Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Purchases

I can't really express how tickled I am that finally this year we are not getting clobbered by snowstorm after snowstorm. Even the good side of getting a snowstorm, having a free "snowday", doesn't happen up here. Everybody works no matter what. I think in the ten years I've been here, they've only suggested working from home once. That was the day I saw people cross country skiing in the streets because the buses stopped coming. They didn't cancel service but all the buses got stuck until they could be dug out. Of course getting dug out here is pretty easy since they've had thousands of rehearsals. Since we came home from Hawaii three weeks ago, we've had maybe two inches of snow. I think this will end up being the sunniest February ever too. Love it. I also love the squealing by those getting clobbered down south. I know gloating isn't nice, but gloating and chortling I am. It's an act of gratitude, really.

Serge and I went out shopping on Sunday for phones for the house. Our old ones are acting up and he wanted a new set. So he bought a set at Costco but when he set them up, the answering machine portion of the ensemble didn't work. He called the help line and they troubleshot (shooted?) but couldn't solve the problem. So he went back and exchanged it for another set and of course, the exact same problem happened. It seemed most likely a programming problem. It would play the outgoing message partially and then stop and hang up. Weird. Anyway, after two tries and trips over to Costco, he decided to buy elsewhere. So I took him out. We checked Walmart first because they are a good gauge of good prices. We don't want to BUY there though. We checked the Source (Radio Shack), La Baie, Zellers, and Bureau en Gros (Staples) which is where he finally found the item he wanted at a good price. I felt like I was tutoring, but don't tell him that.

During the shopping excursion, my pants split open in the back. They've been getting tighter and tighter but you can only blame shrinkage for so long. No, it's time to own up to the new blubber butt. So of course we had to shop for some pants. Well, we didn't HAVE to, I mean, I was wearing opaque long underwear, so there was no skin, nor nasty hair business showing. But what better excuse for buying pants than when you split them open? So I bought pretty much the same make and model and the same size. I should have bought a size up probably, but my fragile ego is not ready for that yet.

When we got home we both cut each other's hair. See Serge has been bugging for a long while now about needing hair clippers. I know that hair clippers are a sucker buy, I mean really, how often are you going to use them. Well, when he bought the telephones at Costco, he also came home with the deluxe hair clipping set. Oh you should have seen how I rolled my eyes when he showed me that. Still, I figure we deserved to get some return on this wasteful expenditure. The kit even came with a (can't think of word) giant bib item to protect you from falling hairs. So we played barber and cleaned each other up. I figure we made half of the price back already. Happy hump day peeps.

23 comments:

Blobby said...

I don't understand this post. I don't see Georgie's name in it ONCE.

Hair clippers were one of the best purchases I've ever made. Mind you, I might not be the yardstick to go against. I use mine 2-3 times a week for the last 13 years or so.

Since I used to get my hairs cut every three weeks at about $18 a pop, the clippers paid for themselves in 2 hair cuts. 1.5, actually.

As for splitting the pants. Been there / blogged that! :)

Rick said...

Sorry to hear about your splitting pants. I would have been mortified! Yet I'm surprised you didn't add any poop/fart humor to this post to go along with it.

I too am happy the snow has been more southern. We're getting some today but still the worst below us.

Anonymous said...

Oooh does this mean pics of newly trimmed Torn and Serge? Perhaps for HNT.
My OH wont let me trim his hair, I think he likes haveing some stranger at the barbers running his fingers over his head, LOL.
Nick UK

Snooze said...

There should never be hair business showing from a distance. Use those clippers on your crack if you have that much butt hair! Or get waxed. Which I am overdue for.

Rox said...

LOL You are so going to split your pants again with the same size! Tell Serge to start packing the camera...

anne marie in philly said...

"I also love the squealing by those getting clobbered down south. I know gloating isn't nice, but gloating and chortling I am. It's an act of gratitude, really."

thanks a lot, friend! we are under a blizzard warning down here til midnight! ain't funny!

Mel said...

David actually had a clipper set pre-relationship and we both cut our own hair with it. In a year's time, it probably pays for itself twice over, and it's several years old now. I think Serge had the right idea on that one.

GayProf said...

BMU allegedly hasn't given a snow day since 1979.

David said...

I have a hair clipper set and it cost the amount of less than two haircuts. That's been a real bargain. Still, every rare now and again, I like to pamper myself and splurge on the $17 cut (including tip).

Birdie said...

You guys pay next to nothing for haircuts anyway. I pay $35 plus tip every five weeks. No, clippers aren't going to help me.

Gloating as gratitude, huh? That's a new spin. I should try it: I'm in Key Largo while the snow falls up north.

Word ver: tullatio. You decide.

truthspew said...

I don't split pants, oh no that woudl be too easy. Instead for some reason I always wear out the crotch of the pants.

As to hair clippers, yes there is a set in this house. Also have a full licensed hair stylist aka my SO Keyron. That works out very nicely.

truthspew said...

I don't split pants, oh no that woudl be too easy. Instead for some reason I always wear out the crotch of the pants.

As to hair clippers, yes there is a set in this house. Also have a full licensed hair stylist aka my SO Keyron. That works out very nicely.

Cordless phones - I've got the Vtech DECT 6.0 phones and they're great. Ours have been dunked in water several times and survived after a bit of drying out (Drop the battery pack if that happens.)

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Anonymous, too said...

Hope the long underwear were bright red, or tie-dyed Day-Glo, or polka-dotted, or SOMETHING. After all, what's the point of splitting your pants if you don't provide a good show for whoever's behind you?

My word verification is "icetrips". How the fork does this thing know what I was doing while cleaning 8 inches of snow off my car this morning?

dykewife said...

bran (husband) regularly cuts boy's hair. boy prefers his hair short (i miss his curls!). we got the clippers when boy was in grade 2 (he's in grade 12 now) and it's done brush cuts, cut a x&o pattern, mohawk and various other clips. it's saved us tons of money.

oh, the bib is a drape or cape :) and we didn't get one with our clipper kit.

Fresco said...

In Belgium we had 1 cm of snow yesterday and the whole country came to a stand still - I guess you laugh your heads off with us.

I also had my pants ripped once, I got stuck on a office chair causing a big fissure around backside area. Got out at lunch time to buy new pants.

Tatiana said...

I too can't help but gloat at our break while they ski and dig down south. Although we've had some epic snowfalls here too, never has the city declared an official snow day. But at least we can enjoy the warm sunny month and laugh at someone else. And Vancouver.

Patricia said...

I thought of you and Rox this week when we got 9 inches of snow. I'd be celebrating less if that was the weekly norm, too. It sure is pretty, though.

dirkmancuso said...

Cutting each other's hair...so brave.

Luuworld said...

haha, you split open your pants?! that's hilarious! kind of slap stick humor, no?
i wear out my pants in the crotch area over time. because i have thunder thighs. not so funny!

Serge said...

Tornwordo haven't mentionned that the trimmer also help having more AIR between his legs.... Thought it was a valuable information to justify that huge invesment.

Anonymous, too said...

Serge: Is there now less chance of his pants splitting open?

Polt said...

Perhaps, if you had gotten some of the snow I've been squealing about getting, and had to shovel it out, MAYBE your pants wouldn't have split! It's not nice to gloat, I know, but gloating and chortling over split pants I am.

Kidding, I Kid! I'll gladly take you snow this year if you take it back for, oh I don't know, another twenty years or so! :)

HUGS....

S said...

Good thing the pants split at Costco. You can get four pairs for the price of one.