This year, I decided to take Wife on a visit to the outlet store of one of her favorite purse brands. If you're a guy like me, you've never heard of it. If you're a girl, you probably have - Kate Spade? Yeah. Kate Spade. Crazy expensive purses - unless you got married over and celebrate your anniversary on Memorial Day weekend. For some reason, this is like the retail stores' discount holiday. Enter the 60% discount, and a sigh of relief.
But wait. First I have to back up and explain the above photo. I took a vacation day the Friday before our retail honeymoon, and we went to Oval Beach in Saugatuk, Michigan. This is one of the prettiest, cleanest beaches on Michigan's west coast. The above pic is Wife doing her best Vanna White impression. I loved it. I couldn't follow that up with any beach pictures. It's just not fair to be beach, expecting it to follow THAT level of gorgeous radiance. Yes, I'm sucking up, but no, I'm not lying.
Saturday, we struck out early and made the six-hour drive to southeast Ohio. I was intent on making this trip as much about Wife as possible, so I indulged her and let her sleep a large chunk of the trip. After all, Ohio is FLAT, and about the only interesting thing along the drive is the fields and fields of wind farms. Once we arrived, I learned what Wife had forgotten to tell me - that we weren't heading to just one Kate Spade outlet store. Oh, no. That would have been silly. We were headed to an entire outdoor outlet MALL. That's right - a whole mall of outlet stores. Below is pic of one of the map signs:
After that, we hit up IKEA, as there was one just a mile away from out hotel! That was by design, and it was actually a bit (an HOUR) out of our way, but it was worth it. We scoped out the joint on Saturday evening, went to Applebee's for a classy, classy dinner, then charged the IKEA gates full force on Sunday morning. We left with all sorts of goodies - a new chair, a rug, some dishes, some lamps, bamboo plants, and tons of other things I'm going to need once I move. IKEA is an amazing place. As we checked out, we made bets with each other about how much the final price would be. On the Price Is Right, we both would have lost, as I was $100 over and Wife was $150 too high. Regardless, I was pleasantly surprised.
When we checked out of the hotel, they apologized for the fact that our air conditioning had been out for several hours the previous night. Wife never noticed, and after they had delivered a fan to our room, I wasn't very bothered. That, and the fact that it had kicked on sometime during the night so our room was perfectly comfortable in the morning. Regardless, they wanted to do what they could to make things right, so they offered us a 50% discount. Great! If you're ever staying in West Chester, Ohio, Staybridge Suites is the place to go.
After another long drive on Sunday afternoon, we got back safe and sound. I've been too busy (if busy = lazy) to put up a post until now. We've been to the beach a couple more times, though today (June 1st!) has been colder than any day in May. Crazy weather...
This is getting long. I'm out, much like the person who crawled from beneath the below SUV after an accident by our apartment a couple days ago: