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Friday, November 28, 2008

'till I drop
(or Joel does)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Even though turkey day has now come and gone, I think I still have to post gratitudes until November is over. I guess. I mean, I have nobody to answer to but myself, but I think that's what I said I would do.

Today I'm grateful for my mom and all her shopping prowess. The woman is amazing at finding a deal, knowing which jeans I should buy and keeping her shopping stamina alive long after I've lost steam. It is one of our favorite pastimes as a mother/only-daughter team, and I'm grateful that I get to have her all to myself during these trips, even though I still wish I had sisters.

On Wednesday, after we arrived at my parents' house, Joel and I went with my mom to buy him a new suit. Poor guy. He didn't even know what he was getting into. He desperately needs a new one, what with his new calling and all (he hates wearing suits and avoids it whenever he can), so we really had to get him one before he resorted to wearing his tuxedo to conduct Sacrament meeting, complete with tails. Wrong kind of conducting, unfortunately for him.

We found him a lovely suit. Just perfect. And an even lovlier tie to go with it. Then, my mom mentioned she had some great star rewards at Macy's, and off we went, with just one stop at Build-a-Bear, where she had some sort of coupon and quickly made a bear for Sophie for Christmas. Well, it's a dog. But whatever.

I do believe we were in Macy's for a good 3 hours. Until the mall closed. I am also pretty sure that I tried on every pair of jeans in my size (which is a size less than it was last month!) in the entire store. Then there was poor Joel, carrying all of our bags, and sitting down whenever he could find a chair. His eyes glazed over and rolled back into his head and I could only bring him back from zombie land by asking his opinion on this blouse (it looks like you're an extra in the Scarlet Pimpernel!) or that sweater (that is the ugliest, most frumpy item of clothing I've ever seen!).

And all the while, my mother was still going strong. Like the Energizer bunny.

Today is Black Friday, and somewhere I am fighting the crowds with my very energetic mother. It is one of my favorite days of the whole year. So festive, so fun, and I get to spend it with her.

She is a joy to shop with.

And be with.

Love her.


  1. What a wonderful post! The part about your husband made me laugh out loud. Those are definitely things that my man would say to me...if I could ever get him to shop with me! :)

    I found your blog through the Blog Stalker. So glad that I did. Thought I would even venture out and pass along a tag to you. Details are on my site. It seemed to align with your "things that you are thankful for theme" for the month.


  2. I hope you get some excellent deals this morning! And yay for you going down a jean size. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend with your family!

  3. You are so very lucky to have a Mom who loves to shop...I never had that kind of grownup girl time with my Mom.

    Here's hoping you have an wonderful and profitable day with lots of goodies to bring home...the memories of the day will be so much sweeter !

  4. I have never seen my husband in a suit, and we have been married almost 5 years. None of his mission suits fit him anymore, and I would love to get him one.

    Your mom sounds like an amazing lady!

  5. LOL at "wrong kind of conducting." :)

  6. Have you ever checked out zafu.com? You answer a couple of questions and it recommends a bunch of different jean brands that they think will fit you. My friends and I have had a lot of success with it!

  7. There's only 2 kinds of shopping my husband and I like to do together. The first one is Home Depot, and the Best One is shopping for suits for my son's mission.

  8. Wow! A whole size smaller? That's great! And the Scarlet Pimpernel blouse . . . you found it at Macy's you say?

  9. I really understand. I enjoy Black Friday shopping with my mother as well since I am also an only girl. She didn't come with me this morning but I'm sure I held it down for her and me!

  10. So fun, so festive! You must not have been in Walmart. I think I need to go with you next year (and not a crying newborn in my arms). It was AWFUL! I cried 2 times in Walmart alone.

    (partially due to the trampling/gridlock with baby in my arms & losing my husband in the store with no cell)

    On a lighter note, it sure was fun dueting in italian together. (though mine sounded more like polish)

  11. Too, too funny.
    I wish I had a BF shopping partner. Did you get jeans? You know, just minutes from my home is the SECOND LARGEST MACYS west of the Mississippi.
    I'm just sayin'...

  12. How was your shopping day? Luke and I love Black Friday! We had a great time and bought way too much stuff! However. . .I did end up with nearly an entirely new school wardrobe, so that was nice. Too bad it has to be put away till Christmas!

  13. Sounds like you found some good deals. We were pretty happy with our shopping efforts. It is always crazy but well worth it.

  14. I'm jealous. Really jealous. :)

  15. A whole pant size in one month wow!! Must be a miserable diet! Way to go!!