Friday, January 06, 2006

The Shopping Diet

Starting the day early with a good cup of Earl Grey, ( O yeah, caffeine is back too, if only to balance the wine intake) I rushed off to pick up Frieda's printing at our mutually shared printer, and complimented him on his nearly 80 lb weight loss. Then I buzzed off to my library to put my slightly overdue books in the slot before they opened, hopefully avoiding another fine. We met at Panera for a wee cup of the finest and a visit. Frieda is writing me a check for her printing, wearing one of my shawls that became everyone's Christmas gifts. She gets the compliments from the gal in the booth behind us. Not mentioning I was the maker...ANYWAY,
We gabbed about art, sex, food, work, finances and great stuff she recently bought at Target, which of course piqued my interest, since I had shopping on my to do list for the day.



She worked on a scarf for her son Lars, while I imbibed a big mug of Hazlenut and became ever more wired and verbose.


While I worked on whatever it is that this may become. I am designing as I go and the result is up for grabs. At the stroke of ten we parted and I headed straight for Target to see the stuff she had described. I was immediately attracted to their $1 section...


They must have just put all this stuff out, as it is still in an organized state. I suspect all of China knows just what we want and have it ready when the corporate buyers show up. I got three sweater hangers and a mesh laundry bag, which I have always thought I needed and now can't think for what??


Like a five year old I am a stopped in my tracks at these colors and patterns. Can we have some Mom?


Note to self: you were going to stay away from All Color All the Time. But oooohhh.


Magnets and little bags with pens and pads and smaller pads and teeny pens and all in neato colors.


This suede sketch book is what Frieda had alluded to at coffee. It holds a pad of paper (who can resist a fresh clean pad of paper) and several places for drawing pencils and it folds up and you can carry it around to make sketches...and it was like $15! Yuh, like I am ever going to draw on that pad and mess up its perfectness? No way. Pass.
But it was pretty kool. There were wonderfully colorful leather two tone, yummy office supplies in that aisle, which I warn you to stay away from, lest you spend all your Christmas money on stuff that is too neato to use.


I succumbed to these mechanical pencils (10 for $3.99) which match the push pins and magnets that I got for my birthday from Emily.



Too cute, no?

O yeah. I also had to get another box of Target's brand of Magic Sponge, the world's greatest clean up device. Tommy originally turned me onto these, and they really take off every stinkin' mark on every surface you own. They make me feel cleaner already.

I was well into my second hour roaming around this Super-Target when I found the 75% off aisle of leftover Christmas stuff. I felt I really ought to rescue these Amaryllis and Paperwhites. At $1.24 a box, who could resist?

They were originally $4.99.

I made it out of the store, high on bargains and having only spent $18.50.

Then it was onto the Famed TJMAXX.

I was in search of a new pair of shoes, since I had spilled marinade on my fave red suede slipons and lucky me, I found another pair, only in black but of the same manufacturer. They were already broken in! having been returned and reduced on the Clearance rack. I put them on and wore them around the store as a tryout while I looked for other stuff I absolutely don't need but cannot pass up. I was disappointed to find, after a good hour of searching, that nothing presented itself, or even temporarily made it into my cart.
When I decided to leave, I removed the new shoes and put my old shoes on and my tootsies cried out in relief, telling me not to buy the new pair. Well that saved me a return, didn't it? So I left empty handed.
By now it was 2ish and I still hadn't had any food for the day.
It is a little known fact that bargain shopping overcomes hunger.

Then it was onto the yarn store where I was to cash in my gift certificate, and found this wonderful sock yarn. On Line is the brand. One skein makes a pair.



The fancy striped design appears automatically making the knitter appear to be a genius, which is right up my alley.
Occasionally the sale bin has some magazines or books which are usually about knitting, weaving or beading but this time I found this wonderful book, just made for me.

Note the ridiculous bargain price!

It is so perfect for showing me how a limited color scheme can be exciting.

Pastels! Who knew?

Gray blue and peach, yummamente! I will create something like this, I can see it now...

Subtle, yet so wonderful. I am way inspired.
It's 3:30 and I am on my way home, but must stop back at Frieda's house to show her my loot. She offers me another cup of caffeine and I accept, having no will power to resist. Along with the chai I get a half an Asian pear and the information that another TJMAXX that I will pass on the way home is having a huge jacket sale, and I should stop and see if they have something I need.
O OK if I must... Another hour spent there, ending empty handed.
I have been gone most of the day, and have spent only $25.50 and have oodles of goodies. I have walked at least 5000 steps, pushing carts and bending down and reaching up and not eating much but that half a pear. What a great new diet concept! And I didn't have to wear any of those sports bras or ugly gym shoes!

The thrill of a bargain staved off my hunger and when I reached my final destination I whipped up this wonderful diet meal,

Pears, mandarin oranges, walnuts, bacon, feta cheese, and four ounces of chicken breast on a bed of fresh mesclun, topped with homemade lime garlic dressing.
This was a great way to jump start my serious dieting.

17 comments:

  1. Frieda is writing a check. Does she have to pay you to be her friend?

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  2. And- did you BUY that yarn yesterday? So much for resolutions...

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  3. I got the yarn with my gift certificate, which qualifies it as a gift. And Frieda is repaying me for her printing.

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  4. I love days like that... good friends, good shopping, (you don't always have to buy something when you shop... sometimes it is just the act of looking and obsorbing), and good food. Your salad looks wonderful. I think I am going to make one like that tonight and use my apple cider vineagarette dressing and drizzle a little balsamic glaze... hungry already..

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  5. My poor sad diet...what has happened to me. I so envy your salad...it was pizza at La Casa Swain last night due to continuing computer problems and little men trying to repair it. Now the fan has failed so still working from laptop. Why is it when my life falls into chaos so does my diet? Help me restrain my need for comfort.
    Otherwise, I am so proud of your spending restraint...what a frugal girl your were.

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  6. I bought some Feta cheese now I know what I can do with it. And like Gabrielle problems with the computer make me eat. My problems are ongoing so I will probably end up eating for England. You are being so restrained I really admire you for it!

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  7. I love vicarious shopping - now I have seen everything and had the joy of the chase, and didn't even spend a dime! (Of course, I didn't beat you to that water media book either, but I'll have to manage somehow.)

    Anwyay, thanks for the break from bedrest - what an exhausting day we had!!! Lol..

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  8. I loveLOVE that bluey-greeny pic from the watercolor book!

    The self-striping yarn is cool too and the salad looks yummy!

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  9. What a great day!! I really like the bluey-greeny picture (as debr sez)too... feels cool and watery.

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  10. I am in envy over the Water Media book. Beautiful! Jen

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  11. I was going to stay home and clean closets today and now I am mysteriously being drawn to the car and wanting to go to Target. I saw lime green kitchen gadgets last time and just walked on by!!

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  12. Mel, you are definitely among the most empowered (and funny) women I've come across. Keep on keepin' on!

    I always have the urge to take pictures of my shopping trips but I'm afraid that someone will think I'm a terrorist taking pictures or something and pull me into the back room and confiscate my camera. Also, stems from an incident I had as a teen when me and my then boyfriend where in some really upscale shop in Chicago pretending to be man and wife and I was trying on exclusive and extremely pricey designer clothes and posing in them while he took my picture. We where asked to leave and not return. lol

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  13. I don't know which looks more delicious, that salad or that sock yarn. Yum. (I am on a serious sock bender, Mel, I may catch up to you!)

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  14. Melody,
    Great Bargains!! Now, Could you please tell Frieda that I LOVE LOVE LOVE her jumpers, (sweaters, pullovers... not sure what you call them over there) Are they handknitted? I get very excited whenever you post a photo of her as she always seems to be wearing the most fabo knitwear ever.
    Cheers
    Claire

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  15. Anonymous3:00 PM

    Melody,

    Check it out..."Discovering the Inner Eye" is $45 on Amazon! Yoiks!


    Sherrie Groman

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  16. Hi there, your blog is great. You have arranged topics well and it makes a lovely read. Keep up the good work.

    Regards
    Beaders Info.

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