Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pre- black friday deal!

Today, I went to Old Navy looking for a puffy vest. I knew they would have some pre-Black Friday sales but was no prepared for what happened next. As I walked into the store, a friendly associate handed me a mystery coupon to be used that day. It said that I could get $2, $3, $10 or $25 off my purchase. My puffy vest was $17.70 so I figured a few bucks off would be nice. I got to the cashier and she scanned my coupon and it was for $25 off! So she told me I could go get another item and then cut the line to pay.

Shocked that I would be getting such a great deal, I looked around the store for something that was around $8. I found a fleece sweater that was exactly $8. I contemplated which color I wanted and went back to the register. They rang up my purchases and I owed them 73 cents for both! Beat that crazy Black Friday 4 am shoppers!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tales from the George Washington Bridge

Everyday, when I drive home from work, I have to go through a tollbooth for the George Washington Bridge. The EZpass doesn’t give any discounts to commuters so in order to not pay the $8 each day to cross the bridge I fill my car with two other people. This allows me to go through the cash lane and say the secret password to get my toll down to $2. It’s not really a secret but when you sign up for EZpass you can add on the carpool option and when you go through the cash lane you say “carpool” and the toll collector presses a button that gives you the reduced toll.

Usually there is this cranky woman who pushes the button before I even have my window rolled down and when I say “carpool” she nods her head and that’s it. She isn’t the nicest but she does recognize me everyday. Yesterday, I pulled up to the tollbooth and there was a man I had never seen before. I told him “carpool” and he said “I got it!” then as I was about to drive away he said “stay beautiful!”. My face immediately turned beet red as I thanked him.

A discount toll and a free compliment, thanks New Jersey!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Shower Bliss

A whiff of winter slipped through the tiny opening in the bathroom window while I was took a shower last night. The scent of the impending change in weather made me smile and think of my soon to be bundled up body wrapped in my favorite bulky sweaters. I turned to water up just a bit hotter and watched my skin turn pink in reaction to the heat. As I went to grab the shampoo, I realized that I could barely see through the air to the front of the shower. The steam had mixed with the cool air seeping in from the window and formed a cloud right in my bathroom. I stood still for a few minutes with the water pounding on my back, enjoying being inside my own private cloud. At that moment, nothing could bother me.

Bang, Bang. “I need my toothbrush”, came from the other side of the bathroom door. Ah, the joy of living with roommates. She opened the door and my little cloud escaped out of the bathroom. My moment of bliss was over.