This year I have also had to move into glasses that correct for near-sightedness. It is a mild correction, and I mostly use them for driving since I consider being able to read road signs a high priority. With my lousy sense of direction it just doesn't work for me to not be able to make out what they say until the last minute.
My dilemma was needing two different kinds of glasses for two different tasks. (Please don't mention bifocals. I am not emotionally ready to think about such a thing.) Our eyeglass plan allows for a modest pair of glasses once every two years. I decided to use the plan to get one good pair of reading glasses since that is what I use the most. Being thrifty, I was dragging my heels about spending money on a second pair. Enter Zenni.
You upload a picture of yourself and "try on" the frames. Prices start as low as $6.95 a pair, and yes that includes the lenses. I ended up ordering two pairs of driving glasses, one regular and one tinted. I also ordered a two pairs of spare reading glasses. They were all $9.95 each with the exception of the sunglasses (they charge a bit extra for the tinting).
|regular distance glasses|
I decided to be daring when I ordered the spare reading glasses. I went with whimsical and impractical, which is odd since I am not the kind of person who does whimsical, and I am about as practical as they come. But for $9.95 a pair I decided to live dangerously. After all, who was going to see these spare glasses anyway.
|Chinese 2012 year of the Dragon reading glasses|
|winter reading glasses|
Last week Jay and I had a meeting with a financial advisor. My enthusiasm for this event ranked slightly higher than a trip to the dentist. As we sat in the office listening to a disorganized presentation highlighted by meaningless charts and graphs I felt myself slipping into the danger zone - the one where I think I might slap somebody. (Not that I would ever really do that, I just feel like I want to.) The problem was I didn't take my knitting. I had decided beforehand that I didn't want this guy thinking I was some kind of weirdo. I don't usually care, but since this meeting involved talking about money I figured it was important to be taken seriously.
As it turns out I needn't have worried about the knitting making me look like an outcast. As he turned the computer screen towards us so we could see one of the pointless illustrations I suddenly realized I had my new reading glasses in my purse. I reached in, opened the case and stared. Not only was I looking down at my new green glasses with the trees on the stems, I was also looking down at my handknit sweater vest. The green one with the trees on it.
It just doesn't get any nerdier than that. I'm surprised his financial advice wasn't to purchase lottery tickets.