Yah, it's true.
I have worn contacts since a senior in high school. That means that my glasses are prehistoric. Sure, I could get new lens for my new prescription in them but they are ancient old and I just don't want to be caught in those glasses for anything.
Because I have a trip coming up (check back to find out where on the 7th), I figured I really should have a "back up" plan in case my contacts malfunctioned or my eyes were too tired and dry to handle wearing them for a second longer.
Sam's Club happens to have an optometrist on hand. I have visited my eye doctor faithfully and think the world of them but I couldn't pass up inexpensive frames. And I was in Grand Rapids for four boys dentist appointment (Dentist side note...there is one hygienist there that the boys and I fear. She would be much nicer if she drank coffee and ate donuts, I am sure, but she doesn't. And she chastises us for doing that and damaging our teeth. We try to avoid her. She was suppose to clean S2 and S3's teeth. S4 said, as she walked out of the waiting room with S2), "That's the mean doctor. Glad I don't have her!") so a stop in at Sam's Club was easy.
I went to see if I could get an appointment while I let the four boys eat as much food and drink as much soda from the cafe. Hey, they had just come from the dentist. That soda shouldn't effect them one bit.
I fully expected a quick "Your prescription is this, pay here" type of exam. But the optometrist was thorough and I was impressed with all that he did to make sure I had the best prescription. He had me try on some contacts. He took pictures of the inside of my eyes (kinda freaky) and was nice and chatty in a not bad way.
The boys? They gobbled down food and stood outside the door watching the huge flat screen t.v.'s that happened to have a cartoon on it. Could it get better?
Then I had to find a pair of glasses.
I had four boys trying to help me.
I had ten pairs of glasses they liked.
I had three boys trying on glasses begging me to buy them for them.
I took approximately 500 hundred pictures and sent 1,000 texts asking for help. Okay, not really, but I did take a bunch of pics and I did send a bunch of text and I did send my pic on twitter and instagram to see what they said.
S1 picked my glasses almost immediately. The pair I liked the color of the most just didn't fit right. The glasses S1 picked I liked everything about. The woman who ran the desk told me they were the best look on me. But I still hemmed and hawed because it's a touch choice.
I finally picked them out.
I paid. Because you all will want to know, for me to get frames, lens, eye glass exam, contact prescription, photo of the back of my eye to make sure they were well (they are) it costs $277. The glasses should be ready on the 9th.
I turned to let S1, who had come to check on me and see if I was finally ready to go, and told him we just needed a few groceries as I put my checkbook back in my purse. But I looked up to not see S1 but a VERY surprised older man.
Oops. Don't need groceries with him! I laughed and explained and he was too shocked to reply so I just gathered up the boys and headed as far away from there as possible. To the clear other side of the store. Where girls with long beautiful hair descended up on me.
"Sit here! Oh, let us style your hair!" and so they got out these flat iron curler thingy's and curled my hair. "What do you do to your hair?" they asked.
"Nothing." It's true. It is washed and combed and that's all. Sometimes I blow dry the very top of my head to speed along the drying process but it's too thick to blow dry.
"Oh, I am so jealous! It's soooooo pretty!" Another stylist started working on the other side of my head to show of the flat iron to a woman with too short hair.
"They sell for upward of 300 dollars but we sell them here twice a year for 40 dollars," the girls explained to me.
The boys, suckers for all infomercials, begged me to get one.
My amazing stylist assured me it was a great deal when I sent her a text.
So I purchased one.
The boys cheered. Literally, three of them hugged me and jumped for joy.
I would wonder if they think I look hideous and this is my turning point to look pretty but I'll just go with they were glad I bought the cheetah print one.
So soon I should be posting a picture of me with curly hair - or super soft super straight hair - and glasses.
All thanks to my boys.
He may never let me have them pick things out for me again.