Friday, March 29, 2013

Free is the Best

I was approached a couple of months back
by the good people at Firmoo and asked if I would be interested in
testing their product and blogging about it.

It's not something I would normally do.
If you've blogged for any length of time,
you get these invitations every once in a while.
Most of these, I have to say, I don't even read.

But several things about the Firmoo email had me taking a second look.

First of all, what the heck was Firmoo?
I needed to find out what the company with the funny name was selling.

Turns out,
Firmoo is a Global Online Optical Store.

At the time, I was wearing prescription glasses that were five years old,
and my prescription had changed so much in the past five years
that I found myself squinting while wearing them.

The timing was right.

I am a contact lens wearer but I do wear glasses
in the mornings and at night.

I did a little research online and couldn't find anything negative
about the company so I decided to email them back to get more information.
The representative that contacted me
emailed back very quickly and answered all the questions I had.

I decided to give it a shot.

They were going to send me a free pair of prescription glasses
so they sent me the instructions on how to do this.

Of course, I felt extremely important and better than every one else
since I was chosen to review their service and get the free glasses.

And then I found out that they offer free glasses to everyone!

Everyone, I tell you.

Important people and little peon blogger people alike. is the world's most popular online eyeglasses store.
All lenses come with  anti-scratch hard coating without any extra charge.
First pair free for new customers.

The ordering process was very easy.
You just need to have a current prescription
and enter the information into their website.

You choose your frames.
This is the fun part.
You can upload a picture of yourself  to see how the
glasses will look on you with their
Virtual Try-On system.

My order went through without a hitch
and they were shipped very quickly.

I love the way they feel on my face.
Not too heavy.

Glasses are making a come back.
The old opinion that glasses are only necessities 
for people with vision problems is no longer the case. 
Glasses are increasingly becoming a fad and must-have accessories.

Firmoo also offers non prescription lenses, 
sunglasses and goggles.

If it's time for new glasses, sunglasses,
or you're just ready for a new look,
why not get them free at Firmoo?



Sunday, March 24, 2013

Should I be Getting a Lap Dance or Something?

I’m in the phasing out period of my forties.
I only know this because I do the math approximately every month.
When you are my age, you kind of forget how old you are.
And you have to use a calculator to figure it out.

Using an online date calculator I have discovered that I am
47 years, 5 months, and 27 days old.


17,347 days old.

Seems I would have done something with myself by now.

When you think about your life in days,
It does something strange to you.
It makes you rethink how you should be spending each moment.

For example,
 “What did I do yesterday?”
Oh yes!
For my 17,346th day on earth I celebrated by:

Picking wallpaper glue out of my hair

Hiding behind my BBQ grill and then leaping out 
to scare pigeons from my garden

Going to Walmart to buy kitty litter and two cucumbers

Changing my air filters

Taking an Epsom salt bath
 (because I am tens of thousands of days old now)

Shouldn't I celebrate each day with
Cake, or a bottle of wine, or a lap dance or something?

I Googled
“Make Everyday Count”
Just so I could see if I'm doing this living thing all wrong.

Here’s what the interweb peoples suggest we should do.

Watch The Sun Rise
(It’s pretty, I get it, but every day?)

Take Time To Smell the Flowers
(I live in Arizona and have learned not to smell cacti)

Live with Purpose
(I purposely ate an entire box of Cheezits while watching Duck Dynasty)

Find Balance
(I honestly believe that the right side of my body 
is approximately 6 lbs heavier than the left side 
which is why I fall down a lot more
 than the average 17,347 day old person)

Don’t Be Afraid
(I think the pigeon story speaks for itself)

So, where am I going with all this?

I have decided to be content with the accomplishments
I've made in the time I've spent on this 
whirly little ball of water and mineral compounds
 that we call the planet Earth.

I've produced two beautiful children.
(Well, one did go through a seriously awkward stage 
between the ages of 6 and 9 that I would actually not call beautiful)

I've married a wonderful man.
(Who will offer to make me toast 
or hit the Whataburger drive through 
when I just can't face the kitchen one more time)

I own a house that I love.
(Or I will, when the mortgage is paid off in
10,957 days)

I am healthy.
(with the exception of my slightly elevated cholesterol,
 my bum elbow,
and that thing that keeps growing back on my shoulder
 that looks like a zit but I'm pretty sure it's shoulder cancer)

And, because I always include photos in my blog posts,
but have nothing that relates to this story,
please enjoy this picture of me when I was only
273 days old.



Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Wagnthap's House of Humor and Torment

Spring is here.
I know this because every time I walk outside onto my patio
my nose holes are assaulted 
with the aroma of orange blossoms and steer manure.

(picture of neither orange blossoms nor manure,
just lantanas and palm trees)

I have not posted anything in 3 weeks.
This is due to being busy with the craziness that has become my life
and part pure laziness.

I planned on doing a wonderful post
for my 3 year blog anniversary.
I was going to do a giveaway.
It was going to be awesome.
This is where the laziness set it.

I would have had to go shopping
and buy some spectacular shi-dazzle to give away
and then write a post about it.

It just wasn't in the cards, people.

Let's talk about what's going on around these here parts.
When I say "Let's talk about this",
What I mean is,
I'm going to do some ranting
and you're going to sit there and read about it.

Easy Peasy.
Very little work on your part.

Are you still here?
Good, because this post just goes on and on.

First off,
I finally know what these things are
that are growing on the side of the house.
They finally flowered.
I have calla lilies.

Thank you to everyone who commented in my earlier post
to tell me these were either calla lilies, canna lilies, or hostas.
Now we can all sleep.

The garden is coming along nicely.
It's not been an easy process for this first time gardener.
We've had to deal with neighborhood cats
leaving their pootie rolls in the lettuce patch
and birds stealing the watermelon seeds,
only to move them to strange places throughout the yard.
We've found watermelon vines growing under our pool pump,
in the rocks under the tree
and in a flower pot on our patio.

Turns out, watermelons will grow anywhere
without constant supervision.

The watermelon seedlings were found and moved back to the garden.

The neighbor's cats were deterred 
by putting orange rinds around the soil
and by putting carpet tack strips on top of the block walls
 surrounding our back yard.

Don't judge me.
Do you like doody flavored salad?

We've placed bird netting over the strawberries
and the watermelon seedlings.

We've put marigolds in
as a deterrent to bugs and such.
The whirly gigs seem to scare the birds and cats
and they're pretty, so there you have it.

We were excited to eat our very first two strawberries of the season
which were about the size of small ball bearings.
While I ate it, I could almost taste it.

Here's what we've got going right now.

Green Leaf and Romaine

Red and White Potatoes
Yellow and green onions

Tomatoes, Peppers, Corn and Strawberries.

Also, if you don't have this hose,
run out and get one NOW.
That's practically an order.
I will never, ever use a big old green "non-kinking" hose
that weighs 3 tons and kinks like a Mother Hubbard.
Big green hose selling people are lying liar heads.

This hose is 100 feet long and it weighs practically nothing.
Best purchase I've made in a long time.

Enough talk about the garden.

Let's move onto the house for a bit.

My project this week is to remove the wall paper in our bedroom.
I decided to start in a corner and just see what's underneath.

Like everything else we've dealt with since moving here,
it's been an ordeal.
The previous (and original) owners
put the wallpaper up over
plain old drywall.
Un-primed, unpainted drywall.
So, that's fun.
(And who doesn't love Hunter green chair rail?)

This is not our first experience with weird happenings here.

For example,
the wiring here is so strange.
All the light switches are upside down.
If the lights are off,
the switches are in the "up" position.
And, if you plug anything into the outlet
on the patio (like the weed whacker),
the evaporative cooler on the roof turns on 
even though the cooler is turned off at the main box.
The misting system over the patio is 
hooked up to the sprinkler system so when
the sprinklers go on,
the misters turn on.

What the What?

I've come to refer to the previous owners as
Mr. and Mrs. Wagnthap.
(We Ain't Got No Time to Hire a Professional)

They must have been a hoot.

I think I'll leave it at that for now.
I've got a product review with a freebie 
coming up in the next couple of days
so be sure to stop by.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Drug Update

Thought I’d pop in and give you an update on my drug situation.

My husband has sleep apnea
 and last night we had a man from Home Health come over 
to show Brian how to use a CPAP machine.

I had taken my very first muscle relaxer 
about an hour before he got here.

The man spent about 15 minutes showing us how to 
use the machine and describing how it worked 
and then looked at me and asked, 
"Do you have any questions?"

And I said, "About what?”

Brian explained to the man that I was on muscle relaxers 
and then asked me how I was feeling.

I told him that I thought it was working really well 
because all of a sudden I felt really pretty.

Then things got awkward and the man left.