Saturday, April 10, 2010

Rainy Days and Shopping

Buying something on sale is a very special feeling. In fact, the less I pay for something, the more it is worth to me. I have a dress that I paid so little for that I am afraid to wear it. I could spill something on it, and then how would I replace it for that amount of money? ~Rita Rudner

L-O-O-O-O-N-G day yesterday, made longer by the rainy, cold weather. It's incredible how quickly we get used to temps in the 80s, and yesterday it plunged down into the 40s and 50s and -- BRRRRRRRRRRR.

Aside from massive amounts of housecleaning, I went shopping.

I've been trying to find DD a swimsuit. This shouldn't have been such an ordeal, but she wanted a tankini (WAY easier for potty purposes), she wears women's sizes now (but only just barely ... she's in a 4/6, and there aren't many places that carry that size), but she's not "developed" really, and most of the women's suits come with preformed cups. Additionally, I'd like her to be at least a little modest, and nowadays that is a tough thing in and of itself.

We'd already tried the cheap places, to no avail. So I was headed out to Macys yesterday, when I realized I hadn't tried the L.L. Bean outlet yet and we were going to pass it en route.

Good move on my part.

Not only did we find a really cute tankini (in aqua with a little skirt and a sporty top that doesn't plunge to her navel, with cups appropriate for someone who is a size 4), but their skirts were half off, so DD picked up another cute denim one (she loves to wear skirts) and I found some croc-like clogs for only $8.99! I've been wearing my Target gardening clogs for three years -- they are SO comfy I can take long walks in them, but they're finally beginning to wear out and Target isn't carrying them this year (I was distraught).

Being me, I didn't want to shell out $40+ for Crocs, but I also was determined to get something that I could wear for hours at a time, and during my walks and if that meant Crocs, then so be it.

These L.L. Bean clogs are regularly priced $24.95, but they were so much cheaper at the outlet. DH thinks it's because of the color (HOT PINK!). I'm hardly a walking fashion statement, so I didn't care. And after I take a nice long walk in them and see if they'll work for that, I'm going back and buying every pair they have in my size.


I love a bargain.

Today is supposed to be sunnier, though not much warmer. Aside from the work I have to do on the LASR/WC site, I plan on getting outside and clearing more of the woods. DH is home today, so maybe he'll help with the heavy lifting this time. We'd like to move our two apricot trees (hopefully this won't kill them, but the apple trees behind them are getting so big, that the apricots aren't doing well anyway) and plant the peach tree. We're going to buy one more apple tree, and our orchard will be complete. I really REALLY wanted a cherry tree, but that is a favorite snack of Japanese beetles, and I decided I wasn't up for the battle.

What are you doing this weekend? Anything fun or interesting?


You Are Imaginative and Idealistic

You are popular and well liked. You know how to please a crowd and work a room.

You rely on yourself and yourself alone to figure out what's best. In your experience, the "experts" are almost always wrong.

You have an optimistic take on life. Things are always a lot better than they seem at first.

Spending time alone makes you more optimistic and ready to take on the world. You like to recharge.

That's fairly close, especially the last part.



groovyoldlady said...

OK...The quote at the beginning? THAT'S ME!!! I thrill to being able to say, "This outfit? Well, the dress was free - I got it from a bag. The shoes were from my mom's friend's aunt and sweater from Goodwill." Frugality rocks!

This weekend I am still trying to recoup from this allergy reaction. I see the sun out there, so probably some walking, yard work and, possibly, goat work at a friend's house. Then I'll have to pull some of my writing togeher because next weekend I am actually going to a writer's meeting. Woot!

Dru said...

Not much planned this weekend. I did get out my suitcase for my upcoming trip.

You Are Outgoing and Enthusiastic

You are funny and playful. You bring out the brighter side of things. You are one colorful character.

You rely on yourself and yourself alone to figure out what's best. In your experience, the "experts" are almost always wrong.

You have an optimistic take on life. Things are always a lot better than they seem at first.

Spending time alone doesn't change your mood much. You tend to just relax and rest when you're alone.

This is so not me.

Have a good Saturday.

Ceri Hebert said...

Oh, how I hated buying swimsuits for the girls. Everything is aimed at an older crowd, so I know how you feel. My younger DD wanted a one piece. Finding a one piece for a tall 13 year old is a challenge. They are generally made for older ladies. but we found one. My oldest is particularly hard to shop for because she's very short, not heavy, but she's broad in the hips. It makes shopping for pants miserable.

This weekend will be yard sales today and tomorrow we're doing some smokin' (ribs, brisket, and a pork loin). Maybe we'll get into the garden.

MomJane said...

It is going to be cloudy today in preparation for the rain we are expecting for sunday and monday. Sigh.

I haven't much planned for the weekend.Working in the yard a little today.

MaryC said...

Good morning, Marianne and everyone.

Shopping is one of my least favorite things to do. DH and I did hit Costco yesterday because it was a nasty day here too. In some ways it was refreshing after all the hot weather - mid 90s on Wednesday - but it was also disconcerting because we'd gotten used to the sun. I think the dog prefers the cooler weather. He's stopped hiding under the table.

This morning is sunny but cool. We're headed over to Fairway which is a large food market on the Brooklyn waterfront. My DH calls it the Brooklyn Riviera. We love to have breakfast overlooking NY Harbor. Hopefully it will warm up a bit.

Hope everyone has a good day doing whatever you
re doing.

Brandy said...

We bought Daughter's swimsuit at the Sporting Goods store. I wish we had an LL Bean outlet here, I just bought my bathing suit from them and while it was expensive, it is well made and I love it. However, I usually shop for bargains whenever I can. I still have a wrap dress I bought from eBay and paid $5 six years ago, and wore it last Sunday! *G*

I hope your weather warms up again and that you have sunny skies today!

Tori Lennox said...

Hey! What's wrong with hot pink??? *g*