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Tuesday, February 19, 2002

The haircut was successful. I look much better than I did on Friday. Whew.

On Saturday, we wanted to get out of town and do something, but we couldn't go far because we had to be home in time for Tigger's medication, so we went to Niles. Niles is part of Fremont, but it's like a little old Gold Rush era town stuck in the middle of the bay area. There are probably forty different antique stores crammed within a five block strip. It's a quaint little place, blemished only by it's own awareness of its quaintness. We walked up and down the main street, and managed to almost escape without buying anything. I gazed longingly at the 1930's English Walnut furniture in one store, but manage to contain myself, mostly helped out by the absolute adorability of the store cat, who I reached down to pet, and who then decided we were cat people so he followed us. Rick picked him up and snuggled him through the rest of the store. I'll have to check back there again in a few months to see if they've gotten anything new.

What I did end up buying was a coat. In another store, there was a rack of vintage clothes, which I typically glance at, and then move on. The first two dresses I glanced at were fabulous though. Then I noticed a coat laying over a bench in the back. It's a heavy black wool coat that has a wide curving collar, buttons and is fitted at the waist, and flairs into a full skirt that ends just below my knees. It was the closest thing to what I've been looking for in a coat that I'd ever found. And it fit me. I coyly asked the clerk if the price was firm, knowing that it was the end of the winter season and they were probably looking to move the coat. He took $33 off the price and I made it out of there with a fabulous new coat for $130. Weeeeee!

But yesterday was our big day to be consumers. We had two items on our mission statement. The first one: a new coat for Rick, was something we had to get immediately. Between the fact that he hasn't had a haircut in four months, and the frayed sleeves on his old coat, he was starting to look like a homeless guy. After some preliminary shopping in the last few weeks, we headed back to Nordstrom Rack to discover their coats on sale for 50% off. Unfortunately, they were out of the one we wanted to try, but Rick picked up a leather coat for the first time. He's always sworn he's "not a leather guy" but he picked this one off the rack all by himself. Turns out, it was a great fit. We went upstairs to the Burlington Coat Factory to browse there, found a nice London Fog microfiber rain coat, but he still liked the leather coat better. So we went back downstairs and decided to go ahead and get the leather coat since it was the last one and we could always return it. We went and browsed a few more coat places, but we didn't find anything bettter, so it looks like Rick's new coat is going to be a nice leather jacket. And he looks so cute and sexy in it. Hee hee.

The second shopping adventure yesterday was the culmination of the mattress shopping experience. After four months of shopping, we finally decided on a bed. We had decided long ago that we wanted a Simmons Beautyrest, and that we would prefer to buy it from Sleep Train. We had more or less settled on a couple of models, but the one we really wanted wasn't offered at a reasonable price, and the one were were going to settle for wasn't perfect. So then Simmons distributed their new line. We instantly fell in love with two of the new models - The Baymont, and The Reginald. It's called different things at different places, but what's different about them is that the Baymont is the less expensive model. After a marathon shopping trip involving shopping at eight different stores, several creepy sales guys, and more time than we had intended to spend, we finally decided on the Baymont, and brought the lowest price we found to Sleep Train and they beat it by $50. We're getting the new bed delivered on Friday afternoon, and I'm hoping for a wonderful chance to sleep in on Saturday to really test it out.

What's ironic about this weekend is that I ended up spending A LOT of money. It definitely wasn't my plan going into the weekend, but it just kind of worked out that way. I guess I'm not feeling as scared about losing my job as I was before (or probably should be). Oh well. And the spending spree doesn't end there. The next two things on the buying list are a digital camera (which may wait for a while yet) and tickets to Seattle to see Camryn (and Dirk and Tracey). She's just about the cutest thing ever, and now she has teeth!

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