Actually, I am in Costco all the time, doing my part to stimulate the economy. But today I was IN COSTCO! SMALL CHANGE is sitting right there with all the other hot sellers. I was so excited, I whipped out my camera and almost trampled two innocent shoppers in my excitement to capture the moment. Actually, one kind woman offered to take my picture. Do I look happy or what?! There is something thrilling about seeing your brain baby on sale in an unexpected place when you are out and about. So, I hope you all don't mind if I take a moment to squeal, "Yaaaaay!!!!!" Okay, thanks. I feel better now.
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE BLING. And we proved it this week when some of the neighborhood gang came over for a Breakfast at Tiffany's party. We wore our bling and brought jewelry we were tired of to swap. Some even brought purses, adding to the treasure trove. We ate rhubarb muffins and quiche and guzzled OJ and sparkling cider and examined all the goodies. Then we took turns picking out what we wanted. Well, at first, then we all just went at it. There was plenty to choose from - including a treasure trove of Mardi Gras beads that Judy, our New Orleans transplant, brought, and we all came away with a ton. (No flashing necessary!) We had so much loot we had leftovers, but no problem there. My buddy Bonnie took them home for craft projects. If you're looking for some affordable fun to kick off the summer, this makes for a great girlfriend party. The Something Out of Nothing Gang highly recommends it!
I have had so much fun promoting "Small Change" and talking with women about how we can live well while facing our money challenges. One of my favorite things to do is chat with book clubs. And when they're in my neck of the woods that's even more fun because I can go in person and bring goodies. (Of course, I send goodies too, but it's more fun to get to deliver them in person!) And I meet the nicest people. Let's take for example the Lake Ludvick Book Club, neighbors who have recently started a book group. These women actually had goodies for me: chocolate, a lovely card, some coffee for my garage sale espresso maker, and even some adorable handmade kitchen towels! Each of these women have interesting careers and talents and love to read. I could happily hang out with all of them . . . a lot! Except they're even further out in the wilds than I am. Wow! Good thing they all like each other because when it snows they are stuck together like flowers in a vase. (Or should I say ice cubes in a tray?! Snowballs in a pile?) But that seems just fine with them. They live in a lovely area and they make it work. They also told me that nobody runs to the store just for milk and if someone is making something for dinner and finds she doesn't have all the ingredients, well, she changes the menu. Whenever someone is going to town for something she checks to see if anyone else needs something. Hmmm. Seems to me that's what people used to do. These women have figured out how to be good neighbors. And they're saving gas. Way to go ladies!