Dec 29, 2014

Something good happened at Walgreen's for a change

I'm just gonna go ahead and tell you ... I don't know what this week is gonna look like in terms of posting around here.

In Really Exciting News, the day before we left for North Carolina to celebrate Christmas, we closed on our new house! Which is all kinds of wonderful, but it also means that every day that I'm not moving forward with planning, designing and implementing said plans and designs, it's costing us money.


I met with the first of three prospective contractors yesterday afternoon, and I hope to meet with the other two later this week and choose one next week. And then the work will begin as soon as possible.

Luckily I have a really clear vision for what I want the house to look like, and I want to use the same cool color palette (grey, blue, green) that I've moved toward over the last few years in our current home. But even though I plan to use many of the same fabrics and paint colors, I still have what seem like a million other decisions to make ... and I'm sure that's going to eat into my writing time.

But while I'm here, let me tell you a story that just tickled me to no end.

When we got to Winston-Salem on Christmas Eve, we needed to stop in Walgreen's to pick up a couple of things. I left everyone in the van and ran in, not even grabbing a handbasket, and I was standing there with my arms full of some random collection of stuff when a woman tapped me on the arm and asked, "I'm sorry, but do you write a blog?"

I was totally surprised, and my first thought was, "OH MY GOSH I JUST GOT OUT OF MY VAN AFTER DRIVING FOR HOURS WHAT IN THE WORLD DO I LOOK LIKE." I think I stuttered when I answered, "I do!" And then she said, "Well I just love it!" And I answered something ridiculous like, "You're so sweet," and didn't even get her name or anything.

I mean, I was just so caught off guard ... a Walgreen's in North Carolina? What are the chances? I thought I was being Punk'd. I literally looked around for cameras, and once I realized it was probably for real, I walked along each row looking for her, because I was going to ask her if she wanted to walk out to the van and meet Grayson and the kids.

But when I finally gave up and went to pay for my saline solution, foundation and razors (I'M AN EXCELLENT PACKER), she was walking out the front door. So, hello, Mystery Blog Reader! I'm sorry I probably seemed like the rudest person EVER. I really enjoyed you saying hello and wish we could've chatted for real!

Of course I had to Tweet about it. And when I told Twitter that I'd been recognized in Walgreen's, Twitter was SPOT ON in its response. Because you know I have a history with Walgreen's -- and I'd failed to think of that in the moment.

If you don't know Rachel, she's kind of the Queen of Denim. So I guess Chris was insinuating that I'm kind of the Queen of Pants Pooping at Walgreen's. WHATEVER, CHRIS.

And Steph even used the poo emoji. #dedication

I'm going to try to post more for you this week, but I have a lot to accomplish with the new house, so I just wanted to manage expectations the best I could.

Hope you all had a great Christmas!

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