Oy, I’ve been neglectful again. This is the third summer I’ve had Spoolish and I’m notoriously neglectful during this time. I blame the change of routines and the endless adventures that await every day. Kudos to my fellow bloggers that keep consistently posting week in, week out without skipping a beat – you guys are champs! Sometimes, I feel like I shouldn’t post simply because I haven’t taken any cool photographs to share. My camera has been quite buggy lately and my favorite lens seems to be broken and stuck in sort of a ‘zoomed in’ mode. Anyways, enough with the excuses.
It is t-minus 12 days until I leave for the 2014 National Scrabble Championship in Buffalo!!! I am very excited but also very dubious about my chances of winning anything. I feel I will end the trip feeling upset about spending 6 vacation days and over $700 to play Scrabble. I’ll try my best not to be a Negative Nancy though, and take this mini trip as an excuse to do some travelling and exploring. Since I decided last minute that I would enter, it was a bit hard to find accommodations within my price range (by price range I mean there is no way in hell I’m paying $129 + tax per night for a room). I turned to airbnb and found a cute room in an older house and booked 5 nights at a rate of $45 per night. The house actually used to be a nun’s convent in the ’20s! For those that are not familiar, airbnb is a place to find accommodations of all sorts. You can rent anything from a tree house, to a parking spot, to a twelve room mansion. We used it to find an apartment in Rome and a villa in Spain. Buffalo may not seem like the most exciting destination spot but I’m sure I will enjoy it – especially shopping for things that are unavailable (or more expensive) in Canada. Hmm…I think I’m going to map out all the thrift stores in the area. If you live in the Buffalo area and know the the best thrift spots – please let me know.
I’ve been spending a lot of my time perusing thrift stores and garage sales for organizational items for my apartment. The downside of having a lot of
junk collections – is that you need furniture to display them. I found a few inexpensive and cute storage units at Michael’s and Value Village. I also found this coffee table/stand at a garage sale for $5!
But the greatest deal I found this week came from an unexpected place. Staples! I walked into my local Staples store Friday to decompress after a three-hour interview (ah!) and ended up making a pretty big impulse buy.
I got this lovely Heys duo. As much as it was an impulsive purchase, it was also a much needed one. I have no luggage at the moment and these are just so darn sleek. They have those “good wheels”, you know – the ones that turn every which way! So here’s the kicker – I got BOTH for $65! They were on Clearance for $129 and all Sale items were an extra 50% off. It was a “Start the car!!” sort of experience. So if you are in need of luggage – check out your local Staples – there may be a few of these still kicking around!
In other, other news, I have a new obsession with instant photography. I’ve been taking my Instax with me everywhere and I may or may not have bought a ton of instant film to experiment with old Polaroid land cameras. Now, to find a Polaroid land camera … Oh wait, I had one, for the last five or so years but I sold it at a garage sale for $5 this summer. Needless to say, I regret it. I’ll share more of the instant photography thing later ;)
Hope everyone having an amazing summer – what kind of creative things have you been up to?
P.S. Remember that Photography Challenge? Here are my photos: