|Contents of the gift bag from my New Years Celebration.|
|There were bubbles in the gift bag - I LOVE bubbles!|
And today has been great as well. Church was inspiring and a wonderful kick-off for the new year. We usually stay together all day and have our small group Bible study in the evening, but we weren't doing that this week so this afternoon after returning the church van and picking up my car Chester, I did a little shopping that wasn't secondhand. I am supposed to leave in a week (no confirmation yet!) for Chicago for a software training class for work, and my warmer coat is 8-10 years old and starting to lose its lining, so I was thinking about buying a new one. I didn't find one that felt right, but I did find a bunch of other stuff that was on super-duper sale. So... I've pretty well decided that my coat is good enough for at least one more season. I spent about the amount I would have been willing to spend on a new one (well shy of $100) on the following:
A new vintage inspired dress with matching belt, two blouses, a cardigan, a pair of ankle boots, a big floppy 70's style wool hat that I believe goes with my existing coat, some underwear, and a magazine for the trip. Pretty thrifty for regular retail, I think!
By the time I finished that spendfest, the sun was already going down, and when I got home it was all twilight-pretty outside, if windy, and so I leave you with a view of this gorgeous evening, which bodes well for a beautiful new year: