Goodwill Hunting

A couple of weeks ago my dad invited Andy and I to join him on a road trip in the beginning of May.  My niece is making her First Communion in North Carolina and my mom already had plans to be in Arizona.  I wanted to attend the event but with the older boys’ work and school schedules, there was no way for me to take the car.  Perfect solution!  Andy and I are both really excited. 

Andy’s looking forward to having the entire backseat of a car to himself not to mention that much time with my dad.  He’s beyond excited to spend time with his cousins (11, 9, 7).  And, then there’s the break from his brothers to take into account.  It’s not easy being Andy sometimes. 

I’m looking forward to spending time with my dad.  Also, I’ve never been to my sister’s house in NC.  I can’t wait to get there and rearrange her kitchen after she goes to bed.  It’s what I do.  She might say differently, but my sister is always secretly relieved when I come put her house in “the right” order.  😉  Additionally, I get to see my nephews and niece which I don’t get to do often enough. 

The only downside is the necessity of grown up clothes.  In Florida, grown-up clothes basically means you are wearing a bra.  That’s it.  Shoes are still optional.  I knew I would be expected to step it up for this event.  I currently have NOTHING in my closet that fits or that suits the occasion – I have a LOT of black.  So, I’ve been looking for something to wear.  Up until now, it’s been pretty disheartening.  Is it just me or are there a LOT of ugly dresses out there right now? 

Today, during Ian’s driving time, we stopped by Goodwill.  Ian and Tim were looking for books and Andy was diving for interesting VHS tapes – he’s really into the VCR.  I started looking through dresses – too many sequins and I’m thinking a race of 8′ tall women are donating to this store.  Some of the dresses (in my size) were actually as tall as me.  Freaky.  I moved to the skirts.  I’d almost given up when something caught my eye.  Woot!  It was my size and spring-y and $3! 

The boys were still wandering around the store so I moved to blouses.  Totally cute Talbot’s blouse with a peplum to give me the illusion of a waist while still allowing me the freedom to breathe and eat AND it was my size, again – what are the odds?  $4.  As we stood in line, I noticed an adorable purse AND a necklace with orangeish-red beads the same color as in the skirt.  The purse was a spendy $8 and the necklace was $3.  The skirt was tagged 1/2 price, so the grand total was just under $17!  Go ahead, bask in the excitement.  The boys were not the least bit impressed, but they’re just dumb boys. 

So, now I have money for fun shoes.  I’m thinking blue, green or red sandals.  Fun, fun, fun. 

Other things that made this a great week? 

My friend Ann came by, unexpectedly this morning. She was working on this side of town and had some free time. We never get to see each other without a bunch of kids (mine were here but they were doing schoolwork or working or just waking up).  It was fun.

The garden is growing!  I think we might get actual stuff out of it.  Keep your fingers crossed.  Our wonderful neighbor (the one expecting twins) gave us a very cool watering system for the garden that Mike and I are hoping to put in this weekend.  Long story, but she had it and had not plans for it.

My other neighbor called this morning.  She sounded awful, but it’s just allergies. She said this month’s chemo and radiation treatments are going much better.  Another week and she’s done and with any luck all the misery will have paid off.  Keep her in your thoughts. 

Finally, we’re on track to finish school on time!  Whew!  I’d been putting off checking my plans because I was sure we were way behind.  With a little extra effort, we’ll finish up 11th, 10th, 10th and 4th grades just fine.  Ahhhh . . . Only eight more years to go.  😉

4 thoughts on “Goodwill Hunting

  1. I love the outfit! I hit Goodwill the other day because I didn't have any short-sleeve tops that fit. They have great deals. Have fun on your trip.

  2. It's perfect! Nothing feels as good as a Goodwill score. Like I'd brought down a buffalo. The day I found a Talbots skirt and an Ann Taylor (NOT Loft) cashmere shirt in the same day…I still bask in the glory. I never wear those items b/c my life does not support it, but I HAVE them.

  3. That is a completely adorable outfit! $17. Amazing. I need to get over there today to hunt out some spring/summer stuff, and you've given me just the incentive.

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