On Sunday I decided to take myself out on the town. I drove up to Walnut Creek which is only about 25 minutes away but an entirely different atmosphere.
**When we first moved to the Bay area we lived in Poet's Corner on the boarder of Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek. I loved it. After the first year, I reluctantly agreed to move to a newer townhome in Dublin. It was nice to live in a more efficient home, but I really miss living among the trees and culture of Walnut Creek.**
Anyway, the town was buzzing, as I expected on a sunny weekend. Parking was scarce so I had to park on the roof of a parking structure. I appreciate that WC still offers free parking structures - a rarity these days. I really didn't mind parking up there because I've been needing exercise. I'm proud to say I used the stairs both down and back up! The wheezing and moaning didn't seem to attract too much attention.
I was excited to browse one of my favorite chain stores, Urban Outfitters. UO and Anthropologie are sister stores which is obvious by their merchandising. They have done a fabulous job of creating a genre all their own. I like to linger in both shops just to soak up the atmosphere, although I like the music and scents in Anthropologie a tad more.
UO is the more economical/youthful of the two. I like to dig through their sale racks for treasures. On this visit, I went specifically to check out their home decor. I love their quilts. The prices are reasonable, but still too much for me, so I have to wait for clearance. Of course, I LOVE the duvet covers at Anthropolgie, but they are WAY out of my budget right now, so not even looking...
I did make one awesome purchase. I found a fun top! This pregnancy, my wardrobe has required a lot of 'out of the box' thinking. I have managed to spend a grand total of $13 on maternity clothes thus far (thanks to generous friends, freecycle, and garage sales). BUT, it felt really good to buy something NEW. UO is great for maternity finds since they offer a variety of longer-than-average tops and tunics. And with style!
I attempted to take a self portrait to show the "belly fit" of my new top, but had trouble capturing it (arm not long enough for obtuse belly). Of course, I didn't think of taking the pic till after I had washed my face for bed, so... it is what it is.
While still feeling proud of myself for the stair climbing, I chose to go with the healthy thing and make a nutritious dinner of potatoes, pea shoots, green beans and watermelon. Yes, pea shoots. I've never cooked with them before but my sister-in-law gave me a big bag of them so I gave it a shot. Stir-fried them with a bit of salt and YUM! Outside of the tough to chew element, they have earned a place in my vegetable heart.
So, I washed the dishes, watched an uninspiring TV movie, and made a desperate attempt to ignore the siren call of the salted caramel ice cream in the freezer (with oreo cookie). FUTILITY, I tell you!! BUT, I did make it a smaller portion than usual. I get points for that, right??
Oh well, it's a new day, new opportunity to resist one of the few sources of joy in my life temptation.
OH! Before I sign off, I'd love your input. I'm considering a hair cut. As I've mentioned, this pregnancy (and possibly a few cheap bottles of hair dye) has done a number on the health of my locks. They are VERY dry and need a trim. I haven't wanted to cut my hair, but am thinking I might have to. SO, I found this pic of a possible style. I know I'm no Sandra Bullock, but use your imagination. What do you think? I'd love any suggestions you have. Need to take action soon.
Ok, so that's a little bit of nothing for ya. Have a great day. Peace Out!