I had a birthday on Saturday, and I must say that I had myself A Time!
(Although any recounting of my definition of "A Time" will definitely reveal that I am middle-aged and not exactly living on the edge.)
My day began with a jaunt to Brown County. If you're not from Indiana, you need to know that Nashville, Indiana, in Brown County is commonly referred to simply as Brown County and is to our state what Asheville is to North Carolina. And if you're not familiar with Asheville... well, we could go on all day like this. Suffice it to say, it's a community of artisans who make lovely arts and crafts. The good stuff. The expensive stuff.
(The stuff I can't afford unless I buy a really small piece of it - like a handmade quilt for Barbie instead of one for Deborah.)
Now the wonderful thing about this kind of place is that they often have stores that sell supplies to the would-be artist. And, in my case, there are two: Wishful Thinking and Paper Trix. And what do they sell...?
Unless you've never been to this blog, you should have a really good idea of what they sell because I am not fond of shopping. Nor am I fond of driving 90 minutes to get to that shopping. Unless, of course, we're talking about rubber, ink and paper. Then I respond with the fervor of a new convert approaching Mecca.
For a variety of reasons, it was decided I should go alone, and by 9:00-ish I was out the door and on the road. The sun was bright, the day was warm, and I was shrieking I'm Walking on Sunshine! along with Katrina and the Waves as I bounced up and down in my seat.
Yep. That's me Livin' Large these days.
I usually go to Wishful Thinking first, but I managed to make such good time that I actually got a choice spot in the free parking lot - which is right next door to Paper Trix. So I decided to be daring and switch things up a bit. I managed to restrain myself nicely, although this is purely a matter of opinion. My idea of restraint in these matters is probably the height of criminal lily-gilding to Spouse. (This is why I spare him such details - no need to send the man into a coma, right?)
I spent a great deal of time mulling over the sale paper. I didn't actually buy anything for myself, but I couldn't resist buying a few odds and ends for the Inpsiration Reward Blog Morsels. (Which is really crazy, if you think about it. The whole idea behind these card kits is to give away supplies I already own that are gathering dust.)
Can we spell A-D-D-I-C-T?
I also purchased a number of 6x6 pads of paper - some Basic Gray, Memory Box, SEI, etc. They were having a sale on their Christmas stamps, so I purchased two of those, and a Bella stamp, a Maya Road pasteboard book and kraft envelope set, and some fancy-pants chipboard shapes. At Wishful Thinking I got a birthday discount - a truly awesome deal, I might add! Their policy is to give you a discount equal to your age on your birthday. I bought a 24-set of Twinkling H2O's with my discount! I also bought one of the new Tim Holtz dies, a Ranger Distress reinker, and a magazine.
When I got back into town, Spouse and Gigi took me to dinner and gave me a gift certificate to Archiver's and a logic puzzle magazine. And a store-bought cake with buttercream icing!
I love store-bought cake with buttercream icing, you know.
We finished the day by piling up on the couch and howling over Napoleon Dynamite.
All in all, a fantastic birthday!
By the way, I'm not sure how all y'all at the Flickr Group and Facebook knew it was my birthday, but thank you so very much for your kind wishes! They made a great day even greater!