I quickly snatched them up and I'm pretty pleased with them. I now have some new sunglasses to take with me on our Asia trip in 19 days!
|Pretty good shape if I say so myself|
I make a point of buying all my stuff on the days I volunteer though because then I get 50% off everything, which is a pretty generous discount for a store that's already really cheap.
In other news, but still relating to shopping, we've switched our main bank account here in Australia from NAB to ING. We originally signed up with NAB because you could sign up for it before having an Australian address and could pick up the cards immediately upon arrival, however, we didn't really like it. It was a fine account but ING has some better things like 2% cash back on everything you use a contactless payment for, among other things.
Even better we found out that by signing up for this offer you get a $250 online voucher for this store if you create a new account with ING. We were going to switch to ING anyway so this was basically just free money, and we checked it out and you can use it in as many transactions online as you like and there aren't any strings attached to it. This was extremely exciting, so last night we bought a bunch of stuff online and we're expecting to get it in the mail on Tuesday. It also has free returns so if stuff doesn't fit it isn't even a problem to send it back, so I'm pretty excited.
I got a few articles of clothing, then a pair of sandals (hilariously called the Hannah, so it was basically fate) and a new pair of black flats since mine are in such bad shape since I was wearing them close to every day. I will keep you updated on what I end up keeping, accompanied by pictures!
I know by buying all of these things I'm only causing a problem for myself when we leave because we were already totally maxed out with space, but I can't help it. Hence perhaps becoming a shopaholic. At least between the op shop and this free money I'm acquiring stuff but at very little/no cost, that's a silver lining at least.
Tonight I've spent several hours looking at pictures of koalas and watching koala videos. My personal favorite is this one of a baby koala trying to eat a leaf. It sounds boring, it most definitely is not, I assure you. I even changed my desktop background to a picture of a koala, it's super cute. I think this is maybe becoming an obsession, but then again wasn't that bound to happen? I think so. No point in fighting it.
In the past two weeks I have read kind of a ridiculous number of books (since I'm a boring book nerd) and I've just finished a new one today that I absolutely loved. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors, she wrote Firefly Lane and Winter Garden (two of my favorites), but I have to say I think this book is slowly creeping to the top of the list. It's called The Nightingale and follows the journeys of two sisters living in occupied France during WWII and it's sad, moving and fast-paced. I can't summarize it better than the book itself. "The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel of a lifetime."
I think that last bit is a bit dramatic, but I fully agree with the rest of it and I would certainly recommend it. I've also read two more Jodi Picoult books (I'm close to reading them all now I think), and I've just finished Second Glance (not my favorite) and Plain Truth-- both good but not my favorites of hers.
Now I just have to decide what's next!