Over the river and down the street...
One of the things I love about living in southeast Texas is that occasionally, you have to take a ferry to get somewhere. That's what I did tonight. I met my friend Lesa at Monument Inn near the San Jacinto Monument and the quickest way to get there from my house is to take the Lynchburg Ferry across the San Jacinto River. Lesa and I ate some yummy stuff (shrimp creole for me) and had a nice time. We are two mommies who hardly ever get to go out at night with other moms, so that made it extra special. I'm thinking it's something we ought to do more often! In fact, we had SUCH a good time that I missed the last ferry and had to drive the long way around to get home. So I listened to loud rock music all the way home (U2's Unforgettable Fire), which I also don't get to do very often since I usually have young children with me who have young, tender eardrums. So it was a most enjoyable evening all the way around.
Right now I'm reading "The Shopping Bags: Tips, Tricks, and Inside Information to Make You a Savvy Shopper." This book caught my eye because I'm all about finding a bargain. One of the most important things my mom taught me was not to pay full price for anything. I don't even pay sale prices if I think they're not cheap enough. Just last week, I walked away from a $9.99 shirt at Target because I just know it's going to come down more. (In fact, I'll be there first thing tomorrow morning to check.) So this book is right up my alley. I'm not too far into it yet, but here's one interesting bit of information I found:
"Between them, Loreal and Estee Lauder own a large portion of all makeup lines on the market. So remember that your expensive Lancome lipstick may have been made at the same factory as the more affordable Maybelline."
I've never been into buying expensive makeup anyway, and now I have another reason to justify that besides just being cheap. I'm now also a smart shopper.