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Halfway through winter break...

Winter break is halfway through (yay!) and has been just as interesting as I'd expect it to be. We've had a few startling-awake incidents with Kevin, some progress in getting the kitten to poop in the right place, and a whole lot of dragging Laurel out when the weather wasn't too cold.

We've done the circuit of local thrift stores once and possibly doing it again this week as I continue keeping an eye out for a certain style of coat for a friend and finding crazy deals along the way. In the past week I've scored a Children's Place packable anorak (a half-zip windbreaker/raincoat that folds into an integrated storage pouch) new with tags for $2 and a Kate Spade handbag for $4. While I dislike retail store shopping, I enjoy thrift stores.

We also met phoena and her husband for coffee, which was fun. I wish we had normal neighbors like that, I'd be a lot more social! (Laurel has been playing daily with the item since Christmas morning. I picked up Cooking Mama for her stocking and now I get to hear her blowing into the microphone to cool off dishes.)

In other neat pre-Giftmas fun, I was one of five randomly selected entrants in Hanna Andersson's holiday photo share on Facebook to receive a $100 gift card. I plan to mail it on to my sisters to shop at their Colorado Mills outlet Park Meadows store to get the most bang for the buck. ETA: They have a Dallas store at Northpark Center. I've been in that mall once and have no desire to go in it again.

I am just getting around to my gingerbread construction this week after feeling blah on Christmas Eve and then full-out awful on Christmas Day with a virulent stomach bug. Photos and templates are forthcoming!


Dec. 28th, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun!
Dec. 29th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
I love thrift stores, too. I'll have to get a list of the best ones from you next time I'm up in the area!
Dec. 29th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
What kind of stuff do you look for in thrift stores? I mostly look for clothing and books, but I know one place that has a lot of furniture and I have a friend that acquires some of the vintage and used designer clothes she sells at thrift stores. (Her store is up on Preston just south of the Turnpike.) If you like vintage clothing without the designer pedigree, there's a vintage clothing store in Plano but the store is packed like sardines and makes me feel claustrophobic.


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