I had my first pedicure today. Someone had given me a gift certificate to a spa at one of fancy hotels and it was set to expire at the end of the week. I’m glad I remembered to use it in time. I used the pedicure as my reward for getting some ugly paperwork done. Still lots more to go, but at least I’m making progress.
I had heard pedicures were very indulgent and I thought they might be overrated until I had the paraffin wax applied. Very nice. I walked out feeling that my feet didn’t below to me. Feeling more normal now.
Shortly after I came home Beth and I spent some time looking for more rubber stamps. We have about six of our own and another 20-30 Cheryl lent us. But we’ve used them so many times we were wanting a few new ones. We use rubbers stamps but the companies that are the best are Stamp Oasis, Stamp Francisco, Hanko, and Komodo brands. They are the best becuase they are well made with deep grooves for clarity. A well made stamp is a stamp we can use many times before it goes mushy, plus it has vivid detail. Stamp Oasis has the best. Here's a Stamp Oasis stamp we bought today. It's just like the torii we saw on Miyajima Island.
Some sites we want to explore more later are: Stampin Treasures , KraftyatKrafts.com and Addicted to Rubber Stamps. If you want to contribute to the Postcard Project, but want to send something other than postcards you can take a look at our favourite brands on these sites, purchase one and send it to our US address:
P.O. Box 2560
Port Angeles, WA
I am always amazed at the generosity and thoughtfulness of Beth’s readers. Each week there is usually at least one gift in Cheryl’s bag of goodies she brings over from our US post office box. We really appreciate that people have taken the time and thought about what Beth might like – whether it be kitty-related, things with wings, postcards and stickers and so many other items.
For those of you who have asked how they can help and want to give something but don’t know what, I have some gift certificate ideas for you…
1. We’ve created an Amazon wishlist. At the moment there are mostly practical items as I started the list and I’m a practical sort of person. There are also entertainment items (books, MP3 player, headphones, etc.) which are good for the soul. As time goes by, we will keep adding to the list and probably create one on our amazom.co.uk account, too. We’ve added comments beside each item which will tell you who they are for.
2. Food - For those of you concerned about us not getting enough food to eat, rather than sending us perishable goods in the mail how about gift cards? The two grocery stores I use the most in Victoria are Safeway and Thrifty’s. I contacted Thrifty’s and to order a gift card you need to call (250) 544-1234 or (800) 667-8280 and purchase the card over the phone. They will give you a fax number for you to fax over some ID confirming you are the credit card holder. The grocery card is called a Smile Card and can be in any denomination you choose. They will ask which Thrifty’s to send the card to – I shop at the Fairfield Plaza Thrifty’s and the store will call me to let me know there is a card waiting for me. If you want to purchase a Thrify’s gift card, contact me and I’ll give you our phone number.
3. Clothing – When we go to Seattle we’re going to stop at Victoria’s Secret and buy Beth some more underwear and maybe some new PINK label clothing. We’ll also go to HotTopic and Tall Girl in the Westlake Centre. Hot Topic is where Beth gets all her cool shirts and corsets. With the exception of the green corset pictured in her blog the other day, she hasn’t bought shirts since last winter. At Tall Girl we hope to get Beth some new jeans. I bought her 2 pair when we first got back from Japan and that’s all she’s got for bottoms (not including 1 pair of sweats). And they’re loose now. There’s also a Tall Girl in Victoria and we’ll be checking it out. Going by past history, the US and Canadian stores have the same price on the tags – so buying in Canada means we save 20-30% so I think we’ll try there first.
That’s me done for tonight. I promise my next blog will be about non-financial things. I’ve been wanting to write a blog sharing some things from my perspective – maybe that will be the next one.