Katie had a conference at the Central Carolina Community College in Lillington, NC, which is about a 2.5-hour drive from home. We left on Thursday, 4/12 and returned home the next day. We didn't leave for our destination until Katie got home from work, and we were on the road 15 minutes later, or 4:30 p.m. I drove, and Katie navigated. She's good at that. Me? Not so much. We followed the instructions from Google Maps. (I neglected to print the ones for our return trip, but we did fine by following everything "south" rather than "north". We almost missed one turn, but Katie caught it.)
We got to the hotel, and, although the room was tiny, it had everything we needed. No wonder they call it Microtel. One queen bed. We don't usually share blankets so that was difficult, and there was something about the sheets or the mattress that didn't allow us to turn over easily. Weird. So, I couldn't get to sleep, let alone stay asleep. I kept getting up to read until I was too tired to do anything else BUT to go to sleep.
Katie made plans with a friend for him to meet us for breakfast at the hotel the next morning at 7. Katie got me up after her shower, so we dressed and went to eat. We had some nice conversation, and I listened while they talked about the group they were going to facilitate. Then, they left for the venue, and I went back to the room.
Soon, I got a phone call. It was Katie telling me that they were at the wrong campus and had to go to the other one. That put my plan to pick her up out of whack. I didn't know my way around, so I was happy her cohort would bring her back to the other campus. Whew! After that conversation, I called the front desk for a 10:15 wake-up call and went back to sleep. I checked out about 10:45, had more breakfast and went out into the world where there were some thrift stores we had scoped out the night before.
Either my needs have changed or the thrift stores were lacking. I probably would have been more entertained in an antique mall. Anyway... I don't remember which picture goes with which thrift store, and I don't remember all their names. But, the one name that stands out is Junk and Disorderly, which wasn't open. What a hoot! Love that name! Other names were Lillington Beacon Thrift, This and That and Hidden Treasures. I was just looking at my notes, and I missed the Thrift Mall altogether. I guess I didn't look at my notes at the time! Rats! Maybe that would have been the best one. I'll never know, but we never know if we might go back or not.
Here are the goodies I found:
|Suze Orman book, black and white ribbon and a U.S. flag patch.|
|Decorative garden balls - not sure if they are for outside or not. They kind of look like concrete, but they aren't heavy enough. I might coat with them with something so I can put them outside.|
|And, because I spent a certain amount on the planter, I could choose something free from the box. I got this respirator, because there is some sanding in my future. Gotta love free stuff!|
We were on the road for about half and hour and Katie noticed a quilt store. She said, "Wanna stop?" "Sure", I said. This was not one of those times when one of us was the Voice Of Reason.
|I collect black and white, white and black.|
|This is Tim Holtz fabric...on the grunge side.|
|And, was Katie making me feel bad? These two are hers.|
We shopped past the time the store, Loving Stitches Quilt Shop, was normally open to the public. Thank goodness, there was a sewing night going on!
After our shopping, we skipped merrily home and made it there before dark!
Our kitties were happy to see us, and after us leaving them scads more food than normal, they expected us to feed them as we walked in the door!
Katie is back to grading exams, and we are back to normal — as normal as we can get!
Thank you for stopping by and spending some time with me.
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From conferences to thrift stores...and everything in between...