You feel it right?
It’s so in the air.
Oh yeah… it’s Purple Day at Dylan’s preschool (and you thought I couldn’t top Yellow Day. Why do you underestimate me?).
For Dylan, it’s a double layering of purple. Holy aubergine macaroni! She CAN be a team player.
But not a total conformist.
I have never in my life worn socks under flip flops so this granola hipster look did not come from me. I’m thinking my mom might be the inspiration. Although she tends to favor birkenstocks over her socks. Do they still make those?
So after I drop Dyan off at preschool this morning, I am rushing home so Rick can go to work. And that’s when I notice it on Bleeker Street: “Olive & Bette’s 75% off sale.” Through the window, I see heaps and mountains of discounted clothes at my fave shop.
I’m not really a sample sale girl. Our mama bird beauty girl Alex can spend six minutes in a mad frenzy sale and come out completely unscathed, with three fabulous items, all for $7 dollars. This skill is innate. It can not be learned and I don’t have it.
I get overwhelmed.
I find nothing.
I finally buy something that doesn’t fit, I don’t like and I will never wear because I don’t want to pass up the opportunity for such a fabulous steal. I mean, I don’t want some other girl wearing MY posh top?!
So I generally avoid these things, despite their fashionista siren song appeal.
Plus, I know Rick needs me home soon so he can hand Summer off and get to Fox 5 to host an early show.
So, of course, I do what every good, loyal wife would do.
I shop – FAST.
In my frantic rush, with adrenaline flowing like a marked-down dress, I dive into the madness.
The scene is a bit chaotic in the cramped store with women ravaging piles of t-shirts, shoes and sweaters. One babysitter is pushing a very content little boy around in a stroller. But it’s so crowded, the door security guy offers to park the little dude by him and watch over the kid.
She agrees. I’m suddenly wondering if this is acceptable behavior from a babysitter but the store is TINY. And it’s not like she’s running out for a coffee or a manicure. Soon the security guy and the little boy (the only two men in the place) are kickin’ back by themselves and watching over the mayhem. My nanny alert subsides and I focus on my mission.
I find a couple maybe-cute tanks. No, nothing in purple. Color Day? Never heard of it.
I arrive home and Rick is able to get to work on time. I mention nothing to him about my little unscheduled excursion. Look, if he wants to know what’s going on with me, he has to read the mama bird diaries just like everybody else. I’m not playing favorites here.
mama bird notes
The results of our latest poll are in…
What are you willing to do for an entire winter to keep your kids sick free?
42% of you would rather deal with the sniffles than give up anything.
13% would give up chocolate and coffee (now that’s a sacrifice).
13% would wear a former bridesmaid dress every time you go out at night.
12% would skip the make-up.
12% would go alcohol-free.
4% would listen to only Milli Vanilli on their iPod (Blame it on the Rain sista!).
Check out our newest poll. You get to go on a date with someone other than your handsome hubby. So who will you pick from the list of bachelors? Click on the poll to see your choices and weigh in.
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