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Sunday Shopping

Last Sunday afternoon, the Mr. and I headed out to run a few errands.

One of the places I wanted to go was Best Buy.  Rooster had called me a couple of days before to tell me about a purchase he and his girl had made.  The pressure was on.

I wound up indulging my inner geek when I purchased this . . .

It’s the Apple Watch 2, which was on sale for $70 off.  What girl doesn’t like a sale?

The newest Apple Watch can be worn in the pool or beach!  That was the main reason why I had asked for my Garmin watch a couple of years ago.  I’ve loved it too!

But the Apple, y’all.  I have had an iPhone for years, and my laptop is a Macbook Pro, so I’m all about Apple stuff.  I bought the smaller size.

It didn’t take me long to find a watch face I liked . . .

When you tap on the center of the clock face, Minnie tells you what time it is.  She’s adorable.

Now, I’m not going to lie, making the transition was a little overwhelming.  Although it immediately synced with my phone, I still had to figure out how to navigate, which buttons to push, etc.  I had to change a few things in my setup (I’m using Apple Health now, which integrates with MyFitnessPal).

The good news is that my Under Armour Record app works seamlessly with my watch.  When I start a workout on my phone, my watch automatically starts up, so I can look down and see my calories real time without pulling out my phone.

I was able to use it to track Monday’s physical therapy session.  I had been curious about how many calories I’d been burning during these sessions . . .

Apparently, I work hard.  Crazy, eh?

I also love that my watch tracks my heart rate.  That was the biggest drawback to my Garmin.  I didn’t have the HR model.

By the end of the first evening, I’d even learned how to set up the watch as my alarm clock.

One less-than-ideal thing is the battery life.  It’s something like 18 hours, so it needs to be charged each night.  My Garmin lasted for ten days without a charge, unless I was using it to track runs.

I still have a ton to learn, but I can honestly say that I’m in love with this device.  I can use Siri on it (and actually did while I was getting directions, and it even connected automatically to my car and started talking through those speakers while I was driving to a new place).

Happy Summer to me!

After we finished at Best Buy, we headed to Kohl’s.  The Mr. had some Kohl’s cash that had to be used that day.

I had not been feeling well, so the plan was to run in, quickly pick out something, and leave.

I wound up trying on a few tops that had not been on sale the week before.  I really liked the tank top in the picture below.  It made me think of my Rooster boy.

I loved the next top.  It’s a sweater material and wine colored.  It is so soft.

By the way, I have no idea why I felt the need to flex my muscles in both pictures.  I guess the weight training I’ve been doing each day has gone to my head.  Ha!

I liked the next top as well.  Blue is one of my favorite colors, and the Mr. thought this top would pair nicely with a pair of flowered shorts he had picked out for me (I didn’t pose with those though).

After all of that shopping, I had to go home and take a nap.  Who knew that spending money could be so exhausting!!

Cast Sightings

I am so thankful that I am beginning to feel a little more like my normal self.  Each weekend, I reflect back to the previous one, and I’m amazed at the progress and am even more thankful for God’s strength.

Part of my recovery has involved getting out and about.

On Saturday, I woke up at the butt crack of dawn, unable to go back to sleep.  I got myself dressed and made up with minimal help from the Mr.  I was up so early that I even blogged while I watched more of the Star Wars marathon that TNT is currently showing.

The Mr. heard me rummaging around and got up a little earlier than he’d originally planned.  It was going to be a busy day.

First up…an appointment with my hairdresser.  It was time for highlights!

The Mr. dropped me off a little early and headed out for a quick road trip to meet his parents so they could give him a few items for the reception after Rooster’s wedding, which is fast approaching.

Meanwhile, I waited my turn…

Dana has been cutting my family’s hair for years.  She’s super thoughtful and always keeps me laughing with her tell-it-like-it-is attitude.

The place was hopping too!  Everyone was busy getting their hair “did” before the holidays.  I loved the chatter.

Before long, I resembled a satellite tower…

If you were anywhere in the vicinity, I’m sure your cell phone reception was clear as a bell.

Ha!

Dana really pampered me, let me tell you.  After removing the foils, she washed, cut, dried, and straightened my hair.

It was another step in my journey of feeling more like myself.

Oy vey, but the dark circles under my eyes.  I’d left off the concealer…a lesson to me.  Having a cast makes for inconsistent sleep patterns.

Anyhoo…

The Mr. got back in plenty of time, so I didn’t even have to wait for him.

We headed out for a few hours of shopping.  Here’s a better picture of my hair.  Bliss.

We had a few things we were in search of…namely flare leg yoga pants.

Y’all, I have about five pairs of pants I can wear, which I should be and truly am grateful for, but y’all, a girl needs more options!

After discovering that I could not wear ANY of my existing blue jeans, because skinny jeans just don’t stretch over casts, the Mr. was determined to find me pants I could wear.

Go ahead and be jealous.  He’s mine.  ❤

We hunted high and low.

We visited Kohl’s, Dillard’s, and a myriad of other stores.

We had no luck.  Being petite has its drawbacks sometimes.

We even went to Victoria’s Secrets.

We didn’t find pants, but we did find some other goodies.

While he stopped by another store in the mall, I gave myself a break and waited on a bench.  Scootering around is tiring, especially when you’re healing from breaking three bones in your ankle.

We hit a couple more stores before calling it quits.

I was exhausted.  I know I’ve already mentioned that, but seriously.  This healing business takes a lot out of a person!

I had a good night’s sleep and hardly remember turning over even.

Sunday morning, the Mr. and I headed out to church.

I was able to stand for the singing portion of worship, with my knee on the scooter.

It was yet another step toward normalcy.

An older couple joined us at our table; the husband is recovering from back surgery.  His wife had jokingly asked if we were at the handicapped table.  Ha!

After a quick lunch at home, we headed back out to the mall…this time across the bridge though.

Victoria’s Secrets was our first stop so we could take advantage of a couple of coupons we’d been unable to find the day before.

I got these socks for free (after reminding the clerk about the sign outside) for purchasing a PINK item.

I had a choice of several and was struck by this pair.  First, it was a pretty, light shade of pink.  Second, I love the play on the word “sleigh.”  I think Beyonce has a song with this verbiage…another way of saying “slay.”  I am NOT a Beyonce fan, but I am all about figurative language.  I plan on “sleighing” the challenges associated with my fracture.

Next, we went back to Dillard’s to find a pretty clutch for me to use for the wedding.  I’d already purchased one, but I discovered that my phone wouldn’t fit into it, so I needed another one.  The plan was to return the previous one but, in true Auburnchick fashion, we left it in the car and found it too tedious to go back and retrieve it.  We’ll return it this week.

I found a clutch I was okay with, and we left, headed for the Nike store.  First, though, was a stop at Charlotte Russe, a store we used to frequent.

They didn’t have pants I could fit into with the cast, but they did have dresses and skirts.

And yes…yes I did.  Just for the record.  That skirt will match what will probably be a black removable boot that will replace my cast.

Because I’m all about matching.

Ahem.

Later, when I got home and started taking things out of bags, I noticed this on the other side of my Charlotte Russe bag.  Isn’t it just the best?

The Nike store was our next stop, but it quickly became apparent that I wouldn’t find flared yoga pants there either.

We headed to one more store…Charming Charlie.  I’d seen this store on the way to Dillard’s and told the Mr. that I wanted to stop by on our walk back.

It’s a new-to-me store and so delightful!  There were tables everywhere, but what got to my overachieving, highly organized self was how the merchandise was arranged…according to color.

Oh my!

I had to scooter around just to take it all in.

Then, I found a third clutch that I liked for a much better price than what I’d found in Dillard’s (even with the clearance price, mind you).  Plus, my phone fit into it.  Bingo!

That’s not a great picture, but I think you get the idea.  I wanted something for my phone and lipstick.  The strap will help me hold onto it while I scooter around.

We were done at this point and headed home, with one quick stop at Sam’s Club for dog food.  I let the Mr. go in without me and watched my First5 weekend video while I waited.

I am thankful that this will be a short week for me.  Big plans are brewing around these parts.  Because of that, I’ll be maximizing my evenings with lots of lesson plan preparations so I can relax in the days and two weeks ahead.

Meanwhile, keep on the lookout for cast sightings.  There won’t be too many of them with me set to get my boot soon.

Praise God for His healing touch and daily miracles.

 

Shopping Delights

Here in Florida, we’re currently enjoying Tax Free Week.  It’s something the state does every year, and it’s the chance for shoppers to save a few dollars while stocking up on new items.  I think the intent was for it to coincide with back-to-school shopping, but you don’t have to be a student to enjoy new goodies.

On Saturday, the Mr. and I headed out to the mall.  I had a few coupons and a gift card I’d found in my purse.  All were begging to be used.

Despite the thunderstorms that were dumping rain everywhere, we went ahead with our plans.  We enjoyed lunch at Uncle Maddios (lots of vegan options for me) before heading to Ulta, Nike, Victoria Secret, Loft, and Dillard.

I bought the following dress at Loft…

Truth be told, the dress looks way better on me (sorry, model girl).  I got the Petite Small, and it fits like a dream.  I’ve opted not to wear the tie with it.  It was $25.00 off, and I had a 15% teacher discount.

I also bought this shirt…

That’s not me in the picture, by the way.  The shirt was pricey and was not on sale.  Egads.  I did, however, have $17 left on a long-forgotten but newly-found gift card.  I used that along with my teacher discount.  It will look great with a pair of black pants I have.  I’d also like to find a black skirt to add to my wardrobe, but since I don’t like to shop, that might not happen for awhile.

Now, allow me to sing the praises of Dillard.

Oh Dillard…how I love your shoe sales.

I’ve figured out that Saturdays are key days for sales.  I was on the hunt for brown wedges, and because I couldn’t decide between a couple of pairs, I bought them both.  The prices were that good.

Gianni Bini is my main squeeze right now, let me tell you.  The leather in these shoes are very soft, and the wedges make me taller with the added security that the heels I usually enjoy wearing don’t offer.

Please excuse the unpolished tootsies.  I sent the picture to Super Sis, and she called me out on them, as any sister should.

I really like the strappy-ness of these shoes.  I wore them to dinner after we ate and kept looking down at my feet with a smile on my face.

The other pair of shoes I fell in love with and purchased were these…

I think they look a little dressier than the strappy shoes, and the wedge is even higher.  The Mr. didn’t like the light colored straw-like wedge; he preferred the cork bottoms of the first pair.  We debated and fussed before he encouraged me to buy what I wanted.  😀

After we went home and fed the dogs (Pele had, apparently, already dined on papers that the Mr. had left on his spot in the laundry room when we forgot to crate him for the five hours we were gone), we headed out to eat, stopping at Sports Authority on the way.

Here’s the picture of the Mr.’s spot.  At least Pele left the lottery ticket alone…

The Mr. had a 20% Sports Authority coupon, and I was on the hunt for a pair of Nike shoes I’d seen at Dillard but had not purchased last week when they were on sale (they weren’t on sale this week).

I tried on a couple of pairs before settling on these…

It’s been a few years since I had a new pair of sneakers.  Let me tell you, they have come a long way!  These things felt like they molded to my feet when I put them on!  I’m hoping they will help me be a more efficient runner.  Heck…anything that helps, eh?

Thus ended our day of shopping.  It will probably be awhile before we splurge like that again, but that’s okay.  Our wallets need time to recover, and I need time to wear out all of my new clothes!

Someone’s Ready for Auburn Football

Look who’s ready for some Auburn football…

Don’t you just love the collar that Gambit is sporting?

I saw it on my friend’s Instagram feed.  Kelli and I went to high school together, and she married a guy in my class (she graduated the year after we did).  I remember her being artsy back then, so it didn’t surprise me when I discovered that she has an Etsy store, KM Designs, where she specializes in themed dog collars but has a variety of other hand-crafted items as well.

As soon as I saw the Auburn collar, I knew I had to splurge.  Gambit is Rooster’s dog, and Rooster is fond of wearing bow ties.  In fact, it’s the thing in Auburn right now.

I had some questions regarding which collar size to get, and Kelli immediately responded to my messages…within the same hour…on the weekend!  Needless to say, my order went in the same day!

The collar is very well made.  Kelli did a great job!  The collar is good quality; the clasp snaps together tightly.

Gambit seems pleased with all of the extra attention he’s getting.

Oh, and if you’re looking for hand-made jewelry, check out Madelyn’s Etsy store, The Frilly Fox.  She’s Kelli’s daughter and equally beautiful and talented!  I ordered my mom this necklace for Mother’s Day.  Delivery was super fast, and the hand-stamped necklace is so pretty!

An Earthy Hodgepodge

I’m BACKKKKKKKKKKK!

It’s been awhile since I participated in the Hodgepodge mainly because I haven’t been blogging as consistently these past few months.  I just finished typing next week’s lesson plans, so I’m all about having a bit of blog fun.

The drill is this…post your own answers on your own blog and then link back up with Joyce.  Easy peasy!  Now, on to the questions!

1.  Have you ever had to wear a uniform? If yes, tell us more. Did you love it or hate it?

I had to wear a uniform, of sorts, when I worked at a local law enforcement agency.  I.  Hated.  It.  I loathed the ironing that was involved each week.  I loathed the polo shirts with the agency’s logo (though I am thankful for the agency itself, the colors were butt-ugly).  I am not a uniform type of girl, that is for sure.

2.  April 22nd is Earth Day. What is one thing you do personally to be a good steward of planet Earth?

Although we do not have curbside recycling in Podunk, USA, my years spent in Big City, South Florida trained me to separate plastics, paper, cardboard, and cans.  So, I still separate these items and take them to a recycling facility in town.  I feel that it is something I can do, so why not?!

3.  Brown rice, quinoa, or couscous…your healthy grain of choice? How often are one of the three on your menu at home?  Given a choice between white rice, brown rice, wild rice, and fried rice which would you go for? 

I think couscous has a strange texture.  I don’t know if I’ve had quinoa…probably given my vegan lifestyle.  Brown rice is kind of chewy, but I can tolerate it.  I guess I’d choose the brown rice from the three.  I never serve any of these at home, though.  That would require cooking.  LOL.  I prefer white rice if given an ultimate choice.

4.  In your opinion, who has the best job ever?

I know I should probably say teachers because I am, after all, one; however, the work required outside of working hours is ridiculous, as are the endless meetings and mind-numbing paperwork.  The payoff is the relationship with the kids, which I absolutely love and thrive on.

I think that writers have the best job because they can work from home and create something from nothing.  I would enjoy trying my hand at this…from home…in my pajamas.  One can always dream, eh?

5.  What’s a situation in your life currently requiring patience? 

A situation in my life requiring patience is work…specifically the issue the state of Florida is mucking its way through regarding the new FSA test and teacher evaluations.  I’m so frustrated that I can hardly stand it.  It’s so unfair that teachers are still going to be held accountable for the results of a new test that has had its validity and reliability questioned.  Ugh!

6.  Do you live your life around days of the week? Explain.

I am a teacher.  I live my life around every weekday…every holiday…every test my students must endure…every class period.  I pee on schedule, copy on schedule, and adjust for the craziness that can and does occur in between.

7.  In a nod to the A to Z challenge happening around town this month, what ‘R word’ best describes your April? 

Rainy.

I’m getting rather tired of the rain because it’s infringing on my pool time…much desired to fight the stress of the week.  My grass is green, though, but scooping dog poop is near to impossible.  My trees are also suffering, as evidenced by the following picture of my back yard.

8.  My Random Thought

I’ve been a bit indulgent of late.

I bought a couple of new books for my classroom.  They were snatched up by eager teenagers the moment I finished presenting them…

The Testing – Supposed to be a cross between The Hunger Games and Divergent The Adoration of Jenna Fox – One of the English teachers I proctored with had this book with him. I read three pages and was hooked…promptly ordering it that afternoon.

I bought a new dress from ShopHopes…one of my favorite online stores…

Online shopping requires nerves of steel…will things fit or won’t they?

This one fit, thank heavens, and I paired it with the new boots I bought after Christmas…

I threw on a brown sweater and was good to go for the day!

Pampering…it can be so good sometimes!

When Last I Posted…

When last I posted, I was bragging on the Mr.’s many virtues…how he’d gone above and beyond the call of married duty by helping me straighten my hair after I’d burned my thumb.

That was Valentine’s Day when the post made it to my blog.

Lots of stuff has transpired since the beginning of that weekend.

Not big stuff…just the everyday stuff that happens in a person’s life.

The Mr. and I spent a lovely Valentine’s weekend in a beach town an hour away from home.

He happily obliged my one request…to go yarn shopping at the only yarn shop near me…

No, that wasn’t the Mr. posing, but by the time I’d purchased the yarn in the photo below, he could have resembled the guy above.  heehee

We ate a wonderful lunch afterward at a pizza place.  Wine is good…especially at lunch…on a Saturday…when the weather is gorgeous and you’re with your honey…

Then, it was time to go shopping.

Normally, I do not enjoy shopping.

That weekend was different.  We started out at the Under Armour outlet store.

Oh.

My.

Gosh.

I’ve been walking with a friend after school two or three days a week, so the Mr. got me a few outfits.

Next, we visited the Michael Kors store.

Oh heavens.  This company knows how to make shopping fun!  The store was brightly lit, and every single one of the associates was young, well-dressed, and upbeat.  Every time I walked out of my dressing room with an outfit on, someone had something positive to say.  The comments were sincere, the smiles big.

I purchased a number of items and then headed back to the dressing room after the Mr. spied a dress that an associate was wearing.  We found it on the clearance rack, and I had to try it on…

It came home with me too.

My bag was quite full…

After visiting the BCBG store (not nearly as upbeat or bright and airy, by the way), I had my arms full of new goodies…

Later, after a brief rest, we headed to dinner…

Our plans to eat at P.F. Changs were nearly derailed when we discovered that one should make reservations if one wants to eat at a decent hour on Valentine’s Day.

We kind of snuck our way to a table on the patio and avoided a two-hour wait.

Ahem.

The food was absolutely divine…

All-in-all, it was a wonderful evening.

The next morning, we slept in a bit then headed out for a bit more shopping.  The traffic was horrid.

You can see how lovely the weather was though.  Winter teased us a bit.

I was so glad that I had that Monday off.  I needed the extra day to put away all of my goodies and recover from a delightful weekend with the hubby.

Things That Have Kept Me From Blogging

It would seem as though, despite having much more time to blog, I have chosen, instead, to do other things.

A pictorial explanation follows…

Did someone say World Cup?

Shout-out to my main soccer squeeze for helping the U.S. advance to the round of 16!

My OWL (three-month project)…halfway finished…

A return to the gym…

Zombiesrun.com – GREAT way to keep my Zombies Run C25K app synched (that’s the playlist I used one day this week)

Best workout app ever (former iFitness)!!!! Sure beats carrying around a notebook, which I used to do to keep track of my reps!

Sixteen cans of tomatoes…for about thirty cents each after BOGO and a $1.00 off of four coupon (shout-out to Coupon Queen for sending me extra coupons!!)

Infinity Cowl

Two of my loves…

Southwestern Socks – A quick, five-day project!

Southwestern Socks

Online Shopping…courtesy of shophopes.com

Another shophopes.com dress! Please excuse the hair (freshly washed and, obviously, unfixed) and the background (must invest in a full-length, over-the-door mirror)

Teacher Training

Tweeting with one of my favorite authors…and feeling star-struck when she followed me…

Chatting it up with one of my favorite shows (please note that THEY tagged ME in this conversation!)

What’s kept you busy of late?

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