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O. My. Word.

Now, first of all.  I love my children more than life itself.  Let me be VERY clear about that.

But.  (You saw the ‘but’ coming, didn’t you?)

There are just some days that a Momma needs some ALONE TIME.  Or some GIRLFRIEND TIME.  And guess what, yall? 

I got BOTH yesterday.  I met up with my best college friend (who comments here under the initial d) at the Lancaster outlets for some shopping and long overdue catching up.  Somehow we have allowed two years to go by since our last date.

All the way to the outlets, my iPod blared my favorite playlist, and I sang along at the top of my lungs.  It’s a good thing the dashboard doesn’t have ears. 

Once I arrived, d and I said our hellos, and then got right down to business.  The business of shopping, that is.  We are very devoted shoppers, and our shopping escapades go way back to the early 90’s when we were young college students with very limited budgets.  Sometimes we would take the train into Boston and shop at Copley Place.  More often, though, we did our damage at the nearby mall.  Those were the days!  And really, not much has changed, with the exception of a few gray hairs and some stretch marks.  Minor details, really.

With only a brief interlude at Panera for some sustenance, we shopped non-stop for five hours.  Oh yes we did.  And let me tell you, we can do a lot of damage in five hours.

I am sick and tired of wearing solid-colored t-shirts and brown and black shoes.  So my goal today was to find red shoes (preferably flats) and shirts with pattern.  Instead, I came home with a funky fall centerpiece for my dining room table and a new handbag.  I guess you could say I got a little sidetracked.

Now, before you scold me, you should have SEEN the sales.  In fact, I would venture to say that it would be poor stewardship to pass up such remarkable deals.  Ahem.

And it’s not like I didn’t TRY to find the red shoes and the patterned shirts.  I even tried on what I thought was going to be a great houndstooth blazer at the JCrew store, and while dh thought it was cute, I just wasn’t feeling it.  So I put it back. 

Suffice it to say, my foray into the world of pattern was short-lived and ended abruptly.  Maybe I am destined to dress boring and frumpy and carry great handbags.

At any rate, d and I had a great time and promised each other we won’t wait another two years to do this again.  Here’s a picture!  (With my new handbag on my shoulder and my centerpiece peeking out from the bag.)

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  1. LOL! YOu sound just like me. So so clothes but it’s all about the handbag. I think in my case it’s because I don’t have to try on handbags and find they don’t fit right. ;v)

    I need a date like that with a girlfriend.

  2. Looks like you had fun! Oh! I could use a girlfriend shopping day. Show us a picture of the centerpiece on your table – you should see mine that Max made – it’s a painted paper bag stuffed with newspaper and it’s supposed to look something like a pumpkin. That’s funky, right?

  3. lol @ the comment about it being a crime to leave PB without something. I don’t know about that. Sad yes, crime no. Now, a real crime? leaving the PB outlet without something. Thats nearly a tragedy!

    Today I had alone time and I too sang at the top of my lungs to my ipod playlist. our dashboards should compare notes!

  4. Are you guys in front of a Christmas tree?? I haven’t ventured out to a mall recently. They put decorations out earlier and earlier! What did you get from Pottery Barn? Glad you had fun! I need some “girlfriend” time.

  5. I think you forgot that we were not just shopping… the money we bought those coupons with went to a respected charity/research organization.
    It was loads of fun and I don’t plan on waiting two more years to do it again. Next time, I am wearing comfy shoes and will bring snacks. I think I was a little delirious from all of the shopping and by the time I got home I’d forgotten what I’d bought but was pleasantly surprised as I unloaded the van. The “thimble” as you so lovingly called him years ago, couldn’t believe it took me so many trips to bring everything in the house. He didn’t offer to help unload the van but then he didn’t complain about having the boys all day by himself and he even had dinner waiting…what a day!

  6. I know what you mean about solid colored shirts and the blah wardrobe…I’m there!

    I only have 7lbs of baby weight to go and am finding that I can’t find a single thing to wear that isn’t from the late 90’s and WAY out of style. SO it’s athletic wear for now until I can get out. Or it’s shopping online.

  7. One of my old friends are coming over next weekend so we can hit the Rehoboth Outlets and I cannot wait. I went through a couple stores this past week looking for some fresh stuff and couldn’t believe the sales. I wish we had a pottery barn outlet!! The purse looks too cute and I think the sale sign in the background says it all.

  8. I am the queen of solid shirts and brown shoes. For summer I did have a turquoise pair of Lands End Trellos (croc-type) shoes. But mostly I just carry a very colorful handbag or wear a very colorful headband. Accessories are just easier!

  9. I am the queen of solid shirts and brown shoes. For summer I did have a turquoise pair of Lands End Trellos (croc-type) shoes. But mostly I just carry a very colorful handbag or wear a very colorful headband. Accessories are just easier!

  10. I am the queen of solid shirts and brown shoes. For summer I did have a turquoise pair of Lands End Trellos (croc-type) shoes. But mostly I just carry a very colorful handbag or wear a very colorful headband. Accessories are just easier!

  11. I am the queen of solid shirts and brown shoes. For summer I did have a turquoise pair of Lands End Trellos (croc-type) shoes. But mostly I just carry a very colorful handbag or wear a very colorful headband. Accessories are just easier!

  12. I am the queen of solid shirts and brown shoes. For summer I did have a turquoise pair of Lands End Trellos (croc-type) shoes. But mostly I just carry a very colorful handbag or wear a very colorful headband. Accessories are just easier!

  13. I am the queen of solid shirts and brown shoes. For summer I did have a turquoise pair of Lands End Trellos (croc-type) shoes. But mostly I just carry a very colorful handbag or wear a very colorful headband. Accessories are just easier!

  14. I am the queen of solid shirts and brown shoes. For summer I did have a turquoise pair of Lands End Trellos (croc-type) shoes. But mostly I just carry a very colorful handbag or wear a very colorful headband. Accessories are just easier!

  15. I am the queen of solid shirts and brown shoes. For summer I did have a turquoise pair of Lands End Trellos (croc-type) shoes. But mostly I just carry a very colorful handbag or wear a very colorful headband. Accessories are just easier!

  16. I am the queen of solid shirts and brown shoes. For summer I did have a turquoise pair of Lands End Trellos (croc-type) shoes. But mostly I just carry a very colorful handbag or wear a very colorful headband. Accessories are just easier!

  17. How funny! I went outlet shopping with girlfriends on Saturday, too! We had a blast, made some great memories, and laughed until we cried over the craziest yellow boots you’ve ever seen. (I mean, who needs high-heeled, big bird yellow boots?) My intention was to get started on Christmas shopping, but I was so excited about my deals I came right home and gave the fam everything I’d bought them. Oh well.

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