Shopping bonanza

I was trying to be pretty conservative while shopping this break, just because I’d recently bought so many gifts for friends & family. But when one of my best friends wanted some company while shopping for presents for the schoolkids she tutored, I figured I’d tag along. We decided to hit the massive dollar store in another town about 45 minutes away. The drive wasn’t long, since both of us were in the car and time tends to fly when we get together 🙂 I’m so glad we made the trip. The store was huge, one of the bigger ones I’ve seen, and it had a plethora of cute things. While I found some additional small items for gifts & things around the house, I also picked up a couple things for myself:

This is adorable hat I found at the dollar store. I’d been looking for one less obnoxious than the neon-pink striped one I have now.  A lot of the cuter hats are not as warm, or at least not the ones I’ve found. Since my head is pretty sensitive to temperature change (thanks, headaches) I have to be careful. I loved everything about this hat. I saw it peeking out of the pile and grabbed it. The print and style are adorable and it’s not too snug. It’s like Goldilocks’ porridge – just right! 😀

There was a whole aisle of great frames. I saw this one and immediately knew which picture I had that would be perfect for it – a great picture from this past summer, of me and my friends at the beach. It was the perfect frame for my favorite family photo of us, and I knew it was the special frame I’d been looking for to really commemorate that beach trip. The other frame I got was two frames joined at hinges, like a book. I love these, and again, for a dollar, I was happy to have one, to put some more pictures in and sit it on my desk at school. I’m really happy with these buys.

On the way back, we stopped at Goodwill. I freakin’ love that place. I found a super-cute wrap dress for $3.75 – my favorite part about it is that it can be both casual and business/workplace-appropriate. With interviews coming up, this was a steal. The other thing I love is that my mom used to have a dress like it, which makes me a little nostalgic whenever I put it on. I couldn’t get a great picture of the dress & it’s wrap-around cuteness, but a closeup of the pattern is below:


Tonight, my parents and I visited some stores down near the beach, which was a lot of fun. I got to spend some fun time with my parents and shop around a little. Since they work a lot, Sundays are usually our day to enjoy some time together – usually over football 😉 Best part of the night – we passed Reebok and and saw in the window, football jerseys for $19.99. Considering most jerseys start at about $69.99 and only go up, this was awesome. I was practically bouncing off the walls as I ran into entered the store. I went to the corner where I had seen my beloved Patriots jerseys. At first, only seeing a few players but not the one I was looking for, I turned to another rack. A minute later, my mom yelled from behind me “I found Welker!” It was an XL jersey, practically a dress on me, but hell if I cared. I finally had the jersey I’d been dreaming about for years in my hand, and I wasn’t gonna let go because it was too large.

It was a good weekend. Especially since the Pats won tonight too 😀

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year

Brief note: I apologize if my writing is shot and not very coherent, my ethics paper is doing weird things to my head. And I have a full belly and just want to sleep for days.

Thanksgiving has come and gone once more, Black Friday started even earlier than years before, and finals loom once again, and Christmas is in the air 😀 This holiday was a lot of fun, as usual, and filled with a lot of work, also as usual >.< But getting to see my best friends again and enjoying some holiday shopping was well worth the wait.

Wednesday was a brunch at our favorite diner – one of only 2 in town. I love my small little town. A few left turns and you’re back to where you started. Wonderful. So we met up at the diner to eat, and as we walked in, ran into several of our younger friends, who were on holiday from their first year at college. After the initial hugs and excitement, we made slightly awkward small-talk and then continued to our table. As we sat down, my best friend exclaimed, “We’re OLD!” I could not agree more. I didn’t think a few years was that big of a difference when I was in high school, but boy do I see a difference now. I mean my life changed drastically during one year, so I can only imagine how much a few years might change someone.  It was just weird seeing them and feeling so much older than I used to when I was around them. I guess it comes with the territory of getting older, but it doesn’t stop being strange.

My two best friends…God bless them. Things are still the same. It’s like nothing really changed since the last time I saw them. We pick up from our latest email or text conversation and we’re off to the races, not stopping for breath. It’s fantastic. Christmas break will be a lot more fun, when I’m not bogged with as much work, so I can actually see them for more than a few hours. My friend J’s choice of boyfriend is still a bit confusing to me and Gabs, simply because we still don’t think she’s over her ex. And it’s been a while, but with the frequency she still mentions the ex, we’re not sure if she’s properly grieved. But, as long as she’s happy, so are we.  And she seems happy right now. So hoping that continues for her.

Thanksgiving is always an interesting affair at my house, seeing as Indian culture & vegetarian parents = no traditional turkey feast. Instead, we usually go out to eat at a restaurant and see a movie. This Thanksgiving was spent indoors, due to everyone’s workload. But we made time to make a pretty mean Mexican food feast for ourselves 🙂 Non-traditional Thanksgivings are fun.

Then it was the time I had been waiting for. THE TREE. I had to put it up. I don’t care if it was too soon or not. I LOVE PUTTING UP THE TREE. We have a fake one that I decorate the hell out of every year. My mom and I go nuts in the dollar store looking for decorations. This picture isn’t very clear, I know, but there’s candy canes, mittens, snowflakes, doves, and of course, a crapton of lights 😀

When I come back for break, we’ll be putting the lights (both colored & white!) up on our porch and around the house 😀

Black Friday shopping with my dad is always so much fun. We usually go at like 7am or so and hit Target and the mall, and maybe Walmart, if anything’s left. My best friend Gabs and her mom go at like 4am and are the first ones. They’re pro. So I know where the best stuff is when I go 😉 But this year all the stores opened at midnight (or 10pm, if you’re Walmart). So my best friend and her mom were right there. My dad and I still went Friday morning, and found good deals without the huge lines. It was pretty nice, actually. I had good luck finding gifts for everyone, and thankfully my holiday shopping is complete. But the most amusing thing of all came during the mall, in one of the big department stores’ Christmas section. My dad and I were wandering around and I found some pretty entertaining snowmen tree ornaments that were mad expensive but still fun to look at. I took pics of my two favorites, which reminded me of some close friends:

Overall, a pretty good holiday break despite being bogged down with work. Made some time to have fun and enjoy the break before heading back for the final stretch of the term. As a final note, this is my second-to-last term of undergrad ever. EEEEEKKK. Commence freak out.

The calm before the storm

Before I disappear for the week thanks to papers, exams, speeches, and senior proposal business, I wanted to do one quick post. This weekend, my roommates and I did some much-needed shopping to blow off some steam. Our adventure to the mall was highly successful, almost entirely due to my finding one thing: A DOLPHIN PILLOWPAL! Did I mention she (yes, she’s a she) was only $5!? As opposed to the crazy prices of 19.99 and more that I’ve seen in department stores. God bless Five and Below for existing. I rescued my dolphin from a gigantic bin of other pig, dog and cow pillow pals. It wasn’t until later that I noticed the entire 3 shelves in the corner dedicated to the dolphins, but no matter – I’d found mine 😀

Look how cute she is! Yes, I’m a child. And proud of it. I’ve been wanting one of these for so long. And now I finally have one and I feel wonderful about it. At the same store, we also found a delightful selection of Christmas-themed T-shirts! Sadly, some of the sizes appeared to be for kids, but I did find one fun one, resembling this design:

I thought it was pretty clever. There were several more that I loved, but couldn’t find my size. But this, paired with my dollar-tree purchases of Santa hat & Reindeer hairbands, will most definitely suffice 😉
This weekend was also filled with my roommate’s newfound love for creating kanzashi: beautiful flowers that she then hot-glued to hairbands and pins for everyone, as seen below:

Gorgeous, right? After she made the first of these kanzashi, she was bitten by the bug and couldn’t stop (much like I am when I find a good book). As such, the results of her day of work included many flowers and experiments on pins and hairbands, out of different cloth types. She even taught our friend John (yep, a male) how to make one. He successfully left our apartment with an orange kanzashi 😛 As my Shakespeare professor would say, she is being a “good artist – using her creativity to better the world.” Indeed.

So that was part of my weekend (the other part was work, of course). Is it bad I already want it to be next weekend? Sigh. Hope to see you all in a few days, when I emerge from the doom cloud of this week.


PS. Patriots, please be useful and win tonight. I do not need a Jets win to add to the suckiness of this week. Kthanks.