This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to winner Heather, comment #19. Thanks to all who entered.
Last Friday I posted about the Tassimo T55. It was the perfect time for me to try out this brewing system, sent to me by Tassimo to review, because my mom was visiting. She drinks tea, my husband drinks coffee, and I like neither of those but love hot chocolate. So between the three of us we were able to try a bunch of different Tassimo drinks, and they were fantastic!
If you’re looking for a great gift (even if it’s for yourself!) I have a discount code for you to use today only, Cyber Monday, December 2nd 2013.
Just go to TassimoDirect.com and use the code TACYMON3.
With this code you can save 20% off of Tassimo T-discs, or save 20% off of Tassimo brewers and get 2 Free Packages of T-discs.
Please note: Valid in the US only on TassimoDirect.com. Cannot be combined with other offers. Limit 1 coupon redemption per customer. 20% T DISC discount limited to 6 T DISC packages. 20% brewer discount limited to 2 brewers. Offer valid only on 12/2/2013 and ends at 11:59PM PST.
One of my lucky readers will win a Tassimo T55 Brewer, complete with a sampling of T-discs, so that she can unlock her own perfect cup! This prize is worth approximately $190.
All you have to do to enter is tell me what your favorite kind of hot beverage is. Just leave a comment on this post.
For a second entry, you can tweet about the giveaway with a link back to this post. The tweet must contain “@SelfishMom” (but should not start with it). Or, you can just copy and paste this:
Want to win a #Tassimo brewing system from @SelfishMom? Enter here: http://slf.sh/1jVTdyB
Make sure to leave a second comment with a link to your tweet, or it won’t count (instructions on how to find and post the url of your tweet can be found here).
That’s a maximum of two entries per household please. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter, and the prize can only be shipped within the US. Void where prohibited by law.
The giveaway ends at noon-ish on Monday, December 16th, 2013 and the winner will be chosen approximately 24 hours later. The winner will be chosen by random.org. The winner will be emailed and the winner’s name will be posted at the top of this post once the winner is verified. It is each entrant’s responsibility to make sure that her entry appears in the comment section, and to contact me before the drawing if there is a problem. Entries that do not follow the rules stated in this post will not be approved. See my complete Giveaway Rules page for more information.
At first glance I’m probably an odd choice to review anything having to do with coffee: I hate coffee. Hate the smell, hate the mess the grounds make, hate cleaning out the pot. My husband loves coffee, but usually only drinks it at home on weekends. Still, when Tassimo sent me a Tassimo T55 brewing system and a large assortment of T-discs to review, I knew we’d get a lot of use out of it. It turns out that this single-cup coffee maker is perfect for us for several reasons:
Since my husband is the only one drinking the coffee, a whole pot doesn’t go to waste.
No grounds or pot to clean up
Easy coffee choices for guests
Makes other drinks besides coffee
Has a water filter built in to the unit
Needs no warm-up time – always ready to go!
Can be set before you brew for stronger or weaker coffee
Making a cup of coffee or another drink is super easy. Each T-disc has a bar code on it, and the brewing system scans the bar code so that you don’t have to do anything but press the start button. It heats the correct amount of water to the right temperature to put out the perfect cup every time.
My mom is visiting us this weekend, but she’s not a coffee drinker. She tried the Chai Latte and she’s hooked! The foamy milk drinks use two discs. One is a milk disc that foams up incredibly well, and then the tea disc shoots the tea in. It’s as beautiful (and according to my mom, as tasty) as anything you’d get in a coffee shop, and it takes just a couple minutes to make.
I’ve been drinking the very tasty Peppermint Hot Chocolate. It tastes like someone whipped it! No matter how hard I stir the powdered stuff if would never have this light consistency. Sometimes I make the effort to make hot chocolate absolutely homemade with syrup and milk in a pan, but I find that rather heavy. This is better, and so so easy
And my husband thinks the coffee is really good. :-)
Check back on Monday – I’ll be giving one of these brewing systems away, and I’ll also be posting Cyber Monday discount codes for you to buy your own!
I have no hard-and-fast rule about giving money to pan handlers. Most of the time it’s a no, but catch me in the right mood and I might open my wallet. I remember one guy years ago who caught me as I was on my way to work and asked if I would like to donate to the United Negro Pizza Fund. Making me laugh at five in the morning? That’s worth five bucks.
One time I sat down with a guy who had funny signs every day. I talked with him for a few minutes and asked if I could pay him to be in a picture that would appear on my blog. I don’t really consider that one a donation, more like paying a royalty for his image.
And there was this one guy who used to hang out in the McDonald’s Drive-Thru. Every time I saw him I would buy him food. One freezing day, seeing that he had no gloves, I gave him my mittens. I figured he’d look silly in them, but that that was better than frostbite. Of course, when I drove back through the drive-thru a few minutes later because they’d forgotten my fries, his hands were bare again. I guess he knew he’d get more sympathy if he looked more pathetic. A few months later, off of his meds, he tried to attack someone in a car at that same McDonald’s, and I haven’t seen him since.
Sometimes I see someone who is obviously at rock bottom, and I think that maybe the liquor he’ll buy with my money will help him forget his situation for a while, even if it won’t help him out of it.
In general, though, it’s a no. My heart breaks, while my head reminds me that by giving someone on the street a few dollars I’m just promoting a system that obviously isn’t working. That my money would be better spent given to a group that would help shelter and feed homeless people and get them back on their feet.
Last night I was trying to fit in a few too many errands on my way to pick up my daughter from school. It was dark, and rainy, and really cold. I picked up the few remaining things I needed from the grocery store to complete tomorrow’s indulgent Thanksgiving dinner and went outside. As I was struggling with my umbrella I saw a wet man holding a hand-written note, trying to keep it dry as he showed it to another shopper. I hurried on to my next stop, glad that he hadn’t targeted me. I was in a hurry.
I stopped into my favorite little neighborhood gourmet store and chatted with the girl behind the counter as she rang up my $39/lb cheese. We both turned as the door opened and the same man came in, holding his note. He walked up to us and she looked at him suspiciously. No matter how much you try not to judge somebody by looks, it was clear that this guy wasn’t going to be buying anything in this store.
He grunted a few times and pointed at his ear, indicating that he was deaf, and he showed me his note. It covered the whole page, but I just skipped to the end where the note asked if I would give him a dollar.
I smiled a sad smile to try to show him that I was sorry, but shook my head no. He mouthed a thank you, and left.
The clerk and I went back to our business, without talking about what had just happened, and I paid for my little treats and went on to my last stop, a health food store.
I needed just one thing: a bottle of flax seed oil. And as I was paying, guess who walked in?
We made eye contact and he gave me a polite little nod, as if to say “It’s OK, we’ve done this dance before, I’m looking for other partners.” He showed his note to the other customers as I left and started walking fast, feeling like an asshole.
Expensive cheese. Good cream to make my own butter. Delicious bread. Expensive oil that I wasn’t even going to eat, but use to season pans. Ingredients for a humungous meal that could probably feed twenty but would instead stuff five people. A warm house. A healthy family. An easy life.
I turned around and walked back to the last store. He wasn’t there. But then I spotted him coming out of another store. I pulled out my wallet and handed him a ten. The look in his eyes was a mix of surprise and gratitude.
And I walked away still feeling like an asshole. Because that $10 wasn’t going to go far, and I really hadn’t done anything that could be considered a sacrifice by any stretch of the imagination.
I know so many people who do so much more. I could do more. I should do more. But doing something small is better than nothing, I guess. I can be a little nicer to people who aren’t living their lives the way I live mine. I can give them the benefit of the doubt that no, they couldn’t help themselves even if they really tried, that the deck is stacked against them in ways that can’t be overcome, and that if I decide to give them a few bucks, they get to spend it how they want.
‘Tis the season to not be so dismissive.
Me. Twelve years old (1984). I was spending the summer in Ireland with my grandmother, and apparently an Esprit store had thrown up on me. Not visible in the picture: jelly shoes.
On his way out the door this morning Jake reminded me that I don’t have to get up early for the next three days. I could cry.
My Fresh Direct order just came with all of my Thanksgiving food. But my fridge is already full. I could cry again.
JetBlue is on my nice list. They moved my mom’s flights a day later so that she won’t be traveling during the worst day of this storm, with no fees, even though these flights were significantly more expensive than the ones she’d originally booked. This is why we fly jetBlue as often as possible.
This is amazing. It scans your food and can tell you if it contains lactose or gluten or other ingredients some people have an issue with; it can tell you if your environment has mold in it; it can even count calories. I want one.
Also crowdfunding sites might be my favorite internet innovation ever. They’re making so many wonderful things possible!
Legos: is there nothing they can’t do? And the vets get an honorable mention as well. ;-)
A luxury hotel in South Africa includes a shanty town, so that you can experience living in a slum without the nuisance of poor people. WTF?
What happens when entitled kids grow up and get bad grades in college? They sue, of course.
I should probably feel guilty about sharing this video, but the subject of the video is the one who willingly shared it originally. And the music makes me laugh.
Granted, none of these places is right outside of my doorstep. But they are amazing, and they’re all in NYC.
OK, I’m off to cram a twelve-pound turkey into a lettuce crisper.
My cat is not ladylike:
So it finally happened yesterday, after my husband got home from work.
Omer: “Congrats on the haircut."
Me: "Ah, you read my blog!"
Omer: "Yup. Wouldn’t have noticed otherwise with a gun to my head."
Another pro tip: don’t pass out in a drunken stupor next to your husband if he’s an asshole and has a new PS4.
Ever wondered who took the first selfie? It might have been Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. She took a picture of herself in a mirror in 1914 with a Kodak Brownie box camera, and sent it to a friend. I wonder how she would have hashtagged her own execution. (Too soon?)
This, however, is the coolest selfie I’ve ever seen: taken by an Italian astronaut, during a spacewalk, with the sun behind him and the earth and International Space Station reflected in his visor. What is going to top an astronaut selfie?
And last, for the new mom who has everything: a picture frame made out of her baby’s placenta.
I’m off to clean my house.
Fiona’s staying home from school today. Says her throat hurts, and she’s very hoarse. When I told her the best thing to do would be to rest her voice, she said “Yeah, that’s not going to happen.”
Getting KitKat microchipped today. Our last cat got out by mistake one time and was gone for five days. Turns out a crazy cat lady had found her on the corner (literally 3 houses from home), scooped her up, and kept her in a urine-soaked garage for five days. I’m thinking of getting KitKat a collar with a tag that says “Put me down, I know where I live.”
I’m kind-of in denial that it’s almost Thanksgiving. I did, at least, make a Fresh Direct appointment (grocery delivery service for those of you not in NYC) for Wednesday morning and put a fresh turkey in my cart. So there’s that. But that’s literally all I’ve done. And Christmas? Pretending it isn’t coming. Let me at least get through Thanksgiving weekend.
Hilariously inappropriate kid drawings, shared on Facebook by my friend Devra. OMG. #10.
That Monty Python reunion performance? Sold out in 43 seconds. Ruthless efficiency.
I’ve never managed to season a cast iron pan in such a way that I enjoyed using it. I do love my cast iron griddle for grilled cheese – it crisps up the bread beautifully – but grilled cheese doesn’t stick. I’ve heard of people using cast iron for things like pancakes and eggs, but had several disasters trying those. I’d pretty much given up, until I came across this. I’m going to try it as soon as I can find some flax see oil – I’ll report back!
This has been burning up Facebook this week, and with good reason. It’s the isolated vocal tracks from one of my favorite songs of all time, Under Pressure. Just amazing.
This article does a really good job of showing what is happening in states that are participating in the expanded Medicaid part of Obamacare. Basically, participating states are able to add people to Medicaid who otherwise wouldn’t qualify for it, but who don’t meet income requirements for help under Obamacare. The federal government is picking up the entire tab for the first three years, and at least 90% of the costs after that. Why would states turn down free money to insure their residents? Well, every state that has opted out is run by republicans. Kentucky is the only southern state to opt in, and Kentucky has a democrat for governor. Go figure.
As Rachel Maddow would say, politics matter.
Talk about filling a need: this retired guidance counselor took her own savings and outfitted a bus as a mobile computer lab. She brings it to poor neighborhoods, shelters, wherever people might not have access to computers.
And last, if you’re a woman in Iceland, you’re probably pretty happy. A number of factors contribute to Iceland being the best place in the world to have a uterus. On the other hand, according to the article, “The national dish is putrefied shark meat, but you can’t have everything.”
Have a great day. I’m off to wrestle a cat into a carrier for a very cold walk to the vet’s office.
I’m thirty weeks into my Invisalign treatment now, and wearing my aligners is completely second nature (I’m a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment). It feels weird when they’re not in! My smile is totally different now than when I started, and I just love seeing the obvious progress. You can do your own Invisalign assessment on their website and see if your smile could be helped by Invisalign!
But this post isn’t about my smile; it’s about making someone else smile. Invisalign gave me a $500 Visa Gift Card to Smile It Forward and put a smile on somebody else’s face, and I thought of my friend Emily right away.
Our dream Disney World trip together
I’ve known Emily since we interned together at a children’s theater. I even lived with her and her parents for a few months when we were both performing in The Wizard of Oz. We bonded over our love of all things Disney and cemented that friendship a couple of years later with a dream trip together to Disney World. We were in each other’s weddings.
Mickey Mouse was not in our weddings
Unfortunately we ended up in different parts of the country. But we’ve kept in touch, and I’ve watched her kids grow up through Facebook. I’ve seen the amazing pictures she’s posted of her crafts.
Monster High goody bags that Emily made!
But I’ve also read about her struggles. Her son was born with major heart problems, and while I was having an easy time with my healthy children, she was seeing her sweet son through open-heart surgeries, serious food allergies, bullying, and a diagnosis of Asperger’s. With every new issue I wondered why it was all piling up on her. But she’s always handled these things with grace, and I’ve never heard her hint at “Why me?”
Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it can make things a little easier. Emily’s dealing with so much, and I hope this can provide a little respite – Christmas gifts for her kids, a trip to a spa for her, whatever she wants.
And Emily being one of the nicest people I know, she’s already said she’s going to use part of it to smile it forward to another person, a young woman in the hospital waiting for a transplant.
It felt really great to be able to help a friend out like that, and I’m so happy to help another person get the chance to play Santa! It’s super easy to enter the Invisalign Smile It Forward Sweepstakes. The winner will get a $500 gift card for herself, and another one to do something nice for someone else! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. And good luck!
I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board. You can get more info here.
File this under “the things we do for our kids.” There is nothing good about getting up at 5:30am on a Saturday. Absolutely nothing. If you think of something, keep it to yourself.
I’m getting a facial and a pedicure today. Some people buy expensive shoes, some people buy jewelry, some people smoke crack. I’m addicted to day spas.
Today will be day three of “Husband Watch: When Will He Notice That My Hair Is Seven Inches Shorter?”
I don’t usually say this about billboards, but this one is amazing!
What the hell is wrong with people? These Christians aren’t being very Christian.
This should get the taste of that last link out of your mouth. “Let’s take a hundred cats, release them in IKEA…and see what happens.” This is what happened.
Believe it or not, I support this. In my high school you could go for a regular diploma or a Regents diploma. Not everybody is headed to college, not everybody should be headed for college, but those kids should still get a high school diploma.
Have a great weekend! I sincerely hope you’re all still asleep.