Vacation and it feels so good!

I am writing you from….vacation!!!

Ahh, so nice, so relaxing.

I work at a school, and it is currently February break, one week of glorious nothingness.  I was going to stay in my home state and relax and ‘get stuff done’ there…

but the second day in, decided a 16 hour drive to TN, Nashville, to visit friends where I used to live, and Knoxville where a friend moved, sounded MUCH better.

Indeed.  I impressively made the first 13 hour stretch in one piece, driving through the night- a FIRST for me, I usually give up after about 4 hours of driving and hand the wheel to someone else.  But the adrenaline really kicked in, and I made it til 3 am from 2:45 p.m. with no problem, and then had to take a few hourly stops to finish out the trip.

But I  made it to my first stop, Knoxville, in one piece where my friend Matt lives.

I crashed for a few hours and then we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine on his back patio, in a dress I found at Goodwill last Fall, wearing it here for the first time:

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I may not be in Florida or the Caribbean, but if I can enjoy a glass of wine on a back patio outside, it’s vacation.  Gotta have my iced coffee too.

Here’s some more pictures for ya:

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A Target dress by Mossimo, new from the store, for $5.99.  Oh look at those eyelets.

Gotta have a nice shot by the bird bath.

I also made it to Goodwill this past Saturday and did very well.

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My loot.

Two of those are gifts for other people.  So generous I am 🙂

A shirt for one of my nieces, whichever one it fits, an adorable little flowery peasant top from Italy half off for $2.00

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It says for a six year old, but it looks a teensy small so it may go to the fiver, Anna.

And also a shirt from a spa in Norwich for my Mom, half off for $2.00.  I know she’s never been there, but it has a pretty design I knew she would love, and I have distinct memories of her workout sweater when I was child being from a college I’m sure she never attended, so I knew she wouldn’t mind.

Sure enough when she saw it, she said, “Now I can pretend I’ve been there.”  Ha.  What did I say?  Or think….

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Ain’t it purty?

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about  myself…

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American Eagle jeans for $9.99 in pretty good condition- and they’re long enough!!!! It’s a miracle.

To go with a burnt orange Calvin Klein 3/4 tee with rouching beneath the chest and button classps on the bottom of the sleeves, also $9.99

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There’s a few more goodies in there that will have to wait for next time…:)  I’m planning on wearing at least one this week…weather permitting.

I’ve got to go enjoy my wine and company!

Enjoy your presidents week wherever you are :0)

Peace and Happy thrifting,

Jaime

“It’s your path… not theirs”

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Happy nieces, happy dog.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of babysitting my sister’s three absolutely crazy delightfully imaginative, fun and silly children, who I love with all my heart, and more.  It went great.

Afterwards, the eldest and I decided to have her first piano lesson from me.  That she can remember at least.  There are pictures of her and I when she was 6 months at the piano, but its safe to say any of that knowledge is long gone now.  Hopefully this time will be different.  Six is a little young in my opinion, but it all depends how much the child puts into it.  I started at 5 with my Dad, but it did help that we had a piano in our house.  My niece doesn’t, yet.

Anyway, if the girls are in the car with auntie, a trip to Goodwill is bound to ensue- it is close by, and they love it as much as I do.  The younger sister/niece found a pink hat and glove set she could not live without, for $6.

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Look at her.  So happy and pink.  Milk mustache and everything.

The glove is there floating on her left shoulder if you couldn’t see:)  It’s the best I could do…

$6 is higher than I would have probably paid if it were for myself…but the rules don’t really apply for those faces…

…especially when they start to shed the tears…

Game over at that point.  There is no saying no.

The eldest niece got a ‘laptop’…i.e. a Discovery Kids spelling aid laptop shaped toy that she fell in love with.  I would have too at that age.  It would have made me feel very important.  It didn’t, and still doesn’t, take much.

I also got a little something for my black lab mix, Baker.

A toy? No.

A bed? No.

Treats.

Surprising, yes.  But they had a sealed bag of Boots & Barkley dog biscuits from Target for $3.00.  Couldn’t pass that up.

He didn’t cry for it.  But with this face, he doesn’t really have to.

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ALWAYS the concerned one.  I don’t really know why.

But now he can treat his life away on these…until they run out at least:)

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I try and be nice, and put a couple in his crate with him when I have to leave him in there when the house is empty, but he is so resentful of having to be in there, that he will not touch them the whole time he is in there.  He lets them sit there as a statement to how horrible I am.  Or at least that’s probably what he thinks he is doing.

As soon as the door is opened, they are in his mouth being happily chewed away.  It’s like he wants me to know a couple treats couldn’t possibly make up for the injustice I have seemingly just bestowed upon him.

Bitter, resentful one he is.  But oh so beyond happy the rest of the time, it really doesn’t matter.

I love him like my baby.

Well, happy nieces, happy puppy.  A successful day at Goodwill.

Until next time, happy thrifting and bargain hunting!  Please share with me what you find, I always love getting hearing and getting inspired by others’ finds 🙂

Peace always,

Jaime