’s only about 3 weeks until the sunshine starts coming back into my life so cheers to that.

This year we had Thanksgiving at my cousin S’s house and I was asked to bring … MASHED POTATOES. You guys. This was big, because mashed potatoes is one of the dishes that is mission-critical to the feast. I was honored and broke out my favorite cookbook — Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything — for the occasion.

Mashed Potatoes a la Bittman


If this were a food blog, I’d tell you a 20-paragraph story about how as I peeled fifteen pounds of potatoes to feed my family I fully blossomed into the nurturing mothergoddess I was meant to be, and tie in my vacation to Tibet where I only THOUGHT I found enlightenment but I am not that food blogger so here’s the mashed potato recipe I used. It’s stupidly simple! Potatoes, milk, butter, water, and garlic for one pan. Oh, and I never went to Tibet.

I remember when most of these people were BORN and now they’re adults and I should just lie down now.


WM was running a fever so he stayed home and I flew solo. I made sure he got a plate of leftovers. He’s doing better now and so far I’m still not sick. Win/win.

shopping at the classy places


On Friday, Mom and I went shopping for the first time in five years! I love shopping on Black Friday, which makes me a rare bird anymore. I don’t go out at midnight or on Thanksgiving, so by the time I hit the shops at 8am, the doorbusters are still on and the crowds are friendly. I finished up the gifts for Nephews A and B, bought gifts for various white elephants and my giving tree family and bought myself a copy of a sweater I likely wore in 1989 but is back in fashion.

I was thankful for the shopping because Mom had A SUMMER last year chock full of surgeries and casts and a walker and a knee immobilizer and all sorts of appliances. This time last year I was cropping her cane out of photos. This year she wore me out.

out of shopping practice


We ended up hitting 15 stores.

The rest of the weekend was spent decorating the house while in a food coma. I’ll have pictures of that eventually. Today I worked from home in thick socks and elastic-waist pants. It was divine.

If this were a shopping blog, I’d have a billion affiliate codes and sales to check out, but I’m not that blogger so the only advice I have is this: Target photo is offering 60% off of photo prints today, but only if you get them shipped home. If you’re thinking of filling those empty frames in the basement, or updating the 15 year old photos on your wall, pour yourself a cup of coffee and upload some photos. The interface is crappy, but hey – 60% off is pretty good! Every fall I try to update at least half of the photos in my house. I don’t even have a good photo of Nephew B framed yet — but I will in a few days!

The Macaroni and Cheese button is REAL!

After years of chasing packages that were “lost” by the post office and/or the maintenance office at the Dee-luxe Apartment in the sky, it is a joy and a pleasure to order from the internet and have the boxes on my doorstep when they are supposed to be. Therefore, one of the first things we did as a homeowner was join Amazon Prime.

And it is niiiiice. It’s especially nice for keeping on top of dog food. Running low on the wet food we mix with the dry food to keep Max interested in eating? Order it and it’s here in two days. That said, Amazon has come up with an idea that I thing pushes things a little far. They’ve come up with Dash Buttons – wee wireless devices that you can stick around your house and when you push the button it connects to your wireless network and orders items for you.
macheesebutton

What does this mean?

I can now order Macaroni and Cheese with the push of a button.

Don’t get me wrong – I am as lazy as any other person, but when I see I need more of (item) I am literally only steps away from any of my devices that could do the same thing. And I think a button for something as basic and crappy for you as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is not good for us AT ALL.

Besides, I only eat classy sides like Velveeta Shells and Cheese.

However, I do think they are missing the boat on a feminine products dash button. I’d slap that widget right in the bathroom and make the rest of the time until glorious menopause arrives easy-peasy. (It can be sponsored by Discovery’s Shark Week. You’re welcome, Amazon.)

Or a Nyquil button to avoid that panic you feel after you’ve slugged down the last mouthful and are now too inebriated to go get more.

(disclaimer: not a sponsored post, no affiliate links, I suck, blah blah blah)

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