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Post Christmas

I'm so behind on everything...  I haven't even started putting away Christmas stuff, I haven't seen any movies on my "to-see list", and I haven't blogged about my Post Christmas activities.

I love after Christmas shopping.  I love hitting up the sales on December 26th, then I love hitting up the sales as things go 75% off, and it usually is wrapped up nicely with a big New Years Day sale at Dillards.  This year I was a snowed in Nocona until later in the day on the 26th.  I was really worried because there were a  couple of specific things I really wanted to get up early on the 26th and try to get. 

Luckily, I think that the bad weather all over kept people from getting out as they normally would on the 26th, so I was able to find what I wanted after I got back into town.  The other things were procured for me by my friend Abby and her sister Emily who were in Amarillo (It takes a village, people!). 

One item I really wanted was a white tree at Hobby Lobby.  I wanted it for my office and it was the only place I found a tree that would work.  It had to be really, really skinny, but I wanted it to be at least 6 ft tall.  They had one that I had coveted all season, but I just didn't want to pay what it was costing (even at their 50% off price).  I was so happy that I was able to get it 66% off on the 26th!!

I plan to decorate the white tree in bright ornaments, so I've been hitting the sales and buying more bright colored ornaments for this tree.  Here are a few that I got...

I got some additional ornaments for my living room tree and kitchen tree (because they really needed it, right?).

Abby got me this Spode deviled egg tray...

On Sunday, I met up with Abby's crew as they were on their way home from Amarillo.  So happy to see some of my favorite people...



After lunch at Chuy's, we went to watch the Aggie's practice...

I got my last Christmas gift of the season from my friend Abby.  I love it!  I have to share...
It's the Vera Bradley "Grand Traveler" bag.  It's huge!  I can't wait to travel with it.  Plus I love the Viva la Vera pattern.  Such a great gift to close out the season of gift giving and getting!  I made Lola pose in it so that I could show a "to scale" pic...

On Tuesday morning, I was fired up for the Dillard's NY Day sale.  If you don't know, Dillard's puts everything that is already on sale, an additional 50% off.  My friend Suzanna was attending in Midland, and before I left out I sent her this pic with the caption, "Got my hipster purse on so that I have full use of both hands for the shopping!"
She responded "Coke zero in one hand, phone in another, hipster purse.  I'd say you are ready to shop!"  And I totally was!

I did get lots of bargains.  I actually got several gifts, but I won't show those.  I didn't get too much for myself, but I am very excited about these new leather gloves with "magic" iphone operating fingers that I nabbed for $11!!

I also got this cute little cake stand and cover for $9!  I thought it would be cute to hold a couple of cupcakes or small treats I bring home too often.
So that was my post-Christmas excitement.  

P.S.  Blogger was giving me troubles all day.  I couldn't post photos, so just for the record:  I have now started taking down Christmas decorations!  

Comments

Abby said…
We had so much fun seeing you! Boo that we live so far away!! I love post holiday shopping!
Ann said…
I'm impressed that you got another tree and ornaments AFTER Christmas. I called my Mom when I was taking down all my decorations and told her to make sure I DO NOT purchase or put up more than 3 trees next year. The undecorating nearly kills me. But, I know come November I'll be thinking about putting up a 4th tree. I'm crazy like that. Love all your goodies.

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