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Whilst browsing the specialty liquor store that we now live just down the street from last night (yes, we *browse* for booze!) ;-) I found something that sounded SOOO good I just had to try them. They are Mint Chip Maltballs. The description on the package is: "Crispy maltballs encased in dark chocolate and a mint-cookie coating". Being a huge fan of Whoppers (the candy, not the burger, in this case) you can only imagine how good these sounded. And I must say...one of the nicest little treats I've allowed myself in a long time.

On Friday my best friend Dan and I went shopping for some groceries and other stuff for the house, but near the Taco Bell we stopped at for food there was a Fashion Bug, so we stopped in since that's one of the few places I can actually find plus-size clothes. I can usually find something that will fit me, however I usually end up paying more for that privelege. We didn't find much there, but there was also a T.J. Maxx and a Lane Bryant in the same strip mall, so we hit each of those, too. I was just about ready to give up when Dan and I both locked onto a cool pair of capri-length jeans. Now, since I have such short legs, shorts tend to be closer to capri length on me and capris end up being closer to 'normal' length for me, whereas 'normal' length pants end up something like footie pajama bottoms on me. Anyway, these capris were denim and actually had a rolled up cuff which you could either keep rolled up that way (they have little bolts on the side to keep them there) or rolled down as jeans. They just happened to be in my size, and they were $39.99, which is normally way more than I'd pay for one item of clothing (usually shop at the Salvation Army on a take-things-as-you-find-them basis) but as Dan pointed out, I NEVER buy anything at full price so I shouldn't feel bad about spending more to have a nice pair that actually fit me right. They ended up fitting, and after I found out when I went up to pay for them they were also 30% off, and if I applied for a Fashion Bug card (which I likely will probably never use) I could get an additional 10% off. So they ended up costing me only $22, and they can either be long shorts or jeans, so they're dual-purpose :-)


Then, we found a sweet tie-dye tank top which I loved but probably wouldn't have bought on top of the jeans, but Dan owed me a bit of money for some Buffy action figures that I'd gotten a case lot of and he said that he'd buy the top for me to work off some more of what he owes me. (The other part of what he owes me he's been paying back in what he calls 'carbonated currency', meaning 12-packs of Diet Berries 'n Cream Dr. Pepper.) ;-) He basically said "You're not leaving this store without it", since he knows how much I like tie dye and when I tried it on with the capris he loved the outfit. He's such a sweetie...here I am, 300 lbs plus and feeling like crap in the dressing room where I can clearly see how fat I am, but when I came out of the dressing room, feeling kind of self-conscious, his face just lit up and he was like, "I *love* it!" It's not often I hear someone say that something looks really cute on me, because since my hubby works at home and I only work every once in a while, also from home, I usually hang out in sweats or sweatshorts and t-shirts, and don't have much need to dress up much, as we are staunch homebodies and don't really go anywhere unless we *have* to. So, for once, a shopping trip for clothes ended up on a positive note. :-)

We have a standing Friday 'play date' with Dan where he comes over and watches Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, Heroes, Medium, and usually Dr. Who with us. However, since his apartment lease will be up at the end of June, we won't have to enforce the Friday thing so much anymore because he will be renting out the upstairs from us in the new house we just bought :-) He has this coming week off and will be moving as much of his stuff in as he can. (For those of you who don't know, we basically bought this house so that Dan could live upstairs, be near me, save on his rent money so he can actually accumulate a savings account, and also he would be helping us pay the mortgage on this new house, which will be quite a bit less than what we were paying for the old house.) We still have the old house, but James just refinanced our 1st and 2nd mortgages there, which cut almost $300 off the monthly amount we were paying there. So, until we sell that house, when Dan moves in here he will be helping us offset the cost of having both places. Then when he moves in, we'll ALL be saving quite a bit off what we were paying for our previous living arrangements. I always said to Dan, when we met 15+ years ago in college, that I wanted him to always live next door so that we never had to be apart ;-), and although we treated it like a joke, I always actually meant it. Now he'll be back where I can get at'im whenever I want to! ;-) Seriously though, that goes both ways. We are the first one the other goes to anyway, so it really makes sense for us to live close. And we know from experience that we are much happier together than apart. Originally when I moved to Grand Rapids from Mt. Pleasant, where we'd both gone to Central Michigan University, we were going to move down here together as roomies, but at the last minute he got a case of the I'm-not-sure-that's-where-I-really-want-to-be's. So I came down anyway. He ended up staying in Mt. P for a while, then moved to Maryland with two of our other friends from Central, but that turned out to be a nightmare for him and he ended up moving back to his home in West Branch, where he lived back at home and worked at a Big Boy for probably 5 years, making absolute POOP for wages. Once he got himself a computer, I kept the idea that he could stay with us whenever he wanted to take the plunge and get out of West Branch, and finally he did. He lived with us for 2 years until he saved up enough to get the place he's currently living in, and while they're nice apartments, they're nickle and diming him to death. On top of rent increases every year he's lived there, he also has to pay monthly for his cat and for his carport, and it's simply draining him almost dry to live there anymore. Here, we'll be able to offer him a flat monthly rent fee with all of the utilities included (those are staying in our name), he'll be able to have digital cable upstairs because we do, and also I think James is gonna hook him up with wireless internet from our setup down here, so that's another thing he won't have to pay for. Dan's cell phone is his primary phone so that is the only other thing he'll have to pay for. THAT should allow him to actually be able to have some money left over from each paycheck, finally. And once we sell the other house, we'll actually be paying like, HALF what we were paying a month at our old place. So this is not only a smart financial decision for all of us, it's damned convenient and pleasant, as well. :-)

*whew* Well, for those of you who've stayed with me this long, you probably now know more than you ever wanted to. :-) But hey, thanks for listening. It's nice to be able to tell somebody. :-)

Date: 2007-05-06 05:17 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] hitchhiker.livejournal.com
that sounds like an altogether brilliant living arrangement for everyone concerned :)

Date: 2007-05-06 06:02 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] whytestar.livejournal.com
And if I had my way, you'd live next door too :-)

Date: 2007-05-06 09:11 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] jennkitty.livejournal.com
if i had my way, everyone i liked would live within 30 minutes of me.

i need my transporter functional, stat.

sounds like a good plan.

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