Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Our Thanksgiving

Monday, a week ago, I celebrated my 33rd birthday.  By choice, it was a very low key day.  I didn’t have anything I really wanted.  Plus, just a few days after my birthday, we were traveling to Virginia Beach to visit some of my family for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Eve, we packed up the truck and hit the road.  The rest of my family was already there, but Hubby and I both worked half days that Wednesday.  Aside from a little traffic outside of Charlotte and Hubby getting a speeding ticket, the drive was good.  It was great to see family.  It was my family’s first visiting VA Beach and the home of my cousin hosting the meal.  He has a grandchildren RJ’s age, so RJ had great playmates, once he broke out of his “shy” phase.  Thursday, we ate, ate, and ate some more.  *I tried my hand at baking a cake for the first time.  Some of my chocolate pound cake was actually eaten.  I was pleased.*

The 3 Musketeers

Thanksgiving evening, we abandoned the husbands and babies and headed out.  I was going join a few of my cousins and try my hand at  BINGO for the first time.  However, I decided to go with the group who was going shopping instead.  Off we went to Sears.  They were having a sale on a flat screen tv.  One of my cousins wanted it for her MIL.  She waited in a ridiculously long line while myself and two of my teenage cousins sat in the car.   After two hours in the line, she learned the vouchers for the tv had been given out and they wouldn’t give out any more until 4am…ummm…it was 8pm at the time. Case closed.  We headed back to house to sleep for a few hours and hit the streets again at 5am.

My cousin who lives in VA is retired from the NAVY.  So, we hit two Navy Exchanges for shopping.  Good sales and no taxes! Need I say more?  My family members racked up shoes, designer handbags, clothes and electronics.  *I stuck to my budget and resisted the urge to buy for the sake of buying.  I scored Hubby a much need pair of Nike sneakers for work and 3 pairs 0f nice fuzzy of socks for myself! *  We then doubled back to the house to unload the mornings loot then hit  mall.  I purchased a couple of Christmas gifts for RJ, and a pair of pants for me.

After a few hours of resting back at the house, the ladies went back out to shop.  Hubby, RJ and I dropped off my cousin’s wife with the rest of the shopaholics.  *Only after we used her military i.d. at the Coast Guard Exchange so I could do some alcohol shopping.* Then,we headed to Norfolk Botanical Gardens for their Christmas light display.  We drove through 2miles of Christmas lights.  It was decent and it was something we could do as a family.  It was a nice break from the rest of the family and shopping.

Saturday afternoon we heading back home to avoid the Sunday traffic and so I could start getting our house ready for Christmas.  It was a great holiday filled with family,food, shopping and fun.  Hope your Thanksgiving was a great one, too!

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Pay It Forward…

A couple of weeks ago, RJ and I stopped by Publix to pick up a few packages.  While in the checkout line, I realized it was taking quite awhile for the lady in front of me to wrap up her purchase.  Her groceries had already been scanned and bagged so I wasn’t sure what the hold up was.  Then, I actually started to eavesdrop, pay attention to what was transpiring between the cashier and the woman.  I overheard the woman say “ok well you can take that off.” Then, she proceeded to dig around in her purse, while the cashier waited patiently.  After watching her dig in her purse for money she, I and everyone else in the line knew she didn’t have, I asked her how much she needed to complete her purchase.  The woman didn’t answer and continued to dig, but the cashier immediately said, “$2 dollars!” I handed the cashier the two dollars.  The lady, obviously embarrassed, was very thankful.  I told her not worry about it, she left and I completed my purchase.  My thoughts were it wasn’t that big of deal, she was really holding up the line and I’ve been in similar situations and one day may find myself in that same situation again.

As I finished getting RJ and the groceries loaded into the car, the woman pulls up in front of my car in her own car. *An older model big body Benz…yes, it may have been wrong of me to take note of the make, sure it was old, but my inner judgmental self perked up and took notice.*   There is a bank right next to the store, so my first thoughts are that she got some money from the ATM and wanted to give me the $2 back. *That’s not what I expected or wanted, but what else could she want?!* So, as she approaches, I put my window down.  Again, she proceeds to tell me that she was really sorry that happened and she was very thankful for my help.  She wasn’t handing the money back, so my inner bitch was like, “it was $2 not $500, you already said thank you, can I go now?!'”  Then, she invites me to some direct selling party she’s throwing at her home.  She asks for my name and email address and says she would love for me to come…. WTH?!!   So, I give her money to help her pay for her food and her thank you is to invite me to her home so I can give  her even MORE of my money?!  Ummm I don’t think so!  *What is it about me that makes strangers want to invite me to their homes? Remember this?* Anyway, I then think how successful is she at this so called business if she doesn’t have $2? I mean I can understand not have cash, but no debit, or credit card to cover $2? *Sorry, that was my inner judgmental/bitch combo.*  She caught me off guard, I mean would you have expected her to say that?!  So, I gave her my email address…knowing it will go to my junk mail and headed home.

I wanted to share my experience because I found it quite odd.  Not odd that she needed the $2, but odd that she then wanted me to come to her house to sell me things.  If I ever find myself in that situation again, I would definitely offer to help if I can.  Hubby and I give to strangers throughout the year through various programs.  However, most of our giving is done anonymously.  I also plan to get RJ involved in the giving as he grows and gets older.  I don’t know if this is a scam this woman runs to seek out people she thinks will have money to buy her direct selling merchandise, or if she really didn’t have the money?  I hope it’s the latter.  However, just like I’ve learned when and if you lend people money, when you pay it forward, you should never give money or items you will miss.  So, I say pay it forward, if you can, but be wary of women who invite total strangers to their homes for direct selling parties;)

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  • The in-laws have left the building. We really enjoyed the company.  It was great seeing Hubby and RJ interact with the rest of the M men!  They kept me laughing an a good time was had by all! Can’t wait until the next visit.

  • Just a few more hours until I can login to Facebook and Twitter and send a Happy Easter text message to everyone in my phone’s contact list!!!!  I’m so excited. Yes, my plan is to login right at midnight! LOL

  • RJ an I went on a bit of a shopping spree today! He is my favorite shopping companion, he never says, “Don’t buy that!”.  I picked up some things for the both of us. He should be set for the Summer. I still need some capris and shorts.

  • Speaking of shopping for RJ, I have a little rant.  Why is it SO HARD to find dressy clothes for little boys his age?!  Every time I turned around in a store, there was a frilly “Easter” dress staring me in the face.  However, all I could find for my son were sweater vests and plaid shorts! Then, the items I considered getting him had some animal on it! WTH?! I was beyond pissed.  Little boys go to church and like to look nice too!  I finally gave up! He will be wearing a nice pair of “dressy” shorts and a white polo I bought at Baby Gap.  Ughhhh! These baby boy clothing designers need to do better!

  • The Easter baskets are all set! Well, RJ’s is I’ll wait until later to fill Hubby’s.  He doesn’t know where I hid his basket goodies! Of course I’ll take and post pics.

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Time Flies

It’s Labor Day and as fast as it began the summer is over!  School’s back in session, the Yankees only have twenty-five games left in the regular season and Christmas is in full swing at Hobby Lobby.  Where has the time gone.  I feel like it was just January and I couldn’t wait to go to Savannah for our first anniversary.  The highly anticipated trip to California this past June has come and gone.   Now in the blink of an eye, the October wedding in NYC that seemed eons away, will be here in a few weeks!   It’s my first trip alone, longer than an overnight stay, since Raf moved here in ’06!    Before I know it, I’ll be ordering delicious holiday desserts from Strossners and shopping at Hobby Lobby, continuing my search for the elusive dog ornaments that resemble my dogs.

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Found It

I’ve finally found a dress and shoes to wear to my friend’s wedding. The wedding is at noon on a Sunday, so it was hard to decide on what type of dress to get. I didn’t want to be to formal or not formal enough. I decided on a strapless black and white dress and a black shrug(just in case) from black house/white market. The ceremony is the first weekend in October, in NYC, it shouldn’t be too cold but you never know. Now, I only need a purse and accessories. Thank goodness that’s over!

Two weeks before that wedding, Hubby’s best friend is getting married in Charlotte, NC.  He is his best man. Deciding on a dress for that wedding was a breeze. The ceremony doesn’t start until 6pm, so it will be formal. I already own a formal dress black dress so I’m good to go there. Now if I can only remember to make our hotel reservations I’ll be even better!

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