Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Or how to deal with the lack thereof. ;)

If you’re in need of winter outerwear, get yourself to The Sports Authority. They are having CRAZY MAD SALES right now. More than 50% off on products by The North Face, Columbia, Burton, and other major brands. If you need to prepare for the next snowpocalypse, this is the time to do it. The sale prices are so good that the employees don’t get a discount on them.

Spouse is a big guy and needs 2XL jackets. When I was back in Michigan, they were like black gold. I walked into the SA in Silverthorne and found two fantastic jackets for about $100 each (one Columbia, one North Face). We’ll end up returning one, but it’s awesome to have options for a change. In case you’re wondering about the ‘stock up’ here, it’s because we get snow for a good month or two after everyone stops. Winter is at least half the year here, unlike where we’d been living for the last 8, and we came out unprepared.

In other bargain news, if you haven’t discovered Sierra Trading Post you should check it out. Their prices are great and on top of that, they will send you coupons for additonal deals a couple times a week. I frequently get discount codes for 25% off your entire order. That makes a pretty big discount when you’re already buying clearance shoes/boots.

If you are a lipstick junkie – I am – Benefit has great deals on their close out stuff (check out Buh Buys). Their lip gloss is the best I’ve ever found and I adore both Who Does Your Work and Next Question Please.

Both of those sites are guilty pleasures for me. If I can spare the cash and need something, I check STP first and I’ve sworn off non-Benefit lipsticks. Their prices aren’t fantastic but I’ve found their products worth the money I’ve spent (few and far between).


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It was cloudy when I went to the bank and by the time I was finished we had snowflakes. Undeterred, I made my way to Breckenridge for an appointment and a swag hook. Breckenridge is a lovely town but has heinous parking. I was tempted to get something to eat but, having found great parking for my appointment, couldn’t find a decent place to park near Main Street. I was unwilling to walk for blocks and blocks due to the snow and having Piper in the car. Understandably disappointed (Breck has a ton of great shops and cool dining options) I headed back to Frisco.

WalMart did not have what I needed (but they did have McDonald’s) so I jumped over to Silverthorne’s Target. I got some of what I needed there but FINALLY tracked down the swag hook at True Value. For those of you who DON’T know what a swag hook is, its the hook you use with a lamp or chandelier to hang the excess chain. Now that the last of our lighting supplies has been purchased, I will probably have before and after pictures this weekend.

I would have spent a bit more time in Silverthorne but the winter storm advisory weather came in with a seriousness. There’s supposed to be a couple of feet of snow tonight. While the weather looked dodgy at Silverthorne, once I got to higher elevation it mellowed out (as I had predicted).  There was almost no blowing and the roads, while snowy, were not especially icy. Any pictures I would have taken today would have been all snow or all clouds.

Spouse and I plan on spending some time tonight couching and watching TV/movies. Probably I’ll read through the rest of book 6.

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You don’t hear that every day, right? Spouse and I were sitting here watching the first Charlie’s Angel movie (which I love) and the scene happened where the girls are on the boat with Tom Green and the song “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” is playing. I made him pause the TV because I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten to tell him about the best part of my solo day in Edwards/Avon (besides the credenza).

I was hanging out in a kitchen store – neat gadgets and stuff, don’tcha know – and “Brandy” came on the radio. And – no lie – EVERYONE in the store STARTED SINGING ALONG. It was completely awesome and something that they do in movies or TV that you think is complete bullshit but apparently  it TOTALLY happens. I love that song especially (it inspired a whole yoga mix) and it was completely excellent to be singing, and walking past other people who were singing, to go buy an oven thermometer from someone who was singing.

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I have officially unpacked all of our books. Spouse had a head start before I arrived, but I unpacked the last 9 boxes. That’s right. We still had 9 boxes of books remaining after he’d unpacked and filled almost three bookcases worth. *sigh* The perils of being an English major.

If I like a book, I’ll read it over and over again. There are many books on my shelves that I reread at least once a year. Spouse is of the read-and-discard persuasion. I don’t think he’d ever purchased a non-textbook before he met me. Luckily we have similar tastes in reading (fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, historical fic, et cetera) so that anything he purchases, I’ll probably read. I tend to lean hard on urban fantasy as well, of which he’s not as much a fan. I have a photo of the six cases of books we gave away, which will find a home on the fridge shortly. Go to the effing library already!

I haven’t unpacked the office but I got the credenza/buffet settled and unpacked the books, which means I can feel at least a LITTLE accomplished tonight.

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No place like home

I really, really like our new house. In terms of size (and including the basement) it’s about the same size as our old house (if you exclude the basement – which we didn’t really use with any regularity). The layout is nice and while the light fixtures and paint could use some work, there’s a lot less that we need to ‘do ‘ to it to make it feel like us.

The only drawback to the house is the kitchen. Great appliances. I love that there is a door into the kitchen from the garage, I love that the kitchen/dining area opens onto a small deck. I like the really big space. Unfortunately the kitchen has about half the cupboard space of our old house. I have put every single thing that we’re unlikely to use regularly into a box and stored it in the basement or above the garage, and our cupboards are still busting at the seams.

Yesterday I was in Avon and kind of tooling around on my own. I took a left and ended up in a little shopping area. I found a consignment furniture store that had a fabulous buffet/credenza. I’ve been looking in a lot of places and, frankly, the options are expensive. This was a pretty good deal – worth considering – so I brought Spouse in to check it out. We’re picking it up on Saturday! It’s large enough to hold pretty much all of our dishes, silverware, servingware,  pots, pans, and small appliances. I am very, very excited. It’ll also be really handy for having guests over and not having to clutter the table with food dishes. And now is the time I start thinking about paint.

We’re parceling out the paint project. The wall with the ugly shelves will need repair, so it goes first. The sliding door wall need the door replaced, so it goes last. I also promised Spouse that I would take pictures of the house and then hexdec the Sherwin Williams paint into the photos so we know what it’ll look like.

I have photos from yesterday, which turned out to be a gorgeous day. If I find my camera cord, there may be posted photos.

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New toy!


Spouse had a meeting in Salida today. Since I hadn’t been there, I rode along and then wandered around town while he did his thing.

The first place I stumbled upon was The Mixing Bowl. It’s a fantastic little store with a great selection of cooking utensils, dishes, kitchen gadgets, and small appliances. They have those amazing silicon measuring cups that fold flat – FLAT! How awesome is that? – a nice variety of Fiesta ware, and another style of dishes whose name I can’t recall. The other style had some cool ramekin-looking things in two different shapes which were pretty fantastic.

It was there that I discovered this:

Awesome bottle opener.

Awesome bottle opener.


It’s the perfect size (the handle is the width of my palm), the perfect shape (flat enough to fit in a pocket or apron), and the perfect weight (enough heft that you won’t forget it’s in your pocket but not so heavy as to feel awkward). I didn’t need a corkscrew so this was the best possible option and the thing I was looking for without even realizing it. Very, very happy.

There’s also a great little pottery place in town. Let’s be clear, I was going to go in anyhow because it’s called the Maverick Potter – who can resist that? When I walked in, I was really happy to discover that I love pretty much everything in the shop. Great shapes, great colors, great textures. Not only that but they’ll let you paint your own pieces *and* if there’s something you want and they don’t have it, they’ll make it for you! Love it.

All in all, a really nice visit.

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I was going to get up, drive to Avon, pick up scotch, go to Edwards, mail the Dish Network receiver, get my hair cut, and do a little grocery shopping. The thing that did not get done was mailing the DN receiver. Whoops. It was the foot of snow on my car that threw everything off – that and Spouse leaving his phone at home so I ended up detouring to deliver it.

That said, I conquered Battle Mountain! It’s a stunning (and sometimes stomach-churning, if you’re afraid of heights) drive as a passenger. As a driver, I was so worried about the road I didn’t pay very much attention to the scenery. The scenery IS amazing but I was focused on hairpin turns.

I got my hair done at Salon Axis which was fantastic. The closest salon to my house in Michigan was also an Aveda salon (ask for Amanda or Markesa) and that’s how I developed a bias. I started going to the salon when I decided I wanted a hairstyle and not a haircut, and let me tell you it made all the difference. Why do you care?

First, I am an internet snob. I googled to exhaustion attempting to find a place here in town (or close) and didn’t find a single website. Not even a FrontPage website. That’s disappointing for me, especially in a city with free wireless. As silly as it may sound, I find the internet to be more reliable than the phone book. Online I can find photos, pricing, or at least get a sense of how a business sees itself (or doesn’t). A good website will bring me to your business.

[example: great website vs. not my thing. Guess where I bought my scotch?]

Second, Aveda. I like Aveda products. I don’t find the scents to be overwhelming and – to a one – I have always found their salon stylists/designers to not only be talented, but HELPFUL. As in “Backcombing, let me show you it!” It can be pricy, but they do an excellent job with their client consults and I have never been disappointed when leaving. Today was no exception.

Third, I am challenging. I am lazy. I am not going to use much product. My hair is fine but there is a lot of it. Curling is out of the question but I’m willing to flat iron as needed. On top of that, I’ve been coloring my hair for the last six years – everything from all shades of red and brown, to a brief flirtation back to blonde, and then red and brown again THIS SUMMER. On my last stop at Shapers, Markesa knocked down the red and colored me a tone similar to my natural shade, but darker.

Salon Axis is located in the Riverwalk area in Edwards, which is a charming faux-town shopping area. Lots of restaurants and stores, but in the best possible imagination of a strip mall. It’s small, only five or six stations (if I recall correctly) but nicely appointed and with lovely wood floors. The waiting area is a bit narrow, but I always bring a book- today’s was Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book – or an mp3 player and pretty quickly don’t notice where I’m at regardless.

Kelly (my hair designer) was fantastic. Another midwest transplant, we had nice conversation about points of interest and places to visit. Most importantlyt, Kelly managed to lighten me up to practically my natural color and freshen up my style. I’m pretty fearless about my hair (which comes from having shaved my head) and was open to all-over color, corrective color, whatever needed to be done. She did the job skillfully with highlights and I love it. I also got a complimentary paraffin hand treatment which was OMG fantastic after three days of working a bar with no hand lotion.


Salon Axis in Edwards, CO

Salon Axis in Edwards, CO

At any rate, I highly recommend the salon.

Before my appointment (I was a bit early) I had a raspberry croissant and hot chocolate at the French bakery a couple of doors down. Really, really good. I also stopped at the Village Market (in the same shopping area) before I drove home to pick up some extras for entertaining. They didn’t have Greek yogurt but they had Bulgarian yogurt and I was intrigued enough to buy it anyhow.


Main Street at Edwards, CO Riverwalk

Main Street at Edwards, CO Riverwalk


I’m not sure if it’s a Wild West thing, but I have seen a LOT of these shopping areas in Colorado. They’re spectacular because they engender the feeling of being ‘in town’ in a really clever and attractive package. There is parking on the ‘street’ but also in underground parking garages. They’re structured in such a way that they can be expanded without losing that ‘hometown’ feeling (brick sidewalks, streets, et cetera) and don’t have the traffic of actually being ‘in town.’ They also mean a HUGE variety within a short walking distance, whereas ‘in town’ you’d probably have to drive a little ways for the same options.

I also took some Before photos of the living room today which will not be revealed until all (or a reasonable approximation) of the photos are hung.

Time to stop my rambling and get ready for bed.

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