Today was a busy day!

Last night, we had some great temperatures. When I went to bed at around 10pm (three nights in a row now and last night I went willingly AND it wasnt because I was exhausted! Yeah...I'll wait for a minute while the shock wears off), it was 61 degrees out. You didnt even need a coat to sit outside. When we got up, however, Omigoodness!!!! It had dropped over 20 degrees overnight! Brrrr The low 40's aint bad when the weather has been slowly sinking over a few days, but a 20 degree drop in 10 hours or less???

Today started a little early than usual. No, we didnt have a new schedule for hubby... just a few things to do. The mini-hoover (aka: da pooch) has been doing alot of clicking while walking on tile floors lately so we decided to take her in for a grooming.

While we were out we got some breakfast at IHOP (Im seriously addicted to the blueberry-lemon coffeecake pancakes) and then headed over to WalMart to get this week's shopping done. May as well because neither of us likes to be out in the stores on Saturdays as it's too busy. In addition to the usual stuff, I popped over to the men's department to check out the coats. A couple weeks ago, I'd looked at the ones in the ladies department and found one I really liked at a very nice price. I dont want to spend a great deal considering the fact Im losing weight and it's likely that anything I get this year will not fit come next winter. The one I liked was a good length (past the butt...gotta keep the glutes warm!), a wonderful color (a deep purple) and had a hood (which is the most important thing right now). However, when I tried the size that *should* have fit fit everywhere BUT in the upper arms (Im kinda meaty up there). Do you think they'd have that coat or any other in the ladies section in a size larger ?? Nope. Infact, even though they sell other clothes in sizes up to and including size 5x....their winter coats do NOT go past a size 3x!! I mean WTF?? Why the hell would you increase the range in sizes for everything BUT winter coats?? If ANYTHING, that should be the ONE thing that is actually SOLD in a size larger than the standard range of sizes!!! *sigh* Needless to say, I found it discouraging and very depressing....especially since I've lost at least 10-15 pounds.

So the last few days, Ive been checking out the different stores that cater to the larger woman. There were a few coats I liked, but didnt like the price on. I mean why spend $80-120 for a coat that will last only the one year? Today, I popped into the men's department in hopes to find something that will "do" until next year. Something with a hood and that was long enough to keep the important stuff warm. Hubby found me a nice one in a chocolate brown with a hood in a men's 2x (which fits just nicely) for $40. Top things all off, I had a $10 gift certificate for WalMart that I got from Classmates for enrolling in their Gold the coat only cost us $30.

After WalMart, we decided we may as well go to the Shopper's and get the groceries bought for the week too. We've gotten everything but the bananas and hubby's bread (he's still eating white while I've switched to wheat), but we get all those over at the Bottom Dollar store in the mall just behind us. We'll pick that up tomorrow when we come home from the dr's office.

While I was in the blogs today, I popped into Cassandra's blog at Momma Needs a Time Out! ( and she had a heads up about a give away. I generally dont bother with the give aways but this one...I cant resist.

FIESTAWARE! I used to have 2 place settings of this stuff courtesy of a secondhand store in Pennsylvania and of all the dishes I've ever owned, they were my favorites. Personally, I'd love to replace all my dishes in the cupboards with them but at $50 a place setting...and I like to have at least 6-8 settings see what I mean. Ka-chingville. I'd settle for a 4 place setting of it to be honest and if it comes free...well that would be even better.

I think that's it......I didnt miss anything did I?

oh yeah...I got my ride in
Calories burned 403.6
trip miles: 11.53
ave mph: 23.06

I dont know if I'll even top that....but yeah, I was really workin it today.


Intense Guy said...

Wooooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooo!

403+ calories!!! Hot dang!!! That's one awesome ride!!!

I hope you win some dishes! That would be a great way to cap off that great ride!

ChicagoLady said...

What an awesome ride!

Nice price on the coat. Such a shame they don't have coats in at LEAST all the same sizes as everything else.

Toriz said...

WOW! That's an awesome ride! Way to go! :)

Glad you got a coat that works... Great price too!

The Wife O Riley said...

I'm just getting back into the swing of things. Thank you for your warm wishes and the soup! :)

Great ride!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Busy, productive day!!! Your coat sounds great too!

Everyone is going for that giveaway. How am I supposed to win that way???? =)

Deanna said...

Wow! What a ride. Busy is definitely the word of the day. Congrats on finding that coat. You are a smart shopper.

AliceKay said...

It's a busy time of year. Sounds like you got a good deal on the coat. :)


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