The Daily EO: May 13th, 2012

Today was mother’s day and my sister-in-law’s birthday.  We all decided on a quiet day – brunch and dinner together and hanging out in between.  Not too much flair and fuss.  After brunch, my MIL and SIL and I decided to go shopping at the local mall.

At Sears, I tried on a Jones & Co summer dress that I didn’t need, but it was 50% off, and everyone else was trying on dresses, why shouldn’t I?  It was size 12.   It was close-fitting cut and needed fit properly or you’d be fussing with it all the time.  The  dress was too flappy in the bosom and too loose in the waist.  It didn’t fit right.  Sigh.  But, wait, . . . if it was too big in two different places, then perhaps I needed a size 10.  And a 10 fit perfectly!  It know I shouldn’t care.  I know the size number should never matter.  But a size 10!  I had a huge piece of Vegan Chocolate Cake that day and 30 ounces of wine in the previous 48 hours.  Pretty good.

Off to Old Navy where cheap shorts were my target.  I took all my size 12s into the fitting room – as surely the size 10 was a fluke.  (do not tempt fate) Apparently the 10 was  – all of these size 12 shorts were too small.  I had to bump up to a 14 in all of them.  Do you think it is possible to expand whilst walking through a mall?

Then to The Bay were I found a pair of Jessica Simpson jean shorts – that were sized logically – based on the universally accepted INCHES of your waist measurement.  I grabbed a 32  because my waist is 31 or 32 and looked on with confusion as fell on the floor.  I had to drop down to a size 29, and really a 28 would be even better.

May 13, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  When did the length of an inch change?  I am so behind the times.

Maintenance May Day 13:
Didn’t let my MIL purchase those weird almost-skin-tone shorts at Cleo.  (family, soul)
Had a good heart-to-heart with my MIL (connection)

The Daily EO: May 9th, 2012

I sign up for e-mails and surveys if there is something immediate in it for me.  If I am asked for my opinion on something I am not going to give it to you for free nor even the “chance to win”.  If you want me to tell you my opinion, I need something now.  (Um, except when my opinion is on my blog – what a deal you are getting!)  Some goes with my e-mail address.  Marketers, you want my e-mail address?  Then you better give me something for it.  Like AirMiles, or Petro Points, a Point of Sale discount, a cupcake, or something.

A while ago, I was shopping in Banana Republic.  They asked if I wanted my receipt on paper, or e-mailed to me.  As well, if I gave them my e-mail address, I would get 25% off my purchase today.  25%?  No thinking required.  Here is my e-mail address.  The girl told me that I would get some pretty good deals.   Sure, I would, honey.  At worse, I could just point them to the spam bucket.

This practice of POS discounts at the company that owns Banana Republic, The Gap and Old Navy eventually led to all three brands having my e-mail address.  I mean a discount is a discount – and I’m a sucker for a deal.   Last time I purchased something at Banana Republic, they gave me 40% to give them my e-mail address again.   Whaaa?

Well, I will tell you – that girl was right.  There isn’t a week that passes without me receiving an email from each of these retailers with a sale or discounted price.  And regularly it is 40% off regularly priced items, and free shipping over $50.

But there is a price for these crazy deals.   Today I received my 8th, 9th and 10th email from these companies this month (yes, 10 in 9 days!).  4 from Banana Republic, 3 from The Gap and 3 from Old Navy.  Seriously Guys, maybe you should focus on other marketing techniques?

May 9th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Volume discounts from retailers.  And I mean volume.  Hope your inbox (and credit card)can take it.

Maintenance May Day 9:
Called my grandma (family).
Called my grandpa (family).
Sent a note to my Nurse Practitioner to thank him for my blood work (body/connection) and curing me.
Baked and delivered gluten-free/low calorie muffins to my friend who deserves them.  (connection).