Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Visa photos, manicure, and price comparisons

I got a couple of errands out of the way on a soggy, rainy Tuesday. It felt good.

My first errand was to go to Costco to get photos taken for my tourist visa application for China. My guy and I had a talk about photos the other day.
"I always go to Costco to get my passport photos done. It's cheap at $6.99. I don't know whether it does visa photos," I said.
"It does. You can indicate what size you need and the place will do it for you. I went there to get my visa photos for India," my guy replied, being the seasoned traveller.
"Oh, good. I'll go to Costco," I said, with a hint of relief.
"You can't go wrong with that price. It is cheap bastard-approved," he stated proudly.
He was impressed that I have been going to Costco to get my passport photos done. He was also thrilled that I knew how much it cost.

After that, I went to redeem my about-to-expire Groupon for a shellac manicure. My manicure would take an hour, which was roughly the time that my visa photos would be ready to pick up.

I do like my nail polish. It's peach with glitter. Yes, I'm in a girly mood.

I got hungry and went to a Japanese restaurant within the same plaza. The lunch special was great. I had chicken ramen with salad and miso soup. I also got gyoza and a Diet Coke.

After lunch, I went back to Costco to pick up my photos. Sadly, I can't smile in them. At least I don't look like I just broke out of jail!

I then visited Staples to get some graph paper, which was an unplanned errand. Coincidentally, you can get passport photos done there. The price? It's double that of Costco.

My guy is so proud of me that he nearly called me a good girl. Nearly.


  1. Keep trying, CB...maybe you'll get him to call you a good girl at least once. ;) I truly wish we had a Costco close by...the closest one is more than an hour's drive away. When I run across a good Japanese restaurant, I just can't resist shrimp and vegetable absolute favorite. :)

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. He does call me a good girl, but it is rare. I am relentless at convincing, which does pay off. =)

      I wish that you had a Costco close by. Your situation reminds me of driving an hour away when I lived in Minnesota to visit the Olive Garden. I love the restaurant and I still have that issue. The closest one is in Buffalo and my drive is even longer to get there!

      I love tempura, too. I normally get it with ramen, but I also have a weakness for gyoza. I have many weaknesses when I'm looking at a Japanese food menu. =)