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My mother's birthday check to me came back into my account today (it was written on foreign funds), so while the bulk of it will be going into our savings, I get to play a little, and in doing so, recommend to all of you the fabulous things I have been finding.

But first, I need to recommend a CD Bob got me for Christmas - Sara Maclachlan's Wintersong. It is simply gorgeous, and chock full of some really interesting interpretations of holiday songs. Her version of What Child is This is masterly, The First Noel gave me goosebumps, there's a remastered version of Song for a Winter's Night that is much better, and her self-penned title track makes me cry every. single. time. Go get it. You won't regret it.

On to purchases! I've been buying beautiful red appliances for the new kitchen, and have now scored a fantastic red microwave from Target, a red crock pot, and an entire kitchen's worth of red utensils. I am most happy.

I also spent some of my ill-gotten gains at Isabella, and I can really recommend the Mood Mist; I've been spraying it on my pillow at night, and feeling very relaxed, which is great for this chronic insomniac. The Isabella catalog is the yummiest, if you're into that sort of thing, and they are just super nice people. I use their organic rose hip oil on my skin every day, and as a rosacea sufferer, I can recommend it wholeheartedly - my skin has never been so soft.

Finally, I've been shoe shopping. I got the Newport News catalog recently, and while I don't usually buy stuff from them, there was this pair of shoes that gently whispered my name, so I got a pair in black, and they arrived yesterday. Despite the high heel, they are very comfortable, and extremely elegant. They were so wonderful that when they gently suggested that maybe I wanted a threesome, I agreed and ordered another pair in green. My shoes and I will be very happy together, and we're not ashamed of our love. 

The rest of my money will probably be spent on more prosaic house stuff, but it's really nice to be able to buy the things I like without feeling guilty.  Since I'm usually super-thrifty (read:  so cheap pennies squeak in pain when I squeeze them), my money should go a fair way.

But I can't wait to set up my new kitchen. 


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Jan. 16th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
OMG the shoes are teh cute! Damn them for not coming in wide!

And I LOVE your kitchen color scheme. So 50's diner (one of my favs). My dining room contains a chrome and re formica table with chrome and yellow vinyl chairs along with many 50's accessories (some even originals from mom!). The 1950s. Love the look. Hate the anti-feminist buzz. =)
Jan. 16th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
A question about the shoes... Do you find Newport News shoes run small? I ordered a pair (different style) a while back, in my normal size, and they were at least a size smaller in actuality.

I'm asking because I really really want a pair of those shoes now and I want them to FIT, dammit.
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm a 7.5, and they fit me perfectly - no toe overhang, or anything, so these ones seem to run true.
Jan. 16th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you have comfortable shoes that fit well!
May they always please you.
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
They will, they will. :) I (and everyone else - they're back-ordered until the end of February) got the green shoes, even though I usually wear black. I have one dress they will go with, but no-one said I can't wear green shoes with a black outfit!

(Though I may get a matching green cardigan if I can find one, so I can tie the look together.)
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Those shoes are teh sex0rs. Srsly.
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Aren't they? Usually, NN doesn't do much for me - the clothes are usually better on stick people,and their footwear has been kind of "eh" for the past few years, but these shoes are all '40s style and sweet.

I keep hoping the 1940s and early 1950s will come back in fashion - waists! Flared skirts! Cute shoes! - and it at least looks like we're slipping out of the whole 1970s revival, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :)
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
p.s. Love your icon. 8)
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) It's funny because it's true.
Jan. 16th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
But we're slipping from 1970's to 1980's! I can think of very few things less flattering to women than narrow legged jeans. I agree, please lets get back to fashions that make women look like women rather than boxes.
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Shoes = super hot!

I'm a shoe fan myself (I probably have close to 30 pairs at any given point) and patent leather just screams sexy.
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder--I meant to buy that and forgot. What Child is This is my favorite Christmas carol of all.

Did you hear her version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, done with the Bare Naked Ladies? Simply wondrous.

I have a red and white kitchen, complete with red microwave from Target! I love it.
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the shoes! Very cute.

Jan. 16th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love red appliances! If I had my way, the whole kitchen here would be full of them. However, She Who Must Be Obeyed does *not* favor red appliances and so they keep coming home in black or white. Le sigh.
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
I love that CD!!! I bought it last year on iTunes, and this past Christmas it was my particular CD of choice to listen to before Christmas.
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