Oh my goodness, I had more than my fair share of fun today! The day started out with a doctor’s appointment. I had to go see a dermatologist just because I mentioned to my PMD that my sister had had melanoma (she’s fine now) and so the doctor referred me to a dermatologist to give me the once over. YES. The once over. And I have to tell you the best thing about the appointment. As the dermatologist is looking very closely at all the various parts of me, parts that I’d rather no one see, she says, “You have really beautiful skin.” LOLOLOL. Oh, that one will last me a long time! Of course, she meant from a professional point of view, in that I didn’t have one suspicious mole in sight, which she thought was remarkable considering my fair skin, and a fair amount of exposure as a kid, as well as the fact that I never wear sunscreen. But I’ll take a compliment any which way I can. (And before you all start yelling at me, I don’t really go out in the sun. I wear sunscreen when I am in the pool.)
So since I had to go through that traumatic event, I wanted to treat myself to a Pinkberry frozen yogurt. I also had a very short list of things I wanted to look for. I wanted some pink towels, I wanted to LOOK at some of those fabulous Newton running shoes that Shelley has, I needed a new bedside lamp, and I needed to get some extra fancy hypo-allergenic dog food for HRH. Sophie has some mild food allergies, and for convenience sake, I had tried once again to convert all the dogs to the same brand of dog food. And then eventually Sophie starts licking her feet and legs. Slurp, slurp, slurp. Every evening. Followed by me yelling “STOP LICKING!” Followed by me feeling bad. How would you like it if your skin felt itchy/irritated/dry (I don’t actually know what it feels like to her) and someone yelled at you to stop.
Anyway, back to my shopping trip. I never did find the pink towel. Weird. But everywhere I went, I found some fun bargain. I’m just guessing things were marked down after Christmas. I found some ‘gourmet food’ items at Home Goods. I tried to control myself. Got some cookies and cream coffee, dried apricots, giant cashews, and some chocolate, cherry, and almond granola!
Next stop, Marshalls. Surely they have some pink towels. Nope. But look what I just happened to pass by on the way to the towels!
I swear, I have been looking for the right pair of clogs for three years. And finally gave up and got those two pair of shoes right before I left for my Christmas trip. And then I find these Born clogs on sale for $29. I couldn’t resist. I love clogs for airplane travel, so you can kind of slip them halfway off your feet. Oh, plus when you go through the security place, very easy on and off.
I walked around in them for quite a while to make sure the heels were not too high for me.
At this point I was running out of steam, and I almost drove on by the sports store (where I was going to look for the Newtons.) But there was a 15 minute parking place right in front, so I thought, I’ll just run in to see if they even have them. Well, they did not. But look what I found! Saucony, my favorite brand, and these are a new ‘extra light’ version. Not quite as colorful as the Newtons, but close enough for me. Plus the fact that they felt fantastic the minute I put them on my feet. You’d better look quick, cause they won’t stay this pretty for too long. I’ll probably reserve them for gym shoes for a little while, and then they’ll get drafted for their real purpose, taking the long walks around here. Oh yeah, these were on sale $20 off too!
On to Costco to get the Queen’s special formula doggie food–Turkey and Sweet Potato. I guess we’re more alike than I thought–we even eat the same stuff. And I scored again!!! Right inside the door they had a big display of Magic Bullet Blenders with a special $10 off. I have looked at the Magic Bullet displays for year. I resisted getting one before Christmas, and I guess it paid off. My old Oster blender has been trying to give up the ghost, and since I am using it more and more, the timing was just right. I am now the proud owner of a Magic Bullet 25 piece set! I have no idea where I’m going to put all those pieces…
And, the last thing I had on my list–a bedside lamp? I got the very last Ottlight in Costco for only $19. Yahoo. No more jumping out of bed to turn the light off just as I’m about to drift off to sleep. I also got some green beans, giant cherries, blueberries, and a whole box of the Pure Protein bars I’ve been eating lately.
And then it was off to Pinkberry for my froyo and the drive home. I had brought my food for the day with me, so no need to stop and get lunch. And I got home just in time to take the doggies for their evening stroll before it got dark.
It was a very good day. I made myself a turkey taco salad for dinner, and it looked so pretty I had to take a picture of it to share with you. Dessert was about 10 of the giant cherries and a Russell Stover sugar free mint. I am quite fond of those right now.
I did a little more work on the spreadsheets for our Haiti project. We are having a meeting with our pastor and the treasurers tomorrow, and are trying to look like we know what we are doing LOL. Which, BTW, I don’t think I mentioned yet how wonderful it was that two of my bloggy friends, Pubsgal and Cammy, offered to help when I complained about having a problem with Excel. In emailing with Cammy, she mentioned Google Docs, and that has been a lifesaver. Just what we needed! Its really wonderful how people you haven’t even met are so willing to help you.
I am very happy with my activity level for this first week of 2012. I have been able to get into the free weights room at the gym, and do bench presses with the bar each time I’ve gone. I’m adding in some core exercises on the days that I walk at home. Helen, I can do 3 whole 30-second planks. And then I collapse on the floor huffing and puffing. And all the dogs come over to see what the heck is wrong with me.
I’ve been hitting up the Redbox lately, and have seen some really good movies. Midnight in Paris was delightful, Sarah’s Key was really good, and The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson and Jody Foster, was actually a fascinating movie. One reviewer commented that the Mel Gibson ick factor was one of the reasons it didn’t succeed. That made me laugh. I guess since I don’t have tv, I never saw all the horrid stuff he was involved in. Its interesting to me who we will forgive and who we won’t. I LOVE Hugh Grant. I can’t help it. When he got caught cheating on his fiance(?) with a prostitute, was there a time period where we didn’t forgive him? Which reminds me, have you all seen “About a Boy?” One of my favorite Hugh Grant performances.
Somehow I got into quite a Meryl Streep movie review with Shelley. Have you young’uns seen Sophie’s Choice, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, and Out of Africa? They are must sees, if you like Meryl Streep, or good movies, or women with accents LOL (Meryl Streep really became known for her ability to do accents in these films.)
And then there is my affinity for movie musicals. Remember when I said I wanted to start reading some classic books? Well, I thought I’d start out with an easy one. I downloaded Oliver Twist to my Kindle Fire. Which led me to serenade the dogs with ALL the songs from the old (60’s?) musical Oliver. Whe-eh-eh-eh-ere is love (sung in a high whispery voice) O-li-veh, O-li-veh, never before has a boy wanted more, (sung in a generic chorus of voices,) and One boy, boy for sale, he’s going cheap... (sung in the deep baritone of Mr. Bumble)… oh, the dogs were sick of me by the end of the day LOL.
I guess maybe I should post a little more frequently. You can divide this into several days readings if you want.