Friday, April 11, 2008

a few things...

So my friend Jacy is the manager at the new Goodwill on State Street.

I went for the grand opening and the selection is wonderful! It's so nice to finally have a thrift store that offers *nice* clothes.

I had 16 things in hand when it was finally my turn for the fitting room.

I ended up with 2 of those things.

A pair of corduroys and a nice thick sweater.

So as I was checking out the assistant manager, Jodi, who I met a few days ago through Jacy exclaimed "did you see the penguin sweater?!"

I hadn't, so she brought me over to it.

Up high, displayed on the wall, I snatched that thing lightning quick with a small jump.

Through some research, I found out that it's originally from Anthropolgie and retailed for almost $100. I figured it was from Anthro the minute I saw it.

I paid $2 for it. $2! It was supposed to be $6.99 but it was on sale for the "$1.99 wool day" or something.

What a steal!

So of course I had to wear it today:
It got pretty windy and rainy this afternoon + I'm extremely good at spilling things on myself (and on the couch and floor) so I decided to change out of my outfit before the day was over.

Speaking of spilling things, I have been on and endless search for a rug for awhile now. And then it occurred to me that I've been wanting to purchase some flor tiles for years now, so why not check into it? Oh- and the spilling part fits in because if I spill something on it, it's easier to replace 1 tile than to be sad about an expensive, stained, ruined rug.

So I talked to Joe about it and showed him the ones I like (I will get back to you guys with my final selection reallllly soon.) and we're going to get about 27 tiles or so. I'm so excited!

Okay, onto the next thing...last night I was browsing online for some local not for credit classes I can take. I have wanted to take some classes for a damn long time now, and I finally have access to some pretty wonderful ones. So I was looking through this long list, and to my surprise there was a printmaking one being offered this summer. Yes! Joe could tell right away that I found something good and asked what I was looking at. I told him and he told me to sign up for it. So I said that I had to get $75 for it first and he told me just to use our checking account for it. I said "no" because I'd feel bad and he insisted. Okay, so I realize that to some people this may not seem like a big deal, but when it comes to finances we keep almost everything separate. I have my money, he has his. We pay rent, car insurance, groceries, cable, and our cell phone through "our" account. The things we share. Most people I know just pool their money into one account and spend money freely on random things. Most people I know are also on the brink of an argument at all times because they don't agree with their partner's spending. And so we like to have things separate. It just makes the most sense to us, you know? So yeah, I was overjoyed that he was helping me pay for it. But anyway, I'm taking this class and it's 8 weeks long, starts in June...I am SUPER stoked about it. So then I started looking into more classes and I found so many that I want to take! Tons of paper/book arts type things, a broom making class (which I've wanted to take for awhile), wood working stuff, etc. I'm pretty happy. I can't wait to meet some new people and learn some new techniques. The really great thing about this printmaking class is that it's for beginners, but if the instructor added that if you are further ahead than a "beginner", she'll give you different projects geared towards your level. So we'll see how it goes.

Okay enough blabbing, I'm off to drink some Captain and orange juice to start my weekend off right! Normally I'd go for beer, but I've been working out all week so I don't want all that hard work to be completely wasted. Ha, I realize that a cocktail isn't all that healthy, but I've done really well with my food and drink this week so I need a small incentive. :)


Shiny Black Shoes said...

ha-ha this entry really cracked me up! I'm so like that too, about the classes and when you said broom making class, I was like "what??!!! I wanna make brooms" LOL

Love your blog, you're a lot of fun :)

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

I am so glad that you are finding your way through Madison, it's such a greal little (I'm sure it's not so little now) town (or city), it just makes me happy because I know how isolated you felt from great non-chain store and creative people things + stuff. Printmaking for $75.00? what a find (as is the Anthro Penguin sweater).