All posts tagged: shopping

Write on, Wednesday: Being Inspired thru the Holidays

By Leslie Lindsay I find that my writing time and inspiration is starting to diminish as I get more involved with the holidays.  I bet I not alone.  While my time may be limited and my talents used in other arenas (I’m  a mean gift wrapper, decorator, etc.), I am still finding time to be inspired for when I do have the time to sit down and pound out that novel.  Here’s what I mean: Can’t afford everything in those Pottery Barn catalogs that clog your mailbox?  No problem.  Clip the things you like best and use them for worldbuilding your next (or current) project.  Likewise for the Hammacher Schlemmer catalogs…so you don’t really need an ultra-sonic foot massager?  Maybe your protagonist does.  Add some savory details to your work-in-progress by using descriptions from common household spices.  “Her coat was the color of crushed red pepper/ground cinnamon.” …The cold creamy spice of a glass of eggnog…how about describing the taste of those German potato pancakes?  (image source: http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/2011/06/vintage-clip-art-perfect-pine-tree.html) Likewise, you can tap into your natural environment:  What …

In My Brain Today: Back-to-School Shopping

By Leslie Lindsay The back-to-school season is upon us.  I’m a bit excited about this–not just because my kids are going back to school, thus freeing up some of my time–but because I just adore school clothes and school supplies.  Yesterday, the Pottery Barn Kids package arrived.  I knew what was inside:  a brown owl print backpack and matching lunch box for my soon-to-be full-day Kindgergartner.  She picked it out after weeks of surveying the catalogs that filled our mailbox…Lands End Kids, L.L. Bean, Hannah Andersson, and of course PBK.  We would rip out the pages of the packs she liked best and toss the rest of the catalog.  But when PBK came in, she fell in love with the brown owls.  I ordered…and the delivery man cometh.  http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/mackenzie-backpacks-chocolate-owl/?pkey=e%7Cbrown%2Bowls%7C126%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C24&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules– (Please don’t make us out to be snobs. I know how this sounds.  But, here’s the deal:  I would rather spend a bit more $$ on a pack that will last several years and is sort of classic in style than one that has bling and the …

In My Brain Today: Tightening Your Belt

By Leslie Lindsay This post isn’t going to be about New Year’s Resolution #1 (losing weight), not really.  Bear with me. You see, every year around this time, our pants fit a little snugger, our trashcans fill a little higher, and our credit card bills roll in.  Ugh.  I know–I feel it, too.  And I don’t like it.  But the thing is: it’s universal.  And I have a bit of a theory to share that has to do with waste: The more you buy = more trash.  More trash = bigger credit card bill.  Bigger credit card bill = self-indulgence to soften the edges of the ghastly bill (which = softer flesh).  And so on and so forth…. Get me so far? I know when I am eating right and exercerzing regularly my pants fit better.  I have less time and interest in shopping, too (and less likely to grab take-out on my way home from a shop-till-you-drop mega-spree thus increasing the waist line and garbage barrel, consequently the credit card bill). So, there just may be …