Speaking of shopping, I know in our age of internet it is probably silly to complain about the ease of shopping. However, sometimes I wish it was even easier than it is now. Sometimes it is tiring to fill endless forms, addressees, and passwords. I know it is necessary for safety reasons. But one wonders, if in our day and age, this process could be more automated already. And don't get me started on the delivery services. Since we have moved to a new address, the postal service here is even more atrocious. They constantly miss-deliver to wrong addresses not bothering to read the postcode printed on a parcel or loose our parcels. We wrote about 3 or 4 complains already. With service like this, ordering something online feels like a lottery now and it totally takes all the joy out of shopping. Not to mention that with a service like that we are forced to pay all the time for expensive “sign for”, “tracked” delivery. Which is no use, because tracked or no tracked they still loose it. On several occasions over last few month we have caught delivery people wrongly enter info in the system, lying that packages was signed for and delivered successfully, where as they never showed up. It is especially not funny with delivery companies where you can watch the delivery van live on the website (yes, it sounds like I need to get a life lol). Often they enter few deliveries as attempted and skip them, jumping ahead like about 5 delivery numbers and you get email that you are not home. Meanwhile you are sitting at home watching their GPS location on their website AND THEY ARE NOWHERE NEAR YOUR LOCATION. Instead they are driving to a different area, usually where the pick up point is located lol to go home early. I thought the technologies were supposed to help these people do a better service not to lie and cheat lol. No wonder they all get replaced with machines, because at least you eventually can get machine to do what it is programmed to do. Speaking of which, I stumbled upon few articles online about some promising technological developments regarding delivery service. Can't wait!
I like sewing. But I find it hard to find the fabrics I like in UK's internet shops. Hard to believe, I know! But true. And if I find something I would love to have, it is usually either way to pricey for me or there is no way to order anything other than a swatch. Why would people sell swatches, but not fabrics themselves? I honestly don't understand this. Mostly I end up just browsing and dreaming. Here are some dream fabrics I would like to own:
Nice soft jersey:
Super soft charmeuse:
I can't find much to put as examples. Like I said, I have a problem finding fabrics that I like in the first place.
My old rose plant has died. I ordered the same one online as a bare root few weeks a go. I planted it in the pot in which my jade tree used to be in, which I somewhat cruelly threw a way lol, because I was long bored of it already. The “bare root” came just as bare roots with stems cut off and wrapped in plastic. I planted it using some new compost and fertilised a bit. Within few weeks it grew quite significantly. This is how it looks already:
Years a go, I came up with the idea of exchanging gift lists with Jim before Christmas and we have been doing it ever since. They are more like wish lists, I guess. The idea behind them is that we give each other what the other wants, but it would still be a surprise. The surprise part is maintained by making the wish list big and the giver choosing 1 or 2 things from it to give as gift. You don't know what the other one will choose to give you from your wish list, hence it is a surprise. But you know for sure that it will be something you want, and in the right size, and colour or model, because it is from your detailed wish list. We exchange lists only with each other, Jim and I. Other relatives are left to their own devices. We feel to shy to hand them lists. We tried few times to hint that we would prefer money as gifts lol, but best we ever got is vouchers from shops we like, which was also very nice. And some years we had to fight holiday crowds in shops to exchange gifts for the right size that fits or something we like more. Nevertheless it is the thought that counts, so one shouldn't complain I guess.
I stumbled upon online videos of Japanese pet shops – wow.
I know why they don't have shops like those in UK anymore. Why buy, if you can pet all that cuteness for free and go home, living other people to clean the poop and feed the animals. And every time you come, there would be new super-cute animals to pet, in case you are bored of previous ones lol.