I got tickets a few weeks ago to the new Star Wars movie and tonight is the night. Justin, Kristin, Bowie and Iris joined us plus Havana’s friend Goldie and we all went to dinner at Din Tai Fung at Pacific Place before the movie. Eva stayed home with Maddie due to poor behavior (but high-quality tantrums) this week, which was fine given her age and interest in Star Wars.
Unbeknownst to me, we got the 4DX experience, which was a bit too much.
I finally got around to going back to the optometrist to get a new prescription for glasses and also got a prescription for contact lenses.
The first time I went to get a trial set of contact lenses, they made me sit down and put them in, take them out and put them in again before they let me leave with them. I had the hardest time doing that, I was not comfortable sticking my finger in my eye and because I can’t see close up without glasses, it was that much more difficult. The person was so annoyed that I couldn’t do it she wanted to give up on me and suggested that I leave and come back another day, presumably when she wasn’t there. I kept at it and was able to be “approved”.
Then it took me 4 weeks of trying different magnifications and weekly checkups with the optometrist to find the right ones: Dailies Total 1. I’m now much better at putting them in and taking them out. After getting the Dailies Total 1 lenses, I got another prescription — contacts require a prescription per brand — and tried AcuVue Oasys lenses and see if I like them better. They are softer and a bit more comfortable but they, in the presbyopia version (which I think means you can only see Presbyterians), are 2-week lenses and I prefer one-day lenses.
The optometrist is SODO Vision Care who works out of our Costco. I paid $110 and visited 5 times, got 3 prescriptions (1 for glasses and 2 for contacts) and a bunch of free contact samples. Pretty good.
Contacts are much harder than glasses to get started, but for the first time in years, I can see my phone and use the computer without glasses. It feels life-changing. My vision is still not perfect with the contacts so I still use glasses for extended reading, but it’s so nice not to always be looking for or cleaning my glasses! And I can even wear sunglasses and read too!
When we bought our Mini they gave us a $170 coupon for dinner at a restaurant after I answered a survey about the “Mini Experience”. We chose Serafina, a place we hadn’t been to in many years but went to several times when we were first dating and before we moved to Vashon Island. I think we even took my parents there when they visited sometime around 2000.
May 1 is our semi-official anniversary of our first date so we took a rare date night, albeit a day late, and finally used this coupon. 20 years together!
It was a very nice dinner on a nice Seatttle evening. Here’s our Octopus appetizer:
After dinner we stopped at Optimism for my favorite beer: