Sunday, August 30, 2009

Just Me, Myself and I

Last weekend Dustin had a boy's night (and day really, considering the events started at about 2pm) so I was left to fend for myself...No plans, no responsibilities, no partner.

So I took myself on a date. As an extrovert who relishes companionship at almost every opportunity, I don't often spend an entire day alone. I don't often want to spend an entire day alone. But for some reason, on this particular day I was actually excited about some quality time with just me. I could go where I like, do as I pleased, and answer to no one (alright, so it's not shockingly different from my regular married life, but now I could be selfish without the guilt!

It was a beautiful day out, and the world was my oyster, so what did myself and I decide to do? Go shopping of course! (nice weather is overrated...deals are not!) Also- I woke up that morning with a strange urge to make my Halloween costume. Immediately. Now that it was only me and myself, there was no judgement regarding the seasonal appropriateness of the plan; I was my sole cohort in my costume mission. So off I went!


I offered to drive, which myself thought was a lovely treat. I rolled down the windows, I cranked the radio and we rocked out. (a little one-part harmony anyone?) Shortly I rolled the windows back up (with no whining from my car companion) because I am a wee-baby girl who gets cold, and also my hair looked cute and there's no sense ruining that, especially if I want to look good for myself.


First stop- Target...because it, in my opinion, gives Disney World a run for its money in the "Happiest Place on Earth" race. Though I had a goal in mind, once in the big red bulls eye, I allowed-nay-encouraged- myself to stroll, and peruse every single aisle. No rack left unturned! No category ignored! So what did I have in my cart at the end? A package of Command Adhesive hooks...That I needed to buy for work. Not a great start to a girl's day of freedom.

But I was undaunted. Back in the car for more jamming, and three more stops on the shop 'til I drop "Tour de PA". I hit up Goodwill and Plato's Closet for more costume inspiration, and finally, the mall. Here I happily trekked from one end to the other, losing track of my primary goal, but managing to pick up some "necessities" at Forever 21 and American Eagle (at least I was there to help me carry all the bags). The final destination: Jo Ann fabrics. This was an ideal destination for my day alone, as it is a close second to Target in several key categories, including: "biggest time suck", and "place Dustin has the least patience for". Though we were four hours into the journey I was still game for some craft browsing. Once I stepped through the automatic doors, it was all a bit of a blur...all I know is I reemerged an hour later, fifty dollars lighter, with three bags of patterns, fabric, trim and a zipper. I am still not quite sure what I got myself into...

So as my day alone drew to a close, I realized I had yet to satisfy the most basic date requirement: eating! With only myself as a companion, I was free to pursue the culinary craving of my choosing. My choice? A freshly made batch of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, and a Vanilla Coke Zero. After all, nothing is too good for me.

After a busy day of shopping and "cooking", I started to set up my costume workshop...but maybe I got a little distracted by a DVR'd episode of Project Runway. And maybe around 7:45 I got sleepy and had to take a small nap. And maybe that's a really lame date. But I didn't care. I had a lovely time, and myself would have to agree.

5 comments :

  1. I'm not even sure I could have planned a better date!

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  2. I can't wait to see the costume! I miss having days like that - it really sounds like you ALL had a good time :)

    I was so bummed I wouldn't be home to see you guys. I hope the girls were good and provided some entertainment for you! We are definitely due a P'burgh trip, who knows when though. You know we'll be calling Hotel Bowden when we do!

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  3. I, too, would vote for Target as the happiest place on earth. Followed closely by Borders/Barnes&Noble/JosephBeth bookstores. :)

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  4. Your favorite YL kid ever. (aka kristin)September 2, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Haha, I love that you took a little nap at 7. That's great.

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  5. i want to know what the costume is!

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