Sorry about the mini-hiatus but I'm back!
Last time we chatted I was planning for my solo weekend at home. Mark went on a guys' weekend in the mountains and so the pup and I were on our own. Naturally I wrote down a huge to-do list to keep myself busy. It looked something like this:
~ Read 1 book (maybe 2)
~ Detail inside of my car
~ Start (complete?) taxes online
~ Deodorize/clean carpet
~ Finish organizing and decorating the guest suite and lounge from the room swap a couple weeks ago
~ Come up with an appetizer for the Super Bowl party (and then attend said party)
~ Come up with menu/grocery list for the week
~ Clean the house (dust, bathrooms, etc.)
~ Go to a birthday party for a little friend that is turning 1 (this depends on the sick status .. no need to spread germs!)
~ Go to Target for items to complete tasks above.
So how did I do, you ask?
~ I finished one book and got through a big chunk of the second.
~ My car remains un-detailed .. but I bought an awesome air freshener that clips to the car vent so that makes everything ok ;)
~ I gathered some tax docs together
~ Yes! This was actually one of the priorities. A few days earlier, while laying in Downward Dog (don't be fooled by the yoga-speak .. I just started), I had my nosed pressed into our carpet .. and was mortified to realize it REEKED of actual dog. Merlin is cute but GEEZ! He is bathed regularly and I keep plug-ins around the house so I guess kudos to them for actually doing their job. I had no idea! Now, thanks to Arm and Hammer .. we are back to being so fresh and so clean clean ...
~ Ohhh buddy .. this little bullet point shall continue below..
~ I copped out on this one. I was going to do individual veggie cups but ran out of time. Instead I went to the store and bought a veggie tray and hummus. Oh well..
~ Done but the clothes weren't actually put away until Mark got home .. which might have actually been part of the plan .. because I will wash clothes all day but I hate hanging them ..
~ I felt much better by the time Saturday night rolled around and so I went. It was a ton of fun! I don't often (ever?) hang out with that crowd stag so it was a nice change of pace. The topic of my birthday came up (which was 3 days ago) and it was decided we would throw a house party. Just something simple, easy and fun. I will recap this in another post.
~ OK SO! This was one of the major highlights of the weekend. Yes .. I know .. I saw great friends and went to a sweet birthday party but OH HOW I LOVE TARGET! My original intention for the guest room (thus Target trip) was to get some missing essentials. We repurposed/donated a lot of the items that were in the previous guest room so all that I was left with was pretty much JUST a bed and a couple chairs. Since this room was painted a different color, I couldn't even use the bedding because it clashed so badly! So I made a list of what I needed: a lamp, some sort of side table, a hand towel holder for the bathroom and a comforter that didn't make you reach for sunglasses. Four things. That's it. And really it was possibly just three because Mark could build me a side table or two.
Off to Target I went.
I started in the lighting department. I didn't really have a budget in mind but cheap (without looking like it) is ALWAYS what I'm going for. I saw several lamps I loved but didn't feel like dropping $40 on a lamp at the time.. especially since I really wanted two. I kept perusing and then I saw this little red sticker that said "clearance". Usually Target uses their endcaps for clearance so when I saw the lamps above the sticker (shoved way in the back) I figured the whole thing was misplaced. Just on a whim though I checked. FOUR DOLLARS! Say what!? They are medium/large ceramic white lamp bases, in perfect condition, and only $4. There were two sitting there and so I grabbed them up. They were meant for me.
I figured it had to be a fluke until I was heading out of the lighting department and spotted a second little red tag. It was for a smaller black lamp with a cool oval shade. SIX DOLLARS! Then halfway down the aisle a stainless floor lamp with remote for TWELVE DOLLARS! I had been in Target all of 15 minutes and my cart was full with three ceramic lamps and a stainless floor lamp for a whopping $26. I was totally elated. The extra lamps weren't really on my list but how can you turn down a sale like that!?
I looked around for signs advertising some sort of crazy sale but there was nothing. Just these little red tags stuck amidst the regularly priced items. I immediately started to amend my shopping list in my head to include all the "wants" and not just the "needs". I thought about how I wanted to dress the room and began to practically skip to the other departments. All in all I came away a HUGE winner. Turns out those little red stickers were everywhere! This is what I ended up with:
- 2 large white ceramic lamp bases
- 1 black ceramic lamp with shade
- 1 stainless floor lamp with remote
- hand towel holder for bathroom
- embroidered curtain panel
- sheer curtain panel
- curtain rod
- super soft throw
- 2 accent pillows
- glass vase
- welcome mat
What was the grand total? $114.76! I think the checkout girl thought I was nuts because I totally asked her to repeat herself (even though it was on the screen in front of me) and there may have been a very small happy dance involved.
Needless to say it was a success :) I will post pictures soon of the finished results. Below is the photographic evidence. Consider this me bragging ...
|Sorry for the bad pic. Mark took the good camera with him to the mountains.|
Lesson Learned? ALWAYS look for the little red tags.
Do you love Target like I do? Have you scored some insanely good sales lately? Where is your favorite place to shop? Have you ever embarrassed yourself with a happy dance?