This is a double post. LOL! 1) I took our comforters, blankets and mattress covers to the laundry mat because we now are using queen size bedding (both of us) and I was afraid it would tear my with-D up to wash them at home. I have a heavy duty/large capacity washer but still.... Then I started thinking that I don't know that I prefer for my bedding to be washed right after everyone else's (people I don't know) laundry. So I'm wondering- what does everyone else do? Maybe I've just become "prudish" about this after having my own with-D for 15 years. I used to wash everything at a laundry mat and never thought twice about it. 2) I took difficult child shopping at the mall as part of his Christmas present. I hadn't been able to get him to go before today, but it worked out well and it was a good motivator to get him up and out of the house and walking around some today. Anyway- I'll be taking this kid shopping a whole lot more in the future!! And, I'll definitely be getting him a gift card for the mall next Christmas, too. I gave him a $75 limit and told him he had to buy a warm jacket, but he could pick it out. I knew there would be sales going on so I figured he could use any money left from $75 to get something he wanted- a game or cd or something. He chose JC Penney to shop at (he wanted Old Navy but this mall didn't have one). He bought a warm Bomber jacket, a belt, 2 long sleeve shirts, and a Tee and with tax, it was $76. And, he had all this picked out within about 1/2 hour. I was very proud of him! I don't know who's shopping gene he inherited, but it obviously wasn't mine!!