Hello, Vixens!!! Happy Monday!!! Did you enjoy your weekend?
Do you know how empty the stores are the weekend before Black Friday, not including the grocery stores? I spent the weekend running errands and picking up supplies for my apartment and I was amazed at how quickly I was in and out of the stores. I guess everyone is waiting for the Black Friday sales.
When I was at one of the home improvement stores on Saturday, I was overwhelmed by the variety of Christmas items they had not just for the outside of the home as expected, but for inside as well. For example, how adorable is this nativity scene???
Or these Nemo-themed ornaments?
I buy myself one new ornament a year and yes, it is usually a Peanuts themed one. Below is this year’s winner:
This was adorable, too, but I do not need it & my wallet does not need the almost $100 price tag. But it is cute nonetheless:
I also loved these resin statues:
And Elvis was in the house, too!!! (Well, in the home improvement store actually……)
I am not a fur/leopard print person, but I did find it surprising on hats!!!
And I am not a “Star Wars” person, but how adorable are these Yoda lights?!?!
Or this giant Yoda and his friends??? Buddy the Elf is my favorite!!!
Then when I was at the grocery store, I saw this adorable display:
I spotted these too cute for words giant Woodstock & Charlie Brown greeters at CVS:
Are you guys into the Black Friday sales? I must admit after shopping flea markets, antiques stores, the outlets and online shopping, I have really lost my taste for the malls. I will only do it in an emergency or if a friend asks me to help her choose a dress for a special occasion. During my last few years in NY I wanted to go to the outlets at midnight on Black Friday, but somehow talked myself out of it when they released an estimate of expecting over five thousand shoppers. Crazy, right? And the only way I could get to the 5 am or 6 am sales was if I stayed up all night, and that was rather impossible after a meal of tryptophan packed turkey. And later in the day I cringed when I drove by the stores and saw how packed they were. Ugh.
I am, however, all about the day after Christmas sales. Like most frugal minded people, I pick up next year’s cards, tree lights and other items needed for the following holiday season. I do try to keep it simple and green because there is so much waste this time of year it makes me feel guilty about my carbon footprint. And since my feet are a size 11, I have more than most to make up for 🙂
Also, if you are looking for a great read this holiday season or a fabulous gift for the music lover on your list, then you MUST pick up a copy of the greatest book ever written…………
At least this year……………………………………………………………………
Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography “Born To Run”. (BONUS: The audio book comes out December 6 and it is narrated by The Boss himself!!! Yes, please!!!)
Despite pre-ordering my copy online, it took much longer to receive than I anticipated. Thank goodness for my local library!!! This is a GREAT read, and I do not just say that as his most dedicated fan (Kathy Bates has forever prohibited anyone from using the phrase “biggest fan” LOL!!!) I say it because it is true. Springsteen’s talent for writing is not just limited to his songs. His words are brutally honest, reflective, happy, sad, true and unbelievably powerful. They are also healing as he discusses his bout with depression. It has generally been considered a woman’s disease by society so, therefore, not given the proper attention it deserves. But when someone like The Boss comes forward and admits he has suffered from it, people listen. And that is what mental illness needs: a voice.
As someone who has suffered with depression most of my life, Springsteen’s admission of the disease validated every symptom I have ever had, from not being able to get myself out of bed for days at a time or not being able to function in general day to day activities. I love Bruce Springsteen for a multitude of things, but for this most of all. His being so forthright with this information takes away the stigma that still sadly exists about this disease and mental illness in general. Mere words will never be adequate enough to thank this man for what he has done for the world of music, let alone me. But it is all I have to give so, thank you Bruce, for everything.
Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!
***(Nothing in this post is sponsored. I am just sharing some of my favorite things with you.)