Monday Miscellaneous

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  • This past weekend I went home for my friend’s bridal shower and it made me want to be engaged so I can register for pretty home things. Over coffee this morning, I found myself at the Pottery Barn website… you know, just to look around.
  • Every Monday for the last three weeks we’ve had very Mondayesque weather: drizzly, misty, chilly. However, we are suppose to have 80-degree weather this weekend. Is it sad I’m wishing away today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday already?
  • I’m very happy that Duke University made it to the Final Four. :)
  • Last week I bought a dress at Target that I wore for Saturday’s bridal shower. My sisters told me it looked like I was wearing an apron, so I returned it today. I feel slightly dishonest, but not enough because I only wore it once and am very thankful to have $21.19 back in my account.
  • On that note, I saw The Blind Side this weekend (loved it) and learned that if you if don’t love it in the store, you’ll never wear it. Good advice, Sandra Bullock.
  • I mailed in my state taxes over a month ago and have been impatiently waiting for my owed $158. Last Wednesday I received a letter from them saying I forgot to include my W2 form. How does one forget to put their W2 slip in there?!
  • I’m not going to buy any groceries this week–or month, depending on how long it takes me to eat all of the food in my fridge, freezer and pantry.
  • I am itching for a good novel to read. Does anyone have a book recommendation that includes the following:
    –little violence, crudity, sadness;
    –lots of subtle humor, everyday simplicity, happy ending?

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  • Read anything by Debbie Mcomber or Emilie Richards series about quilts. Jan Karon’s Mitford series is sad and funny too.

  • Two of my favourite books, if you haven’t read either of them, are ‘Anybody can do Anything’, by Betty Macdonald, and ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith. Both heartwarming, with no violence and only gentle sadness in places, and often funny.

  • I love The Alchemist! Other than that, I can’t think of any other books I’ve read recently that fit your requirements….(I haven’t been reading all that much lately.)

    Oh, and I hate it when sisters tell you your clothes looks bad!! I only have one, but it was bad enough when we were younger and she thought I’d appreciate her telling me those things….after we were out in public. She doesn’t do it anymore, and while I like to think it’s because i no longer dress like a clown, I think she just doesn’t care anymore, lol.

  • Have you read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (he also wrote The Virgin Suicides). It was amazing. Pulitzer Prize winner, too.

  • Book recommendations!

    You might like
    -American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
    -The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer
    -The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (a novella, only about 90 pages – and utterly delightful)
    -The Girls by Lori Lansens

    Do you like Maeve Binchy? If you haven’t tried her before, I recommend ‘Light a Penny Candle’, ‘Circle of Friends’, ‘Evening Class’, ‘Tara Road’, or ‘Heart and Soul’.

  • I loved the Sandy quote.

    In addition, don’t feel sorry about the dress.

    I have found that if I am able to keep the tag on an item and wear it lightly for an event or outing, I do. I am not going to spend money on something that makes me uncomfortable or I don’t like.

  • As someone who used to work in retail, wearing an item for one occasion with the intention of returning it is NOT cool at all. If you buy it and don’t like it that’s one thing but “wear it lightly, keep the tag on etc…..this is not ethical, frugal yes-ethical no. Just imagine if you owned a boutique and your customers did that to you.

  • Hi Lee Ann! Yes, I know wearing an item and then returning it isn’t cool at all. I actually really liked it on in the store and had no intention of returning it at all, but after wearing it for about three hours I realized it was not at all flattering so I decided to take it back. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever done that and probably will never do it again in the future.

  • Great advice from SB! I used to buy things I felt so-so about in the store or things that my mom loved but I didn’t care for. Now, if I don’t immediately love something, I don’t even consider buying it.