Still, I hate going there. Too many people. Too warm. Too many stores that are super trendy, catering to youth and size zero. Ugh.
I wanted to make one more trip to replenish the wardrobe and prepare for my trip. I actually started at Kohls but like most of my trips there lately that pretty much sucked. I tried on a half dozen shirts but didn't like any of them. I did get black dress socks and two scarves/shawls so it wasn't a total loss. Then I hit Lane Bryant at the mall and had a super fantastic experience. The ladies working in there today were fabulous, I found lots of stuff, I had coupons! so when it was all said and done I spent a little under $300 (saving $240 - would have been almost $550 without the coupons. WOOT!). Then I went to Von Maur before leaving the mall. I don't really know why I went there other than that I've never been in one before and it was a shortcut to the exit closest to my car. I was a little uncomfortable at first but everyone working there was really nice, not pushy or snotty at all, which kind of surprised me. I ended up with two more shirts. Who knows, I might shop there again some day.
At the moment I'm doing laundry. Not only did I go shopping and buy all the things I unpacked my winter stuff since it has finally turned cool. Normal laundry weekend around here is 3-4 loads of clothes. I currently have 6. Yikes! I also cleaned out the closet and have stuff to take to Goodwill. Am I on a roll today or what? Except for breaking the strap on my purse (after getting home from the mall, of course) today has been a decent day.
And guess what? I don't have to work this weekend!! How freaky is that, right?
Monday the world will come crashing in on me again but I actually have a couple days where I am in a lull. We finished and signed off on all the functional design documents with the vendor last week. I need to meet with the business people before I can more forward on the web integration stuff. The next phase with the vendor doesn't start until October 10 (although I have prep work to do before then). For the first time in for-freaking-ever I have an entire weekend where I don't have to do any work at all. And since I cleaned the house last weekend I can actually DO NOTHING! Jeez, I'm almost giddy! OK, maybe not, but I am happy - an emotion that has been in short supply around here lately.
Granted, I have 13.5 work days left before I leave on vacation. I will have a metric shit-ton to get accomplished in those 13.5 days so I expect to be doing overtime starting Monday. Which is why I tried to finish all my shopping this weekend. The project manager on the project finally realized just how long I'm going to be gone on Friday. As in yesterday. We've all been noticing that whenever the team bring it up the past couple of weeks he hasn't really reacted. On Friday you could see as it finally dawned on him just how long I'm going to be gone and what that does to the project schedule. It was actually kind of funny. Not that I'll be laughing the next couple weeks while he freaks out on me daily but it was somewhat comical yesterday.
I have the best intentions of blogging while on my trip although I doubt I'll be able to post pictures. Those might have to wait until I get home. And now...laundry!