Carlette and I went out to Barnes and Nobles today because I had a $25 gift certificate burning a hole in my purse and Carlette needed a calendar. Everyone else in Dayton decided to go to B&N as well; the place was mad-crowded!! What the heck.

I got the next Fushigi Yugi that I needed, a set of the first-three-books-in-one-book of Magic Knight Rayearth on sale for $10, and You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls, which is awesome. I'm totally going to earn all these merit badges! Including saving and investing badge, learning a new language badge, sewing badge, dating badge, camping will be AWESOME and Carlette and I think we should form our own troop of Grown-Up Girl Scouts or something and earn all the badges.

I also bought the cats a new scratching post so they'd stop tearing up the carpet. Sabrina gives it two paws up:


Then I came home and made delicious homemade turkey meatballs (where's my badge!) for my dinner tomorrow.
When my alarm went off at 7:15am this morning, my first thought was "Why the fuck is my alarm going off so early?"

Then I remembered that Carlette and I were going ice skating!

I am not very good at ice skating. You might even say I am terrible. I have weak ankles (the product of several sprains and breakages) and no foot muscles. My feet are noodles.

In an hour, I made it around the rink 10 times. But by the last three laps, I only had to stop to rest one time each, and each time I stopped slightly further than the last time. If I keep going back and working at it, soon I will be able to skate all the way around the rink without stopping!

I cut my fingers by scraping them against the wall trying not to fall. I had to get bandaids because they were bleeding a bit.

Carlette had to return some Christmas presents, so we had to go to Wal-Mart. I can't believe it's only the second day of the year and I had to go to Wal-Mart! ARGH. We were only there a total of five minutes, fortunately.

Next we went to Kohl's where this old man ahead of us was upset that he couldn't return items without a receipt and get cash. The cashier actually called for her manager and said "This old coot is raising Cain over here." He was cantankerous. So's his face.

While we were at Kohl's I bought new gloves. I loved my old gloves because they had hoppy frogs on them and they were very cute. But because frogs are cold-blooded, the gloves actually kept cold in and made my fingers want to fall off. Not good. Now I have warm gloves with no frogs.

We were lured into Home Depot by their commercials advertising a magnificent sale on organization items, and I have a dream of my house being organized. The sale? Not so magnificent.

We went to Applebee's for unlimited soup and salad. The only limit was the space in my belly.

We went to Bath & Body Works for their fabulous sale, and I got three new packs of wallflowers, three new soaps, some body sprays, and bubblebath! Then on to Kroger and Trader Joes.

All this driving, and did I mention it's snowing all day? We're smart.

I'm so wiped out from caffeine withdrawal ;_;
Ran a millions of errands today.

Played DDR, got a new car charger for my phone. Decided I wanted to KittyPimp! my camping space. The area I'm camping will get crowded, and I need my space, so I got some Hello Kitty decorative stringing things to mark my territory. Also Kitty stickers for my rubbermaids, a Kitty rug for the front door of the tent, and a Kitty greeting card that shows Kitty in a tent that I'll hang at the entrance to my area.

Finish packing
Load the car
Vacuum living room and bedroom
Finish baking cookies
Clean kitchen
Change cat litter
I had a fantastic weekend full of family and friends.

My good friend [ profile] winterswitchery got married and moved to Canada last August. She finally received her residency, and had to return to Jackson, MI in order to re-enter Canada as a resident. I took advantage of her only being 3 1/2 hours away instead of two days away in Nova Scotia and went to visit her.

[ profile] pirogoeth and [ profile] kaichou were also going to come down from Toronto, so it was like another mini-KaiCon! ^_^

I hadn't seen Meggie since last June at her bridal shower, and I hadn't seen Candice and Berny since September 2004! So Saturday morning I set off for Michigan. I made my usual good time until I hit construction at the Ohio/Michigan border :-\

I finally arrived at Meg's parent's house. It was so great to see her again! I only got to see her about once a year when she lived in Michigan, but there was just something different about knowing that she was only a few hours away. I hung out with her and her friend Sarah until Berny and Candice arrived.

Bern had his heart set on Culver's, so we crammed too many people into his BMW and set off. Mmmm...bad-for-me foods...

After lunch we went to Putt-Putt, where I was reminded that I suck at putting. I'm good at hitting things, though.

The day ended early; I left around 7pm since I still had to drive back to Dayton. It was so great to see everyone, though. It's times like Saturday that make me hate the distance between me and my internet friends :-(

Meg is CAH-RAZY! Click on picture to go to the Flickr and see more.

We play putt-putt some good.

I was just entering the Dayton suburbs around 11pm when Carlette called. "We're going swimming," she said.

Well, of course we are. What else do you do at 11pm on a Saturday night? So I get home, grab my swim stuff, and we were off to a friend of her boyfriend's who had an aboveground pool. We swam until about 1:30am. The stars were beautiful, and I was able to correctly identify Jupiter and the Big Dipper.

I crawled into bed at 2am. A very long, but very full and fun day filled with lots of laughter and friends. Really, I couldn't ask for anything more than that ^_^

Sunday I meant to get up early and work out, but because of the excitement of Saturday I ended up sleeping in until 10am. Yikes! Carlette and I set off for Cincinnati, where my family was having a Father's Day picnic. But first I had managed to talk mom into taking me shopping for some new clothes, since I can't fit into pretty much anything in my closet any more.

Mom had her heart set on Stein Mart, but I really wanted to go to Fashion Bug or Deb or JC Penney or Kohls. Or anywhere but Stein Mart. Since she was paying, we compromised on Fashion Bug and Stein Mart. I found two great tops and a dress at Fashion Bug. At Stein Mart...well. I found a shirt. I was happy to get the clothes. That's all I'm sayin' ^_~

We also went to Fresh Market, which is relatively new in Cincinnati. I'd never been there. It's pretty comparable to Dorothy Lane Market in Dayton. We got a bunch of fancy delicious salads for the picnic, and Carlette found her precious mint water. There was a wine tasting for only 10 cents a taste, and we got a bit tipsy ^_~

We went to French Park for the picnic and set up a spot near the swings and the creek. We took the dogs, and they had a great time splashing in the creek. Dad had a great time because he got to man the grill and be surrounded by his family ^_^

Mom decided she had to go swing, while still holding onto the dogs.

I'm so happy that Carlette is a part of my family! She's the bestest.
I am SOOOO buying this for Bat.  (The outdoor version)

He is driving me nuts already this season trying to get outside, and it's not even spring yet.

Thanks to [ profile] eyesofachild for the suggestion!! ^_^



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