The other night we were eating at the Secret Chinese Buffet (known in our family as the SCB), which is as awful as it sounds. Secret because you don't really know the meat product that is used, secret because I'd perish if my friends actually knew that I let my kids eat there, and secret because Husband and the kids don't quite realize that the reason I don't fuss when they want to eat there is because an amazing thrift store shares a wall with the SCB. Oh yes, I pick my disgusting restaurants carefully. It's better than McDonald's or Chuck E. Cheese, though, because we don't get stuck with any plastic toy crap that finds its way to random places, which I inevitably find while walking barefoot in the dark, swearing loudly as Polly Pocket's training bra gets wedged into my foot. None of that foolishness from the Secret Chinese Buffet.
So, after finishing my Chien L'orange, I asked Husband if he'd mind if I nipped next door. "Sure honey, the chaps and I still need to get our chocolate pudding - go and have some fun!" he happily agreed. I hurried over, aimlessly wandering the aisles, not really planning to buy anything. I mean, are you ever really planning to buy something when you trip over that pink Eames rocker for $20? But you never, ever know. On this night, it was this brilliantly aqua globe that accosted me with its $3.99 price tag. Perfect condition and particularly pretty, if that word can be used for a globe. I may have had a stomach ache from the evening's outing but it was worth it for the globe, which I'll add to Juniorette's little globe collection. So, that's my parenting advice for the day: Kids are going to want junk food on occasion, and when they do, choose a restaurant that shares a wall with a giant thrift store, and smile your way through the deep fried wontons stuffed with cream cheese, then get shopping!