You guys were thisclose to getting an impromptu round of Thrifted or Grifted after the kids and I made a very special Valentine’s Day Goodwill run (don’t worry, I took them out for an “I love you” treat lunch full of greasy goodness + ice cream sandwiches first; we temper our torture with bribery around here).
But after looking at the pictures, I didn’t think they were up to your sharp-eyed standards, so instead, I’ll show you what I wore to (in descending order of classiness): Dairy Queen, Goodwill, and Walmart.
Now, before you start commenting on how you go shopping in your sweatpants and old t-shirt, and how—wow!—I sure do get dressed up to go Goodwill-trolling, let me tell you what the girl who checked me out said when she saw this outfit:
“Whoa. You sure do look nice today.”
(Keep in mind practically every employee in this Goodwill has seen me on a twice-a-month basis for a while now).
And then she commented on my hair, even telling Della, “Dang, baby girl, your mama’s hair sure does look great today.”
So, hopefully that will help convince you that when I say I usually go to Goodwill in ratty jeans, a long-sleeved tee, tennis shoes, and a ponytail, I mean it.
The girl did everything short of calling over every other employee who knows me to see the amazing transformation.
I almost felt bad for obviously being such a slob the rest of the time.
What can I say?
Apparently, Valentine’s Day makes me feel fancy.
Oh, and here’s what I would have worn if we’d gone out for dinner on “the town,” and I’d been one of those cheesy folks who dresses in red or pink for V-day (um…yeah…pretty sure I’ve been guilty of that one for probably the last 5 years, so if you were busy getting offended, you can stop now).
This was actually one of the Thrifted or Grifted options. But if you think I’m telling you which it is…
Obviously, my lips are sealed. ; )
Instead of fighting the crowds at the restaurants, we stayed home and cooked yummy things like this amazing Italian Wedge appetizer (click for the recipe):
(Which we obviously couldn’t wait long enough to dig into to take a picture of whole).
Dinner was scrumptious and I got to wear jeans and a tank top, listen to my favorite cooking music, and veg on the couch with the sweetest man on earth (I totally believe that if you’re married, then your husband is probably the sweetest man in the world to you too. Isn’t it rad how that works?)
And since we both agreed not to exchange gifts, I bought him some special ear-buds that are compatible with his phone, and he gave me some seriously pretty bling (you can read that sentence however many times you want, and it still won’t make sense, unless you’re the type of couple who BOTH think, “I know! Since we decided no gifts, then I’ll surprise him/her with something nice.” Ha!).
Sadly, my gift turned out to be incompatible with his particular phone (of course).
But his gift was perfectly compatible with my ears (the Hallelujah chorus is still ringing in them).
Hope your Valentine’s day was fantastic too!
And always remember, if you’re ever in need of a compliment, make sure you dress like a bum for a really long time and then show up out of the blue looking half-way decent.
Works like a charm!
I almost forgot…
Yesterday, I mentioned that I’d love to have your help making an uber-important decision.
I might have overstated its importance a tad.
After all, choosing the right glasses frames is hardly up there with, you know, picking your favorite ice cream, on the importance spectrum or anything, but, after wearing the same frames for the last five years, I’m ready for a change, and I would love your help making it.
I’ve included a poll, so you can vote, but I’m afraid I’m gonna need you to tell me the why behind your vote if at all possible.
I never make a decision this trivially important without obsessing over all the possible pros and cons first.
Okay, so obviously, I’m going for the “geek chic” look.
And I seem to prefer black frames.
Mostly, I just picked the frames that I liked the best that seemed to be the closest to what I want within the program I was using.
But none of these is set in stone.
So, please vote (and explain) with that rather nebulous and unhelpful caveat in mind.
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