Monday, March 8, 2010

It's a Sickness, Really

Niece One and I both look forward to March ....
but for entirely different reasons.

She is nutso about basketball


I am nutso about children's books.

The first week-end in March is the annual
Delta Kappa Gamma book sale.

I look forward to it all year long.

It begins at 8:00, but the line forms well before that.
This year we convinced Ken and Vicki to go with us.

Actually we just convinced Vicki. 
 We had to bribe Ken with the promise 
of Red Lobster.

Naturally, Mardell and I couldn't sleep the night 
before and so we were awake at 2 a.m.

We had to be at their house by 5, so we needed to be up by 4
in order to feed all of the beasties and settle them in for the day.

So we did the logical thing ..... we got up and watched a movie.

Our drive to Cheyenne was very uneventful.
We arrived at this year's location (it seems to move every year) before 7
and a line had already formed.

Vicki and I dutifully got out of the nice, warm car and braved the 
#&^% wind and cold of Cheyenne.

Seriously, it was much too cold to be standing outside.
We really should have our heads examined!

If our kids only knew what lengths we are 
willing to go to in order to provide quality literature for their little minds!

Finally, we got inside and headed straight for the children's section
along with every other crazy teacher.  Damn women anyway.

Mardell snapped all of the photos with her phone.
This was at 8:03.
Unbelievable, isn't it?!

Vicki and I fell into a quick routine.
She sorted one box, while I did another and then we 
moved on down the line.

As we did that, Mardell took them from us and put them in a shopping cart.

I only had to elbow six kids out of the way.

Two sisters about resorted to fisticuffs.
One had found a dog book and proudly showed it to her older sister ....
who promptly snatched it out of her hands.

What is it about older sisters that makes them so mean?
Of course, Sister One was NEVER mean.
Nope, never.
Not even once.

One hour and seventeen minutes later we were checking out.
Their prices went up this year.  
Kids books were fifty cents each for paperbacks 
and a buck for hardbacks.  

We were very successful in our pursuits.
Delta Kappa Gamma was $188 richer when we left.

From there we went to Sam's Club to buy more page protectors.
We seem to go through lots of these in the classroom and this is the 
cheapest place in which to procure them.  Of course, many others things jumped into our cart as well.  I found a nice little box of onion, garlic and shallot sets and a big bag of elephant ear bulbs.  

It was still too early to go to the Slobster (this is what one of our foster children always called Red Lobster and somehow it has stuck through the years), so we were forced to go to Kohl's.

I purchased a stuffed Lorax and the book for my new nephew.
Of course, I had to find a piece of clothing as well.
No self-respecting aunt could show up again empty-handed.

Vicki and Mardell are both purse-aholics, 
so I was subjected to the bag section.

That was the highlight of the trip for me!

I handed Mardell a goofy-looking hat and 
told her she needed one and she immediately put it on.

She can make any hat look good.
Of course, I may be just a teensy bit prejudiced.

Mardell found a new spring bag, so we were all happy.

From there, we went to the Slobster.

As we were gorging ourselves, Ken got a call from
the grand-kids requesting Chick-Filet sandwiches.

Of course, we had to comply .....

and guess what is right next to Chick-Filet?!

And they were having 70% off sales!

Let's just suffice to say that we spent way more than we intended to this week-end!

On our way out of town, we stopped at Petco to buy crickets for Adisa.
We were back in Scottsbluff by 4:30.

It was another perfect book sale day!


Mary said...

Goofy looking hat?? I bet there are plenty of church ladies wearing these on Easter Sunday this year!!

sister 3 said...

sounds like a great day! Who are the crickets for again?

Jaala said...

We do realize and appreciate the efforts you put into surrounding our kids with a vast variety of literature!!:-) Thank You!!!!!