Friday, January 30, 2009

Last day of Freedom

I recently got a p/t job to fill in space at the end of the budget each month. Sadly it has nothing to do with music, but everything to do with getting paid regularly. My husband sells Real Estate and no further explanation is really needed as to why a p/t job would be appealing that is if you have followed the news. I do want to preface this blog and say how completely amazed at the work ethic and attitude of Ward through this difficult year of surviving the real estate crash and economy. God has been so faithful to provide and Ward has not let this get him down, rather he has fought through, coming up with new ideas, plans, and trusts there will one day be a time where houses sell quicker than you can put a sign up. But for now as we wait for that hopeful time, I am going to work for a company called Netbiz. The beautiful thing is that this job will allow me to work the hours that my kids are at school, what a huge gift from God that is.
Well Today Friday and I decided to do some "last day of freedom" fun. I am a city girl so had to go to Portland and hit a store that I have wanted to check out for quite some time. It is called "The Buffalo Exchange". I needed some new pants for my new office job and couldn't really spend what department stores want. SO I found 2 pair of pants each $10 bucks!! This place is awesome, totally fun stuff, different, recycled-which might bother some- but unique which I like. I am a vintage girl at heart and wish I was a size 2 so I could fit in true vintage clothing (they were smaller back then). Some of the items on the racks seemed a little much for being recycled clothes, but all in all I went away with great deals. I posted a few other pics from my "last day of freedom day" .

Here is a guy I saw who I thought was holding a small child but as I got closer realized both of us must think it is a small child. He had drawn a face on, and dressed a stuffed doll pretending it was a real kid... ok....
then I decided to go to lunch with Ward at our favorite place to split a salad at "Paradise Bakery" We always get the large salad and cookies which comes out to be about $8 which totally fills us up and it is so tasty!! They have the best cookies too.
below is the SW chicken Caesar which is similar to a taco salad.



Our coffee and cookies and notice the beautiful display of creamers!! I love it when places offer International Delight creamers it makes me really happy.



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Birthday on a Budget...my favorite!



I always say I don't want anything planned for my Birthday and then a few days before I think... hmm maybe I do want to do something planned. But I'm not the "Big party" kind of girl at least when it is my day. Two days before a birthday doesn't give much time to plan but I thought I should have coffee involved, Panera Bread, and a few willing friends. I told them I'd be at Panera Bread at 10am sipping coffee remembering the years gone by and join me if they would like, I'll be there regardless, AND their present to me would be their presence, so don't bring gifts. Then I thought.. ok most people say that on invites and no one obeys because they think the person is just saying that to be polite but deep down they really want something!! So I closed with this:
p.s please don't feel like you have to bring a gift, you are my

gift :) unless of course you would like to feed my love for cool
re-usable items that might ordinarily go to the "goodwill" but you
think I might think it is too cool to pass up. Small house plants
are my envy so if you are tossing one re-gift it on Jan. 6th! :)LOL.
Or a few cute decorator mags that you might be tossing into the
recycle bin? Otherwise don't spend your money, I don't have any
desires beyond my friendship with you.

So they came and with them came cute little bags of who knew what?  I was a little concerned when I saw the Victoria Secret bag... but thankfully inside was a decorator book called French Country..perf! Then there were someone's hand me down clothes (that someone was a little small, but had good style and I did find a few additions to my closet) added with potted bulbs, yummy smelling candles, a Real Simple magazine (very fitting) and cozy socks (that person didn't follow my rules, but I'll forgive her), and a clock that my friend promised was a "good deal" and just my style. In the picture you might notice the bag of chips. My sound guy at church knows I have a weakness for potato chips so decided instead of cake, a bag of chips and a t-light candle was perfect for me as he walked toward me with it lit. My bible study leader gave me (and ward evidently) some chocolates that were oh so yummy.
Can I just tell you how fun this was to know that my friends were able to find things that were simple, mostly free and perfect gifts for me.. (hey that rhymed).
So next time you are going to a party, or having a party for yourself try this.. it is cheap, a lot of fun, and it makes everyone happy.
ps. notice the "I Love Lucy Card"... she is one of my favorites! I came home turned on my Amy Grant music...my favorite, and later went to dinner with my husband down town Portland on a gift certificate, which further fed my tummy and my joy for free or inexpensive gifts. It's not so bad getting older! ok...yes it is, but it was fun in the process.  Here's to another year gone by but I think this year is going to be one of my favorites...i hope.
c