I'm STILL a self confessing, self professing know-it-all, or so I think!


My 1500th post on WordPress!!

… just thought I’d throw that milestone out there. Today’s post is really about my great day. Went early to Yorkdale – I love it now that I live minutes away. Parking lot was already packed before 10 in the morning, but this attractive older couple was leaving, and lovely lady kept pointing me towards her car. Kept smiling too … knew it was ZEN BABY, people are so positive towards it! Oh, before I continue with my shopping tales, when I left for home, I stopped at Shell for some V-Power (and 10X AirMiles). I swerved around, positioning my car in front of this absolutely gorgeous Mercedes SLS AMG (the one with the gull wing doors) …


… yeah, I know SICK!! Anyway, I jumped out and blurted out to the owner, a good-looking guy about my age as he was getting ready to leave … “kinda liked my ride?” … meaning/referring/joking that I like my car. Without missing a beat, he assertively, along with complete honesty, snaps back offering affirmation, “I like your ride” … “better than this one”. thanks dude, ZEN BABY, lol!!

Back to shopping! I went to purchase a specific item, to kinda compensate for my Banana lacking gift. I was told, this is something good. I’ve never shopped for this before, but listen to this … as I was leaving my hairdresser’s place yesterday, he showed me this very gift that a client gave as an X-mas present, lol. Weird, I woulda said before. Not so weird anymore, I say now! Oh, I also went to buy myself a coffee maker, as I no longer have one, but due to the fact that I’m not in possession of my rewards card, I knew I’d be fucked and wouldn’t be able to access MY MONEY, I quit before I devoted fruitless time, frustrating myself. I already feel fucked as it is – $160 (half of which is mine) is being controlled/manipulated, and I don’t have easy/immediate access to it. Nice! Whatevs, after this, it’s finally fucking done!

Next up, was fragrances! Funny, when I was walking out of the store into the mall, I asked a Chanel girl in the women’s department, where the men’s department was. She said, “Chanel, or in general”? In general I answered. When I got there (ok, first of all, the fucking area is gorgeous), the gentleman who helped me, who didn’t work for any particular brand, immediately steered me towards Chanel. I was sold. Listen to this, the 50 ml costs $82.50, the 100ml $107 … BUT, if you spend over $100, you get $20 off. Duh, picked up the 100ml for $87! Oh, apparently the cologne is brand new too, and when I asked for samples of any kind for men, he didn’t think he had any. But then, he came back w/ a 10ml bottle … that ain’t no fucking sample, that’s a fucking bottle, lol! I love it!! Then, I asked for samples for women, he obliged! Oh, when home, was kicking myself for not doing this earlier … went online and ordered another pair of sale priced Chuck’s from JV … I was lucky too, international free shipping that ended yesterday, didn’t. Lucky my size was still available. ZEN BABY!!




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Boxing Day Boffo!

Day started early, driving in snowy-shit conditions to Yorkdale wanting to beat the mad rush – and I did, was in and out, with deals snagged. At home later, Tiff remarked how she was somewhat disappointed that we didn’t score a Dyson DC29 that Target and Future Shop had on sale for HUGE savings. The former was available in store, limited quantities, no rain cheques, essentially a Boxing Day door crasher for $298.99, the latter a one day online offer of $298.98. As I said, the savings were incredible … $200 off. But, now it was hours since stores opened their doors, and she was sure that they were sold out … but wait, she took to her boards, her shopping deal sites, and someone posted about getting an even better deal because of a price match from Canadian Tire. Sorry, I’m gonna jump ahead here in my story … others later commented that he shouldn’t have posted – stating it’s up to the discretion of individual Canadian Tire stores regarding price matching … and perhaps he should have done the same (used discretion), since it wasn’t a guaranteed deal. Apparently some won’t do it if it’s a door crasher, they may even call the store to see if they have any in stock, and if they don’t, then they won’t price match. But when I left, I didn’t know this, I just flew out the door with my Target flyer in hand, and all the extras Tiff told me this other dude got on his deal, expecting to get the same. Oh, another thing, Canadian Tire is great for up to the minute inventory, we realized that it takes only five minutes to update its current inventory, and my store had eleven in stock, other nearby (read: far, but close, lol) stores were showing one or two, not one was showing double-digits … other than mine. Plus, my store is only two minutes away. And when in, I beelined it to the vacuum cleaners. None on the shelf, no problem – store-dude gladly phones my request to the stock-room dude, quickly running outta sight, retrieving my Dyson moments later. Sweet! I went to pay, but was referred to customer service because of the price match (which I figured was going to happen), then elderly, gruff worker lady kept barking “NO RETURNS TODAY”… I told her, “hey, I’m trying to buy the fecking thing”, lol (Tiff joked, “you shoulda said ok and left the store”, LOL)! Oh, and ANOTHER thing … the store’s return/customer service dept. is set up to be easily discernible with chrome bars, a walkway leading you in and around, indicating ‘this is where the line forms’ and where you stand awaiting your turn, till someone says, “NEXT”, or signals you … and you’d think that would suffice/eliminate any confusion and solve the problem. Nope! It’s amazing how people come from all angles, ignoring said chrome-bar-laneway and rudely encroaching on your space seeking immediate attention, as you’re trying to complete your transaction! After, she (wonderful cashier/service chickie – sorry, didn’t catch your name) disposed of a few of these interrupting ignoramuses, I mentioned to her how rude it was that people would do that. She said, you wouldn’t believe it, it’s non-stop all day. Ok, back to my Dyson deal … Canadian Tire did price match, and I guess because of a price match they give you an additional 10% in Canadian Tire money equivalent to the price of the item … which, in this case was $30 … sweet, again!! And the beauty of their money, is that it’s like money, it never expires. I also received a $15 Promo Card because I spent over $75 (valid from Jan 10 to Jan 25), so I’ll def have to keep my eye on it making sure it doesn’t expire before being used. It was a great deal for $300 … I got mine for the same price, minus $30, minus $15 = $255!! Big shout-out to guy who posted the deal in the first place … you’re my Boxing Day hero! Oh, and here’s kicker; everything – the whole thing took me under 20 minutes from when I left my house, to when I got back home … I didn’t even have to kill myself doing it either, lol!! I did say SWEET, eh, lol!!

$30 … lookie my money, lol …


and my Promo Card …


the receipt …


… and my new Dyson



you had me at Steak & Guinness

… guy in line ahead of me too apparently, wife quipped “it’ll do for the car ride home”, lol. First I’ve heard of Williams-Sonoma artisans’ market, and from what I’ve seen, seems like they have a winner on their hands. A few pics.

placard promoting local artisanal products (try saying that three times fast, lol)


Yorktown Pie picks


my Steak & Guinness … thing’s a heftyheifer


… all ready to reheat, and chowdownmofos