Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kmart's Free Shipping Con

I had a bunch of Shop Your Way points I needed to spend at either Kmart or Sears so I went online and browsed their inventory. I came across a collapsible storage ottoman which looked neat, had dual functionality, and was the right price to be able to use my Shop Your Way surprise points in addition to my regular points. Plus, it qualified for the free shipping on orders over $30 that Kmart was running, so I wouldn't even have to go pick it up. But then when I went to my shopping cart to check out, I saw that the $30 minimum changed to a $49 minimum! I confirmed this on the checkout page when it was trying to charge me for shipping. So what kind of free-shipping con is Kmart running here?

Oh, and by the way, those points I needed to spend were not the $100 worth of points I won in a Shop Your Way sweepstakes on February 9th. Nope, I still haven't received those points yet even though the email said "Please allow 4-6 weeks for most prices to arrive" and it's actually been over six months. I've contacted Shop Your Way member services about this at least twice and never received a response. I just checked the page for that sweepstakes and it still says "Status: Winner Pending".

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Best Buy Batteries & The Hitman's Bodyguard

On July 30th I had ordered two two-packs AAA rechargeable batteries from Best Buy for in store pickup because I had a $5 reward certificate I needed to spend there. A single four-pack would have been cheaper, but it was also under $5 and the reward certificate wouldn't work on anything under $5. This was supposed to be an in-stock store-pickup order, not a ship-to-store order, but it took nine days for them to finally send me the email saying it was ready to pickup. By that time I had already left Vallejo and was home in Redding so dad had to go pick them up. Had I ordered those same batteries from Amazon I would of had them in my hands within 2 days.

On Tuesday Treese and I went to see an early screening of The Hitman's Bodyguard along with a work friend of her's and her husband. We all loved the movie, just as the rest of the audience seemed to. It was both action-packed and funny. My parents went to see the screening as well and said that they enjoyed it and laughed throughout the movie.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Return of the Parents

My parents finally returned from their three week long Crossroads of the Adriatic vacation yesterday afternoon. They had a good time but were happy to be home. I had been looking after the house while they were gone, getting a lot of work done and getting to spend time visiting with my grandparents. Even though I was working a lot it still felt like a little vacation. And Treese had come to visit me a couple times so I didn't get too lonely.

This morning we went out and had a nice breakfast at Black Bear Diner. Afterward mom tried to finish some laundry she started earlier but the dryer wouldn't turn on. I took a look at it while she went to visit with her mom, dad, and brother. Thankfully, after a lot of troubleshooting, I found that the issue was due to a broken lever for the door switch, a cheap and easily replaceable part. I ordered one off Amazon but it won't arrive for a couple days so Mom and I went out back and found a way to hang up a clothesline she had. We'll try it out tomorrow and see how it goes.

Friday, July 7, 2017

New Mouse! No more scroll wheel woes

My new USB mouse arrived in the mail today. It's a really cheap LIIR GM02 gaming mouse with adjustable DPI that I bought on Amazon and so far it's working fine. My other one was also a cheapy I bought off Amazon, an Azio GM2400 gaming mouse, and it lasted about a year before the scroll wheel started going wonky. When I would use the wheel to scroll down it would scroll down but then scroll up a little, and when I would scroll up it would scroll up and then scroll down a little. This started several months ago and has been getting worse and worse over time, until finally it became so bad that the wheel was almost unusable. I would try to use it to scroll down a page and with each notch of the wheel it would scroll down then up so much that I would be about in the same spot in the page as before I started scrolling. Hopefully this new mouse will last a full year before it needs replacing. I wouldn't mind spending a little extra on a mouse if I knew the scroll wheel would last, but that's the problem, I just don't know and I don't want to drop a lot of money on a mouse that I'll need to replace in a few years. This mouse was under $6 so if it dies in a year I won't really care.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My First Pedicure

I had my first pedicure yesterday afternoon, and it was quite nice. I had cut my nails only two days prior but the lady doing my feet still found some bits and pieces to clip, apparently indicating that I don't know how to clip my nails all that thoroughly. Of course, she had several different types of clippers to use whereas I only have one. It wasn't just about cutting nails, though; there's also the foot bath and cuticle scrape and foot scrub and calf massage. I could have gotten them painted as well but I just opted for a clear coat. My mom got blue with sparkly glitter tips which looked really nice.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Korn!

Treese and I went to see the Korn concert last night and it was great! It got started at about 8:30pm, which was a half hour later than it was supposed to start. The opening band was Islander, whom neither of us knew anything about. They sure rocked, though! The song lyrics were pretty much unintelligible as they get completely lost in the sheer intensity of the music, but that's to be expected at any metal concert. The same thing happened with Korn but they played songs I already knew so it didn't matter. Both bands were high energy and played very loud, so loud that it would vibrate my whole body. After Korn's first song there was some technical issue with one of the guitars so the drummer gave us an awesome drum solo to keep us entertained while they got that fix. The rest of the show went on without a hitch and after it was over it took quite a while for my hearing to return to normal. We hadn't had time to eat before the concert so we went to Denny's for dinner. So did several other people from the concert, which made sense seeing as how it's one of the few places in town open that late.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Digital Dental X-rays

I had a dental cleaning this afternoon. They did x-rays with a new digital system the recently got, so those thingamabobs stuffed in my mouth had wires coming off them that connected back to their computer. Apparently these digital x-rays use much less radiation than the traditional method, which was good to hear considering some of them had to be taken several times. I had been flossing every night since my last cleaning so my teeth and gums were all in excellent shape and the cleaning didn't take too long.