Friday, May 29, 2009

A Road Trip Was In Order

What is in the water???! There must be something in the water because my kids have been horrible the past few days!! Screaming, fighting, whining (lots of whining)...so I told my husband I needed 4 hours and $200 to myself this morning. His eyebrows lifted as he tentatively answered, "Ok....i think!" So, I was off.

I am a woman on a mission. Look Ma! NO KIDS!


I got halfway to my destination when I encountered a construction sign that said, "Expect Delays." Boy, if that isn't a phrase to live by. I was pondering the philosophical implications of that phrase when my peaceful reflection and introspection was rudely interrupted by:

An actual delay!!! I sure wasn't expecting that!!!

Go WEST, young old woman!


I finally arrived at my destination.


And now you understand why I needed 4 hours and $200.

Both stores are located in Morris, Illinois.

Unfortunately, after browsing the store for a half hour I realized I had lost my mojo. I was no longer gung-ho on fabric shopping. I don't know why. Maybe it's the huge pile of stash I already have; maybe it's the quilt-a-long I just joined and the two others I'm trying to stay in. Maybe it's just that getting away from the chaos at home allowed me to breathe for the first time in days and that was enough. I didn't need to shop. (Gasp! I just slapped myself!) So, I bought a cup of coffee and sat by the river that runs through this town and relaxed.

I didn't leave empty handed, though. Sunny and Elle both love cats and bugs (quite the combo, I must say), so I picked up a few cute fat quarters and some thread so I can make quilts for them.


I was amazed to see that they still hand write their receipts. It's a wonderful store with a TON of fabrics and I'll definitely go back when my stash needs replenishing.

So, I drove home and when I saw the city I actually felt like I was home. Pretty scary for someone who wants to move out to the country! We've been here for 5 years, though, so I guess it should feel like home by now. Here's to a good weekend!!

8 comments:

Chicago Sarah said...

I can relate to the Chicago-as-home feeling. :) It's not all bad, right? Glad you had a good trip and found a cool store...sometimes knowing you _can_ shop is just as good as purchasing it.

Cheryl said...

Well told story! It's good you got a chance to get away. And good husband for barely batting an eye when you said you needed $200! Good man.

Shannon said...

Love it! Every mom needs to ecsape every now and then.

So now that school is out, when are you coming to see me?

QuiltedSimple said...

Great road trip! Every mom needs one! Although I cannot believe you didn't buy out the stores......I'd have been in heaven
Kris

Stephanie said...

I knew by the store fronts where you were! You were minutes from me!! Morris is a charming town with a beautiful town square...which is rare in small towns today.

Nantucket Dreams said...

sometimes you do really just need to get away...and away can be even a local destination...i just mean away from it all. step our of your normal life for a few hours and then when you eagerly step back in you will feel 100% better about it! (bet your husband was happy about the amount you spent compared to the 200 you requested!!!)

amandajean said...

time away is worth $200 in and of itself, isn't it??? i'm glad that you didn't go home empty handed, though. i go through the exact same struggle...wanting more fabric but making myself use what i have.

Lorie said...

Sometimes it does just take getting out of the house. I am glad you figured that out BEFORE you spent the $200! Now you can save if for when just getting out of the house DOESN'T work!

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