We listened to John Mayer's new CD all day. I'm still fascinated with Kate's new CD player. She got new speakers recently, so it sounds pretty good, too. And her license plates finally came!
Our most frequented local grocery store has started a new program where we earn points which can be redeemed for gas -- the more points you have, the more cents-off-per-gallon you get. We were up to 30 cents off per gallon yesterday, which I said aloud after I scanned my card at the pump, and a voice from the other side of the pump said, "THIRTY CENTS?! I'm only at 27!" Wherein a conversation ensued about points and I informed her that I hadn't even redeemed the 7500 bonus points yet that they sent me for my birthday! So last night, I went to buy all the stuff for tonight's lasagna birthday family dinner party and redeemed those birthday points, plus earned quite a few more, and my next fill-up will be FORTY CENTS per gallon less! Woo-Yowza-Hoo! I'm thinking that maybe points will become more difficult to earn after the novelty wears off, but I'll sure take 'em while I can get 'em.
We went to two LYSs and I purchased materials for Mack's Christmas stocking, and also a ball of Kureyon because I just have to try one of those Lizard Ridge squares -- they just fascinate me. We had fun just running around all afternoon -- buying fresh bread and drinking fresh coffee while eating samples and fresh cookies. We had lunch at JD's, a local "drive-in" that's been around for as long as I can remember, but to which I'd never, ever been before. The only explanation I have is that when I was young, Tom's was closer and we always went there -- and JD's was just never on the way to anyplace I went on a regular basis. Mmmm, good fries. I think I'm going to have to find some places to go or do some re-routing. ; )
After lunch, we hit the brand new Lowe's to consider Duck Tape possibilities. While Katie and I piled rolls of duct tape in front of us, contemplating how many we'd actually need, a young man (employee) walked down the aisle and said, "Whoa! What are you going to do with all that duct tape?" Katie and I couldn't help but exchange glances and giggle a little.. "...tape somebody's car shut?" He wasn't just commenting on our pile in the form of a question, nor was he just passing through -- he'd actually stopped and expected an answer. I tried, as best I could... asking if he knew what a dress form was and explaining that we were making something like that for ourselves -- of ourselves -- by wrapping our bodies in duct tape -- this is pretty much where his eyes glazed over and he took a step back -- over a T-shirt. "Oh, good, it's over a T-shirt, because you don't want to be putting that tape ON YOUR SKIN!" And then he hurried off. ; )
There's something about wearing a duct tape corset that makes you want to strike a pose and consider your super powers.
In the end, we used about one roll of tape each -- which means that we have enough tape to do Maddy and Ali and all of my sisters, too, if they want. ; ) C'mon over, we'll do you!! Seriously, I recommend it. Even if it's never actually used for fitting clothing, it raises awareness of your body and you'll learn some things. Katie said, "Wow, I have a waist!" Well, no kidding -- personally, I think she has a really cute figure -- but a person doesn't (can't) really look at (see, contemplate) themselves in a flat mirror image. She also realized last night, looking at our dressed torsos, how much broader my shoulders are than hers -- it's always been that way, she just never saw it before!
We had a blast.