This weekend was the first in a long line of trips that we will be making to Edmonton over the course of our 3 years here. It was a LONG, BORING drive, but so worth it!!! It was wonderful to shop, eat out and just be surrounded by urban sprawl...an odd comment, I know.
For the sake of full disclosure, let me say, we do have stores here...just not the variety and caliber that we are used to. We also have restaurants, second verse, same as the first. It is also prohibitively expensive to eat out here. I would also classify our environment as suburban, but without the city.
For me, Edmonton was Heaven. Being able to walk into any store I wanted was sheer bliss. Being able to buy things that were not groceries or something I had to settle for was sublime. I felt like a new, old me! Putting a dent in the long list of items needed for the house was almost secondary to the joy I felt at being able to do so. I discovered a few stores I had never been in before. Ladies, Bowring has beautiful decor items!! Home Outfitters is Bed, Bath and Beyond essentially and I left there with the same disappointment that I leave BBB every time! :) Home Sense is exactly like Home Goods and it was my favorite. I left there with a haul! 4 rugs, 2 hampers, 3 huge baskets and a frivolous chair for Aila, which she LOVES!!! We also left Ikea, the storage king, with an entertainment/storage unit for the basement and a wardrobe for the guest room. Last stop, Costco to stock the pantry and freezer with slightly cheaper food...the Sequoia has never been so full!! We had stuff strapped to the roof!!
Not to disappoint, in typical Evans family fashion, Jackson threw up all over the soda aisle at the Super Walmart! His concern, his new shoes! :) I keep saying I HATE Walmart!
Happily, a dent was made and hopefully another will be made when Chris is off again. At this rate the house will be put together when it is time for us to move on to whatever is in store for us next. I am trying not to let that ruin my lingering retail therapy high....