Day of Mystery

Anyone who knows me probably knows that my husband is *literally* the nicest guy in the whole wide world.  He never has a mean thing to say about anyone and he'd do just about anything for you if you ask. I feel truly blessed that he's  a part of my life, because he's so awesome!  Sometimes, though, he's awesome times infinity!  For my birthday, he planned a 'Day of Mystery' for me. He began hinting at the 'Day of Mystery' two or three weeks before my birthday, and I tried my darndest to find out what it was.  I knew that it had to be some sort of road trip, as my dad goofed a little and told me he was watching the dogs that day.  So I knew we weren't going to be in close proximity to our house.  That left a few choices:

1. IKEA - I've been talking about how I might want to go here to a) get meatballs and b) look at organizational stuff.

2. Columbus - We've been saying that we wanted to go to Columbus for a while, just to shop and tool around; maybe have dinner with some friends.

3. Ft. Wayne - I've been telling Chris that I'd like to visit the brick and mortar shop for Simply Socks Yarn Company.  This one was a long shot, but hey, a girl can dream that her man will take her sock yarn shopping, right?

Since I was super sleuthing it (or trying to) and we were in the midst of watching the BBC production of Sherlock, my husband started calling me Sherlock.  He never would tell me if I guessed correctly, though, so I had to deduce that I was right, just by how he squirmed.  But I didn't get the whole story.  I had guessed that we were going to Columbus.  He knows that one of my favorite places to eat when I'm there is Noodles & Company, and he had mentioned that day involved food.

What I didn't know, though, was that it also involved YARN!  That's right, my husband took me to Columbus to go to yarn stores - one in particular, though he said if there were others, he'd be glad to tag along and buy me yarn.  Yup, he was also buying me yarn.

We left our house around 9 a.m. and dropped the pups off at my parents house.  The drive was leisurely, though, in my head I tried to continually plan out what we were going to do/where we were going to go.  I know of, and really like, a few stores in Columbus, but there were only two that I truly wanted to hit up -  Knitter's Mercantile and Temptations.  The first stop was Knitter's Mercantile (super easy to get to from I-71).  I perused the store, but had told myself that I was only going to get something if I couldn't easily get it near Akron. My main goal was something by Spud & Chloe, but if something struck, I'd get it.  Sadly, no yarn struck me at Knitter's Mercantile, but the buttons sure were calling my name!  I purchased 3 pedestal buttons in Chocolate leather...

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1 button to enclose my needlebook case...

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and 3 other random buttons for a (hopefully) cardigan.

After that, it was off to Temptations.  I went a different way than normal, and as I was getting close to Temptations, what did I see practically right next door?  A Jeni's!!  I have heard awesome things about this ice cream, but the 1 little batch that I got... well... it wasn't my favorite.  I know my husband and he is ALWAYS up for ice cream, so I made a note that we had to stop there after the yarn store.

Tempatations, as always, failed to disappoint!  They had exactly what I was looking for, but I didn't know it until I discovered something else I wanted.  Every yarn store has samples, and if the sample is a hat or mittens, I'm compelled to try them on!  The Winter Buzz mittens caught my eye first, followed closely by it's matching slouchy hat.  I'm always saying I'd like to make a matching hat and mitten set (to whom, I don't know.  You've probably never heard me say that!  But I tell it to myself all the time) and this set fit the bill.  I figured if I found some yarn I liked, then I'd make the set.  Lo and behold, they had Spud & Chloe sweater!

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3 skeins turned out to be *just enough* yardage to make both the hat and the mittens.  I thought the store sample hat was a wee bit big, so I might see if I can size it down just a bit.  The mittens, though, fit like a dream.  I plan on making those first, and then making the hat.  That should be the best way to conserve yardage.  The ladies that work at the store were supremely helpful, and gave me some good tips on possibly getting my ball winder fixed!*

After we had purchased the yarn, it was nearly lunch time, but I wasn't about to head out without trying a bite of the Jeni's.  This time, the flavor I picked was a definite winner!

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Sorry for the insanely dark photo... iPhone

I got Wildberry Lavendar, and boy, was it amazing!  I'd definitely get that again.  Chris, however, got Salty Caramel, which happens to be the only flavor I've ever tried before, and, not surprisingly, he wasn't impressed.  To me, it tastes like burnt sugar.  Which, I realize, is basically what caramel is, but you can make it flavorfully.  I warned him, though!

The rest of the day was all about 'regular' shopping - though we did eat Noodles & Company before hitting up Easton. We just walked around mostly, but it was such a spectacular day that the walking was awesome!  We did go into The Container Store, which Chris fell in love with.  While we were there, they had a travel demonstration.  I mentioned how nice Chris is, right?  Well, he's so nice, we participated (I would have walked away) and I ended up winning a $15 gift card!

After that, we hit up Polaris, but only for a minute.  I wanted to go to The Great Indoors, but sadly (very sadly!), it was going out of business.  Thanks to the 70% off/Everything MUST Go Sale, we ended up getting a really nice lamp set for a steal.  At this point in the day, I was exhausted.  Chris and I drove back over to Dublin, had dinner at Pizzeria Uno, and maybe got more ice cream at Graeters.  Can i just say that the Coconut Chocolate Chip is awesome?!  Truly.

We didn't get home until after midnight (which is WAY late for us!).  It was truly a wonderful day.  I'm so grateful that my husband is as thoughtful and caring as he is.

 

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