The theory was that I'd catch up on my photo editing (nearly a year's worth, at this point: eek!), and turn all the chicken carcasses clogging up my freezer into stock. Given the incredible heat wave we had (97°F!), running a hot stove all day was *not* going to happen. On top of that, I really had to get my car fixed; during the week, my battery died (a faulty sensor made the alarm go off all night).
So instead, I ran some high priority errands I'd forgotten about: SLEEP, get mail @ post office, and go to the eye doctor. All those accomplished, I walked by Rochester Big & Tall on my way home, and stopped in. In a fit of irony, I chose the hottest day of the year to buy an intensely insulated winter jacket. It looked good, fit nicely, and was down to $100 from $275, so I couldn't pass it up. There goes my clothing budget this month...
AAA showed up, gave me a jump, and I drove up to Sears to get the battery tested and/or replaced. At the last moment, I'd found the receipt from my current battery (it was in the glove compartment, not in my file with the rest of my car receipts), and it had been installed on 7/8/03. The warranty is 36 months, with partial coverage thereafter. So, yeah. Amazingly, though, the computer said I was still on month 36, so all the new battery cost was the drive up! "Yay Sears!" for programming in something like that.
While I was waiting (for some CRAZY reason, my car's battery is in the wheel well, so it's a pain to change), the manager offered me a $5 off $25 coupon, and I went shopping. They had half-size Nalgene-esque bottles on sale for $3, and a pitcher-type water filter on sale for $18, so I bought some tape to round out my purchase. The filter didn't ring up on sale, so that was another $5 off. Yay! My whole purchase for $17!
As luck would have it, Sears was right next door to the Pier 1 where my furniture was waiting, so I squeeeeezed it into my car instead of dealing with another round trip. Success! A productive weekend after all.
After that was food shopping (including some new syrups. reviews soon!), posting some of my extra LUSH stash for sale on the forum, catching up with some of my friends, and hanging out with kitschparade for a while.
In all, lots of fun.