On a day so hot that there was a severe weather advisory (yesterday), J and I decided it would be the perfect time to traipse around downtown and run a few errands.
Our first stop was to Pearle Vision for an eye exam and a contact lens refill for me. I knew the prescription from the cranky optometrist at Sears Optimal in Baltimore (Security Blvd) wasn't quite right, and today's optometrist agreed with me. But then I blew her mind by one of my eyes completely rejecting a contact which she was sure was the same in every way to the one I'd come in wearing except instead of calling it Biomedics (what they call it through 1-800-CONTACTS) they're called something else. The prescription for my right eye hadn't changed, so the only difference was the brand name on the box, but yet looking through the contact was an experience I'd never had before. Everything had sort of a glowy drop-shadow effect which bounced around whenever I blinked my eye. It was kind of cool, but also kind of disorienting, so I ended up having to switch brands and now I feel like I just applied an unsharp mask to the world.
For lunch we stopped at Qdoba, which is suspiciously like a Chipotle, but doesn't actually seem to be related. And they have more variety - I got a poblano pesto burrito which was only ok, but J's mole sauce burrito was much more interesting.
After lunch we walked into the shiny world of Verizon Wireless, and got a family share plan and two new phones. I had been due for a new-every-two phone for over a year, and J got his phone free since we were getting my phone. Originally, I was going to take the cheap free phone and let him pick out whatever fancy-schmancy phone he wanted, but in the end, all he wanted was a phone-phone (you know, one that makes calls and that's it) and so did I, but I got swayed by the 1.3 MP cameras on the more expensive phones. Truthfully, I am not really interested in a camera phone since there's no way it could ever compete with my camera and I have my camera with me almost all the time, but hey if it's going to have a camera on it, I'd rather have a 1.3 MP camera than a 300K one, right? So I ended up with the fancy-schmancy phone with V CAST and all that other stuff that I'm never going to use because you have to pay for it and I am too cheap to even pay to upgrade from the horrible default ring tones. But it's very a cute phone.
I mean, I'm a little sorry to part with my old phone because it was my first cell phone, but it's three years old and the battery hardly lasts a whole day and now it doesn't even ring any more (occasionally it rings just at the last second, when it's too late to find the phone before it goes to voice mail).
We went to Trader Joe's.
Now I've been to Trader Joe's before, but for some reason I was just enamored with this one. Could it be that I'd just been fitted with new contact lenses moments before and everything just looked better? Or maybe I was just happy to be out. (Seriously, sitting at home all the time is depressing. Who knew.)
Anyway, I had talked J into a trip to Trader Joe's on the premise that we needed food in general, but really my secret goal was to pick up some of the deeeelectable ginger ice cream I had at ViSuaLLy MiNDeD's house this past week. It's got real ginger pieces in it, yet it's not as piercing as you might expect. And interestingly enough, it's really good when paired with coffee ice cream, so I picked up a pint of that as well.
Today I'm headed outside again and it seems just as hot as yesterday, but it will be fun because I'm meeting up with one of my college roommates. Coincidentally, her sister is moving in about four blocks away from me. Given the number of people I know who live here, I'm starting to think that maybe Philly (and not NYC, as I previously thought) is the center of the universe... my universe anyway. :) And that's ok, because so far I'm really liking it here!