Amber Alert

Yesterday Murray and I went to his house with a proud sense of accomplishment. We had just saved a ton of money by spending money. I love spending money to save money. Guess how much we saved. We saved $540. Guess how much we spent. We spent $180. Doesn't it feel good to spend to save?

Here's what we bought at Pier 1:

4 wicker patio chairs, originally $100 each, on sale for $25 each
8 place setting large plates, originally $10 each, on sale for $2.50 each.
8 place setting salad plates, originally $10 each, on sale for $2.50 each.
8 place setting bowls, originally $10 each, on sale for $2.50 each.
8 place setting mugs, originally $9 each, on sale for $2.20 each.
12 napkins, originally who knows, on sale for $0.50 each.
1 boxy thingy that goes in the middle of the table, originally $15, on sale for $3.

And you would think that nothing could kill that high. Nothing except the kidnapping of a child.

Or a door pumpkin.

To make Murray's place a little more homey, I put this fall arrangement outside his door a week and a half ago. It looked lovely and homey and autumny.

Last night, when we got there, we noticed that our orange pumpkin was missing.

Who would do such a thing? Random acts of pumpkin violence are not okay. I noticed that all the neighbors still had their outdoor harvest displays in tact. I also noticed that none of them managed to add a beautiful pumpkin to their displays, which leaves me to believe that it must be inside of one of their homes. Keeping up with the Joneses just got dirtier.

Tonight, I will lead a sting operation to reclaim what is rightfully ours.


Squirrel Boy said...

The bastards! They didn't even leave a ransom note.

Also, don't you need to know who took it before you go busting into people's homes and waving guns around? Or were you just going to bust into all the neighbors' homes until you found it? Maybe you should start by posting "Catch the Pumpkinnapper" flyers around the neighborhood.

Hannah said...

I LOVE Pier One!! Good job on the deals.

Mary said...

was the pumpkin in fact amber in color? wouldn't that be a clever pun?

TOWR said...

I got an AWESOME chair for my bedroom from Pier 1--on sale from $500 marked down to $158. If there's anything better than offensively marked down clearance items, I haven't found it.

daltongirl said...

When you do carry out the sting, find out if they have some anti-voucher signs in their stash. People have been stealing those as well, which (sorry) under the circumstances seems like a more heinous crime to me.

Oh, and find out if they have daltonman's iPod, too. Someone stole that from our yard sale.

It seems like these thefts are all related, in that they all took place in people's front yards in Utah County. It's all coming together!

People who take other people's stuff really tick me off.

Aoi Sakura said...

Why does the second picture have a pine cone? Did the kidnappers leave that in place of the pumpkin?

Oh, and when you're rummaging through houses, check if they have any candy bars from a fundraiser; I've had a few of those stolen as well... :)

Jenny said...

So did you get the pumpkin back?

Th. said...


It was squirrle.s

I can't tye.

bedelia said...

Is Nicole Hill taking your pictures? I love her work.

Amber said...

K, so this is my first glance at your blog, sorry but after the reunion I filled my time with useless junk and finally got to look at it. So funny, though if someone came up to me at a restaurant that was reading my blog I would freak right out. But like you said, that's how you met your husband, so who am I to go to such a rash conclusion? Anyway, I hope all is well with your wedding plans...good times!