Trina L Short (trinalin) wrote,
Trina L Short

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Trina on the Greene

Since we have so much fun shopping around Christmastime, the lady staff decided to try a Spring Shopping Spree this year. The destination? The Greene, a new shopping complex (think inside-out mall) in south Dayton. The one drawback to a Spring Shopping Spree is that it takes place in the Spring. And as many teachers can tell you, Spring is a chaotic time for us. So how many of us lovely ladies were able to attend? Three...

Still, we met at Tammy's house & MBA drove the three of us to the Greene. There are several clothing stores which I've seen at malls (Talbots, Victoria's Secret) and some I've only seen catalogs for (Coldwater Creek, J. Jill). And as an added bonus, Books & Co. has a branch there. It's a nice two-story affair. Thank goodness I didn't find any books that I had to have. I'm still reading from the last two crops that I got. (A trip to Books & Co. during spring break had me buying several more books.) I did buy 2 little votive candles from Yankee Candle - vanilla cupcake. I liked the scent of those - very yummy.

For lunch we agreed to eat at the Cheesecake Factory. I've never been in one of those before. Quite an impressive array of cheesecakes! And geez, they give you enough food to feed a third world country. (And folks wonder why Americans are fat?) Tammy & I tried the Georgia Peach beverage, which was quite tasty and, since it's a vodka based drink, I barely tasted the alcohol. I chose the lunch portion fish & chips and was treated to the best beer-battered fish I've had in ages. Not at all greasy and very tasty. And for dessert? Cheesecake! Since I knew they couldn't compete with elsaf's cheesecake from a couple of weekends ago, I decided to get one of their specialty flavors. I went with vanilla bean cheesecake, which was very decadent. And very vanilla-y. Yum! I'm still full from lunch!

After we returned to Tammy's place, she had to show me the Wii. Her son (who's also a student of mine), Tammy and I played a round of bowling with the Wii. It was quite fun. And I even broke 100! (109 to be exact). Tammy stomped on us with 154, but her son held his own as well, such that I came in third. :-) Not sure it's enough to convince me to get a console, but it was certainly interesting!

Once I got home, I tried to make a dent in the mess that my house has become. I've at least taken the trash out and cleaned up all the paper the kitties have strewn around the house. I've got a long ways to go, but it feels good to have at least done something for once. :-)

Tomorrow, I'm taking the parental units out for lunch. Actually, we're meeting at the Piqua Cassano's, but I'm buying. (They're at the Lake now, enjoying their anniversary weekend and beautiful weather.) It's not the classiest anniversary present, but I know it's something they'll both enjoy. :-)
Tags: food, friends, shopping
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