Estee Lauder is having their fall “bonus gift with purchase” event right now. I pre-ordered the lotion I wanted and then went to the counter on the first official day of the event to retrieve my lotion, the bonus, an extra gift for pre-ordering, and one more gift after that for spending at least $55.
I’m not a big spender and I don’t have many bad shopping habits, but I do have a weakness for cosmetic counters and try to make it to each “bonus gift with purchase” event wherever it occurs–Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique. I’ve been doing this for about ten years and have never made out as well as I did last week at Estee Lauder’s fall event.
After I returned home, I sat down in my pink chair to read the copy on the light blue box that contained the lotion. As I read, a particular calm surrounded me and I suddenly felt less anxious than I had before sitting down. What was it about the box in my hand that made me feel this way?
I’m a lover of words and keep a sharp eye out for strong verbs and adjectives wherever I go, so it didn’t take long for me to realize why I felt more optimistic after reading the box. Here are some of the words I read:
“Revolutionizes…treatment….exclusive…lifting away…reducing…significantly reduced…instantly…brighter…fresher….velvety…lifted away….new clarity…even tone…emerging…restrengthened…reclaims…youthful appearance….”
Who wouldn’t feel lifted away and instantly brighter after reading words like these? I did feel fresher with new clarity. My tone immediately became more even. I felt ready to reclaim my youth and to emerge restrengthened.
I should have saved $55 on the lotion and just asked for a discarded box to read…for free.
I watched Sarah Palin’s speech from Fairbanks, Alaska last night and was somewhat surprised to find I was still as taken as when I watched her at the RNC a couple of weeks ago. I never expected this to happen. Unlike George, I am not an across-the-board card-carrying Republican. I like to think of myself as an Independent. I don’t even agree with Palin on a couple of key issues.
So, I don’t know if it is the mother connection, the commercial fishing family and Alaska connection, or if it’s just her overall persona.
What’s interesting is how McCain and Biden have been all but been forgotten. It seems to be all about Palin and Obama. I can’t believe the television split screens that show Obama on one side and Palin on the other, as if the race for President was between the two of them!
A couple of things I don’t think are funny are the attacks on her mothering, her daughter, or their babies, born and unborn. Seriously. I had to stop reading some of the blogs about the subject because the attacks on her “family values,” were just too vicious.
Doesn’t the phrase “family values” mean…valuing your family?
If so, then isn’t Palin’s standing together with her family to love and support her daughter, help her through a difficult situation and ensure that her daughter still has the opportunity to pursue a successful future, in fact, valuing her family?
Words, words…although I’m not a Scrabble player (I prefer Boggle), I love what opportunity for thought, puzzle, and game they provide.