Thursday, March 31, 2011

Free Glasses!

I love a great deal and Coastal Contacts has one of the best around. Imagine yourself with new stylish glasses in about 7 days... now imagine that these Vera Wang, Lacoste, Nicole Miller, Derek Cardigan, D&G, etc. etc. glasses were FREE. Yes, free, right down to the lenses. Amazing right? Now, I did pay a total of $28- for 3 coatings that I selected (highly recommended) and the shipping cost. But still. I received my $118 Vera Wang glasses for no cost besides what I mentioned.

How can you take part in this? Head over to the Coastal Contacts site, create an account, and look for any frames that do not say Coupon discounts not applicable. Then just add to cart and apply the FREEUSA code to your order.

For more details, visit the Coastal Contact's Facebook page.
They have some tips on a successful order, due to the high volume of site activity once the promotion starts.
A. If there’s high traffic there will be a waiting room

B. Have your prescription & PD ready!

C. Prep. a list of coupon eligible frames in case your 1st choice is sold out

...D. The offer is for 1st time free glasses recipients only

E. Questions? Post on our wall!

My tip? Definitely get in there early to browse glasses before the sale starts. Once it begins, the volume of visitors to the site slows it down considerably. Keep trying though!

Let me know in comments if you have any questions, suggestions, or advice. I also love a heads up on other great deals!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

One year ago today.... flat tires and floods.

One Year Ago… 3.30.10

Exactly one year ago, I woke up early and got ready for work. Typically out of character for me, but I was motivated to get to work early and finish some important items before leaving the office for 2 and a half weeks to celebrate my wedding and honeymoon. At the time, I was living in Norwood, so I hopped into the car around 6:30 a.m. for the 50-minute commute. It was raining, as it had been for nearly the entire month of March, and the sky was still dark. Backing out of the driveway, I heard a strange sound – strange enough that I jumped out of the car to see that my left rear tire was flat! This was the second flat tire in about 6 months, both happening in my driveway. Beyond annoyed, I pulled the car back into the driveway and called up AAA. I thought about waking Matt up, but at this point what could he have done? I just had to wait for my tire changing saviors to arrive. To kill time I actually decorated the table with our runner and placemats that we received the weekend before at our shower. I was silently freaking out (and decorating) while Matt slept upstairs. I wasn’t freaking out so much because of the precious time that I was losing at work, but because at 8:30, I had to host the first webinar in a series for 30 of our recently hired store managers. Without a backup, this would be a very bad situation if I wasn’t there. Yikes.
This is the text I sent to Matt while he was asleep.

AAA finally showed up about 45 minutes later. I always find it awkward (ok the 2 times I’ve dealt with this situation) about where to be when the AAA guy is changing your tire. Do I wait outside? Even if it is pouring rain? This particular AAA representative didn’t even say one word to me. Luckily, I knew the drill after my last tire situation so he didn’t really have to I guess, but a hello would have been nice! Needless to say, I waited outside, in the rain, while the tire was changed. Tire done. I hopped back into the car and started on my 50 minute journey to work, freaking out that I’ve already driven more than the allotted amount on that spare tire, and that I had to go 50 mph for almost 40 miles (straight highway to work!)

Miraculously, I made it into work at my normal time, a little after 8:00. After some login issues (which ALWAYS happen with Webex), I finally got everything up and running. My facilitator showed up just in the nick of time, coffee in hand. Not two minutes into our presentation, my facilitator, KNOCKED OVER her coffee into the keyboard, all over the mouse, and narrowly missed the phone. A look of complete terror washed over her face. Amazing. I mouthed, “Just keep going!” and then scrambled to find some paper towels to clean up the coffee spill. Luckily, we didn’t really need that keyboard and the mouse was still working. The funny part is this episode didn’t really even faze me as 9 out of 10 webinars are usually pure chaos anyway!

After a quick break, and then another webinar, I finally had a chance to get out of the office and go to get my tire fixed at Sam’s Club in Warwick. It took some creative re-routing due to flooding that was going on in the area, but I finally made it. When I stepped outside of the car in the parking lot, I heard sirens all around me, such an eerie feeling. The massive store was completely deserted and as I walked up to the Customer Service desk I could hear them talking on the phone about a possible closing that the Governor would announce at a press conference. I must have looked a little desperate because after I explained that I was leaving tomorrow for my wedding and needed my tire fixed, someone begrudgingly agreed and discovered I had a screw in my tire. Believe it or not, this was great news because it meant that my tire could be fixed for FREE. Ladies and gentlemen, I highly recommend Sam’s Club tire purchases, this is the 2nd issue that they fixed for me free of charge. My tire was fixed and I was on the road again!

I pulled into the parking lot at work and was immediately taken back by the lack of cars. When I was walking into the building, everyone else was walking out. Keep in mind, I had only been gone for a little over an hour. I got back to my desk and the entire department was gone! At this point, I hadn’t been able to get any of the last minute items done so I started working. A few minutes later, the VP came in and explained that the Governor had called a State of Emergency and the building was evacuated. The Pawtuxet River, which was only a quarter of a mile down the street, was causing big BIG trouble and roads all around our building were flooding. Later that day and into the next, this river would not only flood and subsequently close the Warwick Mall for months- everything inside and outside of it was destroyed, but also shut down Interstate 95, not to mention other destruction to nearby businesses and homes.

At the time, my ride north back to Massachusetts was without incident and I was able to finish up work on my laptop from the comfort of my own couch. Also worth noting the sheer terror I felt as I peeked down in our basement, but thankfully- no water! As my own personal hell was ending, it was gearing up for many of my wedding guests who would be flying out to Jamaica two days later. First, I got a phone call from my Mom who was returning from her Level III PSIA exams in Vermont. By the time she was on her way into Rhode Island around 10:00 p.m. there were multiple road closures, including 95 and many local roads on her way home. I was on the phone with her keeping her up to date on the road closings as they happened, and I must say that the RI DOT did a great job of keeping their site and Twitter up to date. My mom finally made it home safe and sound; to then discover water in the basement. Nice! We also got a call from Matt’s parent’s- again, water in the basement. How we didn’t get water in our basement is still a miracle and I’m so grateful for it! Rhode Island did receive the brunt of this storm, although our Neponset River flooded, so if you didn’t get water in your basement you were in the vast minority.

I remember going to bed that night with the news on (Massachusetts news by the way) and watching people on jet skis in Cranston zipping around the road behind my office. I always thought I would go to bed the night before I left for Jamaica with visions of jet skis in my head… I just never thought they would be in floodwaters behind my office in Cranston!

Flood Flashback ABC6

Now, flashforward to 24 hours after my flat tire discovery. Matt and I are on the plane at Logan, after just being bumped up to first class thanks to American Airlines and my oversized bright pink wedding dress bag. Life is good. We are on our way to be married in Jamaica with our favorite people in the world.

First class breakfast... time to relax!

Monday, March 28, 2011

It has arrived!

So we don't leave anyone hanging here, the lawn mower arrived safe and sound on Saturday afternoon. Since our grass is still brown and dead as a doornail from the winter, we've yet to see it in action, and therefore, I don't really have any other mower-related exciting stories to share.

I do have a few more posts coming up though, it was a busy weekend and I not only broke out my new Rigid sander, but I also painted, thanks to my free Valspar sample. (You can get yours over at Valspar's Facebook page.)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Notes on a Lawn Mower

Tomorrow will be like Christmas morning for Matt. The day his brand new, very own lawn mower arrives from Sears. He can hardly contain himself right now. I'm happy because it makes him so happy. Even if it was funded by my bonus dollars. I'm also happy because I've seen what a beast our 1 acre lawn can be when the weather is warm. We moved in during the month of September, and didn't own a lawn mower at the time. After less than a week the lawn was embarrassingly wild and overgrown. We can only imagine what our neighbors must have thought about these two reckless kids who just moved in. Luckily, my grandparents came up with their "spare" mower, but it came with its caveats. For starters, only my grandfather could get it running, once it started- you better make sure it doesn't stop! Tomorrow will bring a new era of luxury to mowing my lawn. One that even includes a cupholder. I'm still petitioning for the sun shade

The Details
After much research online and in-store (we shopped Sears, Lowe's, and Home Depot), we settled on the Husqvarna 46" 20 hp Gas Powered Riding Lawn Tractor -49 state. Why 49 state? My only guess is that this baby is not emissions compliant with California. The model number (for research purposes) is 24046 and can be found on Sears' website here.
We also took advantage of a Friends and Family 10% off discount and were able to add on a free pull cart. We haven't purchased the bagger yet, but we will as soon as we see them on sale (and hopefully before I have to do too much raking).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Another Fluffy Bed

This time, a fluffy bed with a view...

Source: Seattle Homes
Doesn't this just look dreamy! Light a fire, crawl into bed on a rainy Seattle day.

Tuesday Night Etsy Picks

Tuesday Night Etsy Picks was delayed by a day due to birthday celebrations last night. 

Right now, it's hard to think of anything else but the situation in Japan. I can't say I've ever seen anything so tragic in my life. The world is standing by, ready to help however we can.
So, on this Wednesday, I bring you my Etsy picks that benefit the Japanese Disaster Relief. All items will donate 100% of the sale of the item to disaster relief.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Tuesday Night Etsy Picks - The Diva in Me

This edition of Tuesday Night Etsy Picks is dedicated to the Diva in Me. I'm a pretty laid back girl, but every once in a while I like to indulge that side of me!

This necklace is amazing! I know crystal can be deceiving in photos and can only imagine what this looks like in real life!
Isadora by Blonde Chick
Perfect for a diva nap.
Hand Stamped Pillow by Joshua By Oak
What more could delight a diva than macaroons?
Laudree Box by Lesley Sico 

Monday, March 07, 2011

Across the Pond

Considering I have relatives from both sides of my family who came over on the Mayflower, I have a fondness for the motherland. I loved England the second I touched down at Heathrow Airport for the first time in 2000. It just felt familiar to me.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011