I went out to shop a few Friday's ago, but not to buy anything in particular. I just needed to get out. Jeff got the boys fed and tucked in for the night while I was gone, and I was able to walk around stores aimlessly just to see what there was without any care in the world!
My first stop was Toys 'R Us/Babies 'R Us. I had to get a bottle brush. Yep, back to the old fashioned cleaning helpers since we live without a dishwasher. Did you read that? We live without a dishwasher. Don't ask me how. I do not recommend it. And no, that's not the secret.
So, I quickly located the bottle brush and decided I'd check out some toys in preparation for Jak's birthday and the soon-to-follow Christmas holiday. Who knew that a Friday night would mean madness in a toy store? All I could think of was, "Is this where people go on a Friday night? Is this what I've been missing out on for the past 3 years without a car???"
I mosey'd on down the aisles, becoming well acquainted with all things Little People. Then I went over to the toy kitchens, trying to decide if Jak would actually play with one for more than a day. I decided that he wouldn't. I looked at Thomas stuff, wagons, blocks, puzzles, stuffed animals (like we need any more of those!) and blocks. Made some mental notes and made it through the maze of people (again, is this what people do on Friday nights?!) to the register.
From there, I went to Starbucks to have a yummy chai, and popped into Old Navy and JoAnn's, just to look. It has been so long since I've been able to just look at things. I either have a time frame (nursing or sharing a car is not conducive to just looking), or a baby or toddler or husband just looking right alongside of me. I looked at clothes. I looked at Christmas ornaments. I looked at wreaths and garlands and pretty topiaries. I called each of my sisters to tell them I found garlands for their mantels (seperate garlands, each to match thier own style of decor). I looked at picture frames, of which I need many. I looked at stamping stuff and fun papers. I just looked at everything!!!
And friends, it was pure bliss.
I decided I needed some more bliss so I went on to AC Moore. Looked at a lot more stuff there, and I actually bought something! My Secret Sister from MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) surprised me with an AC Moore gift card so I went and carefully chose a tart warmer to melt all of my Yankee Tarts in this winter. I keep getting these awesome coupons for Yankee Candles but since we are monitoring every dime that comes and goes as we revise our family budget and accounting system, the coupons end up getting passed on to other lucky YC lovers and I am left with a non-scented house. Well, a non-holiday scented house. So, I was excited for my find after looking at the entire store wondering what I'd use my gift card on.
The clerk came on the intercom at approximately 9:25 to let us shoppers know they'd be closing in 5 mintues. I made my way slowly up to the register, bought my tart warmer and cheerfully trekked back to my car.
As I walked in the house with a smile on my face, I put my Wife and Mom hat back on and breathed a sigh of relief. Who knew 3 hours of alone time, a warm drink and a $5 tart warmer could rejuvinate even the most tired of Mommies?
There you have it. Take it for what it's worth. I'm passing my "secret" along to you and encouraging you to get out for a few hours...you know, just to look.