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Lunchtime Shopping

A great advantage to working in DC is the ability to step out at lunch time and do a little shopping. On days when you’re slightly distracted by memories of tough losses it’s even better. Today was one of those days for me … and I have a feeling there may be more than one of them in my plans this week.

This week is a tough one for me. One year ago this week my dear friend Rashmee passed away from an aneurysm. It’s been a roller coaster of a year and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her and smile (and yes, sometimes cry too). I know that she’s watching over all of us that have been left behind and she has even brought some of us much closer together. But that doesn’t make the hole she left in our lives any smaller…. There are things (good and bad) that have happened this past year that I give anything to have been able to share with her. There are new people in my life (like Miss X and my BF) who I know would have loved her and it makes me just a bit sad that they will never have the chance to know her.

It’s been a bit harder to concentrate today than I thought it would be and around 1:30 or so I just needed to get out of the office. Since everyone else was busy with meetings and other stuff I was on my own to go get some air. The best distraction I could think of was a little retail therapy. So I walked down the street to LOFT (on the pretense of looking for gifts for my sister’s upcoming birthday) and did a little early summer shopping.

Some of the girls that I work with and I used to schedule regular (seasonal) shopping outings at lunch time. It’s a great way to spend a little time with some goof girlfriends and a great way to break up the normalcy of a regular old work day. On a day when you’re distracted by personal stuff it’s also a great distraction from the mind spinning in not so happy directions. I mean how can you not smile about new clothes. They just have a very soothing way about them. For us girls (ok maybe not all – but most if they are truly honest about it) there is nothing better than feeling pretty in some new skirt, pants, shirts, dresses, shoes, or jewelry. It doesn’t really matter what you get, just the feeling of getting something ‘new’ is exciting and enough to bring happiness into even the most stressful day.

For the last few months I’ve been trying to be better about random shopping trips (without good reason) and so I’ve not been to my trusty LOFT location for some time now. Today was a much needed return. And while I really was trying to find some simple yet elegant accessories to give as birthday gifts to my sister and best friend I think ending up with a few new things for me was the best remedy to a bit of a blue day. I tried on a bunch of cute dresses and tops and shorts and skirts … but only ended up with a few new comfy, cute, casual t-shirts (which are still work appropriate with the right bottoms) and a cute, causal ‘weekend wear’ skirt.

All in all I think today’s lunch time shopping adventure was a success. Perhaps tomorrow I will actually FIND those birthday gifts I am looking for.

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May 16, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment | , , , | Leave a comment

Bargain Hunting

What is it about rainy days that make women spend money?? I think it’s actually an inevitable occurrence. When it rains – we shop. It doesn’t matter if we shop online or go to a mall there is just something about shopping that can brighten the dreary days. Today was no different.

Saturdays is generally the day that I spend a few hours with X (my little sister in case you forgot). Today when I woke up I didn’t have any real plans set for our afternoon and it was grey and raining and just kind of miserable outside. As I was starting to think about what we should do I remembered that I need some new work clothes. I have a couple of big meetings and presentations coming up and my typical ‘business casual’ attire doesn’t seem to be the image I want for those events. I want to have a more ‘business professional’ look. I have a couple of pants suits in my closet, but as I’ve spent the last year getting back into shape (through climbing and other things) they are just too big now. I really don’t like the saggy butt look in women’s pants. It looks shlumpy. Also not the image I want to convey during these upcoming meetings and conferences. As it really doesn’t take much to convince me to go clothes shopping – and I am very good at justifying spending the money I suggested a trip to the outlet malls to X for our afternoon. It was a great deal of fun. I got two suits and a variety of shirts to go with them (or with other things in my current wardrobe. X got to help me pick stuff out and offered thoughts and commentary as I tried things on. It was fun. I haven’t gone shopping with a friend in ages (I generally go on my own).

When I got home this afternoon and was putting my purchases away I decided to go in search of another great bargain today. My BF and I have been talking about taking a trip to Canada in March to visit my family and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true “Mountain Style” (what that is should be a post all it’s own and probably will be in a couple of weeks). But since flight prices these days are typically astronomical we made a deal that we’d only go if we could find REALLY cheap tickets. Most of the time when I go looking for flights to Ottawa from DC the price ranges from $500 – $650… which is crazy since it’s only an hour flight. But about a year ago a friend of mine introduced me to “Priceline.com”. If you’ve never used it I highly recommend it. Especially if your travel times are at all flexible. Essentially priceline let’s you ‘bid’ on the price of your ticket (I am sure you’ve seen the William Shatner commercials). If your price is accepted you’ve booked a flight. The catch is that you have no say in the departure time of either flight. But in the past year I’ve been really lucky when I go looking for flights home and gotten some really cheap flights using priceline.

Now since my BF and I had set a maximum price that we’d pay for tickets and we have some time before the mid March trip our plan was to enter an offer below our price and see what happens. Then keep offering that price or up to our max every few days until we were hoping to go and just see what happened. Today was attempt number one and I entered a bid of about 65% less than the average price of the ticket. Generally priceline saves you about 40-50% and I honestly didn’t think they’d accept the offer I made but I guess today was my day to find good deals.

So today’s rainy day bargain hunting resulted in two new suits, three new tops, new earrings and two plane tickets to Canada. Seems like a good day to me!!

February 5, 2011 Posted by | Random | , , , | Leave a comment