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Monday, October 17, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up.

That weekend went by way too fast.  But then again, they usually all do. It was just your average weekend around these parts.

Dan and Peter mowed the grass which was about two weeks overdue.  Dan also pulled up all the dead tomato plants from the garden.  All that's left now are the peppers which are still going gang busters.  My plan is to can more of those this week.  I'm even thinking about trying this cowboy candy recipe.  Has anyone ever made this before? It looks really yummy.

Peter is playing basketball again this year and he has outgrown his basketball shoes.  So we headed out to Dick's on Saturday evening after dinner to search for a new pair.  I was a little hesitant heading in there because last year when we were buying his shoes, we waited forever for someone to help literally 20 minutes or more. If you are going to keep your shoes in the back room, then you need to have people working in the shoe area who are able to actually go retrieve the shoes you are trying to sell.

Any who, we proceeded in and Peter found two pairs that he liked and I was excited to be able to find someone in the shoe department.  However, this employee was talking into her earpiece while motioning to me to hand her the shoes.  I told her what sizes I wanted to see in both pairs (12 1/2 and 13) and she said very gruffly, "We probably don't have those sizes." 

She then took out a little device, scanned the bar codes, spoke into her ear piece again and walked away.  Without a word!  Was she going to get the shoes?  Was someone else going to get the shoes? Did they have the shoes?  Who knew.  We were left standing there waiting.  5 or 6 minutes later she came back and said, "We don't have this one at all but  we have this one in a 9." 

Thanks for nothing Dick's Sporting Goods.  I'll be back in to see you hopefully never.

So we did what I didn't want to do and headed to the mall on Saturday night.  It was surprisingly empty.  I took Peter into Foot Locker while Dan took Sarah into Bath and Body Works where they both tried out new scents. Dan came back smelling like vanilla and musk.  Ew.

Peter picked out a couple of different pairs of shoes and we were helped immediately.  They had one of the pairs in size 13 and it fit. However, Peter really liked the other pair better.  The helpful employee told me they could order the shoes and they would be at our house by Wednesday or Thursday and if I signed up for their loyalty rewards program I could get free shipping.

SOLD!  Thank you Foot Locker for having shoes as well as being able to offer alternatives when you don't have exactly what I'm looking for.  Dick's Sporting Goods please take note of Foot Locker's customer service.  You could learn a thing or two.

Sunday was Mass, lunch at my parent's house, and decorating the open shelves in the kitchen.  The pictures of the shelves that I showed in my last post were staged by my designer with her items and since I saw what she did with them, I wanted to give it a shot.

I'm not the Nester so I don't have a barn and house full of items to pull from  when I'm decorating. (I just hate it when I'm reading a decorating blog and they tell me to "shop your house" and  "see what goodies you can find in your other rooms".  Because if I do have a goody in another room, I'm probably pretty happy with it right where it is.  But also, chances are that I don't have any other goodies because I am not a decorator and I don't have a bunch of decorative items just hanging around.

All right...back to my story.  Since I'm not the Nester with a barn and house full of items to pull from when I'm decorating, I did the next best thing!  I went next door to Mom and Dad's house and asked if I could borrow some of their stuff.  My Dad enjoys going to auctions and purchasing old items he thinks he can get at a good price and then reselling them at a better price.  So he has quite a few goodies just hanging out waiting to be sold.  Or in this case...borrowed!

How does it look?

It needs a little tweaking but I think it's a good start! Sarah helped me with this and she's excited to change it out with other items periodically.

Peter had Confirmation class last night and had to turn in his saint name paper.  He has chosen St. Columba to be his confirmation saint. Peter chose St. Columba in part because when we were in Ireland, we saw his grave.  He's buried with St. Patrick and St. Brigid.  He also led some rebellions against the king and Peter thought that was "pretty savage".  So, St. Columba it is! 

And with that, the weekend was over and now it's back to work, school, laundry, groceries, you know - just a regular Monday! 

Have a great week y'all!


Madeline said...

Shoe shopping is the worst part of parenting for me. I swear. They never ever have shoes that fit! Or if they do, it's a pair of shoes that doesn't meet any of the criteria you had. Your kitchen looks good! I like that blue bottle. I always love hearing the "how I picked my confirmation saint name" stories. Everyone has different ideas of what makes a good saint name.

Billie Jo said...

I hate those poor customer service stores!!!
Your shelves look perfect!!!!
Hope you all have a great week. : )

Anonymous said...

I'm laughing so hard at the "take goodies from other rooms in your house" suggestion. I don't have nice stuff!

Also, shoe shopping is the worst. I just dread when my kids' feet grow and they need new shoes.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I can't believe the lack of customer service at Dicks. NOT my favorite place either; I find them to be really overpriced.
I have to admit that I shop all over my house. Sorry. Don't hate. :) Although I did a lot of cleaning out during our renovation....but I still have things that I move around. I'm so loving the shelves and what you've found next door. SO cute! Just think of the decorating you can do there for all the seasons......thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines....SO fun!