Post Thanksgiving 

Lots of people posted pictures of Thanksgiving,  of family, food and more food. Although some Indians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving my family does, with a vengeance.  I consider Thanksgiving to be Indian Passover– they tried to kill us, we survived,  let’s eat. 

I didn’t take pictures,  mainly because I was busy and because I forgot. Like most families there was a lot of food, relatives from out of town, some awkwardness and lots of football. 

But I tried to make up for it the next day.  

This was my Black Friday. I stood outside waiting for the tote bag and $5 giftcard with a bunch of other people. We were an object of curiosity to the crowds going in and out of Michael’s next door. 

Last of the mashed potatoes.

Pashofa, table of leftovers.

Took the tree out of the box and decorated it. Various fandoms represented: Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, hockey and Nightmare Before Christmas. My old angel disappeared so I had to improvise. 

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Thrift chairs

Thanksgiving is coming up and it’s going to be at my house. I realized that I need some kitchen chairs, sturdy ones. I have chairs, but 2 are wobbly and I need a couple more. I figured I’d have a look at the thrift store but didn’t expect much.

Surprise, 4 chairs, 2 trips, 60 bucks

Bought these because they are cute

Thrift store haul

I need to do a lot of things: laundry, cleaning house, getting plumbing and electrical repair estimates and buying groceries. I did none of these, I went to the thrift store after work instead.

I went in looking for a full sized navy blue flat sheet. The navy and purple sheets I bought before turned out to be twin size so I’m still searching for a full flat sheet. I didn’t find one. The first rule of thrifting is “do not go in expecting to find a specific thing.” Go with an open mind, an open heart but keep your purse/money close. 

I admit to looking for a couple of OSU t-shirts, the logo ones, in black but preferably orange. I found OSU shirts but not the kinds I pictured. I didn’t go expecting to find a great Doctor Who shirt or Vera Bradley bag or the travel organizer. I’ve wanted a Vera travel organizer but even at the outlet store they are a tad pricey. I saw some at Target and Wal-Mart,  not as cushy but okay and cheaper. But since I don’t plan to travel again for a long time I put the idea aside. Then I saw this one, the price was right so I put it in my cart. 

Today’s total


It’s been six years but we were Big 12 champs and won’t forget it half ptice, 1.00

Back of shirt, unfortunately will be covered up by my hair

Before Bedlam I realized I needed more than 1 OSU t-shirt. My hair should clash wonderfully with the pink and orange. full price, 1.99

I had to show my Doctor Who sign, from the Hastings in Norman. Perfect. Half price, 1.00

This will be covered up by my hair too


Another Vera bag, I may put it up on ebay, I may keep it. Still debating. 3.99

Hanging travel organizer, I’ve been wanting one since I got back from Saigon. Full price, 1.99

Bonus accessories– 2 band-aids, bunch of Q-tips, facial wipes. No cash though.

Rey costume 

At the beginning of the month there was a company email about the annual Halloween costume contest. I looked at the Itty Bitty Rey on my desk and thought, “That’s an easy costume, I could do that. ” 

The answer is yes, and no. I made a trip to Goodwill on the way home. I found khaki capris, a white top and an infinity scarf. “This is easy,” I thought “no problem.” 

Since then I made other trips to other thrift stores and Dollar Tree, bought stuff and looked through closets and drawers at home. I do not want to spend too much money or time on this, it’s for work not cosplay and I’ll probably wear this only once. 

I looked at tutorials on youtube and googled Rey images. There’s some very impressive Reys out there, from cute toddlers to grown up Reys. There are costumes, from cheap looking ones to decent copies and even a couple of skanky ones. I thought about maybe buying one of the decent versions until I looked at the prices and thought “I can do this and for cheaper.” Maybe not better but cheaper. 

Then there’s Rey’s hair. Someday I want to ask George Lucas why the women in the Star Wars universe have to have such complicated hair. Leia, with her Hopi style hair, Padme’s senator hair and headpieces and now Rey. So back to youtube.

Update: costume contest was today. No, I did not win but was not surprised. I enjoyed wearing the costume and had to tell a few people who I was– older Rey, after the Empire is finally dust and she and Finn have settled down, maybe had a couple of kids. There were lots of good costumes, my favorite was a couple dressed as Curious George and The Man With the Yellow Hat, they didn’t win either. 

Everything but the tiny bag and my boots came from thrift stores, already had those. I also borrowed the big brown bag from my sister, maybe I’ll tell her someday, maybe.

Stuff I bought but didn’t use, I did use the belt for my left wrist cuff though.

The thrift gods smiled on me, .99 and last minute.

Doraemon photo bomb. Two scarves, from Target by way of Goodwill. The long wrap was the hardest piece to find, I considered sheets and a curtain as well but I liked these cotton linen like scarves for the softness, color and price, $2 apiece

Bought one at Wal-Mart, found the other in a drawer. Thought about buying 2 at Wal-Mart but figured the making do would be more Rey so I wore unmatched arm wraps. On purpose

Felt badly cutting up this nice top but the ragged edges worked. Don’t know what I’ll do with those sleeves. 2.98

Very comfy, the first thing I bought. I don’t wear capris but liked these especially since they were half price, yellow tag. 1.99

That’s duct tape holding my wrist cuff together. There’s duct tape keeping the belt in place and lots of Bobby pins in my hair.

The hair, most intimidating part. I watched 3 youtube videos several times and tried, this is my 3rd attempt and best effort. Great view of my cluttered bathroom too