Wednesday morning started out very typical...got the boys up, dressed, fed, Nick & Stephen's lunch/snacks packed, and got them off on the school bus. Oh! and don't forget COFFEE!!
Even in this "routine," there was a certain "bounce" in my step, a gleem in my eye, a "je ne sais qua" in my demeanor...for today I had a "date" with some MOPS friends that I hadn't chatted with in quite some time.
Jake and I ventured out to Clifton Park for a morning of fun. After an initial "shy" spell, Jake went on his way and played very nicely with the other kiddos, while the mommies enjoyed coffee/tea, decadent sweet rolls, "adult" conversation, and LOTS of laughter! Ahhhhh...yes, this is what laughter with the gals feels like. I had almost forgotten.
Then, all too soon, it was time to leave. We said our goodbyes and headed up the Northway to Jake's preschool. After dropping Jake off, I decided to go shopping--a little retail therapy, still basking in the after effects of laughter and good company. I needed a good pair of snow boots anyway (a nice excuse!).
First stop-Target. Not much in the boot department, so I did what I always do while in Target--sniff out the SALES! I found a wool hat in a lovely shade of pink (for me), two pairs of wool gloves (for me), a pair of jeans & an argyle sweater (for Jake)...all for only $8.05. SCORE! That felt good.
But I still needed boots.
Second stop-Dick's Sporting Goods. I spent quite a lot of time looking at everything BUT boots...workout gear, sneakers, winter jackets, etc. and finally boots! I really wanted Sorrel's, but they were out of my size in the one's I liked. So I "settled" for Columbia's, which aren't that bad, and the price wasn't shocking ($75); so I bought them. Now at least my toes will stay warm down to -32 degrees celsius!
I was feeling pretty good, despite shopping alone; which can be boring sometimes. Just browsing the stores, not really looking for much, really cleared my head. I needed a few grocery items, so..
Third stop-Price Chopper. When I got out of PC, I still had time to kill before picking Jake up, so I decided to go to...
Fourth stop-Barnes & Noble. I was perusing the shelves, and thought it quite ironic that the "sexuality" books were positioned right next to the "addiction/recovery" books. Seriously? Anyway, I found 3 tables of items at 75% off! I picked up 4 pkgs of Christmas tissue paper, 2 writting journals, & a game of Dominos (for ages 3 & up), all for $8.23! Another SCORE! Of course while in B&N, I just HAVE to partake in one of their lattes! They didn't let me down. They had the most delicious cinnamon dolce latte. YUM!
As I waited in the parking lot at Jake's school, sipping my latte, I realized that I hadn't had any lunch and I was famished! So I reached into my PC bag and got a banana and an apple turnover to eat. I felt kind of naughty eating that in my car! HAHA! It reminded me of a movie with Merideth Baxter Bernie about a balemic woman. Go figure!
2:55pm...time to get Jake and head home to get his brothers off of the school bus. And so ended my "atypical" day. The rest of the day/evening was back to my normal routine. I enjoyed my atypical morning...I found that there was a "glimmer" of light at the end of the tunnel.