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Vegas Part 2!

7 Nov

I visited two other Walgreens in Vegas.  One was further south on the strip — across from the Monte Carlo.  It was really similar to the one next to the Venetian, only older and slightly shabbier.  But like the other one on the strip it had a BUNCH of clothes.  No luggage or cute hats though.  But it did have sushi.  So 2 Walgreens that carry sushi so far.

I also visited the one on Fremont Street was just like every other store on Fremont Street.  It was mostly souvenir shot glasses and t-shirts, though it also had Tylenol and Imodium.  No sushi at the Fremont store.  It did have more pantry type foods than the stores on the strip, like pasta and rice and Stove Top stuffing.  I guess maybe there are more people that live near Fremont Street?  It’d be sad if many people lived actually at one of the really cheap hotels near there and just had a hot plate and lived off pasta from the Walgreens.  Wow.  That’s a really depressing thought.  I totally just bummed myself out. 😦

Also went to a Walgreens in Flagstaff that I think was fairly close to NAU (maybe not.  There’s no particular reason to trust my Flagstaff geography knowledge) and it was as worn and dingy as the store that’s right next to UNM.  So at least Walgreens doesn’t play favorites with its student-ghetto stores.  Louie the Lumberjack gets the same treatment as Louie the Lobo.  But weird that they’re both named Louie, right?

Finally, unrelated to Walgreens, but a tip from me to my readers: Halloween on the Las Vegas Strip was kinda lame.  Nobody was into it.  Like only 10 percent of the people there were dressed up and everybody was taking themselves very seriously. Who knew?  But Halloween on Fremont Street was AMAZING! People were in super fun, crazy costumes and it was just all one big party.  So, if you find yourself in Las Vegas on Halloween go to Fremont Street.



Kicking the Habit

4 Oct

The other day, I heard about that comedian guy who spent 5 days in the bathroom in order to kick his addiction to his blackberry and the internet*.  And it got me thinking about me and how part of this project is about kicking the shopping habit.  I think I’ve done it.  I no longer feel the need to buy more stuff.  My cluttered house is full of stuff.  I own plenty of clothes.  I own too many shoes. And after being on a buying-stuff diet for almost 5 months, I don’t feel the need to anymore. I feel really good about that.  I feel like I can totally be financially responsible and not a hyper-consumer.  Right now I really feel like I’d rather spend money on travel or spa treatments or whatever rather than stuff.  But is that any better than buying stuff?  Because then you don’t even have anything to show for it at the end of the day.

But really, I am for reals totally ok with only buying stuff I need.  I’m going to Las Vegas for Halloween, and I know if I weren’t just shopping at Walgreens I’d be spending all kinds of money on clothes and shoes to wear there.  I guess I did buy the Star Trek costume to wear there, but I would’ve bought a Halloween costume this year anyway.  I’m not buying a bunch more cocktail dresses that I may or may not even end up wearing, at least. Then again, last month was not the most lucrative at my job, so I probably would have been on a financial diet anyway.

What will happen in November though?  How hard will I fall off the wagon?  If I go on a used book and vintage clothing shopping spree, that’s not really the end of the world.  When I start shopping at the mall again will it be easy to not buy stuff?  I don’t know. Also, it’s weird to kick a habit only to make a plan to fall off the wagon.  Maybe I should try to only buy stuff I need after this is over.  Though, if a betting pool starts on when I’ll crack and buy some crap I don’t need, the smart money would be on me giving up after 12 hours  🙂


*  So that guy (Mark Malkoff) who is spending 5 days in the bathroom?   That project is messed up.  He and his wife only have one bathroom.  Why should she be so inconvenienced? I mean, I am counting on people to hook me up with a pumpkin pie or some fresh fruit or earrings every now and again, but it isn’t totally interfering with somebody else’s life.  And why the bathroom?  That’s silly.  If I was trying to kick an internet addiction, I’d go to maybe Ojo Caliente or somewhere for a week.

Guess What I Found?

1 Oct

While shopping at a Walgreens earlier this week, I happened upon some rhinestone earrings!  Woo!  I needed rhinestone earrings to complete my Ginger Grant Halloween costume.  They’re just hoops, and I’ll probably still try to snag some chandelier rhinestone earrings somehow.  BUT, the point is,  I needed some rhinestone earrings, and they had some!  Crazy.  Go Walgreens!

Tranny Trek

24 Sep

I got my Halloween dress in a few days ago.  I was worried that I’d have to modify it because it wouldn’t be an accurate replica of a Starfleet officer’s uniform.  But no worries there.  The blue uniform has the interlocking circles on the logo, and that’s correct.  It also has the gold detail on the sleeves, and even a slightly asymmetrical collar.  So all the Star Trek details are totally right on.

The fit, however, is problematic.  On one of the reviews on the costume manufacturer’s website, a woman who is a size 8 (like me) said that the Small was way too tight in the hips, but the Medium was way too big in the waist and she’d had to take it in. So I ordered the Medium.  And, sure enough, it fits in the hips, but it is HUGE in the waist.  So I measured, and the difference between the waist measurement and hip measurement was only 4 inches.  On the size charts on most women’s clothing, the waist is usually about 10 inches smaller than the hips.  Also, the upper sleeves are HUGE.  Giant armholes with huge sleeves.

So, Question: what kind of person has giant, ham hock arms and a waist that is only slightly smaller than their hips?

Answer: a male person, that’s what kind.

I think these Original Series Star Trek costumes are made for men.  And I don’t think they’re necessarily intended for drag queens. I think they’re perhaps intended for straight men who, as boys, thought Nurse Chapel was just the most fabulous thing they’d ever seen

Nurse Chapel

and now they like to put on a blue Star Trek dress in the privacy of their own home and prance around.

That’s my theory anyway.

Now I’m off to alter my dress that was designed for a man.


18 Aug

The Halloween costumes aren’t in Walgreens stores yet.  There are still school supplies in the seasonal area.  BUT!  There are Halloween costumes at walgreens.com!  Hurray!  Normally I’m not the type to just spend sixty bucks on some generic piece of crap and call it good.  I usually like to put together my own costumes, but that would be more challenging than seems reasonable this year.  And besides, the only costume that I could come up with that I could put together myself from items at Walgreens was an Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta tourist.  Which would be kinda funny… but not very flattering. And there are several costumes at walgreens.com that are pretty cute.  Cuter than those skanky costumes I keep finding everywhere else online.  BTW girls, speaking of skanky Halloween costumes, a blue bra and panty set plus a bonnet and a staff does not make a Little Bo Peep costume. It’s just a girl in her undies wearing a hat and carrying a stick.

And some of you may say that it’s too early to start worrying about Halloween costumes.  Well I’m ordering online!  I’ll have to wait for it to come in, and then I might have to send it back!  Also, costumes are fun, so why not get started early?

So here are the front runners.

I’m thinking I like the blue retro Star Trek dress better than the red one.  And I’d do my hair in a flip with a headband and my bangs to one side.  Oooh and fake eyelashes!  Totally!  And blue eyeshadow and frosted pink lips, of course. But the red dress is actually cuter I think. But the hair and makeup options aren’t as fun. And they had one of those ugly jumpsuits from TNG like Lieutenant Yar wore, but gross, who’d wanna wear that?  And speaking of Natasha Yar, I think it’ll be the 24th century before women start sporting that haircut again.  Denise Crosby is lovely and all, I’m not saying anything about her, but that jumpsuit and haircut were a hot mess.

So, I don’t know what’s really up with the board game costumes, but I liked the Candy Land and Scrabble ones.  And it was funny, when I looked at the Scrabble-girl costume it suggested the Star Trek costume, which seemed apt because they are both nerd costumes.  But when I looked at the Star Trek costume it suggested the “Platinum Marilyn” costume.  Ummm… I guess they’re both retro?  Anyway with the Candy Land one, it’d be fun to accessorise with a candy necklace and bracelet.  Oh and a Ring Pop!

There was also a Twister costume, but you just know creepy guys would be walking up to any girl wearing that and saying “Left Hand Yellow!”  or whatever, all night.  There was also this Monopoly costume, but I’m on the fence about it. Like it’s cute but… weird.  And it needs a monocle.  I just don’t think it translates to a costume as well as the first two… but there’s something I like about it.  Oh, and p.s. they’re all right around the same price so that doesn’t matter much.

So what do y’all think?  Which one should I get?