I should be packing. Flying to Wichita and points south in the morning. I'll probably come back with an entire short story cycle's worth of terrifyingly awful family stories, but those only take up space in the suitcase in my head, so Delta can't charge me for that. It's like going to stay in a Steinbeck novel with Faulknerian intrusions, frosted over with King of the Hill.
So when I get back, we can talk about all that and you will save me the therapy bills with the wisdom of your commentary. Then I will talk about what happens when the friends of the real world (not the show) read the Jo of the blog world (fascinating alchemy), and what it's like to be pregnant and not be rocking the OCD/depression cocktail (hint: awesome), and how I have a terrible case of the stupids these days.
For now I will leave you with the following retail tidbits:
- Target maternity: sorely lacking in-store. Stuck ordering from internet. Hate that.
- Old Navy maternity: same shit, different URL.
- That said, I like Target's Gilligan and O'Malley nursing bras. The sizing is wack, but it is the only place I have seen a black lace deep-V bra without an underwire (I likes to show off the rack, you see). All very cheap. Size range limited, but I think it's better than Motherhood overall.
- Motherhood maternity: secret of "secret fit" pants is that they mysteriously look awesome in-store, long enough to get you to buy them, and then begin their inexorable trip southward. The brown cords are veerrrrrry stretchy, though, and will do for my lone pair of pants. Don't mind me hitchin'.
- Cherry Hill Mall: on my Enemies List. Back end of H&M (where they used to keep maternity and children's) is where they are now "building a MAC-Donald's," as cashier put it. So no more maternity at Cherry Hill. And not as much kids' stuff.
- Plymouth Meeting Mall: apparently hit its nadir at my last visit, and is on the up since then. Lots of construction, but the H&M is well-stocked in the children's area. Maternity selection weak, but I think that's a corporate problem and not a store problem.
- Also the carousel is still awesome. And they are building a massive Whole Foods.
- The Whole Foods in Princeton is like the Mall of Whole Foods. Worth a journey.