I rarely buy anything new for myself. The biggest reason is that I’m
cheap extremely frugal and don’t like to spend money. Whenever I see something I want, I can usually think of 9,000 other ways to spend the money and end up either passing over it or putting it back on the shelf.
Friday I broke down and bought a pair of flats. I’d been scouting this particular pair since I heard the designer, Summer Rayne Oakes, on Martha Stewart radio a few months ago discussing her line of eco-friendly shoes and accessories called zoe&zac. I assumed the items would be spendy, so it was a pleasant surprise to learn that they’re sold at Payless!
Low and behold, they were having a BOGO sale (aren’t they always?) and I decided to take advantage of the savings with a 2nd pair of low brown wedges.
Yesterday I took Peanut to one of our mom & baby groups. Afterward, we headed to Wal Mart to pick up the last few things I needed for my trip. And, because I’m in 3rd grade, I hit the office supply store for highlighters, Sharpies, a notebook and a giant package of my absolute most favorite pens in the entire universe. When you never buy anything for yourself, buying things like new chapstick, travel toiletries, gum, Kleenex, wet wipes and writing utensils is way more exciting than it should be.
What’s that you say? A silver, ruffled hobo bag is not a basic neccessity? It is when you discover you don’t have a carry-on-worthy bag that matches your new shoes, decide that you must have a silver ruffled hobo, then have a near meltdown upon realizing that you likely won’t find one in time for the trip. Yes. Trust me on this one. It’s not only a neccessity, but also a near miracle when you find exactly what you want at Wal Mart for $10.
The UPS man showed up at my door just after I snapped this picture. My mom is so sweet. She sent me a “just because” gift that arrived with perfect timing for my trip. I die. 😉
The “new” trend of the day carried over into dinner. I used 2 new-to-me ingredients: tarragon & shallots.
I used them to make Grilled Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce from the October 2009 issue of Cooking Light. This recipe was super easy and very quick to make. It was maybe 20 minutes, start to finish. We served ours with spinach instead of field greens and added just a few spoonfuls of brown rice to beef up the filling factor. My husband said he thought it tasted like something
Now that I have everything I need, my goal for today is to get packed!
Have you bought anything new lately?