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Black Friday

Before: A little Black Friday fun

After: Paolo is so over it

It’s been quite the week.

On Sunday night after making and freezing a sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving, I was felled with a horrible case of the flu. I kept putting off getting my flu shot this year, and oh boy did I just pay for it.  I felt like I was run over by a mack truck for two days.  Giuseppe had to work, so it was just me (barely alive) and Paolo. Thankfully, he seemed to understand that I was sick and was actually a really good boy.  Instead of being the crazy little toddler that he normally is, he played by himself in the living room while I was splayed on the sofa. And he took nice long naps with me, which was glorious.  Don’t worry, he’s back to his crazy little self now that I am back to the world of the living.

Then, on Wednesday, I was feeling more alive than dead, so I began preparing for Thanksgiving. I cooked a pecan pie, a pumpkin pie, and no-bake cookies, and then finished the shopping for Thursday.  Yesterday we had a few friends over for Thanksgiving dinner, which was really fun.  And it was the first time that I actually cooked the traditional meal.  Thanksgiving is usually vacation time for us (2004: trip to Tuscany, 2005: trip to Tuscany, 2006: trip to Paris, 2007: trip to Paris, 2008: parents visited us in California {my mom cooked!}, 2009: trip to Hawaii) so I had never subjected myself to the traditional cooking. I think it went okay, everything turned out pretty well!  At least, no one complained!

And then this morning, we did a little Black Friday shopping. Which is something that I had never, ever done before. Since we live in a small town, the shopping isn’t exactly swanky. We went to Target and bought a few stocking stuffers, and – drum roll, please – an XBOX Kinect.  It is awesome. I’ve never, ever purchased a video game before nor have we ever had one in our house. So this is a big step for us.  We bought it, obviously, for the Dance Central game.  And, yes, it really as much fun as it looks on the ads.  I am going to wrap the box and put it under the tree, as it is our gift to ourselves this Christmas.  (There was no way we could actually wait for Christmas.)

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Shopping dates

Lots of moms take their babies on play dates.  Since Paolo is only eight months old, I am not yet technically obligated to do so. Instead, lately, I have been taking him on more fun dates, as in beach dates and shopping dates.  I mean, we are on a play date in spirit: getting out of the house, seeing other children, etc.

The other day I had some shopping to do here in the Land of Aloha, so I invited my dear friend Dania and her little man, Ryden. How cute are these two together? They are TOTALLY going to be buddies.

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Splurge

This morning I was putting together my grocery shopping list. And I was getting excited (maybe I was really hungry, not sure). For awhile, grocery shopping was a challenge, but it’s gotten much better. Paolo loves to be in the front baby carrier and look around the store while I do my shopping. And he has become such a little flirt. (Takes after his papa’.)  He smiles and coos at anyone that will look at him.  I love that he is so social and engaging; this is such a fun age.

As I was putting together my grocery list, I realized that I was really looking forward to my trip to Trader Joe’s today. This got me thinking about my relationship to shopping.  Some days I love it, some days I hate it. But mostly I love it. Shopping can be so much fun.  Especially finding great deals. I get so excited when I come home with an excellent find, who doesn’t?  I can get a shopping high from finding a fabulous deal on onesies for my baby or buying our dog food with a great coupon sent in the mail.  (Lamb and rice Science Diet is the only thing that goes into Sofia’s doggie dish.  Vet’s orders.)  Mostly, I am a frugalista. (What a great word; did Target or TJ Maxx invent that one? I can’t remember.)  But there are a few items that I will never, ever skimp on.  I would rather go without; every woman knows these five item deserve a good splurge.

Face cream. Shiseido is the best, hands down.

Handbags. Italian ones only, thank you.  (Side note, I have not bought a purse in two years….Oh I how miss Italy and their sales and outlets and markets….)

Hairdryers.  I prefer the Paul Mitchell ionic travel size.  It’s half the size of the giant salon one and works just as great. (Did I mention it was HALF the price?)  And it doesn’t sound like a lawnmower.

Along that same vein, I think that one’s stylist is very important.  I hate it when my hair is funky.  (Which happened for the entire first year in California.  My stylist is just now getting things back in order. THANK GOODNESS).  I would love to put up a photo my stylist, but I should probably ask him first.

And, lastly, organic food items.  I try to buy just about everything organic and all-natural. We don’t do much processed food in our house. We don’t even have a microwave.  (Since we got married, actually, we’ve never had one. Or needed/missed it.)  I get a lot from Trader Joe’s, Mother’s Market, and Vons has actually stepped up their selection of USDA organic items.

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