11/23/09

Ahhhh....civilisation - My World!

I got to recharge my 'city gal' batteries on Saturday, when we made a flying visit to Oklahoma City for some much needed retail therapy on my part. Please remember, I am more than 100 miles from the nearest mall and that's not even a decent one!

So we made the slightly less than 6-hour round trip to my destination of choice, Penn Square Mall. It is very much like the mall I used to live a 10 minute drive from back in the UK, so it feels just like home.

In the interests of marital harmony, the Hubster and I agreed to seperate and do our own thing. In the past I have constrained him to staying closeby, which has resulted in some major marital dischord!

The store he dreads the most and I love the most is Sephora, the girlie equivalent of the Bass Pro shop or Brookstones. Previously he has been driven to distraction at my ability to lose all track of time in Sephora and not reappear for well over an hour or two.

In my defense, I used to have one of these in my local mall, and so could get regular 'hits' and not need to replenish so drastically. This girl can't just go into a Sephora and not be dazzled by all the choices, colours, offers, play stations to test stuff and be out again in a few minutes!

This time I excelled myself though! Not only did I shop successfully for friends, but I also set-up my wishlist with a consultant. She collared the Hubster (easily identified by his black cowboy hat) and steered him in the right direction, the moment he stepped in the door to shop for me for Christmas. I heart Sephora!

After much successful shopping, we met for lunch at the smart Mexican restaurant on site and here I succumbed to another thing I heart - Guacamole!

I love the green stuff, always have and I am loving this trend I have seen in a few restaurants, where they make it to order at your table!

It's so nice to have something made to order like this with fresh ingredients. It's also an excellent compromise for us, as the Hubster loves Salsa in the same way I love this. He gets all the Salsa and I get all the Guacamole which he really dislikes.

So I enjoyed a nice healthy lunch of Guacamole with grilled shrimp and clams in a lime vinegarette, before heading back to finish the shopping. It was a highly successful day, I got all my Christmas shopping done and we were back home by 8pm.

I commented to the Hubster on the way home about what a pleasant day we'd had and thanked him for being patient and not having one disagreement. He just smiled and replied that he knew I had been badly in need of some decent shopping. What a very discerning and smart man I married!

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20 comments:

J Bar said...

This is interesting. Have you heard of a cosmetics brand called Napoleon, by an Australian called Napoleon Perdis?

Brit Gal Sarah said...

No I haven't heard of this brand.

LadyFi said...

Ahhh... glad to hear your batteries have been charged! Love that gorgeous looking guacamole.

Katrina Chambers said...

Looks like you had a great day! :)

Rob Inukshuk said...

Aaagggghhh...Guacamole! (said Homer Simpson style)

I too have spent mindnumbing hours in Sephora (and the like) providing moral support for checking out the copmpetition. Yawn.

Bella Foxx said...

So glad I am in NYC where there are 3 or 4 Sephora stores. :)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Sounds like a great trip. I grew up deep in the country but always knew that I was a city guy.

Oh My Goddess said...

Sounds like an excellent day! And that Guacamole looks divine.

Sherri said...

Sarah, I'm glad you had such an enjoyable time! Every girl needs some retail therapy once in a while! You have a great hubster!!

Brown English Muffin said...

there is NOTHING like fresh made Guacamole!!!

Pam said...

I really like that mexican restaurant there at Penn Square, but for some reason rarely eat there! Be glad you went when you did, we are now entering Christmas shopping season and I'd rather take a beating than go there ....

Daryl said...

I am impressed ... all your shopping is done and I assume you will be shipping off the prezzies headed back to UK ASAP

Japa said...

Very interesting how you beat many on shopping your Christmas list this early and quick thereby avoiding the crowd in the coming weeks. And still getting that feel good feeling having recharged somehow. Now, here's to more good days ahead.

Kay said...

I remember something like this in New Mexico. It was delicious.

We took my blind nephew to Sephora a long time ago and I remember how much he loved all the scents. We ended up buying about 4 bottles for him.

Expat mum said...

I am NOT a shopper but I can't imagine living that far from a mall. You're a saint - mind you so is the Hubster ;-)

Brit Gal Sarah said...

LOL Expatmom, spoken as a woman who knows us!

Mare said...

What a great trip and wonderful retail therapy! Works for me every so often!

Karen said...

oooo, love that guacamole! we ate at a restaurant in Flagstaff where they made it at the table-and yes, it is quite entertaining to watch someone else make my food.

Brian Miller said...

Nice. sounds like you had a great trip. love it when they make the guacamole right in front of you...yum. congrats on the POTW over at Goddess!

mo.stoneskin said...

It sounds like the separate-when-shopping routine is the answer.