Here are some highlights of my last few days:
Shopping with Teenagers
After my rant on Friday about What the Cool Kids are Wearing, I took my two younger daughters shopping on Saturday. We had two goals in mind: give the kids some “alone time” with their biological parent (Jim took his kids out too), and find me some new jeans, since crotchless denims aren’t really in style in New Brunswick…
Our first stop was Value Village. I love Value Village mainly because it’s NOT the Mall! I tried on four pairs of pants, and bought one for $6.99 (another one would have worked, but I discovered it didn’t have a top button when I got into the changing room). While I was trying to squeeze into too-tight pants, I overheard a conversation between two guys in the next two cubicles who were trying on Halloween costumes: “Wow, these shorts are really short! They look good though!” “Do you have a headband?” “Yeah, I’ve got a Nike one I can just wear inside out!” I wish I could have seen them!
I debated getting a nice hardcover copy of “Charlotte’s Web” for Elise, but it was heavy, and I didn’t particularly want to carry it around for the next two hours…should have gotten it…it was only $3.99. Hope found a wig and a shirt for her Halloween costume, and another top. Anna got a vintage computer game she remembered from childhood and a DVD of some movie…I put the $50 or so on my debit card, and we headed across the street to the mall.
I was feeling a bit faint when we got there…time for an emergency frosted cinnamon roll…lucky I had my handy Tim Horton’s card with me!
“Is it time to go yet?” I don’t know how many times I asked that over the next hour-and-a-half, as the kids dragged me into one store after another: Ardene’s for jewellery (for the Halloween costume – ended up being jewellery, headbands, track pants, and a hoodie!); Aeropostale for a hoodie (make that TWO hoodies – they were half-price, after all!); and La Senza for bras for Anna. My fingers were cramping from typing in my pin number on the debit machine! I did get a FREE bra though! Standing at the checkout at La Senza, I was rooting through my wallet for my “bra card” (there it was, right next to my coffee card, my sub card, and my card card [no, I'm not stuttering - Hallmark]). The perky clerk informed me that we had reached the magic number to receive a free bra (and I’d only spent $798!…I might be exaggerating, a little). “You can pick the most expensive one in the store if you want!” she reported excitedly. I share my friend Jane’s enthusiasm for bra shopping. We’d already spent way longer than I had wanted to in my least favourite place. I was like a deer in the headlights. Handing the kids my bags, I looked anxiously around and grabbed a couple of bras, pretty much at random (avoiding the neon colours and the zebra stripes). Into the changeroom I went. Success! One fit: the girls didn’t look too bad (and my daughters looked fine too!).
We celebrated with fruit smoothies ($10 and change for two smoothies for Anna and Hope – I don’t do any liquid thicker than water!).
Jim and his kids picked us up out front, and we headed home. They had gotten some cool stuff too…
So, my girls spent the afternoon with me, I got new (used) jeans and a free bra, and it only cost me $200 (what’s wrong with this picture?)!
I had two rather disconcerting dreams on Saturday night (I blame the cinnamon roll!):
1. I dreamed that I was making out with a tattooed man. I didn’t make this guy up…he’s a guy who lives in Saint John – not bad-looking if you can overlook the tattoos on his face, and multiple piercings! I feel a bit sorry for him, though, because he’ll probably never be able to work a regular job. He is quite a talented photographer, and occasionally sells photos/plays bongos on the sidewalk for money. Anyway, it turns out that Tattoo Guy is a very good kisser (at least in my dream!). I was disturbed by two aspects of the dream: that it didn’t seem to bother me that I was engaged to Jim and kissing another man, and that I really am not attracted to tattoos, especially on someone’s face! I told Jim about the dream, to which he replied that he’d dreamed about chasing a radioactive alligator around his parents’ yard (he works in a nuclear power plant).
2. The second dream must have been a residual from Open Farm Day. I dreamed that I was on a farm where animals were kept on shelves. On one shelf, there would be three piglets, and on another shelf, there would be three calves lying down. There was only about a foot between shelves – no room for the animals to stand up! The shelves were covered with manure…it was gross, but I didn’t think anything of it!
The “new car smell” is starting to wear off of gardening for me…is it wrong that I’m wishing for frost so that I can be done with it for the year?
Sunday I went out and pulled out my sunflower stalks (or in some case, broke them off at soil level – those things are tough as small trees!). They were getting in the way of picking tomatoes…the piles and piles of tomatoes! I am freezing the big ones, and packing the little ones in lunches…there are not enough tomato-eaters in my household to eat all that I planted! The increasing number of fruit flies buzzing around the bowls are telling me that something’s rotten in the pile…
I cooked two more squash and put them in the freezer…there are many, many more to cook…
I harvested my two “dry” bean varieties yesterday: romano beans, and orca beans. I shelled the romanos, but still have to shell the orcas. The yield is quite small, compared to what I got from the green beens.
The root vegetables: carrots, beets, and rutabagas are next…is it winter yet?
Doing Our Civic Duty
Yesterday was the New Brunswick provincial election. Jim and I made a point of getting out to vote, knowing full well that our candidate would not win, but that we did the important thing and exercised our right to vote! People that don’t bother to do so really piss me off! I told one young (educated) friend of mine to write somebody ridiculous in (I suggested Elvis or Lady Gaga) if he didn’t like the candidates, but to vote anyway!
The Conservatives won by a landslide, but only because of the rush to vote for anybody who didn’t represent the current party in power! Voter turnout was only 68%…I wonder whether the outcome would have been the same if everyone had made it to the polls? I don’t want to hear any bitching from non-voters when the Conservatives muck it up worse than their predecessors…maybe if you’d gotten off your ass, they might not have made it in!
And on that note, I’m going to have my lunch…