Monday, December 27, 2010

New Old TV

After a long weekend away for Christmas, I return to find an old TV dumped in my yard. What the heck? Who dumps old appliances on residential lawns? Now, I'm eyeing some of my neighbors suspiciously and dreaming up retaliation schemes that I would never actually carry out.  

My options for disposal include paying $5 for it to be picked up or taking it to Best Buy for a fee of $10, but then receiving a $10 gift card.

I need to stop looking at this picture, because my annoyance is turning to shades of rage.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Warby Parker Bandwagon

I would like to jump on the Warby Parker bandwagon. All the hipsters are doing it. And I want/need new glasses. For $95 you get lenses and frames, plus before you buy, you can do online try-ons and in-home try-ons for free. My cheapy glasses from Zenni Optical have treated me well, but now it's time to upgrade.

One of the issues with ordering glasses online is that you need to know your pupillary distance (PD), which is not often included in your prescription (and I'm too chicken to ask my eye doctor for it). Back in the old days, I had to measure my PD with a millimeter ruler. This time around, I found an awesome online measurement tool from One Specs in the UK.

57.5 mm...4.5mm more than what I'd measured by hand.
Here are the five pairs I'm planning to try on at home. Based on online reviews, some of the proportions on the virtual try-on can be a bit off — with glasses appearing smaller than they actually are. It's a good start, though.

Warby Parker Finn - virtual try-on. I like these best so far.

Warby Parker Zagg - virtual try-on

Warby Parker Roark -virtual try-on
Warby Parker Nedwin - virtual try-on

Warby Parker Langston -virtual try-on

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I've been doing this stuff

In addition to not updating my blog, here's the other uninteresting things I've been up to lately.

I've been using up my supply of hotel and sample toiletries. This is just a fraction of the supply. I have an entire gallon-sized Ziploc bag full of these.

I read the fifth Harry Potter book really, really fast after going to see the seventh Harry Potter movie with my neighbor. (Pic)

I've made several variations of this pasta. If you make it, add a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the pasta water when you add the greens. You'll get a creamier sauce when it's all done.

I shopped for new glasses, but didn't make a purchase.

I took some pictures of Penny.

I hosted a little dinner party a month ago and have finally uploaded a picture here to prove it.

I stressed myself out over shopping for the perfect gifts for my office's gift exchanges. This is an annual occurrence; I'm too indecisive. I considered buying some Pottery Barn ornaments, but then succumbed to the almighty indecision.

I've been doing Facetime with Dave (I won an iPod Touch a couple months ago, which has made said Facetime possible).

Clearly, I have failed my 2010 New Year's resolution to re-purpose my blog.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bark Test

Speaking of Dogs Decoded (clearly, it spoke to me). Try this test to see if you can identify the meaning of different dog barks. I got four out of six.

Dog Pile

Dave and I recently watched an interesting little NOVA episode called Dogs Decoded. One thing the program mentioned was that petting your dog releases oxytocin in your brain and your dog's brain, giving both of you neurological warm fuzzies. Can you imagine the amount of oxytocin pumping out of Penny's brain as a result of this dog pile?