This morning Kathy and I made our annual trip to the Spokane Valley for the Book Man's* closeout sale and the Scholastic Book Warehouse sale. The Book Man's sale is out of his garage and when we got there 3 minutes early, there were already shoppers leaving with full bags. No fair being early birds! We'll never know if we missed something good. We both breathed deeply and pushed through the crowd to find a few treasures. Mine included a 3 foot tall Old Lady puppet complete with all the things she swallowed.** And a free stuffed fox for Julianna, a rain gauge for my mom for her garden, and a book called Hiking Idaho.
From there it was only about 6 miles to the book warehouse. We've been there many times for their sales and it's always fun to browse through the hundreds, maybe even thousands, of books. Today they had what they call "build a box" where you pay $25 for everything you can fit into a box that they provide. We went through that section and decided that there were enough items that we wanted that we could split a box. Just let me say that Kathy is my hero in the box packing department. You would not believe how many books she fit in that little box. Easily $300 worth and probably over 40 books. Amazing. After that we walked up and down the aisles and found many more treasures. I have enough books to last me the summer plus quite a few things for the kids including juggling books and balls for the boys and a stack of new books for Jules. We had a great time. Except for when I had to fight the old nun with a cane for the last copy of Animal Rainbow.***
After our almost 4 hours of book shopping, we went to Red Robin and had hamburgers and fries for lunch. I had the bacon melt burger. It was delicious. Kathy had the whiskey river burger. She said hers was good, too. And even though it had "whiskey" in the name, it luckily didn't have enough whiskey in it to cause her to act like a drunken monkey.
We always have fun on our book sale days, but today was especially fun. We laughed and told stories and bought a bunch of great books. It was a good day.
*The Book Man is the guy who brings his selection of books to school throughout the year for us to buy. His real name is Chris, but to us he's the Book Man.
**You know. "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly..."
***This did not happen. But there were nuns there shopping. And there was one with a cane. And I did get what I thought was the last copy of Animal Rainbow. And I did tell Kathy that I fought the nun for it. And she laughed knowing very well that that little, old nun could have easily taken me down if she wanted to.