Saturday, February 18, 2012

Oh. My. Heavens.

Yesterday I did not do one blooming thing.  I took the day off on Friday to stay home with my kiddos...It seems that our school wanted to get a rush on President's day, so we took Friday off instead of Monday...

I asked if the girls wanted to go shopping and get a jump on the sales.  No, they did not.  Popcorn is not able to spend any money as she is saving for an iPod touch.  Actually, she has her half saved, and she agreed to not have a slumber party in exchange for my picking up the last $80 that she needs to buy it.  However, she has been slack in some reading at school and I will not buy it until she is up to and beyond where she needs to be...

Thus shopping is quite painful when one has worked to save over a hundred dollars by doing all sorts of menial tasks and one can't spend the money...

Bookworm needed new jeans but she deferred shopping too.  She feels that her three pairs, two lacking any holes whatsoever, suffice for her needs.

So, in light of my children's desire to lock themselves in their bedrooms and play Barbies and horses all day long, I slept until 9:30.  Then I lazed around doing absolutely nothing.  I got an invite for them to BOTH stay the night at friends, and quickly pounced.  They even made themselves lunch while I continued to do absolutely nothing.

Brent & I went out to dinner, then to Old Navy to grab Bookworm a pair of jeans that she obviously does NOT need, and I got some new shoes for work.  The Dansko's I got several months ago feel great, but my feet are so narrow that I find when I'm pushing 300 pound patients around on stretchers, my feet slip in the heel and I'm in danger of a twisted knee or ankle.





I am happy to report that I came away with not only a new pair of bright pink shoes for work, but also a pair of Minnetonka moccasins that I grabbed at Marshall's for a mere $20!  Hooray!  I had originally been considering a pair of Reeboks that were gray with yellow soles and bright pink trim, but after spotting these, which were half the price, and no difference in comfort level, I bought them...



Which left me with money to buy some moccasins!


Can we all just take a moment and pause at the sadness that Minnetonka's are now made in China?  How wrong is that???

Anyway, this morning I was determined to be productive.  However, as I started to drink my coffee and found myself alone in my house, (Brent went to help a friend clean his house before a lady friend sees it for the first time) the temptation to read a book fell upon me.  I decided I would start something that I would not become engrossed in and unable to put down so that I could do laundry and do some housework before going to grab my girls around eleven...

I made the mistake of deciding to read Pride & Prejudice for the first time ever.

Why have I waited so long?  I am laughing out loud!  I love the characters!  I fear today will be another do nothing day...

I feel compelled to copy down the quotes that have me laughing out loud as I read it, so perhaps if you have felt that Jane Austen was too old fashioned, you may come to appreciate her as I am.

The first sentence grabbed me and made me chuckle...

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

There are many, many funny bits, but I'm not sure you can appreciate them out of context, however this one made me laugh also:

"Sir William Lucas had been formerly in trade in Meryton, where he had made a tolerable fortune, and risen to the honour of knighthood by an address to the king during his mayoralty.  The distinction had, perhaps, been felt too strongly.  It had given him a disgust to his business and to his residence in a small market town; and, quitting them both, he had removed with his family to a house about a mile from Meryton, denominated from that period Lucas Lodge; where he could think with pleasure of his own importance, and, unshackled by business, occupy himself solely in being civil to all the world. "

Alas, I must now go fetch my children and offer them nourishment in the form of Taco Mayo before we must head to a basketball game for Bookworm.  Stay tuned for more quotes!

5 comments:

Emily Sue said...

Wow... I guess 'Pride and Prejudice' is not a set text in high school like it is here. Everyone I know has either read it or pretended to read it, because you can't avoid it in high school. And if you're smart, you memorise the first line and quote it back during the exam. :) Have you seen the BBC mini-series production of it with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth? Well worth tracking down and watching... if only to see a shirtless Mr Darcy jump in the lake...

Dawn Castor said...

I'm sorry. Ive started P&P several times and never got it. I hate the new word verification by the way. And minnetonka made in China is wong. I mean wrong.

Marilyn said...

What has happened to American manufacturers? Is there no pride in having something made that says Made in the USA. I look for these labels and therefore buy secondhand often just to see. Now there are some things that have always said made in Japan or made in Germany or whatever, but What happened to us-- the USA. I tell ya' I am still on a soapbox about this. The answer...cheap labor. Does this make any difference in the cost of the product??? NO!

KiteFlyer said...

My eyes glazed over before I got to the end of the penultimate paragraph. My daughter loves the Kiera Knightly movie. I tried watching a couple of times with her - it IS a classic, after all - and both times I was asleep before I could even learn all their names. I admire you for taking it on.

Three pairs of jeans? One too many.

And what's up with the foreign looking characters in the word verification?

NaomiG said...

I read P&P in high school, and was bored by it. Last year I picked it up again, and FELL. IN. LOVE! That first sentence also completely hooked me. It describes how my grandma thinks SO perfectly! :-) Hahaha!