My Chandelier Search

When we moved into our house, there was a chandelier in the dining room, and in the foyer hallway. Me, being one who pays no attention to details, didn’t mind either chandelier. Hubby, who pays great attention to details, never commented on either chandelier in a negative way, so why would I, Miss-Big-Picture, bother to look closely?

Well, my mother bothered to look closely. Apparently very closely. She noticed that rather than crystals, the dangling particles were plastic thingamabobs and some were missing. And they were yellowing. And darn it, once she pointed these issues out, I noticed the problems too.

So, approximately three years ago my mother started campaigning for us to change our dining room light fixture. I guess she figured that the foyer fixture was either a lost cause, or she didn’t want to overwhelm us.

And so my chandelier search began.

Hubby and I have looked: all over Western NY, in NYC, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago and just about everywhere else we have traveled for the “perfect” chandelier. Now let me tell you that my version of a “perfect” chandelier and hubby’s version are vastly different.

His likes include: cheap.

Oh, and then too he likes: cheap.

And while he was searching, he discovered he likes: cheap.

No matter how butt-ugly, if it is cheap he can get comfortable with the looks. Needless to say whatever I choose is either too ornate for his taste, too smooth for his taste, has a tube and will not work, or costs more than $47.62.

But, this year I am on a mission to finish off whatever outstanding projects in the house we have. Our living room hasn’t had base molding in at least five years. The doors for the built-ins in both the family room and Hubby’s office need attention, the living room needs hardwood floors (Denise from Coupons for your Family is a Shaw’s rep, and her help and expertise has been invaluable), and with that baseboards and shoe molding, and the parquet in the family room – which is next to the formal living room – may also be replaced. On my wish list, a gas insert because we haven’t built a fire in four years – because I am too lazy to dust afterward, and I hate cleaning out the fireplace – and then we will be done. Oh we should replace the railing going upstairs, it is definitely a 70s marvel and in no way would meet today’s code if not grandfathered in, but it is unique and interesting and the $17,000 we were quoted to replace it seven years ago makes us really, really love it!

Here are a few of the chandeliers we have zoned in on knowing that the search will end in the next month or two. I would like your opinions on them, and, if you have any suggestions, I am all ears. The only requirements is the fixture has to be 24″ – 28″ in height (no taller), and approximately 24″ across.

These two are probably what I have liked the best:

My  Chandelier Search

Manica Chandelier Lamp The biggest problem is the size. It is way too big and definitely will not work – have you seen anything similar?

My  Chandelier Search

TOPDOMUS genuine Murano chandelier
This is by far my favorite.

And this is the only one we have quasi-agreed upon, but it is very different from anything else I have ever liked:

My  Chandelier Search

Polished Chrome Crystal Candle Chandelier

So, I need a little help, please! Where did you buy your chandelier? Would you recommend the place? This is a formal dining room, and needs an appropriately formal fixture to match.

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Joe’s Crab Shack Partners with Autism Speaks

Hubby and I went to Joe’s Crab Shack last week. If you’ve ever been to Joe’s, you are familiar with various managers coming to the table either during or after the meal to see if everything went well, and to solicit feedback. Well, we had two different managers stop by, one during our meal, and one as we were chatting at the end of our luncheon.

Hubby being hubby had to give the guy a hard time, and Hubby of course asked for a coupon.

The manager was great, gave Hubby a coupon off our next visit and told us about an offer that Joe’s was starting April 1st with Austim Speaks. Joe’s was selling coupons for future meals, and the cost of these coupons would be donated to Autism Speaks. While the manager gave details, I wasn’t certain I had everything correct, so I contacted the PR firm for Joe’s Crab Shack for details. She got back to me yesterday, and these are the full details:

Joe’s Crab Shack Partners with Autism Speaks

During this month guests will have the opportunity to donate to Autism Speaks while they dine at Joe’s Crab Shack and, in return, will receive valuable coupons for free food on their next visit.

For every $1 donation, guests receive a free kids meal entree; with a $5 donation, a free order of Crazy Good Crab Dip; and with a $10 donation, a free Classic Steampot. Guests can also visit the Joe’s Crab Shack website to donate electronically and download their coupons.

Coupons are redeemable May 1 – June 15, 2013.

IMO this is a great way to not only support a worthy cause, but eat at Joe’s Crab Shack for less. I bought mine yesterday, and these are the details and restrictions:

PRINT THIS COUPON TO REDEEM. Only valid with purchase of an adult entree. Not valid on To-Go or with any other offer or discount. One coupon per check. Tax and gratuity are not included. This coupon is non-exchangeable

Link to Austim Speaks
Link to Joe’s Crab Shack website
Link to Joe’s Crab Shack locator

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Trouble in WalMart’s Paradise?

That's A Wrap!

Hubby sent me several articles last week that there may be trouble in WalMart’s Paradise. One article entitled Customers Flee Wal-Mart Empty Shelves for Target, Costco. The story states that WalMart has opened more stores in the last year (455 in total), but has less employees working now than it did before those stores opened (20,000 less). That means stock doesn’t hit the floor, lines are long, and the stores are disorganized. WalMart again took last place in the American Customer Satisfaction Index, the sixth year in a row it did so.

The second article is hilarious: Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers. Instead of the WalMart to go model where UPS or FedEx delivers, WalMart thinks your friendly neighborhood meth-dealer should be able to deliver your Sudafed. I am sure it would make it intact to your house.

Adding five full-time employees to Wal-Mart’s (WMT) U.S. supercenters and discount stores would add about a half- percentage point to selling, general and administrative expenses, according to an analysis by Poonam Goyal, a Bloomberg Industries senior analyst based in Skillman, New Jersey. Assuming the workers earned the federal minimum wage and industry standards for health benefits, the added costs would amount to about $448 million a year, she said. In the year ended Jan. 31, Wal-Mart generated $17 billion in profit on revenue of $469.2 billion.

To me, this sounds like penny-wise and pound-foolish. But hey, it is WalMart, what do you expect?

Do you shop at WalMart? Have you noticed a lack of stock on the floor? Longer lines? Less help in the aisles? At what point will you cease to shop at WalMart?

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