Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

We went for a dress …

Firstly we left 1 hour later than planned.  Traffic to the border was not too bad for a long weekend.  As we got closer to the border, there were signs that the wait was 2-3 hours at 2 of the three bridges; 30-60 minutes at the other.

OMG Noooo!!!

As a frequent border crosser, I have some tricks.  So we went to the bridge with the shortest wait.  We were through in less than 20 minutes. :)

First we hit the outlet mall in Niagara Falls.  I made a rookie mistake of going into Marshall’s and finding something I wanted to while I was waiting in line I told the girls to go ahead to the mall.  When I was finished paying for my book, I walked the mall twice before I found them.  They had barely moved from the entrance of the mall.  Say what!?!

These girls had stopped in the Adidas outlet store.  Ummm hello!?!  We are here for a prom dress.

We walked the entire outlet mall.  My sister saw nothing she liked.  We forced her to try on one dress.  She did not like it.  Probably a good thing as the price was close to $200.

We then went to Burlington Coat Factory.  She didn’t see anything she liked there.  I found a pot.  Don’t judge me.  LOL

We spent time trying to explain to my sister that she needs to try things on because a lot of dresses look mediocre on the hanger.

She was a little more agreeable in Macy’s and tried on 3 dresses.  Of the 3, the one she liked the most was $180.  And she did not like it that much.  So we went to stroll the mall.

At this point her energy level is starting to wane.  She is looking tired and dejected.  My kids are still raring to go.  Of course they are ready to shop for themselves, so I let them wander the mall.  This time agreeing to meet at a certain spot.

My sister and I walked the mall and she went into a few more stores but it really wasn’t the same.  She ended up trying on 2 more dresses but wouldn’t even come out of the dressing room to show me.

The hardest part of all of this is that I didn’t get any feedback from her.  It was just “no, not this dress”. She has a very narrow view of what she wants and will not stray from it.  Ideally the dress is blue, one shoulder and “flowy” without any shiny objects.

Needless to say she was very disappointed by the end of the evening.

Since we didn’t find a dress, she wanted to go back to the outlet mall to get some t-shirts from Adidas.  So we went back to the outlet mall and I don’t know what happened but my sister changed.  All of a sudden she was high energy.  She was running through the mall looking for the Foot Locker.

While in Adidas I did grill her about whether or not she needed the 2 t-shirts that she wanted to buy.  I just wanted to make sure that she was not buying clothes that she was familiar with because she didn’t find a dress.

It was a long day.  We did not get home until after 11.  I am not sure I would sign up to do this again.  She is such a contrast to my girls.  My girls were itching to try on dresses.  In fact Princess found this very nice dress that she was trying to convince me to buy for her prom 2 years away. LOL

Good Friday

I hope it’s a happy one for you.

Today I am going to take my youngest sister to the outlet mall in Buffalo in hopes of finding her a cheap dress for prom.

My extremely tomboy sister surprised me the other day by telling me she was saving up to buy a prom dress.  I didn’t attend my own prom it never even occurred to me that she would want to go to hers.  She’s been looking around for a dress but so far has not found anything.  She recently got a part-time job at the local grocery stores and works weekends.  So going shopping on the weekend is hit or miss.

Lucky for us, Americans aren’t nearly as religious and there are lots of places open to shop today.  Hopefully we can find her a dress she likes for a reasonable amount.  She is budgeting $200.  I think that’s way too much for a dress she’s only going to wear once.  I’d like to see it under $100 so I’m hoping that can be found.

Of course my girls are coming along.  They would not miss an opportunity to travel or shop. ;)

Right now it’s 10:20 and my plan is to leave at 10:30. BUT I am not ready and my kids are not even up.

Better go get started.

Heart broken

My apologies for the radio/blog silence.

Last weekend my cousin and his wife lost their baby and it has just been awful.

She was due in June.

I can’t even imagine the pain they are going through.

My heart bleeds for them.

 

I tried to unplug

Well it was not a complete failure but … it did not go as well as I would have liked.

I think having Princess’ BFF here made me … soft.

After we cleaned up, we watched High School Musical 3.  Her choice.  Then my sister came over and the BFF needed to go home and then all of a sudden my house was empty.  With an hour left to go in our unplugged time, my kids and my sister decided to go to McDonald’s and the BFF went home.

Now I am relatively sure that my kids went to McD’s for the free wifi.  And had there not be witnesses visitors, that trip would not have happened.

But we did spend a couple of hours together even if it was not exactly like I thought it would be.

Truth be told the minute they were out of the house, I turned the wifi back on.

**raising hand** Hi. My name is Sunny and I’m addicted to the internet.

Last Sunday, Carla wrote about being unplugged from the internet for a good part of the day.  While unplugged she got a ton of stuff done.  Way more that I think is humanly possible but then again Carla is part superwoman! :)

Anyhoo I thought it was a fantastic idea and am going to try it today from 12 pm – 5 pm.  Maybe eventually I’ll work my way up to longer.

I have been warning the children all week that it was coming so they are not unprepared.  I need to take away Diva’s iTouch as she seems to have found an unsecured wifi connection.

I am not hoping to get more chores done but more undistracted time with my kids.  Just now they really will be off doing their own thing so while I can still exert my will, I will! LOL

Last night Princess’ BFF slept over so she was warned about the loss of the internet.

I’ll be back later to tell you how we fared and

OTMTW – 3/30/14

Menu 03/30/14

Firstly NO, I am not early for next week but rather very late for this past week. LOL  But since I took the picture last week and have yet to post it I figure why not.  I actually meant to do this post on Thursday but then time got away from me and I thought I should probably do something responsible like sleep.

It was a chicken week.  I am not a big fan of chicken but I have a tonne of it in my house so it’s got to get eaten.

When I went to the States 2 weeks ago I bought every type of chicken sausage that Wal-mart had.

Chicken sausages

So far we had the 3 cheese ones (on far right) in pasta sauce and the nacho ones by themselves with macaroni pie on the side.  The nacho ones were not a favourite with my kids.  I’m glad I didn’t do my usual stock up with multiples.

Now to make taco seasoning and combine that with some Rotel tomatoes in the slow cooker to make shredded chicken.

I don’t really want to talk about March.  I was doing “OK” until I left the country then I forget I was on a budget. :(

So I hope to distract you with what might be my only “win” this month.  All the decluttering I did.

Stuff to go Yeah me!!

Ok, back to reality.

What was I supposed to be doing again?

  1. Participate in Carla’s March Take 3 challenge - I did join and post about it :)
    • Come in under budget – Not even close
    • Time management – Nope
    • Declutter – Partly done, still have a box of CDs to rip
  2. Work on my afghan – I have added a few more rows
  3. Daily reading in the morning and evening – Nope
  4. Read 3 books – I only read The 21 Day Financial Fast
  5. Stop eating after 8 pm – If I was on point 30% of the time that was plenty

I am still struggling with getting my ducks together.  I only exercised 12 times and that was only because since last week I decided to make sure I move every day.

April Goals

  1. Move at least 10 minutes every day
  2. Stick to my budget
  3. Read 3 books
  4. Continue to work on my afghan
  5. Stop eating after 8 pm
  6. Replace the batteries in my scale and watch
  7. Figure out what to do with my tax refund

Maybe lucky #7 will be the magic number of goals for me this month.

 

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