Lego Advent Calendars 2011- Day 8

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close up of lego fighter in wood background

Today’s post is brought to you today courtesy of my Instagram account and the letter $.

What? $ is totally a letter in my alphabet. Or at least it was today.

To start at the beginning, which is where I guess I should, my kids crack me up, so, so much some days. Today Mr K opened day 8 to find a Star Wars Rebel fighter in his advent calendar while The Princess opened hers to find a coffee table with little Lego cups.

They decided it was hot cocoa, a white newspaper and arranged the Rebel fighter thusly in the picture above.

I can barely open my eyes at 7:30 in the morning, but their imagination knows no such limits. He’s still sitting there like this and I chuckle every time I walk by him. These are the moments that make parenting bearable, the moments you remember when they wake you up at 3 am for no apparent reason other than they are their little Princess selves and incredibly needy. These are the moments that hold you back from throttling them at 3 am.

The letter $ comes from shopping at Southgate today with my friend Blackbird who also hadn’t checked out Crate and Barrel. I have been meaning to but I knew, deep down inside, that there was no way I was walking out of there empty-handed.

And I didn’t. I have been looking for new kitchen utensils and love these stainless steel ones that they carry. Soo perfect in my kitchen. They also have some decent weight to them if I want to whack the husband one.

Oh god. Speaking of which, could you imagine if our mothers had these stainless steel suckers instead of wooden spoons when we were kids? I cringe just thinking of it.

stainless steel kitchen utensils

To start this part of the post, I have a confession to make.

I am not a make-girl. I wear a Revlon foundation -which doesn’t make me break out so this is a big thing- and only buy my makeup wherever I happen to be shopping when I run out.

I know. Shame on me. There’s a whole world of beautiful cosmetics to explore out there, why stick to boring?

Oof. I dipped my toe into the world of non drugstore make-up with some Dior mascara. I’ve heard nothing but good about it.  And oh lord, walking into Sephora was evil and bad and good and a world I should stay away from because it’s so pretty and shiny and expensive and I could spend too much money in there.

I’m already thinking of my next trip back. This is why I didn’t start, my addictive personality just causes all sorts of trouble.

I just tried the sample they sent home with me and want to go purchase it. I’m all sparkly like a vampire and smell like chocolate now thanks to Snow Woman Glistening Body Mousse.

a box of Dior mascara in red background

Add in a trip to Superstore for some bulk Bernard Callebaut chocolate to put in my pecan pie that I am baking tomorrow (eek!!)  and Ikea for a return and I am done like dinner!


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  1. Karlynn says

    Good description of the events indeed. But you forgot to add when Magpie sneaks back to buy the rest of what she saw….

  2. blackbird says

    Blackbird & Magpie* stand outside a Sephora store.

    Magpie: Didn’t you want to go to Sephora?
    Blackbird: Um.. no. I don’t really need anything.
    Magpie: … I’ve never been.
    Blackbird: Well, in that case.

    Exit Scene, both have empty wallets.

    * our nicknames really do sound silly together

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