I Can See!

I've needed new glasses for a while now. My old ones were very old, and they've been dropped, sat on, chewed by cats, and had all manner of other tragedies befall them during the two years I've had them. Also, I'm quite blind, so I'm wearing my glasses all the time. In the past, I only ever had one pair, and needing to replace them was always a huge crisis, because yo, glasses are expensive. Except now they aren't, because Zenni Optical is awesome. No, I haven't been paid to say that. I really am a big fan.

A few years ago, I desperately needed to get new glasses with an all new prescription, and faced once again with the only option of choosing one frame that would have to go with everything I do and wear and paying far too much for them, I decided to find other options. Ordering eyewear online was still pretty new at the time, and even though I was only spending a tenth of what I would have spent locally for a single pair (and getting multiples of pairs), I was pretty nervous about it. I mean, if they totally sucked, I'd have waited weeks to get them, and returns or corrections would be a huge hassle. But, I did it. I ordered the cheapest glasses I could and waited for them to arrive.

When they did, I was amazed. The frames were no worse in quality than what I had paid many hundreds of dollars for (just the frames, mind you), the lenses were nice, and the prescription was perfection. I swore to never buy glasses anywhere else again. And what's really funny is that I'd ordered some pretty funky and fun frames, because I hadn't intended them to be the actual glasses I would be wearing everyday. These were just test glasses. But … I fell in love with them and wore them to pieces. When it came time to get new glasses again, I didn't even have to think about it. I ordered them from Zenni. When Mom was going through two years of cataract surgery and needed weird new prescriptions every few months, we turned to Zenni (and saved almost two thousand dollars). I am a firm believer that everyone should be buying their glasses from them.

So since I've needed new glasses for a while, I've been stalking their website for months. The holdup was mostly me agonizing about whether or not to get bifocals or stick with my two pairs of glasses for two functions way of doing things. It wasn't so much me having any hangups about bifocals meaning I'm getting old. It's that bifocals require lenses and frames that are much larger than I prefer to wear. They are also more expensive (a whole $50 at Zenni, so really, not expensive), which means having fewer pairs, and I like having eyewear options. But then I got an email in early July announcing a buy two get one free sale at Zenni, and since I hadn't yet found any frames for bifocals I was totally in love with yet, I decided to stick with my usual way of switching between glasses or just dealing with the fact I can't read tiny print while out and about. I mean seriously, how could I pass up a sale like that!

First I picked a duplicate pair of my daily wear frames. I love them so much, and I was thrilled they still had them. They suit my coloring and match most of my wardrobe. Don't mess with perfection!

If they'd still had the frames for my reading glasses, I'd have bought a duplicate of them too, but they didn't, so I picked something I'd been thinking of getting for my daily wear pair. Clear half frames. Turns out, I love them, and I'll probably be getting a pair for distance vision too.

I thought about getting a new pair of sunglasses, but my old ones are still in great shape, and I don't need two pairs of sunglasses. Since I would be getting this pair for free, I thought I'd go wild. It was hard to pick something that wasn't in my usual color range, but there was one pair I kept going back to. Green, blue, and yellow … with rhinestones. I was sure I wouldn't like them much, but what the hell. They were going to be free, and they could sit in a case for emergencies should something happen to my main pair. Well, I love them. Sure, they don't match any of my clothing, but they look fabulous! I'll just wear them with black things until I find some shirts to match my glasses. LOL!

So yet again, Zenni has given me the ability to see clearly in all instances and do it with some style. How much did I pay for these three pairs of vision correction devices? $30. Had it not been a sale, it would have been $45. That's why I will always buy my glasses from Zenni. They are such a bargain!

For real, this has not been a paid announcement. People need glasses, and it's ridiculous how much glasses cost at all the usual eyewear buying places. Even the cheap ones aren't cheap, and once you get into speciality prescriptions, none of them are cheap. I love Zenni, and while I rarely go on at length about brands or stores, they are the exception, because they are awesome.

Wire Experiment #3

Today I learned the Egyptian coil link. I also learned that both my pliers and wire suck. I'm almost convinced I should invest in better pliers and wire (because I'm enjoying working with wire), but I'll struggle through the remaining few feet of the stuff to be sure.

Not Much…

So Orb, what have you been up to lately?

Not much, and a whole lot! All at the same time! I'm amazing that way.

The removing of useless stuff from my existence continues. I'm getting really good at getting rid of things. When I started this whole thing last fall, I should have made marks on the wall for every overstuffed trash bin, recycling bin I lugged to the curb to keep track of how much stuff I have tossed out of my life. As well as the bags and boxes that have gone to charity. I'm down to the closet area of the bedroom, my art supplies, and the library of books I rarely touch anymore. That's a few more weeks of work, no doubt. Then there's the Box Room (i.e. my future studio). I'm pretty sure that's a two-person job (some large and heavy stuff and some stuff not belonging to me). Hopefully by the time I get to it, I'll be an expert at decluttering and tossing things out.

I had to take most of last week off from life due to the air everywhere being full of pollen and spores (and other things like dust and ash) that make me feel wretched. Soon enough it'll be ten thousand degrees outside when summer fully arrives and every living green thing will turn brown and die, so I'm not actually complaining about the plants breeding so heavily. I guess I have a love/hate relationship with nature. If only there could be all those pretty plants and flowers without all that nasty sneeze and congestion inducing pollen. Can't have the good without the bad I suppose.

I've also jumped fully down the Surrealism rabbit hole and have been intensely studying surrealist techniques and games. Nothing much that I would call art has come of it yet, but I'm enjoying the experimentation and learning new things, so … it's better than not working on anything artsy at all. I have finally decided to give up on oil paints though. I just don't enjoy working with them as much as I do acrylics. They don't feel right to me, and I don't have another 40 years to get used to them. Best to stick with what I know and try new things with them to expand on my already acquired skill set.

Aside from these things, I have also very recently (like this week) begun to try my hand at making wire jewelry! There's definitely a learning curve, and it feels a little steep at the moment, but I'm just doing it for fun and leisure (and to maybe have some unique and cool jewelry to wear), so no stress or pressure. It'll probably be like knitting and sewing … something I get out and do for a while and then pack away for a few months until the mood strikes again. I knit during the winter, sew in spring, so maybe wire jewelry will be my fall or summer activity.

Actually, my fall activity should be writing. Wow, I have not been writing AT ALL this year.

Anyway, here are my first two attempts at making rings. They aren't all that, but I'm rather pleased with myself. The most important thing is that I'm having fun with it. Well, fun mixed with a bit of aggravation. So it goes with all new endeavors.

That about sums up what I've been up to. Other than bill paying, house cleaning, cooking, doing Sunday brunch, reading on my Kindle, cat herding, and managing my crazy family members (and solving their many problems). Oh, and playing some Skyrim (I finally started a new game) and Game of War. So yeah, I've been doing a lot, just not much of anything exciting or terribly productive. Except the life decluttering. That's been the most productive thing EVER. Someday I hope to be free of all the useless things I have moved from home to home my entire life!

And now back to your regularly scheduled blog silence. LOL!

I am Forever 21

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or are my Facebook friends know I order almost everything I need online and have it all delivered right to my front door, and that I think being able to shop from home is one of the very best parts of living in the 21st century. The only thing I hadn’t yet started buying online was clothing, because as much as I hate going shopping for clothes and trying on a million things to find the two or three that actually fit (and are worth the price they want for them), trying things on felt necessary. Also, returning things that didn’t fit or sucked in some other way seemed like it would be a hassle if it involved the post office, thereby negating the time/effort-saving aspect of buying it online. But last week, I broke down and ordered some clothing online from Forever 21. My order arrived today!

My opinion of the leggings, tank tops, and dress I ordered is extremely high. The tank tops cost less than $2, and all but one pair of fancier leggings cost less than $5, so my expectations were quite low for how good the quality would be. Well the tank tops are exactly like the ones I usually pay more for at Target, and the leggings are on par with the ones I have seen in stores for at least four times the price. Quality-wise, I feel I got a great bargain! Why pay $20 for something that’s going to wear out in 6 months when you can pay $5? And the fancier pair of leggings and the dress, both of which were in the $10-$15 range are of equally great quality. Maybe even better. So, I’m thrilled to have gotten clothing I most certainly would have paid more for elsewhere at some really great prices. Added bonus, everything fits perfectly!

I do have a small complaint. I hate to complain, seeing as I am actually so overwhelmingly happy with my order, but I am just a smidgen disappointed. I ordered a pair of cropped leggings in brown and a pair of capri leggings in brown, and though they are labeled differently, they are both the 17″ inseam cropped length (which is oddly more expensive than the longer 19″ length). I’m guessing they were either sewn incorrectly or labeled wrong at the manufacturers. It’s not enough of a complaint to make a stink about, since I’m handy with a sewing machine and can turn one pair into a biker short length (which they don’t appear to sell) which will be nice for summer, but still … I’m a touch sad about it. I’m sure I’ll get over it in about five more minutes.

Overall though, will order again AAAAA++++++! Now that I know how their sizes fit on me and what the quality level of their offerings are, I’ll no doubt be ordering from them again (and again and again). I may be 49 years old, but my body is apparently forever 21!

And for photos of me in today’s wardrobe additions, you will have to wait until I wear them out in the real world in the presence of another human being. I’m entirely too lazy today to set up a tripod and lighting to take a full length photo of myself. Instead, enjoy this photo of Tora inspecting the just arrived package!

Addendum: You see that little tear in the package? That was caused by the mailman stuffing this really large thing into my not-so-large mailbox, because he couldn’t be bothered to get out of his truck and bring it to the door. This is the same mailman that just a couple weeks ago delivered the wrong package to me on a day when I knew I was getting a package, and who I had to run down to get my package from (and return the one belonging to someone a few streets over). I guess I should be thankful he at least closed the mailbox door today, which is a thing he usually doesn’t bother doing. I may not complain about the leggings being the wrong length, but the mailman? Yeah, I’ll be complaining about him (again), because he freaking sucks at his job.

Hair Cut

The sad fact is … the most exciting thing I have to report is that I cut my own hair this morning, and it doesn't look like it's going to suck!