I worked 10:00 to 1:00 today and met difficult child and husband at GodFather's for lunch. difficult child and I then went to Target to check out after Christmas sales. We met non-easy child diva at the grocery store where we purchased bread flour and yeast. We were determined to get a bread machine somewhere today. I have a gift certificate for an appliance place so we stopped there first on the off chance they sold bread machines. They did not but difficult child found his dream t.v. there (he is obsessed with t.v.s). We then went to Fleet Farm. On the way, I called husband who said that the one at Wal-Mart was cheaper. husband likes to go with the least expensive, period. We stopped at Fleet Farm to check out the one difficult child wanted. As we were leaving Fleet Farm to check out Wal-Mart's (difficult child gave me instructions that I was not to buy the Wal-Mart one based on it being cheaper), I called non-easy child diva to see if she could run home to check the mail because husband was looking for an employee's expense account to process. She was at Wal-Mart! RATS! I told difficult child that I did not want to go there while his sister was there because she would try to make me buy stuff for her. difficult child said we could get in and out of Wal-Mart without non-easy child diva knowing we were there. O.K. I put on my warrior mom armour. If I ran into her, I would not purchase anything and off to possible battle I went. difficult child led the way. He told me not to park next to non-easy child diva's vehicle in case she came out and saw we were there. As I walked into Wal-Mart, difficult child said, "Zip up your coat and put up your hood so she will not notice you." O.K. did that - felt I was on a secret spy mission. difficult child lead the way to the bread machines (he said there was no way non-easy child diva would be in the kitchen aisles so once we got there we would be safe.). We arrived at the machine unnoticed. We soon decided not to get that one and would go back to Fleet Farm. I however wanted to get some laundry detergent (another aisle non-easy child diva would most likely avoid.) and both of us were thirsty so needed a drinks. difficult child successfully led us to the checkout counter and we were in and out without his sister knowing! Good job super spy difficult child! Back to Fleet Farm where we purchased a bread machine (Oster). difficult child rearranged the counter top and I am sure that tomorrow we will have fresh bread for lunch! So, I did get some input on a previous post - keep yeast away from salt, put yeast close to sugar - I need to go back to that post to read what else there was. Anyone have any input on how to (and how not to) use/care for bread machines? p.s. The neighbor girl came over and when non-easy child diva was in the room told me she saw me going into Wal-Mart this afternoon. BUSTED!!!