Thus I started my wait at Walmart, mostly because the band on one of my studio flip flops snapped yesterday and I figured it would require a solid 10 minute investment to locate the perfect replacement pair.
There are NO flip flops at my local Walmart because they are out of season. In ALABAMA. Where it is still in the 90s and will be until January. I stood there staring at the sales associate slack jawed and stupid for so long that I'm pretty sure she considered offering me the pair on her feet.
The bead section is all that's left after that, and finding 338 black filler beads for $4 is a score~ Sure ~ but did I mention that walmartranoutofflipflops!?
My next stop was Michaels, where I found these turquoise peace signs. Loveness. I also picked up some chain and a bag of flat backed glass rocks that make excellent cabochons on the cheap ($2.49). You'll find them in the floral decorating section.
I found these in the discounted seasonal section in the front of the store, and at 60% off they were $1.99.
Next up was Big Lots where I found yet another bag o' flat backed glass rocks, this time in black with some metallic gunmetal and bronze in the mix. I can't remember how much they were.
Next I swung by my LBS. Autumn and Roger, parents to 5 sons and going! for! a! girl!, are the super sweetest owners of Firefly Beads and also my personal parental heros. FIVE~ GOING FOR SIX!
If you are ever within driving distance of Dothan you should make it a point to stop in. You'll be glad you did.
I snagged a few $1 strands of czech crystals and a few $2 strands of metallics that would have haunted my dreams had I left them behind. They are changing over from Czech seeds to Japanese, so I also grabbed up these vials of Czech for .50 each...
4 hours and $42 later, I had exhausted my time killing options. I know Doc Roberts was supposed to call me when Chels was out of surgery, but I just really couldn't wait anymore. I'm sure his receptionist will forever consider me the crazy dog lady, but to find out sooner rather than later that Chelsea came through surgery just fine and is awake if not totally alert yet makes it totally worth it. Call me whatever you want as long as you are calling me to come pick up my baby. Which I will be doing in an hour, and I'll have a chance to speak with the Doc then.
There still isn't thanks enough for you guys...but I'm most certainly going to try to show you how very very much your help taking care of Chelsea has been appreciated. Some of today's treasures as well as goodies from my personal stash and torch are going to be finding new homes this week in several GiveBACKS.
GIVEBACK: (noun) Julispeak for something that is exactly like a giveaway, but also completely different.