Friday, 2 April 2010

Spring has sprung

Well for us witches and the like spring sprung on the 21st March with our Ostara ritual, more on that somewhere else, and for me personally spring arrived when I got my shopping Mojo back. I am so pleased about that, it appeared to be having a small winter slumber.

It was raining on Monday a nice fine drizzle and it was darn cold but it was still spring and I was going shopping to Reading. My amazing shopping pal has not long had a gorgeous baby girl so we have not shopped for a while but both of us decided it was time!! We worked out how to get to Reading on our respective trains and agreed to meet. For me it was an incredibly painless travelling experience, drive to Blackwater station a mind blowing 3 minutes away, park for free with my trusty blue badge, pay £5 for a return ticket and hop on a train, 23 minutes later I am in sniffing distance of the shops. Oh I got that tingle and my wallet started to shrink.

Amazing shopping pal turned up and off we went. Now obviously with a new baby things were going to be different, but she has to get used to these girly shopping trips. I can highly recommend our first stop, John Lewis baby changing rooms. Very comfortable and usefully, parked right in the ladies clothes and spitting distance from the SHOES. Not that it did me much good, but we looked, we then tried to get out to the Oracle in a buggy friendly way. That took ingenuity and strained our brains.....

Next stop a shop which could be overtaking John Lewis as my fav department store, yes that's right Army and Navy. In past the make-up, all those delectable smells and promises of youth and beauty but I was good, I would not be side tracked from the shoes. I think it was 8 pairs I made the poor shop girls fetch and oh was it worth it, out I walked the proud owner of a pair of stunning Carvela cage heels in a gorgeous shade of pink, with the required platform as well. It made my heart sing and my wallet clench in protest but what the hell... Time for coffee and lunch..

After our lunch it was off to recce more bay changing rooms, A&N's are perfectly adequate just not a patch on JL's, I may be getting an expert on changing rooms and not for clothes!!!

We decided that enough was enough for one day and headed once more out into the drizzle with a last visit to the baby changing room of the day. I looked longingly at clothes on the way in and out but could not see what I wanted so off to the station with us, I can't speak for amazing shopping pal but I reckon it was a fine trip for our first post baby outing, with practice who knows what we can accomplish?

I however was not finished for the day, I jumped in the car and drove the long 2 mins to M&S here I happily finished shopping for my non Mother Mother of the bride outfit. Which included a gorgeous sparkly silver bag which I am sure will get a heap of use. So now I am ready for the Big Day, one Phase Eight dress, one pair of Carvela shoes (sigh), one M&S cardie and one M&S bag. Job done I should say.

There was no rest for this Chouet though, Monsters cane to visit on Tuesday, I know I know what was that I said about pacing? We had a lovely day though and managed to source some important bridal accessories, play with Chouet's choo choo train, munch lunch and have lots of snuggles. And I cooked for dearly beloved Husband.

Why is he dearly beloved husband? well he gave me money to go and buy new undies.... ain't that sweet? So after a quietish Wednesday I hightailed it to M&S again on Thursday, I think they must have reserved my disabled parking spot coz the same one was empty for me, serendipity I thought.
It took alot of bra trying on and off but I managed to come out with a good haul of pretty things. Slightly over budget but oh so pretty and colourful. That is one thing I like about losing weight no more dressing in just black or white, colourful tops mean colourful, fun undies.

So there we have it a darn fine week and yay shopping mojo recovered. This evening it will be a fine Thai meal with good friends and now I am off to experiment making gluten and dairy free rolls and hot cross buns, well maybe as a pagan just spiced fruit buns without the crosses!!!

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