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31 May 2005 @ 06:17 pm
A tale of much retail therapy  
First off, yesterday and today have been decent. Not great - I've got some weird lightheaded issues going, and of course eating and pill-taking continue to be an adventure, at best - but at least I'm not sitting in my chair like a zombie, occasionally hitting refresh on my friends page and staring at the TV.

No, I have been spending money! :D I rarely get to just spend money without thinking too much about it, but the combination of a) a gift from a number of you <3!, b) a bonus from work, which hit my account just after the surgery, c) the recent raise from my promotion at work, and d) not spending a whole lot because I haven't been doing much, I've had money I could spend. So! A list of my purchases over the last couple of days:

  • A digital camera! I thought this was a great price for an HP. And no, it didn't occur to me until now that it had the initials 'HP' on it due to the brand. Really. I know you don't believe me. *pouts*
  • The Serpent on the Crown, the latest from Elizabeth Peters. I have started reading again - I'm rereading Philosopher's Stone for the nth time and so far, so good.
  • I pre-ordered the UK version of a certain book from Amazon UK.
  • I ordered a bunch of things from Sephora.com - whipped body lotion in Pink Grapefruit, a blood orange scented candle, and a set of 4 body butters by Mor - gelato, sorbet, nougat and marshmallow.
  • A plane ticket to Houston for July :D!!!!
  • FINALLY registered for TWH, which seemed like a good idea as the presentation that slytherincesss and maegunnbatt and I sent in has been accepted. I currently have no place to stay, but I guess I'll figure that out eventually. :)) SO. I've registered - now what's YOUR excuse?! *cracks whip*

  • Today, I went out again and it was much more successful, although the lightheaded thing was a bit annoying as I had to be really careful walking. Will be seeing my regular doc on Thursday and will mention it to him if it's still happening.

  • I got a small light Frappucino. IT WAS HEAVEN. Icy cold goodness!! Anything with little bits of ice makes me happy. I want like, a water slurpee. :))
  • I bought notecards at Hallmark.
  • I got hand soap, a new netted washie thingy and free tropical colada lotion at Bath and Body Works. I believe that between this and the Sephora order, I will likely have as much lotion as I have shower gel. Which is likely too much, but I don't care. :P

  • Which reminds me! I'm disowning the lot of you. How come no one told me they opened a LUSH in Chicago?!?! Granted, it's downtown somewhere and beyond inconvienent, but still! Lush! Here! The website says "Coming Soon" next to a 2nd Chicago location with no address, so I'm hoping against hope it'll be one I could, you know, actually GET to. We shall see.

    A general note to my flist: if some of you don't learn to use your friggin' LJ CUT on really realllly longarse posts, I'm defriending you. Thank you. /PSA

    And finally, thank you to sophie10 for the lovely card. <3!!! Thank you also to katrionaa who was/is in Wales and sent me a very pretty postcard! <3!!!

    Okay, tired now.
    I feel: chipperchipper
    piperki: stabbapiperki on May 31st, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
    I've been to the Chicago Lush. It's on Armitage about a block (or less) from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Dude, parking there SUCKS ASS. I went with a friend and she's not used to driving/parking around Chi-Chi-Rehab-Condo neighborhoods, and she was going BANANAS waiting for me to find a parking spot (and this was on a weekday, ha). If you're going down there, get someone else to drive you and just wait for you in a fire lane or something.

    There is a really nice tea shop less than two blocks from there on the other side of the street, if you're into some tea.

    I'm not going back to Lush until they start making Potion again. LVN wants some Honey I Washed the Kids, but I told him he'll have to use some other overpriced kids' soap until I get over my Lush snit.

    Oh and also: I'm glad you're feeling less horrible! Yay!
    Vicki: Juliet largehermorrine on May 31st, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
    Yeah, I could tell from just the address that it was in a place that would be a royal PITA, so I'm not going. Hopefully the new one will be somewhere easier to get to, but frankly, as long as it's IN Chicago proper, likely not.

    I do love tea - preferably iced, as I am a heathen. :D

    They stopped making Potion? I still see it on the Lush website... *confoozled* I do love Honey I Washed the Kids - that and Ginger are my fave Lush scents.

    And yes! So far, so good. :D

    Oh, no! Disaster!: pirate girl by dulcesperanzamaegunnbatt on May 31st, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
    Glad to hear you are doing so well!

    If you need a place to stay in Salem, you could more than likely bunk with my friend and me at the Sheraton in Danvers. And if you need a ride, we are driving through Chicago on the way. We are making a girltrip of it.

    Also, one can never have too much shower gel!
    Vicki: Natalie largehermorrine on May 31st, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
    Me too, believe me!

    Thanks for the offer, considering you barely know me! :D I have a couple of possibilities already - just nothing definite, so we'll see. But I will definitely keep you in mind. I would LOVE to do the roadtrip thing - I love driving and have driven from California to Texas to Chicago by myself in the past - but as I have to be there early due to my TWH responsibilities, I'm afraid I can't.

    Also, one can never have too much shower gel!

    If you saw my shower you might change your mind. :))
    ...: bimbo moment by yatzeroonimetyounow on June 1st, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
    Yay! Another body product fanatic!
    My husband says I'm insane with the amount of bath and body products I have. Being American and living in Australia is difficult, though, because I can't get the Bath and Body Works stuff that I want. *sniffles*
    I want some Warm Vanilla Sugar!! *pouts*
    Vicki: Oooooooh!hermorrine on June 2nd, 2005 12:53 am (UTC)
    I am ALL about the body products - it's an obsession, I admit it. Although I suppose there are worse ones (at least that's what I tell myself). You know, there are really only a few things I like at B&BW - at least you should have many Lush shops around there, right?
    now with 50% more ironykatrionaa on June 1st, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
    Yay postcard! I am back now, was in Wales for three days, all of them lovely, and ten days elsewhere about the UK.

    When I walked by the Lush store in London I had to go in, I've heard so much about them. I bought some bath fizzler things (not bombs, something else, looks v. cool).

    Even more yay for shopping! :-*
    Vicki: Natalie largehermorrine on June 2nd, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
    It was a lovely surprise - thank you!

    They have bath bombs and bath melts - you can always check the website if you're not sure what you got. What, me obsessed? :P

    Must. control. shopping. urges!
    quidditchmaster on June 1st, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
    You've only got to registering for TWH now? Wow.

    So, you'll get to put a face to this name, once and for all; seeing as how you forgot who I was from Nimbus... =P
    Vicki: Dariahermorrine on June 2nd, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
    Considering that I didn't know if I would be able to go or if I would be able to afford it, it would've been stupid to register before now.

    And yes, I suppose that may be true of many people as I won't be as distracted this time.
    quidditchmaster on June 2nd, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
    Yeah, but if you couldn't go, you could always have sold the registration... if you had registered during the initial time period, you'd have saved some money. *shrugs*

    netbyrd on June 1st, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
    Don't you just love buying notecards at Halmark? It's such a guilty pleasure, because they're really so overpriced! But they're usually packaged so nicely and look all pretty. I'm a sucker for the nature looking ones that that Marjolin whatever her name is makes.
    Nice to see that you are doing better.
    Vicki: Heeeeeeeeeee!hermorrine on June 2nd, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
    I just love greeting cards, period. I'm a big believer in sending the very best. ;)

    My notecards have PUPPIES on them!! I am so 5.
    Sophie: Hippy kidsophie10 on June 1st, 2005 09:39 am (UTC)
    You got it! I was beginning to worry that it had got dropped in the Atlantic.
    Vicki: Fiona by Sophiehermorrine on June 2nd, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
    Nooo, am just slow. Sorry about that - some days I have less energy than others. :*
    Sophiesophie10 on June 2nd, 2005 07:52 am (UTC)
    That's understandable. Well I'm glad you liked it.
    <<Addy>>mizzy2k on June 1st, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
    You should try HAVING the initials HP in real life...

    *walks off muttering*
    Vicki: Harry/Ronhermorrine on June 2nd, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
    *pets* Yes, I'm sure that's not fun.
    <<Addy>>mizzy2k on June 2nd, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
    To be honest, I actually get the HP sauce jokes more than anything. I actually expected a lot more "HP sauce" jokes to crop up in Harry Potter fanfic then there has been, but I expect it's because the majority of HP fanficcers aren't British. Hum. Must examine this phenomena in greater detail.