Sunday, November 23, 2008

Snowstorms and shopping sprees

Last Friday we drove down to Syracuse for a little weekend getaway and some cross border shopping.

On the way down we stopped at Gander Mountain in the Salmon Run Mall in Watertown for some outdoor deals. After a quick bite to eat and a pit stop we hopped back in the van and continued on down to the famous Carousel Mall in Syracuse. This was more of a recon mission than a shopping spree.

Friday's supper was a return visit to Smokey Bones for pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches. It was just as good as we remembered it from our summer trip to Cape Cod. This time however our drive to the restaurant was through a winter snowstorm rather than a hot summer night after a day at the beach.

Saturday we woke up early and headed straight down to the hotel's breakfast buffet. The real hit here was the make-your-own Belgian waffle machine. Sweet.

Snowstorm in Syracuse
Taken from our hotel room window.

Bellies full we trudged through the snow to the buried van, brushed it off, and headed west to the Waterloo Premium Outlets for more deals and steals. As luck would have it, one of my co-workers was out here the week earlier and knew all about how to score the Dutch money (aka coupons). In the end this turned out to be priceless information as it gave us another 10-30% off the sale prices that were already 50% off or more. We walked out of one store with an 80% discount and I swear Paula shouted "Start the car!!" and ran for the parking lot. Even with the drop in our dollar this trip was well worth it.

Snow down south

When we finally arrived back at the hotel for a pre-supper swim we found one freshly made bed and one messy bed with a little note. "We can't make the bed because has stuff." Too funny.

Note from the maid

As is always the case, the kids loved the hotel part of the trip and especially the pool and hot tub that we had all to ourselves.

Swim time

Oh and I nearly forgot... somebody had a birthday not too long ago. Happy birthday Sara!

Happy Birthday

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