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Hello! I haven’t been posting very often for a while, I know. I have been very focused on certain things in life and not feeling that motivated to talk about my food. I also haven’t cooked too many things that merited full posts–not to mention that no one has responded at all when I asked if anyone would be interested in posts about particular dishes, so I figured it wouldn’t matter…

While I have a few food-related posts on deck, I’m taking a minor detour at the moment to say how impressed I am with Drugstore.com, which is owned by Walgreens. I first purchased from them sometime in the past two months. I wanted to check them out because I’d heard that they have much more variety than any of my local drugstores and they have a lot of natural, organic products. They even have a tab just for “green” products.

EDIT: I just read that Walgreens is trying to take advantage of some of those ridiculous benefits corporations get from the government in dodging taxes and stuff, so I might not be able to buy from them anymore. NOT COOL, Walgreens.

The truth is, they have EVERYTHING. They’re like a mega-drugstore, with all sorts of products and so many brands, you’ll be REALLY GLAD you have a database to search instead of trying to pick it off a store shelf. They even have vibrators. Drugstore.com has all the basics for your hygiene and health needs. The other side of the site, Beauty.com, has more specialty and prestige brands, but you can shop on both and check out from both sites at once. It’s so damn useful, I don’t know why more sites don’t do this…

 

Not only do they have a ridiculously wide variety of products, they always have sales and deals going on, and they give 5% credit back on (almost) all purchases. It’s a good place to get a good price on things, and it cuts down on your physical errands–always a plus for me.

Having placed my second order just a little while ago, I am also reminded how quickly they fill orders. So far, my orders from Drugstore.com have been shipped on the same day. It doesn’t take a week for the package to come to me, either. It’s more like 1-2 days. I’m a frequent online shopper and it comes with the territory that your orders might take a while to reach you, depending on the shipping service the company uses. This is logical and I generally accept it, but this super-quick delivery is what we really want when we shop online. In this case, it means that you could buy cold medicine without actually going out to the store and have it the next day, theoretically. Since I don’t have anyone to go buy cold medicine for me, this is a great advantage. I just hope they’re not using delivery drones (as I heard a while ago Amazon was planning to do). Those things freak me out. And wouldn’t they have to launch it at your front door? Weird.

That concludes my somewhat rant-y review. Overall, I think this site is worthwhile and if you’re like me and hate going to the drugstore in person, you should check them out.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon to check for food posts!

Monday Madness: Why, Math?


I signed up for an online class that started at the beginning of the month. I watched the first three video lectures right away, but then I forgot about it for the rest of the week. Each time they post the next week’s lectures they send an email. I got that email as each Sunday passed, putting off watching the videos, and finally, yesterday, went and watched the rest of the first weeks’ videos. The first four weeks are posted now.

The first videos I watched were ok. I generally understood what they were talking about and I figured they’d elaborate more in later weeks. Then the fourth and fifth, or fifth and sixth–I’m not sure, counting is hard–videos came along with equations and stuff, and all of a sudden I’m like “Uh, what?”

I’m not good with math. I can wrap my head around equations but only if each part is explained to me in detail, usually, and did I mention I haven’t actually done any math since high school, where I haven’t been for almost nine years? I was pretty lost. I felt that anything that they lingered on was stuff that was ridiculously easy to understand, but they sped through the equations without actually explaining how to use them. I really wanted this class to be a success, but if I watch the second group of videos and can’t get it, I might have to unenroll. I’m sure this will be largely because I put off watching the videos and therefore didn’t give myself enough time to study the stuff. But I thought we were going to be talking about theoretical stuff, not making calculations, so…

I’m starting to think that online classes don’t work for me, particularly if it’s just a free class that I’m not taking for a grade. There’s just about no accountability and that, ODDLY ENOUGH, is the same reason I never get any writing done.

I don’t know. There’s a class on the music of The Beatles starting soon, so maybe I should just take that one.

Anthropologie Event and Fashion Find


I’ve long been drawn to Anthropologie, and sometime last year I finally signed up for a membership. It’s free, and you get certain benefits, such as an annual birthday discount and early access to sales. Beyond that, it also came with an invitation to the spring fashion show held at their Harvard Square store. …At least, I think that was a membership perk. I can’t think of any other reason I would have received that.

Since I really like Anthropologie, and it was something new and something to do, I decided to go. There was the option to bring someone, so if you would have liked to go, I’m sorry, I was not aware. I’ll keep you in mind for next time, I guess?

The event was last night. It started at 8, so I got there just before. (I stopped at Starbucks first to get a quick coffee. I had to wait several minutes before anyone came to take my order. I didn’t complain, but they gave me a coupon for a complimentary beverage, so, free latte later!) The people checking the “list” at the door were very welcoming, although that was of course what they were there for… I stashed my coat upstairs and then headed back to the mezzanine for the complimentary refreshments. They had a selection of mini Kickass Cupcakes. I had a mojito, always a tasty choice, and some wine. There was also a table featuring pieces of flatbread pizzas, I forget where from, and Pellegrino for a non-alcoholic beverage option. I wasn’t all that thirsty, so I just went for the free wine. I believe it was a Spanish wine. I liked it, and honestly, I’m not even much of a wine-drinker.

Here's a shot of the cupcake and wine table.

Here’s a shot of the cupcake and wine table.

After my little snack, I went and found myself a seat for the fashion show part of the event. There were something like 10 models, perhaps a few more, wearing some great pieces from the store. I had a feeling that some of them may have been actual models, but others were probably Anthropologie employees. They all looked great. It’s interesting to see models in this context in clothes you could actually wear every day (some of the dresses were a little fancier), almost like flipping through a catalogue, but in 3d. (You probably get what I mean.) One of the models had on the Chroma Shadow Sheath, which I’ve been coveting for quite a while now.

When the fashion show was over, I snagged one more piece of flatbread and searched through the sale section while I was there. I picked up a few, very discounted things.

 

Including this squirrel on a bicycle.

Including this squirrel on a bicycle.

I’m really liking this whole animals-on-bicycles thing that seems to be going around.

Overall, it was a cool little event, nothing too exciting, but worth one short evening of my life. I enjoyed myself, and I got some free food out of it. Plus, with a purchase, they entered you in a raffle to win a gift card. I don’t know when they contact the winner of that… I don’t expect to win, as I never ever win raffles, but you never know.

In other news, I have been directed to a certain shopping website, called PLNDR (pronounced “plunder,” I’d guess). Everything is greatly discounted, and they have a pretty wide variety of stock in both women’s and men’s clothing. Even if you don’t find anything at first, it appears that they get new stock fairly frequently. I just ordered a few very cheap items from them (under $10 tops). I would recommend checking them out. You do have to create a login just to browse, which I generally do not like in an online store, but you won’t be charged anything to sign up. http://www.plndr.com/plndr/MembersOnly/login.aspx?r=7149401

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