Category Archives: Shopping

No skin off my nose

I’m a big fan of candy; no secret about that.

zit jelliesThese jellies are particularly pretty.

Their ‘Tequila sunrise’ coloring is kind of lovely, going from yellow to that deep orange.  And the package reveals that they have a liquid center, which may be tasty.

So you have to wonder what sicko decided to call them…

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Really?

That just ruins the whole thing.  And now I’ve ruined it for you, too.

Sorry.

Hope you’ve eaten.

 

 

Solutions for a small planet

Admit it — most of us don’t read the manual that comes with our new smart phones cover-to-cover.

Maybe not at all.

So it’s not surprising that articles like “21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do” literally amaze.

However, I would like to add a feature to that list that applies to any brand of mobile phone.  It crosses platforms, versions, price points — you name it.  And in New York City, it has proven extremely valuable on a daily basis.

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Sidewalk Ambassador Avoidance

Got a mobile phone at your ear?  Appear to be in a conversation?  They leave you alone.

World peace.  It’s what every beauty pageant contestant wants.

 

The name game

Is your name Chris? Or Audrey? Or Dominic? There’s a Diet Coke out there with your name on it.

Literally.

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I found this bottle with Chris’ name on it at a hoagie shop near the Amtrak station in Paoli, Pennsylvania.  When I asked the employee at the counter about it, he had no clue what Coke was doing.

Which was helpful.

So I searched the bottle’s #ShareaCoke hashtag on Twitter and found a large community of people who had tweeted pics holding a bottle of Diet Coke bearing their own name!  How lucky for them.

I tweeted my Chris pic.  Hopefully he (or she) will appreciate it.  And if someone out there finds the elusive Carla bottle, comment/tweet/email/Facebook me.

This is suddenly very important.

Modern girl

The Americans on FX doesn’t return until this fall, but I’ve been seeing Soviet spies Elizabeth and Phillip’s daughter Paige — played by Canadian actress Holly Taylor — in much more modern circumstances.

She’s sporting three piercings in her ear, and is constantly on her mobile phone.

I know it’s just a commercial, but all I can think is — modern Paige would be such a big help to her parents in the 1980′s spy game!

(That mobile phone alone would give them a huge advantage.)

Get a rise out of you

I rarely eat donuts.

I like them — the Krispy Kreme variety — but they are like eating air. And if I’m going to ingest that much sugar and calories, I’d like to be able to tell that I’ve eaten afterwards.

For those of you who a) find donuts more difficult to resist and b) are looking for a reason to pass them by, perhaps this grocery store’s labeling will inspire you –

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Thanks for the laugh, Kara.

Sunday night special

I just ordered this t-shirt at LookHuman.com

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This website totally gets me.

Truth in advertising

I recently ordered new chairs for the dining nook of my apartment. When they arrived, I had to perform minimal assembly — attaching the wooden legs and adding some bolts under the seat for extra support.

Now, I’ve assembled a lot of furniture in my day. The packaging and instruction sheet typically leave a lot to be desired.

This one got it right.

The instructions were clear, concise and included an illustration for every step. Most importantly, the teeny tiny parts were clearly labeled and packaged together.

No searching through the box for tiny bags. No trying to match bolts to numbers or hard-to-read graphics.

Easy peasy.

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So that promised ten-minute job?

It actually took ten minutes.  (Maybe less.)

For one day only

Have you enjoyed your free cup of McDonalds coffee today?

Your free curly fries from Arby’s?

Or shredded documents (up to five pounds) at Office Depot…for free?

tax day freebiesThese are just a few examples of the Tax Day Freebies that companies around the country are offering today to ease the squeeze on your bank account.

Well…isn’t that special.  Or is it?

Are these retailers — like Great American Cookie who is giving away free chocolate chip — doing this out of the goodness of their hearts (and love of free publicity)?  Or is it for the tax break they can take for offering these incentives?

I would guess the latter. (And really, who can blame them?)

Oh, and if you’re looking for me this evening, I’ll be ‘singing for my supper’ at Hard Rock Cafe — sing a song, get an entree.

Do re free!

Spider bite

While we were all busy preparing for this weekend’s exciting Final Four college basketball tourney, Mazda issued a recall on the 2010-2012 model Mazda 6 sedans…

Because of spiders in the gas tank.

I know this sounds like a headline from The Onion, but it’s actually the second time Mazda has recalled the 6 sedan because spiders “may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line.” Apparently a spider web could create pressure and even a potential crack in the fuel tank.

Wait a minute — is this really a recall?  Or reverse movie product placement?

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(You gotta admit, it would be ‘amazing.’)