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April 24th, 2008 at 04:32 am

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First day of at-home, in-situ vacation. I don't know about you, but as long as I don't have to look at a spreadsheet at work, its a vacation. Besides, one of the cardinal rules of frugality is, "enjoy what you have". I live in a city that people actually travel to see, so instead of traveling somewhere else for a week, enjoy some of the things here.

But not quite today. I got caught up on some chores and errands. The one that was the most successful was going to Greenwood Optical. I feared my glasses were scratched beyond repair - it had been 2 years after all - but it turned out that only the anti-reflective (AR) coating was scratched. Remove that, and the lenses underneath were fine. I can see! Very well!

The optician was interested in putting the AR back on, but that would take a week and I had no second pair. I made an appointment next week to get my eyes checked and get another pair of glasses. Its not cheap, but it would be very prudent to have a spare.

I remembered that I really had to be talked into getting that AR coating the first time. I thought of it as like rust proofing a new car. Now its a sweet deal to reincarnate my glasses.

The AR stripping was free. (We treat our customers right, they said.) The AR reinstallation will be $79. Insurance will pay for part of the second pair of glasses.

I walked around Green Lake, bought a sandwich with a coupon for lunch, then came home, read blogs, and cleaned the living room.

4 Responses to “like new”

  1. campfrugal Says:

    My daughter needs another pair of glasses, well actually she needs prescrition sunglasses because she is starting to drive. I have been kind-of putting it off, due to the expense, but she will get a new pair as soon as I get my Stimulus Package in May.

  2. Petunia Says:

    I didn't know that about the scratch coating. Just checked mine and they're not too scratched. Of course, this is the extra pair that I've been wearing for the last year. The primary pair lost a screw, and I guess I just forgot about getting them fixed until I started typing this. Hope you have a fun hometown vacation! Are you going to see any of the sights??

  3. Sami Says:


    I can totally relate. I VERY rarely go on an actual vacation. However, I do get 4 weeks vacation at/thru my job.

    When I am asked where I am going, I inevitably say "nowhere", I just don't have to come/go to work for a week! :-)

  4. boomeyers Says:

    Ahhhhh, part of a nice vacation is not where you are, but having the FREEDOM to choose what YOU want to do! Enjoy!

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