Saturday, April 21, 2007

Shop 'Till You Drop Or...Puke?

As you may have noticed (and thanks for all the concern from those who did!) I have not posted since I went on my trip to Maine with the girls. It seems there was a bit of a glitch with my awesome plan to use shopping therapy as a way to push aside all the stress that has been overwhelming me at the moment. Even though I had a TERRIFIC weekend, my body thought otherwise and decided to finally surrender :o( I guess things just accumulated enough to drive my immune system down and I caught a bug somewhere. I have to say that I have not puked like that in a long time but the good news is, I think I lost a bit of weight! LOL! Well, at least I lost whatever I put on that weekend ;o)

So I bet you are all wondering how the weekend went! Were you on pins and needles all week? :o) Let's see, where to begin...the weather had us guessing right up until the last minute whether we were going or not. We got a nice (NOT!) snowstorm on Friday and by Saturday morning, everything was white but at least the roads were clear. I, somehow, made it out of the house on time, picked up Katie and got to Faith Ann's shortly after 7 am. We all piled into Faith Ann's car and we hit the new four-lane highway all the way up to the border crossing. The guard must have eaten her Wheaties that morning because she was pretty friendly and soon had us through. I knew my trip was going to be great after finding a Coke slushie at our first stop! Gooooooood slushie!

Since we had quite a list of places to hit, we decided to forfeit going to the new fiber store in Orono. It wasn't a full-fledged cross-stitch store anyway. We were really liking the idea of getting to Jo-Ann's Fabrics and AC Moore with our 40% off coupons ;o) We graced our presence at Old Navy and Khols before we hit the Olive Garden for lunch. I have never been to an Olive Garden but I'm SO glad (NOT!) that Faith Ann suggested it. Wow! They have some nicely prepared pasta dishes with loads of flavor. I kept wondering why people were leaving with bags full of food and now I know why!

We checked into the hotel and then we decided that the mall was the best place to walk off all of that food. All three of us, finally, found a pair of Mary Jane Crocs and I absolutely LOVE mine! They are soooooo comfortable :o) We also made stops at the Burlington Coat Factory, Wal Mart, Borders and Toys R Us. I was pretty satisfied to find my Mr. Potato Head parts. For supper, it was unanimous that we go to Ruby Tuesdays. Their ribs are delicious but their Strawberry Lemonade was the real winner! Good thing I can't drink alcohol at the moment and therefore mine was a virgin ;o)

A bed never looked so good as it did Saturday night! I think I read for about ten minutes and then it was lights out for me. I was still in the same position when I woke up the next morning, lol! The hotel had a very nice continental breakfast with lots to choose from. We made a few more stops before heading for home. Target and Shaws were great places for me to spend my money at and I pretty much found everything that I was hoping to, along with a few extras :o) I'm still desperately searching for Slice though! Since there are no more Friendly's restaurants in Bangor, I was more than delighted to find their sundays at the grocery store. I had a big grin on my face when I got back to the car with my Peanut Butter Cup Sunday, let me tell you! With three happy but exhausted women in front of him, the cute guard at the border just waved us on by. It pays to be a girl sometimes ;o)

So I bet you are all wondering what I bought! Details, you want details! LOL! I have to admit that I was very good and very restrained. I had a set limit and I ended up coming home with $6.19 US :o) Aside from the items mentioned above, I stocked up on some more DMC floss but didn't really buy my normal bagful. I was extremely happy to find my Alphabet Afghan by Charles Craft and I got it 40% to boot! The doggy steps that I bought for Brie were another bonus. I think she was a little miffed that what I bought her wasn't food although she did try to eat the steps. I'm embarrassed to admit but most of my purchases were food items :o) I got Hershey Cinnamon Baking Chips, Land O Lakes Raspberry & Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix, Country Time Lemonade, Country Time Lemonade Ice Tea, Country Time Lemonade On The Go Packs, IBC Root Beer, Pringles Cinnamon Sweet Potato Crisps, Bakers Dark Dipping Chocolate, Kashi TLC Honey Almond Flax Bars, Del Monte Sun Fresh Citrus Salad and Archer Farms Milk Chocolate Pretzel Clusters.

Whew! I bet you are exhausted just reading this. Well, imagine actually living it ;o) Today has been the first day that I have truly been even remotely interested in the computer so I thought I would update my Blog since this reaches the most people. I will be slowly catching up this coming week so please be patient; I will get back to you! It's good to be back among the living again :o) Seriously!


Jenn said...

Welcome back! It sounds like you had a great trip - aside from getting sick. I'm glad that your feeling better.

Lori-Ann said...

Yes, I wondered why you were so quiet, and I could'nt wait to hear about your trip.
Being sick stinks, but glad you arestarting to recover.
I don't think I've heard of most of that food listed,lol. Intriguing! Can you send me a sample, via e-mail? LOL

Karen said...

glad to see you back posting, I love the Mary Jane Crocs but we can only get them in kids sizes where I live at the moment. Sounds like you had a great time

Jamie said...

Welcome back! Glad to see you shopped til you dropped. It sounds like the ladies weekend was the right choice. Hope you had lots of laughs and smiles.

Sharon said...

I enjoyed reading about your trip so much, sounds like you had such a wonderful time. So sorry you got sick at Olive Garden though. How far are you from Maine?? I hope to go to Maine this summer. I have always wanted to go there. I am so glad you are posting again, love reading your blog.
Take care, Sharon