I’ve heard about paper straws on news media but this was the first time seeing them in person – at Costco Food Court. As I was dressing my hot dog, I could hear people talking about the paper straws. They were basically saying “Oh, paper straws”
The straw was narrower than normal plastic straws that I am use to. I would prefer wider straws, but that’s an American gripe (one of the reasons why some people hate Americans). Paper straws are just fine. I enjoyed my hot dog.
Out of curiosity, after my hot dog lunch, I filled my soda cup with water and came back to work. I drank that water rest of the day using the same paper straw. The straw held up nicely. I think tip of the straw will break apart if you hold it in your mouth constantly for a few hours. Besides that, paper straws seem perfectly fine for normal people.
It was nice to see paper straws at Costco food court.
It came to me as a great shock to learn that laundry detergents lose effectiveness sooner than I thought.
This subject wouldn’t matter much if you have a full size family. But it’s a different story if you live alone. In my case, a large jug of fabric softer can easily last 3 years or longer. So, I did some more research and learned that many products will lose effectiveness sooner than I imagined. Below, I listed some of the products and how long they are good for.
Dishwasher detergent (6-12 months).
Liquid dish soap (12-18 months).
Bleach (6-12 months)
liquid fabric softener (6-12 months)
Lysol (2 years)
Hydrogen Peroxide (30 days – 6 months)
Disinfectant wipes (1-2 years depends on products)
Window Cleaner (2 years)
Furniture polish (about 2 years)
Shampoo/Conditioner (12 – 18 months)
Body lotion (1 – 3 years)
FYI: Chemicals in dried powder form would last longer compared to its liquid counterparts.
I was clueless. How come nobody told me This? I felt so stupid… all these years… I thought these stuff lasted 5 years minimum,
Then I thought, maybe a lot of single men out-there didn’t have this information as well. So, here it is. Now you know.
Holiday season is approaching fast that I can feel it on my skin. We had a pretty warm day today, but as I hurried to Costco after work, it quickly turned chilly as the Sun started to go down already.
With my empty cart, I went straight to Christmas aisle. I stayed there for awhile and enjoyed this train village (Sold out late October). I liked the music and lights. And the train was going in and out… This thing was a dream. I couldn’t walk away from it. I thought about people living in those tiny houses. I wish I had this when I was a kid. But, aren’t we all kids? Anyway, Christmas is magic. Oh, how I cherish Costco’s Christmas aisle…
Soon, I was back on to Costco shopping. Coupons (instant savings) saved $27.50.
European Cookies (#181679 $8.99 after $3 off) have been my holiday ritual for last 10 years or so. Every holiday season, I buy a few cans of these cookies from Costco and put them in freezer. I enjoy them on weekend with morning coffee. My plan is to enjoy little bit of Christmas throughout the year. I bought 3 boxes of of these cookies last year. I am on the last box now.
Soy beans and pot stickers (#440175 $7.99 after $3 off) will last several months for me. It’s good to have variety of quick meals handy. Especially if you live alone, you have plenty room in your freezer, and keeping a freezer full will save energy.
I failed miserably on watermelon this time. The watermelon I bought today was barely enjoyable. It was about 7 out of scale of 10. I am beginning to wonder if I will ever have a good watermelon rest of my life. I would pay $100 for a really good watermelon. I suck so bad at picking watermelons. I spent a lot of time and money hunting for a super-fantastic watermelon.
I bought three bottles of Nature’s Bounty, Nair, Skin & Nails (#553486, $12.46 after $3.50 off). I’ve been taking Biotin supplements every other day, but my hair was getting thinner over the years. I shall take extra dose of these and see if my hair will grow thicker. Don’t get old, people.. don’t get old… 🙁
Michelin wiper blades are super cheap at Costco, especially when there is instant rebate like right now. So, go and get your wiper blades at Costco. If you don’t need it now, just buy a pair and keep them in your trunk. You will thank me later. The sale ends October 27, 2019.
Three days later, at a garage sale, I bought 2 wiper blades for $2. This is a typical garage sale irony that happens sometimes.
There was a lot of watermelons at Costco. Using my prior experience, I looked at the bottom part of each watermelon and picked out one watermelon that I think had the best looking underbelly. I took it home and cut it open. It was enjoyable but was not super-fantastic. It was 8 1/2 out of scale of 10. I would like one really good watermelon before the season ends.
Box of Kirkland Signature Christmas chocolates is for the guys at mail annex (warehouse) at my work. I will give them the first Christmas gift of the year (in October). I do a lot of online shopping and get all my packages delivered to my work. I shall keep my mail-room guys happy.
I believe Occuvite works for me. As I get older, I started to see strange black spot. I see tiny black dust whenever I open my right eye. But, it goes away if I take Occuvite. I take it every other day or once every three days.
I cannot get enough of Vietnamese Pho instant noodles. It’s so good and different than what I’m used to. I know they are bad for me (high sodium, empty calories, early death, etc..), but they are so good. Also, each serving unit is smaller than most instant noodles, so I eat less sodium and less calories. I bought 2 boxes while they were still on sale.
Season is changing. I see more pumpkins than watermelons in stores now. This year, I only had one super-fantastic watermelon. I would really like to enjoy some good watermelons before the season ends. I walked in to Costco warehouse focused – and found less than 10 watermelons huddling at the bottom of a bin. I bent down in an awkward position for a few minutes looking for the best looking watermelon.
I cannot imagine female shoppers going for watermelons in this extreme bent-down position. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone files a law suit against putting watermelons in ground level like this. It’s not only physically challenging to a lot of people, but it prevents most female shoppers from getting watermelons. It puts shoppers in awkward position.
Anyway, I found one watermelon for me. It didn’t look very good, but it was the best of what was left. This reminded me of myself.. I may not be a super-fantastic guy, but I am as good as it could get in what’s left of single men at my age. So… get some. Haha!
I took the watermelon home and cut it open. It was juicy and crispy. It had an amazing texture, but it was not super sweet. Center part was pretty good, but outer meat was not super-fantastic. I rate this 8 1/2 out of 10 in yummy scale. It was still enjoyable.
It’s Christmas time! Christmas nativities were in stock at Costco! But… as I get older, holiday season is starting to feel little depressing. It feels like last Christmas was only a few months ago. And yet another year is coming to an end. Life is still fun and positive. But, now I see more life in my rear-view mirror than in front. It’s kind of bittersweet. Anyway, let’s enjoy while we are still here. Please stay healthy and share love with me.
SPAM was on sale – I understand a lot of people don’t like SPAM. But, to me, SPAM is crazy good times. We don’t know what kind of meat we’re eating, but who cares when they are so yum? I will marry anyone who smells like SPAM (mm… maybe not).
I have a friend who likes cheese, so I’ve been buying different cheese lately.
Focus Factors and Weider Prime are mystery products. I don’t know if they do anything for me. It’s just… I am scared to miss out on anything if I don’t take these. So, I take them time to time to see if I feel anything different.
And finally, I bought a watermelon. I’ve been obsessing over watermelons lately. Before I go any further, you have to understand how it is to be a single man living alone. I don’t pick up kids after school, I don’t plan family vacation, I don’t worry about my wife’s dental plan, etc… Compared to normal family men, I have a huge void. I need to find something to channel my energy, so I will not cry myself to sleep every night. For now, I am obsessing about watermelons. I would like to develop the art of finding good watermelons. So, back to Costco…. This time I bought a watermelon with dark yellow underbelly. I took it home and opened it. It was very red, very sweet, but mushy. This watermelon was too ripened. The next day, I went to a local market and bought another watermelon. That one was enjoyable, but it was not super-fantastic.
I often I have two cut opened watermelons in my refrigerator. I normally end up throwing away one of them. So far, I only have had one super-fantastic watermelon this year. This is frustrating.
My visitors know I am a coffee guy. Coffee brings me joy. Good coffee can make moments more special just like good music. For that, I put effort in finding good coffee.
I’ve been enjoying San Francisco Bay’s French Roast coffee. French roast is one of the darkest coffee roasts. French roast can be little too dark for some people, but coffee lovers appreciate dark and smoky taste of French roast.
San Francisco Bay’s French Roast has the most ideal French roast taste that I know of. There are other coffee makers out there. My problem with other name brand French roast coffee is that they lack flavor and/or they are acidic. They leave you with bitter after-taste. Not only that, they are expensive. Some coffees simply taste cheap. San Francisco Bay’s French Roast is strong with full flavor, and it doesn’t have bitter after-taste. This Kosher certified, 100% Arabica coffee finishes smooth. In short, this coffee is enjoyable.
Glorious Sunday morning.
I enjoy folding and ironing laundry on Sunday morning. Last Sunday, I started my lazy morning by grinding SF Bay French Roast coffee. Smell of fresh ground coffee was exotic and deep. I spent next few hours in my closet room folding and ironing. I also hemmed two pairs of pants. I enjoyed that quiet and glorious Sunday morning – just me and my coffee. Life is good.
I am obsessed about watermelons. I want good watermelons, but I don’t know how to pick them. This watermelon from Costco was not very tasty. So, went online and studied how to find good watermelons. Next day I went to a local market and bought another watermelon. This one was good, but not super-fantastic. There should be a law against selling watermelons that are not super-fantastic.
I stocked up of Irish Spring soaps.
Instant Vietnamese Pho was on sale so I gave it a try. Oh my God, they are amazing good. It goes nicely with sriracha sauce. They are not good for you, but they are SOOO good. Yum~*
José’s Gourmet Coffee was having a road show at my warehouse. This was a perfect timing. I picked up 3 bags of Christmas flavors. I will give one bag to a friend. Smell of these coffee makes holiday season more festive, and it makes me feel cozy when it’s cold or raining outside. Jose’s flavored coffee is guaranteed good times.
It was a good Costco shopping. I shall get a better watermelon next time.