Friday, July 24, 2009

My shopping spree!

I have always liked my mommy-in-law. First off, she brought about my really great husband and gets eternal props for that. However, less than 48 hours after we met, she took us to Disneyland (without even knowing how much I LOVE Disney, for that matter) , making our marriage feel more like the publishers clearing house sweepstakes.

So here we are, almost 6 years later, and the spoling continutes. Last week, she sent me a JCPennys birthday certificate which has been burning a hole in my pocket pretty much since it left my mailbox. Yesterday, I even did a dress reheasal, so to speak, on just to scope out the territory. The thought occured to me this morning to let that lovely little card remain on my fridge as a weight loss incentive- GREAT IDEA!! But too bad, so sad, I'm just not that patient and my $10 off coupon expires tommorow, so off I went while Jason spent his day off chasing the kiddies.

Anyways listen to all the stuff I got for LESS than $50 (about $3 less, any ideas what to do with the last little bit?) :

- A great pair of jeans that are actually long enough!
- A nice little black blouse (made out of t-shirt material, so cute AND comfy)
- A patterned silky blouse
- Some chocolate trousers
- A purple wrap-around shirt, reminiscant of my long lost favorite shirt of all time that met it's end back in '03.

I'm pretty sure the $29 jeans, and the $17 purple shirt were the most I have ever spent for jeans and a shirt, so my inner clearance addict doesn't want to take them from the hanger on the off chance that I might find something just as good for much less in future days, but even still, I loved* my day!

* Love (luv): v. strong like, not in any way resembling the feverish obsession of a shopoholic, for example.

Oh, who am I kidding, I LOVE a good bargain. My tombstone will probably read:

Lucia Ratliff
Found this
for 75% off.

Monday, July 06, 2009


So, I always try to turn on some music to do chores (it seems to drown out my inner spoiled brat of a little princess that is aghast at the idea of ' moi' being required to do manual labor, and overall helps me feel less blimin' cantankerous!) Anyways... so today, however, I'm following my 1 year-old's good example and enjoying a little dance break, because I mean, really :

Dance first?

Clean first?

I am not devoid of priorities here people. Obviously, we dance!

Here is Athen getting his mini groove on, eating an otter pop off the floor (YUM), and making a great face at the extreme temp. change in his mouth, and since I don't have the ability to edit the video, you also get an in depth close up of his noggin. Lock up you baby girls folks, this kid is as SMOOTH as his own bottom, and as cool as the other side ofthe pillow!
You know how we roll.

Okay, off to clean up from a fun holiday weekend. Happy Monday everybody.
Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you.

Harold B. Lee