Monday, November 11, 2013

a day of shopping by someone who hates shopping

I was a bit MIA last week as I had back to back events but now I'm back and ready to tell you all about where I've been! (And OMG, reason #1297 why I love blogging - sweet texts from blog friends who know you have a big day wishing you well!)

I worked until 1 a.m. Thursday night, which was unfortunate because I planned a spa day at a fancy hotel across town beginning at 10 a.m. Friday morning (not a real problem, but I was tired). I think the spa day will go in a post of its own. I had gift cards and I mostly enjoyed it, but is it normal to feel bruised after a massage? Anyway, I did that, stopped for cookies to take to Andrew at work, and then came home for the most amazing two hour nap I have had in recent memory. Andrew came home and woke me up and I thought it was morning and mumbled something about how "Holly/Heidi said I was next in the system." I don't know what I was thinking and I think I said Holly but Andrew heard Heidi so maybe my bloggy BFF was in my dreams? I have no idea.

Anyway, Saturday is where the weekend got good. Sarah, Miranda, and I met at Rachelle's to check out some of Houston's best resale stores. We went to three different stores and I'm the only one who bought anything (a vintage coffee can to match my antique toaster and a wooden tray to go on the back of my toilet that I snatched up when Rachelle decided she didn't want it). Then we had lunch at Paulie's and decided to check out a bakery pop-up that Andrew texted me about. Pizza and maracons and coffee, YUM!

Friday's cookies because I think the scarecrow is cute | an entire shelf of clowns at one of the stores (creepy) | bread at the bakery pop-up | Pizza at Paulie's

So after all of that, we decided to check out the Nutcracker Market. For those not in Houston, Nutcracker Market is a huge sale put on by hundreds of vendors in an arena that has all kinds of holiday decor, gift items, jewelry, bags, and things you never knew you needed. Miranda and Sarah had never been but Rachelle and I knew what we were getting ourselves into! I tried to refrain from going crazy (plus I still had to carry everything I bought) so I only ended up with a bracelet, a Christmas ornament, and a slate lazy susan that I am going to put in my Christmas gift stash. Being there always makes me ready to decorate my house for Christmas and break out the Michael Buble holiday CD, but I refuse to do so until after Thanksgiving so we still have a few more weeks. It ended up being a fun, jam-packed day with friends.

Getting Christmas-y at Nutcracker Market! | Miranda, Rachelle, Sarah, me

Sunday consisted of a Giants win and brisket and homemade mac and cheese by the husband. Also, two cups of French Press coffee. It is so easy and tastes so good - how have I lived so long without this in my life? I meant to spend the day catching up on blog reading but it just didn't happen. Maybe with things slowing down at work, I can catch up!

Linking up with Sami and Leeann!

23 comments:

  1. I've read about the Nutcracker Market on some other blogs. It looks like a fun way to spend a Saturday with some friends. I think we had something semi similar in the city where I grew up but likely not near the scale of the Houston one!

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  2. I'm in Florida, but have heard of the Nutcracker Market online, before. Looks fun! I l.o.v.e. naps, esp two hour ones!

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  3. Great weekend! The Nutcracker Market sounds right up my alley.

    FREAKING CREEPER CLOWNS!

    I have felt bruised after a massage when I've had them concentrate on a knot, but not otherwise. What type of massage was it?

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  4. i would LOVE to go to that nutcracker market! we have something similar called The One of a Kind Show and their christmas show is the best! i have a tradition to go there every year with a friend and we just take our time looking at all the awesomeness made by the vendors!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  5. Ahhh every city must have had their Christmas event this weekend. Birmingham had Christmas Village and Homestead Hollow this weekend! If I didn't have a weekend full of other stuff, I would have loved to have gone! Sounds like you had a good time!

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  6. I love how you say that you didn't buy that much, because I think you bought more than anyone :) Saturday was so much fun. I hope work schedule slows down so you can get back into your groove!
    P.S. homemade mac and cheese sounds divine!!

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  7. I suddenly need to download a Michael Buble Christmas cd. I reserve Christmas stuff for after Thanskgiving, except our jackass neighbors already put up a Christmas tree, so every time we walk by their window the kid gets super excited. So I bought her a 6" LED tree for her roon lol.
    You're brave for doing the nutcracker market. I just don't have it in me.

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  8. That market sounds amazing!! I could do a lot of damage there! Brisket and Mac and Cheese is perfect weekend food.

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  9. Resale stores and the Nutcracker Market? Sounds like my kind of weekend! I love shopping for treasures. (clothes not so much, but old vintage treasures? yes!)

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  10. Looks like so much fun!

    Visiting your blog from the Monday Morning Gossip link up.

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  11. What is a "pop up?" I've seen people in bigger cities call something a "pop up" before, and I feel like an idiot. I imagine a pop up tent store which can't be right. They're not baking bread inside a tent, I don't think. That Nutcracker market sounds RIGHT up my alley.

    This comment is brought to you by a pretty high fever--but I am very curious about the pop up thing.

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  12. Nutcracker Market sounds like my heaven

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  13. AWWW too funny you were dreaming / talking about ME!! Bloggy BFFs fo sho!! Maybe that means I'm the next one you're going to meet?!

    I have never been to the Nutcracker Market and I'm kind of scared of it!

    Homemade mac and cheese? Lucky lady!
    Cute pic of all of y'all!! :)

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  14. Born and raised in Houston and I have NEVER been to the Nutcracker Market! How un-Houston am I? Y'all are precious!

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  15. What a busy weekend! I go to the Nutcracker every year and normally only buy a couple things. This year I went nuts at the Christmas shops, ha. Oops!

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  16. That pizza looks AMAZING! I bet the ingredients were really fresh :)

    Kristen @ Your Beauty Fix

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  17. If you hate shopping, you fooled me. I really like it sometimes but I am so cheap about some things! I still wanna go to that River Oaks Goodwill...

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  18. I did not make it out to the Nutcracker Market this year, but the Woodlands does their own version this weekend and I'm checking it out!

    Where did y'all get the maracons?

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  19. So I kept hearing about the Nutcracker Market but it seemed too crazy hectic and pricey for me. Glad you found some things!

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  20. Before I read your caption I thought you might have purchased one of those creepy clowns! Yikes! Those antique stores sounds great - I'll have to check them out sometime!

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  21. Okay that pizza looks SO good I can't even handle it!!

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  22. Saturday was so much fun! I love hanging out with you guys, especially when it involves shopping! I know I didn't even buy anything, but if we went to the galleria you would see a whole other side of me! Haha!

    PS we need to plan our next outing soon!

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  23. First of, YEY Giants! lol what a season...
    Second, you've been busy! hope you got to enjoy your spa day... they are the best!

    Thanks for linking up :)

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