I'm telling ya... my blog posts this week have been as random as my schedule. Today... leadership meeting with MMPT at 7:30. Listened to Christian Simpson teach about personal coaching for about 4 hours today. At least. Lunch, as promised, with Ellie at school today. Patients alll afternoon. (Gabbi gymnastics from 2:30-3:30; Ellie gymnastics 3:30-4:30). Dress Ellie for PTO meeting where she was due in her class at 5:45 to sing at 6:00. 6:30 Board of Dir meeting for Twin City Ballet Co. Race back home because Leanne from MMPT Shreveport is staying with us to be present for tomorrow's 8:00 am meeting on...
TIME MANAGEMENT!! I cannot wait! One of my employee's dad is a certified time mgmt dude. He is also teaching priority setting, time activation, and using a planner efficiently. I NEED this!
By the way, for your viewing enjoyment, we have day two of Canton!!
It's just so overwhelming. So much to do and see!
Jinnie thinks she can only do Canton on a scooter. She'll get up at 4am if she thinks they may be running low on electric scooters and she night not get one. OH hell to the naw!!
I pretty much feel the same way about missing out on THIS lemonade! It is PERFECT!!
And you get cheap refills all day long!
This is what lunchtime looks like. It is hard to find a place to sit!
See that there alley?! Well, it's a special alley!
It's where the world's BEST fried pies live. I dont' even really like fried pies. EXCEPT these! And then, only the chocolate ones. But dang... they are GOOOOOD.
I had to zoom out and revisit these two perced on this bench in their sunhats. You see EVERYTHING in Canton. Just you wait and see.
In Canton, there seems to be an alley, hill, cut through, new building, .... around every corner. I just don't think there is a way to see it all in two days. I know we probably saw 50% in two days.
We hit the highlights. Depending on what you are looking for, one of those highlights is the Arbors.
and I tend to always stop and stock up on wrapping paper, boxes, ribbon and tulle.
I always look for the gold tiger paper for the tree in Todd's mancave. And then of course, some whimsical red/ lime green too.
And because I am a gift giver, and like to give my jewelry away, I always seem to run through small bags. Just another reason, I "have to" go to Canton every year.
So this is a view inside the food area of one of the Arbors.
Jin and I just parked our carts smack in the middle of the action and went in search of lunch. Fried pickles for me. Salad for Jin.
And when I got back, she was canoodling with some friends she found from West Monroe!
One of my favorite booths at Canton. It supports free trade. The money made in this booth supports women in poverty stricken countries who make their income from the items make there and sold here.
For instance, these hand made rolled paper bead necklaces. I LOVE them. One of my favorite necklaces to wear!
Ok, remember how I said you see everything in Canton?! Wellllll... just sayin'!
Ummm hmmmm... SEEEE?!!?
And then, I was in a tiny dressing room and I see this.... LOOK CLOSELY.
Now I'm wondering if I have a long lost relative who is a fan making mogul who wants to find a family member to leave his fortune to! Well, in that case, I am for sho your girl! And by little bitty dressing room, I mean barely the width of my forearm.
and the hairbows. Oh, oh, the hairbows!!
I straight up asked this dude, "Hey, do you mind if I take your picture?" I mean, actually, I should have said, and was thinking, "I have a blog, and these blog readers, for the most part, have not been to Canton, and would never believe me if I said a grown man was carrying a shihtzu in an infant carrier on his chest through the aisles of Canton. So, do you mind?" But as it was, he just turned right around and posed.
That dog clearly has his own turquoise zebra striped carrier.
One day I am going to learn how to do this. You know, all "Ghost" like! Oh, Patrick Swayze, you did woo me.
I brought home a Happy Meal for Lizzie and Tarzan!
In fact, I went browsing in this little spot. And I made SURE I put a few of these chicken feet in their goody bag!
Ride on, JinJin.
and when I got home, I had an anniversary gift waiting for me. Todd had gotten me two strands of baroque pearls. And Ellie siad she got me the M&M's.
Gabs threw in one of her favorite rocks. ANd daddy KNOWS how I love Modern Family, so I can't wait to watch all these old episodes!!
I started dishing out the surprises for my girls too!
And some things I bought just for the therapy clinic.
And the unloading began!
I'm forever amazed at how little stuff shows up when it seemed that so much money went out!
I bought this cute Halloween bib for my cousin's new baby boy, Sam.
And although it was a very quick trip for me and JinJin, we were back on the road by Friday afternoon! And Canton was in our rearview mirror!