Monday, August 30, 2010

Let's Go Shopping!!!

After lunch today, Eddie and I hit the only mall in town. Since they had a Bon-Ton, I thought I might find a few things I could use. The first thing we saw was luggage, a 4-piece set that was originally $150.00 but was on sale for under $45 each; we bought two.

When Ed got to the checkout counter, the girl gave him an additional discount, which brought the total with tax to $86.89! We need luggage for the Italy trip, so this was a real deal. Even if we don't bring a lot of stuff there, I want to have room to bring stuff home. Also in the picture you'll see two beige money belts and some neon luggage grips which I bought last week at a Brookstone store. And that black and white thing in the background? It's a cute little terry cloth mini-dress thing (to get into after a shower, not to actually wear) and it's totally great.

After the luggage store, Ed and I split up - I went to get a manicure and pedicure and he went...well, I don't know where he went. When my mani/pedi was done, I hit Payless to check out the shoe selection. I've been shopping the high-end stores for weeks and didn't find anything I liked or that fit, so I figured I'd see what Payless had to offer - anything at this point would work. Well, I found a pair of flats that I liked and since they were having a buy one, get one half off sale, I got a second pair. At that point, before I was able to stock up on more, Ed caught up with me and ushered me down the hall to the Geek Shack to "show me something".

What he wanted to show me turned out to be the pièce de résistance, right there in the middle of my haul...a
Gateway Netbook! I've been wanting one of these for the Italy trip and we've been looking at them for months. The biggest issue for me has been the size of the keyboard. I have hands that can palm a Volkswagon Bug so the keys are always too small for me, but this has a full size keyboard which is super easy to type on! It also has a bigger screen than most, a long battery life, 250 GB of storage and only weighs three pounds. There's a whole bunch of other geeky stats on it but mainly all I care about is that while in Italy, I can email, organize my photos, Skype and do my blog and I don't have to lug around my hunkin' regular sized laptop.

I told Ed he could give it to me as my birthday present (next month) but he said, "Eh...we'll see." So that means I might be getting another present!! How great is that?? Oh...and he also bought me these
Sony Earbuds for my cellphone (it doesn't say it in this particular ad, but it does have a microphone). I have the exact pair for my iPod and the sound on them is I'll be able to hear everyone on the phone too!

There's still some shopping left to do before the trip and we're heading to California this week so I'm going to try to hit Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack while I'm there. I'm desperate to pull together some sort of cohesive look for this trip and although the Italians won't give a rat's ass about what I'm wearing, as I've said before, I can't tour Italy in flip-flops and capri pants!

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Anonymous said...

I am so excited that things are coming together for your trip to Italy!! I'll be here eagerly awaiting your posts.
Maybe I haven't said it before (but I have often thought it) Ed is a great guy! But you already knew that. :D

Gil said...

I can't remember the last time I heard the Gateway name or saw a Gateway Ad! I thought they went the way of the IBM PCs.

Andrew Waddington said...

Glad to see you don't lose your creature comforts while on the road

Blondie said...

Nice haul from the mall!

all things bradbury said...

nice loot!! ya know, i've been thinking about you shoe delimae...the best place to get good italian leather IS italy!!!
how sweet would it be if everytime someone admired them, you got to say "oh, i picked these up in rome last month!"

Ms. Crawford said...

I love how you set everything up for display :) How exciting. Ahh, shopping is the best and I feel that it only gets better when you are out here. The shoes are super cute by the way!

Unknown said...

I LOVE the daily rant! Your trip to Italy sounds very exciting. What happens to your rig when you're in Italy? Is it just parked in the yard or is someone driving for you while you are sipping cappuccino and throwing coins into fountains?

The Daily Rant said...

Chris - we leave the truck in an RV storage place. Covered parking, full electric hookup and 24 hour security! Can't beat that.

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