I decided to lump the past two days together, since I’d rather hold off and do one longer post than two dinky ones 🙂 Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I’m just enjoying spending time hanging out around the house, and with my family.
Day 4: Friday 11/27 (Black Friday)
Yesterday started out as just lounging around the house, and I got to spend lots of time with my niece. That girl has no limit on her energy, and since her vocabulary is slowly expanding, she is a great source of entertainment. Lots of playtime, Disney Jr., and running laps around the house in hot pursuit of her best friend, Simon, the dachshund.
Later that afternoon, I met up with two of my best friends from college who I hadn’t seen in far too long. One had just bought and moved into a new house with her fiancé, and I was so excited to get a tour! The three of us caught up over a bottle of wine, and laughed at how “grown-up” our conversations have become. The topics of our college days didn’t usually include cleaning and decorating tips… I feel blessed to know that I will always have these girls to fall back on, no matter the distance that separates us. We always pick up where we left off 🙂
Next, I went back to my parent’s house to pick up my mom, and we decided to check out the Black Friday situation at the closest mall. My little sister was also in the middle of her shift there, so it was also a way for us to make sure she hadn’t been swamped by baby-toting mommas looking for a steal on jeggings for infants. Luckily, she was alive, and the store was in pretty good shape. We wandered around for a couple hours, before taking advantage of the ‘Buy 3, Get 3 Free’ sale on candles at B&BW…whoops! At least I should be set for at least a couple months…
Day 5: Saturday 11/28
This morning, we got a relatively early start, and bundled up to head to the same Boy Scouts tree lot that we go to every year in the search for the perfect tree. There were a few contenders, but after checking out all our options, we decided on a good one. I’ll be sure to share pictures tomorrow as we start decorating! It was such a cold day, so by the time the tree was strapped securely to the top of the car, I was ready to get home.
As soon as the tree was situated in the base, my mom and I bundled back up to do a little more holiday shopping. First stop, Hobby Lobby. We both have a love-hate relationship with HL, or as we affectionately call it, Snobby Lobby. I could spend hours wandering through aisles and aisles of decorations, craft projects, and oddities, but that check out line (especially on the Saturday after Thanksgiving) is so hit and miss. The wait didn’t take nearly as long as I dreaded it would, but every register had lines of at least 5 people with their overflowing blue carts. We made some good finds though, and I now have all of my gift-wrapping supplies, along with a couple other items!
Next, we went next door to the mall, and after a bite to eat, did a little Christmas gift shopping. I currently have two of the eight people I need to shop for checked off my to-do list, and for the end of November, I’d say that’s a good start! As much fun as it is to open gifts from other people, I love the feeling of finding the perfect thing for the ones I care about even more. The last stop before heading home for dinner, was a much needed mani/pedi appointment. I’ve been loving everything marsala (Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year) so I went with OPI’s We’ll Always Have Paris – a vampy plum – on my toes, and OPI’s Got the Blues for Red – a blue-toned red shade – on my fingers. Love both colors for the fall to winter transition!
Then, it was home to catch the second half of the Iowa State basketball game (Go Cyclones!), while I made my chili for my family’s dinner. I did throw in a can of drained/rinsed red beans this time though, to add a little more substance. It turned out awesome after tweaking the amount of spices I added in since the rest of the ratios were a little off. The perfect meal to end a cold day!
Now, I’m off to bed! Tomorrow morning we’re breaking out the Christmas decorations, and making a trip downtown to check out the Festival of Trees and Lights, a charity event hosted by Blank Children’s Hospital. It’s been quite a few years since I last went, but it’s a fun way to kick off the Christmas season, and for a great cause!
Did you do any Black Friday shopping this year?
Ta ta for now!
The Ginger Wife