we left about 9, but had to do some running around in the area before hitting the road to chicagoland. we dropped becca's son's backpack off at her grandpa's, as that's where he was staying for the day, stopped at the bank, and got breakfast at mcdonald's. the drive up was quite chatty! becca's mom & sister had some interesting stories. there were some ... arguments, as well. family stuff ya know how it goes!
the plan was to go to a big bazaar/craft fair at the race track. so, we get to the track & the gate's closed. i notice a sign that says "fair december 3, 4, 5 9-11" and ask what the date is. it's the 2nd. D'OH! so, instead, we went to IKEA. becca & i *heart* IKEA!! : ) becca found christmas presents for nate's teachers, i found some awesome cards and some bowls in jewel tones. i wasn't expecting to find postcards at IKEA! we could have cheerfully spent all day in there, but alas our tummies called for food, and whatnot. we were getting cranky after a fashion, so we checked out. which actually made me a little more cranky, because the cards were all marked as $1.99, but some of them were ringing up at $5, and apparently they had been in the wrong bins... becca said i should have called a manager over & stuck it out til i got the cards for $1.99, but meh. i figured it wasn't really worth the fuss - i bought two of the $5 variety & four of the $1.99, so that's plenty of cards, really!
loved these hanging lampshades. my favorite is the white/gray in the top middle.
becca found this elephant for naters. so soft & squishy!! : ) and he loved it!
this library set up is how i would have mine if i could afford it - to the ceiling bookshelves, comfy chairs, and i really enjoy the wall of pictures! i might do that one day in my hallway. love the look!!
we went to weber grill for lunch. i was silly & ordered a limoncello sangria because it sounded good. and it WAS delicious, but i forgot that i really can't hold my liquor anymore.
i took a few drinks (YUMMY) and then the rum kicked in & i could feel it. which was okay, but i knew if i drank anymore i would not only be feeling it, but feeling SICK from it. so, it was a $7 drink & i drank about $2 worth. i ordered 1/2 a mushroom flatbread grilled pizza, and what i thought was going to be a grilled chicken cream soup. the pizza was good, and the soup was good, too, but not what i expected & wasn't my favorite. idk if "good but not to my liking" makes sense to anyone but me. LOL
and then there was dessert - pumpkin creme brulee. oh my goodness THAT was wonderful!!! : )
we were going to the container store afterwards, but decided we were all too tired & ready to go home. GREAT discussions on the drive home. i really really love hanging out w/ becks & am so happy God brought her back into my life! Thank You Father!! : ) we listened to phineas & ferb, camp rock 2, and lots of other good music. so much fun!!!!
i got home about 9:30 & got a christmas card from aunt judy and my postcards from lisa chow. beautiful! i wrote out some postcrossings & watched some Angel & once again i'm up too late. LOL tomorrow will be busy - i made the mistake of checking my email to see how many i'd have to deal w/ in the morning... and some of the questions, from ppl who should KNOW BETTER, make me crazy! they'll be fun to answer. have a happy night/day & i'll have more stories tomorrow! : )