kate5kiwis: mamma's big day out


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

mamma's big day out

woo hoo, i had such a decadent day today.. kid-free !!!! i took off into town and sipped espresso and read a magazine in the sun.. then tootled around the shops looking at beads, clothes, fancy schmancy shoes, and grabbed some sushi.

i popped by the second hand shop where i found seven odd white dinner plates for 35cents each (cos we keep throwing ours on the floor..) and a funky pink "hot tuna" top for $3.00 YAY!!! i also found two more espresso cups to add to my growing collection, only $1 on a sale table. they're chunky and were actually sold as "cotton bud holders".. how bizarre is that? but, hey, no one knows :o)

i took a massive bunch of grapes and my fave simply you magazine and lay on the beach in heaven, reading about the french woman's approach to fashion:
French women thoroughly deserve their stylish reputation. They look sensational! Whether their personal style is traditional, trendy or somewhere in between, they achieve elegance and originality. There is a certain mystique attached to French chic, because it is so indefinable, so inventive and so sought after... A Frenchwoman usually shops selectively. Her criterion is a coup de coeur – in other words, she only buys what she loves and what she feels beautiful in.

so i popped to another recycled clothing store where 4 women were chatting behind the counter IN FRENCH !!! and of course i eavesdropped but only picked up little snatches cos they were talking so *quickly*!! and so i chickened out of saying, "bonjour.." but i did find my *coup de coeur*, a little brown and pink top.. oh and i tried on perfume (estee lauder's pleasures) and later found a delightful frangipani handcream. (mmmmm.. i know why you like the fragrance of frangipani flowers, Dad)

and now i have been banished from the kitchen and hubby has gone out to hunt and gather some dinner... he took the kiddos to rearrange his office today, and then to the library, then home to mow the lawns.. so everyone's very happy.
R12 and Daddy (aka Jamie Oliver) made the dinner.. gorgeous butter chicken and rice and perfect veggies.. with a glass of red !!!


Anonymous Suz said...

Oh sweetie your day sounds so YOU. How wonderful! I am so glad you were able to recharge those never ending batteries of yours and have a breather!
I loved your little piece about the French fashion. It is so true. Coup de coeur! Is what I say too. I only buy it if I LOVE it!
Frangipani frangrance is my favourite. I have some on the counter that i just pump away at when I go past. ...how cool for the kids to have the BIG daddy day! I can jsut imagine you unparcelling your surprises with DH. Did they gift wrap for you?
xxx Suz

8:33 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

well, you know me... getting things gift wrapped makes for endless surprises :o)
i also picked up some vanilla bean melting wax in honour of you, guess what- i still have a piece of that brown-sugar-and-cinnamon wax that i bought with you in sydney last october...
and the huge cinnamon candle is still burning !!!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Phara Thomas said...

We all need a day like that. Great finds on the shopping excursion (lucky). Thanks for stopping by...and glad your little one ended up o.k.

2:53 AM  

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