The retail therapy cure-all

JeansAfter having a pukey (literally) weekend here, Jody decided to take today off of work to make sure he was fully recovered before heading back. He works with two guys with infants at home and did not want to pass this flu onto them. So since he was home and I was feeling better (still drained of energy, but much better than I was), I decided to take the opportunity to run some errands that I’d been wanting to do for a while – alone. :)

You could almost hear me singing as the screen door closed behind me and I skipped to the car. Yes, it had been a while since I got out by myself for a few hours. ;)

I went to the bank, the post office, the grocery store, and a few stores in search of Christmas presents for the kids and some new clothes for me, specifically new jeans. Ever since the knees tore out of my favorite pair of jeans, I’ve been down to one wearable pair, which used to be my sister’s, and they don’t even really fit. As in if I don’t wear a belt, they will be around my ankles in no time. So not cool.

It was one of those days where the stars were aligned perfectly because not only did I find a new pair of jeans (the second pair I tried on!), I also found a pair of corduroys, a pair of comfy lounging around the house pants, two shirts and two sweaters. All for under $110. There’s nothing like a good pair of jeans and some great deals to help a girl forget about the pukiness of the previous few days. :)

I also picked up a couple of Christmas presents for the kids. It feels early to me to be starting on that, but since I am generally a last-minute shopper and I want to buy quality toys this year, I figure it’s better to get a head-start. I also picked up a jumping ball for Ava (much like the one from preschool pictured in the post below), which I gave to her today. An evening of bouncing ensued.
After my afternoon out, I felt recharged and ready to take on the world – or at least the three loads of laundry I had waiting for me at home. I even decided to make a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner after being disappointed by the store-bought equivalent last night. It was pretty darn good.

It’s amazing what a shower, an afternoon out alone, a little retail therapy and a good pair of jeans can do for the soul. I should get out more often, don’t you think?

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14 thoughts on “The retail therapy cure-all

  1. So what are your favorite pair of jeans?

    I went in search of cords tonight but being that I’m tall it looks like I have to order them on-line.

    Glad your feeling better. Retail therapy does wonders, especially when doing it sans kids! :)

  2. The paradox of good mothering, eh? To be fully present and happy, we MUST get out and take time for ourselves!!

    Finding the jeans is a BOON!! Congratulations… jeans are second only to bathing suits in difficulty to get good fit… I’m also glad you and the family are feeling better!

  3. If only we lived closer, I could watch the kids for you anytime you needed a break-well, at least a couple of times a week. Glad you got out, found jeans, and are feeling better. See you soon (13 mores days!)

  4. Oh, I am so overdue for some retail therapy! I was supposed to go shopping for some tall sexy black boots today, but I have a little one staying home from school with a cough. Boo. And oh for the days that the SECOND pair of jeans you try on work! That is awesome!

    Steph

  5. Shopping without a kid – I have forgotten what that was like. Me time is always needed and appreciated – I am glad you got some.

  6. Wow sounds like a great break after dealing with the sickies. I am glad you are feeling better. I can’t wait to take a little retail therapy myself. Won’t be doing that until this body is back in shape. LOL!! Have a great Tuesday!

  7. There is nothing better than taking a little time for yourself, even if it is just a quick jaunt to the grocery store. Glad you had some time to yourself. It’s amazing what it can do for your energy level.

  8. A dream shop! It always takes me twice as long when I have the kids with me.

    It’s so nice to try things on without a small person opening and shutting the cubicle door…

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