I braved a trip into town today, despite the presence of the Summernats bogans. There were some completely ridiculous vehicles in display, including but not limited to a V8 Commodore. Nothing abnormal about the presence of a V8 Commodore at Summernats. This one, though, was a spectacularly vile shade of opalescent hot pink. Ack... And the best part was, it was being driven by a guy.
Aaaaaaaaaanyway, despite the overwhelming number of bogans at the shopping centre, I had a very successful trip. Well, except for the part where I went to try and spend my Christmas Borders voucher. That one was a total and epic fail. I couldn't find a single thing I wanted, which probably just means that I've read every book ever *sigh* So I'll wait a couple of weeks until they restock after Christmas, and try again. The trip to DJs, on the other hand, was FAR more successful.
My parents got me a DJs voucher for Christmas, and I figured it would be best to spend it while I could take advantage of the sales. I had grand plans for buying a new, relatively large, saucepan. But I went one better, and came out with this:
Oh HELLS yes. I bought a Le Creuset. For some reason that quite escapes me, I've always wanted one. Mum has one (although from memory, it's not a Le Creuset, but a similar brand), in that stunning seventies shade, mustard yellow. Mine, on the other hand, is NOT (thank God) mustard yellow:
It's cobalt blue! Which means it matches the cobalt blue Le Creuset mixing bowl Ness got me for Christmas last year. And matching things make me happy. I went with the oval shape, because they only had the round ones in 'Dune' (aka beige). Ack. Plus, I think the oval shape is nicer if I end up serving things in it.
Actually, I think the best part was that it was 40% off. Because the gift card from my parents didn't cover the full amount. But the 40% off meant that I only had to fork out $80. Not bad, considering the original price was nearly $500! Even with 40% off, it was a crapload of money. But hey, if I'm going to have it for the next 40 years, the cost per use probably boils down to a couple of cents. And I can cope with that!
I'm disturbingly excited about using it, and am planning my weekly menu accordingly :D
On a slightly different topic, I also forked out $12.50 for this:
Sure, it's something else to cart around with me, but it'll make shooting at 300mm a lot easier. And shooting at 300mm is fun.
PS. Le Creuset has never heard of me and I wibbled on endlessly about my new toy entirely off my own bat...