Yesterday I full intended on taking pictures of my food for a what I ate Wednesday post, but I decided last minute that I could not miss the grand opening of Lake Norman’s new Whole Foods, so I ended up waking the girls up early and piling them in the car to park across the street then wait in line in a parking lot in the cold morning air.
I never claimed to be a smart woman.
And in doing so, I forgot to eat breakfast. I didn’t even know that was possible! I make sure I eat through juggling a newborn and toddler, but throw in a Whole Foods opening and I just get blinded by excitement.
We ended up standing in line for an hour and 15 minutes. Luckily there was a marching band and I ended up standing next to two awesome ladies, Kelly and Amy, that made the time pass quickly. Kelly even taught Hailey how to do the hokey pokey. I also got to meet blog reader Joni- thank you for coming over to say hi! Though you did prove wiser than me by not bringing your daughter to endure the wait with you. Smart.
However, at the end of the long wait, both Hailey and I got to spin the prize wheel, which was WAY exciting for a three year old.
She won a $5 gift card and was pretty pumped when I told her she could use it to buy anything she wanted in the store… after I nursed Kaitlyn. Yes, as soon as we got in, Kaitlyn was starving so I was grateful to find a relatively quiet nook near the Burger Bar.
By then we had been there about 2 hours and had yet to see anything of the actual store, so we went exploring to find Hailey something to buy and the first thing we ran into was…
Dear goodness, Whole Foods, the tops are open!!! How am I supposed to control a three year old around that?!
Oh, by distracting her with these, I see. Sneaky.
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, things were a bit chaotic. I tried dropping her off in the walk in beer freezer so I could peruse the store.
But after she discovered it was pretty cold, she simply told me that daddy would like it, but she was ready to go.
So somehow I left Whole Foods after spending only 20 actual minutes in the store out of my 2.5 hour venture. I also ended up leaving with only this:
I think I did it wrong.
Oh, and a chocolate chip cookie of course.
We actually did have a blast and I am really excited about the new store, though I will have to return for a look-around when I’m a little less distracted.
In honor of our new Whole Foods, I thought I’d finish up with a little survey I saw on Christina’s blog: splurge or save? Self explanatory right? Super.
1. A cocktail dress to wear to a wedding – SAVE! Because 99% of the time I’m wearing something I already own. However, if I’m in need of something new, I usually splurge. I’d like to find something high quality that flatters me and will hold up over many, many uses.
2. A glass of wine at a restaurant – Save. I know my wine pro friend Jenny just cringed but the mark-ups in restaurants are ridiculous. I’ll either look for a bottle I recognize or find the pinot noirs and go one up from the cheapest. And now you know that for as much as I love wine, I know nothing about it. Clearly I need an educational trip to Napa… or Spain. Someone tell David.
3. A hotel room – Save. Nothing dirt cheap, but if it’s safe and clean, I’m good. Sure I love a snazzy hotel room as much as anyone else, but if I’m traveling somewhere I try not to spend too much time in the room, so I hate to pay a premium unless it’s something really special.
4. A haircut – Splurge. I used to go the Great Clips route, but my hair is thick and unruly and it really makes a difference when I pay a bit more for my girl Elyse to wrangle it.
5. Wild card … you name it! GOOD FOOD – Splurge. Mmm… yes, splurge.
Whew, that was longer than I intended, so I’m cutting myself off, but please play along!
What do you save on and where do you splurge?