Thursday, July 22, 2004

My Photo Site

Hey check it out! My mom created a new site with lots of photos of me. Take a look and let me know what you think:
http://www.mywhitebox.com/alex/

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Is Alex's Mom an Ebay Maven?

Am I an Ebay Maven? I was labeled this (I hope lovingly) by a good friend of mine, after suggesting to her to buy her expensive Lancome makeup on eBay. I've been buying my unique potpourri of moisturizers, makeup, hair products and sunless tanning cream from eBay for almost a year now, and just thought I was making an obvious suggestion. Then, as I started thinking of the eBay purchases I've made over the past several years, I started wondering if maybe I have a larger problem than I thought... 

Strange things I've bought from Ebay? Hmmm...please define strange. Is it strange to buy your dog's flea and tick prevention serum from Ebay? I don't think so...it saves me about 20 bucks every 3 months.  My dogs haven't lost any fur nor appendages yet, so it must be working, right?

What about razor refills? I remember buying an entire case of 5-pack Sensor refills (that's 60 razors for those mathematically-challenged folks), for about $30. Not a bad deal, I think.  Sure there's a tiny bit of rust on some of them, so I'm a little wary about their age (do razors have born-on dates?  should they?), but no major lacerations of shins or knees have occurred yet, so all is well.  I also haven't lost fur nor appendages, for the record. 

Let's see...how about shoes?  I bought a pair of supposedly $90 shoes for $15.  While I'm skeptical about the stated "retail value", this purchase turned out better than expected, as the shoes actually fit and looked decent.  Cinderella would have been proud.

And...dishes.  I have a set of cheapo-but-cool plates that I bought years ago from JC Penney.  I found out that they don't carry them anymore and I was bummed.  Then one day the Ebay lightbulb came on and I checked for them.  There they were on Ebay, just waiting for me!  I'm now ready for dinner for 12, should that occasion every arise.  Hopefully it won't, as my table only seats 6.

My darling husband is currently pricing poker chips on Ebay.  Just last night he proclaimed "Look honey, only $78 for a set of 650 chips!"  My response:  "Okay, sweetie...no more watching Celebrity Poker Showdown on Bravo!"  Of course, the alternative is for him to watch Queer Eye and then our credit card bill goes through the roof!  "But Carson says stripes are IN now and solids are OUT...I had to buy new shirts!".  But I digress...

What's interesting (and a bit scary) is that Ebay does not let you SEE your purchase history.  Well, to be fair, they let you see about 2 months' worth, then they go into the Ebay Twilight Zone, never to be seen again.   What's going on here?  Are they afraid that folks will see all the crap that they've bought, calculate how much hard-earned money they've wasted and quit bidding?  I've got news for them...Fat Chance!  Once you have Ebayed, there's no going back.  It's sort of an addiction.  What CAN'T I find on Ebay that I need to buy?

..and therein lies my problem.  I'm a sucker for a great deal.  And I'm the curious sort that just needs to know if someone actually sells panti-liners on Ebay.   By the way, the answer is "yes"- last bid was $1.99 for 135 "Jumbo Pak".  If you act now, you can probably get a bid in.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Alex's Little Secret

Okay, so we were planning on taking Alex swimming. There's this wonderful invention called the "swimming diaper" that you buy to take your little darling into the pool, so their diaper does not blow up like an Oompa-Loompa as it tries to soak up the entire pool into its patented "gel coating". I don't understand the technology behind them, but they are usually a requirement at most pools if your child is not potty-trained. I suppose they don't want to keep refilling the pool. Anyway...

I saw some Lil' Swimmers diapers at Target and grabbed a package. I was shocked by the price - $7.99 for 12 diapers - but hey, they were required, so I bought them.

They sat on the changing table shelf for about a month until we got around to taking Alex swimming (this past July 4th weekend). We excitedly got out several of his swimsuits (yes, he has more than one), had him model each one and decided on the one that didn't slip down to his ankles when he exhaled. Then we opened the package of Lil' Swimmers and....OMIGOD!

We were surprised to find that the diapers were mostly HOT PINK! ...with the Little Mermaid on it! ...right smack-dab across Alex's rear, in her full pink and green mermaidenly glory.

Okay, hold on one damn minute here! No one told me that swimming diapers were sold in "girl" and "boy" varieties! There was no warning on the package! I don't even remember it saying "Little Mermaid"! That might have tipped me off that something was amiss! Even so, aren't there cute little BOY crabs and that cool singing lobster dude? Are they hot pink? NO!
See the abuse I have to take from these people!
Luckily, "Alex's little secret" was easily hidden under his manly (toddler-y?), blue and green surfer-type swimming trunks. Every once in a while, a little bit of pink would appear from under his waistband and we would quickly look around for onlookers, then gently tuck it back in.

Shhhhhh...don't tell anyone Alex's little secret! He's got 11 more of these damn things to wear before we can buy new ones.