Saturday, September 19, 2009


Last night was one of those nights where the stars aligned, fate smiled at destiny and they decided I should have a good night.

Around 4:30 we had a really bad storm and the power went out. The boys had just finished their homework, I had finished cleaning up the house, and it was still light outside. So, the loss of power wasn't a big deal. In fact, it just made for a quiet, peaceful house.

But around 5:30 it was still off and I couldn't cook dinner. Awww, darn. We had to eat out. What a tragedy--no cooking or dishes.

Then I needed to go to the mall (to get smaller Spanx. I now need the smallest size they sell, thankyouverymuch). I happened to go into Sears and as luck would have it, they were having the mother of all clearance sales. Up to 85% off the already marked down prices. There wasn't much that was cute clothing wise, but then I noticed The Coat was on clearance. This is a Land's End coat that I noticed months ago when I went in to buy a water filter for our fridge. It was nearly $100, and I was still flying through sizes at an alarming rate, so I couldn't buy it. But I loved it.

And last night there it was in all its poppy covered glory, 85% off. And there was one single solitary size medium left. It was all mine, for less than $10.

I wore it out of the store. In another stroke of luck, I happened to be wearing my poppy red shoes that matched my poppy covered coat.

Then we went to Wal-Mart and I had three different women come up and ask where I got it. I felt like the most fabulous person in Wal-Mart. 400 pound lady in the scooter, eat your heart out.

Further proof that I was destined for a great night: The kids got to wear their new raincoats that they've been dying to wear for a month, they all had enough allowance saved to buy the very thing they wanted and they were uncharacteristically well behaved, despite being up way past bedtime.

If the power hadn't gone out, we would have stayed home.

Ah, serendipity.
The Coat
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