Yes, I know it’s Sunday.  But I’m gonna rewind for a minute.

Before we had kids, and I was a working gal, I loved Saturday.  It was the only day of the week I had to gallivant around town and do whatever tickled my fancy.  If you’re thinking that the gallivanting probably included traipsing around a mall, you’re bang-on, Sistah!

Now that I’m a stay-at-home-mom, I hate Saturdays.  Because now Saturday is the day dedicated to chores and home improvement projects.  And guess who is in charge of chores and home improvement projects?

The Husband.

So where does that leave me?

With the kids.  Just like EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE WEEK.

As much as I love my kids, sometimes I just want to go somewhere, ANYwhere without an entourage.  Mothers of the world, do I hear an amen?

So every once in a while, when the togetherness gets to be more than I can take, and the bickering and blathering is on my every last nerve, I beg, plead and otherwise cajole until my husband says to GO!  And I get to go out and gallivant.  ALONE!  Yesterday was one of those Saturdays.

I started my day by taking a very long shower.  And then I took my grand ol’ time gittin’ ready.  To go to the mall.  By myself.  Yes, I realize I need to get a life.

After making the rounds of all my favorite haunts without spending a dime (pat me on the back!), I wandered into Sephora.  Because yall.  I’m 35, but my face.  It’s 40.  Seriously, my skin is a big mess of wrinkles, acne scars, pores, and flaky skin.  LURVLY.

I was planning to purchase the Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More that I recommended last week.  My free sample was gone, and I was ready to take the plunge.  But I was also looking for something to, well, turn back time, basically. 

And the really cool thing about Sephora is that they will fill these handy little sample containers with their miracle potions and let you try them before you buy.  (Oooh!  Look at that!  Poetry!)  They also have a money-back guarantee if you don’t like your purchase for any reason.  So it’s win-win!

And today I left with three little vials of potion to try.  I’ll tell you about them as I try them out.

So after I had my fill of boutiques and makeup counters and jewelry departments…  And oh, speaking of jewelry, how much do you love these?

I love me a hoop earring.  And these are different enough and interesting enough to be, well, not just another hoop earring.

ANYway.  After perusing all those stores I don’t dare enter with a couple of energetic little girls in tow, I returned home and made these.

I was careful to follow the instructions to the T.

And I had the help of these two wee elves.

They were every bit as good as Stie said they would be.  Although I cooked them for 8 minutes and 33 seconds because they didn’t seem quite done after 7 minutes and 33 seconds.

They were fabulous, and I had at least a half dozen, NOT counting the dough I snitched while they were baking.  The kids gave them their seal of approval, but my husband isn’t a fan of the oatmeal, which delighted my kids to no end, because in my son’s words, "Now I can have dad’s share of the cookies.  That means I can have at least eight of them!"  And there you have it.

By the way, thanks for all the great suggestions for my iPod.  I am going to go through them all this afternoon and make a great Treadmill Playlist!  I didn’t get back to the gym this week, I’m sorry to say, but tomorrow is another day.

Oh.  And one more thing.  Can I just say how absolutely GLORIOUS it is to wake up to SUNSHINE at 6:45AM?  I know it’s still the dead of winter out there, and the frost is on the grass to prove it, but the sun, yall.  The SUN!  I’m so happy.

I’ll leave you with a bit of biblical encouragement on this sunny Sunday morning.

Come unto Him, all ye that labor, come unto Him that are heavy laden, and
He will give you rest.  Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He
is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

~ Matthew 11:28-29

Have a blessed Sunday!