Last Chance to order Valentine’s Day Flowers

2nd Costco Shopping in 2023 – $64.34 / $268.66 this year

This is your last chance to order flowers for Valentine’s Day delivery. Costco has a good track record on flower delivery as far as my experience is concerned. The flowers look good, and they last a long time.

I never request them to be delivered on Valentine’s Day, February 14. It’s the busiest day for flower delivery, and I don’t like to risk it. So, I always schedule it to deliver a few days earlier. Actually, there was one incident when delivery was delayed by one day. But, it worked out fine because I asked for delivery a few days earlier. My friend never complains that she receives flowers early. I mean, I refuse to be a friend to anyone who complains that I sent flowers too early. That would be against my philosophy (Avoid drama. Boring is the best).

I didn’t want to send 50 roses. One or two dozen roses are OK, but 50 roses remind me of a guy who wears gold chains and heavy cologne. (Porsche key chain, Ray-Ban Sunglasses on the back of his head, etc, etc…). So, I looked for something less flashy.

Below is what I considered buying.

Costco Shopping – January 12, 2023

1st Costco Shopping in 2023 – $151.93 today / $151.93 this year

Costco Cart Cam (3:30 long YouTube)

I went to Costco mainly to buy eggs. But, I didn’t know we were suffering an egg shortage. So, no eggs…

And, yes, I have noticed that prices have increased on many items recently. But, I guess we should not expect prices to stay still forever. People will always talk about the good old days. But, in the good old days, people died young. I’ll take expensive eggs any day over death. – This is how I tried to convince myself that everything is OK, but, it is not OK! It sucks!!!

3 bags of chips better last through the Spring. The big bag of Doritos is an incredible value, especially with the instant savings. Anyway, I shall stock up on snacks and eat them slowly. Just like anything in life, I shall practice discipline and enjoy it in moderation. I hope the shaving gels don’t smell too strong. You know what I feel about smelly personal hygiene products.

The hot dog was enjoyable. Mocha Freeze on my drive back home was a delight. I came home and ate some warm chicken. The chicken was amazing. I had a good day today. After all these years(15), Costco shopping is still fun, and it still relaxes my soul.

Happy new year to me and to everyone.

  • Charmin bath tissues $20.69 (After $5.80 saving)
  • Bottled water $6.19 (After $2 California Redemption)
  • Snap’d – $4.99 (after $2.50 saving) x2
  • Doritos – $4.99 (after $1.70 discount)
  • Costco rotisserie chicken – $4.99
  • Kirkland Signature Sharp Cheddar Cheese – $6.39
  • Season sardines in olive oil – $7.69 (after $3.30 discount)
  • Sachs Peanuts (unsalted) – $5.99
  • Sun-maid organic raisins – $7.97
  • Gillette shaving gels (3 pack) – $11.99
  • Scotch Brite lint rollers (5 pack) – $9.89 (after $3.10 discount)
  • Bausch & Lomb Ocuvite Adult 50+ – $23.99 (after $5 discount)
  • Focus Factor (Brain Supplement) – $17.99 (after $5 discount)
  • Hot Dog – 1.50
  • Cold Brew Mocha Freeze with Chocolate – $2.99

Total $151.93
Total savings – $28.90

Costco Next

Costco Next ( is an official Costco members-only shopping concept where you get to shop directly from Costco’s partnered vendors.

I assume this is an early phase of the project. There are currently about 50 vendors, and the page layout seems temporary to me. Let’s see if this idea will stick.

They DO have good prices (I think). But, below is my opinion as a savvy shopper. So, don’t read below, really.

I checked out a few stores, and they did not impress me (as a savvy shopper).

I visited Dearforms store. I saw below prices on men’s fuzzy slippers. Their prices ranged from $40 to $60. Maybe they are OK prices, but they don’t strike me as “Costco deals”. Because I can go to Amazon and find the same pair at the same price, some cheaper, and get free shipping as well. (FYI: Amazon has their own fuzzy slippers for $22).

As a savvy shopper, I would like to see a decent pair of fuzzy slippers for $10-$15. Maybe I’ll take a pair for $20 with free shipping. Or they should ship to my local Costco warehouse for free.

Now, below is a pair of Deerforms slippers I bought at Costco in 2018. I paid $9.99. I assume what they sold at Costco were cheaper versions of their in-store slippers. But, $9.99 was a Costco deal. I still own that pair. Dearforms offer free shipping on orders over $45 – so, sucks for you if you buy that $44.99 pair in the middle.

Next, I visited the Invicta store – they only had 4 watches listed. 3 of them were the “Venom” series. Below are two examples. These are huge 51mm watches. We know Invicta for their big fashion watches, door-knobs, as they call them – and you are seeing the door knobs below. Their prices are lower than the street price of $245.

I doubt they will list Pro Diver watches here (their popular model).

To give you a better idea, check out the YouTube video below. This may not be the EXACT watch, but it’s the same model. These watches are for big men or possibly for rappers(?).

I was hoping to see some dress watches at Costco Next.

Anyway, check out

November 2022 Update – Personal

My favorite singer, Gal Costa, died on Nov 9, 2022

I cannot think of any other singer who brings me such joy as Gal Costa. She was 77 years old. God bless her. I am glad I found her by accident many years ago. Her songs hit me differently when I knew she was alive. With her passing, my life will be slightly different. Her music shaped my personality and lifestyle. I often think about what I will listen to at the moment of my death. Gal Costa is the one.

My past blog posts that talk about Gal Costa

I am doing very well

I am sorry; I have slowed down with my blog update. I am still here. I still have the same job. I am still healthy. I haven’t changed much. I still believe a boring life is the best life. There is absolutely no drama in my life.

I lost 7 pounds last 2 months by eating less. I went from 162 lb down to 155 lb. The sole purpose of losing weight is so I can eat like a pig during the holiday season. Now I can gain several pounds and not feel bad about it. I call my diet “The Hunger Games”.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on video recording and editing. I don’t plan on becoming a YouTuber. it’s just fun playing with it.

Doing sit-ups can be bad for you. Very bad.

This is embarrassing, but I hope to save some of you from the months of suffering that I endured. I did some sit-ups last year, and it caused a blister on my buttock (in the awkward area). I thought it would go away, but it didn’t. The blister was there for several months and I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t even examine it visually. The blister gradually became worse and more painful. Finally, before making a doctor’s appointment, I performed a minor procedure on my own. (detail skipped). My blind operation was a success. It took several days to get completely healed.

If this happened to me, this can happen to you. The blister is hard to manage because of where it’s located. If you are sexually active, such a blister can send a wrong impression about you. I don’t know if the blister leaves scars. And if you are not gutsy enough, you’ll have to take this to a doctor. I don’t even want to imagine how I was supposed to show this to a doctor… in missionary style? or doggie style? Terrifying…

There are better ways to work your abs. Do abdominal crunch. Avoid sit-ups (nonononono…).

Costco Shopping & Turkey Coming Up

Next week, I shall go to Costco for a turkey and some treats. I will bake a turkey alone as usual. I am invited to two places for Thanksgiving dinner. But Thanksgiving Day is also my holiday. I want to enjoy the holiday. I want to lie down, watch TV, take a nap, and do whatever I feel like. I shall gain 7 pounds during this holiday season.

Talk to you later!