I was lucky to be able to take the last three days off from work to take a much needed break and have some fun. (Fun=Shopping) Wednesday I ordered new blinds and shades from Blinds to Go--they are due in tomorrow! I also shopped a bit a the mall for some clothes. It was a knitting night too, so it ended fun.
Yesterday was a chocolate themed day. I went with a friend into center city Philadelphia to the Naked Chocolate Cafe--a shop that specializes in chocolate to drink and eat. It was a sticky hot day out and the cafe was icy cold and comfortable. We each had a frozen hot chocolate--mine was Aztec style with cinnamon and nutmeg. It was huge, rich, and delicious!
With it we shared an apple tartlet and the largest black forrest cupcake I've ever seen! We skipped lunch and just enjoyed the sweet treats instead! I even brought home some as a treat for Chris. The pyramid shaped nudus come in a variety of flavors, including peanut butter and chocolate chip. Then we walked a lot.
Walking to the next shop we planned to visit, I spied a window display at the Shops at the Bellvue that stopped me in my tracks. Not since I was shopping in Boston with Julie did I see a Teuscher Shop--an amazing chocolate shop from Switzerland. They sell champagne truffles that are seriously the most amazing truffle I've ever had. We had to stop to investigate, as the last time I checked, Philadelphia did not have such a luxury. There it was, a tiny little shop decorated with vibrantly colored garlands of flowers, handmade animal shaped boxes, and lots of beautifully sculpted chocolates. I bought just two truffles in their little box. The owner of the shop informed me that he fell in love with the chocolate in 1998 at the Boston shop and has worked at bringing one to Philadelphia since then. He mentioned that he spent a week in Switzerland for training where he got to see how they constructed the fantasy boxes and floral garlands by hand, as well as make the chocolates. He gave us a dark chocolate horse to sample-yum!
We then explored Williams-Sonoma and had fun checking out all of the cake and cupcake molds--I love the ice cream cone cupcake mold--so cute! I resisted buying one, even though they would make great cupcakes for the baby-to-be someday! Then we hit LUSH, my bubble bath shop of choice. I love the Karma scent they have--it must be related to pregnancy, because I never liked the smell of patcholi before, but the way they combine it with citrus in Karma is amazing. I bought a bubble bar and powder in Karma and some lemony cuticle cream that made my hands feel so smooth.
Today I met my sister and the kids at the King of Prussia mall. Besides visiting all of the fountains for penny throwing, we hit Build a Bear and the kids helped me make a bear for the baby--it even has a heart beat! It was a cute process and the outfits they had were hysterical. I found a Steelers uniform, but I think the chocolate colored bear named Cocoa looks best au natural!
I also found and bought what I think are the ugliest shoes on earth, but they are so comfortable it is makes up for it. Sherry had told me to get these a while ago and I didn't because there is no way I can wear them at work, but since I live in flip flops on the weekends and nights, I can intermix these--plus they are probably safer to wear when driving instead of flip flops. So, I am now the owner of lavender Crocs! I really liked the hot pink ones, but they were just a bit too bright. The lavender is subtle enough to not look too obnoxious.
I have continued to knit on the baby's kimono sweater. I am currently working on the first sleeve. It seems to be going faster now. Hopefully this weekend I'll have some time to work on it. Once it is finished, I want to complete a blanket and maybe a second sweater for the winter. (I have big plans, don't I!!)