If I were ever going to do counted cross-stitch, this would be the kit I'd use, but minus the hearts. I'm not much of a 'heart' person. I am a DUH person.....lol
Running errands today turned out to be like chasing rabbits. Mr. kenju has needed new glasses for some time now, and we decided today would be the day we went in search of them. Our insurance company sent a notice that we could get new glasses at a 40% discount, if only we would choose one of their sponsored stores. From their list, we picked a large one (with a red circle logo) and went there, only to learn that they had closed the optical shop at that location in February. I must have missed that little tidbit when it was on the news. So we found another one on the list that I thought was not far away, and off we went to find it. Naturally, I passed right by it; had to go a block further and do a u-turn. The entrance to that store was about 100 yards from the optical shop; I went in alone to see if they could take us right away; as mr. kenju will not walk more than 10 feet unless food is involved - or I make it impossible for him not to walk. So when I noticed that they had a private entrance just around the corner, I drove there and let him out and I parked the car.
He chose a new pair more quickly than I have ever seen anyone do it. I would have tried on every pair in the shop before making the final decision, but the clerk brought him two frames and after asking me which one I liked best, he picked that one. I can't even buy a tomato that quickly!
Oh, and the 40% discount? The new glasses were cheaper without the discount - because they were having a sale. YAY! So much for the stupid insurance company.
In between the first and second shop, we had lunch at Twisted Fork, thanks to a coupon allowing you to BOGO - buy one and get one free. LOVE those coupons! I had the camera, but it didn't occur to me to pull it out and even if I had, mr. kenju would have either made fun of me or gotten embarrassed. He had a vegetable wrap and I had a crab cake sandwich that was nearly excellent! (I like them a bit crispier.)
After that, I took mr. kenju home for his afternoon nap, and I went out in search of a manicure and pedicure - my Mother's Day treat. My usual salon was so busy I wondered if there was some big social function in town tonight that I was unaware of. On Mondays, they are ordinarily sitting around waiting for clients, but not today. They asked if I could come back in 30 minutes, but with the number of people in line (and 5 people already in the chairs) I knew they wouldn't be ready for me for at least an hour. I didn't feel like waiting, so I drove to another salon, which I'd never been to before. It was fairly nice inside (compared to the other one) and their chairs were mechanized and nicely padded. A young Asian man beckoned me and I settled in for what I thought would be an hour of pampering. Alas, he had done both services in about 45 minutes and I couldn't really tell how good of a job he had done until I got outside in the daylight. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd say he was a 6, while the women at my favorite shop consistently are at least a n 11. I was rather disappointed, but the color is nice - Opi's "toron.toes.rose". It took me a while to decipher that one.....lol.