For purely selfish reasons I avoid shopping at certain monster retail store whose name begins with a “W”. Some people don’t shop there because small businesses are adversely effected or they have issues with employee treatment, etc. My reasons are much more superficial and petty. It’s always crowded, it smells awful and just being there leaves me feeling dirty. People are forever telling me now much money I could save if I just put my “issues” aside, but I remain stubborn as a mule firm in my beliefs. That being said, I must admit that I sold out for $.05 spiral binders, $.22 crayons and $.10 packages of lined paper. We needed school supplies for the girls. Lots of school supplies. The price differences were so dramatic that I felt that I’d be making our family budget suffer by not going. Yes, I’m trying to justify my decision.
We need a few more things, but we can get those later at the grocery store.
Cheap prices weren’t my only sell-out this week. Proclamations of never using our backyard “pool” because even with lots of chlorine, “pools are like large vats of human soup!” had me eating crow as the temperature soared to 98° F. Of course the water wasn’t near as gross as it could have been though because Sunday the entire pool was drained, cleaned and fresh water put in. That water is cold! Thanks to an opportunistic daughter you all have the “privilege” of seeing my surprised face after a partial submersion.
Finally, there used to be a time when birthday parties at our house meant hiring people to bring in ponies for rides, or re-creating Hogwarts complete with classes for a Harry Potter themed party. The days of extravagant parties are long gone. And although I did prepare the birthday meal, I shirked my motherly duties by awarding A3 the honor of decorating her big sister’s cake.
A1 was excited to receive so many birthday wishes and she said, “THANK YOU!” to everyone. The shopping trip yielded few items, but she had fun looking. She decided to save most of her birthday money.
Today isn’t as hot as yesterday, but I’m thinking that maybe another dip in the pool is in order. What the heck, I’ve already sold out. Cheers!
P.S. no new knitting 😦