Saturday, July 21, 2007


I've had a series of firsts here lately.

In no particular order, they are:

eBay. I made my first eBay purchase.

I saw these while reading another blog (scroll down to last picture). One of the comments mentioned they are no longer available in stores, but available on eBay, so I quickly dashed there and put in a bid. And got them. YAY. OK, "got them" meaning I've got the bid. This whole eBay thing is NOT for someone who is into instant gratification. I think the auction closed last Thursday (as in last week), the P@ypal payment finally cleared yesterday, so I'm still waiting....waiting....waiting.

I've always been somewhat intimidated by the whole eBay thing. I had some Pfalzgraft dishes I thought about selling and when I checked out how to do it, I figured a garage sale was much easier. As it ended up, Meghan needed them for her apartment last year, so that took care of decisions for me.

OK, second First..... I bought something on QVC. Earrings. Two pair. I had a friend who was on sick leave several years ago, and she said she had to go back to work to break the QVC habit she developed while recovering (and for several birthdays and Christmases after that, I received items I KNEW were QVC purchases...but were very nice and fit mny tastes)(can you tell I'm covering myself in case she reads this?)(but seriously, they were nice)(honest).

But whenever I'm channel surfing and run across QVC, they are selling some kind of elastic-waist old ladies' slacks or something frumpy, so I've never felt the urge to stop and watch. Then buy.

But the other night....earrings. Gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that I bought a pair of white gold and yellow gold. The yellow gold arrived 4 days later. That was a week ago and I'm still waiting on the white gold that were shipped the same day. QVC customer service advises me to wait until July 22 before I panic and pitch a fit. So, I'm thinking that will be my last QVC purchase. And to make sure, I did NOT watch when the Dooney and Burke handbags were being sold beause, OH, love the D&B.

Third first, massage. By a guy. I've had a couple of massages by women and they were OK. Last week, a co-worker and I decided the cure for being away from home for an extended period of time and working the hours we are was to treat ourselves to massages and parafin body wraps.




I got the parafin body wrap first. Never had one before. Not sure I'll get one again, but it was a great experience. I will admit that during the process, I was thinking "It's a good thing my grandma has passed on because if she knew I was paying to have hot wax poured over me, she'd have a hissy fit." But after I was covered in parafin and they wrapped me in ...whatever it was... it was just a slice of heaven.

Then the wax was removed and I went for the massage by a Russian rowing coach, Leonid. He started with my right leg and after one stroke, exclaimed, "You're just like a candle!"

When my massage was over, I dressed, then turned and looked at the table and noticed it was covered with chunks of parafin.

My co-worker got the wrap after her massage and while I was getting my massage. She's convinced that on our way home, she left a trail of parafin flakes behind her. We also noted as we walked back to our hotel, that walking in flipflops with "parafin feet" takes a certain skill. That we apparently don't possess.


el said...

Nice shoes! ;)

Sounds like you're making the best of the situation. :)

Jeff Meyerson said...

sly, be careful, it's the thin edge of the wedge!

The only thing we've ever bought on QVC was our CD changer, which worked out quite well, and I've managed to stay away from eBay & paypal to date.

Not to mention parafin wraps and massages by guys named Leonid... .


KDF said...

*lights sly's wick*

Sounds divine.

I, too, have purchased shoes on eBay. They were a bahgain, and I love them, but there's always a part of me that giggles over the thought that I'm wearing somebody's used (preowned? gently worn? thoroughly tested for my own safety?) footwear.


Anonymous said...

i'm strictly into goodwill and the dead people's clothes myself...-insomniac

punky said...

I love, love, love those shoes!

Hugs and kisses.


Kathy said...

Wow.. sounds like a fun week, Sly!

Jerry said...

You're about half the age of the only other woman I ever knew who bought stuff from QVC. She was an addict. And then she died. Don't know if there is a connection.

I've had massages, never by a dude, and was never offered the parafin treatment. I feel slighted. I'll try anything once.

Maybe not anything. Leonid ain't getting his hands on me.

rita said...

Hi, Sly! Don't write off QVC just yet. I've bought a lot of gold jewelry, and only once did I have to send something back that wasn't perfect. They're very good about replacing things.

They also have good prices on philosophy body products, and lots of other stuff.

I'm hooked, but I don't allow myself to order often, and then only online when I'm not watching tv!

Ebay--yep. Can't make a killing selling things, but it's fun to get packages in the mail!!!